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Created for Ace Jam 2018.

A  little puzzle/exploration horror game in which you play as a nonbinary panromantic ace who has to find clues in order to piece together a story and figure out how to escape a scary suburban house (and its owners, who want to keep you trapped and make you just. like. them).

Content Warnings: Homophobia, Eye Contact, Loud/Abrupt Sounds.

Streaming is A-OK!

Note: If you open the game and receive the error "RTP is required to run this game," please download and install the RTP for RPG Maker VX Ace here:  http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/download/additional/run-time-packages

Character portraits and title screen were created by my wonderful zucchini, Ace! Please check out her Tumblr! iwouldliketosayhello.tumblr.com

Update 10/29/18: The Suburb: Not Just Dinner is now available as PWYW! If you pay $5 or more, you'll also be able to download a 10-page pdf of original sketches and art, plus a simple item guide and ending guide for the game!


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

The Suburb - Not Just Dinner.zip 385 MB
The Suburb - Not Just Dinner Bonus Content.zip 1 MB
if you pay $5 USD or more

Development log


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I'm stuck, I made it to the laundry room but got nothing added to my bag and I went into the bedroom and can't find the 2 other passcodes for the drawers. Cant find the secret room either. Can you drop some hints? 

I love this game SO MUCH! The idea of the game is well thought out. and this game sometimes makes me laugh! This game is PANtastic!

can you download it on a macos device? Thanks!

i loved all the puns! i left the house but there were no end credits or anything, all i can do now is walk around the outside, is that how it ends or am i missing something?


I wish I could escape the Straights too lol (also I loved the taz reference) 

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I cannot express how much i love this game! It sheds light on some serious issues most people who are part of LGBT+ go through and turns it into a fun and interesting plot! Although the end bit at the gate did glitch out when i dressed the PC and Clive up as each other, it was still fun to go through the game once more and marvel at how cute and funny it was all in all. <3

this is so good! it's short and sweet and cute and funny and sad and i absolutely loved clive and the pc. <3


this was really fun! i kind of. want more content of clive and the PC. they're both really cute and i wanna see where they go from here!

it was basic, but like. there's nothing wrong with that. it's a fun, punny little rpgmaker story and i'd really recommend it to anyone looking for a good time that has themes of homophobia and transphobia without like. biting and hurting as you/the characters experience it.

12/10 would cry about a skeleton again

(also don't think i didn't see the TAZ reference. it's Good.)

thank you so much! we're really glad you enjoyed the game.

we both fell in love with clive and the PC and their friendship too and definitely have plans for them to return at some point! :D

haha, i'm glad i was able to sneak a TAZ reference in there! ;) thanks for finding it!!


Great job. This is a fun little game.  I really liked the puns and jokes from the main character. 

Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed the game! :)


let us be mean to heteros for godssake

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it's nice to see queer people making games containing queer issues, but in my opinion, the presentation of this game unfortunately embodies everything that is wrong with queer identity politics at the moment. extremely shallow characters — flawless queers, unidimensionally flawed straights. the queer issues in the game are also dealt with at a very low level of reflection, merely rehashing the most basic notions of the current cultural discussion about the concept of the gender binary and portraying the conservative side as silly, evil, and without any legitimacy whatsoever. no efforts made to include any internal conflicts, compelling exchange of ideas or anything else that would have given the plot depth. queer and progressive values are not brought into the world by antagonizing heterosexuals and conservatives, my friends.

ok in terms of visuals and music.

gameplay next to non-existent, as in many rpg maker shorts.

wouldn't recommend unless you are a queer person in dire need of self-indulgent empowerment.


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