I am creating a collection of fully blind accessible games, and your game is listed under the "blind support tag". The word "blind" means different things to different people, and within that wide spectrum their are various levels of expertise with visual UI's. but as a fully blind gamer, I am wondering what features this game provides for those who can not see the screen at all. Do you have "screen reader" or "text to speech" support? Is your game fully playable with a keyboard or controller, rather than having to point the mouse at buttons on the interface? If the answer to those questions is no, it would still be great to know what options are provided for those with less severe visual impairments, so that I might make them aware of your game's usability for them. Thank you for any information you can provide, it's very much appreciated! :)
As We Know It
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
*** Funded on Kickstarter ***
*** Also Available On Steam ***
When the world gets too hot humanity finds sanctuary underground. After a
long waiting list you finally score a spot in the local underground
city of Camden, run by Mayor Rick Davidson. You and your mother move in
and begin to acclimate to this wonderful new life. As time passes,
however, things start to go wrong. Unravel what’s going on, and face
some hard choices that will impact your relationships and fate.
Get a job, find romance, and meet the other residents of Camden- your new home.
Play as Ashlynn Phillips.
Ashlynn is suspicious, but desperate to make this new life work. Her life on
the surface was hard. She spent most of it fighting for everything and
going without. Now she's safe. Her mother is safe. They have food,
water, and shelter. Nothing will get in the way of that ever again, if
she has anything to say about it.
- Customize your name and appearance (different skin tones and hair colors).
- 4 career options with independent story lines.
- 4 potential love interests that you can befriend or romance.
- 3 potential friends and several people to interact with.
- Branching paths from day one, making each play through unique. Every path promises different sides of the story, encouraging replay!
- Spend time with any- and everyone, no matter who you romance, or which job you pick.
- Over 135,000 words and 30 endings.
A perfectionist with an eloquent way of speaking, and a quiet voice. Insecure from a previous relationship which causes him to appear distant at first. Tries to throw himself into work as much as possible, and as the community’s lead doctor no one tries to stop him
You can usually find him at the bar with Sam, the closest thing to
family he has left. Or in the greenhouse tending to the plants with loud
grunge music from the 1990s shaking the walls. If you see him with any
tech, you should probably assume it’s contraband and say nothing
The sweet Community Affairs Supervisor who wants to keep everyone's
spirits up in these dark times. Born in Camden she isn't fully aware of
the harsh realities of the surface. Bored of living underground she
wants to either shake things up or escape.
An overly friendly security officer full of charm, and a sad smile.
She'll tackle criminals all day, and then sweep you into her arms and
sing karaoke with you all night. Or she’ll challenge you to a race, then
feel bad that she didn’t let you win.
Welcome to Camden!
An underground utopia with fresh food, filtered air, and the coldest
water you’ll ever taste. Enjoy your spacious living quarters with enough
room for the whole family! We have all the amenities you could ever
dream of: a gym for your fitness, a library for your mind, and a bar for
socializing. Our community center is a hub of activity. Stop by in the
mornings for complimentary coffee and a friendly chat with your
neighbors. All events and meetings are held there as well!
Our massive space is taken up mostly by an impressive collection of
greenhouses that provide a wealth of resources for Camden. From clothing
to medicine, if we can grow it then it’s here. Never worry about fatal
power outages again. We use an advanced Geothermal energy system that is
as safe as it is efficient. Our impressive security and medical
departments keep us safe and healthy.
Camden welcomes you to your new, better life.
Deluxe version includes an art book and 4 wallpapers from the Kickstarter campaign! So if you missed out on those rewards you can purchase the deluxe version of the game to get them now.
