LOL Played and Enjoyed This Game!!!
A downloadable game for Windows
NOW WITH MOUSE SUPPORT
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 Toni Kortelahti, better known as 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)
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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 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
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 :)
I gotta say, I loved the whole low-res aesthetic of the game as well as the story behind these two characters, especially when it came to the obsession, for sure!
Really was creepy to play as the game went on and once everything subsided, the story completely made sense.
Really enjoyed the game thoroughly. Thanks for making such a neat game! :D
Thank you so much! It's really cool that you took the time to record a let's play but I also want to say thank you for the kind words. I'm very flattered and I'm glad you enjoyed the story :)
I wanted to enjoy the game, but I was getting frustrated with the controls, and the lag. I see what you guys were trying to portray to us as the player, but for me it just didn't shine through. If some of the minor things wrong with this version of the game are fixed, I would 100% be down to play again and leave another review. I am in no way saying the game is bad, because it's not. It just didn't spark my soul like I was hoping it would. Keep the dream alive!
Played this for a Random indie horror game video and was pretty intrigued by the story, however that's all it really had going for it tbh. The gameplay was a little wanky to say the least. It was not a bad game by any means, I just feel there is room for improvement. I give an honest and more in-depth review in my video if you're interested.
Hey there friend! I appreciate your honest feedback about the game, it is always welcome, and I trust that one day it will lead to improvements for my future titles. I am sorry that you did not have a better time with it but having seen your video it is understandable why! I left a comment responding to your review and subbed :)
Thank you so much for taking the time to record a let's play :) it really means a lot and I'm glad you enjoyed!
Recommended with 5 stars. I enjoyed this little game. 👌😁
Normally I would like to write a few more lines, but when it comes to feelings or deeper meaning, my English sucks. I'm sorry 😬.
Dear dev: May I ask if that fictional relationship between Emma and Justin was already broken? Did Justin not accept the separation and placed those letters? Just wanna know, if i got this right. 🤔 You don't have to answer if it's a secret..... wait.👆.. or... if i'm completely wrong because i'm stupid. 😆
Thank you for sharing your game with us 👍
Hi there Ravee! Thanks so much for commenting, it really means a lot!
To me, the relationship is broken before the events of the game, and yes! Justin does place letters around the apartment to make it seem as though love is still there. It's not really a secret haha, in fact if you want to know more then there's a devlog on the game page called 'So... What Happened With Emma and Justin?'.
Thank you so much for rating my game! That really helps me out a lot and I'm so glad you enjoyed it 😊
P.S. don't worry about your English, you were perfectly clear!
This game messed with my head.
Haha, that's the idea! Thanks so much for choosing to do a let's play of Rot, it really means a lot! Subbed and commented :)
Yeah, they're probably not getting back together.
Hahaha you got that right. Thanks so much for taking the time to record a let's play! I really appreciate it :) commented and subbed!
Saw the Burberry hat and lost it...
Hahaha, maybe a new feature will be that you constantly carry around a pint of wifebeater ;) thanks for taking the time to do a let's play my friend! It really means a lot to me :) You know you're the only one to pick up on the Burberry hat so far!
an interesting wee game indeed, I seem to have encountered a bug where I couldn't use my mouse though, but still managed to make my way through
Hey mate! Thanks so much for taking the time to record and edit a whole let's play of Rot, I'm really happy that you decided to shout the game out on your channel :) Left a comment and subbed!
The controls made me cry.
Oh dear! I'm very sorry about that :( there are a few issues with the controls as it stands (this is my first game in Unity, still getting the hang of it!) but hopefully everything should work if you stand right up against the doors and don't look away or move when interacting with the dialogues!
I know that's very amateurish of me and I hope to update it one day but I'm honestly just very busy at the moment with my job and my university so I've only really had time to respond to comments et al!
Really interesting way to combine the different themes through the letters and different environment changes. Loved it even though still a bit confused on the story I think!
Hey Pecan! Thanks so much for recording a let's play of Rot, it really means a lot to me and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! If you're a bit confused on the story then I think there are a few notes you missed but the whole thing is very abstract and metaphorical so I guess it's not supposed to 100% make sense haha. I was sure to sub to your channel so that I might see some more indie titles on there in the future :)
Hey man! Thanks so much for playing Rot on your YouTube channel, I really appreciate it :) There were a few cringes for me haha, that door glitch is very hard to look at! Basically, the interaction icon works independently from the mechanism that transports the player through doors so they often don't match up :( this is definitely a bug and in the future I'll be sure to use a different method! For most other let's plays though it wasn't a problem so I think you were especially unlucky with it :(
I'm thankful that you were honest about the frustration and I totally take your tips on board! I made this game last year for a university assignment and the time-pressured nature of things meant that a lot of ideas weren't fully realised and that many concepts were limited by the quality of teaching for the course (which was TERRIBLE, everything I have learned I learned from the internet) so next time I make a project it should be more fully fleshed out. This includes things like ambience and general embellishments.
