When an advanced AI program named Seren awakens to find they've been installed as the co-pilot of a smuggling ship, they can't help but be annoyed. This is clearly not what they were made to do... right?
Actually, they can't remember.
With no memories of their previous directive, they'll have to (begrudgingly) rely on their newfound crewmates to help them find where they belong.
An AI with a standoffish personality. They can't remember where they came from, or what they were made to do.
A smuggler who stole Seren's data chip from an Intergalactic Intelligence officer. He seems to be bad at his job.
Dex's contact to his guild. Outwardly friendly, but can have a sharp tongue. Much better at his job than Dex.
This game features:
A NB/B story with one love interest (Dex)
Choose for your relationship to be either platonic or romantic, with no impact on the story
10.5k+ words (~1 hour playtime)
6 Endings - 1 good, 1 neutral, and 4 bad
This game contains:
The use of alcohol
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I'm glad that the friendship ending is counted as a good ending too!
- Does the Steam version has more information about the Creator and Sorein's memories?
- Maybe a romantic ending with the Operator? (I kind of wished Soren could get a subtitute admin to maintain them since their creator is...well, "not able to do that right". To say the last. T_T ) - Maybe an ending with both the Pilot and the Operator? - Maybe with the Captain?
(If there is a yes to one of these hopes, I'm probably goint o buy the game on Steam as soon as I have some budget for a vn.) In any way, thank you for posting this game and for letting us play it free for those who can't afford to pay right away.
The steam version does have more information about Seren's creator (you even get to see them in one ending!). You get hints about Seren's past memories, but you won't get to see them outright. There are also secrets that show a bit about the origin of Seren's creator and AI like Seren in general.
There is a new good ending that shows a lot more of the Operator, but he is not a love interest. Dex is the only love interest in the game, no matter what version you play.
wow gang, didn't know VLD Klance had a new AU- (i say this with all the love and hyperfixation currently in my heart)
Okay, the bit is done now, but I definitely give the game 5 stars, 10/10, all checkboxes, and a singular thumbs up. It shot its way into my heart with all its dorky charm, and now it's on my Top 5 Queer VN list that I recommend to friends! It's cute and goofy, plus it's pretty short as well. (I know that last one isn't usually seen as a compliment, but I mean it to be one).
As much as I love the characters and crave more content, I'm glad it's not like DDLC screen time average. The pacing makes sense and makes for a fun faster-paced story. Can't wait to buy Admin Edition on Steam after my next paycheck!!!
This was SO GOOD! I love that there's a Platonic option, the dialogue was hilarious but not overwritten, and the setting and characters are exactly the sort of thing I prefer in fiction overall. Thank you for making this!!
Super cute, the romance route was simple but adorable, only downside is i didnt get to see more cute interactions between the two <3 Also! love that operator got a name!! Also loved the NB representation, was a really sweet thing to see!
I've officially played all your VNs now! It's amazing to see how far your art has progressed!
This one might be my least favorite though. I was far more invested in the characters in Fetch Quest and Red-Handed Robin. Dex feels really bland compared to the characters from the other two VNs.
I'm surprised that I actually preferred the platonic ending to this one. Probably because I wasn't invested enough in Dex's character to really ship them, and also because I didn't buy that they'd develop feelings that quickly. As opposed to the other two VNs where the pairings had already known each other before the story even started which made the romance more natural.
I am happy to see that the trend of the protagonist being the cutest character in the story still continues!
Hello! I really really REALLY want to play this, it looks so incredibly good and cute and I want to play it really badly, but for some reason I can't get the game to run for me? I mean, it starts up fine but the text is all glitched out everywhere and if I try to put the game into fullscreen, it crashes immediately. Please help, I really want to play this game!!
It worked, thank you so much!! I realized the issue was with my graphics card at some point last night and was really disappointed because there's absolutely no way I could afford to get a better one right now. Thank you very much!! <3 <3 <3
First things first, I absolutely ADORED this game – not only is it sweet, funny and clever, but I can’t believe how polished and immersive it is for a 1 month solo-dev project???
The characters are well-written and super appealing, and I just wanted to squash their faces with delight every other line (though I doubt many of them would appreciate it) 😭
The artwork is also lovely – the expressions and animations make the characters feel very real, and the pacing of how the dialogue works with the animations is super impressive.
The plot is really intriguing, I felt drawn into the story right away and also enjoyed replaying to get the different endings. Just a heads up for future players though, the scope of the project means you can’t expect to get ALL the answers from this universe, so remember to manage your expectations a little.
I give this game 10 out of 10 Wildly Mispronounced Cocktails🍹
Full disclosure, though- Only part of the game (up until where the first bad end can occur) was released for the jam. I wrote and coded the rest of the story afterwards. All total, the game took ~2.5 months to complete.
The graphics, the ingenious usage of comms portraits to convey the virtuality of the setting, the sound effects and portraits shifting to convey the emotions - I love it <3 The story is short and sweet, the attention to detail is amazing :)
Thank you and looking forward to your next works (^-^)
In my humble opinion, this game is not as good as the other commenters make it out to be. Anyone reading the comments would get a false sense of the game before playing it.
