A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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Expect to find out the main character's real name, face, and past in the upcoming Beauty and the War (X Playing Pieces)...


"Hello? This is...this is the suicide hotline, yes?"

Oops, wrong number. But you may not want to tell that to the man on the other side of the phone. How will you, a young woman, defuse this suicidal crisis? Oh, and better be careful not to tell him you love him.

As a horror game for the 2016 Asylum Jam, you can expect things to turn out twisted more often than not...

It's best not to take that risk.


  • 9 Endings
  • 2 Voice Options
  • Timed Choices


  • Alex Blackwell (Fun & Charming)
  • Daniel "Lucidity" Peet (Cool & Alluring)


Install instructions

1) Click on the download button.

2) Click on the downloaded file. (You may need to double-click it.)

3) Extract the files. (You will need a zip extractor such as WinZip or 7-zip.)

4) Click on the extracted folder. It should be called something like "Don't_Take_This_Risk-1.0-all."

5) Click on "Don't_Take_This_Risk.exe."

6) When the game opens up, click to continue.

7) Click on "Pick Up."

In general, you click to make choices and continue the dialogue. You can also hold the 'ctrl' key to skip dialogue you have already seen.

If you have a Mac, you may need to do the following:

1) Right click on the game itself and click "Show Contents."

2) From there, go to the OS Sierra folder and click on the exec file of the game.

3) You may have to go to Security in the System Preferences to be able to open it. The Exec file will go through the Terminal process. It will take some time before the game officially opens.

(A big thank you to yawarahayashi for the Mac tip!)

If the exe. file is disappearing or the game just isn't running, your antivirus software may be trying to delete the game. If so, you can

A) Add it to your antivirus software's list of exclusions


B) Disable it while extracting the .zip file and then run the exe.

If you run into any other trouble, please leave a comment or e-mail:


Thank you for downloading and please enjoy!


Don't_Take_This_Risk-1.0-all.zip 72 MB


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It wont let me install it, it always goes on this thing named WinRar and then after that I try everything but wont open up the game

it wont let me

I love how this game turned out to be something totally different than I thought at the beggining. It wasn't only about helping suicidal person but about trusting someone who is stranger to you. Decisions were so hard to make cuz what was good for him wasn't always good for you. It's so scary to think that this kind of scenarios aren't only a fiction.

Damn, the game is so hard when you see how true this is..


This doesn't even work, please contact me, getting really frustrated.

This game is really well done. Props to all who worked on it

Very nicely done, a range of different emotions in a relatively short playtime. Great use of the NIN song too, ha. 

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The conversation and his depression (or deception?) feels so real with proper show of story's scenes. Half of the endings gives me nightmare, while half of the others emerges sound fetish that had been sleeping in myself..... JUST HOW DARE YOU DO THAT TO ME??? :'D

And bless you for those extra voice note at ending 2, 3, and 7 with the gorgeous dubbing (>w<)/

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because you didn't finish the lyrics : I WANNA F*CK YOU LIKE AN ANIMAL :P hehe omg i wish this game was longer its so good and the voice actor for cool and alluring aaaahhhh  I got ending 3 and 7 everytime pleeeeeeease make another like this but longer? :D Because this soooo needs a makeout scene or a shot of them snuggling(no pun intended) or a sexy time scene gaaahhhh or atleast a convo from his inner thoughs about their sexy time xD that voice i can't

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Hi! I really really really LOVE your game, "Don't Take This Risk", so very very very much!!! It's really so very greatly done!!! Love the voice actors, especially Daniel; he's so my cup of tea!!! o(*////▽////*)q  How I wish this game could be longer!!! (¯﹃¯)  I'm more than willing to let him has his way with me; I was hesitant at first (starting too fast, > <), but I'm ready now... (*/ω╲*)  Really thank you so very much for making and sharing this game; glad to come across and played it!!! ^ v ^

Btw, wonder if I'm the only one that feels the description of the scenes disappear too fast? I feel hard to concentrate on it when he's speaking, so not able to finish reading them at first; some really disappear too fast that I had to screenshot to read them completely - bug? Also, the voice volume of Daniel is a bit not perfect: starting is loud enough, but in the later parts, it's very low that I had to increase my speaker's volume to hear perfectly.

Lastly, the blinking of the screen (heroine eyes' blinking effect) makes my eyes a bit uncomfortable... It gives the atmosphere though, so maybe I'm just not used to the effects, haha.  Btw, kindly advise where I could find the animation that you said you would be making please!!! (☆▽☆)

excuse me *walks out from behind one of the tabs* hi. While I really do love this game, I was wondering if you could possibly *shrugs* I don't know... make it for mobile devices? I am not able to download it on my computers (yes I do have the right type), and it would just seem kinda fitting to also be a mobile game. 

The game completely showed the effects or what really happens in a time like that. The acting was well executed. The choices were a little bit confusing as to what you choose, but gives you a profound and complete ending to the chosen options.

I only got 2 endings as to make a YouTube video as short as it can be, but it is quite emotional and hard to deal with when it happens in reality.

As a person who puts his shoes onto every game whenever there is a choice, I would answer in a way that I would really say because being genuine to whatever you do is more important than faking anything from reality and this persona on YouTube.

