After building some satellite cities as a test, the Earth is finally terraforming its first colony, the planet Alaya.
Tirs Abril has always dreamt of going to space, and now he's determined to take part in the colonization. Following his dream, he's currently studying the last year of Environmental Engineering in college.
After breaking up with his boyfriend, he finally finds his sought-after chance: working as a scholarship researcher with Professor Marc Rossell, a prominent figure in the field of Environmental Engineering, and right now in charge of building the dome that will cover the inhabitable part of Alaya. However, Tirs soon will find out things are more complicated than he thought and his path won't be precisely a rose garden.
How much is Tirs willing to sacrifice to pursue his dream? What risks or actions is he going to deem acceptable to achieve his goal? Will he reconsider his options or advance as an unstoppable force, no matter what? His decisions are up to you!
- THREE BxB love interests
- Multiple endings
- Top/Bottom/Skip adult content options
- Sexy scenes nicely illustrated, including two threesomes
I knew from a review that I would have to make an "icky choice" (to put it non spoilery) to progress to the good endings. Still found it really hard to do but I'm glad I played on. Finished most of the good endings bar one and good some bad endings as they came.
Loved the writing, music and sex scenes! There are some places where the VA lines don't seem quite right but I loved that it was a comparatively tight, short game with a good cast of characters (both Pol and Biel were wonderful, also Nil is amazing and I kept wanting to get back together with him). Tirs is very driven and it was interesting to play a character so unlike myself.
Special thanks for the guide that's included - it made finding the endings I wanted to see a lot easier without spoiling anything.
I seriously liked everything about this game... except Marc. I only did his route out of curiosity to finish up any plot holes; I already didn't like him too much by then but WOW the Bad Endings and what he did there were really just despicable. My poor baby Biel... I seriously have no way to like Marc whatsoever, despite the attempts to redeem him. Marc alone made this review four stars, my apologies; my love for Biel can't even make up for it
Anyways. That out of the way, I adored Biel with all my heart. Such a sweetie, I loved his NSFW scenes as well, although him as a top stole my heart solely because of that line near the end :) I loved both though, he is honestly adorable and I am genuinely so bummed that there aren't fanfics of this visual novel (or least none that I've seen) so I can't simp over him more... At least I can console myself with the digital artbook and the Alaya scenes
Okay I haven't commented on Pol's route. But he's seriously a dear as well. I liked his route a little less, but at least he is wholesome and caring. He is such a softie and really such a good friend no matter which route you take. Everyone could use a friend like Pol <3
I hope to play more games by you, Ertal! (And I hope more of your characters can steal my adoration just like Biel lol)
More erotic than romantic, in not totally unkind to characters way. MC finds everything consensual, although it's dubious when in order to go through the game you must sleep with someone. Interesting concept though, with some action scenes and variety of characters.
Thank you for this game! I prefer playing the MC as a bottom in most VN games, which usually ends up with me skipping some routes in other games, so I really love the option to choose between top/bottom, and that was what tempted me to buy this VN. Thank you for giving us options!
Loved all the character routes and Marc was the hottest/most exciting route for me. I also really liked the threesome with Marc and Biel. I adore Pol a lot too, and Biel is a darling.
Definitely worth the money! Thank you for the game :)
Please tell me there is somewhere that I can purchase/download the music from this game. I've gotten a little past the marc scene and so far I really enjoy this VN, the characters are interesting and the pacing is great, the art style is very unique and very visually pleasing, but most of all I really enjoy the music (I just really love music lol) and I would really like to be able to listen to some of these tracks while on the go. I don't really have any criticisms of the game, nor have I encountered any bugs thus far. All in all, great job on this and keep up the good work!
The problem about the soundtrack is that there are multiple musicians involved. There's a music gallery in the game where you can replay the original songs made especially for Chasing the Stars, but I don't have the rights to sell the soundtrack, and the main studio dissolved :(
I'll try to contact the musicians, anyway. So far, the singer of our opening agreed make her song available on Bandcamp! ^_^ It's a start!
You're very welcome, I'm glad I could make your day.
That's a bummer that the studio dissolved. If it makes it easier for you I will narrow it down to just a few songs. In the music gallery they are titled: Casual, Into the Club, Sexy, and Street. These are the main ones I really liked. I really appreciate that you're willing to go out of your way to try and contact the musicians. Also, I've since finished the game and gotten every CG except for one (I cannot for the life of me figure out which one though lol). I really do like the story and aesthetic of this game, the steampunk-ish setting is quite interesting, the visuals are unlike anything I've seen before and they are simply stunningly gorgeous, and the idea behind the main conflict (I don't want to put spoilers down in these comments, so I'm being vague) seems like a plausible event in reality. So again, keep up the great work. Sorry in advance if my comments are a little incoherent, I've not been getting enough sleep since daylight savings ended here in the US.
voice actors are very good so far, I am still at the first part of the story. They sound much more natural than in games like Camp Buddy so far. My only complaint is that so far there are parts with no music nor voices, so it feel uncomfortably silent. It's not really bad but when you go from having quite nice music to just death silence, it can be a tad bit off putting, I know this would happen before a dramatic thing happen but i notice this happens sometimes just during a regular conversation so far.
