A downloadable game for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android

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『Discouraged Workers』is an indie adventure kinetic novel created by YGGDRASIL STUDIO. The game is the fifth in the Project DW series, a satirical story based on the popular Korean soap operas-styled plot. It compares Ga-yeon's bleak everyday life to the dark side of youth.

As a hospital coordinator, Ga-yeon fell in love with a doctor at the hospital she was working in and they had an affair even though the doctor was a married man. When the director found out, she was fired. For over a year she tried to find another job, but her mental uneasiness eventually made her give up and she became a recluse.

A year later, in the spring of 2013, her younger sister, Hye-na, and her first love Yunwoo come to her.

A story about the dark side of today's youth and serious life events happening around Ga-yeon.

Discouraged Workers


  • The game is a hybrid of kinetic novel and point-and-click, scenario puzzle.
  • The episode is adult content. This game contains Violence, Blood, Strong Sexual Content, Nudity, Strong Language, Use of Tobacco, Alcohol Reference. Not recommended for Children, Seniors or Pregnant, Feeble-Minded Person.
  • The game will be moved on mostly through Ga-yeon's point of view and the Archives will be also helpful for you to understand the whole play.
  • You don't need to be directly involved in the game – just watch, read, listen, and feel it.
  • However sometimes, you may be required to do something to collect some records or scenes.
  • Discouraged Workers is played automatically. You can toggle this function.


  • A Korean-based densely-plotted story with the gloomy theme.
  • The short but intense 120+ minutes, with the real soap opera-like directing.
  • The animation-style sprites & CGs, and backgrounds based on retouched real pictures.
  • Archives contains 70+ records(Characters and Concept, Diary, Gallery, and Music).
  • Archives are granted in accordance with the progress of the game.
  • 30 Steam Achievements, full Steam Trading Cards series, cross-platform auto-cloud sync with Steam Cloud.
  • Full Controller Support, Steam Controller support.

Key Records

  • SlideDB 2015 AOTY TOP 50 Nominee
  • Greenlit on Steam Greenlight
  • Funded with Tumblbug
  • Participated in the FUCK CAPITALISM JAM(#FuckJam2k15)
  • Amazon Top 100 selling Indie Games PC Games #31, Mac Games #12
  • SlideDB Popular Games #1(2 times), IndieDB #11, ModDB #45
  • itch.io Top games #51, Adventure games #7, Android adventure #1
  • IndieGameStand Weekly Most Popular Free Games #2(Demo)
  • App Store iPad Educational Games #63 in Netherlands, Top Paid Apps #43, Top Paid Games #30, Adventure Games #12, Educational Games #2 in Singapore
  • Google Play Top Paid Adventure #20 in India, Top New Paid Adventure #20 in Indonesia, Top New Paid Adventure #20 in Mexico, Top New Paid Adventure #19 in Netherlands, Top New Paid Adventure #15 in Russia, Top New Paid Adventure #20 in Saudi Arabia, Top New Paid Game #39, Top New Paid Adventure #7, Top New Adventure #55 in South Korea, Top New Paid Adventure #19 in Switzerland, Top New Paid Adventure #14 in United Kingdom, Top New Paid Adventure #20 in United States

Discouraged Workers DLCs

Discouraged Workers Demo(TEEN)

V1.2.0.2 Hotfix:

  • Fixed: Some Korean language.

Recent changes on June 17, 2016, PDT(V1.2.0.0):

  • Added: Check for epilepsy friendly in the first run.
  • Added: Save names for Bookmarks.
  • Added: Reset function for text speed to the Configuration.
  • Added: Transitions option to the Configuration.
  • Added: Epilepsy friendly option to the Configuration.
  • Added: Keymaps screens to the Configuration.
  • Added: Calls the save notify screen before an important scene.
  • Added: More basic controller support(26 Linux, 8 Mac, 11 Windows).
  • Added: Additional information for Archives>Concept>Bridge of the Life.
  • Added: Additional information for Archives>Concept>Discouraged Worker in Korean.
  • Fixed: Replaced all screens layout.
  • Fixed: Replaced in-game layout.
  • Fixed: Replaced Slap sound effect.
  • Fixed: Parted some dialogues.
  • Fixed: Korean translation of some system messages.
  • Fixed: Controller bindings.
  • Fixed: Update manuals.
  • Removed: Second image of the Self-inflicted gallery.
  • Removed: Patch for Epilepsy patients.
  • Removed: Old unused code.


Buy Now$14.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $14.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

Discouraged Workers V1.2.0.2 for Linux(TAR.BZ2) 228 MB
Discouraged Workers V1.2.0.2 for Mac(ZIP) 223 MB
Discouraged Workers V1.2.0.2 for Win(ZIP) 224 MB
Discouraged Workers Extras Vol.1 - Disc Labels(ZIP) 8 MB
Discouraged Workers Extras Vol.2 - SNS Avatars(ZIP) 3 MB
Discouraged Workers Extras Vol.3 - Wallpapers(ZIP) 1 MB
Discouraged Workers Extras Vol.4 - Android APK V1.2.0.2(APK) 225 MB
Discouraged Workers Extras - README 1 MB

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