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On the island of legends and fairytales, you are a Phoenix, a healer of peace and blood...but can you mend the age-old scars of war? Especially when you are desire, with hair as dark as a raven's wing and skin as white as snow.

Your choices will determine the reign of Virgo Island.

DEMO FEATURES:

  • 2 and a 1/2 days (roughly 1-2 hours of gameplay)
  • Many, many branching choices
  • 5 bachelors and 2 hidden ones
  • Over 25 illustrations and a few animated ones
  • A rich fantasy world

Will you remain loyal to your guardians, the mysterious clan of the Vi, who now rule with an iron fist? Or will you side with the conquered, who once hunted you without mercy?

There are the Hulder, beautiful yet devious creatures. Then, there's the Imugi, your childhood friend among them, and many more clans you may recognize from ancient myths.

Make alliances. Uncover murder plots. Fall in love.

Just remember that men have gone to war because of a woman.


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I've finished the demo right now (well no, I've completed the survey before coming here), and I'm utterly in love! I'm so hyped for the full game now - honestly, it's awesome to see a very complex otome game so full with choices, and all of them at least a little bit meaningful!

The only thing I'm sad about is not being able to interact with all of the bachelors in the demo, but it makes sense of course. It's just me wanting to know them haha!

I've answered the questions from the LemmaSoft thread, so I'll put these below since I don't have an account on there. But before doing that, let me say I LOVE the presentation of your game! The narrative style, the intro to the clan from the prince's perspective, how the clans are presented, and all that details that add up to make a very immersive experience. I think none of the questions really cover that, so I wanted to tell it before!

Oh, and keep in mind I've answered the first set of questions before playing and the second one after, so you can see my honest opinions and how they changed or not. Oh and a warning... long comment incoming haha!


Before-demo questions:

1. Are you interested in playing Beauty and the War (X Playing Pieces)? What do you make of it so far and is there anything you're particularly curious about?

Yes. And the thing I'm really curious about is something you said about the game: "Do you want to be independent? Go for it. However, that doesn't mean someone won't fall for you - perhaps, even to the point of resorting to blackmail or kidnap..." - I have a weakness for relationships that start REALLY badly, and if the MC being kidnapped by one of the guys but then slowly falling for him is a thing, it woulld be really interesting. So yeah, I'm curious about the whole thing about guys falling for the MC even if she doesn't necessarily tries to court them.

2. I'd love to hear your opinions on the characters. Do you have a favorite? The entire cast has yet to be revealed, but from what you can see so far, who would you befriend, romance, and/or antagonize?

From the descriptions, I like them all, at least a little bit. The one I like the less may be Night, but I still like him. My favorite before starting the game is Chase, with no doubts, because I love trolls and I have a big weakness for runts, and he's both! Onyx and Alexandrite are interesting too, because I like characters that are despised or said to be heartless - though I don't always like them once I get to know them in game (usually I either love or hate them, actually - depends on the direction chosen for their behavior).

3. How do you think you'll play the game? Would you try to make a bunch of allies? Use your charm to forge peace? Or just try to live your life, keeping out of trouble?

I don't know yet - I must get to know the characters and the world. I guess I'll play with my guts! Though I don't think I'd like to rely on charm.


After-demo questions:

1. What were your expectations going into the game? And how did Beauty and the War (X Playing Pieces) meet or contradict them?

I've expected a more classical VN with less freedom and choices of actions - it was quite nice to be thrown in such a complex game! Other than that, I did expect for it to be quite unique, since I've played "Don't take that risk" before, and I see how you're not affraid of making very unique and bold choices about your games. I wasn't disappointed!

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've started with going to the forest and things like that on the first day, but I've tried to focus more on the wounded on the second day, though I wanted to remain balanced and help with dishes and so on too, when I was able to. I've tried to be friendly with everyone, but I've decided to focus on Chase since he was the character that I liked the most before starting the game and I had decided to try his romantic path.

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?

It's hard to talk about the story before it really began - at this point, I'd say it's a "setting" rather than a "story", to be honest. But overall, I'd say I'm pretty intrigued about how it'll all unfold, and what's the deal with the situation in the intro of the game. How dit it all end like that? By the way, I like how you're not playing AS the main character here, but you're "guessing" what she did and all - nice feature! Now, about the characters... I like all of the characters I met until now, and as far as the bachelors I know go, I stick with Chase as predicted - he's really awesome! But I think I actually like Viktor even more, even though I talked to him like... once? But he left a strong impression on me! Now, the last scene... it was stressful, but it made me consider Wind as a more interesting character that I originally thought! Oh, and Onyx seemed cool too (oh dear, I'll have to play this game sooo many times - all the choiiices!)

