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Beauty and the War (X Playing Pieces) Demo Beta Ver. 2
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Eyes like almond
Skin like dew
Eyes that can plunge you into the deepest avenues of desire
Skin that would shame the purest snow
In the prison designed for the lowest echelons of society, X is the undisputed king of the jungle. As a supernatural wielder of flames, who would dare to approach his throne and hope to survive?
One woman does.
X's days of meaningless killing and tireless monotony come to an end when this woman leaps down from the sky to kiss him.
Who is this enchantingly dark-haired beauty, bold enough to touch him? And just what does she want with him?
"I'll convince you that Virgo Island exists."
To escape from prison, Ambrosia needs him. However, that hinges entirely on securing X's help, which is no easy task when he thinks she's insane.
"You might as well tell me that you come from the land of fairytale and make-believe!" he laughs.
He doesn't believe that she's a Phoenix (which one might find ironic, given his predisposition to fire). He definitely doesn't believe that she hails from Virgo Island - a beautiful yet frightening world populated by creatures of legends, myths and fairytales.
Nevertheless, he hasn't met a woman like her before. She will convince him that Virgo Island exists and she must...before she receives her third strike from the prison's worst warden.
This is Demo Beta Ver. 2 for Beauty and the War, the first official arc of the X Playing Pieces series. This game will have both a free version and a paid version. Come and hear the story of the one known as the fairest of them all.
This is a female-fronted dark/epic fantasy, full of treacherous politics, looming clan wars, and - oh, yes - passion. Did you think this was a fairytale? No, no, my dear...
When you are every man's desire, watch what you say. You might catch the wrong attention...or kill someone.
After all, it's been said that men have gone to war because of a woman.
DEMO FEATURES ✿
- ✿ est. 2+ Hours of Gameplay - Explore Virgo Island and meet the fantastic creatures that make up its residents. Immerse yourself in the X Playing Pieces universe.
❀ 100+ Choices with Consequences - Decide what Ambrosia says and does as she goes about her life as a healer on Virgo Island. Your choices affect your Reputation and determine your Schedule. Your actions will shape your relationships.
✿ Animations - Expect scenes to feel cinematic and thrilling! Experience it to believe it.
❀ Partially Voiced - Let us give you a little taste of the full voice acting that will be in the complete version.
✿ Rich Fantasy Lore - Virgo Island is home to clans made up of supernatural creatures, complete with a few fairytale trappings. Let's not forget that the world with the prison has its own vibrant story...
❀ 5 Romance Options + 2 Secret Ones - For this demo, you'll mostly get to interact with 2 of the bachelors - Chase, a cheerful Trold with a sense of humor, and Arsenik, a sweet, yet alluring Hulder gentleman...
✿ 1 Fun Easter Egg - Good lucking finding it! Feel free to let us know if you do.
Well, what are you waiting for? If you like the little story blurb you've just read, go ahead and download the demo!
VOICE ACTORS ❀
Ambrosia of the Phoenix - Lady A. Sia
Arsenik of the Hulder - Jack "KamiSFX" Kamionko
Brooks of the Valkyrie - Meaghan H, thegeekynarwhal
Chase of the Trold - Nick Smith
Bo-Peep of the Cucuy - Froboty
Imugi - Tyler Lafontaine
Rosemary of the Phoenix - Rachel Jones
X - Benjamin Orr
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Note: As a demo, this game's content is subject to change! (Hopefully, for the better.) If you rather wait for the complete version, then just keep an eye on our social media. We'll let you know when the full version's ready to go!
Do you want to help? Be sure to let us know what you thought of the game by commenting below! Or by reaching out to us on our social media. We always love hearing what you think, and we're actively doing our best to improve.
Thank you for checking out the demo, and we hope you enjoy your time in the painstakingly crafted world of Beauty and the War (X Playing Pieces)!
|Published||Dec 24, 2017|
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Author||Poison Apple Tales|
|Tags||Anime, Dark Fantasy, Dating Sim, Fantasy, Female Protagonist, meaningful-choices, mythology, Otome, Romance, Story Rich|
|Average session||A few hours|
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So excited to be able to purchase the full game.
