Five days ago, Janet left her dorm to go on a date - and never came back. Was she kidnapped? Murdered? The truth may be even stranger. Solve puzzles to connect together pieces of the story in a science-fiction adventure with eleven possible endings!
User reviews: Positive (19 reviews)
Release Date: May 22, 2010

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September 2

New for Steam Version

If you've played previous versions of this game, there is some additional content for the silver/Steam release.

One puzzle/plot element has been altered on Linds' route

A new CG+epilogue has been added on the final route

The UI has been replaced to be more fitting to the theme (thus the 'silver')

The engine has been upgraded to a new version, along with a lot of adjustments to controller handling, graphics fallbacks, save game proofing, and other behind-the-scenes stuff that you should not particularly notice. However, because of this, old save games are NOT compatible with the new edition.

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About This Game

Story:


Time keeps slip, slip, slipping away...

You're trapped in a mansion with five guys, one of whom has a gun.

There's a giant countdown ticking down.

At the end of this story, someone will die.

Will it be you?

Or can you escape... the DATE WARP?

Use a steady hand to connect the wires and put the pieces together to solve the mystery of the mansion before it's too late. Your choices will turn the story towards one of eleven possible endings.

Characters:


Janet - A freshman at Brook College, previously a socially-isolated student. Will she live or die?

Alben - A mysteriously hostile young man. Why is he so angry?

Bradley - A cheerful jock who's been asking every freshman girl on exactly one date each. What is he planning?

Linds - A lecherous scientist who is clearly up to something. What does he know about the forcefields?

Nathaniel - A polite and wealthy gentleman offering assistance to those in need. But is that too convenient?

Rafael - A soft-spoken young man who takes care of others but dodges questions about his past. Who is he working for?


Content notes: Contains violence, alcohol and drug use, some strong language, and sexual references.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.4 or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: x86 or compatible
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Note: 32-bit compatibility libraries required on AMD64 and x86-64
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52 of 53 people (98%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Date Warp is one of Hanako Games' (Long Live the Queen, Magical Diary) older visual novels that only recently made it to Steam. A fairly standard example of the genre, I went in not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.

You play as Janet Bhaskar, a young Indian college student who ends up stranded in the middle of a forest with her blind date. Finding their way to a secluded mansion, once entered, will they ever make it out again? I don't want to give away much more than that as the plot relies on mystery and the unfolding of the narrative through the individual character routes. The story won't blow you away in depth, characterization or plot twists, but it's a fun sci-fi tale that has some interesting ideas and nicely written dialogue. As an otoge (girl game), the interaction between the protagonist and the guys is quite enjoyable and there are some saucy situations that may satisfy your romantic tastes, although nothing too racy, deep or profound. But who says every romance needs to end in tears, anyway?

While the story is pretty good, the artwork is where things suffer somewhat. The standard character images are good, nothing spectacular but nice enough; it's the special event CG's that really stick out. As much as I hate to say it, the quality reminds me of the more amateur deviant-art pages I've seen. I feel really bad for saying that because I love Hanako Games, but it was very distracting reading through the event scenes when the quality of the CG's were so poor. Usually I'm able to overlook lesser quality art in visual novels if it has a strong, intriguing storyline with well-developed characters, however, I really can't say that's the case here. Again, the story is good, it's just not strong enough to outshine the issues with the artwork.

Despite the problems I had with it, I still enjoyed Date Warp. Although on the shorter side, I felt it was worth the 6 hours I put into completing the entire story. I wouldn't consider it one of Hanako's better titles, but it's definitely worth a look if you've enjoyed her other games and/or other visual novels.

Bottom Line: 6/10
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Visual novels have become quite a thing on Steam these days and Date Warp is another one of those games. It involves a good amount of reading (hence the term ‘visual novel’) and in my opinion isn’t really a game because it involves very little gameplay. But from time to time you play/read a VN that is worth your time, and Date Warp is just that.

