I played this game some time ago, but I never wrote a review. Anyways, I LOVED IT! It was cute. All the routes were cute. This might also be biased because it's my first visual novel. 9.5/10
Once Upon a Hallow's Eve
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android
As one final vacation before their second-to-the-last college semester ends, 20-year-old graduating student Cara Lee and her friends decide to go to a rest house up in the mountains. However, along the way, a minor landslide knocks her unconscious, and when she wakes up, she finds herself alone in a dark and scary forest. Looking for shelter, she finds a strange and haunted-looking mansion looming up ahead. Is there really more to the mansion that it seems, or will Cara Lee uncover something sinister about the house and its inhabitants?
Genre: GxB, romance, fantasy, comedy, drama
The game contains 6,191 dialogue blocks, containing 50,514 words and 265,215 characters, for an average of 8.2 words and 43 characters per block. The game contains 22 menus, 127 images, and 12 screens.
Release Date: October 31, 2016
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I played Vern's route! He's cute :3c
I was pretty close to disliking the game when the mc woke up in the hospital, because I was like "oh boy, 'it was all a dream' story" but i felt better when vern greeted the mc in real life. Can only hope the other boys woke up too??
For have not playing the whole game yet, I give it a 7/10
Vern says thank you! :) At least, that's what I think. Uh, I believe he actually said, "Th-th-thank-- *runs away blushing*"
Haha, oh! There are 9 endings to this game. :) Care to get all of them?
Anyway, thanks for playing, and I do hope you try to play through another route! :D
I loved this game,especially Viktors route.The story is really good it keeps you guessing.
Good day, Ran S. :)
I'm just a kid whose really into her visual novels. Seeing the thumbnail, description, and pics, i just assumed i would just rate this game a 6 or 5 (out of ten). I even thought of that while i was playing it, but what really got me hooked on your game is the story. Sure I could put the graphics on 7, but the story got me high up on 20. I love it all Viktor, Vern, Vonn (especially Vonn). I'm amazed by the fact that you made this ghost story into so much more and i honestly love it. Is it alright though if I make a suggestion? Like a Cg gallery (but maybe there should be more cg's first, I only saw one cg set), and probably more clothes for the characters. I felt bad for Lee for not having enough clothes or when (spoiler) Viktor came to the hospital room in his ghost clothes.
thanks a lot for hearing me out. but all in all i love this game (8/10) <3
Good day to you too, Wild Heart!
Hahaha, that's alright! I'd be really sad if you rated it 8 without playing and then changed it to 5 after. Hehe. The reverse is of course much, much better for me!
And yay, thank you for that nice comment about the plot!
Hmm, I'll see what I can do, though I can't really promise anything as of now, I'm sorry!
Nevertheless, thanks again for this comment!
Hello Ran. S!
I've never been one to comment on games. In fact, it has been a year (or well, two years since three days ago was technically last year!) since I ever did. However I just wanted to thank you for your great game.
I like everything about it, to be well honest. While most people had criticized the MC for being conceited/high self esteem, I have gotten used to many people with such confidence and find it rather funny and comical rather than annoying and off-putting. She's not to the point where I find her absolutely annoying, but rather I enjoy her personality, which is refreshing from the meek, innocent MCs that I find in almost every otome game (rather bland).
I've also gotten fairly attached to most of the characters of this game (or all). I replay these at times I get bored, and I never gotten sick or tired of any of them. This is great, because character development and getting people to be rather affectionate with fictional characters is pretty difficult to do, but you did that quite nicely.
I also like the BGM! I listen it now personally, when I write or like to view life as it was a game or a VN I'm trying to get a "Good End" at or achieve the highest points possible (I'm such a game otaku..).
Overall, nice game, and I recommend it to everyone who comes across it. Hurrah!
Hi there Vanila Choclat! :D (My autocorrect keeps wanting to correct your name to Vanilla Chocolate, oh dear! Hahaha.)
Aww, thank you for the kind words! I'm honored. :)
Haha, I'm glad you liked the MC! I usually do meek and innocent MCs too (hehe) but I think that type of MC wouldn't be a good fit for this story. :) High-five!
Thank you so much! I sometimes feel like my scenes move really slowly (I'm not a fan of whirlwind romances at all so I like taking things slow) but I do hope I got the right balance in this game. :D
And yes, Sinakhai's music is awesome! I also got some from Noveler's Material iirc, where you can download free BGMs. (Haha, and don't worry, it's fun to be a game otaku!)