- drug and alcohol use
- mild suggestive content
- stressful situations
Development, Writing, Programming: Jaime Barnhill (Jaime Scribble Games)
Character Art: Kate Frizzell
GUI Art: Sasquatchii
Background Art: ExitMothership
Music: Matthew Myers
For more updates:
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Authors||Jaime Scribbles Games, PMscenarios|
|Tags||amare, Dystopian, LGBT, Post-apocalyptic, Romance|
|Average session||A few hours|
|Inputs||Keyboard, Mouse, Gamepad (any)|
|Accessibility||Subtitles, Configurable controls, Blind friendly|
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $14.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:
- May Update And InformationMay 22, 2023
- New Build!Oct 11, 2020
- Steam WalkthroughOct 07, 2020
- Fan Art Contest!Jul 03, 2020
- Limited Time Only! Pay what you want!Mar 16, 2020
- Digital Diversity InterviewFeb 14, 2020
- Guide and Bonus ContentMay 10, 2019
- RELEASE!May 08, 2019
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Just started Micah's route and he's quizzing me. Glad to see you got the ABC's down XD
Has anyone tested to see what happens if you max out your stress?
I am still playing through it, so not ready to review it just yet, but I am really enjoying the pacing so far! Question: Is there any way to access that little relationship progress matrix that pops up at the end of a game day? It disappears far too quickly for me to make any sense of it!
Also, PSA for Mac users: Ren’Py games don’t seem to let you save if you launch from the Itch app. If you launch directly from the Itch folder instead, you should be fine!
I think if you don't click anything it won't go away right away, but after you complete 1 full play through you can access the "cheat menu" by clicking the tiny sun in the upper right corner of the main menu and enabling cheats. This will put a screen on throughout the entire game that will let you see how your choices effect everything.
Having that stat screen available whenever the player wants is a good suggestion I've tried to incorporate into my future games! I'm glad you're enjoying it so far! <3
Quick question before I make any decision about whether to download/play: Is this game aro/ace friendly? I really like the concept of visual novels, but I can almost never play them because they all require you to be romantic and/or sexual with other characters and it just makes me really uncomfortable. Can I get through this whole game with only platonic relationships?
No, I'm sorry but a romance option is required in this one. You can play Pinewood Island without romancing anyone and befriending Susan instead but I think there are still date-type events with the guys before that.
still playing through routes so ill have a fuller opinion/review when im done but here are my thoughts after playing through at least one ending with each character! (trying to be vague/spoiler free but heed caution)
for reference the endings ive unlocked so far: Crazy Ex-Boyfriend, Bloody Hands, Gone, Shattered Ties (YALL CRUSHED ME WITH THIS ONE OMG), Not Even a Goodbye, It's All Over, Sandmen, Exiled and Free
a lot of these werent 'good' endings lol but i still enjoyed them nonetheless, looking forward to finding happier ones
really interesting setting and characters! i really enjoy learning more about all of them, and there's really cute moments for each. even the ones you disagree with are still easy to empathize with (except the mayor lol)
the games writing does excel at both casual, funny moments, and more impactful hard hitting ones
unfortunately the mc has pretty selective agency in the story, there's a lot of moments where they simply brush aside something that feels like it could be a major choice. like "oh i dont wanna bring this up" and im sitting here shaking them like YES YOU DO JUST TALK ABOUT IT OMG
i was a bit annoyed they were immediately suspicious of the mayor and you only get to influence your opinion of him AFTER he actually starts doing shady stuff. i wanted to give him a chance but by the time im actually suspicious of him the mc seems to have chilled out over him like?? NO YOU ACTUALLY SHOULD BE SUS NOW
so far the most frustrating element of the game is the all or nothing approach to the coup. like u either have to be 100% on board with supporting the mayor' decisions or 100% willing to partipate in a violent takeover. i think replaying the game after knowing this is the ultimatum makes things a bit easier but on a first or second playthru its not super clear.
i also wish you could play a more active role in showing your support for either side BEFORE the big showdown at the end. like during the protest scene i really wished there was an option to join in. definitely got my heart broken being on the opposite side of things as my lover rip. (very effectively written 'bad' ends!)
I've really enjoyed this game! Any chance for people who own the Itchio version to get access to Steam as well? I try to have all my games on there to make it easier for my friends to discover great titles like this. I also can't seem to leave a review on there unless it's part of my library. Either way, great game! <3
Oh and can I also recommend adding it to videogamegeek.com?
