Hey!! I know that you're not working on this at the moment, but I just wanted to say that this game seems adorable, and I love the plot of it!! :)
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I'm glad you like the concept :3 Actually, I am sort of working on it in the background :D Well, I haven't worked on anything throughout June since I took a break to participate in the 30 Days Wild challenge, but now that I'm back to working on my projects, I'm working on both DD and CiQ at the same time :3 I just hated how long CiQ had been on hold, and needed to work on something different to DD cos sometimes it gets a bit stressful only working on one thing, haha.
I did have a brand new demo ready to go for CiQ ages ago with the new sprites + full VA, but it was supposed to launch alongside a Kickstarter, and since that never happened, the demo wasn't released >.< Back in April though, I finished off the epilogue stuff for the story and started trying to get the old cast back together for potentially voicing the whole game :3 Not everyone is on board, but some are. I have no idea when I'll eventually finish the entire game to get it released though with it being a full-length one, but someday! x3
i really liked it so far! the story seems really interesting and i cant wait to meet all the characters, i really liked alvy and hes my favorite for now <3 ill keep waiting for the rest of the game!
Oh, man, I'm so sorry I only just saw this >.< The page for CiQ has been dead for so long that I didn't realise there was a new comment!
I'm glad you liked the little demo :3 It's so old now >.< I've actually completely remade it in the new engine I'm using. I don't know if you saw the devlog posts showing the new art or not, but it has brand new sprites, new UI, and voice acting for the whole demo. I just haven't released it yet because of the lack of interest in the game in general :(
I'd hoped to have the entire thing voice acted, but without much interest in the project, it would be next to impossible to raise the funds for that to happen.
Since Darling Duality seems to have far more interest, CiQ kinda has to take a back seat. I'll absolutely finish it and release it at some point because the writing for the routes of each character is already complete. It would be a waste of everything I've written + the effort of the sprite artist and VAs who volunteered their time and talent for the demo if it never sees the light of day >.<
So yeah, it'll be released at some point! I just don't know when >.<
I can't wait to see the full game! I'm so glad you're making a BL too! I really love your other games but I hate having to choose between being a boy or dating boys (obviously excluding your games that have a gender-neutral mc which is actually my favourite. I'm a masc non-binary person so I prefer games from a gender-neutral or male perspective because those are the most relatable for me. And I really have no interest whatsoever in dating girls :/) Anyways, seems cool thanks for all the great games
Sadly, CiQ is gonna end up being a long way off now :( (See the reply I typed out to the comment below for more information on why.) Since CiQ is still in development though, I can certainly tweak things in order to make Alex a nonbinary protagonist, because really, Alex being a gay male isn't what the story is about. The story is about friendship and mental health more than anything, and Alex's struggles aren't necessarily related to sexuality. I was going to have BxB and an otome GxB version. But I may decide to only have one version, and instead give the player the option to either choose Alex's pronouns or have them nonbinary by default :3
is this still being worked on we got a few updates out of the blue and now silence again
Hey, sorry for my slow reply, I was away over the weekend >.<
It's a bit of a sticky situation, to be honest! The game is fully written, and the demos containing the new art and full voice acting were finished way back in February this year, but I haven't released them for a couple of reasons. 1 being that I'd like to tweak the UI some more because I'm not entirely happy with it. But the main one is just the general lack of interest in the project put me in a difficult position >.<
When I uploaded the character intro vids on YouTube, there was next to no response from anyone, so I kinda just assumed that nobody really cared about this project in the slightest. And the plan had been to release the character vids, followed by the updated demos, and then try to launch a Kickstarter in order to fund full voice acting for the full game with the cast that we'd chosen for the demos.
The lack of response from the videos sorta made us feel like there was literally no hope in hell of a Kickstarter getting off of the ground, and so the project was just sorta left in Limbo while I worked on Otome Jam 2021. Then a YouTuber played some of my other games, and out of nowhere, there was this huge surge in interest for my other project, Darling Duality. So despite the fact that I had intended to release CiQ by the end of 2021, I've ended up putting it on the back burner because there's far more interest in DD.
It's a tough one, because with CiQ already being written, it wouldn't take more than maybe 3 months to put everything together and release it without voice acting, but I just didn't want to do that, not when the cast we picked for the demos worked for free in the hopes of a KS funding VA. Plus it kinda kills my motivation if I know there won't be any VA, since a big part of what I enjoy about making VNs is hearing the characters come to life >.<
So yeah, I'm not sure what's going to happen with this project. It won't be abandoned completely because I always finish stuff I start, and it would be a waste of what's already finished for the project to never complete it. It's just in a bit of an awkward place at the moment where it's kinda just stuck with no way of proceeding :(
Thank you for caring about it enough to ask! And I'm sorry that's probably not the answer you were hoping to hear >.<
well that sucks that there was that little interest story had me hooked better then outright canceled but that has to be super discouraging hope it finds its way out of dev hell eventually :)
It won't let me download the game it says something about downloading an app with it. I play on windows too. It says this file does not have an app associated with this app.
