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You awake in a dark place, with seemingly no memories of your past or your whereabouts.

And it's black. So black.

Be careful.



Genre: Eerie/Dark/Spooky

Language: English, Russian

R-18

Average gameplay time: 15-30 minutes (more if played more endings)

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AUTHOR'S NOTE:

My first release, a short project made in ren'py in about two weeks for NaNoReno17.

It's a Visual Novel game with multiple endings (9): some are ''dead ends'' whilst others are story related. Playing more than one ending helps you understand what's going on (specifically ending 1, 3 and 5). There's a bit of blood and gore(?), mostly censured, but I rated it R-18 just to be sure.

If you want to help me improve, RATE THE GAME or leave a COMMENT below to let me know your thoughts - or if you encountered some errors, typos, bugs and what-not: I'd greatly appreciate it :)

Also, please note that I've only tested the Pc version.


My Twitter: @schivafrecce

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I accidentally got the "best" ending (imo, AKA home) first and so FELT TERRIBLE FOR ALL THE OTHERS. HOW DARE YOU. But it was so moving and the sounds and atmosphere? Killed me. Amazing. 11/10.

SORRY 


XD

(also, thank you very much <3 )

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I loved this game, but to me it was almost more of an experience then just a game. It drew me in and made me feel so many emotions, both fear and happiness, to the point where I never wanted to stop playing. The use of art and music and dialogue and the way it was all blended together made for an amazing  outcome that I am going to recommend to as many people as I can. 

Oh gosh....I LOVED your gameplay :') you made me laugh so much with your commentary and the way you kept disagreeing  with the MC's words (btw, I'm sorry for the traumatic beginning and the nearly heart attack at  8:49 X°D) and I'm particularly flattered/honored by the feedback your wrote...thank you çwç.

Since you seemed to have some rightful doubts about one moment of the story (that part IS confusing and probably not explained well), I wanted to answer them below:

*SPOILERS*



When the MC accuses the kid of attacking him, he is referring to the whole bonfire incident. He thinks the kid extinguished the fire to take him by surprise and kill him (but probably failed). Then later, in the tunnel, he even sees him with a bloody face smiling creepily....but was this really true?

 If you noticed, when the fire goes out, little "flakes" start to fall from above...WHITE flakes. Also, the kid couldn't have been in the tunnel, because  he was asleep in his cave.

So, this is what happened: the real bad guys of the story, aka the "other creatures" ("them"), are attracted to the light (=white). Therefore, when you started the fire, you basically created a beacon...and since you were not colored in black yet, you got influenced and saw what "them" wanted you to see. 

Hopefully, this may clear things a little...if not, just ask anything and I'll gladly answer ^^ 

That cleared it up. I kinda suspected it was the bloody face thing when I was editing the video. But I didn't even think about the thing with no fire and the white flakes. It all makes a lot more sense now. Thank you!

Also, you don't have to apologize for almost giving me a heart attack. That was one of my favorite parts, and the fact that the game was able to make me freak out like that just speaks to how amazing it is and how immersed I was in it. 

I'm glad you were able to enjoy my gameplay. My channel isn't very popular so I wasnt able to get the game much added popularity, unfortunately. But at least I was able to bring some enjoyment to you, consider it payment for bringing enjoyment to me (also cause i'm extremely broke).

You're welcome ^^

If it's ok with you, I decided to use your video as the official gameplay for the game - I'm not that popular, but I hope it will help you get more views...you deserve them ;)

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Wow, you didn't have to do that. Thank you very much. I'm so honored, you have no idea. I'm not even really sure what to say.

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I loved this game a lot, from the UI to the soundtrack it was all woven together to immerse. I also love my new weird son and can't wait to see what you come up with next!!

Thank you so much ^^

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A great and eerie game, loved the first playthrough, will have to see the other endings! 

Thank you! So glad you like it ;)

The art style, the ambience,  the story, and the choices, everything about this was so good! Good job! Made a video, hope you enjoy! 

