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"My name is Felix Omin.
Ever since I was born, I've been afraid.
Afraid of what?
What is there not to be afraid of...
"

Story:
Cardiophobia follows Felix, a teenager with a unique heart condition.
Whenever his heartbeat raises, he cannot get it back to normal without taking medicin.
Living with such a condition makes it hard to have a normal life, but he manages at his new home.
One night, there is a blackout in the house and weird things start to happen.
Felix finds himself trying to survive the rest of the night, while saving his friends.

Premise:
In this game there are Scares and Spooks.
Scares are things that make Felix's Heartbeat rise. If it gets too high, he dies. The scares don't always happened either, most of them have conditions.
Spooks, on the other hand, are harmless. However, these things only appear depending on how scared Felix is, stuff like blood, messages, noises.

You will be faced with puzzles that range from very easy to thinking outside the box, and most of them are optional. However, puzzles isn't the only things you will have to face before you can escape...

The game is meant to be played multiple times, because I doubt it's possible to get the best ending on your first playthrough.

It's important to note, that even though it has horror elements, I would rather say this is a puzzle-survivor game. The scares are more for Felix the character, but if I manage to scare someone else, then I do see that as a plus. The scares also varies from small things to more elaborate.

This game contains:
  • Ending that recaps what you did or did not do in your playthrough, with 8 different endings.

  • Multiple puzzles that range in difficulty.

  • Multiple playthroughs.

  • With over 50 Scares.

  • New Game+ saving to keep track of your unlock progress.


Authors notes (Might be important to read through):
This project started years ago, and over those years, I've been working on this game from time to time. Some weeks more than others. Lately, I haven't felt like wanting to go back to this game. Don't get me wrong, the game is complete, but it has been complete for a long while, I've just been adding more to the game. I feel like if I don't release this game now, it will never be released.

With that being said, I just wanna say that I am not an artist or anything, this game has problems. Spelling error, dialogs being just plain bad etc. You kinda have to take this game with a grain of salt.

Just like any game, it is not 100% bug free, but I'm pretty sure all the game breaking bugs are gone (The ones that crash the game).

Credits
-Art-
PandaMaru

-Script-
Acezon
Bravo2Kilo
Galv
Gambit
IceDragon
Jet
Khas
modern algebra
Napoleon
Nicke
Tsukihime
Yanfly
Zeus81

-Music-
AlxEllis
Basset-Hound
Crazy_Leen
Crazzydrummer
CzySzy
Faletti
F4LL0UT
Matt-Porter
MetroPiano
MusicGamer-11
RyanA
Semaphore
TheAmateurAnimator

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Thanks

I'm really stoked about Cardiophobia getting over 50k views, so I just really wanted to say thanks for that.

I also wanted to say thanks for the spotlight, I couldn't believe it at first when I saw it.

While the making and first couple of weeks after completion had some rough patches, I've had a lot of fun watching people play the game and hear all of the feedback in the comments.

I don't know what else to say, thanks for everything.
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  • Daniel_B
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  • 05/26/2014 05:01 AM
  • 11/03/2021 08:17 PM
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This is an amazing game that deserves alot more attention, the premise and the lighting effects and randomization are all amazing.
I played through this game a long time ago, and recently decided to give it another playthrough to relive it, and still ended up almost jumping out of my skin due to the randomization of scares in different playthroughs.
When you enter the room with the TV i think it was? I walked up to the dresser all casual and all of a sudden BOOM the dresser slides back
Just when I start to feel comfortable doing something I already did before, surprise. xD

Although I will say this game is pretty tough, and took me alot of looking around online to find bits and pieces of information. Is there a cohesive list or walkthrough of this game that's not in video-form? It would be pretty helpful for me at least.
author=Knightowl
Although I will say this game is pretty tough, and took me alot of looking around online to find bits and pieces of information. Is there a cohesive list or walkthrough of this game that's not in video-form? It would be pretty helpful for me at least.


Thanks for playing.

No there isn't. I tried writing a walkthrough once, but it got really confusing so I gave up on it.
I really like this game, but I have some questions:

1- is it possible to save Lucas or Robin?
2- just to be clear,
Marcus is the axe killer-guy?

