Belladonna is a gothic adventure game, twisted and dark. Take the role of a corpse girl rising from the dead in an abandoned laboratory, and unravel the mysteries concerning your own death and reanimation.
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Release Date: Feb 27, 2015

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“In a very Mary Shelly way, Belladonna asks who the real monster is in the end: the grotesque experiment, or the doctor who created it?”
Kill Screen

“Beautiful atmosphere...a point-and-click adventure that will leave you to question the living.”
3rd Strike

“If you're looking for something a bit macabre and mature, you will enjoy this.”
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About This Game

Belladonna is a gothic adventure game, twisted and dark. Take the role of a corpse girl rising from the dead in an abandoned laboratory, and unravel the mysteries concerning your own death and reanimation.

After the death of their young child, doctor Wolfram von Trauerschloss and his wife Belladonna are left to deal with the tragedy however they are able. The doctor launches into a dark obsession, devoting his life to the quest of conquering death. The madness spreads and Belladonna is soon dragged into the despair, but the tale takes surprising turns as the dead are brought back to life and the living are not to be trusted.

The game explores various themes, such as the role of villains and heroes, moral value systems and different kinds of horror. It’s a point-and-click adventure, and it will ask you to read longer texts which are inspired in style by Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. This game is not scary in the way in which a Hollywood horror flick is scary, but it is certainly no child’s play. The story goes into an eerie place beyond life and death, and puts you into the mind of the unliving creatures and their worldviews.


System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
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Nekotomic
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
The story is cliche, but interesting enough to be entertaining enough for its short playtime. Since I got it from a bundle, the experience was worth it for the price.
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Shyhalu
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
This is a mostly solid short story. The artwork was nice and the flow of the game was good.

Its is a short game that focuses more on the story rather than typical adventure point and click stuff. The traditional PnC adventure puzzles were shoirt and simple, mostly due to being practical.

Only major complaint was the lack of audio/video controls. The game scaled well, but lack of audio controls is not acceptable.

Anyway, this is a decent stocking stuffer and a good way to support an indie company.

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neriseyk
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
So basically this game's not bad, also enjoyable and has a great soundtrack. If you like something more macabre, Frankenstein themed you will totally dig this. The art style is pretty decent and the character design itself is not bad. But don't expect too much. You'll enjoy it, but don't expect too much because:
-It's rather short (took me about a bit more than an hour just because I was too dumb to find some items) ) and you get those journal pages pretty frequent, a bit too fast for me. The long entries kinda try building up a story but for my taste too fast, without getting to know the different characters too much aka no hard feels
-Gameplay is rather straight, you don't need to conclude much and you can find items pretty easily (if you're not blind like me) and there was no moment where I really had to think about it. Too bad, I always like grinding my own gears a bit more in those kind of games.
-Story had potential but ended kinda flat

Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed it for what it is and the small amount of people working on it, just don't get your hopes too high
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TheUnbornSilent
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 20
Beat it in 34 mins. Honestly should be free
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AGirlIsNoOne
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 19
I couldn't get into and enjoy this game. It was way too short. I beat it in less than an hour. The voice acting was very flat and sounded like someone reading lines for the first time and trying to preduce a bad English accent. There was no challenges. Everything was either very obvious or the characters of the game told you the answers themselves.

I'm glad I got this in a cheap bundle or else I would be very unhappy. Definitely not worth $7.
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Kunstfieber
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 15
I really enjoyed this game a lot even though it is short, but I got it one on a sale. In my opinion this game has a high quality, there are no bugs, no glitches, everything seems to be overall fitting with the atmosphere. I love the art style and especially the voice acting. I also like how the story is presented to the player.
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Jellyfish Robot
10.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
It's okay. The puzzles are incredibly easy and shouldn't really stump anyone. The story, while hinting at an interesting exploration of different themes surrounding life and death, doesn't really deliver on anything. There isn't much of a plot, you just follow the path of journal entries and then do one final quest where you collect some items and then the game ends. Pick it up if you like the theme and it's super cheap. Otherwise pass.
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SilverSnake
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 12
Belladonna is a rather short point and click game but it was enjoyable.

Pros:
- Artstyle is very cool
- Nice voice acting
- It has a nice story in form av journals

Cons:
- Bit short

Overall nice game, wouldnt mind sequel or another game by this developer.
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thebadson42
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 11
This is a decent point and click adventure. My only real complaints would be that the font was a bit hard to read and there's a fair amount of reading. It was really short too. Don't let my play time fool you, I left it running when I wasn't playing.

I recommend this game as long as you can get it on sale or in a bundle. The games length keeps it from being worth anywhere near full price in my opinion.
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Northern Star
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 9
Pretty cool game. Got it in a bundle. Maybe not worth 7 bucks standalone, but I really liked it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
THIS GAME SCORES [1 2 *3* 4]

Belladonna strongly focuses on the story, not at all on the gameplay (hence the simple point&click actions required, no actual puzzles), which indeed translates to low replay value and also spoiler-sensitivity, but I had a good time with the game. My play-through took about 100+ minutes that I don't regret in the least. But they are over now. Mind that when you decide to get the game.

