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From Next Door is a short mystery-horror game developed for the 2016 Pixel Horror Jam, featuring 100% original graphics, story-driven gameplay, exploration and decision making. It draws inspiration from the works of Junji Ito and games like Silent Hill, with the story focused on the eerie and the bizarre.

Story

Namie has just moved into a new house, one that was rented for a too-good-to-be-true price. It seemed like a good idea at first - nice house, low price, fully furnished, quiet neighborhood… but when she comes across a locked room on the second floor, she starts to realize there’s more to the house than what she was told. Why is that room locked? Why did the previous tenant leave the house so suddenly, leaving his things behind? And what’s the deal with the windowless house next door?

Gameplay

The game is largely centered around the story itself, with the player exploring the environment to discover clues and to progress forward. Exploration is the key to uncovering the game’s mysteries - and although the game follows a linear story line, the choices you make will affect how you discover information and, perhaps, even affect the outcome of things.

Length: ~50 min
Warning: Mild jumpscares
Headphones recommended!

Latest Blog

From Next Door in the spotlight?!

Apparently From Next Door has been spotlighted! I'm not sure who to thank, but I'm so honored, thank you so much!

Also, the game has reached over 1k from the page alone (and 4k all around - holy crap!), so I'd like to thank everyone who played it, who Let's Play'd it, who watched someone play it, who left nice comments, who gave feedback, and who just supported the game in general. I hope I can make future games even better!

To celebrate, here's a sketch of Namie (thanks to my new drawing tablet, haha)



Thank you so much, everyone!
  • Completed
  • SpaceZeta
  • StarSkipp
  • RPG Maker VX Ace
  • Adventure
  • 09/14/2016 06:41 PM
  • 02/21/2017 05:57 PM
  • 10/28/2016
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You had me at "Junji Ito". The boring part of me wishes there was an option to leave the boards up lol.
author=pulpy
i completed the game n it was relatively interesting though i have some qualms about it! i loved the graphics. may i ask how many endings there are? so far ive gotten like two i think


I was debating with myself on whether or not I should say how many endings there are, but I guess I can say how many (but probably not how to get them bwahaha)

There are
4 endings + the bad end!


author=TrashWaifu
You had me at "Junji Ito". The boring part of me wishes there was an option to leave the boards up lol.


Maybe I should have made an ending where you choose to not remove the boards and nothing ever happens, the end. Or would it?? :p
CashmereCat
Self-proclaimed Puzzle Snob
8817
I wasn't going to comment on this before I'd finished it, but I just wanted to say that this game handles horror magnificently, dangles danger on a string hidden around just about every corner, and sets up a tightrope of suspense that rivals the best of horror games. Playing with headphones legit made chills run up my spine and my blood run cold. I'm up to

the chase scene

I can't wait to finish when I get the chance.
Oh man, I love the way it looks!
I can't wait to play it!
So I got the three endings so far. I think it really needs an walkthrough or something for the players who really want to complete it. I wonder if there would be more detailed ending... though I doubt there would be a "happy" ending in this particular game. ^^;

Spoiler included:
I tried to burn the creature in the bathroom so that its flame wouldn't spread out the other rooms, but that my attempt seemed no work because the creature was unburnable in there somehow. Why, that's insane! And what is that the brand-new nail puller for? It seemed literally useless to me.


Anyway, this game was an awesome horror game. I these days rarely say something is awesome.
Hello!
I can have your permission for translate this game for Portuguese?
Thanks!
author=poopoose
So I got the three endings so far. I think it really needs an walkthrough or something for the players who really want to complete it. I wonder if there would be more detailed ending... though I doubt there would be a "happy" ending in this particular game. ^^;

Spoiler included:
I tried to burn the creature in the bathroom so that its flame wouldn't spread out the other rooms, but that my attempt seemed no work because the creature was unburnable in there somehow. Why, that's insane! And what is that the brand-new nail puller for? It seemed literally useless to me.


