Observer and the Observed

is a short tale about a mysterious house in the woods. According to the locals, the owner would offer visitors highly intriguing tapes, and that guests are guaranteed to leave with a great deal of insight into their own lives.

CONTENT WARNING [SPOILER] You might find the theme disturbing.


Jam

Observer and the Observed was made in 5 days for the Wanderjahre Game Jam 3. The game follows two restrictions: No Text and Anagnorisis, which means the character has a moment of discovery that recontextualizes the narrative. Overall, this was a very challenging set of restrictions and I'm curious to know if you think I'm successful in delivering the anagnorisis.

Playing with the native build instead of the web version is highly recommended if you are experiencing performance issues.

Inspiration

The story for this jam entry is heavily inspired by the manga Soumatoh Kabushikigaishac by Sugawara Keita, also known by its English name, Revolving Lantern Corporation. The episodic manga tells the story of a company that offers customers DVDs containing a recording of their own life. These DVDs are in their perspective, often from birth to death. I ended up binging the 10 volumes of the manga over New Years and wanted to try my hand at making a short story with the same premise.


Credits

The art and programming was done by me, Thuleanx. However, the game wouldn't be possible without the following free music: 

If you enjoy the music in this game, please check out more of their music.

More Games

I've made other games that are similarly horror/mystery themed (and even more on my itch page), if this one piqued your curiosity:

  • Poiura: an atmospheric top-down shooter about a baker unraveling the horrors beyond the edge of his small town.
  • Radioactive Trove: short, atmospheric sidescroller set deep underwater, where you aim to retrieve dangerous cargo
  • Within the woods: a platformer about a racoon lost in the woods, inspired by Baba Yaga.

Also, please check out other games from Wanderjahre Game Jam 3!

StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, HTML5
Rating
Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars
(8 total ratings)
AuthorThuleanx
GenreAdventure
Made withUnity, Aseprite
TagsAtmospheric, Mystery, Narrative, parallax, Pixel Art, Retro, Short, Singleplayer, Walking simulator
Code licenseMIT License
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard

Download

Download
Observer and the Observed (Win).zip 41 MB
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Observer and the Observed.zip 51 MB

Comments

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THE FASTEST
THE FASTEST run through life while making it scary!
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I love the edits and memes sprinkled in. Thanks for playing.

Thanks!!)

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there is no doubt about the fact that the overall design of the game is astonishing, but the story itself is pretty deep. not in the "i'm 14 and this is deep" way, but the fact that (don't read further if you don't want spoilers) it shows how may life continue to go down the hill once you inevitably get a job

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Thanks for the high praise. If you do feel like your life is spiraling downwards though, I hope that you hold onto the hope that there will be people or things you value and value you. To be honest, this is one message that I felt was missing from the game and would love to work in had I have more time.

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Nice game. I hope that you'll add more to it in the future.

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Keep working on it

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Made a video

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short but amazing!!

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Oh man I didn't expect it to be so dark! I loved it!

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Was trying to move left when I noticed the noose.

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Very nice

Glad you enjoyed it :D

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short story good.

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Good game! Congrats.

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GOOD CREEPY HORROR GAME DEV

Thanks for giving the game a go.