This was a very well written story. I enjoyed it. Keep up the good work!
Loveless on Lockdown
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Submission to NaNoRenO2021
Over video conference, Mara and her family celebrate the 2nd birthday of her nephew. Even though she cries over missing the magical moments of Mikel growing up due to COVID-19 restrictions in the Philippines, Mara’s Kuya only teases her for being almost 30 and still single.
Her family doesn’t know what they’re talking about! Who needs romance when Mara gets all the happiness she needs from watering pixelated plants, ranting to her online friends, and inhaling ice cream by the carton?
Love and all the melodrama it entails? Overrated! She wants none of it!
- 11,300+ words
- 5 endings
- 2 routes
27-year-old freelance researcher working from home.
Bubble Tea Brewer Bros, the online game. Chatting on MatteApp. Ice cream.
Mara often bumps into this person in the elevator.
Likes: Avoiding eye contact.
Frontline worker who mans the fruit stall.
Likes: Explaining the different varieties of apples.
- Writing: ilyilaice
- Coding and Programming: Marionette
- Sprites and CGs: onboroo
- BGs: Minikle
- Music: HUMAN PYRAMIDS
- GUI Art Assets: Luna Chai (@lunachaili)
- Who is your favorite character?
- What is your favorite ending?
- Any other thoughts or questions?
Thank you so much for playing!
|Updated||29 days ago|
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Authors||ilyilaice, onboroo, Marionette, HUMAN PYRAMIDS|
|Tags||covid-19, Dating Sim, Female Protagonist, LGBT, Multiple Endings, Otome, Queer, Romance, Short, Slice Of Life|
|Average session||About a half-hour|
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why do they message each other like 14 year olds
Others : *Normal playing*
Me : *Shipping the guys*
i love your pfp :D
Haha, I hope you had a fruitful shipping experience! Thanks for playing! :)
I was so invested in this vn that I finished all the routes in less than one hour LMAO. But really, it's so good - the aesthetic of it, the songs, the comments about our current situation on pandemics and ofc, the funny remarks about gender jail (I'll never get over this, I swear). I can't choose between Jian or Grey- oops, Grace - , they're my babies. Thank you so much for making my day a bit more happy with your game!
good visual novel , it was fun to play :) great job :)
i am not sure how to get all ending , i only got 2 and 5 :)
I've been playing otome games since I was 11, and now I'm 20. It's really nice to find games like these that have young adult characters cause I'm not entertained by high school stuff anymore (i'm getting old fr T.T) Also, the best thing about this is it was set in my fav city HAHAHAHA yes I'm Filipino too and I really relate on a lot of things on this game.
my favorite ending was ending 5 ofc and fav character is Jian, but I also really enjoyed ending 3 cause it was the first ending that I got, and I was shookt with the twist and ngl but my bi self was happyyyyy hahaha
anw, it's really good that I discovered this. This game was pretty short but I really liked it. I'll support you on your next projects as well <3333 I don't really have friends irl who like VNs so just playing something relatable is enough for me. THANK YOU!!!
How do I get the 3rd ending? I got all the other endings but I can't get the 3rd one.
I especially love reading comments from fellow Filipino VN / otome game appreciators! So glad you found this relatable. Bi/pan Filipino solidarity. 🌈
This game make me got a cup of ice cream.
The aesthetic of the game and the art are lovely. The gui design too, but the text was kind of hard to read.
Episode 1! I'm going to start exploring the romance on the next episodes!
Edit: Add the description for what is this video.
Well there we go with Gray! Or is it Grey??? Oh silly me it's- no spoiler~
It's a simple romantic interaction but it's lovely enough for me~
Final Episode! My goal was to unlock the cg's ending! I thought Grace story didn't have a cg ending but it turns out I'm just doing it wrong. Both Grace and Jian ship with Mara is so cuteeee I can't decide which want I should ship~
Anyway saying what I've been saying for quite a while, the aesthetic and the music is simply lovely. But on a few notes I feel like Mara sprite quality isn't too high, that's not a huge problem though! But just make it hard to get a good quality crop for thumbnails or editing. Also I feel the story ends too fast, not like it's a bad thing, more like, I want more!
That's all! Keep creating game and do what you love! No need to heed my comment~
Thank you so much for taking the time to play this, as well as for linking your playthrough videos! <3
If you need any help translating this to spanish, I'm not versed on coding but can do the "dialog" part ^^ GL with everything and cheers!
just finished playing the game! i really love the art that was put into this, from the CGs to the sprites, and also, the background visuals were refreshing too look at too! the fact that Philippine locations were named in this VN is totes cute! this was a sweet story, definitely a good read (esp. for people who want something chill and random to play)! also, i loved the mystery behind the characters, glad i bumped into this one! :> <3
Favorite Character: Apartment Tenant (because, who doesn't?) TT^TT
Favorite Ending: 5th One (cutest ending ever!, play it to see ;D)
Any other thoughts or questions?: This may not be a question but, I just want to say keep it up and hope to see more of your future VNs soon! :3 (P.S.: This is the very first comment I made so yeap fun fact lol!)
Hello Ilyilaice! Do you have an email where I can contact you? I'd like to talk to you about the possibility of translating Loveless on Lockdown into Spanish :)
1. Favorite Character: The main one. (It's hard to pick, as I like all of them... Including their designs!)
2. Endings 3 + 5
3. I am new to the website and this is the first comment I had ever made here... Oh and definitely keep up the good work! We all look forward to more good things... As this VN brightens even the gloomiest of days. :D
Happy to hear that you think this VN can brighten gloomy days! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback.
