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Orchids to Dusk (2015) is a short wandering adventure. You are an astronaut stranded on an alien planet, with only a few minutes of oxygen. You explore the world and discover fantastic gardens on the planet.

Whatever you do uses oxygen at a different rate, but even if you do nothing you still burn through your supply in a few minutes. As you push further into the world you leave footprints behind you and discover more of these gardens. But also, you will find the bodies of other stranded pilots.

As oxygen gets low you can preserve it by stopping and sitting down. If you do, you can choose to take off your helmet and give in to your doom, or you can press on to explore more of the world. The fascinating twist is that (Spoiler) taking off your helmet turns your body into a new garden (or enriches the one you are sitting in).

The result is a contemplative game that invites you to explore a world made from other people's decisions about how to spend the time they had left. It's a fascinating experience in terms of individuals, community, the resources within us, the desire for external rescue and the generative beauty of failure.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Orchids to Dusk 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Simulation game with Communication elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 4 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

As your oxygen runs out there's a slightly alarming red light that flashes. When you die your body collapses to the floor as they asphyxiate but they do not look or sound in pain. You can find the dead bodies of other players in the world.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need maturity to engage with the themes of the experience, but younger players may find the gentle approach to death and mortality helpful.


Orchids to Dusk

Steam Store PC Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
The developer allows you to pay what you think is fair for the game via the Orchids to Dusk page. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/12/2015

Price: Free

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Simulation and Communication

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: Ko Op Mode (@KoOpMode)

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