Hmm, that's strange. It's a very old download, so I've not checked it in a few years, but it used to work. I'll look into it when I get a chance :3 It's a very outdated demo in terms of appearance though, and the new revamped version is coming soon, so you might be better off waiting to play the new one instead. Thanks for your interest! :D
Hey so... It's been SUCH a long time since I've checked this page (not to mention a lot of personal issues that kind of spammed me) that I literally kind of forgot about this project. But that's not bad, I mean, I'm rediscovering the hype haha!
But wait, am I dreaming, or was this project exclusively BL at first? And how does it work exactly, with the two version? Will we get separated download files or a choice when starting the game? And does that change anything during the game or merely the pronouns used by the characters?
Sorry to hear you've been dealing with some personal stuff! I hope you're doing better now :3 I have a habit of forgetting about stuff I was previously following the progress of when I get overwhelmed too, haha.
You're not daydreaming :3 It was indeed originally exclusively BL at first. I decided to work on creating both a BL version and an otome version just so that players have the choice of Alyx being male or female. When I play stuff like this, I tend to self-insert, and so I personally wouldn't play the BL version because I wouldn't get as immersed in the story when playing as a male protagonist. The game is mainly about self-acceptance, friendship, and romance, so I feel like it works both ways, and Alyx is the same person deep down, regardless of gender.
They will be two separate games so that the download size doesn't end up being too huge. The main difference will be the pronouns used by the characters, yeah + a couple of other little changes here and there. For the most part, though, the story will remain the same between the two versions :3 I'm also hoping to include some R18 scenes (which will be completely optional) but whether or not those are illustrated with CGs and voiced will depend on if the people I'm working with are comfortable creating content like that + if I can actually afford to pay them for their work.
It's great to hear from you by the way! I hope you're managing to stay safe + that 2021 is going well for you so far :3
Yeah, I still have some issues, but overall I'm fine!
And okay, thanks!
It's funny, because I never self-insert! And I prefer games with male protagonist (I'm female too). I like to see myself as a kind of "guardian spirit" to the protagonist of a game, whose aim is to help them in their life.
I also didn't even know SR got finished in the meantime! Gotta play that one!
Well, I'm glad you're doing better now :3
I think that sounds like a really sweet way of playing :D I might try that myself the next time I go through a VN instead of self-inserting!
I hope you enjoy SR :3
I love this concept so much its so unique and I hope its finished sometime soon or after your big project, either way good luck :3
Aww, thanks for your kind words and interest in the project :3 I actually planned on writing an update on the devlog for this today! Now that the otome version of SR is finished, this is back in semi-active development again ^-^ I say semi-active, because I still need to finish the BxG version of SR, but I'm spending time with my family at the moment, and need my partner's PC to work on SR stuff as my crappy laptop can't handle the project load on Tyrano. So while I'm with my family, I'm spending a bit of time writing the rest of the story for this :3 Cos I only made a draft for the jam, now I need to write it in full, haha.
I'll stop rambling anyhow x3 Stay safe! :D
I was so bummed when the scene stopped! Hope you can finish it!
Sorry about that :( I haven't worked on it since the jam ended and I submitted the demo cos I've been working hard on my main project, SR x3 As soon as I finish and release the second version of SR I'll be working on this again ^-^
i was checking this to survey on how i can do this year's yaoi jam with selectable love choices BUT I ENJOY THIS HALDKJSLDKJD I WANT TO SEE THE FULL VERSIOOOOOOON! the dialogues are typical stereotype of most anime stories (when i play game i prefer realistic dialogues but it's a visual novel) and i enjoy it! i was surprised seeing elil's face at the first time bc HOLY heck this guy is flexin'~
i rly like alvy... and prolly kagan... or if he's as choice, merrik. I'M WAITING FOR FULL VERSION LKADJD
Aww, I'm glad you ended up liking the little demo :3 I'm really excited to work on this again properly once I've finished my main project, SR!
Random question for ya, for the full version, would you personally prefer it with, or without voice acting? Haha. I can't decide whether to have it voiced or not x3
Anyways, thanks so much for taking the time to comment and have fun with your jam entry! Good luck :3
Helloooo uwu I am also looking forward for the main project!
For the full version, I think I would prefer it without voice acting? There are more than 5 characters and finding voice actor would be quite hard considering that it is BL.
