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If the game files get deleted after extraction make sure to exclude the games entire folder in your anti-virus before running the game.

A Dark Place is a 2018 meta-horror that puts the player in a surreal environment. Features great music and eerie areas to explore and solve puzzles in. Search for keys  to open doors and progress through the game. Find all 4 music boxes to find your way to freedom. But there's one thing, don't let the c̬̪̜̰̹̬͚o̼̰̟̠ͅr͝ru͚͠p̣͖̱ț͕̰̻̯i̘͕̳o̖̬͢n̤ stop you from doing so. 

Please make sure to read the disclaimer that is shown at the very beginning.

This game is extremely intelligent and has the ability to break the fourth wall and act like a real computer nightmare. It will interact with the computer, recognize player actions, and crash the game on purpose to create new events throughout the game meaning you have to restart the game if that happens and more. Please note that this game is 100% harmless in every way and is created for an amazing experience.

If you see any mobile version of this game do not play them as they are not created by me and contains tons of ads. These games are simply fake and will not work or be playable in any way.

-XerStudios 2017 - 2018

Updated 14 days ago
GenreAdventure, Simulation
TagsAtmospheric, computer, Dark, eerie, fake, Horror, Spooky, virus


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A Dark Place 2 GB
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So a follow up to the below comment of pressing 'Q' to reset game. It doesn't seem to be working for me, I've gotten the true ending and no matter when or where I press 'Q' nothing happens. Help!

Did you try it when the end dialog showed up? What place in the game did you tried the Q reset? 


I did but not to worry, bought the special edition and it worked : )
Excited for the next game!

Thank you! Glad it worked out.

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So you stated in your "ReadMe" document that, you must press Q at the menu of the game to restart.However, one of the endings simply doesn't open the menu as it forces you to that screen. How else would I restart this game? Where is the game saves located? I really wanted my friend to play this when I get to his house but there is no way for me to restart the progress. 

Also, to mention, this game is perhaps the best experience I've had in a horror game! The amount of times this game scared me cannot compete with Outlast or any other horror game. I'd like to thank you for that.


Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the experience! And for the reset, I figured out during testing that when the game is loaded to the final ending message scene, the Q key still works for the reset menu without requiring the main menu screen.

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I didn't know that the ending screen was actually something that was meant to load to open a new menu. Sorry for the disturbance and thank you in the meantime for looking over it.

Hi! I absolutely loved the first game, and come back to the page to not only see the dev is still active, but they're making a SEQUEL? I sincerely can't wait until that's finished, you're super talented and I can't even begin to explain how excited I am.


Thank you so much for enjoying my creations! I truly appreciate it and hope the sequel will be just as good or better when its done.

Why can not I see it on Steam?

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It's not published on Steam. I am making A Dark Place 2 so I might see if the possibility exists for publishing both games on Steam.

Well, please just be quick.I want add two new games on Steam.It makes me feel comfortable

Everytime i start the game the config for the game appers but i cant seem to get to the button to get out of it and start the game because it is too big. Could someone tell me how to get around it?

To fix that go to the gamejolt version page and download the Stream/Video Friendly + Window Fix package https://gamejolt.com/games/ADarkPlace/323680

I had just now restarted the game and it went to a glitched out map, in a sense. When looking in the top left corner, it wrote something in Japanese, then Russian, which makes no sense.

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This is an Easter egg that occurs randomly at start up. Did that other problem fix?

Oh wow. That's honestly really cool. But no, I haven't been able to fix the problem. I've deleted the application after making sure it was properly exited, then I had re-installed it again, with no luck. I've even tried fixing the resolution thinking that was the problem, gamma, and I have recently updated my Mac thinking that was the issue, with no luck. I have no other options :|

I don't really have a Mac to test this on. This version was processed for Mac by request but I wasn't able to do tests on it. The person that requested it didn't really say anything about this type of problem. I would suggest downloading VMware for mac and emulating a windows system and that should work for playing the game with compatibility supported.


Ok. Thank you! :D Have a nice day.

Hi.. I had recently downloaded your game (Mac version on game jolt) for some reason, every time I open the game it always goes to a black, empty screen. When I check on the application, it says not responding. When it starts responding, it'll still stay black, but the game seems to be completely fine, even though I can't play. Could you please help me figure out the issue?

Hi, is there any way you can make the game playable on win64

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Strange, as the latest download for the game is 64 bit. You mean win32?

Yea, i meant win32, i rly want to play this, can you try to make a win32 version

Yes I can, I send it to you once it is processed and uploaded


Also, try adding graphic settings, i dont have a good com

The game has an auto graphic optimizer so performance improves automatically only when its needed.


