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The Space Between by Christoph Frey is a surreal short narrative experience in three acts about the walls we build for us.



The architect Martin Melanson, commissioned to build a theater, meets a woman named Clara, outside of his apartment complex at night. Attracted to each other, they visit the theater's building site.
While they explore the unfinished stage, surrounded by scaffolds and lost in thoughts, reality slowly fades, where the curtain opens and a dark play about closeness and separation begins.


The game's drawn-out, static nature, embedded in blurred PS1 visuals, supports its surreal plot and dialogues to create a dreamlike 40 - 50 minute experience, that should be played in one sitting.



Controls:
W,A,S,D to move
Mouse to look
E to interact



"Overall, these stylistic choices come together in a thoroughly cohesive aesthetic whole, amplifying cinematic qualities similar to those of an Ingmar Bergman or Nicolas Winding Refn film." RE:BIND

"The Space Between is deliriously uneasy in its final moments, thanks, in large part, to a skin-crawlingly stellar score." Wireframe

"The Space Between's Martin is afraid of intimacy, which is a lot like being terrified of death. Fearing intimacy is almost always about fearing loss." Wired


There is an excellent three part dissection of The Space Betwee written by @cathroon for RE:BIND, which I highly recommend you to read AFTER playing it.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


If you liked the game and want to support me, you can do it on my Patreon.

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

THE SPACE BETWEEN 1.2.2.zip 300 MB
Extended Soundtrack and Wallpapers.zip 386 MB
if you pay $3.99 USD or more

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I played through this twice and I really liked it. Things like the confusing nature of who's speaking, the lengthy pauses between lines, and the absolutely sluggish pace at which you walk which I thought were failings I realized were very clearly intentional on my second playthrough. Very good. I loved it.

Hey man! Will you make a MacOS version?

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I will say this. I hated this game until the last 3 seconds. The dialogue was pretentious, poorly written. Characters were uninteresting. The walking speed served no purpose. The story was aimless. But then the last 3 seconds happened, and now I'm so convinced that I need to give it another shot. Very jarring, surreal ending. I do like the visual style though! Overall, paratopic is just plain better, but this has a nice style to it.

OK, someone wanna explain this one to me? Sorry I think I get the general vibe, but this one's a little esoteric for me and I'd love it if someone just broke it down for me "Barney Style".

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I've played this through twice now and it remains such an eerie and truly disturbing experience. It's a filmic exploration of gaming as a visual medium, one that demands attention rather than seeking to entertain. Some of the images will stay with me for a long time. I'd encourage anyone with a spare 50 minutes of their time to give this game a go, if you're looking for something provocative, poignant, and surreal. Just don't expect any answers. 

i am running on windows 10 and can't get the game to run in full screen. i have tried both things listed in the solution listed above but it still doesn't work. are you able to help me figure this out?

I try to fix it in the next update I'm about to release soon.

thank you! i wouldn't ask if i wasn't extremely interested in playing this game ahah. i love the music in the trailer v much. it reminds me of requiem for a dream. 

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Pretty awesome if you're a big fan of Sabato's The Tunnel

Liked it. Nice aesthetic and music. The dialogue is a bit confusing sometimes because there's no way to know who's talking (besides context).

Amazing, I loved the vibes this game has and the soundtrack is also great! By pure coincidence ( one name matching someone I know ) I connected to this game a lot more than I probably should have. This game creeped me out a bit but also made me feel...... understood in a way, if that makes sense.

Thank you for this experience.

I love it. Nice aesthetic, nice sound design, nice story that understand games are space. 10/10 ! A little piece of art. 

Me encanto el juego con una contrucción bastante singular, creo que otros deberian de darse la oportunidad de jugarlo para experimentarlo aun que no necesariamente les pueda gustar, pero minimo se les quedara en la cabeza las imagenes que evoca.

Quizas lo mejor seria jugar el juego pero grabe mi gameplay y le hice un muy improvisado doblaje al español en mi gameplay que pueden ver a continuación.

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Feels like an european arthouse film, and as someone that studied architecture the enviroments are beautiful and bold.


It  evoques an eerie almost unhuman feeling throughout, that is unique to it.

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Fantastic audio and music, really well done on these fronts.

There were a few times where the plodding pace felt forced, but after some initial frustration I came to appreciate especially the pauses between lines of dialogue. As another user mentioned (and was exactly how my experience went), thoughts filled the space between the phrases and the game then expanded itself into other places in my mind.

The English seems a bit awkward in places in a way that is reminiscent of difficulties in translation rather than deliberate choices, which is unfortunate, since there is an authenticity and rawness to what is being said, and this can detract from that a bit. Cleaning that up would probably improve the experience. But,  it's not really a problem across too much of the script and the message gets across, with no broken phrases, so it's still a job well done.