I won't be adding steam keys to this title, but I am looking into doing it for future releases :D and thank you for the kind words I'm so glad you enjoyed it XD I will take a look at videogamegeek, thank u for the heads up
Ok I really like this game and also I need something to list what all the parody book titles are parodies of, because they are really funny when I do get the joke.
Thank you for the kind words :)
Most of the in-game books are references to fellow VN dev's games that were in production or recently released when we were making AWKI.
Unfortunately my original list has disappeared, but I can show the in-game list and you can try to figure out the ones I don't remember anymore. In addition a few titles were submitted by backers, while "Sexy Man Man #5" is Jaime's own creation ;)
Zombie Holmes and the Giant Crabs (not a VN reference)
Lets Feast Steve - Let's Meat Adam
Magnitude Death - possibly Quantum Suicide
Doki Doki School Club Series - DDLC
The Note - The Letter
Pursuer and Maniac - Stalker & Yandere
Censored Life - Redacted Life
Spirit Terminal - Yurei Station
Which one is the real Mich? - Might be Who is Mike?
Recognize Recall - ?
Prof. Wurst’s Construct-A-Companion - Dr. Frank's Build-a-Boyfriend
9 Moments, 9 Lives, 9 Archways - 999
Faith’s Terminal Award - Virtue's Last Reward
Consort or Croak - Date or Die
Awareness of the Lifeless - ?
When they Laugh - ?
XOXO: Tales of jerks in love - XOXO: Droplets
Owlful Partner - Hatoful Boyfriend
Lady’s Woman in a Tight Spot - Ladykiller in a Bind
Fantasy Father - Dream Daddy
Revelatr - Celestial Convoy - ?
Within the Basket - ?
Convenience Store Tale - Konbini Life
The Cutoff - ?
High Jinx Adept - could possibly be Prank Masters
Hoof & Tail: My horse is a Hominid! - Paws & Effect: My Dogs are Human!
My Mystic Annulment Office - My Magical Divorce Bureau!!
Pitching for the Win - Coming Out on Top
Sparrow Drue: Clover Counsel - ?
The Rise of the Hawks (Not a VN reference)
The Final Rhino (Not a VN reference - The Last Unicorn)
Carbons - Cinders
Trunks: the Troll dating experience - Tusks: The Orc Dating Sim
The Enchantress in the Woods - The Witch in the Forest
Hotfoot Feline - Hustle Cat
An Elfishly Unique Fortnight - An old, unfinished VN I made
Stadium Bazaar - Arena Circus
The Seven Streets of Shortcomings - ?
Selfish Addiction - Ego Holic
A Worgen Advantage, Apparently - A Werewolf Opportunity, Obviously
WonderlandMafia - OZMAFIA
Reverbs of the Unholy - is this.. Echoes of the Fey
Aged - ?
Specter Procession - Spirit Parade
Demonconstruct - ?
The Core of Fables - The Heart of Tales
Sexy Man Man #5 (Not a VN reference)
Checkers of Daggers - Chess of Blades
Moth Chowder - Butterfly Soup
A Palm in the Twilight - A Hand in the Darkness
Entice Me the Romance - Seduce Me the Otome
Longing: Ur Queer Story - Yearning: a Gay Story
Twosomes - Pairs
So Many Untruths - ?
Lovemade - ?
Where We Set Our Sight - Where We Lay Our Scene
Date Almost Everything - Date (Almost) Anything?
Affectionate Charlatan - Sentimental Trickster
Generic Cherry Blossoms - ?
Abnormal Physics - ?
Flatmates - Roommates
No Alternative Remedy - No Other Medicine
Phantoms of Florida - Ghosts of Miami
Onwards the Perimeter - Along the Edge
Delusion Liberator Daigaku - Dream Savior Gakuen
How We Have Changed - Who We Are Now
Father's Fibs - Daddy Lies (now The Secrets We Keep)
When Waterfowl Cry - ?
Felony Opus: The Ripple Effect - ?
Some of the parody titles are... less bad than others.
(Posting with the right account this time)
I was so pleasantly surprised and flattered when I came across "No Alternative Remedy" on one of my playthroughs!
