The Thief, the Witch, the Toad and the Mushroom is a visual novel inspired by old folk tales like the original Brothers Grimm. It uses old art from the public domain that I’ve cobbled together. I’ve been working on this thing for about three years now so I’m extremely excited to be releasing it soon.

One of my big goals is to evoke the feeling I get from finding an old book. The author is long dead, and their perspective warps the events of the story in ways that seem strange and mysterious. Who told this story? Why did they tell it, and who was the intended audience?

At the time, maybe people would have immediately understood what message the story is trying to convey. But that message has grown twisted and arcane with time. The plot doesn’t follow the basic structures we’ve come to expect, and we don’t understand why it twists in the way it does. It’s sometimes funny, sometimes bizarre, and sometimes seems to hint at a sinister hidden meaning.

I’ll continue to post bits and pieces about it here until it’s complete. The demo is available now, so please give a try if you’re interested and let me know if you have any feedback!

Source: Indie DB