Plenty of genuinely interesting ideas and brilliant imagery/vignettes that will stick with me in here. Great work and thanks for making something with such singular purpose.

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Quite an intriguing experience. Sound design is awesome and aesthetic is powerful even though it comes fron an era I normally totally abhor. Dialogues are probably a bit too slow for me, and it's sometimes hard to know who talks or what to do, but the scenes are quite memorable. A bit sad not to have understood the profound meaning of the ending, though.

To a certain extend, it seems in my mind to fill "the space between" two of my favorite songs: Supertramp's If Everyone Was Listening and Alan Parsons Project's The Cask of Amontillado

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Sooooo slooow.

Seriously, try reading the dialog out loud. In order for it to tick over,

Yooooouuuuuu haaaaaaaveeee toooooooo reeeeaaaaaad iiiiit liiiiiiike thiiiiiiiis.

I ended up giving up on it before I made any meaningful game decision. I get you're going for an aesthetic choice with the slow dialog, but damn. 

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Are there checkpoints? My ame has crashed twice in the middle of Act 1 and everytime it does I have to start from the prolouge 

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Picked this up because it was recommended in a video by RagnarRox on YouTube.

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Hey, I just wanted to ask if this game has any jumpscares at all or if it's just psychological stuff. I own the game, and I'm considering playing, but I can't handle many jumpscares(other than stuff like night of the consumers)

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No jumpscares, just jump cuts.

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ooh, I love myself some thirty flights-type stuff

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i really like this game.

i'm gay, and growing up i've always had trouble connecting to others. i was always holed up inside, drawing or writing instead of talking to other kids, and sometimes, i still find it really difficult to feel like im really connecting to other people in my life. occasionally, i find myself wondering where i would be if not for all of the support i've had from my loved ones over the years. playing this game showed me exactly where i would be. this story is strange, disturbing, uncomfortable, and even brought me to tears. regardless of whether you intentionally alluded to the gay experience at all, your work was so powerful that it left me shaken and reflective for hours after i had finished.

thank you!

Powerful stuff!

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I can't stop thinking about The Space Between. A bold, distant and yet intimate contemplation piece. A truly unique audio visual experience.

Turn off all distractions and give yourself an hour to experience this.

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This was a profoundly upsetting and interesting experience. I loved it.

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I loved this game, genuinely haunting and moving, manages to be more than the sum of its parts - one of my favourite game soundtracks.

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This game nails the hollow feeling got from being unable to comfortably experience emotional connection - both in the soundtrack,pacing and overall visual presentation.Currently vibing to the austere Main Menu theme :)

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A beautiful and surprisingly powerful game.  The pacing of the dialogue is really interesting, because it forces the player to fill the space between words with their own thoughts.  I found that much of the game was happening in my head, rather than on-screen.  There's a surprising amount to unpack with all of the symbolism and motifs!

The soundtrack is beautiful, and I like the way you switched between different scenes/points in time; it felt 'edited' in the same way art-house cinema is.  

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This was an incredible experience I will not soon forget.

A brilliantly told story that left me with chills at so many points. I loved the writing, loved your take on perspective, intimacy and overall human connection.

At first I thought the pace was a bit slow, but by the end of it I appreciated every decision you made. I first wanted to be able to skip dialogue after reading it, but after it sunk in I realized how much it elevated every line, gave it so much more weight. I could be biased because it had so many themes that strongly resonate with me personally, but regardless, it struck true.

Love the way you tell a story. Great use of motifs, visual and otherwise. I'll be looking into more of your stuff Chris. Color me impressed.

Also commenting that a mac version would be awesome, hoping to stream this game at some point!

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No mac version  ? ( T _ T)

I follow you on SoundCloud 2.

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Really loved this game. The slow pace didn't bother me at all, it really drew me into the atmosphere and story. There's something so hauntingly beautiful that spoke to me in this game, something ineffable that really stuck with me. Easily one of my favorite games so far this year, just wanted to say thanks a ton for making it! Really hope you make more games in the future.

Thank you for your kind words! <3

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Hey I just bought the game for 5.99 but didn't realize I needed to pay 7.99 for the soundtrack.

I really, really want the soundtrack for this game so is there any way I can get it without having to buy it all over again? I'm willing to pay the extra 2$ if possible.

I would really appreciate any help you can give me.

I love your work btw, keep it up.

Is there any reason you can't purchase with card?

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There should be an option now to buy it with credit card.

Perfect! Looking forward to playing it :))

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Thank you and I wish you a good experience :)

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Ik habe dat LP von Rupty (Corrupted) gesehen & fand's schlecht.
Ich mein, erst war's so lala und dann so gegen Ende war's ganz schön gruselig.
Aber ik finde du solltest den gesprochenen Text noch mal ändern damit sieht wer was spricht oder wer überhaupt spricht.
Und die Schnelligkeit des Textes

Danke für dein Feedback!

