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  • In your antiquated workspace, you navigate instruments and sift through documents illuminated by the incandescent bulb of a desk lamp and the moonlight. Static crackles through tunes playing on a portable radio as you parse data. 

  • Unusual diagrams and photographs draw you in as you cull eerie details from archived files. 

  • Will you search for the truth?

Hey, are you awake in there? I know. The transition to the night shift can be tough, but I'm sure you'll adjust in time. Everyone does - or we hire another.

-The Supervisor

As a TEREBRO INC. Risk Assessment & Management Data Processor, you protect the company’s legacy.

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        Urgency mounts in the small hours. Your supervisor, looming via intercom, leads you through a long-buried episode from the company’s past.         

        Equipped with GPS, encoder device, and more, can you
reckon with what lays bare on your desk; will you set right a
decades-old wrong?

WELL-DESIGNED LANGUAGE-BASED TASKS

LOGICAL & MATH-BASED PUZZLES

PHYSICAL MANIPULATION OF DOCUMENTS

STREAMLINED INTERFACE

PACED PROGRESSION THROUGH NARRATIVE

IMMERSIVE AUDIO DESIGN & SOUNDTRACK

OPTIONAL SUBTITLES

Vintage computer terminal with a pixel warlock on it. Retro video game style.
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Set against the Mississippi River in 1986, Things Too Ugly twists experimental narratives within a challenging puzzle game. Wielding retro technologies, nostalgic aesthetics, and environmental horror, Things Too Ugly delivers a tense, interactive story.

black and white image of the moon
handwritten text that says, "cross your fingers!"
3d model of a gps from the game Things Too Ugly. The screen shows  an imaginary location that says "Oscar", the fauna was tested, and chemicals were present.
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Open Incident File
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features an entirely
original soundtrack.

Things Too Ugly utilizes experimental approaches to audio design to communicate the wild timbres of the Midwest. The in-game atmosphere is shaped by unconventional vocalizations and sound effects both invented and captured in the real world.  Samples range from manufactured clanking noises of household objects to backyard crows, frogs, and the wind.  

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