A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Day after day, in this desolate village, I take care of my dolls. They are my family. The people here wouldn't understand. But you're not like them.
If I tell you my secret… you won't be afraid.


Half romance, half horror, The Doll Shop will let you choose your fate.
But maybe you're already doomed...


Doll Shop is a free adventure game written and designed by Atelier Sentô, based on memories of their life in the Japanese countryside.
The graphics were hand-painted with watercolors by students, in 3 days (January 10, 12 and 13, 2018), during a workshop at ECV art school in Bordeaux, France.


Learn more about the making of the game: ateliersento.com/dollshop

Updated 14 days ago
Published 22 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date 22 days ago
Rating
(52)
AuthorAtelier Sentô
GenreVisual Novel
Made withUnity
TagsAtmospheric, Hand-drawn, Horror, Multiple Endings, Point & Click, Romance, Story Rich, Surreal, watercolor
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish, French, Japanese
InputsMouse
LinksHomepage
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TheDollShop_Win.zip 86 MB
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I have played one day so far and i LOVE the game. 

the art style and the storytelling is also so beautiful!

Loved this game, the story, the art, EVERYTHING! I wouldn't want to make another video on me getting all the other endings and secrets, but I would definitely play this game on my own time. Great game! Keep up the work!

Gave it a go...

ABSOLUTELY loved this!

[NO ENDING BUG; REALLY ENJOYED GAME]

I enjoyed the game, and the art is gorgeous! I just wanted to share what happened with me so it can be fixed or so others can be aware of it.

I got the complete ending where you become a family, and I didn't know you had to put the butterfly inside her head before patching up with the found doll shards. So, I exited out of the repair screen and returned to the butterfly room a bit confused. When I exited the room, it locked me out of completing my ending. Every time I tried to go back inside the butterfly room, it said "not now," so I wandered around town aimlessly for a while.

I know it was just me being stupid, but I want to make sure everyone gets the proper ending especially if they got this far. It was also my fault that I forgot to save first. I'd suggest making it impossible to exit the butterfly room or to make it so you can return there but can't go outside. 

Either way, I had fun. Thanks for the game!

I completed the other two endings and I really enjoyed the content that was unlocked! I thought it was a great way to end the game! This entire game is so beautiful and at the same time unsettling in atmosphere. I think you nailed the balance between the two! Great job!

this game is very good, i absolutely recommend it. 

music, gameplay, plot and animations are great ! it's well made, well programmed and well drawn, congrats to all the students, you guys are wonderful.

also many thanks to the atelier sento for your incredible works !

Thank you for all your kind words! It's so motivating!!!

nice work keep it up 

Thank you!

Beauti

Beautiful game. Kept me on edge even as I was walking through serene winter snow storms. 

Thanks a lot for the video!

Another absolutely stunningly made game! Turning hand-created drawing by students into a playable experience is honestly still one of the greatest things I've encountered, and I certainly hope you keep at it!

This one is certainly dark and creepy and foreboding, and that's exactly what makes it so addictive and endearing. Being given little pieces of information at a time really helped to ramp up the tension too, and having multiple endings to get people playing again is also genius.

The style, the tone, the atmosphere, the subtle use of music and sound and scene-switching, everything about this is top notch. I cannot recommend this, and all of the other Atelier Sentô games enough! Keep up the amazing work everyone =)

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Thanks a lot for the feedback! It will motivate us to create more games like this one!

I like it so far even though I'm still only in the beginning.  :)

Thanks for playing! Can't wait for the next videos!

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I absolutely fell in love with this! From the beautiful artwork to the in depth sensation of something being just barely not right, plus the lovely character development, I was hooked the moment I started! Thank you so much for the wonderful story!

Also, I made a let's play!

Thank you for the kind words and the video!
(and sorry for all the butterflies)

I fell in love with this game thanks to its gorgeous handmade graphics but I also got hooked to its creepy horror story from the very beginning, what a fantastic work of art, bravo.

Thank you very much for your kind words!
We're glad you liked both the art and the creepy story!

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I absolutely loved this game. The artwork and music/soundtrack is phenomenal, and the plot is super intriguing and creepy. 100% would recommend for anyone (that can work well with eerie content). The atmosphere was amazing, and I can't even begin to describe the art for this game. It was super unique, and I can't say I've ever seen a game put together with hand-drawn art (apart from OFF, but it was still somewhat digitalized), and I loved the interactive aspect of it, such as painting the doll and such. I was only a tiny bit disappointed that (mild spoiler warning) there wasn't an exact happy or romantic ending, but that is okay, haha. Overall, I was very satisfied. Lovely work, and I'd be ecstatic to see more work from you guys in the future! :)

PS. I downloaded the soundtrack because I adore it so much. It's hauntingly beautiful, with just the right amount of airiness to it.

Thanks a lot for your feedback!
We're glad you liked the game and its soundtrack so much!
We like to work with watercolor because it has a warmth that's difficult to duplicate with other techniques.
Sorry for the lack of romantic ending :) and see you soon (more games are coming!)

Where did you download the soundtrack? I'm dying for it

Hmmmmmm

This is such a WONDERFUL game! The story, the art, the music,  the whole atmosphere, it feels amazing! It was a rollercoaster of emotion since the beginning. I loved it! :D

Good Job! <3

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Thank you so much for the feedback! It will motivates us to create more games like this one!

J'ai adoré ce jeu. Le premier jeu que j'ai joué venu de votre atelier c'était la gare des fantômes- et j'ai kiffé même si c'était court. Du coup, j'ai cherché d'autres jeux venus de votre studio, et celui-là c'était le premier que j'ai trouvé. Ça ne m'a pas décue. L'art et les visuels, l'animation, l'histoire, le suspens, tout était parfait. J'ai hâte de jouer les autres jeux que vous avez déjà crées, et de voir les autres jeux que vous allez faire dans le futur. Je suis votre fan #1, et je vous envoie des bises de la Suisse!

