A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Ghost Hospital is a game about anxiety, depression, despair, mental rock bottoms, and, of course, ghosts. You play as Robin, a twelve-year-old girl who has an anxiety disorder and is very much alive in this hospital meant for beings that are not alive. Frankly, her anxiety was already bad enough before she landed in a hospital full of dead people, the still-shambling shells of ancient ghosts who try to take her down for a sweet taste of life, and the hospital directors hellbent on keeping her contained, and more importantly, away from the reason she's REALLY there.
Thankfully, you have your new friends Jay and Sarcastic Ghost- Jay is a ghost about your age, and still a very new arrival to the hospital, and Sarcastic Ghost…well, he's an amorphous blob of a ghost, who talks a lot despite not having a mouth.
Lead Game, art, and story director: Lev Lefton
Assistant Developers: Tredlocity, C / Ghoultreats
Assistant writer: Rosemary Arnold
Assistant concept artist: Maggie K.
Music: Kendall Mcintosh, CMDonovann
Other music: TeknoAXE, Sim Gretina, Aaron Spencer
RPG Maker Resources: Yanfly, Victor, Freepik
Special thanks: Rob Kvacek, zephror, Nitro Rad
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- Halloween development update!Oct 31, 2018
- 1.2.0 Halloween Update!Oct 30, 2018
- Minorest Update YetOct 15, 2018
- 1.1.0 and a feature on Super Eyepatch Wolf!Oct 15, 2018
- About saving...Aug 28, 2018
- 1.0.9Aug 27, 2018
- 1.0.8Jul 25, 2018
- Post-review update!Jul 23, 2018
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Hi, I'm running Linux and having problems getting this game working, and I was hoping you could help. Here is the error message in the window:
And here is the output of the program when run through my terminal (bash; with my name removed): https://pastebin.com/b0P0kQa7
Thanks in advance.
a question: how can I have the hallowen uptade? I downloaded the 1.2.0 version and it doesn't come with the uptades... what should I do? D:
The halloween update was more of a progress report than an add-on. As much as I'd like to release the game incrementally, I plan to have a full release, and it'd probably be annoying for people to continually figure out how to migrate their saves. Keep an eye out, though, I plan to have the full version ready by this fall!
I just played the game a few days ago and I wanted to say I LOVE IT!!! I have an anxiety disorder and I can relate to Robin sooo much. I love her as a character and the battle functions are really unique with her.
Honestly, I just made an account to write this and say keep doing what your doing! The game is amazing and I look forward to the full game in the future!!
Thank you! I'm glad this game resonates so much with you, hearing people say this makes the whole thing worth it! Thank you very much, and I'll keep updating!
Quick question: does the demo allow me to transfer save to the completed version (whenever that is done)?
Good question! Unfortunately I'm not currently aware on a way to do that with RPG maker, but it's one of my concerns too. I'll do my best to find a way to do that!
Using Mac, demo 1.2.0. Can't save -- game just bleeps and no save is made. Entering the options menu crashes the game when I back out. Error message attached.
What I've seen looks interesting, so I'm looking forward to playing the game proper.
put it on your desktop, it had something to do with being able to access files easier, it should save after that
Hey there, it's probably because RPG maker is weird and very particular- try moving the game to your desktop or into the documents folder and see if that helps. Thanks!
i like the game.
got the full game, but it ended on a cliffhanger, so it's not even a full game! It's more like a demo!
Well, that's because it is a demo! I hope to release the full game later this year, though, so hang tight! Thanks!
I don't like the game... because i haven't played it yet =P.
Jokes aside I want to download this, but I am in a country where internet is expensive to get... hopefully i'll experience this game soon
I hope so too, and I hope you'll enjoy it way more than I enjoyed that joke. :U
I apologize.. seems like it wasn't well received. I got a friend to help me download it. So I'm going to try it out today.
I apologize... seems like the joke wasn't well received. Anywho, I downloaded this with my campus wifi.
I like it already. Don't mind a little suggestion, but I wonder if you could make it compatible with a joystick?