Thank you! Nice gameplay ;D

TO ELENI:

(Sadly there's no option to pm you here on itch.io about the question you left in the ratings, so I'm going to do it here, hoping you'll see it **crossing fingers**)

Thank you! I'm really happy you liked my game! And yes, sadly it's short - it was originally for a game jam, and I decided to join last minute to see if after playing so many VN I could make one myself ^^

I hope you'll like my future games as well (unfortunately it may take some time before a new release, work and studies are forcing me on a pretty long hiatus) and thank you again for your kind words, it really means a lot.

One last thing...sì, sono italiana ;D

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Even in the darkest cave in the middle of nowhere, I can befriend a monster who wants to eat me, or does he?

Thank you for your gameplay ;)

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The game, the art, the story and overall gameplay is really much better than i expected,

I kept thinking "man i hope the game has a good ending where  the creature  and i be happy and stuff. I only played it once, got ending #5 (gonna go back, be bad-gotta get other endings lol);  and i just had to leave a review to show my appreciation . Im also following you now so i hope you do more beautiful games like this! 

Thank you!

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Thank YOU Channera, what you wrote means a lot :) I hope I won't disappoint you ;)

I think overall this was a good game.  Alone in the jungle with a tribesman? Monster? It was a new atmosphere to take part in. I only have one small little gripe. The  go away option actually closes the game. I didn't know that was going to happen and, was a small inconvience but, overall good game!

The go away option was meant to be a "creative way" to exit the game, sorry about that XD

But I'm glad you enjoyed the game ;)

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TIME TO EAT..

Thank you for your gameplay!

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This game is pretty awesome honestly. I have only obtained one ending. The game for me has a deep message that the whole world needs to get. Don't judge a book by it's cover. I think the developer did a great job and I look forward to playing more and getting the other endings.  If viewers of my channel want me to show more of the endings I will, otherwise I will play it on my own. Here is my let's play!

Thank you so much for your gameplay and thoughts on my game! :D

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This game was amazing. I loved how the story tugged you in one direction and shifted it into another in the blink of an eye. I definitely plan on playing it more on my own time to get the other endings, but I got the true ending here. I want more!


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Oh god I loved your gameplay X°D! Thank you so much for making it (hope you don't mind, but I used it as the official gameplay here on this page) ;D

Whoa, thanks! I'm glad you liked it that much! I'm honored! :D

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I absolutely adored this game, it shows that sometimes it's better to face your fears and not let you get scared or confused by them. It also shows that sometimes you have to know someone, or in this case, something better before judging about him/her/it. I think, that it has a pretty deep message in the game, even if you didn't intend to do that. For me the message is to not judge someone by their cover, which I never do anyways. That's probably why I gave that thing a chance. I do hope you read this and perhaps reply to it if you feel like it. Have a great day/afternoon/night good sir and i hope to see more of your game in the future. (Preferably this kind of game because your writing is just so damn good+

Thank you benyboy for taking the time to write a feedback, your words are very kind and I greatly apreciate them :)

I'm so, so happy you feel that way about my game: that was indeed the message I was trying to convey, and I'm so glad it came across. I wish you a great day aswell, and I hope I won't let you down with my future games!

I really look forward to your projects in the future, and wish you the best of luck in making new games. I also would like to ask you to to keep me informed when you released a game

Thanks! I'll do it gladly :)

Hello everyone,

First of all : Awesome game ! I really enjoyed playing it and even got the true ending !

and second : I've recorded my gameplay for You all to enjoy!

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Thank you for your gameplay! I'm glad you liked the game :D

my channel was suspended because i mixed up my tags. ( got 3 strikes in about minutes ) so the video is gone :(

but luckily still had the video on my computer so i uploaded it to my twitch. 
here you go : https://www.twitch.tv/videos/181238223

We really enjoyed this game. We didn't really know what to expect, and were rather fond of the sympathy that we acquired upon learning more about the mysterious creature. We even made a video of our playthrough: 

Thank you for your gameplay! I'm glad you liked the game *^^*

What an incredible game! A beautiful story, perfectly captured within a creepy and mysterious element. I was able to get the true ending in first playthrough, and I feel that my choices had actual impact on the story.


