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Date, create, and share!

Assuming the role of a male high school student in Japan, the player will meet, interact with, and date a number of female characters with the goal of winding up with one of them at the end of a 101-day calendar. Yeah, you've seen this all before...or have you?

In other romance sims, there's little reason to replay the game again once you've pursued all the characters you're interested in. But Heartache 101 allows for a variable female cast. The number of characters in the game is completely open-ended!

You can create new characters and add them to the game, share them with other users, and add characters created by other users. You can create the images for custom characters from a template, or use images you created yourself, or images from any source. (only "standing" images of characters can be imported; there is no event CG in the game) A simple scripting language is provided for writing story events. You can also customize some of the music.

The game system itself is in part a visual novel interface with gameplay that include conversational decision-making, board game-like mechanics, stat management, financial management, and more.

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Offical Custom Content Download

The file, found here, is a ZIP file of all published content we know about (or, at least, that I have backups for) as of the 2nd of August 2017. The characters included in this file are:

Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
21 Ways
dude797 (Caretaker: Dozen)
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode (incomplete?)


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
? Takuya
Kevincalanor
Profile, tachie, music
Designed for a somewhat similar purpose as flowerthief's pre-made tachie.


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Kuwabara Emiko
Marrend
Story, profile, music, tachie
A shameless self-promotion.


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Tanaka Grace
mysteriousone3
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name

Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Ijona on'nanoko (Itawa Miyuki, Shogowa Yuka, Fujita Suki, Sato Chihiro, Shigoza Izumi)
RukasuWYZ
Story, profile, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, Enable "Lambardia Yuu", incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Umehara Joruri
Marrend
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, Enable "Junko", Enable "Masako"


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Junko (Watanabe Junko, Watanabe Aio)
Nekochi
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Equirements/Notes
Hayashi Kitsune
Garage
Story, profile, tachie
Some backgrounds are edits/modifications from the SOSC pack, and from Stuidio 74's site.


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Shiraki Kotone
BasedMG
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Maeda Eriko
triad2
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, Enable "21 Ways"


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Mistuya Masako
Marrend
Story, profile, music, tachie
First custom content ever!


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Murakami Megumi
Render
Story, profile, music, tachie
Incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Midori (Konohana Midori, Natsume Rika, Hasegawa Kanon, Kirihara Kana)
LordNight
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Multiending
Garage
Story, tachie (background edited from SOSC pack)
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Nadeshiko (Sasaki Riku, Yamaguchi Ayame, Kimura Nanashi)
Garage
Story, tachie (background edited from SOSC pack)
Incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Momohana Nami
GloopMaster
Story, profile, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Yoshimura Noriko
dewelar
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Robin Clark
Wowzer_
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Katanashi Seira
triad2
Story, profile, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Tsukino Emi
SilentPhoenix
Story, profile, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Uchioniko (Monotami Ruri, Nemoto Mayu, Terakado Shoko, Shirazu Izumi)
Marrend
Story, profile, music, tachie
You can get an extra scene with "Masako" installed.


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Winggirl (Harada Himeko, Fujikawa Sayumi, Fujikawa Mayumi)
Garage
Story, profile, tachie
Alternative stories with Clean Mode disabled


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Requirements/Notes
Requirements/Notes
Requirements/Notes
Winggirl - Pathways
Garage
Story, profile, tachie
Optional add-on to "Winggirl"; Includes an optional story if you include "Masako"
The first line of "masako_ref.text" should read
"WG_Pathways/shika_profile.txt, Masako/masako_profile.txt, WG_Pathways/hibiko_profile.txt"


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Wolfpack (Yamisaki Eliza, Yamisaki Alessa, Sakamoto Yuriko)
Kevincalanor
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
YAK (Winters Yuki, Winters Koneko, Lee Mae, Isas Akio)
LorSquirrel
Story, profile, music, tachie
Incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Requirements/Notes
Tanaka Yoko
triad2
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, Enable "Masako", Enable "Uchioniko" (may play "solo" in Clean Mode); Incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Lambaria Yuu
KimotoDragoon (Caretaker: Marrend)
Story, profile, music, tachie
Incomplete






I will endeavor to keep this list updated, and make a comment when I do.

Posts

author=Marrend
author=EgyLynx
There somewhere was are Naruto onnline game...
Maybe... this?

Nah that not date simulation, more stop rpg, AND offline...
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
author=EgyLynx
There somewhere was are Naruto onnline game...


Maybe... this?
Marrend...
There somewhere was are Naruto onnline game but... i like more this...
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
I think there is a MUSIC FREEZE command that prevents music changes if they would be triggered otherwise?

*Edit:

author=Mr. Help File
  • MUSIC FREEZE
The music will not change when a character's tachie is show on or erased from the screen until the story concludes (including JUMPs) or until MUSIC UNFREEZE is called.
Hey quick question..
Is there any way we can do to make character's theme music doesn't pop out replacing the currently playing music when they appear?

Example Situation:

STORY 101
PLACE = Classroom A
MUSIC = peaceful.mp3
ID = 0
Ah.. what a beautiful day it is.
ID = 101
OTHER14
SHOW CENTER
Hey!
ID = 0
Dammit.. don't just show up bringing your rocking theme music. You jinx my peaceful music.


