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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/akabaka/chromatose-a-visual-novel-roleplay-game/

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CHROMATOSE is a 2D Visual Novel/Roleplay Game with emphasis on meaningful decisions, character relationships, and a compelling overarching story.

You've awakened in a strange nightmare after a fall that should have ended your life.  Around you are amnesiac strangers who are also trapped in this world for their own unique reasons.  Escape the collective nightmare in 12 hours, or never wake up.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChromatoseDev

Discord server: https://discord.gg/2JTWKxJ


From a school trapped miles under the sea to a hellish MMA arena, everyone gets their own corner of the nightmare.  Travel between worlds to recover memories of each of the characters, aiding their escape.




CHROMATOSE sports a 'colorful' cast of characters, each with their own flaws and virtues.   As you bond with them, your relationships will become an interesting advantage in combat... 


The decisions that you make during the story directly influence how you fare in battle.  As the game learns about your personality, or as other characters' virtues affect you, you will gain colored cards that each have unique effects against the nightmarish monsters guarding the way out. 


  • 2+ hours of story-driven gameplay
  • 30+ original tracks in the OST
  • 300+ character portraits
  • Meaningful decisions that permanently affect gameplay

WARNING: This videogame contains flashing effects and glitch-like visual sequences.  Viewer discretion is advised for people with photosensitive epilepsy.

Controls:

Visual novel: 
Left click/Space: Advance dialogue
A: Auto mode
Arrow keys: Change option
Space/Enter: Select option

Exploration: 
Arrow keys: Move
Space: Interact
Escape: Pause menu

Combat: 
Arrow keys: Play card
Space: Clear hand
F: Forfeit


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(Windows)Chromatose_Demo1.6.6.zip 608 MB
(MAC) MOVE THE GAME OUT OF DOWNLOADS FOLDER OR IT WONT WORK 208 bytes
(MAC)Chromatose_Demo_1.6.0.app.zip 603 MB
(LINUX) (Alpha) Chromatose_Demo1.6.6.zip 608 MB

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Having an issue with text rendering on Linux. Appears to work if the window is not resized after launch, but otherwise I have no text.

5.1.2-arch1-1-ARCH, i3wm, started from itch.io linux client.

I very much liked what I saw. However, I was ultimately only able to see it - it ran too slowly on my computer (Macbook Pro), so I ended up watching a playthrough. Hoping by the time a full release is out I have a new computer that can run the game better, or that the game is able to load better on my computer. 

But yeah great job on the demo, and good luck with the Kickstarter!

From what i played, i'm impressed on a whole new level. Amazing demo that even forty minutes in was some of the best content i've played. Props for creating a solid demo!

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I played the demo on a whim while looking through Kickstarter VNs, and I'm so impressed. The demo is a solid 2 hours with polished art, story, and music. Even the loading screens are gorgeous (I love Quentin's sinking school!), and there's so much attention to detail (e.g., Izzy sitting far away at the start but sitting a little closer after extended conversation). If the demo is this good, I'm confident the devs will release a smoothly running game.

Since it's spring break for me, I ended up playing through the demo twice. And I made a Kickstarter account for the $25 pledge because I really want beta access. Personally, I hope this game succeeds because I'm already itching to discuss it, and I'd love to see a fandom develop for it. I would definitely recommend trying out the demo!

The battle system is very interesting. I liked it a lot. Would buy the game only because of it.

Hello, this game looks phenomenal but it wont get past a certain point. At first i downloaded the itch.io version but it wouldn't get past the Gloscow National Hospital loading screen without something about missing textures coming up and then it exiting itself out.

Since that didn't work i tried the steam version and it got farther but once the first battle was about to start more popups showed up, now one with saying missing shaders and another missing textures one.

I really want to play this game, please help

Hello!  

Thanks for the error report.  Can you copy paste the error message for me? If I can get the exact text it'll help me figure out what the problem is. ^^  

After playing it through again this is the only popup i got:

Win32 function failed: HRESULT: 0x8007000e

Call: GR_D3D_Device-> CreateTexture2D at line 423 in file \TexturesM.cpp

Alright, thanks for the info, I know exactly what the problem is thanks to your in-depth  report -- 

Your game is crashing wherever it hits a prefetch script -- whenever the game adds animations/textures to your computer's memory, and it's doing this because I suspect your computer does not have enough memory to run these prefetch scripts.  So there's a few options available: 

  • Try playing the game on a different computer (if possible) 
  • I've made you a special build of the game that doesn't use any prefetch scripts, so the game will load assets as it arrives at them.  This will cause the game to run slower whenever an animation appears for the first time per session, but it shouldn't outright crash anymore:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GxONn7KBXi-1xqS1-9PNddSQ2mJyKPna
  • If all else fails, there is a fantastic stream of the whole demo so you don't have to miss out while I work on making the demo more accessible:  https://www.twitch.tv/videos/396103765

Cheers ^^

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By slow do you mean each asset will take a while to load into the asset? And you said but this is a new computer with barely any memory taken up so I don't know why that would be the cause. But regardless thank you for making a version just for me !

