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It takes something a little different to get me interested in a Visual Novel since it's not my usual preference and Vengeful Heart is one such game. It's a tale of capitalism, companionship and cyberpunk with a focus around revenge.

Built with Ren'Py, Vengeful Heart has a seriously good style going for it based on the classics from the PC-98, a retro line-up of Japanese 16-bit and 32-bit personal computers manufactured by NEC. Just look at this wonderful artwork:

Features:

  • A novel-length thrilling story about revenge and companionship
  • Two romance options: One male, one female
  • Two morally ambiguous and thought-provoking endings
  • Original soundtrack
  • Tons of pixel art

The Linux demo was a little rough to begin with, the Ren'Py Visual Novel game engine doesn't seem to like my two-monitor setup and it always complains about using software rendering. Once in, it has some weird graphical issues under the mouse cursor. However, switching it to fullscreen and then restarting, made it work great.

For those who want to take a look, the demo covers the first 2 chapters of the story, with the full game to be released later this year. The demo will also eventually make it onto Steam.

You can find a demo on itch.io and wishlist/follow it on Steam for the full release. If you decide to pay/donate on itch with at least $5, you will get the full game when it's ready too.

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rustybroomhandle 21 Jun, 2019
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: GuestArtwork looks ugly...
Very ugly. In particular, their dark skin seems mismatched with their physical appearance, and the bright-colored hairs don't help too.

I happen to like the skin tones and bright hair.
Purple Library Guy 21 Jun, 2019
Quoting: rustybroomhandle
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: GuestArtwork looks ugly...
Very ugly. In particular, their dark skin seems mismatched with their physical appearance, and the bright-colored hairs don't help too.

I happen to like the skin tones and bright hair.
If it's Japanese-y and cyberpunk-oriented, they may be Gals/Gyaru. There's a Japanese teenage girl style for tough/flashy girls which has proved surprisingly long lasting which involves dark makeup. The style probably is in part an inversion of more establishment Japanese beauty ideals of pale skin. Gal-style skin would be a natural for a Japanese cyberpunk setting.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 21 June 2019 at 11:25 pm UTC
PublicNuisance 22 Jun, 2019
The multi monitor issue is a bug with the Ren’Py engine not specific to this game. It happened various Ren’Py games I tried. It was fixed with the most recent version of Ren’Py (7.2.1). Issue is some developers are willing to update their engine while others aren't for a variety of reasons. I have it setup as a hotkey for my system to move a program to a different monitor with Shift+arrow key which serves as a workaround for me.
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