played this game a longgg time ago and it's still one of my absolute favourites, the worldbuilding was absolutely amazing and i've yet to find a game with a similar charm to this one
Meeting in the Flesh
A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
Meeting in the Flesh is a free horror/romance visual novel. You play as Vil, the resident of a strange but friendly little city, encountering various people and getting the chance to court one of three different monstrous suitors. Though the game will include some body horror imagery, the game is a romance at its core, with a focus on getting to know and growing closer to your partner. It features romantic scenes that can be toggled between a PG-13 and R rating.
The world of Meeting in the Flesh is full of interesting faces, but Vil is pretty close to three in particular ...
Yiestol is the community overlook. Kind and gentle and takes great pride in his work. He cares deeply about others.
Brattan is a salt scout. Very friendly and outgoing. He loves adventure and excitement, and wants to discover something big!
Nyargh is the owner of a bee shop. Though gruff and stoic, he's in no way mean. However, he's surrounded by some odd rumors ... ?
Meeting in the Flesh is available for absolutely free! A small 'Thank You Booklet' is available to anyone who donates $2.00 or more, as a show of our appreciation. It contains a small collection of rough sketches, progress shots, and unused versions of artwork from the game.
(For anyone who previously donated that amount or more to the project while it was in production, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we would be more than happy to send you the booklet as a belated thank you!)
Please report any bugs, typos, visual aberrations or error codes to us, and we'll fix them as soon as possible! We post game updates at inkethic at Twitter!
- Oct. 31, 2017 - Demo release
- Nov. 13, 2017 - Demo v2 release (writing fixes and UI adjustments)
- March 31, 2019 - Meeting in the Flesh 1.0 release!
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- New project PYRESIDE WALTZ demo release!May 17, 2022
- The day has arrived! (Release day!!!)Mar 31, 2019
- The solar eclipse is almost here! (Release date announcement)Mar 19, 2019
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second time playing the game i love the characters so much my favorite is totally Nyragh EEEEEEEEK
This novel was insanely well-written, and I'm truly amazed by your world-building capabilities. There was so much detail packed into a relatively brief game and each suitor had very distinct characteristics.
I have to admit, I felt really antsy for most of this visual novel--teetering on uncomfortable as I generally stay away from vore/gore. And while I have dabbled in the concept of teratophilia, it's definitely been on the tamer side and I haven't ever been able to visualize characteristics.
I can't say that this is a genre I really want to explore further, but I really appreciate that you've kept this a friendly entrance into that realm (and you did provide warnings at the beginning LOL).
I'm seriously fascinated by the world you've built which was shocking for humans, but nonchalantly normal for the characters. I can always appreciate a good read. You're a fab writer! Thanks for letting me into your imagination [:
Meeting in the Flesh is an interesting game, especially for someone who are interested in suitors that was different from the norm yet still quite loveable. I especially love the world building that was quite strange but beautiful and the differences in culture in it, since everything was made of something else and not normally human.
The suitors were interesting in their own way, with Yiestol's gentleness, Brattan's bravery and lust for adventure, and Nyargh's gruff kindness. All of the good ending for the suitors were quite passionate and I do admit reading through it made me blush a little, haha. Or maybe the writing is too good, I appreciate a good read.
Thank you for making the game and I'm looking forward for your new game!
Whatever I was expecting, it wasn't this, and honestly, I want a whole lot more, dammit.
Brattan's route got me feeling things and I just wsfknewklrvbglwbgvkrasfn-
He was my abso fave, but if I knew choosing him would go down the road it did... I honestly wouldn't have chosen it. If only to spare myself certain... feelings. At least we had each other in the end though.
Ultimately, a marvelously otherworldly experience. The creator really dove into the concept of making a monster world and executed it so well that I am left... struggling to comprehend the uniqueness of it. Not out of xenophobia or discomfort, but just... the novelty of the take.
Short, but lovely. If you aren't a wuss about flesh and blood (not gore, no), this is definitely worth playing through to get all the endings at least once imho.
I just finished Nyarghs route and I love him sm. I feel so thankful that a game like this exists and even more so that it has such an interesting world! I'm going to go back and play every single route with all of the characters because I need to experience every last ounce of what's to offer in this incredible game.
is there a guide? sorry i just want to get all the endings
Also, great world building! I forgot to mention, you really want to learn more about the world lol
This game was great! Very well written and sweet, my favorite was Brattan, then Yeistol, than Nyargh :) Don't be turned away by the nsfw monster stuff, you can toggle the mature stuff off, and without it they are just sweet stories that are well written and heartwarming. The game honestly brings up interesting questions about things I haven't thought of before, too, it's good at bringing up situations and wondering how you would react in those situations. Loved this game!