There shouldn't be any moments without music... It usually happens when you click on "back" or load a saved game: sometimes Renpy (the engine) recognizes there was music previously defined, but sometimes doesn't, I don't know why :( I'm sorry!
oooh, ok I get it. Also there is one last thing I want to say, I am loving the story so much so far, your team has a really great or many great writers. It been awhile since I read a story that just felt so smooth and natural and develops quite nicely. However, there is that one part that I don't want to spoil... but it has you put in a "coded password" and I feel the hint for that code was not narrow enough... I am a gamer myself but I haven't been playing games for so long so I would have never known that was the code. It was a bit annoying and I had to keep re-loading because once you get it wrong you can't progress. I guess if i have to put it simply there seems to be just a bit of bugs still with in the visual novel. Though I do want to restate the fact the story , music and characters are all good, the bugs barely effect the quality/enjoyment of this piece as a whole. if there is a link to a patreon or somthing where I can donate more money for future projects let me know, I will want to do so as soon as i can afford it. (also just realized you said sorry, you dont need to apologize xD I just wanted to give my feelings so you can really get some good feedback)
Thank you for your feedback! To be honest, stating the things that you'd like to see improved is more helpful for me than just an "I like it", so I'm grateful.
One of the issues I want to fix in the next update is about the password, yes, mostly telling the player their guess was wrong and starting again when they don't get the right answer. I see that I should add a hint, too. But you talk about bugs, and those were supposed to be fixed already. What bugs exactly have you found?
I'm glad you like the story so far! ;) And yes, I do have a Patreon, which is a good way of helping me fund my current ongoing project, Night and Day! This is the link: https://www.patreon.com/ertal
aah no I meant bugs as in just the password(though i guess password isn't technically a bug) thing and the music stopping if loading or going back . besides those two I didnt notice any other bugs. and ok I will make sure to give to the patreon when I can!
I know that's the biggest issue for many people. I'm working on an update with a new option added, that will allow to enter the other love interests paths and also to get a new good ending WITHOUT having to do anything with Marc. Thank you for your support!
In fact, IT IS in the guide: to avoid Bad End 5 you must sleep with Marc :(
Sorry, I know many people isn't happy with this option, and after My Burning Heart is released I'll make an update for CtS with an alternative route to avoid having to sleep with Marc. For now... play the scene in Skip Mode?
(Oh, and I think you should definitely take the other option in the first choice).
I loved this game so, so very much. Between this and A Hand in the Darkness, I am a big fan of your VNs. Please keep on making them: your storytelling ability, your characters, and the diversity in your settings make these games great.
If you do another Kickstarter or Patreon for another BL VN, please let me know. I would be happy to donate as much as I can to support such a talented designer.
I have a Patreon right now, for my VN work and hopefully soon for my short fiction on Amazon. The next project after My Burning Heart won't need a KS campaign, but perhaps the next one will, so thank you so much for your support and your kind words!
I managed to complete the game fully and was interested in discovering any secrets so, using third party applications, stumbled upon some apparently unused sprites for Marc and Biel with bondage on. I was wondering whether there are any future plans or was it discarded entirely?
Hello! Thank you for your visual novel. I'm really enjoying it so far (although I must admit it turned out somewhat darker than I'd expected).
I'd like to report a bug. When I do this:
— Show me all sexy scenes — Go to the gay bar — Don't leave the office — No — Ask Pol's opinion — Irene — Accept his offer — I want to top — Perhaps — Go to Mark's office and ask him about the errors — Tell him what I think — Check computer with yellow band — Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right — No, I'll pass — Go to the cafeteria — Tell Pol about my concerns [Error happens after the text "The sudden black screen is welcoming after the sight of those not-eyes pleading to me."]
