You live to dig and must dig to live in this short, free indie point-and-click adventure game. Is there something more to this dreary life in this odd world where everyone is so lost with this tedious work?
Furry goodness and a cyberpunk futuristic California set the stage — but don't steal the scene — in Scavenger's endearing, all-too-brief and very human free indie point-and-click adventure.
When you come across a little girl on the side of the road and agree to escort her home, you couldn't imagine the bizarre adventure you're about to set out on in this surreal and unsettling indie horror adventure game. Though short and with some frustrating puzzles, Stray Cat Crossing's gorgeous, creative presentation and heartbreaking story are top notch.
After the brutal murder of her parents, Fran Bow finds herself locked away in an asylum for children, but she's determined to escape and find her beloved cat, Mr Midnight. What awaits, however, is an extremely dark and macabre adventure full of danger and nightmares, and in this thoroughly disturbing indie point-and-click adventure, reality isn't as straight-forward as you might think.
Your old bones aren't just going to lie there forever, even if you DID die trying to defeat a wicked sorceror. In Iconic Games' action-RPG dungeon crawler, you're a reanimated hero trying to rid the land of evil one last time, with randomly generated dungeons, tons of loot, upgrades, spells, and bosses.
Death is only the beginning for 16 year old Mishiro, who plans to throw herself into a nearby lake that's the source of local legends. But when she finds herself trapped in a dark and dangerous world, she also finds herself without her memories, and she'll need to regain them all, and possibly those of others stranded there, to find a way forward in this creepy and unsettling free indie horror adventure from Teriyaki Tomato, translated by vgperson.
There are grim things happening in The Seventh Door. You play as Julian, a man who wakes up on a rooftop only knowing a name and as Detective Zikas who is investigating a murder on that same rooftop, unknowing it will throw them both right in the middle of a grand scale conspiracy in this free indie adventure.
In response to heroes always raiding their loot, the monster world learns corporate management practices and it's up to you to investigate their facilities for some monster stock picks in this free indie point-and-click adventure game with 13 endings!
In this fantastically retro explorer platform you play as our pink haired hero who was drawn to this strange cavern filled with spikes and mystery. Search for a way to activate the statues and discover the drive that pulls you ever forward in this gem by Sophie Houlden.
Fond of dungeon crawls? How about classic RPG themes with plenty of races and classes? Feeling a nostalgia for the days where you had to switch out floppy disks to continue on to the next chapter of a game? Then 68k Studios's is here for you with Mazes of Karradash for iOS and Android!
Intrepid reporter Crystal is in the alps, trying to hunt down a strange and reclusive creature, but with the amount of obstacles in her way and the oddball way she solves them, that's easier said than done in this short point-and-click adventure from Carmel Games.
Creepy, subtle, and unfortunately very, very slow, this text-based horror game about waking up from a strange nightmare only to find your house pervaded with a disorienting sense of wrongness was created in just a month, and is an intriguing example of experimental storytelling.
Where has all the olive oil gone? It's not just Italian chefs asking--in the world of Histria, olive oil is a magically powerful substance. Join Silvian, a wayward adventurer with a magic crystal, as he dodges bandits and hunts down these mystical fruits in this hand-drawn point-and-click adventure game that blends aspects of comics, fantasy novels, and good ol' fashioned puzzle-solving.
All Pia wants to do is help people, but she doesn't have much confidence in herself beyond her abilities as a pharmacist. When she sets out determined to help a town ravaged by an incurable disease, however, she winds up on a journey that proves she's made of sterner stuff than she thinks in this massive free indie action RPG packed with crafting and randomly generated dungeons from Fantasy Factory, and translated by vgperson.
Ishara's family promised her a grand ship in return for her exile. When she comes back to claim it she finds they have given it to her twin sister for her wedding day! Chaos ensues as Ishara tries on her pirate boots, but instead of a clean get away, fate forces her to be stuck with her sister or her sister's fiance in this free indie visual novel.
Watch as destinies intertwine and pasts scream out for future consequences in this free indie interactive tale by Eight Bit Skyline. The story is linear, but the choices you make as you interact with characters and your surroundings pull you into the finely crafted drama, and leave you with chills.
You're trapped, and a twisted little girl who seems to have bizarre and disturbing powers insists you can be one of her "Chosen"... if you survive. A creative and captivatingly creepy hidden-object adventure that's full of shocks and twists, and definitely worth clearing an evening for.
