I liked the idea about friendship with AI.
Now what I disliked: not enough save slots. Normally I save a game each time when given choice. But your game presented much more choices than there were save slots avaiable. Please, make more save slots.
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
College dropout and aspiring artist Teal only wanted to live life without major complications.
But one way or another they found themselves in a situation without enough money to pay rent, even though the month had only started...
On top of that an almost tailor-made AI suddenly appeared inside their computer, claiming they'll tend to Teal's every need.
And with a new co-worker who seems to be everything Teal aspired to be, the chaos is complete.
Can Teal untangle the mess that their life has turned into, all while making enough money to not be evicted?
//TODO: today is a Slice-of-Life Visual Novel with Dating Sim elements featuring:
This game was originally made for the 2017 NaNoRenO Game Jam.
If you want to stay up to date with updates, feel free to follow us on Twitter @boyslaughplus
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Release date||Mar 31, 2017|
|Authors||Boys Laugh +, eZombo, Pectin|
|Genre||Visual Novel, Adventure|
|Made with||Ren'Py, Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint|
|Tags||Colorful, Cute, Dating Sim, LGBT, Multiple Endings, renpy|
|Average session||A few hours|
|Mentions||itch.io year in review 2017|
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I liked the idea about friendship with AI.
Now what I disliked: not enough save slots. Normally I save a game each time when given choice. But your game presented much more choices than there were save slots avaiable. Please, make more save slots.
Created an account just to comment, but--
THE BREAK IN
THE CHOP OPTION
I don't know what's better, that Phoenix was 10/10 willing to do it, or that it actually worked?! I was laughing so hard that I cried, truly masterful, thank you for making this.
Plus I wish a real version of Joyce existed to help motivate me for my college work lol
Let there be spoilers! Scroll past the second bolded username to skip my comment.
Original Rating Text (Part 1 only)
I really like this game! The characters are written very charmingly, the art is top-notch, and the conflicts are presented in a way that feels very realistic. Also, the way Joyce encourages the player to keep at their art contest submission was actually effective enough that once I'd finished this part of the game, I ended up doing the work for the online course I'm taking that I'd been procrastinating on for about 12 days at that point. So good job on that!
However, there were some things I noticed while playing that could potentially be improved or reworked for a better experience.
I think that if you ever consider another game in this same world, you may want to make a prequel following the development of Joyce, and have the player character be a person on the project (perhaps the project lead?) who has to grapple with these questions and find/implement answers that let them sleep at night while also not getting the project shut down because it won't be profitable enough. Bonus points from me if you insert an anticapitalist message!
Anyway, that's my full report. Don't worry, I'm not expecting $100 for it. Thanks for making something so engrossing! I'll tip you for it when my finances recover a bit. Good luck with the second part!
Rating Text Addition for Part 2
So! It's November 16, 2018, and Part 2 is out. I just finished playing, and I feel like it's time to update my report accordingly.
It had been a while since I played, so I started my save file over. I kept all my options the same and, where last time I had both a female Joyce and Phoenix, this time Joyce was female and Phoenix was male. I like the character designs for both of them, by the way!
I tell you what, I wasn't expecting to break into Bell Tech after that cliffhanger at the end of the first part. I mean, sure, we'd have to go after Joyce somehow, but B&E? It was exciting though! I loved the presentation bit, and I really appreciated the chance to approach Joyce's "rescue" as more of a "please come back because I care about you but you can stay if you want" conversation. This is really the direction I wanted to go in regards to "is Joyce a person and should she be respected as one".
The anxiety about possibly getting caught kinda got to me. I half-expected something to happen, someone to end up arrested or questioned or something. I'm kind of glad you didn't do that (or at least, I didn't experience that), because that really would have put a dampener on things. Mostly alleviated if you allowed such a situation to be resolved by an impassioned argument for AI rights, but still.
Talking about that whole scheme, I really liked Zen. He's fun! A bit pushy, but he makes up for it in being observant of stuff that the main character doesn't think of. Also, I loved that he's your other guild buddy. It kind of resolved my earlier point about wanting to spend more time with the guild-- in my head, this means that Zen can keep the main character and the guild in touch with each other when the MC can't be online.