Hi, xoxdqxox! We're all working hard, so we're thrilled to hear it. If you have any questions, just let us know. You can also talk to us on tumblr, where we post updates periodically.
We appreciate you taking the time to comment. It motivates us to keep doing our best for everyone! Have an amazing weekend.
I really like your game plz complete it quickly! I can't wait anymore!
Hello, Goldshade! We're really loving your enthusiasm. We can't wait to finish it, too! I can't say for sure when that will be since we want to make everything awesome, but if it helps...we do post some fun stuff related to Beauty and the War (X Playing Pieces) on our tumblr like this.
Feel free to look around our tumblr and ask questions, if you'd like! It might help with the wait. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away. Have a wonderful rest of the day!
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!
Hi, Konoi! Glad you asked. Let's see...this new update has:
- Ambrosia's re-done lines
- Minor bug & typo fixes
So, the main thing is that Ambrosia's voice actress re-did her lines according to the feedback and our direction. It'll undergo some more polishing in the final version! (She's very determined to nail the delivery.) If you'd like to give it a listen and let us know what you think of her hard work-in-progress, we'd love that. Feedback's always helpful!
Otherwise, please feel free to wait for the full version, which is the end goal we're all pushing for. Hopefully, it'll be sooner than later!
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
After playing War 13th Day, and War: Valentine, I am so happy there is another game set in this universe! I LOVED playing those two games and I have enjoyed playing the current demo version of this game (I will be purchasing the paid version just as soon as it is available!!).
I love the addition of X and the new prison location, and how the story goes back and forth between the past and present. Having the games voiced is really great, although, I find the VA for Ambrosia to be... distracting... the accent and pronunciation of certain words sounds as if the character has a speech impediment of some kind, instead of sounding, uhm, I assume, exotic..?
Also, is it me, or has the look of Chase changed from the other games? The look of him seems different- not as cute looking, but a little more rougher in appearance.
Regardless of the few minor things I found less than pleasing, I truly loved the game and cannot wait for the finished product!! Kudos to all involved in making such an enjoyable game.
Hi, DAGamerGal! We're delighted to hear you've been enjoying the X Playing Pieces universe.
Aha, yes, Ambrosia is meant to speak with a hint of an exotic accent. We believe she was trying to give some words an English slant and others an oriental touch, which didn't seem to work out so well for you! However, we'll see if she can't adjust her accent. After all, practice makes perfect. We'll probably post some audio clips over on tumblr to get feedback in the future. The team and I listen to the dialogue so many times that fresh ears are helpful! We fully believe our voice actors can do it with hard work and support.
As for Chase's appearance? His design is relatively the same (aside from the addition of his fur coat), but his leathery skin texture is being made a little more prominent. Let's see...this short piece should explain why a little better. (Long story short - his rougher appearance is part of his character. He's generally not known for being attractive on Virgo Island.) Though, we do plan to touch up his design for the full version to make sure the art's all on the same page.
Thanks for letting us know what you think, and we're thrilled you're looking forward to the full version! (We are, too.) If you have any more questions/feedback/theories, feel free to let us know. Have a Happy New Year, DAGamerGal!
Thank you so much for your response. I hesitated in saying anything in regards to the voice for Ambrosia, as I did not want to come across as harsh or overly critical of the VA. I have the utmost respect for the amazing people that do VA in video games and anime, and understand that it is not an easy job to do. Really, if you as the developers are happy with the character's accent, then that is all that matters!
As to Chase's updated appearance, it makes sense that his looks would change to suit the new style of graphics used in the game.
