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Konoi

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Well, I've replayed the game once more to get the bad and the best ending now that you released the walkthrough. I guess I could have done it by myself with enough tries, but it was nice to have it in order to enjoy without getting distracted by trial and error.

The bad ending was awful, as expected, but well, it was short so that's a thing? The best ending though - so wonderful!


Now that I've done that, I have a question if you don't mind . 

Something I forgot to ask when commenting before - when Makani wakes up on the beach after the final battle and the thing with the Goddess, it's said she goes to hug the closest body or something like that. Is it the person you're romancing, if you're on a romance route,  or maybe the person with highest friendship if not on a romance route, or is it scripted?


Man, I must admit now that I did the best ending I'm a bit sad because well, it's over haha. I could do the other endings in regards to friendship and romance, but I'd feel weird if I did - I'd rather stick with the one I did first - and well, if I do that, that's usually proof I've loved the game and relationship, as I don't feel the need to try any other option. 

On that matter, I must add another thing I forgot the last time, but I really like the transition between friendship and romance. You may not remember, but I was a bit worried that the romance option would be lacking or that it would tarnish the friendship aspect, back when we only had the demos. Since the game is about friendship, any of those mistakes would have been easy to make. I think it was a great idea to make Nareen slightly obsessed by Makani's romantic life and make him ask if she feels more than friendship for one of the boys, and then including that talk about the curse that would allow you to select the one. Thanks to that and to how it was dealt with in the epilogue, the transition was nice and smooth and very satisfactory. 

Ah, thank you! I'll remember that! For my main game I insist on having an OST made, but I have a secondary project that will probably have royalty free music and it would fit it too, so thanks!

You're welcome, and thank you for your answers!

I may try to get the best ending later, or maybe with the walkthrough, I'll see it later - I'm pretty happy with the scenes I got during the game as it is, but I'm also curious haha - so yeah, I'll see later!

Haaah I've waited for this game for sooo long after replaying the demos numerous times! The wait was agonizing, but the result sooo rewarding! My god this game made me happy! I finished my playthrough right now, and I'm literally squealing from happiness at this little gem. 

It's so hard to put my thoughts into coherent words right now as I'm a bit overwhelmed with emotions, but I also feel the need to express myself while this is all so fresh in my mind.
Honestly, it was a long time since I last felt this way while playing a game - any kind of game. 
I've already told that after playing the demo, but I really like the characters - all of them. And I've been liking them more and more all along the ride. I was genuinely concerned about them and I've come to care sooo much about them. This game is about people and how they interract and make bonds, and I think you've suceeded masterfuly in that field - seeing them care more and more about each other and understand each other better and better was heartwarming. The overall story was very compelling, and I like the pacing - no moment felt dull to me, as when there was no action, I had emotions, and then action again. Or both haha!

Well, basically I've loved it, no need to dwell on that!
On a more artsy note - music was well chosen and pleasant, and I love watery settings so that was nice too. While I've seen better art from a technical view, it was effective, and I insist again on the fact that I LOVE the character designs. Your interpretation of "merfolk" is so unique and amazing - I love all of the "species", they're weird, interesting and so pretty in their own ways.

Okay so, now I'll go on and answer your questions, and I also want to ask some, but that stuff will be spoilery of course, so I'll start with a warning if someone other than the devs is reading this.


