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Rot is a short psychological horror story about obsession, rejection and self-hatred. It was developed as an experiment, to answer the question: 'can you make dread a place?'. It is inspired by titles such as P.T. and indie developer Kittyhorrorshow's game Anatomy.  It also draws inspiration from Davey Wreden's The Beginner's Guide. The retro, low-res aesthetic of the game is inspired by the work of Finnish indie developer 98DEMAKE, who was kind enough to get in touch during development. 

For normal zip:

The WASD keys are used to move, the arrow keys to look around and the enter key to interact when prompted.

For mouse support:

The WASD keys are used to move, the mouse to look around and the mouse button to interact when prompted.

Assets and audio by me. Voice acting by Esmé Varley.

The game makes use of transformative, pixelated renditions of existed copyrighted artworks. I do not claim to own the rights to any of the original images. The pixelated artworks include:

  • The Lovers, René Magritte, 1928
  • Dance in the Country,  Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1883
  • Il Bacio, Francesco Hayez, 1859
  • Le Printemps, Pierre-Auguste Cot, 1873
  • The Kiss, Gustav Klimt, 1908
  • In Bed: The Kiss, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892
  • Warmed By Love, Leonid Afremov (contemporary)
  • Made In Heaven, Jeff Koons, 1989
  • Love, Robert Indiana, 1965
  • (artwork by Jesse Draxler, commissioned by Daughters, 2018)

(Please note that the trailer is from a slightly earlier version of the game. The downloadable file is higher resolution and some bugs have been fixed)

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(72 total ratings)
AuthorMichael Bonardi
GenreInteractive Fiction
Tagsartgame, Horror, Low-poly
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Rot Remastered Build.zip 99 MB
Rot Remastered MOUSE SUPPORT.zip 99 MB

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Was confused about some stuff but overall I still enjoyed playing! Thanks for the game :)

Such stories made me think a little about my life... Aha?

a bunch of people have called me rot for quite a while now, so when i saw the name Rot next to obsession, rejection, and self hatred, i felt personally attacked, great game, i really enjoyed it.

Heya 'pile' hows it going?

Nice game bro

First game of this stream VOD at 10:25.

When I read that this game was directly inspired by Kitty Horrorshow's Anatomy, I knew I was gonna have to check it out eventually. And I am not disappointed. I really liked the aspect of the environment changing around the player to symbolize both the passing of time as well as documenting where the in-game relationship was at as it grew ever distance. Nice work!


Unfortunately, my computer considered this game to be a virus, so I didn't play it myself. I watched a playthrough and it seemed cool, but I', not willing to risk running a file flagged as a virus. The sequel is great, though. I didn't have the same virus detection issues with that one.

Very much enjoyed the game as you walk through the past home of two individuals that have an ever distancing relationship and see it crumble as it shatters their hearts. Thank you for making this! 1st game.

This is the third game in the video, the experiences and environment tied really well with each other, and the situation reminded me of my own experiences with this. it also really showed the separation between Emma and Justin. This was a great game, I loved it!


A sad and scary game. The environment, sometimes bright, other times dark or strange, gave off a spooky essence, while the story brought painful memories of my own experiences with obsession and love. Not just a good game, but a magnificent piece of art

Las cajas gigantes! Cómo entraron las cajas gigantes a ese departamento??!!

It A Ok Game I Don't Know What Was Happing At The Time, Or It Just Im A Complete Idiot?


Joking aside, this game sure tell a lot. I play both prequel and sequel. At first I don't understand what actually happened. But I slowly realize what is this game all about... A man who heartbroken by his own ego. (Or I wrong here.)

Love from Malaysia. ^_^


Don't let my confused face fool you, this was a good game. It is open to interpretation to the ending but all in all I enjoyed it.  

I really liked it and I made a video on it, and I'm going to play the second game later today
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Came here after We Dont talke about This is a Great game play expericence, i am a lot more confused but i loved playing it here is a gameplay 

hey so I'm seeing on others game plays that it's supposed to look "normal" at the start and not like this, is there a reason behind why this is what I get when I first play?

I recently decided to jump back to this game after playing "We don't talk about it " to hopefully get a better understanding of the game. However, my stupid brain probably doesn't work and I got everything completely wrong..

Below is my play through. 

wanted to play so that i could get the full story for we dont talk about it, and i wanted to extend my thanks! had a great time, and wanted to share the recording with you. cheers!

Just uploaded my gameplay of this! It was honestly an interesting experience lol Really enjoyed editing as well as playing and I hope some of you enjoy watching it! I probably missed some things or something went completely over my head but it was still a cool game!

Hey man, really enjoyed your game. It did touch me since you could say I've been through something kinda similar back when I was about the age of your characters. I made a playthrough video. I hope you keep creating interesting experiences like this!

Wow! That was some very interesting story filled with spooky and surreal twist near the end! Thank you very much for that game! I'm definitely going to play the sequel next friday :) Here's my little playthrough (Polish language) Cheers! 