Let me start by saying that Date Warp isn’t a long game. One playthrough will take you about 2 hours to complete. Did you see how I specifically put the word ‘one’ there ? That’s because the story isn’t entirely clear after you finish it for the first time. It’s meant be played multiple times with different choices every time. The developer has told me you have to compare the multiple routes to understand the whole story and that only by taking multiple routes you will unlock the true ending. Mysterious, isn’t it ? Well, it actually is. The writing is very good and detailed (but with an occasional typo), and each of the characters has their own personality. Because of this you should be able to empathize with most of them, or the main characters anyway.
I have to admit that I was hoping to see a different kind of story here, because about 1/4th into the game the game takes a different path, one that changes from 100% mystery into sci-fi (with still a fair bit of mystery, so don’t be disappointed !). I still liked the transition and I enjoyed the game way more than I thought I would.
There is a bit of gameplay integrated too, and even if you officially couldn’t call it that it’s what sets this game apart from other VNs. Occasionally the game will let you choose what to do and instead of just clicking on an option the game wants you to complete a small puzzle. You have a starting point and you have to connect the lines to the answer you want to give. It’s a system anyone who’s ever played a puzzle should be familiar with.

Visuals are quite important for a visual novel I think. You’re telling a story so you want people to connect with your characters. Unfortunately Date Warp has some mixed graphics. The graphics are sharp and have plenty of detail most of the times and the surroundings/areas are created with accurate details, but the characters themselves have, well, let’s say not-so-good designs (that’s one way to put it gently). It would be nice to see a VN with realistic looking characters for once but so far every VN I’ve encountered uses the same anime-style graphics. Which are usually fitting and don’t distract from the overall experience, as long as they’re drawn in a competent way. But no, I haven’t read tons of visual novels, so maybe I just haven’t looked good enough. Anyway, the character designs in Date Warp range from okay to good. They’re not bad, not at all, but they’re not great either. There are also a few animations here and there but nothing major and enough to give you a sense of looking at something more dynamic.
The music is subtle as are the little sound effects like thunder and rain. All that’s missing is voice acting, but that’s debatable. I, for one, didn’t miss it but I can understand if some people would.

Date Warp might not be the prettiest visual novel you’ll ever play but it’s definitely one with a lot of replay value. Its mysteriousness is what keeps it interesting and if you’re an avid reader you’ll definitely want to play through it several times to just make sense of it all.
If you’re not into visual novels, or at least not that much, then Date Warp would be a good starting point. It’s small enough so that anyone can finish it and you’ll instantly know if this genre is for you.
I am gladly recommending this in any case.

[Rating: 77/100]
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
IT'S ASTOUNDING –
OVER FOUR DAYS,
CHOICES TAKE THEIR TOLL.
BUT LOOK CLOSELY
(NOT FOR VERY LONG THOUGH);
I NEED TO KEEP CONTROL.

I REMEMBER PLAYING DATE WARP,
DRINKING, AND PLAYING VNS.
THE BISHIES WOULD HIT ME
AND THEIR ROUTES WOULD BE CALLING:

NEED TO PLAY DATE WARP AGAIN!
NEED TO PLAY DATE WARP AGAAAIN!

JUST ROTATE TO THE LEFT,
ADJUST THE TILE TO THE RIIIGHT
MATCH EACH END TO AN END
AND WATCH THE WIRES LIIIGHT.
IT'S THE WEIRD CHOICE SYSTEM
THAT KINDA DRIVES YOU INSA-A-A-A-ANE,

BUT I GOTTA PLAY DATE WARP AGAIN!
JUST GOTTA PLAY DATE WARP AGAIIN!

THE BOYS ARE QUITE DREAMY;
NO FANTASY WILL FREE ME.
THOUGH THEY'RE UNSEEMLY,
THEIR HEART'S IN A GOOD PLACE.
IN ANOTHER DIMENSION
WITH CONFUSING INTENTIONS,
NO GUIDE IN SIGHT,
I MUST CHOOSE THEM ALL.

WITH A BIT OF A TILE FLIP,
I'M INTO THE DATE SLIP
AND NO ROUTE IS OUT OF MY GRASP.
BUT THE HOUSE'S UNDER PROBATION
WHILE THIS GIRL'S ON SEDATION???

NEED TO PLAY DATE WARP AGAIN!
JUST ONE MORE DATE WARP AGAIN!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I play a lot of visual novels, seriously I have over 25, and this is one of my favorites. Usually in a VN you will pick a character to persue and their story will take you though a plot that is independant of anyone and anything else and recycles pictures of characters with different color schemes to fill different roles.

Date Warp, possibly by the nature of everyone being trapped in the house, does a fantastic job of telling different stories based on who you choose to follow that all meld together to make a complete whole. Each story only ADDS to the overreaching plot and none of them contridicts any other, which I have never seen before in any other VN or life sim game.

