A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Buy Now$19.99 USD or more

~Scarlet Hollow is releasing episodically~ If you'd like to try it out, you can download Episode 1 for free, which will share a save folder with any build you download here. Episode 2 will be releasing in early June 2021. Buying a key on this page will get you access to all of the remaining episodes as they release, in the form of free updates.
Trapped in the dying Appalachian mining town of Scarlet Hollow for the funeral of your estranged aunt, you quickly find yourself at the center of a dark mystery that threatens your life and the fate of an entire town. Who lives, who dies, and the fate of an entire town rests on your shoulders. 


  • A heavily branching narrative where your choices matter. The relationships you forge and the decisions you make will dramatically alter your journey.
  • Terrifying and funny. Charming characters and snappy dialogue flip to pulse-pounding horror at a moment's notice.
  • A deep relationship system that changes how characters act around you. Characters don't just like or dislike you. Become friendly rivals, bitter adversaries, best friends, or mild acquaintances with everyone in town based on how you approach the story.
  • Trait-based dialogue and role-playing. Scarlet Hollow's dialogue system is driven by role-playing elements that let you choose who you want to be. Are you quiet and observant? Hot and clueless? 21 different character builds change how you interact with the world and how your story unfolds.
  • Original monster designs inspired by Appalachian myths and cryptids. You won't find any predictable vampires or zombies here.
  • Five romance options. Whether you're into goths, dads, Youtubers, mysterious recluses, or lo-fi beats to study and water your plants to, we've got all your bases covered.
  • Dozens of meticulously hand-drawn and traditionally inked backgrounds. Every background in the game is drawn by hand and inked on massive 19x24 inch paper.
  • Hundreds of immersive sprites. Each major character has dozens of hand-drawn sprites that interact with backgrounds and capture a full range of lighting, emotion, environment, and outfit changes.

Scarlet Hollow is a horror game and is not intended for all audiences. If you require a detailed list of specific content warnings, you can find one on our website.

Updated 11 days ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
PublisherBlack Tabby Games
Release date Jun 11, 2021
AuthorAbby Howard
GenreVisual Novel, Interactive Fiction, Role Playing
Made withRen'Py
TagsAtmospheric, Dark Humor, Hand-drawn, Horror, LGBT, LGBTQIA, Meaningful Choices
Average sessionA few hours
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, Subtitles, One button
LinksSteam, Steam, Twitter, Patreon, Blog, Soundtrack, Twitch


Buy Now$19.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $19.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Scarlet Hollow Early Access Linux (October 2021 Episode 2 Balance Patch Version) 1 GB
Scarlet Hollow Early Access Mac (October 2021 Episode 2 Balance Patch Version) 1 GB
Scarlet Hollow Early Access Windows (October 2021 Episode 2 Balance Patch Versio 1 GB

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Not super in love with downloading and saving across multiple executables. I’d prefer one big download.

That said, I’m totally into the art and concept!

Episode 1 is a separate executable because it's a free demo.

Cool, so Ep 3 will increment this?




Just played the 2nd episode I'm so into this... can't wait for the next ep!

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There are a lot of amazing recent horror narrative games like Tiny Bunny, Sally Face, and My Beautiful Paper Smile to name a few, Scarlet Hollow fits nicely in the group of stellar horror narratives.

Full Episode 1 No Commentary

Incredible game! I had such a great time with episode 2 and these updates can't come soon enough.


I already bought mine in itch io. Is it possible to get steam key for this game as well?

Delightfully creepy! I can't wait for the next parts! Love the characters and how the story is coming together. I'm going to have to play this again with different traits.

Just a heads up there is a broken image of Kaneeka towards the middle of the game. Trying to avoid spoiler in a public comment it's around the time you meet the teens.

Yay! So glad you had fun!

Can you post a screenshot or more details in the bugs channel of our discord? Or email to tony@blacktabbygames.com

Discord link: discord.gg/2uSZq4FXmd


Hello! In the description you mention that we can "buy a key on this page," unfortunately I don't see that option in the browser version, and if I use the itchio app, it has a purchase now option, but it takes you to a broken link saying the page cannot be found! Not sure if it's a bug or what have you, but I definitely would like to buy the pass when it is available!

Hey there! Sorry for the confusion. You'll be able to buy a key on this page once the build with Episode 2 goes live on June 11th! If you'd like to pre-purchase now, you can do so through our BackerKit page.


I'm so looking forward to this!!!!