Hey there! Thank you so much for your comment, I'm very glad you liked the demo. :) I tried to make sure people won't get lost too often because this is something I hate when I try to follow a mystery/horror story haha. The rest of the game should definitely be less "guided" but should still remain pretty self explanatory. Don't expect a lot of puzzles though, as it would not make sense in the story, even though I definitively plan to include minor puzzle elements to spice it up a bit (it just won't be like your typical Horror RPG Maker game with puzzles everywhere and magic ^^).
Thank you for your note on the financial aspect, that is actually a very good idea, as I don't want to feel tied up by a fixed price where people are going to expect something from the game before playing it, giving the opportunity for players who loved the game to support it sounds like the best option to me! :D I'll definitely consider it. Regarding chapter 1, it is in fact already finished and functional. But I will answer more in depths to this subject matter in a new devlog to talk about the episodic issue. Anyway, thank you for all your ideas and feedback!