Your wife Lynn thought she was safe following the destruction of the witch queen Morgana, but one night she's swept away into the darkness of the Other World, and you'll have to use all your skills as a former Witch Hunter to save her in this gorgeous hidden-object adventure... that is, if she wants to be saved at all...
Called in to investigate a murder of a very familiar looking young woman, a hunt for evidence in a strange house leads you on an unexpected and surreal adventure in this next big installment of Rusty Lake's wildly popular point-and-click series, also free for Android and iOS!
Waking up with a pounding headache stinks. Waking up with a pounding headache in a starship's airlock and discovering everyone else is dead? You must be in one of ScriptWelder's fantastically creepy anti-escape games! Investigate the ship and discover the truth, but you're working on borrowed time, and you may not be alone.
Trapped in a robotics lab and with no memories a young boy named Zai sets out to find a way to restore his past. Teaming up with the only other living thing there, a strange girl named simply 04, he sets out to explore his surroundings, find a way to gather information on who and what he is in this free indie adventure game.
Think you have problems? If Andrew doesn't come up with five grand, not only will his inn be shut down forever, but he'll be thrown into a volcano, in this strange and silly point-and-click puzzle adventure from Carmel Games.
In this cute online visual novel puzzle game, you're just your average, mildly psychic high school student, and your friends have a whole bunch of problems they need you to solve, but you only have a lunch hour to do it. Can you get everything done when everyone keeps moving around as time passes?
In this surreal free indie adventure, a bunch of fishermen, believing they're following a "chosen one", have started a new underground society... and that's just the tip of the iceberg of strangeness. When two of these fishermen, who have never fished or even seen water, decide to climb to the surface, that's when things get really weird.
Marcus has a secret. When her father dies, she assumes the identity of a young man and joins the army to find her brother, but quickly becomes embroiled in a war with catastrophic consequences where she can't stay in the background and keep silent. A massive indie visual novel adventure with five romantic options, a complex storyline, and rich characters that deserves to be played and talked about despite some issues with pacing and spreading itself thin.
Can you imagine what your life would have been like if your Uncle was Doc Brown? All the crazy adventures you would have gone on? Well our protagonist in free indie point-and-click adventure Once Upon A Timeline can as his aunt is working on a time machine. He soon finds out it's not all fun and games, though there is a great deal less worrying about destroying the timeline. He and his Aunt are pretty lax about that.
You're grounded, and when you're a child genius, being stuck in your room is the most boring thing you can imagine... until you get a visit from your future self, telling you that only you can save the city if you can cobble together a device from things laying around your room in this fun point-and-click puzzle game!
In this short but tantalizing free prologue for an upcoming indie horror adventure visual novel series, Jorgen is a new walkerman, someone who braves the dark to deal with the creatures that stalk it and the strange rules that govern them using the odd tools of his trade, but when he gets lost on his way to the troubled city of Midgard, his fledgling abilities are put to the test in the darkness of the trees.
WonderCat must make it through the alien's mines to find his partner and escape the plant they crashed on. This mobile game will have you testing your reflexes and doing your hardest to spot the false trails before you find yourself on the path to destruction. There are also 5 different bosses which have you trying to keep away and grab missiles as you go. So things stay challenging right until the end in this action-packed mobile game.
After losing his Wife to illness the Huntsman's daughter has gone off into the forbidden woods filled with tricksters as well as The Hollow Queen. Now the Huntsman must venture in himself and face the unknown to find what took his daughter in this free indie visual novel.
While on your way to one of your book signings, you find yourself stranded in the tiny town of Oakville, and with barbed wire and barricades everywhere, not to mention a slew of missing persons posters, it's clear there's something sinister afoot in this creepy cool hidden-object adventure from Eipix Entertainment.
By turns spooky and funny, moody and dark, Forever Lost: Episode three hits that sweet spot known to every fan of classic adventure gaming, a perfect balance of exploration and puzzle solving whilst telling a grand story, this is an adventure that is destined to become a classic in the field.
In this seven part free online episodic visual novel series, teenager Isis Black's first job at a local cafe takes a bizarre twist, and suddenly she discovers a dark world of secrets, danger... and maybe romance? Keep your passwords from each chapter to unlock your progress in the next, with good and bad endings for the three male leads!
