The Ritual is a short and intense pixel art horror adventure in which you play a human sacrifice who must attempt to flee to safety from a dark entity with a thirst for the blood of innocent children.
You are a child, who has been left deep in the woods as a sacrifice to a mysterious monster, with the hope of your village receiving a bountiful harvest in return. While this may be a good deal for the villagers and the dark entity, it’s not such a good deal for you – so as soon as you get the chance, you run for your life. You’ll spend the whole game running in fact – as the entity chases you persistently. You can sprint away from it for tiny bursts and you can get a little respite in the cave systems, but it’s pretty much an unstoppable killing machine that will hunt you down and slay you wherever you are. There is some hope though – scattered throughout the forest are a variety of notes and objects which may aid your escape, if you can survive for long enough!
The Ritual is a tough and very tense little game. The simple, but effective pixel art visuals manage to elicit a surprising amount of terror as the beast draws ever closer, and it’s easy to panic and get caught in a dead end. Fast, fun and fiendishly frightening.
Controls: WASD/Arrow Keys – Movement, Shift – Sprint, Spacebar – interact
Available On: All Browsers
Note: The browser version is a little buggy, for a better gameplay experience, you can download the game here