A downloadable Story driven horror for Windows

I made this game for The Icehouse Jam 2019.  

Aurora loves to dream especially lucid dreaming. She has some issues with her family so she escapes them by fantasizing of a better life. One day, while she is lucid dreaming she gets trapped in her dream. She will have to face her fears and confront her problems if she wishes to wake up again.

This game is part of my collection of games that take place in the "Delma Historia". All the games in this collection all take place in the same world, but in different points in time and locations. This game can be enjoyed on its own, but will enrich your Delma Historia experience.

This game won Second place in the The IceHouse Jam with the judges. This is what they had to say:

"Not my cup of tea but really well done. It takes quite some time to get down to business, but that's fine. Overall the realization is very good. The story lacks maturity but is in the theme of the Jam. The black spots for me are the graphics: pixel elements are fine, the portraits are ok but the general appearance (UI) is too generic, it lacks of soul. Still, to me, one of the best propositions for this jam."
"The Heart's Fallacy was ambitious and quite fun to play, with good ideas, but visually we didn't like it as much, the generic RPG graphics lacked a little of personality. (They were assets, right?)"
"I found this game very mesmerising and immersive. The artwork reminds me a lot of my step daughter's, very illustrative - and the game's game world graphics took me back to when I used to play my game boy colour. I was very glad I could play the game full screen too. What I found interesting was the slight 3D look to the objects in the scenes, seen from the top view perspective. What could be interesting to toy with is the technique of adding pre-rendered assets into the 2D space? This was used in games such as Firefly's Stronghold back in 2001, etc. This could enrich the game world more. However, I also love the anime / cartoon-style graphics too. With the help of the beautiful music, the game conveyed a strong sense of what was 'real' and what was 'dream' within the tone of the visuals. The intro was very intriguing and spooky, hooked me instantly. My favourite part of playing this game was entering the dream with Aurora's parents. The music here is so good. I would play the game just to listen to this piece of soundtrack. Very beautiful. Within the first moments of playing this game, the player has already experienced the dark vibe of the mysterious 'bad' dreams, the mundane mood of the miserable real world and the colourful prosperity of the 'good' dreams - but there's that feeling of when will it all shatter, and when will the spider-like create re-emmerge? Aurora's Dream scene with her parents gave me a mixed bag of feelings. There was the sense I was actually there within the dream, everything is beautiful and peaceful, happy, with the light twinkle of strings and piano fluttering around me ... yet is Aurora's dad in fact dead in the real world? If so, there was also a heavy sense of sadness in this scene too, a very interesting combination of emotion. And if so, how? Was it connected to the spider? The game made me ask questions which is fantastic. The dialogue sections are really well written, too. Voice overs would work wonders here, yet the music is also strong enough to convey the moods being generated by characters during such scenes. Overall, a very lovely experience which I would like to continue by diving deeper into the 'dream' with this gem 🙂 Well done guys!


Updated 2 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows
Rating
(2)
AuthorKazuki_T126
GenreVisual Novel
TagsHorror, RPG Maker

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The Heart's Fallacy 1.1.zip 300 MB

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A fun game with unique puzzles! The ending had me a bit stumped, but I ended up surviving, so nbd. Anyway, great visuals and unique story! The addition of Greek Lore was an added charm in my eyes. If you're interested, feel free to check out my playthrough :)


Thanks for taking a look at my game, I appreciated. I was also able to get rid of the few grammatical errors in the story. I enjoyed the playthrough, you definitely have a good personality fitted for Youtube. I also decided to share your video on my Facebook as a way to thank you.

Oh jeez thanks! :)

This game is great as well I played, I hope you can submit the game even without the special theme, but that's your original theme https://itch.io/jam/3rd-rpg-maker-gotm-jam

The 1.1 patch is up for anyone who ran into the issue with the jigsaw puzzle. Let me know if it works.

Hi there, I am a youtuber and I hope to get some support from you guys by liking and subscribing to my channel. 

I am unsure of whether the game ends at the jigsaw puzzle because nothing happens after I complete it but anyway, here are my thoughts to the game.

I felt that the game was made quite well with puzzles such as the hide and seek part and the 3x3 puzzle part but I felt that the game was going too far when a new character appears to protect the protagonist from a giant spider in her dream. If I were to be blunt, I found the storyline to be a bit too common or similar to many other game storylines out there. If a more original idea was used or exciting twists and turns are upahead in the game, I will of course support this game :). Thank you for reading my comment and I look forward to improvements in the storyline and an extension to the game. 

I too stayed stuck after the jigsaw puzzle, too bad, I liked the story! (I wasn't too bothered by the other character - Morpheus - it depends how he is being used later)

XD At least I know there's no way to continue from the jigsaw puzzle.

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I  figured the problem earlier today and I will post a 1.1 patch with the fix jigsaw puzzle after the jam is over.

Thank you so much :)

Cool! I saved the game there, I hope it will work :)