A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Android

It was supposed to be a vacation like any other...

When the Stars is a story driven interactive visual novel merged with point & click mechanics and relationship building presented in a combination of furry and anime art style.

Following the invitation of a classmate Thomas and his best friend set out on a trip to Nightfall, a remote island somewhere in the Northern Atlantic, to celebrate their recent graduation. Soon upon arrival they discover that there's more to the island than its rough landscape and equally rough inhabitants, and the lack of internet reception will soon be their least concern. As the three of them repeatedly start experiencing strange blackouts, the local stories of strange apparitions and haunted places suddenly don't feel that far out anymore.
What starts out as a harmless summer adventure soon turns into a perilous quest for the truth as Thomas and his friends set out to uncover the island's best kept secret - a secret that might impact more than just their own lives...

Main Features

  • Adaptive story with flexible, intertwining character arcs: Concentrate on one single character or spend your time with everyone equally - the choice is yours.
  • Freely explorable, interactive handdrawn environments.
  • Photomode: Find picture taking spots, take pictures and analyse them for clues. Show them to other NPCs to unlock new dialogue options and advance the story.
  • In-game collectibles: Find all to unlock additional story events.
  • Relationship building with four characters. Decide yourself how far you will take things. Just deepen your friendship or take it further to a more romantic level. Either way will have a lasting impact on the other characters as well as the final outcome.

The game contains distinct male same-sex themes with the option of building a romantic relationship with one of the characters, though this is not a requirement for completing the story, which is the main focus of the game.

Update Schedule: At this point there is no fixed update schedule. Since I develop this game on my own beside my day job, being responsible for story, dialogue, graphics and programming by myself, updates are going to be somewhat irregular, ranging from monthly to once every three months.

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When the Stars (Demo) 0.2.9 - Windows 72 MB
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I love this VN, but the android version needs to get optimized so bad 

or maybe it's my device? I don't know , I still love what I played 

Ill keep an eye out for this one for sure! As far as the description goes and the pics look here it looks great! I dont know if i wanna spoil myself with the Demo yet or rather wait more to play more of it at once later.... i hope you will countinue this Game and dont get Overloaded with it! Single man projects are tedious so take your time, the worst things ever is to see such a project die down sooooo even small steps are okay! :3 (Imo)

Ohh I want this, can't wait for it to be releaced. Btw the strong male same-sex innuendo thing what does that mean? That the main chaacter is the seme or that all the other characters are?

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Thanks a lot. ^^ And it's basically just a fancy way of saying that there's gonna be gay content of any kind. As for the seme/uke part, this kind of depends on the characters and maybe can in part be influenced by the player themselves, though this is not yet decided.

Hey how to get the full game?? I kept playing a demo over and over :(

Hey! Thanks for your interest in the full game. The short answer is, not at all, yet. The game is still in development and will be so for quite a while longer. I usually upload new content as soon as it's ready, so if there's something you don't find here, it's because it's not done yet. ;3

seems to really make my galaxy book 2 run very hot.  i am guessing this nees to be played on something wiht a graphics card.

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Yes, there can still be issues on some Android devices (I'm not yet sure, what the limiting factor is - on the mid-range tablet and phone I used for testing, it runs mostly fine).
Primarily the game was eveloped for desktop systems and optimizing for Android is not quite easy as there are so many different configurations on the market. If you experience performance trouble on mobile, it's probably better to switch to one of the desktop versions.

that is a windows tablet, not android tablet.

This might well be the explanation here. While under Android the game tries to compensate for weaker system specs by reducing graphics quality etc., under Windows it runs at the highest quality setting by default. For a convertible like the Galaxy Book this might be a bit more strain than under a desktop Windows setup. Unfortunately there isn't really a workaround at the moment other than maybe trying one of the lower resolution settings.

thank you for the feedback, Really am looking forward to the full release of this vn.  it is really unique and stunning from what i have seen.  

