Hello, I’m here to offer a contrary opinion of this universally-praised game, which I feel is necessary to provide in order to provide a more neutral palette to this discourse of this title.
I found the circumstances of what Heartbound is, to be frank, a series of disconnected ideas that, though they have the potential to be decent in their own right, fail to cohere in a way that I felt satisfying, or even logical at times. I found many of the worst tropes of writing are present in this title, making extensive use of non-sequiturs to advance the plot along, making marketable characters that fail to actually be characters instead of hollow shells, and a whole lot of Narm.
It is a very competently-styled game, and there were many little bits I appreciated (including the overall art of the game), though I feel that the fundamental tenants of storytelling are faulty, despite the gameplay being somewhat exciting. I feel the Undertale comparison is apt: a cynically manipulative story with some good bits in there, but on the whole, I just didn’t like very much.
I gave it one star on Kratzen, though much of the review is meant to be over-the-top, so don’t expect a too-serious criticism. I’m sure your game will satisfy your legions of fans though. And, at the end of it all, that’s all who you should strive to satisfy.