Pitch Black Serenade demo is available and free to download!
January 1st, 2009. A truck crashes in the middle of Shibuya, Tokyo. Kairi Nakajo wakes up in a hospital with total amnesia. Soon after, his parents break to him the news that they have decided to move to the tranquil city of Kujikawa. Kairi is forced to go with them, basically cutting off every direct link to his past.
Three years have passed, but therapy has failed and Kairi has not managed to get any of his memories back. In the meantime, he has grown suspicious of his parents, who appear to have been trying to replace his missing memories with new ones. The new memories seem to have been carefully chosen in order to mold a new Kairi, who would more closely resemble their ideal son.
Tokyo has changed as well: thick clouds are covering its sky and a dreadful case of serial abductions threatens its residents. And it appears that it all started on the day of Kairi's fateful accident...
♦ Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Coming-of-age / Mainly aimed at girls. ♦ Shape Kairi's personality. Live by your parents' rules or fight back. ♦ Three love interests. Each leads to a different solution to the mystery.* ♦ Solve mini games to unlock pieces of Kairi's lost memories. ♦Explore maps and collect clues. ♦ Travel between Tokyo and Kujikawa during free time.* ♦ Get collectible cards upon accomplishing achievements.* ♦ Befriend 7+ male characters because it's a game for girls, right?* ♦ That one sexy secondary character you can't date? Yes, there are three.* ♦ Multiple endings. And not holding back with the consequences.* ♦ Demons. ♦ 30+ hours of playtime estimated.* ♦ Rating: 15+, for suggestive themes and gore.
97Circle is a koujin (one-man) circle producing entertainment through various media. Story, art, GUI and coding of Pitch Black Serenade have been made by Kuna.
Proofreaders: Gospel, NovelistEzhno. Mini game programmer: Anton Strickland Beta-testers: Livestraes, Gospel, Natsu, Khanachi, NovelistEzhno. Additional Background Art "Light Pole": Jeron Samez Made with Ren'py.
♦ Chapter 1 full. ♦ 3 hours of gameplay (35.000 words). ♦ 2 secret game overs. Be careful not to die! ♦ A mini game. Get one of Kairi's lost memories! ♦ 5 CGs. ♦ Maps to explore (point and click). ♦ Free time: decide how to spend your days. ♦ Original sprite art for 11 characters. ♦ One entire location of the story: Kujikawa.
Release date: Oct 20, 2018 Platform: PC, Mac, Linux Price: Free Rating: 15+, for suggestive themes and gore.
...The only flaw that I put to the game for now is that you make such wonderful and handsome male characters, and that they haven´t a route or romance in the game.
I feel like seeing the ads or advertising of an ice cream shop or creperie or cake shop, and when you go there, you discover that certain desserts aren´t for sale and that they only have decorative purposes.
But otherwise perfect!
I love the protagonist, the others characters, the gameplay, the plot, the art, and the comedy.
Thank you Aural! : D I'm glad you're enjoying PBS!
I replied with a similar info under your comment in my latest post, however I'll write it here too, for everyone to read : ) Despite missing the romance elements with boys, this game is still an "otome" and you'll get to spend a lot of time with male characters, even more than with female ones. It's not the same as dating them, but I hope that this way is going to be entertaining as well ^ ^
Thank you for playing and your nice comments! I really appreciate it! And I really hope to create a story and characters that you will continue enjoying! If you have any further suggestion you'd like to share, I'd be glad to read it and maybe it will fit into the story or even some extra content!
Hello!! I fell in love with the game, and how the main character is not a straight, flawless hero but a realistic person! How is the development going? Is there a site in which I can follow the dev. closely?
Hello LonelyLawyerGamer! Thank you so much for playing the demo and I'm glad you enjoyed it! As an indie developer I had to stop developing the game because of irl job for several months but I have good news! I'm now able to work almost full time on the rest of the game, and starting from next week I will update regularly (once or twice a week minimum) with progresses. I will mainly post on Patreon (mostly free posts) https://www.patreon.com/97Circle and keep the game Discord updated https://discord.gg/GdQGbZ For every quick update, please refer to PBS twitter account https://twitter.com/pbserenade Again, thank you so much!
Hmm you know, this game is, AMAZING!! (>w<) everything is pretty cool and I totally hooked up with the character and the story, even the minigame. Can't wait for the full release. Thankyou for making this awesome game!
Hello Mellyboo! Thank you for playing PBS! There's not an exact release date for now, ideally it will be finished in 2020. However a new three-hour chapter covering the start of the Tokyo Arc will be released next year!
HELLO I HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED YET (I HAVE BUT I LITERALLY JUST STARTED) BUT EVERYTHING IS SO PRETTY AND COOL AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT EHJZKSJK Thank you for everyone's effort to put this marvelous game together!!!
Hello! I finally finished the demo! I really enjoyed the game! I made a more detailed review and answering of your questions of PBS on the Lemmasoft Forum post you have. The demo was very fun to play, and I'm looking forward to the future release!
Everything about this was such a nice experience. The art is beautiful and the music and sound effects really matched the scenes that were playing out. The story is fantastic.
I wish you and your team the best of luck! You now have a loyal fan! ^^
Hello! First, thank you for the demo, I really like your game! I like the story, it really got me wondering what is going on. All the characters are fully fleshed out and likeable. I kind of ship Fujisa and Teru... And I totally love Haruto <3 So crazy, so cute! And Cry looks more like a girl than a boy to me... Maybe it will be revealed who they are too? I'm so curious! And who is the girl on the game cover ? So many mysteries ! I do hope we can - fundamentally - change the character of Kairi like you announced, because he's such an as**ole... And the passage with the French food was so funny, I'm french so it was super easy for me :) I really like the music too! Really like the song when he's in the club or in his bedroom. I'm curious about the other characters and love interests as well as our "persuasion" power... If I get it right, using them is considered "bad", right? And to finish I do hope we will find...
Hello Mylane! Thank you so much for trying out the demo! I really enjoyed reading your comment and I'm glad you had a good time playing the game! And it was interesting to receive feedback regarding the food mini game from a French player, too! About the "persuasion" power, its nature is not completely explained on purpose so that every player can get their own personal meaning and play the way they mean to. Anyway, balancing purple choices and white ones can work really good too! ; ) I'm sorry there was no room to insert the blond girl from the cover in the demo! She will appear in the next chapter which I hope to release soon! ^ ^