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Glass Hearts is phenomenal. I finished my first run through and earned the "Where Memories Rest" ending. Xiuying has my heart. The content is very dark and heavy, but there is nothing about Glass Hearts that feels forced. The experiences Kai and the Long River crew undergo are, sadly, happening out in the real world. Nothing feels dark and gritty just for shock value but rather it's essential to moving the plot forward. My chest got a little tight when Xiuying was telling Kai about of Fai, but thankfully Xiuying stepped in...  ^_^;  I, of course, want to and will play again, but Kai and Xiuying are so perfect together. I don't think I could find a better ending...but I won't know unless I try! 10 more endings to go!

Question — Is there a route where Intern Tang is more present? He seems like a the only decent person in Long River. His interactions seem pure. Perhaps there is a parallel between Tang and Mingmei?

Really, Aedian and Glair did such amazing work with Glass Hearts. This game truly deserves a large audience and significant recognition. I'm happy to have played. Cheers!

Hey  Ertal, Congrats on your release! It's crazy that it's finally here. 5/5!

This is so exciting! I will be purchasing and playing in a couple days, and I can't wait. Congrats!

Oh my goodness, you're so kind. I'm sorry I'm a few days late, but your update worked perfectly! I can't believe you edited and uploaded a new build just for me. I feel like that might have been the nicest thing anyone has done for me?? :'-)

I hope your dad likes his new trainers, and I wish you so much happiness and success with your future projects. I just added Darling Duality to my "Games to Play" collection, and I look forward to it! I'm going to find you on Patreon, too! 

(Most...) Indie devs are so amazing, but you're certainly in the top tier. If you ever need someone to test Mac "stuff," let me know! I'm an interactive fiction writer rather than a VN developer (although that's my (unattainable) dream), so I'm not sure I really know how I can help, but I will if I can!

Thanks again, Marionette. >_>^^<_<

Awe, that is so sweet and generous of you. I know I'm over one year late to the party, but I appreciate that you're still taking the time to help make adjustments for new players. That's awesome. <3

Hi Melancholy Marionette! For some reason, none of the screen size options fit my Mac screen. About an inch on the right side of the screen is always cut off. Do you know if there is a way to adjust the screen size in game to fit the size of the device used? Thank you!

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Hey Ertal, could we have  a new progress update?

I finished my first playthrough and I'm very satisfied! I romanced Domino, of course. I can't turn down a cynical man wearing a crop top (or pizza on a bagel!).

I replayed the first Arcade Spirits right before New Challengers, and here are my takeaways. (No real spoilers).

- I LOVED seeing the original characters make guest appearances. I *geeked* when QueenBee and Hamza showed up. I also did not expect to see  our original character show up, too. The crossovers made this game very special for me.

- I really enjoyed the FoD2 mini-game!  It was great addition to New Challengers.

- All of the new characters were endearing, the art improved so much, and the voice acting was amazing! But I don't think the characters hit my heart as hard as the original crew did. I look forward to getting to know their stories better with more playthroughs.  Although I appreciated the attention given  to mental health. There is a real issue with the lack of concern for mental health in the gaming community, and it's often overlooked. Thanks for showing the spotlight!

- The ability to create your own character's appearance was a nice addition! However, having the ordinary-looking PC on screen next to the beautifully drawn NPCs was a little strange at first, but I got used to it. 

All in all, I give the game a solid 9/10.  The Arcade Spirits universe makes me very happy, and I hope that we get a third game!

Oh, that's great news! Congrats!

Hi there. Are  books III and IV still in development? 

I know I'm very late to the party, but this game is truly unlike anything  else I've come across in my years of "gaming." I have finished 3 full playthroughs, and found a different ending each time. Mimi and Theo are just adorable. This game is so pure and refreshing. Ugh, I can't say enough good things. 

Congrats! I can't wait. 

Congratulations! I remember playing Changeling when it came out, and I can't believe Gilded Shadows is officially here! Woo!

Hi Ertal! I know you were saying that all the art, writing, etc. was finished, and the only thing left was the coding. But on Patreon you post about how you're working on writing the character routes and making CGs. Is there an updated status? 

Hi there, is TDS a kinetic visual novel, or are there many branching paths with a variety of endings determined by the player's choices?

