A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Lyme Regis, 1895. An ancient manor, besieged by rain and howling winds, awaits the auction of a legendary artefact: the skull of an Ichthyosaur. But in the dead of night, a visitor to the mansion steals through its halls, intent on seizing the fossil for themselves.

Play as Harriet Fox, the consulting detective, as she pieces together the mystery of the missing skull. Discover clues and test your mettle against the testimony of fools and liars, as you uncover an intricate tale that stretches across the years...


Most of the game is played with the mouse, but you can use the arrow keys to change lines, and Backspace to fast-forward.


Written & directed by John Gabriel
Edited by Anouk van der Sluijs
Pixel art by Jerico 'D4yz' Landry
Sound & music by Chris 'FLiPLUKA' Lucca
Casting by Sandra 'Maxi' Molina
Featuring Jett Barker as the voice of Harriet Fox
Playtested by Kwabsi and Rainedoe

Runtime: about an hour.
Content warning: misogyny.

Harriet Fox and the Phantom Exotica was made for the Toadhouse VN Game Jam 2021.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(6 total ratings)
AuthorsJohnGabrielUK, papercutdoctor, D4yz
GenreVisual Novel, Interactive Fiction
Made withGodot
Tags2D, Female Protagonist, Historical, LGBT, Pixel Art, Story Rich
Average sessionAbout an hour


Windows 21 MB
Version 1.0.1 Aug 29, 2021
macOS 41 MB
Version 1.0.1 Aug 29, 2021
Linux 28 MB
Version 1.0.1 Aug 29, 2021

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Very fun! Agree that adding some characters around the room would bring a little more life to the game. Really clever overall!

A good mystery with a fulfilling ending even if it's not a... classic type of resolution. I wonder what are the cases that got Harriet in the papers... ;) 

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Very fun game, thanks for sharing. The story was interesting and well paced. 

The only thing I would change is adding some characters to the room to focus on while the dialog is running. It also took me a moment to realize that you were only meant to match the evidence with specific lines in the testimony, but this might have been my fault. 

Is there more than one ending to find?