Itch.io Tasty: The Missing Parts of Maria Gwozdek


Itch.io Tasty highlights unique, often free indie games on the Itch.io platform. Similar to Steam, the Itch.io app allows users to browse, download, and launch games directly from the app (which can be downloaded here).


Today’s free game is a dark visual novel called The Missing Parts of Maria Gwozdek by developer Senokos.

Maria was recently laid off, is days away from eviction, has a shitty relationship with her sister, and her mother is terminally ill. Yeah, life sucks. While taking a late night walk to clear her head, Maria is approached by a mysterious man with glowing, green eyes who offers to grant her a wish in exchange for one of her body parts. Clearly that’s insane, but when Maria arrives home she notices a contract slid underneath the doorway. For just an eye or an ear, she’ll receive her dream job and avoid eviction. What would you give up?

The Missing Parts of Maria Gwozdek packs a lot of punch in just 20 minutes of narrative interaction. As she makes more wishes, the player must decide which of her body parts to give up in exchange. Mom’s sick, Maria’s lonely, her relationship with her sister kinda sucks, and each wish is more tempting than the last. Every decision carries weight and the ending takes all of your choices into account when laying out your future.

The aesthetic and soundtrack play nice with each other, shifting tones appropriately to match the text on-screen. As a visual novel, there’s no action to partake in, but the grim tale is well written and worth less than a half hour of your time.

With October being Halloween Month, this is an appropriate (and free) way to kick off Itch.io Tasty. Free games don’t keep the lights on, so, as always, if you enjoy the game you can choose to tip the developer through the Itch.io app.

12 thoughts on “Itch.io Tasty: The Missing Parts of Maria Gwozdek

  1. This is a really intriguing game, it’s concept is seen from time to time but the way you describe it being handled, seems to make it a hidden gem that at least through its storytelling lets you enjoy an experience, which can maybe leave you somewhat thoughtful of what just transpired through your choices.

    I like these types of games, not necessarily scary horror but more psychological thriller. Might try it out and see how it turns out. Did enjoy reading the review all the way through as the night is still young.

    Stay Cozy and have a nice day!

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    1. Since there are no scares, just disturbing consequences, it seems like a more approachable visual novel for folks not typically into “spooky” horror games. It’s only 20 minutes per playthrough, so if you find the time I would highly recommend giving it a shot. You’ve got nothing to lose (except body parts, of course).

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      1. Haha, good joke there. Will definitely give it a spin, even if it’s only 20 minutes long with a benefit of replayability.

        The horror genre in general is something I have a big love/hate, leaning more toward hate. There are just so many things in it that makes me more irritated than loving it…probably because I enjoy psychological horror more, where the “monster” is never seen and it’s just how you interpret the story that shapes the experience. :)

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              1. Oh I have total forgot about Fatal Frame or rather known as Project Zero in Europe. It’s been many years since I last saw that game…wonder how the franchise has been doing over the 10-15 years since release.

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                  1. Interesting…makes you think if somebody with love for the series and has the ability to get the necessary backing behind him/her, to reboot the series for a more modern audience. Much in the same way Yakuza did with Yakuza 0.

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  2. Its weird, this “be careful what you wish for” style of horror is always what freaked me out the most. Even in relatively goofy forms like simpsons tree house of horror. I thought about trying out the game to follow along with your post, but just the concept makes me strangely queasy.

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    1. Perhaps its 20-minute run-time will prevent that from happening? It’s definitely a weird tale worth experiencing, but by all means stay clear if you think it’ll make you sick to your stomach (figuratively and literally).

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