Oh my god. I love this game. So delightfully wholesome ;-; Thank you for making this game!
Nyargh is best boy. I don't know what else can be said. These character designs are as gorgeous as they are odd and I love the strange world that has been created here.
Aaaaa I love it! It took some time to get used to this odd world but when I did I find myself in love with the unique premise and genuinely interested about the characters in the world, they truly have life and each of them are so unique, I'm very grateful you all even went out of the way to illustrate these characters and not just stopping at the suitors. It truly pulled me in! As of now I've only played Yiestol's route and I am so happy at the ending, truly I enjoyed it, thank you for creating such a wonderful game!!!!
I really liked this visual novel, and you did a wonderful job with the characters and the setting.
Yiestol's route had me thinking about big questions regarding responsibilities and making big sacrifices in the name of helping others. It's not something to be taken lightly, but I feel that it's certainly an important theme to consider, and I do understand how it feels to be faced with big choices of all shapes and sizes.
Brattan was a very fun character and I enjoyed his route, though due to personal preferences, I found his ending to be a bit underwhelming. Though it does raise a point about the unknown. Some journeys aren't meant to be undertaken lightly and there's no way to know what lies on the other side of the reflection until you've already taken the one-way plunge, so it's always good to enjoy what you have in the present and live life to the fullest, regardless of what your choices may lead towards.
Nyargh's route was my favorite due to the cozy atmosphere (and the adorably wonderful bees). I can understand and respect his struggles, and it resonated with me because there wasn't much of a 'dramatic' twist, simply a strong bond between two people who want to understand each other better. It's no less important in scope, but I've always had an appreciation for conclusions that are tender and warm and peaceful.
Thank you very much for the wonderful experiences.
Nyargh's was my fave too. I did Yiestol's but for personal reasons wasn't fond of the idea of the 'good' end. It was after meeting Nyargh and learning more that I fell for him. Visually he's so different but inside he is so pure and I can hardly imagine a better life than a gentle yet stable delivery job and coming home to dozens of adorable bees and a loving partner.
This game was an absolute delight in every way. A lot of the time I feel like it's difficult for media to throw the audience into a world they should already 'know', but I felt the natural build of information and Vil's POV tackled that issue well. And what a world it is! It's weird and wonderful and I loved learning about and experiencing it through Vil's eyes.
!!! SPOILERS !!!
The act of spending so much time in what was familiar to Vil, through Vil's POV, also served to make the twist of Brattan's route something special. Getting to experience Vil and Brattan learning to live in a world and bodies that were new to them added a level of awe to something familiar, and it left me with a much higher level of appreciation for his route than I think I would have walked away with otherwise.
That said, all of the routes were delightful experiences! They all felt very down-to-earth despite being couched in the unfamiliar and strange, because at the core they remained very relatable: standing at the precipice of growth and change, heading out to explore the unknown, or trying to open yourself up to another. It made the story feel very cozy and intimate in a way that made it soothing in something that, at first glance, you'd never expect such a feeling from.
Thank you for creating and sharing this game! It's going to be sticking with me for a while, I think.
I really took a chance on this game, and I'm glad I did. Horror elements and gore have always been gag-inducing for me, but this game does such a fantastic job of painting them as beautiful and intimate. Really well done.
I love world building like that. It doesn't go into hyper detail but it's enough to show how a basic day is here as well as the rule of law. Things are just how they are for them.
I decided to go with Yeistol's rout because he's so gentle and elegant. The other one I would have gone with would be Barttan because he's playful and has an infectious attitude.
The twist and turns with emotions as you get closer with Yeistol (he's the only ending I got so far) was moving. Also, the twist was something I never thought of before and really made me think if I would be okay with a decision like that. Keeping it vague to be spoiler free.
I like stories with huge life changing choices for the character mid way through the story. Something that involves a completely alien concept to the main protag and the reader. You make decisions you never thought you would ever consider and learn something about yourself as well as adding a unique memory.
You did a good job Fal and Miru, so take my $5. It would be more (because you deserve more) but this is what I can afford right now. Keep up the solid righting and art style. This my be a niche story and not for all but that's what makes it special.
Some of the most captivating & unique worldbuilding to be found in a visual novel! The character designs, environments, and audio blend together perfectly on top of a otherworldly, sweet story.
