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I personally think that this visual novel is pure awesome. We would love to see more games like this. Here's some subjective compliments.

  • What Makes this Very Good

The Artwork - It's one of the things that amused me for real about this game. The art style is gorgeous, the lighting and shapes is visibly wonderful, the colors are stunning even if it's contrasted. Most art with contrasted colors do not balance very well. But this one did. And this one did great. Overall, the artwork is awesome and I stan.

Characters - This one is obvious. And is kinda related to the previous point. The main character [Sawyer] snaps at times but still lovable and lowkey kinda relatable at my point of view. The others are diverse and adorable. I'm in love with each individual. They're a colorful set of characters that are special in each of their own way.

Writing and Story - Some parts are heartwarming and flustering, some makes you laugh, some sad, I'm lovin' it. The roller coaster this visual novel gave me isn't bad at all. Some visual novels made me cringe but this one made me content.  The story unravel in a decent pace unlike some vns. It made me enjoy taking my time reading it. The writing style is comfortable to read. And bonus points for interesting plot.

Animation - We. Need. More. Visual. Novels. With. Animation. Yes, I know the animation is very simple but it added much more life into the characters. The blinking, the lip sync. Who says we need a lot, exaggerated, complex animation anyways? All of that already gives much more appeal to the characters. Lord, I love it.

Customization - Let's start by how you can change the main character's appearance [Sawyer].  I see quite an amount of visual novels defaulting their characters as white/pale especially in the anime ones though I don't really care but having the same skin color as your character made it feel much more personal. Love it. And as someone whose gender is as wobbly as jelly, the pronoun option is a big bonus for me. Not just she or he or they, but it provided alternate pronous like ze, zie, hir, etc. That'll be a big bonus for others. The authors are certainly not ignorant alright. *insert heart emoji*

Last but not least...

Music - Honestly, I could listen to the soundtrack of  this visual novel all day long while laying on the  dry grass, reading a novel. I'm in love with it. The soundtrack mesmerizes everything about this visual novel, making me feel a little more welcome to the atmosphere at some point. I love how it complemented the story and atmosphere well. Making me feel warm in the heart. It's a great choice.

  • What Makes this Not Really That Good (but still good)

Unnecessary Side Characters Looked Low on Quality - Tho I don't really care that much about it. But subjectively, more effort could be put in it and less too-rough brush strokes I guess. But it's not a big deal.

Only One Chapter - This visual novel IS so good and I don't want it to end but I guess it did. Though, I know this is a BIG job and lotsa work needed to be done for this visual novel and we'll support the creator always thou! Looking forward for future updates aaaaaaaaaa

Lotsa love, Anon.

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hows it going? will the game be released once its done or are you gonna release chapters gradually?

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Is chapter 2 available yet

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FYI, the DLC installer for the glasses doesn't work on my Mac:

Error I get is:


I love these characters, the artwork, the setting, the story, the worldbuilding. Everything. Every character is unique in interesting but likeable ways. Elie and Vivi are my favorite, but Niko is a close third.

I've been checking for updates every couple of days, I am so hooked.

I gotta say as well, major props to how the creator is so involved the community, always responding to comments and questions, and in such an amiable manner.

Knowing the game is being made by such attentive and friendly developers gives me hope. Can't wait for the game, great job with this story guys. Seriously.

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Will part 1 of chapter 2 be available here?

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It will! We're trying to get the next part of chapter 2 done first if we can, though! c: Thanks for checking in! <3

I love how cozy this game is! Any news on when the next update is?

Thank you!!! We're hoping to have an update out for beta-tier patrons sometime this week, and the public version out a few weeks after that!! <3

hi hi I like the music and the mouth movements :D how do I find the new character??

Hello! I'm glad you like it!! <3 You can find Vivietta by talking to Elsie and then turning her down to hang out. <3 Thanks for playing and commenting! <3

oooh I see! ok :D

Love the game so far! Can't wait for the next update.