Thanks, I'm really glad you like it so far. Full release will still take a while, but don't worry, there's more to come, eventually. :3

but futher on love the demo so far real great story and everything keep up the good work

is the content still not available in the demo not that i mind just curious

Which content are you referring to specifically? If you mean 18+ content, since the demo doesn't contain any respective scenes, that's something to be saved for the main game. ;3 But thanks, glad you like it so far. :3

Is there a specific update day every month?

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As it stands, there is no fixed update schedule. Since I'm only one person working on the game beside my dayjob, I never know how much time I can allocate each month, so updates are going to be somewhat irregular. You can follow the game or watch the dev logs on this site to get notified, when there's a new update.

Ok, thanks for the information. :3

I did enjoy this new update for the game and the new features are a nice touch. I appreciate the amount of work you and others put into this novel. I do hope you make a patreon soon for this novel b/c i would definitely support it. I wish you and your team the best of luck in making this novel and please stay safe. Again thank you for making this novel <3

Hey all. Anyone else having problem launching The game on Android. But a new tablet 2 days ago and even this one cant start it. 

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Hey there! Is the issue that the game doesn't start after installing or that the installation file couldn't be opened at all? For the latter, you could check the permission settings on your phone for installing files not downloaded trhough the google play store (android is a bit picky in that regard). You can check here, if youre unsure how to do this. Otherwise it should work just fine on more recent devices. For any other issues, you can contact me directly.

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Hey! Sorry for being so slow to reply. No i can downlosd it and Install without any issues. Its when i launch it. I get a White screen and it crashes

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Have you tried waiting for a bit during the white screen? The game takes a while to load, usually up to 30 seconds on a mid-range phone (could be even longer depending on the device). I've added a loading indicator for future builds to make this a bit clearer. I can't think of any other reason why it would hang already on startup at two separate devices. But if the problem persists, I'm going to look into it more.

M able to install it but it closes once it goes to main menu i tried several times but either a blank screen or it force closes i was able to rwad it though using my another phone with higher specs. my current phonewich it crashed has only 1gb ram the other one where i read it has 3 gb  i think the game has troubles running on low spec s phone (sorry if o have wrong grammar not english speaker)

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Hey there! Thanks for pointing this out. Unfortunately, 1gb ram is probably not enough to run the game on Android without issues. I tested it on a mid-range phone with 3gb, where it runs just fine, but I wouldn't recommend going much lower than this.

The game was initially developed to be played primarily on desktop and thus contains a high amount of high resolution graphics, transparency and animations. While this isn't a problem on PC, on Android this takes up a lot of memory, so phones with lower specs might not be able to handle it.

I'm going to add some recommended specs to the download instructions with the next build as a guideline.

Hey, Nine Inch Tails! Very nice game, the design is outstanding and the story is very well-written. Can't wait to see more! :D

Thanks for your kind words! The next update introducing some more functionality should be done quite soon. Following this I hope to be able to show some more new content before long.

Hi Nine Inch Tails, just wanna say i really enjoy your novel, both the design and how its written, despite how short it is. Would you eventually make a patreon for this novel? I was also wondering if you wanted to join a furry VN discord server, a lot of novelist go there to get help on  their projects and its also a nice place to know others.

I wish you the best in your future endevors 

Hey! I'm glad you like the game so far. :3 Also thanks for your interest in a patreon. I'm planning to provide some means to support development in the long run, which most likely will include a Patreon. Though this I'll postpone setting this up until I'm done finalizing the game mechanics (which should be quite soon) to avoid some pressure. ;3

Incidentally, you can already find me on the Furry VN server on Discord (look for my artist name Imiak); I'm not that active there very often, though. ^^

Thanks again!

Hey Nine Inch Tails, first of all, with respect, you have a name that is difficult to remember and write, and then your game has a very interesting story, even if there is a very short demo, and then always with all the respect and know that mine is just an observation, on the home page there are 2 images that are not present in the demo and above all you also see 2 of the characters that you do not meet even once in the demo. As I said mine are alone non-critical remark I have what.

