This is just a short experimental piece I made as part of an ongoing research project, but since I made it entirely in the last two weeks, I thought it'll be fun to post it for NaNoReno. The point of this project was to experiment with the player's control of verbal and nonverbal expressions of emotion in a conversation.
Mar 24, 2010 • 4 minutes • All ages
Keiji Ryou is asked to attend a business meeting for work between two rich families that doubles as an engagement party. But the bride-to-be and Ryou's boss isn't looking forward to spending her life with someone she doesn't love... and she might not be the only one thinking that way. In a far off secluded region of Hokkaido, trapped in a raging blizzard, something occurs that will change Ryou's life forever.
Mar 31, 2010 • Ages 16+
Sara is a Brazilian girl who decides visiting her friend Eric, whom she met when she spent the summer at his hometown, an year ago. But sadly, thing don't go the way she expected. And Eric's friend, but kind-hearted but gloomy Leo plays an important part in this. The game has supernatural elements in it, and may be a bit sad.
Mar 27, 2011 • 7,718 words • All ages
Episode Zero (Without A Pilot): Anton Rogers, Supreme Commander of the Katajion Directorship and hero of the universe, has had enough. After saving humanity from a destructive war that ravaged the universe for decades, there's nothing he wants more than to just take a few days away from the death and destruction. With his two beautiful bodyguards and assistant in tow, the young commander prepares for the blissful paradise. Yet, the most dangerous mission of all awaits him. What do you do when nobody needs a hero anymore?
Mar 29, 2011 • 30 minutes • 8,000 words • Ages 13+
A story about a little bunny who finds an abandoned kitty and takes her home. Made in NaNoRenO month of 2011 Theme: Cute, light, fluffy
Mar 31, 2011 • 4,000 words • All ages
A kinetic novel reimagining of the classic fairytale Rapunzel. See through the eyes of the girl in the tower, the prince who finds her and the witch who had stolen her away as the story unfolds, very close to the original versions, but unique unto itself.
Mar 31, 2011 • 9,201 words • All ages
A millennium before Romeo and Juliet, another doomed love - that between the Breton Tristan and the Irish princess Iseult - passed into legend. Some of the stories have the pair running off to France to live out their days; in others, they're both murdered by a jealous husband. Sometimes Tristan is a knight at King Arthur's court, other times a wandering Pict. Against a backdrop of war between the Irish and the Celtic peoples of ancient Britain, the pair fall in love and play out their respective roles in the fate of the whole of the British Isles.
Apr 08, 2011 • 3.00 hours • All ages
"Houston, we've had a problem." A young man working on his first-ever comm unit has a problem too. He can't seem to get it to do anything at all. Just as he loses all hope, he picks up those five words, and a lot of excitement back and forth between something called 'Houston', and a starship called Odyssey. Join his adventure as he digs for the truth behind these words, and maybe few other things as well.
Mar 30, 2012 • All ages
Another short visual novel about Haru. This time you team up with him to work on a school project. However, in this night something strange happens. Suddenly you’re locked inside your own room and a dark power menaces your life! Can you find a way out of your room? Can you even survive this night? Pay attention to your environment and you might have a chance to escape.
Nov 26, 2012 • 5,428 words • Ages 13+
For Milicent, turning her back from her dream isn't an easy job. She had left everything as she leaves the military: her life, her dreams, her joy, and her only hope on actually "living". Even those emotions and memories she knew she had forgotten long ago... she knew she'd be leaving them behind. But then, another thing she thought she left behind had actually remained with her all the time. And it was a "split personality" that is inside her. Of course, she has nothing to do with her. She actually treats her more like a burden than what this personality claim as a "sister". As she tries desperately to get rid of her, she opens up a past she has hidden long ago, and remembers all the bitter memories she tried to forget.
Mar 31, 2012 • Ages 13+
Today's the day that Cole will finally propose to his girlfriend Shannon. As he reaches for the ring, however, he realizes he's made a grave mistake! He gave the jacket with the ring in it to his best friend Naima, who's on a bus heading far, far away. And, worst of all, Shannon has somewhere to be right after they finish their meal. Now, armed with a pencil & a pack of index cards, he has to stall for time while waiting for Naima's return by distracting his girlfriend by drawing and telling her a story.
Apr 01, 2012 • 20,000 words • All ages
Toribi: Prelude is a pretty clichéd story about a boy (Hum) and a girl (Maria) who are childhood friends. One day, Hum reveals to Maria that soon he will be moving away to the countryside to go to boarding school there, and that the two of them only have seven days together before they will be separated. In this game, you play as Maria in her final week with her best friend.
