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『Discouraged Workers』 is an independent kinetic novel created by YGGDRASIL STUDIO. The episode 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


  • This is a TEEN version of the Discouraged Workers, takes the form of kinetic novel.
  • You 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 – 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 100+ minutes, with the real soap opera-like directing.
  • The animation-style hand-drawn sprites & CGs, and backgrounds based on retouched real pictures.
  • Archives contains 90 records(Characters and Concept, Diary, Gallery, Music, and Replay).
  • Steam Achievements, Steam Trading Cards series unlike the original version, cross-platform auto-cloud sync with Steam Cloud.
  • Full controller support, Steam Controller support.
  • Blind-friendly support.
  • Integrated with Game Jolt API.
  • Soundtrack for the Steam Music Player, Android build.

Key Records

  • SlideDB 2016 AOTY TOP 50
  • SlideDB 2015 AOTY TOP 50
  • Greenlit on Steam Greenlight
  • The second Adult Only title on Steam
  • Very first released for Adult and TEEN version on Steam
  • Very first native Steam Controller support in Korea, Republic of.
  • Funded with Tumblbug
  • Participated in the FUCK CAPITALISM JAM(#FuckJam2k15)
  • Amazon Top 100 selling Indie Games PC Games #12, Mac Games #4
  • IndieGameStand Top Sellers #1
  • itch.io Top games #51, Adventure games #7, Android adventure #1
  • SlideDB Popular Games #1(2 times), IndieDB #11, ModDB #45
  • App Store iPad Top Paid Educational Games #2, iPhone Top Paid Adventure Games #10, Top Paid Educational Games #1 in Singapore
  • Google Play Top Paid Adventure #20 in India, Top New Paid Adventure #7 in Korea, Republic of., Top New Paid Adventure #20 in 8 countries

Recent changes on March 10, 2018, PDT:

  • Update: Version >
  • Update: Ren'Py Engine 6.99.142
  • Added: Integrated with Game Jolt API
  • Added: Sketch-arts in the Ga-yeon's diary
  • Added: Russian support by Roman Koledin
  • Added: Simplified-Chinese support by IVY
  • Added: Spanish support by Project Gamer Japones
  • Added: Blind-friendly support
  • Added: Replay screen
  • Added: About screen
  • Improved: Many graphical assets has been added or replaced
  • Improved: Steamworks integration support
  • Improved: Controller support and Steam Controller support
  • Improved: Now the Archives will display your collecting status
  • Improved: When displaying the controller images, the buttons on the quick menu are not focused by the arrow keys
  • Improved: Now the window-title will display your current language title, also immediately when you change the language
  • Improved: Reduce program size
  • Improved: Update licenses
  • Improved: Update source codes on our GitHub
  • Fixed: All screens and GUIs
  • Fixed: Now the epilogue can be seen in your progress directly, not the concept archive
  • Fixed: Slap sound effect output timing


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. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

Discouraged Workers TEEN V1.7.8.371 for Linux(TAR.BZ2) 157 MB
Discouraged Workers TEEN V1.7.8.371 for Mac(ZIP) 150 MB
Discouraged Workers TEEN V1.7.8.731 for Win(ZIP) 151 MB
Discouraged Workers TEEN V1.7.8.731 for Android Mobile/Tablet(APK) 167 MB
Discouraged Workers OST(MP3) 80 MB

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