I didn't get attached to any of the characters. The story and game was short and fast, I didn't get a sense for the timescale and the game didn't show it. One moment Dex goes off the ship and the next He and Seren are on a mission. Didn't get to see what else Dex and the Operator do in their lives when they aren't in the ship and talking with Seren. I didn't get to know any of the characters or relate to them. If they are in trouble or something bad happens to them I just don't feel sad for their fates.
As for the bad endings, I checked out every single one of them and it was kinda "meh". Didn't get to see or know anything about Seren or that stranger who claims to have created Seren. Everything is so vague and leaves me with a bored and dissatisfied feeling when I get the romantic good ending with Seren and Dex.
I ALMOST CRIED AT THE END. Love how that's how I start my review out. All jokes aside, the characters, the story, I. Loved. It. All. I LOVE DEX WITH ALL MY HEART (now that's not a joke) Nah, I need more. I also audibly yelled when it said "The End". I got so sucked into it, I want more of the game-
God, I need to stop getting attached to characters that don't exist-
As you can see, I loved it all. It was one of those shorter games that pulls everything together so well! It was amazing :)
(I also want the full game so bad, you don't even know)
I really like this game. It is a real gem. I miss more pixelated graphics, a ship maybe, some action and animations, but even without that it is excellent. I still haven't finished it, but I like it very much.
We just finished the game. I played and read it all to my 8 yo (we are not native speakers, so it was a nice practice). We god The End-ing. :-)
I must say I am pretty happy about it, but my kid is pissed off there was no further info what the Seren was or what was her purpose.... My personal idea is that she was a hyper-powerful militarised AI, that got sentient and disabled herself and that she was culprit of much of the forgotten war that resulted in that garbage heap stations...
I got the Good and Neutral ending on 2 runs and Im mentally preparing for the bad ends cuz my heart can not take those after the Good end omg- (I chose Romantic) so now I cant bear the thought of them separated ToT I love them and Owen too much and the Cap too!! I love everything!! Thank you for making such a cool game!!!
This is a great game! I really liked the story, and the characters especially were so loveable. Though this was a short game, the relationships between the 3 main characters felt super real. Also I love your artstyle!
Basically, my feelings the same with previous comments! I absolutely adore the game, everything from art, UI and the story and characters!! My favorite part will always be Flamingo =)))) , the final battle and the ugly sobbing. My only complain will probably about how a certain sound effect sounds too goofy in a serious story part. Other than that, a hands down 5 out of 5. Depspite it being so short, the story feels so fulfilling, the relationship between Seren and Dex is adorable.
The visual novel was very short, but that is to be expected from a jam entry.
The idea behind the game is brilliant and reminds me of the movie 'Her'. I hope you decide to expand upon the game further, as i would love to see a full-fledged visual novel from this. It would be great to have content to fill between the jumps in time, so you start caring more about the characters, and i would love to see the impact of Seren being an AI and how that would affect their relationship. In the movie 'Her', they start communicating on the go (i consistently had a feeling of being left behind in the visual novel) and eventually become upset over the fact that they can't touch each other. I'd love to see 'Owen' as a love interest as well! I'd even back it if you ever decide to make it a full game!
Hey this turned out really cool! I love AI and robots (and also space) so I was excited about your story concept.
I liked a lot of the scifi visual elements, those glitch effects look great! The sprites were nice and polished too, I liked the expressions and the blinking/talking animations. The slight moving of the sprite boxes was a fun touch, I especially liked when Dex's box slid down when he was feeling embarrassed/awkward haha.
My favorite character ended up being Dex, he just felt sincere and like he was trying his best even though he's pretty incompetent at some things. And it was cute how proud he was of his crappy ship (lol sorry Patsy). I liked Seren a lot too, I was happy to see a nonbinary character! I think they had a good balance of robot elements--things like calling people by their DNA signature number--and feeling pretty human. I'm curious about their backstory, the part where they mentioned being a simulated personality based on another person really intrigued me. I'm hoping we find out more about that in the full game, along with seeing what's going on with the whole mystery of Seren's origins.
Overall a great demo and congrats on completing another Nanoreno! :] I'm def looking forward to the full game!
the problem was when the character portraits switched, it took too long and the game froze sometimes. i thought it was strange because my pc could definitely handle it, i checked it today and it went a little better but it still happened a few times…
i downloaded the game again and tried just now, even ran it as an administrator. it actually fixed it a bit, but sometimes the delays and freezes still happen. they’re definitely not as annoying as before, but i just don’t understand why this occurs (i don’t have any problems with other ren’py games)
I'm amazed by how much was accomplished just with the sprite animation and dialogue pacing! Honestly I love how you always experiment and change up the typical VN formula, Mel. I'm really curious to see how this romance plays out between Seren and Dex since it seems Seren is still trapped in a digital space!
I've only played a few minutes so far, but color me VERY intrigued. :) The art direction here seems very on point, and these characters seem like a fun bunch to spend a few hours with. I look forward to playing the rest, hopefully soon.
(This game actually wound up being one of my top picks for my NaNoRenO 2021 Spotlight. Congrats on completing the game jam--and with such a polished entry, too!)