Free with ads for Android and iOS, Beast Bound is a nostalgic, very quirky, and very funny RPG where you and your magical floating cat friend Cappi are struggling to make a living as beast hunters, until you stumble across a strange machine and realize something very weird is happening on your formerly peaceful little island.
On vacation in sunny Morocco, all Joeseph wants to do is visit the Marrakesh(ch?) Club, where he's assured he'll have the most fun of his trip. Too bad he has to figure out how to make the perfect cup of tea first in this short and silly point-and-click adventure from Carmel Games!
A crash awakes you in the dead of night, and when you go to investigate, you quickly discover something is very, very wrong, and you might not be alone in this short first unsettling installment for a new point-and-click adventure series from Alice is Dead co-creator Hyptosis.
The story line to AlPixel's free indie adventure game seems rather simple. You go out for a late night walk to help you sleep only to find yourself being sucked into an alien world. You need to solve puzzles to start the machine that pulled you out of your world. But as long as you're there you might as well explore a new culture, and learn a new language if you're up for the challenge.
When a car overturns one rainy night after being accosted by a terrifying apparition, a young girl finds herself stranded in the middle of nowhere, and to find her way home she'll need to deal with hostile spirits and confounding puzzles in this action adventure also available for iOS and Android.
Mary is stuck in endless loops of dreams where very little changes. But those small changes reveal much about her if she's willing to listen. And maybe she can find a way to wake up in this short but powerful free indie adventure game.
Korski has one last trip to deliver the goods from his labor camp before he is free. But when his ship crashes Korski must venture back to his camp to try and find some help. Mystery abounds in this free indie point-and-click adventure
You wake with a headache, remembering only a smiling girl, but it quickly becomes apparent that something is seriously wrong in this freaky retro action adventure that's worth playing despite a lack of polish.
Love shonen manga? Then this idle incremental game is for you! Train and unlock new abilities as you battle monsters and bosses across the globe, all with a single click of your mouse. With nods and references to iconic titles like Dragon Ball all over the place, fans of the genre will get a lot of mileage out of its simple gameplay.
Enjoy a high sea adventure in indie action adventure RPG Windward. Explore, conquer, plunder and more in this single or multi-player open-ended game. Complete tasks and hunt down pirates to increase your reputation as you level yourself up while running the pirates out of town.
There's mystery afoot in this silly point-and-click adventure from Carmel Games! Most people insist they're innocent when thrown in jail, but when a man is murdered, Sherlock Holmes sets out to uncover the truth!
In this free indie point-and-click adventure, your life is filled with beer, drugs, and sex. The only thing missing is rock and roll... oh and that large sum of money you owe Fat Tony. It's never a good thing to owe Fat Tony ,because he always makes sure you pay him, one way or another.
2010's hit addictive RPG roguelike is back and bigger than ever! Descend into an enormous dungeon filled with treasure that gets deadlier as you go... but who put it there, and why? With a robust crafting system and simple to pick up gameplay, The Enchanted Cave 2 will keep you happily grinding for quite some time.
Once again your mini monkeys have gotten themselves lost... only this time there's a whopping seventy of them to track down in this latest cute point-and-click game from Pencil Kids, and they're all dressed like ninjas!
Magic is real, but not everyone is happy about it, and your life as a normal teen takes a turn for the strange when you discover you're a witch, too. In addition to dealing with the shocking attitude of your parents and the general populace, you also may just have gotten embroiled in a seriously dangerous magical mystery in this Twine based adventure... whether you're ready for it or not.
In this second half of the popular creepy indie point-and-click adventure series, Selina finds herself in a nightmare as she tries to work through what happened to her in the previous game. Can she overcome her fear and anger so she can release herself from this terrible dream?
Selina has taken the plunge. She's moved from her home and into a unknown city to further her art degree by studying under the famous Albert S. Seligmann. The only problem is Professor Seligmann is a pretentious jerk and Selina must give it her all to prove she is worthy of his teachings. Help Selina find the knowledge and education to better her artwork and attempt to gain Professor Seligmann's approval. But the longer Selina tries to more she begins to doubt the ability of this high and mighty Artmaster in this free indie adventure.
