A Place, Forbidden is a first-person, lo-fi horror-puzzle game set in the Library of Ouroboros, a seemingly innocuous library that, rumor has it, contains knowledge not meant for the eyes of mortal man. We hope you enjoy your visit.
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Very Positive (211) - 90% of the 211 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 25, 2020

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“Light puzzle and item hunting gives way to a peek behind the curtain of the Library, an unreality our feeble minds can’t begin to comprehend. Sometimes, even the most milquetoast of backdrops provide a stage for unspeakable horrors to emerge from the shadowy depths.”

“A Place, Forbidden... impresses with its ominous atmosphere, stylish retro visuals and intriguing lore.”

“[A Place, Forbidden] makes the absolute best use out of the aesthetic and combines it with both a fantastic story and some great puzzles for an experience that honestly feels unique as all hell. It's a reminder to pay attention to these little projects you find off the beaten path...”

About This Game


A Place, Forbidden is a first-person lo-fi horror-puzzle game that takes place in a cursed Library. It is and shall remain completely free, and features a variety of puzzles and no small amount of reading. Though the notes and books are not always imperative to gameplay, skipping them will detract from the experience.


The Library of Ouroboros. You awaken here with no memory of how you've arrived - though faint recollections of searching, of the Library's name, stick in your mind like scraps of torn paper.

The reek of dust, of old wood, and of something... more difficult to place hang in the air. Is that a distant ringing you hear, or merely your imagination? And why do you feel so strange? So hot? Like a pair of eyes - no, much more than a single pair - are watching your every movement, reading your every thought, like words on the yellowed pages of an ancient book...

A Place, Forbidden was initially released as a demo on the 2020 Haunted PS1 Demo DIsc.

Conor Walsh, Writing and Design
Dennis Müller, Scripting and Design
Gábor Papp, 3D Modeling and Materials
Aidan Cushing, Scripting

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 or DirectX 12 compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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