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Deep in the Forest is a BL /Yaoi Visual Novel set in a medieval-like fantasy world.

Jan has been unlucky in his search for work so far, but now he has a great chance: he only needs to win the trust of his uncle and then gets to inherit his apothecary shop!

Learning the ropes seems easy, but... what are those rumors about strange sightings in the forest? 

Planned features for the full game:

  • Around 100k words of light-hearted romance and fantastic adventures!
  • One route, seven love interests: choose who you want to be Jan's adventure partner.
  • Some (easy) mini-games.
  • Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android builds.

Demo features:

  • 15k words.
  • Meeting the seven love interests.
  • 2 mini-games (one will be updated and improved).
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux builds.


  • Ertal, writing and coding.
  • Pandrea, sprites and CG art.



En lo profundo del bosque es una novela visual BL/Yaoi en un mundo de fantasía medieval.

Jan ha tenido mala suerte en sus trabajos hasta ahora, pero de repente se encuentra con una gran oportunidad: ¡Solo tiene que ganarse la confianza de su tío y heredará su negocio de boticario!

Aprender el oficio parece fácil, pero... ¿qué son esos rumores de avistamientos extraños en el bosque?

Características planeadas para el juego completo:

  • Unas 100.000 palabras de romance y aventuras fantásticas.
  • Una ruta, siete intereses románticos: elige quién quieres que sea el compañero de aventuras de Jan.
  • Una variedad de (fáciles) mini-juegos.
  • Disponible para Windows, Mac, Linux y Android.

Características de la demo:

  • 15.000 palabras.
  • Conocemos a los 7 intereses románticos.
  • 2 mini-juegos (uno de ellos será mejorado en la versión completa).
  • Disponible para Windows, Mac y Linux.


  • Ertal, texto y código.
  • Pandrea, personajes y CGs.


StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(35 total ratings)
AuthorErtal Games
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
TagsBoys' Love, Fantasy, Yaoi
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish; Castilian
AccessibilitySubtitles, Configurable controls


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DEMO Deep in the Forest/En lo profundo del bosque WIN 996 MB
DEMO Deep in the Forest/En lo profundo del bosque MAC 978 MB

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Muchas gracias!

Después de ver el vídeo, veo que tengo que añadir una explicación a lo que hace cada botón... La flecha (segundo botón del menú del cuadro de texto) es para la lectura automática. Si lo aprietas, el texto de ese cuadro se vuelve a cargar para darte tiempo a leerlo (¡no avanza como tú esperabas!). Para avanzar el texto, hay que hacer click en cualquier lugar de la pantalla o apretar "enter".


Love the demo. Can't wait for the update!

Looks beautiful can't play it cause I'll wait for a android version. Looks pretty though.


Loved the demo, Ertal! I really liked Jan as a main character, and I've got my eye on Daimo, Senan and Ronan - I love older - and bearded! - love interests 😍! Also, I appreciated how vastly different the RO's personalities are. One question: I didn't get to interact with Senan; did I miss an option somewhere, or are you only supposed to see him indirectly, in the demo? I'm really looking forward to the release! Until, then, my best wishes for the development ❤️!


Thank you so much for your kind words, you made my day! 

And no, you didn't miss any scene with Senan: the guy is a bit shy, so he won't interact until it's needed for the plot (soon enough).


Is there explict sex planned? 


Well, theres yaoi listed in the tags so probably.


Not as explicit as in, say, Exes Assault, but there will be, yes. I have in mind the kind of scenes we have in A Hand in the Darkness.


Oooh, I loved how those scenes, in "A Hand in the Darkness", were super effective and well done, without being graphic at all!


Nice, thanks for update


will there  be an android version added in the future updates


Yes, that's the plan!


Hi, can't wait to play this game. I know you guys are busy on your other games and this one too. But if possible, could we get an update on where this one is at 👀, and maybe a guesstimate of when you guys think this game might be out? Be it next year or the year after. Anyways, just thought I'd pop in and ask, since it can't hurt. Thanks for your guys hard work on your games, loving them alot🙌


Hi, thank you for your kind words! Deep in the Forest is basically on the backburner until Night and Day is out, but the artist is working on the character sprite and a CG for one of the remaining love interests, so the game will be updated very soon with a couple of scenes, introducing the new character and advancing a bit more of the plot.

As for a release date, I'd say it will definitely be 2022.

any update about this game ? 


