a man outside
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That was a great game!
just learned some new word B] but this game was really good its just spooky enough to make you sink into your chair trying to hide from whatevers on screen X3
bro i just learned new words but i love it
I learned more words by playing this game than spending a day at school LOL. In all seriousness though, the foreboding atmosphere the gameplay gives off is just so powerful. A really neat game with a lot of juicy lore.
the creepypasta in the description never left the phase
Great job! This game was amazingly creepy. After seeing creepypasta and r/nosleep mentioned in the description, I knew I had to play this. Maybe the secret to improving our vocabulary and studies in general is having a man clad in shadow standing outside our window? Studying for survival taking a literal form. Coincidentally, a couple of days ago I was listening to S17E08 featuring "A Study in Solitude", additionally, my window faces the flat entrance, so, maybe I'll keep them close for a while. Just to be on the safe side.
I'm not able to use my headphones (port busted) but it still got me spooked. Since I haven't seen anyone talking about the possible story of the game I will!
So based on the fact that the man outside is attracted to your phone according to your friend, it probably uses electronics to track it's prey. It seems to "infect" if that's the right word the electronics and that shows how it's feeling?
Your friend also seems to be similar in that regard? But not a monster, since they remember everything that happens and can also use your phone to convey messages, they're clearly not human, but not evil either.
Now onto the glitches and other anomalies present. The man seems to convey how it feels via your phone, it's probably not purposely trying to communicate or whatever it's doing, but just a side effect? Such as the necrophagia part. I think it also connects you? Or maybe these parts are hallucinations induced by it's presence, what I'm talking about are the incessant, breathing, and the leaves falling parts, I think it's causing you to hallucinate and think about how it's incessant, hearing and feeling breathing, and seeing leaves.
Now onto your friend! I think your friend is also capable of infecting your phone, and is also an anomaly of sorts, since they're aware of things resetting, and I think them acting dumb about your window being broken is to keep the loops intact until they can find a solution. When they do find a solution, they leave themselves vulnerable....
The endings in my opinion show off more of what the man's goals are and how a time loop is in play and how your friend isn't human, but not stronger than the man.
You suck at vocab, which doesn't really... matter? But your friend nor your mom is unable to help you leaving you to your fate (at least until the loop restarts).
There are two things I think about this ending:
Either your friend is kidnapped (which explains why they quit responding) and is murdered, which is why you smell mushrooms and something rott...en and the door is locked, shown by the audio of a what sounds like a doorknob being use but not opening, and then what we can only assume is the man killing you and eating your corpse (necrophagia is one of the words in the game for a reason. I think this is the most likely scenario.
The man is essentially a walking corpse that can mess with electronics, a very common spirit or whatever ability. It's stopping you from receiving messages or contacting anyone for that matter. See above to what I think it does.
Your friend showing up before the man gets to them (this ending is what makes me think about the former part of my theory on the bad ending is the most likely scenario) and is able to drive them away. The broken window's significance makes me think the man is aware of the time loop and cracks as if to say, "I will get you next time." and then scenario loops once more, which I think is your friend's influence whether they're aware of what they're doing or not?
Good ending (barely): I'm thinking with this one, any sort of outside influence can drive the man away, but only your friend is capable of fighting back against it sorta. Window theory stays the same.
This is where it culminates, your friend has finally figured out this thing isn't giving up, and decides to figure out how to stop it.
Due to being otherworldly, and able to look into your phone too, they can sense it's attraction to phone and is using it to track you. They do some digging, yada-yada, and discovers this.
They try telling you in the final texts, but is stopped by the man outside, and you seem to be left to your fate again and yet another time loop, but your friend instead decides to risk it and leave themselves open to leave a message via the app telling you to turn off your phone.
It works and the man is gone, bad news is, it has a new target, tracking your friend via their involvement in your phone and following the trail. It's hunger is now directed to them. I think the man outside will also employ a new tactic, one where turning off their phone won't be so effective.
And that's my theory! To anyone who reads, I hope you enjoyed my rambling, and feel to criticize it, or suggest something else. Some other stuff I loved about this game is that during the third set of all the difficulties, most if not all the words are related to your current situation, such as:
Nadir: lowest point, it's the lowest point for your safety
Macilent: emaciated, the man outside is emaciated and needs food, which happens to be you
Necrophagy: corpse eating, do I really need to explain this one?
There are others, but these stuck out to me the most.
