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Purple is is a horror RPG created by Masochist Fox with RPG Maker VX Ace.

Randall Purpura is a person who’s been discharged from hospital for unknown reasons. He has two neighbours nearby that he’s eager to acquaint with, although before getting to know them, he’s visiting the hospital for more pills. As the days pass and the pills run out, the already unstable Randall starts going further and further down the rabbit hole...

You can get the English version of the game in the official page here.

Not to be confused with another game also called Purple. See also The Phobia Project sequel, also made by Fox.


Purple contains examples of:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: If Randall chooses to lie in Tom’s bed he immediately does this. Also when Mya enters Randall’s room in the final day, she finds Tom’s severed arm in his bed. It’s implied Randall had been doing...things with it. Squick.
  • Abusive Parents: While she's just shown in flashbacks, Randall's mother came across as emotionally and physically abusive. Years later he was sent to live with foster parents who were no better than her and repeatedly told him that he was a nuisance and nobody could accept him for his No Social Skills and Ambiguous Disorder.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Mya ends up having to go through one in order to sneak into Randall's apartment.
  • All There in the Manual: The official blog contains the backstory and random fact about the protagonists.
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  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Truth in Television. As with real life cases of DID, Randall has no memory of Moths's actions.
  • Always Check Behind the Chair: Some important items can be hidden just about anywhere. While important items can be found, this doesn't highlight everything. The in-game manual encourages checking everything in hopes of finding useful items, like Tom’s wooden figurine or Mya’s band aid, which are necessary for the Good Ending.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Randall is somehow autistic, schizophrenic or mentally impaired because of his severe lack of social skills and unusual behaviour.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Poor Mya. Her sister Amy is murdered by Randall/Moths near the end of the game. The Phobia Project shows she's traumatized by it.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: There are occasions where you play as Mya in several parts of the game.
  • Animal Motifs: Randall is associated with moths. His evil split personality is named Moths too.
  • Ax-Crazy: Randall, post Sanity Slippage.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: During the first part of the game Randall is always complaining about how his pills make him unable to dream at night. Then he runs out of them and has a nightmare about his Dark and Troubled Past. And then the nightmares get worse the next day. And it turns out the pills were keeping Moths in check.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason of Randall's attraction towards Tom. It ends badly.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Randall. After he runs out of pills, he quickly becomes Ax-Crazy.
  • The Berserker: Even after being stabbed many times by Mya at the climax, Moths doesn't even flinch. He has a moment of appearing surprised, then returns to attempting to kill Mya.
  • Big Bad: Randall, or rather the Moths personality.
  • Break the Cutie: Okay, who doesn't go through this throughout the course of the story? There's Stuart, and... that's it, really. And when someone breaks, they either break hard or die, by suicide or intentionally.
  • Bungled Suicide: The reason for Randall’s neck scars are the result of a failed attempt at hanging himself after his first murder.
  • But Thou Must!: When Randall and Mya find a key inside a toilet, he has the option to pick it. Mya suggest not to, as it’s disgusting. Unfortunately that’s the only way to open the hospital door and Randall ends up sticking his hand in the toilet anyway.
  • Characterization Marches On: The Director's Cut remake features a not so gloomy Randall, he's less isolated in his background (being friends with Leon from The Phobia Project) and Tom was replaced by a character named Tate.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Tom's wooden wolf figurine and Mya's bandage.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Randall’s thought process is very...odd. Also he likes flushing toilets because he finds it funny. Until he accidentally overflows them by flushing them too much (which can happen to his own toilet or Tom’s). It’s all Played for Laughs though.
  • Dead All Along: The Tom that appears in Randall’s room agreeing to sleep with him is not the real one. Randall had already murdered him earlier that day and is hallucinating.
  • Downer Ending: No matter what you do, Randall either dies or suffers a Split-Personality Takeover.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: In the Good Ending, the rest of the characters, save for Mya and Stuart, are dead.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Mya's twin sister Amy, who's a rude and insensitive jerk and refuses to accept that her brother is now a trans woman. She returns to the apartment days later in order to apologize and accept her twin's decision, but she's murdered by Randall shortly after.
  • Floorboard Failure: When Randall is being chased by Moths in the hospital basement.