Out of the ones you don't remember, I'm guessing "Sparrow Drue: Clover Counsel" was Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and both "When They Laugh" and "When Waterfowl Cry" sound like they could be references to Umineko.
We were hoping devs would notice! :D <3
Phoenix Wright! Of course! You're probably right about Umineko, I just don't understand why I didn't reference the naming scheme they use.
I was very happy some devs recognized their game, it was a lot of fun to make a whole list, and I tried to reference as many lemmasoft ppl I could find.
Woah thank you! I love these! And now I have a new list of vns to look through
Getting some problem where the game goes non-responsive as soon as it launches. Got the PC/Linux version, unzipped, unzipped the pc version, launched the application file, and got an empty white window that goes gets a stop's responding flag if i click on it. any advice?
i deleted it and re-unzipped it, unzipped the pc version and the linux version in case maybe something important was there, deleted it and redownloaded it and unzipped x2 that and still having the same issue.
wait hang on this is happening to all my renpy games. the problem was me all along. sorry to bother you.
I hope you can get that fixed! I'm not sure what would cause ren'py games specifically to do that, my best guess would be make sure to update your drivers. I had an issue with programs refusing to open (ren'py included) and I had to buy a new hard drive because my old one was corrupting things apparently. I'm sending good tech vibes your way!
i was HOOKED the entire time i played this. i'm not one to play through a game multiple times to get different endings, so i'm quite happy with just the 2 endings i got of Jude. i promise you, i kept thinking about how much i just wanted to get back to playing this game every time i needed to get some work done instead lol.
this is written like a novel, and all the dialogue flows well. i think the only negative i have for this vn is more character personalisation? every time i play a different route, i make my character look contrastingly different from the other routes so i can remember the choices easier, but i couldn't do much in this game except make my names entirely phonetically different from each other.
other than that, i love, love, love this game. all its characters are done so well and they all have a depth to them i rarely see in other visual novels. well done! i will definitely be checking out any future games made by the dev ^ ~ ^
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked the writing :D I hope you like future games as well
This was a great visual novel! I loved all the character depth and backstory you get to learn as you do different playthroughs. And because of the way you go through each day, I was able to get a real sense of time passing, so relationship and story progression felt realistic, never rushed. I could feel the romances and friendships developing. I also enjoyed seeing how differently each character reacted to the storyline, it changed the experience. The endings are not exactly HEAs and are very open-ended, so do be ready for that. There's also lots of diversity among characters (POC, LGBT+, body types). Overall, I really enjoyed this story and getting to know the characters!
My favorite romance was Jude, and my favorite friendship was Trevor. Both were kinda prickly on the outside but soft on the inside <3
Note: This game is fully accessible to blind and visually impaired players! (Pointing this out because games are sometimes listed as such but then are not actually accessible.) Just press V once the game window has opened. Text will be read aloud, including menus and stats (which are based on a 50-point system), and you can play and navigate using the keyboard.
(Vague spoilers ahead)
I like this games characters and more challenging subject matter. It handles a heavy topic well and balances it with everyday life and comedy. A lot of the personal background details of the side characters, LIs, and the MC are creative and really well done. The art is very nice and the music a little repetitive but overall well chosen. I got it on sale, as I think it is priced too high (no cutscenes, no extra art with LIs, able to reuse backgrounds and music... no idea why it is 15$).
I do wish it had art for cute scenes it describes (holding hands, movies, heart to heart convos, etc)...but never shows anything but sprites and a background.
Types of romance by character:
Micah: sweet and calm
Jude: sweet, funny, dealing with heavy thoughts
Eva: bubbly, cute/clumsy, sweet
Gloria: (comes in pretty late and she seems like a psycho) aggressive but nice?
