Spider Lily Studios
Based in London, UK

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Retrace is a character-driven horror adventure game, inspired by Zero Escape and Nier Automata. A combination of beautiful painted portraits and pixel art, as well as original music, create an enchanting, mysterious setting for the player to explore as they solve puzzles and try to decipher the overarching mysteries of the world they're trapped in--a world full of deadly traps and horrifying monsters. The key mechanic is timeline-jumping; the player can return to decision points and take different paths, unlocking different information even in seemingly 'dead ends', seeking out the 'true ending'.


In late 2016, Els began developing ideas for what would become Retrace--a game in the tradition of the games that had inspired him in the past, such as Umineko no Naku Koro Ni and the Zero Escape series. In early 2017, he hired rustorange as a freelance artist. A fellow fan of Umineko and other narrative games, rustorange provided an invaluable source of inspiration for Retrace's narrative and characters. As Retrace began to take shape, Julian Adams (dev of Hyperlight Drifter fame) proposed an exchange--he was working on a text engine for Game Maker Studio, the same engine Retrace was using, and offered its use to the Spider Lily Studios team in exchange for bug testing and help with development. Despite his humility and insistence on not being repaid, he's getting a credit here anyway. So there. With the addition of music from Harmonic Blend (Dreaming Mary, Painted Heart) and UI by Selina Muriel, Retrace began to take shape.


  • Beautiful painted portraits and detailed pixel sprite and backgrounds.
  • A blend of puzzle, narrative, adventure and action.
  • Original music by harmonicblend.
  • Dark mysteries for the player to uncover.
  • Queer characters and potential romances.
  • Multiple endings based on player choices.


Trailer YouTube

Opening Theme YouTube

Gameplay Video YouTube


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About Spider Lily Studios

Spider Lily Studios makes games that are beautiful and eerie, just like our name. We want to reach out to and inspire people through the medium of interactive narratives.

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