this game pretty much simulated what happens to me when I have a nervous breakdown, I know you said don't play it if you have depression/anxiety but I did anyway. this game really hit hard and needless to say it was amazing. I literally cried pretty much the entire time and I really did learn something about my thought process. this game probably saved my life and I know that's overdramatic, but I will tell myself to follow the light (haha) when im surrounded by darkness. I have most of the same thought as what was said in the game, and it told me that even though I may feel like nobdy cares and theres no meaning, I should still follow the light because out of the 7 billion people in the world, there must be at least one person who cares.
When the Darkness comes
A downloadable experience for Windows
About the Experience:
A game without meaning.
A game nobody should play.
A clock, a piano and a girl. What do they all mean?
What is meaning, anyway? What has meaning? Do you have one? A path, a goal, something determined, pre-determined? A light to follow?
Discover a world filled with fear and loneliness. A world where despair breathes and hope dies. A world about you, about us. A world about humanity and about life.
If you had a choice, which one would you make?
There is more to this experience than meets the eye. You have been warned.
About the Development:
This is a walking simulator I've been working on here and there for the past year or so. I wanted to find a way to express how I felt in my darkest times, and I couldn't find any better than an interactive experience. This is a passion project. It is also my first attempt at making a game by myself from scratch.
The Experience should take between 45min to one hour to complete.
This game is not for everyone. This is a tale with little meaning and little hope, born from months of uncertainty and dark thoughts. The gameplay is close to non-existent, and the graphics are little more than boxes and shadows.
Hopefully, this game will open doors for people who need it, give a good scare for those who so desire, and make some others think.
Please leave a rating, comment or share the word around if you enjoyed this experience!
This game explores themes such as depression, anxiety, verbal abuse, manipulative control, and suicide. This game could potentially trigger epilepsy attacks and has some nasty jump scares. Play at your own risk.
Since I was working alone on this game, and even though I tested it countless times, bugs are entirely possible. If you encounter one, please contact me, and I'll try to fix it asap!
This game will manipulate some files and gather some data from your computer. If you do not feel comfortable with this, do not play it.
Always follow the light.
And never look back.
Let's Plays Playlist:
As some people have asked me, it is authorized, and even greatly encouraged, to stream/record/share this experience. You can even send me a link to your stream, and I'll try to join the chat if I'm available. :)
Movement: WASD, or arrow keys
Action key: F
Sprint: Shift (you'll need it)
Controls are customizable in the Unity launcher (Input).
The game now offers controller support!
"Mars Landscape: Moon Set"
by Julie Maxwell
Other resources used (Meshes/Audio/Plugins):
|Updated||20 days ago|
|Release date||Jan 12, 2019|
|Made with||Unity, Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Audacity|
|Tags||Atmospheric, Creepy, Dark, deep, First-Person, Horror, Narrative, Singleplayer, suspense, Unity|
|Average session||About an hour|
|Inputs||Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox controller|
|Links||Steam, Twitter, Facebook, Patreon, Soundtrack, Community, IndieDB, GiantBomb, Homepage|
DO NOT INSTALL IN PROGRAM FILES!
I recommend unzipping the game manually somewhere else than Program Files or any protected folder. Using the itch.io desktop app is always the best way to go!
IF YOU DO/DID INSTALL THIS IN PROGRAM FILES: you will NEED to start the game with Administrative Privilege to go through the entire experience! This game creates files within its own folder to save/load progression through the different runs. You will NOT be able to access any other runs than the first one if you do not do this.
- Steam Launch - Coming Soon!Feb 11, 2019
- Version 1.15b - Couple minor bugfixesFeb 05, 2019
- "Program Files" Bug - WorkaroundFeb 03, 2019
- Update 1.15 - Final Story ArcFeb 02, 2019
- Update 1.14 - Post-game content, Light Bridge balancing and OptimizationJan 25, 2019
- Update 1.13 - Post-game, subtitles fixes and optimization.Jan 22, 2019
- Update 1.11/1.12 - Subtitles, VO Updates, Post-Game, Bug Fixes and more!Jan 21, 2019
- SubtitlesJan 19, 2019
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Really glad you enjoyed WTDC and that it helped you out. Thank you for sharing your experience! May you always follow your light. :)
I cannot even put how I feel into words...this game...I truly feel connected to it. I played it all three times and chose light, despite telling myself I would choose darkness the second time. After finishing the game completely I cried, which is saying something since I rarely cry. I have not felt such an emotion so strongly about a game, movie, or show. Amazing work, I really enjoyed playing this game very much. I learned a little bit from it and overall the game is just an extraordinary experience. I wish I had recorded the whole thing. I'm still curious as to what happens when you choose darkness every time, but I'm quite satisfied with light for now. Perhaps someday in the future, whether it be in a couple days or even a couple months from now, I will play the game again to see the other side of things. Anyway, I truly appreciate the work you put into this game and the way you displayed certain things was tremendous. Thank you so much, really. <3
Edit: I finished the game not too long and immediately felt the need to contact you in some way to show my gratitude and support for your game. Thanks again!
