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Lyssophobia [ lis-uh-foh-bee-uh ] 
- noun (Psychiatry): 
1. A pathological fear of going insane. 

Lyssophobia is a psychological horror game where you will:
- experience a constant sense of ominous foreshadowing; 
- know things without even knowing that you already knew them; 
- play a game to play the game inside the game; 
- recover the memories of your deeds; 
- understand what going insane without losing your mind is like... 
and be terrified by the mere thought of it. 

This game is a physical manifestation of a horrifying and disturbing story revolving around the darkest meanders of the human psyche.
The screenshots have carefully been chosen to contain as less spoilers as possible. 
A lot of twists and 4th wall breaking "special features" have to be experienced first-hand to be fully appreciated and enjoyed.
The less you know the better.

Minimum system requirements:

  • O.S.: Windowsยฎ 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10
  • CPU: Pentiumยฎ III 800 MHz or higher
  • Screen resolution: 1280x720
  • Free hdd space: 800MB
  • Free ram space: 1GB
  • GPU memory: 128MB
  • DirectXยฎ: DirectXยฎ 8.0 or higher

Some antivirus softwares may block you from executing big-sized self-extracting archives. If you encounter any issues running or downloading the "self-extracting" version, download the "portable zip" version instead. After extracting all its content into a new folder, run the file "Lyssophobia.exe" to start the game. 

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Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(30 total ratings)
AuthorAndrea Pignataro
Tags2D, Atmospheric, Horror, Mystery, Psychological Horror, secrets, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Surreal, weird
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
LinksTwitter, Patreon


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Lyssophobia.exe (self-extracting) 168 MB
Lyssophobia.zip (portable zip) 157 MB


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This game was terrifying, and I absolutely loved it! I The atmosphere was fantastic, and the visuals and music, and the way that they helped to create the atmosphere, were absolutely incredible! This is definitely one of your best games, and I'm really excited to play your other ones like it.


Wow! Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Great game dude, really enjoyed it. Glad there were no obnoxious jump scares, more like a creepy environment that has you constantly nervous to look around corners and into dark hallways. Anyone looking to spend 1-2 hours playing a psychological thriller should love this game


Thank you! ๐Ÿ‘

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I just finished playing this game-- and I must say, this is absolutely phenomenal. I loved every second of it, even if it confused me some (which is good, makes a player more intrigued to keep playing). I really enjoyed the weirdness and atmosphere. There were times I really thought I saw something in the game, but it was just my imagination.  You did an excellent job on this, it was one of my favorites to play in a while! I hope to see more games like this made because I will play them. :)


Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ‘

It really means a lot to me when people enjoy my games and tell me about it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I suggest you try some other titles similar to this (even if they are completely different experiences) like "Black Tree Project" and "Ivory gardens of our past". Or, if want to play a longer one (still with the same style), be sure to check "Sleepthrough" out. You can find them all on my main page here: https://approductions.itch.io/

Thanks again! ๐Ÿ˜‰


There's always more to learn :) 


Thank you so much for the video! ๐Ÿ‘

Oh, and I'm so glad you managed to listen to the radio. It's an easy to miss thing, so this could even be the only existing let's play (finally) featuring the "whole thing"!

Thanks again! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜‰


"Why did you do that?"

Totally didn't expect that, but I probably should've after seeing the screen. Speaking of that, have you considered doing a horizontal flip on the image to further the "inside the computer" feeling?

Thank you for the video! ๐Ÿ‘
And no, the screen doesn't need to be flipped since it's not about you going inside your computer, but rather you experiencing a reality which stands outside of your PC (and inside your mind) until you quit the game. ๐Ÿ˜‰
You might better understand what I mean by playing these other games of mine (and if you enjoyed Lyssophobia, they're really something you don't want to miss):

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š


Will do!


I loved this game ! It made me paranoid even after it ended XD

I was looking for clues in the endscreen :D

Great Job Andrea !

btw: what's with the deer ? I didn't fully get its meaning !

this is my gameplay btw ( it took me a while to edit and it was a pleasure to tbh)

Thank you so much for the video! ๐Ÿ‘ 
I'm really glad you enjoyed it! 
About the deer, well, it's a female deer, a "hind"... "be-the-hind"... "behind". 
Let's just say there something (or better, someone) behind you while you play the game. All the time. 
Remember the first words ever displayed on your screen when you started playing the game. 
... who's really playing the game? ๐Ÿ˜‰ 


Such a unique game! I haven't played one quite like it before.  Really creepy and the lack of 360 movement adds to that experience. I really enjoy games that don't rely on constant jump scares to spook me, and this was one of those games! 

He's my playthrough:


Thank you! ๐Ÿ‘ I'm glad you enjoyed it!๐Ÿ˜„

Please, feel free to check "Black Tree Project", a shorter game I made before this one, which shares a lot of things with Lyssophobia:

Oh, if you happen to go back to Lyssophobia (and this is a hint I'm giving to everyone), just remember to fully listen to the radio, both times you meet it in the "clickable dimension". It tells you a couple of interesting facts.๐Ÿ˜‰


This was so amazing! I haven't played anything like this before and I loved every single moment of it, it was so eerie. How long have you been working on this game? :D

I don't know if you've heard of Game Development World Championship before (gdwc2019) but it's a competition for indie game developers where they can submit their games and it's free! It's great if you want some more visibility for the game and it only takes a couple of minutes to join :)


Thank you!
Developing this game into a playable form took me about a month, but all my released projects, included Lyssophobia, are always the result of a long researched and thoroughly thought process.
I didn't know about the GDWC, thank you for letting me know about it. ๐Ÿ‘
I just joined with a Lyssophobia entry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

That's great! :D


If you, denizen of the internet are reading this and are looking for a surreal brand of psychological horror then this game is for you

Thank you!๐Ÿ‘ I wholeheartedly agree! ๐Ÿ˜„

This is very interesting. I liked the forth wall break and how the game makes use of it.

Here's my channel for other games I have played: http://www.youtube.com/c/Levont

Thank you! ๐Ÿ‘


I am paranoid. I am insane? I am a murderer? I am... I don't know who I am.

Lyssophobia is a point and click mystery game where we don't know who to believe, what happened or where we go from here.

It's also a masterpiece of horror shenanigans, with an ending that knocks your socks off! Andrea, you're a genius, and please never stop making amazing games like this one!

Everyone else, if you haven't added this to your playlist please do it now! It's definitely worth your time!


Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ‘
It really means a lot to be so appreciated after all the hard work making a game like this requires.
And I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Thanks again for the video! ๐Ÿ˜‰