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My Burning Heart is a story set in a 1001 Nights world, currently on development.

Our protagonist, Adnan, gets sold as a slave and, instead of being sent to work in the fields, as he expected, he ends up in a Sultan's harem... Although they try to trick him with good words and promises of being well fed and no physical punishments, he decides to comply with the Sultan's orders... but only while he plans his escape from the palace.

It will be a short eroge, around 50k words; the release date is September 2018. But we wanted to release at least a demo for Yaoi Jam, so you can have a taste of it!

Trigger warnings for dub-con (very, very light) and a non-con bad ending. 

Rating: Explicit

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Played the demo yesterday. It was delicious. The many secret kinks of mine thank you. Too bad the project is on hold.

Loving the demo so far! ^^ I was wondering around when will the full game be released?

Same XD i've been wondering about the release date too. it said that the release date is september 2018 but its november already T-T And Harunnnn T-T give him a route please dear dev. evil dude needs a route too.add a good ending tooooo...i love himmmm T-T

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The original plan was releasing My Burning Heart during the summer... after running a small Kickstarter for it.

But since my  main project, Chasing the Stars, has been delayed, it wouldn't look right to run a Kickstarter for another project.  I apologize for that. Until Chasing the Stars is out, I'm afraid My Burning Heart is on hold.

Anyway, the game script is completely outlined and the art is 70% done, so once we go back to it, it'll be a matter of weeks to finish the VN.

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Ahh Chasing The Stars. I'm looking forw ard to that one too. Welp nothing else i can do other than supporting and cheering you on ∩(︶▽︶)∩ andddd keep waitinggg                o(╥﹏╥)o  Harunnnn ma  babyyyy. 

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Want this game only for "Harun ending" XD Can't wait for the release

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I'm sorry the story is not to your taste, but I added the dub con warning in the games page. Please, avoid games with contents  that displease you.

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Alright played the demo here what I think. I am an independent bitch so when I refuse the sulatans advances to RAPE ME he gets mad, go back choose the other option of being obedient and I get a heart and he likes me... THATS FUCKED UP.  I'm so tired of these bl games that exploit gay men, just so girls can flick their beans to a power fantasy of gay men instead of women getting  raped and abused. This is not right and your on the wrong side of history, its 2018 do better. Good art, nice location, horrible story.

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Are you serious? Disagreeing with the content of a game is one thing, but acting morally superior to everyone who has worked so hard on it and all those who enjoy it  is really low! Especially when your points are so misguided. Don't give me this 'wrong side of history' jargon; I'm sick of seeing reviews like this which completely ignore the game itself to give extremely biased hatred based on mere personal preference. So screw it, even if this is a troll there are plenty of people who share these opinions, so I'm speaking out. First of all, it's not just straight cis women who play these games, far from it. People from all over the spectrum, including, yes, gay men, enjoy BL, especially this new era of BL aimed at a Western audience. It may not always be perfect representation, but should we deny all these marginalized groups something which at least some of them enjoy? Because it's a heck of a lot harder to find content which is agreeable and relatable to us in mainstream culture. And speaking of representation, who said it always has to be cute and fluffy and positive anyways? As countless other people would swiftly point out, showing one facet of a group isn't representation! At most at that point you're writing your own stereotypes. Yes, of course we need positive representation! But we also need negative representation! And morally ambiguous representation as well! Why should gay men get less than straight men and women get? And geeze, have you even seen gay p0rn made by gay men for gay men? It's full of crazy stuff much worse than this game has to offer. Not that there's a problem with that. So what if people enjoy darker content? It's a fantasy, they're not saying that real relationships should be like this... do people who watch True Crime shows go out on murder sprees? And BL actually provides a much more manageable space for people who enjoy gay content for something other than hardcore sex than a lot of the aforementioned gay p0rn . And so what if the majority of those people are women? There is plenty of research showing that indulging in BL has long been a subversive act for women which allows them to escape the burdens of patriarchal society and explore their own sexual identity in a space that isn't completely dominated by the male gaze. So maybe it's more important to them than just 'flicking their beans.' While it's not at all bad to ask for some responsibility of these women, condemnation is a one sided conversation and yields little in the way of progress. As for the actions of the characters within a story, they aren't doing that to push some kind of agenda...they act that way because they're characters! Did you not realize you were playing a game about a slave forced to be in a harem before you downloaded it? How the heck do you go into that expecting anything less than dubcon? As the publisher much more kindly put it, that's on you as a player. How would you expect someone like the sultan in this game to react to being rejected to by their slave? (Even tho I played the whole thing and have no idea which scene you are talking about since both times you deny him he's super chill about it). Besides, this is just a demo, so who knows where the root ends up by the end. Before you wanna start spouting nonsense about being "on the wrong side of history," why not instead research some history yourself and look into the impact BL genre has had on creating an understanding between straight women and gay men for several decades, in both Asia and the West? And on both sides we are seeing much more variety and maturity of content because of it. So if you don't like dark themes, I'm sure there is some other game out there for you. But why come here and neg on everyone who enjoys it? If you seriously have a problem with representation, instead of attacking fringe games made by indie developers who are actually doing a ton more for representation with their works (often at low or free to play cost meaning more people can enjoy them!), why don't you raise your voice against mainstream hegemonies lacking PoC and gender and sexual minorities? Cause I can guarantee Hollywood and AAA games are doing much worse in terms of representation than something made by a ragtag group of millennials online. But doing so in a calm and educated manner will get your point across a lot more effectively, so if you really do care about these issues try and do some actual academic research about them beforehand. And try and be less abrasive when bring them up.

