In this simple interactive narrative created for the Global Game Jam 2016, you find yourself fiddling with a phone, trying to figure out not only who it belonged to, but where they've gone. A few clever codes and puzzles serve to help you unlock new information as you dig through a life some may find hits too close to home.
Detective Zombie Margh is running short on time. With a list of missing people, a crazed lunatic ranting about "zombie aliens" and a brain shortage will the Detective be able to figure all of it out in time?
Deep beneath the earth, an android awaits a test that could determine whether he's ready to enter humanity... but what does humanity mean anyway? And what's the secret behind Ark 19? A short and sometimes unintuitive but engrossing story-driven puzzle experience for the iOS.
With someone targeting brain farms and zombies going missing Detective Margh needs to find out just what is going on and who is behind all these mysterious crimes or else the whole undead community could be at stake in this interactive comic series.
Alex and her friends, which includes her brand-new "just met tonight" step brother and a girl who blames her for Alex's brother's death, just want to hang out on the island and goof off. Too bad they didn't plan on stumbling across something slumbering beneath. A very character driven indie horror adventure with a human heart at its core.
When a gaudy vase goes missing from a museum, cop Chrys finds herself rechristened as Romance Cop and dragged into working with the eccentric woman known as Romance Detective! A funny, sweet, and definitely silly madcap indie visual novel with a sequel coming later this year that will put a smile on your face.
In this short but unsettling bit of interactive fiction, one girl flees for her life after the end of the world, pursued by creatures who will devour her, flesh and bone, or take everything that makes her human.
Someone is targeting brain farms in the land of the dead, and zombie Detective Margh is on the case in this remake of an interactive comic adventure that offers additional choices and interactivity to players.
In this choose-your-own text adventure for Android and iOS, a logger wakes up hours after a hazy event to find the site destroyed and his crew missing. As you hunt for them, however, the choices you make will determine how things play out in this compellingly creepy and atmospheric tale.
Science student and unlikely space explorer Taylor is back in this sequel to the original Lifeline story. A strange space craft is approaching the mining ship that rescued you. Are they friend or foe? Find out as you help Taylor navigate the situation in this text adventure.
After the death of his twin sister tore his family apart four years ago, 16 year old Shuuki is just coasting through life. But after finding his older brother murdered and discovering the murderer is able to travel through time, Shuuki is determined to set things right. But when it becomes apparent he's up against a serial killer, Shuuki has to work harder and harder to keep people safe by changing the past, and maybe himself, in this exciting and engrossing indie visual novel adventure.
One year after volcanoes simultaneously erupt all around the world, plunging it into a new age, a young boy who barely survived with his family suddenly finds them missing, seemingly plucked out of thin air, and only a mysterious phrase to go on. This massive free text-based RPG adventure for Android and iOS offers over 2000 pages of in-depth post-apocalyptic storytelling with optional combat, minigames, and more, though ends abruptly as the first installment in a planned trilogy.
Ah, welcome! You must be here to play our new state-of-the-art heist game. It's just... there's a little problem. Someone is already playing it. You don't mind waiting around for a bit, do you? You might even help us finish the current session so you can start your game as soon as possible. Sounds fun, right? What could possibly go wrong?
Elaine's life isn't what she'd hoped for. She's been married for 25 years, sure, and she has a roof over her head, but anxieties, regrets, loneliness, and a feeling of disconnection make her days feel gray... but there is the matter of her house, which seems to be slowly changing around her in a way only she notices, and over the course of a week in this puzzle-less text adventure, the doors she opens can change her life by changing her past in unexpected ways... but is it for the better?
As an intern for Night Vale's beloved local radio, you never expected to have to be the one to hunt down The News when it escaped, but hey, someone's gotta do it. A pitch-perfect, short, Twine-based adventure fan game set in everyone's favourite strange desert town.
City of Immigrants is the fourth in the series of Mission US educational point-and-click adventure game titles focusing on American History, created by Electric Funstuff under the auspices of New York PBS Station Channel 13. The year is 1907. You are Lena Brodsky, a 14-year-old Jewish Immigrant from Russia, making her way in the city of New York in the land of opportunity, America. The exploration and newness of Lena's immigrant experience is a natural fit for a video game framework, and it makes for another wonderful installment of the series.
Who says romance is dead? Well, in the case of biology student Maddie, it really is, since the guys she crosses paths with in this sweet free indie visual novel all might have very different personalities, but share one thing in common... they don't have a pulse between them.
Mr Gilbert's search for the missing woman known as Daphne has had him tango with mobsters and murderers, and now he's finally infiltrated a dangerous cult. But where is Daphne, and what does she have to do with this? You'll need to hunt for answers in this supernatural point-and-click noir adventure.
