is a first-person horror action game taking place in the white, austere rooms of the main character's own dream.
The point of the game is to survive long enough to find your way out of this limbo. As you progress through the game, clues concerning your story can be found that allow you to figure out the nature of the rooms you have found yourself in. The rooms themselves change along with your understanding. These clues take the shape of objects, letters, documents, and messages scrawled on walls. The rooms react to the mental state of the protagonist which changes according to the choices he/she makes. The choices the player makes not only affect the course of the game but also the conclusion. Messages found by the player can either help him/her along their way or trick them and lead them down the wrong path. The player must decide what is true or false, based on prior experience and clues found.
The title The Shattering alludes to the protagonist's psyche, which is in a tenuous state and is in danger of degenerating completely. The player must keep from losing his/her mind by performing the right choices and figuring out the nature of his situation. If he/she fails to do this his world falls apart figuratively but also literally: it shatters leaving the player in a white space unable to perform any actions. Game over.