Sounds of Her Love [Romance][BxG]

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Sounds of Her Love [Romance][BxG]

#1 Post by ds-sans » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:30 pm

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In the midst of their hearts, something is blossoming between two students. Both of whom go about their daily lives at an international school in Tokyo.

Just what is flowering? Of course, it's love.

Starting your new life after transferring into an international school, you find yourself dismayed when it turns out to be the same as any other. Except for one thing... or person, rather. As your newly founded relationship increasingly tightens with the girl you just met, find out what there is to learn about each other as your lives intertwine with one another, discovering things about her stashed away behind a veil of timidity.


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(CV: Amber Barile)
Ceri, a student of the Welsh International School of Japan (WISJ) is a warm-hearted girl, prone to being found immersed in the pages of a novel or the strings of a classical celtic harp. She has a desire to study literature, though she had been known to have had a large period of time away from school due to an illness. As stated by her.

Of Welsh origin herself, Ceri's a lot more readable than her language. Or so it might seem. Timid and docile on the outside, nobody can really tell what surprises she might have in store. As you get to know her however, the truth about her becomes much more clear to you. Learn about her past, be with her in the present, and join her in the future. That is, if she opens up to you. She's an extremely shy person, so getting her to open up isn't going to be easy.

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You "play" as a half Japanese, half English transfer to the WISJ.

His second week at an international school has just started. Many students seem to be pompous in his eyes. It costs a lot of money to attend, after all. Within his first week, he has managed to make a grand total of zero friends. Socialising isn't easy, at least that's what he thinks.

Unlike his father, a well-regarded owner of a publishing company, he wastes his time daily doing nothing productive. Things change however, when he meets "someone" who piques his interest.


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- Story, Programming and GUI: ds-sans
- Backgrounds Art: Kimagure After, Mugenjohncel
- Character Sprites: Jun Project
- CGs: Joko JMC/jmc5221, Ezekuro
- Ceri CV: Amber Barile
- Publisher (Steam Release): DEVGRU-P
- Music: Kevin MacLeod


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- 1920 x 1080 resolution.
- Cinematic CGs.
- 3 Endings
- 38,842 words
- Rating: 13+ Mild use of language and provocative content.

Any feedback is appreciated! Either leave a response below, PM me or send me a message on twitter @dssansVN.

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#2 Post by Kokoro Hane » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:14 pm

I have been waiting for this one! The art is beautiful and Ceri just looks so sweet and cute! Also, the fact she is voice acted only makes me more than happy to play this! I've downloaded it and will give my impressions as soon as my first playthrough is done~
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#3 Post by ds-sans » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:59 pm

Kokoro Hane wrote:I have been waiting for this one! The art is beautiful and Ceri just looks so sweet and cute! Also, the fact she is voice acted only makes me more than happy to play this! I've downloaded it and will give my impressions as soon as my first playthrough is done~


Thank you! Both Ceri's VA Amber, and the artists did wonderful jobs! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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#4 Post by Kokoro Hane » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:15 am

ds-sans wrote:
Kokoro Hane wrote:I have been waiting for this one! The art is beautiful and Ceri just looks so sweet and cute! Also, the fact she is voice acted only makes me more than happy to play this! I've downloaded it and will give my impressions as soon as my first playthrough is done~


Thank you! Both Ceri's VA Amber, and the artists did wonderful jobs! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


I've certainly been enjoying it so far! I hope to have my first playthrough done this weekend (I'm going through it a bit slowly due to some busyness) and have some thoughts ready! I also took some screenshots of some typos haha.
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False Hope [WiP][SuNoFes'17]
Crystal Captor: Memory Chronicle Finale [COMPLETE][RPG][#1 in So Bad It's Good jam '17]
An Encounter ~In The Rain~ [Beta is up][NaNoRenO'17]
The Only One Girl [WiP][Up.5/20/2017][1stQ ver. released]
30 Kilowatt Hours Left [COMPLETE][GameJolt GDC Jam2016]

But dear God, You're the only North Star I would follow this far
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#5 Post by ds-sans » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:21 am

Kokoro Hane wrote:
ds-sans wrote:
Kokoro Hane wrote:I have been waiting for this one! The art is beautiful and Ceri just looks so sweet and cute! Also, the fact she is voice acted only makes me more than happy to play this! I've downloaded it and will give my impressions as soon as my first playthrough is done~


Thank you! Both Ceri's VA Amber, and the artists did wonderful jobs! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


I've certainly been enjoying it so far! I hope to have my first playthrough done this weekend (I'm going through it a bit slowly due to some busyness) and have some thoughts ready! I also took some screenshots of some typos haha.


Glad you're enjoying it! Which version are you playing? The Steam version has a lot of typos (generally because I can't update it myself), but most had been cleared up in the itch.io release. If they're in the itch.io version I can get them corrected easily.

