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Jin's route is out!

Sentimental Trickster is a BL/yaoi visual novel about someone who wants to change. It's a game where your choices make or break characters... including yourself.

"I decided it was time. I packed my old, tattered bag and left home. I still have nightmares... But I'm hanging in there.

I conquer the world one snarky comment at a time and I have no sense of direction. When I deal with people, things can get awkward. Ballet-dancing-with-a-peg-leg kind of awkward. So far, four-eyes hates my guts, pretty boy laughs at me and the landlord thinks I'm weird. At least I can always try to get myself killed with this pierced hero-wannabe...

I try not to think about the future. When you don't expect anything, you won't be disappointed, right? I just want to attend classes, graduate and become independent. Making friends would be great, but... how can you expect someone to like you if you don't even like yourself?"

The game relies heavily on the player's choices. These choices include which guy you want to be with, but also ethical issues: what you think is right to do the time. All the people you encounter have scars, and it's up to you to heal or rub salt.

Sentimental Trickster was made in order to give English-speaking players an experience akin to what Nitro+Chiral games provide, but with a lighter touch.

Features:

  • An engaging choice system (check out the demo!) that will affect the entire game;
  • 18+ scenes - reversible, each love interest can top or bottom;
  • Lovable protagonist with a great sense of humor;
  • Complex characters that don't wear their hearts on their sleeves;
  • You can bully hipsters!

Warnings:

Sexually suggestive dialogue. Sexual innuendos.
One route places heavy emphasis on a storyline involving suicide.

StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(67 total ratings)
AuthorLazuli
GenreVisual Novel
TagsAdult, Boys' Love, Comedy, Dark, Gay, homosexual, Romance, Yaoi
LinksSteam

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $14.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

SentimentalTrickster-1.1-win.zip 1,016 MB
SentimentalTrickster-1.1-mac.zip 998 MB
SentimentalTrickster-1.1-linux.tar.bz2 959 MB
SentimentalTrickster1.1-Game-plus-Artbook-win.7z 925 MB
if you pay $29.99 USD or more
SentimentalTrickster1.1-Game-plus-Artbook-mac.7z 907 MB
if you pay $29.99 USD or more
SentimentalTrickster1.1-Game-plus-Artbook-linux.7z 1,015 MB
if you pay $29.99 USD or more

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NEW DEMO SentimentalTrickster-1.0-pc-demo.zip 389 MB
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NEW DEMO SentimentalTrickster-1.0-mac-demo.zip 374 MB

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I am very curious as to what your game had to break steam's rules. It can't be the sex alone because steam legit has games like House Party which is a sex simulator...https://store.steampowered.com/app/611790/House_Party/

here is link for those that don't believe me.

Is it because you live in a country where sex games are banned on steam or did you game have like rape... or something involving minors? Also shouldn't you still be able to put a patch on itch.io?

For example, the game Requiescence by Argent Games don't have the NSFW patch on steam but put it on itch.io. That games sex scenes happen to also have a few basically rape parts... but yea even if steam may restrict indication of rape, apparently itchi.io doesn't.

It would be nice if you could explain what's stopping you from actually putting the NSFW content back up.
*update*Oh wait... i just realized you seem to be working with Y! Press Games... oh geez, I wonder if has anything to do with that... they aren't even that good of developer... two games i played from them both had awful writing and plot. just pure smut w/ good art.

Bought this on steam and I really appreciate the writing. Particularly how it deals with "coming out" because even after the fact it feels like a big thing every time it comes up. Even if the people around you are supportive, every time you talk about something related to it, it feels more real.

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Hi there! You really should update the description that the NSFW patch is no longer available, and that it's not an 18+ game anymore. I almost bought this game as I had been eyeing it for a while but thankfully happened to read the comments first and tried to access the download for the 18+ patch and saw the note before I purchased. It's understandable if you had to take it down for various reasons, but it should be made clear for anyone looking to buy it. :)

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100% agree

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So, is there no chance of hosting the 18+ patch somewhere else? I just found out about this game and it mentioned to download the 18+ patch if you wanted it. And uhh... I wanted it :(

the 18+ patch is gone what happened?

