a short game about saying goodbye

game and art by jem j. sarmiento / artsybarrels

music by david valachovic / adenflorian


content warning: depression, suicide

sorry for the inconsistent art... i did an all-nighter and tried to finish all of the art in one WHOOSH because i got too excited.

Crisis Centers for Suicide Prevention

Release date Jul 06, 2018
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withTwine, Aseprite
Tagsdepression, family, Female Protagonist, filipino, minimalistic, suicide, Text based
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish, Tagalog
InputsMouse, Touchscreen


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I've played this game for a million times, yet it never fails to make me cry.


i love this game the music the art the mom (the mom is cool) IS SO GOOD

wow, iv only cried once playing a game, this is my 2 time. it hit hard 


I don't cry when playing games, but this just hit me like a train (sorry). It feels nice to see how certain people feel projected in a game


This is probably my third time playing and I can’t help but cry a little. The first time I played I cried my eyes out, you reminded me that there are steps one might have to take before saying goodbye. I forgot that not everyone could just leave and pass. I forgot that I would have to think about saying goodbye to certain family, neighbors, or just prepare to end it while that guilt eats me up. I think I might be depressed, I’m not suicidal but I’m scared it’ll get worse in the future and harder to deal with if I don’t get help. Thank you for this beautiful game.


This game truly hit me right in the heart. I've never once considered ending it but this game made me cry just imagining it happening. Thank you for making it. I am proud of you.


I was not expecting this game to affect (effect?) me as much as it did. It's nice to see that there is hope. I really appreciate this game <3


Affect is correct. That's all, good day!


thank you !!


This game hit me harder than I expected, it was mostly because I nearly ended up in the same place.

Don't worry, it was 2-3 years ago, I got the proper therapy and help I needed.

Thank you. I'm not being sarcastic, but thank you.


I appreciate the other option... it makes me feel that there is hope even if it feels like its too late

the screen is completely dark for me, all there is is the music?

yea same! im confused as heck!

nvm! its working now! i followed barrels!

For me it's the inverse?!

I can play it but I don't hear anything


She decided not to say goodbye today. Thank you for giving her that option.

Yep. My Ungoogled Chromium didn't work and using the official Chrome too. It only worked on Edge. Welp. At least I can play this.


this hit so close to home for me. I absolutly love the game though

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mhm same for me


I'm crying


That's so sad... I made a bad choice I think, but I did what I would have done. I want to know what happened before


this is just... wow. i want to see the rest of the story, really good! 


That's really sad but it's everything really meaningful and true. Just listen...sometimes can help. 


I can't help but want to play it again.....

It's reliable.

almost to reliable 


I'm glad that you'd like to play it again but I also hope that you're able to rely on yourself more.


I'm- Oh go- I can't stop the tears. I feel like you've been through my mind. Salamat.


Maraming salamat rin. Alagaan mo sarili mo.




I'm hoping it brought some hope as well. The game isn't supposed to just end on a hurting note. I hope you gained something positive from it as well. Thank you


This was a fantastic experience and has a very strong and accurate portrayal of depression and how daunting it can be. 

I love this.


I don't think I've said this enough but thank you




I'm glad you thought so


Wow! This game was truly something! I was thinking that doing all the nice things(Clearing the room etc) Will lead to a happy ending but it was the opposite! This game really gave tears to my eyes. Thanks a lot for making me understand the value of my life again :)


The gameplay is really simple and the limited choices are deliberate not just because I'm unable to create something more complex but it's also meant to invoke a specific feeling of helplessness. 

The game can be depressing but I really do hope that going through it helps people deal with their emotions. Being able to process it and hopefully gain more hope along the way. I'm glad it helped you and I hope you're doing well.


omfg i absolutly loved this game!!!

i thinks i never cried that much before...

this games just fully devasted me....in a billions pieces

i know what my next visual novel is gonna be about now

I hope it also devastated you in a good way. Also, hit me up with that visual novel once it's done :D

it's just a black screen for me  x-x

Oh no. May I know where you're playing it?

A windows 10 laptop, so sorry for the late reply!