At prestigious all girls school St Claudine's, reputation is everything, and the school's, and yours, are on the line! As head of student council, you and your minions must investigate and solve all the randomly generated cases before the school's reputation is harmed, and without losing karma. The potential for close friendships or even romance with some of your allies exists as the weeks go on, but with one of them a traitor trying to bring you down, who can you trust in this intriguing blend of indie strategy and all-girl otome visual novel?
In a candy kingdom far away, three very different girls each discover a magical trinket that grants them mystical abilities. Nessie the Vanilla, Cassie the Chocolate, and Sam the Strawberry seek their destinies and true loves in this sugary-sweet episodic, free browser-based visual novel series about magic, romance, and one really, really delicious-looking sweets-themed world.
In this retro style cyberpunk indie point-and-click adventure game, you are thrust into the futuristic city of Newton. Two agents of the city are looking into the case of a serial mindjacker, able to hack people's brains and leave them dead. As they investigate, they learn there's way more to the story than meets the eye. Can you unravel the mysterious conspiracies?
This point-and-click adventure has you playing as a dour-faced special agent tasked with extracting an undesirable from the local slums. It's up to you to explore this richly detailed dystopian world, one mouse-based interaction at a time.
When a mansions shows up out of nowhere on Anne's front lawn one night, she can't help but investigate... and then finds herself trapped inside thanks to a curse! With 144 levels of puzzles to solve around the game's core sliding room mechanic and other tricks to master along the way, this is a lovely, whimsical, spooky-sweet indie adventure that's a welcome comfort to just about anyone.
Luke's been duped! Unless he can figure out a way out of it, he's getting married tomorrow to a murderous gold-digger and her crackpot kid in this kooky musical point-and-click adventure from Carmel Games.
When your sister, Bubble, falls ill it is up to you to go seek out the only cure that is lost in a deep mine. With your trusty slingshot and mysterious glowing spectrite stones you'll have to venture into the depths to find the cure in this puzzle platformer originally made for StencylJam2015.
Serafina's spent her entire life isolated in the jungle with only her father for company, but when he's kidnapped and she sets out to rescue him, she discovers more than she ever thought possible about the world and people outside, and herself, in this pay-what-you-want (including free!) indie otome visual novel, also available for Android.
KYY Games picks up the developer mantle this time for the sequel to the beloved tabletop parody RPG for iOS and Android. Create characters and then lead them on an adventure with Dungeon Master at the ready as you deal with the Paper Knight, whose disgust with your preferred edition of game has lead him to become your greatest villain! The sequel remains faithful to the original with trying on a few new concepts to flesh out the addictive gameplay.
Your former magic students Lucia and Roberto were to be married tomorrow, until Roberto went missing and Lucia was accused of murder. She's going to be executed at midnight, and if that weren't stressful enough, the Fates themselves tell you only you can help recover an unimaginably powerful magical artifact stolen from them in this stunning hidden-object adventure.
A peaceful night around the campfire is disturbed by a pair of vicious dinosaurs, and when her friend runs off, it's up to one cavewoman to rescue him in this short but gorgeous point-and-click adventure made in two weeks.
Asher Vollmer delivers a surprisingly addictive indie game of strategy, simulation, and even survival as you play a lowly serf with dreams of becoming royalty. Spend your years traveling, converting, exploring, and building the land, but watch your health, and don't run afoul of the local king or queen, who might not appreciate your dreams and actions.
Alone at the end of the world... or are you? How long can your survival in this clunky but surreal horror simulation, when food and water are in limited supplies and the shadows and snow work against you?
Short and sweet despite some rough edges, this adventure made by CosmicGhost for StencylJam2015 has you stranded on an alien planet where you can't speak to the locals and you don't understand their customs.
Elven heroine Alyssa might not have as amazing a name as her nemesis, Doctor Secret Nightowl, but she's still going to find a way to save the day when the king is frozen solid in this point-and-click adventure from Carmel Games.
Ilmfinity delivers a rough-around-the-edges but still ridiculously entertaining Pokemon-alike RPG adventure that offers a massive amount of gameplay for a puny price for iOS. In a world where Evokers can tame and train powerful creatures known as Creo, you set out to find your missing father and discover the truth behind a shadowy organization that's pushing for genetic modification.
In this playable free Early Access indie horror game, you've come to a remote house with a bad reputation. You're greeted by a cute ghost girl who challenges you to make it through all 1000 rooms, but the farther you go, the more it becomes apparent that there's more danger here that startling cardboard skeletons and slimes.
