Amazing game. Such a chilling story and lovely art. I finished all three endings, I don't think there's really a "good ending" per se, they're all pretty dark and sad in their own ways. I'm looking forward to checking out your other projects!
The Doll Shop
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
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
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Release date||Oct 28, 2018|
|Tags||Atmospheric, Hand-drawn, Horror, Multiple Endings, Point & Click, Romance, Story Rich, Surreal, watercolor|
|Average session||About an hour|
|Languages||English, French, Japanese|
|Mentions||itch.io Recommends: beautiful, horrific...|
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Thank you for an amazing game, it was a lot more in depth than I was expecting. I loved the art style and am excited to find the other endings./edit
I just finished streaming this game; I really enjoyed it a lot! The story was great; intriguing and creepy....just how I like it. xD And the artwork was fantastic; well done!!
8/10. Great game! Superb arts! Nice story! It would be better if you add "mission" tab or something like that because I always forget where should I go next after a day or two not playing this game.
A "mission" log would have been a helpful option indeed.
We'll keep that in mind for our coming games.
This was an amazing game, thank you for this experience <3 I'm definitely going to try the other games you guys made. Brilliant story telling and dialogue <3
Is there some special technique for the sandpaper exercise? y actions don't seem to produce any change.
You have to place the sandpaper over the cracks on the doll's face.
If the position is correct, the sandpaper will be slightly highlighted.
Left and the crack will be erased.
Repeat the operation until there's no crack left.
I hope it helps!
I love the artstyle, I love the atmosphere, but it took up too much time to move from one place to another. And I don't know how to feel about the story, I got the B ending and watched the rest on Youtube and I think my ending is the best of it all. Though I still don't know why he did what he did. I have my theories but it's still confusing. Overall, I enjoyed playing it so far, thank you. ^^-
Thanks for the feedback!
We wanted the game to be mysterious but here's a link to a page that analyses all its themes:
It's an interesting read if you want to learn more about The Doll Shop.
This game is amazing. Loved the artstyle and the music. I've divided the game into two videos, yesterday played the first half. For now, sharing the first part. Second one being with all endings will be posted latrer today :D
As promissed, part 2 of the full playthrough with all endings.
Thank you for the video!
We're glad you liked our game!
this was so eerie and visually beautiful. you guys did an amazing job!
Really great. The graphics and the atmosphere are awesome and the story, wow!
Such a beautiful game, I loved it! Here is my gameplay 💖
One of the most beautiful and atmospheric games I've ever played. It truly captivated me, the storytelling was brilliant and chilling, and the fact that the art was hand-painted and the whole game done in just a few days is really impressive. Kudos to the team <3
Such a beautiful and emotional game (just like your other games). We enjoyed it very much.
Here is our playthrough:
I aboslutely LOVE this game! Played it all the way through. The story is just fanTASTIC, the art is BEAUTIFUL, the music is PERFECT! Loved every little detail about the game.
Although the ending was kind of predictable, my FAVORITE stories are the ones where you're the bad guy of the story. But once again, beautiful art, beautifully pieced together, beautiful music. Everything just AH! MUAH! MUCH LOVE!
Thank you SO MUCH! It's so motivating!!!
Yes, there's something special about the stories where the main character is the bad guy.
It was totally new for us to write something like that and we enjoyed it a LOT!
An amazing game with a really soothing soundtrack and stunning visuals. I just cannot believe that the whole game was completed in just a few days, you guys totally nailed it! Keep up the great work , can't wait to play more of these :D
This is the first part of the video that i made:
ฅ/ᐠ｡ᆽ｡ᐟ \ Hello~
Beautiful game and story telling like always~ I have a fascination with dolls, and this combined with an isolated, snowy town made for such a haunting setting. It seems like there was more symbolism here compared to your other games, so I was really interested in trying to understand the underlying plot elements related to the murder.
Also, I was wondering if the mention about the school girl will be in a spin off game, or if you'll be selling a game in the future as I'd really love to buy them to support you guys. Anyway, I love your work! I always look forward to playing your games.
This game is fantastic, the art direction coupled with the branching story. It's defiantly unique and not something to avoid. My only complaint is how hard the punch to the gut is towards a few of the endings. You play the game you'll understand. It really knocks the air out.