The competition was tense too! The timer was a really good way to keep me from looking up the answers. I got some questions wrong, but not enough to stop me from landing that job (hooray)! I did feel bad that Phoenix didn't get it though-- kind of in the same vein as my ideal resolution to legal trouble with Bell Tech, I was hoping that, miraculously, the judges wouldn't be able to decide between us, and would give us both jobs and maybe split the money among us. That may be possible (I won't know unless I look it up as I tend to go one route on things like this and look other routes up if I really want to know), but it's not the version I got.
Now, talking about romance. I warmed up a lot more to Phoenix this time around. Really, I think it started in the second part, with him opening up to the MC about his insecurities. What can I say, when somebody opens up to me, they get brownie points. I ended up romancing Phoenix in this run, though not due to conscious choice. When the confession scene happened, I said to myself, "There's no realistic way I can say no here. He's cute, he's charming, he's funny. But I'd really like if saying yes to him didn't necessarily mean saying no to Joyce, if I've even given her enough affection to get there with her." (I guess I'm a real have-your-cake-and-eat-it kind of player, huh?) Again, this may be possible, but I certainly didn't see it. Related to one of my first report points though-- I still feel like the game pushes you towards Phoenix. I found myself wishing I could spend more time with Joyce (as well as the Titan guild), but still enjoying my time with Phoenix. I don't really ever want to turn down an offer of his, but spending time with him means I can't spend it with Joyce. (Note on that: the first time he calls you, if you agree to meet with him, you automatically go for a walk. I didn't like that. I said yes to going out tomorrow so I could stay inside and play video games today, Joyce! Anyway.) I'd love to see a polyamorous route with both of them (hell, if Zen wants to get in on that action, I'm down for that too) but the game seems like it has an overarching theme of "you can't do everything all at once", which that may not gel well with. Maybe think about it, though. Again, assuming it's not there already and I just missed it.
The epilogue with Phoenix is cute though! Very glad it's not just a "everything is perfect, happily ever after" ending too, that the MC talks about the ways they don't quite (and just plain don't) match up, because in my own very limited experience with relationships, that happens. And yes, Joyce becoming a citizen and having her own life (while still being very much your roommate and friend) is really great too. AI rights!
I think that's all I have to add. This is a wonderful game, and it's clear you worked hard on it! It definitely paid off. Thank you! I'll definitely keep following y'all to see if you make anything else like this in future, and best of luck with your current projects too!
S P O I L E R W A R N I N G
Don't read if you don't know the plot, otherwise you're ruin your fun of discovering it by yourself.
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Well i'ts been long time since I finished the demo. I really enjoyed. And even wrote comment here.
But now it's time to play the full version <3 .I'm sure it was worth waiting.
Artstyle... Yeah, the artstyle is great. Λ Ξ Ｓ Ｔ Ｈ Ξ Ｔ Ｉ Ｃ color scheme and style. Amazing sprites. A few great CGs. Minimalistic GUI and artstic menus. Plus very good backgrounds and sountrack.
Characters are lovely too. Every at least a bit important for the plot character has his own well-done sprite. Some of them (MC and love interests) even two sets of them (for both "sexes").
I like also that face expressions are not static (in many other VNs they are).
Plus all the characters are well written, intersting and they have their own personalities and styles (compatible with the general style of the game of course).
Plot is very original, full of intersting events, plot-twists and a lot of (usually) meaningful choices. Plus each romance option has their own events and endings.
But not romace-related choices decide which ending (with which variotions) we get. I don't want to spoil the plot but I can that the live of portagonist can change... for better or worse...
I noticed seeveral improvements, too. And achievements :D
I'm sure that a lot people appreciate thet you allowed player to choose "gender" of MC and love interests. Plus we can choose pronouns and name.
Only two love interst? Yes, only two. But they are great and I think it's enough (at least devs could more focus on each of them).