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed the experience that much! ^_^
I hope you keep choosing the Light! :)
This game is phenomenal, the time and effort put into this is truly inspiring every minute I played I would notice a cool little detail that added to the experience. Honestly the way you chose to recreate some feelings such as anxiety and depression were very well made. Honestly keep up the great work, this game was an amazing experience. 10/10 would recommend to anyone that needs it.
Follow The Light
So, I played untile the final End and now if I restart the game, I can't replay it, but i would really like to play it once more. Is there a way to play it again? If possible I would like to not have to reinstall it again.
Also, really nice work, that's one of the best Games I played so far.
Hi! So I have commented before, but I have another question. What were you intending to show the girl to be? What does she actually represent? Me and my friends think it could be like, hope or something. But coming from you, what were you intending?
For me, she was your support system, like your closest friend or your family. People trying to help or understand you. I really like the idea that she would symbolize "Hope" too. :)
this 'experience' is honestly incredibly well made, on act 1 i had got the good ending because it seemed like the right thing to do, on act 2 i told myself i would get the bad ending to see what happens, but i couldn't bring myself to do it, it was too difficult to walk forward and click a button. I think this is the only 'experience' ive ever played that has stopped me from getting an ending because it was too hard.
10/10 really deep and made me think about every piece of text i saw
please keep up the good work
how do i replay the game after i already played it once?
Awestruck. Going through this experience multiple times made me feel understood (or at least not alone with my perceptions and feelings) for the first time. Beautiful depiction of anxiety and the isolation that comes with it. The struggle feels so very authentic. This experience gave me a lot of hope and the profound wish to reach that elusive and pesky light. Thank you for creating this.
oh. my. god. this was beautiful. I was always being thrown for a loop, never a dull moment. I might end up playing it on stream at some point. Big props to you man, this is a work of art.
Thank you so much!! Really appreciate the kind words. If you do stream it, hmu so I can watch it!
Check out our walkthrough of it!
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Hiya! Absolutely loved this game, it means soo much to me. I have been wondering for so long, what is the music at the end of the game, in the final arc? It's so pretty but I can't seem to find it anywhere!
All the resources used in the game can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E1xIQhgPNj1vrtfPS7yZrl1tiCpzFN3uczYo1TNZkNg/...
The music in question is this one: https://freesound.org/people/ninjatech111/sounds/372005/ :)
so is there multiple endings or was i supposed to hang myself with the noose? cuz the game ended when i did that lol
Ur game has given my laptop serious issues. All I tried to do is leave the game half way through cause I didn't have time to finish it. I tried to uninstall the game because I had to give a presentation and the music wasn't helpful. I couldn't uninstall when it was open and no matter what I did it wouldn't close. Now my laptop won't turn on and I'm blaming ur game I downloaded from steam.
Also I have played the game and it's really good just why do u have to ruin it by wrecking my computer
I made an account just to leave a comment about this amazing game. I've played many free games on this site and this is definitely in my top 3. It kind of reminded me of Portal, but without the puzzles. It's more of a mind twist. Great work!!
Thank you so much! <3
I made an account for the same reason XD
This game is one of the best games I've ever played, if not the best.
I feel so strongly about this game lmao
Objectively speaking, this is a good game. Much better than most horror games that I have played.
However, the game does not play very well. It is one of the worst experiences I have ever had, but that is just me. I know many people might love this game!
Hey dude! Amazing game you made! It gave me so many chills and so many feels (and soooo many spooks!) This game is, truly, amazing though!
I love this game so much!! I've played through it twice and was wondering if there is anything after that. I would love to keep playing through or even resetting and restarting the game. Any ideas on how to do that?
Made an account just to comment, you are a genius content creator. a true artist. you deserve proper recognition for such a masterpiece and i am certain it will come your way with such a creative and expressive mind. it absolutely captures the human mentality at its lowest emotional points. For all the darkness, this game inspires light. I genuinely thank you Sir.
pulvis et umbra sumus
so I played the game 2 times it was amazing I feel this game is really accurate because I suffer form depression and anxiety. The first time I played it it was scary but the second time was beautiful. I chose the good ending the 1st time and the bad ending the second time I really like what u did with the game I just love it thank you Sooo much for making this and hope to see more games like this in the future.... And your voice is amazing like I said before really good game
Hello, firstly this game is absolutely incredible and I was definitely not ready for the jump scares I’ve gotten so far. Secondly, I’m on the Black Hole part and I’m struggling to get away in time. For some reason I can’t use Shift to sprint away. I’m using my laptop and it is a little laggy but every other control works fine. I would really like to finish the game but am unable to because of this point. Can someone help me find a better idea? I’ve tried changing the keyboard layout and I’ve tried pressing every other key on my keyboard but nothing seems to sprint. Please help!
