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Starlight Shores [BxG] [Island-Themed] [Romance] [Demo] [OUT NOW!][Steam Launch Update]

#1 Post by DollhouseRose » Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:10 pm


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Starlight Shores is an island-themed romance game AVAILABLE NOW on Itchio and Steam:
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Set in the Tidal Blossoms universe, Starlight Shores is an upcoming Visual Novel that is planned to release in Summer 2020.

The Story:

After your childhood friend Theo wins a weekend getaway to the town of Seaside, you prepare to spend your birthday in paradise. It's been months since you last saw Theo, and she's incredibly excited to spend the weekend together. She invites her roommate Lena to join the group, and Theo extends an invitation to your friend Alec. After parting ways to attend different colleges, it's just the get-together that you need to reconnect.

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Everything seems to be coming together perfectly... until Alec insists on driving by himself. You arrive at the cottage before him, certain that he's ditched the group. A short while later, he calls to announce that he's bringing along an uninvited guest. Although Erika may be from the same small-town as most of the group, that's about the only thing you share in common...

Will you enjoy your night with Theo and wish on a star?
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The Cast:

Theo
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Theo is your childhood friend. Although initially shy with strangers, Theo has a great sense of humour and loves to joke around with her friends. She prefers to have a tight-knit group and doesn’t open up to just anyone. She studies photography at the same college as her roommate Lena and loves spending time with her. Theo won a draw for a cottage getaway in the town of Seaside and is your host for the weekend.

Lena
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Lena is Theo’s roommate… and replacement best friend. You don’t know much about her, or even what she’s studying. From what you’ve seen on Friendex, Lena is a vibrant and outgoing person. She’s always dyeing her hair different colours and wearing cute clothes. According to her online bio, in her spare time she enjoys hiking and playing piano.


Alec
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Alec is a friend from your hometown who is attending the same college. You both have similar hobbies like gaming, eating out, and playing soccer. Naturally, renting a student house with Alec seemed like a great idea… until he started dating. He jumps from girl to girl, never committing despite constantly whining that he wants a serious relationship. His latest date, Erika, tagged along to the cottage without an invitation. Lately, Alec has been pissing you off.

Erika
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A year younger than you, Erika is from the same hometown. You don’t remember much about her, or ever talking to her…

A few questions for you...

What do you think of the art assets so far? If you played the demo, what did you think of it? Are you interested in getting to know a particular character? Any additional comments are welcome as well, we're very excited to continue work on Starlight Shores and launch in Summer 2020! A custom GUI is currently in the works along with several additional scenes that are being added to the intro.
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#2 Post by Zelan » Fri May 01, 2020 12:23 am

The art looks really nice. Haven't played the demo but I'm actually kind of interested in Alec's story - can I help him address his commitment issues somehow? I'm assuming he isn't dateable since the game is BxG, but I'd be interested if I were able to set him up with one of the other girls. Or just yell at him for being a terrible partner if he is one lmao.

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Re: Starlight Shores [BxG] [Island-Themed] [Romance] [DEMO AVAILABLE]

#3 Post by DollhouseRose » Fri May 01, 2020 2:10 pm

Zelan wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 12:23 am
The art looks really nice. Haven't played the demo but I'm actually kind of interested in Alec's story - can I help him address his commitment issues somehow? I'm assuming he isn't dateable since the game is BxG, but I'd be interested if I were able to set him up with one of the other girls. Or just yell at him for being a terrible partner if he is one lmao.
Thanks for your feedback! Artwork quality is really important to me as a dev, so working with Liah and Tanuma-San is a dream come true.

I'm happy to hear that you're interested in Alec and his relationships! :D

During the bonfire (as seen in the demo), there is a conflict between him and his current girlfriend Erika that can happen depending on player choices. It can make Alec aware that he's being rude and unfair to his friends by creating these catastrophic relationship scenarios, and he regrets getting into a bad fight with Erika. Specifically, if this happens, the MC Will says "We can talk about it later when we're alone.".

I like to think that people can get defensive about their relationships whether they are good or bad, and will protect an unhealthy bond regardless of how they actually feel OR be open to criticism and might have some personal growth, depending on how you approach them and what role you play in their life. So, it's up to you to decide whether he's a terrible partner or just in a bad head-space.

Choices made before and during that future conversation with Alec will change how his story progresses... :wink: Hope that helps!

