A downloadable game for Windows

Clarity in Qualia is a visual novel I'm creating for the current Yaoi Game Jam 2018 :3

Alyx is a young man who has allowed his mother to dictate every aspect of his life for as long as he can remember. As a result, Alyx is currently in further education studying subjects that he has no interest in and dating a girl who he doesn't have feelings for.  He has known for a while that his romantic urges tend to veer towards other males but is afraid of actually mentioning it to his mother for fear of upsetting her. In fact, Alyx refuses to even accept himself, preferring instead to just let life pass him by. Despite being fairly miserable, Alyx is empathetic to the point that he would prefer to suffer in silence than face the possibility of hurting others. His only solace lies in a chat group he came across online, where he's able to be a truer version of himself around the other members of the group, Alvy, Sio, Elil, and Kagan.

One day, Alyx is involved in an accident that puts him in a coma. As he dreams away in hospital, a mysterious figure called Merrik visits him, claiming to be his spirit guide. Merrik warns Alyx that if he continues to refuse to accept himself then he will never wake up. All hope is not lost, as Merrik offers Alyx another opportunity to live, with the condition that he makes an effort to be true to himself. There is one condition, however, Alyx must prove to Merrik that he has the ability to change within just 3 days, or face death after all.

With the help of his online friends, can Alyx learn to love himself for who he really is on the inside? The outcome is entirely up to you! Make choices and help Alyx on his journey of self-discovery, deepen friendship with his online companions, and possibly even find true love :3

(Click the images on the side to view character profiles :3)

I suppose this would fall under the category of slice of life, with a bit of fantasy mixed in. I've never even played a yaoi game before as I prefer otome's instead, so I have no idea if I'm even doing this right, or how it compares to all the yaoi content out there >.< But at the end of the day, I  just figured it's a story about friendship, love, and learning to accept yourself... and I wanted to tell it, so yeah xD 

Since I'm still working hard on my main project, Solipsism Reigns, development for this is going to be slow, sorry T_T but SR takes priority, haha. I will, however, try my very best to get at least one whole route completed in time for submission by the end of the jam! :3 If everything goes according to plan you should be able to play the prologue, common route and Alvy's route. If there's somehow enough time for me to complete a second route then I'll hold a poll or something to see which one people would prefer to play ^_^ Rest assured though, this project will be completed at some point after Solipsism Reigns is released.

Because of the time limitations on this project, I decided it would be best to edit some of Tokudaya's sprites to make the characters, so if they seem familiar, that's why! I did my best to edit them in a way that makes them look a little more unique at least :3

Anyway, I hope that someone out there somewhere will get some form of enjoyment out of this project at some point ^_^/

Install instructions

There is currently only a Windows demo for this as I haven't ha much time to work on anything :( You should just be able to download the demo zip file from the downloads section on this page. You'll need to unzip it before you can play :3

Download

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Clarity in Qualia demo.rar 111 MB

Development log

Comments

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Well, I'm glad I came across this ^^ The uke is really cute. I like the love interests, can't choose my favorite yet, torn between the brothers, hahah. I can't wait to play the game, but you take your time of course ;)

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Aww, well I'm glad that you like what you've seen so far :3 I'm just about finsihed with the super busy important stuff in my life for now so over the next few weeks I'm hoping to have more time to actually work on these VN projects I've got going! Haha. Thanks for taking the time to comment ^-^

I'm so happy to hear that! Good luck :3

Your character development feels very human I think you have done a very good job at least with the path I personally went down "Alvy"

I know these projects take time especially with other things in life keeping us busy but if this project does get completed I look forward to revisiting.

Thank you very much for the experience. :)

Aww, thanks so much for taking the time to play through the little demo and to post a comment! It means a lot to hear such nice feedback :3 

You're definitely right about things like this taking time, haha, I don't get much chance to work on the stuff I really want to with life getting in the way >.< But I'll get there eventually! 

It really gives me a great motivation boost whenever I see something like this, so thank you again :3

Woah seriously for just a demo it's really good!! When the little message for saying that was the end of the demo appeared, i was really surprised, i wanted it to continue a little more, so I look forward to see the game when it will be finish! (I made this account only to say this xD) And Alix is just too cute, my heart is melting :3

Sorry for the slow reply, I've only just gotten around to looking at my project stuff again after what has been a tough few months! 

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it and it means a lot to me that you enjoyed the little demo :3 I had wanted to finish Alvy's route in time for the end of the jam but because I was so busy I didn't end up getting very far >.< haha, I figured it would be better to submit something than nothing at all! But yeah, I'll be working on this when I finish my main project :3

So, the prologue was okay. Then the game completely freezes at the beginning of Day 1, after Alvy comes to visit, text stops appearing and all buttons become unresponsive. Reloading soesn't help. 

