After a hike you find yourself lost in a mysterious, dark forest.
Solve its many riddles and puzzle your way out, or wander for all eternity.

- Arrow keys/WASD: Moves
- Z/J: Interact
- X/K: Open clues
- C/L: Scroll through clues
- Space: Open inventory
- P: Pause
- M: Mute
- Q (when paused): Quit to title screen

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(63 total ratings)
GenreAdventure, Puzzle
Made withGameMaker: Studio
TagsDark, Escape Game, mind-bending, Pixel Art, Singleplayer, Top Down Adventure


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Awesome ahh!

The one I got stuck is not knowing where to use the shovel!

Also I brute force through the maze on the right  馃槪

cool game! i really enjoyed the puzzles.

I speedrun this for all clues + ending, my best time is 00:06:23.84

yelp if you dont want to find that clue theres the maze :D

i just found a clue that showd the answer....

formatings a little weird for some reason but heres the entire map of the cart maze, your welcome :D

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heres the answer the the invisable cart maze in the cave 5 spaces north of the witches statue

so you dont have to :D


i spent hours doing this...

it took so long..


Broken for me I think. The pebbles respawn after I enter the guy's mouth, and block my exit from the pond with the statue in it.

I really liked the note about the fourth wise woman. instantly figuring it out made me feel very smart


I loved every second of this game. I like everything. The music and the artwork were perfect. Controls and UI were simple. The puzzles were fairly simple yet not overly easy. Clues were vague enough to keep things interesting. I loved the exploration and seeing what came next. If you enjoy indie games. I recently discovered the dev's work through Armor Games by accident looking for an old favorite and loved everything I came across. I especially liked the Cursed Travels series and in particular, I really liked Below the Factory. All of them had a certain uniqueness that really stood out even among his other games, which each stood out as well. (Such as Temple of the Four Serpents and Cataractae.) I really hope to see more and maybe even some larger projects. Thank you for some very memorable times. I really enjoyed the trips through your worlds.


W game


My bro be makin some sick beats


That hour was worth it

Beating this game for the first time feels so good. Heck, beating this game feels good even if it's your 50th time.

does anyone know how to get past the tree riddle? I am extremely "stumped" and I need some help.  

How could I resist helping out a fellow chicken? Sorry it's so late, but for the tree riddle, [spoilers below]

I think he wants to know what time it is, and then you might be able to get somewhere.

Also I just realized you'd asked for help in the exact same spot and I'd replied two months earlier lol

Is there a secret room in this game too? If there is, I can't find it for the life of me.

Less of a room, more of a path

Can you give me a hint? I've made it through the end, but I can't for the life of me figure this thing out.

One of the mazes down the well allows you to go out of bounds

Oh, yeah, that's part of the path to complete it, though.

You need to fully investigate that area


I found a secret sign! Unfortunately the prize was something I already have a lot of

I really like this game, but I'm stuck on the spooky tree. does anyone know how to do it, because I am really confused

Did you read what was on the other tree in that area? That hint applies right there in the same area (and nearby). You'll know you've done it right because you'll get one new note from that puzzle.

Thank you! I came here from the Terry Cavanagh's free game of the week, and this was a wonderful delight! The whole mechanics of wandering through the woods supported the theme of magical forest very very nicely.


Your games have been some of the freshest puzzles I've played in a while! I love how the logic in this one builds on top of itself as you learn the rules. Pretty great going from "How did I even get to the well" to "okay, if I turn counter clockwise, walk down until I hit the tower, turn clockwise, go back and forth through each exit...". Never felt fully stumped but definitely felt challenged! Great game, thanks for making it!

bro what happened the the other lost soul? (my personal suggestion and I know its dark, add her body somewhere in the bottom of the well)

other than that I think this is a perfect indie game but man I was so confused once I got the Toilet paper because I skipped the left section in the bottom part of the well and got the TP cuz I was like OOH PLUNGER so yeah


One of the note symbols looked like a potion to me when it was actually a well; this stumped me indefinitely. Great game!


lolll i actually thought the well symbol was toilet at first hahah

It looked like toilet paper to me ;-;

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Wow! This is a really interesting game! I really like it :D

Anyways, here is what I鈥檝e figured out so far:

/!\ Spoilers ahead /!\

(Starting from any position) So, if you walk back and forth multiple times, you will eventually get to the Well.

