Codex Gamicus

The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure game developed by Modern Storyteller and published by Dear Villagers. It was released on Steam for Microsoft Windows on July 28, 2021.


This game was developed by a core team of three people over four years, between 2017 and 2021.


  • Explore an open-world ancient Roman city with historically authentic art, architecture, costumes and customs
  • Investigate a gripping, non-linear mystery with multiple endings
  • Become entwined in the lives of richly detailed, deeply interactive characters
  • Grapple with moral dilemmas which have life-and-death consequences
  • Play as whoever you want, by choosing your character’s gender, origin and backstory
  • Solve problems with reason, charm, bribery, intimidation, violence, or by cleverly exploiting the time-loop

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