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Yearning: A Gay Story

Come out in college! Meet people, make friends, and maybe find a boyfriend? · By bobcgames

This is why I don't date

A topic by IS04 created Apr 06, 2019 Views: 542 Replies: 5
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want to like this game, but the lack of a walkthrough is really frustrating. I've now tried three times, and have not managed to get any good endings. I don't know what I keep doing wrong, but none of Adam, Carlos, or Jake will date me (without breaking up with me). I even tried using the guide for Adam, and constantly messed everything up - either Carlos asks me out, or he doesn't like me enough to come out, with no in-between. >.<

Developer

Have you tried playing on easy mode?

The game was originally not really intended as a dating game, so the relationships are often hard to maintain. But easy mode should make it play more like a regular dating sim.

(Adam is, of course, the exception to this. He was intended to be an extremely difficult bonus, so his popularity caught me a bit by surprise.. and as such, he's still extremely difficult even in easy mode.)

In general, the characters should give you pretty good indications when you're doing something wrong or not, and knowing their personalities should also help you make the right choices. Also note that your character has a "personality" that is established mostly by the choices you make when you're introduced to new people, and having the right personality makes it much easier to successfully date someone. (Jake, for example, is shy and gets along better with a shy protagonist.)

Well, I didn't have access to Easy Mode the first time, when I asked Jake out, and was apparently not shy enough for him, I guess, since he ended up dumping me at the end. I did turn it on afterwards, when I was mostly aiming for Adam, but didn't have any luck on either my second or third playthroughs. 

Playthrough 4 finally went better, where Jake asked me out, instead, and I finally got my first happy ending. (For the record, Jake is my precious little cinnamon bun, and I absolutely adore him - especially the story behind how he chose his name.) I was actually heartbroken when he asked me out again in playthrough 5, since I was trying to romance someone else (Dan, at that point - who I also managed a happy ending with). 

So, I've had better luck with easy mode, except for Adam, which is apparently intended. Still, I'm going to try for him again...assuming I can stop myself from dating my sweetheart Jake this time.

Sorry for my earlier irritation. Clearly, this IS a good game, since I've been playing it non-stop for the past I-don't-know-how-many hours. I just wanted someone to love me back, dammit! T_T

Developer

Adam is the only one who has requirements other than "spend enough time with him", which I think makes sense given his character. As such, even easy mode doesn't make him easier if you don't meet the other requirements.

To get him, you do need Carlos to come out to you (so Adam questions his own sexuality throughout the semester) but NOT ask you out (which would mean Adam subconsciously considers you off limits). If you follow the hints in the game tips devlog, you can avoid the four critical points with Carlos that would trigger him asking you out, and can otherwise spend as much time with the two of them as possible.

Other than that, you just need to make sure to do well in classes. You can't fail any exams or miss any homework assignments. And don't do anything that would make Adam uncomfortable, such as snooping on his computer or asking him to take you to Q&A.

Good luck, and I'm glad you are enjoying the game, even if it's a little frustrating. :)

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To be honest I am much more frustrated it seems than this guy here... 

I bet it could be a good game but there's so much lack of everything that would make it interesting for me sorry to say.

The story is really boring because everyday seems like the others. I do like the main characters besides the Q&A guys ( they're just weird except the actor ;/ ). They have different hobbys and personalities. The artwork is pretty good from what I can tell. The backgrounds aren't blurry, that's really nice, but it isn't a thing that makes the Tennis Ace VN worse than others at all (another gay visual novel). 

I dunno if you have ever played another gay VN but you propably should do it. There are some really good onse here on itch.io (most of them fantasy themed though) with an interesting story line, great artwork and interesting characters. 

(I could suggest some if you want, even though I don't think it's necessary)

So, I hope you are able to afford more one day, if it is what keeps this novel behind. 

Since I assume that others are into especially this VN I won't judge you. These are just some thoughts of mine. 4 out of 5 stars from me because it's good developed :)

I hope this helped a little... I felt bad so don't you worry I supported you anyways ;) 

(You can tell by my profile)

Greetings from Germany

Developer

Thanks for the thoughts and comments.

The goal of YAGS was to make a game focused on meeting people, making friends, and coming out. As such, I understand it's not for everyone... for example, it's expected that you'll play through the first time without successfully dating anyone, and there's a lot more "everyday interactions" rather than specific plot developments. It's very much a slice-of-life game without a real story throughout it.

But I appreciate you giving it a try anyway!