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Build Your Own Customizable Boyfriend!

After being kicked out of both his PhD program (plant science) as well as medical school (Pathology), Dr. Frank had pretty much resolved himself to a life of solitude and science. That is, until a handsome stranger knocked on his door and swept him off his feet. Dominik seemed to be the perfect boyfriend- attentive, caring, and interested in Dr. Frank's work.

Maybe too interested.

Three months into the rainbow-colored relationship, Dominik runs off with Dr. Frank's lifelong research on resurrection to present at the annual prestigious Hindenberg University Conference, under his own name.

Livid, Dr. Frank decides the only course of action: Revenge.

Not only is Dr. Frank going to one-up Dominik's presentation by presenting the world's first artificial life form, but Dr. Frank is going to make said life form the world's hottest, most beautiful boyfriend.


Dr. Frank's Build-A-Boyfriend is a comedy BL visual-novel mixed with point-and-click adventure elements. The project began as a Yaoijam 2016 entry and is projected to be finished development near the end of September end of December! [Update: 10/15/16] Q1 2017!

Please note that this game is suitable for ages 16+ for suggestive themes. 

[Update 3/28/17]: I'm still working on coding in the puzzle elements and won't make the end of March or even early April deadline. I'm sorry about that, but please enjoy the additional screenshots I uploaded to give an idea of what the puzzle portion (which makes up a good portion of the game) will play like! Thank you for your patience!

[Update 10/6/17] The Full Version Is Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who was patient! I'm glad to finally be bringing the full version of Dr. Frank to you! <3 <3


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Dr._Frank_Build_A_Boyfriend_1.0-pc.zip 243 MB
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I played this right after finding your 'Kill the Prince?!' game-- and god, I really loved every single moment of it! The humor, characterization, emotions from Frank and Sylios-- and also the teasing from Sylios was enough for me to instantly root for him in the beginning ;____; when he first showed up I was already hoping Frank could end up with him!

I loooooved the personalities of everyone and the dynamics ;___; Frank's so high energy and has so much character, it was a lot of fun to get to see things through his eyes! And Iggs is just one whole ass mood. And the monster boyfriend was absolutely hilarious-- I loved the customization option! And getting to play another one of your point-and-click games just makes me so so happy and inspires me a lot! I've been looking into point-and-click mechanics and getting the chance to play your games really leave me with a good feeling and so much motivation to keep going!

And this is totally becoming a longer comment, oops, but I loved seeing your initial character design process in the Extras-- as well as the narration/hints there and direct interaction with the player ;___; seeing them in both this and KTP really gave both games even more personality and another fun layer. But yes, I love that you included your character designs in the extras!! I loved all of Frank's expressions and just how he had so many sides to him, too! (And I will forever love Sylios, I am weak.) -- seeing your sketches and world building was super cool to look through and see how the characters and the world changed from the beginning too. And of course, reading more about the world building was great! And I'm glad you decided to make Frank learn a lesson through the end of this (/changing Sylios' motivation)-- because I absolutely want Frank to be happy. and also. love Sylios. cri. (and Iggs with staying with his boyfriend lmao)

The art is phenomenal, the music choices were perfect (I love the main menu music too! and the music that plays while exploring the house!), the UI is great (and such a good choice too! I was immediately impressed by the choice, too-- using a fence design!!!! bruh!!!! the small details make me so happy- and I had to take a solid mo to just be fully impressed about your design choice for the UI!!) Also showcasing extra personality/energy through the font size was a nice touch, too-- I really enjoyed it!  And the backgrounds were gorgeous, the narration for the objects we can interact with was great-- and the whole point-and-click mechanic was seriously just so fitting for the game! 

I've found this game years after it was made, but I seriously can't be more happy! I'm so grateful and glad you created this and shared this!!!! I'm so happy I found your page and your game! You're for sure an inspiration <33


I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it and enjoyed seeing all the little extras at the end. I always like unlocking concept art and other behind-the-scenes things when I play a game, so I tried putting something like that into my own game. :D 

I'm glad I changed Sylios' motivations as well, I think Dr. Frank had gone through enough for one game, haha. 

