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A game by Fallingstar Games.

Welcome to Frostel Island, once a haven for the logging industry before it left and took all its business with it. Its economy hasn't been quite the same since.

However, on this island there is a mountain that hikers from all around come to climb at least once. It is called Trial Mountain. It's not too difficult with a good trail guide, but they often cost a pretty penny to hire.



That's where you come in.

Your name is Coda, and this is your first time guiding a crew of tourists up Trial Mountain.
It's also your first time setting foot on Trial Mountain.
You also happen to be a cold-blooded temporic who's only been able to survive in this cold climate due to your frustration-fueled fire magic.

...Yeah, you're probably screwed.

But what else can you do to escape this island? Keep working your dead-end restaurant job?
Can't keep doing that forever.

Thanks to a little bit of encouragement from a stranger who looked a lot like that dude on your favorite bag of chips, you decided on a crazy plan: borrow the courage and ambition from your original character to do something bold enough to fund your escape from Frostel Island.

So now you've got a party to lead up that mountain. Maybe they'll even like your cooking; who knows?

---Controls---
Directional keys: Standard movement
PG Down/PG Up: Turn while moving
Action key: Examine, Talk to others
A key: Toggle HUD
S key: Collect water/??? water
D key: Diary hotkey
ESC: Menu
ALT: Screenshot
F12: Pause

---Gameplay---

The gameplay is split into two parts: exploration and downtime.


During exploration, you must guide Coda and their party up the mountain, foraging for extra food along the way. With each leg of the journey, new dangers will emerge and new challenges will need to be conquered. Choices must be made and resources must be expended. Your skills as a hiker (and leader) will be tested here.


During downtime, Coda and the group will share some time to eat dinner and reflect upon the day's events. It's up to you to make sure that everyone gets a meal they're satisfied with. Your clients' happiness is important in this journey. Just keep in mind that one of them is vegan and the other is an obligate carnivore. But that's nothing you're not already prepared for, right?

---Characters---


Coda Diamondback - Age 25
Somewhat childish but always sincere and hard working. They want to see the world beyond Frostel and leave their adoptive mother behind. They loves to cook and draw, but rarely gains an audience due to their lack of social skills.


Topaz Lunabun - Age 21
A local celebrity often seen on stage at the Iliana Theatre. They are extremely pacifistic and concerned about the welfare of animals to the point that they refuse to eat meat of any kind. They can be picky and at times temperamental, but be around them long enough and it's easy to understand why they are so well renowned in the theatre community.


Vern Castaway - Age 20
Topaz's closest friend and bodyguard. Having been kicked out of his home in his teenage years for his sexual orientation, he had to grow up fast on the streets. While saving Topaz from a run-in with some thugs in a back alley, he fell in love with their incredible voice and has stuck with them ever since. As a big cat at heart, he loves all sorts of meat and fish.


Frie - Age 17
Not much is known about her, being quiet and difficult to read. Rumor has it that her heart is frozen solid, even. Who is this enigma?


Francis Tilapia - Age ???
An odd fishman who's been seen near popular fishing areas. He's quite the flirt, especially with other men. Really likes to eat worms, odd as that sounds.


Arctos Ursa - Age ???
A bear. A literal grizzly bear. Approch with caution.

Latest Blog

Intermission Demo Release!!

As anticipated, today the intermission demo is available for download! It contains an entire half hour of intense backstory.
(Here's the download link if you don't wanna fish for it)
To those that may worry about the contents, it does not contain any physical violence. It is instead something of a strongly emotional manner.


This intermission is two years in the making, having been started near the time after level 2 was finished. I wrote it with increased urgency as events in my own life provided a direction for it. While a visit to this part of coda's backstory was always somewhat on the docket, the nature of what it would show and willingness to approach the emotionally charged subject matter.
As that might know me, you may know that I had discovered that I am non-binary and found a name that resonates better with myself. This intermission reflects that fairly closely.

As for why it took so long, pandemic-related depression, general depression, and shifting gears back to my homestuck roots for the sake of trying to reconnect with what I loved before joining fallingstar have a lot to do with it. The latter definitely did a lot to combat the two former, though it does mean a slower pace of production, especially without my former gamedev partner working by my side. While we did create great things together, I feel like it was important that we went our separate ways. Regardless, I wish her success as she does for me to this very day.

Without further ado, I present this intermission from the depths of my heart. I hope that you are able to appreciate it and find strength from it.
-lavendersiren

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Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6615
This is such a good pitch. I feel positive about this one.
Decky
I'm a dog pirate
19517
Oooh another winter game :> The style is nice
hello, the game keeps on crashing at this spot. can you look into it please?



thanks.
Ah, I know that error. That particular map transfer is broken in the demo. It's long since been fixed since the demo dropped but it's going to be a while until the next demo is released.
In the meantime, best thing to do in this case is to find a different entrance to that acre.
ah okay. actually it just frustates me since i tend to forgot how to reach that area so i ended up reaching that spot again on the next run (that was the second run btw). and you can't save in the area so i have to redo the game again from the start (there is a quicksave option that i never used, but i assume it was just for one time save, right? (the save file will be deleted after you load the game))
Yeah, it's a quicksave thingie. Like, if you reeeeally wanted to, you could copypaste the quicksave file somewhere else for back-up, but generally yeah it automatically gets deleted after being loaded.
Normally I would have regular saving available, but limited saving is done in this game for thematic reasons relating to Coda's mental disabilities, which will become more important later in the game. (Essentially, she forgets new things easily and relapses into routines a lot.)
I may later add a couple "ink ribbon" save coupons for limited perma-saves in levels/add a save checkpoint at the midpoint though.
For no apparent reason I just remembered that spoiler tags exist here and that I never used them, so now this is in spoiler tags to avoid spoilers and general messiness.
Ran into a bug. After leaving a secret room in the first area, the water I had to freeze to get into the room had unfrozen, and this led to me falling into the water a bunch. For some reason, after I stopped falling into the water, Coda was invisible, even when I left the room and tried fishing in hopes that the fishing cutscene (it is deeply appreciable not to have an annoying quick time fishing event and to just get to get the fish). It is making it difficult to really do much, so it could be a significant problem.
I am trying to get an image with the room and issue below, but knowing my incredible lack of skill at doing so, this could take a little bit.
Edit: Came back later and found the locker system, so here it is:

Additional minor issue: In the second chapter, where the explanation of Flame Aura is given by Frie, that dialogue pops up every single time you enter the room, even if you already saw it several times.
Extremely Minor Issue: Also in the second chapter, the chimney of Francis's house is not solid and you can walk on top of it. This isn't really problematic at all, it just seems slightly silly. Beyond that, really enjoying it.
Got a crash: "Script 'categorized items' line 1170: NoMethodError occurred. undefined method '>' for nil:NilClass". The thing that as currently happening: I attempted to see if I could cook a Special Meal for Vern (I did not have any kind of meat or fish if it's relevant). Edit: Got that same issue for Topaz, but not for Frie oddly enough.

Completed the demo. Really enjoyed it. The characters were really good and it's nice to have characters that are... relatable I guess? Words are hard. Really looking forward to future chapters. Thank you for making it.
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