Martha Is Dead

Martha Is Dead is a dark first-person psychological thriller, set in 1944 Italy, that blurs the lines between reality, superstition and the tragedy of war.


The game is recommended for an adult audience and is rated ESRB M (Mature), PEGI 18 and USK 16. It is not recommended for players who may find depictions of mature scenes containing blood, dismemberment, disfigurement of human bodies, miscarriage and self-harm disturbing.

Martha Is Dead

Martha Is Dead is a dark first-person psychological thriller, set in 1944 Italy, that blurs the lines between reality, superstition and the tragedy of war.
As conflict intensifies between German and Allied forces, the desecrated body of a woman is found drowned… Martha!
Martha is dead, and her twin sister Giulia, the young daughter of a German soldier, must alone deal with the acute trauma of loss and the fallout from her murder. The hunt for the truth is shrouded by mysterious folklore and the extreme horror of war that draws ever closer.
What will prevail?

Unashamedly authentic voice acting in Italian

The first Indie game to launch using the native Italian language as the default setting – for full immersion into the story and the characters.

From the creator of The Town of Light

The second game from LKA, the award-winning developer of “The Town of Light” and specialists in reality-based narrative games focused on tough subjects.

Deep and dark multi-layered narrative

Martha Is Dead is an exploration of loss, relationships and the psychological undertones of a dark period of history through the eyes of a young woman who seeks the truth, but who also has secrets of her own to hide.

Explore a detailed recreation of the Italian countryside

Freely explore the breathtakingly realised Tuscany countryside on foot, by boat, or bike. Grounded in reality, Martha Is Dead’s setting and historical context are inspired by real facts and places that have been faithfully reconstructed in true LKA fashion.

Play with dolls

Play with numerous marionette sequences in the puppet theatre to remember repressed memories.

Mixing folklore with superstition

Unlock symbols and use tarot cards to unveil new aspects of the game and to summon the spirit of The Lady.

A backdrop of War

Collect newspapers, telegrams and listen to the radio to keep updated on what is occurring in the world during the war.

Virtual photographic greatness

Take pictures for the sheer pleasure of doing so, and also to progress through the story and discover more about the game world. A simulator will guide you through 1940s photography, where you’ll be able to develop your actual photos through a fully working in-game darkroom!

Authentic Italian music of the era

Immerse yourself in a deeply evocative and atmospheric soundtrack containing underwater music specialists Between Music and their Aquasonic project; The Town of Light composer Aseptic Void and his moody yet spinetingling tones; and held together in true vintage style featuring reimagined versions of classic tracks including Schubert's Ave Maria, O Bella Ciao, with original tracks written and sung by Francesca Messina, AKA 90s disco star, Femina Ridens.

Martha Is Dead Editions

Martha Is Dead DLC & Add-Ons

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Martha Is Dead Ratings & Reviews

  • 40%
    Critics Recommend
  • 69
    Top Critic Average
  • Fair
    OpenCritic Rating
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by Tristan Ogilvie
7 / 10
Martha is Dead is an unflinching and utterly absorbing ordeal to be endured rather than enjoyed.
by Rachel Weber
Martha is Dead will leave you psychologically scarred. Whether you enjoy the process depends on your constitution and hatred of bicycles.
Game Informer
by Wesley LeBlanc
6 / 10
LKA made the best recreation of an Italian setting I’ve ever seen in a game and I wanted nothing more than to enjoy it. However, LKA’s love of Italy is the only warmth I felt in Martha is Dead. The rest left me feeling as cold as Giulia’s dead sister.
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Martha Is Dead System Requirements



OSWindows 10 64-bit
OSWindows 10 64-bit
ProcessorIntel Core i5 or equivalent AMD
ProcessorIntel Core i7 or equivalent AMD
Memory8 GB
Memory16 GB
Storage30 GB
Storage30 GB
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, AMD Radeon HD 7790
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, AMD RX 580
Languages Supported
  • AUDIO: English, German, Italian
  • TEXT: English, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese - Brazil, Russian, Spanish - Spain, Turkish
Martha Is Dead © 2021 LKA. Published by Wired Productions and developed by LKA. Martha Is Dead and the Martha Is Dead logo are trademarks of LKA. All rights reserved.