Your comments really made my day. Thank you so much for checking out my games!! :D :D

Thank you for making such a great game!!! <333 im excited to see what you do in the future- I'm so happy I could make your day !! ;;v;;

beautiful and so fun to play! I enjoyed every second~


I loved exploring Dr. Frank's house, I love the map aspects so much.  honestly this is one of my favourite games.

Also looking at the WIP stuff in the extras was great!! I loved seeing your process!!

That was... oddly touching??  I loved it to death! The premise was cute and silly, and the point-and-click element was refreshing and fun. Loved the art, especially the Dr. and Igg's character design! And the backgrounds... and all the humor was neat. Everything was neat tbh. Amazing game! Thank you!

So glad to hear you enjoyed it!!

I loved it! It's really cute and the mechanics worked really well, I didn't have any trouble. Would love to see more games by you! Or even a sequel, I love all your characters!

Oohh! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! I do have some other games if you wanted to check them out! And I've been toying around with the idea of making a pseudo sequel that some of the charas would show up in (but not be the protags), but we'll see. :)

Thank you for playing!

Aw this was pretty cool! I really liked Sylios and I would love to learn more about him T3T Dr. Frank and Sylios are so cute together uwu

I really want to learn what happened to dr frank and sylios ;-;

did you made the comic you were talking about at the extra part of your game?

if you did, where can I read it?

Hi! I haven't made it, and I'm not sure if I'm going to make it, unfortunately.  Sorry about that!

oh no problem! you don't have to make if you don't want to


I love this game :'o its super cute and relatable  and I'm dying to cosplay Dr Frank :')

Ohh so glad to hear you enjoyed it!! :D :D 

ANd OMG if you ever cosplay I would love to see pictures!!! AAAAHHHHH.

Hello! I actually played a demo of this game back at Bishounen Con, and I was really happy to play it's full release! Really cute and funny. One thing has been bothering me though. As I left the game idling on the room explore screens, a song started to play that I knew I had heard before... I went through all the artists on your music credit page but there was so much and I couldn't find the exact song. Please can you tell me the name / source of that song? I think it's the third or fourth in the loop, has a somewhat mechanical sound effect running throughout. I'm dying to find out... Dx


Hi! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

The 3rd song is called Dark Garden (https://dova-s.jp/bgm/play3727.html), while the 4th song is Pumpkin's house (https://dova-s.jp/bgm/play3678.html). Hopefully one of those is it!

Aah, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my request! In the end it was the 4th song, I'm so happy to have found it! It may seem silly but it means a lot to me, thank you! I have a few of your other games and hope to play them when I have more time as well. ^ ^

Sorry if this is spam but itch.io has no way of sending PMs. :(

I'm from Soulsoft Electronic arts. ( https://soulsoftea.itch.io ) Sooo I'm thinking about hosting a Game Jam on itch.io. My idea is a bara game jam which I'll call "BARA JAM", and I'm trying to see how much interest there would be in such a jam, and if it would be worth hosting. Would this be something you'd be up to participate in or even co-host?

I'm thinking about having it in October and lasting 1 month.

I made a thread on LSF with more details here: https://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=51373

I'm really trying to see if this is a viable jam that people would even want. I hope so! I'll obviously be submitting an entry as well. =) you can email me here soulsoftea@gmail.com

OOhh, I would be very interested in participating in this if you do decide to host it! :D (I don't really know anything about hosting jams though so I wouldn't be much help as a co-host or anything haha;;)

Hey Heiden,  for cohosting don't feel pressured into it if you con't think it's for you. :)

Actually, I've been getting alot of replies from creators wanting to cohost so I think I may be fine in that department now. As for the jam, awesome, I'd love to see you participate! ^_^

If you can leave a msg on the main thread on LSF showing support, I'd really appreciate it. https://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=51373&hilit=barajam

What a funny little game about revenge and ripped boyfriends who don't deserve you! It's hilarious and Dr Frank's character is such a unique one. I loved the little quirks in the dialogue (change of font size etc). I also like the feature of customizing the Frankenboyfriend. And the little backstories for characters is a nice touch. I'll be sure to play the other games as well!