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#4 Post by Zelan » Fri May 01, 2020 2:19 pm

DollhouseRose wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 2:10 pm
Zelan wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 12:23 am
The art looks really nice. Haven't played the demo but I'm actually kind of interested in Alec's story - can I help him address his commitment issues somehow? I'm assuming he isn't dateable since the game is BxG, but I'd be interested if I were able to set him up with one of the other girls. Or just yell at him for being a terrible partner if he is one lmao.
Thanks for your feedback! Artwork quality is really important to me as a dev, so working with Liah and Tanuma-San is a dream come true.

I'm happy to hear that you're interested in Alec and his relationships! :D

During the bonfire (as seen in the demo), there is a conflict between him and his current girlfriend Erika that can happen depending on player choices. It can make Alec aware that he's being rude and unfair to his friends by creating these catastrophic relationship scenarios, and he regrets getting into a bad fight with Erika. Specifically, if this happens, the MC Will says "We can talk about it later when we're alone.".

I like to think that people can get defensive about their relationships whether they are good or bad, and will protect an unhealthy bond regardless of how they actually feel OR be open to criticism and might have some personal growth, depending on how you approach them and what role you play in their life. So, it's up to you to decide whether he's a terrible partner or just in a bad head-space.

Choices made before and during that future conversation with Alec will change how his story progresses... :wink: Hope that helps!
That's really awesome to hear! A lot of romance visual novels give the protagonist's friends no development and focus solely on the love interests instead. I'm super excited to see a departure from that! Definitely looking forward to this. (:

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#5 Post by DollhouseRose » Sat May 23, 2020 6:21 pm

A Preview of our OST is now live on YouTube!

This track is Lena's Song from the Starlight Shores OST which is being composed by AlcaKnight. A full OST will be released after our launch in Summer 2020. In other news, we are planning a major update to our demo on itch during the first week of June. This will include new songs, new original character and background art, some additional dialogue and scenes, plus two new CGs!

What do you think of Lena's Song? Let us know in the comments :D

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#6 Post by DollhouseRose » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:48 pm

Our Major Demo Update is now Live!

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Happy Friday!

Today, the Starlight Shores Demo Update launched at 12:00 PM EST.


This major content update is the last before our full launch, which is currently scheduled for Summer 2020. Starlight Shores will be available on both Steam and Itch.io platforms.

The update includes a reworked user-interface, our official logo, an expanded OST, and much more. If you have already played Starlight Shores, please keep in mind that old save files will no longer be compatible with the current game.

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Although the story isn’t much longer in this updated demo, we feel it will give players a much better preview of what our finished product will play like. We have polished both the artwork and writing-style considerably.

You might have noticed when launching Starlight Shores that we have officially partnered with Creazn Studio, an independent game development team located in Toronto. Creazn will be handling the publishing side of Starlight Shores on Steam, and we are incredibly excited to be working with them!

As always, if you run into any spelling errors, bugs, or continuity issues, please feel free to reach out to us on Itch.io or Twitter (@TidalBlossoms).

A big thank you to those who have left comments and reviews, you’re helping us make the best possible version of Starlight Shores. This isn’t a one-month game jam demo anymore! Our polished demo is here.

We hope you’re all having a fantastic day, please stay home whenever possible and be safe!

-The Starlight Shores Team

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#7 Post by DollhouseRose » Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:26 pm

Hello everyone!

We recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Diego at Operation Rainfall. During the interview, we discussed the development process, inspirations, and team working on Starlight Shores.

If you’re looking for some insight into our game development, please check out the link below:

Interview Link

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On a side note, our projected release window is now Fall 2020. This delay will help us improve Starlight Shores and ensure that it is thoroughly tested before launching.

We will keep you guys updated as much as possible. For more frequent information and sneak previews, we highly recommend following our Twitter page @TidalBlossoms.

That’s all for now! Hope you’re having a great summer

-The Starlight Shores Team

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#8 Post by DollhouseRose » Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:27 pm

Our team is officially doing business as Delphinium Interactive!
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We're also excited to share a brief update on progress so far...
Our wordcount is currently sitting at 57k words and we still have more to go! Our projected release window of Fall 2020 is still on-schedule and we'll be sharing more detailed updates in the coming weeks. We now have a Discord that you are all welcome to join :D just click here: https://t.co/8M78ecQjwa?amp=1
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Our CG/Character Artist Liah created this beautiful piece of promo art last month. Liah is also streaming her artwork process on Twitch, you can check her channel out through this link: https://www.twitch.tv/liah0227
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We hosted a 500 follower giveaway on Twitter and the winner AnimeGumiGen had the following chibi art commissioned for their prize. Check out our Twitter to participate in more upcoming giveaways :)
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#9 Post by DollhouseRose » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:05 pm

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Yup, you read that correctly, our release date announcement is here... Starlight Shores will be launching on October 30th, 2020!