However I hope with all my heart that you will continue.
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Thanks for your interest in the story, there's definitely more to come, even if it's gonna take some time. As for the images and chracters on the page, the description and pictures shown there are for the whole game, so naturally not all of it is included in the demo. But they will be introduced, once I have finished the first regular chapter.

Keeps crashing on android :(

Strange, so far it seemed to work fine on most devices. Can you provide a bit more detail at which point exactly the game crashes (at start up, during gameplay, etc.), so I can look into it? Please use the bug report form at the bottom of the game description or here.

Can't open file on android.

Please try to provide a bit more detail, like which Android version, hardware etc. you use, so I can try help you figuring out, where the problem lies. You can either use the bug report form or send me a note.

I'm using a Samsung S10e, when It finishes download; it would say "Can't open this file". The closes I can get to "somewhat" opening the file is using RAR opener but that would just show the codings and how many words you have used, etc.

The phone shouldn't be the issue. From what I see that message sounds like you might need to give your phone permission to open .apk files that have not been downloaded through google play store. Look here on how to do this on most phones. Hope that helps. :3

when is the full game coming out? <3

Really good work. The characters are not annoying, the artwork is beautiful, interesting photomode mechanic. Especially thanks for the character drawing style! I am not a fan of hypertrophied bodies. So yes, I like what I see. Keep up the good work. Stay safe!

Hey there! I can't play the game due to screen resolution issues (my notebook has a 3000x2000 screen) and because of that, some content are hidden (Like the camera on the upper right of the screen). Is there a way to change the resolution of the game? So far, I haven't been able to find a solution. Thanks in advance! :3

Thanks for your interest. :3 Unfortunately for now the game only supports 16:9 aspect ratio, since it's most commonly used. I'll look into it if I can find a solution, though this might take till the next build update. Have you tried if the mobile version works for you instead?

Sadly I own an Iphone, so unless there is a way of playing in ios that idk of, I can't try it for now :( I'll just follow you and wait for a update I guess :P

Can't wait for more progress I'll support all the way I can 😁 I played the demo and it was fantastic, hoping for more progress 

Thanks a lot, I'm glad you enjoyed the game so far. As far as more progress is concerned, I've just uploaded a new update. There's not too much new content, but I've added a couple of new features. Story progress is still going to take a while, but I'm constantly working on it. :3

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is it normal that i cant install it on mobile ? its a ''apk.zip'' fil

It's zipped to reduce file size. You have to unzip the file first, you should be able to install the apk-file inside the folder. Sorry, if that wasn't clear enough, I'm going to add a description to the download. Just give me a note, if there are any further problems.

it could be usefull to explain how to do it in the description cause none of my application can unzip it

thanks again

If your phone doesn't already have a file manager installed, you can get the app 'Files by google' in the playstore, this should be able to open it. To not make things more complicated I have replaced the file with an unzipped one for now, so you just have to download and install it. Hope this works! :3

thanks for the advice, but i found another way to get it by unziping the file in my pc before putting it in my phone

thanks anyway :3

This game looks gorgeous. I will watch your progress with great interest.

Can you adapt a version compatible with Windows x86 32 bit? I can't play the game with the version you have posted... 

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Sure, thanks for the heads up. I just uploaded a 32bit version right now that should work for you. Just let me know if you should encounter any problems, and thanks for your interest. :3

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Thank you! Will do. I have a question, though: why are all the romanceable characters so slim and twinky (no offense meant) I would've hoped for some meat on their bones...

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Not sure if this is a satisfying answer, but there's no single reason for this. Mostly it's owed to the Anime influence stylewise, where the slim type is more common, but it's also because of there already being quite a number of bara style games out there (almost exclusively as far as furry themed visual novel type games are concerned). So in a way I'm also aiming to fill the niche on the other end of the scale. Lastly, to some degree it's simply personal stylistic preference.