I have a question, so I know this game has a fake virus and there is something I want to set up, I want to re create the detect alt f4 file but I want to make it my own, is there a simple way you can tell me how to pull something like that off?

How I did it was by locking out the quit feature on the window and detected if the program was closed before the time-limit which would then open up another application after it was closed from something other than the hidden quit button. So I made it seem like it detects alt-f4 as a trick but you can probably use input detection in your code to detect two keys at once as another way to pull this off. 

thank you!and is there a way to make the game for lower end graphic cards the game is, shall I say not able to be handled on lower end computersand I really want to play the game myself, but I can't because its to high of a graphic for my computer to handle it and once again thank you, it wasn't the alt-f4 I was hoping for I'll post the markiplier video I wanted to reference 

10:52 for the time stamp and once again thank you

I might be able to as I do have the project files saved on my drive. I see what I can do

once again thank you, I know game development is hard, I have tried and tried and tried again but keep failing something always goes wrong so once again thank you!

Yep! You're welcome!

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also good luck on a dark place 2

Thank you!

also and sorry for so many questions, are you a group entity or just one person like do you have a group or is it just you?

I'm also trying to learn how you made the game, you used i'm guessing clickteam fusion because in the dev files they are MFA files which can only be used by clickteam programs,and for the glitches its done with clickteam, but I love the fake virus, one thing that has stopped me from making a game is that I want to make a meta game but because of my lack of knowledge I have been unable to really settle down on a game I want, I want to make a platformer based on IMSCARED but add a fake virus element but once again not knowing how to doing things doesn't help, so any info on how to do any of this would be useful 
please contact me at
no that was not a promo I just made it as a 2nd email to have I need to set up a business email soon and once again thank you for giving me info and taking the time out of your schedule to talk and help me and help us fans of the games. 


What Android Version On Play Store?

There is no android version of the game as there is no mobile support for this game. You may have seen a fake version of the game which is an unplayable ad scam app. If you do still have the link just let me know and I can see what I can do about it.

Thank You XerStudios

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Yep! No problem.


Thanks for all the comments you replied to me!And are you working on  another metagame like this?I am looking forward to your third game like this!


Yep! No problem. And no my next game isn't really going be a meta horror game like this one was. I'm figuring out how I can work on an entirely new concept for a more fun based story driven experience.


I am so excited to hear it!!And when will you probably release this game?I believe that you will certainly make the game more fun,because you are pretty awesome!

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In a couple months as I have just began working on the project. The whole idea of the game is like an art project from it's new unique design that makes the whole world feel magical in a sorrowful way. Its turning out well so far in concept. Now I just need to spend time working on the structure and it can probably turn out being my best game.

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Sounds great!I am waiting for it!


Hey, really like what I played of the game so far! Unfortunately, the Unity customization screen upon loading up the game is too large, I have to force my monitors into Portrait to hit 'run game'.

Is there a version with a smaller customization screen? I'm running 1366x768 and I sadly have no way to go beyond that, even when trying to force my graphic card to do so.

Yes I do have a fixed version for this found here


The package name is A Dark Place: Stream/Video Friendly + Window Fix

Hope that helps!


Thank you very much!

The last question:How to stop this game from turning off my computer?.Because I am going to record a video for it and put it on a website.XerStudios hopefully you can reply to me

You can find the stream/video friendly version here https://gamejolt.com/games/ADarkPlace/323680 It does everything else without shutting down the computer.


Well, this game is as good as I expected,and it has  absolutely great musics,love it so much!

And will this game truly break my computer ,or will i uninstall it and everything get back to normal?(my English is not very good)

No, not at all. The game only pretends to be destructive but It does no harm. So you should be fine. 

what computer configuration does this game require, i mean that how much memory the game needs

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1 to 2 GB of memory should be fine. The game mostly uses at least 500 mb and the game includes an optimizer for best performance during gameplay.

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XerStudios hopefully you will answer this. how do you delete the save file for this game? if you don't know, then can you at least tell me the save files in the data folder? thank you

At the main menu screen press Q to reset your save data. And that should be it.

You are so creative ! I think this game is the best fourth wall break game !

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If you just mean opening externally from the game or another app, then I can give you an example script to go off from as its very simple to do using a just bit of C#. Most of the code for just opening the files is mostly the same for each script file. This is what I've done in unity, even though it works with a visual studio console application as well.

Unity Code:


using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using UnityEngine;

public class OpenFileInUnity : MonoBehaviour {

void OnEnable() {
 //will open if exe is in same directory as launchers exe file.