Apr 01, 2012 • 10,987 words • Ages 13+
"James Rutherford is a run-of-the-mill employee at a large insurance company called iSure (he thinks it’s lame too). He hates being cold and on this particular winter morning the temperature at work is dangerously freezing. All he wants is a working office heater but a short series of decisions lead his life along strange new paths and nothing turns out as expected."
Apr 01, 2012 • 4,000 words • All ages
Bones and guts, bones and guts. The Kingdom of Ulla was made of the bones and guts of their enemies. The new successor to the throne was the bloodthirstiest of all the heirs. But inside the kingdom was a traitor. He brought down all. Even the new successor. And all traces of her vanished mysteriously... ...Until today. Lady Os has awaken from her cursed slumber…with a knife in her neck. Search the tower to find the culprit!
Apr 01, 2012 • Ages 16+
Life is all about meetings and events. And sometimes one little event can cause a chain that changes the very direction of your life. This is the story of one guy's encounter with a girl standing on a bridge. And how both of their lives changed due to this one event.
Apr 02, 2012 • 19,000 words • All ages
"The Forgetful Kiwi" consists of 2 short stories revolving around Kiwi, who is quite forgetful, as well as other friends he meets along the way. 1. Kiwi's Surprise - Kiwi is sent to the store to pick up a few items. Will he remember to go? Or will he goof off with Pingu instead. 2. Pingu's Birthday Party - Kiwi is invited to Pingu's birthday party, but gets lost along the way. There he meets an anteater that claims to know the way; however, he wants help first. Will Kiwi help him or not?
Apr 04, 2012 • All ages
You and your sister are separated at the shelter. You find out that she is in the clutches of the Green House. You need to put together a large enough clowder of cats so that you can rescue your sister.
Apr 04, 2012 • All ages
A short game I made about my medication and how it’s been affecting me.
Aug 25, 2012 • 732 words • All ages
[Visual Novel][Romance?][Otome?][BxPlayer][Horror???] Zayo Byron is the last person you want to meet while wandering around alone at night. Well, guess what fate has brought to you~
Feb 04, 2013 • 10,000 words • All ages
"Once upon a time, I met a prince... the Prince of Nigeria. Throughout his lovely poetry and wonderful serenades of emails, I couldn't help but fall in love with him. Too bad falling in love with a prince isn't all flowers and bunnies as fairytales claimed - we were playing a dangerous game of passion, wildfire and strife. What awaited us both was a story of heartbreak, of tragedy, of broken romance, and deer droppings..." RE: Prince of Nigeria is a crack comedy about a girl who falls in love with the perpetrator of a commonly known Nigerian internet scam.
Feb 24, 2013 • 40 minutes • 6,000 words • All ages
A very short kinetic novel about a dying person trying to remember what happened. This Is Where I Want To Die is a depressing story with an important message.
May 09, 2013 • 10 minutes • 1,447 words • Ages 16+
Short story of a bullied student in South Korea.
Mar 24, 2013 • 5 minutes • Ages 13+
Play as an unnamed female narrator as you suddenly wake up in a dark room, and move around to find yourself in a circus theater where you will witness probably one of the most disturbing things in your life.
Mar 25, 2013 • 10 minutes • 1,860 words • All ages
Rena has always been a “Jill of all trades;” dabbling in one thing and getting bored, then moving on to the next. Though she’s majoring in business, it’s only because she has no idea what else to do with her life. But on a day like any other, while on campus she spots a piano, and, remembering the days when she used to enjoy playing, decides to try it…
Mar 25, 2013 • 1,500 words • All ages
A love-affair drama about a housewife, who struggles to have children with her husband. After a few years, their marriage starts to die out, and she's looking for something new in her life. Perhaps that new young paperboy could be it.
Mar 28, 2013 • 9,475 words • Ages 16+
The Hare is a dark parody of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven.
Mar 29, 2013 • 1,167 words • All ages
This is the story of one fateful day in the life of Bess, the innkeeper's daughter. She has three men in her life: the romantic Highwayman, the rough-and-ready captain, and the sweet Ostler. Who is she working with? The choice is yours.
