I've played this game quite a while ago, but I just have to say that this is probably in my top ten VNs/KNs of all time. This is an incredibly layered and complex and thought-provoking story that just kills me more with each reread. <3 If you're deciding whether to download this game, do it. You will not regret the experience.
soundless - A MODERN SALEM IN REMOTE AREA -
A downloadable visual novel for Windows, macOS, and Linux
If you are sensitive to descriptions & images of extreme bullying and abuse, please hit the back button now.
—Despite all the singing around her, her world was soundless.
A small village cut off from the rest of the world, Phada, spends its days slowly, idling away time by speaking with one another, eating with one another, and dedicating all their attention to studying scripture. With a population of only 145, the governing body of the town is the Group, the name of the miniscule clergy that inhabits the church at the top of the hill. They worship a protective God comprised of two halves: the "Barrier" defensive energy and the "Expulsive" offensive energy.
In a town where all you can do is socialize, young Mercy is denied this. Since birth, she has seen the unseen, and was taken in by the Group after losing her parents. Upon turning 10 her vision seemingly became corrupt, causing panic among the villagers. It was decided by the Head Priest and the Holy Woman that the only way to deal with this curse is to aggressively apply the "antibiotics."
In other words, isolate Mercy until she stops seeing things.
Now an empty shell of who she once was, 15 year old Mercy attends school and is constantly bullied by her classmates, some truly afraid of her, but most seeing her as an easy target. The sudden death of the 25th Holy Woman startles the village, causing many to believe Mercy's curse is spreading and for her abuse to become more aggressive. Then, one day, the Head Priest reveals God has given them two young Holy Women rather than one.
When classes end the next day, one calls out to Mercy.
"I can see it, too."
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- Version 2.0.2 ChangelogOct 29, 2018
- Version 2.0.1 Changelog + Version 1.2.1 ArchiveSep 30, 2018
- Version 2.0 Changelog + Things To ComeSep 29, 2018
- Patch 1.21 UpdateFeb 20, 2018
- Soundless Version 1.21 Changelog + NoticeFeb 16, 2018
- Soundless Version 1.2 ChangelogJan 27, 2018
- Patreon, Discord + Game Update Coming Soon + Our New ProjectJan 09, 2018
- Version 1.1 ReleasedOct 29, 2017
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Absolutely loved this, but one thing I would nitpick: the transcripts note several pauses of under a second. This is too short to even register as a pause in conversation. (Source: am a transcriptionist.) I assume you're just intending to convey a pause of some arbitrarily short length, so something like 3-5 seconds would be more realistic. (Using the decimal points, pause for 3.26 seconds or whatever, is good to demonstrate that the transcription is presumably made by a computer program that can get that accurate, rather than a human being.)
at first i thought it was gonna be some random VN with a disappointing plot but man, was i wrong! this game went beyond my expectations with its great story and character designs, they are very unique and interesting especially in their personalities, they snap from time to time and the mood swings give lots of depth to the characters, but i gotta say the ending really leaves too much to the imagination, like an epilogue would be nice to explain some stuff either way the game is great i hope you release more games in the future or even a sequel to this maybe? (i have i feeling that wont be happening).
oh and the fillipino folksong (doon po sa amin) gave me flashback to my childhood :)
This was really great! The part where she had the dream that everything had gotten better after she woke up and got out the private hiding area trolled me, lol.
Block 5 of the after stuff is bugged for me. It says out of memory? Not sure if it's just my laptop or not. Regardless, this story was... Intoxicating in several ways. I am a pretty big fan of sad things, but boy did this take the cake. Nicely done!
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Ending was completely out of place to the point it felt like trolling.
I loved the VN it was fantastic. Cant wait to see what you make next.
That was really fantastic stuff. I got way more invested than I'd anticipated/been prepared for beforehand, hah. It was really nicely written and the characters were great. I felt so sorry for Mercy and really hoped she'd get her happy end all the way through. The artwork and character sprites were ace too. All in all, neat stuff all round, hope you continue making projects like this!