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Hi, we had to take it down because of Steam restrictions, sorry.

oh ok

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That's a pretty big take back for anyone that bought it already. :-( And going to make me rethink buying more games in the future... is there nothing that can be done?

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Is it just steam, or is the itch.io version not 18+ either? 

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Steam and itch, sorry, but there's nothing we can do :(

It's okay! I understand. I was just wanting to check.

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Hi! The new NSFW patch isn't working for me in the any of their routes at all with the 1.1 update. I've followed the instructions, re-downloaded the game a few times, and restarted the route, but 18+ scenes still aren't showing up. Help?

It's been 2 months and I'm still having the same problem and haven't gotten any response. It seems like this was a problem for other people but something got figured out for them? 

The new NSFW patch is not working but Jin route is unlocked but no 18+ scenes so i don't know if I need start the route again to see it, how do you know it's working pls help

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nevermind got it XD just had start the route again

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*Long in depth review, no spoilers.*

Sentimental Trickster (ST) has a lot of great aspects going for it, but there are some things that are a little iffy. Let's start with the positives!

First, I was blown away by the depth of subject matter and emotional vulnerability. I actually cried when Haru had *that talk* (no spoilers?) with his mom outside the house. It was exactly the kind of reaction from your mom that you'd would hope for when having *that talk.*

Similarly, the story line and subject matter with "Mr. Teacher" was surprisingly intense and emotionally raw. Again, I was really pleased with how well the writers and developers handled such sensitive topics, especially with an 18+ game. Usually story and character development don't get priority when 18+ scenes are involved, but that's not the case with ST.

Now, onto the iffy things... Unfortunately, ST fell victim to what many visual novels fall victim too: a very unrealistic development of love. What I mean with that is Haru becomes SO in love with these men he's only known for a number of weeks, and nothing really ever happens that would explain why he fell in love so quick and intensely. Specifically, after several weeks of enduring all the dangerously toxic behavior from "Mr. Photographer," Haru was still SO in love, and it's just wildly unrealistic.

It's hard to ignore when Haru is making these super irrational decisions with nothing to justify or explain why he feels that way, BUT 80% of visual novels have this issue, so it's not a make or break situation. 

All in all, I think ST delivered a very solid visual novel, especially considering it's 18+. 4/5 stars!

I really liked this game and the patch for steam worked without issues first try, I was just wondering how to get some CGs I'm missing, are those for bad endings?

I unlocked all the good endings so they can't be for those :( plz help, I need closure 😂🌚

Please tell me,how do I get 18+ scenes when I purchased from steam?

https://ypressgames.com/category/sentimental-trickster/ Instructions and link here.

Wow, I just finished Soichiro's route.  Pretty sure I made a bad mistake.  I'm kind of devastated, but it was very good.

Ok, after 2 bad endings, I finally got a good ending with Soichiro.  :)

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Congrats, I'm happy you managed to get the good end! :)

Hi, I noticed there's a voice volume option in the settings but so far I haven't heard any of the characters speak, maybe I accidentally deleted something?

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Hi, unfortunately, there's no voice acting, so everything works as it should.

how can you tell if you installed the patch correctly, before starting a new game?

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Hi, you need to go/skip to the phone call with Haru's mom, and there should be a Jin option.

ahh, ok ty vm

I can't activate jin's route. when it gets to the phone call with the mom he just isn't an option 

Hi, did you download the patch and drop the file into [Location on Your Computer]\SentimentalTrickster-1.0-win for windows?

yes

I'm not sure what's wrong. Could you show me a screenshot of your game folder with the patch, please?

btw I notice that some of the gallery is locked. like with shinya's car scene i have most but missing one with a lock on it.

nevermind, I was being an idiot.

also I tried installing the nsfw patch but it doesn't seem to work I tried adding it to the folder but nothing happens.

nvm, I fixed it...I'm a real idiot.

