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Hello there!

Thank you so much for playing our demo, as well as taking the time to leave a detailed comment! We very much appreciate it :D

You certainly raised an interesting issue! It's quite difficult to explain, actually, but I'll try my best anyway!

As you said, this is ultimately a romance game. Therefore, the story will first branch into four different routes / storylines based on which love interest you're closest with (or perhaps most suspicious of!) at the end of the common route (around the point where the demo ends). After that, the game will offer different choices that then determine your ending. While the common route offers choices that mostly require the player choosing a suspect / love interest to focus on, after the player ends up on one character's route, the choices will change and follow a particular theme special to that route. Some choices will be mystery-oriented, some will be romance-oriented, while some will be mixed. Endings are not dependent on only the romance-oriented choices and how much of a relationship you've built up with your chosen partner. Therefore, we can safely say that you cannot only focus on the romance with the chosen love interest in order to get the "happy" ending!

However, we should also be clear upfront that while there will be choices similar to the common route where Elvira can choose different targets to investigate or recruit for help, this game is a romance game first and foremost rather than a detective game. Therefore, while the story will change and adapt according to the player's choices, for most endings, the murder mystery will be resolved, and the murderer will be revealed. If you're disappointed by this answer, hopefully this next small reveal will make it a bit better: The murder mystery is a lot more complicated than just whodunit, so each route will reveal a different portion of the mystery (as well as possible side mysteries, e.g. has anyone wondered why Elvira shares such a striking resemblance with Lydia?). Hopefully, only after playing all four routes at least once will the player be able to piece together the whole big picture and answer all the questions that were left unanswered in individual routes.

As for your question about whether there will be bad endings available -- it highly depends on what you consider as bad endings. We personally do not believe in making a game where we offer choices to players but there's a "right" and "wrong" choice, so that too many "wrong" choices will lead to a "bad" ending / game over to "punish" the player, where e.g. MC or love interest dies or love interest rejects her love. Instead, we aim to create games where all choices are worth exploring and there is no "wrong" answer, so all endings are "true" in a sense. However, we can promise that there will certainly be darker endings and angst-filled endings, which may or may not include at least one ending where Elvira fails (or, rather, chooses not to?) solve the murder mystery. ;) I can't say much more on this, unfortunately, or else I would give away too many spoilers! :)

Sorry about the word vomit! I kind of went on a ramble there. I'm not sure if my answer even addressed your queries properly. OTL Apologies if my reply was completely off-topic. Feel free to come back and raise more questions again! I'd be very happy to answer them.

Thank you for the compliments! I cannot express how much an encouraging comment like this means to us. Hopefully, it will be as you say, and we'll be able to attract customers in the future :) We'll certainly be doing our best to offer an engaging, logical and consistent story in the full game!

Also, thank you for the kind words on the trailer! The video editor really did an excellent job, and we're so glad to hear that the trailer achieved its goal of drawing potential players in. :D

Again, thank you so much for leaving a comment and playing our demo. We very much appreciate your feedback!

Hey! Thank you :D I can't believe we did it

Wow, of course you have to remember and bring up my previous failure OTL LMAO Let's hope there aren't any terrible bugs I missed.

Thanks! I hope you enjoy the whole demo! :)

Hello! Thank you very much for playing our game and leaving a comment! :) We're very pleased to hear that you liked the game ^_^ Thank you so much for the kind words and compliments! :D It means a lot to us to hear your comments <3

Replied to Konoi in AIRIS comments

Hello again! Thank you very much for playing AIRIS, and we're glad that you liked it! :D

Thank you for all the compliments! ^_^ The writer for Lyall's route is super happy to hear that.

Ahh... We thought we caught all the typos and pronoun errors OTL So sorry about that! We'll try to comb through the script again after our exams to try and weed out the remaining pesky errors. (Omg, same actually lol. My mother language generally defaults to the masculine pronoun when referring to someone, so I do get tripped up in my head when writing gender-neutral pronouns sometimes xD I'm working on it OTL)

SPOILER ALERT:

The endings for each character are arranged in terms of difficulty to get :) So #1 is easiest, with the #4 hidden ending being (supposedly) hardest. Surprisingly enough, for all routes, the #2 ending is the most romantic/happiest one? So yep, you got the happiest ending for Lyall.