Loved the game!
i got the bad ending but that was cool
Got the final and bad endings. I'm lazy to get the good one, and despite that, the game is still interesting - leaving me with questions.
The mood here is unparalleled, I was terrified and checked the window constantly. Even after checking the comments and about the game section to know how to get more endings, I still couldn't help being paranoid about checking.
The good ending keeps the creep factor while letting you feel some relief, and the bad and true endings are truly upsetting.
That said, I found the fact that 'he' comes more for your phone than for you specifically a bit odd. Is the creature after humans but interacts with them solely through eletronics? That seems a bit overly specific... Is it attracted by signals and attacks humans once it finds them? I don't know, it just felt, odd.
Still, an amazing and atmospheric story delivered with strong visuals and good gameplay. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
really cool concept, loved learning new words. and also meeting my cool new friend!
O MY GOD this was a REALLY good game
very spoopy indeed
I played easy cuz normal was NOT normal, but I swear some of those words did not mean what it said, I assuming its for the spooky aroma. Cuz insecure does not mean unsafe and obsessed does not mean haunted. Great game tho. Tbh I dont understand the good ending. If you could explain that would be great!
These words do absolutely mean that, you're just too used to one of the definitions of the word, when they have multiple meanings depending on context.
i'm curious as to how to get the other two endings! i'm proud to say I did fairly well on the vocab because i'm a language buff >:] there were some good ass words in here!
One of the endings can be unlocked by failing the vocab game (unconscionable, I know :P). The final ending is unlocked by playing through all three levels and following your friend's advice. Glad you enjoyed!!
played through twice just to learn new words
I won’t be able to stop saying ‘Sir’ because I kept saying ‘Sir, SiR, SIR, Please, sir, find a different past time than looking at people through windows’ 😩 I was very spooped so you achieved your goal 👍 in spoopy-ness
the vocab definitely the scariest part lol
This is very spooky, I thought there would be a jumpscare imao.
wow, I was on the edge of my seat
really good game i love getting both ending !!
This is so well done. I've played it 4 times now. 3 to see all the differences and once to show my mom. She's a huge word nerd and was super impressed by the words in the hard mode. And every time I played I was still freaked out! you're doing amazing work and I hope you keep going. I can't wait to see what you do next.
I'm honored to receive the Mom Stamp of Approval. :) It's really cool she checked it out with you, and I'm glad you enjoyed!
This game scared me so bad I peed a little. Keep it up bro!
This game and Please Answer Carefully both scared the SHIT out of me. I adore them. You're very good at this.
It may be short, but it was definitely worthwhile! I liked that the vocab sections had different options, and that tense atmosphere throughout each playthrough was very well done. It's commendable what can be done with sounds, a few pictures, and visual effects. This was creepy without being too creepy. Loved it.
Nice concept! I appreciate you making the hard vocab actually hard. :)
i somehow got all 3 endings in a row great game will never sleep again probably idk 10/10
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Even though Im a bit rusty on my vocabulary, I'm proud of myself for getting as much as I did, but more importantly, I'm proud of YOU for making such a pants-shittingly scary horror with absolutely no jumps area! The soundscape of the whole thing was amazing, to the point where my anxious ass will have to save trying to get any of the other endings for later lmao ^^; I'm afraid for what's to come when I play again, considering I got the "good" ending!
I got the bad ending and it was really creepy. Definitely worth it. Don’t know how to get the good ending though.
OMG this is amazing, I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good thriller with amazing writing. I like the choices of vocab and I do love the different difficulties. Thank you Litrouke for this, I hope to see more games. Hope you and anyone reading a good day<3
A very subtle tense vibe, I liked it a lot
Hiii, idk if you'll even see this lol but I'm a beginner coder who's been planning on making something like this for a class.... can I ask how you went about making this? Def recommending this btw, the glitchy stuff made me wanna check my door
Hey! I made it using Twine, a free low-code game dev tool. If you look for Twine on reddit, you can find a link to the Twine Discord where expert coders help out new ones.
I have a degree in English and I sucked at the vocab
Really loved this:)
So uhhh, I got the final ending, and dude bro, I am SO sorry. Also I was lowkey surprised I managed to turn my phone off, I barely manage to get through things like these without watching a playthrough. I was so nervous I literally checked the man before and after every single question in session C. I don't know if that was what made the the ending trigger, but hey, at least it worked out!