This Is Where I Want To Die

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This Is Where I Want To Die
ThisIsWhereIWantToDieCover.jpg
Cover
Developer(s) Marcel Weyers
Publisher(s) Marcel Weyers
Engine Ren'Py
Platform(s) Android, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Release date(s)
  • WW March 17, 2013
Genre(s) visual novel
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Download

This Is Where I Want To Die (sometimes: TIWIWTD) is a free utsuge visual novel developed and published by Marcel Weyers, an author and translator. The game was released on March 17, 2013 for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. An updated version was released on May 9, 2013. The Android version by Visualnovels.nl was released on July 5, 2013.[1] In June 2014, Weyers released the game To Kill A Black Swan with similar themes, which is part of the same series.

Gameplay & Design[edit]

The player simply reads through the story. Since the game is a so-called kinetic novel, the player does not make decisions and there is only one ending. The game uses silhouettes as characters and blurry black and white backgrounds. The protagonist, however, is not shown until the very end. Music and sound effects support the game's atmosphere.

Plot[edit]

You wake up in a hospital room and you realize that you are about to die. You cannot remember what happened and you try to think about why you are in the hospital. In order to do this, you see flashbacks from your past. You were going to a bar with your best friend Ann and your boyfriend Brad. On the way to the Bar, you proposed to Brad and he accepted. To celebrate this occasion, you went to the most expensive bar in town. Brad explained that he wanted to take you on a holiday to the sea. You and your friends enjoyed the evening together. However, on the way back home you bid goodbye to Ann and decided to walk alone with Brad. You came upon two men who attacked you for apparently no reason. At the end, one of the guys stabbed you and you bled to death. Back at the hospital, it is revealed that the protagonist is a homosexual man and the attackers killed him for trying to protect his boyfriend. The message of the game is stopping homophobia.

Characters[edit]

  • Brad is your boyfriend. You've been together for three years but lately he seems to have something on his mind. What might it be...?
  • Ann is your best friend. She has always been supportive of your love for Brad. But... could she be hiding something?

Development and translations[edit]

The game was developed with Ren'Py, an engine for visual novels. The story and characters were developed by Marcel Weyers. The music was created by Marcel Weyers as well. The cover art was designed by SD Designs. Backgrounds, character art, and sound effects were take from free sources and edited by Marcel Weyers. The game was created in less than a month. A trailer was released on March 10, 2013.[2] It was released in English and German and was later translated into French by Kevin Cottenie and into Spanish by Nessy Noinex. A Dutch translation by Visualnovels.nl was added on May 28, 2013. On September 27, 2013, the game was updated with an Italian translation by Andrea Luciano 'Lehti' Damico. It is the third visual novel game by Marcel Weyers after Soulmates and Sleepless Night.

Soundtrack[edit]

The official soundtrack was released on April 6, 2013, and includes four tracks at a total length of 1:37 minutes.[3] On July 8, 2014, the soundtrack was also released on Bandcamp.[4]

  1. Ocean Dreams [0:24]
  2. Ann’s House [0:34]
  3. Bar [0:16]
  4. Showdown [0:21]

Reception[edit]

weeaboo.nl wrote about the game: "Not knowing who you are makes for a tiresome read (since you continuously need to take every possibility into account). Everything up until the final 30 seconds is just there for padding/misdirection."[5]

freegamearchive gave a score of 66 % and said: "Somebody writes his opinion into the newspapers, somebody writes a book, somebody shouts it on streets and one can make an interesting game. [...] The truth is uncovered rather soon and so the experience isn’t so enrichment. Someone can disagree with the uncovered thing and theme but it depends on what you think."[6]

The game was nominated for the 2013 Best Ofs by VNs Now! in the category "Best Drama" along with The Royal Trap by Hanako Games and other visual novels.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Is Where I Want To Die Android Apps". Google play. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "This Is Where I Want To Die TRAILER". YouTube. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "This Is Where I Want To Die Soundtrack". Marcel Weyers. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "This Is Where I Want To Die". Bandcamp. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "[review] NaNoRenO 2013 part 1". Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "This Is Where I Want To Die". Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Nominees For the 2013 Best Ofs". Retrieved January 6, 2014. 

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