A downloadable death for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Warning: this game contains themes of possessiveness, religion/religious trauma, and death.

You have recently died in an accident, and you just want to go to paradise. But when you're sent to the depths of Hell, you can only do one thing: travel through the Nine Circles and state your case of innocence to Satan.

Everyone has been kind to you so far. Too kind, maybe. Especially the Keeper of Heresy, the Sixth Circle. In the confines of his space while an ash storm rages outside, the two of you pry each other open. But he might break you first.

Submitted for the 2023 Yandere Game Jam. Loosely based in Art Without Blood's universe, though you do not need to play any others in the series before playing this one.

Note that although this game pulls from real-world religions and their aesthetics, it is not meant to be based in real Christianity.

Play the extended version on Steam.

Features:

  • 8k+ words
  • 5 endings

Credits:

  • Additional images from Unsplash
  • Additional sound effects from Zapsplat
  • Music, video editing, voice acting, and sound design by Zack Valence.  Without him, I wouldn't be here making this. 
  • Opening song "Ashes The Rain and I" by James Gang, Arranged and Performed by Zack Valence
Updated 5 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(115 total ratings)
Authorscatsket, Zack Valence
GenreVisual Novel
TagsAtmospheric, Creepy, Dark Fantasy, Lo-fi, Multiple Endings, Narrative, Short, Story Rich, yandere

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1016-1.1-win.zip 119 MB
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1016-1.1-mac.zip 126 MB
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1016-1.1-linux.tar.bz2 112 MB

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First of all, the game's has it's aesthetics borrowed from religion and its symbolism, I love it.
Since the first glance everything is perfect, amazing atmosphere, impeccable aesthetic, melancholic but short story... Of course, another masterpiece from catsket, I wouldn't expect less!
Dorian, I must say I'm in love, yes I choose to stay with you, please make me some tea & keep amusing me with your words, I'm all ears.

This game is simply AMAZING. Goodness- It might be my favorite yandere game, if not, one of my top 3.
Dorian is such a wonderful character, his design, voice and lines are all *chef kiss*
Truly a must recommend; and i will! 

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I registered to express my admiration for the author's work. This is a very wonderful work, I want more people to know about it. Thanks for the game! <3

Hi, I made a Russian translation of your game, if you want to use the translation, no problem. You can find it in the Steam manuals 10:16. Perhaps bugs that players find will be corrected.

If you made a Russian translation, please message me about it on Discord! I'm catsket

No download button here or on steam...? am i stupid

For some reason, the downloads were hidden on itch.io and were taken off Steam without my knowledge. They should be fixed here, and I'm waiting on a report from Steam to allow the Steam download back up.

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WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS GAME FHUDSHFDSUOGFO i was literally scrolling through free games on steam and this came up and i fell in love. the art is just amazing, same with soundtrack and the storyline and i TOTALLY love the aesthetic this game has. got all the endings in one day and i will surely come back to play again and recommend it to my friends c: . i'll check out your other games as well! (also i made an edit of it and posted it on tiktok so if you wanna see then my username is cxsstan! i will probably make some more in the future hehe)

hi! thank you so much, this is such a sweet comment!! i'm glad you loved it! zack, the voice of dorian, sent me the tiktok and it definitely brightened up my day at work!

i also saw your comment about keychains and stuff, and i do plan on releasing a design for december or january!

omg i'm so happy you guys saw it! i'm looking forward to the new design! and my friend bought me the keychain for xmas :D

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I have truely fallen in love with the game's art design. Dorian is beyond beautiful. I have just started playing the game, but I couldn't detain myself from commenting on how gorgeous the art is.

A question in mind about Dorian's design is; were they/was he inspired by Japan's 80s/90s Vkei style? I have come to think that they/he really looks like Mana from Malice Mizer a lot, especially his old photos when his hair was blonde.

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AHHHH thank you so much for this comment! i really appreciate it.

i ADORE vkei and malice mizer, but dorian wasn't inspired by it. i originally made dorian in a lobotomy corporation OC picrew, and he kind of spawned from there. maybe in another game i'll give him something more akin to kozi's outfits!!!

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It's lovely to meet another Vkei enjoyer with magnificent taste in art, game-making and music. I currently am working on a game project as well and seeing other people's creations gives me tons of ideas. As I have just finished (well, almost finished because I haven't gotten all the endings yet, let's just say half finished) 10:16, I can say without a doubt that I will be binging your art from now on. Thanks for your wonderful work. I will never be able to erase Dorian from my mind, not that I would want to to be honest.

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OH MY GOD OHMYGODOHMYGOD
I'm so amazed and freaked out I literally have no words to describe what I feel. This is one of the most fantastic and atmospheric VNs I've ever played, and I played a lot. Thank you so, so much for bringing this project to life! It's mesmerizing beyond possible.
P.S. I usually hate voiced VNs, but my goodness, I don't think I've ever heard a more enchanting voice in my life!