Mar 31, 2013 • 3,500 words • All ages
Tristan Malory is an ordinary salary-man, caught into the same routine of “commute, work, sleep” since the departure of his wife. That is until he meets Ambre, a sweet and naïve little girl who happens to be homeless. Touched, he decides to shelter her for the moment. As Tristan learns to live with his new mate, things become stranger and stranger… [Created for the Nanoreno 2013]
Apr 01, 2013 • 60 minutes • Ages 13+
You are a regular college student living in a fictional American city in the near future, who has decided to buy a personal android, or AMI (Autonomous Mechanical Individual). This is a western sci-fi styled visual novel about the hijinks that ensue on your day off.
Apr 01, 2013 • 9,000 words • All ages
A brother and sister find themselves torn apart by tragedy.
Apr 01, 2013 • 30 minutes • 5,101 words • All ages
An anthology of four short stories tied together by a framing story known as 'mise en abyme', which describes the experience of standing between two mirrors and seeing infinite reflections receding into the distance. The player dips in and out of the stories, each set in a different time period of human history, journeying from the worlds of ancient Polynesia and Egypt to the edges of the galaxy and back to Earth again thousands of years in the future. Created during NaNoRenO 2013.
Apr 04, 2013 • 20,000 words • All ages
After making a sketchy deal with the devil, a girl whose life was cut tragically short emerges into the world as a ghost, and sets about trying to both make sense of her death and find a way to rest in peace.
Apr 12, 2013 • 21,247 words • All ages
Eve may appear to be a normal young woman, but be warned — she is, in fact, a robot. Where she came from or who made her, we cannot tell. All we know is that she is far too lifelike to be legal and constitutes a potential danger so human society. We have tried to disable her, but she has successfully resisted our apprehension team, to its demise. Her whereabouts during the night are unknown — we suspect it's her weakness.
Apr 18, 2013 • Ages 13+
The main character is finding himself in a weird situation : why does his neighbour act so strangely ? He decides to talk to him for the first time in his life without knowing the consequences of this choice !
Feb 28, 2014 • 10 minutes • 1,182 words • All ages
A mysterious illness has spread throughout the world killing people everywhere and in desperation, you escaped and wandered aimlessly and ended up in some remote cabin somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
Mar 28, 2014 • Ages 13+
An autobiography/autofiction of a month in Cardiff. In which we talk about gay sex, cigarettes and alcohol. It also involves imaginary lovers and imaginary murders. Made at the occasion of the NaNoReNo 2014.
Mar 31, 2014 • 12,000 words • Ages 16+
ROMANCE DETECTIVE is a love story about a detective who solves crimes of passion alongside her partner, Romance Cop.
Mar 31, 2014 • 6,714 words • All ages
Mishka Florentine’s been having a bad week. He’s got an eviction notice on his apartment, his friend Veronica Blast won’t give him the time of day, his new co-worker’s giving him the creeps, and he even narrowly avoided being killed by a bloody stranger. When he finds a shack in the woods that seems to put him back in time by three days, he thinks he can turn all his luck around. …But things aren’t always that simple when you’re playing with time. This game was made in a month for NaNoReno 2014.
Jun 21, 2015 • 1.50 hours • All ages
It's the same thing every day. Yuiri feels doomed to repeat her monotonous life over and over. Her few hours in her karaoke box are all that she has to look forward to. Little does she know, Takehiro, a cashier for the karaoke rooms, feels the same way.
Apr 01, 2014 • 15 minutes • 16,600 words • All ages
Between « mise en abyme » and meta-fiction, the game tells the story of…the Träumendes Mädchen team trying desesperatly to join Nanoreno three weeks before it begins. Inspired by actual conversations and actual people (who aren’t like that in real life, promise !), you can now experiment the frightening blank page syndrome...and a lot of nonsense.
Apr 07, 2014 • Ages 13+
A game made by Paradigm Shifty for NaNoRenO 2015 It's a short story about writing horoscopes and the technological singularity. It's also kind of a rhythm game.
Mar 31, 2015 • 20 minutes • Ages 13+
Nigel is a house painter. While trying to earn money with his two colleagues (Terri and Arthur) and taking care of 6-year-old Alicia, Nigel decides to take in a new tenant: Morwenna. Despite being new to this whole ‘parenting’ thing, Nigel is becoming a good parent for Alicia. She and Nigel are having a pretty okay life. However, there have been recent reports of mysterious disappearances around the neighbourhood. And Morwenna seems to be acting stranger and stranger... The story is set in London, Canada. The game takes place over the course of several days.
