Deep, psychological, but it does require some commitment on a personal level from the player, to get the best of this production. For me, there was way too much in terms of dialogue boxes and interactivity. I understand the player was meant to feel overburdened and lost at times, like in the labyrinth section, but what impression we would like to avoid, I believe, is having it mostly as spam equivalent. Exploration, does require a bit of a meditative aspect to it, I think, while a constant pounding, after a couple of scenes, starts to feel like billboards down along the road.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS GAME IS DESIGNED TO BE PLAYED IN FULLSCREEN. CLICK THE BUTTON IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER TO TOGGLE FULLSCREEN MODE.
WARNING: THIS GAME AIMS TO AT TIMES CREATE A PURPOSEFULLY UPSETTING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PLAYER, AND CONTAINS CONTENT SUCH AS MENTION OF SELF-HARM, SUICIDAL, AND SELF-DEPRECATING THOUGHTS. VIEWER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED. PLEASE STAY SAFE. IF THE PLAYER WISHES TO AVOID SUCH CONTENT, THEY CAN DO SO BY SIMPLY AVOIDING MOVING TOWARDS ANY OF THE RED COLORED OBJECTS IN THE GAME, AND SKIPPING THROUGH THE ONE NON-OPTIONAL DIALOGUE TOWARDS THE END OF THE RED SECTION.
THE GAME DOES HAVE A HAPPY ENDING once the player has made it back to a white-colored area after the red section. This ending section is completely cozy, life-affirming, and safe to navigate for anyone.
DESCRIPTION: discomfort zone is a 2D pixel-art narrative game about depression, anxiety disorder, despair, and recovery. The game takes a realistic, un-filtered, and at times uncomfortably personal look at depression and anxiety disorder through the eyes of someone dealing with these conditions, promoting understanding and sharing the experience with a wider audience. The game deals with many themes related to depression and anxiety: worry, loneliness, and self-deprecating thoughts, but also hope and finding the strength, when all seems lost, to keep going. Made in a heavily-hacked version of the Bitsy engine, the game uses a simple art style, limited color palette, and basic controls to ensure accessibility.
Made in Bitsy: https://ledoux.itch.io/bitsy
Utilizes some Bitsy hacks by Sean LeBlanc (https://github.com/seleb)
The game's design, additional code & hacks, writing, & art are all by me.
"Ever Mindful", "Reawakening", "Super Friendly"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
"Shepard Tone", "Dramatic Sting"
Slight modifications were made to the originals.
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 & CC BY-NC 4.0
- Fixed Firefox Browser IssueJul 04, 2018
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i'd just like to say thank you for making and releasing this game. i've been numb the past weeks and i don't know if i'm dealing with any of the stuff this game was created for, but i recognize a lot of these feelings in myself and it brought tears to my eyes when the cage was broken and i came out the other end. it's been a while since i last felt so deeply, and from something not toxic but healing. i never felt the need to make an itch.io account until this moment. thank you thank you thank you. you brought light to my world today. and you have to many others.
as for my three reminders...
1. it's futile to worry pointlessly
2. there is light in this world
3. people are capable of goodness
again, thank you. this game dredged up a whole lot of feelings that i thought i'd never have again, which sounds dramatic, but was how i really felt. i was afraid at first that it would be a scary game or something, but of course it was much different. and the game is aptly named. i really felt that discomfort before breaking out of that cage; it was so vivid and real. i love this and i'm going to remember this in case it's needed again.
1. My friends care for me.
2. I have a long life ahead.
3. I have dreams.
aw man, i was so scared you'd throw my three happy things back in my face at the end but i'm glad it ended on a happy note.
Absolutely awesome idea and great realization! The atmosphere is really strong.
Spoilers I guess: At the end it was a bit funny to see my thoughts written back to me, as one of them literally was just "Cookies." Great game though.
playing this honestly made me feel so much better. i really needed to hear those words at the end. thank you for this game.
It's still the best game I can find when I feel bad.
Too real :O Thanks I needed this!
Thanks for making this game, each interaction texts gave me really strong impression and the set of music tracks are so good. Loved the ending. Hope you will keep do your amazing work :D
WORTH YOUR LIFE TO PLAY THIS!!!!!!!
Extremely well written!
You clearly worked very, very hard on this and I appreciate that very much, that you would use your creativity and trauma and tackle an issue your own way. Thank you!
this is such a good game. i played it on my channel - check it out :)
i especially like the symbolism of the red and white and also liked the kind messages at the end.
thank you making this and i'm looking forward to more games by you.
Best game on steam 4/5 pisswolf 18 was better
this game is amazing, i do have anxiety and this feels just like it, no other game has ever accomplished that for me. i love the style and the music, you really portrayed everything perfectly. beautiful game !! :))
Interesting game. I personally love that all the blocks in that one maze section said something different, I really wasn't expecting that. Well done!
Nice! Loved the game but wished it had a bad ending too ;)
nah fuck u lol
christ, this game squeezed out all the sadness i didnt even know i had in me. thanks.
I liked the game, it was a good experience... The best part was the ending, probably because you used a pretty good looking picture and some good sounding words lol. Use the realistic pics more :)
This game saved my life. Thank you for making this.
This game really hit super close to home. Damn, and that ending had me in tears. I thought this was a horror game and got something better than that. Great job and keep up the amazing work.
I loved this game, made me gauge out my eyes. The ending was kinda weird and anti climatic since I wrote
My dog, being trans and that's it.
that made the ending feel like I still only have those to things instead of cheering me up. but thats my own fault not yours. I just really hope i can be myself and be happy one faithful day
i'm sorry the ending felt off to you, that was one of my worries about the whole input bit in regards to the ending. i hope that the good thoughts leading up to the ending helped with that at least a little bit. i don't think you should feel bad about yourself for not being able to come up with more things though, i know how hard it can be to think of good thoughts sometimes, took me forever to come up with ones i put in the game. just had to really sit down and think about it for quite a while. sounds like what you did put are great things to be happy about though, even if you may feel like you "still only have those things". i don't think that feeling that way is in itself necessarily a bad thing, you gotta cling to what you have that makes you happy real hard and never let go. i think that if you gave it another go another day and thought for long enough you could come up with a third thing though. just gotta take tiny steps forward like that. thanks so much for playing, and for sharing your thoughts on the game. always keep fighting... hope is one hell of a weapon.
i'm still processing all the things i felt while playing through this lil' game. it's really great. you made a really special piece of art. thank u!!!!
WHAT DEPRESSION LOOKS LIKE | Discomfort Zone Full Gameplay Walkthrough
hi! thanks for playing and making a video, however it seems like you encountered a bug halfway through your playthrough that caused the end of the game to function incorrectly. i believe it's a browser issue related to Firefox and am working on a fix as soon as possible. sorry about that!
EDIT: THIS ISSUE HAS SINCE BEEN RESOLVED.
HOLY MOLY THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!! I WAS LEGITIMATELY FLOORED WHEN I REALIZED ALL THE MAZE PIECES SAID DIFFERENT THINGS!!! AND THE TEXT BOX!!!!! AAAH THIS GAME GAVE ME SO MANY EMOTIONS
I loved this game. It's really well made and emotive even with relatively basic pixel art. I thought it was really cleaver how the text the player inputs in the middle of the game resurfaces towards the end. Playing it was a good reminder for me to be kinder to myself and I'm sure it'll help others and has helped and will continue to help the creator. Great job Alex! :)
Wow I think I interacted with too many things in the discomfort zone and it really got to me. This was pretty great ://