This game was so cute!    10/10

This game was cute and hilarious. I only wish it was longer! I wanted to know more about the world and see what would happen to Dr. Frank next (in both endings, but especially the secret ending). Any chance of a sequel someday?

Hi! I probably won't make a direct sequel but I am very interested in making more content within the same world!

Ooh, okay. :D

magnificent. 11/10

super cute!

I really liked this game! ^^ It was funny but had a good message as well. (Also Dr. Frank is relatable af)

i'm crying bc frank is so me MSJKDNGTUI

I enjoyed this game more than any game in a while, but after playing both endings the “don’t click” option doesn’t work for me? Is there something else I’m supposed to do?

Hi! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it!

The "Don't Click!!!" button is just a gag and plays a (kind of quiet) fart sfx, haha. 

Very cute, thanks for making it.

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no matter what download i try, it gIves me an error message when i try to open it and its so frustrating... I JUST WANNA PLAY!!!!! (im on windows btw) plz help meh also it wont show up as downloadable on steam

Hi! What kind of error message is it giving you?

I know sometimes Chrome will flag .exe files as possibly malicious and block downloading them, but you should be able to override that and tell it it's safe to download. Alternatively, if you have Internet Explorer, that should work too!

OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I guess it was just chrome... it kept saying "could not execute. (insert all the file name blah blah yadda yadda).exe  is it missing?

but now its working! i aprreciate the help my dude.


thanks again


apparently i just needed to use internet explorer

Sketch of the awesome Dr. Frank


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Dr. Frank is so adorkable. Iggs is adorkable. The Monster is adorkable.  (I laughed at the "Papa" jokes).  The game is so funny and the art is cute!

I got the platonic/normal ending. Is it bad that I didn't  feel sorry for Dominik's fate at the end? I felt bad for Dr. Frank essentially being lied to, even though he and Dominik weren't together for that long. It was still pretty messed up for Dominik to run off with Dr. Frank's research. (I mean, I guess he gave citations? But like it still felt wrong. I dunno how to explain it!)  

Dr. Frank being torn over to pack up and finally leave the town he was brought up in was good too. I've been in a similar situation and it's rough, but sometimes it's the best thing to do to live a better life. So there was a bit of growth on his part there!

I see comments below about the text similar to what I was thinking, so I won't leave feedback on that.

I'm gonna do another playthrough because I don't think I learned enough about Sylios and his past. I picked up the dictionary first time around (and died promptly after) so I'm guessing I have to do something different with it next time.

Anyway, great job! I love how rich and colorful your characters always are. I look forward to your next VN! =D

(I'm drawing Dr. Frank, here's the sketch attached)


And no, Dominik is still wrong in the end (even if he did use citations for unpublished work that he was never explicitly told that it was okay to use in his own paper), he's just not the ULTIMATE!! HEARTBREAKER!! JERK!!! that Dr. Frank has been labeling him as the whole game.

And yes! It does hurt to have to branch out from your old routine, but it can help too to expand your horizons!

Aahh yes, GUI and text design, something to work on!

 And aahh I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! :D :D And again omg thank you so much for the Dr. Frank drawing he's... soo.... cutee.... AAAHHH. 


its gay and I love it

Alright, I'm only to him talking about the anime he watched last night and I already know that this is going to go down as one of the funniest games ever. Thank you SO MUCH for making this!

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I don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but the game constantly freezes up for me. Literally after every click I make, the next line of dialouge takes forever to load. I played for over an hour the other day before finally giving up. I was at the scene where I had just finished creating the boyfriend. It probably would have only taken me 20 minutes or less to get to that spot if it had been running normally.

Even after restarting my laptop and trying again, it's made no difference. No other games on here freeze up like that. I want to finish the story but can't if it's going to be lagging the entire time.


Unfortunately there are some known lag issues with the game on certain computers that I was never able to really fix. The only workaround I was able to find is that if you save the game and restart the program, it should run normally for a little bit (before slowing down again;;). 