3- about the puzzle with the cells and the orbs,
why is Marcus's a room full of spikes?

4- when Felix walks out the house and towards the shed, there's a medicine box behind a gate. I have never been able to open this gate. How should I go about doing so?
5- what are we supposed to do with the map?
author=Cookietherookie
I really like this game, but I have some questions:

1- is it possible to save Lucas or Robin?
2- just to be clear,
Marcus is the axe killer-guy?

3- about the puzzle with the cells and the orbs,
why is Marcus's a room full of spikes?

4- when Felix walks out the house and towards the shed, there's a medicine box behind a gate. I have never been able to open this gate. How should I go about doing so?
5- what are we supposed to do with the map?


1: No, you cannot save them. I did have more plans with them, but things changed.

2: That is one of the possibilities, it really comes down to what you yourself want to believe.

3: I couldn't think of a better room for him. The spikes makes it impossible for him to hit things, so he has to stay completely still.

4: In the room where you get the pick, there's a crack in the wall. Break that and you can enter the little area behind the gate where the box is.

5: The completed map? It shows a hidden area on the second floor (which you cannot access until you have found both pieces of the map and put them together). Shouldn't you know this? You get the Gold Key from the secret room, which opens up the Cells room.

Thanks for liking the game, and if you have any other questions just fire them away :)
Hi! Just wanted to say, omg this is such a great game! I love the atmosphere and the characters and how the scares work (they're random). My friend plays it while I watch cuz Im too much of a wussy to play myself (lol).

I was wanting to know how exactly to get the last few endings we haven't manage to receive. We got deserter, lovesick, forgetful, blame, sacrifice and than deserter again. We'd like to play through and see all the endings but we're stuck on how to get the other ones and was hoping you could help ^^;

Also I love the plot twists! How Mother wasn't all good, I thought the strange notes were from Lucas but turns out it was from Felix, I think it makes sense Marcus is the axe guy... we played like 4 times in a row and we had seen all the scares (we thought) then we come out of a room to see some red ghost girl scream at us, scared the shit outta us XD

One more note, is the little girl in the basement with the teddy bears and old person that came to mothers and didn't get better and died / was killed? Or something? That's immediately what came to mind anyways, there even seems to be a room for her? (the one where you get the rope?)

I love the exploration theme and the timer (I cried when I couldn't save Emelie the first time!) and even though some of the puzzles were difficult and the running back and forth got ridiculous (and the chase scene in the picture maze in the basement was stressful..) I adore the game so much! Its hard to believe it was made by a single person, ahhh.

Sorry to ramble I am just so fascinated with your work. Anyways, could you help with the endings so I can finish the game x: PM or tell me in spoilers, either way I don't care, if you would just please take the time. ^^
author=HyliaKitty
Hi! Just wanted to say, omg this is such a great game! I love the atmosphere and the characters and how the scares work (they're random). My friend plays it while I watch cuz Im too much of a wussy to play myself (lol).

I was wanting to know how exactly to get the last few endings we haven't manage to receive. We got deserter, lovesick, forgetful, blame, sacrifice and than deserter again. We'd like to play through and see all the endings but we're stuck on how to get the other ones and was hoping you could help ^^;

Also I love the plot twists! How Mother wasn't all good, I thought the strange notes were from Lucas but turns out it was from Felix, I think it makes sense Marcus is the axe guy... we played like 4 times in a row and we had seen all the scares (we thought) then we come out of a room to see some red ghost girl scream at us, scared the shit outta us XD

One more note, is the little girl in the basement with the teddy bears and old person that came to mothers and didn't get better and died / was killed? Or something? That's immediately what came to mind anyways, there even seems to be a room for her? (the one where you get the rope?)

I love the exploration theme and the timer (I cried when I couldn't save Emelie the first time!) and even though some of the puzzles were difficult and the running back and forth got ridiculous (and the chase scene in the picture maze in the basement was stressful..) I adore the game so much! Its hard to believe it was made by a single person, ahhh.

Sorry to ramble I am just so fascinated with your work. Anyways, could you help with the endings so I can finish the game x: PM or tell me in spoilers, either way I don't care, if you would just please take the time. ^^

I can't really say much about the story (without some spoilers), but I purposely left a lot of it open to interpretation. If you think that Marcus was the killer, then you are not right or wrong, because there are clues pointing at him being the killer, but are even things that point to others, for example: If you look closely on the killer, he has spikey hair. Marcus has shaved head.

