Your choices changes the GENRE of the story! Almost EVERY NPC LIES to you at some point in the game! Live a life of adventure or a normal life! A game with true choices! An interactive story/game where you play the role of Ryou, a seemingly normal high school student in the land of Sorayama.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (183 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 11, 2009

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August 18

Steam Achievements Added and Text Fixes

Your choices change the GENRE of the story!

Almost EVERY NPC LIES to you at some point in the game!

Hello everyone!

We are happy to announce that we have added Steam Achievement to Fading Hearts! Now you can know what to spoil and what not to spoil to everyone!

Take care and enjoy everyone!

Also please remember that NEARLY EVERY NPC LIES TO YOU at some point in the game. Just a friendly hint.

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August 3

Beta for small features is out!

Hi everyone!

We are testing steam achievements, the new edits and more multi-game data code functionality to see cross-over content in our future games!

Come on down and test the new features!

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Reviews

“In terms of gameplay, the game takes 'choose your own adventure' to a whole other level. You literally have freedom to do whatever you want.”
Inside Anime Expo

“It has an interesting story to tell, which can be as realistic, convoluted or outlandish as you want it to be.”
http://www.technologytell.com/gaming/59262/gamertell-review-fading-hearts-for-windows-mac-and-linux/

“... it went beyond what visual novels usually do and, as usual, I found the life-sim and RPG elements highly addictive.”
87% – http://rpgfan.com/reviews/Fading_Hearts/index.html

About This Game

Your choices changes the GENRE of the story!

Almost EVERY NPC LIES to you at some point in the game!

Live a life of adventure or a normal life! A game with true choices!

An interactive story/game where you play the role of Ryou, a seemingly normal high school student in the land of Sorayama. Solve the mysteries that surround him while maintaining his friendships and saving Claire. Remain ignorant of the secrets and live a normal life or choose to learn the truth. Be careful where you put your priorities for it may prove fatal.
  • Multiple end-game climaxes and endings!
  • What will be the final conflict?
  • Take control of your story or be swept away by it unlike ever before!
  • True choices! (Defined as choosing your own goal!)

Daily Life Sim! Player-Led Game/Story Genre Shifting!


Everyday choose what YOU want to do. Fight monsters in the forest on Monday. Hang out with friends on Tuesday. The player gets to choose!

Player-Active Storytelling! NPCs tries to manipulate you, the player!

This is what makes gamers like this game when they don't like Visual Novels and/or Dating Sims. Normally what you get is a storyline that you can sit back and just passively absorb. In Fading Hearts...

Players can actively manipulate story mechanics once they understand how they work.

Also there are many people trying to convince you to do things that may or may not be in your best interest. How do you figure out who to trust and not trust? Will you get enough information in time or would you have go with your gut feeling when it comes does down to the wire?

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Intergrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Older Intel Integrated Graphics Chips are not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 1082 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated AMD or NVidia Grahpics Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Intergrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 1082 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated AMD or NVidia Grahpics Card
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Intergrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Older Intel Integrated Graphics Chips are not supported
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 1082 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated AMD or NVidia Grahpics Card
Helpful customer reviews
52 of 67 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Literally the best game I have played in my life. It left me on an emotional journey and at 9 o'clock on a Friday night, feeling so saddened. While I sat alone by my computer, I realised I had given love to two fictional characters while I sat here with no one. Their love was not mine, but I had it for a brief moment. In the course of giving up my life, i gave two others love for awhile.

If you want to feel loved, buy this game. It will leave you feeling lonely but loved as you finish the game. You may have no one, but at least you let two others have love. For that lonely Friday night - I felt loved. And I never want that feeling to depart, so i just keep playing again and again, as if I'm watching my ex living out her life without me, when all I want is her back.
Posted: August 23
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Before Fading Hearts i've played TONS of Visual Novels and Dating Sims. I knew nothing about Fading Hearts before I decided to pick it up not knowing what to expect. From the main store page it seemed interesting enough for the $10 I paid for it. I have to say, I was quite dissapointed to be frank.

First I'm going to go over what I liked about the game. The gameplay was really interesting and fun, definitely felt more closer towards a Dating sim. You get stats you can raise by doing various activities throughout the day and the stats (usually) have some effect on the game, such as how much money you get and beating certain monsters in the forest. There is a combat system, though not very in-depth, was entertaining for the first few times. And the game strongly encourages and is ment to be played with multiple playthroughs for all the endings, even including some cute dialouge at the end of each playthrough that provide hints on what to do on your next one.

