A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

This game is a free demo released for the 2017 Yaoi Jam event, and is just a small part of the full game. Content may change with final release. Please visit the game's website for details about the full release as they are announced.


Genre: Visual Novel, Boy’s Love, Adult
Rating: Mature
Length: ~11k words

Ren Matsuura is a camboy, someone who makes connections with others, even if just for a moment. But they’re all fake, a defensive facade. Ren is terrified of people seeing him for who he really is - someone who is so anxious and depressed that he rarely reaches out to anyone, to the point that he’s become a shut-in. His job is basically his worst nightmare, yet he continues it out of self-punishment more than anything else.

One day, Ren’s brother, Haru, announces that he plans to visit. This sends waves through Ren’s solitary life and sets him on a course he never would have expected; reaching out to others.


Focusing primarily on the protagonist's anxiety and fear of intimacy, 404's plot revolves around a male cam model and three of his "regulars." The game centers in on the issues that arise from Ren's agoraphobia and anxiety, as well as the connections spawned with others without ever having seen their faces.

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404 Demo - Linux Ver 57 MB
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404 Demo - Mac Ver 53 MB
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404 Demo - Windows Ver 54 MB

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I've played the demo and oh my... I don't even know where to start...

Your game is incredible. I'm utterly stunned by it. I've never seen that kind of plot, or at least not with the main character being the one suffering that kind of problems - usually it would rather be a romanceable character, and the main character would have to help them, if doing their route. Seeing that kind of role reversal is delightful.

I've really enjoyed the writing style, and the music choices and art style complement it very well. The music conveys all the right emotions in a very subtle non-invasive way, and the character sprites are expressive and nice.

And the feels! It may be the first demo ever to genuinely bring me to the verge of tears, so I can't even imagine what it'll be in the full version! Ren is a great character, so unusual for a MC as I've already mentionned above, and I really like Haru and the three patrons so far too. The cute little brother is one thing, but you did a really good job in making the players attached to character you can't even actually see so far.


I really can't wait for the full version of this. You did an outstanding job and made me really happy with this game, even though the subject is very hard and heartbreaking. Thank you very much for creating this! And good luck with the full version of the project!

Hey there!

Thank you so much for the kind review, it really means a lot. And I’m really glad that you enjoyed the demo! 

I’m Sei, the writer. This is probably the nicest comment that I’ve gotten on my original writing ever and I’m sitting here and blushing with a giddy smile on my face. Ren is really near and dear to my heart since I’m also a ball of anxiety. I really wanted to explore how pervasive anxiety can be in someone’s life, especially how seemingly benign things like a younger brother coming and visiting can make it spiral out of control.

Haru is one of my favorite characters to write for 404 (Ren is my favorite to write), but I adore all three of Ren’s regulars. Fuu and I are very attached to all of them. I’m really glad to hear they’re likeable even though you don’t get to see their faces in the demo.

Again, thank you so much for the thoughtful and kind comment!  -Sei

     

Oh my goodness, hello!

Oh man...I don't know where to begin with this response! This is Fuu, the programmer and artist! This was such a lovely thing to read that I'm still sitting here screaming in joy! It means so much to get feedback like this and even more that you enjoyed the game! We really wanted to create a game that explored things that so many experience, but not many actually take the time to write about, let alone in a game setting. It was definitely a journey to get the demo done in time, and I really hope to get even better art done for the full version of the game!

Thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm still screaming like a pterodactyl over here! If you want we'll be posting status updates on the game as they come on the tumblr page!

~Fuu

Aw, I'm glad my feedback was well recieved! And I've actually already followed the tumblr because I'm a big stalker haha

I am downloading this. My God the plot is amazing. I have never seen something like it. Iam anxious to play the finally version. Is the game long or short? I will play and then comment again. =).

We're so glad you like it! The game will be fairly long. Right now it's projected to exceed 60k words, but it will likely be longer, especially if we get to put in the secret routes! Thank you so much for downloading and sharing!