Donated 5$, i hope this project thrives!
Thought this game was super good, I loved the story, and didn't have any issues besides the game freezing on me for a few seconds but it didn't happen often so it was a great experience. Honestly the main character is relate able to even those who have minor depression or anxiety I feel, you guys are great keep up the good work.
Thank you! I'm glad that you're able to relate to the story, and I'm currently looking into ways to optimize the game's speed! I hope you enjoy the full product just as much!
I TRIED TO SAVE MY GAME BY TALKING TO THE GIRL AT THE FRONT DESK/COUNTER AND WHEN I WANTED TO SAVE, THERE WAS THIS WEIRD NOISE THAT CAME UP WHENEVER I TRIED SAVING.
I've seen other people with this problem. Your issue might be that the game files are stored in a place the engine is having trouble writing to. Try moving the game folder/file to either to desktop or the documents folder. Let me know if this helps!
HELLO, WHENEVER I TRIED TO GO TO KEYBOARD CONFIG., THIS ERROR WOULD ALWAYS POP UP AND THE SCREEN WOULD JUST FREEZE.
I kept getting this error when I enter Carna's room, after a few lines of dialogue between Robin, Jay, and Carna. Sarc. Ghost began talking and Carna spoke about him joining the corrupted or something (I didn't have enough time to read it) ,then this came up. Making the scene blurry but you can still play the game to some extent. I even skipped the blurry dialogue to see if the game will (maybe) clear up, when I fought her. But no, I defeated her with a blurry scene.
I think deleted something on accident or messed up the settings. I don't know.
Hmm, that's strange. What platform are you playing this on?
The .ogg should be in there by default...I'm not sure what the deal is, but it seems like you're playing on an older build! I hate to ask you to redownload and start all over, but the problem is almost definitely fixed in the newest build. There's a chance you can copy your save file over to the new game, but I can't speak to how well it would work. I wish I could help you more, but it's very hard for me to go back and edit an old build! Sorry!
This was a great game super good story and art, i did however notice a bug. when you enter carna's office it asks you if you want to enter again i think this may only happen on the right door. this game was still fantastic, can't wait for future updates!
found this through super eyepatch wolf and i absolutely loved it, really digging the characters and the gameplay mechanics, i'll be following this game's development and i'm very much looking forward to seeing the full game.
also, what is that little blue thingy under jays mouth supposed to be? is it drool? is it a soulpatch? is it some type of weird, ghostly essence? i genuinely can't tell and it has been keeping me up for nights on end, please tell me i just wanna sleep again.
Haha, it's ectoplasm drool! Most ghosts have some ectoplasm drool, it just means they're producing healthy amounts of ectoplasm. Rest easy, friend.
I really enjoyed the demo! The story was really interesting and the art and designs were very cute! But there was a few things I felt that could be fixed. First, once the ghost teammate KO'ed none of the items work on him to heal it and it's kinda just left useless, so I feel like there should be an item to heal him. Second, it starts to feel a bit tedious and repetitive to kill a monster get a key, enter the next room over, and then just do that same thing about 8 times. I feel like there should be more exciting and different ways to find the keys instead of doing the same thing. Anyways, that is just my opinion at least I am very excited to see the full game. ^^
Looking at it...yeah, I completely forgot my fix for no Ghost Revival items. I'm going to quickly put out a patch for that, thank you for catching that!
I've gotten similar complaints about that puzzle, too- expect a reworked version in the full game, if not a later demo update.
In the linux build you need to make sure your font files are named case sensitive, I was getting a error: failed to load gamefont. This is because the .ttf file wasn't the same case sensitive as the font name in the .css file. The casing was not exactly the same. once i change it, the game runs! (fixed in picture below)
I REALLY LOVE THIS GAME!!! JUST AFTER PLAYING THE DEMO I CANT WAIT FOR MORE!!
Sadly i was one of the victims of the no-saving issue.(I run on Mac) But I managed to play the whole game without dying! :D This is a really incredible game and I can't wait to see what the finished product looks like!!! Keep up the Fantastic work and have an outstanding and fantastic day!!!