I made my initial two choices for guys to follow based on my usual preferences, lecherous and cold/angry guys first. They tend to have more interesting stories than nice guys... However when I decided to get around to completing the other story arcs I was shocked to find that chasing a different boy ended up adding even more depth to the others. Secrets I had never even guessed were there before were revealed, personalities were fleshed out even more, and I actually found myself interested in reading the last two stories where I had not been before.

I played the original "bronze" version quite some time ago as I purchased it from Hanako's site. I'd like to note that I own many games made by Hanako and their customer service is top notch. All it took was an email with a copy of my original order info to get a link to download the new version and a steam key to boot within 24 hours. I'm looking forward to any games they make in the future. If the art style of this game puts you off check out some of the others; the artist changes from game to game and the art in The Royal Trap is really, really, nice with realistic features rather than an Anime style.

Back to my original train of thought however... The added epilogue and extra pictures really add a nice sense of finality to the story where it felt slightly lacking before. They were obviously done at a later date and look different, though I think the same artist was used, it would be nice to have seen more of the art overhauled but I don't think that's realistic to expect.

I highly recommend this game as well as The Royal Trap, Magical Diary, and Long Live the Queen. The latter two you can find on steam and LLtQ has quite the cult following.
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26 of 47 people (55%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Fantastic artwork, tons of branching story paths, good sound design & a very intriguing story thus far! This is shaping up to be one of the best VN's on Steam! I'll update the review after I get an ending or two. As of right now, it's fantastic!

Edit: Finished one path so far. The story was very well written and enjoyable when all is said and done. I will definitely go back soon to do another path. My only problem was that the final act moved at such a rapid pace. For the most part this VN was kind of slow and it let you take everything in but once the ending hit you barely had a second to comprehend everything that was happening. This may just be a problem with the path I got. The only other problem I had was with the choice system. There are a lot of choices to be made but all of them are chosen with a simple mini-game that is very much like pipe dream. It felt very tacked on and unneeded. Those 2 complaints aside, this is well worth the money.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
A fun choose-your-own adventure dating game with tacked-on and oddly compelling Pipe Dream minigames.

The point-of-view protagonist, Janet, is stuck in a house for a number of days with a number of seemingly unattached ambiguously gendered men.

There's a bit of a sci-fi mystery going on. What you learn depends on who you choose to spend time with. You'll definitely need more than one playthrough to see the big picture. That's a really nice touch - not only do you have a new romance each time you play, but also a different and partly exclusive privileged point of view.

The art goes from mostly harmless to not bad. Despite not looking terribly professional, I found it endearing and never distracting.

My romance, at least, had plenty of juicy double-entendre, innuendo and a satisfying cli- uh... high point... without ever straying above a PG rating. I appreciated this classy approach, which was typical of the story as a whole.

The writing is very good. At no point did I feel compelled to stop reading or skip past dialogue, or roll my eyes at unbelievable speech. The characters were the usual suspects, but the stereotypes were fleshed out enough to be worth sticking around to watch and interact with.

Each choice you make comes with an untimed and easy pipe-matching minigame. I know it sounds gratuitous, but it helped me mull over the previous events while consciously making my decision.

The opening song (you'll have to play past the intro to hear it) is epic. PLEASE tell me it's on iTunes or will be in the near future...

In brief, easily worth full price. Replayability, good writing, fleshed out story and characters, interesting mystery and inoffensive art.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
This game was a pleasant surprise. I have to say I'm quite fond of stories (scenarios) that build upon a larger picture... makes the replay value a lot more interesting. The ending was magnificent to me (haha like my name), seeing as nothing was left in the dark. I'm not too surprised considering one very crazy but pretty doctor that it turned out that way. It was all very touching and meant something. Very very 'wordy' but it is a visual novel. All in all I still loved it. It's probabaly my second under Dandelion despite the art style but I still love concepts like the ones used in this. Worth the buy.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Oh this Game is great, Storyline, Artstyle, Music.
Everything fits very well, I give it a 9/10.
Could have been a bit longer to be perfect but that's just my opinion
still an excellent game.

So for the details, before I hop onto them.

One or two sentences that someone like to know something about me or read this on my profile.

I got interested in Visual Novels(VN) because of an image board(4C), namely because of Katawa Shoujo
(10/10 perfect Game, never would have touched VN's otherwise, enough advertising)
I can clearly hear the stereotypes echo through my head, whatever, storybased Games have their appeal, too.
This was clearly fascinating, after some browsing, I found VN's on Steam and decided to give it a try.