Female version of characters are beautiful. I think Teal looks the best of them. Cute ♥
And it's very good that she's not "typical sexy girl" and she has her few very little "defects". It's very realistic way of showing people...
In both routes I chose not giving up, focusing on art content and spending a lot of time with the love interest! Plus in both cases I took part in the AI experiment.
Maybe one day I'll try another methods...
Well, I started with Joyce's route...
The cute, pink-blue, Ai maid :) .Improving owner's live. Being friendly. What can go worng? xD
Well but it's not that easy... She's very kind, friendly and nice girl and she loves her job but...
She don't want to be the only one person Teal spends her time with... Even if Teal'd prefer ot be so...
As focused on Teal's happiness as possible... Even if she had sacrifice her own happiness for it...
It's cute how much worried about Teal's social life she is but... Don't leave me! T_T
Well, at this moment of plot ended demo....
Next days were harder... for Teal... Loneliness, sadness and emptiness. But good guy Zen gave us new hope!
His plan sounded a little bit risky but Having Joyce back is worth it.
I'm glad Phoenix helped, too. The rescue mission part was great.
The finals were very interesting,too. Ance more P and T are rivals but this time the're friends :)
Teal won but it's not as important as events of the next day. T and J finally told each other how the feel.
Artifal person but real love! yay! Happy end, yay!
I really enJoyced her route :D
Phoenix route... Well she's new in town, working in the same place. She's quiet but friendly. And she likes art, too.
She's very intersting person. Especially if player chose to befriend early in the story.
Spending more time together gives a good opportunity to get closer to her.
And this time I tried to not get attached to Joyce and more focused on spending as much time as I could with Phoenix.
yeah, this time I tried to treat J like just part of the experiment I took part to get paid.
I was a trying avoid J but I still was nice when I had to talk with her.I know it's cold...
So after vanishing of Joyce, I was only like ":(".
Well, I finished J route 1st so it was hard to just left her behind, but I decided to not rescue her, this time. And indeed it was hard to just let her and live with awareness of it.
Next days! Visiting P, conversation about her backstory, tea.
Later Phoenix became our rival in finals of the art content, again xD. And Teal won, again xD.
Lunch together. And next day... The confession. And later dating and... love
This time it's more "pchysical" love, I mean they can hold hands, kiss, hug and all this stuff. Not that it's important xD
Sorry for a lot of summarazing of plot but that's how I like to tell how I feel about very good and long VNs.
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Found bug: Phoenix's 1st day, 1st client arrived, T is talking (with P) about him but her sprite is not in uniform at these 3 textboxes.
Finally got the time to finish the game, this is so good, I can say that this was what I've been looking for on a visual novel game, the Pheonix ending was the best, thanks for this awesome content, keep it up boys
I don't mean to be that guy, but did I pick up on some JoJo references??
(Menacing landlord, CaesephIsCanon)
A few important question: How do you personally imagine the Joyces' voices to sound like IRL? Can their voices be based off of anyone? Also would Joyce be into Kpop (LOL)?
Questions aside, YOU GUYS oh my god - I didn't even know part 2 was released just recently!! I remember playing last year, and this game quickly meant so much to me (I have a love-hate relationship with the Defragment track, DEPRESSING AF THANKS). There were times that I really had to take a pause from the game just because of how real it got, but part of the struggle is to face it head on so I can appreciate how awesome it is! I really do love everything- this game is so incredibly put together. Amazing job, BL+!!! Thank you for hard work!!
Admittedly, while I eventually stopped keeping track of the Devlogs, I occasionally replayed the first part (and repeatedly suffered from abandonment issues, J o y c e). And now during a time that //TODO is more relevant to me than ever, it's been updated to completion!!! Man do I love a good (or any, actually) excuse to replay one of my favorite games.
This was such a delight to discover during last year's NaNoRenO - I was HELLA impressed seeing such a meaningful and quality game made within a fricking month! I really wish you guys the best of luck in all your future endeavors!! I look forward to seeing more from both the team and the staff!
Aaahh thank you so much!! We're really happy that you enjoyed our game (and replayed it before the update even!)
