It is the year 201X, and the Nebulaverse fandom is on fire. You are a teen online, and your safe place is about to be torn apart.

A Paradox Between Worlds is a game about fandoms, internet melodrama, and the stories we create for ourselves.

This release is currently in a state of flux, as I am converting it from choicescript to dendry. There might be sudden breaking changes. The IFComp release is always available, and is much more stable.

The unofficial soundtrack:

Content Warnings Transphobia, including allusions to real-life events. Internet harassment and abuse. References to illness, death, and suicide. Interpersonal conflicts and discourse. Contextual content warnings are included in-game.

Reviews and Testimonials:

Ranked 10th out of 71 at IFComp 2021. Also received the "Golden Banana of Discord" for the game with the highest standard deviation of ratings.

"A Paradox Between Worlds is a very powerful and sympathetic piece of work, and worth anyone’s time." - wisprabbit

"left me thoughtful and distressed... a masterpiece of technical work" - Mathbrush

"A love/hate letter to online fan communities." - dgtziea

"a quite astonishingly accomplished piece of interactive fiction" - Viv Dunstan

"In the despair, can you cling to each other, rebuild safety between each other? What happens when the online world proves as dangerous and hateful as the real world?" - kaemi

"In the end, it’s a very human game. It’s human to read, and to seek others to read with, and A Paradox Between Worlds honors that humanity at every step." - Lava Ghost

Discussed on The Short Game podcast

Release date Oct 01, 2021
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
AuthorAutumn Chen
GenreInteractive Fiction
TagsInternet, LGBT, Narrative, Story Rich, Text based
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution v4.0 International
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsMouse, Touchscreen
LinksIFDB, Source code


credits_walkthrough_references.txt 15 kB


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as someone who Was There, at least peripherally, you nailed the tone and feeling of the time you're depicting. i caught references to various posts and incidents i remembered and laughed at them, and Luna felt like an amalgamation of several friends i've had. thanks so much.


this game is brilliant


woahh 💙 it was quite confusing... but also very captivating work that kept me up at night to reach a conclusion