Being that it is close to the holidays, and the game is set during the holidays, I thought I should finally release the Rachel Meets Ariane game.
How do I download?
Links to the PC, Mac, and Linux versions are available at the bottom of the “Rachel and Ariane” page. As of now, it is only in English, and there is no android version.
Why the delay?
Two fold. First, It was just easier to share the short story online than put it in a game. Second, this was a bit of a failed experiment.
My original intent was to start with the two characters meeting, then based on 4 possible scenarios from Something’s In The Air and new choices along the way, come up with multiple stories. Unfortunately, only one of those multiple stories was interesting enough to share: the one that I did.
Is there different material in this game?
Yes. What I have done is kept the four scenarios from Something’s In The Air, and created four versions of the story which ultimately end the same way. So basically the beginning and the ending are the same, and many of the plot elements are the same. but there are some interesting twists to the story depending on choices.
What four scenarios?
The online story is based on the scenario that the player dated Ariane again in Something’s In The Air and ended up in a threesome with Lydia. The other three scenarios are: the player dated Ariane again but did not end in a threesome, the player dated Rachel instead and Ariane dated Rebecca, the player dated someone else and Ariane dated Rebecca but the storm still happened.
These other scenarios will affect the story because if Ariane never meets Lydia, then the two scenes with Lydia cannot happen. If the player dated Rachel, then the storm never happened, so Rachel cannot ask Paula for help with the photography assignment, etc. I basically had to write substitute versions of various scenes, some of which are better than the originals.
There are other choices along the way that change the story. One in particular will drastically shorten the story.
Any other extra features?
There is no background for the text except for a black outline. If you find the text difficult to read, you can change the color and font in preferences. I made sure self voicing works (press ‘v’ to toggle it on and off). To avoid accidentally missing text, the text scrolls in, but you can disable this feature in preferences, too. Hitting ‘tab’ skips over scenes you have already seen.
Will there be an Android version?
Maybe. The truth is I’m not sure the game will be very popular. 90% of the material is in the online story.
Bottom line is that I am releasing this game for completeness sake. This game picks up where Something’s In The Air leaves off, and Ariane in Paradise picks up where Rachel Meets Ariane leaves off.