I am so appreciative that you're taking the time to talk to and update the fans / backers. So many indie devs just disappear without a word or abandon their projects due to release setbacks, so thank you for being open and honest! Looking forward to the game.

Hi, I encountered an error that crashed the game. Would you like me to post the text back? 

I've been following the development of CoT:TR for several months, and I'm so happy to finally purchase and play! Congrats!

I've been following all the updates on your Tumblr, but I love the updates. I just finished playing through Changeling (for the nth time), so I can't wait to delve into Gilded Shadows. You have my endless support!

Congrats! I can't wait to play and support.

Thank you for the response! I've added this to my library. Good luck with development! You have my support.

As a supporter for a year and a half, I continue to appreciate your communication!

Awe, I was hoping for Charlotte! But all the routes will be great, so I can't complain! 

Wow! I am really impressed. I loved it and can't wait for more.

How much control does the player have over the story? I know it says (mostly) linear, but there are multiple endings. Thank you!

Is this game still in development? 

Hi Nova-box! I saw that End of Lines was released, but itch won't let me purchase the game. It just shows me an error screen. Is this a glitch on my end?

I know it will be some time, but I can't wait for Charlotte's route! Happy New Year!

I've been paying attention to the development of The Thorns of War, but I hadn't even played The Rose yet! I finished all the romance paths and earned all the CGs, and I must say, Lady Charlotte was by far my favorite. I love historical fiction, and VN fit the genre well! I loved the use of dated language. I really enjoyed this!


I've always loved Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures' (as opposed to Disney's), and 'Who is the Red Queen?' had Carroll vibes, for sure. I really loved playing, though I'm a sucker for any Alice themed absurdity. I completed all 3 endings and dead-ends, and my heart belongs with the White Queen. I wish there was more relationship with Cheshire, as the Cat was always my favorite of Carroll's characters. Nonetheless, 5/5, fun, short, and beautifully made! 

Historical fiction VN are probably my favorite types of VN, and Ambition: A Minuet in Power is the best of the genre that I've played. I did two playthroughs and I'll do a third soon. I love how evident the repercussions  of our choices are and high the "replayability" factor is.  Romancing all the different factions is also very fun and seeing all the epilogues. 5/5 for sure! I highly recommend.

Congratulations! I look forward to buying and playing!

I was looking back through my library and remembered how much fun Hampton Court was! Are you planning on developing another visual novel?

Thank you for continuously providing updates, even if the updates are that the release is being pushed back. I preordered 8 months ago, but there are so many indie devs who just abandon projects without even saying a single word to their supporters / backers. So thank you for not being one of those devs! We appreciate your hard work and dedication, and I'm sure the finished product will be great.

Is this project still active?

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*Long in depth review, no spoilers.*

Sentimental Trickster (ST) has a lot of great aspects going for it, but there are some things that are a little iffy. Let's start with the positives!

First, I was blown away by the depth of subject matter and emotional vulnerability. I actually cried when Haru had *that talk* (no spoilers?) with his mom outside the house. It was exactly the kind of reaction from your mom that you'd would hope for when having *that talk.*

Similarly, the story line and subject matter with "Mr. Teacher" was surprisingly intense and emotionally raw. Again, I was really pleased with how well the writers and developers handled such sensitive topics, especially with an 18+ game. Usually story and character development don't get priority when 18+ scenes are involved, but that's not the case with ST.

Now, onto the iffy things... Unfortunately, ST fell victim to what many visual novels fall victim too: a very unrealistic development of love. What I mean with that is Haru becomes SO in love with these men he's only known for a number of weeks, and nothing really ever happens that would explain why he fell in love so quick and intensely. Specifically, after several weeks of enduring all the dangerously toxic behavior from "Mr. Photographer," Haru was still SO in love, and it's just wildly unrealistic.

It's hard to ignore when Haru is making these super irrational decisions with nothing to justify or explain why he feels that way, BUT 80% of visual novels have this issue, so it's not a make or break situation. 

All in all, I think ST delivered a very solid visual novel, especially considering it's 18+. 4/5 stars!

Hi! I'm not using any mods, but the time progression is frozen. It's happened to me before but was solved by restarting the game, but this time I can't get the time to resume at all. Any suggestions?