Logline: On the outskirts of a small village, a sickly girl explores the forest in secret day after day. Are the creatures from the woods as dangerous as the rumors claim?
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In a small village called Amber Stone, right on the outskirts of the Dark Forest, where it's rumored to be lurking with dangerous creatures, a sickly young girl named Lacrima lives together with her family.
As alchemists, Lacrima's parents are constantly working on their potions and medicine for the village, which she'd like to help them with but she always receives the same answer: 'you need to rest'.
Bored and lonely, Lacrima seeks comfort and adventure in her regular visits to the Dark Forest, where she meets her friend Nox, a mysterious owl creature, and Angis, a non-human alchemist boy who is prone to blushing.
One day, Lacrima overhears her parents talking about an essential ingredient needed for their potions: the moonflower, a plant that only blooms in the Dark Forest during full moon nights.
Determined to mend her relationship with her parents, Lacrima slips out on the night of the full moon in search of the rare flower.
This visual novel is a remake of Pri Karin's original RPG Maker mystery demo from a few years ago, so many changes have been made but the essence of the plot remains. Panacea: Rebirth is the prequel of the main story.
EDIT: I go on about the chase sequences a bit in this post, but 'yrea' in the replies has revealed that it was my fleeting attention span that mostly caused my grievances with them. For transparency, I won't delete what I wrote, but feel free to ignore all my criticism. And apologies if any of it was hurtful.
Loved the title screen and the UI. A lot of care and consideration was poured into it and it shows! The mouse pointer is a really nice touch too.
So much world building going on too! It’s obvious this is just a tiny snippet of a story from the main epic. Definitely get a sense of something much grander happening.
The art is really great. Particularly (what I’m presuming is) Kyle’s art. Some real pro looking stuff there. I didn’t exactly love that the parents were just silhouettes. They seemed like main enough characters to warrant detailed sprites. But maybe this was intentional for a reason I didn’t pick up on. Or maybe it was a victim of time constraints. It didn’t hurt the experience too much. Just felt a little odd to me.
Music was really nice and fitting. Sound effects were great too.
The chase sequences were super effective with all the motion. But I really didn’t like the ‘trial and error’ nature of it. Personally I feel this approach kind of deflates all the tension and makes the sections a bit tedious and chore like. It might have been better if the player had 3 chances before dying and game over. Or maybe there was a visual cue to look out for that suggested which way was the right way to go. Also, on my laptop the framerate absolutely tanked during those scenes and it wasn’t actually obvious it was time based. So sometimes I was failing thinking I had gone the wrong way which led to a lot of confusion when retrying. Not that me playing on an older laptop is the game’s fault in any way.
Arrgh, sorry to focus so much on the complaint, I imagine you probably got a lot of feedback about that, and I don’t want to add to any negativity too much. It’s good that the ‘difficulty level’ option was implemented.
All in all, awesome effort by the team. Well done!
Amazing work as always, really nice world building, solid storytelling and beautiful CG's, I was unsure about the quick time events but it turned out really fun, I also enjoyed the little comedic and romantic breaks between being mauled to dead for taking the wrong turn!
It ended so suddenly tho...I really wanted to see more of this characters and the adventure ahead, but I'll wait patiently because it was so good, keep the good work!
Thank you so much for your comment and such a fun gameplay!! It was really fun seeing your reactions 😊🌸 Super overjoyed to hear you liked the worldbuilding, story and art!!
For the quick time events it seems you have to click the mouse hard for the click to register, sometimes 🤔, cause you actually solved the puzzles correctly! This is very helpful feedback, we'll keep it in mind for next games that may have similar puzzles (I think I'll mention it on the walkthrough too, just in case). Glad you still had fun with them!! 😊
As a writer it makes me really happy to know you want to see more of the characters and the world!! You're right, the prologue did end a bit abruptly 💦; if we ever release this on Steam I'll try to flesh it out a bit more 💪
Will do my best for the writing of the main story too!!