The plot thickens as Mr Gilbert continues in his search for Daphne, and it quickly becomes apparent this is no ordinary missing girl. You'll need to use all his powers of deduction (and a tentacle or three) to succeed in this second installment of the supernatural noir point-and-click adventure series.
Camp life isn't really doing it for Bridget. But every time she sleeps, a land of bird people need her help. You'll be helping her learn on the job in BIRDLAND. a Twine interactive-fiction adventure game written by Brendan Patrick Hennessy and illustrated by Izzy Marbella. A weird game, but the engaging, hilarious, and even realistic kind of weird that should be actively sought out.
When you find yourself walking down the road to the secluded cabin you rented for the weekend you probably don't look at the setting sun and think, I should explore the area for treasure. But in free indie horror game Shadow and Ash, when you find a locked box and a treasure map not even the creepy feeling of something watching you will stop you from searching the dark woods till you find the clues to unlock someone's greatest treasure.
Mr. Gilbert is just your average hardworking gumshoe... with tentacles, purple flesh, and mind powers, of course. But even he may have bitten off more than he can chew when he agrees to look for a missing girl in the seedy underworld he lives in, in this first installment of a point-and-click adventure series from Expera Games Studio.
When your boyfriend has his brain guzzled by an unspeakable creature from beyond the stars, what's a gal to do when the town won't take her seriously? That's up to you to decide in this snarky sci-fi horror text adventure from Steph Cherrywell!
Classic Magical Girl style tropes meet themes of modern religion in this indie visual novel, as a trio of kids at the Summer Scouts slog through bullies, boring campfire singalongs, bugs, and the fear that maybe who they really are deep inside is wrong... and everyone knows it. Surreal, scary, and close to home, We Know the Devil is about "being weird and queer and wrong and hoping against hope no one will find out when the actual, literal devil comes for you."
After you are mistakenly contacted by a blood-mage, you decide to join her on her quest in this fantasy themed text adventure. Travel with Arika in real time as she plots revenge against those who killed her parents. Your choices will determine whether she succeeds or fails in her quest in this game for iOS and Apple Watch.
You are assigned to investigate why an AI facility has gone dark in this sci-fi text adventure. After an incident you are separated from your team mate. You are only able to communicate through text as you help her reunite with you. Use the computer to hack the facility as you try to figure out what went wrong.
In this very short but very atmospheric free indie experience, you putter around a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. It's quiet. Your fire crackles merrily. Why not go for a walk and see how the story unfolds?
Life is a struggle. Death is a struggle. And the biggest struggle of all happens within the mind of a man caught In Between. An indie physics puzzler by gentlymad and Head Up Games, In Between is a beautiful, contemplative, and quite challenging work that faces a deep topic in and engaging and entertaining way. If you don't mind a little pixel-precision in the gameplay, you'll be in for quite the emotional journey.
Branwen has a plan to marry a prince in 30 days to keep her friend Isador, who's accused of being a killer, safe. But all is not as it seems in this deceptively sweet visual novel simulation, with multiple characters to unlock and endings to discover.
In this interactive short by Loved creator Alexander Ocias, wander down a misty shoreline, and get an ending that depends on the things you interact with, and how. Short and simple but beautifully atmospheric and thoughtful, it's a neat little piece of art to play any day.
Currently available in Steam's Early Access, Layers of Fear is a disturbing and inventive indie horror adventure that has you exploring a house and one man's descent into obsessive madness. With gorgeous visuals, top-notch atmosphere, and a surreal and otherworldly world that changes as you explore, it's full of masterfully executed scares, but may be too on-rails and uninteractive for some.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
After recently dying Caleb finds himself training o become a new grim reaper. With two friends by his side Caleb must decided if he wants to find out who he was before his death or prove that teen hormone still rage even when you don't have a physical body.
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!
The new cafe in town is a great place to go when you want a bite to eat, but you never expected to find so many of your friends from school working there! In this sweet and simple slice-of-life free indie visual novel, unlock and dine with various waitresses and get to know them better, from your bossy best childhood friend to the shy and painfully nervous daughter of the owner.
A woman sits in front of a camera in a police station, interviewed seven different times about the disappearance of her husband. In front of you, you have access to the full archive of clips, searchable with keywords, and it's up to you to discover the whole truth in this inventive and engrossing indie interactive mystery narrative, also available on iOS!
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.
A short and somber point-and-click story, this game puts you in the role of an astronaut stranded in space, waiting out the years while he tries to plan his escape. Explore the station and collect memory fragments so you can finally work up the fortitude to do something about your predicament.
Short and creepy, this text-based puzzle game has you as a detective trying to crack a series of word puzzle codes in order to catch a killer who seems more content to toy with you than anything else.
