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***Current build is not a polished demo! It is just a preview for what the finished demo, and finished game will be like!***

When someone is truly hated, they may find themselves forced out of the safety of the light and into the unforgiving dark. “The Dream of Shadowlands” follows a girl facing this very dilemma, waking up in a strange, twisted world unlike the one she knows. Forming an alliance with a demon, she must traverse this nightmarish place to find her way home.

"The Dream of Shadowlands" is a top-down rpg inspired by the RPGMaker horror niche. It features art assets that were drawn traditionally with ink and paper, and a retro style based on 90's anime. 

Currently in development, this is my very first game and I am a solo dev so new content comes a bit slowly. I will occasionally upload work in progress builds here leading up to the official demo! I appreciate any and all support, especially comments since it means everything to me when people take the time to engage with something original I make. 




DEFAULT GAME CONTROLS (Can be remapped in settings)

WASD - Move, toggle menu items

I - Select, interact

J - Block

K - Attack

L - Item

Shift - Dash

Esc - Pause

F - Toggle fullscreen

Enter - Skip Dialogue


This game features printable DIY versions of key items, which will be kept up-to-date here as I add a new one with each level.

Cipher Wheel


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The Dream of Shadowlands May 2020.zip 302 MB

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I haven't played myself yet, but discovered the game in a let's play. It looks so nice - I really did the retro aesthetics, and the characters are compelling so far. I believe I've seen almost everything during the let's play, so I'll wait for the next update to play by myself, though.

Oh by the way, I wanted to download it using the downloadable itch launcher to keep it automatically updated, but it doesn't seem to work. Instead of the install option in the lower part of the screen I have an "open page" option to open it in a browser. And if I use the itch launcher to open the regular download button, it says: "No compatible uploads were found for this title". 

The download works fine if I use a regular browser, but it would be nice to be able to use the launcher.

Hey there! Thanks for the comment, I'm happy to hear you're interesting in following development! 

I am very new to itch so I didn't even know there was a launcher to keep games updated. I'll take a look at compatibility with this launcher and see if I can do anything about that next time I update the build. Thanks for letting me know about it, I'm still learning as you can see, so I appreciate it!!

No problem! As I said, it won't prevent people from playing since the regular download works fine, but it's convenient for people who follow a lot of games and don't always have time to check every single one of them for updated. If you open your launcher and see it in the updates queue, you know there's new content, more likely.

-The Game: 01:19:03

How far did i get? I don't know what to do after the torch and i don't know how to solve the puzzle.

Hey there! Thanks for trying out my game!! The torch is where this build of the game ends, so you got to the end of it! When I've got the demo finished it'll be the entire first level. :)

I'm so impressed by the current build. Love the style.

Thank you so much!! I have a long way to go in fixing and adding to it, but it means a lot that people see potential in my work so far!

Interesting game. I died at one part and it crashed. How far did I get? I like the overall concept and art of the game. I'll very likely revisit.

Hi there! Thank you so much for playing my game and sharing your playthrough! You got about 2/3 of the way through the demo before the crash happened. One thing I noticed was you accidentally skipping the dialogue when trying to choose options, which is understandable because Enter is the skip dialogue button. For selecting options in dialogue, all you have to do to enter your choice is press the "I" button like when advancing dialogue normally! Similarly, when you die, you just have to press the "I" button to return to the main menu. I'll try to make those more clear so others don't have that happen as well. Either way, this video has been very valuable to me and I'll get straight to work patching what I can up! Again, if you manage to get the error code again I would appreciate you throwing that my way! Thanks so much for all of this.

this game is pretty good, I cant wait to see what's next. the art is wonderful and I love the style. the game does have a tendancy to crash every now and again but other than that highly reccomend!

Thank you so much! It's very much in the early stages so I hope to work out many of the kinks in coming builds. May I ask what kind of computer you're running on (laptop vs. desktop)/ around how powerful it is? Or if it gave an error message when it crashed versus the window just freezing or closing? I've tested it on 3 different computers without crashes so I want to gauge if this is a compatibility quirk or if it's an issue I can look into fixing in the code right away! I very much appreciate you letting me know, and your kind words!

Mine crashed after I died. I should have copied the error message. Oops! I'm on desktop and most games run fine. If I get the error again ill send it to you.

Thanks so much! I'll test it on my computer again to see if I can replicate the crash, but if you get that error code again I'll be able to patch it straight away!

Getting back to this thread to update, I think I found the root of the crashes, at least I found the one that occurred in the video you posted. I have updated the game file to have the issue fixed! If any bugs or crashes occur again please let me know!