You won't need a haircut where you're going... mostly because you're bald. Inspired by Earthbound, Undertale, and other alt-RPGs, Nepenthe is a hand-drawn game made of dad-jokes and existential dread. Also cookies. Lots of cookies.
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May 17, 2018
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November 21

Games And Nominations And Updates OH MY


Welp, the Steam Awards Nominations have begun, and I highly recommend you go and vote in that! Here are my submissions, and I have of course nominated myself as "best developer" because I'm a loudmouthed shnook. ;)
Also, Nepenthe is on sale (again)! If you haven't bought it yet, or you want to give a very strange gift to a friend, now's the time. If you do buy it, you get free eternal joy. Or at least a slight smile. Maybe a general not-depressed feeling. Or not. It's a surprise!
Also, also, something very exciting is on it's way: lol you're not getting it that easy! I think you'll enjoy it...
Yours,
Yitz

PS: If you haven't done so yet, please consider leaving a review on Steam. Positive or negative, it really helps me figure out what I'm doing right (or wrong), and lets Steam know that people are interested in Nepenthe.

PPS: If you have written a review, know that I've read it, and really appreciate your words. It means a lot to me. :)
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November 13

I want you to punch me in the face

...Um, not literally. That wouldn't be nice.
Metaphorically though, I want you to hurt me. Not that way either. Wow, this really isn't coming out well... What I'm trying to get across is that I need your help: I want to become a better artist, and to become a better artist I need to know what I'm not good at. And then become good at it. And then master it and sit in a cave for fifteen years until I have reached inner peace—or get hungry, whichever comes first. Anyway, in order to learn what things I'm not good at, I need you to tell me what those things are. So here's the deal: You give me the most honest critique you can, and be brutally honest in what I could do to improve. Don't hold back. In return,
I

Will

Give

You

...

A cookie. Yes. This is a great privilege. Treasure it, for cookies are delicious and warm the soul. Seriously though, I could use some critique. So if you have any issues, ideas, or suggestions as to how I could make Nepenthe better, please tell me! You can contact me through literally any method that causes the message to reach my eyeballs (although Discord or email is preferred). A great cookie awaits you.
From your friendly neighborhood game developer,
Yitz

PS: while we're on the subject of being punched in the face, here's a great song I found about that very topic that I can't stop listening to (TW for bullying): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK7y3gVad98
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Reviews

“There is charm packed into every nook and cranny...wickedly funny”
Letter grade: A – The Zerathulu View

“Reminiscent of all of the made-up video games I’d scribble in the margins of my homework at school when I was a kid”
indie Games+

“It's a gorgeous game...a fun, complicated RPG that has brilliant moments backed up by unique art and music.”
8/10 – DigitalChumps

About This Game

You wake up with no memory. Your day is starting off great!

Nepenthe is a hand-drawn RPG with a terrible sense of humor. Set in the strange world of Carithia, you play as a mysterious bald dude who lost his memory. Yes, you read that right. Meet some very polite monsters, and battle both them and your sense of self-dignity in epic bullet-hell fight scenes.

Definitely not a potato in a trench coat

Sporting a childish hand-drawn art style, Nepenthe is sure to either make you love it at first glance, or throw your computer away. The developer of Nepenthe takes no responsibility for such actions, and recommends drinking chamomile tea. “It’s really soothing,” he says. “You should really try it one day,” he says. “What was I talking about?” He asks. There is an awkward pause.

designed for non-psychopaths, mostly

With three different endings, and countless side-quests, Nepenthe is designed for ultimate replayability. This can get quite annoying if you need to share a computer with someone else. Trust me. Almost every monster can be spared, for added challenge and less violence. They can also be killed - don’t worry, you psychopaths! If you enjoy dad-jokes or Chinese water torture, Nepenthe is for you.

Nepenthe is designed for both casual and hardcore gamers alike.

  • Explore two modes: "Adventure" or "Story," to find the play-style that best suits you.
  • "Adventure" mode is a bullet-hell extravaganza, with ever increasing difficulty as the game progresses.
  • "Story" mode's battles are easy one-click things, designed for those who just want the story, not the gameplay.
  • Enjoy stunning hand-drawn art along the way

Join us, as we stare into the Orb together.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: anything made in the last decade
    • Processor: one that works
    • Memory: 490 MB RAM
    • Graphics: a toaster - you really shouldn't have trouble
    • Sound Card: yes.
    • Additional Notes: make sure your computer is on
    Minimum:
    • OS: anything your grandmother didn't own when she was a kid
    • Processor: needs to exist
    • Memory: 480 MB RAM
    • Graphics: not too gory, kids play this
    • Sound Card: one that makes sound
    • Additional Notes: remember that you are a wonderful person and I love you
    Minimum:
    • OS: anything made in the last decade
    • Processor: A small rock covered in tin foil should do
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: a sink - this is an RPG Maker game for goodness' sake
    • Sound Card: yee
    • Additional Notes: Why are you gaming on Linux?

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