Just to inform anyone, your character is Janet, the girl.
I was mistaken first and thought the game played around a guy again, which tricked me a bit into buying it,
paired with the good reviews.

But to cut it short, that did not make me regret my purchase.
I got hooked to the story nearly instantly,
The characters have depth, they develop, they change.
It is like a good puzzle, the backgrounds fit quite good together, not too good nor too bad.
With a frame of circumstances that change, to a certain point where it get's resolved in one way or another.
It's just compelling to know how your decisions play out in the end, hoping right into it,
reaching one end of the 12 endings, reaching the climax, always with the elements of the unknown.
It makes you question yourself, this is a talent many games lack:
To think about what happend,
what is similar to you, is their a lesson, can you apply that to yourself, what can you learn from it?.
Can you feel it: the story ,the characters, the game?

The minigame for choices, sometimes a little offputting, sometimes it makes you think twice about the choice you make.
It's not usual for VN's but I think it is a neet feauture for the overall scifi/magic type of novel.

But I didn't get tired of it, the atmosphere, the overall product is something that makes really sense in itself,
I'd call it finished, it is complete in a story sense and everything get's wrapped up pretty good.

I can fully recommend this masterpiece.

PS: The perspective of a girl is very interesting, too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
If you like light-hearted sci-fi and you don't mind romance, you're probably going to like this one. I wouldn't lump it in with most otome games, really, so you might find that you like this one even if you don't like otome - or that you don't like it even if usually you like otome.



Finally got to the new content! It was a nice little surprise, tying it a bit better than in the original version (which I've played when this originally came out).

What I've always liked about this visual novel is that it's not your average dating-sim - though it probably does look like that at first and even second glance; which I would imagine would have ostracised part of its possible audience - there's an overarching story which you understand better and better the more routes you manage to play but it takes a while to understand something more interesting is there for you to find out.
The graphics don't help it much to garner a wider audience: would you believe that Janet, the protagonist, is 19? I'd have been fooled into thinking this was all about dating pretty boys, given the sort of style - which seems to be the kind of shoujo-inspired style that would indeed go with that kind of story.

It would be impossible to go too much in detail about even the genre (I don't remember how much the demo reveals, so I'm not risking spoiling it), but don't take this for what it *looks* like.

As for the actual story and the characters: while this is probably my favourite EVN, I think there's a lack of polish compared to stuff like, say, Ever 17, which - in turn - wasn't perfect either, with all of its filler. The final resolution is a bit cheesy, but with the added CG it kind of looks like they're going for it after all! If you don't mind things not necessarily being plausible (such as a major event like Susan never disappearing only resulting in minor changes, with Janet and Brad finding that they're dating in this timeline) you'll probably have fun figuring out what the hell is actually going on in the mansion.

Other than the decision-making mini game, there aren't any other elements of traditional game play and, even then, this is never challenging and is more of a distraction, which I actually welcomed. If you don't like it, you can skip it on subsequent play-throughs, provided you've made those decisions already.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
As a gamer familiar with the visual novel and dating sim/otome game genre, this game was a nice and pleasant surprise.

Pros

The mystery element was a real plus for me. It's rewarding finding out more bits of information about the characters and mysteries as you go through all the routes.

The endings. Obviously, I don't want to spoil anything here but I will say that the majority of the endings aren't typical otome game endings. Even the good ends don't necessarily end on a 'happily ever after.' This surprised me a lot at first but I soon got used to it and ended up enjoying it (some endings felt a bit too open but that might have been because they were my fave characters and I wanted more).

The puzzles. I actually really enjoyed the puzzle feature when you had to make a choice. It's something I haven't seen before and it made me actually think about the choice before I made it.

The grown-up feel and the protag. Even though the protag was inexperienced in the love department, she felt like a university student. I'm so used to playing as a high school student in these kinds of games so it was refreshing to play as someone older who isn't afraid of flirting (Linds' route was fab for this).

The artwork is generally good but not as good as the more recent hanako games. The sprites used throughout the game were really good, some of the CGs looked a bit awkward though.

Cons

If I had to be picky, it would have been nice to see more CGs in the character routes. Also, the game was quite repetitive but that's to be expected in games like these because you have to replay conversations so you can pick different options.


