A fantasy yuri visual novel filled with magic, fairies, and a ghost girl. When Maddie and her best friend, Tara, journey to a remote forest village to investigate rumors of the supernatural, they find a whole lot more than they bargained for.
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Feb 15, 2019
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March 2

Version 1.2 "Fairy Lake" is Live!

Version 1.2 "Fairy Lake" is now Live!
A full changelog is at the bottom of this post.



Happy Friday! Technically. It's Friday somewhere.

As always, thank you everyone so much for your support. Big news!! We have, almost definitely, fingers crossed very tightly, fixed the rather big issue of the "Sad Story" patch. As such, we removed the Anti-Patch files from the build, and hope the game will run smoothly~. A big thank you goes to Kevin Turner for helping us debug and fix this issue! If you're still experiencing a bit of a problem, it's most likely the system requirements of the animations and transitions, so we recommend disabling transitions in the options for the duration of the segment.

In addition to that, we've touched up some bits and pieces of dialogue. A scene in Chapter 5 erroneously didn't check for some flags, so there was some repeated information/dialogue, another scene in Chapter 3 saved as Chapter 4, ho-hum-drum!

Now, the fun part! We've added a couple new screens to our Extras menu, "Notes" and "Credits". We've left a couple sentiments from our team members in the Notes section, and the Credits screen will let you scroll and appreciate all the wonderful humans who made Heart of the Woods what it is today. Thank you Adirosa for the beautiful designs, as always!

Have a great weekend!

Changes
  • Removed the Anti-Patch. Abigail's Story should now display correctly for all users, but if you're still experiencing performance hiccups, we recommend disabling transitions in the Options.
  • Added two new screens to the Extras Menu: "Notes" and "Credits"

Fixes
  • Flag checks for some dialogue. No more repetition of events!
  • Save Name fixes to show the correct chapter in a couple scenes
  • The first screen of Abigail's Story doesn't try to generate a 20,005 x 57,880 texture - which was causing the "hiccups" (sweat emoji)
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February 22

Version 1.1 is now LIVE!

Version 1.1 "A Sad Story" is now live!

A full changelog is at the bottom of this post.


by @huixci


by @pentagonfruit


by @vividgrim

Wow.

It's been a week since release, and we're still blown away by all of your love, support, and feedback. Thank you all so much! For those of you who have already completed the game, those of you still playing, and those of you yet to even start it... Thank you. We love seeing your posts on social media, from your playthroughs, to your image edits, to your keymashing.

For us, this is just the first step in a long journey of bringing magic, love, and élan to the world.

On to the patch notes!

Changes
  • Per the title, in Chapter Four "In The Past Now" we received numerous bug reports just before Abigail is about to tell a story. We've moved some in-line image manipulation to the init phase, which should help some people experiencing crashes. If not, we've also added a file in the game directory called "Abigails Story Anti-Patch". If you're still experiencing crashes, we recommend DELETING this file and trying again. All image manipulation is removed and instead replaced with panning images of what it was supposed to look like.
  • Added more text to the help menu. Right-Clicking on the skip button will fast-skip to the next Chapter or Choice, and this information was omitted from the screen. Replays ahoy!

Fixes
  • SO. MANY. TYPOS. Thank you everyone for your numerous reports. We've gone through and hopefully fixed all of them (fingers crossed).
  • In Chapter Five, there was a missed POV switch between Morgan and Maddie. The POV colors now switch to Maddie as intended.
  • Typos, again. There were a lot of them!
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Reviews

“Heart of the Woods is one of the best visual novels, Yuri or otherwise, I have ever had the pleasure of playing.”
9/10 – Okazu Yuri

“Heart of the Woods is the quintessential modern day fairy tale. With enough love, drama and touches of fantasy to make for a ride like no other.”
5/5 – OpRainfall

“It comes pretty darn close to perfection and we can’t say that too often with visual novels made by smaller teams”
Honey's Anime

About This Game



Heart of the Woods is a fantasy yuri visual novel about paranormal investigation, ancient mysteries, and a love between two girls that transcends life and death.

Maddie Raines has had enough. After years of serving as manager, editor, and general business-handler for her best friend Tara's popular paranormal vlog channel, she's finally ready to move forward with her own life. But when she agrees to take one last trip with Tara to the mysterious village of Eysenfeld, she's suddenly swept up in a dangerous supernatural crisis that will change the course of both of their lives forever. A strange young woman named Morgan has promised them undeniable proof of real paranormal phenomena, and what she has to offer eclipses anything they’d ever seen before.

However, out of all the strange occurrences the three of them bear witness to, one in particular captivates Maddie in a way she’s never been before: the ghost of a young woman. This woman is Abigail, the victim of a centuries-old injustice now bound eternally to the forest surrounding Eysenfeld. Drawn to Maddie in a way she can’t explain, Abigail reveals herself to another person for the first time in more than 200 years.

While Tara and Morgan investigate the mysteries surrounding the village itself, Maddie begins to form a bond with Abigail that grows to be more intense than any bond she’s felt before. As she learns the truth about Abigail’s death and imprisonment, she realizes that it falls to her and her friends to break the curse that has ruled over Eysenfeld for centuries. But more importantly than that, it falls to her to finally free the woman she loves.





A part-time manager, part time video editor, and full-time babysitter, Maddie has the thankless job of handling the absolute whirlwind that is her best friend.

She’s professional, meticulous and intellectual; the first person to turn to when a problem needs solving. But when their investigation entangles her in an ancient curse, she's forced to confront phenomena beyond her comprehension, and more importantly, her own self doubt.



For the last two centuries, the ghost of a young woman has haunted the forests of Eysenfeld. That ghost is Abigail, a kind and playful soul forcibly bound to the forest as part of an ancient curse.

Two hundred years of wishing for a life cruelly denied to her have led to a feeling of crushing loneliness and one overwhelming desire: to finally have someone to talk to.



One of the world’s most popular paranormal vloggers (according to her), Tara is unfailingly charismatic and bursting with limitless energy. She’s brash, intrepid, and always seeking something new. That often makes her a magnet for trouble: whether it’s from relentless flirting, minor criminal activities or just plain pig-headedness, things around Tara have a tendency to end in chaos.



A loyal Taranormal viewer and the daughter of Eysenfeld’s mayor, Morgan is...different. When not running her small and mostly empty antique shop, she’s known to disappear into the woods for days at a time. That, combined with her resistance to traditional social standards, has caused her to develop a bit of a notorious reputation in the village.

However, this resistance is not just an act of rebellion: Morgan knows that there’s something sinister deep within Eysenfeld, and she’s not going to stop until she tears it out at the roots.



-Incredible character and CG art from Rosuuri
-Fully original backgrounds and soundtrack
-Approximately 130,000 words with multiple endings
-Ending theme from In Love With A Ghost
-Multiple accessibility options
-Steam trading cards
-Extra features including a music room, CG viewer, and guest art gallery
-At least one really, really gay ghost

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

All characters depicted are over the age of 18. Contains some strong language and suggestive content.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 GHz Intel or AMD Processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL or DirectX Compatible Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1920 x 1080
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1920 x 1080
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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