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Thank you so much!! We'll try to have the next update out soon! Thanks for playing and commenting!! <3

I really like the game so far and i am really excited for the rest of it, keep up the good work! I was wondering though, is Nikolai a harpy?

Thank you!! We'll do our best!! <3

Nikolai is an alkonost!! They're similar to harpies, but they're from Russian mythology! <3 Thank you for playing and leaving us a lovely comment! <3

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I went out with everyone except for the bunny girl so far and I really like learning about the world form everyone's persepectives!!! Everyone seems reallly cute, looking forward to the next update! <333 take care of yoursel(f)ves.
(ps. I really love the music!!It really adds to the scenes, and the general atmosphere of a different world)

Thank you so much!! We'll try to have the next update out within a month or so!! Thank you for your support and caring!! <3 <3 <3

(Out of curiosity, did you skip Elsie because she didn't interest you or because you just haven't gotten to her yet? c: <3 )

Thank you for playing and commenting!!! <3

I'm looking forward to it and of course!!! <3 <3 
(And I skipped Elsie partly because I thought she was saying what her friend was saying and wasn't really interested in her for that, reason, but it's also because I hadn't gotten to her yet. When I actually talked to her she seemed cute, and i kind of like the dynamic so far. I just haven't had anytime to go back to play yet!) 

I'm glad that you found that she was fun to hang out with after all!! I hope you'll continue to like everyone in the future updates!! <3 c: 

Vivietta makes me a lot more interested in the universe omg. I'm so excited for more content!

Wow, that's awesome!!! What about Vivietta interests you? c: Thanks for replaying!!!

Sassy pretty dolls are always great lol. But no, mostly because she is like a privileged robot that can cheat her way to a better life but she tries to be a normal living being and want to be respected despite the discriminating rules of the world's order and how she implies that because of that, her kind is getting more rare and probably almost extinct. And also how she points out that some kind of people are hanging out in a certain area and it just gives more understanding of the social class that was going on. Or maybe I just liked a character that hates literally everyone lol.

Yeah, Vivietta is a lot of fun in her sassiness. c: I feel like she also has a unique perspective on the world's class system, and it's cool to see other people experience that too!!

Thanks for playing again. c: <3

Is the game finished?!!=))

Not completely, but the first chapter is!!! Thanks for checking in again!! <3

Hmmmmmm

Indeed! What can I do for you today, MegaSaberEXE? <3 

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WAIT YOU MADE Astrum Dare!!!!!!!! HIIIIIIIIIII, thanks for the new game!

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YEAH WE DID!!! With a couple of our friends!!

Hey there!!! <3 I hope you like this game too!! <3 c:

Friend recommended, made an account just to review it <3. -Spoilers ahead?>

I loved the direction of the plot. It didn't feel hurried but you get a lot in the first chapter and enough to leave you curious. That's good writing, IMHO. I can see in what general direction you're going with the mystery but I've never read a story in this environment. It's fresh.  One thing, I suppose this is a personal preference with the five senses, but I've noticed the Protagonist comments mostly on visual aspects (save for the coffee sampling). Which is usually fine but I remember all the hand grabbing after the dates and in my head I'm screaming "WHAT DO THEIR HANDS EVEN FEEL LIKE" (ex. Elsie's either feels super furry or like peach fuzz, Niko's feels like leather or scaly, idk). Even after the drinking games with the protagonist and loveinterest, I kept wondering how is what's happening bw them possible? Isn't he like half her size? Do they all share similar anatomical structures to humans? Although that's treading on R18 content. Which if you decided to sell as an extra separately, I would happily purchase.

There was a comment about ballet somewhere in there and I remember thinking "But idk what his feet look like".

What else... oh, would you possibly add more hairstyles in the future?

Thank you, beautiful work xoxo

Wow, thank you for making an account just to review our game!! And thank you for the really sweet and well thought-out comments!

I confess, I do struggle with properly describing things in my writing, that's totally on me. I'll try to keep an eye on it in the future, (and maybe crack open some of those writing books I have...) so thank you very much for pointing it out! 