(Starting from any position) If you walk in a loop (clockwise), you will eventually get to the Three Wise Women

(Starting from any position) If you walk in a loop (counter-clockwise), you will eventually get to a lake.

(Starting from the Three Wise Women) If you walk north continuously, you will eventually get to a place with a roped-off door

(Starting from the Three Wise Women) If you walk east continuously, you will eventually get to a spiral

(Starting from the Three Wise Women) If you walk west continuously, you will eventually get to an outhouse

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Hello there! I was taking my time enjoying the mystery ambience while playing, and I happened to found the "mausoleum"  the ghost led me to after I completed the graveyard puzzle, but once I entered and messed with the unlit candles (doing nothing, since I didn't get the lighter yet...) suddenly locked me out, and now I can't get in... 

  I was just wondering if that was in the game design! I feel like I did something wrong to potentially messed up my run and will have to start over...

Edit: It appears I have a messed up memory and head instead of messed run! The candles are in the tower, not the strange building I THOUGHT I had gone into! Sorry for the inconvenience! 

Edit 2: Well, It turns out the "mausoleum"  has the rope inside Which I had already gotten! Who would have thought of that!? My mind is breaking apart Ferociter, and your game is to blame! xD


some of the most bastard puzzles i've ever seen in games are here


5/5 the only thing is i cant get past the castle to 3 sisters ect


This was fun and beautiful!


This was a lovely puzzle-experience! ^_^

The strangely-connected forest and the brief but useful clues added a nice air of mystery. On the mechanical side, the use of simple traversal across screens as a primary means of solving puzzles added to the strange feeling of the experience, complemented the idea of exploration, and made for an unusual approach to interaction.

All in all, I really liked this! ^_^


No wonder Bart Bonte said this was his favorite game of 2020.  This was a lot of fun.  Wasn't sure I'd be able to keep up with the three circles, but zooming in and taking a few extra seconds to wander correctly worked the first time.

Great game for puzzlers.


i am really stumped on the maze thing under the well not the invisible one but the dot one

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I completed it and didn't get anything? it just put me back at the beginning.

If you ended up back at the beginning, you didn't follow one or more of the dot patterns correctly. You will end up partially retracing your steps, but your path should soon diverge again.

i still have not played it

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-What a gem!- 

This game had me hooked for 2 and a half hours before I completed it. The riddles were the perfect difficulty to get me stumped for a while then feel very smart when I solved them. The simple but original storyline and gameplay were just enough to keep me exploring and curious. The art and music suited the game and were engaging to interact with.

I just can't say enough good things about this game. Amazing work, can't wait to see more games from you in the future : )


I loved it, with all of its hints and clues, but...

When you have to complete a bunch of invisible mazes that set you back at the beginning if you scuff them... It's a little frustrating.

Otherwise, the visuals are minimalistic but descriptive, the actual forest/overworld puzzles and gameplay are really fun, I love it.

I think it's OK to do that as long as you're given instructions or clues you can write down to avoid having to do trial and error. In that respect it's not actually what I would call a "maze" since the intention isn't to get you lost but to block you from progressing until you have the clue you need.

there is a rule to the mazes, they are not truly invisible because there is a visual indicator of where to turn

This is absolutely one of the best puzzle games. Really cool stuff 馃敟馃敟馃敟


my guy really used the fire emoji?

three times, no less


Lovely game! Challenging, but not frustrating to the point of giving up. I got that sense of accomplishment when I completed it!

My 1 question is; what happened to my buddy stuck in the forest with me?


Easily my favorite game I've ever played on itch, one of the best ways to spend an hour or two. Thank you so much for making this game.

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