At the point where the door is in the corridor, right at the beginning of the game, it's possible to clip through the red mesh somehow, and end up falling forever
So, I played this game for the past hour... Awesome 'game'(/experience) by the way.
After I finished there was a picture (..lookfurther.jpg) on my desktop + a .txt with a quote from the game.
What should I do with these?
So I had nothing to do and decided to finally play it and... just oof
it immediately started with a sort of stanley parable narrative but when the disturbing things with the opinions about the maps came it was getting harder and at the part with walking past people for the market it got way too relatable, this is the game that could really let someone feel those same emotions so a real good job
would think that this needs more attention man because it is amazing
I often had to cry because I know what is like to have depression and feeling lonely all the time.
Anyway, I had the bad ending but after playing this game I think different in so many ways :)
Thanks a lot for this brilliant game!!
Thanks for making this game.
I am a Chinese gamer and a content creator. Here's the link to my Video . (YouTube is banned in China, but we have our own platforms)
I posted this video yesterday and it has already got 540k views. I'm surprising to see that over 10k viewers left their comments about their feelings.
I'm a happy person and was not triggered by this game ... but a lot of people got triggered. They all reported that the "experience" accurately demonstrated the mind of a depressed person.
I would say thank you for creating a great game like this. I hope those people who suffer from depression find their answers in this game and recover.
What Will Happened If I Got Bad Ending? Because I Got True Ending And I Don't Want To Get Bad Ending...
this game was very inspiring and taught me about how there is more than there meets the eye and allowed me to have a different look in life. I have 2 questions, I got a picture in my desktop which just says Look Further 2 times one in white and the bottom of my screen while another one red upside down on the top of my screen and the font is the same as the one in the game (not the girls voice), is it supposed to be there? Second question, is there a second game... hehe this game was really fun and I want to go through it again but I can't unless I delete my files or something which I don't know how to do and a different experience would be fun and can impact me and possibly others harder that this could. Great game I loved it very much :D
edit: I play on Steam so if there is a way to restart I would gladly take the advice :)
edit 2: disregard that i know now ^^. I will listen to her, Help is always ringing.
according to what i have read i get a background picture when i choose the bad ending but i never chose the bad ending once and i have a look further picture
A creepy bend on reality, depression and anxiety... I really enjoyed it. It was definitely nerve wracking at certain points, but it was relatively straight forward, and quite entertaining! A really fun experience and I'll definitely be playing through at least once more!
Check out my full playthrough if you're interested:
you can only play it once :(
Not if you follow the light. :)
huh what's that meant to mean if i play it again it just says bye and then my name and when i quit my wallpaper goes from mario to creepy eyes and it says you where warned
also how come when you go to the back of the house it says something that me and my friend think is going to turn into a meme
i got the bad ending where you chose to kill your self this game was just too much for me i got nightmares and i wanted to kill my self in real life
Oh my goodness, you have a very beautiful voice, it's like a balm enveloping my mind. The game is awesome. It was as if I found myself in the looking glass of the deepest human emotions and experiences. Many thanks to you, dear owner of that pleasant voice... and good luck! ^^
i just played the game today and i really congladulate all the ppl that came together to create this inspiring and life-changing game. This game personally changed the way i see life with an unusual and creative way and really thank you for making this and sharing it with everyone.
Hello, I played and loved this game. I wanted to know how to get or unlock the second playthrough. When I launch it I just get, "Bye, Matt" and "you are not a part of this world anymore" Thanks,
You probably chose do kill yourself, didn't you? If you do, that's it. You can't play anymore. Pretty sad though because the second playthrough is really where stuff gets interesting.
Playing through this game brought back memories of how I was when I had my downtime...it was tough, but I ended up fighting through it
So I guess picking up the phone and having faith in the light was my way of reminding myself there's always a better choice ahead
Thanks for making this game Sirhaian
The first time i played this game i answered the phone
The second time i chose to die and when i went back in the game it wouldn't let me in
idk what i pressed but then the game let me play so played for the third time
and finishing the third time playing ,i want to play again but it wont let me
This was a great game. I am glad you were able to show so much of the mind. I was wondering... Did you put an easter egg for if we go into the files and somehow enable the player movement when it is disabled and we press the button?
my computer is too slow for this game but I can't get rid of it. Is there anyway i can get rid of it without playing it?
Thank you so much for making this game.
Dude coming from a lad who's went through depression and luckily came out on the other side your game is beautiful I'm in tears of joy after it can't wait to experience the other paths in the game but made an account to tell you what a good job you did thank you for sharing this with us
For a game about nothing, it sure makes you feel a lot of things.