A downloadable vn for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Rated 17+, Gore, Disturbing Sounds

Headphone Users are recommended to lower the volume.

Summary

Luana's best friend Waite has inherited his deceased Aunt Nelda's home, and now that they've graduated college they're moving in. On the first night, they're woken up by the sound of doors opening and closing. After searching the nearby room, they find a strange guy inside. He claims the house belongs to him and both of them shouldn't be there. However, Waite drags him out and tries to throw him out the front door.

When he goes to open the door, instead of the front lawn, is a room covered in cobwebs with claw marks on the wall. When they try to return to the bedroom, they find themselves in a hallway instead, shadowy hands grasping at their bodies.

Every door they open leads to another room, some repeating, some even twisting.

Will Luana ever be able to leave her new home with Waite and their unexpected guest?

Characters

Our Main Character

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Luana

Had a bit of a rough childhood, but never let any bullies get to her. Tries to keep a cool head to keep Waite in line.

Love Interests

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Waite

Luana's best friend ever since she stuck up for him. Distrustful of others, willing to start fights over trivial things.

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The Trespasser

Pops up in the middle of the night. With his claims of ownership, both Luana and Waite believe he's crazy.

Report bugs, look at the walkthrough, or chat with us on our  Discord!

Don't have/want a Discord account to look at the walkthrough? Click here instead!

We also have a twitter and a newsletter!

(And while I'm at it, here's the teams personal twitters.)

FungiiCamyD.rayezbreezysonomura, and Razumi.

(I don't have a twitter, and don't plan to anytime soon.)

Our Team

Sunlit-Dreamer: Writer, Programmer
Fungii Draws: Sprite Artist, Main CG Artist, Proofreader
Camille Arana: Logo Artist
D.ray: Composer, Audio Producer
Emma Breezy: Voice Actress
Edward A. Mendoza: Voice Actor
Razumi Yazura: GUI Artist, CG Artist, Voice Actor, Q&A

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are there gonna more update again or 4.0 is the last updated of the game ??

There will still be updates if bug fixes are needed and polishing it here and there. Other than that, there probably won't be any news until around Spring at the earliest.

So glad I stumbled across this game. Completed everyone 100% and I'm really glad that I did!

First of all, the art was fantastic. Love the character designs and CGI. They really add to the atmosphere that you were working towards!

Game design was also great and I had a blast playing through it! The sections with a ton of options were absolutely nerve wracking and panic inducing, so a great thing in a horror game.

Writing, characters, and story were super engaging. Everyone interested me and I really couldn't put down the game until I uncovered every single thing that this had to offer.

Sound design: phenomenal. One of the best I've heard in a LONG TIME!

I only wanted more but can see myself going through it over and over again regardless. An absolutely superb game! :D

Well I have good news then. We'll be uploading a Halloween update soon with some new scenes and sfx added in. (No new art though, she's been overwhelmed with work.) A small taste of what to look forward to once we finally announce the kickstarter. =P

Oh man, I'm super excited to see the update in that case!! :D

really loved it!sadly im unable to get the true ending,i already have all the other endings unlocked and i do what it says on the walkthrough but the option for the true ending doesnt appear;;;

How strange, I even opened up the latest version and the choice appeared for me. Hmm, try mixing up the first 3 choices so you don't end up locked on either the Trespasser's or Waite's routes.

I absolutely LOVED this game!!! Everything felt perfect to me! I loved all the characters and their personalities, even if things were a little rushed! yanderes in my favorite visual novels? more likely than you think.  I also feel like the horror was much more real because of the tension you built in the text! I'm really looking forward to the October update you have planned :0 Thank you so much for making such a fun game :)

Another satisfied reader, always make us smile~ Apologies for the rush, but hopefully in the future we can fix that. =3 Look forward to the update!

lol, was searching for walkthrought for the game but didnt find anything. but whatever i already finished game. all six endings, yay. 

amazing work. i liked plot, cute artstyle and yandere characters(boi, this Rowan guy,,, really got interested in him after second ending. and player bff... lol, don't judge a book by its cover). thanks for amazing game and hard work! will be praying for games this quality.:D 

p.s. sorry for my poor English, not my first language.:)

Ahh, my apologies. The link to the walkthrough was the word "here" itself. Will possibly update the summary in the future so it's easier to find.