Hurrah indeed! Thank you so much again for the wonderful feedback!
hi, I just wanted to know how do you download the game/visual novel?
Love this story never noticed the walkthough thanks for having one Ran i was thinking you could only romance Viktor!
Thank you so much! :) Haha, I don't know why people always think that Viktor is the only romanceable character. If there's anyone I thought anyone could assume to be the default love interest, it's Vonn, haha. But that's just me.
Did you go for the other guys too?
I am having trouble playing this game. The download is only the demo. I saw on another website that the entire game is free. Can you help me?
Anyone has a guide for the ends? :( i really enjoyed the game, but i'm really clumsy and i always get the same ending...
there is a walk though listed on the page just click walkthough
- Artwork is wonderful. No uncanny valley... some games I've seen (that charge $$$$ ...) have the most... gawdawful.... everyone looks like a muppet on crack. Your characters look like they could be expanded into an animated series... bravo!!
- Character Development: There is some! The characters have distinct (and believable) personality attributes and quirks/flaws... thank you. It gets tiring when characters feel so contrived - which these don't. I could imagine having real conversations with people very similar to this...
- Music: the discordant semi-tonic notes, the sevenths... very fitting for a beautiful yet discordant background music - which fits the atmosphere of the Hallowed-Eve game
- The MC... uhm... I'm hoping that she's supposed to be written as a parody of the "popular girl"... because... usually I like to LIKE the MC... but her whole inner monologuing of "I am so beautiful, I'm always treated like a princess" and "I'm just so sick of men falling for me all the time" ... "Don't you know how many men have fallen for me?" - Those lines... that attitude (Why was she going hiking... in... a DRESS?)... was a little... erm... off putting.
She doesn't appear to come to any sort of "bring ya down to reality" epiphany either... like "I always thought everything was going to be easy because of my beauty... but I'm realizing maybe my beauty was only skin deep" or whatever... she just... comes off as super conceited... and I found it a little difficult to want anything good to happen for her... at all. I started feeling bad for the boys!
Sorry for long comment... something must've struck a nerve...
Thank you so much for the detailed feedback! This is super helpful and I really appreciate it. :)
About the MC... oh, I wrote her like that on purpose! When I was first creating the concept for this VN, I had been watching the Korean drama "My Love From The Star", whose leading actress was a snooty woman who considered herself high above others. I found her antics super funny and adorable, a far cry from the goody-two shoes, push-over type of leads that I was already starting to get tired of that time. In real life, I would probably love to tell that woman off or something, but in the drama, she provided a refreshing change from the norm.
So I decided to make my protagonist have a little attitude as well, though it's more for comic relief than anything. I realized that all my other MCs have been shy, meek, or naive ladies... and I didn't think that fared well with the setting of OUHE. (For one: I always thought that the shy, meek, and naive girl would have been terribly scared or embarrassed when Vonn initially shooed her away, and the whole story may not have even taken place the way it did, hahaha.)
Haha, I don't mind your comment about her being conceited at all; in fact, that's exactly what I wanted her to be. The word 'conceited' is actually written in her character outline! She did learn to be less conceited (her thoughts about her awesomeness lessened on purpose as the story went on) but I never wanted that side of hers to disappear completely. After all, Cara Lee wouldn't be Cara Lee without the attitude, and I wanted the guys to love her for who she is; kind-hearted, warm, thoughtful... but imperfect, with her own little flaws. Just like a real person.
Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinion! :) I actually got a lot of mixed comments regarding the MC's personality, and for me it's always fun to see how everyone's opinions differ. Reading all your comments make me super psyched to try out different personalities for my future games, so thank you so much for that!
Hi Ran S! Huge fan of your games -- thanks for putting in all the hard work to make them :) Hallows's eve is for sure one of my faves. I think what would make it even better would be some more CGs, but that's just because I loved the art. :) Can't wait to play more of your games!
Awww, thank you so much! I really appreciate it. :")
And I'm sorry about the small amount of CGs! Believe it or not, we were hit with time constraints... urk.
