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It’s been three years since the Cataclysm brought ruin upon the world you once knew and destroyed any trace of hierarchy within it. There’s no better time to become the new world’s emperor! Equipped with an ego bigger than the universe you’re trying to rule and followed by your stupidly loyal assistant Hermes, you’re almost ready—now all you need is a plan…
Slated for release in April, Hermes & Gry: A Crooked Plan is a short comedic visual novel about the “hero” Gry’s first step to becoming an emperor. Gather information and tools to come up with part one of his master plan!
The protagonist, obsessed with glory and power, lacking any sort of moral compass. Will conveniently get rid of anyone standing in his way, including your imaginary friends. Oozes charisma but also sheer stupidity and a complete lack of self-awareness.
Gry’s assistant who does everything for him no questions asked. Should not be underestimated despite looking frail. No one knows what emotions are hidden behind these soulless eyes, besides unbreakable loyalty. Far more intelligent than Gry, except maybe for that one poorly thought-out choice to be his servant.
Every villain needs a human roadblock and perhaps another ally wouldn’t hurt either. Stay tuned to meet them!
[Note: GUI is a WIP, background is a placeholder.]
Other than experiencing the visual novel style storytelling, you also get to explore your surroundings by speaking to townspeople and searching for items to help you come up with up to three different evil plans (leading to three different endings) to achieve your goal.
Gameplay-wise, the game takes inspiration from the Ace Attorney series, except instead of trying to solve a crime you’re trying to figure out how to get away with one.
HelloLeo: Lead developer, concept, writing, programming
LIZM: Co-developer, character design, art, GUI, editing
Noyemi K.: Music
The lead duo has existed in my mind for a long time now but was only brought to life through a couple of DnD games and a few short stories. Giving them their own little visual novel was intended as a project for NaNoRenO but since we ran into a lot of difficulties, we decided to take our time to finish it next month instead.
Although the entire team is busy with different projects, I hope I will have a chance to turn this into an episodic thing eventually, since this game is basically “episode 1.” As this is my first game, I want to use this thread to keep track of our progress, gather feedback and hopefully make friends in the community.
If you have time, I’d appreciate it if you could answer some of my questions:
1) Do you like the idea of playing as a villain?
2) How do you feel about episodic releases? Do you prefer longer games?
3) Although there isn’t much information (yet!), is there anything you’re particularly curious about?
~Thank you for your time!~