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the demo so much- I'm definitely going to have to check up on what the issue with that is, hopefully it's something that can be easily fixed.
i had the same issue with another rpg maker game on mac, i asked the creator and they said it was an issue with the files being hard for the mac to read, they suggested i put it on my desktop and the game saved fine, did the same with Ghost Hospital and it also saved.
Really really enjoyed this. Gonna feature it on the you tube channel Super Eyepatch Wolf.
Hey dude just watched your vid and came here to download the game, been watching your stuff for quite a while now while now and you have quickly become my favourite youtuber out there and i cant wait for more content
Thank you so much!!! I can't believe I didn't see it earlier, I'm really glad you enjoyed it!!
It's a superb game with likeable characters, I have little reason not to like this game. Good job man, I'm excited for an updated demo, and definitely the finished product.
I have problems with downloading this.
It fails everytime i try.
Really? That's strange, I've never heard of a problem with downloading...are you sure it's not just when you're trying to open or save it? If the issue is downloading it to start with, it could be a problem with your connection. Try checking your connection or restarting your router, maybe, and if that doesn't work, maybe talk to your ISP or Itch customer service. Wish I could do more to help, sorry!
An RPGMaker game with a GameBoy Color style! Very interesting! I hope to see how far this goes while also inspiring other RPGMaker users to use the GameBoy Color style, too.
Thank you! I see a lot of people aiming for NES or SNES, and having grown up on handheld consoles, I wanted to try and aim closer towards the GBC. I'm glad you like it, and I hope I inspire other developers to use the gameboy aesthetic, too!
I was messing around with buttons and I got this message.
And also, the save function is not working.
Yea, I get the exact same message too when I try to save or change my settings. Maybe it's because I'm using a Mac tho, what are you using?
Same here, I get the buzzing noise when i try to save, and this error message has also popped up a couple times :(
Another bug is that Arnie lets you walk past him in the beginning of the game. just a small bug.
First meeting Sarcastic Ghost there is a bug when talking to Sarcastic Ghost where the dialog doesn't always pause and wait for you to hit enter, so as a result you cant read all the text. Windows version 1.0.8
Great game. I just made a payment towards it bc I really want to encourage you to finish it. I finished the demo, I am really anxious to find out how the story ends. Please continue this.
Hi! This game is really cool and amazing, but for some reason I can't save at the save point. I pressed all the keys on my keyboard, and most of them didn't work but the few that were used for the game only emitted that dull beep and nothing was saved. I've tried all the keys on my keyboard and even clicking on the file I want to save on with my mouse.... and when I went to keyboard configuration it just gave me a line of code and said there was an error.. Please help..!
Really? Hm...I'm testing it myself, and I'm not seeing those issues. What platform are you playing on, and where are you saving from?
Well I'm using a Mac OS 10, so maybe that's the problem.... I tried saving from the lady behind the receptionist's counter where she asks you if you want to save. I'm sorry if I'm being a bother, but I've tried playing it without saving but died almost immediately and had to go through the entire introduction again...
Oof, sorry to hear that. I'm going to look at the engine itself- as far as I can tell, the issue isn't stemming from the game, I'd say updating your system would be a good thing to try too.
I just played through v 1.0.8 and I'm in love!!! Quick question, is there anyway to access the sprites of the characters? I've been wanting to make aesthetics/icons with them but I can't find them anywhere...
Hey there! There should be copies on them available on the development blog, ghosthospitalgame.tumblr.com- if there aren’t, let me know and I can post some. Link or tag me with em when you make them, haha!
Nice looking game. I havn't tried it yet but I can already tell it looks promising!
AAAAAAAA v 1.0.8 is awesome!! I love this game! I love its style, I love its characters, and I love the music! There's one major flaw from me (which might just be my computer i'm not really sure).
The music doesn't always sinc up. Like i'll walk into the corridor next to the main hospital room (with the save person and the 'shop keepers') and the music will fade out but the new music for the area won't come in for a while. And if you're quick to battle down there, sometimes the battle music doesn't even get a chance to play. It ends up being dead silent besides the sound affects.