In any way, I hope the characters are going to have enough redeeming qualities of their own besides their build to make up for it, especially since the main focus of the final game will lie more on the overall story than on the romancing part. ;3

So far it's good, I only was curious about it. Thanks for answering though. :) 

merry Christmas to you hope that you have a wonderful holiday and that I hope that your project continues to grow hope that I can get a chance to play it sometime for Mac too 😁

Thank you, merry Christmas and happy holidays to you, too. ^^ And thanks for your continuing interest. I actually just uploaded the mac version of the demo, so you can give it a try anytime you like. :3

Yay I can’t wait to give it a play best Christmas gift ever hehe 😁😁

hey there just wanted to say that i happened to come across your game while scrolling through itch and after reading about it i thought it sounded interesting and might wanna give it a try but i wanted to know if the game supports mac as well before i attempted to download it cuz i have a mac and wasn't sure if if i was gonna be able to play the game or not if it isn't will there ever be a version to be able to play it on mac if not its ok :)

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Heya, thanks for your interest in the game. There actually is a mac version planned really soon. I still have to get around to test it properly to make sure everything works as it should before putting it up for download. Probably look into it over the holidays. :3

Hey there thanks for getting back to me and oh yay I’m looking forward to it I’ll Be sure to keep my eyes peeled then can’t wait to give  it a try when you’re able to upload a Mac version 😁😁

Yay ! it's finally out ~ it WAS pretty delayed compared to the supposedly release date, but overall i really love this.

I can't seem to take the photo at the beginning, any advice? 

Same thing happened to me I think it's a glitch

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Taking the photo should work just fine, I just tested it again. What may be a bit misleading is there are actually two photospots in the scene. One of those (the more obvious one) won't work on purpose, since it's too far away for a close-up shot. Just keep searching for the second one (try the rocky part near the exit to the path up the cliffs). I'm going to add some kind of a hint to make this more obvious.

Hope that helps. :3 If that still doesn't work, I can help you better if you clarify the problem a bit further.

Apperently when choosing to talk Jules  taking the photo is working  fine but talking to Aaron prevents me taking  the photo

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Have you already tried the updated build I uploaded yesterday (fh_demo_0.2.3)? I checked it just now, it should work with both conversation paths now. If the problem still persists, I would recommend using the bug report group on Discord (you can find the link above) to describe when and where it occurs exactly, so I can track down the issue.

Ok thanks

Does Anyone know if or why the demo was delayed?

The demo is online now, you can give it a try anytime, if you like. :3 As for why it was delayed, I've posted a short entry in the dev log above.

Oh wow, time goes by so fast. I'm so glad first demo will coming out soon ^^ 

Greetings from a fellow Austrian ^^

Very excited for the demo release, looked very stunning at EF25!

You mentioned a Patreon below, is it up yet? Because I cannot find it whereever I look (or I am blind) :D

Hey, nice hearing from you again. ^^ Hope you guys enjoyed the con, thanks again for your support and interest. :3

Patreon isn't online yet, I'm goint to put it up together with the demo. (I guess I should have mentioned that somewhere in the text.) I'm doing my best keeping the schedule for the release, which should be around two more weeks from now.

I'm also going to send out a newsletter, once everything is set up and ready, so you won't miss it. :3

does this mean the demo is free but we have to pay for full game ?

Basically, yes. Creating this game takes a lot of time and effort, and though I develop the main bulk of the game myself, there are still things that need to be paid for (e.g. music), so unfortunately I cannot afford releasing the full game for free. I aim to keep pricing reasonable though, so don't worry. :3 Also, supporters on Patreon will receive their own free copy (I'm going to post more on this soon).

Looking great! can't wait for more update >w<

Thank you Unisama ^^ We're working very hard on our prototype and should be able to show more very soon.