Thanks again for answering my questions, and I apologise if I sounded critical and unsupportive of those involved in the creative process of this wonderful game, for that was not my intention. :)
am confused is this the other part to the demo we've been playing with arsenic and such or is this a different game
Hi, Sandpixie! This is the same game. This is a demo beta (version 2) - a work in progress, so it's still going through polishing and touch-ups. However, it is indeed the same game! Just think of this as an upgraded version of the last demo (version 1). The story should be easier to follow, the gameplay better explained, and the art updated. Plus, you'll get introduced to the character of X.
However, if you're confused by these changes, feel free to wait for the full version! We're going to keep updating, fixing and hopefully improving the game until then. (But we'll be open to feedback, opinions, and theories all the while!)
If you have any other questions or comments, just let us know. Have a Happy New Year, Sandpixie!
oh ooohhh so it's where we left off?
ok so i typed out a review earlier and it was way too long and made me sound like a lunatic soooo a summary : ambrosia's voice actress needs work, she isn't very expressive and the accent she's doing is well... kinda bad and she also does random pauses between words where it isn't needed, her new sprite isn't cute like she was in the first demo and looks so much like a porcelain doll that it's really creepy :| arsenik's new sprite is to be honest, awful in comparison to his previous extremely beautiful sprite which was just perfect and didn't need to be changed so super sad about that cuz he was gorgeous and his new sprite isn't very detailed. viktor's new sprite is nice because he isn't all flushed and pink but he needs more colour cuz he looks very faded. arsenik's accent is really sexy like wow but his new sprite is just no. please please PLEASE can you change him back to his look from demo 1 like seriously pls he was so perfect and beautiful and now he's really not very detailed and just meh. chase's voice is very cute and wish all his lines were voiced. ambrosia now looks creepy and too young for arsenik and viktor and the part where she doesn't realize the flower arsenik brought her is for her still makes me head palm xD so basically pls can we have ambrosia and arsenik's look from demo 1 back? i beg of you. arsenik looks like a blur cuz of the not alot of detail or shading and ambrosia looks like a scary going to kill you type of doll
Ah, so much to cover..
I like it. So far. Most of it anyway.
I've noticed some have commented Ambrosia being a different artstyle, and while I get its a beta so not everyone has gotten the same revamp yet, it does end up being very striking as her smaller eyes makes her look even more childlike than her more cartoonish predecessor and leaves me a little... Uncomfortable pursuing anyone with her character aside from Chase who's rather young looking and acting even if he's the most straight forward of them all. Arsenik seems horrendously too old for her in comparison, Viktor just a tad given his rather chirpy attitude and cutesy face but I just shudder at the thought of Night being anywhere near our little marshmallow let alone our unknown caller. (Sorry Signor Blanket but this version Virgo Ambrosia is waaaaay too little and childish for me to even consider even you.)
The music was lovely, and it carried the game well through the different settings and tensions. The ending credits seem so upbeat and techno it clashes with the game, kind of like the "Bleeding out" or "shot" endings from Don't take this risk (which actually made me mad because I was genuinely upset with the ending, then to be greeted with blaring techno music straight out of a rave was just..). Ahem. I'll leave that rant for another day.
The art, goodness I loved the art, of course not everythings perfect but goodness some of those scenes were straight out of a triple A production level good! Forgive me I'm gushing ^^; But really honestly the scenes from the "prison" are the best so far, the art is just incredible.
What did I like the best... hmm.. Honestly Viktor and Chase are still my favorites even with Arseniks new artstyle. Even though nothings really changed for them I still like them best.
Don't get me wrong, its not that Arsenik isn't fun in his own way, he really is, and he DID save us at least once he's just frustrating because he won't just spit it out when I KNOW he can. I just like more... forward and honest guys like Chase who kinda just go for it. Or the fumbling "I have no idea what to do or say" kind like Viktor. Viktor is seriously the cutest of all of them all :3 I just wanna wrap him up and cuddle him
Alrighty. I think... that was everything. Aside from a review I left, but yeah, I'm liking how its going so far. I just hope that once everyones art is on relatively the same page I'll stop feeling so disturbed about 13 year old looking Ambrosia running around in ribbons T__T
Hi, Artemis-Ameretsu. Ooh, thanks for playing the demo and letting us know your thoughts!
