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You are fresh out of university.

You have no idea what to do with yourself.


Northbound is a narrative, atmospheric adventure game set on a roadtrip.

Having just graduated from university, but lacking direction and purpose in life, you think back to the times when life was simpler and everything just seemed easier. So you decide to go on a roadtrip with your childhood friends, to a lake where you spent your summers together in the past. But on the way there, you realize that a lot has changed since you were kids.


  • Colorful, atmospheric handcrafted graphics
  • A highly detailed bus to explore
  • Soundtrack featuring various indie artists
  • An amount of dialogue we've never bothered to count
  • Will last you anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes
  • No objectives to fulfill, so take your time


Development started back in February of 2018 as part of our final thesis at university, where the two of us developed it for five months until we graduated in June.

Since then, it has received pretty positive reactions, encouraging us to start development of an all new version of Northbound.

This is not that new version. In fact, this version, now dubbed 'Long Road Ahead', is pretty much exactly the one we graduated with.

We are uploading it here in order to clear our heads, re-process our development and design processes that led us to this version, and to gather feedback. We hope that all of this will help us with development of the new version of Northbound, so please let us know if you liked it.

If you are interested, please follow us on Twitter for updates on the current state of development.


Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlayNorthbound
Website: https://www.northbound-game.com


Johannes Köberle: https://twitter.com/KoeberleJ
Arno Justus: https://twitter.com/SuperBalrog


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Northbound_LRA_Win.zip 209 MB
Northbound_LRA_Mac.zip 215 MB

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Short but meaningful. Are you planning on updating it?
At least give us the option to remove the UI for SS.

will be this game updated?




Truly enjoyed this game and the bittersweet feelings of having to leave your past behind because people grow. People change. Things change. I think this teaches a lesson that nothing truly ever stays the same, and to enjoy the moment while it last, because the next thing you know, all of your friends, and everyone around you has grown up, to actually do something with their lives. Gave me such melancholy and nostalgic vibes. I really recommend this.


Fantastic game, enjoyed every second of it!


This should be a steam game and make it payed


It feels real somehow, because when you're in the car, you actually have to do things and wait for the next scene.


It's a cool game, I was wondering where it was gonna take me...


The screen is very beautiful, and it is a great game.
Thank you to the creator


Cool. Really enjoy games like this. I am making a sort of intense, high energy, freaky game right now and this is a nice break from that.


Amazing! :)


why is everything so dark? i can't see anything when i start the game


This was more than a game it was an experience and the music was phenomenal.


i really really like this game <3 i really loved the atmosphere and aesthetic components


My mac can play COD MW 3 with high graphic setting but this game run 10 fps for just text animation. Ha Ha what a useless shit.


seems you're well liked here

Bruh, CoD MW 3 was made, like in 2011

you make one dude


Absolutely love the idea of this game, wow! Great job!


Pleaseeeeeeee make more like this!!!!!


a very nice game with a nice story...I love it!

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I threw the cassette out the window and immediately felt bad ;_; .


Uh, is relaxing. Good job


reminds me of a game idea i had quite awhile ago.

nice game, really enjoyable bus ride.


This game was great!


This is an amazing game!

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Is this a game that low-end PCs can handle?

not really, i can run it but it's like 10-15 fps

i myself have a low end pc, the game worked great.

is this a 64 bit game ?

Are there any plans for a Linux version ?


Ohh wow this is truly an amazing game experience


A really nice story. I loved the atmosphere and i love the character design and the bus! I really enjoyed playing this game it was a nice experience. I made a video hope you enjoy :)


This game is one of the few that I would say has a replay value, just playing it over and over again to listen to the story behind the trip.


For a game made in 5 months by two peoples its a really good game and deserve much more recognition. I liked so much!


A really good game, loved the story.

made on Unity, and no GNU/Linux build here - so i can't play it at all... :S 

Have you tried it with Wine ?


I cried. So much. I have no idea why. The game was so nostalgic. Wow.

Quite original!


Hey creators:)

LOVED the game,it was frickin' amazing!!!I loved every minute of it,somehow you could make it feel like they were all meaningful(and well,I guess they really were).

...And the soundtracks though,I adored them(since my taste is close to this kind of music,especially when I'm in the mood-pretty often...),so thanks again for the game,and the music recommendation too!!<3


Oyunun atmosferini beğendim. Gerçekten de birbirinden kopmuş olan arkadaşlar gibiydik. Aradaki gerilimi hissedebildim. Güzel bir deneyim oldu.


This game was amazing! I really enjoyed it a lot. I am happy to see that there is a possibility of this being worked on more, because there were some things that occurred in the game, that I need answers too. Trying to keep my comment Spoiler free. I am really looking forward to seeing what else is in stored for the game. I also included the game in my Indie Game Showcase and here is the gameplay highlight from Indie Game Showcase. Looking forward to more from you all in the future.


Incredible experience, PLAY THIS GAME


It was amazing! I played it and it was really good. I wish it was a bit longer, but anyways really fun!

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