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Pretty emotional game but i enjoyed it quite a bit!

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I have to admit this was the most difficult game i've ever played. even tho i didn't achiveve all the endings 1 of 9 was enough ...

This game should be for smart phones, I would really love to play this game ;3

Hello. I managed to play the game after doing what you instructed me to do, and thank you. I have really enjoyed this game. I have played it several times now. I like the premise, the visuals are good, and the voice acting is wonderful. Send both Alex Blackwell and Daniel "Lucidity" Peet my love for me, will you? Daniel Peet is also a great singer! I have played ending 2 with the cool and alluring voice, just to hear him sing "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails.

The character himself is a pretty shady guy, although I know he does have issues. He is also very suave and handsome. I think I might have a crush on him, although I do know this is a situation (the situation that involves going over to his house) that neither I nor anyone else should partake in.

I know that you have received requests of expanding the game. If you were to do so, how would you go about it? Would there be more endings, or at least differences in the existing ones? Also, has the full version of Beauty and the War been uploaded yet? I know the demo has, and I have played that before. I enjoyed that game, too.

I can't wait to see a more detailed version of the protagonist in BATW. I just hope he won't be too unlikable of a character in that game. Anyway, thank you, and take care!

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Definitely be coming back to this one for the different endings!!


loved it! haha ive had a weird ending..

here's one of the endings that i played

I love this game! I got all 9 endings and some bonus ones. I used a walkthrough by the way. Although, I scold myself for liking a guy who clearly needs help and yet here I am, spoiling him with my 'I love you's' xD

I, for some reason, am immediately attracted to him. However, in reality, I probably wouldn't have even called him back.

That was...interesting. My only problem is that I wished it was longer.

10/10 best game~!

I kept getting the risky love ending, my heart is just too big XD

10/10 best game~!

I kept getting the risky love ending, my heart is just too big XD

10/10 best game~!

I kept getting the risky love ending, my heart is just too big XD

10/10 best game~!

I kept getting the risky love ending, my heart is just too big XD

I've played this, and it was really good. I felt really anxious, and was a bit frustrated when the man on the other side of the line couldn't be saved without the MC giving herself to him.

Though, it's pointless to expect who has mental issues to do anything sane, I guess.

Original plot, very realistic, loved the voices. Overall, I thought this game was pretty good!

Im doing everything you said but it keeps saying can not open invalid format what do I do i really want to play this....

Markiplier got me into this game. I adore the voices and yeah it kind of makes me feel creepy liking it so much but I am still okay with it. If it happened in real life I would be horrified but since it is fiction I like the dark romance angles. I can't wait to see this character in the full Beauty and the War game. If this is him sane, he must be very strange when he is insane.

Seriously considering writing a fanfic based on this game... it leaves so many question. The biggest one, to me, being: what would that relationship end up looking like? It seems like one of those fantastic messes, pairing disastrous mental abuse and controling behavior with grand gestures of affection and devotion. Terrible in real life, but great for a story.

Especially if the girl has a white knight compex...

Just do it!

A unique game, take it seriously or have fun with it, but at the end of the day, reality would be completely different.


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This game is extremely serious. People need to help others in this situation

I've finally played this game today, and I must admit it was a unique experience. It clearly fits the asylum theme, and I think the MC isn't really "well" neither if you do the "best" ending because well... who would do that and act like that?! I like how you put the thing about the darling couple in there, because they both really have issues there. I hope they'll manage to find hapiness in that weird relationship anyway.

Speaking of this ending, could you tell me what the guy says the first time he speaks in french during the ending monologue? I mean, do not translate it - french is my mother language. But for the love of all good things, because of his accent I can't understand the end of his sentence. More specifically, what does he call the MC? After getting this ending a couple of times, I ended up hearing "chou-fleur", and it doesn't make any sense and kinda ruins the moment, so I'd love to know what does he actually say. If it makes any difference, I'm playing with the cool and alluring voice option.

Sorry for the weird request, and thank you for making such an interesting game!

Hi Poison Apple Tales!

I just wanted to tell you that... You've blown me away! x'D

I was really curious what kind of 'Asylum' you'll represent in such limited time and boy... I was not disappointed ><

It's really addictive and with how much options there are, it's like I'm chatting with a real person :'D Daniel & Alex's voice acting sounds really similar but Daniel's voice sent shiver down to my back!


But I gotta say, I was really amazed -with a mix of horror -when I got Ending 1.

...Girl/Boy, whatever your gender is, HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO ME -but it was a great idea to make us literally hear his last moments... Gosh, WAY to make me feel guilty and I just HAVE to play it again in hopes to get him a happy ending!

Give my admiration to your voice actors for their amazing voice acting please :'3

The only thing I want is an EPILOGUE.

I just... want a happy ending for him >< I'm a sucker for characters like him.

Other than that, you've done a great job! Pats to your back for working hard and given us this amazingly short but impressive work for us. Really, this work have left a significant impression on me ;)

Best of luck and keep up the great work!



I made my own video, I hope you enjoy!


This game is overall great. LOVE The message that it's trying to spread.


The only way I can see it improving, is if there are more options. But it doesn't draw back, It's fine how it is.

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