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the music! Aha, but it seems I have a habit of putting in an upbeat credit song. I'll have to see what I can do about that for the full version.
We're also happy to hear you enjoyed the art! Viktor and Chase will be pleasantly surprised to know they're your favorites. Does that mean you're planning on entering a courtship with Chase first? (Unless you're still waiting for everyone's art to be on the same page. Or until Ambrosia gets older, which should be reflected in her sprite.)
Speaking of which, I took what you and others said into account and did some more tinkering with Ambrosia's sprite recently!
Better or worse? Rest assured, I'll be tinkering with the art for a while before I'm fully satisfied with it! But it's always helpful to get a second opinion. When I'm working on something, I'm often staring at it for hours, so in a way, my eyes get used to seeing it.
I hope you have a Happy New Year!
Dear gods I really need a longer attention span. Its been over three months haha ^^; Forgive me...
As to answer your questions, as far as courting goes, the Phoenix seem like a very proper clan, I can't imagine anything too inappropriate happening under with Lady Jasmine around. So I want to say I'll give everyone a fair go but I do really appreciate forwardness so Chase certainly has an advantage ^^ I guess it depends on who's personality I like better? I can't say I've spent nearly enough time with any of them to decide who I like the most just yet. I wanna be like "Oh I'll go for everyone!" when in reality I'll probably pick one, that I will obsess over unhealthily for the end of all time and it will probably be a blocked path because I always pick them and please dear gods above if there is one thing I can beg, plead, cry for, DONT MAKE A BLOCKED PATH CHARACTER. T___T PLEASE. I've gone through it so many times now and it makes me feel like such a shitty person grinding through everyone else like a psychopath just to be with the person I want T__T
Unless you're feeling sadistic, in which go for it. Far be it from me to ruin your fun ~<3
As for the art update I think the sprite art does look a bit better. I say a bit because I couldn't honestly remember what I disliked about the original ^^; I just have a vague recollection of it weirding me out..? Either way it looks good ^^ any improvements you've made definitely made a difference. She still seems young but I think I'll acclimatize to it once the game comes out if it hasn't had any major updates by then.
Aah, I've played the first version of the demo, and now I'm back for more! I've filled the survey, which explains some of my opinions and gives plenty of feedback, but I still want to comment here too, so you'll be able to answer if you want and to overall tell what I didn't tell in the survey and repeat some things.
I must start with this: I was very worried when I saw this new version in my Feed inbox and while checking the newest visual novels. I tend to dislike what I see as major changes, and the addition of X is a pretty major change. Now, I understand he was planned from the very beginning - I've checked out the extras at the end of the demo - but from a player's point of view, he's still all novelty. And well, it's the character you see on the game's thumbnail now, so I was pretty much "Wait, what? Who IS this guy?! Ugh, what the hell, I don't want this guy to be here...". Buuut... it happened that he's pretty much my favorite type of character, or one of my favorite types at least, so I fell in love pretty quickly. I may be a huuuge Viktor fan, and I always wanted him to be the last hidden romance, but now I honestly don't know because I like X at least as much as him and I'd loooove to see how a romance with him would be. I've explained that a bit more in the survey.
I also really love the new version of the prologue. The old one was interesting, but well, the things with X and his point of view, and his meeting with Ambrosia and all... it's pretty great!
Now, unfortunately I can't be as happy about the other major change - the art. I don't mind Arsenik, and I think Ambrosia in the "present day" looks pretty great, but man how do I dislike her sprite in the Virgo Island part - and well, it's a huge problem since it's the major part of the game... I used to think she was so very pretty, and her prison parts sprite still indicate that, but n my opinion she doesn't even look like herself anymore in the Virgo parts. And she doesn't look like the other characters either - her sprite style clash pretty much with everything else. What bothers me the most are her eyes, so small and semi realistic compared to the other characters'. I don't think it really suits the story and overall art direction of the game, and while the drawing itself may be more "mastered" than before, I'll take the old sprite anytime over this one.
