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"Being a hot CEO isn't enough! I need a secretary!"



Kazuo* Tachibana is the CEO of Tachibana Liquor and he is in need of a new secretary! With a lucrative business deal about to go down, can Kazuo get along well with his new secretary, satisfy his father's high expectations, AND find love?!



The MC


The Love Interests




DEMO V.2.5 FEATURES

  • New sprite art (choose btwn 2 art styles) + updated CGs!
  • BL Romance
  • Customizable first name!
  • 3 Sexy Love Interests!
  • 7 CGs + CG Gallery
  • 6  Original BGs
  • A snippet of each Love Interest's route!



STORY & CONCEPT

Nuciusxxmissarichanxx

DEFAULT SPRITE ART | xxmissarichanxx

ALTERNATE SPRITE ART, GUI | Nucius

CG ART | xxmissarichanxx

BACKGROUND ART

Line Art (Nucius), Color (xxmissarichanxx)

WRITING

Common Route, Kou's Route | xxmissarichanxx

Daisuke's Route | Stephicness, Nucius

Momotarou's Route | Stephicness

EDITOR | Stephicness

PROGRAMMING | xxmissarichanxx

MUSICKevin MacLeod

SFXFreeSound

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Hello, Boss! Demo v.2.5 [PC] 213 MB
Hello, Boss! Demo v.2.5 [MAC] 178 MB
Hello, Boss! Demo v.2.5 [LINUX] 185 MB

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is there any estimation on when the game will be finished? is it still being worked on

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So I picked Kou. I thought I was gonna pick Dai, but the way the Kou sprite looks at you made me blush fr. I absolutely love the dynamic between the MC and Kou. It's refreshing to see the power balance tip back and forth, which is something I don't see too often in in BL. Having Kou actually be a competent secretary makes the moments when he discards professionalism have even more of an impact. Great writing, Bravo.

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this is one of the best games ive played in a while.i am sooo biased towards dai and i love their bound!! hope the game will have more updates! keep working cuz you re doing a good job^^

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im genuinely having so much fun with this. The moment i saw Kou i dropped dead. i also really like the scenario of being a CEO and having the power.

but i did run into some sort of wall, may be just needing to be updated but after i accept the drink from kou (GYATT DAMN I LOVE THAT DUDE) it just brings me to the error page and wont let me continue. im not really sure what it actually means because im no computer person but i'll wait a few months then come back. 

!!! awww~ thank you kindly! kou is my fave, but im biased bc i designed and wrote him xDD

im aware of that error! i have been meaning to update the build to fix a few bugs... i just haven't had a lot of time lately. thank u for ur kind words! c: and thank u for loving kou hehehe u///u

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I love this game so much! It is so refreshing to play as someone with power and status. I can't wait for the update! I really hope this game will continue developing. 
My favorite so far is Dai. I really like chemistry between him and mc.Hope to see more about him. And his little gap teeth. So cute

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awww thanks so much! i'm so happy u enjoy it! still on hiatus for now while i finish up some personal projects and stuff, but i'd like to come back to this project when im able! 

dai is super adorable! kalie designed him so well~ u///u thank u for ur kind words! c:

OMG! I didn't expect you to ever respond to my comment. I'm so happy! And what makes me even happier is the thought that this game will come out after all. I wish you good luck in all your work. Hope to see more Dai some day <3

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I am not good at complimenting or commentingg but I really love this game! I switch between the sprites every route, haha xD

Though I'd like to report a bug in the middle of the interview? Regarding Nucius sprite art. Not sure if you are already aware of it, if so, my apologies.