  • Four Is Death: Randall’s pills run out at Day 3 and he spends the whole day trying to buy new ones. He returns empty-handed. When Day 4 arrives....he starts suffering Sanity Slippage without the pills to keep him in-check.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Randall has them.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Randall still lived with his foster parents and announced he got a job and planned to move away from them, they mocked him for this, saying that he could never have a normal life because of having to constantly rely on pills to function and his No Social Skills and Ambiguous Disorder. As it turns out, once Randall runs out of pills he goes completely Ax-Crazy and starts murdering people. Once he regains his senses in the Good Ending, he realizes his foster parents were right and locks himself in the burning building, realizing he’ll never get better.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Randall seems to be a meek and kind person, in spite of his mental condition. Moths, on the other hand...
  • Karma Houdini: Randall in the Bad Ending. Not only he has killed Tom and Amy and got away with it, he also escapes and becomes Mya's new neighbor. And Moths does a permanent Split-Personality Takeover.
  • The Killer in Me: Moths.
  • Kill It with Fire: Happens at the final day.
  • Only Friend: When Mya befriends Randall, he’s positively puzzled about it and says she’s his first friend. Mya doesn’t believe it. Considering Randall’s isolated background, he’s saying the truth.
  • Last Minute Hookup: In the Good Ending, Mya meets a girl named Winter and there’s a possibility of them ending together in the future. Considering all the crap she went through the story, she totally deserves it.
  • Luminescent Blush: Happens to Randall everytime Tom is around.
  • Multiple Endings:
    • Bad End: Mya stabs the unstable Randall and makes it out of the burning building safely, but Tom and Amy are dead, and Randall's violent split personality takes over fully him....and becomes Mya's new neighbor.
    • Good End: If Randall took Mya’s bandage and Tom’s wooden figurine at the beginning of the game, he returns to his senses and is horrified upon realizing what he did. Understanding that he will never get better, he tells Mya to escape as he locks himself up in the bathroom (where Tom’s corpse is). Mya is traumatized by the whole ordeal but is able to continue with her life.
    • Alien End: If you obtained the Alien Key, Randall discovers a secret door. He finds several Stuart clones, a zombie Tom and an alien Mya. Mya reveals she was sent to Earth in order to investigate human behavior and chose Randall as her subject. With now her investigation complete they proceed to leave Earth while Randall happily tags along with them. And then Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the Good Ending, Randall returns to his senses and is so disgusted by himself that he completely loses the will to live, locking himself up in the bathroom where it’s implied he suffocates and dies.
  • Number of the Beast: Possibly uninentional, but it seems unlikely. The climax of the game takes place on Mya's birthday, June 6th. The game takes place in nineteen ninety-SIX. Now what does that make?
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The Mya that Randall encounters in the hospital is unusually quiet and surly. That's because the real Mya is still at home and he's been hallucinating her.
    • Similarly, Tom acting unusually assertive and agreeing to sleep with Randall. Not only is Randall hallucinating again, but he killed the real Tom earlier that day.
  • Nice Girl: Mya. She'll generally be caring, compassionate, and kind in almost all situations, the only rare exception being when she snaps at Randall after having a fight with her sister (who found out Mya was a trans woman and had a fight with her about it).
  • No Social Skills: Randall has a severe lack of social skills due to living in isolation for most of his life.
  • Redemption Equals Death:
    • Poor Amy...
    • Randall in the Good Ending. After coming back to his senses and realizing he killed Tom and was about to kill Mya as well, he accepts that he's never going to get better and lets Mya escape as locks himself in the burning building.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Tom is this, according to Word of God.
  • Sanity Slippage: There are plenty of indicators that Randall doesn't have a tight grip on reality. Ultimately though, this is subverted. Randall cracked long before the story began, and after running out of pills he cracks even further.
  • Self-Made Orphan: It's heavily implied that Randall killed the tenants of the locked room, his foster parents.
  • Significant Birth Date: The climax of the game happens in Mya's birthday.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: The conflict between Randall and Moths is revealed to be this.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness
  • Tragic Keepsake: It's easy to miss but in the Bad and Good endings, Mya is now wearing Amy's necklace.
  • Transgender: Mya.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: According to Word of God, the reason Moths kills people is a misguided attempt to protect Randall from Never Be Hurt Again.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Stuart. He’s first seen working in a café and then as a store clerk. It’s implied he has much more jobs.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The story in a shellnut is this to Randall. After growing up abused and with several limitations, murdering his foster parents and getting institutionalized, he returns to his apartment, gets a real friend and the guy he has a crush on seems to reciprocate. Then he runs out of pills and everything goes to hell.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Implied to be the reason Randall tags along with Mya and Tom in the Alien Ending.
  • Younger Than They Look: In the Good Ending its revealed Stuart is 19, making him the youngest character in the game compared to everyone else (the rest is in their 20s).

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