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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 ... ?

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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 inkethic@gmail.com, 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!

Meeting in the Flesh is produced by Fal (cacoethic) and Miru (inktrashing). 

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Update log:
- 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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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.  

omg throwback..

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 it 

there 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:

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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.

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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.

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! 

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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. 

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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?

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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. 

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Has this game been abandoned?

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Hi PaleAngel!

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?

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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.

That's good to know! :)

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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.

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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

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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

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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?

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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! 

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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. 

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This is probably one of my favorite dating sims now.
I love quite literally everything about it, the writing, the character design, the characters themselves. The combination of grotesque and sweet, the way everything feels so incredibly homey and gentle, even with the macabre world. It feels like real tangible effort went into making the world itself (blood and all) feel kind as opposed to trying to work against it. There's such a quaint, charming, mundane feeling to the daily interactions of Vil that made the entire thing feel... just... warm. Safe. Comforting.
The characters are so kind and welcoming, I love the emphasis on how each of them makes Vil feel at ease and comfortable. I love the sensory details in the writing. I adore how in many ways, your expectations are questioned by the routes themselves.

It's such a unique and pleasant experience and I'm honestly in love with it.
I can only describe this game as beautiful, and I thank InkEthic for making it.

PROS
- INCREDIBLE writing. There were times while I was reading that I completely lost track of literally everything else around me.
- Gorgeous art
- Amazing story
- A fascinating world that's really interesting to learn about.
- Fantastic character design
- Lovable romance options that are all unique, interesting, and compelling for their own reasons.
- A level of softness, kindness, and comfort one probably isn't expecting
- THE BACK BUTTON, I need you to know how much I love the back button.

CONS
- Adult content off was Not as PG-13 as I was expecting oh god
(I wouldn't normally mind, but I played Yiestol's route on stream and was a little taken aback by how sexually explicit it was.)

???
- I like vore now.

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Hi! Thank you so much for this lovely and thorough review of our game, the feedback is really invaluable to us!

First off, we're so glad you enjoyed the world of Vil and the other inhabitants. This kind of thoughtful response gives us such a strong idea of what we should pursue and focus on for the future of our games, and it means a lot to us that you took the time to share your experience!

We're both very sorry that you got a start while streaming, and we're going to address the Pg13 text to be safer for streamers in the future. At the time our metric for Pg13 was very... Not well informed, as both of us are from countries that have a 15 rating, not a pg13 rating, and there's quite a lot that a 15 rating can get away with in terms of text and image. We had a bit of an awakening when, in the discussion that ensued from this feedback, we realised that a lot of our 15-rated examples were not PG13 in the states, but rated more highly. Our ignorance is a serious oversight, and replaying it now is really eye-opening with exactly how uninformed we were... Thank you for bringing this to us. We've really tried to make an effort to be thorough and clear and safe with every aspect of our labelling, so we consider this a very serious failure on our part.

We can't offer a timeline because of the volume of edits involved, but this is a very high priority for us. We have a list of QoL and bug fixes in the pipeline across our line of games, and we'll roll this fix into it.

Thank you again so much!

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An enjoyable and sweet experience, your world building leaves me entranced from start to finish and the almost 'gross' setting of it all is really one-of-a-kind and super interesting! Not to mention the art is amazing! 

I'm wholeheartedly Team Brattan too, lol.

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Oh, thank you so much for this kind comment! It's really touching that you tried out and enjoyed our game, and that you like Brattan!

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Greetings!

We just finished playing your game, which we streamed on Twitch, and we really loved it. : )

We found the story engaging and thoughtful. We loved the characters and the warmth of all the interactions. The creature design and world building were very enjoyable and added a lot to the story. 

It was really refreshing to have a game where all the love interests aren't total strangers at the beginning of the story and we felt that the clear presence of friendship before romance added so much to the 'dating' experience. 

Our favorite thing, out of many well liked things, had to be the warm and comfortable feel of the game and it's environment. We were continually impressed at how everything in the game continued to feel both familiar and inviting regardless of the content or focus. It was a lovely subversion of expectations and added so much to the overall experience.

