HOPE is a Bitsy game about learning to rely on others and fighting against hopelessness, together.
⚠️ cw: anxiety, self-deprecation, depiction of a panic attack, some mature language
use wasd or arrow keys to move and interact
click on the title screen at the beginning if it’s unresponsive at first ⚠️
HOPE is a collaboration between game designer Cecile Richard and punk band Cable Ties.
It was made as part of the Victorian Music Development Office's initiative to bring indie bands and indie game developers together in Victoria, Australia.
The game was produced by Maize Wallin.
"Hope" is a track from Cable Ties' newest album Far Enough.
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god. relatable. so good.
I do get all in my head sometimes, when it would really make more sense to call someone and talk. I haven't really cultivated those kinds of relationships though.
My last move was just like this. Amazing.
I love the idea of bringing game devs and musicians together to jointly promote one another. I'm all for that and would love to see more of it!
HOPE is a simple game that deals with complex issues, and it does it in such a succinct, fun and yet fabulously hard-hitting way. Depression and anxiety are issues that so many people deal with on a regular basis, and any game that helps spread awareness of how that feels, and also the best way to help, is a winner in my book!
So play this. Enjoy the great music (maybe check the band out too). Lean back. Take a breath. Think about whether anyone you know might need a helping hand with something. Or whether you're the one that needs a helping hand.
Honestly, games like this uplift me so much and fill me with... funnily enough... hope. Great stuff, really enjoyed it, hopefully many other people come across this and feel the same way!
What did you use to make it?
the sound cues ~
Somehow this really hits home, I had to pause for a minute.
I really loved this game. It spoke to me very personally. It almost felt like i was the character. I cried during the panick attack scene. It was really well done, good and simple design with a short and beautiful story. I also love the message in the end. Thanks for giving some hope !
Really Cool little game, enjoyed messing around with it
So sweet and evocative! The music didn't play for me but it might be something to do with my settings. I love how much you were able to do in bitsy, and the retro look! The panic attack was so relatable, great job of evoking those feelings while keeping the game still hopeful overall.
Stuck on the title screen,; kept clicking & refreshing. It isn't working.
have u pressed WASD or arrow keys at all?
I believe you press E instead or a certain ke
An aesthetically pleasing game. I love that…
Super lovely! I'm really glad I played it.
Beautiful game and I´m so proud that exist game devs like you that really cares about convey true emotions through videogames!. Playing this really made my day :)
love the vibe, the end made me feel happy :)
Just wanted to say your game made me cry.
I don't usually cry. Thank you.
this is the simplest FUN game i have seen in a while :)
this was so beautiful and wholesome. left me in a hopeful headspace. thanks :)
Love the design and colors in this!!!!!
I dig this game and the music. Good work.
Very cool game, I like it!
Short but really cute game !
That's fantastic. I like the short but warm story. Thanks for making it!
so so beautiful, the colors, the pixel art, everything
i’ve had a few panic attacks lately, and the way you captured that encroaching feeling of panic was so brilliant. i knew it was coming when i saw all that clutter and the walls closing in. so good. thank you for this :)
thank you so much for this beautiful, hopeful game <3 <3 <3 and for the precious reminder that we don't always have to do everything by ourselves or face anything alone, and that it's okay to rely on others and be helped <3 I love your work so much and am so happy to be able to play another game by you! :D (also, the music/song by Cable Ties at the end of the game absolutely rocks, it makes me feel so free <3) thank you!!!!!
A relatable experience and a good game to cheer those in doubt of themselves.
This game is so cool looking and very inspiring!!! I really wanna make a game nowww
played this right after moving in with a friend after moving around in weird craigslist rentals for several years. so glad to know im not the only mess out here, but also so glad to know we all have someone who has our backs. this is lovely and put a big smile on my face.
This was an awesome game. While the music at the very beginning hurt my ears a bit but everything else was awesome. Thank you.
thanks for the appreciation. would you be okay editing your comment a little bit? i don't really appreciate random mentions of/making light of sexual assault in my comments, even if that's not the intention. cheers!
I got a good chunk of confidence after playing it.
So ... thanks for this.
This is so good!!
I liked it very much, loved the music
This was probably the simplest game i've ever played that left a mark on me. The art style is so simple, yet so stylish and nothing like i've ever seen before. The music is on a whole nother level, tying along with each part with the story and impacting the experience in the most desirable way possible!
I didn't just make a gameplay video like everyone else but also added a bit of depth to it, so as to tell the same story, but in a video format. For anyone who's willing to spend a few minutes play a game but dont know what to play, stop looking, here's where's the gold's at.
thanks so much for playing! just watched the video— it's great! really love the little changes you made to fit the video format. love your interpretation of the friend too, i laughed a lot!
Amazing solutions and tricks for a Bitsy game. So much to learn from! The art is fantastic, and the music is really cool (a great initative to bring indie bands and indie game developers!)
Loved it! The illustration is super creative and fitting for the game's themes. Great music as well!
Outstanding job Cecile! I adored this game. It was short and sweet and the art is aaamazing bro. <3