Why make a stand alone version
of Date Ariane?
If you played the online version in the last year,
you have probably noticed you get a lot of "error 503" errors due to
high traffic on the web server. This makes playing online not very
enjoyable. I made the game available offline so you can download and
play it on your own computer, but growing concerns about web security
is making the offline HTML version harder to play for many people,
especially if you are using anything other than Firefox,
and that may change soon as well. I don't want to rely on
browser versions anymore.
This version of Date Ariane runs on Renpy, a well
respected open source visual novel engine used by hundreds of
games. Besides pictures and text, it can include music, sound
effects, as well as special visual effects not possible in HTML. Renpy
also allows you to save games, auto forward time, run in windowed or
full screen modes and even use a text reader. It creates versions for
PC, Mac, Linux, and Android automatically.
Where did the online version go?
It is no longer available on this website. Thanks
to a 40% increase in users that is bringing
my website to its knees (and not in a good way). In the meantime, try
the Renpy stand alone version, it is WAY better than the online version
My web traffic has gone down to much more reasonable levels and my
web hosting service is much happier. Therefore, I think for now I will
keep it this way.
In the mean time, I have started to collect links
to working mirrors available on 3rd party sites. Classic version
mirrors can be found
and 10th Anniversary mirrors can be found
These are third party sites I have no control over, nor have I
completely tested them, but they seem to work OK.
I play on my phone/tablet, and
can't get the Renpy version, so where is our version?
I have released a Android version, which has been
downloaded thousands of times without complaint so I assume it works.
There is currently no IOS version in the works as 1. It is very hard to
make without a Mac, 2. Apple would not let an erotic game into their
What's a Visual Novel?
A Visual Novel is a story based video game. They
are extremely popular in Japan. Think of it as a cross between a
"Choose Your Own Adventure" comic book, and an adventure game with
puzzles to solve. While comic books traditionally feature
action stories involving super heroes, and computer adventure games
traditionally feature mystery stories, visual novels are traditionally
romantic stories. Visual novels (like comic books and
adventure games) can really be about any genre, though Date
Ariane is a romantic comedy in the Bishoujo
tradition. More info
on my blog or on wikipedia.
Why do I have to download and run a
program instead of play online?
Due to increased popularity of the online version
it may be necessary to take down the online version. I hope to find a
new home for the online version. BUT I highly recommend downloading and
running the Renpy version. It is superior in so many ways you will
probably want to forget about the online version.
What game play differences are there
between the Renpy Version and the Online Version?
The most obvious is that you use menu buttons
instead of links. Player text appears after your choice instead as
hover text. Initially this may seem like the game is slower, but after
a while you will notice there is a better flow to the conversations in
years, I decided to write all new code from scratch. Differences in
game play is inevitable as a result, however where differences exist I
focused on making the Renpy version better than the online version. For
testing purposes, I made sure the walkthroughs I wrote for the latest
online version work on the Renpy version as well. They almost
do, but there are differences.
One of the biggest differences is the elimination
of "ponytail hair". This change was way too difficult to make
in the online version, but I really wanted to drop the use of ponytail
hair to represent hair that could be wet or dry. Instead Ariane's hair
is always wet when in the hot tub or the pool, and remains so until she
goes inside to dry off or after a shower. Ariane no longer wears a
towel indoors, either. This eliminates two dress states which reduces
the picture count a little. Some other rule changes have been made that
make some events slightly harder, I'll point them out in updated
Other minor changes have been made as well, the
nightclub and museum differ based on what Ariane is wearing
there. There are a couple of small new events, nothing major,
I'll let you discover them on your own.
There are other things like game "Achievements", 78 in all I believe.
This kind of thing is not possible with the online version, and will
add to replay value. Like the online version, there are also pop up
hints to give you clues to Ariane's current feelings. If you find these
annoying you can turn them off in the Options screen (they are off by
default). Also like online, you can cheat using the Konami Code, but
this turns off achievement progress.
On the other hand there is no longer a way to get a
code to import your date to Something's In The Air.
It's a rarely used feature anyways, and isn't worth all the extra code
required. I may eliminate that feature in the next version of
Can I share and redistribute the game?
For security reasons I highly recommend ONLY
downloading it from links provided here on ArianeB.com. Third party
sites tend to attach adware and other annoying malware on downloads,
which I am forbidding as a violation of copyright, but I cannot
Please note that this version of Date Ariane is
Copyrighted, not creative commons like the online version.
You are not allowed to sell the game or make money off the game without
my permission (which will probably involve giving me a cut), nor are
you allowed to edit or change the game in any way for
redistribution. See additional legal info in the enclosed
Can I mod the game?
For your own use? Yes you can. There is a
subdirectory in the download called "game" where you will find all the
pictures and Renpy text files used in the game. As long as
you don't redistribute your modified game, you can customize it all you
want. You may need to download the Renpy developers kit and a
text editor. For ownership reasons (meaning I don't own them), sound
and music files are archived. Links to download, as well as substitute
file names to customize the music, are available in the help file.
How do I start the game over?
Somewhere on your computer is a new directory
called "dateariane". Not sure where to find it on Mac or
Linux, but on a windows computer you can find it most likely at
"c:\users\(your login name)\AppData\Roaming\RenPy\dateariane"
(note AppData is sometimes a hidden directory) This
is where all the saved games are located. In this directory,
you will find a file called "persistent". If you delete this
file, all the game data will be erased and it will be like you are
starting the game brand new.
How do I do _____ in the game?
This walkthrough page
has how to do most everything in the game. For
completing the 78 achievements, you can use this
page for help.
What about other languages?
The translation project has ended for
There is still some work to
be done on
but I do not have any vounteers to help at the
moment. If translators of other languages want to organize, I could
provide the source code needed for translation, but I do not have any
plans to organize other language traslation projects at this time.
I am trying to download the Android APK from your link, it starts to downlad then quits?
This is the result of a
security feature of Android to prevent viruses, and there is no direct
fix. The indirect fix is to do the following:
On your android device, go to settings > security > device
administration and turn on “allow installation of apps from unknown
2. On a separate PC, go to
http://arianeb.com/dateariane/download.htm and download
DateAriane-1.1-release.apk then move the completed download to a shared
folder that your android device can access through its file manager, or
you can go the microSD transfer route if you have the hardware.
Open the .apk file through file manager and select “install” then
“allow”. It may take a while to install. It will save on your device
with the title Date Ariane. Open the app and there will be a load
screen on your screen for up to a minute. If it is longer than that,
you either have a really slow device or something went wrong.
Hope this helps.