good visual novel :) art and music is good too :) just sometimes the writing style makes it difficult to read correctly
Flights of Fancy
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Submission to NaNoRen02019
This paranoid fever dream of a story explores the direct impact and consequences that a person's choice of fantasies and daydreams can have on real life.
- 10,000+ words
- 2 main "routes"
- 9 endings
Mild sexual themes and internalized homophobia, just as one would expect from the POV of a 14-year-old girl who comes from a religious and conservative background, and who must now navigate the murky waters of her own confusing sexuality.
The narrator. The player cannot control her compulsion to daydream, but can control what she dreams about. Likes: stories, both inside and outside her head.
Bee's best friend, who leads her not-so-gently into the wild world of BxB love. Likes: smutty fanfiction and the piano.
Bee's other best friend, tasked with the unenviable job of kicking Bee's chair whenever she falls asleep in class. Likes: video games and villains.
Bee's elder sister, who is top of her class in nursing school. Likes: martial arts choreography and her boyfriend.
A boy who possesses an arsenal of powers, including shapeshifting, invisibility, and super speed. Likes: ???
- Writing: ilyilaice
- Art: chymesoo
- Programming and GUI: Marionette
- Music: ejtanmusic
- GUI Assets: Birctreel
- What did you think of Bee as a narrator?
- What was your favorite ending?
- Any other questions/feedback?
Thank you so much for playing!
See the Lemma Soft forum thread here.
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Authors||ilyilaice, ejtanmusic, chymesoo, Marionette|
|Genre||Visual Novel, Interactive Fiction|
|Tags||Female Protagonist, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Meaningful Choices, Multiple Endings, Queer, Short, Slice Of Life|
|Average session||About a half-hour|
- Postmortem - Flights of FancyApr 10, 2019
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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!
i believe comments are important to let the creator of a game know that we played / liked their game or report minor bugs and such :) i'ts annoying if you do not know what other people think about your creation :)
So, is this a girl/girl romance Visual Novel? I know this sounds creep to some, but I would love to play it if it is. Not that I would not like to play it if it's not, but I am looking for a new girl/girl romance Visual Novel as I have not played one in ages because they are very sadly so hard to find. I have played lots of a boy/girl ones, but they are nowhere near ever as good as girl/girl. Thank you.
Wow, this got way more real than I expected. I was never in similar position as Bee, but the endings on being found out were still quite striking. The one with friends finding out maybe the most of them all, as I just felt how soulcrashing it would be in real life (although it felt a bit out-of-character for them to be this cruel?).
I really liked the style of narration, the feelings of detachment and confusion were really well conveyed. My favourite ending was the fujoshi fanclub – I guess I just enjoy people being weirdos together and sharing their hobbies. :D
So, wow... This was really good, even better than reading Limbokin made me expect. And that title. ^^
Thank you so much for letting us know your thoughts! I'm glad you decided to check this out after reading Limbokin. While Limbokin is probably a more polished story overall, Flights of Fancy remains very close to my heart. <3
Hi. I greatly enjoyed the game, I think it was really well done.
Bee was a great narrator, her emotions felt and internal conflicts felt so real and relatable. She was a great character overall.
My favorite ending was head in the clouds. It was so cute and it really portrays her inner struggles very well. I just wish she had ended up telling Vida, but it was still great.
Overall, the only thing I can as criticism is that I wish it was a little longer and some of the endings more fleshed out, but I still really loved the story.
Thank you for making this :) Great work.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts! I am pleased you enjoyed it.
I started writing a novel-length interactive story in which Bee, Vida, and Karis are characters, but I had to set it aside as the story was getting too convoluted. Lately I've been outlining a sequel set roughly five years after "Flights of Fancy," and the planned story is shorter and therefore more manageable. I hope you'll be interested to check it out once it's released!
Despite not having a sprite of her own, Bee has a personality and I appreciate that.
I actually liked the "Mom finds out" ending best, it was the first I got and the abruptness of it was a little shocking. When other "X finds out" endings followed I got the feeling the game has the potential to explore how it might feel for someone queer to fear being discovered, and things like that.
