i love the art... i want to play till the end.... but the story font is killing my eyes >_< can at least bold them up please?
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I had finished Everea route yesterday, all 3 endings, and I must say I love this game very much. Character designs are beautiful, romantic events are very sweet, setting was nice and that plot twist after Aliya founds out the truth about her blackouts was unaccepted and very interesting, I liked characters personalities, especially Aliya's, I loved how she is both feminine and strong. I wanted to say a lot more but for some reason once I actually started writing words just aren't coming to me, but basically I loved nearly everything about this VN I have very little "complains" about it, and those aren't even really complains they are more a few things I thought could had been improved. One of those things are action/battle scenes witch I thought could had been more exacting, now I understand this is not an action VN and I am completely fine with it that way, but I thought since there are already battle scenes/events there could be something more to them. Another thing is that I thought that there could be additional events between some events, I am not saying that they are really necessary but I did find myself a few times thinking "Oh I wanted to see what happened in between" like in between an event where guild talks to the king and event after that in a dungeon. The last thing are CGs, those seemed to be of a lot lower quality then the rest of the game's art and I thought it's a shame since art for characters was so beautiful.
It's funny how while I have mostly positive things to say about this VN I spend half of a post talking about things I thought could had been improved instead, but like I said in beginning I really loved nearly everything about this VN. I am also very glad that a VN witch is generally aimed at girls [otome] included a GxG route, if you ask me more of GxG VNs aimed at girls are always welcome and I hope we will see more GxG routes in your future VNs.
So I recently downloaded the game and have finished a few routes. And I must simply say that I adore this game, the silly conversations between characters leave me in a good mood and the story is interesting, especially as you discover more and more aspects of this story for each route you play.
The choices felt much more natural than many other games have done and I loved the personalities of them all. The art was amazing and I liked the music as well.
So I personally think that all the work put in this game have definitely paid off and even though I thought it looked good before downloading, it really impressed me, especially how well-written the storyline and characters felt.
I truly loved this game!
Hello! Thank you very much for playing our game and leaving a comment! :) We're very pleased to hear that you liked the game ^_^ Thank you so much for the kind words and compliments! :D It means a lot to us to hear your comments <3
Aaand I'm already back after finishing the game (the previous comment here was from me too)!
I utterly loved it! I mean, I only did one route as for now, but I feel like I don't actually want to do another one, wich is a good thing despite what it may seem. When that happens to me it means I loved the route and the character so much I couldn't force myself to do someone else's!
So yeah, if you read my previous comment, you may have guessed it, but I did Lyall's route! And oh dear I loved them soooo much I can't even hnnn! They're really my perfect type of character, and wow the route was so interesting. I really loved the conflicting emotions all around, about trusting the king or not and so on. It was such a dilemna at times. Aaand the romance part itself was so sweet and heartbreaking at times too.
Okay, basically, I've loved it, and that's it!
About negative points, well not much. I've noticed some typos or missing words here and there, and also you got the pronouns wrong a couple of times (used masculine instead of gender neutral for Lyall) - but I get that pain, as both of my mother languages don't have gender neutral pronouns for people and masculine is the default haha - I mostly say it because it may be a bit more offensive for some people than it is for me, as I'm not non-binary and I'm used to it in my languages.
Now I'll go on with the spoilery part, so heads up for people other than the devs who may be reading this!
So! As I told you before, I did play without walkthrough, and I've reached Lyall's ending 2. I loved it a lot since I really have a soft spot for that kind of endings actually. I mean the kind where the main characters manage to save the world(s), but they're not reverred as heroes and end up travelling far away and starting anew in more peaceful circumstances, and not tied anymore to their previous responsibilities.
I'm really happy about this ending since I've not only loved it, but also it felt so... I dunno... natural, I guess. I've tried to really balance my choices. I've tried to match somewhat Lyall's mindset by trusting the king when his actions could have been justified and with wanting to protect the world, of course. And well, as for other matters, I've basically answered the most logical thing in my opinion, depending on the circumstances of each choice. Very often when playing otome or BL games, some choices feel "forced", as in - I need to choose that in order to get the good ending, even though I wouldn't have done or said that if it was truly my choice. I didn't feel that way a single time in this game, so congrats on managing such a feat! And also thank you for that!
