On that fateful night, little did you know that a simple wish and a careless “yes” would turn your entire world upside down.
The reality you once knew has been replaced with one you’ve only seen in games and movies…
The only difference?
You’re the character and life is the player.
As time slowly ticks down to the pivotal choice you’ll have to make, will you be able to survive the in-betweens? And can you say goodbye to the ones who matter most?
From Lunaniere, a brand new subsidiary of Afterthought Studios, comes a 40-hour long epic of a girl from modern Tokyo who has slipped back in time and right into the end of an era, just in time to witness the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the war that followed in its wake.
With lives, her survival, and her heart at stake, will this 21st-century city girl ever find a way back?
Experience romance and intrigue in the time of the legendary Boshin War through Lunaniere’s immersive writing, artwork, and soundtrack!
Choose your MC's look
As well as naming your character, you'll have three different sprites to choose from! Two of the possible MC designs are modeled after the likeness of real life cosplayers, Rea Kami and Etsuko.
Bringing the world of Wishes in Pen to life for you with memorable characters, plot, and designs is our primary goal - so we decided to take it one step further with animated sprites and background art! We promised you a visual novel and we intend to deliver, in every sense of the genre!
The little touches to a visual novel are what really lend it a personalized appeal. Knowing this, we have taken the effort to animate all of our background art. Watch the video below— a playlist consisting of three different backgrounds— and see for yourself!
Of course, it's only fitting that a story set in such a culturally rich period of Japanese history would have the music to reflect it. The soundrack of Wishes in Pen: Chrysanthemums in August is composed by THEM3 Studios, which also worked on the critically acclaimed When Our Journey Ends.
40 hours of immersive gameplay
With graphics you won't want to take your eyes off of and music to set the mood just right, allow yourself to become engrossed in 40 hours worth of story, including differing text based on the decisions you make, with over 3 possible endings per route! (NOTE: The choices/endings could be counted as their own feature)
I've finally met all of the love interests! I can't wait until I can start romancing some of them. I really like the characters and their personalities! I do have a question though. Whenever I record this game, the game audio becomes all glitchy and it skips. Is there any way that I can turn the audio off
I really like the concept and would love to play it. I am wondering though if there will be a option to turn off all the animation? I know in the demo you can turn off the background and the MC sprite. But the animation of other characters is actually making it really hard to just play the demo. I think it's a great thing to put in the animation for players. But I also hope there will be an option to turn it off for players who might not have the best computer or laptop to run the game on.
The scene at the bar is literally the greatest scene that I have had the pleasure of acting out. Thank you guys so much for including it! I could not stop laughing. I also want to applaud the art style and characters. Everything is so beautiful! I can't wait to finish the demo!
We're happy to hear you enjoy it so far, lalalaeti! c:
Sorry to hear that you had to restart everything, though! To save your game, click the 'Save' button between the 'Skip' and 'Load' buttons while playing. When you click an empty slot/save file, you'll still be prompted with 'Are you sure you want to override?' on the bottom left part of the screen. Click 'yes,' and there you have it!
I'm liking the story so far a lot! The fact that the backgrounds and sprites are actually animated made me want to play this game and I haven't been disappointed at all! Good job and I can't wait to finish the demo!
First off, this game looks amazing and the story is super intriguing! But I am biased because I'm a total sucker for this kind of storyline lol
I played the demo for the Android and while it looks amazing, it didn't run smoothly (with and without the animated sprites/bgs turned on).
With the animated sprites/bgs turned on, the animations were choppy and felt like watching a gif in 8fps ;_; The animated bgs were smoother than the sprites though! If they are not turned on, the game is still choppy (like when you open the save menu, or a Sprite making a sliding transition on/off the screen). To be fair, I am a fast reader and I was zooming through the game which made the slow animations even more noticeable (or maybe contributed to the cause??).