I'm very sorry for the slow reply, I've not really been a part of the world these past few months with a lot of crap going on in life >.<

Thanks for giving the demo a go :3 If it freezes up and dies at the point where Alyx is heading outside for some food with Alvy, that's because there's no more content yet and as I was in such a rush to get a demo submitted in time for the end of the jam, I didn't have a chance to wrap up the demo and give the player an option to quit. Sorry about that, I know it's pretty and messy and frustrating >.<

If the freeze happens as soon as Alvy comes to visit then I'm stumped and I'll definitely have to try and figure out what caused it once I'm working on the project again, as when I ran through the demo on my laptop before submitting it, I didn't experience a crash there.

is this still in the making?

Hey there, super sorry for my slow reply, life has been getting me down lately and so I've retreated from the world for a bit >.< 

It is indeed still in the making :3 However, it probably won't be finished until late in the year because I really need to knuckle down and finish my main project first which is much closer to completion than this one. This will definitely be finished at some point though!

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Great Visual Novel!

I really felt for the protagonist. Alyx is so incredibly adorable that you just want to give him a hug in every scene. Coincidentally, a guy I know and like has a lot of similiarities to him, including an almost identical name...so I'm maybe a bit biased. Nevertheless, Alyx has earned a spot as one of my favorite VN protagonists.

The artworks are cute and the expression do a great job at conveying the emotions the characters are having at the moment.

The story is told in a way that really touched me. Without a few elements it would be a typical slice-of-life/coming-of-age story, but I was way more entertained than these kind of stories usually do. The chat room messages including emojis were a nice addition as well and seemed pretty authentic.

Solid BGM as well.

What really surprised me was the animated background in the main menu. That is something you definitely don't see every day.

Some technical stuff was a bit of a letdown. While the text moves across the screen, you can see the markup tags for text, before it is rendered in italic. Not sure if that's a usual problem of your engine, but it would be great if you could fix that.

Also, after reaching a dead end and the true ending, the game froze both times and wouldn't accept anymore inputs, so I had to quit it with the task manager. That was a bit frustrating.

Still, I'm very impressed with this VN. Can't wait to see the full version!

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I'm very sorry that I'm only just replying to your comment now, I meant to ages ago but I've ended up just totally sucking at life lately T_T

Thanks for taking the time to play through the little demo ad to comment, it's much appreciated :3 That's adorable that you know and like someone who is similar... you never know, it could be fate :P


I can't take much credit for the artwork since I'm just using some of Tokudaya's free sprites, I did re-colour them and tweak the style though x3 I was thinking of possibly making new sprites sometime down the line so that they're more unique, but at the same time I kinda like how they've come out and to me they already look like how I see the characters in my head!

I didn't really know if I'd be able to pull off a slice-of-life type story because it's not really a genre that I read myself as I'm much more into fantasy and stuff like that, so I wanted to have a go at just squishing a little bit of fantasy into a slice-of-life type story x3 Hopefully it will all work out in the end. I'd like to figure out a better way of working the chatroom messages but I'm not very savvy when it comes to coding stuff so I have lots to learn, it's definitely a feature that will remain throughout the game though.

Adding BGM and video stuff is one of my favourite parts of making things like this, haha. I adore finding the right BGM for a scene/mood and I'm trying not to use too many tracks in this since I went a bit wild with BGM in my main project, I want this one to have a soundtrack where themes are recognisable by what's happening and stuff.

As for technical stuff... this is where I let out a cry of anguish and go bury myself underground xD I know very little in the way of coding stuff and so when things like that go wrong or wonky with the engine, I don't really have a darn clue how to make them right >.<" I will try to learn more at some point or at least get some help from someone with more experience, as I realise little things like that can be pretty jarring x3

If the demo freezes up and dies once you get to the end of the content, that's entirely my fault as I didn'thave time to jump the player back to the start screen or make a proper exit button when I was rushing to submit it for the jam >.< And of course, the other crash on a dead end is also my fault and I'm sorry that slipped through as I thought I'd caught all of those, darn thing T_T I'll definitely get it fixed at some point though because it's not supposed to, haha.

I like the story so far and I look forward to the finished game! I liked the group chat messages, they felt real, like the messages I would send friends.

(I did notice a bug where at the end of a playthrough, I was stuck on the last screen, none of the buttons worked and I had to exit and restart to get the game to work again.)

I'm so sorry it took me this long to reply to your comment >.< I meant to reply to all comments pretty fast and I should have gotten back to you ages ago but I've been overwhelmed by life unfortunately.

I'm glad that you liked the little snippet that I managed to get out in time for the jam :3 And yeah, sorry about the freeze, I was rushing so much to get it done in time to present something for the end of the jam that I didn't put a proper exit button on anything so when the content stops it just kinda dies, haha, >.<

Interesting cast and story, I look forward to it!

Thanks :3 That's great to hear! Are you interested in any character in particular? I'm not sure whose route to work on after Alvy's is finished, haha.

Ooh I gotta say I like Sio and I'd most likely be friends with him in real life, but Kegan seems like someone I'd also go after for run 1!

That's interesting and I really appreciate hearing what you think :3  it's super helpful so thank you for letting me know!

Thanks, good luck with the project!