A downloadable short game for Windows and macOS

Press W to Move Forward is a 5-minute experimental horror game exploring the rhetorics of progress, control, and societal pressure. Like the title suggests, the player's only mode of control is through pressing W to progress the game with occasional mouse movements.

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, why are we so obsessed with forward motion? with progress? with climbing to the top of the hill knowing that only tragedies will follow?

The game focuses on the horror of modern life under surveillance, with repetition, and no apparent way of moving forward. Each of us ultimately gets consumed by this grim realism and becomes what we feared the most, and the cycle repeats. Each of us is given a false sense of control to escape, we are told that we could manage where ever our life is heading, but that is nothing more than a video game trope of pressing W to make your life move forward. All of us are on the same path towards the same death drive, of the nameless other.


Install instructions

Download WIN for Windows Build

Download MAC for Mac Build (Must download Unity-Super-Fix and run the script, then right-click the app->services->Unity-Super-Fix to get past the security thing.)

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PressW_Win.zip 427 MB
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PressW_Mac.zip 436 MB
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Unity_Super_Fix.zip 113 kB

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Last Game In The Video
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Very nice! Awesome work...Here is my gameplay video!
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I felt like I was on drugs while playing this
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This game is so trippy and cool yet pretty deep. Good work!

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really good game

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I played the shit out of your game.

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Very abstract game with existential dread oozing out of the screen.

Game starts in 0:00

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AMAZINGLY FREAKY, GREAT JOB!
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I really enjoyed this! The different angles, character model changes, the spooks, the whole subtle story! All of it was fantastic! Good job!

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Played this on my Channel's Series called 3 SCARY GAMES! It's the 2nd game I played in the video starting at 9:58!

This was one of the most interesting horror experiences I've ever had. This was one of those game that obviously had an overall deep meaning that I don't think I fully understood, but still overall thought it was a cool and spooky experience. Just the concept alone of "only pressing W to move forward" was a really cool message in itself, which was what intrigued me into wanting to try this game in the 1st place. Overall thought it was a neat experience!
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i have seen the face of god
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Never played a game as weird as this. Neat time playing it.

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The game's interesting and looks great as well. Though quite a few times, the game just doesn't want to read my "w" input for a little bit and just make the character stutter a bit on the spot. Other then that, game is interesting.

Here's my channel for other games I have played. https://www.youtube.com/c/Levont

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An interesting concept. I loved the presentation, but felt like the main theme could have been presented better. plus, and that's just my own opinion so don't take it as criticism, I'm not a big fan of the message that there's no hope and we're doomed to repeat a pointless cycle. Each life is unique and has it's own purpose to discover, there is joy in that. We attain control when we let go of the need to control.

but that's not to say this wasn't fun! this was really interesting and I enjoyed it! so, good job there. 

anyways, like every other person here, here's my video take on your game.

 
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Gameplay starts at 3:55

Very unsettling game I loved playing it :D

Btw I'm trying to reach 70 subs so if you guys enjoyed this video it would mean the world to me that you'd consider subscribing to my channel :)
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Whooooo buddy this game was a trip. Loved the changes to the art style!

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I feel like there was some sort of mind alteration that happened to me after playing this, hahaha very obscure and interesting concept! Would love to have a bit more background info before diving head first into moving FORWARD, but that's just the way it is!

Good Work!

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Very interesting game. Great job at representing having no control. 

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Those guys in blue suits look eerily like old cut out gif files when you see them from a distance, I was quite surprised when I walked up to the first one to discover it being fully 3D.

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ha! they were actually photogrammetry scans of a model I made

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Ooh, that's really cool. Explains the marker (I think) art on them. Same with the grayscale stop-motion looking guy towards the end I assume? Really cool technique, I'd love to see that done more extensively.

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it hurt my brain and it repeats itself i think???

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Really awesome concept!  While it's quite simple on the surface, there is a lot more going on beneath.


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This game was so much better than I could have ever expected! I have never seen a game with these mechanics, this amazing format, these compelling graphics, I loved them all. This is one of those games that you absolutely have to check out for yourself! I hope you guys enjoy my video and my review and if you do, please consider supporting my channel by liking, commenting and subscribing, it would mean the world! Thanks so much xox
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thank you so much for playing and for the kind words :)

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Honestly... loved everything about this concept! Thanks!

thank you!

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Of course, thanks again for making it!

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Nice Game ^^

Gameplay en español

tysm!

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your game helped me get to where I am today thank you

thank you for playing, glad i could help :)

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no thank you for providing this dope game really enjoyed it 

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Very strange game. I had no idea what was going on xD

:)

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Very Solid little game. I definitely haven't played any other game like it before. I like the super uniqueness behind it. I also like the art style. I liked the subtle unsettling nature of it. Lots of little things to like about this game and I can't really find anything to pick apart about it. Good Job!
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This was one of the most unsettling things I've played in awhile. The themes really came across after the second time I played it and I don't think I've seen the themes portrayed like this before. Extremely well done!

lovely writing, thank you so much :) You definitely were looking at the right direction for this game, this was my emotional dump, glad it meant something.

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Really fun game! It was a nice change of pace compared to the usual indie horror games. Nice atmosphere and good camera placement making for some symbolic & cinematic scenes
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Very bizarre, but that's what makes this one fun! Nice work!

that cover pic is top-tier

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Very cool and well done , thanks for the experience 

Full play No Commentary 

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This was a great game, I love the direction you took for this one.
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I love that it was ALL over the place and had me guess where it was going! Your game is first in the video!

Getting that Indie Horror Fix!
3 Random Scary Games #4 

thanks!!!

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Pretty interesting game,loved it!

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This game was so odd but really well done. I love the style so much.  Great job. Your game is the first one in the video 

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thank you so much for playing :)

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13:06 2nd game starts

I really felt this game was watching me and judging me. Each action I did felt like there was a consequence but wasn't. I really enjoyed the game and the only option I had was to move forward.

you totally got it! thanks!

Thank you, I really appreciate games that make you think and wonder. Really great game!!!

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This game was messing with my head, animations were awesome too! (Game 2)

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bro this is trippy! 

wow i love your reaction!!

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Nice little cool game!

thats a great cover pic hahaha

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it made my brain hurt and it whispers in my ear and i think it just repeats itself but it was good for brain hurt i guess

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