A girl wakes up in a strange facility with no memories of where she is or even who she is. Death traps are everywhere, some need to be deactivated, some can be avoided, and some are simply impossible to pass without dying. 

But death wasn't the end. Every time she died, a strange machine brings her back to life. 

It becomes clear that the only way for her to move forward through these horrible tests... is to die over and over again.

Death and Progress is a light horror game filled with puzzles and traps inspired by other Japanese horror RPG like Witch's House and Ib. Death is around every corner, but dying is not necessarily a bad thing, and sometimes it is the only way to proceed. Can you find your way through the traps?

WARNING: This game includes depictions of suicide (namely some puzzles requires the player character to kill themselves to proceed). There are also frequent scenes of blood and gore. Player discretion is advised.

My submission for the third Extra Credit Game Jam with the theme "Cycle". As the title suggests, this is the cycle of dying and making progress. It was pretty well received so I decided to make a full game with this concept, and this is now the demo for said game.

- Find your way out through a series of puzzles and traps

- Three stages with varying environments

- Four different endings

- Unique death traps with different solutions

- Hidden solutions that opens up new ways to avoid traps

- Replay the levels for clues to escape a horrible fate

Tip: You can turn on always run from the main menu. You can also press Page Down to skip text.

PlatformsWindows, HTML5
Release date Mar 03, 2019
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(19 total ratings)
AuthorShenTzu Games
Made withRPG Maker
Tagsec-game-jam, Horror, Mystery, RPG Maker, Short
Average sessionA few minutes


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Death and Progress v1.0 210 MB

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Death and Progress Demo v1.3 93 MB

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hi there! when I leave the very first room, the screen says Now Loading but nothing ever loads? I let it sit for 5 minutes, hit every key, and I know the game hasn't frozen so I'm not sure what's going on :(

Which version are you playing? The web one, the downloaded demo, or the full game?

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pretty fun short rpg maker ShenTzu Games i love the graphic and gameplay by the ShenTzu Games how do i see more areas oh and i found 3 lines on the second secret door what does it mean

The lines represent the number of times you can die in testing module before the door locks. So if you reach the door with three or less deaths, you can go through it and see what's inside.

As for the rest of the other areas... you'll have to get the full version of the game! Thanks for playing ^^

I died.

Thank you so much for buying and playing my game! Hope you like it and play more!

I certainly will! Thank you for making it! ;{)


I bought the game a year ago, but since it didn't work on my computer, I only had the chance to play all the way through as of last night--and I LOVE IT!!!!!  This is so well done!!!!!  Very much hoping to see more from you!!


Thank you very much for buying and playing my game! I'm glad to hear you love it! I'm currently bouncing between game ideas and some commission work, but if you'd like you can play some of the prototypes I've made on my profile page! Hope to hear your thoughts on those too if you get the chance to play them! ^^


This was really cool!

how do you open your inventory?

Press the "i" key while not in dialogue or cutscene, though all it does is lets you check what you have on hand.

thank you!

Love seeing how this has evolved since I played a few months ago--I'm getting excited to see the final product :D Will definitely buy!


Thank you for your continued interest! I hope I can meet your expectations! ^^

I like it, very interesting concept. I would definitely buy if made into a full game

I'm glad to hear that! Thank you for playing!

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Thank you for playing my game on your channel! I hope you liked it!

Hello! A few months ago you played this game on your channel. The game is now complete, and I would like to give you a steam key for it as thanks! Please send me a message on Twitter @ShenTzuGames and I'll send you a key there.

Very awesome and imprensive game!

Thank you! I'm happy to hear that you liked it!

Very nice!!!!!!


Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

I liked this game! The traps were well placed and escalated cleverly, and the scenario was intriguing and self-contained in the way a good short story can be.

Thank you!  I did like this concept too and am very thankful to EC for giving me the opportunity to try something like this. I hope you can give my other games a look too!


Thank you for playing my game on your channel! I hope you liked it, and if you're interested feel free to contact me for a key to my other game for you to play!

Hello! A few months ago you played this game on your channel. The game is now complete, and I would like to give you a steam key for it as thanks! Please send me a message on Twitter @ShenTzuGames and I'll send you a key there.

has their been a update yet?

I'm currently working on a different project so there won't be an update to this for a while. Stay tuned and feel free to check out my other stuff in the meantime!

ok thank you for the news

This is a short, but very playful game! Check out my video or check out my play session. Either or, I guarantee you won't be disappointed :)

Hi! Is there a downloadable version? I would like to give your game a try, but my internet is causing more loads than actual playtime. A link would be very much appreciated! :)

Thanks for taking an interest in my game! I've added a windows version of the game to the game page for download. Hope you like it!

Thanks for that! I'm going to make a video and post it here later if you don't mind :D

Of course! I'd be honoured, thanks you!

It wont let me play

If it's loaded but not responding to input, try clicking in the game screen first. If it's not loading at all, please try a different browser or downloading the game. Please let me know if you need more help!

you should make it where you can use the pipe to smash the glass table to get a glass shard to cut the wires....so you dont have to die to thee generator.... just a idea

That's a good idea! I'll consider it if I make more to the game. As for dying, the first time you die to being crushed also counts as one so the minimum is three deaths. Maybe I'll make it so every trap has a way to get through without dying later. Thanks for playing and for the advice!

no problem and that could be interesting....just remember to take breaks, dont rush it, and have fun the fans will wait

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you should make more....overall its a great game...if you do continue take your time dont rush we will wait

it is very interesting....you can out run the ball and run over the spikes with a poll the generator is a must have death...2 so far....you can survive the holes....you also can survive the gass and arrows....so i think two death is the minimum maybe

i glitched out at the gas stage... can only see a red screen.

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Could you tell me how you got the glitch please? I'll fix it as soon as I can.

This was kind of decent! The visuals could use a lot more polish for sure, but I see a lot of potential in the idea. I hope you might decide to expand on this in the future, it could be a really fun game if it was longer, but it's decent enough for its length! Lowest amount of deaths I managed to go was 4. Could've easily avoided one if I wasn't an idiot and didn't walk straight into a hole. Is there a way to go for zero?

Thank you for the feedback! I thought of spending more time on the visuals and even making a second level, but there just wasn't enough time. I may try to do so in the future though! And I'm pretty sure the minimum times you have to die is 3, so only dying 4 times is pretty amazing. Thanks again for playing my game!

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This was quite good, I lost a lot of lives with all the holes in there XD. And the main character reminds me of elfen lied, the red hair and the blood.

I'm glad you liked it! The holes section was meant to be more of luck thing so dying there a lot is understandable :P

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