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“Forest's Secret” is a cozy, nonviolent adventure game. You play as a traveler who has just arrived at a quiet forest settlement called Wabika, and must explore its mysterious paths, discover its ancient history, and make friends with its quirky inhabitants in order to find what it is you're searching for. There’s lots of neat little stuff to discover!

This game is playable on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Please check the Download & Install instructions for more information. Before downloading, please note that the game is free and the donation is optional - only pay if you wish to! I'm just happy that you're playing the game at all.


What is "Mystery of the Frost"?

  • "Mystery of the Frost" is additional content on top of Forest's Secret. It adds new story, new areas, and more!  It also has gameplay elements that the original didn't, so I think it should be an interesting experience.

How do I play it?

  • The game file now includes both the original and new story.
  • To start the "Mystery of the Frost" chapter of Forest's Secret, you must complete all 6 main quests, then leave Wabika and activate the credits. When you return to the main menu, the new chapter will begin. If you don't know which quests you haven't completed, you can talk to the statue in the back of the shrine for some hints.
  • If you've already completed Forest's Secret's main story and all 6 quests prior to this patch, your save file will still work - you can activate the new content by leaving Wabika. 
  • If you don't have access to your old save file, but don't want to replay the base game's story again, you can type FROST in the main menu to begin from the new part of the story. Warning: This will overwrite old save data, so only do it if you're sure!


StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Dec 30, 2018
Rating
(104)
Authorbynine
GenreAdventure
Made withlibGDX
Tags2D, Cozy, Non violent, Top-Down
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, Subtitles

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Forest's Secret Mystery of the Frost.zip 59 MB
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One word: beautiful. Sincere congratulations.

Love the game so much that I was sad when I thought it was over, and then it wasn't! I could come back and go through another whole adventure because of the frost section! It was awesome. You really get attached to all the characters and their stories as you try to help them out. I even helped more than four people even if I just needed four objects of selflessness. The only problem I have with this game is that I'm not sure if it has an ending? I finished all of the game, or at least I think I did, but then it wouldn't tell me that it was done so I wondered for another hour to see if I missed something because I wanted to really 100% finish it, but there was nothing else I could do. 

hello! glad you enjoyed the game. i suppose either the credits sequence or the party for you could be viewed as the game's ending, but it doesn't really have an ending per say - it only ends when you're done with it. i didn't want this game to feel like a series of objectives to be completed, more like a world that you can visit as you please. i apologize for your wasted time!

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this was such a cozy little game. I enjoyed every bit of it! hope to see more like this from your games!

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Thank you for this - this is amazing :D. Everything about it is great: the map is big, but not too much so, the whole atmosphere is warm and peaceful. All the small things add greatly, too: such as choosing where to plant the seeds. The aesthetics are beautifully picturesque, too: and i didn't expect haikus in a video game to be so good! An emotional as well as physical exploration, I really enjoyed how exploring felt - not too grindy, not too fast. The art style is really cool too, simple but not too much so. One can literally feel the warmth in the shops! The frogs, woodpeckers, birds, and musicians make an amazingly dynamic soundtrack, too. Masterfully made.

thanks very much!!

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for anyone struggling to install this on arch linux: install the packages lwjgl and jdk8-jre

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then go into the folder containing the jar file and run

java -jar forest_secret_v2_1.jar

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I cried a lot during this. Thank you so much, I needed it.

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its soooooooooooooooooo fantastico

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This game is beautiful and awesome and I loved every second of it. I'm definitely gonna continue playing!

enjoy!!

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I loved this game right from the start! I didn't want it to end ;^; I loved the frost act as well. Leslie's giving me major feels! I hope you don't mind me making fanart!!

I drew some!! 
<https://ghostowls.tumblr.com/post/629629509260443648/a-wanderer>

aw, thanks for the lovely art!

