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This is a remake of my first Unity project from 2016.

In the Morning Turns to Ash is a first-person narrative game poem about a man who tries to come to grips with his father's recent death by returning to the wilderness retreat where they used to camp together.

The game takes 20-25 minutes to complete and is designed to be played in one sitting.

It's a game about fathers and sons, parents and children, regrets and love.


WASD                 = move

Mouse                = look around

Escape               = menu


A nice write-up about the game on IndieGamesPlus.

More from this developer: https://johnvanderhoef.itch.io


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In the Morning Turns to Ash_Data.zip 314 MB
In the Morning Turns to Ash.app.zip 320 MB


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When you're the sort of person, having traveled halfway through the game, who turns back just to make sure the fire is out. XD

Thanks for playing!


A beautiful narrative journey of self-healing and self-discovery, done with a soothing voice that feels alive. Graphically an astounding piece of art as well. Only fools would miss out on this. It is profound.

That is my review and I gave you five starts. Anything less would be criminal.



Beautiful scenery and great voice acting, only thing that slightly annoys me is the head boobing. I get the effect it can have, and it's nice in the start but it kinda makes me feel sick after a while, just wish there was an option to turn it off in the settings.

A very, very detailed THANKS!

A very nice game with super graphics and great sound. The voice acting is superb and tells a really good story. Another fantastic game John. Keep em coming... :)

Thanks, Kevx. I appreciate all the small games you give exposure to through your videos. There are so many games on here that it's nice to visit your channel to see a sampling.

Very nicely put together. An easy going adventure with a great tale. Weel done.


Thanks for playing!