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The new version is now up. I hope this helps!

Yes, using a hidden location is currently the way to do it. But now that I think about it, tying the visibility to a variable might be more useful in some cases. I’ll make a small update later today!

You're welcome, I'm happy to hear that!

I had actually already implemented that a while ago, and simply forgot to upload it. The new version now contains that feature. Thank you for your request!

Thank you for your question! All games made with the Ren'Py game engine allow you to press "v" to activate assistive self-voicing, which will read all dialogue and menu items out loud. (So even Ren'Py games that are not tagged as blind-accessible may still be fully playable!)

You can advance dialogue by clicking or with the space bar, and choices and menu items are selected with the "enter" key. The game menu can be accessed by right clicking or pressing "esc". Menus can be navigated using the arrow keys, and "page up" and "page down" let you switch between different menus. 

For Robot Daycare in particular, there is a "Press to Start" screen. I unfortunately really couldn't figure out how to make it read that out loud and it just says "New Game" instead. Either way, to start the game, press "enter", navigate down with the keyboard, and then press "enter" again. 

If the voice sound effects are distracting, you can disable those by heading to the "Settings" menu, and navigating towards "Voice Volume". Then, you can select the slider using the "enter" key, drag it to the left with the arrow keys, and then confirm by pressing "enter" again.

Thank you again for bringing this to my attention, and please let me know if you run into any difficulties! 

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You're right, that turned out to be no issue at all.

Both the number of menus and choices should be available now. Thanks for the suggestion!

That's a great idea! I'm not sure if I'll actually find a way to do that, but I can definitely try.

Thank you for your kind words! I completely understand why you would prefer the good ending, hahaha

This is huge, very excited for all of these!

Thank you so much for your kind words. 

Don't worry about not buying the art book, I love seeing fanart more than anything! 

Robot Daycare does not rely on any jumpscares. Enjoy!

I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for letting me know! I've updated the link to his website.

 Unfortunately, I didn't get permission to share the track publicly, but I'll try asking again!

Thank you for your interest!

Unfortunately, I doubt it. The escape rooms aren't optimized for small/touch screens, and it would probably take a lot of effort to make them work. I'd prefer to focus on finishing the game first.

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! 

I think free will or fate* being "better" is a matter of preference. To some people, determinism being confirmed would cause severe distress, while to others it wouldn't matter at all. That value judgment is therefore purely subjective.

But I would still say there is a big general difference between the two. People who believe in true free will see themselves as having the power to genuinely change the world. That their decisions alter the course of history from what it otherwise would've been. Meanwhile, to determinists, there was never an "alternate history" to begin with. We never truly "change" anything; we're just following a path that was already set in stone from the beginning of the universe. I hope that helped you understand the question of determinism a little better!

*I'm using "fate" as a short-hand for "predetermined history of the universe due to laws of nature" or whatever other scientific explanation for determinism one wants to give. Determinists typically don't believe in "fate" in a religious or spiritual sense. Those who do are called fatalists. There is actually quite an interesting debate between determinists and fatalists as well, so I'd look that term up if you're interested!

Thank you so much for your high praise, I'm really honored to hear that this is your favorite from the jam so far!

Thank you for the incredibly high praise! This is the best kind of reaction I could've hoped for and I'm really glad the game resonated with you.

Thanks for letting me know! It’s safe to say that this is a false alarm, so simply add an exception for Locke(d) and it should work just fine.

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the demo and that Diven is a reasonably accurate INFJ. It's always tricky to get types other than your own right, so that's reassuring lol. Thank you very much! 

Almost all the Ratings I receive on my games are phrased like public reviews, clearly meant to be seen by others. This is a shame, because most of these people probably wanted to be kind, and didn't realize that leaving a comment would be more helpful. Therefore, I suggest three different solutions:

  1. Be more explicit in the review description and state that it will not be visible by anyone checking out the game's page, and that it is basically a private message. It currently only states "Reviews are shared with developers and your followers", which doesn't make this point clear enough. In my opinion, this option would be the easiest to implement, but probably also the least effective, since some people just won't read the small text to begin with.
  2. Make all reviews public by default, giving them a separate section in addition to the comment section. (However, just like with comments, developers should be able to disable this if they want to.)
  3. Publish chosen reviews as comments. If a developer specifically likes a review, he should be able to make it show up in the list of comments, just like it was probably supposed to.