Amazing that this experience is free
Got the game for Yeistol’s route because his art looked pretty, but was completely BLINDSIDED when I met Nyrgah for the first time and was hit with Zaddy vibes. NEVER had a thing for a Eldritch-horror-esque character before.
I think this game might have awakened something… 🥲
Love this VN!!!!! I really hope an expansion of some sorts is made someday, but even without it I love this game and love to revisit it!
I absolutely love this game. It's so well written and the art is gorgeous. The characters are wonderful. I think Yiestol is my favourite but I do really adore Brattan and Nyrgah. If there was ever an expansion of the lore/story of this world I'd be ecstatic. It's very interesting.
Ngl I never thought previously that being eaten could be romantic but it sure felt so when playing his route. Probably because it didn't just straight up lead to dying lol Thank yall for this wonderful game. <3
I find it hard to articulate my thoughts after going through this VN, as I believe it's best to play it without much context or knowledge of the game. It's wonderfully written, gorgeously rendered, and surprisingly human at turns. Much thought was put into each character, and the world is so, so unique and vivid.
I've never played anything quite like this - so if you've stumbled upon this game, take this as a sign to dive deep into the unsettling yet heartfelt world in Meeting in the Flesh. <3
A good game would recommend it. Like a lot of others it seems, played Yiestols route and really liked it. I haven't had to play the others but they do seem good.
I played through all of Yiestols routes on my channel and then went back for the other two on my own lol. I think Yiestol is my favorite but also jellyworms, ya know? Super cool game I just really liked itthere was that one vore misunderstanding but it was just funny lol
Hi I'm back! Thank you for having created such a beautiful novel.
Recently I've found out frantically clicking is also one of the best ways to enjoy this game. Here's a clip:
My compliments to the artists. The art is very high quality and the monster/character designs are great!
(Dunno if the artist(s) takes commission at all, but damn.)
Music and ambience too, it's fire. Kudos to you two.
(edit) The story as well is fire, forgot to mention that too.
I'm absolutely in love with this game my only problem.. ok problem is wrong word to use but I wish there was like more lore/more information on the world and everything. This game is gonna live rent free in the back of my mind for who knows how long. ngl i'd be down to play another game or even read a story set in this world.
Thank you so much for playing, nulCat! Honestly, it's very flattering that you'd like to see more of the lore and world. To a certain extent writing from Vil's perspective definitely limits things, but sometimes leaving things a bit open is much more interesting than whatever we might set in stone, we think!
Although we've moved to a new project and are working on it passionately, if we ever have a good idea that would make us want to revisit this world, we'll certainly consider a sequel. :> Thank you so much for your kind feedback, we're so glad if the game left a positive impression!
I'm not the type of person who usually plays dating sims, but the art was so beautiful that it kept me going until the end! I've made a video on it, please enjoy!
Genuinely wonderful game. I've seen it once or twice in passing and never downloaded it until now, and I'm really glad I did. I made an account just to comment and say how impressed I was! I've been recommending it to my friends because it's just so well done.
Thank you so much Cryptid! We're deeply honoured you not only took the time to comment but made an account expressly to let us know you had a good experience with the game, and we're really happy you took a chance on it. That really means so much to us! Thank you so much for kindly recommending it too, we're deeply appreciative of any word of mouth!
Absolutely beautiful. Always slightly eerie - the music was lovely and appropriate to each scene and also felt like a horror movie, keeping me a bit on edge. I loved the way the city felt - with people's genuine care for each other, full of life, and also slightly terrifying. The little mentions of how Vil runs, the pus on their face, constantly making me update my perception of them/myself-as-the-main-character.
Fantastic worldbuilding and so well-written. Every scene layered on more details perfectly. I wasn't confused by anything, and while the game leaves a lot of questions about the world unanswered, it gives plenty of depth and just leaves more room for imagination. (And you do get an idea of how each path would go at the end even if you took a different path)
The art is of course just gorgeous. I keep stopping to hide the text and just take in the feel of the scene - especially with the music and the colouring. The character designs were really cool, especially how many different emotions they showed during conversations. You managed to give three very nonhuman characters understandable body language and 'facial' expressions!
