Think you know everything there is to know about fairytales? Chronotopia will prove you wrong! Darkness, here I come!
Chronotopia is a dark rewriting of the fairytale Donkeyskin. It’s inspired by anime like Haibane Renmei and Madoka Magica and by games like Steins;Gate and Child of Light. There are choices that will give you a good ending, a bad ending and a neutral ending. So, you ultimately have the choice to save Donkeyskin or kill her.
The game will include quite a bit of features including 10 different endings and over 30 hours of playtime, brilliant artwork with animated backgrounds and stained-glass illustrations. There are also 2 female same-sex pairings options as well.
The game plays like a visual novel, clicking through the story and reading along. Lots of emphasis on visual, however. This game demo is gorgeous. The art is very pleasing to look at and the subtle changes in expression coupled with the background and ambiance make each interaction and new scene a pleasure to read through.
The very core of a visual novel is not just visuals, it’s what ties it together. Every visual novel needs a good story and Chronotopia is on top of it. The story is a dark and twisted rewriting of the Donkeyskin tale.
The young Donkeyskin lives a peaceful existence in her castle, enjoying her days with her best friend and confidant, Nahima. That is until her father, gone mad since the death of his beloved, decides he should wed the princess instead. Donkeyskin has to find a way to escape from this fate, but how? She doesn’t know it yet, but it’s the beginning of a long nightmare that will take her to the edge of madness… – Traumendes_Madchen.itch.io
The King wants to wed the Princess.
That’s some dark stuff. Chronotopia does a fantastic job in bringing the story to a new light. Giving the fairytale a much needed dark rewriting. The facial expressions and the drama almost made me forget I was playing a demo.
You click through conversations and interactions as the story unfolds. And as it does so, you will have choices that you will come across. These choices bear weight and will effect the ending for the better or for the worse. So be mindful is choosing wisely lest you end up dead.
The music is also something to nod at. The composers Butterfly Tea and Benjamin Henry and do a fantastic job capturing the varying ambiances throughout the demo. It’s haunting, melodic, bouncy at times and foreboding in others. These guys know how to make you feel and think things while giving life to a timeless tale.
The demo was very enjoyable to play. The characters were quirky when they needed to be and serious in other times. The tone of the story was also something you can feel. The visual, story and music all tied that together perfectly. You begin to sympathize with the characters and their situations and that makes for a very successful visual novel. And a demo at that.
As of this writing, Chronotopia has just 5 days left! So why not head on over to the Kickstarter and grab a tier while they’re available. They’ve already been Greenlit on Steam! So, don’t miss the opportunity to delve into the dark fairytale of Chronotopia.
Support them on Kickstarter: Chronotopia – Kickstarter
Be on the lookout for my playthrough and first impressions of the demo.
Stay in the know, gamers!