This story is intended for readers 18+, so minors please don’t interact. As of now, there will be depictions of Major Character Death (yours included), Gore, Extreme Violence,  Swearing,  Body Mutilation, and Sexual Content (maybe). The list will be updated as the story is updated.   

You are haunted.

Those words simply sound so strange to utter. Ghosts, ghouls, demons, and poltergeists were merely fables and myths meant to strike fear into the godless. But here you are. A living testament to those false "tales".

Ghastly shades, and haunting phantasms have stalked your movements since you were 11. They fed on your life force and manipulated your fate with their bony fingers. You rarely felt a moment of rest, until one day, their presence all but vanished. The dark ages.. or what you so affectionately refer to it as. From age 13 to 14 your life was just one large blank spot. You couldn't remember what you did, or the events of that year. On your 14th birthday, it was like waking up from a long nap. It was just another day for you. But to your family; that day meant everything to them. You were unfazed and blase at the concerned and crying faces of your family. Nor could you understand what exactly happened to you that year. No one talked about it, and they weren't willing to tell you what happened.. all you knew was that the spirits no longer plagued you. And for that you were happy.

Your life has slowed down significantly in terms of ghostly encounters. Your past demons have been subjected, and you may finally be able to move on with your life. However, you can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong… Oh, so very wrong.

Your once peaceful dreams have become recurring nightmares.  You dream of desecrated churches, burning red skies, and overflowing red rivers teeming with dead fish. Shadowy figures with malicious intent and distorted cackles that grip your soul. It’s just dreams; is what you tell yourself. But the choir of voices that hum melodically in your ears when you wake is too daunting to dismiss. Your spirits are back, and they refuse to be ignored.

The daily horror you experience and the constant stress of your life is beginning to take a toll on your psyche. It is all too much. Your best friend Tama recommends an experimental VR game called ”A Trial of Horror” to destress, but something about the company and its website rub you the wrong way. You don't understand how Tama would think this is a good idea, but an incentive of $10,000 to play is too good to pass up, especially when you have loans and bills.

The VR feels too real, every scratch and scrap you gain burns with pain, and your lungs feel like they are on fire as you run. This game you are in may not just be a game; every mistake you make has real consequences. If you want to get out, it would be in your best interest to survive, but your survival does not mean the game is over. It is just the beginning... 

Stuck within a vicious cycle you struggle to find the truth behind these sinister plots and get yourself permanently unsubscribed from the company’s beta testing. 

Perhaps you may finally get some rest after this is all over. If your ghosts will let you.


  • Select your gender, sexuality, and appearance!
  • Choose from 3 backgrounds that will help determine your stats.
    • Stats matter people 
  •  Develop a bond that is not easily broken with any one of 4-gender selectable RO’s
    • 1 mystery RO is included but if you love yourself, don’t romance the mystery RO
    • Help your RO find their purpose, or stray them off course into chaos
  • Piss an eldritch horror off, and live to tell the story, maybe?
  • Shop til you drop, literally.
    •  Players can buy products at Florences Precarious Wonders. You can use these items inside and outside of the game to survive.
    • These products are available using the points you accumulate after finishing a game. If you survive, that is.
  • Participate in 10 (at least for now…) games, all with different monsters, but a similar theme
    • Complete Instances
    • These are hauntings or paranormal events that you can investigate and solve in your everyday life.
    • You don’t need to complete them, however doing so may boost your skills, your relationships and help you piece together just what is happening
  • Figure out who's behind these games, and stop them, if they can be stopped.