As mentioned before, Lyall's route is mainly made up of two points: determination and patriotism. So for hidden ending, make both as low as possible. For #3, be kinda fatalist and not patriotic. For #1, be super patriotic and determined. It should hopefully be easy enough to figure out which choices correspond to which points.

Hope the tips help! :) Let us know if you still have problems getting the endings.

Thanks again for playing! And definitely don't apologize for long comments. They make our day ^_^

Replied to Konoi in AIRIS comments

Hi! Thank you very much for the kind words! :D

Yep, we have a walkthrough on Patreon. We considered your suggestion, but I think in the end we would prefer not to just sell the walkthrough on here for $1. It doesn't quite feel right because we offer the official walkthrough as a reward to Patrons who support us for $1 a month rather than just a straight up sale-and-purchase. Even if some may only intend to pledge for a month just to get that walkthrough so the amount of money we get is the same, I guess we just feel like it's better to keep it as an exclusive reward for Patrons who have shown us so much support and love ^^ I hope that makes sense, and sorry about that! Haha.

I'll be replying to your other comment soon :D

Hello! Thank you for your interest in our game and for the comment! :)

We're happy to hear you like the inclusion of a non-binary character! ^^ Yeah, we noticed nb characters aren't represented much, so we thought it'd be good to add one as a love interest.

None of us are non-binary, and this game is actually our first attempt at creating a non-binary character just based off the research we did online, so please feel free to point out errors or inaccuracies or ways to improve our portrayal of a non-binary character! :) (We apologize in advance for any errors, by the way >_<) Our next otome game in the works will have a non-binary love interest as well, so your feedback would definitely help!

Again, thank you very much, and we hope you enjoy the game if you end up finding time to play it :D

Thank you! Hope you enjoy the game if you do play it! :"D

Oh my gosh, we're so honored to hear that!! We're glad you liked the characters and thought they were realistic. No, thank you for enjoying the game & for all the kind comments! We really appreciate it. Here's to hoping you enjoy our other & future games as well 8'D

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Hi! Thanks for your interest in our game.

Ah, we're aware that some antivirus programs tend to flag new Ren'py games as viruses, though yours will be the first report that we've heard of for AIRIS. All the anti-virus softwares we have access to have reported our game as clean, so we don't believe it's an issue on our end with the game files. If you still want to play and you are comfortable with doing so, you can choose to whitelist the game in your antivirus. But if you are concerned and would rather not do that, then we don't really have any other suggestions (maybe report to Norton for false positive?)

Sorry for the problems, but thank you for your interest in our game!

Thank you very much! :"D We do hope you enjoy the game when you have a chance to play it ^_^

Replied to jaz98 in AIRIS comments

Thank you very much <3 Your compliments mean a lot to us :)

Replied to Mikko in AIRIS comments

Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the game :"D

Replied to Mikko in AIRIS comments

If you want to become a Patron, it might be easier to just pledge to us on Patreon.com because you can receive the rewards automatically. Our Patreon is here: https://www.patreon.com/EbullienceGames

We currently offer a full walkthrough PDF for AIRIS if you pledge $1 a month or more. Do note that it's a recurring monthly payment, though you can quit your pledge at any time. :)

Thank you for considering to donate to us! :"D

Replied to toucans in AIRIS comments

Ah no, that was a typo. Those tips are meant for 3rd ending. I gave them to someone else on Tumblr and they agreed it worked ^^ Sorry for the confusion, but the tips I gave you are definitely right for the 3rd ending. Try it and see! :)

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Hi! Thank you very much for playing AIRIS and leaving a comment! We're glad that you enjoyed the game :"D

We currently offer a full walkthrough PDF on our Patreon for $1, but it's by no means necessary to get the endings! I'll give you some detailed tips that should be more than enough to help you get Kylan's 3rd ending ^_^

SPOILER ALERT:

Try balancing affection points with Kylan and your devotion to the country/protecting its people. Both points need to be at least 50%. In some choice menus, the choices for the two points are mutually exclusive! So try to balance both – alternate so that this time you choose an answer that is sweet to Kylan, but next time you choose an answer that is focused on your guild/country/people.


Additional tip: Focus on affection fully in the last portion of the route (particularly from the prison cell scene onwards). For the first half of the route, do more choices leaning towards being selfless and righteous.