What browser exactly? :O

I use a Windows 10 laptop as well and mostly use Brave or Google Chrome.

google chrome as well  :<


Hi! I tried it on Google Chrome again and it seems to be working?

For reference, I made the game on Twine and it's a HTML file.


This is so sad play despacito let me go back to 2017

2017 is a haze but I felt that


bro there are filipino words


It's because Filipino po ako.




Just let it all out. Crying can actually help ;; u ;;


first ever game that made me cry. thank you for making this.

Thank you for taking the time to play it and show your appreciation for the game <3




please stay hydrated!!!

i loved this because i feel it so deep


thank you please take care of yourself


The art was beautiful


i'm glad you liked it!!

Damn it, im cryin


make sure to drink water after


i love this


thank you ;u;




I am 17 years old almost 18. I have dealt with suicidal thoughts since I could remember. I always thought I was a burden and that any misfortune that fell on my mom was my fault. I got sexually abused when was 4 by cousin of my stepdad. Then when I was 15 up until I was 16 by my stepdad who I had know all my life and considered my father. When I finally told my mom, everything that I held in and ignored came out. My thoughts of suicide became so loud that I could not ignore anymore. And at times everything becomes too much for me that I can't function normally. And I wish I could reach out to my mom but she has so much on her plate that have to comfort myself. If I ever have anxiety or a panic attack I calm myself down. But it always comes back without fail. No matter how much I want to end it I remind myself how selfish I am. And although I feel guilt and shame for having those thoughts I have stay for my mom who has been through so much for me. But I unfortunately feel so alone.

 It was so beautiful and I has struck a chord within me. I am very thankful for this game.


Ive had suicidal thoughts for awile now to, crying myself to sleep thinking about where ill end up, never really believed in god, but we all end up somewhere, whether it be a good job, or all over a sidewalk next to a building. But i have things in my life to keep me here, a caring bf and a stable family and life. Well im shaking because this is a sensitive topic for me and 1 of the 3 things that make me cry emotionally, so i hope your life gets better, and you dont end up like me, someone who wants to die, but is to scared to slide the knife.

I know it can be painful to live because we may be anchored by external forces. I used to think that the love people gave me is something bad and that they should stop giving me so much love so I can finally get rid of myself. 

Honestly, I still suffer from suicidal ideation and it takes me awhile before I can get back up.

But right now, I think I was wrong for convicting the love that people gave me. It's something they so openly gave and yet I kept thinking that it was nothing but a hindrance to my permanent rest and bliss. I still do want some rest but I think I've learned that I don't need to be gone so soon.

There's still a lot of things I want to learn, so many things I want to try to do once I'm better, so many stories I want to know, and so many things I want to create. These things I lose sight of when I'm back in that really dark abyss of self-loathing but time and time again the bonds that I have helped me remember. These bonds aren't exclusive to family and friends as well. There's much media I've consumed that helped on keeping me alive. I'm hoping that the stuff I make is something that can do that as well.

When you're having a hard time, I hope you give yourself more time to appreciate how far you've come and the people you cherish. I hope that you're able to find inner peace or at least find enough love and determination to keep going forward.

How are you now? 

I think I know how you feel when it comes to not being able to open up to others knowing that they're already struggling with their own problems. You have to learn how to deal with yourself and whatever's bringing you down. It's hard and it takes a lot of courage to keep going. I hope that you're doing better now and that you're able to say the things you want to say to the people important to you. 

Honestly, I think I've come to terms knowing that my depression will never really be gone. I don't think it'll be completely gone for anyone as well. Now it's just a matter of learning how to live with it and finding the things that give me life. Finding things that make me love myself again is something I'm trying my best to do everyday.

A lot of times I can't do this on my own and I am lucky to have friends and family. Not everyone is as fortunate. I hope that this past year you were able to healthily deal with loneliness, love yourself, and even gain more fruitful relationships that help you as a person.

Thank you for playing the game and I wish you the best.


This is so sad, Im glad there's a good ending

I hope you get a "good ending" in life as well. Please take care



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