Into The Shadows WIP Demo 1.0 (Published 21/12)

Hi everyone! Welcome to Into The Shadows!

This is a game that I’ve been working on since February of this year, and I’m so excited to finally share it. You play as a psychic coming into their new powers, returning to your hometown after a long absence to solve a supernatural mystery plaguing it.

Play the demo here: https://dashingdon.com/play/wynnak/into-the-shadows-/mygame/

About the Game:
You’re a psychic. More specifically, an amateur psychic. Your aunt is the powerful one in the family, and the price of it is to serve as the protector of the town of Penhallow.

Until her death.

With her gone, the duty now falls to you. Not only do you have to quickly assimilate into your new role, you have to figure out what’s stopping you from assessing the full extent of your powers that you ought to have inherited when she died. And more urgently, what killed her. Because whatever came for your aunt is still out there, and her death might not be the last one Penhallow sees.

With a group of unlikely allies, solve the mysteries of Penhallow and unravel the complicated histories of the three Old Families that founded the town, all while battling suspicion from the detective who is investigating your connection to the sudden spate of deaths in town. Will you stop the threat to the town in time, or be consume by the dark force that lurks outside the boundaries?

Highlights

  • Play as female, male, or non-binary
  • Romance six possible characters, available to all genders
  • Nurture your skills as a budding psychic, or stick to your mortal skills to get through the trials ahead
  • Most importantly, try not to lose your mind

What’s available in Demo 1.0

  • 26k words of content in total
  • Completed prologue
  • 80% of chapter one
  • Depending on your choices, you can meet 2 of the ROs
Romance Options

Kylian/Kiara Delacroix:

Physical Description: Chocolate brown hair, penetrating green eyes, a small, sharp nose, thick, arched eyebrows, a jaw so sharp it can cut glass, and prominent cheekbones. 177cm(Kiara), 187cm(Kylian)

Your childhood friend. Now a famous actor, they hide a deep, dark, secret beneath that charming smile, one they are forced to confront when they return to Penhallow with you.

Michael/Morena Shaw:
Physical Description: Warm brown eyes, a lean build, shoulder length dark hair(f!Shaw) and short dark hair (m!Shaw). 170cm(Morena),180cm(Michael)

The polite, gentle detective suspicious about your return to town, who struggles between their relationship with you and your family and their ironclad commitment to the law.

Ronan/Rhiannon Troy:

Physical Description: Tall and muscular. Looks like they can break a tree with their bare hands. Ronan has sun-kissed blonde hair, Rhiannon’s more white-blonde and straight, which she wears in a high ponytail. 185cm (Rhiannon), 195cm(Ronan)

Shaw’s loudmouthed, sarcastic, rude asshole of a partner. While generally indifferent to most, they seem to hate you. A lot.

Damien:

Physical Description: Tanned skin, hazel eyes, curly dark hair, very expressive eyebrows pulled into an angry expression by default, rare and elusive dimples, 179cm

The mysterious man who shows up in Penhallow in the wake of your aunt’s death—with a bone to pick with the Old Families and a secret of his own.

Blair Davoy:

Physical Description: Brown skin, large amber eyes eyes, full lips which she wears with dark red lipstick, pierced ears, has a small tattoo on her left wrist, 165cm

A family lawyer and a witch-in-training, she oversees your training to become the next psychic of Penhallow. Reluctantly, but her duty supersedes whatever she feels about you.

Theodore/Theodora Reyes:

Physical Description: Olive skin, grey eyes, long dark curly hair (f!Theo) and short, dark hair neatly styled back (m!Theo). Usually dressed in fine clothes. M!Theo also has a beard. 173cm(f!Theo), 183cm(m!Theo)

A law-abiding, upstanding citizen on the surface, who hides a dark streak a mile wide. The youngest head of the Reyes family, they will do anything to honour their family’s legacy.

Delacroix, Shaw, Troy and Reyes are genderflippable. Delacroix’s and Shaw’s gender are locked together, as are Troy’s and Reyes’, both for coding practicalities and plot reasons.

You don’t have to romance anyone in ItS. I hope to make the platonic routes as fulfilling as the romance routes. However, I am a sucker for romance. This idea has been very self indulgent since its conception, and will continue to be as such.