I really like your game. Small, fun and with beautifull graphic. And the music is really nice too, bubbly and all ! Thank you !
- Who is your favorite character?
Appartment tenant to the go ! Mysterious man are my weakness. So fluffy and cozy. He remind me a love one ^^
2. What is your favorite ending?
The first I had, the 5th. It was nicely done, without too much drama or difficulties. And yeah ... I had a bias because I met my SO almost like Mara so ... =p
3. Any other thoughts or questions?
SPOILER (for anyone who didn't play all the game)
Like I said, I met my beloved one online, on a old site where we can share art. We had a loooong friendly relationship (almost 10 years) online before meeting in real and, the rest is history. So the story with Jian and Mara was so reconforting, like almost playing my life ... except I'm the Jian in the history XD. I wanted to hug him soooo much, like the little treasure he is.
I have a question about him and Mara. He said he bumped in her several times. Did he ever tought about her being his online friend ? I mean, he surely saw she buy a lot of ice cream or some of her stories ring a bell ?
Wow, that's such a sweet and romantic story about you and your beloved! Thank you so much for sharing that! <3
To answer your question, he did bump into Mara numerous times because they live close to each other, but being a socially anxious introvert who was often lost in his own world, he didn't pay much attention to her or to most other people around him. So no, he never guessed that they were online friends until the big reveal.
Thank you for taking the time to comment!
1. Apartment Tenant
2. Ending 5
3. It's so soft and sweet. It's a really nice game and I love it a lot-
I just finished Jian's route (Accepting the Video Invite) and heck, I'm almost sobbing.
I'll admit that the only reason I downloaded this game was cause some of my online friends are Filipino and I was interested in a cute slice of life VN after going deep into fantasy. But immediately, that scene in the elevator got to me-- As someone who's ethnically Chinese and struggles with her mental health, I related to Jian so much. That elevator scene was one of my nightmares, just under being beaten up by racists and bigots (even though it's highly unlikely). So of course, I had to defend him, because that's what I would want someone to respond if I were in his position. Jian and Mara's relationship is so cute and exactly what I want in life.
Time to explore all of Jian's endings and do Gray's too <3
Edit: I am in pain trying to do Gray's route because I'm too much like Jian and hate social situations lol
OH MY GOD FINALLY A FILIPINO VN AND IT'S SET IN THE PHILIPPINES 😩🙏 my filo heart cant take this aaaaaaaa i love the game sm im literally gonna cry
also, JIAN SUPREMACY 🛐🛐🛐
Of course! As a Filipino, I try to make all of my VNs have close ties to the Philippines. <3
I love this. Well written and funny and very slice of life. I like Jian a lot and want to give him hugs. I don't like the mom badgering her but I get that is does happen a lot. My brother would stick up for me though:)
Overall, very cute and well done!
- My fav is the main, funny enough ^^' also J was likable, it reminds me of my best internet friend :)
- The 4th, safe hugs, is by far the one I like more ^^
- I guess I only say this cuz I'm a bicc lesbian, but maybe having a girl as a love interest would have been the cherry on top uwu would prob still prick safe hugs as fav ending! owo
(there is a girl as an option it's Gray)
LOOK AT ME REPLAYING THE GAME RN
plz put me in gender jail I feel like an idiot XD
I feel ya. All of the visual novels I've written so far have featured sapphic relationships / pining in some way. <3 Queer representation is important to me too. <3
Just did my first playthrough. Thank you for this. I jumped on the Wallflower route immediately because... well, I've been in a long distance friendship/flirtation with a gaming buddy for years, and I think it's permanently impacted my idea of romance. Late nights swapping in game items and instant messages in an MMO is an achingly familiar dynamic. We were supposed to finally meet in person last year but ahahaha WELP.
Fantasizing about a world where I could have been lucky enough to find out we lived in the same building is a bittersweet little bit of wish fulfillment that was nice to indulge in.
(... that same RL online other is right now messaging me to gently remind me that I'm up too late, a service we provide each other across time zones. XD I'll pass on the link before we say goodnight. Thank you for keeping me up playing this.)
That is such a sweet and wholesome story. <3 Thank you so much for sharing it. I'm glad that this story provided a bit of an escape for you. I hope you're doing well!
i love this game so much i just had to try and get all endings and i loved every single one! thank you so much for this amazing game <3
that was a cute game =) refreshing to see a game on covid ^^
I love the apartment tenant, so cute, I also really liked how we get to make a lot of decisions even if they seem to be in the little things, it makes it all the more fun than just reading along. Great game!
Thank you for sharing your playthrough! I sincerely enjoyed watching this! Hearing your thoughts before making each choice was interesting.
I really admire people who make Let's Play's, because I imagine this takes a lot of energy. Keep it up! And greetings to your dog!
This game was adorable! I had such a blast reading it tonight, and it definitely helped save my Sunday evening.
Getting all the endings wasn't much trouble and the art and music were really nice.
hey, can anyone help me get ending 2, please. I've been trying to get this for ages
I got ending five (Jian - video call). This game is adorable.
This was adorable!
I loved both the grocery store worker as well as the co-tenant, and Mara just has this wonderfully bubbly yet forward personality. She's adorable, haha.
The CGs were a really nice touch and I loved the good endings for both characters.
Such a sweet socially-distanced romance~! Thank you so much for making it!
this game is so cute i love it !! the wholesomeness is so needed rn < 3 both the characters were so instantly loveable to me