played the game 2 weeks ago and it is just amazing the story was just perfect
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
You can support our next game project on: patreon
|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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The story was really enthralling and capturing. The art style made it feel that much more like a story being told or something one would read in like a coloured book while still holding the feeling of the intriguing and mysterious atmosphere. Was an amazing experience to go through!
An amazingly eerie game with a charming art style. I love short horror stories that play with your expectations like this.
Hello, I am 10 and this game was so amazing. My largest Hobbie is lore and this game's lore is so deep and I think this game's lore will be my next project! Plus that art was amazing and it reminded me of me, my siblings, and my mom's love for Japan and china!
I loved the game! The art is breathtaking and the whole atmosphere of the village is so creepy. Didn't expect endig B.
The only problem/bug/?? I found was in the bonus content:
Clicking on "Coral Cove" doesn't send you to the game page but to a gambling site called "The Coral Cave" (www.thecoralcave.com) lol
i just played through it the first time and i am in LOVE with this game!! definitely cant wait to replay it to get the other endings as well! There's so much love put into this game, and I couldn't stop once I'd started! Incredible!
This game is absolutely chilling, the art is beautiful and the story and mechanics are incredibly creative. Each ending left me feeling like someone had reached into my chest and twisted its contents. The introduction of his favorite doll was like a twist that kept turning as the game went on!
This game is absolutely NOT what I expected, and by saying that I mean that I'm surprisingly overwhelmed with what it actually is. The art style is amazing, and the narration gets into your head.
Here's the first episode of my palythrough:
A very beautiful and intriguing game, the narrative is powerful and the art is breathtaking!
This Game is absolutely amazing. The Artwork and the Story which combines Horror with Romance is just great. Not convinced yet, take a look at the gameplay and enyoi the dense atmosphere:
Thanks a lot for the video!
The artwork in this game is absolutely beautiful. The music is great, the story is also fantastic and eerie. I really enjoyed solving the mystery, and exploring the small town. I can tell everyone who worked on it put a ton of effort into it, it truly shows.
I have only gotten two endings so far, but I just wanted to say thank you for making such a great game and for allowing me the experience!
I only had the heart to get one of the endings. Could have probably gotten a second one but absolutely did not have the heart to get the third one so I know I missed out on SOMETHING but...
I can't believe that I managed to get what is probably the best ending first time! I was trying to get rid of her because the second I saw the life-size doll I knew and I knew how badly this could go. Why did he do it? I wish I understood. He kept saying no one understood and it's like...well obviously not also you haven't even tried to explain.
So impressed when the typical convention of not having sprites for minor characters turned out to be a plot point/indicative of how he sees the world and so chilling to find out she turns the same way when she leaves in one of the endings.
I love this game and plan to play the rest of the endings soon. It has a great atmosphere, settings, music, art, character designs. and was an all-around fantastic horror experience.
I just finished playing the game and obtained all the routes! It's such a fun game with great graphics and drawing! I recommend you playing this game if you like a tint of a short psychological horror gam
I've obtained all 3 endings!! The art is amazing!!
I was on constant stress like the character when having conversations with young Sato, feeling like I have things to hide yet want to share.
I have got the B and C first so I expected A to be the best, well it was for that extra scene. I was shocked to be honest.
The overall experience was great, I enjoyed every bit of the story. The pace was not too slow or too fast, love it because it is perfect to take in the informations.
Some minor flaws were the trees near the forest opening to the statue of the tanuki(?) lost their trunk in some scene. When I saw that was the scene I was supposed to go back to the house after visiting the shrine to find young Sato and obtained the porcelain shard. I wandered down there before going to my home and noticed it.
Thanks a lot for your feedback. We're glad you liked the game that much!
The problem with the trees is a strange one. We have no idea how this could happen. We'll have a look at it. Thanks for reporting it!
This game is really good, i like the art and a whole story. I made the gameplay on Youtube, you can watch if you want.
THE ENDING WAS CRAZY
This game is amazing, I just finished all the three endings and I'm speechless. Definitely became one of my favourites and will always be. The art is so pretty to look at too
THIS TOWN NEEDS MORE PEOPLE BRUH....can't wait to play the other half
Really cute animation and visuals, sadly the story was a tad too boring and took too long for anything to happen for my taste.