As for the questions, we haven't thought that deeply about what their voices could sound like so it's hard to pinpoint a specific reference. It's definitely something Teal would like though so probably cute :3
Well, and Joyce is curious enough to try listening to a bunch of different genres so there's probably at least a few Kpop songs they'd end up liking! And maybe more as time goes on...
We really appreciate the good luck and we hope you'll like our future projects as well!
Thanks for playing <3
Hey when I update your game on the new Itch.io client, it seems to error out when installing, I will report it to itch but I thought that I'd let you know
Thanks for letting us know and reporting it to itch! We haven't run into that problem ourselves yet but we'll see if we can do anything to prevent it from happening
Randomly found this game, the art and the fact that you can be gay got me. Such a sweet visual novel! Thank you for making it free to play, I donated a little because I hope to see more work from you.
Much love, an aspiring game developer.
Thank you so much! Early on we considered selling the full version but as time passed we decided against it since it was ultimately a passion project and we figured more people would be able to play it if it was free. So thanks for still donating a little! Now that we try to make this our job every little bit helps.
We're glad you enjoyed the game and we wish you good luck with making games yourself!
Sorry for the late reply! First of all thanks for making a let's play, we really appreciate that! And yeah, we are aware that the title isn't exactly easy to find (even aside from the //). But as you said, what's done is done.
We're happy you think it's well put together and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of the game!
Thanks for playing <3
Hey i don't know if you might see this or whatever, but i was wondering how do you update the game or something? Would i have to download it again? I'm just confused ;-;
Hi! If you downloaded the game directly, you can just replace the files of the previous installation with the new version. Save files are stored elsewhere so they won't be overwritten by that. We hope that helps!
Thank you so muchh <3 <3 <3
Actually i might have deleted the old version and I've been trying to start the newer one (by just clicking open) and it won't work. please (try to) help ;-;
Are all the files of the new version downloaded? It might also work to delete the game files and just download the new version again (aside from save files the old version isn't really necessary for it to work)
hiiii i really wAnT TO PLAY THE GAME! But my windows download says network error.. pls help
Hi! Sorry you're having trouble with the download! Did you have any other network problems or we're you able to download other games on itch.io before?
First time I've got problems!!
Have you tried using a different browser? If that doesn't work it would be great if you could send us a screenshot of the error message to firstname.lastname@example.org
I loved the demo, and i was so happy when this came out!! I only got around to playing it now, but everything was totally worth the wait!! Thank you for making this wonderful game \(^0^)/
Thank you! We're glad that it was worth the wait for you and that you enjoyed the game!
Thanks for playing <3
Just finished the game and I loved it ! Is there any way to get together with Joyce tho? I prefer him/her over Phoenix :D
Thank you! We're happy you enjoyed the game! And there is a way to get together with Joyce. The easiest option is to turn on the route help in the settings to see indicators which choices are for which route, but you can also just try to spend as much time with Joyce as possible and try to keep some distance to Phoenix (even though you can still be friendly with them).
We hope that helps and thanks for playing <3
Part 2 was amazing! I loved the ending with Phoenix. Teal's speech about finding new dreams really hit home for me; their story and Phoenix's story really resonates with anyone who's ever worried that they wasted time while pursuing their passions. I didn't play the other routes, but I love the message that there's a lot of paths you can take in life, and they'll all work out some way or another. Teal finds happiness regardless of what career path they go down.
I enjoyed following Teal as they found themselves and learned to take care of their mental health :). The drawings of Teal/Phoenix at the end, and the party at the bookstore, were so adorable! Loved the background music in Phoenix's scenes. Also, the interactions between Teal and Snow were so precious; I'm excited to see more of Snow in Defaction!
Thank you guys for all your hard work; this is an absolute masterpiece!! I'm so happy to have been able to witness this game's development since its beginning. Excited to see what you make in the future.
Aww thank you so much! We're really happy that you enjoyed the game! There are a bunch of personal thoughts in it so it's always great to hear when it resonates with someone.