Not a lot added, but I've just posted an update, fixing bugs, introducing a new love interest (number 6 out of 7) and with some scenes more!

You can read a bit more about the current tasks for the game on this public post: https://www.patreon.com/posts/deep-in-forest-60721222

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Could it be that you only picked up enough plants for seven potions? That's an error that I'm aware of and haven't got to it yet (if you don't have enough plants, the game allows you to keep going but gives an error when you run out of plants).

The same thing has happened for me on the windows version and i have all the materials needed for 10 potions

Really? I'll try to reproduce the error right away. It would help me a lot if you could copy the error here or send it to me via email, to ertal77@hotmail.com, because it didn't appear in any of the betatesting plays.

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i love all the characters here, I genuienly didnt know what character to pick at first (tho sorin won my heart). all are so well desgined with their own problems and characterics and also i love the world they live in, its a great way to escape the real world, i like how you wrote everything in english and spanish also so no one is left out, thats nice of you and im excited for the full game, great job!


Oh wow, when I tell you I loved this. When is the completed game going to come out? So far it's looking fantastic so I just wanted to know :)))

Sorry, we don't have a release date yet. I regret to say I'm not actively working on this game; right now all my time goes to Night and Day.

But we'll add some updates whenever the other love interests are finished and implemented in the game.

Ok! Thank you for your reply! 

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I have finally actually played this demo - part of me wanted to wait for the release since I get very antsy waiting for your games to be finished - I love them so much!

But in the end, my eagerness won. I'll be honest, I liked it way more than I thought I would (and I already had high expectation). I love the overall mood of the story. The music choices are great too. But one of the most notable aspects is the art. It's... well, I have a hard time expressing what I think of it. As in, finding the right words. I like it. I like it a lot. It's expressive and has a pretty unique vibe to it. Something slightly uncanny, but in a good way. It adds to the strange atmosphere of the game. Worth mentionning too - I REALLY like the UI for this one. It may seem very random, but recently I was replaying all of your games, and I was thinking how I really like the UI for some of them, while I didn't care much about the one in others, and how that impacted my general perception of the game and it's mood. And this one has one of my favorite UIs. It reminds me of old semi-horror adventure games, either visual novels or point-and-click.

This makes me want to ask... will the full story actually have horror elements? The store page here says "light-hearted romance", but from the entire demo I got the vibes of a prologue to a horror-romance hybrid game. I was wondering if that was intentional or not. The art and UI obviously play a big role in my perception.

As far as the characters go, well, I love Jan, that was to be expected. Not to mention he's ridiculously gorgeous. Now, the love interests...  Well, honestly Dilian stole my heart. Just from looking at them and reading the bios, Daimo and Ganter are the ones I should like the most. And I sure like Daimo. Hard to tell anything about Ganter since he didn't appear in the demo yet. But man, Dilian was a nice surprise. I don't have strong feelings about Sorin in any way though. Eoin... eh... I don't know. I need more time. He may turn out to be a character I love or hate - I don't think it'll be middle ground. With bully characters like him, it depends a lot of what makes them act like they do and their background and stuff, and obviously I know none of that at this point.

I didn't notice up until now you have SEVEN love interests planned for this one though. Now I understand why it'll be finished after Night and Day.  I'm very very curious about the other ones now.

It's hard to tell so far, especially since I didn't play the demo of Night and Day yet, but as of now, I think Deep in the Forest may become my favorite game of yours, depending on the spin you give to the story as it progresses. I love everyting about it so far.

PS: also, I've read in your answer to the previous comment that you may try to add the option to choose if Jan is top or bottom - that would be so lovely! I think it fits the setting!

Thank you for playing the demo and finding the time to leave a review!

I'm floored, to be honest! Especially about your comment about the GUI, because it actually took me a great deal of trying different elements, testing how they looked together, deleting everything, and starting all over again several times, so I'm happy the final outcome is decent. You didn't play the first version of the demo for Night and Day, but I can tell you my attempts at making GUIs usually suck XD

And I agree, Sinnia's character art is really expressive! That's why I thought it would fit this project. And about the horror part, I can tell you she'd be more than happy to provide gory CGs XDD I might have to ask around if more people would like a bit of horror with their BL story, though; for my part, I don't mind at all, since it's one of my favorite genres.