One more thing! Affection points wise, it isn't just about saying the sweet/romantic things to Kylan, but also about trusting him and thinking like he would (hint: what kind of personality does Kylan have? Manipulative and curious)

Hope that helps! :D Do come back if you fail to get the ending still, and I'll give more hints ^^

Thank you again!

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Hello! Thank you very much for playing AIRIS and leaving a comment! :D

We're glad to hear you like Lyall's route ^_^ Ah yes, a few players have also reported difficulty in getting other endings for Lyall. We have actually uploaded a new version (v.1.2) that should make the endings easier to get, in case you haven't downloaded that! We didn't have time to fully test how hard it is to get the endings before release (since NaNo deadline), so apologies for that >_<

In case you are already on v.1.2 but still encountering difficulties, we offer a full walkthrough PDF for the game on our Patreon for $1 a month, but otherwise, I can give some tips! For 2nd ending, I believe you should try to

SPOILER ALERT:

a) keep the points for how much determination you show towards life and your tasks on the low side but not TOO low. So for choices that you feel will affect the determination, alternate between choosing the determined one and the less-determined one
b) choose the patriotic answers and show more respect towards the king

Hope that helps! Thank you again for playing :D

Replied to Mikko in AIRIS comments

Hi! Thank you for your comment and interest in our game.

The first 5 choices determine which route you end up on, but after you lock in your route, your choices do have an effect on the personality of the MC. Unfortunately, they are limited in the sense that you can't determine if your MC is an outgoing extrovert or introvert through your choices, but you can affect how the MC's attitude towards various things e.g. Choices in Everea's route determine MC's attitude towards the rules of the guild and the authorities/king, choices in Kylan's route affects her attitude towards persisting in her cause to protecting the country and how much she cares about other people/selflessness. This also affects the ending you get at the end of the route based on her changes in attitude.

I hope that still interests you ^^ Thank you again for your comment!

Replied to jaz98 in AIRIS comments

Hello! Thank you very much for playing our game and commenting :D

We're very happy to hear that you liked it ^_^ It's a relief that you thought the concept was interesting; we were a bit worried about how players would receive this rather experimental kind of story haha. So thank you so much for taking the time to let us know your thoughts :"D It means a lot to us!

Hey! Thanks for playing AIRIS :D

Which endings are you having trouble getting? We can help give some tips on how to reach the endings. We will also take your feedback into account and make adjustments to the requirements for the endings if some endings are too difficult to get, because we didn't have time to get feedback from more testers on this aspect before release as we were rushing to meet the NaNoRenO game jam deadline.

Again, thank you for playing AIRIS, and I hope you're enjoying the game!

Hello! Thank you very much for replying :D

Ooohhh yes, I believe someone in the comments have previously mentioned that as well. That was definitely not intended. The house she left for was supposed to be the house her parents left her after their deaths (which, because of her mom's rather recent death, she still doesn't feel like the house is hers but her parents). It was supposed to be a subtle way of suggesting how she misses her parents/mother in particular, but I messed up, and it became a hilarious epic fail instead. OTL I'll find time to fix that and re-upload after we are done with NaNo!

Thank you so much for pointing out the other errors as well! I can't believe we didn't catch them >_< Haha. Super sorry for the oversight! I'll try and fix them as soon as possible ^^

Anyways, thank you so much for all the kind words ;o; You're too nice. We should thank you for playing our game and taking the time to let us know your thoughts and help us improve the script and fix errors! It makes us really happy to know that you appreciate our work :"D We will definitely continue developing games :D If everything goes well, we should have another way out in just a few days! ;)

Again, thank you very much! Your compliments mean so much to us as new developers who are still unsure of our work.

Hello! Thank you so much for playing our game and leaving a comment! We're really happy to hear that you enjoyed it ^_^ Thank you very much for the compliments and kind words! :"D It means a lot to us!

Thank you so much! :D We're glad that you enjoyed the game.

What parts of Val's history were you confused about? o: It might have been mistakes on our part (?), or if it's just not clearly explained in game, I can try and answer your questions and explain it properly :)

Thank you again for the kind words!

Ahh thank you so much! <3 We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the game. Thank you so much for the compliment on the story/writing ;o; It makes us really happy to know that it was engaging enough for you! :D

Thank you so much! :D Hope you enjoyed the whole game!

Got it! We'll work on the list of CC BGM as promised, though we might not finish it and have it up until after March because we've participated in NaNoRenO and have been really busy with working on the new otome >_< Will definitely post the list of music as soon as possible though!