Lost in a strange world, fate brings you to one very odd half-rabbit man. Offering to help you out, he sweeps you off your feet for a tour of this new land. But something is off about this overly friendly man, and what seems like a lovely romance blooming can actually be a pretty terrifying tale.
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.
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.
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.
Cameras, computers, e-mails, and passwords await in the belly of the Mu Complex, and in this continuation to the wildly popular hacking simulation/puzzle game, you'll need to use your wits to make it through each challenge in a game that challenges you to think outside the box and offers little hand-holding.
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.
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.
Your daughter Suzanne is having a house party for her "artsy" friends, and she insists that you, her mother, don't need to help. In this short but very sweet free indie game, you'll wander the house and get to know your daughter and her friends a little better... often just by watching quietly from the sidelines.
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?
Eight's scared and confused when she wakes unable to remember her name or much else about her life in a strange place, so she's relieved when she recognizes a boy she somehow KNOWS is her brother, even if he's in the same boat. Created for NaNoRenO, this free indie visual novel is often sad and bittersweet, but focuses on being bruised but not broken and the difference having someone who loves you can make in your life.
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?
Join disaffected twenty-something Kelly as she makes an awkward phone call while driving in the rain, in Three Fourths Home, a piece of indie interactive art by Bracket Games. It is a work that is heavy on text and theme, and light on humor and action. Still, fans of thought-provoking interactive literature should not miss it.
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?
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.
Mysterious incidents occur on a cruise ship half a century apart, and it's up to you to discover the truth in The Misadventures of Detective Butler, a mystery visual novel by Goldbar Games. While two-dimensional characters hold the story from reaching its full potential, it is an entertaining yarn with a classic Golden Age Whodunnit feel and polished visuals and sound.
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to colonize a distant planet? Jump into the shoes of a space pioneer in this sci-fi interactive fiction. The decisions you make effect not just your relationship with your new husband, but potentially the whole planet. What will you choose?
Returning from school abroad in France, your new life in America is hard to get used to... there's the local bully who's the only person(s) you know, the kids you're just getting to know, and, oh, the person who had your locker before you seems to have vanished under mysterious circumstances. Find out why, or find friends and romance in this LGBTQ-friendly visual novel episodic adventure for iOS and Android!
In this creepy Choose Your Own Adventure Kindle horror tale (use one of the free Kindle apps to play!), a desperate phone call from your eccentric brother sets you off on a mission to find and rescue him. But time is running out, and there are things in the dark you may not be prepared to deal with.
Nabi's family curse means finding love could be deadly, but she's got more on her mind than romance with school starting... and an old friend who's suddenly avoiding her. A short but sweet visual novel.
Sometimes it's not so bad to rely only on yourself. Especially when there are multiple versions of you lying around, and they can freeze in space in time to become useful platforms and stepping-stones for you to get around on. Help one man... er, men... escape from the dark place he... er, they have become trapped in. Never has the phrase "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps" been so literal as it is in this thematic puzzle-platformer.
Set forth across the vast and unknowable Unterzee in this engrossing blend of Choose Your Own Adventure style storytelling and naval seafaring and combat from the creators of Fallen London... and set in the same world to boot! Create your captain and forge a great legacy, dealing with undying colonists, cannibalism, giant tentacles, and much, much more as you explore a nightmarishly entrancing world.
In this interactive comic that follows the first Ghostbusters movie, the guys find themselves dealing with a very unusual spook. Choose the next panel to impact the story, and kick back for a pitch-perfect, funny homage to the beloved franchise.
Trapped and in isolation from the world your only solace comes through letters that are slipped under your door. Who are these people who send you letters? Are they even real? And would it matter if they are not?
You wake up, confused, unable to speak, naked, and threatened with a gun by a young man at the end of the world who seems surprised to find you're human in this free indie visual novel. Your choices determine the heroine's personality and feelings as you struggle to find out what happened to you in this romantic post-apocalyptic tale.
In this massive indie visual novel, Eri wakes up one morning to find her doll collection has come to life, making her home lively and happy for the first time since the death of her grandfather. But is it all as sweet and whimsical as it seems? With a tremendous amount of replay value, secret endings, and high production value, Nameless isn't without its flaws, but still stands as a powerhouse of the otome genre.
Take a little, take it all, or take nothing in this unique, clever game from Stephen Lavelle and Terry Cavanagh. You're trying to decide what to pack in your tiny suitcase, and what you take and what you alternately leave behind determines the short story and premise that unfolds, with unlockable items and new combinations to discover on new playthroughs!
Available as a paid browser game, a download, or in your pocket for your mobile device, this meaty, smart text adventure takes you through thirty years of your own life as a fledgling roboticist, where your every decision can drastically change the world around you. Both philosophical and funny when it needs to be, Choice of Robots offers a massive amount of replay value, and a whole lot of food for thought.
