A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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The Novelist asks one central question: can you achieve your dreams without pushing away the people you love? The game focuses on Dan Kaplan, a novelist struggling to write the most important book of his career while trying to be the best husband and father he can be. The Kaplans have come to a remote coastal home for the summer, unaware that they're sharing the house with a mysterious ghostly presence: you.

Read the family's thoughts. Explore their memories. Uncover their desires and intervene in their lives. But stay out of sight; you can't help the Kaplans if they know there's a ghost in the house. It's up to you to decide how Dan's career and family life will evolve, but choose carefully; there are no easy answers, and every choice has a cost.

Dan's relationships – to his work, his wife, and his son – react and shift in response to your choices. With a different sequence of events in every playthrough, The Novelist gives life to a unique experience each time you play

The decisions you make will define the Kaplans' lives, but they may also tell you something about yourself.


"A quite remarkable simulation of family life" – 8/10 – Edge
"Sincere, realistic writing and an inspired approach to player choice" – Polygon
"The Novelist affected me, deeply … I frequently cried" – Rock Paper Shotgun
"Stands head and shoulders above all others … well-written and genuinely moving" - Indie Game of the Year – Continue Play


PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars
(52 total ratings)
AuthorOrthogonal Games
Tagschoice, family, Narrative, story
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilitySubtitles, Configurable controls


Buy Now$4.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $4.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

The Novelist (macOS) 289 MB
The Novelist (Linux) 289 MB
The Novelist (Windows) 287 MB


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This game to me, was difficult to pick up -- but so hard to put down. I didn't think I was that invested in the game until after it finished and I think about it occasionally.


Me the entire game: No one cares about your needs Linda, your kid is SAD.
Me at the end: Okay, time to chose Linda's ending. 
Beautiful game, beautifully written. 10/10. Want 5 more. <3


You know it's gonna be a good game when you already care about the characters and not messing up their lives after reading the description