4. What are you looking forward to seeing in the full version?

A route for Viktor? Pleeeaaaase tell me he's the secret character - I want it sooo badly! Oh and also... a walkthrough. No, seriously, I consider myself pretty good at VNs, but I KNOW this one will be really hard, and it would be nice to have a walkthrough or at least some kind of hint guide about how to achieve certain things.

Hi again Poison Apple Tales!

Once again THANK YOU for the great work! :'D

I have to say, I really like your style; dare I say it's a break through? I could feel how much work, tears, and blood you've put into this little one :'3

The way you execute the story is really interesting and immersed me into the story almost immediately -though I had to play it around 3 times to memorize the tribes x'D

The animation and sprites are gorgeous! They look alive and *sigh* what can I say, they're handsome, have individual presence, and unique personalities that it's hard to choose which one I want to pursue! ><

*SPOILER ALERT*

First of all, I have to say: Arsenik is damn HARD to get him into the healer's tent :')) I went back and forth just to get him to show me his 'wound', but LO AND BEHOLD, he escapes again!! ARGH -I have the feeling you'll tease me until the full version is out but ugh... you got me x'D

And I can't seem to get Victor's route? o.o I can get Chase & Arsenik to the point of Sir Onyx beheading the 2 commander, but not Victor?

Imugi clan and Sir Onyx also caught my interest -if there's a tradition in Cucuy's tribe of only family members could see their face, I swear... x'D

*Sigh* I think this is the first time I can't choose a favourite -I LOVE ALL OF THEM.

Also, did you program it yourself? O.O If yes, You have my adoration and admiration! Your animation and options are so great and many that I wondered how you deal with the bugs :'D I really feel your love! <3

Other than that, you've 'sold' the story really well and I'd really love to see weekly updates or maybe a prediction about when is the full version will go out? :3

xoxo,

SweetChiel

YOUR GAMES ARE SO GREAT! When is the full version coming out? :')

When is the full game going to be out?
Also, how did you create these games? IE; what software did you use?

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It's just great! I am eagerly looking forward for the full game! I have some thoughts about the girl in the keyhole and how the story will continue and how the characters will end up. However I want to play to be sure!

Omg! I am super excited!!!

Hi, QueenElizabethJr! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. I'm actually rather curious about what your theories, if you care to share them!

Thanks for playing and taking the time to comment with your thoughts.

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I loved it! I'm so excited for the full game skdmksand it's so full of mystery and im like oh gawd what is up with the keyhole shucks ;o

Playing the game feels like a big responsibility bcs Ambrosia ;-; and the characters /wiggles eyebrows/ what they all hidin' :3


Hello, 氷菓! Thanks for playing the game and taking the time to comment with your thoughts. I'm glad to hear you're excited for the full version! I already can't wait for everyone to find out what it is the characters are hiding.

If you have any feedback or questions, feel free to let me know.

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I really enjoyed this demo! Not too long ago, I played your other game "Don't Take This Risk" and I also enjoyed that- your games are outstanding! I happened to be scrolling through the comments on the page of Don't Take This Risk, and noticed you had said that the character from it is in here. Would that happen to be one of the hidden characters, or do we meet him early on? (I can't quite tell without the blanket to recognize him by, haha!) Either way, this is a great game and I look forward to the full version!

Hi, Meowtha! Thanks for checking out both my games. I'm glad to hear you liked them!

Now, the main guy of Don't Take This Risk could be one of the hidden characters or you may have already been introduced to him. Not to worry - in the full version, you will definitely know which one is him. (But if I somehow wasn't as clear as I thought I was, just send me a message! I'll clear things up straightaway.)

If you have any other questions or feedback, feel free to let me know.

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SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!


time for another live commentary! going for Wind first, (he's so goddamn adorable!!!)

HUH...it's a virus? welp, just gonna have to copy the folder and re-save it as a .rar file...

NOW ONTO THE GAME! ooh! warnings, let's see...flashy lights, not an epileptic, so that's good.. blood..-BLOOD! BLOOOOOD!! (dunno why but it made me giggle. maybe cause I watched zootopia the other day...hmm.)
TRIBAL MUSIC WOOOO! dododo! doodoo! doodoodoo doodoo doodoodoo! *bobs up and down like a dancing parrot* XD

PHOENIX CLAN!!! XD badass name.. me likey.