EDIT :
I want the music I set up in the beginning to keep playing uninterruptible by whoever comes and go.

EDIT2 :
Okay, never mind x'D I just found the way in helper file.. damm now I'm embarrassed~
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
author=HarryFantasia
Really..

oh fudge.. and here I've just reach the 29th page of content artistic's thread on my searching

Trust me, if the help file was ever posted anywhere on this game-page, I would have linked to that post.

*Edit: As far as I'm aware, it didn't even exist on the official site, when it was still alive.

*one can hear taps play softly in the background*

Anyway, yeah, you'll either have to download the game and get it from Mr. Help File, or... I guess a still-active user could PM it to you? Literally just thought of that solution, and I don't know how relevant it is now.
Really..

oh fudge.. and here I've just reach the 29th page of content artistic's thread on my searching
The fastest way to find Mr. Helpfile would be to just download the game btw.

He goes by the name help.html in the game directory.
Well okay then, time to spend some hours searching Mr.Help file in the massive forums then.. (because I forget where it is)

Anyway, thank you for the help :D
A few side-notes:

  • There's one background which is not from the same source as the others, "Hot Springs".
    To my knowledge the source to this background is lost.
    (Mr. Helpfile's link there doesn't seem to work anymore.)
  • Some of the backgrounds have been mirrored before using them. Namely at least "Children's Park" and "Fishing".
  • Some juicy details have been edited out before using the backgrounds. For example a picture on the wall of "Sick Room".
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
The site for the game's backgrounds is called Studio 74. I will not link it here, as it's absolutely not safe for work. However, I believe Mr. Help File might have the URL?

*Edit: Yep. Totally does!
Hoo.. Glad the community is still kicking even to these months..

Well then, if I may ask for some help regarding game's content.. does someone has the link to the game's background source? I'm pretty sure I've seen it somewhere 4 years ago, but I can't find it anymore when scanning through both contents creation's massive threads.

If someone know the site/ link. Please share it with me..
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
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  • Other games by this author
I hear A Hint of Tint has a surprisingly good storyline for a rouge-like. I played it back in the day, when it was still a demo, and never got back to it (I'm terrible like that). However, if you're in it for the story, that game might just be up your alley.

I suppose this game's precursor Idolcraft might interest you. I gave it a go some number of years ago, and wasn't personally a fan of how the in-game clock was implemented. Might still be up your alley, though?


  • Other Visual Novels of interest
April Was a Fool, also a featured game on this site. It's a Visual Novel with date-sim elements. Though, you can't date the dragon!


  • The part where Marrend shamelessly recommends his own games
Matsumori Days, if you ever played Joruri's custom content. Masako would technically work with this game too (and Konae's Investigations, but, she has cameos (in a sense) elsewhere on-site.

Okiku, Star Apprentice, because the title character was a blast to write. The Wand of Blasting mechanic was, at the time, the hardest coding/eventing I've ever done. At least until...

...Baclyae Revolution, a humble tribute to the Suikoden series. Currently in production, and has been for over a year.
The graphics ain't top notch, but what's for sure is the storyline is undeniably amazing. I had played this for about a week straight now and it never is boring. Please if you have any suggestions of another games like this, let me know
author=Zakariya
author=ThePyromancer23
then started over with my favorite characters.
There's still more characters on the way. ;)

Secret one?
author=Marrend
I can run Seasons through D-Fend/DOSBox. The compatibility is a bit wonky (it seems to randomly crash on me), but, that's... probably better than trying to run it through the command prompt? *nervous laugh*

And some said it was dificult foun at win ver... and save at it will... ?
And it just go own road?

Zakariya
The Jade in the Shadows
70
author=ThePyromancer23
then started over with my favorite characters.


There's still more characters on the way. ;)
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
I can run Seasons through D-Fend/DOSBox. The compatibility is a bit wonky (it seems to randomly crash on me), but, that's... probably better than trying to run it through the command prompt? *nervous laugh*

True Love, I think that was Win95 compatible? I don't recall if I tried running it through D-Fend/DOSBox, and I have no idea how much setting the compatibility of the program to XP (or whatever) would help. ;_;
Google finds some (in-offical) download links for "Seasons of Sakura" ... whether one should trust something like that and whether a 20 year old game is still runable on a modern PC are things I'm not inclined to find out at the moment ...
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
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On PC, Seasons of the Sakura and True Love were among the first VNs I ever played. I dunno where you can find them (they are super-old games), but, keep in mind that they contain hentai content.

Going into the realm of consoles, I would tend to recommend Persona 4 or Persona 5 as a general rule. They may be JRPGs, but, the date-sim elements makes them slightly more relevant to players of VNs. I don't know anything about 1 or 2, but, the date-sim elements also exist in 3. I never really played that one too much, though.

Of the VNs on this site (aside from Heartache), April Was a Fool comes to the forefront of my mind. I guess I would have to count Memeories Neverlasting as well, as it's a neat mix of RPG and VN mechanics. Though, a download never technically existed for it, so...