A downloadable game for Windows

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The Ritual is a short top-down horror game.

The Story

Every few years, in the face of poor harvests, pestilence, or mysterious disappearances, the villagers in this remote country must make a sacrifice to restore balance and prevent the destruction of their society.

The entity to which they make this offering has been called many things: monster, demon, or beast. The villagers do not know the true name or origins of the beast, nor do they care to. They know enough: if allowed to slake its thirst for the blood of the innocents, it will spare them and perhaps even favor them with a bountiful harvest in the fall.

The children to be sacrificed are left deep in the woods, or sometimes on an island nearby. Sometimes they are drugged, sometimes they are bound, sometimes they simply accept their grim fate.

An elder of the village draws a symbol in the dirt and chants strange words into the night sky. Once finished, the elder departs quickly, lest the beast devour him or her along with its quarry.

The beast hunts the child sacrifices.

Sometimes it glides silently through the air, sometimes it sprints along the ground like an animal.

No child left to the monster in this way has ever returned to the village.

This year, you are among those to be sacrificed.

You don't know if this monster can be hurt, let alone killed. You're sure that if you run far enough and fast enough that you can survive the night without being caught and devoured.


  • WASD or Arrow keys - move
  • SHIFT - sprint
  • SPACE - interact
  • ENTER - advance menus
  • M - mute audio
  • ESCAPE - exit game

About the Game

The Ritual runs as a standalone .exe on Windows. You can also play in your web browser on my website. (This version is currently very buggy. Play the .exe version if you are able.)

You can learn about the game's creation on my development blog.

The current version is v1.3.

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars
(10 total ratings)
AuthorNeil Makes Games
Made withAseprite, GameMaker
TagsHorror, Top-Down
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Ritual.exe 3 MB


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Cool game here's a speedrun

Awesome! Thanks for playing and I hope you enjoyed it :D

I did!

The art style is very nice. Great work.


Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for playing :)

Really neat idea, and great visual style. Nice job.


Hey, thanks Mister.  :)


Well this game was fun and excruciatingly hard for me xP I love how it feels like a horror style Legend of Zelda meets Pokemon world and the main goal of the game even though I totally stunk at it. I can see how more hardcore gamers would love this game for the challenge though!

I did a let's play of me getting my butt kicked by the creature if anyone is curious!