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rly beautiful game, & i loved the design, how well it felt like balancing convos on AIM and stuff. a lot of hidden work in there that feels so easy! i got a little tripped up on the password stuff near the end but otherwise everything felt so easy and clear and the story unwound so nice. 

and the story was nice. i rly appreciate the characterization of Laguna, im rly glad she was in there. good game. thx so much


Hey, just wanted to say, uh, this game almost single handedly made me realize I was MTF, something upon looking back I have no idea how I missed, and that was roughly 3 or 4 hours ago, and I just started the game, and I literally couldn't thank a person enough if I tried.

So thank you, sincerely <3

Downloaded this a YEAR ago apparently, only just getting around to it. Love it so far, like someone else noted it's nice to have a bit of nostalgia for older Mac OSes when all the nostalgia seems to be MS related. But I happen to notice that every time I play the cursor's click point is not calibrated? I always have to aim the cursor far to the right of where I want to click to actually close windows, and after playing for a few hours it's disorienting to get back to my old cursor lol. Is there a fix for this, or has anyone else experienced this? Either way, a great game so far. Can't wait to finish it.

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this game hit me so hard in the best possible way and I still feel it now, more than a week after I played it through in one sitting. as someone who is trans and spent her formative years on forums/IM clients while having quiet trans thoughts in the background... I felt so seen and so much less alone. thank you so much for this. <3

I really appreciated this game - I got it on steam a while back and just finally played through it yesterday. The characters are great, and it really brought me back in a way most games can't. 

I did run into one kinda frustrating bug with the steam version, causing game crashes at unfortunate times. One was getting the "Henry" achievement (which I did right before the end, of course), then the other was the endgame achievement, which crashed during the credits. 

A few people ran into it on the steam community: here and here - the second link actually has a fix that worked for me. It seems like the steamworks library may need an update. 

I know Steam's not great at keeping you up to date with what's going on, so I thought I'd share here in case you haven't seen it yet.

(ps: Thanks for reminding me that Neko exists! Hadn't thought about that little desktop cat in forever!)

Thanks for a lovely game


Hey, I'm really sorry that I have not issued a patch for this for so long - it really stumped me and I'm very inexperienced using steam's API >.<

However! I just released a new patch this weekend that *should* fix the issue, based on what other people have said!


Thanks for taking care of it! And again, thanks for a great game :)

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Wow i really loved this! Thanks for the experience, i'm a trans person myself and it really resonated! I didn't experience online being online at that time but it reminded of when i was in forums in 2008-2010

Thanks again. I will recommend this to my friends

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I love this game, the style and themes really resonate with me! But the save system is infuriatingly vague, and my save seems to have been deleted? I played up through the second day, logged out at the end, and when I logged back in today I was back at the very beginning. I already had to play the first day twice, I don't think I can play this any more, unless there's a way to jump to the third day :(

Oh gosh, I'm so sorry to hear that you're running into that bug! Which OS are you running the game under? Are you running the game in any sort of sandboxing software?

I’m running on Windows 10, and I think it’s running in the itch sandbox?

that has caused some issues forsome players - try just downloading the game from the store page normally without the use of any Itch client and that should work, though try running itwith admin access just in case there's some permissions issue preventing it from writing the save file to your filesystem.


I'm really glad I (finally) got around to playing this. Although I wasn't online at this time and never really got to the level of online-ness of Alex and her friends, a lot of the game was familiar to me. The Mac OS 9 nostalgia (we deserve it with the amount of MS-DOS nostalgia out there!); the fandom chats (in my case, the Percy Jackson fandom, with people who still talked like Alex and Sammy in 2014); the personalities (Jenni is strikingly similar to a friend of mine from a Carmen Sandiego forum); and - it has to be said - the parental abuse.

Honestly, seeing much of my own father and stepmother's behavior in Alex's dad kind of reminded me that yes, it was as bad as I remember it - if not worse - and yes, it really was abuse, looking from the outside in. Thank you to the creator(s) for that.

There are two things I wish were different with regards to the game controls. One is a volume control for the SFX as well as the music; the other is an option to disable the screen effects at the start of the game. I have a hard time seeing to read sometimes, and I didn't realize at first the option was there to calm down the visual distortion while chatting with John.

Thank you again to Victoria and her team for making this game.


Thank you so much for making this! I loved it so much!


I remember reading about this game months ago, in a Tumblr post I bookmarked. I was in my bookmarks today when I stumbled back upon it so I decided to actually buy it.

Fast forward to now, after staying up past midnight playing it. The writing flashes me back to being in middle school, on the gaiaonline forums, being on Yahoo messenger, being young and having nothing figured out. But to a greater extent, it captures the uncertainty of my egg cracking, and the rigid oppressive expectations from those who want me to be something I'm not. Not many games ive played capture the realness this does. So thank you, it was a delight.


