You won't need a haircut where you're going... mostly because you're bald. Inspired by Earthbound, Undertale, and other alt-RPGs, Nepenthe is a hand-drawn game made of dad-jokes and existential dread. Also cookies. Lots of cookies.
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Very Positive (55) - 92% of the 55 user reviews for this game are positive.
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May 17, 2018
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“There is charm packed into every nook and cranny...wickedly funny”
Letter grade: A – The Zerathulu View

“Reminiscent of all of the made-up video games I’d scribble in the margins of my homework at school when I was a kid”
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“It's a gorgeous game...a fun, complicated RPG that has brilliant moments backed up by unique art and music.”
8/10 – DigitalChumps

About This Game

You wake up with no memory. Your day is starting off great!

Nepenthe is a hand-drawn RPG with a terrible sense of humor. Set in the strange world of Carithia, you play as a mysterious bald dude who lost his memory. Yes, you read that right. Meet some very polite monsters, and battle both them and your sense of self-dignity in epic bullet-hell fight scenes.

Definitely not a potato in a trench coat

Sporting a childish hand-drawn art style, Nepenthe is sure to either make you love it at first glance, or throw your computer away. The developer of Nepenthe takes no responsibility for such actions, and recommends drinking chamomile tea. “It’s really soothing,” he says. “You should really try it one day,” he says. “What was I talking about?” He asks. There is an awkward pause.

designed for non-psychopaths, mostly

With three different endings, and countless side-quests, Nepenthe is designed for ultimate replayability. This can get quite annoying if you need to share a computer with someone else. Trust me. Almost every monster can be spared, for added challenge and less violence. They can also be killed - don’t worry, you psychopaths! If you enjoy dad-jokes or Chinese water torture, Nepenthe is for you.

Nepenthe is designed for both casual and hardcore gamers alike.

  • Explore two modes: "Adventure" or "Story," to find the play-style that best suits you.
  • "Adventure" mode is a bullet-hell extravaganza, with ever increasing difficulty as the game progresses.
  • "Story" mode's battles are easy one-click things, designed for those who just want the story, not the gameplay.
  • Enjoy stunning hand-drawn art along the way

Join us, as we stare into the Orb together.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: anything made in the last decade
    • Processor: one that works
    • Memory: 490 MB RAM
    • Graphics: a toaster - you really shouldn't have trouble
    • Sound Card: yes.
    • Additional Notes: make sure your computer is on
    Minimum:
    • OS: anything your grandmother didn't own when she was a kid
    • Processor: needs to exist
    • Memory: 480 MB RAM
    • Graphics: not too gory, kids play this
    • Sound Card: one that makes sound
    • Additional Notes: remember that you are a wonderful person and I love you
    Minimum:
    • OS: anything made in the last decade
    • Processor: A small rock covered in tin foil should do
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: a sink - this is an RPG Maker game for goodness' sake
    • Sound Card: yee
    • Additional Notes: Why are you gaming on Linux?

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