Assume the role of a praying mantis in a relationship. Constantly torn between their mutual love and the instinct to have sex – which could lead to the male mantis’s death – the couple are now on the verge of making a decision. Assume the role of either of the lovers, and try to keep their relationship in balance.
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Positive (40) - 92% of the 40 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Oct 26, 2017
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August 18

Small Patch Released

Hi everyone,

We just pushed a small patch with the following changes:
  • Natural language recognition was slightly improved
  • Some minor bug fixes
  • Now the game doesn't comment on the absence of the player if it's paused or if you are reviewing the text at the end of the game
  • The game checks the resolution and sets itself at fullscreen only once at startup

We're planning a sligthly bigger update in the future, which will allow you to review past conversations in the menu but there is no fixed date for it yet.

Thanks again for all your support! <3
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May 4

Thank You & Roadmap

First of all, thank you very much for all your positive feedback since launch! <3

It's been quite a tough time for us, with our programmer getting seriously ill, but together we managed to pull through it and he's now recovering well. While we consider Don't Make Love to be finished, we'll hopefully be able to look at all your mentioned bugs in June and fix them.

We've also discussed your constructive criticism regarding the price point and decided to lower it to $4.99, effective immediately.

Thank you again for all your support. <3

Dario, Giorgio, Nina & Patrick

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Reviews

“It’s surprising how natural this feels. One person (or mantis) is dominating the conversation, but the player is able to influence the direction, and even the conclusion, through empathetic responses, and their own thoughts.”
Kotaku

“With tons of different paths to clear, Don't Make Love puts up a challenge for players that may seem deeper than a couple of bugs fighting instinct. Under a thin veil of insect-love, players may find themselves in extremely deep, meaningful conversations about love and necessity.”
Indie Games The Weblog

“...this is an extremely deep dive into a moral dilemma – and one with more than a little resonance for role-reversed human fears”
Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game

Will you make love and risk death?


Assume the role of a praying mantis in a relationship. Constantly torn between their mutual love and the instinct to have sex – which could lead to the male mantis’s death – the couple are now on the verge of making a decision. Assume the role of either of the lovers, and try to keep their relationship in balance. Do your best to convey your feelings in a situation with no solution.

Feature list

  • Type your answers freely and watch the conversation unfold.
  • A lively character that reacts to you in a meaningful way.
  • Multiple endings and nonlinear playthroughs.
  • Hand-drawn art style with a cinematic feel.
  • Dynamic soundtrack that changes according to your partner’s mood.

FAQ


Can I really type anything?
Yes, technically you can, but you won’t always get a reply. This game puts you in a specific situation: a conversation about a relationship in stalemate where your partner is trying to tell you something. If you don’t take on that role, the game will ignore most of what you type, but if you try to “stick to the script” you’ll notice how the game can understand you and respond appropriately.

One playthrough is pretty short. Why shouldn’t I get a refund after I finish it?
While it’s true that a single playthrough is short, you’ll need more than one to access all the content – the total being roughly the length of a “normal” short game.
If that’s still too short for you, how many times have you put a lot of effort into something but that effort wasn’t acknowledged? It’s often difficult to understand how much time and money goes into what we experience as entertainment, but we’re sure you can see where we’re coming from. That’s why we hope you’ll consider this a fair price for the kind of experience “Don’t Make Love” is.

Why is the game only available in English?
We would love to cover as many languages as possible. Unfortunately, recognizing open input from the player also requires knowing the grammar rules of the player’s language. We are a small team, and converting the system to support more languages would be a tremendous amount of work that we couldn’t take on. If the game proves successful, however, we’ll consider this possibility.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2100
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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