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LMAO. I love how you say you have a problem and then fix it. I have to try the game (have it on steam) and now I need to see if I need the NSFW patch.

ADDED: Do need and now installed the patch. Happy I found this comment

Can someone point me to the right to direction to enter Jin's route? I put the patch in my game files (I'm sure it's the right location cos the xxx CGS for the other couples still work) and even opened it with note pad so I know the jin route lines are in there but I can't find any options to enter his route. I even followed a guide but when it comes to the phone convo with the mom where you "choose" a lover I only get soichiro, kanae or shinya and if I ignore it it just goes into Soichiro's route. Did I update my game wrong or something (all I did was put the patch in) or am I missing anything?

Hi, you need to download the whole game again, then patch it.

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Very excited to play Jin's route, but I think I'm going to wait a little bit--compared to the "general" part of the game and other routes, the coding is a bit bare-bones. Expression changes/emotions will be mentioned in the narration (ie: I blushed/was shocked/etc.) or dialogue will indicate a change of emotion/state, but the on-screen sprites don't change, and there's a glaring lack of music/background noise. So, while I'm sure the route is playable and enjoyable, I think I'll wait until it's been polished a bit more so it's even MORE enjoyable 😉.

But thank you to the creator for making this incredible game, words cannot express how much I love Haru and his sass and sarcasm, and I really respect him as a character/person! Also, your humor is on-point, and I appreciate how you handle heavy topics. This is a very well-done game on the whole, and I'll be replaying it lots in the future, I'm sure ❤

I've finished Jin's route and I'm 100% in love with it. There's a maturity with his route that I felt even Soichiro's lacked, not that that route was any less serious. I don't know, Jin's route just hit different because he wasn't in the closet, he came with his own baggage but he overcame it more or less on his own, with slight nudging from Haru. 

Ayumi was a sarcastic sweetie pie and I adore her. The grandpa needs to go, with his judgemental self.

Plus, that smut scene though? *chef's kiss* J'adore. Pfft jkjk, it was really neat and again, it felt more mature. The lead-up and how careful Jin was with Haru, that's how ya first time should be with the person you love. 

I'm a backer trying to reach the creator. No one response on the kickstarter.

Hi, I'm sorry for the wait! I've just sent you your itch.io link.

Thank you

...I am drooling over the hipster dad...

in Harus and Kanes love scene, when they speak just after its a little confusing, the wording is wired. it feels like the first part should be Kanes, but changed to "Wouldn't want you"  and then Haru would be the speaking right after. Don't want to hate on the game or anything, Like it a lot. That part was just so confusing for me. 

some parts, with when they are speaking or not is confusing as well. Think you have to look it over again. Sometimes the texst seem to indicate that something is being said, but there is nether name or "" signs pressent. So then your left with...wait was that said outloud or did the chacracters just get super powers.

Hey, think the backgrounds are a little off in Shinyas route, at a lot of difrent moments, the background seems to be of the wrong place. Don't want to go into to much detail, so that I don't spoil, but it have been a little confusing to have the chracters talk in one place and then suddely see another place mid conversation, or having a chracter going to one place but that place being the wrong place and being confused that the text doesn't match it. 

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finished all routes >3< I can't wait for Jin's route \o/

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I have very important question: how, for the love of god, I can got Shinya happy ending? I broke my head over it, tried many variations but couldn't get it.

Edit: I manage to got it. I'm very glad.

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Just finished Soichiro's route and honestly I was really impressed. I think the story was handled very well and I really grew to care for him and Haru too. It really made me excited to see the other two routes we have so far

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Okay, without going into full in-depth spoilers, I'll say that Kanae's route took me aback. There were definitely plot twists and a serious heavy moment in there I didn't foresee but it was handled deftly, carefully, and I have no complaints honestly. 

