Vinty is back as she travels to Melbourne in hopes of meeting her calligraphy idol. Excelia. Determined to study and mimic the star's every move, will Vinty end up losing her identity?
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Release Date: Nov 9, 2015

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July 29

Upcoming Melbourne trips

Hello everyone! Hope you have been enjoying 2016 so far. Almost August and heading toward Christmas already!

I will be making two trips to Melbourne this year, and since Without Within 2 takes place there, I really want to share my excitement with you. My first Melbourne visit will happen in September as I check out the Madman Anime Festival:

I will then fly over again in November for PAX:

I do not have a table at either con, so I will be attending as a fan. If any of you are going to those cons, feel free to let me know! Maybe I will bring some postcards along as gifts if I bump into anyone.

When I make my first Melbourne trip in September, if weather and time allow, I will record some more footage of the city and put together a new video. If I fail, I have November to try again on my second visit. WOWI2 will reach its one-year anniversary around then, so the timing is appropriate. I will share one more news along with that video as well, but I will keep it to myself until the details are settled.

In relation to that one-year anniversary, I have added this WOWI2 item on my Redbubble store. Please have a look! Maybe I will wear one of those shirts to Melbourne.

Thank you everyone!

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About This Game

Vinty is attending a calligraphy event over in Melbourne. At last, she will be able to meet Excelia, the world famous calligrapher. Determined to study and mimic her idol's every move, will Vinty end up losing her identity?

Vinty is back in this sequel to Without Within! WOWI2 is roughly 20,000 words long, which is about five times the length of the original. Throughout the read, players will find links to YouTube videos that feature various footage of Melbourne (currently blocked by Steam on Linux versions, which I apologize for). Hopefully players will like these optional videos as much as I enjoyed filming them. Last, rather than putting in contrived choices like I did with the first game, WOWI2 is a linear story (kinetic novel). I hope to be able to tell a more focused tale this time around.

Thank you everyone! I hope you will find the experience worthwhile.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP or above
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280 x 720
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280 x 720
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280 x 720
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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57 of 68 people (84%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
A cute, short-ish, kinetic VN about how Melbourne is the best city in the world a cute caligrapher and her holiday-style adventures in Melbourne, the best city in the world general vicinity of Melbourne.

It's also loaded with links to short videos that the developer took around the city, which is really cool, you can see all sorts of cool Melbourne sights. I really liked these videos, because I am apparently much more of a sap for my hometown than I originally thought.
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
More alive than most people I've met and will probably ever meet.
More realistic than most things I've ever played.

Probably the happiest I've ever been with a game.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Before we get into the details I'd like to point out that this isn't really a game. It's a visual novel in the purest of senses. The experience is all reading with cute artwork to go with it, there are no choices to be made. If this idea turns you off then move along, however you'd be missing a great story.

Without Within 2 follows the story of Vinty, a struggling calligrapher. We met her in the first installment, which isn't required to understand this game but it's free and short so go enjoy that one as well, but this game continues her story as she follows her dreams. This time she has a grant to go to Melbourne Australia for a calligraphy event so we follow her adventure there. The story also involves Excelia, her idol, who Vinty gets to meet and actually get to know.

The story is well written and interesting, however, it reads more like a love letter to Melbourne than a story about Vinty. The most interesting moments are when things happen to Vinty or she interacts with someone. Like when she eats sausage and likens it to dog poo. There is still pop culture humor but it pops less frequently than the first game. Also, the ending was a nice twist. Vinty is a fun character and though I don't know much about the world of calligraphy it's nice to learn about it through her.

The artwork is good as well as the soundtrack, it all lends to a relaxing experience. You can put the text on auto then sit back and read everything as you nibble on a snack or eat dinner like I did. The game also offers trading cards and very easy to obtain achievements which are always positives.

There were points that I wish the story was interactive but the story was good the way it was so I didn't mind. For the price of a paperback book you could do a lot worse, though grabbing it on sale would be best. This would also be a great title to share with younger gamers.

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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
TL;DR: As a pleasant and casual visual novel, it's the cheapest trip to Melbourne you can get.

I rarely review visual novels (abbr. VN) so bear with me. I liked the first game (free-to-play at that) so I wanted to see what direction the second one would take. I'll be spoiler-free about this as far as possible.

Let's start with the obvious, the visuals. The art style and music is clear and pleasant for both eyes and ears. Many scenes are animated to show off the life of the city. The English language (as I can't read Chinese) is excellent with virtually no mistakes or any reason for pet peeve.

Story time!

Continuing the story from the first game, Vinty the protagonist is a wannabe calligraphist. She's poor and absent-minded and gets into trouble because of that. Nice for her, she gets the fortune of visiting a fair of calligraphists in Melbourne.