Also, the scene where X sees her back... her arm bothers me - looks like it's cut in half... Well, more like half is missing
With that out of the way, I'll be answering the Lemmasoft questions. Only the second set, since the "before playing" one would be the same as before, of course.
1❀ What were your expectations going into the game? And how did Beauty and the War (X Playing Pieces) meet or contradict them?
Well, nothing new here - I was mostly intrigued and the game fulfilled my expectations and made me even more curious. A for this particular version of the demo, what I said before answers it pretty well.
2✿ Tell me. How did you spend your two days? There are a lot of choices, so I'm curious what you decided to do and who you tried to befriend.
I did the same as on my first playthrough of the previous version of the demo. I've tried to do all the chores, and spend half of the time going to the woods, and half tending to the wounded. I've tried to befriend mainly Viktor and Chase, and started the romance with the latter.
3❀ What are your thoughts on the story and the characters now? Do you have a favorite? What were you feeling during the last scene at the end of the demo?
My favorite (revealed) bachelor is Chase, and my favorite characters overall are Viktor and now X - can't even tell which one I like the most. I really don't know what to think anymore - I still want to see Viktor as a romance option so badly, but X would be so great too... I'm so conflicted because I know any of them would make me so happy, but also so sad that the other one wouldn't be an option.
Now, when you say final scene, do you mean the very end of the story itself, or the bonus scene about X's toughts on Ambrosia? Since my answer wouldn't change about the former, I'll answer about the latter. I've already said that in the survey, but that bonus scene is my favorite part of the game now. I think it's so beautiful in so many ways that it really touches me to the core and makes me want to cry. It's amazing!
4✿ What are you looking forward to seeing in the full version?
Haha, well, more of everything haha! And also, I'm curious about the guy from Don't take that risk! My mind was kinda blown when I've learnt that he REALLY is part of the story. Even if it's a minor role, the fact that the two games actually take place in the same world is kinda incredible to me, to be honest. So yeah, pretty excited about that. I'm also curious about the r-16 content of the paid version (I'll be getting that one) and I'm wondering who'll be an eligible bachelor exclusively in that version. I'd also love some twitches to the voice acting, but I've said more about that in the survey so no need to repeat it here.
Anyway, whatever happens, good luck with the project! I can't wait to play the full version!
Hi, Konoi! Ooh, it's great to hear from you again. (I remember when you commented last time for the first demo! It was both helpful and encouraging, no doubt.) Thanks for filling out the survey, too! As promised, every single word was read.
Aha, I was wondering how people would feel about seeing X in the header...and the thumbnail...and other promotional material. (Fun fact: When I was putting in the thumbnail, it was something of a spontaneous decision. I was half-preoccupied with Christmas arrangements and I was recovering from a sickness, so my thoughts were along the lines of: "Uh...all right, sure. Let's go with this." X, of course, would think that's a great decision.)
For the scene where X sees Ambrosia's back, I was trying to make it so that her hand's on her stomach, but I can see that didn't go over so well! I'll have to put that fix-up on my to-do list. As for Ambrosia's Virgo Island sprite, you could say it was...almost an experiment? I wanted to show how Ambrosia would look "in the real world" so to speak, while maintaining an anime aesthetic. So far, people are having different reactions to it. Either way, I'll definitely take what you said into consideration!
I'm really happy to hear you're enjoying the X Playing Pieces world. It's also nice to hear how X has made an impact! I was wondering how people would react to the bonus scenes. I wasn't sure how much readers would want to know what goes on in X's head, but I had way too much fun writing those. (And you can expect more bonus scenes in the full version!)
If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to let me know, Konoi! Oh, and I'm glad you're looking forward to the r-16 version - and its exclusive bachelor(s)...I just keep wondering if people can handle him! I'm not even joking. (I want to say why that is but that would be spoilers. I might give a better hint on my tumblr - or other social media - when it's closer to the release date, though. Or, rather, a caveat. I feel like he needs to come with some kind of warning!)