In case of 2 and 3, if the reviewer's privacy is a concern, maybe developers have to await the reviewer's approval before it becomes public.

Would love to know what people think of this.

Sorry, I completely forgot to reply to this. 

Originally I thought the setting and general tone of the game would be enough of a warning, but a proper screen for it has since been added.

Thank you for letting me know, and I apologize for this bad experience.

Got it! I'll try to include a few more hints in a future update.

Hey, thank you so much for your feedback! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the game despite encountering a few issues. 

I'll definitely consider to add more hints. What exact puzzle(s) are you referring to? 

In that case you'll like the new demo coming soon! I made some changes to the cells which should make the puzzle both more fun and easier to understand. Please look forward to it!

Hello, I've emailed support about this before but they never got back to me.

I'm being told there are too many files in my HTML project, but I've already reduced the amount of files as much as I can. Would it be possible to increase my file limit?

If you mean the engine, it's called Ren'Py!

Thank you for your kind words! The bad ending is quite different, but I hope you will still enjoy it. I will definitely be checking out your game as well!

One of our writers suggested the name "Nano" based on "Nanotechnology" and only later realized it would fit "NaNoRenO" as well. So it was more of a coincidence haha

Good job getting all those endings already! 

You can get the fourth ending by picking only "bad" dialogue options during the interview with any of the characters. Let me know if you need further help!

In the bad path, they never got around to viewing Nano as a friend or family member, but merely as a tool to complete their assignment. 
This is why Lycoris uses Nano's dependency on him to boost his own ego, why Oleander didn't bother properly explaining to Nano how bodies work and made it figure things out on its own, and why Strelitzia didn't respect its boundaries or bodily autonomy. So yes, the irony was definitely intentional. :D

It makes me really happy that our game affected you enough to make you look into it that much!

To be completely honest, our main focus was on the flowers' colors, and that their names at least remotely sound like human names. The cool thing about flower meanings are is that they can be interpreted in multiple ways! So even if they weren't our main objective, we still made them work somehow:

Lycoris flowers are frequently used at funerals and are connected to various tragic legends. This is a nod at the fact that he was most affected by Lilium's death, and had the biggest inner turmoil when it came to figuring out how to help him.

(Yellow) Oleander's high toxicity represents his aggressive/proactive approach when it comes to helping Lilium, and the fact that he seems like the least friendly one out of the three. (It is, however, not meant to rate his approach as more or less valid. One of the main morals of the story is that there isn't "one right thing to do".)

Strelitzia is probably the prettiest and most extravagant out of the three, and so is the flower. Other than that we didn't think much deeper. :'D

Lilies are also frequently used at funerals and symbolically represent innocence. "Innocence" may be used in a more negative sense to signify "naivety" or "cowardice", which are probably Lilium's greatest flaws.

But of course all of this doesn't mean your interpretations were wrong! Technically, their meanings are whatever resonates with you most. 

Thank YOU for your kind words, and I look forward to hearing what you think of Artificial Selection once you complete the demo!

Wow, I feel incredibly honored that you took the time to write such a heartfelt review! 

It was very important to us to handle these topics with respect while not shying away from showing some of the more ugly parts, and it's a relief to hear we succeeded.

I'm glad our story resonated with you in such a way and made you rethink certain things. Responses like yours truly make our hard work worth it!

Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed yourself and that the escape room wasn't too hard. 

And hehe... I hope it made you look forward to the full game! B)

Thank you! 
Yes, I'll definitely continue working on it. The biggest next step will be implementing a battle system!

I'm really happy to hear you liked the bad route, since this was my first attempt at writing horror! Hopefully I'll get another chance to write darker stuff in the future. Thank you very much! 

Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad we managed to get you invested in the "family" and that you enjoyed our game! It's also interesting to hear how the order of the routes influences the experience... B)

I'm sorry for the inconvenience, the bug should be fixed now. Thank you for letting me know!

It's really hard to get the balance right in these kinds of games, but you did an excellent job. The puzzles were challenging, but not impossible. (Though I unfortunately had to give up at Level 17.)

I had a lot of fun and truly think you have a gift for making puzzle games! Can't wait to see more!


This has been a truly exciting and educational experience for me, and I can't wait to participate in another jam again soon.

I hope you'll enjoy the game and let me know what you think!

Day 10 & 11:

Fortunately there's not much to say anymore. I drew a little ending card for each love interest, and will be done with the writing soon.

So after some testing, I should be able to release the game tomorrow!