Oh my, the theme of "personality beyond the surface" is taking an amazing storytelling and satisfiying my monstrous self here xD
Meeting in the Flesh [DEMO]
A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
Meeting in the Flesh is a free small-scale 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.
(The game is currently rated PG-13 for horror imagery and mentions of violence.)
(Update 11/13/17: Demov2 uploaded to include small writing fixes and UI adjustments.)
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 currently in pre-alpha! That means it's still in development and all content is still being produced and tweaked. For that reason there is no music or SFX at this time, but there will be in the final build of the game. None of the artwork or text is in an incomplete state, but it may not be final or fully representative of the complete game. (The final game is also planned to be rated R, with a toggle to turn off any adult-rated content and bring the game rating down to PG-13.)
Please report any bugs, typos, visual aberrations or error codes to us, and we'll fix them as soon as possible! Our game devblog is on tumblr at meetingintheflesh!
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This alpha really made my day! Not only is the game exceptionally creative, but it is done extremely well too. Art and text are cohesive so that the player really enters this strange universe, becoming Vil and apart of the story you guys are trying to create. Nyargh, Brattan, and Yiestol all seem like well developed characters (from the little we get to see of them) and I am absolutely smitten with each of them for different reasons. As salty as I am for not being able to play their routes yet, it only fuels me to keep an eye out for the Beta. I can see great things from this little gem of a game.
I absolutely love what you all have so far! The characters are super lovable and I am already pretty attached to them all after just the demo. The art is great as well! Definitely keep up the good work all of you! Also, another small note, I appreciate the idea of having a toggle for the rated R content, because it makes this sim even more open to people with different preferences and age groups too!
Awww gosh, thank you so much for the kind compliments and for your support, this is such a sweet message. We're really glad the game appeals to you and that you enjoyed what you saw so far!
It's also really encouraging to hear the R-rating toggle sounds like a good idea to you too. We knew our visuals and content might be a little niche, so we wanted to make sure everyone felt like they could try it if they liked the look of it.
We'll do our best to keep our nose to the grindstone and hopefully produce a complete game that won't disappoint!
i love the illustrations of this game and how its not an ordinary visual novel! The characters are amazing, Yiestol has to be my favourite though. I can't wait for this to be finished and am looking forward to it!
That's incredibly flattering to hear! Thank you so much for your kind compliments and feedback, we're really glad that you enjoyed the demo and liked the overall flavour of the game! (And aw, Yiestol would definitely blush if his chitinous shell allowed him to.)
there is a pc zip and mac zip but thru the actual itch.io browser its "unavailable for windows"
I seem to have made a small error while uploading v2 of the demo and marked the game unavailable for PC and Mac! I think the issue should be fixed now, thank you so much for the pointer!
I love it. I love that it's not the typical cutesy VN, and I love the style of writing. I'm going to write about this in my indie game blog (if that's okay) and I'll share a link when it's finished! :) I can't wait to see more.
Oh gosh, thank you so much! We're really happy that we seem to have hit the right horror-mundane balance we were aiming for, and that people enjoy it. We absolutely welcome any write-ups, of course; we'd be really grateful for the time and effort put into it, and we'd love to see it when it's done!
Oh wow, thank you so much for the article! It's incredibly flattering and we're really glad you enjoyed what you saw. We're also very appreciative of the promotion to your readers. I hope it's okay that we've queued your post for our developer tumblr as well!
I *really* enjoyed what you have of this game so far, and am interested in the end product! I think it's written very well and I really like the world building. It makes me want to learn more about how this world works and it's characters. I also really love the art, very creative! Can't wait to come back and play this again when it's finished! :D
Aw gosh, thank you so much for the kind praise and encouragement! We're so happy that you enjoyed the art and the story, and we really hope the final work will live up to expectations and deliver an experience that matches the demo. We're going to keep doing our best and will definitely keep you updated on our progress! :)