A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

You find yourself in a dimly lit log cabin in the middle of the woods. You are starving to death. The stranger who resides there tells you that he will feed you if you defeat him in a game of cards.

Sacrifices Must Be Made is a game created for Ludum Dare 43. I produced the game code, art, and audio in 48 hours. Here's the Ludum Dare entry page!

The game should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. There is an ending so hang in there!


  • Mouse - Move Cursor and Click
  • WASD/Arrow Keys - Shift Camera View
  • SHIFT+R - Reset Level

Tools Used

  • Unity
  • Photoshop
  • PixaTool
  • Audacity
  • Garage Band
  • My shitty microphone for recording sound!

Fonts Used


Sacrifices Must Be Made (Improved Post Jam) 20 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Improved Post Jam) 24 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Improved Post Jam) 27 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Original Game Jam) 18 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Original Game Jam) 23 MB

Development log


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Your game was fun to play and quite a challenge too. Simply awesome!
The sfx when the creep talked freaked me out

I know there's very little chance of this getting expanded, but I love the concept of sacrifice for an advantage. The only downside is that I think you'd have to force the player to start all over to make the sacrifice appealing.

I WISH THIS HAD HOURS OF GAMEPLAY! Definitely my most favorite indie card game. The gameplay is simple, easy to understand, but is backed with a TERRIFYING, UNSETTLING UNDERCURRENT. I wish there was lore explored behind everything going on here. Also wish these were real cards, because I would collect every single one! The artwork has a sharp and menacing look that adds to the atmosphere, and THAT FREAKING ENDING threw me off so hard! Thanks for creating this game!

I'm proud that I only died once! It's a really cool game, and I'll probably play through it a second time to see the cards that I didn't see in the first one. I also want to see the second ending.

I'd love to see this idea expanded upon. I'd legit pay for a sequel/longer version of this with even more cards and story. I play some MtG every now and then and in that game I find black to be one of the more interesting colours, so I love that this game is basically just that even though it's pretty different.

I freakin' LOVED this game!
Really fun and easy to play once you know how to play, def took me a few tries to understand fully though haha

It's like a dark souls game but with cards...but also modded to always lose

my game gets stuck on "the squirrel is a shrewd creature but weak"




Seems good, the problem is that the AI seem to consistently have better cards than you. Even if you play your cards perfectly, you'll still lose a lot of the time.


I really enjoyed this, good card game mechanics with a cool little story to go along with it.  It's a little restricted at the moment, but I'd love to just play the card game separate, dueling an npc opponent, or even friends, with a full deck of all the different cards.  But either way it's a fun little game as is, nice work.  This is the first game in the video.  


This game has awesome potential! I have beat it 4 times now and I can't get enough of it's awesome mechanics. I like seeing my opponent's oddly eyes and the health system was nice with a little twisting mechanic. Everything was amazing in this little game. Great job!

There are so many layers to this - it's like a clever card game within a tense movie scene within a surreal dream. At my age it's rare for a game experience to feel completely new, but this does. I would have given money for this if I could.

It was a little frustrating that when offered the 'choice' at the end, there was still a knife within reach. Methinks there was a third choice!

What a game. There is a glitch with the Warren that many other people have talked about, but if you took that out and developed the game a little more this could be an amazing PvP card game.

This was a really great game. I would love to be able to play a longer version of this game. Such as a tournament mode or something like that. I did however find a glitch with the warren card being able to give me unlimeted bunnies. Other then that well done!!

found a glitch where if u use the warren and dont place the card down, it will still give you 2 rabbits. You can do this over and over.

nice game but it would be cool if there was an endless mode or something like that

Simple little game that take a slight bit more strategy than I few thought. The concept is neat an if made into a full game and longer sotry it woul be fantastic I think.This was the third game I played.


Loved the game, atmosphere, everything about it, hope you expand on it more. 


Awesome game with great atmosphere for such a simple concept! I also found that bug other people are talking about when the warren gives the player infinite bunnies. I used it to beat the last round with one turn, haha


Found a bug, if you select the warren but then right click out of it you still get 2 rabbits.


I love this game, and id love it even more if you made an endless mode where you can edit your deck and stuff like that

you are right!!!


Awesome game, i really love the card aspect and how it relates to the overall story, great job!


i think i found a bug with the rabbits card that gives almost infinite bunnies! 



Loved it. Aside from the amazingly creepy atmosphere and story, the card game itself is really cool! Was wondering if the sacrificing mechanic was inspired by a different game or did you invent it yourself? Would love to play around with that more.


i've got big pleasure to play this game, really card good game and horror [FR]


I loved this so much


Wow, that was one hell of an ending. Great work.


Really nice game!

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Congratulations to the developers, I had a lot of fun in this game, I'm Brazilian.



I had so much fun playing your game! I hope that you did well during the game jam : -) Keep up the great work. 

What do i need to install and be able to play the game

You need a program to unzip the file. I use 7-zip. Save it where you want, and open the folder. Find the run file inside the folder, and there you go. 

Thank you I got it working now I love it

Awesome :-)


But it's an amazing game and full of creative.


Would you like to increase some difficulty?I thought it's  too easy.


AMAZING game man.

There's a bug if you *click* the warren card, then retreat to your hand with *S* you will still draw the Rabbit cards.