Please note, the web version of this game does not include audio or sfx! (Due to audio file size)

If possible, please download for the full experience!

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Fia grew up on her mother's hog farm, always dreaming about running away to the bustling city that dotted the horizon. 

Just when she thinks this is all her life will ever be, a letter comes in the mail from an old eccentric man she used to call "Grandfather". 

He asks her to come to the city so that he may give her something. When she gets there, it turns out that his gift is the ownership of his crime family! 

But not everyone is excited to see Fia and internal tensions threaten to tear the family apart.

 Can you survive the 6 days it takes to inherit the family?

Become the new Donna, or die trying. 

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An otome game made by Heiden and z04 for Nanoreno2021. 

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Characters:

 

Features:

  • 24k length
  • 6 CGs
  • 2 routes
  • Multiple Ways to Die
  • And A Nameable Giant Hog

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Content Warning for:

  • Strong Language
    •  (Mostly from Giacomo and his potty mouth)
  • Animals (and humans) being shot at, stabbed, threatened. 
  • On Screen Character Death
    • But not animals!
    • The dog hog does not die. 
      • Except like, in the super bad endings and those are implied and never shown on screen.
      • Oh and I guess there's mentions of Fia's family taking the hogs to slaughter. 

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Team:

Heiden - Writer, Programming, Sprite Artist, CG Artist

Z04 - Background Artist

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Hi there everyone! We hope you enjoy our little passion project. This is the second longest(!!) title I've ever released, and it's almost hard to believe we did it all in a month(!!). 

We didn't have any beta testers, so let me know if the music and sfx levels are off! Or any bugs in general. 

Thank YOU anonymous player, for playing our game! Hope you enjoy!

- Heiden

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I used to put this visual novel off because I wasn't a fan of the art style but reading the summary made me try it. Looks shouldn't take priority so, decided to get over myself and try it. And, I was pleasantly surprised.

For starters, I was greeted by possibly the most delightful song I've ever heard in a visual novel's main menu. You(or your team) have lovely taste in music. :) The moment I heard the main menu music, I stayed there to listen to it entirely. :) Rest of the songs used in the visual novel were beautiful, went along with the theme/world of the visual novel and added to immersion. One of the few songs that took away from the immersion was the song used whenever Giacomo made an appearance, personally. The story was heartfelt and creative. It's charming and original. Loved the story of how Marco and Fia's grandmother met. Also loved the portrayal of how unforgiving the mafia world can be to anyone who is involved in it. And of course, loved the hog. xD Played Andino's route and enjoyed it. :)

Thank you for making such a wonderful visual novel and I hope to see more wonderful works from you. Now, I think I'll go and open your game just to listen to the main menu music. :D

(Please don't take my comment on the art style to heart. My comment on it doesn't matter when thinking about how an artist's art style can change with time, especially when you're a budding artist. xD)

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Happy to hear you gave it a shot and enjoyed it! When I found the main menu song I knew it was perfect for the game, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it too. 🥰

Sorry about the art, though I'm glad it was something you were able to look past. It's definitely a common criticism I get and I've been actively trying to improve upon it, but well, those things take time. 😅

Thanks for playing!

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Oh gosh, this was a very enjoyable game! I went in figuring I'd probably like Andino because the stoic loyal types appeal to me, so I did Giacomo's route first, and he punched me (figuratively in the feelings, as well as literally). He's such a good and cute example of a scrappy puppy trying to be a wolf, who just wants to be pet, and of course his kiss CG was during [/spoilers]. Wonderfully understated and cute romance.

Also, I loved the writing! The backstory sections were so evocative, they felt like a joy to read whenever they showed up, and they were a great contrast to the liveliness of the present-day story and jazzy tracks. Speaking of those, the audio choices were great, and the little graphics of past-Marco, Giacomo, Andino (AND HOG) were actively adorable.

I'm so impressed you did this all in a month, to boot - this is inspirational, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your writing! (Still need to play Heart is Muscle!)

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Aww thank you so much, this is such a sweet comment.

 I'm so glad Giacomo's route came through with the punch in the feels, he might have been a favorite of mine... (Though really I loved writing all the cast, haha)

Thank you so much for playing! :D

what a lovely game, such a joy to play from start to finish!! the writing is so vibrant and fun, and i loved each and every character (giacomo my beloved and his background was such a nice touch that really brought joy to me as a nb individual hehe)

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it! I'm also nb and love putting in characters who remind me of my own friends and family (like Giacomo). So glad to hear that part of the plot came through (and wasnt too subtle, as I initially worried, haha). Thank you so much for playing! :D

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Ahh I love this game so much! I found it via englishotomegames.net and I'm so glad I gave it a try 0: The writing is immaculate and I love that you can name your hog ;-; I called her Kokoro and every time she showed up I felt such a big personal attachment to her. I really feared there was a chance she'd die based on all the action that was going on and her squeals. But I remember the comment about no animal deaths and I felt silly for being so scared.


Tammi and Tommy were great side characters and  even thought they didn't have sprites I loved how much character they had (which really show cases how great of a writer you are!) 

Woah omg. I remember when I was first starting to make games, it was always a dream of mine to be included on an entry on englishotomegames.net. I cant believe it actually happened!!! 