Hi! Thank you for playing our game and commenting :D

All the songs (except the main menu one) are from various Creative Commons sources, where we have listed out the websites in the Credits.doc. However, if you want the exact name of the tracks and link to them, we might need some time to compile the CC music list o: Hope you don't mind! ;o; Would you want a list like that?

Hello! Thank you for playing our game and leaving a comment <3

Ahh, it makes us really happy to hear that you liked RSoF >_< Thank you for making our day! Hope you'll enjoy the rest of the game when you do have time to finish it :D

Hello! Apologies for the late reply; I missed the email notification somehow ;o;

Thank you very much for playing our game and leaving a comment! :D

Some of the dialogue for Luke is intended to sound more formal and the conversation may be stilted because I was trying to portray his Literature student side and his unfamiliarity with casual social interactions because he's generally a quiet observer. However, for Val/Aaron and probably some of Luke's are probably not intended to be forced xD So I'll definitely keep your critique in mind for our next game. Thank you very much for pointing that out!

Eep, sorry, somehow I missed your comment until now >_< Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment with your thoughts!

Thank you so much for playing our game ;o; We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Nothing makes us happier as writers than to hear that we can invoke feelings in our readers >_< Thank you so, so much!

HAHA No, Valerie is not going to a cemetery (oh my god I didn't realize how that would sound LOL) >_< I meant that she's going to stay in the house her parents left her, not grandparents ;-; A mistake I never caught. Thank you for pointing that out! LOL

Again, thank you so much for playing RSoF! ^^

Hey! Thanks for reporting back; glad to hear the problem is fixed! :D

No, thank you for playing our games, both RSoF and Lads in Distress <3 I know they are not perfect, but we're really happy that we could bring smile to people's faces with our games. Hope you will continue supporting us in the future! <3

:"D Hi there! Thank you for playing RSoF, and we're really happy that we could make you smile <3 Hopefully, Aaron's ending will cause the same reaction if you end up playing his route! ^^

Hmm, the place you described where the game crashed is the exact place where the bug I found, though for me, when it gets to that spot, it gives me an error that I can click Ignore on. Can you try downloading the new version (v1.1) from Itch.io and see if you can get past that point without the game crashing? This new version fixes that bug I caught, so it might also fix the problem for you.

Sorry about the problem ;_;

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Hello! Thank you so much for playing our game and writing a comment :D

Thank you for the compliments! :"D We're really happy that you liked it so far. Hearing that you were immersed in the story makes us writers really, really happy.

About the crash: Would you mind giving some details about exactly where that happens? Can you describe the problem as well -- does the game just suddenly close on you, or does it give you an error? If so, what does it say?

Edit: I think I know why >_< Mistake on my part omg. I'll be uploading a new fixed version as soon as possible. For now, just click Ignore a few times when the error comes up and you should be able to keep playing. It doesn't affect much, you'll probably miss one or two lines of dialogue only.

Thank you very much for the report, and we're sorry about the problem ;_;

Thank you so much for playing our game and taking the time to leave a comment! :D We're very happy that you liked it. Thank you for the compliments as well! We're pretty relieved to hear that you liked the twist on the soulmate theme; we were slightly worried since it's a bit different from the usual "red string of fate" concept. xD Again, thank you so so much for giving our game a try and leaving a long review. <3 Good luck on Queen's Crown, btw, we're all looking forward to it!!

Haha, no problem! We'll take it as a compliment that you think our game is of commercial quality :"D Thank you for downloading, and we hope you enjoy it! <3

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The game is 100% free on both Itch.io and Steam! o: It's not even PWYW. So you just need to download it on Itch.io, and if you want a copy in your Steam library, then download it there on Steam when it's out. That's it! :)

Thanks for the interest in our game! <3

Hi! Thank you very much for playing the demo and taking the time to leave us a comment :D We're really happy to hear you liked the demo <3 The full version will be out very soon; we're currently in beta testing phase already. So keep an eye out on our social media for the release announcement!

Thank you once again :D

Hello! Thank you so much for playing our demo. Glad to hear you enjoyed it :D Don't worry, the full game will be out relatively soon! (We're aiming for a release by the end of this month). So don't forget to give us a follow on any of our social media (Tumblr/Twitter) to stay updated for news regarding the full release! :D

Thank you again for playing and for taking the time to leave a comment. <3