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#6 Post by Kokoro Hane » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:23 pm

ds-sans wrote:
Glad you're enjoying it! Which version are you playing? The Steam version has a lot of typos (generally because I can't update it myself), but most had been cleared up in the itch.io release. If they're in the itch.io version I can get them corrected easily.


I'm playing the itch.io release.
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An Encounter ~In The Rain~ [Beta is up][NaNoRenO'17]
The Only One Girl [WiP][Up.5/20/2017][1stQ ver. released]
30 Kilowatt Hours Left [COMPLETE][GameJolt GDC Jam2016]

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Owl City "Galaxies"

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#7 Post by ds-sans » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:47 pm

Kokoro Hane wrote:
ds-sans wrote:
Glad you're enjoying it! Which version are you playing? The Steam version has a lot of typos (generally because I can't update it myself), but most had been cleared up in the itch.io release. If they're in the itch.io version I can get them corrected easily.


I'm playing the itch.io release.


Okay! I should be able to look into them.

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#8 Post by M.Knight » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:14 am

I don't usually play romance VN unless there's something that really stands out, but I gave this one a shot because the main girl's design caught my attention.

All in all, I thought it was a nice romance that was rather fast-paced though a bit subtle due to Ceri's introversion. I wouldn't have minded more scenes to show how the two characters really clicked with one another, but what's there is good and there was no boring padding.

The artwork is beautiful. The music is serviceable but I found the "tension" track a bit distracting.

Getting the three endings was not tricky and the conclusions were satisfying. However, they have two issues, one technical and the other story-related :
-The CG during the cherry blossom tree event is seamlessly appended to the scene, without any transitions. Because of the very high resolution of the CGs, the short yet noticeable loading was a bit odd. All the CGs in the game have very high resolutions but this one is where it can be a problem.
Besides, Ceri's art style is different and it almost seems like it could be another girl.

-My other issue is with the differences between the neutral and the good ending. In the former, Ceri's mother is given custody of her child while it is the father that gets it in the good ending. This is a problem because the only thing that changed on the player's part is either listening to the father's argument with Ceri's mother or not. This action shouldn't have any actual effect whatsoever on the court's decision, yet for some reason it does. This weakens the choice's impact as it makes the results arbitrary instead of logical and coherent.

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#9 Post by ds-sans » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:32 am

M.Knight wrote:I don't usually play romance VN unless there's something that really stands out, but I gave this one a shot because the main girl's design caught my attention.

All in all, I thought it was a nice romance that was rather fast-paced though a bit subtle due to Ceri's introversion. I wouldn't have minded more scenes to show how the two characters really clicked with one another, but what's there is good and there was no boring padding.

The artwork is beautiful. The music is serviceable but I found the "tension" track a bit distracting.

Getting the three endings was not tricky and the conclusions were satisfying. However, they have two issues, one technical and the other story-related :
-The CG during the cherry blossom tree event is seamlessly appended to the scene, without any transitions. Because of the very high resolution of the CGs, the short yet noticeable loading was a bit odd. All the CGs in the game have very high resolutions but this one is where it can be a problem.
Besides, Ceri's art style is different and it almost seems like it could be another girl.

-My other issue is with the differences between the neutral and the good ending. In the former, Ceri's mother is given custody of her child while it is the father that gets it in the good ending. This is a problem because the only thing that changed on the player's part is either listening to the father's argument with Ceri's mother or not. This action shouldn't have any actual effect whatsoever on the court's decision, yet for some reason it does. This weakens the choice's impact as it makes the results arbitrary instead of logical and coherent.
Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you liked what was there.
With the issues of Ceri's CG artwork, I had hired a different artist as opposed to the sprite artist to do the CGs. There is a distinct change in style but at the time it was the best I could do that was within my budget. I am working with the sprite artist again on another project and he will also be doing the CGs too.

As for the endings. I do agree that I could have structured the actual choices better since everything is rather linear anyway. There are other variables which affect which ending is obtained, and
the consequence of choices in the argument scene are flipped depending on whether you had given her a book or not.

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#10 Post by M.Knight » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:37 am

ds-sans wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:32 am
There are other variables which affect which ending is obtained[...]
I didn't catch that, interesting! Though I guess it kinda exacerbates the story issue I mentioned.

Oh, there's another thing I noticed : I disabled the voices, but the few lines that are displayed in NVL style instead of inside the textbox are voiced nonetheless. Was that on purpose as those lines are important/impactful?

And good luck with your next project! :)

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#11 Post by ds-sans » Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:30 am

M.Knight wrote:
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:37 am
Oh, there's another thing I noticed : I disabled the voices, but the few lines that are displayed in NVL style instead of inside the textbox are voiced nonetheless. Was that on purpose as those lines are important/impactful?

And good luck with your next project! :)
Those lines were meant to be impacting, however the voice playing on those lines is more of a coding aspect since I was playing them in the sound channel rather than the voice channel.

And thank you!

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