Thank you. This experience was something I really, REALLY needed. I'm literally in tears right now(lol, but they are good tears, don't worry). The last scene with the holding hands was my favorite. I miss holding someone's hand cause its so heartwarming and it helps me know that I am okay and safe. My mind has been so stressed lately and I think I've actually started to go mentally insane because of it. But this game just rolled back the dark veil of sorrow for a good 10min. and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my soft, lonely heart. Thank you for this amazing game! :)
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
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This game was INTENSE. Well done with creating a upsetting environment; I definitely felt quite distressed during some parts. The music adds to the uncomfortable feeling you were trying to produce. The ending is really wholesome—makes you realize that in order to experience the good parts of life, you have to go through the bad parts. But it's worth it in the end; you come out as a refreshed and stronger person because of it.
This is the game I didn't know I needed right now. I have been going through a tough time lately and this game told me all of the right things. I want to thank the creator of this game for making me feel seen, heard, and not alone.
This game has been very well designed. I can really feel the stress and anxiety the creator intended for the player. In the maze, I love what was done with the moving pixels, it makes it all even more disorienting than it already is.
The interactive structure of the game helps make users feel incredibly engaged with it. I loved the way the game's art changed the mood of the game from warm-feeling to stressful and isolating. Also, the shift in colors from purple to red also helped produce the same feeling of stressfulness. I thought the overall music too helped create the mood of the game.
This game is absolutely incredible. the world was really interactive and the "story" was engaging. It made me feel a little frustrated and uncomfortable, which I guess is the point.
This game is really well designed, and the visual and auditory elements really worked to create the feeling of discomfort and then relief. The change in music at the beginning especially gave me very powerful sense of unease. The pixel art was great too!
Beautiful game. The creator does a great job making this game interactive, and using the limited resources they had in this medium of game to convey a great message.
the stress i went through, but also the comfort of it all. I thought this game captured your inner thoughts as well as a harmful environment super well, and it did the same for the positives and turning your emotions around. I like how you were able to input your own things that made you feel happy and calm, it made the messages more personal. I personally needed that, so thanks for this! Also, love the music at the end, "super friendly" i think is what it's called :)
A very beatifull game, make me cry, make me feel better
Probably one of the most well made games I've come across, and in my opinion captures those emotions that overwhelm you in moments of darkness to near perfection. It's so easy I think to use emotions like that to tell a dark story, but I highly respect games, books, or movies that are able to use it to encourage the audience that there is more to see than just what is ahead of them currently. I always look for games like this that give me something to look forward too, and I have to admit this game gave me a lot to think about. Thank you for your wonderful creation.
Thanks for the game!
I played this game in 2018. I had screenshots of it saved and then lost the game. Two years later now, I needed this game again and couldn't remember what it's called or how to find it. I went on a long search for it and finally with the help of Reddit and the screenshots I had, I was able to find it again. I'm still waiting for things to get better, even two years after playing this game for the first time. But playing it again, still in my depressed state, has made me break down and cry. I needed this game a lot so I can remember. Thank you for helping me again, after all this time. I have hope again. I'm gonna continue to do my best.
great game! has a lot of soul and feeling, i loved the text input part and the beautiful image of hands holding, as well as the symbolic but easily understandable imagery and actions
I.. this is so good!!
Wow, this was great. The fact that I had to input my own personal thoughts into the game so that I could beat it felt great and immediately connected me to the game on a more personal level, I mean it almost felt like THOSE were the exact words that I had to type to overcome that part of the game... The fact that they reappeared at the end was a nice touch as well. Nicely done!
Master, teach me. :)
This game is so nice and really does a good job showing what's it's like to feel so alone and hateful. The ending is so sweet and the music is super! I made a video about the game, Discomfort Zone deserves more recognition!
The music is really good, this game is reaaally good.
this game is breathtaking. it reminds me of that one post that said if you were at the bottom of a staircase that had the best things ever said about you at the top, but the worst things ever said about you at the bottom, would you go up? in order to be loved, we must submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known. thank you so much.
Thank you. Love you!
The end was so hard to get through, but like in the best way possible. Thank you.
This game made me feel so good about myself 10/10 would play again
I didnt know you needed to type in couragement so it said "remember, 'What' 'no' 'what'" anyways GREAT game
really needed this right now.
This caught me off guard and I absolutely loved it. Encouragement and reassurance can be what saves lives. Thank you for this.
One of the reasons that I created this account was for leave a comment here. This game really speaks to me. First, the title. It really caught my attention because once I was in therapy and my therapist mentioned this so called "discomfort zone". This game explains exactly what it is to me. Second, this game got exactly how I feel about myself. The ending left me in tears. I'm so glad you made the game and shared your feelings and your point of view about anxiety and depression. It can be really tough, dealing with so many negative thoughts, but things DO get better at some point. Always.
Awesome game! Love it!
this is a neat game. very spoopy. lotza teenage angstyness. ironically the begining was somehow creepily friendly to me, especially with the stock music. cool job tho!
Hands down one of the best games on this site.
11/10 this is what you should strive for in a game.
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.
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.