Anyway, this game was an awesome horror game. I these days rarely say something is awesome.


For some reason I just don't feel right giving away the answers like that owo But I have given some hints about the game on my blog if anyone is interested, and there are a few let's plays on youtube if anyone is properly stuck somewhere and need some direct instructions c:

Some spoilers below:

The endings are meant to be pretty open ended, though. Mostly because Junji Ito was my inspiration and that's how he does it, haha

When you say you couldn't burn it on the bathroom was it before or after you "activate" the flamethrower? Like when you press A it doesn't work on the bathroom, or...? Because if so that might be a bug and I'll try to fix it for the next updated version that'll fix some other minor issues!

The nail puller, however, is useful at the end if you took a certain route (though it doesn't necessarily affect the ending itself). On hindsight I should have made it a little more useful, but yeah if you didn't you use it, it's because you went about something in a different way!


Anyway, thank you so much! ^^

author=white_sheba
Hello!
I can have your permission for translate this game for Portuguese?
Thanks!


I'm actually surprised at how many people have asked me permission to translate my games to Portuguese, and what makes it funnier is that Portuguese is actually my first language :p Português brasileiro, digo.

I already had someone else ask me to translate From Next Door to Portuguese but there's nothing concrete yet so we can talk about it via PM! Se quiser pode ser até em português mesmo, haha.
@SpaceZeta:
Oh! I'm glad to hear the reply...

Of course I tried to burn it in the bathroom after activating the flamethrower that I could use by pressing A. Oh, and I would like to tell you that I found a distinct bug to immediately go to one bad ending when I checked the left side of the closets in the tatami room, maybe after she decided to wait it to come.

I LOVE open-ended endings, especially when it is a horror story. ^^
Not sure if this is the right place to submit this, but I can't extract the game due to the "fromnextdoortheme.ogg" file being broken, apparently? Is it working for everyone else?
author=tigergirl158
Not sure if this is the right place to submit this, but I can't extract the game due to the "fromnextdoortheme.ogg" file being broken, apparently? Is it working for everyone else?


Well, no one has mentioned anything about it so far so maybe your download was corrupted somehow? Did you try downloading it again? Otherwise you can try downloading the .exe version over here!
Even if I watched a Let's play of this game I must tell you that you made a truly scary game! Holy shit well pulled jumpscares!!
And you can tell right off the bat this game's a lot like Junji Ito's works XD
I can't make a review 'cause I haven't played it myself but I would give it a high score for sure :D
Hey :3
I love this game, it's so creepy! But I'm having a problem. I don't know if it's a bug, but seeing what have been said here, maybe it is.
I can't set the monster on fire when I'm in the bathroom, even when I activate the flamethrower.
It's really a bug after all? :/
5/5 game! (Maybe 4.5) And if you look at the reviews I've done, you'll see that's not a score I give lightly. It had me hooked from start to finish, and with a bit of effort I was able to 100% it. It even left me wanting more. Perfect (or close enough).

Where's the review button so I can write a review of this?

On a side note, you can activate the flamethrower during the credits.
author=Chivi-chivik
Even if I watched a Let's play of this game I must tell you that you made a truly scary game! Holy shit well pulled jumpscares!!
And you can tell right off the bat this game's a lot like Junji Ito's works XD
I can't make a review 'cause I haven't played it myself but I would give it a high score for sure :D


I'm really glad people have been feeling the Junji Ito vibe, I worried that I wouldn't be able to pull it off :p Thank you so much!

author=LucyDreemurr
Hey :3
I love this game, it's so creepy! But I'm having a problem. I don't know if it's a bug, but seeing what have been said here, maybe it is.
I can't set the monster on fire when I'm in the bathroom, even when I activate the flamethrower.
It's really a bug after all? :/


Thank you! ^^ And yeah, it's a bug :/ I thought I had fixed this for the 1.3 version but apparently not, so maybe for a next version!


author=Miryafa
5/5 game! (Maybe 4.5) And if you look at the reviews I've done, you'll see that's not a score I give lightly. It had me hooked from start to finish, and with a bit of effort I was able to 100% it. It even left me wanting more. Perfect (or close enough).

