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Hey there,

We'd like to submit our game SHUT IN! 

https://hiddentrack.itch.io/shut-in

Reviews:

“Tackles the subject of mental health in a really clever way... whilst striking the perfect balance with its dark comedy.”
9.2/10 – Full Sync

“With depth far beyond the initial on-the-surface horror story, this experience taps into the evocativeness of a mental health crisis.”
9/10 – Cubed3

“Exploring themes of mental illness has certainly been done in games before, but Shut In does it exceptionally well.”
4/5 – Adventure Gamers

We released our first free update - SHUTDOWN - in May, and another free update - SHUT UP - is coming in Autumn 2021!

https://hiddentrack.itch.io/how-to-win-season-one

https://hiddentrack.itch.io/shut-in

More reviews are coming in, and look at all the nice things people are saying!

“Exploring themes of mental illness has certainly been done in games before, but Shut In does it exceptionally well.”
4/5 – Adventure Gamers

“Offers a unique perspective on agoraphobia, anxiety, depression and isolation. Well worth playing. 8/10 - excellent.” Inclusive Games

"SHUT IN is a game seemingly designed specifically for this very situation we all find ourselves facing globally." TheReviewGeek

"A cleverly crafted darkly comedic psychological horror adventure that delivers a meaningful message about isolation and depression.” AlphaBetaGamer

“SHUT IN depicts the struggles of self-care, motivation, and leaving home, and frankly it is all starting to sound a little too real…” GamersPack

“SHUT IN does an excellent job of illustrating, in a tangible way, some of the everyday struggles often faced by those with mental health problems... It is a fun and humorous experience that tackles challenging subjects in a thought-provoking and poignant way” Indie Hive

Awarded the IndieGamerTeam Seal of Approval

SHUT IN is a dark comedy/psychological horror game exploring depression and isolation by trapping you in your own house. Explore a hostile home, solve puzzles, and withstand sarcasm from a rude and unreliable narrator. Idiot.

https://hiddentrack.itch.io/shut-in


“Exploring themes of mental illness has certainly been done in games before, but Shut In does it exceptionally well.”
4/5 – Adventure Gamers

“I’ve never felt more unintentionally *seen* by a video game before. If you’re looking for a commentary on the effects of the pandemic on an already fragile psyche, SHUT IN just might be up your alley.”
HeyPoorPlayer

“As someone who has had depression for 20+ years, I can safely say I have NEVER felt so represented and validated by a game. This is a masterpiece that will pave the way for conversation and education.”
KikyoPhoenix

Contact elliot@hiddentrack.org.uk for a review key.

Loved these videos :)

Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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--SHUT IN IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR WINDOWS AND MAC--

SHUT IN is now available to download, and is launching with a special discount as part of the Itch.io Halloween Sale!

SHUT IN is a short dark comedy/psychological horror adventure game which explores depression and isolation by trapping you inside your own house.

Your task is simple: Get out of bed, go outside, and get some Fresh Air. Think you can handle that?

Oh, but it might not be quite that simple. Your house isn't looking quite like it used to. You don't recognise any of these photos, everything's gotten dirty and disgusting, cracks seem to be opening up everywhere, and you're SURE everything didn't used to be so... constantly trying to kill you. Maybe it's not worth it. Maybe go back to bed. Try again tomorrow. 

 If you do decide to keep going, you'll have to face strange puzzles, bizarre and uncomfortable obstacles, and a narrator who is unreliable at best, and downright insulting at worst. You'll have to get through your day under a constant barrage of judgment, sarcasm, and melancholy. If you can cope with that. Idiot. 

SHUT IN is about tension and discomfort in a familiar environment. Your greatest tools are also your worst enemies. Common sense will keep you alive, but it might not get you very far. Curiosity can have great rewards, but will probably just get you killed. But don't worry. When you (inevitably) die - because you fell down the stairs, were too stupid to operate an oven properly, got ripped apart by untold invisible horror, something like that - you can always just give up. Try again tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next day.


Here's what people have been saying about the game:

“I’ve never felt more unintentionally *seen* by a video game before. If you’re looking for a commentary on the effects of the pandemic on an already fragile psyche, SHUT IN just might be up your alley.”
HeyPoorPlayer 

 “SHUT IN is making a point, and it’s doing so very effectively... Dark, funny, quick and entertaining. Easy to recommend!”
Ninja Refinery

"As someone who has had depression for 20+ years, I can safely say I have NEVER felt so represented and validated by a game. This is a masterpiece that will pave the way for conversation and education."
KikyoPhoenix


--AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW!--