I am confused about your comment on Nikolai's height, maybe it's some impression the writing or art gives that implies he is very small? But actually he is about 5'6"! Which, as he would tell you, is tall for an alkonost. XD

I'll definitely keep your comments in mind when we do more edits on this chapter and for future chapters!! 

Regarding hair styles: Currently there are no plans to change the character customizer, but that could change depending on future funding!! 

Thank you so much for playing and leaving this awesome comment!! <3

My bad, I misread. Was visualizing alkonosts as feathery dwarves :D.

And nah I don't see your writing as lacking or flawed. It's great. I was just thinking of what helped immerse me in previous books. Everyone's different though :)

Aww, that's nice of you to say! But if there is something I should be doing to improve my work, then I appreciate it being pointed out!! Immersion is a key aspect of good games-- and good storytelling, for that matter! 

Also omg tiny alkonosts. 

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I must say that I thouroughly enjoyed playing through the current content, the writing is remarkable and the characters seem to be very well written, and to top it off the art is gorgeous. If the next release is as good as this one I will surely be looking forward to it.

Keep up the good work!

Wow, thank you so much!!! <3 We will do our best to make the next chapter even better than this one!! Thank you so much for playing and leaving this lovely comment!! ;0;

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I really enjoyed playing this! The characters and story are well written and I am very much looking forward to further chapters! The mystery aspects were especially well done and left me genuinely curious to see what's going on next. 

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Wow, thank you so much!! I really appreciate hearing that the mystery aspects were good, since mystery is notoriously hard to write and I have no experience with it, so that's very reassuring!! Thank you for playing, commenting, and rating!! <3 

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Wow, this was such an amazing experience! And I've tried only one character so far!

The overall ambience of the game is great - it's so beautiful! And botht the art and music are gorgeous. I'm curious, is the music custom made or just very good choices?

As for the characters, I liked all of the ones I've interacted with, but I'm weak towarts Nikolai. He isn't really "my type", but I really like alkonosts - one of my favorite magical creatures actually. I was amazed to see one in a game honestly - they're not a very well known species. And well, somehow, I've come to like him a lot, even in such a short span. But I bet his route will be tricky - at least to get a good ending. Oh well, I do like challenges!


Also, I wanted to ask three questions, if you don't mind!

- Will you add more characters to the game?

- Are you planning on adding CGs?

- How many chapters per route for the full release?


Anyway, thanks for the great experience, and good luck with the project!

Wow, thank you so much!! 

The music is from an excellent music subscription service called Soundstripe! We'd like to replace it with custom tracks at some point, but they have been an amazing resource and I definitely recommend them to anyone who needs background music. c:

I'm so glad you like Nikolai, even though you might not have been expecting to!! :o I feel like he's not really my type either, but somehow he's my favorite too?? Maybe I just don't realize what my type is... I do think his route might be a bit tricky, but we'll see how it plays out! Good luck! <3

I love to answer questions!!

Regarding more characters: We had/have many more character designs, and we'd love to add them all. But then we would never make it to the rest of the story! So, no more for now. When we're closer to the end we're planning to reconsider based on available funding. c: 

Regarding CGs: CGs are on the way! We've already completed one for the next update. It might not be many per update initially, but we'll have Patreon goals to help speed it up.

Regarding chapters: We're planning for the game to be seven chapters long. c:

Thank you so much for playing and leaving us this awesome comment!! <3

You're welcome, and thanks for the answers! Can't wait to check out the next update when it'll come out

No problem!! I hope you'll love it!! <3

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I absolutely Loved the game, and I highly look forward to future content updates.

Thank you so much!!! We really appreciate your support and hope you will continue to enjoy the game as it progresses!! <3 

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Hello there! Great game with good story and dialogues, Even though I haven't had the time to play it more I've had a great time playing it! keep it up!