I get this error:
NameError("name 'marcinterest' is not defined",) UnicodeDecodeError('ascii', '/home/zmicier/\xd0\x92\xd0\xb5\xd0\xbb\xd0\xb8\xd0\xba\xd0\xb5/\xd0\x86\xd0\xb3\xd1\x80\xd0\xb8/bl/Chasing_the_Stars_2.0-all', 14, 15, 'ordinal not in range(128)') Traceback (most recent call last): File "/home/zmicier/Велике/Ігри/bl/Chasing_the_Stars_2.0-all/Chasing the Stars.py", line 191, in <module> main() File "/home/zmicier/Велике/Ігри/bl/Chasing_the_Stars_2.0-all/Chasing the Stars.py", line 188, in main renpy.bootstrap.bootstrap(renpy_base) File "/home/zmicier/Велике/Ігри/bl/Chasing_the_Stars_2.0-all/renpy/bootstrap.py", line 304, in bootstrap renpy.error.report_exception(e) File "/home/zmicier/Велике/Ігри/bl/Chasing_the_Stars_2.0-all/renpy/error.py", line 188, in report_exception full_tl = traceback_list(tb) File "/home/zmicier/Велике/Ігри/bl/Chasing_the_Stars_2.0-all/renpy/error.py", line 100, in traceback_list line = linecache.getline(filename, line_number) File "/home/tom/ab/x64lucid-deps/install/lib/python2.7/linecache.py", line 14, in getline File "/home/tom/ab/x64lucid-deps/install/lib/python2.7/linecache.py", line 41, in getlines File "/home/tom/ab/x64lucid-deps/install/lib/python2.7/linecache.py", line 119, in updatecache File "/home/tom/ab/x64lucid-deps/install/lib/python2.7/posixpath.py", line 73, in join UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xd0 in position 14: ordinal not in range(128)
I managed to somehow-fix it by moving the game into a folder without Cyrillic letters, then I'm shown an error message with Ignore button, but could you please fix it? I'm using the Linux version
However, I don't like Marc. I found him disturbing and a creepy old man. I don't like the thought of professors sleeping with their students. It's very unprofessional.
So, I skipped through all of his scenes. I'm sorry if I'm offending you, but I just can't stand professors who take advantage of their students. The very same thing happened at my college. It was very hard to trust school faulty members again after that incident.
I absolutely adore Pol, though. He was the reason I played this game. He's very cute and a friend everybody would love to have around.
These are my opinions. Anyhow, I look forward to your other games.
I agree with you about that kind of college teachers, to be honest: I had the bad luck of finding some during my Uni years and found them despicable and unprofessional. But in this case, I think this kind of behavior fits Marc's character. Someone has to be the baddie or create trouble for the protagonist or we wouldn't have story, right?
Anyway, I'm glad you liked at least Pol. I hope you enjoy my next games!
The game is wonderful! Though, this error has popped up. Despite this error, I really enjoy the game!
[code] I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred.
While running game code: File "game/script.rpy", line 15149, in <module> NameError: name 'marcinterest' is not defined
-- Full Traceback ------------------------------------------------------------
Full traceback: File "game/script.rpyc", line 15149, in script File "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Chasing the Stars\renpy\ast.py", line 1729, in execute if renpy.python.py_eval(condition): File "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Chasing the Stars\renpy\python.py", line 1943, in py_eval return py_eval_bytecode(code, globals, locals) File "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Chasing the Stars\renpy\python.py", line 1936, in py_eval_bytecode return eval(bytecode, globals, locals) File "game/script.rpy", line 15149, in <module> NameError: name 'marcinterest' is not defined
Windows-8-6.2.9200 Ren'Py 126.96.36.199 Chasing the Stars 3.0 [/code]
I honestly do like this game overall, but I feel that I probably liked your other game, A Hand in Darkness, more. There were times where it also felt like the romance took a bit of a back seat to the overall plot (rather than working along side it) and some of the smut (I wasn't happy to have the MC do a 3 way to get to Biel's route when I began playing for the first time either). Plus the romance sort of appears quite a bit late in the game or that is what it felt like to me. Overall. I'm glad to have supported you as I have faith in what you can do and so I want to share both criticism and praise. The main plot was intriguing and I feel for most of the characters...except Marc. The art was nice and I have no problems with the music either. Plus the voice acting was spot on. Backgrounds were also well-drawn and I have a fondness for Biel and Pol as people. Congratulations on your newest game and good luck with your fututre ones. I eagerly look forward to what you create next.
Thank you for your words! And you are completely right: the focus wasn't the romance this time. I wanted to have a story with steampunk elements and moral choices, where the protagonist just happened to be gay and open to casual sex with someone he shouldn't date.
I hope you enjoy more of My Burning Heart, which is definitely more focused on romance and sexy moments ;)
I absolutely loved this game!! I may be one of the very few but I honestly liked Marc's the best! The only thing I wish could be different was if a CG gallery was added so that I can look back on pictures of the special "cutscenes" or whatever they are called. I know you probably get that a lot but just an idea for future works!
I just finished Pol's route (please protect the precious cinnamon roll ;-:) and I must say I loved the plot and how it was constructed along with the characters. Looking forward to Biel's route as well! Marc can choke lol. But out of curiosity I will probably end up playing his as well.
