A downloadable nightmare for Windows and macOS

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Unpaid Serenade... is a short interactive tragicomedy about climate anxiety and performing for strangers.

How to play:

The game is played with the mouse and keyboard. Use your mouse to advance dialogue and click through branching choices. When it's your turn on stage, to make sure you impress the audience please use your keyboard to quickly type out the words on the teleprompter.

Press esc to quit the game.

Content warning:

Climate change and climate denial. Intense depictions of anxiety, stress and public embarrassment. Visuals may cause dizziness or seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.


The Sand Gardeners are Sam Machell and Colin le Duc

Brownie Cove Polymer Person model by Moth

What a Wonderful World (1967) written by George Douglas and George Weiss, performed by Louis Armstrong, split by Spleeter

Event Room 2 by Event Point


The Mac build is a little weird... When you load it up it'll give you a blank screen. When this happens you'll have to minimise the window, then maximise it again. Hopefully the graphics will now be visible. It might be really laggy... We're very sorry if this is the case. If it's too laggy you can hit esc.

PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
(21 total ratings)
AuthorSand Gardeners
GenreVisual Novel
TagsHorror, karaoke, Ludum Dare 48
LinksLudum Dare


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usffs_mac.zip 137 MB


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super well made! gave me sympathy anxiety because im not a very fast typer, but me slamming on my keyboard in tune with the dissonant waww cover was super immersive in how it sort of made me feel like i was the one singing lmao.


Gave me cold shivers, loved it


The sound design for the sing-a-long segment is so cool. The perfect companion to anxious, slurred keyboard mashing.


thanks so much for playing and your lovely comment! it really means a lot to me when folks notice the little details like this :) - Sam

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This is very weird but comfortable on an awesome level. I love it.


cool gmae!

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This was beautiful, a great exhibit that expressed a lot of emotions that needed to be expressed.


Great execution. Loved the speaking bit.


awesome little game. really psychedelic effects and excellent capturing of public speaking lol


The visuals look like a gameboy on psychodelics. Love it.