No need to be sorry! The game was very enjoyable as it was :) That was just a suggestion for next time. Time constraints always come up :(
Anyway, keep up the good work. Can't wait to play what's released next!
unfortunately i cant play the game :( it seems to open then nothing happens so i tried spamming it but it still didn't work. so is there something i'm doing wrong or is the demo broken please help i really want to play the game! i'm using a mac with OS serria don't know if that matters though please help! i've has the same problem with a few other games too i need help!!!
Hello! Thank you for your interest!
Oh man, I have a mac too and I've been experiencing the same thing even with other visual novels ever since I upgraded to Sierra. The only way I manage to get them to work is to open them via the Ren'Py program. I drag and drop the whole folder onto the application, and it opens up just fine.
Sorry if I have no other workaround!
thanks for trying to help but unfortunately it wont even let me open Ren'P so that option is out any other ideas? sorry for the inconvenience -mankyking1
you know what doesn't matter its fine don"t worry about it
Eh... what do you mean it won't let you open Ren'Py? Hmm, you don't need to actually open Ren'Py if you're going the drag and drop trick. :)
- Install Ren'Py, make an alias on the desktop, and drag the whole game folder there. (This is the one that I personally do. This is also the easier one.)
- Install Ren'Py, open the application, open "preferences" at the lower right corner, then for "projects directory" select the folder where you have the game that you want to open. You can then click "Launch Project". (I can't do this one because I have a separate folder for my own created games that I use as my "projects directory". But when all else fails, I do employ this 'trick'.)
the thing is nether of these things work unfortunately so i don't know what to do!
Aaah, I'm sorry, I really don't know anymore. :( If even the Ren'Py thing doesn't work, you can try uninstalling it then reinstalling it again, maybe? Looking at your other comments though, perhaps there's something out of place with your os update? There are some games I couldn't open after updating to Sierra too, but these two tricks above have never failed me. :( Aside from them, I really have no other workarounds. I'm so sorry!
don't worry about it and its not just your game i have the same problem with 8 other games and if you cant think of a way to help then don't worry about it its the thought that counts and thanks any way even it it didn't work in the end!
I love this game! I already got viktor's good ending but I can't figure out how to get get vonn or vern's ending.
This was such an adorable game! I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite VN Otome that I've ever played! So far though, I've only been able to play through Viktor's route but I'm planning on playing the other ones sometime((:
First otome game I downloaded! It was enjoyable and very suspenseful ^.^ Loved it!
Aww, thank you! I'm glad you loved it! :) Who's you favorite guy? Hahaha.
Hello! I downloaded it and it won't open. TT_TT I made sure my security allowed it to open but no luck.
Hi there! Do you happen to have a mac? I encountered the same problem with other ren'py visual novels in my laptop. If you've installed the ren'py engine, you can open it through there. Sorry if I have no better solution for now, huhu, but I'll do my best to look for another!
This game is awesome. I loved the jokes! I played until I got everyone ending. This is a great story!
Aww, thank you! You're awesome, haha. <3 Which one is your favorite?
oh my god i mean romance games aren't really my thing but wow. this was so good. i mean now I'm just on a roll playing more of them...rip
I also really liked the soundtrack. is there anywhere i can find/buy it? I checked the composer's soundcloud and i couldn't find all of the tracks.
Thank you! <3 Haha, yeah, I gotta admit, they can be pretty addicting! What games are you enjoying so far, if I may ask?
Ah, really? :o If I remember correctly, I got all of them from Sinakhai's soundcloud! I did have placeholder music before, but I believe I had already replaced all of those (as I like uniformity in quality, haha). If it's not too much trouble, can you please tell me which soundtrack you were trying to look for? (Like, even the scene where it played, or something?)
Thank you for your comment!
hey thanks for replying so quickly! there are a couple tracks I'm interested in: the two more lighthearted songs that play when someone makes a joke or something, and the one that plays when you're talking to the brothers in the foyer(?). I think the last one has an oboe part. sorry that this is so vague, by the way. I understand if you can't find them.
Quickly?! *gasp* But I... I... replied late. :(
Omg. I checked it out, and you're right! There are a couple of songs that I still hadn't replaced! I'm glad you noticed it!
(See, the way I organize resources is by categories, and then by artists/musicians, but since I change filenames in-game to make the coding process easier, I mess up 'which belongs to whom' sometimes. I checked the tracks out and it seems like they're from this site which also offers free BGMs. I'll be more careful next time and thank you so much for the heads up!)