The RO options

  • Alexander (M) / Alexandria (F) Adakai: Alex seems to be a pretty simple person, from what you’ve seen. They know what they like and don’t like and have no problem letting you know it. However, you’ve realized that anyone chosen to play the games is far from simple. Passionate, warm, and supportive, you’ve found Alex to be loyal to a fault, once you’ve earned their respect (or affection), and know that they would willingly follow you into hell, but is that necessarily a good thing? [Has a predetermined ‘relationship’ with Moore]
  •  Meridith (F) / Micah (M) Moore: Moore is an arrogant and confident, overly confident if you ask their friends, individual. They are an up-and-coming lawyer working in Napa Valley, California, at one of the most prestigious law firms in the country. With their put-together suits and their overpriced cologne, you can almost smell the privilege rolling off of them. For this reason, you cannot fathom how they got involved with the game. Is there something hiding behind their well-placed façade, or are they really as arrogant as they seem? [Has a predetermined ‘relationship’ with Adakai]
  • Nasir (M) / Zahra (F) Faizan: An aloof and cranky player that seems hellbent on pretending that you don’t exist. They haven’t participated in the game for too long, but they already seem to have a reputation. Considered an omen and not the good kind, it’s known that anyone who partners with them dies shortly after. Is their attitude towards you justified? Or do they just need a bowl of raisins to clear up that ever constipated expression? 
  •  Felix (M) / Jalissa (F) Alvarez: A computer programmer from New Mexico, the way you two met wasn’t exactly the best. To be exact, you almost get them killed, but they seem to still want to be your friend despite the blunder. Self-nominated as the cinnamon roll of the group, you can’t help but want to go to them for all of your emotional issues. You’ve found their optimism and gentile attitude to be precisely what you need in this game. However, behind their too wide grins and hearty laughs, you can’t help but feel that something is wrong. Oh, so wrong.
  • Mystery RO (M):  An entity that’s guile has only grown stronger with his age. He needs you, but for what, you’re not sure. Catching the attention of two eldritch horrors cannot be good, but you notice that he seems to regard you with a special kind of affection. However, you cannot help but wonder that his love for you will fade once his need for you is over. He is a wanderer, but once he finds himself committing to you. He will never let you go. Not even death will keep you two apart, unfortunately.  [Has a predetermined relationship with the Magadalane]


You can reach me on tumblr at atrial-ofhorror-if or on discord Summora_Knots#1093

Updated 13 days ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, Android, HTML5
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(30)
Authorsummora
GenreInteractive Fiction
TagsHorror, Psychological Horror, Text based, Twine

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sheesh! Im freaking in love with Tama 😍😭

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This game is a PIECE OF ART. The chills are lovely, and I felt my heart break when I reached the end of the demo..can't wait to continue playing, good job!

Also, if I love myself don't date that RO... why? WHY? I need to know ayayy

How the frick do i restart help

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ooop, so there isn't a restart button 😣😣. In hindsight, I really should have added one now that I think about it😫😫. The way that I always do it is that I back out of the game til I'm back to the games itch.io menu, and then just refresh. Once I hit run game, it typically transports me to the start page. I'll add one in later today and re-upload the game for future purposes to make it easier to restart.

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I need more :)

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Don't know if you'd be willing to add/change anything, but I didn't really have anything I was okay picking for the holy symbol. Like firstly I'm not particularly religious (more spiritual with fun magic stuff), but even ignoring that I'm not okay choosing any of the options presented as I most relate to/identify with some sort of Paganism, not various major kinda organized religions like those presented. Don't know what would be added for that and I'm sure it's a total throwaway line, but I wanted to bring it up since I kinda closed the story and gave up there because of it :/ (obviously I'm back and would like to try still, just me any my hasty impulses)

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Hi, sorry for the late response; I did think long and hard about your request and what would be the best course of action. Realistically, your religious idol choice isn't an important choice for the game, it's just flavor text in the grand scheme of things, and if you play further into the game, you receive an item that replaces the idol. 

Further into Episode 1, you guys do have the option to claim belief or skepticism in a higher power, or so to speak. With that being said, I probably won't add a pagan option only because 

 1) the dynamics of religion/spirituality are going to shift. I won't say more than that cause spoilers 🙊🙊🙉🙉🙈🙈!

2)There are a lot of past/current religions that have a pagan structure. Therefore I would need to code a good portion, if not all, to be inclusive. Because, being realistic, it is not fair to add just one and not the others. 

3) Its kind of a waste of time, honestly to add something that's not mentioned again in depth.  Or if it doesn't change how the games played. Especially when there's so much other things that need to be coded, fixed, and added.

I could always just say a "pagan idol," but that feels like such a cop-out and makes me feel a bit puritan/Christian judgy. If those reasons don't satisfy you, you're always welcome to go in peace; I won't hold anything against you 😀.  Otherwise, if you have suggestions for additions that I can add other than a pagan idol that would be inclusive for all, you can always dm me on Tumblr or discord!

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Thanks for thinking on it, honestly. I was largely worried it'd be like a "choosing your religion" choice that'd get referenced later, but since that's not the case and it really doesn't matter, I'm totally good just picking something that I think is neat :)

Just to say, the only kind of equivalent I can think of would be like an altar, but that sort of thing is so different to the others (being mostly large and immobile) I don't think it'd work. Either way I don't think it's worth bothering with, trying to do anything like that for like the two people it'd matter for :)

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How could Alex forget me!? I thought we had a connection 😭


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love how you get not one, but two separate choices to decide how fucked up your character's backstory was, holy symbols won't help, what they need is therapy ASAP

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😭🤣

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I really liked the game, but why I'm getting error when I choose Nasir when meeting them??

oh dear, could you tell me what the error says exactly? 