All in all, I enjoyed playing Date Warp and would recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Such an amazing story!! If you get this be sure to play through all of the endings, so you can unlock the final ending. It is a must! I haven't played many games like this one, but so far I would have to say this is one of my favorites along with Dandelion!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
If you enjoy unraveling mysteries and a good read, this game is for you. The pace and setting for this game is done very well, and parts of the story gets unfolded as you progress. Regardless of music, art or writing, everything is very well put together and creates a nice brooding mood. It's the kind of game that makes you pick at your brain as you try to figure out each person's character and intentions, slowly realising there's more to them than it appears. You will also be required to do several playthroughs and achieve different endings before you get a perspective of the truth. For visual novels, characters are of utmost importance, and I'd say this game scores pretty high on character development with not one person being too much of a saint or devil to be believable. The only minor setback is that the protagonist has a relatively strong personality, and it tends to reflect that in the choices available.

There's an overall faint, drawn out tension that will keep haunting at the back of your mind, which pans out for a solid gameplay without making you feel queasy or uncomfortable the way some panic-driven games do. All things considered, this is definitely worth a try and if you enjoy reading, mysteries or "choose your own adventure" novels, all the more you shouldn't miss it.

PS. In case anyone is wondering about my playtime, I had purchased the original non-Steam download (which I've clocked in almost a full day of playtime) and have only recently asked for the Steam keys. I'm currently replaying this game so right now I've only completed one route :)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Date Warp is an entertaining mystery/romance visual novel by Hanako Games, whose other works include Magical Diary and Long Live The Queen. The player takes on the role of Janet Bhaskar, a chemistry student at Brooke College, Memphis. Having been set up on a blind date with a football jock, their night together begins the greatest, or worst, adventure Janet would ever have. What happens? You'll have to find out yourself.

The art style is crisp and cute, though you can see differences between it and Hanako Games' later titles. The music selection is mood-fitting, and the story is well-written. A novel feature is that, instead of merely selecting dialogue choices, you play a minigame which is similar to a maze of wires, which you need to connect in order to 'power up' the dialogue options. It doesn't entirely feel fitting, but it's certainly a neat distraction.

All in all, it's a game that will keep you guessing. With 12 endings to shoot for, there's more reason to replay and see how different choices will impact the story.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js8cWEzzqJo

Date Warp is an anime style interactive novel with integrated puzzle elements when you need to make choices.

The story itself seems has elements very reminiscent of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with the main characters getting stranded after their car breaks down and find a mansion in the woods while looking for help.

Overall its a fun game with great replayability with 10+ endings
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
This game can be enjoyable for visual novel fans , however it has some problems and I have to warn you about them .
First of all, the art is mediocre and it looks ugly in some scenes. It is quite clear that this wasn't drawn by a professional. Secondly , there are a lot of plot holes. Several questions are not answered even if you unlock the true ending. Of course this is a story about time travel so some plot holes are inevitable but I still feel that the author took it too far , combining science fiction and magical elements but without really explaining anything. I don't want to spoil the story to anyone who wants to play it, but whoever has already bought it knows what I'm talking about.
Thirdly , this game feels a little short for the 10 euros you have to spend in order to buy it, but at least there are multiple endings so it has some replay value.
That being said, I do not regret buying this game because as I mentioned before, it is enjoyable. Some of the characters are adorable and the story can be interesting if you ignore all the plot holes. I also liked the little puzzles they added every time you had to choose an option in the story, it is a nice, original idea for visual novels.
In conclusion , I recommend this game if you're a hardcore visual novel fan , willing to overlook the few problems it has.
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4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
A fairly quick and interesting visual novel. The biggest problem with the game really is the puzzle element because, while it was fun to actually complete the linking puzzle, it really broke up of the flow of the game, even when using the "skip puzzle" option. Somewhat stereotypical archetypes for the male characters and I was a little uncomfortable with the "not like other girls" element to the female player-character but the story line was really interesting, the interactions between the characters were good, I really appreciated the LGBTQ representation within the game. A good way to spend four hours!
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Ah I love this game <3
Hanako games just do visual novels right. This and long live the queen, I really look forward to more of these :D
Date Warp follows Janet and Bradly after their date takes some strange turns leading them to a house full of suspicious individuals.
There are 11 endings (that im aware of) and all of them range in emotions. Some endings made me dance, some made me cry inside. I think Janet is a strong main character and all the choices are fun to play through :3
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