Mar 31, 2015 • 30 minutes • 14,600 words • All ages
A drifting traveler boards a one-man space shuttle destined for Alpha Centauri. This shuttle is piloted by Budapest, an artificial intelligence program designed to serve humanity. She is a hardworking, diligent program, just a little naïve to the ways of the universe, and intensely dedicated to her directive. But when disaster unexpectedly befalls their ship, the two of them are sent careening through uncharted space, left with dire prospects for rescue. Stuck in a floating cockpit drifting through the empty ocean of stars, they have only each other to rely on. Between interesting discoveries both old and new, Budapest quickly develops new traits and quirks beyond her programming. As she attempts to navigate her own troubled seas, the passenger discovers that there is more to this program than previously expected.
Mar 31, 2015 • 60 minutes • All ages
Kitty City: A bustling commercial metropolis nicknamed The Big Milkbowl, an animal paradise where young cats can chase their dreams like birds in the sky. From the bright lights of the skyline to the sedate green spaces peppered around the city, it's a hell of a town. But beneath this dazzling facade is an underlying layer of darkness that the average joe wouldn't have the first idea about. No city is perfect, and Kitty City has more crime than you could shake a feather-on-a-stick at. `Nip dealers, extortionists, and worse.. When a frog turns up cold in Flirtybird Park in the middle of the day, the fuzz don't have any leads and don't know where to turn. Lucky for them, one cat trots alone through the seedy backstreets of Kitty City, doing what he can to make it a better place: JB Hairboll, Private Eye. A tribute to 1980s-1990s Japanese detective games such as JB Harold and Saburo Jinguuji, JB Hairboll is a short mystery that is suitable for players of all ages. Created within 30 days for NANORENO 2015 by Nurvuss, Justyna Burzynska and Borscht Boll the Cat.
Apr 01, 2015 • 60 minutes • 7,000 words • All ages
Lady Sofia has just broken things off with her former love in favor of his kinder brother, but when things take a turn for the worse, will her new relationship survive? ...And more importantly, perhaps, will she? Once upon a time, in a world that is much like our own, there lies a relic of ancient Europe in the middle of a desert in the Wild Wild West. There, kings and queens still rule the land, and in one such kingdom the sovereign lord has recently died. Two brothers, princes, remain. One is drawn by the old ways and the other is swept up in the winds of change. Abel, the eldest, is set to inherit the throne. The younger, Shiye, plans to marry their childhood friend... Sofia. All fairy tales are supposed to have a happy ending... This is not that kind of story.
Apr 01, 2015 • Ages 13+
Target: Valentino is a crime fighting tactical turn-based RPG. The game follows the characters Randal and Emi as they try to bring down a notorious crime lord named Valentino. Will they be able to bring this criminal to justice? This game was created for NaNoRenO 2015. GAMEPLAY: Target: Valentino is primarily an RPG, not a Visual Novel. The bulk of the gameplay is battling various criminals, and ultimately, Valentino and his goons. Winning battles earn you money, which you can spend on weapons and items, or training the heroes to improve their stats and abilities.
Apr 01, 2015 • 60 minutes • All ages
The story is about a woman, named Ishara, who took a few wrong turns in her life, leading to her exile from her own family. They promised her a ship, but instead gifted it to her twin sister, Cendre. Ishara vows to get her ship back at all costs. Her attempts to steal the ship are thwarted by another bandit gang who wished to take it for their own. She's thrown on an adventure to get the ship back with someone she does not want to be adventuring with! She becomes stuck with either her twin sister Cendre, whom she hates, or Félix, her sister's fiancé ... that has something he is hiding.
Apr 01, 2015 • 2.00 hours • 36,000 words • All ages
Chrysandra is the crowned princess of Novaria, but she is not first in line for the throne. To rectify that grave injustice she has decided to get even with the whole kingdom and get a dragon to help her in her mad grab for power (or in burning the place to the ground). Of course procuring a dragon for her evil schemes is not always easy, and with a do-gooder mage hindering her, she might have to think about very crafty ways to get what she wants. Will she succeed? Will she fail? Will she fall in love?
Apr 01, 2015 • 32,000 words • All ages
John Oswald is a Demi, a human capable of using incredible powers. He is also an agent for World Police, an international security organisation. On their instruction he is sent to the Japanese village Tomishogo to investigate suspicious happenings. Unexpectedly, a massive explosion from an abandoned chemical plant rocks the city. Dozens die in the blast, and people across the town begin to get sick. Even stranger, those who survive the sickness become Demi like Oswald. Only these Demi are in a constant state of delirium, unable to distinguish between friend and foe.