And thank you so much for your kind words and thank you for playing! :D

How long does it take on average to finish the game?

The full script is 24k in length and the routes branch pretty late, so I would say one playthrough would take roughly an hour to an hour thirty minutes!

Thanks!

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Why is the hog... not romance-able???

JK JK! I enjoyed playing this a lot! There is not a single stale moment in the game, and Fia is such a snarky heroine! I love her and Pig. The writing is flawless, the characters are unique, and the art is so gorgeous and fits the overall mood and setting. I'm a fan of yours now after playing this and Kill the Prince! I'll look forward to your next games!

FNOWIDPAHFLJADHCIA OMG Hog Dating DLC lolol

And aww, thank you!! I had a lot of fun making it, always glad to see people having fun playing it!! Thank you so much for playing!

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I just finished it and had a great time reading this! I totally went for Andino's route : D he's a nice stoic but well-meaning right-hand man huh!

This was wonderfully written, I loved the style and it kept me interested. I felt bad for Marco, he had quite some shit to go through in his life, but the story-book/history moments were lovely to read about. Interesting choice of music too, I think it fit very well.

I think the strongest points were the characters: Fia was a crazy badass (my favourite character) but she and everyone else were interesting because it felt like they all had their own motivations and everyone was proactively working towards those. Like you could tell they weren't sweethearts but you wanted to learn more about them. I liked them so much I was kinda sad about the many deaths in Andino's ending XD!

Also really enjoyed the art-style btw! It just fit and everything matched well together, it created a great vibe and I loooved the colours.

Looking forward to your next project :D!

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Ohh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

Marco certainly had a hard life! I had a lot of fun(??) writing through his backstory and how a lot of his actions shaped the way the family was in the present. It was interesting to think about. 

I'm so happy the characters came through. I always strive to make them feel well-rounded, even if they're not very nice to the protagonist. 

Thank you so much for playing!

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i absolutely loved this! fia is such an awesome main character & the whole plot is so compelling! i think the art is great too & matches the game really well. (big fan of the hog too.)

i particularly enjoyed the way the story is told outside of the dialogue portions - it's very atmospheric. (reminds me a bit of hotel dusk!)

Oh! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! I had a blast writing Fia, she's a character. Thank you so much for playing!

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Wow, this VN is really good. I wasn't sure because of the specific art style, yet I gave it a try and it exceeded all my expectations. I like the dynamic and exciting plot, but a special pleasure was MC, who is not a naive country girl, not another damsel in distress, but a strong female who knows what she wants. From time to time I had a strong vibe of "the end justifies the means" in her actions, yet I like it. There are so many soft hearted main characters with strict morality and "paladin complex" (so boring and tiresome), thus it's a pleasure to meet someone different.  And of course music which was tastefully and suitably picked. 

Thank you for the game, I really enjoyed it.

Great to  hear you enjoyed it!

And sorry about the art style, aha; I'm still working hard to get my art to a place that looks better but I think it's gonna be a few more years before I can get to that level. 

I had a ton of fun writing Fia, so I'm glad she came through! Thank you so much for playing!

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Don't worry about your art, you have a specific style, but in a good way. I quickly got used to it and enjoyed the whole thing. Good luck with future projects, you do great!

This game looks SO lovely, like something out of a storybook. The writing seems great so far, too. It definitely stood out for me among all the great NaNo entries this year. I haven't played the full thing yet, but I am very much looking forward to doing so. (I also REALLY appreciate your disclaimer that there are no on-screen animal deaths. Seriously, thank you for that! :) )

PS: I actually featured this as one of my top picks for my NaNoRenO 2021 Spotlight, if you'd like to check it out. :)

Aw, thank you!

And yes, of course! I wanted to forewarn players about the character deaths, but also wanted to be clear that no animals were killed on screen!!;;

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This is a very polished VN, especially for a NaNoRenO submission. I wrote a small review, tho I don't know if anyone can see it or not.

I found it here! https://itch.io/e/6136747/amberbaum-rated-a-new-don 

What a lovely review! Thank you so much for taking time to write it!

Making Fia feel believable as a Mafia Donna was really important to me, so it's great to hear that she came across well!

Again, thank you so much for playing and leaving a review!

I honestly don't know why reviews aren't connected to the individual project. Makes almost no sense to write one and then just stick with the comment section :/

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I loved this game so much, the other day I was just complaining that there weren't enough mafia-type visual novels with female protagonists and this popped up in my feed! I got both the love endings and I must say I really enjoyed them both but Andino's was my favorite. I love that cold character trope. I named my hog FUZZY and it was so funny to have her/him there during the scenes. I also admire the art style, it reminds me of some of my favorite childhood books and i love it! Looking forward to more of your Visual Novels!

Oh! So glad to hear you enjoyed it!! We had a ton of fun making it. 

And yes! I love me female-led mafia-type stories, haha. 

Thank you for playing!

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This is so much fun! I named my hog Pookie and I love her so much. The characters are so fun -- I haven't gotten a good ending yet, but right now I really like Auntie Francesca!

So glad to hear you're enjoying it! :D