We didn't really plan this message from the beginning but as the game started to take shape it was important to us that there isn't really a bad end (just as no ending is completely perfect). Originally the game was meant to be mainly light hearted so as more serious themes started to show up, we tried to make sure that especially in the end there's always hopeful notions whenever things don't work out.
We're also excited to show more of Snow in Defaction! It will still take a bit longer before we're ready to release more of it but we're glad you're looking forward to our future projects!
All the support and comments along the way definitely helped to shape the full game so thanks for commenting again (and for playing of course) <3
idk if you remember me, but I played the game when only the first part was out and I loved it, and now that the second part is out,im more in love with it!the graphics,the style,the character design, I love everything about this game!once I started playing part 2 I felt like I had to finish it instantly(and I did finish it within an afternoon, since I had lost my progress and had to play it all over again,but in my opinion it was good because i honestly didnt remember the story) I already did the Phoenix ending and the protagonist ending and I loved both(especially the scene on Phoenix's ending where they are drinking some wine,that scene was so good and well made!) I look foward to play more games like this, and continue the good work <3
Thank you so much for all the kind words! We're really happy that you enjoyed part 2 as well and that you liked the endings! Especially because so much time has passed since part 1 was released, we really wanted the endings to be satisfying. So we're always happy to hear when that's the case!
Thanks for playing (and commenting again) <3
I'm so happy I got to play the second half! It had been so long since I played this game (I went to the first page of comments and apparently, mine was made a year ago). I actually forgot what happened/what I had done on each of my save files, so I just decided to restart the first half as well.
I related even more this time playing. I'm in my senior year of high school now (I know, I'm young), and I'm expected to know what I plan to pursue as a career. I was thinking of doing independent illustration but I'm not sure I have what it takes. Most days, I don't even have the motivation to create anything. And it doesn't help that I'm in an art school surrounded by people who have way more technical skill than me. I'm supposed to submit college applications in a month or two and I can't help but wonder if the debt is worth it.
Well, just know that I really enjoyed this game. It really resonated with me. Also, I think I noticed a reference to Defaction while working in the bookstore?
Thank you so much for your comment! We're really happy you enjoyed the game and that it resonated with you and we wish you all the best with your decision! It's definitely not easy, which is one of the reasons why we tried to put some of our thoughts on things like dreams, jobs, and the future into the game. We hope it helped a little but even if a lot of it comes from experience, there's no definite answer that fits all.
And yes! There is a Defaction reference in there! We tried to keep it a little obscure so we're glad you still spotted it!
Thanks for playing <3
Just downloaded it and it sadly won't work, tried the 'extraction process'?? And 'run as administrator', deleting and re-downloading. Is it just my Laptop or..??? BTW, downloaded windows.zip
Sorry about that! Is your antivirus giving you trouble with the game files or is something else going wrong? If you prefer to write us a mail with the details you can also contact us at email@example.com
It's alright. The antivirus does't seem to mind, it's just that whenever I try to open the .exe nothing pops up, although it shows the 'loading' symbol by the arrow and 'log.txt'??? comes after first click of the app (if that's any help)
So there is no error message or anything? Have you checked in the task manager if any processes are started when you try to open the .exe? 'log.txt' appearing is normal but would you mind sending us a mail with its contents? Maybe we can find out what is going wrong that way
Just finished part 2, spent 50 percent of time crying and other 50 percent laughing. It surely IS worth the wait! One of the best visual novels I've played, thank you so much for it!
Btw, can you give a tinsy tip how to get Joyce route? 'Cause I always somehow end up with Phoenix, maybe because of my burning love for him/her haha
Thank you so much! It really means a lot to us to hear that <3
Joyce can be a bit tricky because some choices for them (especially in the beginning) conflict with going to work or just going out. But you can also turn on a route help option in the settings if you like! Then you get an indicator which choices lead to a specific route.
We hope that helps and thank you again for playing!
Love this, written well and looks gorgeous can't wait to finish it.
Thank you so much for making a let's play of our game! We're glad you like it so far and we hope you'll enjoy the rest too!