Great job!

Thank you so much for your feedback and gameplay!  I'm happy you enjoyed the game ;) 

To be honest, I'm not one for horror games so when I was playing your game, I hugged my pillow like my life depended on it :D. But after I got the ending 5, I was so relieved and happy. It's a great game with beautiful story even though it was pretty short. Really looking forward to your games in the future (^.^).

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Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it even though you don't normally like scary things :D 

I plan to make longer games in the future *fingers crossed*. The next one will still be horror, but after that,  I'd like  to explore other genres (I even have a draft for an  otome  game up my sleeve, ah ah) so I hope I won't disappoint!

Btw, I'm just like you, but I squeeze the living daylights out of a stuffed ikea carrot...don't tell anyone

I got Ending 5 at the first time and I got goosebumps. Together. What a beautiful ending. Love the game! I'd like to get Ending 3.. Any tips? :P

Thank you so much! In the download section there's a walkthrough file that could help ;) but if you want to find the correct picks on your own


**SPOILERS**

always be mean with the creature and, when you are presented with the choice, kill him.  Then, remember to check inside the cave. I hope it won't be too  hard after seeing ending 5

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Quite enjoyed this one! Nice and creepy with an atmosphere of slight unease, sort of like what I get in the Metro games but without the panic induced terror I feel when sneaking past Librarians.

Looking forward to seeing what you do next!

Thanks!

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I really enjoyed this game. The writing is able to make everything flow very naturally and make you care for something in the end.

P.S did you crash on a space ship, boat or Plane.

Thank you! What you wrote really means a lot :)

The nature of the "ship" was intentionally left ambiguous, but if you get Ending 1

*SPOILERS*

by choosing not to stay with the kid, you will exit the cave alone and find out you are on an alien planet so...definitely a space ship ;)  

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For some reason I don't see this phrase in game after update:
$ var_name =_("...you're ugly.")

mmm...I will look into it. Were you playing in English or in Russian?

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Ok, I spotted the problem, I'll update a fixed version as soon as possible :) thank you for telling me

edit: reuploaded

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I got the true ending and Kid is just a sweet, precious and creepy cinnamon roll, I love him so much though, nice game it really brought the atmosphere and it has some nice art,

Thank you! :3

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Really nice work! Very atmospheric and visually enticing. I managed to get the true ending on my first try but will certainly play it again to see the others. It was sweet and spooky at the same time. I liked the last little meat line, ha. Overall very neatly made!

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Thank you! :)

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Hi there, I just wanted to say that I played your game and I also made a video of it, I hope that's okay.

I really enjoyed this game, I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this game, as I'm not normally a fan of scary games. But this one was really atmospheric, and drew me into the story which I really liked. I really loved the art style, and how you made the kid so creepy. Also the ending was really beautiful, I don't to say too much in case I spoil anything. But yeah I really enjoyed this game and the overall experience, so thank you for making it.

I look forward to playing any other games you might create in the future.

NerdVine.

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Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed it ;)

This game was well done. I mean EXTREMELY well done. I love the atmosphere, it really took me in and I feel like it had accomplished as to what it was intended for. There were no boring sections of the game, no frame drops - thankfully - and the artwork was absolutely fantastic. I do plan on covering this a bit more through my playthroughs, so, go check out the first episode! Here's the link.

You flatter me, Mr. Potter! XD (great username, ahah)

But seriously, thank you so much for the nice feedback and gameplay ;) I'll go watch it now

No problem! I guess I forgot to reply to this one. Lol.

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Hi! I didn't know how to reply on the question you left in the ratings, so I'll answer you here ^^

I tried to write you a pronunciation of my name but failed XD so here's a link to the trusty google translate,  by clicking the audio icon you can hear how it sounds:  https://translate.google.it/#it/en/schiva%20frecce ;)

Ok, cool! Sounds like I have almost right. I just have to find the written version so I can put it in the description of my videos.

Thanks!

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This was a fun ride, more well made than games like Bendy and The Ink Machine. Good eerie games are rare to come across lately, and you did a fantastic job with this. - Opacity

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Wow, thank you! That's very nice of you to say :)

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No problem! You are very talented!

