Journey across the country to take down a tyrant. Befriend, betray, woo or wingman your party members. Decide what kind of man you want to be. And maybe, just maybe: make it out of this one alive.
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Q2 2023

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“One of the most exciting visual novels on the menu...from art to dialogue to characters' messy affections and tensions, Amarantus is more alive than most visual novels we've played.”
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“A visual novel with all the sexy-times you might expect, but with an atypical art style and a focus on stuff going wrong...I really like the darker tone to this.”
John Walker, Kotaku

“I have never been as unhinged as I am when I work on this game”
Hien Pham, artist

About This Game

Arik's been told two things, all his life: the country's being ruled by a tyrant, and somebody should do something.

When an unexplained attack sends him fleeing home in the middle of the night, his parents captured and his house torched to the ground—it's time to gather a party, hit the road, and take the Lord down.

Along the journey, this motley crew of old friends and new strangers will grow closer—or further apart—as Arik wins friends, makes enemies, plays matchmaker, and breaks hearts.

This game is not a 'dating' sim: it's a messy relationship sim.

Cultivate platonic, antagonistic, or romantic relationships—and more.
Arik can pursue different potential relationships with each member of the party—or leave them to make their own (invariably terrible) decisions. But be warned: not every relationship is a guaranteed success, and some romances might leave you feeling worse.

Every decision you make affects Arik's motivations and personality.
Soft and gentle lad with a heart of gold, or angry and aggressive timebomb? Some party members will find themselves drawn to certain personalities, and others might be completely put off.

Struggle to keep everyone happy—or pick favourites and alienate others.
Party members have distinct outlooks, wants, and needs. Keeping some of them happy might mean betraying others. And in Amarantus, characters never suffer in silence...

In this elaborately constructed world, there's a lot to find:

  • Announce your brilliant plan...then glimpse a party member silently rolling their eyes in the corner of the screen
  • Learn to correctly pronounce someone's name, permanently updating the UI
  • Nickname your lover after the stupid thing they said that one time
  • Screw everything up
  • Learn how to make your friends laugh
  • Have a poorly judged hookup really early on and then spend the rest of the playthrough awkwardly trying not to address it
  • Experience the thrill of almost, but not quite, holding hands with somebody you love
  • Make one bad decision and then try to redeem yourself while everyone makes snide comments
  • Tell three characters in one day that they're the love of your life, then navigate the fallout
  • And a lot more of that sort of thing


  • A defined and illustrated player character with his own personality, affected by and responsive to your choices
  • Four unique party members (three women, one man) to befriend, betray, woo or wingman
  • The potential for romantic, platonic, sexual, antagonistic, and polyamorous relationships with different party members
  • No premature bad endings: every choice affects your playthrough, without ending it
  • 130,000+ word script written by a single author
  • A single playthrough takes 3-4 hours, multiple playthroughs required to uncover the truth
  • Unlockable graphic inserts by award-winning comic artist Hien Pham
  • Dynamic and immersive sound design underscored by original post-rock soundtrack

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Referenced: drug and alcohol use, addiction, mental illness, suicide.
Explored: violence (text descriptions), sex & sexuality, toxic relationships.
Contains some non-explicit but spicy depictions of nudity and sexual situations.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS Catalina
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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