I played through all the routes at least once so I could leave an honest review of the romance because it seemed lacking in Micah and Jude's routes. And having romanceable characters is kinda a big part of the game. Overall, the romance was just ok. The transition from friends who flirt awkwardly to ... what partners I guess? happens weirdly. I think it could be way smoother if the characters just had a conversation earlier on. Instead of the part where the MC tells herself she's super into someone, just talk about the relationship with the person you're pursuing. "Hey can we talk" "I really like you" and then players can have more agency with how fast they want romantic things to move maybe. (Although the amount of "romantic" things that happen after you I guess "get together" with the person is super small oddly enough). I don't recall asking or being asked out by any of them. Just more than friendly touching, blushing, then later "hanging out" that turns into ya know more than that pretty suddenly, and then you're just together after that and the story is over pretty soon after that. Interactions with LIs seem pretty short too. I feel like I connected more with Sam and Tabitha than some of the LIs.
"more than friendly touching" meaning like who touches someone's cheek because they seem distressed? or who puts their forehead against someone elses while they have their hands on the back of their neck if they aren't together yet??
The single moment you sleep with one of the guys is so fast I laughed both times. Like: blushing, "you wanna stay the night"?, "you kiss", "you get on the bed together"....and you wake up the next morning...?? Oh and they are not in bed with you when you wake up and then they leave. That is the first and last time there is a direct (kinda) explanation of getting intimate with the guys. I totally missed if there was a "sleep together moment" with Eva? And Gloria's "moment" was even faster than the guys with like two sentences and then you go home.
There is a warning for "mild sexual content" but I didn't really see any? Like "He put his hand under my shirt", "she pushed me back against the wall and we laughed" and "we got to 'know each other'" is all I have seen. You could honestly take out the like 5 lines of dialogue that are vaguely referencing the "sexual content" and one thing Sam says and it would be PG13.
It is marketed as having romance but seems really light on that front which is why I am critiquing it so much I guess. I did like a lot of it except the follow through with anything romantic that was more than having a teenage-like crush on them.
Thanks for the feedback! These are things I'm aware of and am working towards doing better in my next game ^^ I'm glad you enjoyed the parts that you did. I also wish we could have gotten CGs funded for AWKI, but they are definitely a thing in In Blood.
I just finished it! I see you made huge improvements in comparison to demo version and I mean more than just the artstyle.
The plot was great. I chose Eva as the romance route and I got The New Beggenings End.
Great game, I really enjoyed it.
I absolutely loved this! My fave romancable character has the same name as I do (Eva!), which I didn't know going in- good thing I didn't name my character Eva, too, lol. This game was SO fun, and I really hope to see more games like this from Jaime Scribbles in the future :)
Like a bunch of people I got this through the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality and I found it a couple days ago scrolling through the list. I love it so far and when I'm done with it I can't wait to check out more from you!
Hi don't know if you'll see this but I was playing the game just now and I had gotten to week 2 day 1 and when I try to go to the next line it comes up with this error:
I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred.
While running game code:
ScriptError: could not find label '_first_day'.
-- Full Traceback ------------------------------------------------------------
File "script.rpyc", line 72, in script call
File "time_manager.rpyc", line 89, in script call
File "time_manager.rpyc", line 255, in script call
File "C:\Users\Zoe\Videos\Games\As_We_Know_It-1.021-pc\As_We_Know_It-1.021-pc\renpy\ast.py", line 1422, in execute
rv = renpy.game.context().call(label, return_site=self.next.name)
File "script.rpyc", line 72, in script call
File "time_manager.rpyc", line 89, in script call
File "time_manager.rpyc", line 255, in script call
File "C:\Users\Zoe\Videos\Games\As_We_Know_It-1.021-pc\As_We_Know_It-1.021-pc\renpy\script.py", line 886, in lookup
raise ScriptError("could not find label '%s'." % str(original))
ScriptError: could not find label '_first_day'.
As We Know It 1.021
Fri Aug 21 03:43:43 2020
I was wondering if you could help me out with this cause I have no idea what this means other than somethings missing.
You might want to try redownloading and unzipping the game, it's missing code that should definitely be there. I can't imagine why it would be missing unless an rpy or py or rpyc file somehow got deleted. It is trying to call the first work event. It could also have happened if a career was not assigned somehow, did you skip past the career selection? It might not have stopped on that screen in the same way the other choices would stop.
Let me know if one of those things helps out!
