The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen: A Horror Visual Novel | Kickstarter
I was lucky enough to meet Harry Sewalski – the dev behind The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen – back at PAX 2022, and this upcoming, unsettling horror visual novel was one of my highlights of the convention.
Harry is a local, Melbourne-based indie developer of the studio Too Many Teeth. The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen is the studio’s debut visual novel, and I was impressed by the level of quality in both presentation and storytelling when I checked out their PAX booth back in October.
I’ve had my eye on the Kickstarter campaign for this one for a while, and I’m proud to say I’m now a backer. At the time of writing, there’s less than 24 hours to go, so be sure to go support The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen while you still can! If you want to try before you buy, you can also play the free demo on itch.io and Steam.
The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen
Blood stains your hands. You gather your strength and stab the knife into the demon’s flesh, hoping that this time it will stay dead.
But you already know that it won’t. Because you’ve killed it before. You’ll kill it again. All that you can hope for is that your streak of luck continues, and that you continue to survive…but you know that sooner or later, death will catch up to you.
In The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen, you and your friends are being stalked by a terrifying demon, one which will stop at nothing to kill each and every one of you. How will you survive, when every time you kill the demon, it comes back, hell-bent on revenge?
The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen features a dynamic story, with the player’s actions affecting the outcome of the game. As the player progresses through the story, they’ll be given the choice to talk to their friends – or about themselves – which lowers their overall stress level.
The less stressed a character is, the greater their chances of surviving the next demon attack is – but with limited opportunities to talk to characters, managing everyone’s stress levels and ensuring their survival is easier said than done.
Should a character – other than the protagonist – die, that’s it for them. The story will continue without them, and the remaining characters will have to try and fight the demon with a less-than-optimal fighting force. As for the protagonist? If they die, that’s it. Players will have to restart the game, or reload a save, and try to manage their stress more effectively.
The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen is planned for a Steam release in 2023. It features gorgeous artwork and music to accompany the experience, with a rewarding story. The game is designed to accommodate multiple playthroughs, encouraging players to experiment talking to different characters and to learn all that they can about the story and characters.
- Unique Stress mechanic determines who lives and who dies: Do you lower your friends’ stress levels to increase their chances of living? Or do you focus on yourself to ensure that you can survive the story?
- Beautiful anime-style artwork: Fantastic artwork provided by top-tier professionals enhances the story and creates a stunning display.
- An intense original soundtrack: Created specifically for the game, this soundtrack adds a pulse of horror to the story.
- An exciting story filled with both humour and horror: Enjoyable banter helps to keep the game from becoming bleak…but don’t let your guard down and forget that anyone can die.
- Multiple endings: Surviving characters will alter the storyline, leading to unique outcomes and memorable experiences.
Find Out More
If you’re curious about The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen and want to find out more, I recommend checking out the Kickstarter page for more details, and playing the free demo on itch.io or Steam.
After PAX last year, I decided I wanted to be more invested in my local game development community, and this promising visual novel from Too Many Teeth is the perfect place to start! I love the anime art style, the witty writing, and commitment to a creepy atmosphere that’s bound to send a shiver down your spine.
If you’re looking for a new horror visual novel and you want to support indie developers, I highly recommend checking out The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen!
☆ Game Name: The Many Deaths of Lily Kosen
☆ Developers: Too Many Teeth
☆ Platforms: Steam, itch.io
☆ Genres / Vibes: Horror, Visual Novel
☆ More info: Kickstarter, Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.
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