Wake up, sheeple! Solitude offers a lovely wee break

Here’s a scenario I like in games: I give a developer $2 then they show me something weird and/or surprising I’d not seen before. I’d never seen an office worker decide to become a shepherd and wander the forestoffice with their flock, so I’m mighty content with Solitude [Itch page]. It’s a small little game about an office worker who decides to walk away from their job and life to pastures new, which I found quite delightful on a wet Tuesday afternoon. It’s awful pretty too.

If your immediate urge when you get up out of your chair is to go to the window, open it, stick your head out, and yell “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this any more!” then this may not be for you. But if you feel tugged towards a forest, the hills, or somewhere else remote and quiet ooh do have a look at Solitude. (It’s the life of a kelpie or a selkie for me, RPS fact fans.)

I’ll not say much — because $2 surprise scenario etc. — but with the very mildest of puzzling, you’ll wander the office, chatting to bores, and trying to get away from it all. It’s small and pleasant and pretty.

Solitude is made by two-person studio Rat King, who you might know for Tri. Solitude is on Itch for at least $2, available for Windows and Mac.

Do also read about designer Jana Reinhardt’s shepherd escapist fantasies.

If you watch this trailer before playing, you’re only devaluing your own purchase:


  1. emotionengine says:

    Oh my gosh, so pretty… love the aesthetics and the atmosphere here, they’re somehow reminiscent of Cosmo D’s Off-Peak , in a way. This looks like just the thing to get lost in in the wee hours of the morning as a pre-sleep dream colouriser for the night.

  2. A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

    Huh, weird, I read this on my phone during a wee break!

  3. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    I used to work out of an alley offering to show people something weird and surprising they had not seen before. I did it pro bono unlike these hacks.

  4. caff says:

    Nice find, Alice.

    Definitely the best surreal sheep-herding life metaphor puzzle simulator I’ve played this year.

  5. Mr Coot says:

    How lovely! Release your inner Marie Antoinette. (Who reportedly used to dress up and tend a flock of fluffy white sheep at her fantasy hamlet in Versailles). These sheep do not look fluffy and white however. o.O