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SHUT IN is a short dark comedy/psychological horror adventure game which explores depression and isolation by trapping you inside your own house.

Your task is simple: Get out of bed, go outside, and get some Fresh Air. Think you can handle that?

Oh, but it might not be quite that simple. Your house isn't looking quite like it used to. You don't recognise any of these photos, everything's gotten dirty and disgusting, cracks seem to be opening up everywhere, and you're SURE everything didn't used to be so... constantly trying to kill you.

Maybe it's not worth it. Maybe go back to bed. Try again tomorrow.

If you do decide to keep going, you'll have to face strange puzzles, bizarre and uncomfortable obstacles, and a narrator who is unreliable at best, and downright insulting at worst. You'll have to get through your day under a constant barrage of judgment, sarcasm, and melancholy. If you can cope with that. Idiot.

SHUT IN is about tension and discomfort in a familiar environment. Your greatest tools are also your worst enemies. Common sense will keep you alive, but it might not get you very far. Curiosity can have great rewards, but will probably just get you killed.

But don't worry. When you (inevitably) die - because you fell down the stairs, were too stupid to operate an oven properly, got ripped apart by untold invisible horror, something like that - you can always just give up. Try again tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next day.

--SHUT IN is a short game. It will take you 1-2 hours to experience everything, depending how quick you are with puzzles.--

Here's what people have been saying about the game:

“I’ve never felt more unintentionally *seen* by a video game before. If you’re looking for a commentary on the effects of the pandemic on an already fragile psyche, SHUT IN just might be up your alley.”  HeyPoorPlayer 

 “SHUT IN is making a point, and it’s doing so very effectively... Dark, funny, quick and entertaining. Easy to recommend!”  Ninja Refinery

"As someone who has had depression for 20+ years, I can safely say I have NEVER felt so represented and validated by a game. This is a masterpiece that will pave the way for conversation and education."  KikyoPhoenix

Key Features:

  • Over a dozen unique ways to die!
  • Probably a way to survive!
  • Original atmospheric horror soundtrack by composer Luc Wilkinson.
  • Everything else done by person/mess Cael O'Sullivan.
  • A dangerous house full of original puzzles, and loads of ways to get them wrong!
  • A hint system which isn't that helpful, and often insults you!
  • Multiple items to experiment with, each with tons of unique interactions that solve no puzzles and achieve nothing.
  • Option to just stay in bed forever!
  • Quite short, so it's over quicker!
  • Writing up these features is exhausting...
  • Try again tomorrow.
Updated 4 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS
PublisherHidden Track
Release date 29 days ago
AuthorHiddenTrack
GenreAdventure
Made withRPG Maker
Tags2D, Comedy, Dark Humor, Horror, Mental Health, Multiple Endings, Pixel Art, Psychological Horror, Singleplayer, Story Rich
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller
AccessibilitySubtitles
LinksSteam, Homepage, Steam, Press Kit, Twitter, Twitter

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

SHUT IN -MAC-.zip 219 MB
SHUT IN -PC-.zip 85 MB

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I love this games visuals!!!

I really like the games artwork and how it manages to be goofy sometimes but deep at the same time!

What plugins did you use to achieve these visuals in RPG Maker?? they are astonishing

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Funny humor, good atmosphere, can be tense sometimes - a solid game. Lets get this out before AlphaBetaGamer and Manly get their hands on it ;)

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Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Part 2

Finale

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Loved these videos :)

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Fun game, enjoyed, and I'll be making an LP on it - though I'm wanting to ask a few things in your Twitter DMs if you don't mind lending me your time.