Out of all the 'learn to hack' games out there, Secret Little Haven's slice of hacking is most realistic I've seen. I wasn't expecting that out of a nostalgiaOS game.

Also, the hard-core dad is my favorite. 'I had to leave my wife because she was holding us back, son. She is weak !!!'

nice game tho i am stuck at a part where laguna tells me to write in the terminal ~./Applications/ because the game won't make me type the "~"

I got stuck here too. You have to click next to the > symbol to get the blinking text cursor before you can type in the Terminal.

this game really uh, stabbed me right in the feelings

kinda curious though about uh how one goes about sending a crash log to hummingwarp or whatever

got the game on steam and it like, crashed after the final um. . . cutscene? images? the uh, final part. hopefully not missing anything that happens after that. . .

Are you able to get to the credits? Do you see the issue present in the Itch version (If you've played it)?

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haha nvm i didn't know what i was doing excellent game 

Hey, not sure why but the Is command in terminal isn't working, even just Is by itself does nothing/ .play i can do. I tried reinstalling and i looked up a youtube playthrough to make sure i wasn't doing something wrong. I saw a steam commment from someone with the same issue to. 

loving what i'm playing so far but kinda stuck now.

Are you sure you're typing it in properly? It sounds like you're typing it in as "IS" , not "LS", as it should be (Make sure it's all lowercase)

yup that's it. i took the as in" list " as whelp is is in there's too haha thank you everything's good. 


That game was amazing, simply amazing, I really hope you do a sequel where she figures it out and sorts her relationship with her dad out, I came for a casual, chill vaporwave game for some nastolgia, and I got one of the best games in history by accident.


This broke my egg thank you

Hi! Just wanted to say "thanks" for making this little game. I enjoyed playing it through, and it honestly gave me some things to think about that I hadn't really thought about before.

Love the game! I'm just old enough to remember using a old DOS machine to play the Putt-Putt games. You replicated it really well! I got really invested in the characters, I ACTUALLY WROTE FIC for the in-universe show, and oh my gosh I love how everyone's flaws are important but not off-putting to their character, and the way the characters talked (typos, emotes, etc) really brought out their personality.

I ran into some bugs:

-Closing MNet can result in progress being lost, even if you don't exit the game

-Sometimes, the active window isn't on top and is thus invisible

-in fullscreen mode (might be unique issue to my 3:2 display) mouse cursor's position desyncs from the sprite representing it.

Thanks so much for making this game <3````

This was wonderful. good job.

cul I guess

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i don't even know what to say

this shit hit me straight in the heart. not even words can describe how powerful of a shot it was

to everybody reading this, on the fence on whether to buy this game or not, it's worth every penny.

best of luck with you and your future endeavors, i'll be right here ready to see 'em

(also, i love how the comments on all the ost tracks are "PGLF 4 EVER!!1!" and the year is set to 1999. great lil touches)


i had the best day playing secret little haven, and i don't know how to find the words to express just how much the game means to me as a trans girl. i wish i could share the sheer excitement and happiness and catharsis, and how much it helped me process emotions i didn't realize i had blocked up for so long.

like, i initially went into it expecting fond memories of that period of my life, growing up on the internet, but secret little haven is everything i didn’t realize i wanted someone to say to me right now, tailored so perfectly to me and my life in so many details that it honestly still feels kinda surreal.

the experience of re-living those years and having someone tell me that it's gonna be ok, and to feel fully accepted, was so cathartic and good, that the moment i closed the game i just collapsed crying until my boyfriend carried me to bed and we had a long talk and i realized just how much i had not accepted my own transition, and how invalid and fake i felt.


can't save progress. running on yosemite (bad i kno)

Changing the permissions might possibly help with this, but I haven't encountered this specific bug on the Mac version. Try running this command:
chmod +x Secret\ Little\\ Little\ Haven

"Not exactly a common thing for a doc to do right now"

And it sadly still isn't here.


[macOS sierra 10.12.6] unfortunately whenever i try to open this game my computer tells me that "the application secret little haven could not be opened". is there anything i can do? i can't play the game.


It's a rare error, but one other Mac user has reported this. Running this command fixed it for them:

chmod +x Secret\ Little\\ Little\ Haven

Thank you! It seems like the file in contents/macOS/ wasn't being read as an executable for some reason, I can play the game now.


Hi! I just bought the game and am excited to play it but am having the exact same error. I tried running that command in Terminal and it says "chmod: Secret Little Little Haven: No such file or directory" but I definitely have the game in my Downloads folder. Not sure how to fix this. Thanks!


Never mind -- fixed! I forgot to navigate to that directory in terminal. Sorry about that! Disregard previous comment lol.

