Why is he like that? The third dude.
Time is Solid Here
A long, yellow hallway. A floating head who talks of monster trucks and places in-between. A painting, three a plenty, each with someone in need of moving on.
Such is the horror puzzle game, Time is Solid Here, recently selected for the Goethe-Institut's Stillstand/Standstill Project Exhibition.
- Surreal paintings and puzzles ripe for exploration.
- Friend and foe alike brought to life through OpenGAN-generated pieces and custom artwork.
- A unique soundtrack produced for the game, consisting of an odd blend of industrial, psychadelic, and classical tunes. A remaster of the soundtrack, created by Nolan Alighieri of the Nephilim Novel, is available here, and can be downloaded below!
- Hidden secrets which change the way you see its world.
- A life-affirming game experience.
|русский Язык (Russian)||Nuruto|
|Português Brasileiro (Brazilian Portuguese)||Bruna Carvalho|
|Türkçe (Turkish) -- IN PROGRESS||mavi|
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, HTML5|
|Made with||RPG Maker|
|Tags||2D, Atmospheric, Horror, Psychological Horror, RPG Maker, Short, Singleplayer, Story Rich, weird|
|Average session||About a half-hour|
|Languages||English, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian|
|Inputs||Keyboard, Mouse, Gamepad (any), Touchscreen, Smartphone|
Click download now to get access to the following files:
- Time is Solid Here has been translated into Brazilian Portuguese!Jun 10, 2023
- Time is Solid Here has been translated into Russian!May 29, 2023
- Updated Mac Version!Dec 13, 2021
- Added Mac+Windows and Soundtrack Downloads!Dec 09, 2021
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Wow just wow this is my first time playing one of your games and im blew away. The amazing soundtrack, the heavy hitting dialuge, even the visuals, man i dont live when i say this game has to be one of my favorites i've played here congrats
every time i play one of your games, im always lost in my feelings yet i feel as if i found myself. just the way you create your games in mesmerizing. thoughtful and beautiful storyline and gosh the music is so wonderful!! definitely gonna re-play this game in the future :))
FAM I DIDNT MAKE IT PAST THE THIRD PAINTING I GOT JUMP SCARED BYT HAT MONSTER THING AND ACCIDENTLY QUIT BUT I LOVED IT IT WAS WELL DONE I TEARED UP WITH THE OLD LADY BUT THIS IS VERY WELL DONE
This deserves getting all the awards to ever exist. I LOVED IT
Yeah this game is definitely worth a replay.
Man, this is one of those games I wish I could play again for the first time ever. Such a beautiful game, and the stories were well made. Wonderful game, truly.
Loved your video! To address what you said at the end, my next game will be much longer and I have a feeling fans of this one will enjoy it :)
love the game, and the MUSIC! SO GOOOOOD! I LOVE IT, ALL OF IT.
This was amazing to play through. The music fit so well. That poor "river boy" story :'(
i love this
the soundtrack is a without a doubt, a highlight of this game. another one of my favorite parts is the fact that the creator does not feed you answers, and instead leaves it up to your own interpretation. overall a short game worth playing. 9/10 and to the dev KEEP IT UP CHAMP (where can i find the soundtrack)
THAT SOUNDTRACK WAS SO GOOD!!! Seriously though, I loved it, super cool experience that had me captured from beginning to end. The last painting almost made me slightly emotional, which is no easy feat, so good job guys! Oh btw I caught a typo, somewhere there was written ''neccecary'', it's in the first dialogue with Ava, you can see it precisely at 6:44 on my video.
That was a strange, yet warm experience. I really loved that 4-wall-breaking dialogues that fit the game's aesthetics and writing. The whole concept of that game is interesting to say the least, and I have to say, it's a shame that it's so short.
Also the soundtrack enhances the atmosphere a LOT.
Really great game overall.
Also a question: would you be interested in polish translation?
Thank you for the kind words :) And I would be overjoyed to have a polish translation, feel free to join my discord where I'll give you translator permissions and access to whatever you need!
loved this so much
You combined many great features and art styles and they all make sense together. A solid concept, a well-written story aka intuitive mono/dialogue and I was happily surprised that I was busy for more than 30 minutes.
I didn't spot a single bug, yet but maybe in a 2nd run (:
The best thing about this game page is you as the dev though ngl. Still updating the games shows that you care and that you enjoy what you made. I can see your passion for the project inside the game and imho Time is Solid Here completely stands out from other itch games.
I kinda wish I had some critics to give but- believe it or not - I can't complain at this point at all! :)
Let me know if you would like to add german to the game as well!
Thank you so much :) of course I would love to add German to the game! Feel free to join our discord and I will give you translator permissions and collaborate with you on anything you need.
I created this account just to say this,
I finally found this game again after almost two years of searching since I first played it, and man, this game is still incredible, unique and an absolute gem. Seriously one of the best indie games I've played and it deserves wayyyy more recognition. The experience has stuck with me since I first played and will continue to. I can't wait to check out your second game, and am looking forward to anything you make in the future. Thank you for this game. :D
I'm flattered by your words! I'm currently working on a much bigger next project so I hope you look forward to that!
