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The town of Pareildas stands in the center of a vast desert. Its citizens live their lives quietly. Or, at least, they once did.

In recent days the speaker-gallows sprang, weedlike, in the heart of the town - and since its inception the denizens of Pareildas have been sacrificed, one by one. The electric words that spew from the gallows claim this is to staunch the blistering hatred of the vengeful sun... but the heat has only grown more and more unbearable.


Anatoli works for the town train station. He dreams of leaving Pareildas, so that he might peacefully live out the rest of his life with his husband. His dreams share much in common with the blackened husks of the town's denizens that line the streets.

Pyotr is an independent artist. He hopes, deeply, that he might do something to stop the hellfire slowly consuming Pareildas. But the price of stopping the natural order is immensely steep - and, of course, there's no guarantee this is a natural occurrence at all...


There Swings a Skull: Grim Tidings is a narrative-horror game built in RPG Maker 2003 by Conor Walsh and Quinn K., with music by Leaf Let. Though the game initially released as a jam game it was so well-received - and sat so well with our team - that we decided to build it out into a full game

StatusIn development
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(11 total ratings)
AuthorsQuinn K., BanzaiBonsai
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withRPG Maker, Clip Studio Paint, GraphicsGale, Aseprite
Tags2D, Horror, Pixel Art, RPG Maker
Average sessionA few hours
LanguagesEnglish, French
InputsKeyboard, Gamepad (any)


Buy Now$6.98 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6.98 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. (Note: Steam key not included in Queer Halloween Stories Bundle 2023 — $60 Fright Edition) You will get access to the following files:

TSAS_GT_ITCH_EN_v1.2.rar 332 MB
TSAS_GT_FR_ITCH_1.0.rar 332 MB
TSAS_GT_OST.rar 126 MB
if you pay $10.98 USD or more

Download demo

TSAS_GT_Press_Kit.rar 59 MB

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This is the first drat type game.


I loved the original, can't wait to play this one!


A fantastic update to the original! Worth the price of admission for the art alone. Played the first half yesterday and the second this morning. :) Great game!

Any chance of getting a Steam key if we buy the game on itch please? I'd rather buy it on here so you get a bigger cut but would prefer the Steam version to play on a Steam deck.


Hello! Steam keys are already active, so every purchase comes with one! :]


Excellent then, thanks, I shall purchase here forthwith. Btw, just started playing Outcry last night, love the art style, dithering patterns and music etc.