Edited the credits. :)
hello! it's currently midnight and i just finished playing your game for the very first time! i ended up with Vonn's good end, and honestly, I was an emotional mess! At first i really wanted to be Vonn's friend [naturally, just because he was mean] and somehow I stumbled on his route and ended up together. The way his character developed really surprised me throughout the game. He went from an asshole to a soft smol kid who loves to write. 10/10 character development if you ask me. I enjoyed how much he really cared for the main character, even if it was lowkey most of the time. Throughout the game i was so ready for a jumpscare or something, especially when the main character would hear voices. AAAH I'm just so shook from this whole game! Like how the pieces slowly came together [ex; vonn mentioning he hates drunkards = later we find out he's the reason his brothers are dead, main character hearing voices = later we find out its her friends/family because shes in a coma]. I'm so happy I played his little game and I hope you guys make more like this in the future! I just have a question. when Vonn joins the main character after she wakes up, what exactly happened lol? Sorry if this is super obvious and I just missed something, but like.. is he alive now? what happened to vern and viktor? ANYWAYS! Thank you for making this game, truly a ten out of ten, also made me cry because I thought vonn just sent the main character back to the real world and they wouldn't end up together [like some romeo juliet type of stuff ya kno?] but im so thankful they ended up together lol i hate sad endings. im too fragile.
thank you again. the art was cute, the story was refreshing and new, the music scared me [in a good way!! pianos can be scary sometimes] etc etc. keep up the good work and good luck with any future projects!! dont give up kis kis sendin positive vibes ur way
sorry this is so all over the place lol i havent reviewed a game in like three months and i really enjoyed this game so im a lil excited lololol
Sorry for the late reply! And aaaah, thank you so much for the long comment! <3 asdfghjkl; I love long comments, they warm my heart and make my day, hahaha. :") You've definitely made mine today!
Haha, Vonn was never meant to be an ass, believe me.
He's just, um, overprotective, you know? (This is me defending the guy HAHAHA but actually, yeah, you're right. He was pretty mean, wasn't he?!) Ehehe, I would've loved to implement a jumpscare, but to be honest, it never actually occurred to me while I was making the game! But hey, you've given me an idea for next year... hm... if ever I make another Halloween game, you'll definitely see yourself in the 'Special Thanks' section, coolest kid on the block. HAHAHA.
And d'awww, I'm so glad you enjoyed putting all the pieces together! <3 I like info-dumping tbh, HAHA, but in small denominations. :D I also enjoy sprinkling bits and pieces of info here and there, within different routes. AAAAH and I hope I don't spoil anyone reading this comment, haha, but yeah, the good ending is basically a good ending for all of the characters involved. :)
OH MY GOSH I DON'T WANT TO MAKE YOU CRY AGAIN BUT... there is an ending like that, one where MC lived while the other guy was left... behind... oh my gosh please don't cry!! *hands 3-ply-tissues* *hugs*
Again, thank you so much for playing the game AND leaving feedback! :") I really, truly thank you!
Played through this for the first time and got Viktor's good end. This is a great little game! Love the art and the atmosphere is very well done. Looking forward to playing through the other routes.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback. <3 Glad to see that you're enjoying our game!
Hi!! I loved the game and tried everyone's route hehe. Thank you for the awesome game❣️
But I especially loved Vonn's although no matter what I do or choices I pick (which leads to his route, of course) I still can't get his Good End :(
I even managed to get Viktor's and Vern's Good End but all I get from Vonn is The End (neutral?) hahaha help please
Here's to checking out your other games ❤️
(++ I just noticed you're from ph too)
Oh, hi Pach, thank you so much for playing! <3
Hmm, for Vonn's good end, I believe you should be...
- very honest
- show him that you care
- but you're not gonna let him walk over you
And yay, thank you! :") So am I allowed to hope that I see you again on the other pages? Hehe. Thanks again!
P.S. Omg, I am so late but... yeah, I'm from ph haha, why hello there, fellow Filipino? :)
I keep playing but I can only get Viktor
And I think Vonn is so cute
any tips to get Vonn's ending?
Aww, thank you for trying the game out!