Sorry, for bothering you.

It's no bother! 
And oh you have a new computer? How strange.  No idea why the game is having problem with RAM then, but the thing I know for sure is that your computer can't handle prefetch scripts (The difference between the Steam and itch versions is when the prefect scripts are first used, at the hospital loading screen for itch, at the first battle for steam, exactly where you said your game crashed)  so I removed prefetch scripts from your version.  When I mean slow, I mean that when a big animation appears for the first time, your game might stutter a little bit, but then it'll go back to normal (this will usually only happen the first time you see things like "Space to enter door" or for battle animations.  Beyond that you shouldn't see any difference)   

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I haven't made it all the way through this demo yet but I am super loving it! Enough so that I've dashed right on over to the Kickstarter page to back it!

The setup and aesthetics are gorgeous, the characters are all wonderful (Quentin is right up there with my favourite all time characters already) and the card-based battle system is a delightful challenge!

Add the great story to that mix and this is something that is looking to be an awesome experience! So please keep up the awesome work, and I look forward to seeing the final game after you smash that Kickstarter target! =)

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It unfortunately runs way too slow on my computer. So i have a feeling my computer's probably too old to run this game. :(

Dang, sorry to hear that.  There's tons of art/animations in the game so it can be a little rigorous on slower computers sometimes.  

I'll work on getting the game a little more optimized for slower computers -- there is however a FANTASTIC stream of the whole demo so you don't have to miss out in the meantime:  https://www.twitch.tv/videos/396103765

Cheers ^^

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That's amazing! Thank you very much!

Any plans for a Linux version ?

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Sure, I can actually build a Linux version whenever— I just don’t have anything running on Linux so I wouldn’t be able to playtest atm afaik.  But sure, I’ll try to get around to that ^^

Thank you for the effort ! If you can get the Linux version made i'll spread the word to try to get people trying it to test it. Hopefully get some backers out of it.

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Hello again!  

I just finished porting CHROMATOSE to Linux, so feel free to playtest!  I could use any bug reports you come across since I can't playtest the port myself --  I'm running it on a virtual machine so I'm getting speeds of .02FPS and can't test the whole thing.  

Cheers ^^ 

I gave the Linux demo a try and had no issues myself in about an hour or play. I shared the campaign on Reddit and Mastodon so hopefully it helps in the next 12 days. Thank you for the effort regardless.

No problem!  Glad Linux users have a chance to play now.  

And thank you for sharing to reddit and Mastadon, I appreciate the plug.

I encountered an issue with your mac demo. I tried to run it and it threw a pop up saying "No Game Found!!" and refused to run.

Hey!

Did you move the game folder out of the downloads folder?  If you put it anywhere else it should run ^^

that seems...really weird. O.o

but i'm willing to give it a tr

Ok, I'm sorry but I feel like I have to share my experience. I loved the prologue, the concept seemed great to me, love the design, enjoy the dinamics of the battle (although I was hoping for something a lot different when I read it envolved cards). But it was SO buggy! Especially when walking and battling. It froze so much that I couldn't get past the second battle (the locker one). I actually had to run task manager and the game wouldn't even let me do that. I look foward to seeing a more polished version in the future, because the game actually seemed like a good game (and it was, when it ran smoothly for the first minutes). Best of luck to the developers trying to fix those problems! Hope I can play it and leave a more optimistic comment in the future.

Hello, thanks for the comment! 

It sounds like your game is running dramatically slower than it's supposed to.  I've watched a bunch of videos and live streams of the game, and there haven't been performance issues like this before  like in this video .  The sections you're describing as having problems are when the game is adding images to your computer's memory.

  • Are you running the game from a D: drive?  A user reported that when they tried running it from their D: partition, they had ridiculous load times on animations (10 sec+) but moving the game folder to C: and running it from there greatly improved performance.
  • Are you using a particularly slow computer?  That would affect how quickly the game can load animations. 
  • If neither of these work, what specs are you running + what version of the game do you have?  This info might help me figure out what the problem is.  

Also, did you extract the game from the .zip before trying to play it?

Thanks, 
Akabaka

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A fun, mysterious romp! I'm not much of a gamer so I went in a bit worried about my skills but dang if I'm not grateful for that Rebalanced mode.

