A downloadable visual novel for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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❅ Heart of the Woods ❅

Heart of the Woods is a fantasy yuri visual novel about paranormal investigation, ancient mysteries, and a love between two girls that transcends life and death.

Maddie Raines has had enough. After years of serving as manager, editor, and general business-handler for her best friend Tara's popular paranormal vlog channel, she's finally ready to move forward with her own life. But when she agrees to take one last trip with Tara to the mysterious village of Eysenfeld, she's suddenly swept up in a dangerous supernatural crisis that will change the course of both of their lives forever. A strange young woman named Morgan has promised them undeniable proof of real paranormal phenomena, and what she has to offer eclipses anything they’d ever seen before.

However, out of all the strange occurrences the three of them bear witness to, one in particular captivates Maddie in a way she’s never been before: the ghost of a young woman. This woman is Abigail, the victim of a centuries-old injustice now bound eternally to the forest surrounding Eysenfeld. Drawn to Maddie in a way she can’t explain, Abigail reveals herself to another person for the first time in more than 200 years.

While Tara and Morgan investigate the mysteries surrounding the village itself, Maddie begins to form a bond with Abigail that grows to be more intense than any bond she’s felt before. As she learns the truth about Abigail’s death and imprisonment, she realizes that it falls to her and her friends to break the curse that has ruled over Eysenfeld for centuries. But more importantly than that, it falls to her to finally free the woman she loves.


A part-time manager, part time video editor, and full-time babysitter, Maddie has the thankless job of handling the absolute whirlwind that is her best friend.

She’s professional, meticulous and intellectual; the first person to turn to when a problem needs solving. But when their investigation entangles her in an ancient curse, she's forced to confront phenomena beyond her comprehension, and more importantly, her own self doubt.

For the last two centuries, the ghost of a young woman has haunted the forests of Eysenfeld. That ghost is Abigail, a kind and playful soul forcibly bound to the forest as part of an ancient curse. 

Two hundred years of wishing for a life cruelly denied to her have led to a feeling of crushing loneliness and one overwhelming desire: to finally have someone to talk to.

One of the world’s most popular paranormal vloggers (according to her), Tara is unfailingly charismatic and bursting with limitless energy. She’s brash, intrepid, and always seeking something new. That often makes her a magnet for trouble: whether it’s from relentless flirting, minor criminal activities or just plain pig-headedness, things around Tara have a tendency to end in chaos.

A loyal Taranormal viewer and the daughter of Eysenfeld’s mayor, Morgan is...different. When not running her small and mostly empty antique shop, she’s known to disappear into the woods for days at a time. That, combined with her resistance to traditional social standards, has caused her to develop a bit of a notorious reputation in the village.

However, this resistance is not just an act of rebellion: Morgan knows that there’s something sinister deep within Eysenfeld, and she’s not going to stop until she tears it out at the roots.

-Incredible character and CG art from Rosuuri
-Fully original backgrounds and soundtrack
-Approximately 130,000 words with multiple endings
-Ending theme from In Love With A Ghost
-Multiple accessibility options
-Extra features including a music room, CG viewer, and guest art gallery
-At least one really, really gay ghost

Optional 18+ Patch

The 18+ patch file adds two additional scenes of explicit sexual content to the game. It is not intended to be viewed or utilized by anyone under the age of 18+. To install, first download and extract the main game. Then, place the adult patch file, called adult.rpa, in the folder labeled "game" within the extracted contents. You can still enjoy the full story without the patch.

Soundtrack

The soundtrack is split into two parts, with the tracks composed by Esselfortium and the tracks composed by Astartus separated. Both versions contain the tracks in .wav and .mp3 format. Ninety percent of profit goes back to the composers!

Please note that the ending theme by In Love With A Ghost ft. Ukuletea is not included - you can get that on ILWAG's Spotify and other platforms.

Demo Features:

  • Chibi characters to fill in the gaps between scenes
  • Demo exclusive prologue scene!
  • Incredible character and CG art from Rosuuri
  • Fully original backgrounds and soundtrack
  • Multiple accessibility options
  • Extra features including a music room, CG viewer, and guest art gallery
  • Full Simplified Chinese Translation*
  • At least one really, really gay ghost

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The demo is a sample of the full game and contains a selection of scenes from across the whole story. We've hand selected the scenes in order to give a taste of the game without spoiling too many of the major plot points (we figured it's a given that Maddie and Abby end up together). To help fill in some of the blanks though, there are demo-exclusive chibi versions of Maddie and Tara who will help fill you in on what's happening along the way.

* Chinese translation of the full game is coming later this year!

Purchase

Buy Now$14.99 USD or more

In order to download this visual novel you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $14.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

heart-of-the-woods-win-linux.zip 1 GB
Version 1.2.1
HeartoftheWoods-Mac 1 GB
Version 1.2.1

Download demo

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heart-of-the-woods-mac-demo.zip 482 MB
Version 1.2
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Optional-18+-Patch.rpa 14 MB
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HeartoftheWoods-Demo-Win 483 MB
Version 1.2
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HeartoftheWoods-Demo-Linux 490 MB
Version 1.2

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