Wow. There's something incredibly and I assume intentionally cinematic about this game that captivated me from the get-go! It's been a long time since I've seen a VN with an intro and I think it was a great inclusion. I had not skimmed the description for this game beforehand in my  hunger to consume more of your content, and the voice acting was another pleasant surprise. It's incredibly well done as well as the soundtrack, so my kudos to Zack for their efforts as well. 

As always, big fan of the dithering and the selection/use of the supplementary + bg images! Your unique visual style is become clear to me after sampling several of your pieces, in a way where I feel like if I saw something of your games out of context, I would be able to say ah, yes, that's casket, clearly! 

I love Dorian's design! There's quite a few elements that I've got a strong fondness for that I don't often see, like the muzzle. Would willingly spend the rest of my eternity blindly by his side again easily. :p 

I found you through your Tumblr blog and proceeded to go on a binge of all your games. The way you create atmosphere and tension in your games is amazing and your art style is so loose and painterly paired with the colors you choose just makes everything a visual pleasure to play. Keep up the amazing work and know you inspire other game makers and artists with your work!

I can't express how beautiful and atmospheric this game is. I really love horror date sim games, but this one not filled with horror, but with silence, peace, tranquility and.. comfort. I thank you for this incredible atmosphere in which you want to stay. This is a completely unique game. 

Also, I want to say that the voice acting ... wow, just wow, I have no words. It's so soothing, gentle, like lullaby. Thank you for such masterpiece.

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Woahhh this was so cool, atmospheric, and immersive! I love the way you wrote the dialogue and the way you interpret religion and weave it around. Frankly, I'm impressed with the general vibe of Dorian, I couldn't really tell what he was about so I kept replaying because I wanted to learn more about him and uncovered wonderful lore with different options and learned different things. I gotta say, I love the intro, it was all so artistic and gothic. It was amazing!

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Im so amazed. This one is amazing. From plot, to bgm (i like the intro), and images/art. amen πŸ™ 

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This game was gorgeous! There's not much that I could say that others haven't, but I was hooked the second I played the intro and found myself in the story. The art, the ambience, the writing; I was immersed from start to finish <3

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this comment means so much to me! thank you so much.

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this vn is a work of art. Dorian was such a compelling LI, and the mc themselves are fascinating, the truth behind their "sin" what you'd call "food for thought", something to think about even at the end. 

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Wow, this was incredible! I really hope it was a demo because I want so much more <3

thank you so much! i don't have plans on making this a demo for a bigger project, but maybe i'll do more short stories!

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Hey! I love everything about this game. It's a masterpiece!! But can you tell me who were all the people in the intro video. The only one I recognised was Dorian

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the "intro" serves as a mini summary of what you did before you came to the 6th circle. they're all the keepers of each of the previous circles (scythe girl is 1st for limbo, 2nd in the water is for lust, etc). that's why they don't have faces!
+ the glowing figure is meant to be the MC

I see! WOW is there any possibility of seeing Dorian again in future games/updates? he has become my instant favourite

i don't have any plans right now but maybe in the future!

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I made an account just to comment on how wonderfully crafted this game is! I'm in love with the aesthetics, the narrative, the fantastic artwork, and the masterfully created ambiance <3 I've loved every bit of it and am very grateful for having played this game. I'm also smitten with Dorian. I want to learn every bit about him and his takes on religion, lol. Thank you so much for developing this game!

THIS COMMENT IS SO SWEET [sobbing]

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SO GOOD everything about this was amazing i cant even use my words to describe i am very excited 2 see what the future holds 4 catsket games... 

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wow!! the art is so, so beautiful TwT

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catsket never misses, this game was a treat to my eyes & ears !! love your work <3

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oh my goooooddddddd this was perfect and i cannot get over the atmosphere you've created. absolutely beautiful work as always!!!!

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2023's yandere jam has seriously already made this a great year

AMEN

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This is stunningly beautiful. I love  this game. The art, the themes, the music, everything is great. 

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thank you! i'm glad you enjoyed!

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My God, this is such a mesmerizing game. The CGs, design, GUI, everything is so beautiful I almost can't take it!! Thank for this nice experience. By chance, will you post the walkthrough? 

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ahhh thank you! i'll post a guide by the end of the day! i'm glad you enjoy it!

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The theming to this was beautifully done. The monochromatic blues and reds truly set the otherwordly tone for this game! The way Dorian was written, constantly walking around truths and lies is so amazing. His reasonings for enjoying the player and what's heavily implied to have been done are absolutely beautiful and easy to pick up on! Once again, a hit made by you Catsket!

thank you again blade! ❀️

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THIS WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!! MY GOD I LOVED IT SOSOSOSO MUCH!!! FIRST THE INTRO WAS SO BEAUTIFUL I WANTED TO CRY, AND THE GAME WAS SO FUN AND MYSTERIOUS AND GRIPPING!!!! I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT, AND THE ART IS ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS!!! dorian is such an interesting and charming character, i couldnt get enough of him!!!! 😭😭😭 i love the aesthetic of your games in general, this one was especially captivating and gorgeous to look at πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ ill be playing this over and over just to experience the alluring atmosphere again and again!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK!!!!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

thank you so much this means so much to me πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί i'm glad u like him so much!