You're welcome, and thank you!!! <3
Awesome stuff :3 Well, thank you for sharing your opinion, it's much appreciated! I really love voice acting, but you have a very good point about it probably being hard to find voices for all the characters in a BL game. If I did somehow find a suitable cast, it would still be possible to play without voices on cos you can turn the SFX off in config menu :D Buuuut, because I have to put the voices as SFX it means all the normal SFX for atmosphere would be muted too :( haha. I guess I could try making 2 different downloads, one voiced, and one not, then people could choose :3
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend anyways!
ummmm excuse me but umm.... do u have any idea why in Kari's dialogue? (idk how to spell it T^T) why is her line blank? and when it was blank i keep waiting but im stuck on Kari's dialogue idk wut to do T^T
Hey hey! :3
Is it just after Alyx meets Alvy at the hospital and they leave the room together? If so, it's just because that's the end of the demo unfortunately :( I had to rush to submit it in time for the end of the jam and it was supposed to go back to the title screen but instead, it just bugs out and crashes >.< I haven't fixed it since it's the end of the demo anyhow and I'm currently working on my main project at the moment. I will be finishing CiQ properly once I've completed and released SR though :3
If the crash is somewhere else in the demo, please let me know roughly what happened before the crash and I'll try to get it fixed.
Hope you're well and staying safe :3
yes its after Alyx meets Alvy that part when Kari's turn it was blank. It's ok I u derstand
Okie dokies, sorry about that >.< I'll fix it one day when I get time cos you're not the first person to ask :3
The plan was to have all of Alvy's route in the demo, but I wound up with very little time to work on it during the jam so it was pretty rushed >.< When I'm back to working on that project properly though, I'll make sure to polish everything up, haha.
I just haven't worked on CiQ since submitting the jam demo cos I wanted to focus on and finish my main project first x3
This game looks so cute and sweet, curse my only having a macbook! Do you know if you can at least run it on wine? I'd love to play through what there already is, hopefully more comes and hopefully its a mac version or at least wine compatible!
Hey hey! Thanks for your comment and I'm sorry it's taken me ages to reply >.< I honestly couldn't tell you if it could run on wine because I don't know what that is x3 I know nothing about macbook stuff unfortunately :( I don't really know anyone with one either, though my partner sometimes uses them in work I think so I might be able to get some help from him! The software I'm using to make the VN supports exporting the game to be played on mac I think, so there's that and I'll absolutely give it a go when I've eventually finished it and it's ready for release :3 I tried to export a demo for mac before but someone told me it didn't work T_T The problem is that I followed all the instructions and I don't have a mac to test on so I was a bit stuck with figuring what went wrong with the process to cause it not to work on mac >.< But I'll definitely try and get my partner's help for that sorta thing in the future! :D Hope you've been having an awesome September :3
I really like the game, the characters are really cute and i really like the story. I can't wait.
Aww, thanks so much, I'm glad you like it :3 Sorry for my slow reply >.< I really appreciate you taking the time to comment! One day it will be finished damn it T_T ... One day!!!
Well, I'm glad I came across this ^^ The uke is really cute. I like the love interests, can't choose my favorite yet, torn between the brothers, hahah. I can't wait to play the game, but you take your time of course ;)
Aww, well I'm glad that you like what you've seen so far :3 I'm just about finsihed with the super busy important stuff in my life for now so over the next few weeks I'm hoping to have more time to actually work on these VN projects I've got going! Haha. Thanks for taking the time to comment ^-^
Your character development feels very human I think you have done a very good job at least with the path I personally went down "Alvy"
I know these projects take time especially with other things in life keeping us busy but if this project does get completed I look forward to revisiting.
Thank you very much for the experience. :)
Aww, thanks so much for taking the time to play through the little demo and to post a comment! It means a lot to hear such nice feedback :3
You're definitely right about things like this taking time, haha, I don't get much chance to work on the stuff I really want to with life getting in the way >.< But I'll get there eventually!
It really gives me a great motivation boost whenever I see something like this, so thank you again :3
Woah seriously for just a demo it's really good!! When the little message for saying that was the end of the demo appeared, i was really surprised, i wanted it to continue a little more, so I look forward to see the game when it will be finish! (I made this account only to say this xD) And Alix is just too cute, my heart is melting :3
Sorry for the slow reply, I've only just gotten around to looking at my project stuff again after what has been a tough few months!
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it and it means a lot to me that you enjoyed the little demo :3 I had wanted to finish Alvy's route in time for the end of the jam but because I was so busy I didn't end up getting very far >.< haha, I figured it would be better to submit something than nothing at all! But yeah, I'll be working on this when I finish my main project :3
So, the prologue was okay. Then the game completely freezes at the beginning of Day 1, after Alvy comes to visit, text stops appearing and all buttons become unresponsive. Reloading soesn't help.
