The Hard Reset started as a silly idea that I somehow saw through to its conclusion. I wanted to give Ren'py a try and also wanted a project where I was forced to create assets, in this case images and writing, instead of coding. I find that usually after I've coded a system I get bored and I wanted to get some practice that would help build discipline. I had a busy month but I think it went well.

My art skills are pretty poor so creating art for a visual novel was a real challenge. Early on I had this idea to create collage images from anything I could find in the public domain. I didn't spend as much time on this as I had hoped because just finding usable images was pretty time consuming, but I had a lot of fun putting them together. The eggplant jar image is courtesy of Cody Mace.

This is an idea I can see revisiting but spending a bit more time on. The game takes about 15 minutes to play through but it is mostly reading. You can play in browser or download builds for Windows, Linux or Mac. Let me know if you find any bugs or spelling mistakes.

I hope you get some enjoyment out of it.

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
TagsDetective, Noir


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I enjoyed this brief but entertaining foray into noir parody and slightly-unsettling robot-collages. I enjoy noir and noir parodies in general and there were some genuinely funny bits, like the union reps' reaction to Fridgo's "bomb" and the Paragon/Renegade options. Short, yes, but if you ever revisited the concept, I'd be interested in playing through that iteration as well!

I didn’t expect to find a game like this but it was pretty funny and I had fun playing it. Good work.