A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

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"It's a really fascinating way to think about Kant's philosophy"
The Guardian

"Thing-in-Itself brings Kant's philosophical expression to videogames"
Kill Screen

"It has a deeply emotional narrative that will resonate with the player after 15 minutes is up and the game ends" Art as Games

Ted and Molly are together. Ted feels a connection to Molly wherever he looks.

But, how do they both really see the relationship? See each other?

"Thing-in-Itself" is an interactive short story about the struggles of understanding another human being. Using Immanuel Kant's concept as a framework, it leads the player through stages of a relationship, exploring how perceptions may clash and surroundings can alter.

With an average walkthrough time of 15 minutes, "Thing-in-Itself" is not a game in a traditional sense – it doesn't have win or lose conditions and doesn't present challenge to the player.

With this project, Party for Introverts attempts to establish a connection between the mediums of game and short story, reworking the possibilities when narrative and interactivity merge.

PlatformsWindows, macOS
Release date Jan 05, 2017
Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars
(69 total ratings)
AuthorParty for Introverts
GenreInteractive Fiction
TagsAbstract, artgame, Atmospheric, Casual, Experimental, Music, Romance, Short, Slice Of Life, Story Rich
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
LinksSteam, Homepage, Twitter, Facebook


Buy Now$2.49 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.49 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Thing-in-Itself.zip 123 MB
Thing-in-Itself.app.zip 103 MB


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I love it.


This was very good.


Wow, that was intense and reminded me of my first breakup :( Thank you for this little and special experience, good job.


More of an interactive experience, its a short game exploring the concept "Thing in itself" by Kant, which postulates that no one can see the true nature of an object as we are all seeing and interpreting our surroundings differently. Its short, but gets the idea very well across and I really like what they have done with with simple means and some good voice actors. Really enjoy the way they approached it and would have loved to see them dig even deeper. 4/5

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Damn. Made me cry.


How your emotions color your world.  Poignant.


Didn't know what to expect from this, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! A thoughtful, emotional piece. Thanks for making it.

Thanks for playing it!

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I really enjoyed how this game handled Kant's philosophy! It was outlined in an easily understandable way. The atmosphere of the game was great, I think the music matched very well.


"With an average walkthrough time of 15 minutes, "Thing-in-Itself" is not a game in a traditional sense – it doesn't have win or lose conditions and doesn't present challenge to the player."

I know what motivates adding that to the game description.

However, let's be frank: a challenge, and chances of winning and losing, are always there.

It's just that the player himself has, in an introverted fashion, to define/become aware of them on his own.


I really enjoyed the game. I remember studying Kant in my philosophy class so it was interesting to see his concept put into a game like this. The game is short, and I wish there had been more to it, however I feel it demonstrated Kant's ideas effectively and accomplished what it set out to do.

I did a gameplay video for the game on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/V9kqS-8gnG4