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This game teach you something good and what it teach you its dose well at it thank you for making this game it was soo good to play :D

Thank you so much for your gameplay! The "never eaten a banana before" killed me XD

While not without its flaws, this was an interesting story/game. Your use of audio definitely serves it well, giving the appropriate atmosphere for a spook game. The grotesque noises definitely give the feeling of "Ew, what is that thing?" I also like the choice sets, though it was easy to get the good ending just by being a decent person. Overall, this was fun. Good job.

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Hi thanks for the gameplay! Please, let me know what can be improved in your opinion, I'm always open to suggestions to make better games :)

And if you've got the time, could you also point out the grammar errors? I'm not a native, and apart from the "lounges" thing I don't know what else has to be corrected. Thank you.

You're welcome for the gameplay. Thanks for making the game/story.

I'll have to go through it again to find the mistakes, so I'll just send an e-mail when I can get around to that.

Ok :) thank you very much

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The preface (and the graphics till the end) is truly unique and gives compatible feelings of mystery and thrill o.O

Unravelling the story is such a tense experience and also heartbreaking moments to each endings (big salute for the implicit message of "don't make presumption without enough evidence") :') Keep up the great work (^_^)9

Thank you! What you wrote really means a lot :)

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Dude! Dude! 
This visual novel was so atmospheric and I was very taken by what was happening. I'm definitely gonna play more so I can discover all the endings. I got the "true ending" and I feel like most people will on their first playthrough.  Which says a lot about this game and the story it's telling. A+, 10/10. I'm a big fan of this one.
Here's my playthrough!

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Awesome gameplay! I really enjoyed watching it, and I'm  happy you liked the game ;)

Your game just captivated me. Our team would like to translate it into Russian. Please contact me: Facebook, keepersoftimerus@gmail.com

That's great! I'm sending you a mail ;)

Well, I hope you got my answer. Otherwise I will finally be disappointed in Gmail xD

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I played this a while back, but I forgot to share my thoughts! I really enjoyed it. You really captured the suspense and anxious feelings of the darkness. I wrote about it more in my blog: http://pajamagaming.blogspot.com/2017/07/are-you-afraid-of-dark-black-pc.html

I'm really glad you enjoyed it! And I'm really flattered by your review, thank you so much :) 

is there cursing??

Sorry for the late reply! And no, there's no cursing ;)

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Wow. That's all that really needs to be said about this game. I really enjoyed it, the story is well written (apart from a few grammar mistakes, but nothing that detracted me from enjoying it). The visuals are very well done and the accompanying music and sounds are great.

I went into the game pretty much blind and played as if I was the one actually in the situation (as I do most games). I'm very pleased with the outcome I got, the game took me by surprise a few times and I began to question what might be real and what might not be in the game. 

At the end of the day, it's an excellent visual novel with an interesting story. It presents you with an unknown environment and asks you to make some pretty difficult choices. It was a very good game, and I'm happy I got the chance to experience it.

Also, I hope you don't mind but I recorded a let's play of the game.

Cheers and best wishes to you!

Thank you, Famed, for your kind words and also for the gameplay: I'm always happy when someone makes a new one, so I'll definitely go watch it!

I'm really happy that you enjoyed the experience (the fact you "immersed" in the story is especially great,  because that's exactly what I hoped players would do) and I do apologize for those grammar mistakes: hopefully I'll fix them all in the next update ;)


 

Anytime, the game was interesting and well done. It pulled me in and managed to hold onto me until the end, which is always a good sign. No need to apologize for the grammar mistakes, with time constraints and all there's bound to be an error here and there. Any plans for more games in the future?     

I do, actually: I'm working reeeeally slowly on the next project, a new horror game with lots of choices and survival aspects completely unrelated to Black, and I've also got ideas for other non-horror stories for future games. But since I'm alone working on them and life got pretty busy I'm afraid it's going to take a while ^^' but not too long, I hope.

