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An odd game about texting.

You can choose when it ends...
How far are you willing to go?

Cart [#42296#] | Code | 2017-07-09 | No License | Embed

Z/C: Look at Phone; Send Message
X: Put Phone Away; Go to Sleep (Hold)
Arrow Keys: Choose Message
(All controls are explained in-game)


  • This game touches on some darker subjects, which people may be sensitive to.
  • This game includes some dialogue which is arguably like cyberbullying.
  • This game is about dialogue, so be prepared to read. The script contains nearly 350 individual texts, though there's no way to see each one in a single playthrough.

This is a companion game to my surreal adventure game NULL.


  • v1: Initial Release
  • v1.1: Corrected an illogical text.
  • v1.2: Reworded a couple texts.
  • v1.3: Fixed a couple minor spelling/word choice issues.
P#41710 2017-06-16 23:39 ( Edited 2019-05-01 00:45)

:: NeithR

Didn't realize the player was the bully.
So... I was like "oh you want to curse me? Turns off or say no for conversation while laughing and feels winning"

P#41725 2017-06-17 16:06 ( Edited 2017-06-17 20:06)

Wow that was really chilling, especially when [SPOILERS]

You turn off the phone and they're standing there! :O

Good job making a text-based game in Pico-8 too!

P#41744 2017-06-18 05:26 ( Edited 2017-06-18 09:26)

I really like this. Pretty unique for a pico-8 game as well (at least I haven't seen much else like it).

I enjoyed the multiple playthroughs aspect. Not sure I even have the full story after 4-5 goes.

The sound design is really really good - it builds the tension so well!

P#41749 2017-06-18 07:32 ( Edited 2017-06-18 11:32)
:: enargy

I really liked this! The sfx were great and the gameplay felt unique.

Now I want to see a sequel :)

P#41894 2017-06-23 13:35 ( Edited 2017-06-23 17:35)
:: Jusiv

Hey, just wanted to say thanks for all the support so far! This is my first Pico-8 Cart (and really the first game I've ever released publicly), and since I know it's kind of an odd one I wasn't sure how well it'd go over.

I also just updated the cart slightly, improving the wording in one bit of dialogue based on a friend's feedback.

--- Individual Replies ---

@NeithR Interesting interpretation. I've gotta say, it's been cool seeing the differences in how people interpret Messages.

@enargy To be honest, I've never planned to do a sequel for this. It took a looong time to get the script written, and I'm not sure how much more I could reasonably add to the formula. That said, it's awesome to hear that you enjoyed it enough to want one!

P#42262 2017-07-07 23:51 ( Edited 2017-07-08 03:59)
:: Scathe

Very cool concept! I liked the ending. I couldn't determine if that was the player or someone the player saw at the end, but I think it's left open to interpretation on purpose. I like it, well done!

P#46712 2017-11-26 02:30 ( Edited 2017-11-26 07:30)
:: kirin

When playing I didn't know this is about school-bully or cyber-bully at all until I saw the comment lol. At first I thought this is about home-sick and the MC is paranoid about their friends not missing for him/her anymore. (Yeah I have to admit I had this experience when I was a teenager.)

Anyway very cool game! Like how the messages glitches to reveal something horror or real

P#46715 2017-11-26 06:48 ( Edited 2017-11-26 11:48)

Excellent game!

P#46744 2017-11-27 13:29 ( Edited 2017-11-27 18:29)

Gives me the spooks, but it is an AMAZING game

P#58882 2018-11-08 14:35 ( Edited 2018-11-08 19:36)
:: Jusiv

Hey, thanks all! Always nice to hear people are still enjoying this!

I'm not going to try to confirm or deny any theories, but I have actually released a (very different) companion game to this called NULL: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=30504

P#58888 2018-11-08 18:20 ( Edited 2018-11-08 23:20)

This is definitely one of the most unique Pico 8 games I've played. The atmosphere was tense as heck and the sound effects were used to great effects. The ending definitely caught me by surprise. Overall, great job, man.

P#59300 2018-11-23 19:56 ( Edited 2018-11-24 00:56)

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