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Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine
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An example of a Ren'Py-created scene.
Original author(s) Tom "PyTom" Rothamel
Developer(s) Tom "PyTom" Rothamel[1]
Initial release August 24, 2004; 10 years ago (2004-08-24)[citation needed]
Stable release Ren'Py 6.18.3 / October 21, 2014; 61 days ago (2014-10-21)[citation needed]
Development status Active
Written in Python
Operating system Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, Android
Size 25 MB[citation needed]
Available in English for the engine - UTF-8 use for resulting programs
Type Game engine (visual novel)
License MIT License[2]
Alexa rank [3]

The Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine is a free software engine which facilitates the creation of visual novels, a form of computer-mediated storytelling. Ren'Py is a portmanteau of ren'ai, a type of game made using Ren'Py; and Python, the programming language that Ren'Py runs on. Ren'Py has proved attractive to English-language hobbyists; over 700 games use the Ren'Py engine, nearly all in English.[4][5]


Ren'Py natively supports almost all typical visual novel features, including branching stories, save file systems, rollback to previous points in the story, a variety of scene transitions and so on. Ren'Py scripts have a screenplay-like syntax, and can also include blocks of Python code to allow advanced users to add new features of their own. As well, tools are included in the engine distribution to obfuscate scripts and archive game assets to mitigate copyright infringement.[6]

Ren'Py is built on pygame, which is built with Python on SDL. Ren'Py is officially supported on Windows, recent versions of Mac OS X, and Linux; and can be installed via the package managers of the Arch Linux (as an AUR package), Ubuntu, Debian, and Gentoo (in experimental overlay[7]) Linux distributions. It has also been ported to Android[6] and OpenBSD.

Notable Ren'Py games[edit]


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  2. ^ "Legal Notice". December 2011. 
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  4. ^ "List of Ren'Py games". 
  5. ^ QuickJump staff (24 November 2007). "Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine: make your own visual novel, dating sim". QuickJump. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "The Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine". Ren'Py. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Installing Ren'Py on Gentoo Linux". 
  8. ^ Love, Christine. "Digital: A Love Story". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "don't take it personally, babe, it just ain't your story". Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  10. ^ Love, Christine (2012). "Analogue: A Hate Story". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Analogue: A Hate Story on Steam". Valve Corporation. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Juniper's Knot". Dischan Media. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  13. ^ ""Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos" Released | Devblog". 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  14. ^ "Katawa Shoujo". Katawa Shoujo. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  15. ^ "Sleepless Night | ~Marcel Weyers~". 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  16. ^ "This Is Where I Want To Die | ~Marcel Weyers~". 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  17. ^ Nekomura Games. "Princess Battles". Nekomura Games. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  18. ^ "Loren the Amazon Princess". Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  19. ^ roseVeRte. "Cafe 0". Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  20. ^ "About Jisei". Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Visual novels and anime games for your computer!". sakevisual. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  22. ^ "Kansei - A supernatural murder mystery game by sakevisual". Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  23. ^ "Yousei - A supernatural murder mystery game by sakevisual". Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  24. ^ "Team NEET". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  25. ^ "Sepia Tears". Team Neet. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  26. ^ "Ren'Py Games List : Sepia Tears". 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  27. ^ "Sepia Tears". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  28. ^ "Sepia Tears | Studio Mugenjohncel". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  29. ^ "Sepia Tears on Desura". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  30. ^ "Sepia Tears on Google Play Store". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 

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