"when they first came to us they had only one request." *notices the animated fire* (*deep voice*)FIIIIRRRREE!!!! XD XD
good god, trold clan looks horrifying

"cucuy" ....ku-....ku-... kuh koo wee? cuck wee? cuck-a-wee? XD how dafuq do I say that?! *music changes for a few moments* what the hell?? is someone strangling a violin WTF?? XD XD

I....guess I have to CONQUER the....I DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW TO SAY THAT NAME, SO IMMA JUST PRONOUNCE IT 'CACCOOEEY' (cause it's fun to say)

WOAH! is that the same barium from the valentine edition??
PFFFHAHAHAHA! awkward arm animations...CHECK. (please don't think I'm making fun of you, try making the shoulder animate a small amount with the arm when he goes into thinking pose, that should look more natural)

OOH! OPTIONS, uhhhh....is there a save? *tries right clicking. save screen pops up* WEEEEY!!!! YES! 'same me' ...XD cute. *click* ooh! save file descriptions! noice!!
how about...cucuy scout...Barium seems unsure. uh....did I do a bad? OH! loyalties and shiet...yeah, I see his point now.. more options....uh....I guess....hul-no, valkyrie, I think wind was hulder...don't wanna upset him. unless that introduces me to Wind...hmm.uh....I guess hulder?? *super nervous*

(after clicking 'i'm here') XD dafuq? is that....a ferret?? XD *looks closer* OH! NO, it's PART of a face looking through a keyhole! cool...*accidentally scrolls up a bit...log pops up* OOH! YEEEY! now I can re-read things this time! yay!

OOH! arsenik is a wolf??? ohh! huntsman disguised as a wolf... cool.
augh...don't tell me I got arsenik's route... (I don't like him too much for some odd reason,) OOH! PRETTY MOON!! OOH! THE SUN IS JUST AS PRETTY!

OOH! EXPLORATION CHOICES!! TO THE FOREST! ....can I have one of those sweet fruit trees?? (preferably with fruit that tastes like peach and mango X3) OH WOW! SUCH CHOICES! X3 *clicks excitedly* let's go to the forest...OH! THOSE POOR SILKWORMS!!! XD I'M SO SORRY! XD

GATHERED SPIDERS?!?! NOOOOPE!!!!!! #slightarachniphobia
EEEAAAATTT THEM?! ohhh god.... *shudder, gag*

OOOHHH! THE IMUGI! RIIGHT! THAT'S WHERE WIND IS! derp...

wait...'thunder?' I thought his name was wind...

WHA- SERIOUSLY?!?! THAT'S IT?!?! FRICKEN....and Wind JUST made an appearance....

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Hi, ocupers!

Thanks for playing and live commenting again. You know I like hearing your thoughts as they come to you! Also, here's a little secret: Thunder and Wind are twin brothers. ;)

Anyway, I'll definitely fix up Barium's arm animation! Your feedback's sure to help me when I make the full version. Hope you're looking forward to it!

By the way, if you don't mind me asking, what do you think of horror/dark romance visual novels?

TWINS? coolness! cause I was liek, "thunder??? dafuq? THAT LOOKS LIE WIND! WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!"

(my god...it's so hard to type with my puppy resting his head on my elbow...XD) to be perfectly honest, it might just be best to instead of a upward animation, try a fade-in animation, maybe a swing-in animation, (like, thin of how an arm would ACTUALLY MOVE, and animate it accordingly). no animation at all always works. if you really want the characters, try making them blink every so often, or make their shoulders move ever-so-slightly, to show breathing, that could look cool!

eeeeeehh.....I'm NOT a fan of angsty things that result in truck-loads of feels. if you can avoid that, PLEASE do.


Those are good ideas! Though...if you watch the characters, you'll actually notice their shoulders are already moving when they breathe and their eyes are blinking. But I'm glad to hear that's something you already like.

As for the angsty stuff, there are certain paths that will lead to that! But out of all the dialogue options, I think you might able to tell which one leads to darker things.

(Also, you have a puppy? Aww, I bet he's cute.)

i actually have 11 dogs (granted none are TECHNICALLY puppies, I still call them puppies)

and yes, he IS adorable! his name is Taco, and he's a caramel brown chihuahua


I'm VERY glad to hear I'll be able to avoid most, (is not all) angsty stuff!