It works now! I had chosen agriculture and then I rolled back to look at the other choices so it must have forgotten the choice I made so when it got to the work event it just wasn't there. But it works now. Thank you, I'm liking the game so far!
There's actually a couple of choices early on where I noticed rolling back with the scroll wheel and then rolling forward causes an error. There's also an early on free time thing that does it. Luckily I realized that there was a blank where the career should be before it caused an actual error.
This game had such a fascinating story! Let me preface this with: thank you so much for making this game part of the Racial Equality bundle (and for sharing it with such a wide audience). After going through several routes (thank you also for the guide - i would've never gotten some of them on my own), I can tell this world was carefully built with consideration for those from all walks of life.
I also appreciated how details about the world were nudged out, bit by bit, from various friendships - and how you learned just enough from one person to understand how another's life would be impacted (and vice-versa).
That said, I do have to echo other sentiments re: "the big choice" being way less obvious. On my first run, I had no idea it would lead to the love interest being on the opposite side (and how it automatically locked me into bad ends). It was clear in hindsight, with multiple playthroughs, but definitely threw me for a loop my first time around.
* also, i don't know how feasible this would be for a future game, but when you're given such an impactful choice - the ability to change either the player's or the LI's POV would be so neat! I was half-expecting a discussion about all the shades of grey involved. Maybe I've yet to unlock those endings? But to be clearer: the ending hinging on one choice was only shocking because i believe it comes way sooner than who you romance - and depending on who you pick, the bad ends were much easier to obtain in my gaming experience.
Overall, this game was an unexpected delight, and the world felt so rich, inclusive, and diverse without once feeling preachy or heavy-handed in those themes (I'm especially thinking of the non-romanceable NPCs; I would regularly re-play Trevor's and Sam's 'routes' because they were both such compelling characters, and I really wish we'd gotten the chance to befriend Iris in the same way! Homegirl deserves some love, and not just forever pining after Vince!!). Your team has a great voice re: writing narratives, and I look forward to future games. Any critique offered here is to hopefully help re: future installments, and to explain what I personally would've loved to see!
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the game :D
We've taken a lot of the feedback on this game an applied it to In Blood (current game in development) and the endings and choices are a big one. It always helps to get feed back :)
Oh, I absolutely loved the game! Your team worked so hard on it and that love and passion shone through with each playthrough - it was delightful! Seriously, I was laughing and crying with all the various bits of characterization, and your choice of friends was *superb*. I cannot commend you enough for those routes and on letting us choose which one we wanted to befriend. I even wanted to befriend Iris - you made her that sweet and inviting.
I was a little late to your Kickstarter, but I look forward to seeing In Blood when it comes out, and wish you all the best of luck!! I think you've got a tremendous amount of talent, and time will only refine and hone that skill (:
I love this game so much! Admittedly I haven't finished it yet, but so far it's my favorite visual novel-type game I've ever played. I really like getting to develop friendships with all the different characters instead of just the one you decide to romance. Thank you so much for making this part of the Racial Equality Bundle!
Thank you so much! I'm glad I was able to add the game to the bundle and I'm really happy that you enjoyed it!
I'm sorry you struggled with the endings, that and the repetitive parts is common feedback I've gotten so I've definitely taken it to heart to make my future games better.
For the ending, I'm not sure why you can't get it. If you want help though I'd be happy to take a look just let me know. :)
I really liked the game, and did 2 playthroughs already the last few days but had a bit of an issue with the 3rd today.
I had to leave suddenly so I pressed quick save and quit the app, but now I can't seem to start this save file anymore? Maybe I did something wrong though, I'm known to make mistakes quite a lot with quick save and quick load :-)
You should be able to find the quick save under 'Load" on the "Q" page, let me know if it isn't there! If it isn't check under "A" because it will autosave on choices and if you exit the game. (I included and image to help, it can be easy to miss)
I got the there for you ending, I was really sad about sam but loved all the different characters, thanks for making this great game! <3
Thank you! I worked really hard on the characters so I love hearing people appreciate them :D
really well written, i got the bloody hands ending though and felt like i never really got a chance to meaningfully interact with the way the story was turning out, even though it was pretty obvious from very early on. the characterization was all fine and i don't have an issue with how it ended, but i felt like i had no agency in choosing where the story goes, which isn't always a bad thing but in this case, with these stakes, it felt unsatisfying.