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First, your questions!
--Who is your favorite character and why?
Welp, that didn't change since the very first time I've played the demo - it would be Riu. He's... basically everything I love, honestly. I really enjoy that kind of characters, behavior wise. Also, now that I've played the full game, I also can tell that I love characters with that kind of background stories - harsh customs, not the happiest life because of that, and so on. The way he changes and opens up while the story advances was really beautiful too. And besides, even thought I would have liked him just as much if it wasn't the case, his facial expressions are priceless, and god he's gorgeous. He may be one of the prettiest creatures I've ever seen in a visual novel. Then again, Makani herself isn't that far behind - he's great, and I love how caring she is. Extremely caring yet very strong MCs aren't that common actually.
--What was your favorite moment from the game?
The whole thing? I'm only half joking here, it's hard to choose since I've enjoyed all of it a lot. But I guess I can narrow it to three moments. The first one was the max friendship scene with Riu, in chapter 6. Even setting aside the fact he's my favorite character, the moment was so peaceful, so warm, it made me smile all along. The second one would be the final battle against the Pena. That was one hell of a battle - it was SO epic and genuinely nerve wracking. I was SO affraid for the characters, even with they survival maxed out. And finally... well, the whole epilogue, including the bonus romantic part. Such a perfect and adorable way to wrap things up.
--Any advice or critique I should keep in mind for the sequel/other future games? 
Well, already mentionned it before, the art could be improved a bit, but it didn't tarnish the experience in any way, nor did it distract me from the story. It's just a fellow artist being nitpicky. I guess I've also spotted some typos here and there, but I wouldn't be able to list them like that. I don't like interrupting my playing in order to write down things like that.
--Any other comments/concerns?
I guess I can ask my own questions here, actually. So yeah, I was wondering if I got the good or the best ending, actually. The fight with the Pena was great, but it ended up going a bit badly by the end, and I was left very confused at what happened after that, with all the relics glowing all around the sea, the goddess being mad at Makani and all that stuff. Because of that, I'm leaning towards the good ending, but I can't be sure. I had survivability maxed out for everyone, but not friendship - if I didn't get the best ending, was it because of that? 
Also, do the friendship / romance bonus endings vary depending whether you got the good or the best ending?
And lastly, about bad endings. Do the game feature a unique bad ending, for example everyone dying, or is it possible for some characters to survive and others to die? And how in depth do the descriptions for the bad endings / deaths go? I'm kind of curious about the bad endings - I've always been one to like to see what they've managed to avoid by doing a good ending. But at the same time, I care so much about the characters I'm afraid of seeing /reading that if it's too detailed.


Well, that was LONG, sorry about that - hope I didn't bore you!
I'll probably wait before replaying from scratch, as I'd rather do so with the walkthrough, since choosing who to spend time with each time was pretty hard, but in the meantime, I'll be replaying with the same choices I've made the first time!
Thank you for making this awesome game - from the bottom of my heart!

I agree with the previous comments, the music sounds great - it's really amazing. 

Funny how it would also fit the game I'm working on, even though it's too early for me to think about music right now.

Haha, you're welcome! I can very well picture it as fun to make!

Aww, you're welcome! And glad I could help - it works really well for me, so I hope it'll help you too!

Aah, your artworks are as charming as ever! I'm so hyped for this game, even if I'm unfortunately too broke to be a patron

Well, I guess you'll be done when you'll be done - the most important thing is to be satisfied with your work!

Now, I know that when I'm struggling with a deadline for a comic or an illustrated novel or something, I tend to draw all of the pannels / illustrations that have lots of things in common at the same time - I first sketch them all, then line them all and finally color them all. If the pages contain a lot of the same characters or backgrounds, it makes sketching, lining and MOSTLY coloring way faster, since I literally color all the canvases at the same time - I apply one color to all, then the next one and so on.

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This game is sooo gorgeous! Even with the placeholders it looks really fine, so I can't wait to play the finished version with all the assets! I can't tell if I'm more hyped for this one or Chasing the Stars. I'm always very fond of the Arabian Nights setting, but at the same time, Tirs is one of my favorite BL game MCs ever so yeah, it's hard to choose.

This time, I enjoy all of the characters a lot - Adnan seems nice and interesting all around, Halim is very cute and the sultan well... he knows how to steal the show haha! Harun seems an interesting guy too - the kind of bastard you love to hate XD

I must say the music choices are wonderful too, and that poem at th beginning... so beautiful!

So yeah, the game is really pretty and manages to capture at the same times that sense of wonder and almost magic and the cruelty and reality of a setting like the Arabian Nights. I've really enjoyed it all around and can't wait for the full version!


EDIT: oh yeah, may I ask how many bad endings will the game feature? If I understand correctly, both the sultan and Halim have a route, but do they both have a good and bad ending, and then an additionnal bad ending with Harun, or does it work in a different way? Well, if you can/want to tell, of course!

AAAH I love VNs in that setting / time period! So hyped!

I'm curious about the route system since you say it has two routes but a single ending. Can't really imagine how that would work but oh well, I'll see.

