A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

Pillow of Stone is an experiential music medley game about a man who escapes prison to give his daughter a teddy bear.

Use HEADPHONES for the optimal experience. A large part of the game's themes and story points are explored through the lyrics of all the songs.

Pillow of Stone takes ~25 minutes to complete and is designed to be played in one sitting.


Prisoner’s Song              Version by Eoin O’Sullivan

Prisoner’s Song              Version by Pabrizzer

Chain Gang                       Sam Cooke

Outcast                               Christine Fellows

Drive                                     Ross Bugden

Raised All Wrong         Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans

Orange Sky                      Alexi Murdoch

Hurt                                      Hyona Park (Cover of NIN version)

Departure Arrival        Mischief Brew


WASD                 = move

Space                  = jump

E                             = interact / pickup

Mouse                = look around

Left Mouse      = throw (when applicable)

Escape                = return to Title Screen to Quit.

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

Install instructions


1) Download the file; 2) unzip the file; 3) open the .exe file.


1) Download the file; 2) unzip the file; 3) open the .app file. 4) Control + Left Mouse click file, select Open.


Pillow_of_Stone_x86_Data.zip 471 MB
Pillow of Stone.app.zip 475 MB


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This is really cool, Mitch. Luckily, I have a Google cardboard lying around here, so I was able to watch this.

i played on my 4k laptop, runs smooth, and great graphics, finished in 20 minutes. 10/10 :)

And u should check out my games too guys :)

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

I use Windows 7 64-bit, which file will I have to download to play the game, the first one (Pillow_of_Stone_x86_Data.zip) or the second one (Pillow of Stone.app.zip)? Sorry but it's not very clear with the given instructions...


Hey Stavros. You'll want to download Pillow_of_Stone_x86_Data.zip. Cheers.

Thank you, so the other download is for Mac?

Beautiful. If you ever have the inclination, would love to see this as a full-scale project, if you know what I mean. Really enjoyed it as is, though.

Thanks. Other than some minor tweaks, though, I'm not sure I'll do much more here. I had a simple idea, and I more or less executed it. Future projects will grow in complexity.


Incredible experience. Bummer that it is an instant copyright strike but you're ability to wield melancholic feelings was masterful

Thanks. Yeah, it's a shame Youtube has draconian policies like that.

So I had a blast playing this, and I really do like what you guys did as making it a story Driven, it was kinda sad, and exhilarating all at once! I really did enjoy the little things, ESPECIALLY the soundtrack! :D

So I had a blast playing this, and I really do like what you guys did as making it a story Driven, it was kinda sad, and exhilarating all at once! I really did enjoy the little things, ESPECIALLY the soundtrack! :D

Thanks for playing! And it's just me. I used purchased Unity assets to design an original game. That's why it's an "everyday-developed" game, because anybody can do this, and more people should!

Ever have a pillow of stone? I wonder how comfy it would be?

This was a pretty cool game.  I really enjoyed the music and the characters.  This wasn't what I thought this game would be, but it was really cool none the less.  

I really like the idea behind this game the entire thought of breaking out of prison to give your baby girl a teddy bear is very intriguing. Because the game was released a few days ago I don't know how much more you plan on changing or adding but these are some things I would love to see. More of a process to escape the prison (whether that means getting a key or finding/crafting items to make a pick with, etc.) Maybe a flashback of the incident to show why we are in prison, I really want to know how we got here. And lastly I'd like to see some more story (If the flashback has family story in it then great) I loved the concept but I didn't have as much of a connection to Sarah as I wanted to, *SPOILERS* I felt defeated when Heather left with Sarah, but if you make us love the character, the leave of Heather and Sarah with hit 10 times harder. *SPOILERS OVER* I thought the visuals were great I really liked the way the trees and sky looked! I did have trouble with the walking pace at times and the area with the boxes that you have to jump on to get out of the prison, but besides that the rest of it ran beautifully. I think if you could clean this game up a bit you'd have something that could really tug at our heart strings. I look forward to seeing what you do in the future! :) 

Thanks for playing and for the suggestions. I plan on updating it eventually, so I'll keep these comments in mind.

Awesome! I look forward to it! :D

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This game was oddly very very calming. I really like the little story behind it and the music choices for the game were amazing! great job!

Thanks! It's designed to be a short meditation for players, so I'm happy to hear it was calming for you.


Played half of the game and I don't mean to shit on it, but I don't see potential here. The gameplay is basically nonexistent as you are just walking around with very little direction while what I assume is stolen music is playing in the background. Also, I didn't see another character during my time playing the game which eliminates all immersion and  walking speeds are frustratingly slow at times. Finally, the story isn't unique or compelling. Again, I'm not trying to be a dick, but after seeing all of the positive feedback from people who didn't want to hurt your feelings I felt I needed to post this. If this is one of your first games I hope the development of this game teaches you a lot, but imo this game will never be great. I wish you luck and I look forward to seeing better games from you in the future!


Thanks for playing!

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Rubbish. This beats most of the crap that comes out on gamejolt and Itch.io. As with most games on here it has some issues but nothing that 'spoilt' the atmosphere of the game. I enjoyed playing it and it had nothing to do with hurting anyone's feelings.


Everyone is entitled to their opinion. This kind of experience isn't for everybody. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Others may not (see above). But that's fine. I made it for specific kind of person. Not every song, TV show, or movie will appeal to everybody. So it is with interactive experiences. Maybe it's not much of a game, but I'm happy with the experience I crafted, flawed though it may be.

Played the game, however as stated through the video some changes could help!


I would love to do a play for my channel but, I feel I would be riddled with copywrites for songs. Good project though!

It definitely wasn't designed for Youtube Let's Plays, but this is something I'll keep in mind for the future. Thanks.


Loved the game and just the whole concept of the game. I thought the gameplay flowed very nicely with the music! The game hit me right in the heart. Thanks!

I'll be looking forward to your games in the future.


Thanks so much!

Great game the song are fitting but I have 5things i would recommend first, add sprint.Second, have a more background story and get rid of the loading and have it flow more.Third, make a hunting and gathering for food and water.Fourth, make the police scene harder and have people and a helicopter around.Lastly, make the cornfield shorter or have something to do during it like driving.I would rly like to see this on steam and a second game or an add on when he gets back to his family.Great job!!


Thanks for the suggestions and for playing! Getting rid of the "Loading" screens is something I've been thinking about. I'll see how the game flows. The other suggestions, while they would make the experience more "gamey," for lack of a better word, do not really work with the experience I am trying to craft. This is very much a concentrated, minimalist, short story in game form. I am glad the story, as vague as it is, engaged you. Cheers.

Thank you for this amazing, nice, melancholic little masterpiece! Great soundtrack! Well done!

Thank you! I really appreciate that.

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:( too sad for me

I have a tendency to make sad or somber games.


Good mix with the music (even with the copyright claim). :) I should have mailed the bear. 


Thanks for playing and for the let's play.

Wonderful. Music and story work great. As a tester it works very well. Good Job... :)

Thanks for recording your playthrough, Kevx. You're the first person to ever do that with one of my games.


A. main menu doesn't scale with resolution, minimal screen-size for buttons to be accessible is a bit too laggy.

B. Need to jump to get free from backing into a wall. (collision detection should push character to the closest valid position, not just halt movement)


Thanks for the feedback. I'll try to implement these changes in upcoming builds.