Again, thanks for answering the survey and for commenting here, too. Merry Christmas, Konoi!
Oh, by the way...since you saw the bonus scenes, I'm curious. When Ambrosia lands on X in the beginning - as you might recall - do you think what happened there was A) On purpose, B) An accident or C) Something else (feel free to elaborate!)?
(If you think you're going to mention any spoilers, you can also e-mail us your answer at: poisonappletales(at)gmail(dot)com
Or just put a spoiler warning beforehand for anyone glancing through the comments!)
Now you made me really curious about that oh so difficult to handle bachelor haha!
As for Ambrosia's hand on the shower CG, I figured what you meant to do with it, since it wouldn't be logical to just cut off the hand, but it looks like that. Maybe if you added a little bit of her knuckle on the other side of the hair or something it would look better.
On the sprite matter, well, I don't think I'll ever like it - but the fact it was different before comes into play to be honest. I wouldn't have been a fan if it was the original sprite, but I would have reacted like "meh, okay, not really the fairest of them all to me, but whatevs", but since I have something to compare it to, it's sticks out more. But anyway, whatever you decide, I'll play the full version anyway haha! A nice thing some people do with their games if there is some kind of disagreement about the sprites is to include two sets or some options the players can switch between, In this case, having two sprite sets for Ambrosia would be nice, but also a lot of work I guess, so yeah...
On X's thoughts matter, well, honestly it's a risky bet. I mean, changing the point of view. In some games it goes well, in others not so much. I'm always a bit wary of that, but I think it's nice that the past is from Ambrosia's point of view and the present from X. Makes a nice separation. And well, X is really great - I love the writing on his parts and the stiking contrast with Ambrosia's parts. Not to mention it adds so much mystery to the present part, about Ambrosia's story (though I'll tell more about it when I answer your question, since it's related). Oh yeah, I forgot to tell about that before, but X's notes are a great addition too. They're not only helpful, but also add more insight into X's character, since you have less story time from his point of view. I also really like all of his interruptions or how Ambrosia offers to "translate" the more refined ways of speech to him. I like how it can help some players AND it's genuinely charming in it's own way.
But aah, I can't even stop thinking about that bonus scene by the end of the game. Sometimes you see that ONE scene in a game, series or whatever that'll stick with you forever, and it was one of those for me. If only because of that bonus, I'd like X to be a romance option haha!
Since you mentionned it, I actually do have a question - I came up with it seeing how you were telling me you're glad I was interested in the r-16 version and it's exclusive bachelor(s). Does it actually mean that version will have more than the 7 bachelors advertised here and there? If that's the case, I wouldn't have to abandon hope yet for Viktor AND X haha. Aaanyway.
Now, for your question, I don't think I'll spoil a lot so I'll answer you here, but I'll still put a tag just in case something slips or if people really don't want to know anything
My answer would be, AGAIN (since I did it a lot in the survey haha) - C: something else.
You see, since present day Ambrosia acts on her own, BUT the players can have a major influence on her as a person in the past, I think that all the events in the prison - both the things she does and the things she says to X - may be accidental or on purpose, true or false, depending on the playthrough. Basically, I think if you play her as a manipulative temptress and things like that, then by the end of the game you'd discover the event of the meeting with X was on purpose and that she lied about lots of things. And in a similar fashion, if you play her as an innocent and honnest pacifist, then the event would have been on accident and she'd tell the truth in her story. Basically, my bet is that the way you make her act in the past shape the very reality of the present.
Hmm...well, the good news is that as the years pass and Ambrosia grows older, her sprite will change! I've also adjusted her sprite recently, and I'll probably continue to work on the art until it feels right.
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed X's interruptions and Ambrosia's "translations," which were definitely fun to write. In some ways, it was kind of inspired by Shakespeare. I love reading his works, but some of my friends consider his writing to be like a second language. So, I would essentially translate what he was saying to them plainly. Now, I remember in the first demo, some players were a little confused by Ambrosia and Arsenik's exchange, so this time, I wanted to make sure they fully understood what they were saying to each other. (To see that this isn't merely a polite exchange of pleasantries. There's a flirtatious undercurrent/overtone going on here!)