Again, thanks so much for your review and your gameplay!! They honestly made my day 🌸🌱
PS: Happy to see you enjoy the Gidget references! It's a lot of fun including them 🐸 We may put some Hummingbird's Crown references in the main story as well 👀
I really enjoyed this game! The music and sound effects were very effective, and I liked the art, especially the multiple sprites. Story-wise, I liked both Nox and Angis's relationships with Lacrima (the hug was very cute), but I did question the setup behind Angis and Lacrima's CG--it wasn't clear if it was actually necessary, but that may have just been me reading too fast. I also am not sure if the prologue is needed since I was expecting the ending. But overall, great game and I am excited for the story to continue! Very good job, dev team.
As predicted, I loved it ^-^ It's very beautiful and dreamlike. All of the art is so pretty, the story is engaging with a lovely mixture of cute and humourous moments alongside darker themes (also I don't wanna spoil anything, but loving the references, hehe.) The music is enchanting (I'm actually sitting with the game still open on the main menu as I type this because it's a very relaxing tune!)
I got a bad end first pretty early on, haha. Admittedly, I'm one of those people who detests quick-time events in all games, especially VNs >.< but that's a personal preference thing! And I can't even moan about it because it was done really well + I'd be a hypocrite since I've put them in some of my games xD I just like to be able to sit and relax when I'm playing a VN, so I generally don't like anything in a VN that isn't just reading x3 It wasn't tooooo intrusive though, so I didn't get annoyed or anything with it, and I do really love the way it's animated :3
I think I've managed to unlock everything in the gallery. I do have a few favourite images, but I won't say what they are here cos I don't wanna spoil anything x3
But yeah, I love everything about it (apart from the quick time stuff x3 but again, that's not a complaint or anything cos it was done brilliantly! That's just me, haha.) It's going straight on my recommendations list <3 Really awesome job to the whole team!! ^-^
I'm in love with the whole vibe of this game!! I loved how even just opening it gave you that fun and immersive intro with the map. And then the GUI, my heart!! Everything about this game is so lovely and polished and just WORKS SO WELL together! It really adds to the whole atmosphere of the game, that's simultaneously warm and mysterious with tinges of horror rumbling beneath the surface.
Lacrima was so lovable as the main character!! I really enjoyed seeing her reactions to the different situations she finds herself in. Especially her interactions with Nox and Angis! Absolutely in love with Nox tbh. I may or may not have gasped slightly when the cloak came off dkfajlsdkfajsd 🤭💕 And Angis was so adorable!! I loved how shy he was around Lacrima, and the CG of them was probably one of my favorites in the game!
THE DARK TURN THOUGH. This started out with a somewhat sweet and innocent feel and then it was just like BANG. Such a great moment, and I really loved the build-up! The chase scenes were also so intense! I def died more than once and had to redo them lol The effects were so great though. They were super immersive and really added to the creeping tension that grows throughout the whole game.
Overall this was just absolutely lovely!! I'm so invested now in seeing where Lacrima's story is going to go, and I assume we'll be seeing a lot more of Nox and Angis in the future, too!! Wonderful job all around—I loved it so much!! 💕
Thank you so much for such a detailed and sweet review!! We're really happy that you enjoyed it!! ❤❤❤
Hehe, the artists did an amazing job with the UI, sprites, CGs and backgrounds and Mochi the programmer killed it with that chase scene, I'm so glad you enjoyed all these!!
It also makes me overjoyed to know you liked the intro, the characters and the build up for the dark turn!! And I agree, Nox is super handsome 😏. As the writer I have to say I honestly feel like my senpai noticed me and I'm over the moon shxhwhxha 😳💖😭
I played the game and Agnis is soo cuteee ı also liked Nox alot he really looks like big brother to Lacrima actually ı was pretty sad when game suddenly finished while ı was expecting more. Then ı learned ıts actually not finished! ^^ I will wait for the main story patiently. thanks for the hard work!
Aaaahh dksgbjsbg your comment made my day, you're so sweet, thank you so much!! 😭❤️
It really means a lot to our team knowing people enjoy our games (and, as the writer, it motivates me a whole bunch to know people want more of the stories I write 💘)!! Really happy to know you liked Angis and Nox!! 😊
Just gave this a go, and this is a very pleasant little VN. Lacrima is so cute; I love all her expressions - especially her trollface Anya-inspired one, haha ;; Her relationship with Nox was very cute, too!
Thank you for making this. For a horror VN it was quite sweet!