- SPOILER FREE -

I like the story so far and the characters are all interesting. While my second favorite character is hands down P, AKA best butt-kicking monster-harassin' lass, my absolute favorite to my surprise was the main character himself! The MC is so likable that playing made me curious about what he would say and how he'd interact with the characters moreso than getting to know the other characters. (Even though I was interested in them too!)

Since the mystery is multi-tier and the MC himself doesn't know his own backstory, getting to know him as a character is a fun, interesting ride.

Of all of the mysteries of their pasts, I am most invested and curious about unveiling his.

That's it, that's all I have to say! I'm definitely looking forward to the future release.

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Part two. Forgot to post it here. xD

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I like the story and the characters but I feel like the combat needs more reworking. It's kinda frustrating when your cards become unusable every second. Also it feels like the partner's only ever draw bad cards. And everytime you lose you start with less time so you might as well just reload your save if you're stuck.

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Noted! I’m rolling out updates every other week, so I’m addressing feedback over time. For now REBALANCED difficulty  is a great way of getting to experience the story without getting bogged down in combat if you aren’t crazy about it ^^

Cheers

I hate to be posting such a generic comment (I really like the game so far, I just lose often so I haven't progressed much and can say anything substantial) but...

How do you save files?

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Escape key brings up the pause menu, there’s an option to save or load files from that menu! There’s also a handy auto save slot you can load if you forgot to save for a while ^^

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Thanks a lot! Finally met Lilith! :D The story keeps getting interesting!

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Looking forward to seeing this little gem develop. So far its an interesting game that hits on some quality moments so far.
I really hope this game goes far!

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Great video! I thought it was really funny. 

I'll be posting it around in the Chromatose community. Cheers!

P.S. You should check out the twitter/discord so you can stay in the loop on updates since a lot of content is coming down the line!

https://twitter.com/ChromatoseDev

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Working on episode 2 right now. I'm wondering how far does the demo currently go? I've gotten as far as Primadonna at the moment.
The story is really intruiging so far.

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If you’ve met Primadonna but haven’t completed her battle yet, your play through still has (in order, because of how you answered the opening questions):

-Defeat colossus (P’s boss)

-Unwind with P by talking to her after beating colossus

-Meet Lilith (game automatically brings you to her after beating either boss)

-Return to Quentin and beat her boss, Depth Knell

-Unwind with Quentin by talking to her after beating her boss

-Meet Isaac

-Final decision 

The average player takes about 2-3 hours to complete the entire demo ^^ 

Thank you! That helps me make some decisions as far as pacing goes. Looks like there's quite a bit for content yet.
My last question is, would you be alright if I post any and each episode I make here? If the game is that long, I'll likely have about 4-5 episodes if I commit all the way through. Just released part 2 now.

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Sure! I'll also retweet and pass around as many videos as you make  on my twitter/discord.   

Will take a watch later ^^

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Hello! I'd like to see if you'd take voice actress work for free. I want to volunteer to get my voice out there, for some job experience, and thought, since this game doesn't have very many voice files, I could help out! If you'd like, could you please email me at: searlemillerjayden@gmail.com ? I'd really appreciate it.

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Really wonderful that you're willing to help out indie devs!  I'd suggest having an online portfolio with links (YT/Vimeo/SoundCloud/etc) with samples of any previous voice work that you've done in the past (free and/or paid work).  I've helped some artists on my Discord server with getting (free) online portfolios set up.

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This game is awesome! It has a fascinating story and a variety of game mechanics that gave me a new challenge on how to deal with the monsters. I love to see more of the game when’s it’s fully released! 20 / 10

Hey! Thanks for the let's play! I'll add it to the presskit ^^ 

Glad you enjoyed it so far! 

Hmmmmmm

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Did you work on a persona game in the past? I notice how it's taken some of the Persona art style. Beyond that, solid gameplay and story so far.

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Haha I haven't worked on a Persona game before, though one of my main inspirations is Shigenori Soejima, the artistic director behind most of the ATLUS games you've heard of (Persona, Catherine, etc).  

Thanks for the LP!  I got a lot of useful information from watching you play it blind, and I'm glad you thought the battle engine was fun and interesting -- I watched the whole thing ^^

I have to agree that the 'Persona' aesthetic is quite prominent in this game.  I don't mind and I like it!  :)

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Looks cool :) I'll have to check it out later!

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Finished! I think I've seen everything there is so far, I might be wrong. But what I did see is excellent so far!

First, some bugs...

Is the test supposed to flash "garbage" before it shows up? Because when I move on to the next bit of text, green lines or writing or pictures flash in the text box before the text appears. If it's intentional, I have no problems with it. Sometimes the character busts got discolored. I took a few screenshots of what I mean, and I could put them up if you want. But basically there's a few green blocks of shading on the characters' faces. Other than the game lagging momentarily here and there, there's no other bugs. 

