An emotional Gameboy experience about an invisible stranger, a family and a brutal winter. Walk through time. Seasons pass. Characters age.

Playable in half an hour. Mostly linear with a few secrets.  
Clica AQUI para jogar em Português
Jouez en français ici
Interested in translating? Email me "hadrian lin games at gmail" (No spaces)

Art, music and code by Hadrian Lin. 

Made with GB Studio and Javascript hacks for sound and color overlays. (Thanks to Ben Grabau for technical help accessing Gameboy memory)

This is an authentic Gameboy game that runs in the browser, with an emulator or on original hardware. 

CONTROLS

  • Arrow Keys / WASD to move
  • Z / J / ALT to interact
  • x / k / CTRL to toggle walk speed


CARTRIDGE VERSION (GB / GBC with Sound)

Pre-order a physical collector's edition, published by Incube8 games

It is upgraded from the beta ROM and has:

  • Chiptunes
  • Color
  • Diagonal movement 
  • High-quality mp3 sound by connecting Gameboy audio out to mic line-in of a computer or smartphone. (Experimental feature)

Get the cart here.

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If you feel like dropping a donation to help me make more stuff please click the donate button under the game or down below. 

Donate more than $9 and I will make a pixel portrait of you (16x16px 4-color) and post it here.   Sorry, not doing portraits at this moment! Please check back in the future. I may do some more intermittently.






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ADDITIONAL SOUND CREDITS

  • Additional sound effects and music from Freesound.org:
    • InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk):
      • Ambience, Wind Chimes, A.wav
      • Ambience, Peaceful Synth.wav
      • Bell, Candle Damper, A (H1).wav 
    • Johnny Holiday: Dark ambience.wav
    • Erokia/Jordan Powell:  Ambient Wave 3 (Harmonics)
    • eric5335: meadow ambience.wav
    • be-steele: Malamute Dinner Music > Igor3B.wav
    • GoodListener: Stable Noises- Birds and Horses Neighing.wav
  • Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com


Download BETA ROM here


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luv the game, story telling, and art. made me cry. also made me want to reflect on life. well done!

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Played through twice on the ds lite on a flashcart and on the browser so I could experience the sound. Beautiful more art than game, I liked the music and sound effects also (when the cow mooed made me smile). Bittersweet made me cry (games are not meant to do that)

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This game had me crying! It was such a great way to tell a story!  It's so well done! 

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I absolutely loved this game! I was in tears by the end! Beautiful story with such emotion, with characters that feel alive. I can't wait for the GB version to come out, and I hope that it will feature color on the GBC (which I own). This is without doubt the best game I have ever played. 5 Stars

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I'm glad you enjoyed it! Yes, the cart version will be color.  I'm hoping to finish it up this spring or summer. It's taking a bit longer than anticipated to convert to color version, add music, iron out bugs and add French translation. If you feel like it and want to be notified when it's done please follow me on Itch or Twitter.

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This game was impressive I like the art style and the story it offered here and it later on got me emotional thanks for making this game. I played this on a random games. 

Thank you for doing a video!

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wow, very well done keep up the good work!

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great little game, loved it a lot.

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Wow, i'm totally impressed! Very, very emotional! I almost cried. Thank you for making this gem!

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how the heck did you get midi music/sounds working? 

getting non harsh sounds through using a tracker has been my main concern in making a GB Studio game

It was a bit tricky. There's Javascript that hooks onto the Gameboy memory and that triggers mp3 sound sprites. 

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this was not the game i thought i'd be playing when I started... a ride from start to finish. truely one of those hidden gems that will stick with me for a while.

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very good game. when they say "you didn't know you were choosing" sums it all up pretty well. Incredible game with an amazing message. Thank you.

I really admire the "show, don't tell" aspect of this game and how its shown in many different ways.

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Half the games I thought I was a ninja and that was why they couldn't see me, I understand now I was mistaken. Cute game, it made me sad.

It's hard for me to describe this game without spoiling it, so I won't go into the story or the gameplay too terribly much! Spoiler-free, though, gameplay is really enjoyable - smooth and responsive, like any good retro-inspired game should be!

TYA was more emotional than I really expected it to be, and I really enjoyed that! The way that the game deals with time is also extremely interesting, something that I'd love to see implemented in other games! Visually it's stunning, and the little secrets to find were really cute~!

All-in-all, you should play this game. It's a one-and-done game and you'll have a great time with it! Kudos to ANV - this one's a gem~!