This is a game that I would say doesn't have a 'bad' end (maybe) unless you're steering it towards that direction deliberately. It's definitely choice-heavy at key moments. For now, I rate it 8.5.

Edit: I've also finished Soichiro's route and I'm currently trying to get Shinya's but it's a struggle. xD

Hello! I just bought the game as well and downloaded directly from itch.io without using the app. When I try to install the nsfw patch, both in the main folder or inside the game folder, it does not look like it works as there are no adult scenes in the whole game. How is that possible?

There are just a few scenes for certain endings.  Is it possible you haven't unlocked them yet?

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I will try it again and let you know! :)

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Okay, I'm about to play this game but I can't add the nsfw patch via the itch app? My computer is a windows 10 desktop with almost 1 TB of space. I click the gear icon on the itch app and it says the game title at the top as well as SentimentalTrickster 1.0 Win zip. I click on that file and it doesn't show that the app is even located in the itch app like all the other installed apps on my desktop. 

How do I add the patch if the game isn't appearing in the correct file?

Edit: It's working now I believe.

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The itch app ‘unzips’ the game folders for us. Gone are the days of manual downloads then adding patch/DLC that way. 🤣

I’m kidding I’m kidding. By 1:48 am, the Sentimental Trickster folder, unzipped, had appeared in the correct location. There was a potential update made to the game idk. I add the patch file to the folder labeled ‘game’ and while I’m not completely finished with all routes, I’m nearing the end of Kanae’s and will keep you in the loop if it works or not.

Edit: The nsfw patch definitely works.

Sorry to be a bother, but how will I know if the patch works? I've tried adding it to the game a few times and I keep getting a notification saying "I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred". Does that mean the patch didn't work and I won't be able to access the extra content?

When does this happen?  When you launch the game?

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No, it happens when I try to bring the patch into the game file. I'll drag the patch to the game file, and suddenly a white screen with those words come up: 

I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred.

Before loading the script.

OSError: [Errno 20] Not a directory: '/Users/MYNAME/Desktop/Patch_ST 1.rpa'

I replaced my actual name with the 'MYNAME', for privacy sake btw. There is more as well, such as a 'Full Traceback'. The game itself functions fine for the most part, but I don't know if that patch is actually going in or if nothing has changed with the game. I've been playing on of the routes for a little while, and so far I haven't seen anything that would suggest NSFW content.

That that path you're quoting up there appears to be to your PCs desktop not to the game folder.

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I see, I'll try playing the game to see if the content transferred after all. If it doesn't work I'll look into how my laptop might be the problem. Thank ya for your time

Hi. Where exactly should I put NSFW patch? I have Itch Win version. I put it in the "game" folder, but It doesn't work. 

What's happening?  We'll look into it.

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I simply put this patch in the "game" folder in a zip file (Windows Itch version), but when I started the game and finished a few routes,  there is no NSFW stuff at all. Like the patch isn't working.  Then I restarted computer and tried again and still nothing. The game is working, but it's 13+ version, not 18+. 

Please unzip the game before trying to install the patch. I have added this to the instructions.

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The NSFW patch is here: https://ypressgames.com/2021/03/23/patch-for-additional-sentimental-trickster-content/

in which folder comes the patch ? :)

Updated the link, sorry.

Where do we place the patch? I can't figure it out :(

Updated the link, sorry.

SORRY!  I should have linked the page with instructions, not just the patch.  Go to the link above for instructions.

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Hi Everyone,

Sentimental Trickster will be released on March 23rd, 2021 both here and on Steam here: 
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1519590/Sentimental_Trickster_Yaoi_BL_Gay_Vis...

Thank you for your patience!  This is a great game, definitely worth the wait.

We are releasing with 3 routes initially, and will add the Jin route at no extra cost some time in 2022 or before that.  Justyna needed more time with this final route.  Work on the Jin route has been going very well, so I predict a much earlier release for it.

