It's not a coincidence that the protagonist's initials are "CL", is it?
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Overtired graduate student Charisse LaFlamme picks up a part-time job editing a small academic journal. Her first task is to sort through a long backlog of emails that the previous editor never dealt with, deleting anything that doesn't look useful. As her university's email servers slowly sync the data and more and more old emails show up, a stranger starts messaging her to angrily insist that she stop deleting them. But Charisse needs to get paid, so she isn't going to let some random internet weirdo interfere with her work—no matter how bizarre some of the old emails get.
A largely text-based game made in about a month for NaNoRenO 2019. Contains some elements of supernatural and psychological horror, but nothing graphic and no jump scares. You're more than welcome to download this game for free, but if you'd like to donate a few dollars, it could really help with my future development projects. And if you get stuck at any point in the game, you can consult the official guide.
- about half an hour of playtime
- an interactive inbox you can use to reply to or delete emails
- two spooky endings
- you can delete a lot of emails
- internet ghosts
- weird spam emails you should probably delete
- Just delete all the emails, Charisse.
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Can you explain the motivation of the antagonist?
I played it! I wanted to reply at Lemmasoft like I promised, but the site is not loading for some reason. ANYWAY! This game gave me a really creepy atmosphere, I loved it! I felt like certain mysteries were left to interpretation, but I may have a theory? I'll let you know at Lemmasoft to avoid spoilers. What made this game extra creepy for me was my virus protection freaked out, so I had to add it to the exceptions list lol. I got what I assume is the "good" ending first, then I tried for the bad ending which I felt added another piece of the puzzle to my theory. Some of them e-mails were whacky, and some were legitimately WHAT THE HELL for me. Haha. Anyway, good use of the e-mail and reply code, it's one of my favorites for Ren'Py ^^
Thanks, I'm really glad you liked it! Looking forward to seeing your theory. :D I do like to leave some things ambiguous and see what different interpretations people come up with!
Yes, haha. Btw, did the cosmic microwave reference Steins;Gate by any chance? =P
Yeah, Lemmasoft is really freaking out. I got some kind of SQL error so I screencapped it. Not to freak you out since this happened after your game, this error is amusing me because of it. xD
I'll admit that little connection is totally unintentional! I asked my scientist friend to come up with a few science-y names for papers and that happened to be one of them.
Oh looks like PyTom said the forums are down, phew I am not the only one. Oh well, still added to the creep factor after playing your game. Haha, really good job in making it, I love games with a creepy atmosphere rather than jump scares, it lasts much longer... like me freaking out about clearing my cache to get Lemma to work, but it's literally just down right now.
Not bad at all! Short, but intriguing.