Console App Visual Studio Code:


using System;

namespace ExampleScript
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)


  For the "PLACENAMEHERE" part you will simply change that to the name of the file you want to open including the extension at the end like .bat, .vbs, etc. After that you will want to make sure to place that vbs or batch file right next to the complied c# application. Then finally, it should work perfectly for opening these apps in the background. Hope that helps :)

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Much appreciated!

This game is interesting but it lacks proper design, especially in maps and gameplay. Too many things are not made clear, and its clear that the game only focuses on a specific audience that gets dumbfounded to actually think this game is controlling your computer. So many things is made clear that the game does not 'act like a real computer nightmare', its not even funny. And the fourth-wall breaks end up being too overused, which makes them look embarrassing since some of them are just plain ridiculous - no one can fall for this. In other words, this game tries so hard to be 'virus-like', it ends up looking too obvious and instead look funny and silly. The antagonist is heavily unoriginal. a JPEG of a skull with scribbles on it is scary? No. It's clear that you have taken inspiration from the likes of IMSCARED, in which I will HEAVILY recommend that game over this.

The map design is horrendous, from countless corridors being misleading to the many rooms not actually containing anything and instead just forcing you to keep walking through pointless sections. The maps themselves didn't make proper sense and connected absolutely nothing to do with the story. For example, see the two screenshots of the room with the flowers and colour circles? Then you go to the 'real' alternative. What does this display? What's the purpose of this? Is there a message?. Speaking of which, I want to discuss the story.

This game, straight from the start, makes no attempts to actually polish its story. From the misleading and confusing stories at the beginning, to the many 'trapped in game' dialogue, it doesn't all blend in and read like a story. It's as if random events are just occurring without any explanation, and no actual plot is occurring. What was the purpose of the 'recording room' part? The guitar photo, the photo of my face, the portals, I don't get it. Why are they here? What's the story? It's impossible to actually assume the story here, as well from before, and way later, we finally 'learn' about the premise of the story - a skull trapped in the game. This has 0 connection with the stuff that was introduced and presented earlier in the game, and frankly, it really lowers the atmosphere and tone.

As for fear, it's 50/50. There are parts where the fear is executed well, but also parts where it feels like it's just trying to scare you at every attempt, using fourth-wall breaks as a method of 'omg look i control your computer haha funny' to scare the person playing. When we reach the part with 'real' alternative shit (makes no sense), it becomes really boring, since there's pretty much nothing going on apart from the occasional skull chasing you parts (which was boring and ridiculous as well). Not only that, but there are also too many ridiculous jumpscares. That pixelated frog thing is seriously not scary at all. Why does it need to jump on my face all the time?

Final verdict, the game is shit. You seriously need to work on your design in future games, because damn, it's so bad in this game. Polish things up, and make sure your games aren't a waste of time for everyone including me, in which you failed to do so in this game.


So no head?

I'm bouta head out.


If you don't like the game , why the hell are you here criticizing the game developer with negative words while many gamers are having good experiences ? Jeez , if the developer really create the real viruses , how many computers are destroyed every day ? It would waste lots of computers :P



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This game is legit good, i had a lot of goosegumps with it and jumps too, the fourth-wall break is AMAZING. The only thing that makes me sad is this game isn't popular enough, but keep up the good work, and one day you might be noticed. ;)

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I entered the Forest, when I got every key and passed the iron gate at the end, I quit because I needed to do other things, when I came back and launched the game, I found myself in this weird place was there. I think it said "Error" and had some weird writings in red at the top left corner of my screen, the place was a hallway with noises that got worse and worse as I continued to explore. In front of me was the face on the TV where the music box of Sadness is in the Realverse. Another hallway was accessible where I proceeded, there we're blinding lights and sprites of a weird figure in the background. A sort of eye figure chased me but not the same one as in the start of the game, it was sort of triangular shaped. My game crashed when it finally reached me with a pop up error, then my screen started getting brighter and darker, the background didnt change to black this time but flashed different lights eventually stopping at orange, my sound went up and down with laughing, and finally went to max sound and had a deafening ringing sound that was so loud I turned off my headphones. The taskbar disappeared. I'm scared to open the game again because not only might it repeat but there might not be the debug mode to restart the game. Please help. 

Edit: I opened the game back up and it went back to the Forest.

So I playedthe 32 bit version. vwey laggy but it works. The programs like 303.exe were the only ones that were not laggish. Great game though

Can you help me my friend played the game to the end and now he can`t delete it ? What is wrong there ? 

That means a process is in use. You may have to logout and log back in to fix that. Then you should be able to delete it.

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I watched youtubers play it but i wish to play it as well. i downloaded the free version but i have a 32-bit operrating system. can you create a game that supports 32 bit? Edit: i read the comments and saw that you have a link for that system. can you send me one as well?

