Essence Hunt [BxB] [Fantasy]

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Essence Hunt [BxB] [Fantasy]

#1 Post by SilverHyena » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:35 pm

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After much toil, I present to you my latest project!

General Info:

Title: Essence Hunt
Genre: Fantasy
Pairings: BxB

Plot:

While out hunting, Shugo ignores his village's superstitions and kills a deer on sacred ground. This angers a powerful nature spirit and she curses him, telling Shugo that he must return what he stole within three days or he'll die. That's easier said than done however since returning the deer's soul isn't exactly in the realm of human expertise. Luckily, he's not completely on his own. A fox spirit named Kei has agreed to help him out on a whim. Can the two catch the deer's spirit and return it to its body before the three days are up? And is Shugo's new travelling companion even trustworthy in the first place?

For (just a wee bit) more info you can visit the wip topic here: viewtopic.php?f=43&t=38775

Features:

- 25,000+ words
- 6 endings (12 if you include variatons)
- It's free!

And now, here's the link to the itch.io page where you can download it:
https://silverhyena.itch.io/essence-hunt
Ending Guide (Possible Spoilers)
Notes:
- To get the romantic (A) endings, kiss Kei when you're at the hotsprings. Otherwise you'll get the friendship (B) endings. Simple enough, yeah?
- The choice to spare or kill the spirits on the short path doesn't do anything besides change up the text a bit. (This is why you should really plan out your games and not write them as you go like I do... Learn from my mistakes!)

1A - take the short path, the hunter is a girl, give it a happy ending, kiss Kei
1B - take the short path, the hunter is a girl, give it a happy ending, don't kiss Kei
2A - take the short path, the hunter is a girl, give it a horrible ending, kiss Kei
2B - take the short path, the hunter is a girl, give it a horrible ending, don't kiss Kei
3A - take the short path, the hunter is an old man, kiss Kei
3B - take the short path, the hunter is an old man, don't kiss Kei
4A - take the long path, sit in the middle of the crowd, tell Oubu you're together, kiss Kei
4B - take the long path, sit in the middle of the crowd, tell Oubu you're together, don't kiss Kei
5A - take the long path, sit away from the crowd, tell Oubu you'd like that, kiss Kei
5B - take the long path, sit away from the crowd, tell Oubu you'd like that, don't kiss Kei
6A - take the long path, sit in the middle of the crowd, Kei is your guide, Kei might get bored, kiss Kei
6B - take the long path, sit in the middle of the crowd, Kei is your guide, Kei might get bored, don't kiss Kei

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Re: Essence Hunt [BxB] [Fantasy]

#2 Post by - Eris » Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:05 pm

OMG I didn't even had time to comment on your other post and you already finished the game!
I really liked 'Sacred Sand' so I was looking forward to this game too, congrats on the release!!
I'm downloading it now, once I get to one of the endings I'll comeback and tell you what I thought about it ^^ (or I'll wait till I get all 6-12 endings xD)

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#3 Post by Ertal77 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:19 am

I got all the endings for the long path, and what can I say? I adore how cute is this story! Shugo and Kei are just adorable!

I like how colorful and clean the art style is, and although the story is simple there're moments like the festival that are simply beautiful. The side characters are also enjoyable, and I liked a lot that you could have a romantic end and a friendship end, both of them equally good.
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#4 Post by sanashi27 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:37 am

When I saw your username, I clicked immediately. I haven't played this yet but Sacred Sand is one of my faves. This is gonna be good... I can tell.
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Re: Essence Hunt [BxB] [Fantasy]

#5 Post by SilverHyena » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:49 pm

I am so terrible at responding in a timely fashion. :P Sorry guys. Aaaaanyway...

@- Eris: Haha, yeah. I hardly ever updated that wip topic so it probably seemed sudden to a lot of people. I should really be better about updating. Aaaaaanyway, I'm always happy to hear someone enjoyed Sacred Sand. This one is a bit simpler (since it was supposed to be for a game jam at one point... :P) but I hope you still enjoy/enjoyed it!

