it was good
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android
Erven has always felt hollow inside. With all his parents' impossibly high expectations of him, the heavy responsibilities he has to shoulder, and the societal mask he has to wear... He yearns for nothing but a little bit of freedom.
Things started to look a tad brighter when he made friends with Lio, but after Erven received a scholarship, their friendship started to fall apart... And that's when things took a turn for the worst.
- > 17,000 words (2+ hours of gameplay)
- Two endings (choices are unlocked after first playthrough)
- Original sprites
Warning: This game contains mentions of violence, verbal and physical abuse, alcohol consumption, suicide and mild swearings. Players who do not tolerate the above are not advised to play.
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Hey Seth, I just found this visual novel of yours today and wanted to say how much I enjoyed playing through the story. Although you have an abundant number of content warnings for audiences, I find that sometimes I enjoy heavier stories like these a bit more. They are a lot more thought-provoking and interesting when it's not a straight fairy-tale, if you get what I mean. I am curious, what are you working on next? I see you have a variety of other games that I will check out soon, but I hope that you will make more like this one!
Hello arceus444, thank you so much for playing this game! I'm glad you enjoyed the element of realism in it- I was initially nervous about releasing a game with many depressing contents as it was quite personal to me, but I'm glad to hear that it resonates with players. I am working on a variety of projects at the moment. One of them includes helping Tofu Sheet Visual's NaNoRenO 2021 entry titled "Love is Blind (?)" (to be released soon), and I am (or should be) working on Revelations: The Unmarked (which I have been putting off for far too long). I also plan to make an educational math game (long-term) and is also currently working part-time in an educational board game company. Anyway, if you liked "Save You", perhaps you'll like Piece by Piece- it has similar vibes. Sorry for the long comment, haha. You can read further game updates on my twitter or patreon page! Thanks for playing once again!
That's great to hear about your other projects. I'll try Piece by Piece as you recommended next!
It's also fantastic to hear that you are planning on an educational math game for the future. It sounds like you got a job combining things you really enjoy. I have a significant amount of mathematical background myself, and remember playing a fair number of knowledge adventure games when I was a kid, so it's always nice to see more stuff developed for the next generation.
Yes, thank you so much for your encouragement! I think teaching mathematics is something that developers find hard to incorporate into games, so I guess I'll take on the challenge... and haha, rare to see a math enthusiast here! Anyway, thank you again for playing "Save You" and for leaving a comment!
great work dev
This is a very heavy visual novel, much more serious than anything El is known to put out! And it has a personal feeling to it, as the dev has pointed out. Whilst some scenes may seem a bit extreme, they oddly feel real, and as it all culminates to the ending in your first kinetic playthrough, you are relieved when choices are unlocked to attempt a happier outcome. I really love once you play the second time how a little communication goes a long way. I highly recommend this VN if you can handle its angst. Whilst your first playthrough will be extremely heavy, your second one will be a lot brighter, making the whole experience worth it!