If you would like to see what we did please feel to check it out on our YouTube channel. : ) The last segment isn't up as of this posting, but will be on Nov, 28, 2020.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjno0226g2FIl_Vit9qp77h_vmi9mGfDa

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Hi there, Lies and Scandal!

Thank you so much for this lovely feedback, and I'm terribly sorry for how late it is! We're glad the familiarity of the characters helped to ease you into the story and maintain a welcoming atmosphere throughout. Since that was a fundamental part of the game as much as the script or characters, it's really lovely to hear that kind of response.

I'm also really grateful for your playthrough! We both really enjoyed your thoughtful commentary and your sense of humour about the game, and it's really uplifting to hear that kind of enthusiasm about our work. Thank you immensely for giving the game a try and for sharing it with others through your gameplay!

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This game was great! The descriptions are AMAZING, all the characters are well written and lovable

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I'm very sorry for the delay in our response as we've both been tied up in various things for the last few months, but we're really happy you enjoyed our little game islandrock! Thank you so so much for giving it a go and for your sweet message!

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i made an account on here for a couple of reasons but what really pushed me to do it was this game!! oh my god! it is incredibly well written, the world feels real and unfamiliar and gross and beautiful all at once. the concept is grand! the characters are incredibly likeable! i've been on a visual novel kick recently and this one really stuck with me,  i've been thinking about it since i played through all the routes. a wonderful game. thank u for making it :-)

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Oh gosh, thank you so much, hospitalsocks! This is such an unbelievably lovely and kind comment, and we can't thank you enough for spending time with our game and coming back to share your experience. We're really happy that it spoke to you and that you found the story and the world satisfying to play!

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I loved this game. I feel like it was gently insightful, if that makes sense? I had to often check my own biases and immediate reactions towards certain things, like how I felt about pus or blood, which was really cool.
There was one specific interaction during Nyargh's route where the MC spoke to a child and had the option to see things from multiple points of view, and I feel like I also had to do that as a player.

I found myself starting to be fearful of what might happen, especially the vore route, but somehow every route ended up feeling safe and the fear didn't last.
Thank you so much for making this game, and especially for making it free :)

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Thank you so much for this sweet message ZedNenZen, and we're both so grateful and touched to hear such a kind description of our game! It really means so much to both of us. We're very glad that the game didn't cause you any prolonged discomfort especially, and that you felt safe and secure with the game's choices! That was really important for us as developers, so we're really happy you had a good experience with it.

Thank you for trying our game, and for taking the time to share your thoughts!

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I went into Meeting in the Flesh expecting something horrific, what I've got instead was a sickeningly sweet game with some body horror that doesn't make one feel queasy to look at and the world building was very unique in the sense it feel somewhat fleshed out with an already established history.

What I really appreciate is that the monsters themselves aren't portrayed the way monsters girls are like as if they were fetish objects with cliche tropes as their personality, what sets this apart is that the love interests are portrayed with a agency of their own along with Vil.

Meeting in the Flesh is a labor of love filled with a wholesome body horror game. It's a crime for this game to be free because it's a game that deserves a price tag, it is worthy buying to thank the people who have created this wonderful game for us to enjoy

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments Mechartist! We're both really glad the game was a positive experience and that you liked our approach. Games that are challenging and ominous are terrific too, but we were really gunning for a game you could relax into easily despite the content, so we're both really thrilled if it felt that way!

We really appreciate this lovely and considered review!

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I really liked this game, so creepy yet so wholesome!

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Thank you so much for trying out our game, and we're so glad you enjoyed it!

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Aw. That was just... nice. The music reminds me of the WTNV music by Disparition. The visuals are lovely and the worlduilding's pretty great! In fact, I'd've liked it to be longer, to see more from all these other monsters along Vil's route and what else is going on in the world!

A few things struck me as unusual choices that, if the devs are still watching this page, I'd like to hear more about!

