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Essence (post-apocalyptic girlxboy) DEMO 1.0 by Shinkami Essence (post-apocalyptic girlxboy) DEMO 1.0 by Shinkami
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Years of incessantly blabbing to my friends have led to this moment. //so not epic

Essence follows Alice, an amnesic human inhabiting a mechanical vessel, as she attempts to carve a future for herself in the world devastated by a lethal virus. Waking from a nine-month coma, she must cope not only with Cath, a sullen, tight-pantsed survivor, but the new omnipresence of death and her own memories of killing several people. The choices you make impact the relationships Alice builds with other survivors and ultimately her fate.

ANY AND ALL COMMENTS/CRITICISM/CRITIQUE WELCOME. I WANT THE FINAL VERSION TO BE AS GOOD AS IT POSSIBLY CAN BE.

As for a specific aspect, however, I would like to know what you think of Alice's narrative. Do you like, dislike, or feel indifferent toward her character? Do you enjoy reading from her perspective, and do you think you could continue to enjoy it for the duration of a long game (50,000+ words per path)? I know several otome protagonists take a backseat to the bachelors (often so the player can project themselves onto the protag) but I do not want this for Alice. I want her narrative to be distinct; this is her story.

The demo features:

The first four days of Alice's "life," where the majority of the decisions affecting the plot branches that will appear in the full version occurs

7 eligible guys

Unlockable CG Gallery (14 CGs)

~2-3 hours playtime (~60,000 words)

While there are serious moments, the game doesn't take itself TOO seriously and is pretty ridiculous/silly - I blame it on the eccentricity of the characters. 

I hope you like it! I've put a lot of work into this, but it wouldn't have been possible without my friends and their support. You guys are the greatest.

Please contact me if you encounter any problems downloading/playing.

Art/Characters/Story (c) =Shinkami
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Kikaharu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad this is still being worked on. I have been following this since a long time ago. And I might not check up on it every day or month but it's still one that I have been highly waiting for. Like there are others I have been waiting for too but they are newer and some people, with game ideas that have been around for awhile and don't seem like they'll be done for quite awhile, they forget about them. And rather anticipate a newer game. I may have newer ones I anticipate BUT I still highly anticipate this one too. It's not one that is easy to forget about. So I really can't wait for the finished game. :) 

My top three favorite characters I wonder if they will stay the same it is Steven, Ivan and Cath. Why they are my tops well that's hard to explain. It's a mix of personality and looks. Like I like Steven's personality it's just I loved interacting with him like it made me laugh and be like hrm ;) haha. Ivan ooh I don't know how to explain that. One I like his updated look you have for him and (i'm sorry have played the game in awhile) but I know I liked his personality. And Cath I think he is just a narky nark. It's kind of funny interacting with him and of course he has nice looks. I have told you before you have an unique drawing style and I really like it. Dang now I feel like playing the demo again.
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ayadreviz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
I'm just ridiculously excited for this! The demo was incredibly awesome and I can't even describe how sad it felt to finish it. Really, I can't stop thinking about the characters and... everything else too, to be honest. If there is anything I can do to help, just tell me! I'd really like to support this as much as i can. 
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, you don't know how much your comment means to me T^T I really hate how slowly I've been able to make progress on Essence but it IS still in the making...I haven't given up on it. I appreciate your support so much, though, and especially that you enjoyed it! I would like to launch a kickstarter once I'm able to upload an updated demo, so keep an eye out. And once again - thank you so much. :heart: your support means the world to me
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artsykidatheart Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
Is this a full game yet or no?
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Unfortunately not. It's still a W.I.P. I'm working on it by myself, and between college and life, it's slow but steady going. ^^
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artsykidatheart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
Ah. Well, good luck with all of that. If you'd like a beta reader or something I may be able to help you out at some point.
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thank you for your support and the offer! I really appreciate it. :meow:
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JohnNeko Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The game made me laugh, gasp, freeze up, smile and feel for the characters. :) 
I sincerely hope you're able to progress and reach your goal in finishing the game. 

I'm a pretty big otome game nerd and I have to say, this is one of the most interesting I've played. 
You've created a female character who, though honestly I didn't like at first, has really grown on me. You've created characters who are set up for immense growth and have their own unique personalities. 
Not to mention you've successfully created a world where you can honestly feel the impact of what's gone on around them. 