May 28, 2015 • 6,601 words • All ages
Inna is 22 and a social recluse with a most unusual skillset: assassination. Under pressure of changing her ways, she takes on an assignment very different from what's she's accustomed to. Her new job requires her to look out for a 17-year-old girl while she is in college. What sounded like an easy piece of work – with the plus of turning over a new leaf – turns out to be quite the predicament for Inna... in more than one way.
Sep 13, 2015 • All ages
A short game about what happens when you're in desperate need of money.
Feb 23, 2016 • 5 minutes • 200 words • Ages 16+
Explore an abandoned building, make the right decisions to increase your chances of survival, and fight strange enemies in turn-based combat that also requires fast reflexes! (Also, consider saving your game often.) I made this game for NaNoRenO 2016 using the Ren'py visual novel engine, but it's more of an adventure RPG sort of thing.
Mar 24, 2016 • All ages
Johnson wants some pizza. Like, REALLY badly. But he can't, after all he is the healer in a raid and man, do those idiots screw themselves over without him watching them. But that's what friends are for: bringing him pizza when he doesn't want to leave the computer for the next 5 hours. But which friend will help him? For what prize? (And do they remember his favorite yoghurt brand?) (Made in four days for NaNoRenO 2016)
Mar 31, 2016 • 2,296 words • All ages
HER TEARS WERE MY LIGHT is a visual novel created for NaNoRenO 2016. It's a short love story about time and space. As time, you can move forward, backward, or warp to any moment you create a save point for. Can you use that power to save space from her feelings of loneliness?
Mar 31, 2016 • 10 minutes • All ages
This game was made as a part of the 2016 NaNoRenO game jam. You play Jojo, a rabbit that is stage managing her school's winter show. Some Features Include: - Three characters to meet - Seven endings - 4000+ words - Teenage awkwardness - Pixel art
Apr 02, 2016 • 4,040 words • All ages
A short point-n-click game about a college student who get lost on his trail on the mountains. He's only hope is to found a radio in a vacant cottage nearby. But, was the cottage really vacant? Features: - Two Endings - Point-n-Click exploration - Gallery Page (unlocked when you beat the game) Credits: Story/Art: shortpencil Script Editor: Juuria66 Music: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) SFX: SoundJay | SoundBible | MusMus
Apr 02, 2016 • 600 words • All ages
Diamond Rose is a short fantasy RPG developed for the NaNoRenO game jam. STORY The story follows Van, a promising young craftsman. Fueled only by his passion for crafting, he left his hometown and set out to make it big in the bustling city of Azalea. He soon realized that passion alone was not enough to survive in the big city. Without fame to his name, no decent customer looked at his wares. Without a decent workshop, he was treated as a common merchant. A month passed and he became just another in the long line of failures. This all changed when he met a swordswoman who gave him the chance to turn his life around. Art and Programming by sendo Written by Zetsubou
Apr 09, 2016 • 60 minutes • 10,000 words • All ages
Adrian has just moved into an old mansion with his girlfriend, Rebecca. After another couple hurriedly leave the mansion, a spooky backstory about the house is revealed, and some seemingly unexplainable events occur, Adrian comes to a conclusion... He realises that he is in a horror game. A badly-written horror game. And he wants to leave...
Apr 14, 2016 • 8,260 words • All ages
"A person's heart's warmth. The very spirit that keeps them alive and strong, especially in cursed frozen tundra. Some say you can sell it to gain power, while others believe it is it's own power. Either way, it did not change the fact that Ágirni sold her heart's warmth to a demon for the use of magick." Synopsis Simple as Snow is a kinetic visual novel about a caster named Lysa who is caught up in the middle of a sorceress scheme to steal the heart of a young king. If only it were about love and not the sorceress' sick plot to literally take his heart. Simple as Snow is a kinetic novel, meaning it's strongly story based. All the backgrounds in the game were beautifully hand painted. This novella is over 14,000 words and has about an hour of game play. There are choices that give insight to the story if you choose to take the time to read them. Originally made for NaNoReno in 2016 with a team of one, but was released late because of life events. Working on this made me want to continue the story and though it might not be everything I wished for. I am happy. Please be aware there is some mild bloodshed and gore and thank you for taking the time to read this. This was an interesting journey and I hope that you enjoy the game.
Aug 27, 2016 • 14,211 words • All ages