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You're very welcome!! :)
More may still to come.  :D 

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This game is so wholesome,,,,,it made me happy ,,

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For how simple this game is and how brief the interactions, I'm so surprised how emotionally attached I became to the Wabika townsfolk. Thank you so much for this, it was such a pleasure to play <3

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b ro ,,, ,, thi s game ,,,,,,  b eau tiful;,,, ,   , omy ,,,this made me so happy and warm im crying ,,, the art,,music, writing,,,im very excited for future projects!! 

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I don't know HOW the devs did it, but this game is simply amazing. I'm all for action and explosions and swinging around my swords in an action game, but this game was still able to mesmerize me with it's quirky world and silly cast of characters. The absence of violence and action doesn't detract from your experience at all whatsoever. For anyone planning to check this game out, be sure to spend some time on it because it doesn't take only 30 minutes to complete like some indie games (this is a good thing! I LOVE when there's a lot of effort and content poured into a game). Amazing game developers. I wasn't able to fully finish the game as I'm on a vacation rn, but will DEFINITELY do so when I get back :) If you guys want to check out a gameplay of the game, you can check out this video here! 

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so glad you enjoyed! my brother, bynine, really did this all by himself! <3

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An amazing game! Definitely recommend it.

Also the chirping sounds of the birds - makes me feel as if I am for real in a forest.

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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, WONDERFUL, LOVELY GAME! Tank you very much for cheering me up!!!

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What a charming world full of wonders! Definitely glad I found this game.

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I love the simple approach to the design of the game. The characters are adorable, humble and fantastical; the relation of the world and the magic system is vague, but I think that's what keeps it interesting, more so when you try to decipher what's happening to the character's homeland. The story is beautiful; a short, wholesome and emotional journey. Well worth a play. 

Note to devs: I've had a particular glitch every now and then where using the golden shell causes the terrain to spasm and go white. 

Another note to devs: Please make another expansion. 

thanks so much! would you mind clarifying about the golden shell? do you mean the shell phone? because the golden shell shouldn't be able to do anything 

Whoops, yes; the shell phone. Sometimes when I use it, everything the character sprite goes white and glitchy. I am using windows 10. 

thanks for the heads up, i'll look into that!

Very nice game but when i talked the lady in the shop, game crashed :(

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oh no!! what's your operating system?

Windows

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okay. is there any chance you could email me at byninegiga AT gmail DOT com so i can help you resolve your issue? if not that's fine

I appreciate your interest! I think, I don't have any issue anymore.

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I loved the visuals and all the characters in this game. “Mystery of the Frost” was a bit frustrating at times, but i enjoyed it a lot nonetheless.

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Yo SAME

thanks so much! if i may, what did you find frustrating about mystery of the frost? i was trying out a bunch of new things with it, so i'm not surprised that some of it didn't work perfectly, but i'd like to hear your feedback to help with my future games.

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OK, maybe “frustrating” is a bit too much. I just felt a little lost trying to find the way to the bookshop, ended walking more than was necessary as a consequence, and then got somewhat annoyed of having to go around the snow obstacles and such again and again. Nothing major and did not spoil the fun i had.

Again, it was a fantastic game. Well done!

thanks for letting me know & for enjoying - have a wonderful day

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heloo,  nice game , not bad , very interesting , rare game, does this game have an ending? ,I think after winter there are no more missions, Am I right ? , thank you for the game :D

right, that's all!

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yo this is rad

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thanks so much! i'm a big fan of how your game is coming out so far. can't wait to see the release!

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love the game!

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Hi! I literally just finished playing your game, you even came to visit my stream on twitch, which just blew my mind HAHA it's such a beautiful game! The quests and puzzles were great, just a really enjoyable experience. <3 I love the story and the message. I hope you make more!!

I have a mac and I have adobe flash player and I can't play the game either. What am I missing?

does this help: https://www.java.com/en/download/help/mac_install.xml ?

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This needs adobe flash player and they will Eliminate it on december, just a reminder

hello! i appreciate the heads up but this game does not use adobe flash player - it runs in java.

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ok so, why it tells me to download flash?