Now! The puzzles are good. The underwater one was my favorite I like to call this kind of puzzle "the laguna race puzzle". These are my favorite kind! For the locker puzzle, that was good too! I'd not seen something like that before, it was fun to figure out. It would be very cool if there was like a Logic segment where Leroy figures out the truth of Lillith, Isaac and Izzy, liar-truthteller style.

The areas of each person looked good aesthetically. Pity there wasn't flavor text, to examine your surroundings! Though it would be bad to dilly dally in the school. The Rage Cage was fun, I actually liked that part the best. I really took a shine after the bar scene. 

First I tried to clear Quentin's part without exploring, and I failed the Depth Knell (if I remember correctly its name) again and again and again. Until finally, at the comments I realized I could explore other areas, and got Primadonna's cards! And I beat the Depth Knell after losing only one more time :p. The fight was difficult but fun, and not rage-inducing like when I so foolishly tried to fight with only Quentin's and Leroy's cards. 

I would say all of the characters had traits I recognized but were not irritating. Lillith and Isaac were cold, but it was well-done, and believable. I like them a lot, Lillith especially! Her way of death, though...harsh. What a way to go. Quentin was shy, but not obnoxious. And Primadonna was fiery but not condescending.  

At first, I thought the White Marks would be ones who committed suicide, but nope :p. I am eagerly awaiting to see how Leroy will get them and everyone out!

Wow! Thanks for all of the notes ^^ 

Those errors do sound bizarre, I haven't heard of them happening before.  If you kept the screencaps, they would be very helpful if you could send them via PM on twitter, discord or here.  Would you by any chance be playing on an older computer?

And I'm glad you enjoyed the game ^^

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You're welcome! I always try to leave good comments on game I truly like. And I have screenshots of the green boxes, but not of the flashing text. When I play through the demo again (because I totally will) I'll try to capture that. I can give you the screenshots I have when I come back from work. 

I played this game on my 2014-bought desktop. :P It runs windows 8. I had many other things open at the time (Chrome, various programs, etc) so it's possible they conflicted. Or maybe the game works best when other programs are closed. 

Edit: Some screenshots. 



Really awesome :D

Didn't get to finish it yet, but I love the VN sections so far^^

Since it's a demo it comes with a few minor bugs:

The mirror image in the first scene with Quentin starts with the wrong sprite for her.

Even if you are already on the same floor, pressing the button will start the elevator again. (necessary, because it's unloading when entering the elevator?)
If you exit the elevator and then reenter and press the button of the same floor you're on, you'll end up at the "next" floor.
The colors for the white and black button are flipped inside the elevator compared to the elevator button UI

Using the menu while standing in front of the elevator (and maybe in other interactable places) will actually interact with things (like make you step into the elevator.)

Also, you might need to consider tweaking combat a bit. I'll focus on Quentin's world and the combat there for this example:

As far I see, if your time top left hit's rock bottom, you start a 10 second timer to get back up, before you lose. Your time is reduced both with inverted Quentin cards and by "redrawing" your hand. Redrawing might be necessary, because the main skill of the enemies is to permanently lock your hand cards from being used. But you of course can't redraw, if the time is already at 3 and the 10 second countdown is ticking. You're basically done for at that point. When playing normally you might avoid using the inverted cards, because of course it would be bad to loose time, even if you can regain it with the one or other right oriented card. I lost maybe 7 matches (including a reload from autosave) and won 2 or 3 by playing "regularly" with just Leroy's and Quentin's cards.

But then I figured out a way that completely breaks combat, which you might want to consider "fixing": Press all arrow keys at once at the start of the battle and keep them pressed: You'll automatically use all cards, no matter what they are, hold or regular. It is impossible for monsters to "lock" card slots that are empty (because cards come in one at a time), even if you end up at the final countdown, chances are, you still have enough cards coming in to get the time boost you need (I rarely fell that far down though), or if they lock, you have enough time left to unlock them again via redraw and then boost back up. Similarly the battle with Primadonna, the one slot from which you played the inverted bomb stays "unlocked"so you can just play until you get a regular bomb to unlock all slots again.

Both cards have a synergy, since Quentin would need the unlocks and Primadonna would need the extra time, but this "easy" workaround right now makes it obsolete.

It might be a bit harder to find the right balance there, but maybe if you actually locked the slots instead of the cards that would help with some things. Also, maybe I missed it, you could hint at the necessity for Leroy to go "explore on his own" to return to the hub, so people are guided to meeting all characters/getting all types of cards first, before tackling the more intense fights.


Good luck with further development :D

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Really raising the bar for what indie visual novels can do! Wish I could play it on my Mac :(

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Don’t worry! A Mac version is in the works! 

Thank you so much! Glad to hear it!