A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
Robin is a short slice of life game that was made to give some visibility to an invisible illness - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. What you decide to do in the 3 days is up to you, but know that there is never such a thing as a perfect ending.
UPDATE: We now have a Mac version! Thanks to everyone for your support! <3KEY FEATURES:
- Your choices matter - 3 different endings
- Beautiful animations
- Pastel colour palette with low-poly art style
- Unique illustrations throughout
Robin was made by a group of 2nd year game design students at Media Design School.
Windows: Unzip the folder and run Robin.exe file.
Mac: Unzip the folder and run Robin Mac Version.
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Let me start out by saying: Thank you.
I live with narcolepsy and struggle to find a way to explain it to people. This game, though based on a different sleep/immune disorder, does an absolutely fantastic job of explaining the limits placed on me and others with chronic disorders like this.
Thank you so much for making this wonderful game. This is the first of it's kind I've seen and I always get excited when sleep disorders get some attention from creators like you. This is amazing in every way and if I could shake your hand I would.
Thank you so much!
First, before I write this review, I just want to apologize in advance to those who will watch my video. I realized I did not take the subject matter as seriously as I should've and I want to let you know how sorry I am. I will make sure to be more serious when I play games like this.
This game is pretty good. I like how the game puts you in the shoes of someone who is suffering from CFS, It helps the player get a glimpse of how someone suffering with CFS goes about their day. It's a clever and creative way to use video games to raise awareness and to put things in perspective. There should really be more games like this. If you wanna know what I'm referring to, I suggest you play the game yourself.
If you want, you can watch my playthrough of the game below:
If you liked what you saw, check out my channel by clicking the link below:
As someone with CFS, it was really heartwarming to see this game. Thankyou.
Here is a review I wrote on this game:
This gave me a sad vibe and I love it. I was able to share my insights, my opinion about what could happen to people who suffer from this disease/problem and I'm happy that I've played this game.
I felt an incredible urge to never let my bird friend go unfed, at the cost of my own physical and mental health o-o I have no regrets ever.
This was a neat little game, with a great message! Thanks for making it!
I also made a let's play. Hope it helps!
I really like games that do show something more than just a gameplay, games with some kind of message. I'm glad you made it and I hope for more stuff like this ^^
Howcome i cant download omg!!!!! so fustrating!!!!!!????
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Was a great game explaining the life of a CFS person. Loved the concept and made a small video about the game.
This IS AMAZING thank you so much for making a game about CFS. I've always wanted to make a game but don't know how and I'm only 15. it would be AMAZING if this got more detail into cfs and more about are lives especially for children with it. <3 <3 <3 <3 :)
I played this game from your gamejolt page and I didn't realize it was on here too! Just wanna say that this was a nice game and experience. I knew about CFS and this brought more of an insight on the life of someone who has this syndrome. Good job on the execution!
"Robin" was a great little experience of an Indie game!
I had heard of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the past, but I never really got more of an understanding of it until playing this game. Not only was it educational, I also really enjoyed the mechanics and the art direction of the project; it made everything so simple and relatable without being overly complicated.
Kudos to you students at Media Design School, looking forward to playing anything else you guys make in the future!
As an FMS sufferer, it was lovely to see someone put daily struggles into this format.
I have self-diagnosed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and when I saw a play-through of this game on YouTube it made me feel validated and sympathized with enough to trigger bawling. That bawling and those emotions actually used up what little "energy" I was going to attempt to use to go out to eat with my husband tonight, who was looking forward to that meal all week. There's more to that than I'll say here, but yeah, another day stuck at home (like nearly everyday).
Every single day I play this game with my broken body and life, and the difficulty of making these types of decisions (minus working, which I haven't been able to do in years,) is only fractionally represented here, (but thankfully is). Because of what little I can do, (usually less than Robin here can,) I end up showering only twice a week on average. Three times a week feels like I'm making headway, and two days in a row makes me feel more normal than such a thing warrants. Often just showering and eating is all I can do in a day, if even that, (all too often it's only eating and going to the bathroom). The energy it takes to get up and make even a simple sandwich (with, sadly, disposable dishware and silverware,) is often too much, and at times I let myself go hungry for a bit, or not get up for the bathroom for a bit, because I don't want to use up that energy. I could go on and on. We built a house half a year ago, and I've been letting it get pretty dirty so that I can instead focus on trying to set it up, (hoping to put up at least one set of curtains this weekend). Folding laundry takes a whole day when I can do that, too. Social media is too stressful and exhausting, and even more is talking on the phone to a friend (just lost my last one,) and friends of course have their own problems, which I can't deal with, (not to mention others don't want to deal with mine). And books, or games, can be too taxing, (I binge on Netflix, sadly, which is my window into the wider world and a way to watch "people" for a greater social component to my life).
Sometimes I feel paralyzed about making the right choices with pushing myself to do anything. I agonize over it. I agonize over what I can or can't do, and even after ten years of knowing something is wrong with my health I still daily accuse myself, or at question myself, of being lazy, or not loving my husband enough to try harder for his sake. But when I'm genuinely afraid of stepping into the shower for fear I won't be able to make it through to the end or of just crying through it, or I'm hanging onto the sink or counter for support as I brush my teeth or make food, or when I'm crying because I want to be and do more for my husband, or myself, and that I feel inhumane and like a needy baby, I know that I shouldn't be as hard on myself as I daily am. I feel worthless, and like a burden who should just remove herself from my husband's life so he can go and find someone better for him. Doesn't help I was emotionally abused all my youth and made to feel my only worth is in serving others selflessly. Yes, I feel suicidal because of my broken body at times, (never will though, don't worry).
