I know this game came out 2 years ago but I just played it today and I loved it so much... It's very wholesome and heartwarming. Very bittersweet. I loved all the characters.
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And Dumpling continues having a meltdown over the fact that he's attracted to a feminine AMAB (assigned male at birth) trans person that he thought was a girl... Wow, I wonder what that reminds me of. :/ (It's homophobic transmisogynistic men who get angry when they find out that a woman they were attracted to is "not actually a woman".)
The updated dialogues make me feel sad. I played Dream of Gluttony back when it came out and since then I had a lot of appreciation for Cinnamon and thought for a long time of her as a character that would enter a list of "characters that deserved better", because of the way she was written. Specially her relationship with Dumpling, who would just insult her in ways that were just transmisogynistic and had nothing to do with being a tsundere.
I was excited to see a post about updated dialogue but when I watched the video... It just doesn't do Cinnamon justice. It doesn't do anything justice.
Her writing changed from outrightly transmisogynistic to... Well, a different type of transmisogyny. One that can easily appeal to cis self-proclaimed allies.
Rather than fixing the dialogues to make Cinnamon a happy, healthy example of a trans girl character in media, you made her nonbinary in the update thinking it would solve it. If the problem was transphobia towards trans girls, you just had to remove girlhood from the equation. It can't be transmisogyny if she's not a girl. Easy solution, right? Sigh.
You end up buying into another type of transmisogyny. It's difficult to explain this one right off the bat so perhaps with an example. Do you remember Grell Sultcliff from the anime Black Butler? She's a trans woman. But it's really common even nowadays for people to say "Grell is Grell" or "Grell is fabulous" if someone asks them what they think Grell's gender is. This is related to how cis people, and even some trans people who are not trans women, don't think of trans women as men but don't think of them as women either because they think trans women failed at being both. Because they subconsciously think of trans women as people who are bad at being men and even worse at being women. So they end up being their own entirely separated category that is alien to men and women. Almost like a thing, rather than a person.
But she's your character and you don't want to say "That's not a he, that's not a she, that's an 'it'." Instead, you just say "He's cute". Because that makes it acceptable. If you make it about cuteness, then it's fine to think of a trans girl as more of her own type of creature rather than someone who is actually a gender (let alone a girl). Right? And nonbinary people exist. So you can use nonbinary identities to cover the transmisogyny. Just say "Oh, I know! They're nonbinary" and call it a day...
It's even sadder because even you, the developer, agreed at some point that Cinnamon was a trans girl (ex.: reblogging fanart of trans girl Cinnamon with a trans Pride flag on Tumblr, and other posts of fans talking about Cinnamon being a trans girl).
Now Cinnamon is even more up there on my list of characters who deserved better. This is not good nonbinary representation. It's an attempt to shove transmisogyny under the carpet..
This girl deserved better.
What a coincidence that I just started looking for this mere minutes ago and saw that this was put here on itch.io just 12 hours ago (by the time I'm posting this)! It makes me happy to be able to play this game again. I hope to hear more from the creator eventually.
Btw I know I said a lot of things but please don't hate me for it or think I'm trying to insult the game or the team... I promise I didn't say any of those things with bad intentions. I'm sorry if I sounded too harsh in some points.
The game is fine so far but it could really do without the voice audio files. I actually believe it would be an improvement to remove them or keep them to an absolute minimum.
There were several instances in which I noticed characters saying things but with an audio that said something completely different or even contraditory to what they were saying. Not everything but the examples I can think of from the top of my head are a woman saying "Come on in" (to a house) while the audio file said "Thank you", a girl saying "Who is it that you have your eyes on?" while the audio file said "Why? Why? Why?", a girl saying "Yeah" while the audio file said "No".
And this one is its own case, I think, when I encountered a character sleeping in class and for some reason he had an audio file from Nichijou, an already existing anime, of Yuuko (Nichijou protagonist) counting sheep while asleep.
Not to mention differences in range and energy. The characters are given so many obviously different voices that it's almost comical. The protagonist sounds like a 10-year old girl in one moment and like a 30-year old grown woman in another. Then scenes like one when a teacher punishes the protagonist for using her phone during class, her classmates laugh at her but the audio file used for them laughing very obviously sounds like much younger children. Or when the protagonist says to Nanashi something like "Fine! I'll go with you!" (to a haunted spot) in a "friend-angry", grumpy way but the audio file used for that sounds way too angry.
And this one isn't related to audio but it's something you can't help but notice which is (Slight SPOILER ahead) when Nanashi shows a picture of him with his mother and the picture shows a woman with a child who looks to be about 6-years old and he says "This was taken two years ago", even though Nanashi very clearly looks like he's around 16-years old, or 17." You can't help but think "You were that little 2 years ago?" (End of SPOILER)
Please don't think I'm trying to slander the game though. I actually like this game, I think it's fun and entertaining to play and I'm interested in the story so far.
This is cute, I really liked it. I don't know anything about Hypnosis Mic but I love RPG Maker games so I decided to play this and had a lot of fun, it was funny, playing it without exactly having context was an experience. Though I couldn't finish it because I can't find who the serious letter is addressed to.