Now have a final thing I'd like to discuss - the other endings.
Since I got ending 2, and I assume each character has 3 endings (and one joke ending?), it can mean two things: either I got the "middle" ending, happiness wise and all (wich would mean one is worse and another one is better) or I got the best one as it would be the truce ending (while one other would mean the triumph or earthlings and the other the triumph or airians). Is one of these theories right, or am I totally wrong about that?
Also, do you have some tips about how to get Lyall's other endings? While I won't do the other routes, I may be interested in exploring this route fully. I mean, I'm sure I'd be able to find the other endings by myself if I really tried, but since I've already experienced the story I don't want to try it lots of times either.
My wild guess is that for one of the endings you need to be quite fatalist and very supportive of the king, so you'll blindly obey, and for the other one you'd have to be very optimistic and against the king, so you'd have the strenght to rebel? But of course that may be wrong!
I also have no clue about the joke ending! If these are character linked too, I'd love some tips about Lyall's one too, while we're at it haha.
Wow okay, sorry for my never-ending comment - it's really waaay too long haha...
But in any case, thank you for making such a lovely game, and I hope you don't mind me asking for tips here.
Hello again! Thank you very much for playing AIRIS, and we're glad that you liked it! :D
Thank you for all the compliments! ^_^ The writer for Lyall's route is super happy to hear that.
Ahh... We thought we caught all the typos and pronoun errors OTL So sorry about that! We'll try to comb through the script again after our exams to try and weed out the remaining pesky errors. (Omg, same actually lol. My mother language generally defaults to the masculine pronoun when referring to someone, so I do get tripped up in my head when writing gender-neutral pronouns sometimes xD I'm working on it OTL)
The endings for each character are arranged in terms of difficulty to get :) So #1 is easiest, with the #4 hidden ending being (supposedly) hardest. Surprisingly enough, for all routes, the #2 ending is the most romantic/happiest one? So yep, you got the happiest ending for Lyall.
As mentioned before, Lyall's route is mainly made up of two points: determination and patriotism. So for hidden ending, make both as low as possible. For #3, be kinda fatalist and not patriotic. For #1, be super patriotic and determined. It should hopefully be easy enough to figure out which choices correspond to which points.
Hope the tips help! :) Let us know if you still have problems getting the endings.
Thanks again for playing! And definitely don't apologize for long comments. They make our day ^_^
Oh this game looks gorgeous, I love the style, and the characters look so engaging! Someone already told that before, but it's always nice to see non binary characters in otome games!
I haven't started playing yet, but I can't wait to be able to!
One little note though - if I understood correctly, people can get a walkthrough by donating on Patreon. I think it would be easier if you offered a pay what you want option here on itch.io too, and people would be able to download the walkthrough file if they pay at least $1. People are often like me - too lazy to check on an external site! I'll try playing without a walkthrough anyway, since I don't like using these - but well, anyone can get stuck sometimes haha.
Anyway, I'll tell you what I think once I'll play the game!
Hi! Thank you very much for the kind words! :D
Yep, we have a walkthrough on Patreon. We considered your suggestion, but I think in the end we would prefer not to just sell the walkthrough on here for $1. It doesn't quite feel right because we offer the official walkthrough as a reward to Patrons who support us for $1 a month rather than just a straight up sale-and-purchase. Even if some may only intend to pledge for a month just to get that walkthrough so the amount of money we get is the same, I guess we just feel like it's better to keep it as an exclusive reward for Patrons who have shown us so much support and love ^^ I hope that makes sense, and sorry about that! Haha.
I'll be replying to your other comment soon :D
I haven't played yet (I'm hoping to make time to soon), but I have to say I love the fact you have a nonbinary character. I'm nonbinary myself, going by they/them, and I rarely ever see nonbinary characters in any sort of media. I honestly feel immensely happy right now. I haven't the slightest idea if anyone that worked on this game is nonbinary, so would you mind if I leave feedback of some kind specific to that? I don't want to overstep any boundaries or anything of the like, but it might help, should anyone on the dev team or reading the comments want to make something involving a nonbinary character.