While playing the game, I noticed that the choices you make do not have a background button. So, it looks like plain text across the screen which is really hard to read against the bg/sprites. But, I could still select the choices and continue with the game.
A few other things:
°if the name is long it will be hidden by the 'Textbox Opacity' button; my mc name was short but this happened with Mitsuki's name.
°playing this game made my phone hot and drained my battery; made me think it'll be safer to play on my laptop lol
°this is totally my opinion, but I am bummed that the animated sprites of the mcs kinda lose that charm of the cg art we see above. I know it's dumb and finicky, but I think the animated MCs kinda have same face syndrome??
Making the sprites animated reminded me of that one game the men of yoshiwara lol
Anyways, I'm so stoked about this project and encourage everyone to support it!
Thank you for your feedback! I think although the fast reading part contributed a little, we will still strive to reduce the amount of power needed to run this game. Therefore, we'll look into a new solution once the NVIDIA fix on our end is ready with the new version of Ren'Py!
Thanks for your kind words though! Please share with your friends! We're at 40% funded right now! :)
My only reservation concerning this game stems from the choices - of which there is a limited range. Moreover, they don't appear often enough in the game, which makes the heroine appear a little rigid and makes it difficult for the player to establish a unique personality in her.
The soundtrack, art and graphics were exquisite. I'm already hooked on the plot. The potential love interests are excellent because they don't cater to the typical character archetypes found in most otome games. The animations must have taken a lot of effort but they definitely enhanced the beauty of this game. In addition, the level of historical detail and knowledge makes the game extremely immersive.
I'm really anticipating the release of the full game! Keep up the hard work!
The demo is only 30,000 words - Please be rest assured the full version has a lot more options! Thanks for your praise, really keeps us going! Please share this project with your friends ! :) We're at 40% funded right now and we need everyone's help!
aaaa i loved this so much! old time periods are my secret weakness; toss in a couple of cute men and one has a katana? yes pls
what bugged me most was that the whole encounter with the emperor felt rushed (or at least, too easy) for me? plus, the demo was super short ;; it ended right when things were getting good- the music was beautiful (especially the samples on the ks 👀) and the art (both sprites and backgrounds) was downright gorgeous. gui could use a bit of work, plus some other technical issues that i've already sent in :p
i love that the mc was relatable and had a lot of personality! particularly that bit at the start where she daydreamed about a monster; it made me question if i was in the right vn, lol. (and since she drinks, i have this crack thought of her drinking sake with her chosen bachelor, like who would win and what kind of hilarity would spawn-) i'm really hoping to see her personal motivations grow~ the demo barely scratched the surface for the routes and i'm really interested in all of them! amane was your local neighborhood mystery cryptid (aka his mystery is his allure), mitsuki and yatsuhashi were the cutest things ever, and i've fallen irrevocably for iori and yatsuya ><
Hi, inky. c: Thank you so much for such a detailed review!
Period piece games are wonderful. Just be careful with that katana!
The Emperor is a patient but decisive man, and he will absolutely be getting more screen time - MC needs to prove that she deserves her place in court, after all! But we're glad the end got you hooked. c; (All according to keikaku.)
Thank you again for your feedback on the more technical aspects of the game, by the way. As for the MC, yes!!! Her personality made her so enjoyable to write alongside the bachelors and other characters. More drinking for her, though? Chie would not be happy to hear about that! :0
We hear you on the guys, too. It's hard to pick just one. But don't knock on Historuoki - it's MC's favorite game!
This game is already really story rich in the time I played it. Well thought out and, you can tell a lot of hours went into this love project. Can't wait to dive more into this Wishes in Pen has me hooked and, i'm sure if you are reading this and, haven't played it yet you will get hooked too if you give it a shot!
Thank you so much for your support. We certainly poured our heart and soul into this project, and we're overjoyed to see that you liked it! The team is working to ensure the final product is even more fun to play through. c: We hope you share it with friends who might enjoy the Wishes in Pen experience, too!