A visual novel about a memory that a boy named Mark tries very hard to forget, and a girl named Myra who unearths it.
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Very Positive (28 reviews) - 82% of the 28 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (509 reviews) - 89% of the 509 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 8, 2016

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“I felt satisfied, relieved and way too emotionally invested in every character involved.”
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About This Game

"I'm the person you wish you never met."


Sepia Tears is a romance visual novel. It's about a memory that a boy named Mark tries very hard to forget, and a girl named Myra who unearths it.

Together, they search for a storybook romance and realize that love doesn't always bloom as neatly as it ought to.

Perfect for fans of anime and VNs who want a classic story with a twist!

Features:
  • Vocal ending song
  • 40,000 word story
  • CG gallery containing game CGs, chibi CGs, and promo art

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 800 x 600
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 800 x 600
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 800 x 600
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Very Positive (28 reviews)
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『 Sub01 』
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Try it, so many twist to start up your brain in the morning!
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Zenyua
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I know I played this game a while back, but I can't remember... Why, deja vu? Why? I just want to enjoy the story!
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Luv Yan
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
This game wanted to be anime so bad. Okay story tho i guess
7/10 would just let her do it tbh
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blanche
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
This is a pretty long game for a free VN.
It's not that bad, but there are some bad choices which Q.Save is really handy on these situations. lol

Good plot / ending but I like Lilian more.



genuflect can kill you lol
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mercenaryflower
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I will start off with my personal opinion; it was interesting. Most free visual novels aren't as in-depth as this one was, in my opinion. The characters were... cute, and they were definitely eye-catching. But, were they memorable? To an extent. Their dialogues left me with a bad impression in different ways for each of them. I mean, poor Mark couldn't catch a break with how these girls treated him. Myra shows up out of nowhere, knowing everything about him, and doesn't bother to explain very much after feeling disappointed that he doesn't remember her. Then, when he actually tries asking her about herself in order to understand her better, she calls him a stalker. Wow. Now this other girl, Lillian, she's such a little intellect. Literate, smart, observant. So much so that she has to make fun of Mark for being lesser at every chance she can. And, Rin? She's self-explanatory. Mark cares about all of them and tries his best to stay on their good side. It's a little sad, but I must admit, it does build his character.
I actually found the artwork very pleasing. My only problem with it was how the background clashed with the characters. Two completely different art styles, a bit distracting, but unimportant as it at least gives us a sense of where that scene is taking place.
Overall, if you're into long visual novels, I'd say have a go at it. I played it for the achievements, of course, but was pleasently surprised by how story-rich it turned out to be.
I give it a 6/10
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alel
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
+good handdrawings
-meh vn...
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Angle2108
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Extremely good game that's only downside is it's various amounts of plot holes that never get covered up and just make it confusing to follow.

Bar that, it is a fantastic game that has very good artwork (just my opinion on artwork some people don't like it but i sure as hell do) and wonderful dialogue that keeps you wanting more 'till the very end.
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_vNightShade
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Oh, the things people do for love. This game really broadened my view of the subject, and really hit me in the feels. ;-; I very much enjoyed everything about this VN, from the storytelling to the art and music. I really feel that all of it together made for one pleasing experience. And the hefty price tag of FREE really makes this somewhat short love story into something worthy of your time.
If you want a more intelligent response, though, just read the other positive reviews.
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Ginpachi-Sensei
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
VN. Made realize a few things. 10/10 Enjoyed the story and it's relatable protagonist
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Ruski Anomaly
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
I have played lots of VNs, and this one. I don't like it. It has its ups, but for me mostly downs.

If you like it, I don't care. This is my opinion, don't get your panties in a bunch.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
First of all, this game is free, so the question is whether the time spent is worth it. To fully explore the content took me about 2.5 hours, and that was definitely worth it for me.

+ Attractive art - While the artwork is not the highest quality, it does its job well
+ Solid story - I found myself sympathizing with the characters and fairly invested in figuring out what was going on
+ Good writing (mostly) - The stream of consciousness was easy to follow and conversations flowed naturally (or didn't flow naturally as the story required!)
+ Pleasant music
+ Easy achievements (if you are into that)

- Redundancy - Some conversations are repetitive and I found myself starting to just skim a bit in some sections.
- Ending - While I personally enjoyed the ending, some might find the endings unsatisfactory for a VN. I don't really want to say more for spoiler purposes.

Overall I enjoyed my time with Sepia Tears. The more you enjoy VNs and anime the more you'll like this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
A very underrated game that has certainly broadened my view on love and life.

I thoroughly enjoyed my playthrough and would recommend everyone to try this.

Stop hesistating and install this free game right now!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I as really suprised, didn't expect all the development.
Touchy in all the little aspects and'll surely transmit you a lot of warmth.

Well written, I really enjoyed.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I would not even reccomend this game as a funny joke. The dialogue is stiff and unnatural, the main character is unlikable, the 'relationships' in this game are far from healthy. As I was able to jokingly compare Mark's relationship with Myra to that of a toxic relationship between two fictional sociopaths in literature. The game would have been funny and worthy of poking fun at for it's sub-par at best artwork, but there is far too much filler and far too few choices that impact the story to make it actually bearable. It's bad, plain and simple and if it weren't for the fact that it's a free game I'd be a lot less calm in my choice of words.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
84 of 94 people (89%) found this review helpful
141 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
The devs didn't secure the images in the game data, so I may or may not have turned myra into Donald Trump.

Aside from that, it's probably one of the best VN's I played, having played through it 3 times on the Android port.
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49 of 54 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
"In that quiet corner of a crowded mall, next to an old discolored window overlooking a slushy parking lot, I saw the future."