(Mild spoilers ahead for anyone perusing the comments section)

-The punishment salt baths - Vil has the option to linger at one and the next day we see the remains of either three or maybe one-but-jostled - seem like they should be leading to something.  Are these for worldbuilding's sake or do they tie into a route I haven't found yet?

-How did you decide on this layout? You commented below about the prose-heaviness prompting a change from the usual VN layout, but why have the prose on the left versus the right side of the screen? I often found myself so sucked into the prose I forgot to glance to my right to see the monster boys' cute expressions!

-Interesting that the choosing a route happens sequentially rather than all at once ('Yiestol or not? > Brettan or not? > Nyargh or not?' vs something like having Vil finish the salt route on Day 2, offering the player the chance to follow up with 'Yiestol or Brettan or Nyargh'). I kinda ended up doing Yiestol's route first because I felt bad skipping out on him - which I bet would've been true no matter who we encountered first. Can you tell me more about this decision?

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We're really glad you enjoyed the game and thank you so much for your comment and your lovely thoughts! It's really interesting to hear this kind of feedback on how you experienced and thought about these things, and I'm really happy to answer whatever I can!

- The punishment salt helps add a little more context to the world, but it's really just for flavour! Since we get to learn more about Yiestol's job as a community overlook operator, we thought it would be good to portray what happens when monsters transgress against each other or generally make trouble for others, and how routine this sort of sight becomes for people living there.

- I'm not sure we had anything particular in mind with choosing the right art display over left! Since the natural movement of reading for English readers is left to right, it might be that we instinctively prioritised the text over the art a bit more.

- I think we really liked the idea of integrating the choice sequentially because it followed the manner that Vil's day goes - they meet people one by one as they traverse on their route. That way, you also get to learn a bit more about them before having to make a particular choice, by having this back-and-forth small-talk before it's time to decide. An unintended side-effect is that it seems like many people do play in order of character introduction, which we felt was probably the best order for the stories.

Thank you so much for the questions and your lovely thoughts!

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Really loved the game, especially the bees.

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Thank you so much! We both really enjoyed writing and illustrating the bees, and they're definitely the cutest critters we got to design. Save the bees!

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I love how this game mixes gore and romance in such an elegant and captivating way.

Will the game have a sequel or after story of the routes?

I would love to see more of the characters or that world.

For example: I take it for granted that when Brattan and Vil have become more adapted to their new bodies and society, they will explore again and begin to explore the world and its wonders (I wonder what face they will put when they see for the first time the sea or the snow or the desert or cultural differences between countries).

I like the concept of "Bonding" by Yiestol, it reminds me of the "fusion" of Steven Universe (But more gore and no turning back XD), I would like to see adventures of them in their new form and how they enjoy existence together (Technically they are continuously in a date XD)

And my dearest Nyargh, curiously, I felt that his relationship with Vil and his route was the closest thing to our society's concept of "close friends to boyfriends", I would like to see how those changes affect their relationship, and how they have dates together.

Simple words, I loved the game, and if you decide to make another one, you would make me very happy, but if you decide not to, nothing happens, I will still love you equally.

Thank you very much for making this game so wonderful.

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Aw gosh, thank you so much for playing our game Aural, and we're really so glad you enjoyed the story and characters! It means a lot to us to hear anyone would enjoy seeing more of the world we made!

Unfortunately we don't presently have a sequel planned, though we do have other projects in the works (slowed down a bit by covid, I'm afraid). In part this is because we'd like to leave the story open enough for exactly these sorts of speculations! Your thoughts on how these characters might go on into the future is so wonderful.

If we think of anything interesting enough to make a full arc for this world again, we'd like to revisit it. But we wouldn't want to take away the opportunity to imagine something cool for these characters unless we can deliver something totally worthwhile.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

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I loved this game so much. The visuals were amazing and the story was very well put together!! I just love everything about it

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Thank you so much! That you enjoyed the story and art really means so much to both of us. We really appreciate your kind feedback!