I look forward to being able to see more from you! :3

Ps. I have a feeling Steven is and will be my favorite <3 ...though Linus and Cath have begun to pique my curiosity as well for different reasons~
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you SO much, XeanChan! ;D; Your feedback (especially on my characters) means the world to me and I'm even happier you enjoyed the game.

I'm glad you ended up liking her, but to be honest, demo Alice grates my nerves, too. XD After further developing the characters, I think I've gotten a better grasp on her and hope she'll be more likeable in the finished game - pssh, I hope everything will be more likeable in the finished game - but it already overjoys me that you liked the demo.

I really hope I can make Steven’s route awesome for you, then. I know I enjoyed outlining it; now it’s just a matter of making good writing and art happen XD At least Steven isn’t that hard to draw //slapped. And I've tried to give all integral roles in improving the ruined world, but I'd say Cath and Linus play the biggest part in the central plot. So I'm glad they interest you ;D

Thanks again for playing and sharing your thoughts ;-;
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Lori-chan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I finished this demo a while ago and I have to say I love it! I love the personality you gave Alice and her interactions with everyone. The art also draws me in as much as the story. Love love love! <3 Some of the interactions kinda make me think of the game Yo-Jin-Bo (Mostly the fourth wall being broken. LOL). 
I look forward to playing the finished product!
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Whoa, thank you so much ;u; Haha, I can't deny that Yo-Jin-Bo has played a huge role in my love for cheesy references and fourth wall abuse, ehehehe. And just ridiculous dialogue. orz I will try to control myself more in the final version. Thanks so much for your support!
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Lori-chan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol. Yea. I enjoy some of the zany dialog during the interactions with the survivors (The Mak and Linus wallet scene was priceless. XD). I look forward to seeing the difference from the demo and finished version. ^_^
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Ferris4673 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I've started a playthrough of the demo^^ You can find it here if you're interested:D

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YuJL7…

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Shinkami Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I actually came across your playthrough by chance just a day or two before you sent me this XD I'm gonna watch it ASAP, and thank you so much for playing it! I really hope you enjoy it ;u; And thank you so so much for the watch, too!
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Ferris4673 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Arw, thank you for taking time to play it!^^ And don't think about it, I like your art and Essence is very interesting! I look foward to play more of it!:D
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Kohaya7Koizu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW a very cool idea. I'd love to play this when I get spare time!!! Are you selling it?
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :'D I hope you'll enjoy it if you get the chance. The demo is absolutely free, and as of right now, the final version will be free, too.
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averyrandomwriter Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Oh my God. This is awesome! I really liked the plot and characters, which had been a big issue for me in a otomes.  As people prior have stated, there were a few typos, but despite that it was fine. I absolutely loved it and can't wait for the full version! 
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Eeep, thank you so much! I'm hoping to improve it a toooooooooon before the final release, so I hope you enjoy the full version, too! :)
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Tianmei24 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student
O MY GOODNESS!!!! It's up, it's up, It's up!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!
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yoshibb Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously, I know you are working on this by yourself and that is really tough. If you ever need any help proofreading or editing or anything else, just send me a message. I'd love to help :)
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:D I will definitely remember you when the time for proofreading and editing comes around! I appreciate your kindness so much, and I know your help will be invaluable. Thanks so much! :heart:
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VioletGreen1085 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I am an avid otome gamer, this goes for any platform or language of game I can get. I have played many otome games in my time by indie creators, small companies who work ios, and even big name companies alike. Otome games of all sorts. I was skeptical of this game when I first saw it advertised on englishotomegames.net. The art looked different from what I'm used to, wasn't too sure if I wanted to play the demo, but I decided to take a chance and so I downloaded it. I just finished it. It is a-freakin'-mazing. The art was different and I wasn't sure if I would like it at first, but I have actually come to love it, I think it's beautiful and creative and just so... good! The character designs are very attractive. The characters themselves, incredibly interesting and well portrayed. I am super stoked to play a full version of this game, whenever that may be. The story is wonderful and I'm super in to it, the writing is just so great and well thought, there were some very minor spelling errors here and there but that is to be expected. Sorry, I was so immersed in the game I didn't even think to keep track of where they were. They were small though, nothing more than a slightly misplaced letter here and there.