I've got my copy of the game on my desktop, inside a folder. I copy/pasted "chmod +x Secret\ Little\\ Little\ Haven "  into Terminal but am also getting "No such file or directory".  Could you explain how I should modify  the command  to navigate to the correct directory in Terminal? Thanks for any help!

I ended up taking the game app out of the folder and adding "Desktop" after "chmod +x" in the command:

chmod +x Desktop/Secret\ Little\\ Little\ Haven

I was then able to open the game via ctrl click->open  :) 

I love it!!! :3


this hit me like a freight train in so many ways. i just finished it and i cant even express how happy this game makes me. thank you so so much to everyone involved, im kinda welling up right now, ha ha. hopefully i'll figure it out too <3


This game is incredibly good and I cried for 2 straight hours while playing it. Thank you! <3


Whenever I start the game & press the green arrow, the game closes and redirects me to the steam page. Figure this has to do with the steam api. Looking forward to playing once this is fixed :)

Super-sorry for the inconvenience - I just uploaded a new build that should work, so please let me know if you have any further issues!

Gosh, how to sum up my love for this game. 

An adorable nostalgic experience in a world of nerd culture and trans feels. As soon as I booted it up I fell in love. 

This game came when I needed it. I'm already in college and already trans, but right now while I'm trying to make it through summer break, the aspect of feeling trapped and desperate in your parents' house hit home for me as hard as it ever could have before.

Thank you for the sanctuary.

I miss in high school when I used to message with my friends. There is something so special about the way we used to talk, how the sterility of text made us *more* open and earnest instead of less, using all these silly emoticons and stuff to create a voice more vulnerable than we knew how to be in person. Somehow I lost the confidence to be open, and loving, and un-self-conscious. I lost the confidence to text my friends at all. But I want to try again.  I don't have to feel alone.

I want to write "bad" fanfiction that expresses my feelings. I want to talk to other fans about things that make me happy, whether or not any of it is productive, or insightful, or skillful in any way.

To give a more conventional compliment, I loved the command line programming aspect and how it grew into a more central challenge! It's kinda the only time that kind of meta hacking thing in a game has felt believable to me. :)

The horrid static effect with John was so real.

After the climax, I was upset at first because I didn't understand how John could suddenly be so understanding, or what Alex had really said outside the metaphor of her friends speaking that could have gotten through to him like that.

But later I realized I wanted to have a talk with my own dad. And I did. It was just a start, but it went well!

And I think I feel better about the ending now. John is a monster and a person. And it helps me feel like you can build understanding with someone without it invalidating what you've gone through in the past.

I want to hold onto the way this game made me feel. The sense of security in doing things that make me happy, the feeling that friends don't have to be so far as long as you can speak with each other, the idea that I'm still learning and I don't have to be anything yet because everything that feels like it's missing is already a part of me. And that the feelings that make me feel like the world is splitting apart can be acknowledged and written and captured in a screen, and that everything comforting and good is still there when they pass.

Thank you so much.

P.S. I'm also really happy that, later, Alex and Sam will meet another girl named Clover, move to Beverly Hills, and become the greatest spies ever.

I loved it~ I know I didn't quite play around with everything, but the writing was great. Reminds me of how much I love my online friends and how bad I am at interacting with them, hehe.

I did a dumb and thought the answer to the "any last statements" part was to close the game and now my progress is set back because it didn't save :<

I'll get back to it later but I need a bit.


Okay, so I finished it just now and I am having a good cathartic cry.

This game was amazing, and not just because I was in Alex's exact situation at around the same time in history (although in the late 90s I was in college, not high school, and it was my mother, not my father, who behaved - and still behaves - in that way towards me).

I wish I had this game - and those friends, and those communities - available when I was a young girl-in-waiting, but I am so glad that the world is improving in general for people like us today.

[spoilers] I'm having trouble with the bit where you need to enter the blocker password - I'm pretty sure I've found the correct password but when I type it in, the Terminal doesn't accept the command when I press enter; sometimes it'll highlight the line of entry text instead. Any other thing I enter just tells me the password is incorrect.

I'm on macOS, if it makes any difference.

If it is the first password, make sure that the capitalization is correct. Try it in all caps. :)

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Right, I was typing it in all caps, but the problem is that it's just not letting me press enter at all. But I think I know what's going on, I was running the game from the app and that probably screwed up unity's file permissions. Going to try running the .app directly to see if that fixes it.

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Yep it was the app sandbox that was causing it, phew!

Might be nice to add a note to the game page that the app sandbox doesn't work with this game, at least on macOS - it was a very bizarre and frustrating game-breaking behavior (and one which would be difficult to fix).

How do I force reset the game?

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