Now for the things done AWESOME!
First off, the anxiety. Or whatever that red text is. It's so awesome how it pops up out of nowhere. like when your reading the posters in the hospital rooms! I checked every door in the beginning of the game and I was shocked how the anxiety afflicted the character! It was... interesting to say the least! (It's like I love to hate it, y'know?)
Secondly, The sprites! Oh how I love your sprites. I didn't even take in the coolness of Carna's design until the boss fight and WOW! Oh the details were amazing! And the corrupted sprites make you feel scared, yet sorry for them, and also give some OFF vibes! The supporting characters are great too: especially the lunch lady! I love her hypnotic-looking eyes! And the security guard who wants a sandwich looks pretty neat as well! Even the simpler designs like Doctor Boe(?) look like nothing I've seen before! I didn't even get to the main characters! The highlights of the hair and the dribble that comes out of all the ghost's mouths are super neat! And Robin just has a great ray of expressions from her excited to her anxious.
Sorry if this review is too positive or not giving enough criticism but i'm pretty new at gaming and comenting on it overall.
Oh and one last thing! I'm not sure how but on my first playthrough I managed to walk straight past the security guard on the right and see the room. I didn't get very far because I didn't know what the corrupt soul was yet and walked right next to it and died real quick. But after that I couldn't go there. So maybe it was a glitch? I'm not really sure.
Thank you! Even positive feedback is helpful, don’t worry, being specific about the things you think someone does right is a big help to know about! And thanks for letting me know about those bugs, I’ll take a look at them as soon as I can. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
I finished the v1.0.8 demo after hearing great things about this game. I love this game and hope to play the full version when it releases, but I do have a small nitpick. It's nothing much, but when completing the v1.0.8 demo, it shows a demo v1.0.7 completion screen,
What an absolutely lovely game! I do hope to see the full game in the future. The story is really heartfelt, and the characters are lovely. I enjoyed the combat mechanics, and the layout is great too. I might have encountered the tinyest glitch where the 311 room key didn't dissapear from my inventory after using it, but otherwise it worked great!
I downloaded the 0.1.8.5 mac version of the game, but it will not let me save, or change the keyboard configuration, I really want to play this game, but without a save system this game is pretty much unbeatable for me, hope you can fix this!
Hey there, I’m not gonna be able to provide a fix for this for a while- this isn’t a game where you can save anywhere, it’s just a certain point, unless that isn’t working either. I’ll take a look at the keyboard config when I get a chance.
I accidentally downloaded the 0.1 version while the 1.x version was down and found the game cute but ultimately lacking a lot of polish, which really took away from the enjoyment.
Now that I've played and finished the 1.0.8 version after I realized my mistake, I only have two things to ask : when does it release ? And for how much ?
Haha, thank you! Yeah, the 0.1 was more of a beta or a proof of concept than a final game. With a bit of luck i’ll have it by October, but failing that, sometime early 2019. I’m thinking maybe 7.99 pricewise? I could be underselling myself, though, haha! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
I am incredibly impressed. I heard about this from Nitro Rad, and as someone diagnosed with Severe Depression and Generalized Anxiety disorder.. wow. It was almost scary how much I related to this game. Absolutely genius game design, the incorporation of anxiety into the game combat was so realistic that I couldn't believe it was even real. Will this ever have a full release? If so, do you have any idea when that would be? Is there a way to donate to this project? This was life changing.. thank you. What an amazing proof of concept.
Wow, I’m glad you related to it so well! Yeah, I just wanted to take a dofferent approach from how a lot of mental illness games do it- instead of making you just sympathize, it puts you in the shoes of someone who has it and makes you directly empathize. As I’ve said, I’m hoping for an October releasw date, but if that’s too tight, then keep an eye out in early 2019. The game is currently pay-what-you-want, and I’m a bit hesitant about taking this to kickstarter, but I’ll see if i can put a link to my Ko-fi somewhere on the page! If you can’t donate monetarily, then just spread the word! Thank you so much!