Edit: and to be more exact, it says that i need a JDk, so i touch "more information..." and send me to the install flash page, when i install flash, and i touch play, says me the same but a little bit diffrerent that past, when i click more information again, it send me to adobe JDK or something like that. in summary: i cant play it

what operating system are you using?

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Mac

that's very strange. does this help: https://www.java.com/en/download/help/mac_install.xml ?

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Amazing game, really loved the visuals, sound/music design and really everything. Will definitely recommend to friends. I finished the base game in one day, just long enough gameplay for one sitting but not to quick that you want more. I will for sure play the "Mystery of the Frost" now, and probably finish it tomorrow. Very wholesome story line. Over all, one of the best adventure/story games of 2020. 10/10

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I really love the visuals!

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9/10 Absolutely adored this game! The music and lighting and character revisiting reminded me of NITW. I especially love the art style. 

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i really like this game and i have been playing it for a while and made it to mystery of the frost but i cant figure out what to do on the form a line part I've tried it so many times but can't figure it out.  

hello! send me an email at byninegiga AT gmail DOT com and i can help you out further if you specify what your problem is

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This game is amazing!

Good 7/10

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I really like this game but I can't find the person that likes red coffee. I would really appreciate it if you could help me.

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Hi! Remember when you helped Beckie at the Cafeteria, and Leslie ordered a coffee? Well, guess what color it was... ;) 

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I just finished the game. It's longer than I realized, but I'm not complaining because it was enjoyable the whole way through. I hope to play more of your games in the future! 

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The art, the music, the sounds, the characters and dialogues... It brings me such an indescribable joy and peace of mind! Thank you very much for this fantastic, adorable and heartwarming little game!

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This game is really fun. I can't find that darn 3rd shell yet though.

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have you been to the shop yet?

Yeah, I went in there but I probably just didn't do the thing right. Anyways, I can probably figure it out myself. Don't wanna spoil the hunt for anyone else. 

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damn why is this game free?

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so as many people can play it as possible

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Hi hello! I really love this game and I absolutely adore the style and the characters, but I can't seem to find a patch to plant the seed of hope :'3 considering I've planted all the seeds.

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hello! the seed of hope should not be planted in wabika - it's for "taking home"! (in game terms, it means it has no actual use except for the end credits haha)

oohh i see i see! ( ^w^) but i have another question: do I have to plant the seeds in a specific place? or is it ok to plant them just about any patch?

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anywhere will do!!

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This was one of the most heartfelt games I've ever played, it was so uplifting and investing, I'm really glad I found it. Thank you so much for putting your time into making it. I really look forward to seeing what projects you make in the future! :)

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Great game about kindness! It's clear you've put thought and care into the characters, and I like your creativity with the nonviolence. If you're still actively developing, can I offer a few suggestions?

Not sure what tools are available with your engine, but packaging in a way that doesn't require users to download java would make it easier for more people to discover.

Walking back and forth can get boring, which is why most violent games would use fighting as a core loop in between dialog. Some kind of action, perhaps something aligned with the theme of compassion would be really impressive, though I have no idea what that might be...

Anyway, I really enjoyed this! Will be looking out for your future projects :)

hello! i appreciate your suggestions - it's rather funny, those are both things i'm addressing with my next project, with the use of the Unity engine and the introduction of a combat system (which can be disabled for those who don't wish to engage in it.)

Sometimes I felt like I wanted a run ability, but otherwise I rather enjoyed the slower pace of walking around. Combat isn't the only way to make "walking back and forth" more active. I could see something like tending plants or interacting with animals along the way, perhaps procedurally generated in a longer game (it might not be worth the coding investment in a 1-2 hour game). When I was in the stage of the game where I was actively looking for hidden items, and planting my seeds, etc, I really didn't notice how much walking about I did. 

ha, that's good! to be fair, what i'm referring to isn't a sequel to this game, just a future project. i did enjoy making this but i also want to try different gameplay styles too.

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Just finished playing! Lovely! Really Lovely! I will tell all my friends to play

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