Everyone is always bothered by the unexplained bump in the night. But what if the noise is more simple, like someone rustling in the supposedly empty bunk below you. Each night you are haunted by nightmares, but they are nothing compared to what happens when you are awake.
In this compelling and grim indie simulation, you control a group of survivors struggling to get by day to day in an increasingly dangerous city that's turned into a war zone. As the days pass, you're forced to push the limits of what you're comfortable with in order to survive, and rather than glorifying war for heroics, This War of Mine humanizes it for its people.
Short but more than a little sweet, this free indie adventure inspired by The Little Prince follows a small, newly built robot who makes an unusual friend and discovers the importance of love and friendship for a cozy, effortlessly charming experience.
The moon is falling from the sky, and all you can do is watch. Fortunately, that's something you're good it. It's Moonkid, a piece of interactive art by Mike Salyh. Slow-paced and artsy, Moonkid won't be for everyone. However, its haunting evocative nature definitely makes it worth seeing for yourself.
One lonely little boy's whole life is changed when he discovers an injured bird in this stunning interactive narrative by Freebird Games, creators of beloved indie adventure To the Moon, that should not be missed.
- • Ao Oni
- • Ascension
- • Halloween Otome
Hide your kids, hide your 'fraidy-cats, 'cause we're spoopin' everybody! This week, three more free indie games to celebrate the freaky season, from a cute and romantic visual novel set in a very unique Halloween party, to a sidescrolling psychological action adventure, and a classic monster tale made by a very talented escape game developer.
Sisters Kat and Aria are lost alone in the woods at night when they accidentally cross paths with two men who don't have the friendliest intentions. How far will they go to save themselves in this Choose Your Own Adventure style text-based tale?
Getting stuck in an elevator is bad enough, but getting stuck with eight strangers, one of whom is a killer, is even worse. People are picked off one by one as the lights go out in this short interactive movie, and you'll have to figure out which one of them is the killer to get the best ending.
Ethan Carter is missing, and a series of gruesome murders are happening throughout the isolated town of Red Creek. Paul Prospero is the occult detective Ethan had been writing to before his disappearance, but what Paul uncovers is just as said as it is shocking and unsettling in this gorgeous indie horror adventure.
Bottle Rockets is a sci-fi platform game by James Earl Cox III set to the song "Alberto Balsam" by Aphex Twin. A short artistic work about mothers, daughters, and space, it integrates a glitchy aesthetic quite well into the plot and gameplay, and will generally succeed in making those who play it feel all the feels.
A twine interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression, developed by Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsey and Isaac Schankler, Depression Quest hopes to offer empathy and sympathy for what can be a very painful condition. Some awkward prose is balanced by its ambitiousness in subject matter, and makes a convincing case for how games can help us all understand each other better.
The 3DS hit installment of the beloved visual novel adventure series comes to iOS in this stunning port with a free first episode. Play as Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, and newcomer junior lawyer Athena Cykes as they work to prove the innocence of their clients in outrageous mysteries where you'll need a keen eye and a clever mind to spot lies, evidence, and more.
Phileas Fogg has made a bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days, and as his faithful valet Passepartout, it's your job to see that he succeeds, be it by airship, train, automobile, or... mechanical horse? A rollicking alternative history simulation adventure with deep lore and tons of replay value for your iOS.
Available free or pay-what-you-want, this gorgeous indie visual novel dating sim starts you off in a new city filled with a wide variety of people. Shy Conor resists the efforts of outgoing Oli to get him to date, flighty Lily is desperate to save the family business, and more. Though on the short side, it's a fun, smile-inducing romance game with a ton of charm.
Descend into a dungeon with your brother Erasmus in this strange Twine text adventure, again and again and again and again. Failure is often the only way forward, so explore and experiment if you expect to uncover any of the game's endings, much less the real one.
Something is very wrong. There is an energy of unknown origin and intent seeping into our world. It is known as Exotic Matter. Join the Enlightenment or the Revolution in this massively popular mmo and hunt down that unknown energy in your local neighborhood.
You're dying and you wonder to yourself, "Will my life really pass before my eyes?" In this game, it just might, but it will depend on your focus and mind power. Part brain-training, part life history, this compelling game is likely to be one of the most unusual mobile games you pick up this year.
You Were Made For Loneliness, a Twine narrative adventure by the Tsukareta author collective, weaves a tale of memory, the post-apocalypse, regret, murder, and in its own skewed way, love. It's a disjointed presentation, heavy on experimentation, but those who love exploring and piecing together a narrative from many component parts will find it a very intriguing experiation.