A blast from the past...

Oh wow! You just found this neat little dating game buried on this old game site you used to visit as a kid. How nostalgic! 

It's a little cheesy and the story is a little shallow, but you used to love these games so much, so you absolutely have your rose colored glasses on. Maybe you even played this one? 

How about you give it a try, for old time's sake?



- This project was made for a one week gamejam -


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StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rating
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(92 total ratings)
AuthorFulmen
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
Tags2D, Creepy, Cute, Dating Sim, Otome, Psychological Horror, Romance, Singleplayer, Surreal
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish

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Oh lord I really didn't expect this game to turn out like this. I was just playing this because it seems like a cute cheesy cliche visual novel but I didn't expect it to turn like DDLC. It was so much fun and I love it

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....Mine glitched and scared me horribly-

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I need Akira and Ryuu back, please and thank you.

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i feel like this is a genderbent version of ddlc but their personalities are diff and i love it-

(Edit:i still love DDLC btw and i like the girls better than the boys tho-))

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they kinda look like they're from doki doki literature club

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that was SO. COOL!!!!!!!

Keep getting javascript errors 

Same.

me too

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I really enjoyed this, felt very reminiscent of Doki Doki Literature Club! :)

Question, is there any way to reset the game from scratch? I wanted to replay it with a different character, but I keep getting the ending screen even after deleting and redownloading the game.

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I would tell you how but unfortunately I completely forgot so I'll just quote what the creator said
"RenPy games have two separate persistent files. The first file is simply found in the folder you dowloaded under „game\saves“ and is called „persistent“. 

The other one is under „C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\RenPy“ Just select the RenPy folder, find the „DatingSim389“ folder inside of it, and delete the persistent file that one has as well."

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nah bc almost everyone here wasnt expecting it to be a pyschological horror type vn 



while me who found this while browsing throught the tag for pyschological vn's

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same :(

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When i loaded the game,it says,'Required files are missing,the game cannot be run.'Please fix this.

This gives me ddlc vibes and i love it

Same-

yoo-hoo

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i love this so much but please give me my boy akira back </3

This was the most horrifying, cute and heartwrenching experience. The game is great, the visuals are beautiful along with the music. Great tone and vibe of visual novel. 

SPOILERS

Didn't really see the twist coming so I was genuinely shocked.   After the first character you pick leaves, it doesn't even explain. That is true fear. You don't even know that your actions have consequences and you don't receive an explanation afterwards. This game is brilliantly terrifying, I LOVE IT!

oh my god this was a ROLLERCOASTER!!!! in the best way. i love them all.


SPOILERS!

 i see that other people left kenji for last too. when i had the idea it was playing out as a normal dating sim, i was trying to save my faves for last (haru and kenji! but i do love the other two, too) so when haru started going off on my ass i was like "whew. okay." but i still love him... i'm going to do another run where i start with haru + kenji! see where that leads

Did you end up doing another run? I can't get mine to run again. If you have any tips pls share!! I'd love to play again where I save my faves for last instead of making them disappear :((

Love this game <3
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...at least some trigger warnings would be nice. T__T I'm pretty sure there are some suitable for this game.
Loved it, definitely, but man I wish I was at least a little more ready.

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would you be able to supply some warnings? :0 i'm interested in playing it cause i like this kind of thing but knowing that there may be particularly triggering content in it, some warnings might be good for me as well 

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Hi fox! Of course!! I‘ll put it under a read more for you :)






Trigger warnings include: Topic of death and ceasing to exist, existential dread, mild swearing

There are no graphic images, jump scares or explicitly horrifying scenes in the game, but if you get uneasy around death or discussions of it, you might want to steer clear.


A more explicit SPOILER about the game‘s story down below (This is not new info, just a clarification of how exactly the trigger warnings apply to the story):

Characters are being deleted and are becoming aware of their impending doom

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thank you for the warnings!! :D 

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Hey Xeen! Glad you liked the game. I didn‘t put any trigger warnings initially because I thought the content was mild enough to not warrant any, but apparently there‘s some demand for it. I‘ll think about where to implement it. Thank you for the valuable feedback!! :)

Edit: Oh, and if you could tell me what trigger warnings you would have liked to see, I‘d really appreciate it :)

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i feel bad for em.

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Absolutely loved this game, the tone shift really caught me off guard and got me more interested! Can't believe this was done for a Jam, truly amazing work!

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It took me a couple people to figure out what happened.  I was also really hoping the last one could stay but cried when Kenji disappeared too.  It was a really good game though!

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Error: Script error. (see JavaScript console for details)

Hi! This is an error showing up on certain PCs when playing the web version. I haven‘t quite figured out how to fix it yet and I suspect it has to do with how Ren‘Py exports its games into the web format (in which case I can‘t do anything, because it‘s a problem with the engine)

If this shows up for you, try downloading the game and playing it locally on your computer. That should always work!

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*SPOILERS* 




aaaa i was so confused. the first time i played i choose to spend recess with akira and it suddenly took me to the menu, i thought i should've saved the game or something and it tooks me like 5 minutes to realize akira wasn't there anymore, i feel so dumb adksksjs

anyways, this was so fun to play. i will surely be playing more of your games because i really enojoyed this one :)

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Well, that's always good to hear!! :)

And don't feel dumb, the game wanted to confuse you a little after all ;)

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Man did this give me a whole heaping of existential crisis. I feel so bad for Akira, Haru, Ryuu, and Kenji like what the hell. The ending was so sad especially since I picked Kenji as last and the 4th wall break?? That was amazing as it was sad. Wonderful game especially with how meta it is, even to the title as it is a Dating Sim and it's so generic that it could have been forgotten-- I wonder how the player in the game felt watching those characters they love gain some sort of sentience as the game began to delete itself in real time. Must have been traumatizing and hard for them...

