A downloadable game for Windows

Behind Every Great One was originally created for Ludum Dare 42. The theme of the gamejam was "Running out of space." — We didn't make it on time for the competition so we decided to polish the prototype a bit and release it as a free short game.

Gabriel is a really driven succesful artist. Victorine doesn't have any personal passions but supports Gabriel as a housewife. They love each other.

Cook, clean, smoke, read and have dinner with your husband.

You can also play a HTML5 version on your browser clicking here.


Behind Every Great One by Deconstructeam.zip 24 MB

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It felt suffocating when the camera zoomed in and shook. I can't do all chores in one day, that's stressful, I felt sad after playing this

This was very interesting and thought provoking, good job


Tragic and compelling. Beautiful portrayal of Victorine's misery, trapped in an unhappy life with nothing to do and nothing to look forward to. Some of the dialogue lines, like "My mom said you don't know how to use makeup", hit hard. Felt so bad for the couple.


I really don't know if devs are still here... But I would love if they launch a Portuguese translate. I saw the files, and belive it can be changer, but I can't understand very well what those all line of text means. The game looks great, and I want to rec it to my Youtube channel (not big), but to instant translate my mind is not good.


(Maybe it doesn't seem important to point out, but it would be better if the translation was made into Brazilian Portuguese, not Portuguese from Portugal.... It's okay if you use Google Translate, even with errors, it helps a lot. \o/)

If we ever have the chance, we'd love to make a Brazilian Portuguese version of this game. Unfortunately, right now we don't have the time or the resources!


this game felt personal in a lot of ways. i know people who would find victorine's life awfully relatable. her relationship with gabriel is also intriguing. he seems to truly love her but he's somewhat oblivious to her struggles with mental health. the game combines the relationship between the painter and the muse with that of the husband and the wife. the traditional housewife is the source of inspiration for the painter whereas the husband only sees the muse (and her world) on the outside.

it's a thought-provoking concept and with many games like this one, i just wish it was longer. maybe with more endings and meaningful choices, too.

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nunca he querido golpear a una persona como quiero golpear a Samantha. CÁLLESE SEÑORA


Juegazo! Gracias


amazing visuals, but the deep meaning behind this is just a cherry on top, great job!

Corto pero efectivo. Definitivamente un buen juego.


Such a moving and accurate depiction of anxiety even for such a small game. Once I began realizing that I was losing space to escape from others around me, the panic really start to build. The suffocating zoom every time someone makes a mean comment, the subtle ever-tilting of the world, and the colors all serve to make the anxiety visible and real. Although I am well acquainted with anxiety, I feel this game is a rare depiction that could help others who aren't familiar better understand it.

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 i'm now finished game and i feel like shit, great times not coming. Thank you for game.

I just saw that this was made for the PS Vita. How did you port it?


Great game, very nuanced. I liked the subtle touches like the gentle camera tilt that gave an ever-present feeling of emotional instability, and the shifting of colors to indicate the passage of time. Poor Victorine..and poor Gabriel too. Everyone felt sadly trapped in a way, spending time together, yet strangers to each other.


It is so sad how as women we are expected to do all. In the game you can't advance if not did something. Is so unfair and how in real life the husband wishes are always first and the parents are toxic and get noissy in the couples life. It doesnt matter the culture, it happens in all of them. 

Im experiencing something similar and even I talk and mention this all time, I'm not listened and I don't want to be in this kind of life anymore :( 

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Was not expecting the ending (Actually I'm expecting a good ending but the ending is amazing and unexpected). Actually this is sad how I can see how relatable the wife is.  I like the artstyle.


this game fucked me up - like, legit crying in real life. super rough to play thru (i just kept wanting it to end before it did), and the dialogue was intensely realistic. the experience of quiet desperation, breaking down in those tiny private moments, all the while being (unintentionally) ground down by your loved ones.



This story is life-changing and deep. Amazing game skills.

I don't want to be ungrateful for your work nor rude, but I wish it was possible to have a good ending for Victorie.


she's filthy rich and you shouldn't feel bad for her. I know I don't. She doesn't even try to talk about her problems to anyone. Maybe if she didn't waste the entire day on simple chores like the lazy bourgeois she is then she wouldn't be so depressed.


dude I'm pretty sure being rich doesn't fix all of her problems. She's dealing with constant criticisms from her parents in law, pressure to have a kid, a nicotine addiction, having to do all of the housework, no real free time, her freeloading sister, a whole child in the house, and her husband is kind of obnoxious and useless in this game. She has a lot going on and who would she talk to about her problems? she doesn't want to burden her husband or sister anymore than they are already dealing with, her parents in law look for any excuse to bully her, and she doesn't seem to have much of a social life outside of her husband. She feels trapped. Just because her husband makes decent money doesn't fix her life.


wow you're insensitive


wow this was so... suffocating so fast and done so well! I'm impressed!! Also the little details of the room getting closer of far away, when the MC got actualt compliments she felt better, is such a easy to understand and clear way to express it!! Congrats on the idea and the execution!  

Also it makes me want to help my mom more too, so good impact ;_;


Well, I guess it's a good thing they don't have kids. 


Chores horror story... yet so true. Amazing concept and execution. I love the way you managed to show the emotional breakdowns. Wonderful game. 


This game made me fell bad for my mom. The banality of this story is what makes it so heavy.


The ending was amazing, each day came more harder to get through. I was blown away and heart broken for the poor wife. Thank you guys for this <3

Just wondering, if I changed my respones to the husband, would it still come to the same ending? It's alright if it does, I just want to play this completely through <3


The game has only one ending :)

Thank you for playing!


Ah alright, thank you <3 It was my pleasure c:


love the style! amazing!


u made me cry


Oh my, that ending!  I couldn't have been more shocked! I literally couldn't move  for some minutes.

A masterpiece, totally a masterpiece. for sure.

BTW, I'm also surprised to see many people try to cry in front of the husband...  


What a great game, keep up the good work!


Great game! Thank you so much for sharing it. 


Great short story - though quite heavy. I found myself thrust into the shoes of a woman who felt like she should be happy and grateful for what she had, but instead was without any emotional support and surrounded by shitty toxic relationships with no way out and crumbling under the pressure of it all. Beautifully told.


The way space is used to convey meaning is absolutely brilliant, fantastic job, all of you, the art style, the music, the writing... 


Really good, congrats!


This hit me in so many levels, ended up crying. Absolutely awesome game, Deconstructeam giving us powerful and deep experiences as always!

Can someone help me? I can't figure out how to dust!


On the living room, go to the dirt spot in the center of the room and press space :) -- The dirt spot should be highlighted with a black border when you're close.


Thank you so much! I didnt even realize that was dust, I thought it was just a puddle, thanks!

Hey guys! I'm a fan of your previous works, cheers :) Can you please tell me if this one will be eventually released on Mac OS?

i started to play all deconstructeam game

nice game


Un título muy profundo con una temática muy personal e íntima, me ha encantado muchísimo.

Acá dejo la review que le hice: https://retroorama.blogspot.com/2018/11/indie-review-behind-every-great-one.html

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Honestly this broke my heart. I've been in relationships very toxic like this and it's so horrible.


This game maybe hit too close to home for me. Anyway it was super good, really enjoyed it! Made a video, hope you enjoy! 

Very powerful stuff, nice job. I wonder why she chose to marry him in the first place. -Grey


Very short game, but so powerful. 


So relateable.

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