Oh, yeah, clearly it shows that you made a lot of efforts for the UI!

Hmm well, I love horror-romance mixes. But keep in mind you have various kinds of horror - or terror, I guess?

You can have the gory kind, but you can also have more stressful mysterious Eldrich things, that don't HAVE to be gory. Though of course you can have both. This game gives me the vibes of that mysterious insiduous dark style. The kind that puts you uneasy rather than splattering blood all over, basically. But that doesn't mean it can't have both, as I said!

The gore kind of horror may or may not be to the tastes of everyone, but I think people may approve of the other type? Still, I guess your best bet would be making a poll about that?

If I'm to be honest, I'm a sucker for REALLY bad bad edings, so death and gore and creepyness and tears are my jam. I always do the bad endings first, because that way, when I do the good ending, I KNOW what horrors COULD have happened, and I enjoy the positive outcome even more. So I'm all for both the mysterious kind of horror and the bloody one, really.


Will there be any bondage included, and will you be able to pick weather your a top or bottom?

Would love to know as i love your games

Oooh, another fan of bondage! ^_^

I'll try to add the top and bottom option in this game, too.

tha would be awsome thank you


Me encanto el demo, especialmente el diseño de los personajes. El juego oficial sera gratis o pagado?

bueno como se que  de igual manera se que me gustara el juego oficial

Gracias por tomarte la molestia de comentar! Seguramente la versión completa será de pago, pero baratita.

sera posible de que lo subais a Steam?Es que realmente no se como invertir dinero aca sin usar una tarjeta de credito :c

Sí, de hecho la demo ya está en Steam!


What will the game rating be when production is done? Will it be spicy like your previous games? I also so love your games and work they always amazing to play.

Thank you! ^_^ 

And yes, the game will have some NSFW.

Eeeeek! Now I cant wait for it to be done!


Game: The backgrounds are lovely and I appreciate having a back button for the dialogue. The inter activeness of the collecting herbs game was fun. At first I thought it would be easy but was excited to discover that they actually move! One suggestion I have is to be able to delete your saves instead of just of just overriding them. I like to go back and organize my save files and this would make it easier.

Characters:  The uncle seems serious but overall nice and hardworking. He also had a valid point in testing the mc. So far I liked Sorin and am interested Dilian. I feel protective of Sorin and hope we get so development on him getting out of his shell. As for Dilian he seems mischievous but like the flirtiness and I feel that he's not actually bad just judged as useless by some of the village people for not having any official responsibilities. Eoin is just not my type because he seems mean to me but I know others might like it. Do you have in mind who will be seme? It would be cool if it was the mc.

Overall lovely game and I look forward to the end result!

Thank you for your feedback! Actually, you can delete a save clicking on it, and Renpy allows you to have endless saves. 

About the characters, yeah, Eoin is a meanie and Sorin a cinnamon roll! XDD I can't wait to introduce the other three guys and see what you think of them ;) 

Oh,  thanks for letting me know and yes I definitely look forward to meeting everyone else!


Muy bueno, probablemente el que luce más bonito del JUNARES. La historia es ligera y fácil de seguir, las transiciones y zooms son interesantes. Les quedó muy profesional, sin duda.

Muchas gracias, me alegro de que te haya gustado! 


This was a lot of fun! I loved the music choices and the use of sfxs. It was very atmospheric! And of course, Sinnia's art is gorgeous as usual!! 

My favorite character so far is Sorin, I want him to get away from his dad and have a happy ending ;----;. 

Can't wait to see the full version! :D

Thank you so much, you're too kind! <3


It looks interesting!

Will it have NSFW scenes?

It will be free or pay?

And will it have a dramatic backstory with surprising plot twists!?!?!? (This last is a joke XD, but if it have, cool!)


It will have some NSFW, yes. But I haven't decided yet if the final game will be free or not. In any case, the price tag would be low, don't worry!



Really interested in the game, I can't wait for more!

Thank you! ^_^


Wow, the game seems interesting. Looking forward for an english translation :)

Thank you! Give me two days! ^_^


Looking forward to play it :)


It's Daino for me. Rugged, serious, handsome, and has a weakness for small things? Sign me the frick up! Will this have R18 scenes available? Cuz you know I'm all about that smut, but won't turn down a good story.

Thank you for taking the time to play and comment! And yes, it will have R18 scenes ;)

Although we'll probably make a Gen version for Android.