There is a certain plaguesome tone that can only be heard from a forgotten instrument - specifically a string instrument since Niccolo Paganini once claimed that a string instrument is capable of resonating the closest sound to the sound of a human soul. Take a violin for example: imagine the slender form never getting touched for years, never tuned or taken care of. Then someday, someone magically decides to pick it out of its oblivion and give it a ring. The beauty of the possibly mesmerizing tunes it can play is still there, ringing foremost; yet there is a small, low distortion echoing through strings only to the trained ear. That is the sound of sadness and it has a low ringing tone that you can hear not only through instruments, but also people. The agony of the forgotten is never loud, never intrusive, never animate. It's static, subtle and present, visible only to the ones that seek to see...

Such is the seemingly ordinary existence of Mark, a seemingly ordinary high school student with a sister and a small group of friends, spending the days of his youth with idle daydreams. His stoic and somewhat detached reality is about to be challenged by the appearance of a mysterious girl named Myra who claims to know Mark despite him having no memories of her. "Who... are... you?" he asks as if calling her out in a dream, combing through his recollections for the past years. With a ghostly smile Myra makes a cryptic declaration in return: "I'm the person you wish you never met."

Sepia Tears is a free visual novel made by a small independent group: Scarlet String Studios. The story and the happenstance depicts a beautiful mystery which is simpler than one would expect it to be. Yet the careful balance between the beautiful, contemplative narrative of ongoing impressions and the selection of weeaboo humor presented now and then to break the grim depth of the protagonist' train of thoughts arrange a satisfactory visual novel. The vague presentations of unspecified feelings coming through characters feel more realistic, modest and genuine compared the mostly overdramatized romantic pursuits of characters that we come across in this genre. Characters mostly do not know what they actually feel, neither you are capable of observing the feeling blatantly aside symbolic imageries until climactic face offs. The resulting narrative dynamic ends up being a complete success, exalting an otherwise ordinary story.

Characters are hand drawn and sketchy with a tone of surreal pastel coloring, befitting Mark's perception of reality. What impressed me the most is that you are capable of noticing momentary expression changes of characters between narrative sequences according to the mood or the event. Their reactions do no pause within narrative scenes. They occur and resolve, creating an impact on their realizations. The narrative text is likewise alive - changing speed and tone according to the mood it tries to underline. Music isn't anything wondrous or original on the other hand, and do not expect a miracle on sound effects either, but they all serve their accurate purpose of establishing a consistent atmosphere.

All in all, it's a beautiful visual novel for you to spare a silent winter afternoon without anything to lose - and maybe reminiscence a love you have forgotten until the proper medium recalled it for you. You can safely expect 5-6 hours of gameplay, considering the story progresses very slowly depending on the protagonist's mood and ability to experience occurrences. A short bonus chapter in the end, telling the perspective of Myra through her diary is also a bonus. Enjoy!

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56 of 68 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
A lovely story with an interesting twist (won’t be saying more so as not to spoil it ~_^ ). I fully recommend it to everyone who likes VNs, especially since this gem is free.
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111 of 158 people (70%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Sepia Tears is a romance/comedy visual novel revolving around an average high schooler with a twist (no, he is not twisted).
Do not expect huge breasts, this game is about its story.

Note: I have not completed the game on steam, yet. Experienced through Pc and Android version, will update after completion. - Updated


Pro:
+ dry humour is spot on, references are solid
+ splendid character design
+ rather well written character interactions
+ decent story
+ rare reward at the end of the game (click diary)
+ art style and real world images blend in and create a great overall view
+ foreshadowing done right
+ soothing music
+ self insert protagonist with personality
+ male characters are rather relatable
+ free
+ takes about 4-5 hours, quality over quantity
+ achievements
+ on Linux, Mac and Android

Neutral:
o convenient encounters
o generic younger sister character
o setting is uninspired
o illusion of choice (only one decision has a 'meaningful' impact)
o linear plot
o conclusion might or might not feel satisfying
o innuendos are hit or miss
o text overlay is not always neat

o/- some users seem to have an issue with the chibi/super deformed gallery that causes the game to crash due to a problem with GIFs, I was not able to replicate the error on any of my 4 devices (OS include different partitions windows: xp, 8.1, 10, Android: KitKat 4.4.4, Lollipop 5.1.1, Linux: Arch Rolling release 2016 01.01.)

Con:
- menu options are lacking
- two forced choices, which might feel irritating
- black borders in 1920x1080 and higher resolution



Definitely worth your time if you are into visual novels or anime, references and tropes might alienate none target audience but still make a decent novel.
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
I'll admit. I played this for the free achievements.
I mean, there's only 5 achievements so it's gotta' be quick and easy right?
But I'm glad I didn't skip the story, and read every single word of it.

Sepia Tears is a relatable, simple and sweet love story. I was confused by when it all started, but the story ties itself together towards the end. So many moments to made you go "D'awww" and so many moments to make you go "Come on, be a man!" But it was a wonderful journey until the end. I'm happy for all main characters when I saw the ending for they do deserve what they've been through.

Art is cute(especially chibi art, y'know) and music is nice. Story? Pretty good and well-paced. Choices may not matter much for the ending(except the one that leads directly to ending) but I do find enjoyment in reading them all. I already find myself anticipating for the next release of this developer. For the price of nilch, I'd say yes to give yourself an experience of a short love story.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
For a free visual novel this is bloody amazing!! It is a great story but I ain't gonna talk about it cuz spoilers and stuff. This visual novel had me at the edge of my chair during the last part! It was so touching and it inspires me to think maybe I will find true love like that some day.

I give this visual novel 2 thumbs straight up!!
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