Yasssss part 2 lives!!! Yay!! Except I got a bug (MacOS version) when I tried to save but YESSSS
Oh, sorry about that! The save location should have been set to $HOME/Library/RenPy/TODO-today but as it looks it wasn't found in your case. Have you had any trouble running other Ren'Py games?
Usually no! But it's been awhile so... how strange, wonder why it won't find it? *rubs chin*
I've actually played this very game before --before the full release, I mean. Odd. I'll check things out on my corner ^_^
Solved it -- just downloaded it straight from the site, added to my usual Applications folder and opened the app directly rather than using the itch.io app :) Now it not only works, it also brought back the saves from my previous playthrough from part one too ^_^ But I guess it's a heads up in case other people have the same issue, hehe.
I love this game! Every thing about it was done perfectly and for me it was very relatable. I'm glad you could make the 2nd part happen and I wish you good luck for next game development (or whatever else you are doing). Also I'm very thankful for the Linux version (I believe no problem with RenPy) and for acknowledging the LGBTQ+ community. For me full 5 stars and also inclusion in my new collection "Games, that will stay in my heart" (few games are actually in there, only virtually (like Undertale, ...)).
Thank you for all these kind words! It really means a lot to us that you enjoyed our game so much (and we really like Undertale as well so we're definitely honored that you liked //TODO: today to a similar extent!)
Thanks for the good luck and thanks for playing <3
Hmmm. Is this a JoJo reference I spy?
Just finished part 2 and I felt thoroughly satisfied. Thank you to the dev team for sticking with this project and giving us such a special game.
[spoiler] The Phoenix route was great. Lots of natural feeling intimate moments, nothing felt too rushed and then that sweet sweet happy ending.
Thank you for the kind words <3
We're really happy that you were satisfied with the ending! And we're glad that you liked the Phoenix route!
[major spoilers for part two]
OHHHH MY GOSH YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HYPED I WAS WHEN I SAW THE FULL VERSION WAS RELEASED DURING CLASS!!!!! it took me so much. self control not to just finish the game during it since we had free time
it's so good?????? also i love the art in bell tech, especially joyce's cg!!! i got most of the achievements already [need pro guild, worker bee, cold hearted and completionist] and i'm!!!! also just WOAH at the art!!!!
also i want to steal joyce's outfit. both of them. also pheonix's but without the jeans. did i mention how nice the character designs are because!!! woah!!!!!!!
oh, and there was a bug i encountered? i didn't take a screenshot of it, but i rememeber it happens if you're in pheonix's route and are in their room. i don't think i made a choice or anything, it just happens when you go to the next dialouge. ren'py says there's a bug, but i can play as normal after.
OH and!!!!! the endings!!! are so good and the wait was so worth it!!!!! i support joyce and pheonix so much!!!!!!!!! just!!!!! they're both doing good and i'm proud of them, weirdly enough!!!!
also i had three playthrough saves going [one for my blind playthrough, except i forgot to turn helper options off for part two so it ended up being... not so blind, one for joyce and the other for pheonix] and im laughing because,,
[spoilersspoilers] if you get both joyce's and pheonix's affection in a even rank, the day starts out as if joyce was confessing but right before teal can give them an answer, pheonix calls them and it's just dramatic
oh, and joyce in the end credits when taking pheonix's or the protagonist route is a nice touch!!
that's all i had to say!!! thank you so much for making this game!!!! good luck in your next projects!!!
Aaaah thank you so much for writing this comment!! And for all the kind words!
We're glad that you enjoyed the game and that the wait was worth it for you!
Also, we weren't sure how many people would get the situation with the double confession but now we're definitely glad that we put it in there!
And thanks for letting us know about the bug! We fixed it earlier and are going to release another update soon with a few other smaller fixes as well. We also really appreciate the good luck on future projects <3
Thanks for playing!
I just finished my first play through and I was absolutely excited after every text box!! I'm so excited to get the rest of the achievements, thank you so much for pulling together these amazing characters into such a nice and sweet story! ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
Thank you for all the hard work you put into this series until the very end!