Where's the review button so I can write a review of this?

On a side note, you can activate the flamethrower during the credits.


Thank you so much! :D I saw you did find the review button after all, haha.

also okay, I really did not expect that to happen omg
10/10 good quality game *clap* *clap* A fine peice of art!
I just ended playing your game and... it was soooo GOOD! I really enjoyed it although it has really scared me to DEATH! Those "thing's" sounds were sooo creepy, and with headphones were even worse! Anyway, it was a really nice game indeed. Besides I just loved the graphics! Namie is sooo pretty! ^u^

PS: I saw that you are also the dev of "Playground"! I didn't know! I already played the demo and I really can't wait for the complete game!
Liberty
Zoom Spectre: Invasion!
19133
A walkthrough would be greatly appreciated for the endings. There's nothing worse than a multi-ending game with no walkthrough. I gave up after bumbling around after getting two of the four endings. Good game, though, just... a bit annoying not knowing how to see the other endings.

Also, the bug for the side cabinet is still there (that is, checking the left side of the cabinet in the tatami room after you trip on the curb jumps to the ending where you get taken next door).



(Oh and you can use the colour=window for setting the text colour of a post to the same as the background colour of the post window for spoilers. Instead of white.)
Truly the scariest RPG Maker game in a good while, good job!
Loved how the unnatural is slowly, but definitely, attacking the protagonist. Also, despite obviously not needing to develop the characters exaggeratedly, you can still feel attached to the MC.
At last, the 3 ending were very fitting (there are 3, right? the bad, normal and good)
author=shnuggless
10/10 good quality game *clap* *clap* A fine peice of art!

Thank you :D

author=Make_it_MagiK
I just ended playing your game and... it was soooo GOOD! I really enjoyed it although it has really scared me to DEATH! Those "thing's" sounds were sooo creepy, and with headphones were even worse! Anyway, it was a really nice game indeed. Besides I just loved the graphics! Namie is sooo pretty! ^u^

PS: I saw that you are also the dev of "Playground"! I didn't know! I already played the demo and I really can't wait for the complete game!

Thank you so much :D And yes, I'm developing Playground! I need to get my life back together so I can actually finish that game, haha (it's so close though!)

author=Liberty
A walkthrough would be greatly appreciated for the endings. There's nothing worse than a multi-ending game with no walkthrough. I gave up after bumbling around after getting two of the four endings. Good game, though, just... a bit annoying not knowing how to see the other endings.

Also, the bug for the side cabinet is still there (that is, checking the left side of the cabinet in the tatami room after you trip on the curb jumps to the ending where you get taken next door).



(Oh and you can use the colour=window for setting the text colour of a post to the same as the background colour of the post window for spoilers. Instead of white.)

I've been debating about whether or not I should have a walkthrough, on one hand it would be nice to players to be able to enjoy all the endings and such, but on the other I don't want to give all the answers away? Welp. Maybe I can have something like less of a walkthrough and more of a list of hints to get all the endings. Hmm... Thank you, though!

The bug's still there? Damn it, I'll have to fix that on another version.

(And well, that does sound like an easier way to hide spoilers... well then!)

(Also I saw that From Next Door is featured on the front page? I don't know who chooses that, but thank you so much!)

author=JEStaff
Truly the scariest RPG Maker game in a good while, good job!
Loved how the unnatural is slowly, but definitely, attacking the protagonist. Also, despite obviously not needing to develop the characters exaggeratedly, you can still feel attached to the MC.
At last, the 3 ending were very fitting (there are 3, right? the bad, normal and good)

Thank you so much! :D

There are four proper endings! (the good, the best, the bad and the worst!)
Hey, congratz on making the front page!
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