The first time I played it, I spoke with Yiestol bc he was first and then was disappointed that I couldn't explore with Brattan lol. But the conversation with Yiestol really made me stop, and think, both from my perspective and from Vil's. I ended up choosing the dialogue options that gave me no choice but to refuse Yiestol, which hadn't been my intention. I kinda love that, tho? I made genuine character choices and that meant my character wasn't right for Yiestol, as much as I'd been trying to romance him. Plus, it turned out his romance path was a bit more intense than I'd been expecting. (Trying to avoid specific spoilers :D )
(Personally, the sort of Big Brother police state thing he had going on would normally be 'horror' without the sexy/romance aspect. That shit's terrifying irl. But hey, it's a horror game, there's flesh on the walls and the food burns your mouth, so it actually fit perfectly into the world!)
And now, a few months later, I was feeling in the mood for some more horror romance (and, as I'd just rewatched Venom, was also more in the mood for exploring that kind of bond.) And it was just as enjoyable this time around - same little thrills/chills from the music, from the punishment salt scenes, from the legit horror elements; getting to notice more details about the world; romancing Yiestol. Plus even though I vaguely knew what direction the conversation should go, I wasn't entirely sure which answers would get me there, so I still got to think through my character decisions and accept the consequences.
And it was so lovely! Watching the eclipse, the beautiful artwork, the perfect music, stopping to really take in the impact of the dialogue. I was able to picture how Vil felt towards Yiestol, and imagine making a similar/equivalent decision myself, so it felt less like I was just clicking through a story about someone else's emotional moments and more like I was really playing/living the character.
And the Yiestol ending was so good!! A real horror scene written as an erotic romance. (And I was half-expecting it would just end there, as though Vil hadn't realised exactly what was going to happen, and the 'erotic'/bonding parts of the scene really were pure horror; although I enjoy just as much that it was a real romance ending). It felt like a good decision for Vil's character, too. (Also I gotta say I was impressed with Yiestol's mouth. Was not expecting what I'd seen of his mandibles/teeth to go that far, so it was a delightful/terrifying surprise)
I'm going to replay it to see how the other two go, and I'm looking forward to how their paths get fleshed out, but honestly just Yiestol's path was really worth it for me, so I went and 'rebought' the game so I could actually pay you (since I got it in the itch BRJE). And I'm definitely recommending it to some friends irl (we've joked about being into 'monsterfucking', so if they're actually looking for some real content I can't think of anything better than this game).
- I did notice a couple typos (very few!) - how do you want us to report those?
- any recommendations for similar games, once I've played through all of this?
I absolutely love this game. Your writing is beautiful, the illustrations are gorgeous, and the whole thing is just so perfectly sentimental. I'm not ashamed to say I cried (and played through all of the paths).
I actually downloaded it for free, then went back to "buy" it today.
Oh gosh Lemon, thank you for trying the game out and even going so far as to support us! We appreciate it so much, and we're really touched and happy if you found the story moving. We couldn't ask for a higher compliment. Thank you for taking the time to kindly tell us your experience with it, it's deeply encouraging. We will work hard to pour as much passion and energy into our new project as we did for this one!
Has this game been abandoned?
The game isn't abandoned, it's just completed!
The story lasts several days before concluding. If it seems to end abruptly after the first day, you may be playing the demo and not the full version.
The full version is the Patreon one? Or does it exist here in Itch too?
We don't have a Patreon, only an Itch.io at this time, so the full version is here. :) On the bottom of the itch.io game page, downloading should give you the list of file options, and that is the full version! Our game is relatively short and can be completed in around 2-4 hours fairly comfortably depending on reading speed.
This game had no business being as absolutely amazing as it was. I've never liked vore in my life and Yiestol's route was just so gorgeous and I adored it way too much; seriously, thanks to whoever wrote all that out. The writing itself is just consistently outstanding and the character designs blew me away. All the art pieces really just made the game that much better, they were beautiful.
Thank you for giving the game a chance emdrew! We're so grateful and happy that you enjoyed it so much, and we really appreciate you taking the time to kindly review it. We're both really happy you approve of the writing and the art!!
this was so good holy shit.........i think my only concern/thing that i would hope to be changed is the dialog? im not much of a reader and i think it would be great if it was shortened. but overall this game was so freakin good!!! i really liked vil's char design too <33
Thank you for playing our game sleetskate! Although it's quite a talky game, we're really happy you enjoyed it despite that - the game we're working on now and just released a demo for may be more up your alley, with a higher ratio of dialogue to description! And we're so happy Vil's reveal was positive for you! It's always a gamble so we know it won't always make everyone happy, but we're really happy it worked for you.
