Just finished playing the demo.
Loved it so far!
You’ve really managed to create a theme to work with during the game. The menu’s, textbox, music and the sprites all add up and complement each other wonderfully.
I’m really looking forward to making choices that’ll effect the isle, so I’m definitely going to keep an extra eye on this one
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to be nitpicky about a few Dutch-related things...
First of all, let me say that I love that you researched and had Anton come from Groningen. I don’t think there’s many non-native people who know it exists, nor would be able to pronounce it
Which is exactly why I would suggest changing it to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is known for being one of the largest port-towns in the world and it flourished during the 17th century. Also, that was the main port for the VOC, the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie), which was the largest trading company during the 17th and 18th century. So unless you have a real attachment to Groningen that you haven’t touched upon yet in the game, I’d go with Rotterdam because it would make more sense.
However, since I doubt any of your readers will have had any Dutch history lessons (like I have) feel free to ignore this. It’s not in any way vital to the game and it’s just a suggestion
Secondly, most Dutch people don’t actually refer to Holland as Holland, but as the Netherlands. The only time we use ‘Holland’ is when talking to foreigners because for some reason that’s how our country is known to most ^^” (We also yell ‘Holland!’ during soccer matches because ‘Nederland!’ doesn’t sound quite as nice. But I digress)
Thirdly I’d like to point out that von Kees is not a family name. Kees is a first name. And I don’t think Dutch names use ‘von’. We use ‘van der’. Of course, von sounds a lot better in English, so feel free to ignore. Just thought I’d point it out in case you didn’t know..
Again, this doesn’t really matter a whole awful lot, but it did make me snicker. Especially if you consider both my father and grandfather’s calling names are Kees XD the official name for that, or baptized name (don’t know the English word) would be Cornelis Willem, in case you’re interested. In case you’re not, forgot I mentioned it.
Anyway, here’s a list with family names with their origin year next to them in case you’re interested
The first row are family names, the second row is the region of origin, then the time span they were used and finally some links to the people who reported these names. http://www.oud-ophemert.nl/gelderland/d ... milyname=k
Lastly I’d like to apologize if this is waaay to much detailed information about the Netherlands and you’re just thinking ‘God, if only I had chosen another country so this crazy woman would just shut up’, then by all means, ignore what I said. It’s really not all that vital to the game and none other than Dutch people will know this.
Also I’d like you to keep in mind that I really like what you have so far and that I’m really interested in seeing what comes next. That’s why I’m trying to help you with sprouting some information about the Netherlands
Had I not been interested, I wouldn’t have said a word.
So, take all my suggestions as a compliment and then do with them as you please
~ A GxB or GxG Visual Novel/Dating Sim