Really hope to see the full release. :')
Also I don't want to be mean but I think maybe there could be more proofreading because I saw some typos here and there. But other than that, wow, what a game.
Wow, this was so nice??? I really want more of this. I loved Kat and the other girls, they were so cute and endearing, and I loved the small details in everything like even spinning the globe and feeling a breeze coming from the window in the occult club room. I don't usually get nervous like this with games but this spooked me so much, I was so nervous and anxious, and kept checking in my head if I was doing the ritual right. XD This was good
Nevermind, I was able to defeat the computer. But I then (stupidly) died to the zombie in the basement with no lights on. I didn't try again because it was legitimetly too much effort. I'm not complaining, I genuinely think you might have made the computer boss actually too difficult for a character as weak as Clara. I only defeated the computer once out of pure luck, I survived it (the computer) with 1HP and my dog being dead, and that's considering I had all healing items available and was not attacked by any glitched villager or corridor walking zombie.
I was having so much fun with this game, it's a pity I couldn't defeat the computer boss. I thought I was playing a simple zombie apocalypse survival game, which was already cool enough, but finding out I was in a cursed videogame was the best, it was so ominous and actually unsettling. It was even more interesting because my actual name is Clara and I'm a girl (nonbinary girl). I even somewhat look like the Clara here so it really felt like playing as myself. Though I still don't know how to defeat the computer.
this was a really cool little game! i wanted to say i really liked the puzzles. they were original and fun, ive never seen puzzles like them before tbh? and ive played lots of games before. they were a lot more exciting and interesting than boring, overdone puzzles like "find a journal that has a date and that date is the password for something" (i know youve seen this one a million times before too). so yeah!
and i really liked Newt, i might have a crush on him lol. i knew him for such a short while and was already so interested in him. i thought he was so smart and pretty well written ^^' anyway this is probably boring to read, im just praising you but. yeah! good game!
I hope it's okay to ask for this but if it's okay, could you guys leave the other demo available for download too? The one with the other sprites. It's just that I really liked that one and wanted to keep that demo version saved on my computer... ^^ I just really like how Haruka is drawn in it. I'm sorry, I really like keeping thins I like saved with me because they're so often removed from the internet. Don't worry, I'm not saying the new sprites are bad, I just was really in love with the old ones.
I have a question. If the love interest Phoenix can be male or female depending on what the player prefers, and my character is bisexual, does that mean the game will give me either female Phoenix or male Phoenix, choosing randomly which one it gives, like a lottery or bingo?
Oh, so it depended on when I asked them for it! Thank you so much for telling me that, I didn't realize ^^'
I was now able to complete the game properly (making everyone in Toppletown happy) and see the illustrations of Harriet and Plum happy together <3
Aw, man, what a lovely game. The more I played and replayed this, the more I fell in love with this little place called Toppletown.
(Btw, does the teabag the giraffe give you has any purpose? xD)
I was replaying the game today but this time as the mouse and I have a question, are there customized illustrations for the mouse interacting with Harriet too? Or does only the cat have illustrations? I wasn't able to find carrots while playing as the mouse so I couldn't make a proper stew and make the waffle boy and that client happy so I thought that was why I didn't get any illustrations with Harriet but I thought I should ask at least. (Also how do you get carrots as a mouse? I couldn't for some reason, even though I was able to get them as a cat :( Looked everywhere for them)
Okay, I just finished the game and oh, boy. I'm in love with it. I love Margaret and Harriet so much, I want to marry Harriet. T_T Giant bunny wife. I had a lot of trouble with the lock on the mayor's house because I'm bad at math and have ADHD but all the effort was worth it just to see the rest of the game and meet Harriet and make Margaret happy and play with her... I loved Pip and everyone else too, of course, and Pip's secret backstory. Marlow made me laugh a lot with his angry lines, "You think this is a joke?" combined with that smiley face of his? The best. Thank you for making this game.
This was such a cute, loveable game. I loved it so much. The bonus room??? Made me smile from ear to ear. Everything about this game... So cute and good. You did a really good job. I'll definitely play any future games you decide to make. Your art??? So cute... Lonely Girl (and her furry version) = New favorite videogame character
I just finished the game and AAAA oh my God, it was so cute and wholesome! Gained a special spot on my list of favorite games! And I can't stop listening to the "Thank You For Playing" background music, this SLAPS!
Hi! This game is really nice and cute so far, I love how many things you can do in it and how many places you can visit. I'm genuinely amazed by how much effort and love you put into this game!
But I'm not being able to complete the game because I'm kind of stuck in two parts. Do you think you could help me? I don't know how to get to this area.
I did try... I think every path available and no path seems to allow me to get there...
Also how can I get this seashell?
I love this game. It reminds me of my best friend (who I also have feelings for). Sometimes he's very distant and I feel like he's leaving me and like Stella, who decided in her mind that Nina left without her, I also think my friend is "leaving without me". And I get lost in my thoughts and in my mind, I am searching for him, like Stella is searching for Nina. In the end, he's always waiting for me, like Nina was waiting for Stella.
Thank you for translating this game to English!
I wanted to ask, who is the green haired girl in your avatar picture, drawn in CHARON's style? Is she a character from their most recent, untranslated games? I've never seen her before, she's pretty cute!