Hello! Thank you for your interest in our game and for the comment! :)
We're happy to hear you like the inclusion of a non-binary character! ^^ Yeah, we noticed nb characters aren't represented much, so we thought it'd be good to add one as a love interest.
None of us are non-binary, and this game is actually our first attempt at creating a non-binary character just based off the research we did online, so please feel free to point out errors or inaccuracies or ways to improve our portrayal of a non-binary character! :) (We apologize in advance for any errors, by the way >_<) Our next otome game in the works will have a non-binary love interest as well, so your feedback would definitely help!
Again, thank you very much, and we hope you enjoy the game if you end up finding time to play it :D
So its been a bit and I've only been able to play Lyall's route and have only got the first two endings. I've seen quite a few mess ups with their pronouns, so if you liked I could perhaps screenshot them and send them (I am unsure how to make a bug report, so unless you have some guide I could follow, this is probably the best I can do). I also noticed that when it came to Lyall, contractions weren't used very often, which caused the script to not flow as well, so please don't be afraid to use contractions for They/Them pronouns. And before I get into how I feel on the two endings I've gotten so far, I would recommend maybe setting up an option on here for the walkthrough to be bought, instead of just getting it through Patreon, but from what I understand, you don't feel comfortable with that. I don't completely understand why, but maybe offering something else along with it, like an artbook, could make it more comfortable?
~~~Vague spoilers ahead~~~
I have to admit I didn't expect Lyall to be as good as they are, since no one on your team is nonbinary. I mean, I know research was done, but without constant feedback from someone who is nb or someone who has had a similar experience, I am impressed. A piece of advice I could offer, should you decide not to consult a nonbinary person during your next project, is that a person is a person, no matter what labels they use or identify as.
Moving on from gender, I really love Lyall's character. I don't want to accidentally spoil anyone, so, as my warning states, I'm going to try to be vague. Lyall is relatable and honestly probably going to be my favorite character, even if I have yet to really explore the other two romance options. Just like. How they are loyal/attached to both Aliya and [spoiler] their pesudo parent. And how broken they get at the really big choice at the end are so real and human. And though I have yet to get the third ending and the hidden ending, I don't think much could change my mind on how much I like Lyall.
I also apologize, since I'm trying to be vague and its been a while since I played, my current review is lacking. I hope once I finish the game I will be able to give a better review/feedback.
love your art style, gonna give it a try!!
When I tried to load the game my Norton security said SONAR.Heuristic.158 was detected
Hi! Thanks for your interest in our game.
Ah, we're aware that some antivirus programs tend to flag new Ren'py games as viruses, though yours will be the first report that we've heard of for AIRIS. All the anti-virus softwares we have access to have reported our game as clean, so we don't believe it's an issue on our end with the game files. If you still want to play and you are comfortable with doing so, you can choose to whitelist the game in your antivirus. But if you are concerned and would rather not do that, then we don't really have any other suggestions (maybe report to Norton for false positive?)
Sorry for the problems, but thank you for your interest in our game!
I really love this game, it was so entertaining and intricate! Kylan is my favorite, but I'm having trouble getting his 3rd ending? I've gotten all the others, but i don't know what to change
Hi! Thank you very much for playing AIRIS and leaving a comment! We're glad that you enjoyed the game :"D
We currently offer a full walkthrough PDF on our Patreon for $1, but it's by no means necessary to get the endings! I'll give you some detailed tips that should be more than enough to help you get Kylan's 3rd ending ^_^
Try balancing affection points with Kylan and your devotion to the country/protecting its people. Both points need to be at least 50%. In some choice menus, the choices for the two points are mutually exclusive! So try to balance both – alternate so that this time you choose an answer that is sweet to Kylan, but next time you choose an answer that is focused on your guild/country/people.
Additional tip: Focus on affection fully in the last portion of the route (particularly from the prison cell scene onwards). For the first half of the route, do more choices leaning towards being selfless and righteous.
