Your company has enlisted you to try out the new VCR SUCCESS BOOTHS to MOTIVATE YOU to be more PRODUCTIVE!

Meet "Dr. Brain", a philosopher, entrepreneur & psychiatrist who will step you through a FIVE-STEP PROGRAM to being a GO-GETTER!

Don't, dilly dally, Lost One!  Your key to a NEW LIFE awaits!


"Secrets to Success: With Dr. Brain" is a Satirical Retro Corporate Horror, with elements of drama, sci-fi and relationships!  

The game was done in under a month for the Spooktober 2023 Game jam.

While there is no requirement prior to playing the game, it is part of the same universe as a larger game called "Date Time."




-Kidz Korner




Content Warning:

-Loud noises

-Flashing Lights / Patterns


-Strong language

-Reference to death, torture.

-Bad Corporate Culture.

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PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, Android, HTML5
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(17 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
TagsComedy, Creepy, Dark Humor, Horror, Lo-fi, Narrative, Pixel Art, Retro, satire


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Ngl dudes hot

Can i have what are all the achievements ? And where can i find it?


I absolutely LOVED this game, it's so chillingly atmospheric and it really felt like I was sitting at a table at a corporate job. LOVE THE LORE <33


I am just wondering what happened to the code called "KWYJIBO" from the Morris run? It didn't seem to apply pretty much in any other games.

However, as usual, it has a nice touch of comedy as well as seriousness into it. I liked the way it progressed as well as all the endings it seems to offer (and there's achievements too, which I hope to finish off) and honestly, it was pretty entertaining to re-do anyway. Thanks for making it so entertaining somehow, I'd like to know just how you do it.

If you know the cartoon series "The Simpsons" they invented that word when they play thr scrabble and Bart play "KWYJIBO"

I know it (the cartoon) exists, but it was used as an Admin log key in Morris so I was very confused (as I thought it's all in one computer and therefore, same admin passwords) but it wasn't the case.


Another great game, while he might be a little bit of a lunatic, I do love Dr Brain. I had a lot of fun in my playthrough, Chel's scene was hilarious. 

Good job on the game!


I loved the game!!!! Chel has gotta be my favorite!!! I was screaming with joy when she came in with the printer. I actually scared my mom when I screamed lol. Great game! I love it!! 

gud banana

This was so much fun! I think I got WAAYY too emotional about some things LOL, I hope you enjoy how much I defend Chell and don't care for Bill. I NEED to eventually try your other games! Excellent work!!


This is probably my favorite indie horror game I've played in some time I absolutely can't recommend it enough!


does anyone know what the other admin login password is?? i already have the kidzkorner password and i need the other one

it's meLissa (exactly as written here), it's one of the dummy options during the first chase sequence


AHHH! THIS GAME IS LITTERALLY SO FUCKING GOOD! Gonna play again till i get all the endings!

funny story

Game crashes when the 'run to the stairs' section begins.

Sorry to hear you have problems with the game!

Can you describe what platform you're running the game on?  Does the game just close, or does something else happen when you begin the section?

Chromium browser running on a BSD operating system.

The crash isn't browser breaking. Simply that the HTML canvas is suddenly a broken widget. Is it possible you read or write to localStorage, or use some OpenGL library when that sequence occurs? I have tightened security settings that prevent some other itch games from running. But it's rare for something to stop working in the middle of playing without issues!


There shouldn't be anything different in that scene to how I am loading other scenes in the game.  Even the post-processing effects in the game have basically been on since the game starts.

Is this the FIRST stairs sequence or the SECOND?  The SECOND does introduce an animated overlay that may be taxing to older PCs.

I have tested this game on a firefox browser using an arch linux machine, but haven't been able to try it on other OSes outside of Mac, Windows, and Android.

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Most likely I'm just an outlier; but I can do a network scan to identify browser page activity when the issue happens on my end. And from replays it appears to crash randomly. If you have no objections, I'll paste it here (ie. I can remove data if it's sensitive for your programe's code.)
As the game starts, I see the following issue (the text quoted is directly from the browser):

A page or script is accessing at least one of navigator.userAgentnavigator.appVersion, and navigator.platform. Starting in Chrome 101, the amount of information available in the User Agent string will be reduced.

To fix this issue, replace the usage of navigator.userAgentnavigator.appVersion, and navigator.platform with feature detection, progressive enhancement, or migrate to navigator.userAgentData.

Note that for performance reasons, only the first access to one of the properties is shown.

2 sources

  1. jquery.maskMoney.js:1


And in the network, I  find the following packet:


Request URL:

Request Method: GET
Status Code: 204 No Content

Remote Address: 173.255.250.[xx]:443 (NOTE: address censored)

Referrer Policy: no-referrer-when-downgrade

Connection: keep-alive

Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2023 04:51:21 GMT

Server: lapis

X-Robots-Tag: noindex

Request Headers
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate, br
Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.9
Connection: keep-alive
Cookie: itchio_token=WyJOdlVCIiwxNjgyNDcxNzYxLCJmcWE4aTQwZ1BMaEY1UlAiXQ%3d%3d%2eOkOVqvnL2QHdHtzVzA9U4r3qXmI%3d; ref%3aregister%3areferrer=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2eqwant%2ecom%2f; _ga_YDZPBSSQ45=GS1.1.16825...


Forgive my aloofness on this, webgl is basically an export on my end, I don't really know how Unity converts my scripting to it.  

I can cart around to see if others are more familiar with this type of error you're having.  I don't know the capabilities of BSD-based systems with webgl, so I wouldn't know if switching browsers away from a chromium browser would work either. :\

nice novel and good characters


Played the OG game jam and the latest update. Great stuff! I adored Chel's character, biased because I relate to it. Plus, as someone signed into the newsletter, this was a nice little tie-in.
I will say, some feedback would be that to, maybe, implement a hint system for achievements going forward. Been struggling to find the last two, but that might just be me!
Otherwise, fun stuff!


Fun VN! Chel is very cute!
The running sections felt particularly sadistic lol, I messed up on them a few times. Still, this was an enjoyable experience!


CatTrigger, you've done it again! Your games perfectly nail the retro technological vibes, both for computers and for TVs. The story and themes clearly have a lot of thought put into it, and the horror aspects never miss! I especially love Chel and her anticapitalist sentiments. I would totally be Chel's bestie in a situation like this. 

I've unlocked all except three achievements. I very much enjoyed playing Melissa so I enjoyed the reference to her. Now I'm curious about Morris and Date Time. 👀 

I rarely play visual novels on my phone so I was a little worried about how that would work, but the Android build works great, by the way! Congrats for releasing such a solid game! 

(Note: Copy-pasting this comment from the Spooktober VN Jam 2023 page.)

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Can anyone help me with Admin Login 2?

EDIT: Also, since Doctor Brain is loosely based on the computer virus of the same name, can you please tell me more about it?

Only got the ending "Chel's new friend" so far but I adore this and her!! I loved her the moment she started talking honestly <3


How many endings are there? And maybe some hints on how to get them?

There's at least two.

Content includes "bad corporate culture", nice. XD This game was pretty good.


Made a video


This was fun to play. I can't wait to see the updated version.

Very interesting plot. 



Awesome game, especially for a game jam! Very smooth, very cool. Nice work. 

great jobs


This was so much fun! I enjoyed the slow-build of horror a lot.


This was

amazing!! I loved the Endings, I don't know if I got all of them but .. it was so good. 😁

This was real fun, thanks for making it!

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Thank you so much, it means a lot!  I'll be updating it in the coming month.