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I! LOVE! NYARGH! SO! MUCH!!!!! Yiestol is definitely a close second, but MAN, I loved Nyargh's route! He's the only datable character I've seen in a game like this that is completely monstrous and doesn't have a humanesque body shape... He's kind and caring and I love him. ;w; And his bees. (Thank you for letting us pet the bees!!!)

Fangirling aside, this was honestly SUCH a good game! The story is fleshed out (hehe) and well written, the art is AMAZING, and the pace is pretty perfect. Learning how the world works is easy, and even the background characters are well done. The only "flaw" is that there are some typos, mostly during the later half of the routes, but they are easy to miss and do not hinder the flow of the game. (I'm not sure if this is still being worked on, but I would be more than willing to go through everything again and pick out all the errors I can find.)

Like many others have said, I appreciate the fact that while everything is dripping with horror elements, the story isn't meant to scare the player. I've honestly been looking for what feels like forever for a game where you can date monsters without having them be humanized or part of an abusive story-line, and this scratched that itch PERFECTLY. (That being said, Brattan's route is my least favourite, even though it is the most mysterious... but that's just a personal preference, and I know many people would adore his route!!) I would honestly gladly pay real money for updates/a sequel/a new game that's similar. (Please please PLEASE make more! I don't care what you do, the two of you are fantastic together and I crave more of this delicious horror romance content!! *insert the "shut up and take my money" gif here* )

Please, if you find this page and are even remotely curious or interested in what you see, download this game!! You will not regret it! 

Awh gosh Loliqua, this comment is so lovely and kind -- reading it is honestly really moving for us. We're both so grateful you enjoyed the game and that it could scratch a rare itch!

Although there's many dating sims for monsters, we're just really glad we could fill a particular void and create a world that didn't feel too repetitive. Above anything else we hoped people could enjoy the game's environment and Vil's friends, and get a feeling of belonging. If we could succeed with that in any small way then we're so incredibly happy. Thank you so much for giving our game a chance, and we're so glad you're willing to stick with us for our future projects!

(We do also apologise for the typos! Unfortunately for many reasons our hopes to quickly fix those things were bumped down in priority, but we do hope to get to repairing those issues in future. Honestly, if you wouldn't mind picking out errors, we'd be really grateful for the help in assembling a list! I know it's been quite a while since this message though, so it's no trouble if it's a bit late to ask! We're also over at inkethic@gmail.com !)

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wowowowowow, its 330 am and i just spent a full 5 straight hours going through each of the routes. i expected to only touch the game to check it out tonight, but the worldbuilding is beautiful, the art delicious, and the twists and turns of the story kept me coming back even when i had to get up to grab a snack or go to the bathroom. the CGs for every occassion were spectacular, and i found myself adoring each of the characters so much more than i expected. like? normally the nsfw bits are ones i like to skip thru, but everything was written so interestingly and everything felt like a natural extension of the story that by the end i was actually okay being eaten. 12/10 i would kill a man to get more from this universe and/or more from you.

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Awh gosh, it's incredibly flattering for us to know that you found the game riveting enough to stay locked in like that, but we're also really sorry we messed up your sleep schedule! Thank you so, so much for playing the game and for taking the time to provide this sort of feedback. We're really glad we could hit the right balance in the story for you, especially with the nsfw content - we did our best as a team to work out a tone that felt right for the characters and the story we'd made thus far. It's also really touching and uplifting to know you enjoyed the visuals and the artwork!

We unfortunately don't have current plans to revisit this world specifically, not until we really think we have some worthwhile stories to tell. But we're always collaborating, so there will be more from inkethic in future!

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This has been one of my favorite games from the Bundle for Racial Justice! The art is amazing, the world-building is fascinating, and I love all of the characters, routes, and endings. Thank you for sharing!

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Awh gosh, thank you so much for playing the game! It really means so much that you gave our weird game a chance amongst so many amazing gems in the Bundle, and we're really so glad that you enjoyed it! Thank you for your sweet comments and for supporting the Bundle!