Lately I've been playing a lot of Red Embrace, even though I didn't test the newest route yet, but I must admit that while I loved the story, characters and art in that one, I'm not a huge fan of the choice/stat system you used. But it's nice to see you try new things with each new game!

Aw, sad thing it got delayed, but understandable if it's because of IRL issues. Hope you'll manage to get through it!

Oh thank you! I've moved on, but it seems funny - may try it at some point

That CG is absolutely gorgeous, wow!

And the rival system is nice, something we don't see often. Though, knowing myself, I'll be frustrated we can't romance the rivals haha!

Glad you found a job that seems to suit you better, and congrats on the progress, even if it was slower that you'd like!

Must admit I'm not a huge fan of this Sherlock, but then again I dislike the actor so much that it makes it hard to me to watch anything with him. His only role I manage to like (more or less) is Dr Strange.

But Kahlil and the raptors are sooo damn cute!

Thank you!

I'll gladly replay then, since I was one of the people who were a bit bothered by her lines. I'll give you my feedback in a day or two as I'm busy right now

Hey guys!

I've been notified that you updated the game as I'm following you, and I'd like to know the changes from the previous demo. Since I've already played a couple of times, I'd rather know if I should play this version too, or wait for the next one!

Thank you, and congrats on the progress!

Okay, thanks!

Congrats!

Will the people who purchased here get Steam keys, by the way?

Well, I think Infinity War was great, but at the same time, part of me regrets having seen it now, since I REALLY need the next movie haha - the cliff hanger was too much. So waiting is not a bad idea

Aw, I'm sorry your week was bad. Hope you'll get better soon!


As for Infnity War, yeah, I've seen it. It was great, though the intro left me traumatized for the rest of the movie, to be honest. Then again, I didn't feel as devastated as with the Age of Ultron, so I guess that's that...

Hey, first of, congrats on all the exciting things for your studio! So bad I live in France so I obviously won't be able to come, but oh well.

And man, I'm so hyped for this game - it looks so gorgeous and seems so interesting from the few things we can see. I'm still as in love with TODO as I was before, but I think I'm even more excited for this one - BEFORE even playing the demo haha!

Good luck with the preps you need to do for your demo and with that deadline!

Hi there!

I was about to try the newest built of the game - and it'll be my first time trying it out as I've discovered it only recently. I have a question about the story mode - it may have been asked before, but well, since I've discovered the game only recently, I didn't read the entire old questions topic. From what I understand, the story mode will be full fleshed with more than one possible outcome, not counting the bad endings / game overs, and you'll be able to do a purity / chastity run. And by meeting a character numerous times, you'll be able to build a bond. Am I right s far? The question is - will you be able to "romance" a character, so to say, and maybe get an ending related to them? I know this isn't a dating sim, but if you keep on meeting with and interracting with a specific character, responding positively to them, and maybe even avoinding other sexual interractions with other characters, that "could" be possible.

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Well, I’ve finished the entire game now (actually, I did the night following my previous comment, but I didn’t have the time to review it before). Or almost finished, I guess – I’m missing the 9th CG on the first page. Must be something bad ending related or whatever – I won’t look for it actively.

As said before, I really liked the game and most of the routes were really cool. The only ones I didn’t particularly like were the girls’ ones, but it’s simply because it’s not my cup of tea – otherwise they were well written and cute and stuff anyway haha! But well, had to do those to access the unlockable one.

The characters are great in this game, and I honestly have a hard time deciding who was my favorite or whose route was the one I liked the most. I guess it’s either Leopold or the secret character, but it’s difficult to tell.

Now, I have one complaint – something that was bothering me a lot during the whole game. Lots of names seem to be French-inspired. It’s fine, but well… two of them were weird. First, Françoise. While the name exists, it’s solely feminine.  The male version is François. Then, the surname du Jardine. This is even weirder – I guess it was meant to be the “from the garden” surname, but that would be du Jardin, then. Jardine sure means “garden”, but as in the verb – it translates as “(I) garden” / “(he/she) gardens” and a couple of other forms, not the garden as in the location with trees and plants XD.