Glad you enjoyed our project!

I just played this game, and I must say, it has a lot of potential, great characters, great plot, the artstyle is very good and it makes the use of ominous ambience and fearing the unknown a lot better and more effective than jumpscares!

Amazing work! You should all be proud of yourselves! :D

Glad you enjoyed it! The entire team put our all into it, even though we missed the nano deadline. (And apologies for the non-stop walking bug, we only caught that a couple weeks ago. It'll be fixed in the 3.0 build which we were still scouring for bugs. Quite a few floaty faces.)

This was fantastic! Engaging plot, adorable art, nice use of music/sounds/timed choices to amp up the tension, little details like Luana's sprite reflecting the fact that she ripped her tights...I'm really impressed! Another comment already said it down below, but I also really enjoyed the fact that the game relied more on atmosphere and the fear of the unknown rather than jump scares or tons of gore to make the game scary. 

I got rejected by both love interests in my first playthrough — lol, even in a game I can't get a date — but I actually really like that ending! Definitely going to check out your other games after I finish this one!

Thank you~ I always strive to do my best to make sure the timing is just right when it comes to the music and sounds. (You wouldn't believe how many sfx I downloaded.)

To be more specific, YOU'RE the one who rejected the boys. =P You're too good for them. (Note: Oh goodness. I will say the older games will be lower quality. Which is to be expected since I always tried to improve with each one. So bewaaaare.)

wooooo this was SO good !! i loved how there was multiple endings and i was pleasantly surprised to figure out there was romantic endings (completely read over the fact that waite and rowan are love interests. thought this was just gonna be a spooky horror vn) 

i dont want to spoil anything but the rejection endings were honestly my favourite endings. i also loved the option of not doing anything and how sometimes thats even the right option. 

i just love the game overall :-) with horror games im always worried theyll just rely on jumpscares (either loud noises or sudden images) but this was more atmospheric!! i loved the music. LOVED the characters. the art is also really good and surprisingly cute??  

dont know if this counts as a spoiler but the description of what's happening during the death scene in the upside-down room...made me physically ill BUT IN A GOOD WAY i love when horror physically affects me whether its a sick feeling or tensing up. thats when i know its really good

anyways i just really love this game and everything about it so if you do ever decide to expand the story that would be AMAZING. (god rereading this and just count how many times i said love)

Glad you enjoyed!

The scene you mentioned kept making me think that there should be art with a lot of the scenes to add to the horror. Of course, we are limited in time and no budget, but it would be fun to work on art for more scenes someday.

As Razumi (Rowan's VA) already said, glad you enjoyed it!

Regarding that death scene, my editor pushed me to make it as descriptive as possible. (Heck after polishing several of the death scenes, he asked me if I wanted to make them longer. So if we do expand...expect even longer deaths.) >=3

I am really loving your game! I am surprised it has partial voice acting and the premise it's pretty interesting. I am looking forward to how it'll play out. I even did a let's play for it. You can check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDXCvmd8Pjg

Thanks a lot for letting me experience this game!

Glad you're enjoying it! The team really put our all into it. I'll be sure to check out the lp!

Hello! I'm having the same problem as TabbySan, and I have a Mac.

(This tutorial "update" sure loves being buggy doesn't it?)

Okay. Fixed for real. BUT I'm going to do a something lil extra before uploading it considering how many times I've claimed to have "fixed it" the last several days.

Next build will have a preview of what I've been working on coding. It's only up to the first horror cg though, so optional to see it.

New build's up, tested it properly, should work now!

i have run in to a bug. i am on PC for reference. on choice 3 the timer doesn't stop after making my choice. i have tried to click past it fast or keep clicking to get far enough past it to stop the timer but as soon as it reaches 0 it rewinds to say she was slapped. if i try to scroll wheal back at that point it will not let me. also the empty timer will stay at the top. i have also tested making different choices earlier. no change.

Apologies for the bug! I was able to identify the problem and quickly fixed it. Will have new builds up within an hour!

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i deleted the old file and I just re installed it and it is still happening.... :( my saves from the old version are still there if that means anything. 

*facepalms* Turns out I only fixed the problem in the screens file, but not the script. (I feel like a liar now.) Fixing right now!

Turns out it's still not fixed.

It should now. Tested it properly, like I should've done the first time instead of rushing. Very sorry that!