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Hey, thank you! This is a really cool thing you guys are doing!! Unfortunately, I don't think this game would qualify for this, but we'll definitely keep it in mind for future projects! Thanks for playing and commenting!! <3

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So I just got an update telling me you guys have added the doll girl but apparently my demo ends right after the date with the rabbit girl. How do I get the updated version?

Are you able to refuse to go on a date with Elsie after talking to her? That should give you the scene to meet Vivietta, but if you still have trouble, please let us know!!

Thank you for asking, I hope that helps!!

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This game is lovely! Love all the characters so far, though I haven't gotten too far in the game since I was enjoying myself too much and suddenly remembered that "player character death" was under the warnings and now I'm too anxious to play. ;_; but fret not, i shall romance all those monster babes eventually. Eventually. 

Oh noooooo ahaha!! Well, you can rest assured that nobody can die in the currently released content, so it's safe to play for now!! But as we release future chapters, you're welcome to come to our discord server and ask us what options to choose to avoid any character death and we'll do our best to help you out ๐Ÿ’– 

Thank you for playing and commenting!! ๐Ÿ’–

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I absolutely LOVE this game! I love the characters, the story so far, and I really can't wait for more content! 


The only issue I have is I'd like more customisability while speaking. More options on what to say, if that makes sense!

Ahhhh, thank you so much for your lovely comment and for supporting our game!! <3


That's a really great point and I'd love to hear your thoughts on what places in the text you particularly would have liked more dialogue options! Would you be willing to join our discord server and chat with us about it? c: <3

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Absolutely!

Join us here!: https://discord.gg/KxUgAp8

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I really love this game so far!! Its amazing! I do want to ask though, when will we have access to Vivietta? I saw a post on twitter from back in December saying that she would have been in the game later that week, but she isnt here. I could be wrong and just dont know how to find her, but I just thought I would ask!

Thank you so much for commenting! I'm so sorry about Vivietta- we really wanted to get her update done but we got very busy over the holidays and never quite recovered. But! We are definitely making progress and hoping to have her update out sometime this week!! Once the update is out, to find her, you'll have to refuse Elsie. <3 Thank you for playing and supporting us!! <3

The update is out and you can now date Vivietta!! ๐Ÿ’–

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Hi, so far the game is really good. What frustrated me a bit was the limited character customization at the beginning. If there won't be at least a skin customization feature at the beginning, then an idea would be to remove the OC from the picture altogether, like other games. All in all, I love the game so far. I hope more improvements regarding these facts come in the next update ^^

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I'm really glad you liked the game!! Skin tone should be changeable via the lower slider, were you thinking of a change for the skin that isn't color? 
I hope you also enjoy the next update! ^^

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Hello, I really love this game, but there's isn't any new about new updates, are you still working on this game?

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Thank you so much for playing and commenting and checking on us!! <3 Sorry for the lack of news, I'm just bad at keeping up with social media. We are still working on it!!! There is a new update that should hopefully be out this week! <3

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damn nikolai was wasting no time with that date

He has priorities heh

Thank you for playing and commenting! <3

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I really liked this and I hope it's still being worked on. The art is so nice! I'm really curious how the rest of the game will go. Fell quite hard for that wonderful kelpie Cailean.

It's still being worked on! We're just terrible at keeping up with social media, haha. Thank you so much for your kind words!! I hope you will enjoy discovering more of Cailean's story! <3

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This is so cute and wonderful!! I don't know if this is still being worked on or not, but Deka is honest-to-god my reason for living and I CANNOT wait to see where this goes!! 

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Thank you so much!!! It absolutely is still being worked on, don't worry!! <3 Wow, Deka fans are so rare, thank you so much for commenting and being so lovely!!!! <3 <3 <3

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It's no problem at all!! I wish y'all the best of luck on this project and I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

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I love you and your game(s) very much. That's nothing new, I just wanted you to know :dekablush:

Awww, thank you for dropping by, Mo! <3 You know we appreciate it. c: Thank you for being a great member of the community. <3

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Love it! cant wait for more!

