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A teenage photographer Leta and her best friend Lina go for a walk in the mountains where they stumble upon a strange old music box. Lina decided to take the strange item home: nobody needs it anyway, right? Soon after that Lina goes missing without explanation leaving behind only a photo of the ominous item.

Some time later a photograph of Lina starts appearing in Leta's home no matter how many times she gets rid of it. Then one night when Leta's mom is working late into the night and Leta is home all by herself strange noises begin to sound in her apartment, items start moving of their own accord and the lights go out. Things go downhill from there.

Wire Lips is a short horror adventure viewed from third-person perspective developed by an independent group under the name of AIHASTO. It was released on 20th of January 2020 and is available for purchase on Steam.

These examples are trying to mess with your home:

  • Alien Geometries: The flat takes on these in certain moments. See bizarrchitecture below.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: Leta - the main protagonist's moe visual doesn't go very well with the spooky mood of the game.
  • Bizarrchitecture: Leta's flat sometimes switches rooms all of a sudden, a door leads to an unrealistically long hallway or the door leading to the kitchen sends you into the bathroom instead.
  • Covers Always Lie: Leta looks considerably skinier in the cover art than in the game proper.
    • Also in the game she gets some supernatural scars around her mouth but is never actually seen with her Mouth Stitched Shut with wires as in the title screen.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Leta takes practially all the creepy and traumatizing stuff with casualty which only makes it creepier.
  • Gainax Ending: While the ending tries to explain a few thingsnote  mostly you'll remain baffled by what was really going on.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Downplayed. Strange ominous sounds get Leta's attention at given moments and clue her in that something bad is going on in her home.
  • Inner Monologue: All of Leta's thoughts are in the subtitles or loading screens.
  • Jump Scare: Not many sudden loud sounds but many times you'll turn around only to find the monster two inches from Leta's face staring right into it.
  • Minimalist Cast: The game's cast consists only of Leta, Lina and the anonymous creepy sewn-mouth antagonist monster. No other characters make an appearance even if they're mentioned.
  • Mouth Stitched Shut: In the title screen a girl'snote  mouth is visible stitched shut. With ''wires''. Yikes.
    • The primary antagonist's mouth is also stitched with wires but that doesn't deter him from letting out sickening growls and screeches.
  • Multiple Endings: There are two, one downer and one that's kind of bittersweet.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Most of the time, especially in the beginning, the worst you'll notice are quiet knocks and some small items falling off the shelves but considering that Leta is all alone at home at night it will come off as considerably unsettling at least.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: The game is chock-full of these.
  • Perpetual Frowner: You'll never see Leta smile once in the game.
  • Puni Plush: Leta indeed looks quite plushy.
  • Shrinking Violet: Leta leans towards this behavior even though noone is around her. Or is there?
  • The Shut-In: In the opening narration it is mentioned that Leta spends most of her time at home after her best friend went missing.