Excellent! Sounds good, I look forward to playing them. Horror has and always will be one of my favourite genres, so I'm curious to see what you've come up with. Well, I hope that you're able to find the time to work on them, you've got a real talent for game design.

Thank you, I hope you will like them ;)

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This game was pretty creepy and turned into an awesome story thanks for making this keep up the good work

Thanks to YOU for playing my game and for making a gameplay :)

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Hey, I played your game, it was really cool and I made a video of it :) 

Thank you for your gameplay ;)

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I have found almost all endings including the "??" ending but  I can't find the ninth ending. is that the "??" ending or...?

Great game by the way! I've uploaded playthroughs on youtube =3

Thank you, that's great!  Yes, the ninth ending is the ?? one, so congrats for finding them all!

I'll gladly go search for them on YouTube, then ;)

 

Thanks for the reply, I really hope you make more games like this since it was so interesting! Now I will go let my subs know I got all endings XD

🎊🎉😉 

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I recorded and uploaded a playthrough of this game, and I have to say: I did not expect to become so enthralled! I found myself questioning everything, and it paid off in the end! I can't wait to record another one and see what new ending I get. Thank you for making this game! And I hope we see more from you! :)

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Thank you for your gameplay...you Rock!  Quite literally ;D (ok, bad pun)

For real, though: I enjoyed  watching you play my game and seeing you having fun with it :) I think you have a great narrating voice and your inquisitive approach made the viewing experience really entertaining and engaging...I can only say keep up the great work! 

That unpronounceable name probably already gave it away (read "skiva frecce" with the "cc" read like the "ch" in "church"=arrow dodger) but I'm no native. So, if at the end you were serious about it, I think I'll really take you up on your offer: I'm DEFINITELY in need of a shiny spell checker in armor. Plus, I'd be forever in your debt AND grateful for the assistance. 

So let me know if I can contact you for it, and maybe for future games, too (but ONLY if you want to and if/when you have time) 

Hi there! Sorry about the late reply. I have been actively working on relocating down to TX from MA in a month. I would LOVE to help you with this! I might just need a little time to get settled in my new home. If you'd like, you can email me directly at RockTheGolem@yahoo.com and we can get the ball rolling on this! :)

No problem! Moving is really time consuming, I can understand the situation very well. So thank you even more for offering your help :) 

Based on what you and other YouTubers said in your gameplays I already tried to modify some of the main sentences, but if you still want to check for other mistakes I'm sending you an email with the dialogues. I'm in no hurry so feel free to send it back  whenever you like ;)

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Woah. This game was awesome!

To be honest I wasn't expecting much from it but I downloaded anyway. So moving on, two days later I play it and wow

The graphics were really darn good, the occasional sound effects too! And, of course, the story itself was really great. It did make me question a bit of why did we get amnesia, why did we go on a ship, were there any 'remains' of the others? I was really satisfied with the amount of endings and pictures it had and I thought the 'Come closer' was really clever. The atmosphere seemed perfect for what it was. I was disappointed at how short the game was, I wish it was longer.

**SPOILERS BELOW**

On another note, the true ending was soooo cute!! When I went to get the other endings it was really sad to act mean to him and then eventually kill him D:  After all he is just a kid that is scared in such a dark place. It really makes you feel sad for him, especially is you kill him first and then discover the true ending,  which thankfully didn't happen to me!

I expect many more great games from you! This was really enjoyable so thank you for making such a great game! =)

Thank you so much for leaving your impressions on the game! It's great to know you enjoyed it :)

And you're right,  it's a short game - mainly because I had a time limit to complete it and I had to rush through it (it was originally made for the Nanoreno17 game jam, I entered late so I had only two weeks left to complete it) and also because I wanted the players to "fill in the blanks", so I feared expanding more on the story would ruin the feel of it all. But if I change my mind and come up with an interesting story I think I could make a sequel, in the future...who knows 

I also wanted to thank you for the follow ;)

Thank you for replying to me! Also that is really impressive since you had a time limit for it and you entered late but you ended up with something very good. And woah, a sequel would be awesome! 

No problem! You really do deserve more recognition and follows :)

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