 

I’ll go more in depth about each route, but because of that, a little warning:

 

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- Charlotte – clearly the route I like the least. She’s a sweet girl, but not my kind of characters, and between that and the fact I’m not into GL games made it boring to me. On the bright side, I really like the message the route makes, about believing in yourself and not letting others tell you you’re worthless or stupid.

 

- Sofia – slightly better than Charlotte. She was an interesting character, so my only problem was that I dislike GL. But it also was the cruelest of all the routes in my opinion, because of how the final issue is solved. What can I say, I love the secret character, and I can’t even imagine that from his point of view.

 

- Guillaume – the first route I did, actually. Sweet and heartwarming. The prince is a fine character, and it’s always nice to see guys like him daring to challenge their parents and start to be masters of their own lives instead of listening to them. I wanted to do his route first since it was Iolanthe’s “mission” when she went to the palace, and well, it was a nice warm-up route.

 

- Leopold – one of my two favorite routes. He was an intriguing character, the sort you know is scheming something and because of that are not sure if you should trust him or not. The reveal about his goals is cool too, and I love the fact Iolanthe can just say “I’m impressed” XD – she always manages to surprise him. To be honest, Leopold almost made me cry at some points because of how lonely he was, and how he had to keep his secrets to himself and endure the stares of the court. The only thing that bothered me in this route is the ending – I love open endings – and in this game they fit really well the overall mood and writing style. Leopold’s ending was nice too, of course, but because of his and Iolanthe’s quite “extreme” plans for the future, it would have been nice to know how it went – even a short scene from after the facts would be enough and would wrap it perfectly.

 

- Bastien – this is a special case. I love Bastien, and I love master-servant relationships, so this is basically the route for me. And I like it very much, sure. But unfortunately, the route doesn’t add any new spin to the formula – it’s basically what I was expecting from that kind of scenario (+ added cruelty for the secret character XD). So yeah, it works, and I like it, but it prevents it from being one of my favorite routes.

 

- Secret (how I’d like to use his name, but oh well, I guess it’s better to keep it down, even with the spoiler warning haha) – the second route I like the most – it maaay be my number one, but I’m not entirely sure since, as with Leopold, one small detail prevents it from being perfect, so they’re quite tied. So, about the route itself! It was so extremely touching and… I don’t know, it’s hard to express actually, but I really felt it? It was like it tore the feelings straight from my guts and heart or something. I can’t help but think this route was “destiny” – like this would be the canon one. Well it’s a nice feeling when, for once, I think that about the unlockable route, since often I don’t like it very much in games and I’m frustrated it’s “more special” than the other routes I like more than it. The play scene in this route was one of my favorite gaming moments from the recent months. It got me hard! Now, I did mention a detail preventing it from being perfect, right… Well, it would benefit from a kiss / almost kiss scene like ALL the other routes. The lack of it actually bothered and slightly upset me even. It would have been so precious and powerful.

 

 

Well, I guess that would be it! It had some small issues, but overall a fantastic game – I’m happy I’ve been able to finally play it! Thank you for making that little gem!

Oh sure, I'll do so in a moment - thank you for your answer!

I just finished playing one route, the prince's, and I must admit it was really interesting. I like the huge amount of choices and how they impact Iolanthe's behaviour and reputation. And the ending was truly heartwarming!

The sprites and CGs are nice, and the music choices are fitting too. The characters are overall compelling and some scenes made me laugh so much haha! Overall, a really nice game.


I have a small question though - if I understand correctly, there is one kind of secret route? Not asking for spoilers here, I'll manage to unravel it,  but I'd like to know one thing, if that's ok for you to tell. Is that the kind of secret routes that are merely hard to get on, but that can be done anytime, or is it actually of the unlockable type and I'd have to play all the other routes to get it? I must admit I'm not that interested in some of the routes, so I'd rather know beforehand haha! Not criticizing here though - it's just a matter of personal tastes!

And also, thanks for making this awesome game! I was waiting for it since the first announcements!