Funny enough, about half of the VN is about describing the trip, from plane rides to some small-time tourism. As a nice touch these are coupled (but not embedded) with YouTube videos (over 20 of them), specifically made for the game. This makes Without Within 2 effectively the cheapest trip to Melbourne one could buy up here in the northern hemisphere, or perhaps more fittingly a travel journal of more effort than usual. Consequently, it's also presented with a plot.

Story time! ...part 2

In addition to praising Melbourne there's Vinty awkwardly trying to appeal to her idol Excelia, the famous calligrapher. This time around the novel is totally linear with no choices for alternate story lines given: you can just relax and follow the story to its end. It's a simple and perhaps familiar storyline but it works.

While awkward in action, Vinty stays a thoughtful personality throughout the game, shamelessly grumping about her problems and celebrating her little victories at everyday life to the reader. It's a neat way to bring her to life as a vibrant, living person and immerse yourself into the story. That's where this VN shines - it really feels like you were on the trip as well.


I usually want to find something bad to say about everything for completeness, but there's little to complain about Without Within 2. Perhaps it's a bit short with just some 2.5 hours of reading and video watching, give or take. The videos are not embedded so you got to have a browser and your connection ready for that additional immersion. Also, those 2.5 hours were not quite enough to get all the card drops.

If I were mean I would remark there was quite a lot of filler with all travel and praise about how great Melbourne is (like I ever had the money to go there). However, it does serve as a pleasing way in building the atmosphere so I'll let it slide.

Having liked Vinty's story in part 1 I would wager you liked this one as well, sale (like me) or even without.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
I've missed Vinty a lot, she's not your normal "pure" protagonist: she actually has feelings, and she's not an overly happy silly puppet like we see in some other VNs around there. I find this character amazing and I enjoyed her 2nd game a lot!

I hope there will be Without Within 3!

10/10 (cute art, nice background music, and adding the videos made the experience even better)!

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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Vinty is basically a less-pathetic Chinese Tomoko.

And that's fine.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Without Within 2 is a cute and funny game in the Visual Novel genre. It follows up on the short story experienced in the first Without Within and takes Vinty (the protagonist) on a journey to Melbourne.

The story has lots of small fun moments and great drawings. Something I really love about this game in particular is something that a lot of other VNs miss, animated backgrounds!
Thank you InvertMouse for making animated backgrounds!

Also this game neatly features many small youtube clips of Melbourne town, all around 0.5 ~ 1 minute each.

All in all the story is great and a fun read. Took me a little longer than most people but I also watched all the small videos :D

Would recommend this game any day, but it is a little short for the price you might say. It took me around 2 hours to complete the game and I personally feel like it was worth the money (bought it on sale on the day of release, so it was only €4.) At the standard price of €5 this game is about €2.5 gameplay an hour. If you want more than that out of the game I would recommend buying it on sale.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
*squee* There is another part to this story and that makes me very happy. To see this wonderful little visual novel continued from where it left off.

Story Breakdown: We return to pick up where we left Vinty, our protagonist and set out on a journey to Melbourne, Australia, (Close to home, yay!), thanks to a grant, she's able to travel and afford a two night stay in the big city to show off her calligraphy among a whole heap of other aspiring artists and her idol, Elxcelia.

When on her flight, a bathroom break makes her scuttle through first class and note a whole heap of people trying to fit under a seat to retrieve someone’s glasses.. Conveniently, Vinty is small enough to upstage all the bodyguards there, only to have the glasses snatched from her hand with no praise and given to what seems to be a pop-star and she realises just who it is.
It is of course, Elxcelia.

Vinty goes for her bathroom break with a huff and comes back out to her idol summoning her over to accompany her for a while, and shouts her a meal in thanks/apology for how her bodyguards treated her. They exchange a few words before, after and during there meal and our protagonist goes back to her seat, preparing herself for the rest of the trip, still rather gobsmacked about having met the famed individual. After all, she is only human, too.

Graphics: Just like the first Without Within, the art holds the adorable quaintness of it. Introducing a few more moving images, and bishy sparkles everywhere. I'm already rather fond of art styles like this, so it's an extra little reward for me for this keeping it.

Soundtrack: As with the first, it fits into the quaint feel of the novel and really ties it together nicely. It's worth getting to have it playing in the background as you work on something.

Menu: Blocky and chunky but in a really nice and satisfying way. It's simple and quaint like the novel itself making it a pleasure to use.

Final Conclusion: It's wonderful, it's adorable and much longer than the first Without Within which was free. The content you pay for in this one is by far worth it and following the story is also worth it. It's brought together really nicely, shows a lot of work and effort and just has really relatable or lovable characters.