Daisuke's face vanishes when he gets mad lmao
The first time I saw it I couldn't stop laughing, his face was just blank :'D

Traceback if you need it:

I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred.
While loading <'Image' u'sprites/dai/d_mad.png'>:
IOError: Couldn't find file 'sprites/dai/d_mad.png'.
-- Full Traceback ------------------------------------------------------------
Full traceback:
  File "script.rpyc", line 688, in script
  File "renpy/ast.py", line 721, in execute
    renpy.exports.say(who, what, *args, **kwargs)
  File "renpy/exports.py", line 1417, in say
    who(what, *args, **kwargs)
  File "renpy/character.py", line 1249, in __call__
    self.do_display(who, what, cb_args=self.cb_args, dtt=dtt, **display_args)
  File "renpy/character.py", line 901, in do_display
    **display_args)
  File "renpy/character.py", line 647, in display_say
    rv = renpy.ui.interact(mouse='say', type=type, roll_forward=roll_forward)
  File "renpy/ui.py", line 298, in interact
    rv = renpy.game.interface.interact(roll_forward=roll_forward, **kwargs)
  File "renpy/display/core.py", line 3315, in interact
    repeat, rv = self.interact_core(preloads=preloads, trans_pause=trans_pause, pause=pause, pause_start=pause_start, **kwargs)
  File "renpy/display/core.py", line 3834, in interact_core
    self.draw_screen(root_widget, fullscreen_video, (not fullscreen_video) or video_frame_drawn)
  File "renpy/display/core.py", line 2555, in draw_screen
    renpy.config.screen_height,
  File "render.pyx", line 492, in renpy.display.render.render_screen
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/layout.py", line 824, in render
    surf = render(child, width, height, cst, cat)
  File "render.pyx", line 170, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/layout.py", line 824, in render
    surf = render(child, width, height, cst, cat)
  File "render.pyx", line 170, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/layout.py", line 824, in render
    surf = render(child, width, height, cst, cat)
  File "render.pyx", line 170, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/transform.py", line 733, in render
    return transform_render(self, width, height, st, at)
  File "accelerator.pyx", line 187, in renpy.display.accelerator.transform_render
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/image.py", line 501, in render
    return wrap_render(self.target, width, height, st, at)
  File "renpy/display/image.py", line 307, in wrap_render
    rend = render(child, w, h, st, at)
  File "render.pyx", line 170, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/layout.py", line 824, in render
    surf = render(child, width, height, cst, cat)
  File "render.pyx", line 170, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/transform.py", line 733, in render
    return transform_render(self, width, height, st, at)
  File "accelerator.pyx", line 187, in renpy.display.accelerator.transform_render
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/layout.py", line 367, in render
    surf = render(self.child, width, height, st, at)
  File "render.pyx", line 170, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/layout.py", line 1446, in render
    cr = renpy.display.render.render(self.child, w, h, st, at)
  File "render.pyx", line 170, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "render.pyx", line 263, in renpy.display.render.render
  File "renpy/display/im.py", line 623, in render
    return cache.get(self, render=True)
  File "renpy/display/im.py", line 287, in get
    surf = image.load()
  File "renpy/display/im.py", line 704, in load
    raise e
IOError: Couldn't find file 'sprites/dai/d_mad.png'.
Windows-10-10.0.19041
Ren'Py 7.4.10.2178
Hello, Boss! Demo v.2.5 2.5
Sun Aug  6 00:30:24 2023

Anyway, I'm excited for the full version! No pressure ofc <3

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Awww~ no worries! Even if your comment is to share how much you love the game and characters, I really appreciate it! It lets me know that people still care and that we're doing something right as developers and creators.

Also, thank you for letting me know about the error! Apologies for the late reply. I don't often check the studio account and I wish I could link notifications to my personal dev account c'':

Thank you kindly for your patience as well! I'll make note of this error so I can try to fix it before I update the demo again... Hopefully soon, and if not, before the end of the year at least :''D

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I love the demo! Momo's so cute his route fits him well, and I absolutely loved Dai's as well. I can say there is a wording error in Dai's route though. At the end of his demo route I think it was suppose to say walk instead of work, other than that it seems perfect to me! I can't wait for the full game!!

Aww~ Momo is adorable, isn't he? Thank you for your comment!
I'll have to check the wording error. Sometimes we can miss things when we proofread :''D Thank you for pointing it out!

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Oh I was having so much fun but ran into a compiling error in Kou's route upon drinking the alcohol! I hope it can be fixed, but even still I really really like this game. The CEO is delightfully bratty and it's so fun seeing him messed with by Kou and Daisuke. I hope you take care of yourself and consider continuing the story!!

Oh! I see the error you ran in to! I will try to fix it and update the current build some time soon. Thank you for bringing to my attention, and thank you also for your comment and for checking out the game!

