Write the ending you've always deserved in life.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to mimic the release structures of a VN that releases in volumes while containing each part in a single build. Instead of having players wait for the entire release, each finished section can be enjoyed upon completion.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Currently we expect to leave Early Access within a year's time, with 3 quarterly releases planned.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Once More will ideally feature an updated engine! The remaining 75% of planned content which includes routes for Yuria, Cami, and the true route! Additional OSTs, CGs, BGs, character art, and scenes are planned!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current build of Once More features the route of our character Nia as well as the music room, CG gallery, and scene gallery menus that modern visual novels are known for! Players will have the option to see two different endings as they get to know Nia through the protagonist. This is roughly 25% of the story content we have planned!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, once we've left Early Access there will be a price increase alongside the additional content!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We plan on listening to community feedback throughout our entire development process and may update certain parts of the story based on feedback. We may include community feedback to determine our development timeline as well as when testing new features / UI changes.”
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“As polished as the 'Once More' demo is, Malheur Games has numerous other features planned for the game’s full release, including multiple endings, side endings for characters you didn’t romance, 30 hours of content, and loads of new artwork”

“If you have ever loved and lost, then Once More will give you all the feels you can expect from a visual novel, and more. There’s some weird, mystical stuff going on in the game, after all, including a magical library, a talking food item, and a girl with a scythe that looks like it’s made from moonlight.”

“The Once More demo offers a unique romantic experience that's beyond expectations. The colorful, and wonderfully voiced, cast are a true joy to encounter and I desperately want to get to know them more. Furthermore, the mystery surrounding our main character's circumstances, the clever writing and so much more will certainly crack some most anticipated reads lists!”

About This Game

There exists a library where books rest without words. Instead, those who read these books see what the authors themselves imagined. It is within this Great Library that the protagonist, Felix, makes a deal with the reaper Shifa: if he can show her the difference between romance in the worlds of fiction she's lived through, and how romance plays out in reality, she'll allow him to add a single book to the Library's collection.

With a newfound hope, Felix accepts the deal so that he can add a single book to the library: the diary of his late girlfriend.

Will he move on and find a new partner, or will he find the ending he's always wanted for himself?

The choice will be yours as you explore the lives of students at Lilia Matsumoto University to satisfy the reaper watching over your life, all so you can find true love! Though, that's only if you make the best choices, and being able to trade your lifespan for all the knowledge in the universe might not be the best idea...

In Once More, you'll be able to foster relationships and maybe fall in love (or out of love!) depending on how you interact with the characters. Unfortunately, love takes work, and Felix is going to have to prove his love is true if he wants to reclaim the happiness he once lost.


You'll be wearing the shoes of Felix, our unlucky protagonist who has made a deal with death itself. Whether or not he's able to move on and reclaim the happiness he once held is entirely up to you, so please take good care of him. His personality is very subdued, but if you can help him meet the right people he may just find himself again.

Shifa is a reaper who works in the Great Library, where she categorizes every text written throughout history. Her tendency to act like the main character of the last book she read comes from her current dilemma of being unable to tell fiction from reality, the former of which is her only understanding of Felix's world.

Mima used to be Felix's girlfriend, but a great tragedy separated them. In order to reclaim the future he never got to have with her, Felix has decided to make a deal with the reaper Shifa in order to one day see her again should he be unable to move on. She was the type of girl who was always smiling, and had a big impact on Felix's life.

Yuria grew up playing piano and has a tendency to push others away when they try to get close to her. Even though she's not easy to get along with at first, hidden underneath her ice cold exterior is an incredibly caring girl. Though depending on who you ask, she's less of an icy queen and more of an awkward girl.

Cami is a film student and is a super upbeat girl who's always willing to help others if she's able to. Her passion for film is what motivates her as she sets out to find her own goals in life, even if hindered by her past ones. She seems to shine when she's in front of the camera, but for some reason she prefers to stay behind it.

Nia is the childhood friend of Felix and has a passion for making games. While she tends to make jokes at Felix's expense, she does have a serious side to her that comes out when she's passionate about something, or someone. Her current AI project has her overextended, perhaps you can lend her a hand?


- High Quality Character Art, Backgrounds, GUI, and CGs
- Original OST composed by some of the best contemporary artists
- Multiple endings, with impactful choices
- Professional Voice Acting
- Extra features like a Music Room, CG and Background Viewers, and Scene Jumping
- A story-rich experience

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Mildly impolite and suggestive language, indirect depictions of difficult conceptual situations

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7 32-bit SP1
    • Processor: 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Video Memory
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows-based Sound Card
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • OS: MacOS 10
    • Processor: 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Video Memory
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
* Starting February 15, 2024, the Steam Client will no longer support 32-bit games or macOS 10.14 or lower.

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