Nice video! I'm proud of you for passing the third level on your first try :)
That... was beautiful... man I kinda cried.
I love this game! But my only question is how do I delete my riddle answers on a laptop?
This was one of the most well made and perfectly put together games I've ever played. I had so so so so so many emotions throughout and It was just so damn fun. I can't explain it enough, you'll just have to play if for yourself and/or watch it. (I very much recommend playing it first if you can)
Watching your video right now! So far it is wonderful <3
This was so fun! I was sitting in class playing the 3rd painting and my heart was beating so fast lol, I really liked the visuals, and the story was cool too!! Love ur game sm :D
Well. I am a detective, I always am in for a good puzzle and a good fright, and I can even solve strange things...I really hope this dialogue has unique ways of interpretation because if not I'll probably sound like a bad person.
I didn't entirely finish the game because chase sequences give me anxiety, but this is an absolutely amazing game!
great game. Quick question is the art ai generated
Yes, some of the art is ai generated by VQGAN, one of the first publicly available models, which I then made edits to to help it be more cohesive. Going forward I will not use AI art anymore as it currently lacks the surreal, dreamlike look of early models.
- I made the chase sequence in the third painting using Yanfly's Event Chase Player script: http://www.yanfly.moe/wiki/Event_Chase_Player_(YEP)
- I would absolutely love if you translated the game into French! Let me know if you have Discord and I can help you with the translation on there.
- Unfortunately there is only one ending, however my other game, Cohabitation, has 8 endings if you'd like to check that out!
all the paintings look ai generated as well as some of the npc's I'm not sure if they actually are but I'm not really a fan of it but this game is so good anyway and I can get passed it. I also know form personal experience how long art takes and can just consume all your time, which is why I'm not a fan of ai art but also understand why you'd use it seeing as that's a lotta paintings which is a lotta time, its also a free game. It's very well made and I will be saving it to my playlist to come back to and dabble around.
This game made me feel so many things at once. Honestly one of (if not the) best games I've ever played. Thank you for just creating this. I'm actually in awe right now.
A beautiful, nice, cool game. Very, very good.
there is something so oddly calming about this game even though it is supposed to make you feel uneasy. loved it so much!
this was... gorgeous and frightening and dark and engrossing and clever and... comforting. i can't really put into words how deeply i felt this experience. i can only say thank you.
this is such an amazing game! i found the puzzles very fitting for each person and the art very pleasing. you, creator of this game, made me happy - and definitely many more - with this game :]
i hope the making of your next project goes well for you <3
have a very nice day
thank you! Work on my next project is still in the early stages but it is full steam ahead.
I'm honestly having a hard time coming up with words to describe how beautifully macabre this game was. The storytelling is amazing and the art style is so unique. I love how each of the painting's environments hinted to the story of the character in said painting. By far my favorite game I've played here on this site.
is the song at the title screen a twisted version of "Love Story" by Taylor Swift? cause I'm totally hearing that.
Very cool game. I dig the artsy vibes it gives!
Loved this game and the story that it told. Looking forward to playing "Cohabitation" Soon.
After playing through the entire game, I realised that Charon was this guy who was supposed to guide souls to the afterlife or something of that sort. I completely forgot about 7 Days (another indie game) which used the same name for the person who 'leads' us.
Other than that, it was really a wild experience. Spoilers from here, but that lady is such a poor soul, I still feel bad for her due to this vengeful man who wants to play with her memory--who she loves oh so much it doesn't make sense until you're her. I guess I felt that sunken cost thing for a moment, but honestly? She deserved to hear the truth. All of them do, because when you're honest, you're actually respecting them instead of lying to them and trap them in that world of fairytales. Second guy was really a sad one, and third...I actually am struggling with the idea a bit? Why is there two forms of him (one being the spider and another the fetus-like baby)? I thought it was gonna be a case of an unborn fetus dying due to mother dying or something and cared for the mother oh so much only to find out he was a soldier. I would've expected a dying man, but that really confused me. Was it a kid because he's naive at heart and trusts propaganda ("he's our enemy so we should brutally torture him!") too much? And was the spider because of his (nonsexual) sadistic desires?
Really thought provoking anyway. Thanks for releasing this masterpiece out there and hell, making it free as well.
Thank you for your feedback, I'm glad you enjoyed it! As for the third sequence, this was my interpretation while making his character
I saw the spider creature as representing the violent side to this man, that emerged and was celebrated during war. But that is just a facade, and once you go through the level you see him for what he really is -- a baby (more specifically, something even younger, a fetus) who is childlike and oblivious to the harm he has caused.
I see, that's interesting! Yes, it does line up--although I never interpreted the spider as a façade and instead, being a part of him--just the more cruel one that takes pleasure in the pain, the part that became who he was physically, despite being very much a directionless person inside (i.e., a child / fetus). He did seem to understand the hurt he caused to the people when he recounted his experience when he was a fetus (or at least, so it seemed). Either ways, just having him out there recounting his life experience at that form really baffled me.
I do wonder...does the soul really get set free, or is it just a loop? I feel bad for both the soul and MC + charon, if that's the case.
Charon's a name for a dude in the Underworld in Greek mythology. So the name probably was an allusion to that.