Claudin heals my soul fr. Love him & the friends-to-lovers trope. Thank you for such a great game, looking forward to an update!
Ardency: Heart of the Rebellion
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Join the ranks of the esteemed Royal Rangers, devoted protectors of the kingdom of Allton. As tensions rise with the neighboring elven realm of Kedarn, your role has become more vital than ever before. Brace yourself for a thrilling turn of events as your company captures an intriguing elven prisoner like no other.
This enigmatic individual will challenge your perceptions and force you to make crucial choices. Will you explore the realm of romance, forging deep connections with your fellow rangers? Or will friendship be your guiding light in these uncertain times? But beware, for lurking in the shadows is the potential for betrayal, putting your loyalties to the ultimate test.
The fate of the kingdom rests upon your shoulders as you unravel the mysteries that lie ahead. Are you prepared to shape history and become a legend in your own right? The choice is yours to make.
- Four CG's, one per each love interest
- Partial voice acting
- Variety of background music
- Immersive sound effects
- Multiple choices that affect your relationships and build your MC's personality
Sprite & CG Art: Ana Siqueira
GUI Artist/GUI Programmer: Skolaztika
Logo Design: Natalia Grycka
Artie VA: Corey Wilder
Moira VA: Blair Greene-Osako
Kasanov VA: Nick Chang
Click download now to get access to the following files:
- January 2024 Devlog (#21!)35 days ago
- December Devlog63 days ago
- November Devlog95 days ago
- October DevlogOct 22, 2023
- Updated Extended DemoSep 24, 2023
- September DevlogSep 18, 2023
- (Late) August Devlog! ROPED IN RELEASE!Aug 30, 2023
- Extended Demo: Out Now!Jul 07, 2023
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So many great things about this project! Great presentation lovely art all around from the sprites, to the CG's, to the GUI, the music is fitting. The voice acting swoon worthy! (especially for Artie and Kasanov!)
The writing is great, I feel very close to the characters already and am very curious to see how this plays out. But most importantly want to protect my boy Kas at all costs. I am so in love with him! I played through the game, tried to record me getting the CG's but (I am very bad at technology apparently...)
This game makes me laugh, swoon, and feel for the cast! I am so excited to see where it goes.
thank you for playing joy! i loved watching your reactions to the characters and i hope you enjoy the full game when its out!
Where to begin?!
This game has amazing art, lovely well-made GUI, and an AWESOME story for the demo! (Also, the developer is working on an extended demo and frequently updates their twitter!)
Despite the demo being somewhat short, the animations, voice acting, and art bring it to life. The characters are also easy to get a read on personality-wise, which is a sign they're well written.
Overall, super excited for the extended demo release and the eventual full release!!!! <3
talkin to claudin and my brain automatically playing big boy by sza
epic art style and nice voice acting. would be awesome if there was a pronoun option as i am a gay man. its really neat tho.
I enjoyed the demo, honestly I saw the big demon man and 'best friends' and I was sold. Like, damn <.<
I liked your art, and the running animation. I also really liked your diversity of characters. Multiple different personalities and looks are a huge plus to any game. Plus like I said I love a good demonic character :3
Tho when I tried to mute sounds (I like listening to spotify while I play) they didn't seem to mute, I still heard the hawk sound and running noises.
If you're looking for writing advice/feedback read ahead, if not please ignore what I had to say, I only wanna say it if you wanna hear it:
The writing seems a 'little' fast-paced. I'm not sure how long you're intending to make the game, so if you're trying for something short then that should work, but if you're planning on making it a little longer then it might be a good idea to let the relationships develop a little slower? It might make sense for the best friend and fugitive (since he's a flirt and also new to the party) but having everyone starting off immediately showing interest in the MC leaves the story feeling a little lacking. Like if this was how they were interacting, why hasn't anything happened sooner?
Also don't forget that it's okay to use context clues, for instance instead of saying the prince doesn't like his royal duties, maybe you could have Claudin call him prince disparagingly and Arthur look away in discomfort. Or instead of having the MC have a inner monologue about how overprotective Claudin is, have him move in front of her with Kasanov, and then when he shows annoyance at Arthur for pulling the MC away you get the context that he's a little possessive. I know you're trying to set up all the relationships and character personalities quickly, but I think adding a little more subtlety to the game would really enhance the story you're trying to tell. It might help to pull everything back a bit, instead of a growl a huff, instead of a hand on the thigh a flirtation smile, and then bring more back in areas where it feels like your point isn't getting across.
But again, all that is only if you wanted it, if this is the style you want to write in then power to you, and I wish you the best either way. ^.^
Thank you for the input! I will take some of the advice, but as this is the initial demo, I can see how it feels a bit fast paced. The extended demo elaborates more on the characters' relationships, but I will definitely use the advice with pulling back a bit! I was going for a pretty intense start on purpose to really give the player the feeling of just being "thrown in" to this situation.
I enjoyed your delightful visual novel game and hope to see the finished product. :) The characters were very interesting and the music and story line was intriguing. What was kind of strange to me though was that you made it modern even though it was fantasy/medieval type of world by putting so much make-up even nail polish including the glasses on Moira which didn't seem to match with the world. Also Kasanov was way too feminine for me/Caudin was kind of creepy in looks too demonic yet Moira was fun and fiesty. Hope you don't mind my thoughts. Can't wait to see more of the story.
Thanks for playing! Loved the video and I appreciate your thoughts about the game!
I'm so excited it's finally out!
<3 waiting for next update ^-^
Such a fun and interesting setting! I can't wait for the full game!!