Please update <3<3<3

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Hello! Thank you for your interest! Since I burned myself out trying to work on multiple projects at once, I decided to finish my other project, After-Party Chemistry, before I jump back to working on Hello, Boss!

If you like my art or my work, please consider supporting my other projects as well! A few characters in my other projects are characters in Hello, Boss! (particularly Kou and Momo)

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Please keep up the good work!! I'll always support you!!

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I'm fully invested now!! I adore the characters in this game! They're all written so well by such talented people. THE ART IS ALSO SO GOOD TOO. I'm looking forward to whatever comes next, but I'm also willing to wait. You guys have your own respective lives, and those always come first, but just know I've really enjoyed the game so far ^^

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Enjoyed the demo and really looking forward to the full game! :D

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A CEO (who's sexy and he knows it) is in need of a secretary, and three men are willing to fill that role. Kou's snippet is... (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄) I adore the music and art style! Nonetheless, I hope to play the full game soon! ( ´ ω ` )

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thank you for playing! steph and i are chipping away at it at our own pace c'': we hope to bring it to you all soon!

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Android please 🥺🙏

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I enjoyed playing this game so much I literally can't wait for the full version. I love all of them; I didn't trust Kou at first (he seemed too perfect and even his appearance is a bit... intimidating?) but his route left me speechless. :D The scene on the rooftop with Daisuke made me smile so hard: I didn't expect such a thing from him. About Momo, well, I liked him from the start; even though he made some mistakes I understood how he felt. But in the end he's actually really smart. Any update? I hope you're all doing well and that the realization of this game doesn't take too much time of your social lives :)

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same!! i'm so glad that other people are excited too! i hope hello boss can be a game that brings joy to the creators and lots of players! i'm very picky about love stories, so i'm glad i found a vn that really suits my taste :) whose route will you do first?

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I don't really know! They're all interesting :'))) what about you?

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I think momotarou?? i really want to see how his character develops he seems like he might have a villain arc, and he also seems to know dai?? lots of mysteries :)

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ahhh~ thanks so much for playing and leaving a comment! im pretty excited about the full version too. it'll still be a while before i can get that to you, but i'm so happy to see you're enjoying each route!

i try to update every month at the end of the month for patrons and beginning of the new month for the public! thank u again for your support! cx

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ahhh this is so cool! i'm so curious about daisuke and momo! there's so many things i want to know! why does kou have a preferred name?? what is going through daisuke's mind as he makes such bold career choices?? what was that look in momo's eyes at the end?????? this is the first VN where i'm super invested into all of the routes. my gosh this is promising! i WILL be there for the full release

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also, writing and art??? *chefs kiss*

aww~ thank you so much! im so happy you enjoy what we've presented so far! i hope you'll find the final game just as interesting too! thank you for your comment and for playing through everyone's route c:

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Hello, I really like your game, if you are considering releasing on Steam, I can do Chinese localization for you😃🌟

Hello! I'm Ari! I'm one of the members of Studio Calamari! Thank you so much! I will consider a Steam release.

No android version?

No

Is there any plan for an Android ver? 😭

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Hello! Thank you for your question! I'm Ari, the CG artist! Our first priority is to release the game for PC, Linux, and Mac. After that, we'll look into an Android or other platform release.

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Is there a discord?

Hello! I'm Ari, the CG artist! Thanks for your interest! If more people would like a discord, Kalie and I will discuss it. For now, we only have a Ko-Fi page, a Twitter, and an Itch! 

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Kou is a Yakuza character and no one can change my mind

will there be a patreon

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Hi! I'm Ari, the CG artist! Thank you for your interest! At this time, we don't have any plans to make a Patreon since we only work on this project on our spare time and when we're not working on our own personal projects/commissions. If there is more interest, Kalie and I will discuss it some more. 

If you're interested in supporting us by donating, we do have a Ko-Fi where we take doodle requests! https://ko-fi.com/studiocalamari

Thanks again! 

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Kou looks like a lesbian single mom

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When is the full game planned to be released?