I'm very sorry for the slow reply, I've not really been a part of the world these past few months with a lot of crap going on in life >.<
Thanks for giving the demo a go :3 If it freezes up and dies at the point where Alyx is heading outside for some food with Alvy, that's because there's no more content yet and as I was in such a rush to get a demo submitted in time for the end of the jam, I didn't have a chance to wrap up the demo and give the player an option to quit. Sorry about that, I know it's pretty and messy and frustrating >.<
If the freeze happens as soon as Alvy comes to visit then I'm stumped and I'll definitely have to try and figure out what caused it once I'm working on the project again, as when I ran through the demo on my laptop before submitting it, I didn't experience a crash there.
is this still in the making?
Hey there, super sorry for my slow reply, life has been getting me down lately and so I've retreated from the world for a bit >.<
It is indeed still in the making :3 However, it probably won't be finished until late in the year because I really need to knuckle down and finish my main project first which is much closer to completion than this one. This will definitely be finished at some point though!
Great Visual Novel!
I really felt for the protagonist. Alyx is so incredibly adorable that you just want to give him a hug in every scene. Coincidentally, a guy I know and like has a lot of similiarities to him, including an almost identical name...so I'm maybe a bit biased. Nevertheless, Alyx has earned a spot as one of my favorite VN protagonists.
The artworks are cute and the expression do a great job at conveying the emotions the characters are having at the moment.
The story is told in a way that really touched me. Without a few elements it would be a typical slice-of-life/coming-of-age story, but I was way more entertained than these kind of stories usually do. The chat room messages including emojis were a nice addition as well and seemed pretty authentic.
Solid BGM as well.
What really surprised me was the animated background in the main menu. That is something you definitely don't see every day.
Some technical stuff was a bit of a letdown. While the text moves across the screen, you can see the markup tags for text, before it is rendered in italic. Not sure if that's a usual problem of your engine, but it would be great if you could fix that.
Also, after reaching a dead end and the true ending, the game froze both times and wouldn't accept anymore inputs, so I had to quit it with the task manager. That was a bit frustrating.
Still, I'm very impressed with this VN. Can't wait to see the full version!
I'm very sorry that I'm only just replying to your comment now, I meant to ages ago but I've ended up just totally sucking at life lately T_T
Thanks for taking the time to play through the little demo ad to comment, it's much appreciated :3 That's adorable that you know and like someone who is similar... you never know, it could be fate :P
I can't take much credit for the artwork since I'm just using some of Tokudaya's free sprites, I did re-colour them and tweak the style though x3 I was thinking of possibly making new sprites sometime down the line so that they're more unique, but at the same time I kinda like how they've come out and to me they already look like how I see the characters in my head!
I didn't really know if I'd be able to pull off a slice-of-life type story because it's not really a genre that I read myself as I'm much more into fantasy and stuff like that, so I wanted to have a go at just squishing a little bit of fantasy into a slice-of-life type story x3 Hopefully it will all work out in the end. I'd like to figure out a better way of working the chatroom messages but I'm not very savvy when it comes to coding stuff so I have lots to learn, it's definitely a feature that will remain throughout the game though.
Adding BGM and video stuff is one of my favourite parts of making things like this, haha. I adore finding the right BGM for a scene/mood and I'm trying not to use too many tracks in this since I went a bit wild with BGM in my main project, I want this one to have a soundtrack where themes are recognisable by what's happening and stuff.
As for technical stuff... this is where I let out a cry of anguish and go bury myself underground xD I know very little in the way of coding stuff and so when things like that go wrong or wonky with the engine, I don't really have a darn clue how to make them right >.<" I will try to learn more at some point or at least get some help from someone with more experience, as I realise little things like that can be pretty jarring x3
If the demo freezes up and dies once you get to the end of the content, that's entirely my fault as I didn'thave time to jump the player back to the start screen or make a proper exit button when I was rushing to submit it for the jam >.< And of course, the other crash on a dead end is also my fault and I'm sorry that slipped through as I thought I'd caught all of those, darn thing T_T I'll definitely get it fixed at some point though because it's not supposed to, haha.
I like the story so far and I look forward to the finished game! I liked the group chat messages, they felt real, like the messages I would send friends.
(I did notice a bug where at the end of a playthrough, I was stuck on the last screen, none of the buttons worked and I had to exit and restart to get the game to work again.)
I'm so sorry it took me this long to reply to your comment >.< I meant to reply to all comments pretty fast and I should have gotten back to you ages ago but I've been overwhelmed by life unfortunately.
I'm glad that you liked the little snippet that I managed to get out in time for the jam :3 And yeah, sorry about the freeze, I was rushing so much to get it done in time to present something for the end of the jam that I didn't put a proper exit button on anything so when the content stops it just kinda dies, haha, >.<
Interesting cast and story, I look forward to it!
Thanks :3 That's great to hear! Are you interested in any character in particular? I'm not sure whose route to work on after Alvy's is finished, haha.
Ooh I gotta say I like Sio and I'd most likely be friends with him in real life, but Kegan seems like someone I'd also go after for run 1!