When the Darkness comes is a walking simulator whose glitchy and dark tale tries to illustrate the hardships of depression and anxiety through a variety of imaginary digital landscapes.
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March 4

Patch 1.16d - Breathe level and launch warnings

Hi, everyone!

Patch 1.16d is very minor, but thought I'd push it before going to sleep.

  • Changed up the Breathe level (Chapter X) in the second playthrough.
  • Lengthened the game's launch warnings to hopefully get more people to read them.
  • Added an extra warning requiring the user confirmation before going to the Main Menu.

And that's all for now!


Never forget to always follow your light!
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March 4

Patch 1.16c - Mouse Invert, vSync, Fullscreen and more!

Hi, everyone!

Here's another small patch with a few changes and requested features, listed below:

1.16c Changelist
  • Added an option to invert the mouse in both horizontal and vertical axes (selectable individually).
  • Added an option to toggle vSync, which should hopefully fix some performances issues. Let me know how that one goes!
  • Fixed a collision bug in the School level, where players could escalate an invisible wall and potentially leave the school premises. School is mandatory, no leaving allowed!
  • Adjusted the walk and run speeds in the School level, to hopefully make it a bit less of a chore. In other news, I have also posted the School's aerial map in the Guides section. If you're stuck, go have a look!
  • Sliiiightly turned up the light in School. Won't change much in some areas, but should help a bit in some others.
  • Done some minor lighting optimization.
  • A couple minor bug fixes.

Thanks again for all your love and support! It's all really appreciated. I'm trying to read all the reviews and comments, promise!

Let me know if any of those changes are broken, or if you find any other bug~!

And as always: remember to follow your Light!
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Reviews

“It’s a remarkable experience that’s full of breathtaking imagery and interesting surprises. A beautiful and bizarre collection of contemplative digital dreamscapes. Highly recommended.”
FreeGamePlanet

“When the Darkness Comes is a surprisingly smart horror game that manages to blend in introspective narrative elements seamlessly.”
9/10 – TechRaptor

About This Game

A Game Without Meaning.
A Game Nobody Should Play.


When the Darkness comes is a walking simulator whose glitchy and dark tale tries to illustrate the hardships of depression and anxiety through a variety of imaginary digital landscapes.

A clock, a piano and a girl. What do they all mean?
What is meaning, anyway? What has meaning?
Do you have one? A path, a goal, something determined, pre-determined?
A light to follow?

Discover a world filled with loneliness and fear. A world where despair breathes and hope dies. A world about you, about us. A world about humanity and about life.

Before Starting

This Experience is NOT for everyone.
This Experience explores themes such as depression, anxiety, verbal abuse, manipulative control, and suicide.
This game could also potentially trigger epilepsy attacks.
Seriously, do NOT play this Experience if you believe this might affect you in any way.

The first Arc should take about one hour to complete.

About the Experience

This was the culmination of a self exploration into my own psyche. If it can help anyone else explore their own I am thankful for that, and if the game isn't to your liking I appreciate you taking the time to try it anyway. I won't be updating it anymore (safe for major bugs) since it was simply an outlet for my own creativity but enjoy it as it is.

Controls

Movement: WASD or arrow keys
Interact: F
Jump: Space
Sprint: Shift

There's a toggle to swap between AZERTY and QWERTY layouts in-game.

This Experience might not be suitable for streaming audiences.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game explores themes such as depression, anxiety, verbal abuse, manipulative control, and suicide.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3xxx
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 970
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 550 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7,8,10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-2600 and up, or similar.
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 1060 and up, or similar.
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 550 MB available space

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