A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

A short story about a band, their junky, broken down van, an abandoned house, and a surprisingly lively dead dog.

FEATURES:

  • Combined total of 25+ unique, hand-drawn BGs and CGs
  • Dozens of character expressions
  • Four (4) dumb musicians
  • A mushroom zombie
  • One very good (ghost) boy

NOTES & WARNINGS:

Content warning for profanity, cartoon violence, bones and other mentions of death, loud noises, and kinda gross monsters.

Play Dead! is a visual novel created in a month for the Spooktober 2nd Annual Visual Novel Jam!

This is a kinetic novel, so there are no choices to make or alternate endings to unlock. Just sit back and enjoy the story.

This is also a horror/comedy story, and for the most part, isn't all that much scarier than your average episode of Scooby-Doo. For the most part.

Updated 28 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
(9)
AuthorHazu
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
Tags2D, Comedy, Creepy, Horror, Monsters, Narrative, paranormal, renpy, Short, Story Rich

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PlayDead-1.0-pc.zip 108 MB
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PlayDead-1.0-mac.zip 90 MB

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Genuine sadness about a fake dead dog with a horrible wet stain under it.

Okay, I just got a chance to watch this, and it's probably my favorite read through anyone's done so far haha. To answer at least one of your questions, the pictures in the green room aren't references to anything in the future of this series, but are references to my other VN series, DreamCatcher ;)

(Also, I, too, would be the Brian in this situation hahaha.)

Nice one. We enjoyed it very much.

Thank you!! Glad you liked it!

Really enjoyed this! It really hit home with the Scooby-Doo vibes and the art style was impressive - it looked super professional, as though a lot of effort was put into it. I'd love to see more from the character's in a continuation of their misadventures, I can only imagine the trouble that Kaleb get's everyone into haha!

(Also. on my read-through I accidentally pronounced Kaleb's name as k-AH-leb rather than k-AY-leb as I think it should have been pronounced - sorry!)

Glad you liked it, I enjoyed your read through a lot! I kind of wrote this as a pilot episode that I could expand into a series if people wanted to see it, and at this point enough people have expressed interest that I'm working on writing some more chapters. I don't have a timeframe yet, but there will likely be more down the road :)

That's great news! I'm glad your visual novel has had such a positive reception :)

Heyy ! we just played your game and make a review about it. You might wanna take a look ;)

LOVE YOUR VISUAL ARTWORK BTW,.. keep it up

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it, especially the art! A lot of work went into that haha.

YES. we also noticed that!! Love it !

Do you have plans to keep updating this? (Hey, I see that your website is not working :p )

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Possibly! I wrote it as a sort of pilot episode that I could continue into a series if people were interested, so I'm certainly considering making more :)

Anyway yeah I know the website's broken; it's some bug that I had nothing to do with, I'm working on figuring out how to fix it.

This was a cute, quick read.  I really appreciated the artwork and the writing style. It was very well executed.

Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

This was incredibly cute! I'd love to see more paranormal adventures with this crew.

Thanks! I'm still not 100% sure I'm going to continue it but if enough people ask I certainly will haha.

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I was expecting more scary stuff and someone to be dead, turns out it more of a comedy than a horror, like Scooby-Doo, which literally the same scenario, so I love it too. Will be interested to see more because it makes me feels like I'm seeing an alternate version of Scooby-Doo.

Interesting.

https://www.unspokenpress.com/

I was wondering if anyone would catch on that Unspoken was a real site haha. I do some writing and graphic design for them so I thought it would be a fun cameo.

Anyway, I'm glad you liked it! "Scooby-Doo for adults" was kind of what I was going for haha. I can't watch the video until I get home later but I can't wait to!

Nice nice, I do know it was inspired by Scooby-Doo.

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Cute, light-hearted, looking forward to the next scooby-doo inspired installment of this band and their misadventures ^^

Thank you!! I'm not totally sure if I'm continuing this or not, I'm waiting to see if there's any interest in it, but if people want it I would love to make more!

If you haven't already, I'd recc joining the devtalk server and promoing there, ppl share a lot of their thoughts in the spooktober channel when they know the dev is there :)

I technically am on there and I read it now and then, I just don't tend to participate on Discord because chats move too fast for me to keep up with 😅

Hello Hazu!

I enjoyed Play Dead! - It was alot more light hearted than I thought It would be, and I really enjoyed the humor. I've had a few friends go on adventures (as a band) so breaking down in a random area has been a real thing for them! Good stuff!

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Ahh thank you!! I won't be able to watch the video until I get home from work later but I can't wait to see it!

Dope! Thank you in advance for coming by the channel and checking it out! Hope work was chill! sending good vibes! haha.