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Thank you so much!! We hope to have another update out soon!! Thank you for playing and leaving us a sweet comment!! <3

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Lit game man. I really like the uhhhh kelpie dude. 

Thank you!! I'm sure the kelpie dude likes you too. c: <3

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I'm going to wait for the new chapters of this amazing game <3

Hope you can update soon!!

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Ahhh thank you! We hope to have another update out soon!! Thank you so much for playing and leaving us such nice words. <3 <3 <3

This was so good! The customization options were amazing, and to be rather honest, relieving. Not only that, but I really loved the characters! Their personalities were so unique and charming, and it was super cool to go through all the endings and see everyone's pov on different subjects. I'm really interested to see where the story goes, as its definitely a plotline I've never seen before. <3 <3 <3

Aha, your comment makes me curious about what you found relieving in the customization options.I'm really glad that it was a positive experience! <3 Also I'm really delighted that you played through all the routes and enjoyed seeing things from different points of view in the game!! It's something we put a lot of effort into and I'm glad it's fun for people!! <3 Thank you so much for playing and leaving us your kind words!! <3 <3 <3

I love this game!

I hope you can update soon again! 

Nikolai is my favorite character. I can't help myself. He's so cute :)

Thank you! We're working on the next update and hope to have it released soon!

Nikolai is so fun, he's one of my favorites too. c: I'm glad you like him so much!! Thank you for playing and leaving us a lovely comment!!

the fact u can choose your own pronouns and customize your character already had me sold for the game, its hard to find games that allow non-binary pronouns. so i was literally bursting with happiness when i started playing the game

then i saw the art!!! i was in awe with how beautiful the game is, just i love it so much for those things alone. and the characters and music is absolutely amazing!! 

like, the world building and the atmosphere of the game is wonderful, just everything about this game so far is amazing and i look forward to more chapters!

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Thank you so much!! I'm glad that being able to have control over the character's pronouns means so much to you. <3 And thank you also for your lovely comments on the art and world building!! We really appreciate it and hope you continue to look forward to the future updates! <3

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Dated all characters, they're all my favorites and I look forward to more chapters. 11/10, love this game. 

Thank you so much, this is such a sweet comment!! I'm impressed that they can all be your favorites, wow!! Thank you for playing and supporting us!! <3

I went in without knowing anything other than the developer supported Maximum Monster Month! 2 and I ended up kissing Elsie on my first run. Not really into the racism theme, but I liked the characters. I loved Elsie and Deka. Cailean is an interesting character too, but I guess he and Nikolai are a bit overly stereotyped. I really enjoyed the game, it's been a while since I am lost in a visual novel without judging it too harshly.

Thank you for participating in Maximum Monster Month 2! Sorry some of the themes of the game weren't to your taste - they are listed in the 'Content Warnings' section of the game, but I realize the page is long and they may have been missed. Regardless, thank you for playing!! I'm glad you enjoyed Elsie and Deka so much!! <3

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Well, I need more of this game like I need the air I breathe. I'm going to be singing the design, and character building abilities of you lovely developers and sitting her waiting for the next chapter. The art style and theme is perfect for me, I'm a sucker for mythologies and fantasy, and magical realism. It's all over my art, my stories. Seeing as I just finished obsessing over Deltarune and drawing my favorite characters, I think Cailen is next. Freakin' considerate, shy, potentially dangerous 'sea horse' (clever) with a beautiful design. I'm not going to apologize for falling in love, because you didn't leave me any other option!

oh as a side note, thank you for assuring visualization to us gender--fluid and nonbinary folk.

Thank you so much for your words of praise!! They're lovely and they mean so much to us. <3 I'm so glad, also, that you personally appreciated the options for gender expression. People like you are the reason we include that in our games, so you don't have to make compromises when you play them. So thank you for mentioning it. <3

As for the game!! We'll be adding an update next week to celebrate the one year anniversary of the game's initial release!! So you won't have much longer to wait for that, and I hope you'll look forward to it and enjoy it when it comes out!! Thank you so much for your support!

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