This software is not a game. A cross between a walking sim and a tarot card reading, TSOTG asks you to find 12 evocative dioramas and answer a single question : What do you see? Answer instinctively and receive one of five different endings and a final reading meant to stimulate self-reflection.
All Reviews:
Mixed (22) - 68% of the 22 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 15, 2021

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“[...]a thoroughly bizarre experience with some very striking imagery and a very unsettling atmosphere throughout. [...] Strap in for this cleverly crafted spooky psychological evaluation.”
Free Game Planet

“[...] a very creepy, interesting experience where you wander around a strange, dying town. [...] Shape on the Ground will mean something different to everyone”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“[...] it is ominous and enchanting, with moments of genuine dread. (...) If you’re the right patient, maybe it’ll conjure real ghosts.”
Sufficiently Human

About This Game

WARNING : This software contains imagery that could evoke sensitive subject matter in some users. Such subject matter include Grief, Death, Self-Harm and Suicide Ideation.

The game

The Shape On The Ground is not a game, in the conventional sense. It is a short horror-themed first-person walking simulator experience which can be completed in 20 minutes.

Consider it as a tarot reading : both a divination and self-reflection tool. A moment in time for yourself, a magick circle, to freely explore your inner world. Walk around a desolate town in search of the 12 dioramas where you will be asked a question.

Answer truthfully, with the answer that best corresponds with how you are feeling. There is no right or wrong answer. Then you will be shown an ending and given a personalized reading based on your answers.


  • Five different endings : based on the answers the player has provided
  • Horror-Themed atmosphere : explore a miniature cardboard town inspired by the works of the Brothers Quay
  • Low risk gameplay : no enemies putting the player in danger, just a tense and heavy atmosphere
  • A personal space of introspection : This software is meant to be revisited from time to time, to help identify the changes within the player

What's new in the Steam Edition

Similar to a director's cut, this version of The Shape On The Ground contains new material never seen in earlier versions.
  • Two entirely new dioramas, adding more symbolism and mystery to the environment
  • Two new small areas to explore, where the new dioramas are located : the park and the sewer system
  • Quality Of Life improvements such as clearer tutorials and removal of some confusing meta-narrative elements

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This software contains imagery that could evoke sensitive subject matter in some users, such as : Grief, Death, Self-Harm and Suicide Ideation.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit versions only)
    • Processor: X64 architecture with SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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