i'd like to go through and see more of eva's endings but i'm not sure i'll do it, i've never liked replaying VNs since it makes everything feel super mechanical instead of like a developing story, the way it is the first time, y'know? really good game though, thanks for making it part of the racial justice bundle!
edit: this came out harsher than i wanted, i do wanna emphasize how great the characters are here, i can't remember the last time i saw a story with this many unique, three dimensional characters. there's not a single character left undeveloped, you even get a strong sense of some of the background characters which i can't remember ever seeing in a VN. great stuff despite my criticisms.
Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it. I’m always happy to get feedback, no worries. I hope if you play it again you get a great ending!
What exactly do the cheats do? I enabled them but haven't seen anything different anywhere.
After you hit 'yes' and start up a new game you'll notice a screen at the top that will show you the exact amount of "points" each stat has. This will live update, so you can see what choices effect what and monitor as you play.
If you don't like how you choice changed the stats, you can roll back and try another choice. It can help you unlock endings or work to get better affections, and so on.
For some reason this didn't work for me when I first tried it yesterday, but going in again to test just now it appeared just fine. Going to chalk this one up to the magic of complaining about a problem on the internet changing reality to make the problem go away. Thanks.
Firstly, I thank you for adding As We Know It to the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality.
I have completed one route (got the "Gone" ending) and would like to provide feedback (just in case, it is absolutely subjective). Spoilers.
The stats. All of them become visible only after completing the game. I'd prefer if the stats, stat checks and events (like the flowchart in the guide, but with dates) were visible from the start.
The main choice. I appreciate the opportunity to change it.
The story. The MC did not seem to affect the outcome anyhow, just hanging around and doing nothing. While getting laid is a worthy goal, for the MC it was the only goal. Which brings the second point..
The "routes". The MC's profession affects the ending less than the chosen "romance option" and it seemed impossible to not romance anyone. I have not checked, if the RO always ends up on the opposite side of the main choice, but it was impossible to ditch them, if they do.
In general, the MC does not actively support the mayor or the rebels and it somehow defeats the point of being the main character. If I may compare it to another VN, in Arcade Spirits the MC can set their goal to bring prosperity and fame to their arcade and exact bloodless vengeance upon their rival and romance is completely optional, if not discouraged. Same for Coming Out On Top (the main goal being graduation).
Any chance for the OST to be available on Steam?
Thank you for the feedback. :D
I was going for a more grounded type of story versus a 'chosen one' narrative. The main goal was basically to 'exist' and find a sense of belonging or family. At least that is what I had attempted to do.
Each romance option has their own opinion about the aftermath of the storm, and it doesn't change. There are over 2 dozen endings so hopefully if you replay you get one you like.
The OST isn't available on itch or steam but you can listen to it here on soundcloud.
Hey, I really enjoyed this game! I've played through several of Jude's endings so far and he's such a sweet boy :) I am wondering though if there's any way in the game to learn more about the sandmen, the storms, and the rebellion? The endings I've played so far have felt really rushed, even though the game was quite detailed in the beginning.
Jude is awesome! You can learn more about the game by playing different jobs, making different friends, and romancing other people.
Well done game I enjoyed it a lot. :)
To offer some constructive feedback, there was a lot of times where you just had to click through days and days without anything meaningful happening.
First playthrough I got the 'Bloody Hands' ending and through the whole ending I felt a bit like I was given a backseat role, with everyone else around me forcing their actions unto me (and my choices mattering very little). Speaking as a trained screenwriter that is not something you generally should go with, unless you can offset that by earlier plot points (which is overwhelmingly difficult to pull off).
