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The Story:

After a flesh-eating dust blows through your small town you are left trying to survive alone against hordes of Listless humans. Starved for social interaction you find yourself questioning your sanity when a voice speaks directly into your mind begging for your help.

Game Features:

Navigate an apocalyptic world full of Listless humans while managing your health  and toxin levels. Collect items and choose travel locations that you feel will most aid in your survival. Can you choose correctly and survive until you solve the mystery of the anonymous voice? Or will you fail and drag others down with you when you die? 

Multiple endings, and almost every choice will have some impact, sometimes immediately. Good luck!

Excerpt:

NARRATOR
Huddling in the corner of our modest shop I can see them.
I can see them through the glass, weaving to and fro as if only held upright by the merest of threads invisibly dangling from the hazy sky.
The light that had previously consumed their retinas has faded to a dull glow.
For hours I have hovered inside my shop. Waiting. Watching.
My wife and I had chosen the reflective lettering on the glass of our shop in an attempt to catch the eyes of passerby to peruse our wares.
I do not understand why, but it seems to confuse them.
Almost immediately on turning to the glass the light in their eyes will fade, and they will either stand idly, waiting, or join the ranks of the others.
A sudden scream shatters my thoughts and I slowly stand and walk toward the glass pane.
A lone woman runs screaming through the street.


YOU (horrified)
No…No!

NARRATOR
As soon as I speak one of the Listless turns toward the window and I press myself against the wall in terror.
It weaves to and fro in indecisive consternation, its ears aware of sound but the mirrored letters confusing its vision.
After a few moments it turns back towards the woman.
By the time I work up enough nerve to return to the glass and try to help, it is too late.
But the Listless aren’t even the worst part.
The dust.
The dust is always worse.

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Oooohh this is awesome! Hard to find a survival (apocalypse?) game that's both easy enough for me to play and hard enough for me to enjoy (and guess what it's also LGBT-friendly :)), although I feel like you could add some more (long-time) suvival elements! I think I managed to get an ending good enough where everyone survives, on first try :D I'm always happy to get happy endings like this, and I like trying to look for possible better ones. So ummm may I ask how many endings are there, to be exact (and do you count the bad ones)? 

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Thank you! And yes, haha, I wasn't quite sure what to classify it as, either, especially considering how it ends.

As to ending types, I'll try to be vague enough not to spoil too much but anyone who hasn't played **SPOILER ALERT**!

The main different endings are affected by 1. Where you go in the middle (you can be cornered) 2. If you get a gift when visiting the couple 3. If you accept Mirror's request 4. If Gina trusts you 5. Pending the other items, your own contamination level is taken into account.

Overall if you 'succeed' in the first four having high scores/trust, you will get the 'happy' ending. But yes, fail enough of them and have high enough contamination and it can go quite horribly. As to specifically how many ending differences, it depends what all is counted- but I would say about six.

Thank you again for playing and for the feedback!

I know you mentioned this in a previous comment, but I wanted to confirm that I can’t play the browser version on the ipad. Can’t enter the name - can’t proceed. I would love to check out this game if  it becomes possible. <3

Ok, you convinced me. Making a patch to web is just... tedious, as I have to reduce the size from 190mb or so to 50mb. That's a lot of 'ok how much can I get rid of' testing, haha. I'll update here once it has been patched. :)

This has been patched :) Let me know if you have any issues with it- I had to delete options like music changes etc. (Music files are a huge size hit.)

I’m playing it right now and it works great. :)

Awesome, thank you! ^_^

just quick question that is pretty irrelevant, what is your favorite animal and why? The animal can be a mythical creature too

Favorite animal out of anything? Hm. All right- the desert rain frog, then. I can't watch that thing make noise without laughing to tears. (Youtube Worlds Cutest Frog). Sounds like a dog's squeaky toy, lol.

oooh. Cool! 