Merci beaucoup, Pomme Capucine, pour ce très gentil message !
Ca nous fait super plaisir que tu suives notre travail comme ça.
On te donne rendez-vous pour le prochain jeu, alors ! A bientôt !

I got one of the endings and I have to say that this entire game has been so good! I really enjoyed the story and characters, as well as that horror influence. I look forward to completing the other endings. Great job!

Thanks a lot for playing the game! We're glad you liked it!
And thank you for the video!

boii this is a long review but this game's amazing so so 

First off, the game's art and visuals are STUNNINGLY PHENOMENAL!! The immense amount of effort put into this game is definitely clear. Visual novels normally get me bored rather quickly but this game is a WHOOOLE different story. Even it's short, it keeps you on edge with it's captivating yet eerie storyline, not to mention the art that also keep you interested. I'm hyped to play more of your games in the future, because this game is Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y! So, download The Doll Shop. I promise it won't disappoint you at all! You won't know it's secret if you don't. ;)

Thank you SO MUCH for this long review!
It will motivate us to create more game like this one!

great..game..lowed...and..played...all.of..them..:)

Thank you for playing!

Wonderful game, beautiful art and a great story :) I enjoyed it very much.  Also, thanks for the Linux version!

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We're relieved the Linux version worked for you. We couldn't test it and were a little bit anxious it may be unplayable...

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It works perfectly on Manjaro (XFCE x86_64) One error in terminal, but nothing that causes any problems within the game.

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Hello!  I just tried out your game! It's really amazing looking. I love this art sytle! I've only played about 30 mins so far, but I'm already hooked! I'll def be playing it some more. Thanks for making it free! 

Oh, we're glad you like it! Thanks a lot for the video!

This game is a very beautiful game.
But it is sad because it does not support Korean.

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It's a shame but since there's lots of text in this game, we cannot offer more translations.
We're sorry!

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Hey there! Amazing game, the atmosphere is really well done. 
Truly amazing artwork!

Here's my gameplay. (I'm an italian guy :D)

Thanks a lot for the video! It's so great to have one in Italian!!!

Wow! This game is amazing. The artwork is fantastic and the storyline is great. 

Thank you so much! It motivates us to create more games like this one!

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It gets the chill of mystery (pardon the pun), the picturesque artworks portraying the air of a small village in its winter, and of course accompanied by dramatic and contemplative story. Another magnificent and thrilling work of Atelier Sento studio ^^

n.b. I encounter a same scenario like Jellyfish below : the story stops abruptly or the player can't interact with anything if we choose to get back to the workshop instead of the "date".

Aaah, that bug! How could we let it pass to the final version?!
The problem is now fixed but we're so sorry it prevented you from finishing the game.
Thank you for your kind words! And sorry again for the bug.

This game is great so far! I love that you are able to physically move around and inspect things instead of just reading and progressing. Good job!

We wanted to mix point-and-click adventure with visual novel. We're glad you liked it!
And thanks for the video!

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厉害了

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没想到有国人,这个制作组我挺喜欢的

Amazing game with a very nice, haunting story... though I did find what appears to be a bug:

SPOILERS??

On the third day if you go from the grocery store back to your home instead of the ramen shop to eat you can't leave your home (it's too late to go out), nor can you do anything in your home... or maybe  missed something?

Unfortunately it was a bug indeed. The problem is now fixed  but we're so sorry it prevented you from finishing the game.
Thanks for spotting the bug. We're glad you liked the game after all.

It's amazing as always. You're my favorite game creators. I just can't stand the wait for the Coral Cave.

Waow, thank you so much for your kind words! It's so motivating!!!

Really great game. Amazing art. The story gets better per video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QIYUC4tAr4&t=1s

Thanks a lot for playing it! We're glad you enjoy it!

An interesting game. Amazing artwork. 

Rate:5/5

watch video here:

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Thanks a lot for the video!

Bonjour,

Après l'achat du pigment blanc, si l'on repasse par chez soi plutôt que de se rendre directement au RDV(au ramen-ya), on ne peut plus ressortir ><
"il est trop tard pour sortir"
Il faut recommencer une partie... heureusement ce n'est pas trop avancé, ça se refera assez vite.

Sinon c'est joli :)

Aïe, ça ressemble à un bug, ça ! Désolé !
On va corriger ça, merci de nous avoir prévenu.

Bug pas nécessairement malvenu, dans un sens... :)

C'était une expérience intéressante. Pas évident comme récit, et l'ensemble fonctionne plutôt bien; le personnage principal est réussi et l'atmosphère bien rendue, belle patte graphique et musicale. Entre apaisement et ...autre.

Merci !

Merci beaucoup pour le retour (et pour avoir eu le courage de tout recommencer) : on est contents que ça t'ait plu !

That was legit creepy & also really beautiful. Great work! :)

Thanks a lot for playing, Rick!

Great work! I had to find the bonus. :)

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Thanks again for playing!

Exquisitely  beautiful game!  Atmosphere is amazing!  Great job by everyone involved!

Thank you so much for your kind words!

Can't seem to get past the butterflies, there are 9 slots but 8 butterflies and no way to exit the desk. 

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Just click on the empty slot: the protagonist will comment it and the story will continue.

Wow, for some reason I never did that. I might've clicked on it with the tweezers or a pin or something. Thanks!

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Hey, what a great job~!  I cleared every endings and collected 5 posters. So scary and beautiful at the same time. 

When you need Korean translation, please feel free to contact me! 

Thanks for playing! We're so glad you liked it!
There's far too much text in this game so we probably won't add new translations but thanks a lot for the offer!
We really appreciate!