I adore this game!! even though it was made four whole years ago... Late to the party I guess? Initially I worried that I would find Helena difficult to sympathize with, but her characterization is genuinely one of my favorites from any retelling of any myth. Every interaction with Penthesilea really gave me a good impression of who they were and how genuine they were in their kindness to Helena, especially after living her whole life being judged by others. In short, thank you for making this!
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Helena of Achaea is said to be the most beautiful woman in the galaxy.
After her elopement with the neighboring Wilusan princess, Achaea declares war on Wilusa resulting in a years-long bloody conflict. As the war is drawing to a close, Helena is escorted back to her rightful place in Achaea. However, something goes wrong and their ship crash lands on a desolate tiny planet, killing everyone on board except for Helena and a single soldier.
Now stranded in the vastness of space with only a strange soldier for company, Helena finds herself thinking about what sort of fate awaits her. And more importantly, does she even have a place to return to?
Loosely based on a futuristic all-female version of Homer's The Iliad, Helena's Flowers is a visual novel that explores the ideas of beauty and self-image. It was developed for the 2015 Yuri Game Jam and features 6 different endings.
Warning: One of the endings contains gore.
Concept, Writing, Programming - Heiden
Backgrounds, Sprite lineart - Reikun
GUI, Sprite coloring - laniessa
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Oh I'm so glad to hear you liked it!! I really like writing flawed characters-- while also trying to make them like-able and understandable from their own perspectives-- so hearing that about Helena is a big compliment! Thank you so much for playing!!
It's gay and it's Iliadic, two things I'm particularly in love with. (To be fair, the Iliad in itself is already homoerotic what with Achilles and Patroclus). I enjoyed playing it for a number of reasons.
1. It's interactive. Kinetic visual novels are great when all you want to do is read and not have to think about the many endings you could reach, but interactive VNs are still the best.
2. It's short but it doesn't really sacrifice the characterization of either characters, especially if you play through all the endings. In addition to that, the endings are all very in-character. (I've never liked, much less loved, bad endings before and disliked good endings, but hey here we are. The best endings, especially the two with Penthesilea, are still my favorites though.)
3. The characters aren't perfect. Holy shite if I don't have a thing for really flawed characters.
4. The Iliad holds a special place in my heart, it's gay, and IT'S FRIGGING SET IN SPACE THANK U VERY MUCH
I'm so glad I accidentally discovered this game (while I was supposed to be doing my papers oops).
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
I had a lot of fun trying to write deeply flawed characters like Helena while still keeping them sympathizable, so I'm glad to see it came through. :)
AND YES THE ILIAD IS SO GAY, it made it fairly easy to turn it into a GxG scenario just by transposing the character's genders.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and I hope you were able to finish your papers, despite the distraction~! :D
Hey! I've been really enjoying watching your play through, can't wait to see the next part! :D
does it have some kind of romance?
Hey! There's an option for Helena to end up with Penthesilea and there are a few short romance scenes between them, but the focus of the work is more-so on Helena moving on from her past failed romances. Hope that helps! :)
Got four of the six ends. It's really well made, you guys did a great job ^^