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?
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):
|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|
Click download now to get access to the following files:
- 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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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.
Hello, how do you start again. I got the "True ending" and I wish to play again. How do you do so?
I do struggle with depression and anxiety on the highest level and I can say so myself that this game is dead-on with explaining it. The messages and the lesson that this game teaches is breathtakingly beautiful, but sincerely real. Honestly, this is true poetry in the form of a game.
I played through the game yesterday and really want to do it again but I can't, is there a way I can run through it again?
(I'm using steam)
A really lovely game that took you for a spiritual ride. Thank you for creating this... the piano was also very heartwarming, can I ask where the piece is from ?
Thank you! :)
The piano piece was composed and licensed by Julie Maxwell, and is available for purchase on her website: https://juliemaxwellspianomusic.bandcamp.com/album/farther-than-all-the-stars
(It is the track named "Mars Landscape: Moon Set")
Hey uh... Me again very sorry. But I have finished the game with the good ending and I'm now trying to get the 2nd Run started, though it isnt..... I delete the Darkness file and ive done this possibly hundreds of times. I dont understand what else I need to do to start the 2nd Run, could you help me? Again im sorry gotta bug you about playing your game, but it's just so nice I wanted to keep going!!
Are you using the Steam or itch.io version?
I am using the Steam version. Thing is, I already played my first run before, but I deleted my file and went onto my second run, but I got off and it didn't save so I had to redo my 1st run. But now its not letting me do my 2nd run
after you make the bad choice can you ever replay the game and if you can how ?
I didn't originally want people to play again, but since there are achievements to unlock, I felt bad for collectors/achievers. So, you can reset your progress by deleting the folder located in My Documents/Darkness. :)
I was going through those files and i love the quotes especially for the money choice! but what does the gibberish ones mean? is there a way to translate it or is it just gibberish lol (in the hope, fear, and despair and none folder?)
Im already on my 2nd run, and I wanna know what did you use to make your game? I do wanna do computer science and computer programming and this is the type of game I wanna do. Thank you for the beautiful game!!!
Hello, I am reviewing your game and I made a (short) first impressions video of it. I've enjoyed it so far, if you'd like more info on the review or the video, links to both sites can be found in my profile. Feel free to post as you wish! I am curious though, was it you who narrated the game?
Thank you very much for trying out and reviewing WTDC!
And yes, the in-game voice is my voice. :)
I've tried to play this game a few days ago. It kind of hit close to home when I was near the end... So I wasn't able to finish it myself. I've watched a video of this game on YouTube, so I know how it ends. It's amazing! I really like how this was made.
I just couldn't finish it myself, since it really hit home...
Hello Sirhaian. I played your game and found it particullary great. But I have a problem. I' m stuck in your game. Apparently I died (or scuicide ) and I now can't play the game again. Do you have a solution ?
Also, you really did a good job; this is one of the best game I've ever played if not THE best.
You have to go in your 'My Documents' folder and look for the folder called 'Darkness'. You'll have to delete it and start all over sadly enough.
I just wanted to say,thanks for making this,i dont know what your plans for the future are in terms of games,or even well if you will develop anymore games,but this has been a special expirience for me i need time to process it but i needed this right before these stressfull and very important exams,those things are not going to break or make my life,from the bottom of my now confused heart i want to thank you.
This is Beautiful. Wow. I've been in a dark place recently, and I'm glad I stuck it through to the end. This broke me, but in a good way. I came away from this feeling better than going in, and I thank you for it.
Not sure if this part was intentional, but on my second time through I ended it. I went into the files and figured out how to start back on the second arc. The controller in the house was back in the kitchen again, and the writing on the walls originally present in the second run through was gone.
This was amazing, and has opened my eyes to more than I thought a game could. Thank you for making this.
Thank you for your kind words! I am really glad it resonated well with you. :)
Some of the files are needed to trigger some of the texts. For example, in the Dream level, with the house, the nuclear file has to be present for it to be different. :)
Sir please tell me what will happen to my computer if I get the bad ending????
I need to know..
The only thing that happens if you take the bad ending is that your desktop background will change, and you will not be able to play the game again (unless you reset it).
Do I just Restart my computer and my background will be normal?? Also again I thank you for this game... its opened me a area of games I never knew about. I love the game so far, though I'm having trouble on chapter 9.
I found the game on steam and decided to play. I don't regret, this game is so awesome that i decide to an account in here just to congratulate you and to thanks for the experience :)
I loved the game and just have one question, is there anyway to bump myself self to A2? I did the bad ending to test forgetting there was a 3rd
To A2? I'm not sure to get what you mean. :O
Oh, Arc2! Well, there's one file you can delete for that. I'm sure guides on Steam and some experimentation should do the trick. :)
If you want to entirely reset the game however, you can delete the folder located in My Documents/Darkness.
I created an account on here just to comment on this game. I played the steam release and I felt like I had learned more about myself through the experience. There was something telling me to play it again, so a few days later, I did. I was surprised to see the changes that were made in the replay. I made the mistake of choosing the bad ending just to see what would happen (I am no able to change my wallpaper back, but I'm not too worried about that.) I deleted the files and replayed it twice more (choosing the good endings this time) and got to the final play through and fell in love with the art and the message. 10/10 I was nothing but pleased by this experience.