Zum Thema Schnelligkeit und Zuortbarkeit der Untertitel habe ich weiter unten schon etwas zu einem Kommentar geschrieben, beides war gewollt und Teil des Konzepts.

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Ah, ok.
Jut.

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As a game, I find The Space Between... Mediocre? I'm not sure if I even should call it a game.

But as a narrative interactive experience - and it definitely should be interactive, or it (probably) couldn't be this kind of experience in the first place - it is very good. It is awesome.

The overall direction and sound design are amazing.

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Thank you for playing it and for your feedback!
Yes gameplay in the sense of obstacle overcoming, challenges or competition were reduced to a minimum as they did nothing to support the experience. The game of imaginary play on the other hand was very important.
Yes, I would also call it an experience. Actually I would call it a game, since my definition of games is a bit broader, but I know that this is debatable.

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Why is the game window so small? It's just a small square in the middle. And my cursor would not disappear while playing.

Normally it should not go into window mode, may I ask what is your desktop resolution?

Sorry for the late response... I played the whole game. My resolution is 1920x1080

As a heads up, I am experiencing the same problem with the same resolution as him

chachky, I sent you an email.

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For what it's worth, I had this problem and was able to fix it by turning scaling in windows down from 125% to 100%.

Thanks. This solved the issue for me as well

The same problem

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Just FYI, I'm having the same problems - changing the scaling of my pcs hasn't fixed them.

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This game is more of an art form than a game, really good, cryptic and sombre, definately feels more like an experience .. really cool 🙂

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I'm sorry, I could not finish this game - I found the slow pace of the dialogue excruciating, which was exacerbated by the fact that, during all dialogue sequences, you are locked to one position/viewing angle (for example, Multiple 10-second waits where all you see is a wall texture and the line "Hm..." with absolutely nothing else to do). 

Walking down the theater while having a conversation could have been interesting, but I found myself very frustrated when, every ten steps, Clara would lock you in a dialogue sequence for Over a Minute to pontificate on whether the audience are performers (they are).

If I'm honest with myself, I would have just stuck it out to the end of the game, but I had a hunch that itch.io's launcher had auto-downloaded the oldest version, which it did - the 1.06 version is not the one people will be downloading with the launcher unless they select it manually. I had just watched the Extremely slow cremation sequence when I realized this and, hoping that the latest version would let me skip forward through dialogue at my own reading pace, tried to restart the game. Once I realized that I would then have to sit through the same dialogue for another thirty minutes, I had to give up.

To be clear: I absolutely do not want to just skip through dialogue, this subject matter is interesting to me as a performance studies academic. I would genuinely love to finish this game some day so I can think about it in its entirety, but it will be when I'm able to push forward at my own pace. 

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Thank you for playing the game! Yes it was a conscious decision to dictate the reading pace and to not let the player skip dialogues or cutscenes, I wanted it to be that slow and I wanted to selectively give and take interactivity. This did not change in v1.0.6, I know this is not for everyone. But thank you for pointing out, that the launcher automatically downloads v1.0.0! I'll try to change that.

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I figured it was a conscious choice, but it makes the balance of interactivity severely imbalanced towards "take." The only interactivity I had experienced at all in the game up to the point where I had to stop for my own sanity was to slowly explore environments and find the button prompt. As I implied, if we'd just be able to look or walk around during these dialogues, the problem would be alleviated quite a bit - we're never locked to a view worth staring at. Another solution would be to give each dialogue a mandatory ~3 seconds, and after that give the user an option to press forward. 10+ seconds for how short these lines tend to be is, frankly, astounding.

Another cool addition would be to make sure each dialogue line is preceded by the name of the person speaking, or giving each person specific colors for their text. Sometimes when you press E on Clara, she is the one to start talking, other times it's you, so it sometimes takes a while to figure out who is saying what. If this is meant to evoke/expand upon some kind of "blurry separations between people/viewpoints" theme, it's not quite salient yet.

I'm not trying to be mean, I was really excited for this game when I heard about it, but I only have so much time to literally stare at wall textures before I need the game to move on.

I couldn't have said it any better.

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No, of course you're not mean, everyone has certain preferences, opinions and ideas of how things should work. And for me it was crucial to have this drawn-out, slowed down, static moments, where you are thrown back to yourself. That's why Clara also has no idle animation, although I animated it. And trying to figure out, not knowing and deciding for yourself, who exactly is talking, was also part of the concept. In the game's case, user experience is part of the artistic vision and was not designed to maximize user productivity or activity, in the hopes that the user doesn't get bored. With this project, I am not interested in entertainment as an end in itself. Again, that's not for everyone, but than again, 45 minutes of attention time, even for this decelerated kind of experience, is what I expect from the audience.