There's one thing you have to think about when it comes the Teddy Bear Girl, "was she even real to begin with?". The puzzle room reverts back to just a normal storage after you've beaten it, so if Felix imagined that, then what more was in his head? I always had the idea that all the "girl-ghost" are the same person, however I never actually made a conclusion to it. She is just there. If she's real or not, existed at one point in Felix's life or not, all of that is up to you. Oh, and the room with the rope is not a bedroom, it's a playroom for younger children.

Now, to the endings you've missed.
Best ending:
To get the best ending, you have to do everything, and get a perfect score, and not exit as Dark Felix. I can't really say what you've missed, but since you have gotten the Sacrifice ending, you should be close. Basically, you need to solve all the puzzles, save Emelie and Marcus, find all the notes/major story points.


Secret Ending 1:
First up: Don't save Emelie or Marcus.
You need to Lie about Robin to Marcus. (Lying to Marcus will make him no longer appear in the game, i.e, he won't be in Robin's room.)
You need to have entered Emelie's room. (Emelie's life is on a timer, so just don't do any of her things, do other stuff until finally her door no longer is closed.)

You need to find Lucas. (You'll find him in the secret room in the basement.)

You also need to do at least 2 of the following, this is so that you don't get the worst ending.
Finding Mother.
Confronting Levi (Tips: Confronting her means talking to her at the attic after meeting her in the caverns.)
Finding Research Data.

In the eastern rooms in the basement, there is a mask hanging on a wall. Inspect the mask and then go down some so you can't see the mask anymore. The mask is now gone.

Lastly, you need to read the open book in the library.

Now all you have to do is leave like normal and the special ending should play.


Secret Ending 2:
This one is a lot easier. Go and save Emelie and Marcus (If you don't know when they are 'saved', Emelie is saved after you've given her the rope and she leaves her room. Marcus is saved when he says "Fine... I get it..." when being straight with him in Robin's Room.

After saving both of them, go to the exit BUT DON'T LEAVE YET. You need to have Felix dripping blood from his eyes. This is something that might happen when Felix is at max scare (meaning one more scare will kill him).

As another tip: After using Medicine, Felix heartbeat is at 0, you need to get to 5 to try and activate the eyes. 6 is death. The easiest way is to go to the last save room in the caverns, save, and then use energy drinks to try and activate it. Use a medicine and then 5 drinks, if the eyes don't show, reload and try again.

I know this is a pain, but it is a special ending after all.


That should be everything, feel free to comment/PM if you have more questions or something isn't working.
Thanks so much. We'll make sure to try this and I don't mind that one ending being a pain, its worh it.

I do have a question, when we got sacrifice we got a score 37/38. The only thing we can think of we did /not/ receive is Lavinia's diary page which I don't believe we've ever found? I figured there was probably one for her since there was for everyone else as well, but could you please tell us where if so?

I might do a review by the time we've fully completed the game, but I would like to say I really like the way you had Felix react to a lot of the scenes.

Like how the screen would go black and it'd give a sad, reaction of his. "It felt like one of the most important parts had been ripped out of me. I stroke her hair one last time" with Mother. "How could you do this to us? How could you be so selfish? We were family!" with Robin. The way he covered up Emelie, it all left me with a sad feeling (which is good!) You just played that out so well where it wasn't so dramatic like "Oh no! Emelie why? Why I don't understand!" or anything, and still heartfelt <3

Thank you for replying ^^;
author=HyliaKitty
Thanks so much. We'll make sure to try this and I don't mind that one ending being a pain, its worh it.

I do have a question, when we got sacrifice we got a score 37/38. The only thing we can think of we did /not/ receive is Lavinia's diary page which I don't believe we've ever found? I figured there was probably one for her since there was for everyone else as well, but could you please tell us where if so?

I might do a review by the time we've fully completed the game, but I would like to say I really like the way you had Felix react to a lot of the scenes.