Also, I tried to tell Vida but was cut short XD, I wish that was a real option.
Perhaps a more readable font could help people get engaged more quickly.
Liked the game very much <3
Thank you for letting us know your thoughts!
This story is just a snapshot of an originally novel-length story I was writing, which I reworked into a more manageable form for the month-long jam. So I definitely see what you mean when you say you find some of the endings abrupt.
Vida, Bee, and Karis appear in another interactive story I'm currently working on, so this might not be the last you see of them!
Thank you so much for taking the time to play this game!
gonna play this game and see how it goes
What did you think of Bee as a narrator?
Bee is good narrator.
Being teeneger is not easy BUT
It's hard to be the only one gay person in strict family, I guess. Especially when even you don't accept this fact.
Her "ailment" making her day-dream a lot is very interesting too.
What was your favorite ending?
"Head in the clouds". The CG was very cute. They'd be great couple if they'd dating. But it'd would require Bee to disocver her sexual orientatation, make coming out and confess to her feelings.
I like games with a lot of choices, routes and a lot of endings (including bad ones). i didn't get all the endings but probably none of the is satisfying end of Bee's story. Maybe you should create next part?
Any other questions/feedback?
I don't know why but BGs add stong depressive vibe to de game. The are too gray, weathered and devoid of colors. You could find better ones or draw them by yourself or find someone to do it. They are the biggest flaw of the game.
You should work on choosing better angles of BGs to look good with sprites. It looks bad. Some of them don't even fit to the first-person-view.
Interesting characters with interesting personalities. The story is a bit lineal
I realy like the UI. Sprites are good.
Dialogues are ok, a bit chaotic but ok. And unusual font doesn't help with reading. Especially if someone has dyslexia (I don't). I know, you wanted it look like hand-writed but you could find something "more readable".
Most of the scenes are ok and more-less well-written but some of them are a bit too-daring (in example Bee's dirty fantasies).
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I really appreciate the constructive criticism, and I will keep all these points in mind for next time.
How many endings are you still missing? There are nine endings in total. If you would like to access a walkthrough, let me know. I could quickly write one up.
What did you think of Bee as a narrator?
I recognize her as what literature teachers call an "unreliable narrator" because of her internalized homophobia. It does not make me dislike her, though.
What was your favorite ending?
FanFiction.Net. Probably because I'm a bit of a writer myself and related to the "find someone who understands me through my writing" part.
Any other questions/feedback?
The art caught my attention while I was doing my "scour Itch for the latest VNs" session.
I also liked the glossary bit, since I decided to collect VNs that offer deliberate cultural glimpses. It's nice to find one from my own country.
The writing is also pretty good. It feels more deliberate than other VN scripts.
It was a little hard to get into the anime bits, though. Maybe write less in "complete" sentences in order to convey Bee's emotions? I find her reactions to the anime more important to the story and easily more engaging compared to her narration of the anime.
I appreciate your treatment of Bee's sexuality in the context of a conservative culture. Sensitive but from the perspective of someone who's affected by the culture herself.
I consider this game to have a good replay value. A number of the endings have to do with being "out". While repetitive, they're far from redundant. They emphasize a point and I think players like me could see the point clearly: The concern of getting "outted" without your consent is recurrent. They're everyday situations with high stakes.
I also noticed that you did a little bit of self-/team evaluation in your Dev Log. I'm not sure how often other devs do that, since the logs I read tend to be about updates, but regardless, that's really commendable of you. Welcome to game dev-ing and hope to hear more from your team~
Thank you very much for the thoughtful and constructive feedback! It's wonderful to hear from a fellow VN enthusiast from the Philippines. Both the artist and I are Filipino as well.
Since I'm always searching for more diversity and inclusivity in games, I'll have to check out the other VNs in your collection of cultural glimpses. Filipino Catholic schoolgirl culture in particular has always fascinated me, so I was eager to explore that. It's a pity I couldn't do a deep dive into it given the limited time frame taking place in the story, but I may delve into it further in future games. Perhaps even in a sequel? We'll see.
Thanks once again for taking the time to read this.