One of the great understated granddaddies of the action-RPG genre comes to iOS and Android thanks to DotEmu. When Adol washes ashore a storm-locked island and agrees to go searching for an ancient book, he doesn't suspect the destiny he's about to start out on, and how many things he'll need to defeat along the way by smashing into them really, really hard.
Remember the block-shoving Tetrobot from Blocks That Matter? He's back, and this time you're sending Psychobot inside him and plenty of other broken-down Tetrobots in what may be the most enjoyable hardware recovery-based puzzle game ever!
Now is your chance Space Cadet. One final chance to become the space hero you've always wanted to be. All you have to do is pass the Captain's test and impress only the most daring, most heroic, and most critical instructor in all the known galaxy, Captain Dirk Parsec, in this pay-what-you-want indie Twine tale with 26 different endings.
These two escape games from Rusty Lake are the start of a chilling new series. It begins in Seasons, as you travel through your memories inside a quiet house with its share of secrets, and continues to the deceptively serene fishing cabin of The Lake. These strikingly surreal games are also free for iOS and Android, and with more to come, an extremely promising start.
It's the end of the world... unless you can find a cure, that is. You and a handful of other scientists and survivors are holed up in an underground bunker trying to find a way to develop a cure for the disease turning humanity into mindless monsters. But in this meaty free indie horror game, as the days pass, you'll need to work to keep your facility running smooth, and make hard choices.
In a world where space travel is common, unfortunately so are space disasters. A ship goes down on a desolate moon, killing all but one crew member. This lone survivor is desperate for some human contact. Somehow you pick up the astronaut's signal and end up helping Taylor make crucial decisions through the worst day of their life in this thrilling sci-fi narrative for iOS.
In this first installment of a retro point-and-click adventure, Doris is shuffling her way through the afterlife in search of her husband, but other beings have a use for her... !
Rose ventures into an asylum with a dark past in search of a missing girl, but gaps in her memory and strange, surreal creatures and visions haunt here in every darkened hallway in this standalone first installment of Psychoz Interactive's old school survival horror adventures for iOS.
Just what is Mu Complex, and what lies at its heart? The only way to find out is by hacking into its systems! In this hybrid text adventure/puzzle/riddle game, you'll explore the intranet of the mysterious complex, desperately searching for... something. Master the old-fashioned computer commands, scan e-mails for clues, and even solve mysteries using real-world information and trivia in order to discover the complex's secrets!
In this free indie visual novel, Nigel's life is pretty calm and that's just the way he likes it, until a bunch of strange disappearance begin baffling police, and a weird woman moves in who begins changing his life... but for better or worse?
This action RPG has you fighting your opponents in real time, launching attacks with the [Q] and [A] buttons whenever your characters' cool down meters reach zero. Combine their special abilities for extra damage. A fun experiment in a new RPG formula.
The year is 1983. Space is being conquered by man. However Xanadu, a research space ship that was searching the far edge of the explored universe has sent out a distress signal. Called in to help them fix their engines and get them back home, you soon find the crew to be missing and an even larger mystery surrounding the circumstances in this first-person indie horror adventure.
Your life seems like it's about as perfect as it can get. You're engaged to a handsome jazz pianist in New Orleans, putting the final touches on your wedding plans. But when your sweetie's former band mates start turning up dead, it's time to take action before it's too late in this beautiful hidden-object adventure game.
The Trace delivers a wonderfully immersive experience with a satisfying narrative and innovative gameplay for your iOS. As one murder leads to another, it's up to you to piece together clues to figure out what's going on. Explore a detailed 3D world while finding the evidence you need to solve the case.
In this cute point-and-click puzzle adventure, you're a clever cat riding in a magic flying tea-kettle, as cats often do, trying to find a way to break your wizard friend out of the dungeon he's been locked up in!
There's a frail and senile old man, they say, who lives alone on the edge of town and pays for his groceries with gold dubloons... the perfect mark for a trio of goons in this short but supremely creepy freeware indie point-and-click adventure based on the original tale by Lovecraft.
Deep in the Louisiana swamp lands there's legend of an Owlman. When a boy goes missing and clues start pointing at toward the creature being the kidnapper, you'll have to have all your wits about you to determine what is real, and what's a myth in this hidden-object adventure game.
