A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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The Aching

by the Lobdegg

In a dark world somewhere between dream and nightmare you find yourself alone, cold, and without memory of where you came from. A silver locket at your feet.

The Aching is a horror adventure game in an unsettling other world where you must find the answers to three burning questions:

  • Who are you?
  • Where are you?
  • What is the significance of this locket?

Filled to the brim with gruesome scenes, creepy close-ups, and tricky puzzles that will make your skin crawl, the world of The Aching is beautifully rendered in 16-color graphics designed for Tandy 1000 series computers. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end as the sullen sounds of forgotten nightmares lap from the Tandy 3-voice sound chip!

Join us on a trip of discovery into the dark realms of The Aching.

System specifications

The Aching runs well in DOSBox on any system (Linux/macOS/Windows). If running on real DOS hardware, the system requirements are:

  • Any 8086 (or higher) IBM-compatible PC, running at 10 MHz or faster
  • MS-DOS (or compatible operating system) or Windows 95/98
  • 384KB of RAM
  • Tandy 16-color (TGA), or EGA 16-color graphics
  • Optional: Tandy 3-voice sound, Roland MT-32 MIDI modules


Arrow keys / Number Pad Keys - Move
Escape key - presents the menu
F1 - show version
F2 - restart (currently non functional)
F5 - save game
F6 - load game
F8 - toggle cycle limiter
F9 - quit


Hadrosaurus Software
 (development studio)
the Lobdegg, author

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Updated 26 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
AuthorHadrosaurus Software
Tags2D, DOS, Horror, linux, MS-DOS, Pixel Art, Retro, Singleplayer, windows


Buy Now$7.49 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7.49 USD. You will get access to the following files:

The Aching v1.05 (Windows) 6 MB
The Aching v1.05 (Linux) 3 MB
The Aching v1.05 (macOS) 7 MB
The Aching v1.05 (DOS) 206 kB

Download demo

"The Aching" self-playing demo (Windows) 1 MB
"The Aching" self-playing demo (Linux) 4 MB
"The Aching" self-playing demo (macOS) 3 MB
"The Aching" self-playing demo (DOS) 83 kB
Original game jam prototype (Windows) 6 MB
Original game jam prototype (DOS/floppy disk files) 112 kB
"The Aching" user guide/manual [PDF] 982 kB

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