To get Vonn, you have to be... hmm, pretty mean! :)
Loved the game besides a few typos I really hope there would be a squeal or a bonus at least.Also Vern was my favorite mainly because I am shy like him now i have another fictional crush WHYY AM I SUCH AN INTROVERT. XD
Aww, I'm really glad you loved it! And don't worry, it's okay to be shy! :") I'm pretty shy too, in real life. Hahaha. As long as you don't let your shyness get in the way of... well, life, then it's all's good! Thanks again for playing!
how can i get a good ending with vern?
Little hint: don't be too assertive! :) You'll attract... err... some other guy, hahaha.
Vonn was my favorite! X3
Thank you for playing the game! :)
Ahhhhh! This was amazing! quite a few typos here and there but overall it was wonderful. I was fully engrossed in the story from start to finish and was truly sad when it ended. I do wish there had been CG's of her with each of boys. Vonn was by far my favorite rout and character, though I may be a little biased considering my favorite characters are always the ones who you don't get along with at first lol, he did make me cry though at the end there even though I knew about the happy ending already. It makes me wish for a squeal, though it's unlikely, and my biggest wish is that it wasn't so short! But despite its shorter length it was truly an amazing game with an amazing story. I'm very glad I played it.
Can't wait to see what you come out with next ^-^
Oh my gosh, thank you!! (For commenting here as well as on LSF HAHAHA) Aww, I feel so touched. <3 Hahaha. I'm really, really glad that you liked it so much! You don't know how much you made my day with your comment!! <3
I hope you stay updated for the next release!
P.S. Yeah, a sequel does seem kinda unlikely, sorry... but... hmm, maybe we can come up wth something extra... hahaha.
Hey, Ashylan! As the proofreader, I just want to apologize for having missed those typos. I double-checked the script twice, but they must have gotten away from me. (That's probably what happens when you stare at a mostly white screen for too long and too hard, haha! Plus, I may have been rushing to meet the deadline, which was around Halloween at the time I believe.)
Either way, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the game. Ran's pretty awesome, isn't she?
It's fine, I understand how that can be. As a writer myself I know how often typos can get by you lol. (That's probably why I have like 5 people helping me with my writing at all times haha.) Not only is Ran awesome, but the whole crew is as well. You all made an amazing game in such a short amount of time and that is pretty awesome in itself.
Awww, haha, Ashylan. :) I'm sure we're all glad to hear that from you!
Ehehe, though actually, it didn't really take us a 'short time' to make this... and it was mostly my fault. I'm glad people still stuck to the project, though! So grateful to everyone, the members of the team and players alike!
You're too sweet! Haha, thank you so much for everything!
I love this game so much, i havn't finished it yet but i played it for a good solid 30 mins and love the story and the characters and it has a great intense moment and its almost like a movie and i love how you made the soundtrack changes on different scenes or emotions of the characters which makes it feel soothing and also intense really such a great job on the game but i do wish it had a bit more game choices in it to choose what to do or what to say but overall i rate it 4/5 <3
Awww, thank you so much! I'm glad you're loving it so far! <3 All the hardships and obstacles we experienced in making this definitely feel like nothing whenever I read comments like yours, haha. <3
And thank you for the suggestion! I'll try to incorporate that in my next game. :) Hope to see you then, too!
Hello, I am Brazilian and I admire these types of contents and it is a pity not to have many VN in Portuguese as it has in English. I liked his work, and hope to find more VN so, but free. I wish you luck! Thanks for experience.
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you liked it! :") Hmm, who knows, maybe you can start trend of Portuguese VNs? Hehe.
Best Halloween VN ive played
hi i really enjoyed the game i was up all night playing it and got all the endings for the guys and my favorite guy in it was vonn i love how you made him like a jerk at the start and the he turned out to be a caring guy and he pulled at ma heart strings so i kinda cryed a little and i like vonn ending it was cutie and they where all good endings and i cant wait to play more of your games in the future and sorry for my bad spelling of words
I just finished this game and I just want to say that I find it quite enjoyable to play for Halloween ! I really liked the atmosphere even though I found some inconstency...Also I wanted more sweet moments with the guys ! xD But I know that it was not simple with this plot...
So I'm looking forward your next game and thank you !
Thank you! I'm glad you found it enjoyable! And omooo, I'm sorry for any inconsistencies you found! (I'm also curious what they are, haha, and it would be really helpful if you could point them out so I can improve myself for future releases!)
Again, thank you so much! We'd love to see you on our next game as well! <3
Really nice game, got a good ending. :)