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HEARtREAD cover art by Erica Lahaie @aurahack

If you want to kill God, you have to cross all the little hells She created.

The forest cavern is one of those hells, and I’ve got to admit… it’s a good one. Elegant! Turns out all it takes to screw us over is to shut off the lights.

It’s embarrassing, honestly. I mean, we’ve survived on goddamn lava planets. A forest should’ve been no problem. At first, I was thinking that when we got back to our friends, I’d avoid mentioning this fiasco entirely. But… soon enough, I realized… we were never going to see our friends again.


Turn Off Your Monitor

You won’t need it.

HEARtREAD is an audio game. Its goal is to provide a unique experience to players at all levels of visual ability. To this end, it is played on a blank screen.

Estimated play time: 30 minutes.

Note about controls: In order to turn your character, hold the left arrow key or right arrow key (rather than tapping). The game uses a slow turn speed.




Cover art by Erica Lahaie (@aurahack):

Full Screen: 800x600 | 1024x768 | 1280x960 | 1280x1024 | 1600x1200
Widescreen: 1280x720 | 1280x800 | 1440x900 | 1680x1050 | 1920x1080 | 1920x1200


Sabrina Boyd: Story | Design | Testing | Music | Acting

Julie Boyd: Music | Acting

Michelle Surka: Acting

Matt Surka: Story | Design | Writing | Programming | Sound Design

Erica Lahaie (@aurahack): Cover Art | Branding

Additional testing by Tim O’Connor and Daniel Horowitz.

Debut trailer narrated by Gary Clarke.


2016 Figgie Award: Accessibility and Inclusion (Digital Showcase)
Boston Festival of Indie Games

Interview with Little Metal Television (@ 1:57)

Discussion thread on

Let’s Play by PG13 Plays (@ 1:54:00)

If you liked this game, you might also enjoy Bulwark in the City of Flesh, an audio game, video game, and radio drama.

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