Sorry about that. It's difficult to find the right pace. Too fast or too slow... we'll do our best to reach a better balance next time!
Absolutely loved this game! The art, the sound design, the story! Can't wait to play the other games y'all created as well. Excellent job!
I loved this game. Didn't realise it existed for a while. Interesting story, creepy music and in fact it has replayability as there are multiple endings. I made a 5 part series on it. (Sorry for the bad audio it only happens in the first part mostly.) I really enjoyed it!
This game was great! The art work is amazing and the story was intriguing and disturbing (in a good way). Love it!
This game is really amazing I definitely wasn't expecting the endings - if you are interested in games like Doll Shop my friend & I play a bunch on indie horrors on our youtube channel.
Feel free to check out us play The Doll Shop below!
That's strange... When you collect all endings, a last scene should launch after the credits.
And sorry, I didn't know Mac games needed to be updated to continue running. We only have Windows computers so we cannot test our Mac builds and don't even know how or if they work...
Thanks a lot for the videos and for your feedback. Your kind words motivate us to work on more games like this one!
To start, the art is beyond beautiful. The backgrounds, characters, and the village are stunning, and I can't believe they were all created by hand. Give these students a huge pat on the back for a job well done.
Regarding the story, I love it. It's a perfect blend of a dark, gritty, and intriguing. I unlocked ending A, and I can't wait to replay and see the other ends, too. 5/5!
Thanks a lot for your kind words. The student made a great job indeed and we're glad you enjoyed this game!
I just finished the game, the background paitings are really nice. The story is definitely not my piece of cake, therefore I won't be playing this once again, as it's too creepy and too disgusting to me. Either way I thank you for your hard work and wish you success in developing future titles!
This game was equal parts (visually) beautiful and (story-wise) disturbing. I loved the art style and the deeper meanings behind certain aspects such as the butterflies and the darkened NPCs. Short but enjoyable through and through!
// spoilers ahead //
I caught onto the twist of the game early on and pretty soon I started choosing my options in favor of the escape LOL. The butterfly metaphor stood out to me the most because it immediately reminded me of the book The Collector by John Fowles! Overall it was fun to play and the multiple endings + bonus content provide great replay value c:
Thanks a lot for your feedback! The way you played the game (anticipating the ending and trying to influence it) is an interesting way to play! We're glad this worked for you! Thanks for playing the game!
Well what a twist indeed. But I liked the game, especially the art style that it's hand drawn
The artwork is really beautiful and the atmosphere is eerie, I played it several times. Can't wait to play more of your wonderful games!
I've replayed, it's a beautiful gae and an interesting story. Thnak you for your work. One of the best games on itchio for sure.
I love this game so much, it’s been about a year since I first played it and I keep coming back. I can’t remember if he has a name though
No, the protagonist has no name so you can be him, hehe ;)
Thanks a lot for the kind words!
I haven't played the game fully yet, but from what I've seen and remember, I love the environment and atmosphere. All drawn? If so, that's impressive. No need for detailed art to create a unique, beautiful game. I'm assuming that once I finish I'd want to see more of the world in that style; it's going to be too short for me. How far is the Coral Cave into development? Where can I get updates about it? :)
Thank you for your kind words! We’re working on The Coral Cave and on various comic books at the same time so it takes time, sorry! Meanwhile you can follow us on twitter or Instagram where we’re most likely to post updates in the future.
honestly, i could only dream of having art skills as god-tier as you guys have demonstrated in this game. and the story line???? words can't even describe how terrified i was throughout the game, and yet it kept my attention that when i looked up, it was 2am and i had school so i had to get to bed.
10/10, well and truly shook
Thank you very much for your kind words! We're so glad you liked the game so much. It motivates us to work on more projects like this one!
I like this unusual combination of 2D and 3D, when objects on the map themselves are flat, but there is depth, you can go behind them, you can go around them. I don't remember ever playing visual novels or quests with such approach.
I loved it.
Thanks a lot for creating this..
Best game so far on Itch