Insects Awaken is a puzzle visual novel set in the 1940s. It follows the story of Chen Shan, a young man entangled in espionage while defending his family and homeland. He embarks on a journey between the isolated cities of Chongqing and Shanghai, braving the chaos of war with his passion and youth.
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About This Game

Background Introduction

This is not a simple espionage text-based puzzle game.

Here, you will--
Witness the turbulent whirlpool of espionage from an outsider's perspective.
Search for clues in the piles of documents, capturing echoes of history.
Navigate between the two isolated cities of Chongqing and Shanghai using the map, recreating the story scenes.
Delve into intricate and complex relationships among characters, influencing the future and destiny of every party involved.

If you are a fan of espionage—
This time, you can be a bystander of history, or write a new chapter.


Insects Awaken is a visual novel where the main gameplay revolves around reading and immersing yourself in the stories of the Republic of China era (1912-1949).
Unlike traditional visual novels, Insects Awaken features two city maps, Chongqing and Shanghai, where you can choose the locations for events to unfold and shape the storylines.
In the game, time passes on a daily basis, and you can collect clues and deduce events within each day.
If unsatisfied with the completion of tasks on a particular day, you can reset and replay that day.
The game offers multiple death endings and branching paths, requiring you to carefully collect information and choose the correct options.
Within the game, a black cat plays the role of a guide to provide instructions and assist in analyzing and deducing events.

Game Features

  • Dual City Stoty
Chongqing & Shanghai.
The story unfolds in these two cities, taking you deep into different intelligence battlefields within the same era.

  • Multiple Perspectives
An idle tipster on the streets of Shanghai; a blind girl held captive by the Japanese army; a Communist Party spy undercover in the Chongqing Bureau of Investigation and Statistics; a bold and outspoken surgeon. Interwoven love and hatred, misplaced emotions. Only through their different perspectives can the full story be pieced together.

  • Rich and Historical Details
Scenes captured from real locations, references from old copies of Ta Kung Pao scattered among piles of documents. All to recreate a page of year 1940 you didn't know. Within the game, a wealth of intelligence is hidden in newspapers, maps, and investigation reports. Every strand of evidence could change the fate of the characters.

  • Complex Endings and Branches
4 major branches, 8 true endings, 50 death branches. Even multiple playthroughs bring different experiences.

  • The Collision of Literature and Gaming
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Chinese People's Literature Award winner Hai Fei, written by acclaimed author Tang Dun, the plot is tightly woven, and the story unfolds eloquently. In the game, you will glimpse a delicately portrayed 1940s setting.

About Us

HelloMeow Studio, a cozy little group of game developers. We fell into the pit of game development in 2017 and have been struggling and thriving ever since. Members come and go while currently there are 5 of us.
We firmly believe that there are always more solutions than difficulties, though our dreams are better than games. Fortunately, our remaining comrades are not very clever, and some are a bit stubborn, planning to keep going until we no longer can.
Our producer often says, "The day is short, the night is long, why not enjoy the candlelight while playing?" Well, whether we make money or not, let's just have some fun.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7 or greater
    • Processor: Intel i5 Quad-Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 11
    • Processor: Intel i7 Quad-Core
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: RTX 4060
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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