So sorry, I didn't write this sooner. New version of the game is so great. The sound adds new tones to the mystery of the place where the story holds us. And the art is so beautiful, that I just can't describe. And I love the texts, and characters, and the story... Owerflowed with the work as I am now I sincerely cant't wait to see Gnarl and Albeni <3
Every year, you attend the Harvest Festival thrown in the manor on the hill; this year promises to be a little different. With the help of a companion of your choice, you will navigate a gauntlet of intrigue, enemies, and flame to save yourself and the people you care about. Choose between: Valerian, the charismatic gang boss; Gnarl, your best friend and professional con; or Abeni, the lighthearted Fleet Commander, and embark upon a mission to find out what went wrong on Manor Hill.
*Valerian, available as of 10/18; art by Leyla Mamedova
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If you're new to Manor Hill, the in-browser content is kind of gunna act as a prologue until I can properly sort out getting it translated into the rest of the games. Play browser content first, then feel free to dip in and download the game files.
One .zip folder contains all three PC/Mac/Linux versions. The other file available is an .apk file, hopefully for use on Chrome OS systems. My own testing has had some shaky results, but I was also using a weird testing thing on an unsupported system so I'd love to hear how the .apk file is working for yall.
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The first round on Ren'py is up, featuring Valerian. This was... a lot of work. An insane amount of work, so donations are appreciated but keep in mind this is still a demo. This project is still very much a work in progress and I am only one man.
Art is by Leyla Mamedova, you'll find her social media in the credits (the link on her name goes to her Twitter). Each package except the one for Linux includes a credits.pdf; for your convenience, I've uploaded it separately.
I also have a short little survey if you're interested in giving me feedback but not necessarily on freehanding a comment. Or even if you do want to leave a comment, feel free to also fill out the survey.
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I've seen Gnarl at this point and they're gunna knock your socks off :) Thank-you so much for still liking and donating !!!!! <3<3<3<3
will there be a full game browser version? i have a chromebook so it would suck if i couldn't keep playing past the demo ;-;
I... really don't know how to do that? The full thing is built in Ren'py, and with your chromebook uhm... would an android app work?
yeah! but if it was out of your way, i wouldn't want to bother you.
lemme have a look at it because the beauty of ren'py is that is takes the files and does everything for me so it's not out of my way, I would just need to test it. your screen resolution will obviously be bigger than that of a phone so there shouldn't be issues with overlap. I think it'll work, if you're willing to guinea pig with me a little x). Let me play with it a little and I'll have a version up that I THINK will work.
EDIT: Okay I have the apk file up. I tested it with a testing program thing and the sound was bad and the transitions sort of jerky, HOWEVER I was testing through a special program for which my system is unsupported? So I'd love to hear how it runs on your chromebook, because if it doesn't work Great I will return to the drawing board to see what the hell is up. Worse comes I'll make a version sans-sound which will help a LOT I think.
i wasn't able to get it to work myself, but that's probs because i have no idea how apks work.
if you could, i'd appreciate the help on learning how to get it together?
hm see I'm not sure how exactly to finagle it on a chromebook but I followed this guide to test it out! Like I said it was a little chunky when it ran but my machine isn't supported: ideally, yours will be and you won't notice a difference. If it does end up being a little slow I, I recommended shutting the sounds off. They're just aesthetic and they run the worst.
I wasn't expecting to like Abeni as much as I did, but she's fantastic! Really enjoyed her route. You've created such a lovely cast of characters. They're all interesting and memorable. There's so much I like about your game, but I don't want to ramble.
My page is a pro-ramble zone so no worries either way !! Thank-you so much for taking the time to comment, and I'm glad you liked everyone !!
I'd leave a heart here, but Albeni took it away. Third route and it's unlike other two. And *spoiler* was wonderful. And *spoiler* story is wonderful. I'm stuck on "wonderful", sorry. Thank you for your game. I love it so much.
<3 <3 <3 I'm relieved that you like her tbh, her route was the hardest to get through writing-wise !!
I think you meant "lapse".
