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Perennial is a survival horror game about being chased by the shadow you see out the corner of your eye when you look behind you on a dark night.


-Story-

Every summer when you were a kid you would hike up to Four Lake Park with your parents. Recently you realised you hadn't been there in 12 years. You decided to go camping alone. You set up camp near the Watchtower and Made a fire with 5 logs, then went fishing and caught dinner. You fell asleep exhausted from the hike.

You woke up around 4 am however. You felt an unearthly chill fill your body. Something was at the door of the tent, silently watching you sleep, it's eyes two piercing points of light. A second later it was gone. You don't feel safe, Maybe you can head to the watchtower and get help or at least feel safer.


-Controls-

WASD - Move
Mouse Movement - Look
Left Click - Interact
Hold M or Tab - View Map (If you have one)
F - Flashlight (No effect on gameplay)
Esc - Menu

Click on a firepit with 5 logs in your inventory to light a Campfire
Click on a Campfire to save the game.
You'll be safe at a lit Campfire.

Be extremely vigilant, the monster tends to sneak up with only minimal sound cues and hides... very well


!!!Perennial is designed to be played with headphones.!!!


How The Monster Works

Only read this if you're not having fun not knowing.

The monster turns into a tree, just like any other tree in the map, after you look at it. The more times you spot the monster the longer it takes to change into a tree and the higher it's chance of charging at you and catching you.



Perennial was made by Breogan Hackett over the course of October 2018 for the Haunted PS1 Halloween Jam.

The game is currently version 0.9 which is the second version released. Update 1.0 the final update (probably) will come at a later date with more improvements to the monster, additional story/gameplay content and some secrets!

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Perennial0.9Windows.zip 49 MB
Perenial0.9Mac.zip 51 MB
Perennial0.9Linux.zip 55 MB

Development log

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I completed the game, it was a fun and scary ride.  More difficult then I thought it was going to be.

YouTuber:  Fellowplayer

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Really enjoyed this game and I was really confused when I first realized how the monster acted but it was so fun and scary! The art art and concept of this game was very cool and I can't wait to replay it.

Where did you find inspiration for this game, and did it take long to build up this world? :D

I don't know if you've heard of Game Development World Championship before (gdwc2019) but it's a competition for indie game developers where they can submit their games and it's free! It's great if you want some more visibility for the game and it only takes a couple of minutes to join :)

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I was surprised at how cool this game is. I was so scared at the beginning i hung out in the watchtower for the longest time xD 

Only issue i had was with how many keys you need for various things, even a simple bridge.

This was a good game, I couldn't finish it in the time I had but I can say that monster was bloody awesome.
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may i suggest darkening the compass when the flashlight is off? it's very distracting in the dark.

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Totally agree this is a good idea, I'll add it to my todo for the update I'm working on. The way I handle the torch in this game is really hacky because I wanted to experiment with an idea I had for it hence this weird issue.  Thanks for pointing it out. Hope you enjoyed the game regardless.

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This is one of the scariest games I've played! At first I thought, "It'd be scarier if the monster had a louder sound," but then I realized that it's even scarier the way that it is because you can barely tell if it's about to get you! I couldn't do it all in one playthrough, very scary!!!

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Finished the game and very glad to have checked it out! This game looks great and it's fun figuring out how to handle the monster. Great atmosphere!