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You can't fuck the ant, this game sucks

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the bee movie has really changed some of you people smh

Hi, I tried playing this today and I am getting an "uncaught exception" error when I try to save/quick save.  Its something about having no valid save locations. Here's a pastebin of the error:   

https://pastebin.com/PRWRxPvw  

I'm running the game through the itch app on MacOS Mojave 10.14.6. 

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Hi!

I really do apologise for the trouble with this; it's definitely an intersection of issues between the client, MacOS and the game code. Although we can resolve this, unfortunately it'll take us some time to implement it on account of our ongoing schedules and access to necessary hardware. If it's possible for you to play the game outside of the client until we're able to resolve the problem we'd really appreciate it, otherwise we hope you'll be able to enjoy it once we can get the fix in place!

Thank you so much for letting us know about this issue!

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Chose the vore route straight off, while thinking I was avoiding the vore route (not because I didn't want to play it eventually, but just because I thought I'd start in the shallow end of the body horror pool!). 

No regrets, it was incredibly adorable and actually ended up playing into a story trope that I really love. I'm looking forward to the next two routes. I love body horror, transformation stories, *and* Ghibli-sweet slice of life, so this VN is right up my alley. Lovely art, too.

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We're very glad you're enjoying the game so far, and thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how it's going!

You definitely picked the most direct body horror route, and we're just really glad it was comfortable and enjoyable for you. The game routes diverge a fair bit from each other, so hopefully there'll still be some interesting surprises that you like in the other stories!

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I've finished all the routes now, and I enjoyed all of them! I liked the way they all subverted expectations to a degree. Torn between whether Yiestol or Nyargh was my favorite, oddly enough. Would 100% marry Nyargh in reality, even if he *is* a floating fleshball. Incredibly sweet and lovely game all the way around. Thank you for making it!

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I liked this game a lot; it's a nice change of pace from the usual dating sims, and pleasingly simple to get into the love interests' routes.  I gotta say I fell in love with Nyargh and his bees.  Those bees were heckin' cute.  


Yiestol looked cool in the last picture, too, and I liked Vil's design.  

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Hi! I'm so sorry for how delayed this response is, but I wanted to thank you so much for your lovely thoughts and feedback on how you found our game!  We're both so glad you enjoyed the story (and the bees!) and that we could present something that felt different for you!

Thank you so much for giving our game a look, and for taking the extra time to comment! It really means so much to us.

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This was such a fun game! I absolutely ADORED all the art and the worldbuilding felt so creative and interesting! All three of the monsters were really fascinating in their own ways, and I enjoyed all three routes immensely - even Yiestol's, which I was initially a bit unsure about! Nyargh's route was probably my favourite though... It's just so cosy and lovely! I truly love the way this game embraces weirdness wholeheartedly. Thank you for making such a beautiful game!

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Gosh, this is such a kind comment, having our weird game called beautiful is such incredibly high praise... We're both really touched and happy that you enjoyed our work on it! Thank you so much for giving the game a try and even braving a route that might have otherwise been daunting. We're so glad you enjoyed it!

Also please forgive how late this reply is! I'm the one who handles the social media, so I can only apologise for my sluggishness!

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I just finished my first play through and damn,,, I did not expect this game to make me as soft as it did. You all did a wonderful job writing the characters and exploring the world. It's strange but it makes sense and is beautiful in it's own way!

One criticism I have is that there's a couple of typos/grammatical errors in Brattan's route! They're not a big deal it was just something I noticed.

Overall this is one of my new favorite VNs! I'll definitely be coming back to this title in the near future <3

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Aw gosh, we're both really grateful for your lovely comment, and we're really glad you enjoyed the game! Hearing that you think so highly of it really means more than we could possibly say.

We apologise for the typos! We do have a fix in the works for several things that should also repair that, but we've been set back by various challenges this year. We hope we can address it in future!

Thank you so much for playing our game!

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