One thing that interested me into buying the game was the "Player-Active Storytelling! NPCs tries to manipulate you, the player!" feature on the store page. I seriously did not feel this at all, in any of the playthroughs. I felt fully in control the entire time as with every dialogue option you can easily see what the consequences were and what path you were going to go down. The "Players can actively manipulate story mechanics once they understand how they work." was just a fancy way of saying choose A or B like you do in any other game/VN, nothing intuitive there.

You get stats and other progress bars that you can raise that can influence your money income, and combat stats. It had very good potentional to be very good but in the end it was pointless. You honestly don't need money that much, the only time you really would need to spend money is on things to obtain even more money. You don't need to touch the system at all and can do very well without, theres no real benefit it was a waste of time. You can also choose to do various excercises and train magic spells as well for combat. However, to reach the ending that relied a bit on combat you didn't need to be very strong at all. Once you hit a certain threshold (which isn't very high) it was pointless and a waste of time. It would've been nice if they added something that required or rewarded spending more time on raising those stats.

However, the thing that bothered me the most, is that the story was absolutely terrible. I definitely felt like it was more gameplay oriented storytelling than an actual story. Of course the story changes with your actions (as expected with multiple endings and such) but each time I was never satisfied. The climaxes to each ending felt very bland, and the actual endings were extremely cliche and predictable. The characters are REALLY flat and I'm not talking about their chests. They have little personality and no development whatsoever. Side characters are pretty irrelevant and you only speak to certain ones to obtain endings.

Lastly, the game is super short. I spent about 15 hours on the game but really thats because I left the game on while I fell asleep. Each playthrough is about 30mins-1hour long at most. If it takes longer, thats because you're trying to figure out what to do to get the other endings which won't take long. You can probably get all the endings in one sitting if you wanted.

The game had a lot of potential but I felt like it was released a bit too soon or the writing could've been better. The idea and design was good but it had no depth whatsoever.
Posted: July 12
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
This game was endearing and amusing. It's complicated enough to need to replay it a few times, short enough to replay without a major time commitment, and full enough to replay without getting bored. The twists and connections throughout the storylines are interesting, and surprisingly unexpected without being completely random.

Unfortunately the engine is a little broken, certain events aren't tied to flags, and therefore can be unlocked through illogical or unwanted means. The writing is also a little unprofessional at times, but that was easy enough to live with.

As the first project from this group I think is was wonderful and I look forward to seeing them grow through future releases!
Posted: July 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
This Game is amazing! It has a great story, amazing character devlopment and it goes along the story at a decent pace. Im not done with it yet, But for the parts that i have gone threw it is well worth the 15 bucks I paid for it XD
Posted: September 14
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
It's a Life/Dating sim with an interesting story and cute characters. If you're into games where you have to manage stats and you try to get the girl - then you'll like this game. No, it doesn't have nudity and it doesn't need too. This is more of a tragic romance, where you'll end up learning more about each character and really falling in love with them. This could easily have been spun out into a short novel, that's how good the storytelling is.

It's short, you can probably finish a playthrough in a couple of hours, but it has some replayability. This is an Indie company, so while $14.99 might seem like a lot, it's not if you just think of it like going to a movie. A movie is a few hours, ticket prices are nearly that much and you still enjoy that. At least with this game, you own it and can re-visit it if you like. Definite buy IF you like anime-style characters, tragic/heroic romances and life/dating sims.
Posted: May 18
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198 of 228 people (87%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Played this game before it came to Steam and love it through and through!

There are visual novels with longer and deeper storylines, but Fading Heart managed to be more enjoyable than most of them; its characters are downright endearing, and the story is interesting with its share of twists and mysteries.

Among things that makes Fading Hearts favorably stand out among other VNs is that it gives you a lot of actual choice, rather then deciding the route for you based on often- unobvious dialogue choice. For instance, most VNs require the player to focus on pursuing specific girl, often at expense of being cold or downright rude to other girls to avoid getting unwanted “points” with them. Fading Hearts recognizes that being nice to a girl doesn’t mean you are romantically interested in her, and ultimately places decision of who to pursue into your hands. It encourages supporting all your friends regardless of your romantic interest, which I find a refreshing change from many other VNs.

Not to say that the plot can’t force something upon you, it sure can. But even when the choice is taken from you, it is the result of what you choose earlier – choose poorly!

To sum it up, I fully recommend Fading Hearts to everyone who enjoys VNs. And for people not familiar with the genre, I’d say it is a good choice of the first VN if they want to try them out.
Posted: February 6
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