We had a problem with adult scenes in the game due to child characters be present.  Steam would not make our store page live due to their concerns about children being in an adult game.  Some early versions of the sprites also looked very young, but they were all updated since then. 

We had to remove all adult content to get approval from Steam for our store page and game launch, but don't worry, you will still be able to access them in both versions of the game.  

Rather than adding significant extra development time to create two versions of the game, we chose to solve this with a free and easy to install adult patch for both Itch and Steam.  This will become available shortly after the release.  Check here in the comments for information about that.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we assure you it will be minor.  

Here is the new trailer for Sentimental Trickster.  Enjoy!

 

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yessss been looking forward to this for a long time cant wait to play it :) x

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\o/ WOOHOO!!!

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Hello everyone,

First of all, I wanted to apologize for making you wait so long for the game. My health problems and death of a family member caused me to become hospitalized, deeply depressed and simply unable to finish.

Fortunately, Y Press took over. I've recently felt much better and finally gave them everything they need to finish Sentimental Trickster, so please be patient for a little while longer. I know I'm asking for a lot, but I promise everyone will get their KS reward and itch preorder as promised. As for the refunds, sadly I'm not able to deliver them as all the funds were spent on game assets such as graphics, writing and initial programming.

Kind regards,

Justyna

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It's All good I hope you feel better and I hope things get better for you <3 sending good vibes \o/ <3

I have been trying to reach out on Kickstarter. I was backer and got a steam code. I wanted a itch.io version. I have been messaging the Kickstarter since May. I would appreciate any help I could get. Thank you

When do you guy think you will get around to making this game??

Wow. I found the demo of and gave it a run (forgot all about it before) and wondered if the full game was out yet (also look up the Patreon and saw it's light on updates). 

I'm shocked that A: Another studio had to step in (well not 'had' but did) B: Shocked it's now being finished by Y Press Games (own a few of there games and kicked started 3 others). C: The game was on hold (and after looking at the Kickstarter page, one person was happy to never get the game but now pissed another team will finish it) should be out sometime by the middle of the year (with luck).

Going to keep an eye out for it and buy it some time after it's released.

So the game will be released eventually but not on itch.io and there is no way to get a refund since emails send to the person who took our money are left unanswered. I can understand health issues and not being able to finish the game, but in that case refunds should have been automatic. It's ridiculous that we even have to ask for refunds. Nevertheless, even if you ask, you will not get your money back. You can only buy the game AGAIN from someone else. Great. 

the game still available on itch.io (the game already available when I type this cmt)

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Hi Everyone,

Y Press Games took over this game on the condition that Justyna would finish writing the script and provide all line art.  We finally got these materials on December 31st, 2020.  We now have what we need to finish making the game for her.

We're working hard on getting it out as soon as possible.  Our firm date is June of this year, though we're trying to see if we can't bump that up to February.  Fingers crossed!  We know how frustrated everyone is waiting for this.  (We got pretty frustrated too.)

We do not have anything to do with the Kickstarter.  If you want a refund you still must go to Justyna directly.  

Oh, I didn't know this has gone through all these troubles. I didn't preorder or back it, so I wasn't worried about money, but this is one of the projects I was really hyped about, so I'm happy it won't abandonned.

I WILL be honest, I'm not a huge fan of your own games - but that's simply because they don't suit my personal tastes - what I like, is how professional you are and how well you deliver what you do. So I'm quite stoked you'll be working on it, with the orignal dev's scripts and linearts and stuff.

Good luck and have a nice year! I'll be checking for updates!

Does anyone know what happen?
Did anything happen with the developer?

I dont know much but the original creator has been very sick and the game was going to be taken over by Y games. Sadly idk if either group has kept this updated or been keeping track of the game. I actually was super exited to pre order it until i noticed how long its been since updates or interactions.

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