I hope you can use the feedback - I will look forward to your next game :)
I enjoyed this game a lot! I thought the concept was interesting, and I liked the subtler ways in which you could bond with people around Camden (and the romance, lol). But I was kind of thrown off by the ending - it seemed like all of the gameplay basically hinged on one choice I made, without me knowing how impactful it'd be later on. I went back and checked out the guide to see what I could have done differently, but based on who I romanced, it seems like it's pretty all or nothing (which does make sense, given their personality). In any case, I had a great time with this game, and I'll defintely be replaying it soon to see what other endings I can get. Thank you!
I'm glad you liked it overall! I've had a few people explain how the "big choice" didn't seem that important to them at first, so I'll be keeping that in mind to make it clearer in other games > < I'm really thankful for feedback so I can grow as a developer :D
Thank you so much for making this, and exploring narrative in gaming (narrative development in gaming is a weird bimodal curve: represented well in indie games and also in AAA blockbusters, who can afford it and recognize the need for it) in such an inclusive and interesting way. There's elements of this that remind me of the Wool series and while I normally don't like post-apocalyptic works, this is worth playing.
I have so much affection for this game. Not only is it inclusive and diverse, but it starts good dialogues. I've played three routes so far and only downloaded it two days ago. Thank you for your hard work in making it. I could not recommend it more highly. I've wanted a game with a lesbian romance not marketed to men solely based on s*x for so long.
I do have a question, because I am an oblivious fool. How do I raise my standing within the community? I know it plays a role in ones' ending, because you wouldn't include it otherwise, but I have thoroughly confused myself. Thank you so much for any time you spend answering this <3
I'm so happy you enjoyed it! XD
The standing can be a bit tricky, but basically you'll want to 'go with the flow' in some choices. waking up early, participating in things, basically anything that makes you a better Camden citizen will help raise that :D
Great game but the fact that the good or bad ending is tied to two little choices made throughout this 2+ hour long game is kind of ridiculous. That's my only complaint. (Really wanted the good end but just because I thought the Mayor made a bad choice my character decided letting sandmen in was a great idea.)
I'm glad you liked it despite that complaint! I had wondered if I should try to make the "big" choice more obviously "big" so I'll have to keep that in mind going forward. Thank you for telling me.
There is a way to get good endings no matter which way you choose though, there is a route guide that you can download for free. It is near where you would download the free demo/other game files on the main game page.
It can depend on your standing, who you befriend, and who you romance on top of the "big" choice. I hope you can get a better ending next play through! :D
i stayed up playing till dawn and had a blast! even if i got a bad end with jude lol it was so worth it :)
one of my favorite games in the justice equality bundle <3 I haven't played video games in a long time it feels like this reminds me of middle school playing dating sims on deviant art haha
This game is wonderful! There is just so much to explore and all the characters are amazing!
(posted this in a rating but thought I should share it here too!)
This game is absolutely fantastic and a joy to play! I have spent hours exploring the available options with all of the different characters. It doesn't feel rushed AT ALL which is rare for a game of this genre. The amount of effort and lore you have included really makes this a singular experience and you feel like you're a part of the story! Virtually every character has a detailed personality and backstory, it kept me interested throughout the game. I'm completely charmed, and I look forward to seeing future games from you!
Thank you so much that really means a lot to hear that! <3
I was wondering if this was compatible with Microsoft Surface Pro X running Windows 10 with Microsoft SQ1 ARM chip with SQ1 Adreno 685 GPU Processor. I've had problems with other games if they're 64bit but not ARM compatible. 32 bit programs run fine though. Thanks!
Are you available to contact over instagram? I don't have twitter but I would really love to check out the deluxe version! if you don't have instagram, no worries :)
I'm not really on Instagram, but you can email me at: scribblegamesvn[at]gmail[dot]com it just might take me a bit longer to get you the download key :D twitter is just on my phone and I check it more often. I do check my email 1-2x a day though!
What an excellent game! I bought the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality, downloaded about 50 games from it, opened this one first and played it all day. And I have no regrets - congrats for this beautiful and gripping game!
I love this so much! I bought the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality and saw this game. I immediately saw the characters and fell in love! I spent like two/three-ish hours playing one route and tried not to cry because it was three in the morning, lol. I'll be honest, I would've even payed full-price for a game as in-depth, emotional, and fun as this one. :)