I have to say, I'm really interested in all the characters and this game will undoubtedly have much replay value. I really like Cath. He gets me so annoyed and he makes me hate him and I love it! I'm so excited to learn more about him.

This game has me really excited and I would not be lying if I were to say that this has me much more interested in the characters and story than any big name company could get me. It has a good balance of story and characters. Again, I'm super excited about this game and can't wait to see more!
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Whooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaa, your comment...seriously blew me away. Gosh. I can't thank you enough for the long, thoughtful feedback, and for giving the game a shot despite being uncertain! ;D; Your words do me a lot of good. I'm so glad you liked it, and I hope the finished game fulfills your expectations - I owe it to people who are so kind like you! Thanks again! :heart:
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yoshibb Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
As a person that plays every otome game I can, this game is amazing. It's been a while since I played an otome game I thoroughly enjoyed, so thank you! Can't wait to see the finished project. 
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my goodness...that is just about the kindest thing you could possibly say ;D; Thank you so much!
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feylix Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow-- I spent quite a long amount of time playing this (and didn't regret a second of it)
Cath annoyed the hell out of me but I absolutely love Steven and Acer! 

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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha, I'm honored you liked it! And yeah, Cath is an irritating little brat, isn't he? XD Glad you like invisibro and Acer. ;)
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feylix Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm being productive putting all my thoughts into one comment... 
One piece of criticism: Occasionally the game would run through a couple of dialogue scenes by itself (not while in skip mode)-- They were mainly continuations of the same person speaking 
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback. :) I've had other complaints on the automatically advancing dialogue so I may eliminate it altogether in the final version. 
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feylix Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You mean also eliminate skipping mode? 
Skipping mode is the only reason I can play the game in it's entirety-- I'd easily sacrifice some lines that skip over quickly--
Also if there was anyway to go back a slide/scene would be amazing if possible (I don't know how realistic it is though) :D 
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I would keep skipping mode; it's a separate feature from the automatically advancing text, such as when one character interrupts another. :) When playing the game, you can reread dialogue by scrolling up with the mouse. Do you mean a feature where you can click and go to different scenes in the game? 
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feylix Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just going back to see the previous text 
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feylix Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also I loved the art! It isn't what I'm used to but I thought it was very colorful and fun~
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CyanoDrake Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm playing this game right now, I have no words to express how much I love it! Everything is so amazing, the story the characters... Oh, my, the characters! Cath must be the best tsundere guy I have ever seen. XD
Good luck with this awesome game, I look forward to the full version! :D
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, my gosh, thank you! I'm so glad to hear you've enjoyed it, and your encouragement means so very much. Thanks for taking the time to write such a sweet comment. :heart:
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CyanoDrake Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, you deserve it. :D
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AKreiko Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconhhhhplz: Can I just say I'm inlove with Cath now-- Yeah not I'm done playing it yet but I'm playing it now just had to leave this comment
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
is it the pants or personality you're attracted to? :iconheplz:
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AKreiko Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
definitely the pants It's the character of course! :XD: He might be a pain in the butt at times but there's probably a good reason why he's like that. By the way, have you seen my note? About the CG gallery?
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KatNap8181 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally.

But really, I was hoping you'd have it up before I uploaded my little Cath I drew. C: That way I can advertise.
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ooooooooooooohohohoooooooooo thank you ;D; SO MUCH
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3leavesclover Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*download*

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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Eeeeeeeeeeee can't wait to hear what you think! :'D

I hope you like it :iconcraiplz:
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3leavesclover Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: okay~
 
*playing it right now*
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AnonTheDarkOne Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Argh I'm downloading some really big files right now, but I'll try and download it afterwards :).
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey, no rush :'D
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AnonTheDarkOne Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, finally done so I'll check it out now :).
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Silvery-Storm Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
ASHSGIHDEWONFELKD--
Welp. Time to run off and find people to advertise this to.
*Downloads*

I also noticed that there's a download for Mac. :iconheplz: //attacked
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
GGGHGHghghghgh you are the greatest seriously ;D; LIKE SHOW IT TO ANYONE, PLEASE. I STINK AT ADVERTISING SO JUST run down the street with posters of shirtless Linus throwing them at people thank you so much, Shooti!

*recalls the computer joke you made and initially wouldn't tell me the other day*
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