While Elxcelia's fall felt a tiny bit rushed, it honestly makes up for it with the development of our characters coming up to speed at a really nice pace.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Without Within 2 is a horror visual novel set in an alternate fantasy universe where artists are considered important and Melbourne is considered a nice place to be.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
I think it was really good, but my only problem was that there were no options. No endings that you were able to get. But over all it was a really enjoying game and I am glad that I spent my money on this
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2.1 hrs
Posted: September 13
Just a quick little game to get through if you enjoyed Without Within 1. No choices this time, just a quick little adventure of a few hours.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: September 8
Fantastic VN, inspiring story & adorable artwork.
Would highly recommend. ^_^
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4.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
The adventures of Vinty continue! The passionate, but not so lucky calligrapher flies to Melbourne, Australia, to find some enlightenment, and shows us bits of the city along the way.

In terms of story it's not far bigger than the previous game. Of course, it's kinda disappointing, because I hoped to see a more meaty story, but it was a funny trip nonetheless.

I was about to recommend to pick this game on discount, but it leaves such a nice impression that I would say it's worth the full price. And, after all, it's the cheapest trip to Melbourne you can get.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: July 29
Since many people have already posted reviews which include the thing that I want to talk about, I just want to point out the Most featured thing in Without Within 2 -- video links in the game. This takes you a free trial to Melbourne. Fantastic detail.

Anyway I've already bought all DLC cuz I honestly like this game. I sugguest you to feel this wonderful story. The plot is obvious, easy, ironic (to rich) but lovely, friendly and peaceful. Take these thoughts when you read this visual novel.

I've played lots of Japanese Galgames. If you want to compare them and say they've done huge amount of work, then I'd say this is the most delicated choice you wanna get.

BTW I am a Chinese, studying in USA, and tried to experience the game in two languages. The translation is pretty good job but there is just a few wrong characters that are typed. Not saying something bad (cuz I also sometimes make mistakes like this), but just want you guys to know.

色々の事は本当にありがとうございます!/ Thanks for all of this!
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8.9 hrs
Posted: July 21
Best game for perfect game
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John Hunk
2.1 hrs
Posted: July 9
There are other people that WILL drag you down, just for them to get up.

A sequel to the free game Without Within, Without Within 2 gives more content to it's price.

Again, this tells the story of a protagonist who has Calligraphy as her job. But now, she is on her trip to Australia, where she will see her favorite, and the most famous, Calligrapher in action.

This tackles all about people in general. About how they managed to get on top. But little do we know that most of these people did everything, including dirty tactics just for them be rich and powerful. As another human who strives to live every day, this is unfair because these kind of people just got a "free ticket" to riches and such. But I know that most rich businessmen, and probably most of us right now, strived hard to earn money and buy what we want. This is what I like about this VN, as it teaches us (probably) to work hard despite hardships in real life. This is what being a human being is all about.


- Cute artwork as always!
- Decent music to accompany the transition of the VN.
- Improved storyline that adds more humor and decent tension.
- A new character that is gives a major plot to the story.
- There is definitely something charming in this VN. There is a button that shows you a video (though it sends you to YouTube)! A plus point for me.
- It lets you explore Australia a bit more, accompanied by the Video buttons. It gives you a certain feel about the area. What I liked is the Sky Deck. A really unique perk done by the creator. Kudos to them!
- If it started underwhelmingly, it ended good. The ending shows clips of the videos used and it's great as a recap. I really like it!


- How the Visual Novel starts is very underwhelming. They should have replaced it with something more humorous and excitement-enducing for the story to improve.
- This is just me, but they should introduce more of Australia! I was fun seeing the Yarra River and all that. I wish they should add more to be honest.
- This time, there are no more choices unlike the prequel. Choices are always good in a Visual Novel, as they add more content and diversity. They should have included it still and just improved it.

Overall, the videos are really a unique part of this VN. I really like it. This VN also teaches us a lesson, that whatever happens to us, never drag other people down just for your own good. Selfishness is a bad trait of us humans. We human beings are generally helpful to others in need. But sometimes it becomes too much, but that doesn't give us a reason to avoid helping people. We still help them to enable them to perform on there own two feet.

I recommend Without Within 2 to anyone.
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Tomoko Kuroki
3.2 hrs
Posted: July 8
it's cheap but have a lot of stories inside this novel..... don't judge the Visual Novel by it's price

10/10 for this Visual Novel and it's price
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3.9 hrs
Posted: June 25
A wonderful game that conntiunes from where we were in the the first game. The writting was wonderful, and the art style is adorable. I am glad that this was longer then wowi 1, and i am looking forward to longer additions to the Without Within game series.
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4.6 hrs
Posted: June 7
In order to enjoy Without Within 2, you must first play Without Within 1. (A free to play short visual novel game, much like this one).

In Without Within 1 you were able to make a few choices that change the ending to the game. However, in Without Within 2, You have NO choices to make. This game is purely reading.

Despite not being able to make choices and think for myself, I really enjoyed the story and would recommend you play. Its much longer then the first game with much more visuals.

Only for those who really enjoyed the first game
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