Thank you for playing!! And also thank you for writing such a long comment, I'm really glad you enjoyed it and could connect with the characters :) 

...and sorry for the exitential crisis

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There should be a non-binary and boy(he/him) version.

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Hi crazette! If you‘re talking about the MC, this game is intentionally modeled after late 2000s, early 2010s otome games, which usually were very limited regarding gender options, or character customization.

If you‘d rather like to play something with queer or generally more diverse characters, feel free to check out my other games!! Nevergrove in particular has a POV main character you can name and choose the pronouns of, as well as a bigger cast to fall in love with :)

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how can i save progress in windows?

Don‘t worry, the game saves automatically after key points in the story. You‘ll definitely know when you see them ;)

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I've only played through once, but wow, I'm impressed that this was made in a week!

Thank you :) The time limits gamejams have really makes one push themselves!!

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I loved it!
I absolutely loved it
It was so cool to play :)
I liked Haru! Idk what it is but I just really like childhood friends to lovers tropes ehe




*SPOILERS*




I can't believe I thought it was gonna be a normal game despite the glitchy "I've done this before" thing above the game ;;
I thought it just meant the story since... y'know...

When the game started glitching and removed haru, I thought that some yandere must've been breaking the fourth wall and messing with the game script. I've been too invested in yanderes, I think its time I should calm down a little lol

ANYWHO
I know what I said but I just had a teensy little suspicion that something was off and I was right!
Man... I love these games

Though, something I would like to add, maybe remove the glitchy text from the log? Y'know, when the game starts glitching? Just remove the text from the log and pretend it never happened so that the game could gaslight the player and enhances the experience and makes it a lot spookier hehe

I'd also like to say that I'm evil for leaving kenji for last
Just wanted to see him panic :D

Anyway, enough of this long comment! Absolutely fantastic game you've got here!

Hey Emi, thanks for the long comment!! :) I‘m glad you had fun!

Here‘s to hoping you‘ll be nicer to poor Kenji on your next rodeo ;)

Oh of course! I wouldn't do the same thing twice! I picked Ryuu instead
All I can say for Ryuu is: That information about Botticelli's painting of venus was interesting to know. Probably will stay in my mind like how that info about french fries originally came from greece and not france....

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What a typical yet cute dating sim! Personally, I like Akira the best because he's more down-to-earth than the other guys. The art style is pretty fluffy and soft. Sure hope that this game can stay online forever :)

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Oh yes, it would be a shame if something happened to it! Thanks for playing!! :)

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i love this so much omg 

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i have a question is there no way to get a good ending without the intrest you like disapear?

This game was never intended to be an actual normal dating sim, so there is no such ending. But I‘m happy you liked it enough to want to date these poor boys earnestly!! :)

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This was my first dating sim and I have no regrets! xD
A genius idea well executed, hat's off!

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replaying it again :3  I like the 4 love interest. I like Haru being the caring childhood friend, I'm into childhood troops sometimes due to them being the 2nd lead most of the time in the series *sob* I like Akira for being smart and polite. His way to care for the MC *give stink eyes* lolol. I like Kenji too although he always pulls some pranks for ladies especially that first encounter xD but he knows to apologize if it's a little too far. Ryuu is good too, he might be seen as rough outside but he's softie if you get to know him.

Since it was made for a week, it's pretty short but I like the art and the plot, it reminds me of DDLC. It's pretty sad after you choose them one by one. Especially the last fella. I choose Haru, Kenji, Ryuu, and Akira in order. 

btw, I just saw a misspelled.

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is it possible to replay the game after the error message

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Hi asphyxia! Of course for story reasons I‘d have to say no, but if you really want to replay it, you can download the game or delete the persistent files if you played on a downloaded version already - those are the ones that control the story progression!

I'm clumsy dummy so I've gotta ask before I make mistake, what exactly are the files I need to delete?

RenPy games have two separate persistent files. The first file is simply found in the folder you dowloaded under „game\saves“ and is called „persistent“. 

The other one is under „C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\RenPy“ Just select the RenPy folder, find the „DatingSim389“ folder inside of it, and delete the persistent file that one has as well.

That should take care of everything :)

Thankssss <333 ^^

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this was so awesome!! *spoilers ahead* i for some reason thought it'd be a normal dating sim despite the glitchy "i've done this before" that's above the game lmao and when i chose akira first and it went back to the title screen i was just like. oh fuck

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Haha then you played it exactly the way it‘s supposed to be played! Glad you had fun :)

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This is giving me doki doki literture club vibes and I love it!

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This game was very fun to play. I really enjoyed it thAnk you for making such a great game!!

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Thank you for playing! Glad you had fun :)

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I started playing last night (downloaded through Itch.io) and picked it up again to play today. I was at the point of going to hang out with Akira again, and suddenly I started getting a bunch of visual and text glitches - they were so bad that at first I thought they must be part of the story.

I noticed there was an update, so I just updated and restarted, and the same thing is happening from the beginning now - text is turning into unsupported characters and the visuals (mostly in the text boxes and choices) are getting black and rainbow boxes around them.

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Hey csonnich! The way you described it, I don't think there's anything to worry about.

How about you continue playing for a while to investigate? :)

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Gotcha!

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