Hello! I just want to say that your writing is awesome. I read Manor Hill a while ago, and have been quietly following since then. The characters are unique and delightful, and the story is interesting. I was really happy to see more of Gnarl with this recent update! I enjoy the dialogue between the player character and them. It's very fun and warm.
GNARL IS HERE!!! i love them so much already! i really enjoyed the closeness you cultivated between the reader and gnarl, it felt so natural ;____; im so excited to see where the story goes with them (and valerian, i didnt get to comment when the last update came out but i loved it too). cant wait for abeni next!!! i know she'll steal my heart away like the other two did <3
Ah this cheered me up a lot :') I'm glad you liked both of them (and really glad that Gnarl didn't come on too strong).
This is so beautiful. I loved Valerian route and now we have Gnarl and I can't say which one is better. They both are unique and decent. Love them, love the game. And sincerely waiting for commander. =)
I'm so happy you said so :') I was kind of self-conscious, worried that people wouldn't like Gnarl as much as Valerian. Thank-you !!
i created an account so i could find and save this game oml
i cannot wait for the update!!! im so excited! (p.s valerian is the love of my life thanks okay bye)
This was such a wonderful gem to find! You have such a strength for writing character interactions. Will definitely be looking forward to updates <3
I'm so psyched you like it !! The positivity gave me the willpower to make it through the rest of my day !!
i created an account just to tell u how much i loved this and how excited i am to see the rest, also as soon as valerian was introduced i was like "oh no hes my type" and i was instantly drawn in. im really excited to see the whole thing tho!!! abeni and gnarl are super cute and id love to see where the story goes with them!!!
Yay !!! I'm glad you like it and super flattered you made the account to tell me so !!! Thank-you !!!!
This is super cool and fun?? I'm excited for this. My twin showed me this with such enthusiasm and I have to say, well warranted. I love how you characterized your people, how different they are, and it's just really immersive. I was surprised that I got dragged into it so fast that I was almost startled when it ended. Keep up the hella good work dude, I'll be watching for this!!
I'm super excited you took the time to comment !! I wish I could update faster without real life bugging me constantly, all the time, but it really makes me happy that people are still looking at it regardless of my snail pace !! Thank-you !!
Hey, the more time you spend on it, the more you get to think of fun ideas! And I'm glad, because this is just so vivid and detailed. I can't commend your writing enough, especially for the amount of work and effort it takes to do a multi path story. It's consistently good and I hope you continue, even if life is bugging you. (We all get bothered by it. Don't worry, people will flock to quality no matter the time it takes.)
Why can't I choose Commander Abeni as my favorite? I fell in love with her instantly.
Unfortunately you can't choose her because I am only one man and can only do so much writing at once. She's next in line but I had to rework production to do one route at a time because I'm operating around working on a visual novel and a 30+ hour a week job. I'm glad you liked her though !! She's super fun to write.
Okay! I understand that it can be hard to make games do certain things.
It's a long process but she's definitely coming!
Hey, I don't want to sound like a douche, but I saw the update and was like, "Oh shit! Is Abeni finally a choice?" And I played, and she wasn't, which made me sad, and I would really like it if you added her in as a choice for the next update.
Still working a lot, friend. I was considering slowly catching the other two up to where Valerian is now but if I don't, that's entirely my call because 35+ hours a week is a lot of hours and if I'm not feeling up to writing something I'm not gunna half ass it just to have something out.
Finally got around to playing this, and I've got to say, I'm in love with Valerian. The game is great and I can't wait until you continue it! I hope you enjoy the holidays!
I'm glad you like him !! Christmas retail is kicking my ass but I'm working away !! Happy holidays to you too !!
This game rocks! I mean it hooked me from "hmm, let's see what this is" to "GOD. MY. OH. WHAT'S NEXT?!!" in a few minutes from the start. And on my way from sheer interest to countinuation hunger I laughted, counted my pulse, cried through laughing and found myself forgetting to breathe at times some gang bosses hanging over my lady...
Also, found my new line for life till the end of the year. Onward towards the drinks! xD
AH I can't believe I missed this I need to check my email preferences. Thank you so much !!
hey, just wanted to say that i'm super loving this so far!