Feedback

  • I would love to hear any feedback you have. Coding errors, continuity issues, the need for more choices–please feel free to comment on the thread and let me know. You can also contact me on Tumblr if you prefer.

Links

  • You can talk to me and ask me more about the game on my tumblr!
  • I also have a Ko-Fi account and might look into opening commissions in the future. Any and all support is welcome!
Questions you didn't ask
  • How quickly will you update the demo?: I work a full-time job at an ad agency from 9-6, Mondays to Fridays. Overtime is very common in my line of work. I hope to update once every two months, as frequently as I can. Writing has been my passion from an early age, and I hope to make this into a full-time career.
  • Where is Penhallow?: Penhallow is a fictional town, set in a fictional country that has no bearing on any real world events or similar systems. I set it as such because it allows me more creative autonomy
  • Standalone or series?: Into the Shadows will be a standalone book. Based on my notes and complete inability to be concise, a very long one at that. There might be future projects set in the same world.
  • Is the surname fixed?: MC’s last name is fixed for Plot reasons. Also because I love the name Argent.
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OMG if you only knew how long I’ve been waiting for this aaaaa IT’S SO GOOD! I can’t wait to see where this goes, good job in such a great game :heart:

Team K :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Omg. CAN I BE MORE WHIPPED (Or should I say wipped?) FOR A WIP? Idk man but it’s chef kisses and I can’t wait to see all of it :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:

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Fun read! Didn’t spot any typos nor did I encounter any bugs :relieved:

Will definitely be keeping an eye out for this one.

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Seems great so far. I look forward to seeing it progress.:grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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Yes, that’s the one I want.

Also, do I spot childhood friends to lovers trope?
That and enemies/rivals to lovers are my absolute favorites, so I’m totally on board!

I read through the wip and liked it a lot!
I didn’t catch any typos, though I once encountered a bug after the video call with MC’s aunt when I went to relationships. Had to reload.
Sadly my dumb ass forgot to screenshot it…

Anyways! Looking forward to more :>

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Nooo! Why so sad :sob: The game is great and I loved the character interactions. Is there gonna be romantic choices that do not involve directly flirting/getting flustered? Like for example, being in denial type of choices. By the way good luck with the game :relaxed: I’m definitely bookmarking it!

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I physically slapped my leg in frustration when I got to the end. I was really expecting more content even though I knew that this was a new demo lol

Anyway, the demo was really good :relaxed: There was one typing error I found, but other than that, it was great! You’re doing a amazing job! I look forward to where this game goes :+1:t2: :+1:t2: :+1:t2:

Typing Error

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Sounds interesting

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Love it, keep going :+1::+1:

When u meet your aunt and click the relationship stats, there’s a problem

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Man the aunt’s death hurt :sob::broken_heart:

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I liked this! I love the “what the hell” trait. I also liked being able to choose what our MCs dating history/luck is like; curious to see how that plays out in the story. Obviously, I am going for Delacroix because they’re hot & charming. :star_struck: Looking forward to reading more!

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Ooooh, what an interesting premise and MC…great job so far, cant wait to read more! ☆

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Omg so good! I really enjoyed the demo. Also you mentioned some of the ROs genders being tied together? Are they the same or opposites or what?

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They’re the same.

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Gimme more of this! :eyes:

The end of December is really spoiling me when it comes to WIPs - another great demo. I’m intrigued by the story so far and honestly can’t wait to get to Penhallow so I can start uncovering all it secrets. :grin: Also, last but not least… I’m so Team K for now. :heart:

I’ll definitely keep an eye on this topic & future updates.

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ITS OUT, ITS HERE — LITERALLY AAAA

catch me playing this right fucking now IVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS :heart_eyes: :star_struck: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :partying_face:

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Great demo! The characters were all so interesting, and the plot got me hooked.

Gotta keep an eye on this one :slight_smile:

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the plot seems interesting, the diversity in the relationships from a friend to lover, enemies to lover is definitely more than welcome, Also, since you said that penhallow is fictional I would like to see more world-building (for example buildings architecture)bc it allows me to imagine what kind of town is Penhallow and get more immersed in the story, all in all, I like what you have so far, I also understand how hard it is to balance between your full-time job and your passion especially writing.do your best we’re cheering for your dream❤

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@StephanieL thank you I appreciate your enthusiasm!! Particularly for K :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

@Rivering I see what you did there! Can’t wait to show you more too!

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