This VN exceeded my expectations, the creativity shows a lot in your writing which is also of high quality. Amazing worldbuilding!
Sorry, I need to do a couple of small fixes, but I won't have any time until the weekend :(
But's it's definitely tiny things (finishing Steam achievements and updating the notice about adult content because they found it more "adult oriented" than it currently says on the Steam store), so of course it's coming out!
So, I've finished the game for the first time (I mean, with a good ending) after fighting with it for quite some time. First of all, I must congratulate you for making a game where I hit a few bad endings unintentionally before getting to my first good one. After so many years playing BL and otome games, I became pretty good at it and I usually can get the endings I want straight ahead!
So, I did Pol's ending, and I really loved it, despite it being somewhat bittersweet because of all the stuff happening and that Tirs discovered. Still beautiful ending. Tirs being Tirs, it was very touching to see him choosing that path in life.
Next character I'll do will be Biel - can't wait to try that too. At least now I won't be tricked by the game anymore haha!
As for Marc well. I didn't like him in the demo, and now I hate him XD - so I won't be doing his route, but that's okay, I'm not aiming for all endings so it's fine. I'm very satisfied with his fate in the ending I did - and I suppose it's the same in Biel's, so yeah, I'm happy with that.
Overall, the story surprised me - I honestly didn't think it'll go down that path. I was expecting something more si-fi. But it doesn't make the game any less good - I really loved ill from beginning to end.
Honestly, I have only one complaint, and it doesn't seem it's on the list of your to do things for the update, so I'll mention it. I'd love to be able to adjust the text speed. I'm a very fast reader, and the slow advancing text is bothering me a lot. I tend to set it on the fastest possible without it being entire messages appearing at once. But well, that's a minor thing, obviously.
So yeah, again, congrats on the release. Can't wait for My Burning Heart now!
I've just finished all three good endings and some bad, the voices were a good choice! First I thought I'd like Marc's good ending the most, but now Pol's is my favorite. I really liked the story, writing, art, and puzzles! I really enjoyed this game! Thank you for that! I'm looking forward to your next projects! :D
It opened!!!! Thank you so much!!!! Also I just want you to know hat I had a lot of moment where I just stare at the screen and mentally screaming at the choices that the games present( In a terribly good way!!! ;) ) Thank you so much!!!
P.S is there not a gallery option where we could view our past C.Gs??
I saw your Steam page got the dreaded Coming Soon instead of releasing; guess you've gotten caught up in their arbitrary enforcement of sexual content standards =/ GL, hope that gets sorted out in a timely manner. Will buyers here get Steam keys as well?
No, don't worry: the game is in their review queue, but just for them to check the game works fine on their end, nothing more. I suppose they will give the get go in a couple of days (but they don't work in the weekends).
Anyway, yes, of course: as soon as Steam keys are available, you'll be able to claim one with your itchio purchase.
I know you're working on the Steam release, but a couple questions. Says the VN features a CG Gallery and Guide. Not seeing those anywhere, I'd love that guide cause I feel like I'm going in loops unless I go with Marc. On the arrow key puzzle, great hilarious little easter egg loved it, but if you mess one up are you stuck in a loop forever of it saying nothing happens? Just that, LOVING the game so far and so happy to see it release!
Actually, I was hoping for that to be the case, but I wasn’t a 100% sure, so I asked~ It’s a bit hard for me to find games with that option, so to be assured that this one is, it really makes me happy 😊
I've finally been able to replay again - for the first time since the original demo - and I love the changes in the backgrounds, the point and click part and the overall direction it's taking. It's really a gorgeous game. And I'm still overwhelmed by Pol's sweeteness haha.
I don't have much more to say than the first time other than that, except that I can't wait to hear the characters' voices (it did reach that kickstarter tier, right? - don't remember well). I'm also still slighly bothered by the skip adult sections prompts that break the immersion - I really wish for a menu option where you could switch between "enable all adult content", "ask about individual scenes" and "disable all adult content", but I believe I've already mentionned something like that anyway. I'm just really upset about things that break immersion haha - and if I feel it early on, I'm mostly worried that it be worse when the things'll get truly romantic.
Well, that would be it for now I think. Though, at the risk of being obnoxious - and sorry in advance - what is the current planned release date, if you have one? I can't seem to find anything about that. Sorry if it's "hidden" in plain view and I'm the blind one, or if you simply don't want to answer for now!
Thank you and good luck with finishing and polishing the game and all!
I've observed that I'm not that bothered about skip options appearing when the subject is gore, because it's rarely a touching or emotional moment, at least in that sense. But I don't know, when it's about romance it definitely bugs me a lot - for example, in this specific demo, it's a lot less frustrating if you choose the option to go to the gay bar than if you stay where you are, since the scene is only a random thing with a random dude in the bar