Hello! I'm Ari, the CG artist! At this time, we're unsure of a release date for the full game, but we'll be sure to update everyone on Itch and Twitter when we have a more solid answer! Thank you for your interest!

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wow. like, wow. this game is just .  ???!! i love it so much .

the music is nice, the art is literally the best, the story seems very interesting and promising. i specially like how the plot change depending on the character you choose ( even if it does have the same "base" ), and how it is very different from how you expect the game and the characters to be.

it already looks wonderful, even tho it is only a demo !! can't wait for the full game.

congrats on the sensational game !!! keep up w/ the good work, and take care <3

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!!! thank you so much! i can't take credit for the music, but i'm so glad you enjoy the art and story! thanks also for noticing the variations in plot! we had a lot of fun with each route and we're so excited to share the game with everyone!

hope you're taking care as well! c:

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And I'm addicted................to Dai. I can't wait for more, simply so I can have more Daisuke. (I love me a rough, fiery, sweet redhead. And I LOVE the friend type...So you've mixed the two into a perfect cocktail. xD)

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omg yesss... daisuke is a very VERY interesting character. kalie did a great job designing him and steph is doing an amazing job writing him! we can't wait to bring you more daisuke cx

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does this have a female mc?

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Hello, there! The VN is primarily BL-focused. And so, we don’t have plans for a female MC.

 

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ok ty for the reply!

Hello! there seems to be a problem when opening the zip file. I'm on mac & whenever I try it says that it's in an unsupported format

hello! i'm ari, the cg artist! thanks for bringing this to our attention! i also use a mac and i just tested the download. when you download the [MAC] version, it shouldn't be a ZIP file. it should automatically download the application. in your download folder, you should find an application titled "HelloBoss".

please let me know if you're still having trouble! i'll try to help as best i can!

Ah! ok thank you I tried downloading again but the same result came up. there's also a zip.part that shows up? I don't have any applications to open that tho. also I do have a previous version on my computer maybe that has something to do with it?

oh! ok! so i downloaded from a safari browser last time, but this time i downloaded from chrome and got a ZIP file. i was able to open the ZIP file with the Archive Utility app.

sometimes a window pops up that says, "cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified." but if that happens, i go into my System Preferences > Security & Privacy and hit the "Open Anyway" button. i'm able to access the game that way.

try deleting the previous version and let me know if that works though!

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Ah! yes, that seems to have worked tysm!!

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Im so hooked to Daisuke.

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Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame. =P

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I don't see the game to download but from what I've played on the first trial, Daisuke is my favorite. All the artwork and the storyline are amazing!! As the game progress, I plan on playing all the routes and see which one is the best. I don't think you need to change anything on the game so far it's great the way it is. Great job on this project can't wait to see more of it!!

Oops! That's my bad! I was trying to upload a new build, but I can't find the older one so I can't reupload it. I guess we'll just have to upload the new build... 

Thank you so much for your comment and your support though! We're so happy you enjoyed what you experienced so far, and we're glad you love the artwork and story! Please do look forward to more soon!

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It's ok! Love all the hard work you do and I look forward to playing more of this game! Best wishes!!

Sorry but...where can we download the demo plz?

Ah yes! That's my bad! I'm sorry! I was trying to upload the new demo, but I accidentally deleted the old build so I can't reupload it! If you don't mind waiting, the new demo with the new additions will be up shortly! Thank you so much for your interest!

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Omg i like it so much, I'm waiting impatiently for full version and my favorite charakter is Momotarou. He really stole my heart

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i love all of them

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My favorite is Kou! Hopefully he can help the mc loosen up a little bit

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I liked it the art is beatiful and all the characters are interesting .. I like Dai the most tho .. Let's put it in my waiting list 😂

Is the soundtrack gonna be released when the full game is out? I really like the music.

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Hello! I'm Ari, the CG Artist! Thanks so much for your comment! I really love the music too! They're all so fun! All current tracks in the demo are from Incompetech.com and are free for personal use! Because of the creative license restrictions, I am not allowed to link you directly to the tracks, but all the track titles are listed in our "Full Credits" link!

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Ok, thank you !!