Finished the game with the help of the walkthrough, it was fun! The music was especially creepy and the descriptions...I'm just thankful that it is afternoon here haha. Would have loved to know more about Rowan though, seeing as he isn't who he actually is. 

Glad you enjoyed it! And completely understandable. Unfortunately I wasn't able to write everything I had originally planned. (Thus why unrealistic bonding.)

Depending on how things go though, it's possible the story will be expanded in the future.

(english isn't my first language so sorry if my grammar isn't great)

I just finished all the endings. Although the game is a little short it manages to tell a really great story. I love the art,  and the voice acting is really well done (I seriously loved Rowans voice ^-^).
I like how the game doesn't rely on jumpscares or gory art to scare you. The story is creepy on its own. Like most visual novels, you need to use your imagination for some of the images. Luckily the text is always very descriptive.
I also love how you have a very limited time to make some of the choices which makes the game more exiting. I had a lot fun playing and can't wait for future games by the creator!!

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(Oh you're fine, your english is great!)

Glad you enjoyed our project so much! You wouldn't believe how long our "potential cgs" list was. But I made the "required" list as tiny as possible, I didn't want to ruin Fungii's hand. And yes, good, let the chills run through you. >=3

I'm also quite fond of using timed choices (when the time's appropriate). Just more suitable when you're trying to survive.

I shall do my best to create more entertaining vns/kns in the future~ (And depending on how things go, we just might expand on this one.)

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It's me again. Could you add 'Survival horror' and 'Multiple endings' tags to your game? It'll help to spread your project to more gamers!

Thanks for the suggestion, I added the tags!

Wow...that was quite the ride! Managed to get all endings in one afternoon. Personally of all the story conclusions, I like Rowan's romance ending (Waite doing the whole 'Keeping my best friend and her new (weird) boyfriend in line' thing was really hilarious) and the ones where the boys go yandere over Luana and she's forced to fight them at the cost of her own sanity. Love our heroine's dynamic with Waite in particular and his rapport with Rowan.  After all, Waite does have his reasons to distrust the random dude who shows up in his inherited house but is forced to trust him despite his attitude towards other people. The spooks were sufficiently brought with certain CGs and descriptions of the monsters roaming the residence. Kind of like trying to describe Ink Bendy and failing , weirdly enough. 


There's one CG that I haven't managed to unlock yet. It's the one at the center of the first Gallery page. Will wait to see more content from you!

I voiced Rowan and drew the background art for his romance ending. I hope people enjoyed how I interpreted him.

Unlocking the middle CG on the first gallery page stumped me a little too at first. It does appear to be lurking about among the choice selection.

I personally hope we expand on this. I quite enjoyed helping out.

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Glad you enjoyed it! Wasn't sure how everyone would react to the endings, or if my writing would bring any chills. My beta-reader told me that there are confusing parts (in a bad way) but didn't want to push release any further. Glad that didn't ruin your experience.

As for the final cg you're missing, the only way to get it is to die in the red light green light room. =P

And depending on how the nano is received, it is possible we'll be expanding it in the future. (With more realistic bonding, more nights, and more deaths. Mwuahaha.)

Thanks for your and Razumi's replies! Totally worth the month and a half wait (and being a hardcore horror fan)!


I've been wondering about something regarding  Luana...is she Peruvian? I've noted some of her dialogue is in a foreign language and some of the dishes she brings up when talking to Waite. Also a suggestion: when you reach a download milestone, will you be doing a celebratory illustration featuring the main characters dressed as the main toon trio of Bendy and the Ink Machine with Luana as Alice Angel, Waite as Boris the Wolf and Rowan as Bendy? Their personalities certainly match up with those characters!

You're welcome~

Ahh her nationality. She's half Moroccan from her father's side, and half Latina from her mother's side. The little tidbits here and there were Moroccan Arabic. (I wanted to put a mini glossary, but code didn't work properly.)

As for if we do something to celebrate a milestone, it'll be discussed. =P

Woo hoo~! Your game's finally out!!! Now reading through a portion currently. Found a bug regarding the music player not working when clicked on. Everything else is working fine. Liking the style of the GUI. Will give a full review when I complete the game...possibly in the next few days!

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Edit: Razumi explained to me what the bug is. Fixed it, uploading new build asap.

Sorry for the long wait, hope you enjoy!