But this really is a fantastic surreal game thats both relaxing and well paced.
Sorry for the punch to the gut and thank you so much for your kind words!!!
Hi I was wondering if there is a way to donate to you. I've seen a few things you make and I really love your work!
Oh, that's very kind! Thank you!
Unfortunately, there's no way to donate to us but, if you're interested in more stories from us, our first graphic novel was recently translated in English. It's called "ONIBI" and it's published by Tuttle.
This was SO amazing. I usually don't have the patience for graphic novels but this was like a good book that I didn't want to put down. It caught me off guard in the best ways. I forgot that this was a horror game before I played it so when it started getting creppy I was really freaked out but I loved it. I am also super impressed with the HAND PAINTED art and the fact that it was made in only three days by a group of students. Amazing job. I was able to get all the endings and posters but I wasnt able to figure out what that meant so maybe you could possibly clear that up? If not that's fine I'm still happy with the entire game.
Thanks you so much for your kind words!
If you're interested in the meanings and themes of the game, someone wrote a very interesting page that should answer most of your questions. Here it is : https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Videogame/TheDollShop
so what game engine did you guys use for this game .
because it locks a lot like a mix between point end click end a visual novel
I really enjoyed this game!! I was expecting it to be way scarier than it turned out to be but the suspense was perfect. So was the artwork! A fave. Here’s my review. Part one at least👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽
Really gorgeous game, with beautiful handpainted visuals and moody music. It really sets the atmosphere to a very satisfying ending. Great job Atelier Sentô!! <3
Waah, thank you! We're fan of your work: we played your 3 games on itch.io and we loved them!!!
The art, the story and the atmosphere are so great! We can't wait for a new one!!!
Really nice game. The art is great and the music goes perfectly with it. I had a good guess for the story going in, but the way it progressed took me off guard.
It didn't hit me until long after I played that the first shard of the new doll appeared before we even knew Ms. Sato was back in town. Does that mean the dollmaker knew who she was when Mrs. Sato mentioned her granddaughter, and he planned to "collect" her from the start? Was he just pretending he forgot her to lure her in, or are the doll shards just a sign that his compulsion is surfacing again?
The first shard appears mixed with Ms Sato's broken doll... a few seconds before we meet her granddaughter.
It can have many meanings but we cannot give you one clear explanation.
What's happening in the twisted mind of our protagonist remains a complete mystery...
amazing job for a game that was completed (correct me if im wrong) a time span of 3 days?. it looks really good!. the story was also very creepy and interesting. as soon as the main character showed the doll, i was like "ooh its ones of those games" lol, the main character reminded me of a cartoon version of keanu reeves lol, if you guys were going for that, you guys nailed it. i know you guys get this a lot but the art style looks amazing as heck, the water paintings look whoa :O . you dont get a lot of games with this kind of style and you guys did an amazing job. i hope you guys have future projects. keep up the good work, i made a small walkthrough of it if!
A the graphics from the game were made during a 3 days workshop. But the programming, story and music took longer.
Actually the main character was inspired by a Japanese actor (Joe Odagiri) but, now that you mention it, there's something of Keanu Reeves indeed!
And thank you for all your kind words about the game!
EVIL LURKING UNDER THE SKIN | The Doll Shop Full Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1
Hi! Thanks for making this game, I made you a video
awesome game!!! i want next season or another game from your studio.
Thank you! A next season is an interesting idea!
But for now we're working on another game. Stay tuned!
Absolutely loving this so far! The art in the game is gorgeous, the music is really well done and relaxing, and I'm in love with the story so far! It's obvious a lot of love and hard work went into this! Keep up the great work!
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!
Thanks a lot for playing! We enjoyed your video on Yûrei Station and this new one is really great too!
[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'm so sorry this bug prevented you from finishing the game.
I've fixed it (it should be impossible to leave the butterfly room now). Thank you so much for reporting it and saving more players from being trapped like that. Once again: sorry and thank you for the help!
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 !
nice work keep it up
Beautiful game. Kept me on edge even as I was walking through serene winter snow storms.