That was more than a game, I can't think of anything that took the mechanics and conventions of games and made poetry of them. Congratulations, it was very moving. (I think that's a pun).

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Very cool game. The story, although I didn't fully understand until the end, was quite thought provoking. I did a play through on my YouTube as well! I hope you get some recognition for this game! 

https://youtu.be/4hKZg8StOHE

Nice! Thanks for for making a video!

Honestly i didn't understand the story 

Interesting experience. I did a playthrough with some commentary on my youtube. Thanks for sharing. 

Thanks for making the video!

This looks so awesome. The graphics are incredible. I hope you get the support you need!

Hello ! I had an amazing time playing this game, discovering bit by bit (hehe) the meaning of it, the characters' stories, the hike though life.I'm always impressed by those games made with GB Studio, what a blessing !

I saw that a portugese person proposed to translate your game. I'm a Franch person and I can do it too in my language if you are interested.

My discord is FrenchCookie#8768

Best regards !

Thank you for the translation! The French version will be ready for everyone in a few weeks to a month!

Such a beautiful and moving game... The music did a very good job at setting the mood as well, it had me feel quite anxious at times as the story became intense! May I ask what your inspiration was for this concept?

Thanks for playing the game! I've had the idea of a character walking through time in the back of my mind for a long time. I let it take shape as I worked on it so it's hard to say what specific inspiration. Maybe a bit of Link's Awakening, Edith Finch or Outer Wilds?

Both the stories of Link's Awakening and Edith Finch (unfortunately I haven't played Outer Wilds) were very moving (and so sad!) as well. I think you have really managed to grasp similar strength their stories hold, and used it to tell your own stories. Do you plan to make more story games?

You can bet your firstborn I will!

Hahaha XD Looking forwards to it!

Okay last question. I make (branching) story games (in unity) too sometimes. What do you recommend to use to plan your stories? Do you write it in a document like google sheets or docs or do you use software like twine or yarn spinner? Keeping track of the story has always been a major challenge for me. What do you use?

I use a text file for most projects. To keep it organized I use indenting or my own hashtags to link related content of the file together. 

Loved it. Felt many emotions throughout when I played it.

Very good story, sounds, and atmosphere!

I like how sometimes you are glimpsed, like by the dog, or when she was hurt, though I was a bit confused by "I'm not dead yet you vulture!" since it was said as you leave, so I thought at first that I was supposed to do something - it would have been clearer if it was said when you approach.

I like how much expression is in where people look, how they pause, start to do something and stop and such - the dog even looked old by the way he moved. I like how in the past that could have been, the past self glimpses the future self. I also like the climb up the mountain passing through the seasons of life - the arrangements of the scenery were able to make it feel very high up, even on the limited screen.

How many secrets are there? Is there ever anything in the two forest spots off the path?

Thank you for a very good story!

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Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed it. There are about 6 or 7 secrets, depending on what you consider a secret.  Some of them are very minor. The more 'major' secrets have to do with the river. I'll leave the forest spots a mystery for now...

this art is great!

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this was really lovely. the way you used colours & screen transitions was very cool. when playing through i was surprised (and a bit unhappy) that a choice i made had a big impact since i didn't know it would, but then as i played through the way the choice presented itself made sense (and i like that this is brought up in the ending too).

Thanks! I'm glad the choice worked for you. If you didn't see and are interested, here is the process I went through trying to "fix" it and arrive at it's current form. 

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absolutely loved the animals <3

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it's very lovely, i really dig it!

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Really great example of story telling without relying on graphics.

Interested in seeing what else the Dev will come up with 

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Thanks for making a video!

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How can a game make me so sad and happy at the same time! This is a freaking masterpiece.

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Amazing. This is a work of art. The emotional story is beautiful. Nearly everything about this game, I love.

The only problem is a few glitches. For example: Playing the woman, her hair would occasionally turn black.

Overall, 9/10.

Thanks for the feedback. The hair flickering was supposed to be intentional. I've removed it for now because several people thought it was a bug.

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Holy cow you made front page! Proud of you dude!

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Amazing game.  I cried.  Music is top tier, and I loved the twist on what the player character was.

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This game is SO beautiful. I cried.

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Very beautiful and emotional, the music is wonderful 

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wow, first, the start was very interesting, when you can move in the name of the game :). the scene was really nice too,

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I wish I had more to say but I did enjoy it. Emotional ride!

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welll made 

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This was just amazing. Really, really, really well done. Thank you for making this.

Thanks everyone for comments! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

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Beautiful

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