However, I've never heard of the beginning portion of the game being laggy (just the puzzle portion) and if the game was still laggy even after restarting your computer I'm not sure what's causing that. Maybe see if you have the latest version of DirectX installed? (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35)

Sorry about that! 


*cough* Doctor Frank'n'furter *cough* *Cough* rockey horror picture show *cough* Oh, geez, sorry I think I'm sick.


It has a balance of hillarity and seriousness in facing Frank's.. ( IT'S DOCTOR)

..... sorry,..*ahem* Dr. Frank's frustation over his failure in academic and even love matters (instead of revenge,  I would likely be goiing through deep depression with something like that :'))) )

That "Don't Click" option got me xD and... I just hope there is a gallery to revisit all the story's divine scene ^^;

Anyway, that Secret Ending sure enlights me ^^


yoo! im here from game dev amino ! i played it and it was so cute! although right at the beginning the text kinda bothered me. like idk the spacing, the fact that the first paragraph is further to the left, sudden changes of size. i get that it was trying to be a stylistic choice but it didnt lookgood and felt kinda cluttered. but overall i enjoyed myself despite the text and even got the secret end! conrats on finishing it <3

Okay, thank you for playing!

yoo! im here from game dev amino ! i played it and it was so cute! although right at the beginning the text kinda bothered me. like idk the spacing, the fact that the first paragraph is further to the left, sudden changes of size. i get that it was trying to be a stylistic choice but it didnt lookgood and felt kinda cluttered. but overall i enjoyed myself despite the text and even got the secret end! conrats on finishing it <3

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soooo i didn't get a romance? is there a walkthrough? T^T and most of the hairstyles don't change to what i set it as

Iggs works as an in-game walkthrough.

no linux version? :(


Just updated with a linux version! :D

This was an amazing game! This was inventive and original. The difficulty level was perfect. After I figured out that I could ask questions, it made it that much better. Great layout! Great art! Great presentation! Thank you! 

Yaay! Glad to hear the hints were helpful!! Thank you for playing!

I played this the other night with my friends we had so much fun, it was so wonderful!!! the timing of the papa jokes absolutely killed us, and we ended up getting so attached to our monster by the end, wow. the sylios ending was definitely my favorite part,  we were hoping through the whole first end that something good would come from him and it turned out so so good!! I'm aspiring to make vns as well and playing this was both super fun and inspiring, eheheh. keep up the great work!!! <3

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much!!

And oh gosh! It's super humbling to hear that the game was an inspiration to you. I hope you make your game!

Hi. Is there going to be a walk-through? I'm completely stuck. Please Advise. 

Hi! I wasn't planning on writing a walkthrough, since you can ask Iggs for help in game if you get stuck. 

But if there's a particular puzzle that's giving you trouble I'd be more than happy to help! What part of the game are you at?

Spoilers Below:

(Also here's some vague hints about parts that I think might be a bit harder to figure out:

To make the fancy shirt you need to COMBINE 2 items, one of which is the T-Shirt itself. (The other is found on the 1st floor of the house)

To open the cupboard in the hallway you need to USE an item to PRY the doors off. (This item can also be found on the 1st floor of the house)

To get the shovel you need to give the plant what it wants. (It LUSTS after the FLESH of men) )

Hope that helps!

Thankyou I'll try your hints. :)

this story was so fun! i watched DCS play through last night and we were all laughing a ton. dr. frank was my favorite character, ahh so many of his lines were so endearing! and all the puzzles with the items were really neat, it added so much to the experience! all the little animation touches you added to the menus and character busts too i thought were really nice. such a charming game!!! so happy you could finish it, even if it took a while--i know how tough it can get with a big project looming over you so congrats!! your efforts were not wasted <3 thanks for this lovely gem of a VN!!

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Dr. Frank was a lot of fun to write, so I'm glad his personality came through!

And yes!! I'm so happy to finally be done and share what I've been working on with other people! :D


holy shit!!! im so excited that you've completed the game!!!

Hey hey! Just finished playing this with BOTH endings with my friend group and we all loved it-- SO MUCH!

