A downloadable game for Windows and Linux

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Six months ago, Aspen Draper’s elderly neighbour, Mrs Leigh, died from a heart attack. Aspen was the last person to see Mrs Leigh alive, and she was the first person to find the old woman’s body.

After this unfortunate discovery, Aspen becomes something of a celebrity in her dreary seaside home town, Scarborough. She’s bombarded with intrusive questions about Mrs Leigh’s death every day, and her friends are insatiably curious about the incident. Despite Aspen’s best efforts, she’s unable to move on from the past, even as time passes.

The winter months segue into the summer, but Mrs Leigh’s home remains unsold. Eventually, the house is boarded up, and rumours begin to spread that it’s haunted by her restless ghost. Then, during a sleepover with her friends Pippa and Lakhi, Aspen is made to confront her fears all over again. Pippa dares Aspen to break into Mrs Leigh’s home to search for this elusive ghost, and Aspen is too weak-willed and anxious to refuse.

Under the cover of the night, Aspen returns to Mrs Leigh’s home - but she doesn’t find eerie spectres awaiting her arrival. Instead, she meets a strange girl called Althea, who seems to know more about Aspen than any stranger ought. Aspen soon finds herself enchanted by the beautiful Althea, and she resolves to discover who (or, indeed, what) she really is.

  • 50k words of text
  • Around 3-4 hours of reading
  • A kinetic storyline with no choices/branches
  • Detailed backgrounds and CGs
  • 1080p display
  • An original soundtrack inspired by The Cure
  • A haunting, eerie atmosphere
  • A sweet lesbian romance story suitable for all ages
  • It’s the only visual novel set in Scarborough!!! (probably)

Please note: this VN is not compatible with macOS Catalina. Older mac versions should be fine.

Updated 22 days ago
PlatformsWindows, Linux
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(19 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
TagsAnime, Atmospheric, Creepy, Dark, Female Protagonist, Gay, Horror, Romance, Short, Yuri
Average sessionA few hours
LanguagesGerman, English, Chinese (Simplified)


Buy Now$6.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

Rituals_in_the_Dark-1.0-market.zip 368 MB

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I adore the visuals in this! 

The art is very pretty! The artist did a really good job! <3


Excellent atmosphere, along with quality art, writing, and of course music. The ending was both sweet and surprising, serving as a clever second twist on an expected first one. So yeah, great stuff as always!

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Deeep huuge bow to you, Ebi-hime-sama, for this beautifull piece.

I had enormous pleasure reading it. 

Besides english isnt my native language, and recently for some particular reasons i had a large share of reading gruesome engRish texts, and after this your RitD was like a breath af fresh mountain air after a ride at the bottom of an overstuffed dump-truck (i bet, you didnt expect mentioning dumptrucks in a praising comment hehe:-D).

Seriously, thank you for your (as always) astonishing, atmospheric and soul-filled work.

Oh, and give my best regards to Mr Darksin for his amazing artwork (really, what a cuties :3)

Ah thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it!
I spent a lot of time editing and rewriting the dialogue so it would all flow naturally, I'm glad it paid off! >_<

Dont know about the others, but for uneducated non-native me it definitely paid off.

And btw if you dont mind clarify some thing that haunts me in the nights - whats the story with "outside.png", "outside2" and warp-connected houses? :-D

Aspen and Mrs Leigh's homes are described as semi-detached in the story, but the background artist didn't draw it correctly (he drew them as two separate houses), and I didn't notice the mistake when I first received the BG.
While coding the story 2 years later, I finally noticed the mistake in the BG. However, since the BGs were done so long ago, I didn't want to bother the artist about it, so I decided to edit it myself. The edit isn't done very smoothly, but I figured it wouldn't be too noticeable in-game because sprites are always layered on top of this BG.
I forgot to delete the first outside.png image, so it's still in the BG folder, but it never gets used in the story because it doesn't match the text. outside2.png is the more 'accurate' version.

Well, here, if you still need it


Its also some photoshop-scribbles, but maaaybe you'll find it a liiiitle more seamless😁

Oh, this looks a lot better than the very jank version I made! Thank you very much, that was kind of you!
If you don't mind, I'll replace the bg in the current build with this much improved version. I appreciate it a lot! >_<

Absolutely stunning! I haven't had the pleasure to finish it YET but I will for sure devore it when I get a chance. I love the characters and setup. Uuuhg I can't wait to see what happens! 

I did buy the steam version because achievements but figured here could use a review too lol. I also made a video


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Thank you! I'm glad you like it so far! I tried to put a lot of emphasis on the general ~atmosphere~ (maybe at the expense of the plot and the characters hahaha), so I hope it pays off!

*Sees Ebi has a new relaese*buys without hesitation*is not disapointed*

A nice story about growing up and relationships, with a slightly spooky atmosphere.  Nice twist at the end. Now I want to know what happens with them after!


Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it! >_<
I'm sure they'll have a relatively happy relationship, even if one party has a bit of a sadistic streak haha ;;

Awesome artsytle!

The art is by:

I think they did a great job!

I'd love to know who did the music too?

The music is by