I saw complaints here about length vs asking-price (€7), and I do have to agree with those. 3€ or less would be well measured. (Sorry, creator, but I look at it from the consumer side. I can imagine what this feels like, I've been on the other side of the fence, too.) I got the game for practically no cash because it came in a bundle.

I played the game on Window 10 without issues or special settings.

The store page mentions trading cards. I didn't get any, but another review is saying that leaving the game on for a few more hours drops the cards. I personally don't care, I'm just saying it so that you know. (I didn't even care about cards before I entirely stopped using the market when Valve introduced those absolutely ridiculous limitations. Security is one thing, but enforcing (metaphorically) a three levels deep recursion of "Are you [really] sure?" dialogs whenever I throw a 10ct article on the market is quite another. It was ok before, but now it's an insult.)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Belladonna is a rather short point and click game but it was enjoyable.

Pros:
- Artstyle is very cool
- Nice voice acting
- It has a nice story in form av journals

Cons:
- Bit short

Overall nice game, wouldnt mind sequel or another game by this developer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Pretty cool game. Got it in a bundle. Maybe not worth 7 bucks standalone, but I really liked it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I couldn't get into and enjoy this game. It was way too short. I beat it in less than an hour. The voice acting was very flat and sounded like someone reading lines for the first time and trying to preduce a bad English accent. There was no challenges. Everything was either very obvious or the characters of the game told you the answers themselves.

I'm glad I got this in a cheap bundle or else I would be very unhappy. Definitely not worth $7.
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85 of 104 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
In short:

If you're a fan of old school click and play (point and click) titles you might find Belladonna to be disappointing. Not because it deviates from norms set by the classics but because it doesn't even try. If you've read the other reviews stating the shortness to be a good thing, well then imagine a game that's not even an hour long, has a very corny story, disappointing abrupt end and has no puzzles to be solved at all.

In long:

That's right. There are no puzzles left for the player to solve. The only ones you encounter are either so simple or outright explained and solved by the protagonist herself as she speaks to herself, leaving you no room to experiment or even ponder what you ought to be doing. I've never played an adventure game this easy in my life unless you count games targeted to toddlers with similar game mechanics. I would argue those games to be even more cerebral experiences than Belladonna.

The staple, the hallmark of a good adventure game to me has always been that they force the player to think outside of the box. A constant effort must be made by the player to figure out what to do. Careful and most importantly thoughtful game design is needed to keep the player entertained in these type of games. That combined with a vivid and interesting story, a deep mystery, or simply a protagonist that is interesting / quirky and full of character are also very important in a genre that only uses the left mouse click to play it. Belladonna has none of that. There is a mystery there but it's not meant to be solved. The game simply makes you read journal pages that explain it and that's it. The only difficulty in the game is finding an item (if you even missed it -- they are very easy to find) or trying to read the journal pages as the font is set to be so small it makes your eyes bleed.

The only positive I can give to the game is the art design. It's hard to explain just how little is in this game though. In the store page there are 7 backgrounds shown. The game only has about 12 of them, so it basically shows you over 50% of the game's scenery right there. There are also no cutscenes. Sometimes the game just fades to black and we get to hear sounds as if they couldn't finish the game or the artist couldn't bother drawing vital scenes in the game. I mean the entire ending has no cutscene at all. It just fades to black, we hear a few corny lines and then we get to see someone's doodle with the words "The End" on it.

The music is good. The very little there is. I mean I can't complain about it so my only memory of it is that it didn't bother me. It sets a tone and keeps it there. The voice acting is ok. You won't be moved by the characters at all since they are devoid of any. I can't blame the voice actors at all as the writing seems very corny. The game sets a good atmosphere at first in the beginning, but immediately breaks it by having joke descriptions when you inspect objects more than once (a staple in adventure games yes -- but very out of place in the games milieu). If you establish that the main character is a "tabula rasa" an empty slate, but then she makes quirky Monkey Island esque remarks, you just destroyed all the character you worked so hard to establish right of the bat.

Final thoughts (and story spoilers):

Belladonna is a game that falls flat I'm afraid, unless all you're after is a short novel length story that's only twist is the protagonist discovering a note that tells her she was a lesbian when she was alive and the lover of the only other character in the game and that's it. That's it! No character arc, no nothing. It's disappointing because it's established early on that she has no memories, no personality and possibly no emotions at all and is basically an empty slate. Yet she reads a note left by her living self and instantly she's now the person she used to be I guess.

It would've been so much more interesting if the game actually played with these concepts rather than just introduce them and then take the short route out. The game could've made strong statements about sexuality and the human persona, what it is to be a human and to exist. But it doesn't. It just says "o-oh... I'm a lesbian? L-lewd!" and then gives you an ending drawing out of a b-movie with the main character in a slave esque pose under another woman like she just accepted it no problems at all. The game begins "tabula rasa" and ends "tabula rasa".

