This past summer, I went to an arts camp called CSSSA, or California State Summer School for the Arts. I did a writing program there. For my final project, instead of doing something boring like a poem or an artsy commentary on something political, I drank copious amounts of coffee, stayed up all night, and made this VN about Mary Sues.
There's some overly "weeb-y" stuff in this, mostly having to do with one character in particular (whose name I will not speak; you'll just have to read the VN), so if you are triggered by the ironic usage of words such as "sugoi," "kawaii," and "baka," then this VN might not be for you.
A BRIEF INTRO:
Mary Mary is a pretty short (10-20 minutes per route) game about what happens when a Mary Sue* is sent to a rehabilitative school for other like him. Fresh out of a dating sim, so common a genre in VNs these days, Harrison must keep his changing eye color under control, overcome his fear of the ladies, and learn how to use a loofah. On his journey, he'll meet three girls who will "change his life forever," and not necessarily in a good way.
• Lots of words. The complete coding is ~10,000, but that's including all the extra bits that make the game work
• 4 endings wow
• Gratuitous usage of Japanese
• A dream sequence (and in my opinion, the best part of the whole game)
• Download conveniently located at the bottom of this post
Star (AKA Stella)
In a VN, there's always three types of love interest: the "cute one," the "cool one," and the "sporty one." Guess which one Star is? Oh, excuse me– Stella. She prefers to be called by her proper name, rather than something her author thought was "edgy." She enjoys lectures, the color blue, and making loud noises.
This is the "cute one." Her last name is Smith, but she doesn't wear that badge proudly. She has a pet wolf. You never see it during this VN because wolves are not allowed on the campus of St. Mary's. So sorry. She enjoys sugar cereal, hugs, and badly dubbed anime.
Blade was an action hero before her arrival at St. Mary's, and still carries around her old mannerisms. She thinks school is for losers but secretly pulls all-nighters in order to get perfect scores on her midterms- and she pulls it off, too. Her favorite subject is Ancient Cultures. She enjoys reading books, kicking people in the shins, and fried bread.
Our imageless hero. Diagnosed with MSS (Mary Sue Syndrome), Harrison travels to St. Mary's in order to escape his romance-riddled past. The question is, will he or won't he? Wears glasses like a nerd**. Enjoys steel-cut oats, singer-songwriters, and other words with hyphens in them.
Story, writing, coding by an-tan-y (me)
Backgrounds by Google Images
Sprites by tokudaya
Dream Sequence Sprites by rohancest.tumblr.com
Music by kevin macleod
*Mary Sue is a negative term used in fanfiction and literary criticism to describe an original character that is often overly idealized or assumed to be a projection of the author. When used by a male author, the character is referred to as a Gary Stu or Marty Stu.
**Note: I wear glasses.
ok that is it