To answer your question...yes! There will be more than 7 bachelors in the r-16 version.
Thanks for letting me know what you think as always. I hope you have a Happy New Year, Konoi!
Thank you for answering my question! Since I'll be buying that version, I'm pretty excited about it!
And also, I've checked the link you sent me, and the new sprite for Ambrosia is so much prettier in my opinion! While I'm still not very fond of semi-realistic styles overall, I don't think she clashes with the other sprites anymore - I'll redownload in order to have the newest version, but even without playing it I can see it won't bother me anymore, so that's good.
And Happy New Year to you too!
hold on. There's going to be a R16 version? Does this mean some love scenes? ;)
OMG!!! I'm so excited to play this. I know it's gonna be good!
Aww, thanks, cheoories! We're thrilled to hear that you're excited for it. Feel free to let us know what you think after playing it!
Have a very Merry Christmas, cheoories!
I've not finished this yet and I'm not trying to be mean but if you change anything please let it be Ambrosia's voice. D=
Hi, Pixel! Glad to hear you're checking out demo ver. 2.
Let's see...Ambrosia is meant to sound gentle and soft-spoken, with a hint of an "exotic" sort of accent (a psuedo one). Characters in the game will have varying reactions to it - some will like it, some will dislike it, and some just won't care. In real life, you're not always fond of the voice of the one you're speaking with and so it is here. (Ambrosia is known for her beauty but, well...just try to barter with Viktor and see what she says after you choose to sing him a song!)
That said, I don't suppose you would mind sharing what bothers you about the voice? The team's very open to feedback and I trust in their abilities, so it would help us to know what changes you think might improve it. (For instance, is it her delivery? Too strong of an accent? Just keep in mind that what I said above is our target description!)
By the way, if you're worried about it sounding mean, you could privately e-mail us your thoughts here: poisonappletales(at)gmail(dot)com
There's also a survey in-game, which you can answer anonymously. However, if you rather comment here with your thoughts, that's perfectly acceptable as well! I'm just laying out all the options. The team can handle constructive feedback, and as long as your heart's in the right place, then we won't be upset. In fact, we'll thank you for helping us to achieve our full potential!
I believe in the Poison Apple Tales team, and I hope you can, too. Thanks again for playing the demo, and I hope you enjoy the rest of it!
Merry Christmas, Pixel!
I'll poke around, I can't promise I'll remember to get around to all the other stuff though. Just that the accent sounds like Elmer Fudd to me, it doesn't sound like an exotic accent, it sounds like a speech impediment which is why I don't want to be mean or sound judgemental or anything. I've muted Ambrosia but there are still parts where I can hear it and without being like "Ugh, that voice really annoys me" or "I don't think it sounds elegant like Ambrosia is intended to be" it just takes me a minute to process specific words simply because they don't sound right to me? Like at the beginning she says her name "Ambwosa" and then the monologue bit "spiwit"it was really distracting for me, is all. It's a small thing that for some reason bothers me more than it should. I mean I could easily play with all the sound completely muted. I'm really curious about the story so it's probably what I'll end up doing when the game is released. xD
Oh my goodness! Elmer Fudd. That definitely isn't the intended effect, but I'm sure Ambrosia's voice actress will get a good-humored kick out of the comparison. When we were going over it with her, I believe she was trying to make it both English and oriental. (Some oriental accents touch on the r's, but since we wanted her to make up the accent, she must have adjusted it and made it sound more like a speech impediment unintentionally.)
We'll definitely let her know to touch up the accent, so that it's not giving off Elmer Fudd vibes. Of course, if the changes still come off as unappealing, there is actually an option to mute the voices in the Preferences screen. This way, you'll be able to enjoy the story without worrying about it.
I hope you have a Happy New Year, Pixel!