It's a really really nice game. The art is gorgeous and the overall feel of the writing is... gorily wholesome? I see that some people bemoan the fact that Vil looks too human but she sure doesn't feel it. The world feels alien and yet familiar becasue it's every day life. Very awesome, Im now going to harass my Twitter followers into checking it out :p
Thank you very much Newt! We're both really glad you enjoyed our game and we deeply deeply appreciate you sharing your interest in the game on social media! Almost all the traffic we get comes from word of mouth, so we're genuinely grateful for that.
I really enjoyed this game, loved the warm, yet gorey atmosphere and world, how diverse the monsters are, all of the characters, solid 3-4 hours of enjoyment, would love to see more in this setting. Mostly everyone is kind, but since a human couldn't eat the food, maybe a good place to visit but not to live, although I guess they'd probably turn like how the reverse happened for Vil and Brattan. I was wondering "okay, Yiestol is lithe and kind of like a sexy android, and Brattan is a classic furry, but how will they make Nyargh appealing?" Well, naturally, he's an absolute sweetheart and also tentacles, how could I forget?
Thank you so much for trying out our game Ruise, and for sharing your comments and thoughts! We're both really happy that you enjoyed it, and that all the characters had something that could appeal to you. It's especially great to hear that you warmed to Nyargh and that we could strike the right balance with him! c:
I expected it to be more unusual, but beside one or two colourful details, the characters' problems are very human and so is the dialogue and everything else. Sure, pus will be mentioned a few times, but Nyargh is essentially a kind-hearted cat lover, Yiestol a workaholic and his route (could be read as) a metaphor for serious long-term relationships, Brattan is the enthusiastic best friend... The characters personalities and struggles are too human. I expected something far more alien.
This doesn't mean the game isn't fun or anything of that sort, though. I had fun playing the game and would recommend it, even though I think the concept is far more interesting than the execution.
Not a fan of the MC’s design, by the way. She looks too human. For a moment I thought her being completely human would be a plot twist and I was kind of living for it, because how would a human adapt to that world and how did she get there in the first place? But no. She was just pus-in-the-eye girl with gorilla hands and kangaroo legs, I guess?
Yiestol I wasn’t interested in, but his smooth, affable personality won me over. And that’s saying a lot, considering he’s what seems to be a police state’s panopticon.
Brattan is adorable, like a puppy. He’s so enthusiastic and passionate. He’s my second favourite LI, but his route is my favourite overall. If a hot werewolf told me “hey want to leave your life and come with me to another world?” I’d say: fuck, lead the way, mate. Wait… did this game make me a furry? *gasp*
Nyargh’s design is pretty cool and the different mood animations involving different mouths opening are pretty awesome overall. I love how he’s the gentlest soul and the most visually strange out of all the LIs. He’s my favourite LI. I was counting on the tentacle sex, by the way. No tentacle sex? WE RIOT.
Anyway, play this game if only for Nyargh's route. He's a cutie.
Thank you very much for taking the time to offer your thoughtful feedback and personal perspective on the game! It sounds like it wasn't entirely to your taste, but the review will be really helpful for others on what to expect and to avoid any disappointment. We're glad you were still able to enjoy some aspects of our work!
Good job there was the content warning, I was not ready for all that hand-holding.
I knew I was going to enjoy Meeting In The Flesh the moment I read the description, but wow! The art and the writing wonderfully combine grotesque body horror with a wholesome atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Every relationship feels natural, within moments of meeting everybody I felt an immediate sense of fondness and familiarity with each of them. Yiestol was my favourite (never thought I'd ever enjoy vore) but each of the suitors routes were a joy to playthrough; it's so nice to have every route be such a positive experience, even if I didn't choose to pursue a romance. I adored all of the world-building details, and it would be great to read more stories set in this world. The music was also amazing, ambient and emotional in every scene.
This is my perfect romance visual novel. Heck it's my perfect romance story in general, thank you so much for creating such an incredible experience.
P.S. How do you make big bees so cute? I've never been that keen on bees but now I really want to pet a big bee!
Thank you so much for your kind feedback, anmanarrative! It's really meaningful to us to hear your thoughts and the things that worked for you!
And we're so happy if we could sell you on the notion of big bees. We do love a big buzzy dribbling giga-bee! 🐝
It's wonderful to hear that the aesthetics and the mood felt harmonious for you overall, and that you enjoyed what we wrote for the romance. Thank you immensely for taking the time to write this review for our little game, it's very special to both of us to know our little project resonated for someone, and making a visual novel that felt perfect for you is the highest praise we could ever hope for.