Like how the screen would go black and it'd give a sad, reaction of his. "It felt like one of the most important parts had been ripped out of me. I stroke her hair one last time" with Mother. "How could you do this to us? How could you be so selfish? We were family!" with Robin. The way he covered up Emelie, it all left me with a sad feeling (which is good!) You just played that out so well where it wasn't so dramatic like "Oh no! Emelie why? Why I don't understand!" or anything, and still heartfelt <3

Thank you for replying ^^;


Lavi's page is in the Garden Maze. It's 'her' garden after all. It's very close to the entrance, so shouldn't be that hard to find.

Honestly I'm really surprised you liked the reactions and stuff like that, I've even seen people liking the endings. I'm not really good at that stuff, usually when I write, it's very dark or depressing because I don't understand people. I'm terrible at writing dialogues too, it always comes out very cliché or forced/robotic.
Hardcore horror game. To get the best endings you will need to avoid the 'scares' and keep yourself as calm as possible. This must be done throughout the entire game. I made too many mistakes early on and ran out of medicine to keep going, leaving me no choice but to go for the worst ending (forgetful). Some of the scares are clearly avoidable, but if you're out of meds like I am you wont be able to get past some of the 'mandatory' scares (imagine my surprise when the main character drops dead from a random knocking sound or apparently nothing at all (he blacks out before the scare occurs.) If I want to keep playing, I'd have to go all the way back to the beginning of the game. I would need a pen and paper to write down all the scares and try to avoid as many of them as possible. Personally, I HATE having to use pen and paper to play an RPG game. This game is pretty well made, but I think the difficulty was maybe too high, and you can easily end up in an 'unwinnable' situation.
author=bicfarmer
Hardcore horror game. To get the best endings you will need to avoid the 'scares' and keep yourself as calm as possible. This must be done throughout the entire game. I made too many mistakes early on and ran out of medicine to keep going, leaving me no choice but to go for the worst ending (forgetful). Some of the scares are clearly avoidable, but if you're out of meds like I am you wont be able to get past some of the 'mandatory' scares (imagine my surprise when the main character drops dead from a random knocking sound or apparently nothing at all (he blacks out before the scare occurs.) If I want to keep playing, I'd have to go all the way back to the beginning of the game. I would need a pen and paper to write down all the scares and try to avoid as many of them as possible. Personally, I HATE having to use pen and paper to play an RPG game. This game is pretty well made, but I think the difficulty was maybe too high, and you can easily end up in an 'unwinnable' situation.


Hey, sorry for the late reply.

You are totally right, of course, the game is unfair. I wish I had done a better job, but it is what it is. Thanks for giving it a try, though.
Just looking back and thinking about giving it another go~
This was my first horror rpg game when I learned about rpg maker, so it's sorta been the defining game for me on the horror aspect for rpg games. xD
I read the description and the thought of a horror game where the main character has a heart problem was genius, in my opinion.

And yeah while it is hard, there's sort of a charm in that I suppose. *-*
author=Knightowl
Just looking back and thinking about giving it another go~
This was my first horror rpg game when I learned about rpg maker, so it's sorta been the defining game for me on the horror aspect for rpg games. xD
I read the description and the thought of a horror game where the main character has a heart problem was genius, in my opinion.

And yeah while it is hard, there's sort of a charm in that I suppose. *-*


Thanks, I hope that if I ever make another game, I won't make it as unforgiving as this one, so that more people can enjoy it.
Its seems so cool! I'm gonna play it. Why do I live in this part of the earth?! It's nigth already and i almost find this. </3.

And the classes.

Hope for my review this weekend! I really need to play this!
author=FetahFetah_Lines
Its seems so cool! I'm gonna play it. Why do I live in this part of the earth?! It's nigth already and i almost find this. </3.

And the classes.

Hope for my review this weekend! I really need to play this!


Alright, but don't push yourself =)
Hello, I'm playing Cardiophobia at my YT Channel, my gameplay is in Brazilian portuguese, anda I'm translating the text as I play (and roleplay) the characters, so let me know if you like it!
https://youtu.be/i9QUV_oqK2U?list=PLBgUVsWbpQySUGk9xDUscnnvUSLUGFOaq
PS.: let me know if there's any interest in translating the game, many of my friends and followers reaaly like the game, but the don't understand english.
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