A downloadable game for Windows and Linux

The elders of your coven have tasked you, a lowly atropos, to complete the ritual of ascendance on your own - before the eclipse above you blackens the sky entirely. You have 20 minutes to find all three ancient artifacts the elders desire, but they warn you of a lurking threat deep in the forest...

Before playing, please take a look at the list of controls below - they are not explained in-game.

CONTROLS:


Movement

W, A, S, D to move
Mouse to look
Space bar to jump



Left shift to sneak

Interaction

F to interact with things in the world, characters, or pick up items



You can Hold F on some larger objects to carry them


E to swap hands



Q to place left-hand item in pocket



Scroll the mouse wheel to see your pocketed items



Hold and release middle mouse to throw your left-hand item



Hold right click to examine your left-hand item



While examining an item, move the mouse to rotate it, scroll the mouse wheel to zoom, and hold left + right mouse buttons OR the middle mouse button to pan your view



Press left click to use your right-hand item, if it can be used



Some items require you to hold and release left click

Press 1 or 2 to get a closer look at the status of the markings on your wrists


Other Controls

How do I get out of here?
Press Escape to open the settings menu, which also allows you to exit and restart the game.


ABOUT THE GAME:


ATROPOS is a survival horror sandbox game where the goal is to retrieve all three artifacts, while avoiding whatever lurks in the forest, and enact an occult ritual, before the eclipse blots out the sun.

LIMITATIONS:

Unfortunately, the game does not explain the controls. Hopefully the above descriptions and accompanying visual aid are enough.


FUTURE PLANS:

This game was made in two weeks primarily for Cosmic Horrors Jam 2022, and as such, it is a bug-filled mess. Expect issues and awkwardness.

Currently, the game is not being developed further. However, content updates and bug fixes may come in the future, as there was much I wanted to do with this game that I didn't have time for.

Thanks for taking a look at my game, I really appreciate it. I hope you have fun.

Updated 6 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, Linux
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorShrine Dynamics
GenreAdventure
Made withUnity
Tags3D, Atmospheric, Creepy, First-Person, Horror, Lovecraftian Horror, Retro, Short, Singleplayer, Survival Horror
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse

Install instructions

WINDOWS

Step 1:

Download the .zip file.

Step 2:

Unzip the file into a folder of your choice.

Step 3:

Run ATROPOS.exe to start the game. Press Alt-F4 to exit the game.

LINUX

Step 1:

Download the .zip file.

Step 2:

Unzip the file into a folder of your choice.

Step 3:

Execute ATROPOS.x86_64 using your desktop environment.

Alternatively, in the command line, cd to the game directory and run this command:

./ATROPOS.x86_64

Download

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ATROPOS v1.0.5 Windows 123 MB
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ATROPOS v1.0.5 Linux 123 MB
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ATROPOS v1.0.4 Windows (Original Jam Version) 121 MB
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ATROPOS v1.0.4 Linux (Original Jam Version) 120 MB

Development log

Comments

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A great concepts that needs a bit work. 

I had a lot of problems with the many controls which were too complex in combo with the puzzles, the time limit and the monsters. So I fully agree with the monotonist, it's too much to take in and learn in such a short amount of time (and in general for this kind of game). 

That being said, your concept and environment is so gorgeous that I really hope you keep on working on either this game or other ones because clearly, you know how to tell an engaging story and you have some cool ideas for interesting gameplay. It was just a little too ambitious for such a short indie game. 

I got so confused which buttons/mousewheels and whatnot did what action but I really enjoyed everything else. And these are things you can learn and read up on. Creating engaging premises and stories as well as atmospheric environment is what will put you in the spotlight once you nail the gameplay elements. 

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I really really wanted to like this. I love the concept, and hope this can be refined further! Visuals were great, concept great, but the amount of keybinds was beyond frustrating to play. I think simplifying the controls should be the #1 priority to make this more playable

I streamed the game at 4:57:25 

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Hello - I'd like to first say thank you for streaming my game.

I'd also like to apologize for the frustrating controls.

The original intention with the 'hands' was to make a system that completely replaced a traditional user interface - your left hand acting as your 'inventory' and your right hand acting as your 'currently equipped item'.

I wanted to experiment with something unique that also required no 'context-sensitive' inputs. I feel that within the genre of survival horror there is a bit more freedom to subvert control standards.
I intended to cause the player to 'fumble' and feel a degree of stress when frantically attempting to use an item while being chased by a creature.

Unfortunately, as you know, I wasn't able to achieve the careful balance of making the in-game management of items just stressful enough without making the control scheme itself deeply frustrating.
I had very little time to improve on this system - due to the game jam's two week duration - and I had precious little feedback during development. I got so used to the way it worked that I didn't even realize it was obnoxious to use.

As far as the world itself being somewhat confusing - the game is not meant to be completed in 20 minutes the first time you play it. You explore, fail, and repeat until you've learned how to do the entire sequence in 20 minutes. Outer Wilds was a big inspiration of mine.

Regarding the issue where the green key was stuck under planks - I'm really sorry. That issue is something I've known about, but haven't been able to fix yet - ATROPOS is on the backburner for me at the moment.

During the stream you mentioned that you wanted to know how others reviewed ATROPOS. Here's a link to the reviews I received during Cosmic Horrors Jam.

I've also recorded a playthrough for you that includes the ending, if you're still curious. There are multiple ways to complete every 'objective' in ATROPOS, so this is only one way you could have completed the game.

Finally - I'm sorry for causing you such frustration. I hope you gleaned at least some enjoyment from the parts that were playable.
I've been a casual fan of yours since your deep rock galactic co-op with Vinesauce years ago - despite the negative reception, I still really appreciate you taking the time to check out ATROPOS.

-Shrine Dynamics

(+1)

Thanks for stopping by the stream last night! It was fun seeing a full run of the game from your perspective. I read my comment again here and saw I was a bit harsh. In general I really like to see people experimenting with new kinds of UI, especially ones that don't require floating HUD elements on screen. Now that I understand what you were going for, it makes a lot more sense to me. I still think the sheer number of buttons needed to operate everything is tough to get used to though. I totally get the game jam time limit issues, and it's especially rough when you don't have people there to test and give feedback during that time. I'm excited to see where you go with this game or future ones. I'll happily give your future releases a try!

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Haha, wrote my comment and while posting saw that we're pretty much on the same page. What a gorgeous little game that is hindered by the sheer amount of things you have to learn within 20 minutes whilst also solving puzzles.