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I think that Daisuke is my favorite, but I like Kou as well, they both have an interesting personality that makes me want to get to know them better and in the context of the story it makes sense to choose either of them to be my secretary. Now, I like Momotarou because he’s petite and cute, but I think the only reason why I would choose him is because I feel bad for him and because I want to play every route of the game, maybe I’m overthinking it but I wanted to mention it.

I like the art and the writing is fine, Kazuo’s exposition at the beginning of the story is a bit strange but I have read worse things. I like that I can choose the Kazou’s name, I feel like that allows me to connect a bit more with him and I also like the inclusion of the rollback button.

I just finished playing the Demo and I liked it a lot, I’m looking forward to see what else happens.

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Thank you for the honest review! Really appreciate it. ^_^

We'll add more  soon and incorporate/ improve more features. We'll do more to improve on Momo's route, too.

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1) Who's your favorite character so far and why?

Daisuke. I have a weakness for the seemingly fun and carefree characters.

2) How's the pacing and writing? 

It was good but it seemed like Kazuo's introduction had a lot more monologue than I would've liked. 

3) What aspects of the game do you like?

The love interests seem like they have a personality and backstory that we can explore.

4)  How is the UI?  What did you like about it? What did you not like about it?

I liked that you used icons instead of words but I wish there was a log to see the script. Also, the options for perferences should all be on one screen, not multiple. When I choose to go to settings when playing the game, I shouldn't have to wait for the screen to transition through sliding either.

5)  How is the hook for the story? Did it made you play until the end? If it didn’t, what made you stop?

The hook was good enought to play to the end, but I felt tedious to go through all the monologue for Kazuo and the questions for Daisuke and Kou.This could just be me though.

6) How is the music for the demo so far? Does it match the vibe of the game? Is it distracting?

The first soundtrack played when Kazuo is first introduced in his bed reminded me of the Simpsons opening. It was smooth and sauve but the saxaphone was kinda giving me a different vibe.

7) What other improvements can we make to enhance your experience?

Add a log to your textbox so we can see the script. Sometimes I missed what a person just said. Please allow us to save when choosing options too. Make all the options for perferences be on one screen. Transition to the perferences screen from playing the game instantly, not though sliding.

Thank you for your review! We're trying to improve the GUI. As you said, the preferences need work (as most of the GUI haha) . We do need to add more features in the future. Like the log.

We'll try to tone down the monologue, and improve a bit of the writing ^_^. 

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1) Who's your favorite character so far and why?

I love Kou! It was hard to choose between the two but I loved his design and personality. At first, I thought he would be a bit intimidating and mean but the “which animal would you be” question made me think of him differently.

2) How's the pacing and writing? (We're looking for proofreaders for the final script too!)

The pacing is great! And the writing is good too, I like how the MC’s personality changes with each character.

3) What aspects of the game do you like?

The character design is my favourite part of it. I love how Kou has scars, I think that’s a really interesting part of the character and makes the player think about why he has those. Daisuke was just cute all around! His tooth gap really added to him.

4)  How is the UI?  What did you like about it? What did you not like about it?

I love how easy I could understand what’s what. But sometimes I found myself wanting to go back and read something because I didn’t understand it correctly and I didn’t know how. Overall I had no problems!

5)  How is the hook for the story? Did it make you play until the end? If it didn’t, what made you stop?

It was very interesting. I played through the end and enjoyed interviewing both of the characters to hear their reasoning for applying. 

6) How is the music for the demo so far? Does it match the vibe of the game? Is it distracting?

The music blends nicely with the whole office vibe, I didn’t get to listen to the whole soundtrack because I usually play games without audio, but so far so good.

7) What other improvements can we make to enhance your experience?

I think having a “go back” option would be nice, I find myself reading things, clicking to the next screen, and realizing I didn’t understand anything. I can’t wait for the full game!

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Thank you very much for playing through and for your comment! As Kou's creator, I'm so happy you appreciate him as a character! I hope you look forward to his route too! We're also so happy you love our character designs! I also think Dai's gap tooth is unique and cute~

Regarding the "go back" option, I've added it to the quick menu on the textbox! It will be present in the Extended Demo! I'll also consider adding a "history" or "log" screen too!

We're so glad you're excited for the full game too! We can't wait to share it~

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