A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Research Proposal

[redacted] conflict resolution 

This study aims to investigate whether [redacted] are ready for [redacted]. Previous research (Toadhouse, XXXX) indicates a flaw in the higher brain functions required for [redacted] and conflict resolution. The experiment will focus on a single conflict, manipulating [redacted] to gather more data.


In the Loop is a visual novel about friendship and conflict. You play as Payton, a slightly scatterbrained UFO enthusiast. Your friend Rain is angry with you, but you don't remember what you did wrong. Can you resolve the conflict? Can you jog your memory? Can you identify that flying object?

This game was made entirely within the month of July 2021 as part of the Toadhouse Visual Novel Game Jam 2021.

This game was made by a team who had never worked together before this month. I am so very proud of them and what they have managed to accomplish in such a short timeframe.
- Jeffrey (project lead)


Angela Geiss created all of the music for this game.
She created four brilliant tracks, one of which is well-hidden.
Angela can be found on Twitter as @holyeggshells.

Anouk van der Sluijs crafted this story and did the majority of the writing.
She also did a lot of editing and tied up loose ends.
Anouk can be found on Twitter as @papercutdoc.

Rebecca Lieberwirth did all of the character art.
She crafted the art for these characters from their initial design to their final illustrations.
Bec can be found on Twitter as @straybec.

Daniel Cruz provided sound effects.
Daniel can be found on Twitter as @Mr_DanielC, and online at www.sonicmedley.com.

Eli Berg-Maas did a lot of the programming.
He set up the source control repository, got everything started with Ren'Py, and implemented a minigame which is hidden in one of the branches.
Eli can be found on Twitter as @rngwrldngnr.

Jeffrey Lindsey gathered this team together and made sure everyone knew what they needed to do.
He also helped with some of the programming.
Jeffrey can be found on Twitter as @jeffreylindsey.

Taylor Dryden created all of the background art.
She also wrote all the location descriptions and a bit of dialogue.
Taylor can be found on Twitter as @lakeffectkids.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
AuthorsJeffrey Lindsey, papercutdoctor, secondshow
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
TagsMultiple Endings, Mystery, Short, supernatural
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


InTheLoop-1.1-win.zip 52 MB
InTheLoop-1.1-mac.zip 35 MB
InTheLoop-1.1-linux.tar.bz2 42 MB


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***Constructive Criticism***

The dialog tree need a lot of work... everything seems to happen out of player's control and it is just not fun. The writing is not engaging, the humor doesn't land, and the art is very amateur.

Maybe, to improve the writing, you could consider to remove the scene of the bed and to add some "safe" dialogs with all the characters, so the player get to know them and it will be prepared when it's time to "test" his conflict resolving? Just a thought.


I appreciate that you're coming from a mindset of wanting to help, but please keep in mind that "constructive criticism" is not constructive if it was not requested.  If you would like to be constructive in an unsolicited way, point out what aspects of the game that you liked or enjoyed.