It was so exciting to be with this game every step of the way and I'm still so proud of being able to beta-test for it. (Thank you again.)

Honestly? This is my favorite visual novel of 2017. I'll be making fanart and recommending this game highly to everyone I know! 'v'_b

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Playing the normal ending and THEN playing the necromancer ending right after was extremely satisfying. Very nice touch to have it recommended by the extras! We appreciated it!

The mechanics were fun, the music was fun, the art is fun, everything about this game is fun! All the jokes make me laugh and the genuine moments between Dr.Frank and Sylios were such a pleasant surprise. So happy to see the hand holding CG and really hoping you make that comic you mentioned!

And again, like the first time; the papa jokes all made me laugh uncontrollably. Every. Single. Time. The reveal gets me, it's fucking great, I LOVE IT! And I'm so glad Monster got to end up in a huge undead family with everyone, hehe.

'v'/ I noticed some spelling errors here and there but didn't take them down this time-- but I'll make a list if I do a second play-thru and send it to you!

Again, thank you so much for your hard work on this game and sharing it with all of us. SO looking forward to your next game and GOOD JOB!!! <33

AAAAAAHHH Omg;;; I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it!!! 

And thank you so so so much for your help with the beta testing and your advice on the textbox transparency was so spot on!

And yes, feel free to send any spelling errors my way, I wrote the extras page at 4am without a spellchecker so I'm sure they're in there somewhere, haha. 

Haha! I totally understand! And you are SO WELCOME!!! <3

I'll def be doing another playthru soon enough, so I'll let you know then hehe <3

Very cute game overall! Had a lot of fun playing it w/ my partner, voicing all the characters to ourselves and just overall having a good time.
The only thing I'd really point out that I wasn't fond of- 
[for people reading the comments before playing the game, warning-
Spoilers Ahead!]
Ok. The whole papa thing. I know the joke you were trying to make there, but some of the time it got to be wayyy too much, to the point of making both of us a little uncomfortable [especially the whole "continuing to call someone your boyfriend when they strictly see you as a parent" thing. THAT was viscerally uncomfortable]
We would've been able to ignore it, but it kept cropping up, of course, and every time we'd just stop and wince in shared discomfort. 
It's not enough to like, ruin the whole game or whatever, the game itself is still very cute and again, a lot of fun! But that definitely put a damper on things. I know the game itself wouldn't be quite the same WITHOUT the monster referring to DR Frank as his dad, but I feel like there could've been ways to go about it while at LEAST not continuing to refer to the creature as the "boyfriend", you know? 
Anyway! I don't mean this as like, a tirade against your game or whatever, it's still fun and we'll probably play again and get a different ending soon [the ending we got was the one with Sylios, because we remembered the dictionary]. But I guess this is just food for thought? Cute game, appealing visuals, overall good sense of humor, I liked the characterizations a lot, but one or two little things just left a bad taste in my mouth. 


Ah, sorry to hear about that. The joke you refer to above (uwaa what I would do for spoiler tags!!) is a pretty integral part of the whole dynamic of the Monster + Dr Frank + Iggs and I can see how if that one joke fell flat or made someone feel uncomfortable it could taint a fair bit of the game. I would say I could change the textbox name of the Monster from "Monster Boyfriend" to just "Monster" but I'm not sure if that would do much to alieviate anything...?;;  Sorry to hear about that, but glad to hear you were able to have some fun from the rest of the game! 

So excited and can't wait to play this! Commenting before downloading cuz I'm PUMPED UP! I'll leave another comment once I finish my playthru! <3

This is pretty funny. I like the sounds and the way the 4th wall is broken. The response for clicking EXTRAS first was fun, and the title screen is very cute and gives a good feel for the game. The skin tones as sweets is kinda..eeeeeh.. though.


That's a good point! I've taken out the food descriptions for that part of the game.

Thank you so much for checking out the demo~! (And the full version will be released very very soon!) 

Thanks fort he response. <3

sooo is this still in development


It is. I'm still working on it, but still no release date yet.

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