Thank you!! This really means a lot to us <3
We're happy you enjoyed the full game! And reading all these kind comments definitely makes all the work worth it.
Thanks for playing!
I finished my first play through and had to stop to comment that I'm dying how I got the cold hearted accomplishment lol. I didn't think I was that bad. Excited for my next play throughs since I know there are more outcomes~
Oh no! Well, we didn't want the rescue to be too easy but we hope you'll get the other endings as well.
Thanks for playing <3
If you use linux and get permissions errors when you try to run the .sh, try
Thanks for pointing that out! We'll try and see what we can do about it for future updates
i havent played it again but you guys better not disappoint me, im watching you
oooo i cant wait to download it!
Is the game still getting released today?
Hi, thanks for your interest! We unfortunately ran into some unexpected delays with some of the final assets but we are now working towards a release tomorrow. We're sorry that we couldn't finish it today but we are almost there now!
8 more days,,,,,,,,,
I'm so excited for part 2!! Part 1 was absolute perfection, from the art style to the game-play itself. I'll admit I cried a little when Joyce left, I miss her already >.< The realism was just phenomenal, nothing felt forced like the choices do in other visual novels. And of course, they/them pronouns being included made everything even better.. I was able to be called what I was comfortable with most in a game ^^ All in all, //TODO: today is a beautiful game, and I'm looking forward to the release of the full game!
Thank you so much! We're happy you liked part 1 and we hope you'll enjoy the full game as well!
We wanted the game to be as realistic and inclusive as we could make it so we're always glad to hear when it works out!
And sorry for not replying earlier, working on part 2 has kept us pretty busy recently.
Thanks for playing <3
I really enjoyed the demo and I'm looking forward to Part II; in a way, I consider myself fortunate for having found this game so recently as it means I didn't have to hold my breath over the cliffhanger! I'm not sure if it's worth leaving a mini-review on only half the game, especially since the full version is slated to be out soon... but I did jot down some notes while playing the demo so here are my two cents!
+ Art style is just so so so incredibly charming, plus I have a personal love for the teal/pink "digital" aesthetic.
+ Characters are engaging and endearing, I wanna bro it up with Zen!
+ Mrs Cardhover is so nice.
+ I like how Phoenix opened up a bit over time, like real people do, and how their status as "Basically the MC but better at life" doesn't mean they have to be a bad or irritating person to make the point.
+ The writing is pleasantly nuanced, as is the narrative; even 'proactive' choices don't have the MC instantly get their life together. They still get tired, have the urge to procrastinate etc, as getting one's life together is a stop-and-go thing rather than a single steady forward motion.
+ The argument with Joyce felt very real and I could see where both parties were coming from; it really felt like Joyce was trying to do the right thing for the MC.
+ The whole thing felt very real, AI aside: Life can be hard and it felt like the MC was dealing with low-key depression, especially the way that minor setbacks and self-sabotage crop up more often than huge traumas and complete meltdowns.
+ Having the MC do the responsible thing and improve in willpower/mood over time felt genuinely rewarding. I was so proud when they made it to the finals!
+ Fire Emblem and Kill La Kill posters
? Parts of the game are too real for me, man (DUDE). Being an adult is hard even when your life, compared to that of others, isn't suffering any unusual woes. The struggle is in fact real.
? Oh god I wish I had a Joyce sometimes but no, they're right, I'd probably use them to replace real people and that's no long-term solution.
? Too real guys, too real.
* I wanna see more of the Titan Watch Online guild!
* I'm gonna cry at some point in Part II, I know it
Thank you so much for writing such an in-depth comment! And sorry, about the super late reply. We've been really busy with finishing up part 2 but now that it's released we hope you'll enjoy the second half of the game!
Making the story and everything feel realistic and relatable was pretty important to us so we're always happy to hear when it worked out! And thanks for all the kind words <3
We hope you'll like the full game as well!
Hey can you guys tell me when it officially comes out or you dont have an exact date because i dont think i can handle the cliffhangar anymore ;-;
plus dont give me an ending WHERE JOYCE DIES ( ͡ಠ ʖ̯ ͡ಠ)
and last but not least this is a really good game i give it 11/10 stars
Hi, we don't have an exact date yet but we plan to finish and release the second half this month or in early September at the latest.