The most disappointing fact is that the game teases with a lot of good philosophical questions and hints at many possible interesting side effects of what it might be like to be a reanimated human being. But then it doesn't even explore them. It's like there's two lines of the main character pondering about possibly being a sociopath after killing a cat and then talking about it with another character and then this is entirely forgotten. The ending of the game is also insanely cheesy and left me even more disappointed.

I can't recommend this game to anyone. Sorry.

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56 of 66 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
I appreciate the intent of this game. Few titles dare to look at the issues of domestic abuse or a protagonist in a same-sex romance. But it didn't succeed in its execution. The characters don't leave any lasting impressions (the central characters, despite being in a relationship, show no real emotion towards one another), too much of the story is told through journal entries rather than having revelations occur naturally, and the conclusion is very lackluster. Some impressive concepts were brought up, esp. the concern of whether or not those brought back lacked souls/humanity, but this question was just abandoned without any further discussion. Additionally, the puzzles are too simplistic, with no real challenge or sense of achievement. Belladonna would have worked better as a short animation than as an interactive story.
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
This review has been updated to reflect improvements and fixes that the devs have implemented since I first played the game. (At the end of the review I've added a note of what has been fixed).

Overview
I have mixed views on Belladonna. On one hand the story is dark and intriguing and has pretty solid voice acting, but on the other it does not explore these themes in enough depth to make a lasting impression. I think this game is worth trying if you already got it on sale or in a bundle. My completion time was 1.5 hours, and the remaining time on my counter was for trading card drops.

Thoughts, story wise
Belladonna explores some dark and mature themes, including life, death, murder and other moral issues. The game follows an animated corpse as she tries to find out about her past life and how she came to be in this state between being alive and dead. The dark and macabre nature of the story was interesting to me, and will interest those who are also fans of this type of story. I did enjoy unraveling the mysteries behind Belladonna as the story progresses, and some of the twisted revelations throughout the game I did find satisfying.

There are several shortcomings to this game, however, that prevented me from enjoying it as much as I felt I would. The story simply is too short and doesn't explore enough of the dark themes, and felt like a wasted potential. Play time isn't always the most important thing if there is enough emotional impact, but Belladonna felt very rushed at times, for example as some other reviews have mentioned, notably so near the ending.

Thoughts, game play wise
Belladonna is certainly a point and click adventure game, but within this genre people do have different expectations. I would describe Belladonna as more as a story-exploration game with adventure game elements, that is the focus is more on the story while the puzzles are not very difficult, and do not take up much time. I personally do not mind this as there are other games I could play if I wanted a challenge, so as long you're not expecting some super difficult brain teasers you shouldn't be disappointed in this aspect.

Conclusion
I enjoyed the story of Belladonna, but felt there could have been much more to the game. If you enjoy dark, macabre stories and don't mind easy point and click puzzles, I think this game is worth picking up on sale or in a bundle, but no need to go out of your way to do so.

* Edited out previous inability to take Steam screenshots and broken save system. These two issues have since been fixed. There may or may not be achievements added, but the dev hasn't really 100% promised anything.
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37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
Belladonna is an interesting, albiet short, little puzzle-mystery game where you play as a female frankenstein-type reanimated person with no memory of how or why you ended up the way you are. You explore various parts of the mansion you awoke in, uncovering details of the experiments to reanimate the dead, as well as learning of your own fate and how you came to be. It is a fun mystery puzzle game, though the puzzles are very easy, with the main focus being on the story. As you collect journal entries from around the mansion, you learn more of the story. The game in total took me less than an hour to complete, which was sad, because I wanted more; However, the story was interesting and I liked how the story ultimately turned out.

Visually, Belladonna is a very simple and basic game, similar to other puzzle games. I was sad the story wasn't longer and more drawn out, but as a game it was fun to play. Just be prepared for a short game if you are thinking of purchasing this title.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Belladonna is short, actually it's a very short game. It took me a little bit more than 1 hour to finish it and I even did get stuck at point. But it's short gameplay time is the game's only fault.

Belladonna can best be described as a true classic gothic horror story. Most modern day horror games usually rely on jump scares and horrific images to create their "atmospheric" gameplay. Belladonna in contrast is using a completely different approach. By relying on a story progression similar to a detective story, the horrible truth of what dark deeds had been done, will be gradually presented to the player. This way the game manages to create it's dark and brooding atmosphere and keep the player interested in what has been happening.

Gameplay itself is your standard point-and-click adventure style, without pixel-hunting. Interactable objects will always be indentified as those (maybe except for one occasion where I got stuck XD).

Overall. Belladonna is definitely worth playing. Just keep in mind that it is quite short, so maybe wait for a sale to pick it up!
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
No options -- Simply Load Game, New Game and Exit.

This point-and-click is very short -- about an hour and a half long. It's very linear and easy-to-figure out, and yet... It is in its way fascinating. It took me places I did not expect to be, and had me doing things that... well... I wouldn't want to spoil it for you, as this game is all about the story!

If you do not like reading in your games, don't even bother, as this one is not for you. If, however, you enjoy an intriguing story, Belladonna is definitely worth checking out. I would have liked more actual gameplay to flesh things out, but all in all, recommended~
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