I think that specific version that I sent was the 32 bit edition of the Special Edition. Since a new big update is currently being made I can send you a updated version of the 32 bit copy of the game. I send you a link once I get the chance to upload it.

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where is the link. I dont have a best router so I could not download it. I can now start tho

where is the link. I dont have a best router so I could not download it. I can now start tho

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Already played the game and LOVED it, the best game ever

XerStudios can you help me? Every time when i start the game the window of the settings is too big and i cant press on the start button. 


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To fix that you have to download the 

A Dark Place: Stream/Video Friendly + Window Fix

version of the game located on the original gamejolt page


its the third package out of the 5.

Hope that helps!

Could you help me? Every time the game tries to run a program it asks me if I want to run it or cancel. Like (spoilers) when the screen melts and it kinda ruins the experience. Is there a way to disable this? Thanks!


I think having the current windows user account set to administrator instead of just non-admin fixes the problem. But I'm not 100% sure about it. I couldn't find a way to automatically grant access from just the script itself. Plus I don't have this problem that your having so it's probably the computer permissions being set to manual run instead of just auto execution. You could also check the windows defender settings to see how these permissions are managed. But I try seeing if your account is full admin or not first.

Xerstudios, can you help me? I downloaded the game and copied the floder to my desktop, i can launch it but i get this window with a X in the bottom right and it shuts down immediatly. I guess it's because my PC is too shitty but i CAN run stuff like: Black rose and mirror layers. What can i do? 

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That's strange! If you do not see the splash screen from the launcher try opening the game without the launcher by going into the data folder located next to the launcher and opening ADarkPlace.exe. Also this could be a problem with system compatibility such as not being able to play directx 11 games or having a 32bit system. Even though instead of just crashing it should have given you at least an error message or a runtime error of some sort. If you are using a 32bit system I could send you a link for that specific version. And are you using the paid version of the game or the free version? Also sending a screenshot or at least a picture of what its doing can help me fix this since I haven't had anyone have this problem before. 

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There is no 'ADarkPlace.exe' if i open the version  that's in the data folder (the one with the face icon) i get the message: 

There should be 'ADarkPlace_Data'
folder next to the executable

I unzipped the game too, so i don't understand. i added some screenshots for you to make it a bit more clear what i'm talking about. 3 of them are of the game files, and the other one is the black screen i was talking about, it just closes down after. 

My computer IS a 64bit system, but maybe the 32bit version will work anyway? 

i'm using the free version! thanks for replying. 

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This helps a lot as I can now see the problem, it appears the game did not install correctly and is missing important files needed to run the game. Try downloading the game through my main game page here https://gamejolt.com/games/ADarkPlace/323680 and that should fix the issue you are having. 

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I tried a whole bunch of stuff, I put the . EXE file in a different file and copied the game data next to it, it worked! 

thanks a lot for replying, and your game is awesome! great work! 

will there be a mac version absolutely love this game!!

Sadly no because the scripts that were used to do the desktop effects only support windows operating system. My next game creation may be multi-platform (not console) since I'm planning to create a bigger project.  

I understand completely the game is amazing and I’m in college for programming so if you guys are ever looking for free help let me know I need the experience. Big fan of the glitchy/ virus style game you guys made!

it was a weird cool game :D

i cant install it 

the install button is there but when i hit install it gives me no option :(

im downloading the gamejolt version that works fine

How can I delete the Game if It's Not playable? The Jumpscares scares me to death Xd

Deleting the A dark place folder should delete the entire game. 

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So I really dig this game and everything but after entering the code to the door to the forest the game doesn't let me continue. And when I exit and re enter the game it deletes my save. This has happened twice now and I'm pretty bummed about it.

That doesn't seem right.  Does the code work? If it does then are you placed by the door again after entering? If the map doesn't load when you open the door or get the code right, then this might mean the level is corrupt on your end. Reinstalling the game will probably fix that issue only if the level is indeed corrupt. There is a feature in the game that resets the progress if a level isn't found so in that case I think its a file corruption issue.

If you already reinstalled the special edition and still have the same problem you can use the debug menu by pressing f when the game starts up and if you click on edit savefile you can choose a level to load. To go back to where you were before you have to press next 2 times on the level loader and click on TheForest.unity located on the top-left. This will also bypass the passcode part and send you straight into where you were supposed to be after entering the code.

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I'll definitely do this. Thank you so much! Really enjoying the game too.

Edit: I don't think I even tried to reinstall either and I feel like an idiot. I'll probably reinstall anyway you assure this doesn't happen again but thank you for all your help.


I would play more of the game but..... it does require a powerful PC to properly play on. I enjoyed it though, nevertheless the lag.




im dead...


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