And don't worry, AIs don't die (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧
Thanks for playing (and waiting)! We're happy you enjoyed the game so far <3
I just played the whole part 1 of the game yesterday and immediately fell in love with absolutely everything! Something I've been curious about and have been thinking about all day was - are you planning on doing anything with the soundtrack? I know there aren't many songs, and that perhaps they might be uploaded onto eZombo's soundcloud down the line, but I would love to be able to purchase these tracks in some way ♡ (sorry if this was already asked though alkdjfa)
Aww thank you! We're really happy you like it!
We haven't formally announced anything yet but we plan to release the soundtrack on Bandcamp and here on itch once the full game is done (besides also posting it on Soundcloud). And thanks for your support we really appreciate that you want to purchase it!
If everything goes according to plan, part 2 and the soundtrack should be released by the end of this month. So it shouldn't be much more of a wait now.
We hope you'll enjoy the second half as well and thanks for playing <3
I'm so sad it's over but I'm so glad I played! I can't wait for part 2. I really loved the art style, and the pace was perfect. The characters were engaging and dynamic. Of course the end was heartbreaking but I hope it gets better in the second part! I also loved that the "love interest" character was androgynous so it would flow well depending on whether you chose a boy or girl as your preference. Overall really well done and tons of game play time!
Thank you! We're really happy you liked it! And sorry for the late reply >-<
Having everything feel natural regardless of which preferences are chosen was really important to us so it's great to hear you enjoyed that.
And without wanting to spoil too much, there will definitely be options in part 2 to get things back on track again!
Thanks for playing and we hope you'll enjoy the second half once it's released <3
Hi Boys Laugh +,
I played the entire first half in 1 go yesterday and I absolutely loved it! The only thing I would have liked is being able to name "Joyce" myself, since for me the AI was a male and Joyce is a girls name in my opinion and in my country. Will that be possible in the future?
Can't wait for the 2nd half! Keep up the good work!
Hello sterrejana! :D
Yeah, it's understandable that one would want to name their own AI. :U
But we didn't plan to include a feature to give Joyce a custom name in the future. We developed Joyce as a character with a unique personality and the name was carefully chosen to match both feminine and masculin Joyce. It might have been different if Joyce would focus on changing their personality depending on you (the player).
(PECTIN: That reminds me. We absolutely didn't pick the name so I could make a pun everytime Teal has a CHOICE in the game. *melts away in shame*)
Sorry for not replying sooner and thank you for your interest & feedback & playing! <3
Omg..I am absolutely in love with this! I also get attached to characters easily and pretty soon so when Joyce left I seriously started crying..also LOVING the art style! Who am I kidding, I love the whole game. Every bit of it. I can´t believe I got this lucky to find this literal GEM of a game! I originally intended to play this cause of the screenshots (you know,the art and stuff) but when I found out that not only could I change the name of the protagonist but also I could be A GAY LITTLE POTATO NOT ONLY IRL BUT FINALLY IN A GAME TOO?? LIKE HELLO,WHY DON´T MORE GAMES HAVE THIS FEATURE? Long story short,you totally bought me with this. I am SO going to pay for this game! Please release the second part soon,I miss my virtual waifu so much already :´( But by all means,please take your time! My heart may be broken (into a million pieces,actually) but I´m willing to wait if it means the second part will live up to this one!
PS: Joyce for the love of God please come back to me I´ll get a better computer I promise also a phone I am literally going to buy a phone just for you omg please I need youuuuuuuu--
Hello, we've been so busy with work and couldn't any reply sooner! sorry >o<
Thank you so much for playing //TODO: today! And thank you for the feedback <33
This comment made us really happy and we're glad you enjoy the preference options!
We're currently working on the second part and information about the pricing will be posted in our devlog prior the full release!
Again, thank you for your support and have a nice day! :3
(Too bad we can't tell anything about our beb Joyce >-<)