Short game exploring the commons, housing and folklore during the enclosure period in england scotland and wales. Various snippets of stories taken from Colin Ward's Cotters and Squatters.

Play using arrows keys or swiping the screen to move the character


 This game is inspired by/ a mini adaptation of Colin Ward’s book 'Cotters and Squatters' on the same topic and most of the text is quoted directly from it.

Music is 'Laps' by Blear House available at under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License at

Cover image is a modified version of: Tŷ Hyll - The Ugly House

cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Richard Hoare -

This game was made using Bitsy HD version of bitsy and is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license.

This game was made for the  bitsy essay jam.


Install instructions

This is the html version of the game for if you are having trouble playing it embedded in the browser. It doesn't have the music but you can always play it yourself in the background :)


night_houses (15).html 164 kB


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that music really sets the mood! this feels like a dream, like a story, like a book combined into one. incredible writing and flow.

hey!! i'm writing a report rn for uni about an artist's work on the history of plotlands and land ownershp in essex and this feels like a piece of the puzzle. im so glad i found this, thank you for making it, and thank you for linking to cotters and squatters!