A downloadable game for Windows

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Pertinence is available on Steam! http://store.steampowered.com/app/455110/

Pertinence is a top-down adventure with minimalist graphics that explores various puzzle and action mechanics. The goal of the game is to freely explore rooms in a grid layout while collecting as many "alloy" as possible. These will unlock new areas and abilities.

Pertinence does not directly instruct the player in an attempt to create an environment of self-discovery in which the player can learn things for them self. Although the player may encounter friendly question marks that promise to inform you on your journey, it will soon be evident that they are somewhat over-confident in their advice-giving skills. Many aspects of the game are kept intentionally ambiguous, especially the overall end-goal of the game.

Gameplay Features

Here is a basic list of current gameplay features:

  1. The ability to bend and warp "soft" walls to your advantage (or not to your advantage).
  2. "Nodes" are a main feature of Pertinence, but they require a long description (see below).
  3. Stealth-esque puzzles in which you must avoid being eaten by a horrific monster, or bait it to get it away from you.
  4. Moving hazards, turrets, killer dance pads, lasers that are blocked by "thick" walls, bombs and explosions.
  5. The ability to rotate entire rooms around various pivots to get where you want to go.
  6. Enemies that spawn temporary black holes.
  7. Some "meta" puzzles.
  8. Rooms that change when approached from different directions.
  9. Keys and locked doors (of course).
  10. Bouncing ball keys that you must guide into the locked door.
  11. 50+ rooms to explore (with secrets).
  12. An endgame boss.

A Node is an object that can be encountered in Pertinence. If the player finds one early in the game, they may find that the Node cannot do anything. But later on, after gaining new abilities, the player can rotate them, drag them and throw them.

Nodes usually have "distortion fields" attached to them, allowing you to rotate, drag and throw the field. Think of "the bending of walls" as a physical substance that can be attached to a node.

Another feature of Nodes is that the player can throw them at bombs, which will then latch onto the Node. This allows the player to place bombs wherever he or she desires.

Nodes come in three different types: normal, locked and static. Normal Nodes can be rotated, dragged and thrown. Locked Nodes cannot be rotated, but can be dragged and thrown. Static Nodes can be rotated but cannot be dragged or thrown.

Misc Features

  1. A nice-looking map system. If you want to see rooms that you've been to, or rooms that you could have gone to, but did not (rooms that you could "see"), just press 'P' or 'Esc' (or 'Start' if you are using a gamepad). Certain rooms have "way points" in them, which allow you to teleport to them if you have already visited them.
  2. Each room is named.
  3. Some rooms change color palettes.
  4. Dynamic music. Different tracks fade in depending on what room you are in or what you are doing in the room.
  5. Fully functional saving and loading (including auto-save).
  6. Options menu.
  7. Full gamepad support (as implied above). However, the UI will not change for gamepads (for example, the game will still instruct you to use WASD with a gamepad plugged in, when you should be using the analog stick).
  8. Full soundtrack and sound effects (also implied above).

System Requirements

  1. Windows XP or higher.
  2. GPU supporting DirectX 10 or higher.
  3. 250 MB of free HD space.

If you have any problems, questions or have found a bug in the game, please send an email to notmagicgames@gmail.com

More information

Published320 days ago
AuthorNot Magic
Tags2D, Action-Adventure, Difficult, mind-bending
LicenseAll rights reserved
Asset licenseAll rights reserved
Player countSingleplayer


Buy Now$3.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

pertinence_v1_3.zip 137 MB


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Hello, it says I own this game for 245 days. How can I get the Steam key? o:

hi, can i get a steam key?!

(Claimed 158 days ago)

Steam keys are available, but only to those who payed for the game. If you payed for the game directly on itch.io, just go to the download page and there should be a "claim Steam key" button. If you payed for it in the OtakuMaker bundle then there should have been an email containing the Steam key.


How do I get a Steam key?

Steam keys are available, but only to those who payed for the game. If you payed for the game directly on itch.io, just go to the download page and there should be a "claim Steam key" button. If you payed for it in the OtakuMaker bundle then there should have been an email containing the Steam key.



game installed from itch.io, game started, try to move with keys defined and shown in the game by keys w,a,s,d. No reaction, so looks like I cannot play the game.

Tried already to use admin- or xp-compatibility-mode. Still same issue.

Using WIN7 64-BIT

Any idea?

Do you perhaps have a controller plugged in? That might prevent the WASD keys from moving the character.

ah yes, that was the problem, thanks for the quick reply and a happy new year!

If you are having problems extracting the zip folder, please try downloading again with a different browser. If it still doesn't work after a few attempts, please send an email to notmagicgames@gmail.com so I can give you an alternate download link.

CRC failure in multiple dl's of file. Then during installation it fails because of a missing file.

Yeah. You're not the only one who has had this issue.

This happens because one or more of the files becomes corrupted during download. Try downloading again with a different browser and you should be good to go.

I tried multiple downloads using both Chrome and Internet Explorer, and the same file (build.xnb.deploy) is corrupt every time.

Has anyone actually verified a correct download?

The same file is corrupt using Firefox on another computer and OS. Please repack and re-upload.

Hi. Please send an email to notmagicgames@gmail.com so I can reply with a different download link. Hopefully that one will work for you. Also, yes most people do not have this issue upon downloading. Sorry for the inconvenience.

itch.io download is working for me now, thanks (as well as the one you sent me in e-mail)