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Schuld is a freeware horror-puzzle game created by Kelven, the same person who created Desert Nightmare. A man named Aaron wakes up in the middle of a street with no memory of how he got there. All he has is a book, which is largely blank except for the last page, which has the seven deadly sins listed on it. After going into a town and discovering that while he was asleep the world has apparently taken a turn for the much worse, he meets a mysterious man named Vergil who tells him he will not help him through this strange world, but he will guide him. It just gets weirder from there.

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The game was translated from German into English by Azn Chipmunk, who also translated Desert Nightmare. The translation can be downloaded here.

Schuld provides examples of:

  • Absurd Phobia: Aaron has the fear of becoming fat to the point of refusing food in a world where food is scarce. His fear is later realized after being forced to eat Maria.
  • All Just a Dream: The places Aaron goes to over the course of his journey are all false visions inflicted on him. In actuality, this whole time he's been held prisoner in a space station on the moon.
  • Alternative Calendar: A newspaper has the date 17.15.9999.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Early on, Aaron meets a young girl whose arm has been destroyed by "rot". Other people suffer a similar affliction. And then his own arm gets cut off in order to give it to someone who lost all their limbs.
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  • Driven to Suicide: Aaron and Vergil come across the aforementioned man who has lost all his limbs to the Rot smoking a cigarette. Vergil explains that smoking accelerates the Rot.
  • Endurance Duel: Aaron ends up locked in a small room with a man who attacks him to get one of his arms. Aaron has to avoid the man's attacks for about a minute and a half until the man dies from the Rot.
  • Eye Scream: Rot can decay even the eyes; late in the first chapter Aaron meets a child who's been blinded from the disease. He gives one of his own to her.
  • Force Feeding: At one point, Aaron is forced to eat the corpse of Maria.
  • Meatgrinder Surgery: After talking with the man with no limbs, Aaron is captured and strapped to a surgery table. One of his arms is amputated by a doctor using a wooden saw.
  • Mind Rape: Most of what Aaron experiences over the course of the game isn't really happening; he's being mentally tortured by his worst enemy.
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  • No Kill Like Overkill: After killing the warlord who ordered Maria's death, Aaron continues to shoot the warlord presumably until he runs out of bullets.
  • Rain of Something Unusual: Aaron comes across an area where money is raining. There's even a canal where money is flowing like a river.
  • Reset Button: Things that happen in one chapter don't all carry over to the next one. There's a reason for this.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Aaron decides to take his revenge against Williams at the end, even though the space station is going to self-destruct in a few minutes and if he takes his revenge there's no chance of getting out alive.
  • Revenge by Proxy: The reason Maria keeps popping up in the visions Aaron is given is because Williams wants to torture him further by having to see Maria suffer.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Maria is killed, Aaron immediately grabs a gun, heads to the warlord who ordered her death, and fights and kills him.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: At the beginning of the game, Aaron has in his possession a book with empty pages except for the last page which has the Latin words for the seven deadly sins. The places Aaron goes to each center around one of the sins.
  • Tongue Trauma: In the second world, Aaron meets a woman who looks like a woman he once knew, and she never speaks to him. He's told it's because her tongue's been cut out.
  • Tragic Dream: Aaron meets a little girl whose eyes have decayed away, and she expresses a wish that she could have seen the ocean one last time. Aaron tries to grant her wish, giving her one of his own eyes and taking her to the beach, but the ocean has by now become awash with corpses, and looks just as bad as everything else.
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