A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

News! The Soundtrack is now available HERE !

Updated: New Command Detection, New Art/Secrets, Optimized Performance, and MAC Version Now Available!

Inspired by the wonders of text adventures on the ZX Spectrum, The Legendary Amstrad CPC, and Commodore 64, "The House Abandon" is a modern re-imagining of the text adventure, played in the game, whilst the environment reacts around you.

The game is a psycological horror, by way of 80s tv horror, from Alien: Isolation Designer Jon McKellan and his team at No Code (www.nocodestudio.com)

The game lasts around 30-40 minutes, and was created in just 3 days as part of the Ludum Dare 36 game jam. Whilst it's a prototype, it's still a complete story and experience!



Thanks for playing! If you enjoy, let us know and spread the word!


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More information

Published143 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Tags1-bit, Horror, Ludum Dare 36, Retro, supernatural, Surreal, text-based
Average durationAbout a half-hour
Player countSingleplayer

Install instructions

PC: Simply unzip the folder, and run the exe file.

Mac: Simply unzip, and run the file.

You will need a semi-decent PC/Mac to run, however if you have tried already and found performance issues, please try again as this build is far better.

The issue with text strings not drawing completely is now fixed!


The House Abandon - Mac (47 MB)
The House Abandon - PC 64bit (79 MB)
The House Abandon - PC 32bit (79 MB)


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Man this was a cool game. I've always loved the idea of text adventure games but never knew where to find them. All the meta things, especially the door, REALLY got me.

There were some frustrating things, like the fact that in some instances you had to use 'the' to make a command work, while at other times you had to omit 'the'. But overall, it was super cool.

Tried to record a video of this game, but I can't even go around back to get to the generator. So I'm stuck at the beginning of the game, and not a single command I typed would work for me.

But I never expected it to be a typing game, so it's not really my kind of game anyway.

Absoutley terrific game. Super impressed. I'm hoping you guys take this and run.

Fantastic concept, really enjoyed playing this!

Hey there,

The concept of the game is quite nice as it works as an oldish adventure game and yet thanks to few animations and changes in the environment it feels much creepier ;) Atmosphere is everything in the game and is only tool of the creator to work on our imagination , and he does it well ! In one point I was watching behind my chair worried for my life or sanity. Thank you for creating this little title !

Even though It took me a while to get through the game I created a little reaction video for anyone interested. Enjoy !

A great game overall. I'm still amazed that it's just created for 3 days, wow. It is obvious that the developers have experience in creating horror games. The sound is so "crisp", the environment jumpscares got me most, then the twist at the end, legit creeped me out. Can't wait for more games :D. Also you can check out my playthrough, if you want :D

It was definitely a lot creepier than I thought it would be. O.O

I hope one day I can make a game as atmospherix as this. :D



Aside from some technical issues with the text-game itself, this game was amazing. The sound effects and music were spot on, and the environmental changes as the game progressed were inspired. I don't think I've played a game yet that felt as sinister as this one did during the second half.


Rough edges: Pretty frustrating if you've actually played a lot of 1980s IF. There is no 'inventory' or abbreviation allowed. You need to get used to the extremely specific parser. There are typos where there aren't supposed to be. The distortion on the TV is a little too much.

Otherwise really nice.


Great game, but how do you quit from it? I tried 'end game', 'finish game', 'quit', 'quit game'. Escape doesn't work.

In the end I had to hit the Windows key, then right click the game in my taskbar and close, but I'm sure that's not the method.

awesome game, the only issue i had with it is i wish there was a way to hurry the text up but then again i may have missed that, but other than that awesome game, ya'll did a stellar job

All the "good memories" in the kid's bedroom eh? Well there's a scary thought. :)

but seriously, great game.

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Absolutely amazing game, lots of atmosphere and messes with your mind.

I did a full playthrough of this game on my channel if you want to check it out:

This game is perfect. Thanks!

Here's the second part to the full playthrough I did on my channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVo25OWgcQo

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I freaking LOVED this game! I'm so excited to see more text based adventures from you guys! I did a full playthrough in 2 parts for Halloween! Here's part 1 on my channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t0xkEmeSgU

Awesome text-based game with surrounding effects to the environment. I personally don't enjoy text-based games, but this game was uniquely immersive. A few jumpscares surely had my heart skipping! Very nice story, although a bit vague, leaving a little room for interpretation. Only disappointed in how short it was. 4/5 stars ****

*Rawr* Hello everyone, I have not played a text-adventure game for a LONNNNG time, it definitely did remind me of the days that I had played on the Amiga computer, those were the days. Although, old-fashion text-adventure games were anal-retentive in the demands and lack of wording-diversity, unlike many do today that are made xD. I was able to remember the thinking strategy needed and get through it. Was very immersive, I like the idea of a changing-environment to represent a mood and the changes.

It was a very short text based game. It was worth the 30 minutes of game play (mostly figuring out which words to type exactly) but it was fun.

I loved this game so much! I can't wait to see what other stories you guys release - I'm absolutely hooked!

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