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Awesome game as usual, you definetly got better in the second game you made, Don't Look at Me. My interpertation I made was that this was a story of affair, heartbreak, obssesion, and letting go. I feel this review would be too long, so just watch the video I made here:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCASe6trRcJ-kpxs3d18-_aw?view_as=subscriber

I apologize if you find my voice annoying, my voice change hasn't happened just yet (even though im 13), so please bear with it. The video of me playing through it is also on their so you can find it there too. Like before, great game Michael!

Great game, I would play it on any sunday morning

OMG man! At first I was like... "I'm not afraid of this simple apartment." :O

Played through this prior to the sequel (just to get the whole story) and the dialogue written throughout, a back and forth between lovers felt very powerful and I saw a lot of a younger version of myself, admittedly not a proud portion, in the player character. Really happy I took the time to see this whole story through.

i can't run it, it seems to be missing the following files: Rot Remastered Mouse Support.x86.64, UnityPlayer.so, UnityPlayer_s.debug and LinuxPlayer_s.debug - please add them in a next version...

I gave it a go, enjoyed it.

A thoroughly bizarre experience but thank you :)

LOL Played and Enjoyed This Game!!!


This was a cool little experience!


Played it for my channel today. I really enjoyed it! Well made game with an interesting story. I look forward to your future work. 


I had no idea what I was walking into when I started up this game, and I still have no idea quite what I walked into now I'm done!

To try and put it simply, it's a real rollercoaster of emotions, very talkative inanimate objects and creepy, boarded-up nightmares.

To put it a bit less simply it's a horror-thriller game wherein you walk around an apartment (potentially one that our character is about to move into), experiencing remnants of the past, glimpses of a broken mind and lots of curious letters between two loves no longer connected.

There are still lots of things I'm not 100% sure about, but what I do know is that this game was one heck of a ride, and I lived every moment of it (enough so that I felt inclined to experience it twice to make sure I caught everything)! Definitely worth a look, the style is great and the story lurking beneath the weirdness is really mind-bending.

Keep up the awesome work Michael (great name too, Michaels unite!) =)


Hey MikeyBlighe! Just finished watching your let's play and I'm so glad you even took the time to go through the game twice! It really means a lot to me that you enjoyed it :) yes! Michaels union haha. I made sure to comment on the video and to sub!


Hey MikeyBlighe! Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to comment such nice things about the game when I released it. You were really encouraging and I remember really appreciating it and enjoying your lets play. If you're interested, I've just published a sequel on my itch!

Hope you're well,


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Really like the story telling in the game. I just feel like I'm missing a piece of the story, mainly when the original split starts.

Anywho here's my channel for other games I have played. http://www.youtube.com/c/Levont

Hey Levont! Thanks so much for doing a let's play of Rot on your channel, it really means a lot :) I'm really glad you enjoyed and I take your note about the sudden change which you mention in the video! The game was originally made as a university assignment and part of the brief was that it had to only be a few minutes long, I think I would have done it very differently were that not the case. I will definitely consider this for future projects and thank you for the feedback! I left on a comment on the video :)


Hmmm... I liked it. especially how the paintings changed (wink wink) lol awesome story, would have loved to see more. Here's my walkthrough.

Hey jaysuave92, thanks so much for choosing to do a let's play of Rot! It really means a lot and I'm glad you enjoyed it :) have a great day!


i pooped my pants

Oh dear! I hoped you changed them? Thank you so much for playing though :)


did a 3 random indie horror game i like the game

Hey there! Thanks so much for featuring Rot in your 3 Horror Games video, it really means a lot to me and I'm glad you enjoyed :) Thanks also for introducing me to Love, Sam!


interesting game ! I love that things got escalated quickly ! I dunno felt real to me !

this is my gameplay btw:

Hey there! Thanks so much for taking the time to record a let's play :) it really means a lot to me and I'm so glad you enjoyed! I left a comment and subbed 


This game I feel is best played alone in the dark, it just makes it a better experience. 

Anyways, I really loved this game. It's shorter, but it honestly really sucked me in. The third section in the dark hallways made me genuinely scared to round every corner, and when I saw *ahem* THAT on the ground, a huge chill went up my spine and I found the repeating text on the walls near the end of that hallway to be pretty creepy. I love the storytelling aspect, I love how it actually made me scared, it's a great game. 

My only complaints are the way to inspect notes and open doors, because they don't always register, and also, sometimes when you try to read a note or open a door, you accidentally go out of a door behind you. You also don't always know where to go, so the first time of me playing this, I found that I had missed two notes, so that's a little problematic. 

Those are my only two complaints, otherwise, I love the game! Keep up the great work!


Hey there Beebeboy! Thanks so much for taking the time to play and I'm really glad that you enjoyed Rot, that makes me so happy :)

Yes! I am not very proud of the way things work mechanically; this is my first game in Unity and if I were to completely remake Rot from the ground up I'd do lots of things differently. Thank you for pointing it out though, because it does hamstring the experience and I want to make games that people can really enjoy.

Thank you again, though, for your kind words! I hope you have a great day :)


Hey there! I just wanna say thanks for taking the time to comment all that time ago when Rot came out. It really meant a lot and comments like yours encouraged me to keep on making games. If you're interested, I just published a sequel to Rot on my itch! I hope it's okay, but I actually used some of your comment in the game haha...

Anyway, hope you're well and happy gaming!

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