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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.

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Published Aug 19, 2016
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
AuthorsLox Rain, Lorelei Nguyen, Laiska, Auro-Cyanide
GenreVisual Novel, Role Playing
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


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The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car 1.1 (Windows) 70 MB
The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car 1.1 (OSX) 54 MB
The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car 1.1 (Linux) 60 MB

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The game is really good. İt has an absolutely great story and art style. I had a lot of fun. I just think there should be more choices. 

I've downloaded the game, but i cant figure out how to play it. Any help?

Open it with winRAR, than double click Shadows.exe.

I love this. They really made a good thing out of a bad situation. 

Beautiful little story, very human and touching.  Agree with the commenter below that it is sometimes hard to see who is talking. Still, nice atmosphere.

This was an interesting experience. We enjoyed it very much.

Here is a short video we made while playing:

Keep up the good work!!

Loved it! Really made me feel for the characters and somehow found them relatable. Wish you would continue this story. 


The game is really a nice one. Especially enjoyed during a brisk evening on the shore :)

My only suggestion is to better underline the owner of the words/thoughts, because at night scenes and dimmer display, I struggle to see where the text box points to.


This game was so simple, yet so interesting and well written. I love the art (especially their expressions and the lighting, aaAAAHH)  and the dialogue and how you can see from different perspectives. Had to replay it multiple times, just because it was so nice and calming. I wish the game wasn't so short because I never want it to end hhaahah :')

The game is so good , I never played something like that here,and I really really wanna to take some money to this , but I can´t , but that game deserve more lot of players and all my friends will find this game... Nice I really like that 

Now ignore all of this , because.... whatever.

It's a bit limited in quantity, but I really liked both the art style and the writing of the story. Some of the interactive parts have nicely tough replies to choose from. I'd like to invite your game to take part in this year's Game Development World Championship!


Ahh that was a very beautiful game. It was short but also very sweet.


I really, really enjoyed this game! It was short, but that's what I expected. The length did not subtract from the overwhelmingly great quality of the game. I love the option of choosing which character you hear the story from, and the dialogue all around was concise and relatable. When I went into the game I expected a thrilling zombie story, but left with a new view on how to live life... and maybe a minor fear of the apocalypse. All in all, a really nice short visual novel. Great quality for the non-existant price!

I recorded my playthrough here - I'm not great at voice-acting, but I tried my best. Keep making great visual novels like this one! I'll be sure to play them someday :)

Short but deep, nice job devs

Quite a good game, Enjoyed it. (A bit to short)


I haven't played through all the ends quite yet, but I've gone ahead and played once through the pov of both the characters and I enjoyed it to no end, I have to say! It was bittersweet to say the least and I'm glad that you picked to show that even in a bad time like this there's still nice people. The beginning was quite awkward and I gotta hand it to you for being pretty realistic with that. And ahh, I can't not gawk at the art and the pretty colors and their expressive...well, expressions. Plus, knowing so little and yet so much about the two protagonists just adds to the game.

Excuse my incoherent rambling, but honestly, loved the game to bits!

Loved it. Thank y'all so much for making this game. I loved the somber, muted, introspective, melancholy atmosphere.

loved it

really awesome game,i love the art style and even though there was a cliff hanger in the game,i was still satisfied

I loved this game. My favorite thing about this game is that you get to see the thoughts of both characters. I loved how one ending for each character is nice in a way and makes you wonder what happened. On the other hand, the "bad" ending makes you think what you could have done to avoid this. Especially with the "good" ending, I can't help but wonder the fate of these two. I wonder if it all led to the "bad" ending or if something else happened. Either way, this game is wonderful but, I do wish it wouldn't have left us on a cliff hanger.

I very much enjoyedd this great game, even though there not much gameplay its a beautiful game.


I played this game a few weeks ago and I had to come back to comment. It's still making me think about it. I wish there was a continuation or some way to find out what happened. That cliff hanger is killing me.

Hey there! I'm having trouble launching the game. I've got Windows 7, and when I double click the file to run it, my computer asks me permission (so I know it acknowledges the input), but when I say yes, nothing happens. Does anyone have insight into this? I'd really love to play this.

It was short and cute. Cute story, adorable art. 

Wasn't too long, but I actually really liked it!

Is there a way to turn off the annoying digital beeping noise that sounds when the text is being typed in the speech bubbles?


I really liked this, thanks

This game does not want to run on Mac OS High Sierra 10.12.6?? Downloaded and can't get it to run. 


If it's a school issued computer it won't work right away. It'll say "From an unidentified developer" or something.  So, after opening the zip file, a folder appears. Open it and pull out the app that says "Shadows." Next, right click on the app and open package contents. Copy "Contents." Create a new folder, titled whatever, and 'Paste item" (Command c, command v works fine.) Next, rename the folder to whatever.app and click add. Then you have to drag it back to the folder and open it from there. :) Hope this helps.

I can't get this to launch on Mac OS Sierra...

I can't either.

I’m happy to see this little visual novel get so much buzz. I really do appreciate the effort that went into the art style and characters, and it’s obvious that a lot of care went into this short story despite how it doesn’t say anything too insightful or too meaningful. But on the whole it’s a good one, especially in how short of a time it was made. An inspiration for artists everywhere, I would say.

I wrote a review on Kratzen about this title, and I gave it three stars there. I hope the talents behind this novel are put to good use in the future.


but do they fuck?


IKR! That's all that matters!

Oh my gosh, I loved this visual novel, and can't wait to ;lay it through the woman's eyes in the future!

Outstanding little game, with such great graphics and facial expressions and the music was excellently done! Cant wait to go and record episode two and see the other side of this journey from the other characters eyes. Amazing 4 days work!


I will give as many thumbs up as I'm allowed for this game.

The story is captivating and the art is really good. And, holy sh1t, guys, you made this in 4 days??? That's really awesome!

Pure art! You did an absolutely wonderful job on this Lox. I loved
every second, I got one ending and plan to make a video on at least
another ending :)

Just getting into this. I really love the art style! it's the little things too like the rolling down of the power window that's amazing!

I didn't realize this was an ending as it happened so fast!

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This vn is simply alluring and captivating. The best part of the journey is not what will become at the end, but how they become through it :')

and yeah, you just heard million pieces of my heart shattered every time I read it.


I truly enjoyed this experience. The visual presentation is excellent and music selection is great (especially the mariachi haha). The story is solid, I've only experienced the game from Shelby's point of view but I am curious to see how Dustin's plays out.

It's an interesting setting for a visual novel, but given the characters and the scenario, it works splendidly! 

The game does a good job at playing with the heart strings, as many others have noted. 

It's an excellent visual novel that demands your attention, you should definitely play this game.

I also recorded a let's play of the game, if you don't mind.

Cheers and best wishes.


Never has a game made me cry and feel such intense emotions. Great job guys. I played Dustin then Shelby, think this is the way everyone should play. I can relate with both of them so much.

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I'm mad at the endings... You guys played with my heart and I'm crying. Good Job, damn it. Damn it all to hell... 

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