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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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


Keep working on it


Made a video


short but amazing!!


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


Was trying to move left when I noticed the noose.


Very nice

Glad you enjoyed it :D


short story good.


Good game! Congrats.




Thanks for giving the game a go.