But it is encouraging to finally see some understanding and sympathy for those with my struggles, or those trying to get others to be more understanding and sympathetic (like with this game). It gives me some hope that I'll be more understood, and possibly helped, rather than be called (like I have) lazy, or accused of mooching off my husband, or keeping a dirty home, or of being a crazy shut-in, or of being somehow mentally ill. It pains me so much to be like I am, and then to face those accusations, both externally and internally, just makes it so much worse.
Thank you for this game. I'm glad to know I can give people a little window into my tortured world through it.
P.S. I used to have two pet birds that I felt very guilty about not caring for properly. At times I found, to my very guilt-ridden horror, that they had been for a day or two without water or food, and at times the smell of their cage would haunt me as I breathed it in on the nearby couch, (punishing myself by not moving further away at times). I'm not that kind of person, as bad and unforgivable as that is and seems, please believe me. One of them died of old age, happy and loved, and the other we had to give away a few months later in part because of my lack of better care, but mostly because he got so loud in his grief and loneliness after the first one's death, and I knew I had to give up on pet ownership, (though it has left a hole in my life and heart). If they were truly suffering because of me I'd have given them both away sooner, but they were surprisingly happy despite my unintentional negligence in those ways. So yeah, another way in which this game resembles my health struggles. I get more lonely without a pet, and I'd love to have my own dog like I've always wanted, but I simply can't be in charge of another's well-being when I can't take care of my own or my husband's.
I loved this and heavily related. Covered this on my channel. You can check it out if you want:
I have fibromyalgia and wow. This was so intensely accurate, I want the world to play this and know what life with any form of chronic fatigue is like.
I wonder what this would be like if there was an element of managing pain levels...
Great game! I enjoyed the theme of the game and animations x)
Very beautiful game and experience! Love the art!
I was thinking of making a game like this, but never has the energy to do it (ironic in a way).
I don't have chronic fatigue, but I do have Crohns disease, which has side effects of malnutrition and constantly being exhausted. Things like showering only happen if I have to go out that day and it's been more than 48 hours. Washing the dishes and putting my clothes in the washer? Forget about it.
I'm lucky to have someone who can pick up the parts that I can't, but even like that, life it tough. Thanks for making this game, its message is one that I can really relate to.
I loved this game, even though it was short it had a great story and message. There's a lot of illnesses that aren't focused on and are left in the darkness, but this game shined light on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which before this game I had no idea existed. I hope games with messages like this one, keep getting made.
I made a video on the game, I hope I did justice for the game, if you'd like you can check it out here: https://youtu.be/9w6BJ_hvWYc
Thank you for making this game I really enjoyed it
Hey! :) I really connected with this game, and I'm sure that was the creator's idea. A short but really, an amazing experience. If you would like to see what this game is about or would just like to see a chilled let's play of this game; then please watch this video below. :)
This is such a nice game ;v;
Is there a way to tip you guys or something?
You've truly captured the power of games as a medium with which to experience life from a different perspective.
Thank you all for the powerful experience, and for introducing me to Spoon Theory. Good luck in all your future projects.
Nice experience, Mac version is appreciated! ^^
Thank you, thank you guys so much for the Mac build :)
As soon as I saw the description of this game I downloaded it! Finally something to show what it's like to have chronic fatigue! I have Fibromyalgia, a cousin of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and I have had to deal with constant fatigue for 5 years now. Over the course of those 5 years people haven't been taking me seriously, sometimes not even my doctor, and I have been called lazy and an attention seeker. People have told it's all in my head or that I just need to sleep it off. Unfortunately that's not how chronic fatigue works. Hence the word 'chronic'.
I just want to say thank you for making this game! I hope a lot of people around the world will see and play this game and understand what it's like to always be tired. And maybe others will find recognition in this game.
I made a video of this game and talked about life with chronic fatigue in it.
I am in love with this little game but not in the way you might think. I gave up on doctors, they just throw antidepressants at you and expect it to pass, I gave up trying to succeed or doing everything I NEEDED to do that day and I started thinking I couldn't live with not being perfect. All this passed and I've learnt that if it's not done today it's okay, as long as you eat and remind yourself there are things to be done, a mental note if you will, you'll know you can succeed in work, life and love.
This little game shows the pain of not feeling like you're achieving your true potential, even though you physically can't and laying in bed at night not having any more energy but your brain still reminds you how shit you are.
Looks so so so good! Can't wait for that Mac build!
Can you please please please release it for Mac? I personally think this game looks really cool, so please release it for mac.
Can you put this on windows please?
The hidden value of the game may be in all the unrepresented implications. What's the accumulated cost of not working? Not speaking to friends or making new ones? Not consuming creative works as a creator or developing individual? To say nothing of the secondary upkeeps and what else they could be standing in for..
The energy setup is brutally effective. The end-of-day review is crucial.
Love the color, art style, and compositions.
Oh lordie me, washing dishes every day? What extravagance is this? I keep them in the mostly empty fridge and use them over a week or two. Next level CFS strats.
But otherwise thanks for a lovely illustration of what it's like. Maybe my jackass "yer lazy!" family will understand a little better after I stick them in a chair and get them to play it.