Oh no, nevermind. I could make it work again by closing the navegator, then opening it again. I really don't know why I was getting an error. Sorry for the trouble.

its ok! I'm going through the codes just in case anyway to make sure no one else has any problems

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Ohhh!! It's so good! i enjoyed a lot Tama and Khalid ^^. Hope to read and play more!

thank you so much! I honestly have a lot of fun writing Tama and Khalid the most ^.^

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Lovin' the game so far, though I have one bit of a critique about a line, [minor spoiler ahead I guess]

 Basically my critique is to do with the line, 

"This was going to be the easiest $10,000 that you WOULD ever make. Well, aside from that time, you took up stripping for two weeks at the local club." 

This seems like a kinda iffy detail to just add to the MCs background without any sort of warning or choice, and was something  I did not particularly vibe with (though it was fine, I just went back and picked a different option, didn't affect my overall enjoyment that much). 

Since it seemed like a throwaway line I honestly think it'd be best to just scrap it, and maybe replace it with something a bit more open ended, like "$10,000 is a lot of money, and you've certainly done weirder for less."

This probably seems like a really minor thing to bring up, but well you said to let you know if something was uncomfortable and well that did make me a bit uncomfortable.

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Thanks so much for the feedback! I went ahead and changed it based on your feedback. Thanks again!

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So I looked through the comments a bit to see if anyone else had this problem and it looks like others have had it too... but I can't get past the "trapped in a box" it won't take me anywhere when I click it.

(don't know how far choices need to go back but I'll start from where were we meet Khalid and he asks if you think he's paranoid)

No>>>Ask if she's ok>>>Say she's shaking>>>tell them

I've tried to refresh and clear cookies but that did work

Hi Vix! So I'm still working on that bug. Honestly I have no idea whats wrong with it because it works for me? I don't think it has anything to do with browser but I'll ask anyway. Are you using safari or firefox?

I use chrome

I was afraid of that. I'll have to look again and see what I'm missing

Hi Vix, so I re-uploaded the game, I still wasn't able to figure out what was wrong with it but I just rewrote the code for the skip. Please see if that works!

Unfortunately it still doesn't work for me. I even downloaded firefox to see if it was just chrome and it still didn't work on there. I'll try and see if it will work on my phone or on the itch app instead. But even if it work or not on my phone, I'll mess around with different choices on Wednesday when I'm off work and see if that might help narrow it down

Hey I had the same issue! I was replaying it to see if I could get past it and I can now! I also created a new save so that could've been it maybe?

Great demo!

ps.i find a bug on the end of the intro when i choose option ,,thank you"(or smh like that) i get bug screen :P

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hi! Thank you for reporting the bug, I fixed it so hopefully you won't run into too many more.

Hello I just played your demo and it was a fantastic game ! I nearly cried of frustration discovering that I have already reached the end. Hope to read more, and thank you for your work ! (sorry if my English is incorrect...) 

Your English is just fine thank you so much for your appreciation 🤎🤎

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I love this and I am really excited for more!

Thank you! A quality of life update should be coming in May for it soon!

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This looks very promising, I really like it.


For some reason tho, some of the options weren't clickable, is that bcs of contents under development or is it a bug?

Thank you so much! Could you tell me which ones weren't clicking? Some stuff is under development, however, they should still be clickable. I'm thinking its probably a bug.

AFAIK it's "Tell them" after the counter scene, and "Trapped in the box" during the elevator scene. I'm stuck there ever since.

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Ooop, its me and my mediocre coding, we strike again! for tell them, I accidentally didn't add the variables for "Just Leave" if you chose that option. And for "trapped in the box" you had to have a certain amount of approval with either Khalid or Alex. I fixed both of them, so if your approval with Alex or khalid isn't high enough you'll just immediately go to the next scene.

I fixed both so everything should be working now! God i hope so

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Oh actually I went for asking her, and I picked the "shaking" option, that's where I can't get to the "tell them" option lol

Take your time btw


*Edit: played the game to the current end and I like it a lot! Keep up the good work :D

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Ok i figured out what happened, I misspelled one of the variables  😅😅😅 and I've reuploaded the game again! 

 but I'm so glad you like it! I hope to continue to give yall some good content, and stuff!

Trapped in the box isn't working for me, unfortunately. Very fun otherwise; I'll come back.

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hi mimbly! Is there a specific error message thats popping up for you?