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The Year After

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Best played with sound on Chrome. Progress auto-saved.


An emotional Gameboy experience about an invisible stranger, a family and a brutal winter.

Walk through time. Seasons pass. Characters age.

Playable in half an hour. Mostly linear with a few secrets.

Art, sound design, code by Hadrian Lin. Made with GB Studio and Javascript hacks.


  • Arrow Keys / WASD to move
  • alt / Z / J to interact
  • ctrl / k / x to toggle walk speed


Want to get a Gameboy cartridge? A Collector's Edition of The Year After is published by incube8games.com



Why go 8-bit low-res?

Additional sound effects and music from Freesound.org:

  • InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk):
  • Ambience, Wind Chimes, A.wav
  • Ambience, Peaceful Synth.wav
  • Bell, Candle Damper, A (H1).wav 

  • Erokia/Jordan Powell:  Ambient Wave 3 (Harmonics)
  • eric5335: meadow ambience.wav
  • be-steele: Malamute Dinner Music > Igor3B.wav
  • GoodListener: Stable Noises- Birds and Horses Neighing.wav

Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com


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The game is very immersive and in general, it is an excellent experience, but when it came to the part that is played with the woman, in which an abyss appears, the game was not clear with what I have to do, what made me spin in circles for more than 20 minutes, making it impossible for me to finish the game, completely breaking my immersion

anvhadrian responds:

Yeah that part can throw some off. You need to follow the squirrel and go backwards

kinda boring but the gameplay is so much fun

i dunno why but i have bug that is not letting me get through one location but anyway 5/5

I'm speechless

AMAZING very emotional I got very invested and played both endings (if you want to call it that) I like the style (its very good) on my top ten best story games I love the music (its even compressed)
I love all the small details (ex sliding on ice) I would say what made me emotional but I don't want to spoil it for others. 10/10 game (anvhadrian AMAZING JOB)