A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

"Arachnophobia, ophidiophobia, fear of heights, a fear of germs... all very common fears, right?"

[NAME] is a normal art student at a summer art program and doing their best to muddle through classes, schoolwork, and friends. Their day-to-day schedule is pretty boring-- wake up, try not to wake up everyone in the dorm, clean up, do some work, go eat breakfast, go to class, get back home, do more homework, and go back to sleep.

However, they... do have a tiny bit of a problem. They've got a LOT of phobias. And I do mean a lot.

(̶A̷n̶d̸ ̴s̸e̴v̵e̷r̴a̸l̵ ̴o̴t̴h̵e̷r̷ ̷t̵h̷i̶n̵g̴s̸ ̶t̸h̷e̴ ̶m̴o̸t̸h̵e̴r̷f̸*̵*̶k̴e̴r̴ ̵t̷h̷e̴y̸ ̷c̵a̴n̶'̵t̴ ̸d̸o̴ ̷t̴h̷i̷s̸ ̷t̴h̷e̴y̶ ̸c̴a̵n̴'̶t̷ ̶d̵o̵ ̴a̵n̸y̶t̴h̸i̶n̶g̸ ̶t̶h̸e̴y̴'̸r̸e̸ ̵w̴o̵r̷t̶h̶l̶e̵s̶s̵)̷

Follow a nameable protagonist as they get used to their life at summer art school, deal with their phobias (and problems), and basically bore the heck out of you. 

(̴S̵e̸r̸i̷o̵u̷s̶l̴y̶ ̸w̴h̸y̸ ̸a̴r̴e̶ ̶y̵o̷u̷ ̵d̵o̵w̴n̴l̶o̷a̷d̴i̷n̶g̸ ̸t̶h̷i̷s̷ ̴g̸a̶m̸e̴ ̵i̸t̶'̶s̵ ̷g̷o̷i̶n̶g̷ ̷t̸o̷ ̶b̶e̵ ̷a̴ ̴w̷a̸s̷t̶e̵ ̶o̶f̴ ̸y̶o̵u̶r̵ ̷t̴i̷m̵e̷)̶

Just remember...

The game's not over until we thank you for playing.

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PHOBIAS is a short visual novel that follows a nameable protagonist through a [really f*cking boring] view of their day-to-day life as they cope with their fears.  Make choices (that are ultimately meaningless), play a short minigame or two (they're not even fun you motherf*cker), and... be aware that there's something wrong.

CONTENT WARNING: This game is rated 13+ due to swearing and sensitive topics, including mental illness symptoms that are very common. This game deals with emotions the creator often feels, occasionally in the levels as displayed in the game. If you are uncomfortable with the discussion of mental illnesses, disorders, or symptoms, please exercise caution while playing the game. There are also flashing lights, colors, and text. Please exercise caution if you have epilepsy.

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Play through the game and witness:

  • Choices. (Everyone likes choices.)
  • An original GUI. It's a bit glitchy, though.
  • Music. We like music.
  • 5 days of gameplay. (It's pretty boring, though.)
  • Beautiful backgrounds. Well, they're not that good, but they're not just a black screen.
  • A lot of internal struggle. We like that, apparently.

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CREDITS

  • Ariza Luca. Sprite artist, background artist, programmer, writer.
  • 18angrylamps. Music.
  • Turtlequoise. Background artist.

Install instructions

Open the file.

Look for the executable file. It may be in a folder; it may not be.

Open that file.

Enjoy!

Download

Download
Phobias-1.0-linux.tar.bz2 49 MB
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Phobias-1.0-mac.zip 43 MB
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Phobias-1.0-pc.zip 59 MB

Development log

Comments

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Interesting game, i came to realise the text flashing up between the script was actually a voice or phobia talking to me,  it was a cool concept and i tried to keep flipping between the script to see what was being said. Probably needed more visual bits and lamentably it crashed at the end but I enjoyed it! I included it in a video I've made about the Ren'Py jam, I hope you don't mind! Best of luck!

Thank you very much! This IS a rough demo since I'm trying to get the stuff up, but I'm glad you liked what is there so far!

Hey, thanks for the message! I thought it was really interesting, i liked the concept of the text flashing up too quick to read. Thanks again and good luck!

Hello,

Just thought I'd mention that the demo has received a huge update, if you're interested!