Hey I love ur games their awesome!!!! But there is a problem with this one, I am not able to get past the part that has “what is your name”

My problem is that it won’t let me put or enter anything into the section that has that, so it would be nice if you could I don’t know maybe add a thing where there are already names suggested and you can tape them and make that your name.   


KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! 

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Thank you so much, especially because you say you've played more than one ^_^ Sorry to hear you are having issues, can you tell me which device you were on? I will take a look at adding that option for anyone who can't get past it as well, just in case. I'll update here when I've implemented it.

I am playing on my phone 

I am playing on my phone 

Woops didn’t mean to put that twice, heh sorry 🙃

No worries! I have uploaded a patch for Android devices that is 3.0.2. It adds a button for you. I have not patched the web version, mostly because that barely even works on PC so it is not really recommended for mobile. (Known issue with the Ren'Py software and hasn't been fixed that I am aware of.) Let me know if it still won't work :) 

ok thank you! Have a nice day! 

duude!! that was so cool! the ending that mentions a "hunter" is that for a sequel? cause id be so down!

I am so glad you enjoyed it! I am in fact working on a game right now that is going to connect to this, but it will be a different type of game. I have more information on my Discord channel if you don't want to wait until I officially announce it on Instagram or here :)
The game will be called X.E.H.A. Rogue, and it is in a way a direct sequel to Telvoikai.  If you watch the left wall at the end of DotVC, you can spot a hint at the connection to the game I am working on, too, just by knowing what I've just said here.
Thank you for taking the time to play and let me know your thoughts!

Wow, this was really fun! I'm glad we managed to seal that thing, the storyline was great, and I love the art style. The characters were also pretty unique too!

Thank you so much! And good job on the ending, not every playthrough makes it that far.😄

I really enjoyed this! It had that sci-fi twist that echoed of Telvoikai, which I really loved!

Thank you, Rozozzy! The snippet at the end actually is canonically a character from that exact story, so I am extra happy someone noticed. 😄 I hope to remake Telvoikai as a standalone eventually, too.

Ahh!! That would be amazing!! I look forward to your upcoming projects. They're always a blast to read. <3

Liked this game a lot. I keep trying for different endings and get the same one, but I never keep track of all the choices.

Thank you for playing and taking the time to let me know! Different endings depend heavily on ** SEMI-SPOILER ** what your friends think of you, which items you do or do not get (ex: space blanket?), and whether or not you decide to break the canister at the end. (Your friend will give her opinion on the subject and in some branches you do not understand her.) Without knowing what ending you have it is hard to say which will get you a different one- but if you experiment with what I list here it should help :)

I think I got the endings but didn't read properly.

This was so much fun! My mind is completely blown! The story was AWESOME and the weight of the choices were what kept me playing this game over and over to try out various endings. The pathway to get the "habitable ending" was just absolutely brilliant. I really really really really hope you continue making games like this. Keep up the awesome work! 

(I don't think this should be tagged as a horror type game but I'm glad it isn't otherwise I'd shit myself and never see the end of this masterpiece.)

Thank you so much! I am working on my next game and hope to have a sample chapter in the next month or two. If you'd like to see WIPs and concept art for it I post a lot on Instagram (Corvaena).

As a fan of horror movies and games I do agree Dust isn't really true horror but with what the violet dust does and the way the story is laid out I wasn't sure what else to label it as. Quite a few of my stories are a hodgepodge of sorts, but all of them end up having a heavy dose of fantasy/epic fantasy by the end.

Thank you again for playing and letting me know you enjoyed it!

Fun and interesting game. Little rough around the edges and sometimes too obvious what choices do what, but overall great experience and I like mystical atmosphere. 

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Thank you very much! This game was my first attempt and intended as a prototype so I am not surprised it feels a bit 'rough'. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts, and if you are ever inspired to share more detailed feedback feel free to reach out to me on Instagram or Twitter (@Corvaena). Thank you for playing!