One more thing! Affection points wise, it isn't just about saying the sweet/romantic things to Kylan, but also about trusting him and thinking like he would (hint: what kind of personality does Kylan have? Manipulative and curious)
Hope that helps! :D Do come back if you fail to get the ending still, and I'll give more hints ^^
Thank you again!
Thank you so much for all the tips! I was hoping for help with the 3rd ending though, instead of the 2nd. I completely understand that you can't give me the full walkthrough, but maybe just what I should focus on in terms of affection or selflessness? Thanks again :)
Ah no, that was a typo. Those tips are meant for 3rd ending. I gave them to someone else on Tumblr and they agreed it worked ^^ Sorry for the confusion, but the tips I gave you are definitely right for the 3rd ending. Try it and see! :)
I really love Lyall's route but I've only managed to get his 1st ending New World, New Life. I've been trying to get the 2nd ending for awhile now (which I Imagine is the happier one?) but I just can't seem to get it no matter what choices I make ;;
Hello! Thank you very much for playing AIRIS and leaving a comment! :D
We're glad to hear you like Lyall's route ^_^ Ah yes, a few players have also reported difficulty in getting other endings for Lyall. We have actually uploaded a new version (v.1.2) that should make the endings easier to get, in case you haven't downloaded that! We didn't have time to fully test how hard it is to get the endings before release (since NaNo deadline), so apologies for that >_<
In case you are already on v.1.2 but still encountering difficulties, we offer a full walkthrough PDF for the game on our Patreon for $1 a month, but otherwise, I can give some tips! For 2nd ending, I believe you should try to
a) keep the points for how much determination you show towards life and your tasks on the low side but not TOO low. So for choices that you feel will affect the determination, alternate between choosing the determined one and the less-determined one
b) choose the patriotic answers and show more respect towards the king
Hope that helps! Thank you again for playing :D
sooo just donate to your ko-fi to become a patreon?
If you want to become a Patron, it might be easier to just pledge to us on Patreon.com because you can receive the rewards automatically. Our Patreon is here: https://www.patreon.com/EbullienceGames
We currently offer a full walkthrough PDF for AIRIS if you pledge $1 a month or more. Do note that it's a recurring monthly payment, though you can quit your pledge at any time. :)
Thank you for considering to donate to us! :"D
JW do we have any effect on the personality of the MC as the story progresses? Or is it all just choices going towards routes?
Hi! Thank you for your comment and interest in our game.
The first 5 choices determine which route you end up on, but after you lock in your route, your choices do have an effect on the personality of the MC. Unfortunately, they are limited in the sense that you can't determine if your MC is an outgoing extrovert or introvert through your choices, but you can affect how the MC's attitude towards various things e.g. Choices in Everea's route determine MC's attitude towards the rules of the guild and the authorities/king, choices in Kylan's route affects her attitude towards persisting in her cause to protecting the country and how much she cares about other people/selflessness. This also affects the ending you get at the end of the route based on her changes in attitude.
I hope that still interests you ^^ Thank you again for your comment!
I enjoyed this a lot!! i love the concept it was interesting!! never thought how the chararcter we play in mmorpg would react to the truth.. nice game keep it up!! thank you!!
Hello! Thank you very much for playing our game and commenting :D
We're very happy to hear that you liked it ^_^ It's a relief that you thought the concept was interesting; we were a bit worried about how players would receive this rather experimental kind of story haha. So thank you so much for taking the time to let us know your thoughts :"D It means a lot to us!
Does anyone have a walkthrough?
Hey! Thanks for playing AIRIS :D
Which endings are you having trouble getting? We can help give some tips on how to reach the endings. We will also take your feedback into account and make adjustments to the requirements for the endings if some endings are too difficult to get, because we didn't have time to get feedback from more testers on this aspect before release as we were rushing to meet the NaNoRenO game jam deadline.
Again, thank you for playing AIRIS, and I hope you're enjoying the game!
Oh hi I saw the your green light program on steam, I have yet to play it but think the art is Beautiful. Once I do play I will make sure to give feed back ,and Inquire about how to reach certain endings. Thank you very much for replying:)