Although this has been our release date for some time, we only recently felt confident in solidifying the date. If schedule interruptions occur, we may push it back by 1-2 weeks. The game will be launching on itch.io only to begin with, however we may explore the possibility of a Steam launch after we feel confident that the game is bug-free. Our entire team has been working hard to bring this game to launch day, and we're incredibly excited to see what you think of it!

For more frequent updates as we approach our launch, consider joining our Discord via this link: https://t.co/8M78ecQjwa?amp=1 or follow us on Twitter @TidalBlossoms

That's all for now, we hope you're all staying healthy and safe.

-The Delphinium Interactive Team

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#10 Post by DollhouseRose » Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:46 pm



Our Release Date Trailer is live on YouTube! We are just four days away from launch now!

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#11 Post by DollhouseRose » Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:10 pm

Starlight Shores launched today!
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The full version of Starlight Shores is now available for purchase on itch.io for Mac, Windows, and Linux!

https://tidalblossoms.itch.io/starlight-shores

Please note that demo save files may appear in-game, but an incompatible with the full version. Attempts to use previous save files will most likely end in error screens popping up. If you’d like to skip to your previous place, just enable skipping unseen dialogue!

Our team is incredibly excited to launch and has been working hard to develop this game over the past eight months. We hope that you enjoy your time in Seaside!

Interested in being part of the Starlight Shores community? Follow us on Twitter @TidalBlossoms or join our Discord today! https://t.co/yIcm7mq9m7?amp=1

Have a bug or issue to report? Please join our Discord and visit the Bug Report channel!

Keep an eye out for updates regarding future DLC… have a great day and stay safe.

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#12 Post by DollhouseRose » Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:26 am

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Starlight Shores Ver 1.2 + DLC Plans
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First off, our whole team would like to send a huge thanks to Diego at Operation Rainfall for his extremely encouraging review! If you'd like to take a look, you can read it here: http://operationrainfall.com/2020/11/12 ... es-review/

Now, onto further news... Starlight Shores Version 1.2 is now available!

This is our last planned update to the base game, as our team is now turning their attention towards DLC. We are in the early stages of development on future content, and we'll be able to share sneak previews during December 2020 if our schedule flows as planned.

For those of you who already own Starlight Shores through the Black Lives Matter Bundle, any content that is not 18+ will be included free of additional charges. The rules of the BLM Bundle clearly states that adult content is not allowed, therefore, if we have adult-only patches those will have to be sold separately. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We are currently exploring several avenues for potential DLC, and we cannot confirm exactly what it'll be until next month.

If any further spelling errors or other issues are identified in the base game, we'll address those in another update. But, for now it looks like we've caught everything!

Thanks for dropping in.

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#13 Post by DollhouseRose » Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:10 pm

Happy Holidays from Delphinium Interactive!

To participate in the season of giving, we're making Starlight Shores 100% free from December 24th-25th.

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Claim your copy fast, this won't last long.

When the sale ends, we'll revert back to the $1.00 USD pricing until 2021.

To download, visit itch.io and search "Starlight Shores".

We wish you the best this holiday season and hope you all have a wonderful new year!

-The Delphinium Interactive Team

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#14 Post by DollhouseRose » Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:38 pm

Starlight Shores Demo is now available on Steam!

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Don’t forget to wishlist and keep an eye out for updates, we’re bringing new content to Starlight Shores this Spring.



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#15 Post by DollhouseRose » Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:54 am

Starlight Shores is coming to Steam on May 7th, 2021!

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Don't forget to Wishlist on Steam!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1551 ... ht_Shores/

We will be launching version 1.3 on itchio to coincide with this release date.

The update will include a handful of new CGs, background art, and quality of life updates. Please note that while unlocked gallery items will remain consistent between platforms, players should never try to access itch files via Steam, or vice versa.

We cannot guarantee the stability of mid-game files from previous versions of Starlight Shores. We encourage you to create a new save file for Version 1.3 and skip to where you left off! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

-The Delphinium Interactive Team

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