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The road is long.

Two strangers sit side by side as night falls over. The car speeds down the open highway.

Without a soul around them, everything seems to slip away. On a journey to no one knows where, all they have is words and time. And that time is dwindling fast.

The shadows are chasing.

The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car is a visual novel by Lox Rain. Shadows was made over the course of four days during mid-August 2016 and was released August 19, 2016. The game features two character routes and six endings. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Made with love and Ren'Py.

Content Warnings: mentions of suicide, killing, and violence, explicit language.

Lox Rain consists of Lorelei (Writing/Main Coding), Laiska (Writing/Editing/Sprite Coding), and Auro-Cyanide (Art/UI). For more information about the individual contributors, please follow the above links. You can also find us on Twitter at @yandere, @petitscygnes, and @AuroCyanide.

Want to share your thoughts? Feel free to tweet the game with the hashtag #ShadowsVN!

More information

Published66 days ago
PlatformsWindows, Mac OS X, Linux
AuthorLox Rain
GenreRole Playing
TagsVisual Novel, Zombies
LicenseAll rights reserved
Asset licenseAll rights reserved
Average durationAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
Player countSingleplayer


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video: https://youtu.be/bdiyT8K2zDk


lol, I almost cried. It was so sad at times. I loved it 100 percent of it though. My favorite part, though? Their reactions to the music. 10/10 would play again.


such a good one, just a as we like them . a bit short but really effective

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An absolutely beautiful game! I have to say it is a sensory overload to my eyes and ears, which is a good thing! :P I LOVED the music and the art, I can't express that more! It brought back memories of my childhood as well, weird I know.. But have a look at my let's play and you shall see why! :)

Video: https://youtu.be/U68LfmHHZh0

This is a really nice and creative little game. The art style is cool, the music is calm and weird but works for the story, and the writing is all well done. I have to say I didn't really expect the games story to go where it actually did. At first I was expecting the two to simply be traveling cross country together. But when what really happened comes about, it honestly makes the game make that much more sense. I also like how there are more than one ending to the story based on how you respond and who you play as throughout the game. All in all an awesome little visual novel with a close to home feel. I did a video on my experience with Shelby's story if anyone is interested. I definitely plan on going back and playing through Dustin's side and seeing how it differs from Shelby's.

IS THIS THE END? | The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car [Shelby's Story]

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Check out this YouTube play through!


Also please subscribe I could definitely use the support plus I play a lot of these games from this website and more also with anime reviews and much more :)


I've only played half of this game so far, but it's absolutely wonderful! You are an amazing storyteller and I'd love to see more from you. :D


I watched @Mithzan playthis game and I feel in love with it immediately! I really want to play this game (i only have a chrome computer) and would love to see the endings to this. This game is the best roleplay?novel game I've ever seen (besides Undertale to). This game looks Astounding! I'd love to play this game \(>ᗜ>)/

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The Shadows That Run Alongside The Car is a Visual Novel about two apocalypse survivors trying to find a safe haven. I'd say it's more about the journey than the destination it's really curious. Here's my impression of the game: https://youtu.be/HlGsv-udvyE

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Honestly...I went into this not expecting much and giving up right away but I got hooked instantly! Very nicely done! I can't wait to finish up all the endings.

Video: https://youtu.be/-WxjMcW8L2c

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Again, I really enjoyed the game. Did the Shelby route, and gained more insight on the character.The story is so gently depressing, yet hopeful in the face of oblivion. Great job again!

Video: https://youtu.be/mj3zHy3yOp0

I loved this game so much, I fell in love with the characters and the art style and just everything about it! You can watch me play it here if you want to >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHMq7vvWRL0&list=PLa3q6V6i4ONYEBgX6JKhA0jJKz8tnkIOD


I love this. The concept is so simple but so complex. It's two strangers in the apocalypse talking in a car, but it's so much more than that. While I do wish it was longer, I love the endings as they are very open-ended and let the reader decide what happened after the ending. It interacts with the audience by not giving them a solid finale, and I say kudos for that. To create such a powerful game in only four days? Incredible. Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now.

Job well done. Highly anticipating your next game, if you are going to make another. :~)

umm how do i download this on windows cause it dosen't let me for some weird reason

Hi, we're going to need a bit more detail than that to solve your problem, but do check your antivirus software to make sure it's not flagging the game as harmful and blocking it. I know Avast, for example, likes to do that with Ren'Py games, unfortunately...

Hi! I was just wondering how to open this on mac? It just downloads a zip file, and I may be being dumb about this, but it just looks so good and I have no idea how to play it, thank you!

After you download the .zip file, simply extract it somewhere. Inside the folder (which should be called Shadows-1.0-all) there will be various files that allow you to run the game regardless of whether you're on Mac, Windows, or Linux. If you're on Windows, double click Shadows.exe. On Mac, it's Shadows.app, etc etc.

Thank you so much! x

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There doesn't seem to be a Shadows.app when I download and extract the zip file, only a Shadows.exe :( Any suggestions?

The .app extension probably won't be there when you're looking at the folder on a Mac, so look for the file simply called "Shadows" that has the special game icon.

Oh I figured it out! Thanks so much it's a great game!


Just wanna say: I really liked the game, you can really tell it was made with love :) The characters feel soo relatable in a way, it's awesome :)

I wanted to ask? What was this made on?

If you mean the game engine, we used Ren'Py!

ok thanks :3

I love the music, if you composed it, could you please share the sheets? If not, could you direct me to where I could find them?


I love the soundtrack too but I found nothing about it, so I got them by ear. You have to tune the guitar like the E chord, hope it helps you :D

1-C ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2-G -----2--------------2-------------------------------------------------------------------

3-E -----------4-------------4----------------0----------------------0---------------0-----

4-C --------------------------------------3--------3------------------------------4---------

5-G --------------------------------4---------------------------4---------4/6--------------6

6-E --0-------------0-------------------------------------------------------------------------


Hi there!

Both of the songs used in the game are royalty-free tracks from Music for Makers. The tracks are Persevere and Broken. Unfortunately, they are on the pricey side if you want to purchase them since they're royalty-free tracks... The versions used in the game are actually shorter because Music for Makers does this thing where they send out free "sample" tracks every week and we used those free tracks for the game.

Thank you so much for your interest and support!

I need help i dont know how to install this please help

After you download the .zip file, simply extract it somewhere. Inside the folder (which should be called Shadows-1.0-all) there will be various files that allow you to run the game regardless of whether you're on Mac, Windows, or Linux. If you're on Windows, double click Shadows.exe. On Mac, it's Shadows.app, etc etc.

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