Wake up, get dressed, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, go to work. A true horror story.

A game about mental health.

Made for Spelkollektivet's 2019 Halloween Game Jam!

The main theme was Horror, and the sub-themes were: Archenemy, Profession, Personal.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Mental health, depression, anxiety, self-loathing, dysphoria, eating disorders

The theme we chose was: Personal + Archenemy

We hope you enjoy playing this game :)

You only need a mouse and a keyboard that has the Z key.

If you like this game, be sure to check out our other game, Death and Taxes, also dealing with serious topics over here: 


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Paper Cages WINDOWS 23 MB
Paper Cages MAC 23 MB
Paper Cages LINUX 23 MB

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now i know that when i cant bring myself to do simple things its not because im a piece of garbage. good game man. good game.

Remember, it's called garbage can, not garbage cannot!

All jokes aside, I'm glad it helped :)

This game is amazing and I am a little concerned with how relatable looking the monsters are, but thanks for addressing such an important topic!


Damn. I haven't really ever seen a game that really pays attention to mental health.

There are some out there, but not really easy to find. GRIS is a really good example! It's quite famous as well.

I can't get it running in Firefox. All I get is a grey screen.

Also you might consider using this: https://naisky.com/2019/05/22/please-note-that-unity-webgl-is-not-currently-supp...

I'd recommend downloading the standalone build in that case. WebGL is a fickle beast.


Hey!! My pc is a linux, and i having a problem, theres not a fullscreen, so i cant see the  fridge :c (sorry for my bad inglish, i have only 12 years old and im from uruguay)

Hey! Greetings to Urugay! ^_^

 Ah damn. Sorry to hear that! Have you tried both the downloadable and the browser version?

no, I'm going to try it right now and I'll let you know later

yeah, now i tried the game in the browser version, now i have a question, ¿is the game endless?

Hey! No, but you have 3 possible bosses that you can try and beat, each for a different mental problem :)

even though it was really short, it was a really cool game :) i liked it

Awesome! Thank you ^_^

We'd love to make something like this, just bigger in the future!

Wow! This game really have a heavy message! I got really envolved and scared in certain moments!


Thank you! We only made it in like 2 days, but we're very happy with how it ended up ^_^

I'm feeling this game an emotional level. 

Oooh! Thanks so much for playing! Will check out the video as soon as I can :3

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I'm scared.. but #relatable - sometimes the scariest demons live inside of us

Extremely true.

Although it's short this game hit really close to home and made me feel really stressed buuuut I did like it!

Glad you liked it! <3


Really nice mechanics. Point and click and the mashing for willpower felt nice to play.


I know the game was short because a lot of reasons, but the change between day 1 and 2 was too drastic. I believe the willpower decreasing over a week would carry a deeper message.

When the character talks about their friend, I had to guess some times to find, maybe if this friend had been introduced before the last part, the narrative would be "stronger". Again, I know there was very short time to make the game, so the game as is is pretty good.

The biggest flaw I saw was the cat. It can only be petted once daily, which is unacceptable.

Thanks for the experience. Good job!


Postal 2 had a much better message about willpower.


Oh my god :D

Fair enough :D


I really enjoyed it, the game really shows how hard even every day things can be at times, also the boss battle had me on edge the whole time and was really well made too!


Super glad you liked it! ^_^


I played this game a few days ago, and I know that the developers already watched my video that I put on youtube, but I just realized I needed to say something here on the game's page because this game is wonderful. Apparently I picked very aggressive options and got a difficult monster, but I thought it gave a really good insight into how it can feel to live with these problems. 

The art is so good, I love anything with a pixelated feel and the color scheme is one of my favorites as well. I thought it was really well done despite the simplicity of the game and it even made me cry at the end when I thought about how horrible it must be for those who don't have anyone to talk to about their problems. Overall, this was a great experience and I hope that a lot of people play this game.


Yes! It ends up in a mostly similar experience, but it is about the journey and what options you would pick for yourself :)

Thank you for your video and the kind words! We need more positivity in the world?


Hi there, I am a youtuber and hope to get some support here from gamers wanting to play this game. Please like and subscribe to my channel and check my video out.

Paper Cages is an interesting game that explores the mundanity in a person's life and how our willpower to move on doing the same things everyday in our lives may differ from time to time. I like how the creator has tried to link the game to mental illnesses that impact many people in their lives. I think the game can be improved by extending the game to the workplace with more frustrating events and tasks taking place so that the player can get into the game better as the game for now is quite short. I look forward to a better version of the game to be produced so keep up the good work! :)

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Oh wow! Thank you! *__*

We're gonna watch it right away :D

This is a surprise :D




The willpower thing was something I could really relate to. Nice to know someone else feels the same. I love your game!


Thank you! 😍


Amazing game! I know that I can relate to this! Amazing jo.


Thank you! Is there anything in particular that you felt you could relate to? If it's OK to ask :)


Minor depression. But it's a lot better now.


Glad to hear ^_^