OH. MY. GOD. This looks SO COOL and promising! I just can't wait for it to be finished now- I'm already in love. Can't really say much more to be honest haha

Both the sketch WIP and the story are very sweet, but that left me wondering. You say the story is a spoiler for some scenes, but well, I don't know the scenes by numbers haha. Is this a canon thing if you don't make things right for Basil and Carlota? Never went that way even though I've played at least 5 times, so I wouldn't know haha

Well, that was my second choice, so not bad haha!

Still, aaah... we need some Santana art haha

Well, what can I say, I really adore them haha!

Though, I'm sorry Lucy, but I like Santana more XD

6 - Santana and Lucy (as probably expected from me XD)

Yeah, I can understand. At least I'm sure the game will be awesome!

And going to check it! Don't worry about you taking your time - I was just worried it didn't reach you because of the problems you had

It's hard not to feel invested since the characters are so fantastic haha! And There's something really compelling to be about not knowing everything about the character I'm controlling, too.

And thanks! I guess my years of playing visual novels of all sorts helped me haha

You're welcome! Glad I could help!

Hmm well... I couldn't really do a walkthrough but...


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I've tried to always choose optimistic and respectful choices. Admitting faults if needed or backing down if Brandon's opinion seemed right, but I've tried not to hesitate either when the MCs opinion seemed to be the more reasonable one. I believe that when talking about music and so on, I've always picked the options that would imply the MC knows about the bands and events Brandon was talking about, even if I wasn't, and I've never asked directly about how was school, only if he feels good / better, how was his day and so on. Also, I've always acted in favor of meeting IRL at any possible point, and reassured Brandon that it's normal for people to be different online and in real life, but that the MC would never think of him a weird or anything in real life. In cases where the MC was telling him it's impossible to meet because various family reasons, always told him he'd rather meet him, or stay online longer or whatever. After the argument, I've decided to apologize every time it was possible and say the MC deserved Brandon's anger, and to be honest about having a reason for ditching him and telling it was because he got nervous to meet him.  I dunno if that's important, but when saying hi and goodbye, I've always chosen the polite and friendly options, but without being too familiar, like calling him bro and so on.


Hope it helps!

Aw, that's very sad news, but understandable considering the circumstances. Still, I'm sorry to hear that.

By the way, considering the issues, I'll ask it here, but have you recieved the e-mail I've sent you a while ago? With all the issues you're facing, you may have not. Just in case - I'm the person who, a while ago, offered to maybe try out for the colorist position you needed for AOGSR. Becaue of a ton of problem in real life I kinda went silent after asking you a few questions, but I'm definitely free to try out - it could at least make it a bit easier to you.

Such a sweet little game! Short and simple, but I've enjoyed it a lot, and the truth behind the events was interesting - it was nice to see a game like that with something more than romance.

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Just finished a playthrough of the game... and oh dear... I'm literally crying. It's not even something close to home to me, but man I got so invested in the characters! Not only the game is gorgeous music, art and GUI wise, but the story was so beautiful!

I must say I've REALLY enjoyed the twist by the end. I was wondering what was off with my character because of some of his reactions that were not up to me, but I honestly didn't expect that, it was great. 

I got the "so let's go where we're happy" ending, and I love it so much! Am I right to assume it's the best ending out of the 4?


Anyway, I'm really in love with the game! Thank you for creating such a gem!

I'll re-download later then!

Well, I liked Atreus' route too, don't get me wrong - I actually tend to like monster transformations more, to be honest haha. But I don't know, in this particular case, I liked the other one too. The both corrupted one is the one I liked the least I think

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You did it! Congratulations!

Gonna play it tonight!


EDIT: just finished playing, and did the three endings! It was a cool game - perverted and sad in a way, but interesting. I like the fact that in the end, you're playing as the antagonist not the heroes.

It had some small errors, probably due to the short deadline, but only one really bothered me - if you go for the "both corrupted" route, if you choose Ollin for the third scene, the game will assume he was corrupted with the minotaur, and state he's still a virgin (same thing happens in the final scene). In my playthrough of this route it was slighly awkward since I actually did corrupt him against the orcs. And the villain even says so during the dialogues before the last scene. But well, other than that it was nicely done. My favorite "route" was the full-corrupt Ollin one. It felt like the more "natural" one to me, and besides I like his new design at the end of that route a lot!

Anyway, congrats again, and good luck with finishing FotS now!