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The one thing that paralyzes all parents with fear is failing to protect their children. I regret taking that "game" from work. It took from me what was most important in my life. That is why soon I will be swallowing a bullet from my police issued revolver.

We had been called to check on a resident at an apartment complex. Neighbors were complaining about the smell and the landlord called the police. We first knocked on the door and tried to call him out, but no one answered. When we forced open the door, we found his limp dead body sitting in front of a PC. His face was partially torn away, part of the flesh dangling like cobwebs from the skull. We secured the body and any clues for what looked like a possible homicide. The coroner, though, determined from the guy’s fingernails that the wounds were self-inflicted. “Hell of a way to kill yourself,” I said. Now I know that the poor guy probably just lost it.

We didn't make any progress finding any reason for the suicide. The PC didn’t help much either, nowadays you expect to find a suicide note on facebook or twitter. There wasn’t even a word document that began with dear mom and dad. We did find a single folder titled "Townlore.” It was some kind of computer game, pretty boring too.

After the case closed, I made a copy of the game to give it to my son. It is common to take items from people that don’t use it anymore from the evidence locker. If you go to a police auction, you know exactly what I mean. I thought that the game was simple enough to entertain a young child. Being a single father is tough and sometimes I just needed him out of my hair.

Although, gameplay wasn't anything fancy, he did enjoy it. One night I even caught him playing past his bedtime. I grounded him from the game, but like most kids he didn’t listen.

Someday after that he ran to me pale as a sheet. I asked him what was wrong. He answered, "Pandora is resting.” I asked him who Pandora was and he responded, “The girl locked inside the game.” I just laughed it off as one big joke. Deep down, I started to get suspicious of this game so I started playing. If there was something on it that my little boy shouldn’t see, I’d simply delete it.

However when I tried to continue the game from my son’s save, it crashed. I decided to try playing a new game, but there was no gameplay. I reinstalled the game and realized that there was a save state. If I couldn't play the game from the beginning, I could continue from when it was playable.

I didn't know how to progress in the game. So I made the mistake of posting it online and tried to get help from other gamers. After that, my son started acting strange. I woke up with a start one night because he was standing beside my bedside just watching me. I asked him what was wrong; he responded by saying, “I can hear her crying.”

Then it happened, I heard a crash in the bathroom. I found my son lying face down on the ground. Somehow he had gotten into the medicine cabinet. There was a bottle of pills still being clutched in his tiny hand. He had taken so many pills that there were empty bottles and pills scattered everywhere. He choked and died in my arms that night. It was all because of that game. The last guy that played it killed himself. Now my son was on its victims list. By time I tried to pull the game off the internet, it had spread like a virus. Now all I can do is give you this warning:

DON’T PLAY THIS GAME LATE AT NIGHT.
DON’T GO INTO THE FOREST.
FOLLOW THE RULES.

Credits

Scenario and production:
GreyInvidia

Graphics:
GreyInvidia

Audio:
Norock
RushJet1
Jace
Aurinko2222
secondbody
HardPCM

Scripts:
Yanfly
FenixFyreX
V.M. of D.T.
DoctorTodd
Moghunter
Zeus81
Quack
Narwals
Melkino

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This is a nicely-made game. Very weird and unnerving. It really relies on its sheer strangeness and your imagination to fill in the gaps for what's really going on. I enjoyed it!
Yes, that's what I also find charming in many games, that rely on self-interpretation of some events.
Played the heck out of your game and I throughly enjoyed it.


(Possible Spoilers)Granted if I would to actually wait hours to figure it out I don't know if my attention span would keep me playing so I kept changing my time. Got the true ending second day without the help of a guide woot, but It's gonna drive me insane if I don't know if there is something to be done with the turtle and his boat. Is there a easter egg with him or something? or is he just there to show the characters had a way off the island? Anyway off to try your other games out. :)
author=DiceOfChance
Played the heck out of your game and I throughly enjoyed it.


(Possible Spoilers)Granted if I would to actually wait hours to figure it out I don't know if my attention span would keep me playing so I kept changing my time. Got the true ending second day without the help of a guide woot, but It's gonna drive me insane if I don't know if there is something to be done with the turtle and his boat. Is there a easter egg with him or something? or is he just there to show the characters had a way off the island? Anyway off to try your other games out. :)


Well, in primary concept it was supposed to be possible to travel onto Mainland to buy some stuff like furniture or wallpapers. For that there was also supposed to be some mean of earning money, but all in all I just made it in it's current form. I'll however probably redo this game in the future and there will be access to Mainland as well as maybe some more stuff to do in town, besides talking to it's inhabitants.
I am getting so frustrated with this game. I read the comment where you have the exact time things occur. I didn't edit the time on my computer, I literally stayed up until 2 am.. nothing happened in the forest! I decided the next day I'd just change the time on computer to see if anything would happen. I changed the time to 2 am, and still nothing happened in the forest. Then I thought maybe if I returned to the game at 8 am like the comments said something would surely happen.. but still nothing happened. Am I doing something wrong or does it just not work on my computer?
Don't give up cookie! If you got into the forest just keep moving in the "right" direction. :) All good things come with time.

GreyInvidia, I really enjoyed your take on Pandora's story and thanks for replying so quickly on the mainland question. Not sure what you plan on in the future but this game is a great teaser. When you said you may redo this game it made me think of LISA, Dingaling's game (Link: http://rpgmaker.net/games/4412/) and how he made his first game that was like a weird yume nikki and now released his second title also called LISA on steam. Anyway just wanted to point out a possible route you could take for your game as well. regardless I liked your game and can't wait to play more of your stuff. Also is Pandora crying because her radio station has so many ads on it now :3
@cookie1xo: I guess you didn't venture too deep into the forest. Sometimes triggering event may take 2 minutes, sometimes 15. You simply must be patient.

@DiceOfChance: New "Lisa" actually kinda gave me an idea of how to approach exploration in possible remake. However my main plan for Townlore is going even further beyond 4th wall. Nonetheless, I should finish my main project first - Divinity Fatum.
Okay, what am I suppose to do? Every time I start up the game it takes me to a whitish messed up screen and all I hear it sobbing and I can't do anything.
author=NaomiSinato
Okay, what am I suppose to do? Every time I start up the game it takes me to a whitish messed up screen and all I hear it sobbing and I can't do anything.


You could try playing from included save file.
This is too SCARY for me to download. Lol, it looks great!
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