On interpretation: I understand your confusion about the story! The game is entirely metaphorical and the apartment stands for the relationship between the two characters.
Thanks so much again for playing, I really appreciate it :)
Not a prob, good you can take criticism like a champ, though I always say any form of criticism with absolute and genuine desire that who its directed to, improves, with no malice or anger towards you/them at the time. xD
I got the doors to work, thank you for the advice. I hope I figured out what was happening in the game. I miss pixelated low poly games. So much nostalgia.
Hey ZombiKittie! I really appreciate you taking the time to play Rot on your channel, it really means a lot and I'm glad that the art style took you back to the good old days :)
great message! The pixel art was so nice and the eerie feeling throughout the game was amazing.
I don't know if you've heard of Game Development World Championship before (gdwc2019) but it's a competition for indie game developers where they can submit their games and it's free! It's great if you want some more visibility for the game and it only takes a couple of minutes to join :)
Hey there! Thanks for commenting :) No, I haven't heard of this Championship before but it can't hurt to apply! How would I go about doing that, can I ask?
Well done on the game! Very nice sudden change of tone! Enjoyed this one!
Hey Bonez! Thanks so much for taking the time to record this let's play! It was a good watch and I'm really glad that you thought the game was interesting! I was sure to comment and to sub so that I might see some more indie horror on your channel :)
I love games in this style and the story was a really intriguing take on what it's like to be completely obsessed with someone. Keep up the good work my man!
Decent enough story but the design is where this game shines. The warping of the apartment is cool. Thanks for releasing this!
Thanks for the kind words my friend! And thank you for taking the time to record a let's play, I really appreciate it :) new sub!
Hey there mate! Just finished watching and thanks so much for featuring my game on your channel :) It really means a lot! Your musical numbers added a lot to the experience haha. Left a comment and subbed!
Good game loved how weird it got and loved the pixels thanks
Love the thumbnail my friend hahaha, thanks for taking the time to record a session with Rot! It really means a lot to me :) I left a comment on your channel and subbed!
Am I missing something? I tried mouse support and remastered build. The door at the beginning just did not open for me.
Hey Zombikittie! Thanks for commenting :) I'm really sorry but this may be a bug with the game! Unfortunately when the interact icon shows, a player might not yet be able to actually open the door. This is because doors detect the player with colliders independent of the layermask for the interaction icon.
It should be okay as long as you are right up against the door! I know this is annoying and I will probably work on a bug fix for this soon, I've just been super busy recently so haven't had much time to work on the game! Hope this helps :)
Gave the game a try and thought it was good!
Hey man! Thanks for taking the time to record a let's play :) I'm glad you took the time to read a lot of the notes and it makes me so happy you enjoyed it! I subbed and left a comment and I look forward to seeing the indie games you shout out on your channel in the future
Sorry i do not use a mic, but it was a good game. The heart kind of spooked me good. I made this my second video!
Don't be sorry at all! I'm so glad you liked it and thanks for shouting out the game on your channel :)
SKIP TO 2:19!!!
Hey there man! Thanks for showing my game in your video, I really appreciate you taking the time to record a session with it :) Note taken about the arrow key controls haha! A few people have said this so far so I've added a mouse support version. I'm sorry you didn't have a better time with it but I welcome all criticism and feedback! It's my first game in Unity really so next time around I'll be sure to tighten up on optimisation and controls
What's up Michael! Glad to see you were a good sport about the criticism I had with your game. It's very seldom when I find devs that are fine with it. Keep up the hard work, and hopefully I'll come across your future games.
A nice little horror experience, I'd like it if the writing on the walls was a bit easier to read, but there was plenty of weird, plenty of strange, I enjoyed it. Good work, this is the second game in the video.
Thanks so much man! I'm so happy you enjoyed it enough to shout it out on your channel and I was sure to sub so that I can find some more good indie horror!
(100% COMPLETE.) HOW TO GO CRAZY 101.
Bro this honestly made me laugh so hard hahaha. Great video and thanks for shouting me out! I left a comment and subbed :)
Mate, I dont have any money to donate but if I had any I would this Game was awesome. :)
Thanks so much! Honestly, don't even worry about donating, I'm just happy that you enjoyed it and it's comments like that which make me want to put more stuff out there!
Definitely psychological horror! Got very weird very quickly.
When you became really small before you went into the weird room there was a message on the phone that you could listen to also the big note on the floor could have been read I suggest gong back through because it definitely added to the short little story
Thanks for shouting out my game in your let's play :) I'm really glad you enjoyed it! I also wanna say thanks for showing me Perennial! I really enjoyed the vertex shaded art style and I'll be sure to check it out
Please Stay with me...
Wow man! It really means a lot to me that you took the time to make a let's play of Rot! It was very funny to see you react to the 'fear' scene haha, made me jump a bit even though I knew it was there :D I left a comment on your video but thanks again my friend and I look forward to seeing more of your content!