@Ertal77: Gah! Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it! XD Also, on a side note, I enjoyed your game A Hand in the Darkness and I'm looking forward to your next game. Keep being awesome!

@sanashi27: Awww! That makes me feel awesome! Thank you for playing my games and I hope you enjoy Essence Hunt too! Edit: Just saw your signature. And yes, MikaYuu is life.

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#6 Post by runeraccoon » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:09 pm

Played it, I love it!

Here's my lengthy review... haha.

I love the sprites and Kei's expressions. I absolutely love that every ending has a different "ending card". I love that the choices make... sense. Like, choosing this will result in that ending. The logic behind the choices is very clear. Your simplicity is charming! From the artworks to the gameplay itself. The backstory is light, but not cheap. The relationships between existing characters feel nice. And I love the two different branches of the literal route to go to Shugo's destination.

I think the relationship progress accounts for all route's development, though. Which means that when I was in my first playthrough, the relationship progress feels too quick. I think you should be more careful there, so that the first playthrough will make more impact. (Then again, I feel that choosing the
festival
will be more impactful on first playthrough, but I think all routes should be treated with the same 'weight'... if that makes sense XD)

I want more ecchi scene, I'm sorry lol.

I wonder if I've gotten all the endings... The completist in me needs an ending checklist lmao.

Overall, thank you very much for the charming little VN. It's been a very long while since I play any VN to be honest, but for some reason, I never missed yours. :)
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#7 Post by sanashi27 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:33 am

Got all the endings last week!

Okay so, this game's got nice art and the game design looks good. And compared to Sacred Sand, this one has ecchi. XD It's a nice short game with lovable characters.

Now for my other comments...
The story concept is interesting but it was too short to be used to it's full potential in my opinion. Things felt like it went too fast. Also the same regarding the relationship development (especially when taking the short path). In Sacred Sand, the character had more time to interact so their romantic endings actually made sense (for the 2 main guys, of course) plus the story got more interesting as time went by on that one since a lot more things happen. In EH, I remember seeing the hot spring choice and saying 'This early in the game?!' but seeing as there's no other choice after that, I guess it's not 'early' instead it's just short. Their interaction in the long path is better. Still cute though... I mean Kei and Shugo make a really cute couple. XD

I was wondering what the 1st choice for the short path had to do with the whole story but you said there was none. I was hoping there is like, since Shugo would decide whether to spare the spirits or not, I assumed it would have impact on his later decisions and Lady Asha's final verdict since what landed Shugo in trouble in the 1st place was not sparing a creature's life in her domain. I agree with one of the above comments that at the rest of the choices for this game make sense for the ending. I can tell since I wrote down which choices I picked and which ends they got and I see what impacted what in the end. It was nice.

The endings are all cute though. Also, I liked Oubu's character. He was fun lol and his teasing made the 2 mains interaction cuter.

Like your 1st game though, this wasn't made as properly as other games I played from others as if I checked the game folders, I can find all the cg that'd appear in game (it's like I actively looked for spoilers which are instantly provided). Other games, this stuff aren't visible. It kind of helped me see which stuff I haven't gotten yet though lol

Anyways, nice game as usual! Thanks for creating this.
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Re: Essence Hunt [BxB] [Fantasy]

#8 Post by illuminate001 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:01 pm

Hey SilverHyena!

I finished your VN a few days ago and have been meaning to comment and so here I am! I'm not sure which of the specific endings I got but I was sure it was one of the LOVE endings. Very sweet and just feel good vibes all around. It's nice to play something that is easy to take in and feels light hearted despite some of the more serious danger and aspects of the story.

One thing I found interesting was that usually in BxB games, one tends to play the "softer" male protag, so to me, it would've felt more expected to be playing from Kei's vantage point. Shugo definitely comes across as more of the manly half of the couple, who tend to be the characters I go for when I play yaoi/bara VN's. But Kei was sooo sweet I couldn't personally turn him down and I found I wanted to end up with him even though he isn't typically the type of guy I would play for. So good job! You made a very relatable, likable and sympathetic character. They are perfect together. <3

I wouldn't mind seeing more adventures with these two in future. :)
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