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.