A tiny interactive story made with the lovely Bitsy engine and inspired by countless US folk tales and murder ballads such as Pretty Polly, Little Sadie, Caleb Meyer or The Knoxville Girl.  Full playthrough takes around 3-5 minutes.


Laura Hunt: story, dialogue, character design.

Thomas Möhring: sprites, tile art, backgrounds.


Warning for mentions of sexual assault, murder, righteous vengeance and furious anger.

StatusReleased
PlatformsHTML5
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(115)
AuthorLaura Hunt
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withBitsy
Tags1-bit, 2D, Bitsy, Dark, Forest, Minimalist, Narrative, Pixel Art, Retro, Short
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard
AccessibilitySubtitles

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really, really well done

very good

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1. This gave me chills. I loved it.

2. SLAY

This is a fantastic piece of art. It feels so much like a fairy tale, with mentions of singing birds and the talking frog, and yet it's grim inspiration in the heart of tragic ballads is clear. The story is simple but perfectly to the point, the art serves it's purpose flawlessly, and the writing is exquisite. Overall, it's brilliant. 

omg this was super cool!!!

really enjoyed this, love the change it really sets the mood! 

ha, super cool

oooo this was wonderful! Very atmospheric and the ballads are incorporated perfectly!

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I'm a big fan of those old time tragic ballads. Thank you so much for this. It was an awesome experience.

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I loved literally all of it. I would love if you made more things like this. I played it in this video, it's the second game featured. Feel free to check it out if you want :)

Thank you so much! I don't think anybody else has played this on stream or video, so it was really cool seeing you go through it! Really glad you enjoyed it :)

love the style and story 

Amazing story!

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this is amazing, I loved it!! Cheers from Argentina

This ballad is great.

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This is incredible and so powerful! I'm in awe.

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fucking perfect. The stuff you’re inspired by is like really not played with enough in games. Congratulations, this is extremely rad. 

Thank you, really appreciate it!

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Wow! quite an experience. I'm super inspired now. Thank you.

This is superb. I got some real inspiration from your art, and the way you used room changes to make the lighting change. I wish you had a donation option :). I like to contribute to creators that help improve my own work!

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I really love how smoothly you fit the dialogue with the lyrics of the song with the same name. Amazing.

Hey thanks, It's super cool when somebody notices that! :D

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<3 lovely~~~~~~

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Lovely. <3

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Lovely mix of art+story. Wonderful!

¡Muchas gracias!

Wow, really loved the art combined with the story. Well done.

Thanks a lot!

this was awesome!! great atmosphere, super eerie. loved it :)

Thank you!

I loved the concept of this game (and the art is really beautiful), congrats.

 

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Sorry I totally missed your comment! Thanks a lot and glad you liked it :)

gorgeous writing & art! the color transition (day to night?) in the middle blew me away

Glad you enjoyed it! :D

lovely art and great story! thank you for making this <3<3<3

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Aw, thanks for letting me know!

great story and art, got chills. thank you for this

Thank *you* for playing!

I loved this. Thanks!

So happy to know, thank you!

Wow... All of this is very efficient. Except for the linearity?

Very nice tale overall. What's with the "horse statue" in the penultimate screen?

That was... a good tale. That is how to make a piece of interactive fiction, I guess. Good example.

The interface is very clear about what parts of the world are interactive, but the pace at which the dialogue enters, is too sudden at times, making one possibly accidentally skip some sections, as it could stumble over the movement signals.

God, I totally loved this. Great storytelling and gorgeous art.

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Thank you! So lovely to hear.

Cool Spooky can dark game. The twist in the end was a nice touch. Good short game. Good luck.

Thanks, glad you liked it!

Loved it! 💜 

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💚

wow those are some gorgeous pines!

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Thank you! The artist will be happy to know :D