You'll go a long way with this, ertal - the art is top tier, and the story is just as good! My favourite so far is Halim, so you better give him a GREAT ROUTE! :D

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I haven't played all the other contestants, but I'm pretty sure this is the most beautiful looking entry of the Yaoi Jam 2018. The backgrounds, the character sprites, the menu buttons and text boxes...all the graphics are really top-notch and can easily compete with most commercial releases.

I was a bit surprised when listening to one of the tracks (playing first at the makeover scene with Halim) on head phones and hearing a voice every few seconds, I think it says "preview", so I'm guessing that's a placeholder? Other than that, the soundtrack is flawless.

The setting is pretty unusual for the genre, but still credible. The poem at the beginning is a nice way to set the tone of the game and the art and music really support the atmosphere that you're aiming for.

The writing suits the story and the characters are all interesting so far, with Halim probably being my favorite.

Although I have to admit that I kind of skipped the explicit scene at the end. Not because it was bad - the graphics were on the same high level as the rest of the game. I'm just not that interested in this type of scenes. I know the Yaoi Jam is the wrong place to complain about that and both the description and story were clear about it, so I'm not counting that as a downside. Just saying that I'm not the right person to give feedback on that.

Nonetheless, a really impressive demo that I think will please pretty much everyone who's interested in that genre and rating.

Aaaaw, thank you so much for the detailed review!

Someone told me the same about one of the tracks, but I haven't been able to catch which one it is :(  All the music was supposed to be cleared for commercial purposes, so I'll listen again with headphones and download the track again or replace it. So thanks for the heads up!

You're welcome!

I went through that scene again. The track is the one that starts playing after clicking Halim's line "Follow me, please! I'll show you around." After that, the location changes to the common room of the harem. There are a few seconds of silence at the beginning, but then the music with the "preview" voice fades in. It starts with a guitar-like sound, then some shakers join, then some other drums...but I'll guess you can figure out which track it is by just looking up the code and seeing what file plays. The voice can best be heard in the first few seconds, before all the other instruments join in. It repeats about every 5 seconds. It's pretty quiet and subtle compared to other "watemarks" I've heard, so it's understandable that this one flew under the radar.

Thank you again for going out of your way to help me :)

This game is wonderful!! I love the sprites they're so gorgeous!! It is EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL with the backgrounds and the level of writing <3 It really sucked me into the game and made me really curious about the characters and where the game will go. It was also really sexy >//<

Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it so far!

Just played the demo :D

Can't wait for it to be fully released! ^-^

I just read that Harun won't be an option in the comments, which i find a little sad. 

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*rolls eyes* Maybe we can find a solution for that... A short route for him or something.

LOL

HORAAY :D

hiya is the update just the backrounds?

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Yes, sorry.

ah. looks better than before though

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This game is sooo gorgeous! Even with the placeholders it looks really fine, so I can't wait to play the finished version with all the assets! I can't tell if I'm more hyped for this one or Chasing the Stars. I'm always very fond of the Arabian Nights setting, but at the same time, Tirs is one of my favorite BL game MCs ever so yeah, it's hard to choose.

This time, I enjoy all of the characters a lot - Adnan seems nice and interesting all around, Halim is very cute and the sultan well... he knows how to steal the show haha! Harun seems an interesting guy too - the kind of bastard you love to hate XD

I must say the music choices are wonderful too, and that poem at th beginning... so beautiful!

So yeah, the game is really pretty and manages to capture at the same times that sense of wonder and almost magic and the cruelty and reality of a setting like the Arabian Nights. I've really enjoyed it all around and can't wait for the full version!


EDIT: oh yeah, may I ask how many bad endings will the game feature? If I understand correctly, both the sultan and Halim have a route, but do they both have a good and bad ending, and then an additionnal bad ending with Harun, or does it work in a different way? Well, if you can/want to tell, of course!

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Aaaaaw, thank you for the long and detailed review! I'm glad you like it, because it's being super fun to made, both for the artist and me! ^_^

Haha, you're welcome! I can very well picture it as fun to make!

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halim is so cute i could die

Hi! i love this! and....May i ask if Harun will be an option? I just have a thing for bastards :-D much love!

Hehehe! He will feature a bad ending, but not a whole route.

Alas my happy ending with Harun are crused! Neverless i will still go for the bad ending with him first if i can ;-) ahhh painfulllll love.

I only started playing and I already hate Harun XD 
The writing is so good and I love the character art! Can't wait to play more!

Keep it up!

OMG. Love the background scenes. I am loving the demo already. Can't wait to play full release of this game. 

I just want to say that I am already in love with this game! The graphics are so beautiful and the story is great! Can't wait for the release!

I'm so hyped up for this!!  Good luck, I look forward to grabbing it when it's available :D

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Thank you! I hope it doesn't disappoint!

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Hello! I've just added some trigger warning tags. There's also telltales every time you choose the right option... so it will be easy to avoid the bad endings ;)

Thank you for reply and concerns. But don't worry. i would still play the game even if there are bad endings that would crush me. During the time i was commenting for this game, i was still a little bit shaken by one of the bad endings of the game called Beyond Eden, which i still love the game even though the game is not that very romantic  :) I am really sorry if my comment disturb you. :) 

No, of course not! Your concern is legit: non-con should always be tagged!

(I love Beyond Eden too, by the way).

Cool. Thank you and glad that you think that way. 

I'll be looking forward to buy and play the game. 

no demo yet?

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As you can see in the screenshots, the backgrounds are stil placeholders. Anyway, I think as soon as the second CG is finished we'll upload a demo anyway, even with the missing backgrounds, so you can expect it next week.

this looks gorgeous! and spicy ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

It looks so interesting! I'll be waiting excitedly for this one! Thanks for the hard work! :D