You wake up in an alley and find your wallet nearby but your ID missing. Finding who took it is just the tip of the iceberg in this deep, turn-based singleplayer retro RPG adventure, currently playable in Beta and set in the strange city of Flauston years after an event known as the "ascent"...
Harmony, aesthetics, surreal mythic wonder and co-operative online gameplay flourish in this original indie multiplayer platformer about restoring the natural balance of the spirit of the world. Currently available in Early Access, work with other players and discover the secrets of an evolving world.
Pedro was out hiking, but now he's trapped in a national park thanks to a crazed killer. Outwitting the madman might not take a whole lot of effort, but Carmel Games still deliver a cutely creepy point-and-click game that hopefully gets a meatier follow-up.
As the only daughter of a large Chinese family in 1920s San Francisco, you never suspected you were a magician, but when you wind up bartending at a very special speakeasy, you learn just that in this fast but fun and beautiful free indie otome visual novel made for NaNoReNo.
In this quirky free indie visual novel adventure made in just a few months, you find yourself conscripted into a party of legendary heroes who aren't so legendary or heroic these days. Can you help them save themselves before they can save the world... and maybe even find a little romance?
Let's head down to the town of Immortale, famous for its lifelike puppets and killing nosy reporters. Wait, what? There's certainly something very wrong with this steampunk-inspired, doll-torturing bizarro place, and the truth is even more twisted than you could have thought. The Price of Immortality is as enjoyable as it is creepy, and its unique atmosphere is sure to draw you right in.
The first installment into the expanded world of Roope Tamminen's macabre mayhem sandbox horror adventure has arrived! A group of teens are at a lakeside camp trying to get everything ready for it to open, but there's just one small murderous problem, and a whole host of things to interact with in a dynamic environment full of surprises.
Now available on PC, Oceanhorn is the story of a young boy who sets out to avenge his father against a legendary monster from the depths of a drowned world. Though it might be a bit TOO casual and Zelda-like for some, this action-adventure is an absolute stunner, and a cheerful, vibrant game for any age and skill level.
Ryan North, Kate Beaton, Anthony Clark and more combine talents to make one behemoth of a Choose Your Own Adventure gamebook with a seriously comedic style for iOS and Android as well as Mac, PC, and Linux. In the iconic tale of Hamlet, do you follow the rules... or do you play as someone else entirely and travel through time, thwart terrorists, advance ghost marine biology, and more?
Waking up in a frightening world, our Hero must find his way out of the prison he found himself in, and to the statue that haunts his dreams. With choices he must make along the way, will he find his redemption that he seeks or be lost in the stain that mars his soul in this surreal and dark indie point-and-click adventure?
You've finally managed to snag an invitation to a magical ball... but when they only want beautiful people there, how are you supposed to go about making yourself "beautiful" with your limited (and weird!) cosmetics? A short but funny and engaging Twine tale with seven routes and endings to discover.
The gang's back for more in the second installment of TellTale's action adventure series based on the popular ultra-violent shooter. Rhys and Fiona are still at odds as they recount how they set off in search of the Gortys project, but a new "friend" is giving Rhys one heck of a headache and Fiona's dealing with her own problems in this fantastically funny second episode that will leave you hungry for more.
The monkeys are looking for 20 leprechauns this time around in the four-leaf-clover-ridden installment of PencilKids' beloved point-and-click puzzle series, but the wee people are crafty, and you'll need to search high, low, and behind all manner of locks to find them.
The town of Pixton needs your help to eradicate evil in this rogue-like RPG! Choose your pixely heroes and embark on a difficult journey filled with hilarious encounters as you help the townfolks and level up. Saving your game before battle is for wimps, so be prepared to fight to victory or death.
Tony and her brothers Pablo and Octavio are just your average, ordinary kids who can turn into playground equipment, but searching for snails near an abandoned factory puts both them, and their hearts, in grave danger in this clever, unexpectedly warm free indie horror adventure that deals with family and humanity.
In this unsettling horror adventure from Maninu and translated by vgperson, a young girl finds herself sucked into one of her own paintings, where danger hides behind a surreal and deceptively idyllic appearance. Nine endings and environmental storytelling makes Bevel's Painting creative and compelling, but clunky and unintuitive conditions for the "best" endings frustrate.