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"Coats" (as in Labcoats) is the game about a group of researchers doing their best to find
a solution to a worldwide epidemic turning people into monsters.
Skinless, hungry, vicious monsters called Skins.

You play as Randal, Chief of Staff at one of the last remaining research facilities in the country.
Seeing living people is rare, yet you are one of the fortunate few who not only meet people
every day - but you have to manage them, as well.

Together, you go on a journey through the greatest disaster in human history,
to find a way to deal with the Skins - once and for all.

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Genre: Modern RPG Management Game.
Average Playtime: About 6-10 Hours.

Features:
- Guide Randal on his journey to rid the world of the Skins, one way or another. How will you deal with them?
- Research, in all it's glory! Autopsies, field observation, live specimens, theories!
- Engineering! Can you keep your facility running in the face of adversity?
- Road trips! Will you make it on the road?
- Meaningful choices! You can't save everyone, but you can make a difference.
- Opinions! Sometimes it does matter what you think.
- Get to know your crew! Everyone has a story.
- Several different endings depending on your many choices.

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250+ Maps.
500+ Switches.
180+ Variables.
30+ Common Events.
1000+ Conversations.

Latest Blog

Meet the Mangrove Gang!



As COATS pass 1000 downloads, we decided to do a little celebration. Let's introduce you to a new set of characters - The Mangrove Gang!
In our upcoming title, Crackerjack, the Mangrove Gang are Celia's main allies in the quest to become the city's greatest weapons dealer. They are a small-time gang that suddenly gets thrust into the politics of the city, where they have been forced to pick sides along with Celia. They are a gang themed around the use of masks to hide their intentions, but showing their nature. So let's get to know them!



From left to right, let's make some introductions:

First up is Pike. The leader of the Mangrove Gang. A common street robber and lowlife, but loyaly to his friends. Laid back, witty and quick as a gunshot. He wears the pike to remind himself of better days, and as a symbol of his quick, unpredictable personality.

Then we have Poe. Poe gets into a lot of trouble, but is basically the computer guy. He likes to specialize in surveillance and... questionable targets. He wear's the black cat's mask as an homage to his favorite writer, and also, well, because he kind of likes cats. He's on the internet a lot.

Then there's Tiel. Tiel is still a bit nervous about this whole thing. She has an artist's soul, and she was never really meant to be in this business. Still, here she is, and with her understanding of the cultural, she is a great advisor when it comes to the PRB. She wears the cockatiel mask as a symbol of her gentle, social spirit.

There's also Boaris. His name is based on a stupid pun that only he finds funny. He's straightforward and simple, yet fiercely loyal. He wears the Boar's head as a symbol of his simple, yet violent nature.

Finally, there's Glenne. While lazy and seemingly unambitious, Glenne is constantly underestimated. She's a bit sluggish, but no less a threat than any other member of the gang. She wears the frog's mask to make people uncomfortable, as she likes to put people on edge.
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I must say I came across this game by chance. But it has become one of my all time favorite games. Great work, and I look forward to anymore great games.
author=Etsuki
I must say I came across this game by chance. But it has become one of my all time favorite games. Great work, and I look forward to anymore great games.


I'm so glad you're enjoying Coats! We're actually in the process of making the ground works for another, upcoming game. It'll be different from Coats, but it will have some familiar elements (and even a cameo or two). There'll be a blog post about it later on, so that's something to look forward to.

Thanks for your comment!
For some reason the art reminded of Tetsuo from Akira.
I'll give it a try first then tell you what I think.
Hi, I've been meaning to give feedback to this game, but I always forgot. So I'm doing it now.

I finished the game, and I have to say it was pretty good! Mostly for the story and characters, not so much for the gameplay. Don't misunderstand me, the gameplay was well designed, but the facility management sections were kinda boring, this is because I felt they were mostly on the easy side, once you figured out how to do things, there was no much else to worry about.

But the minigames and other gameplay sections like the fights against Skins were good, and I would have liked to see more of that. I assume all of the gameplay sections were evented, no scripts used? Because if that's the case, I have to say I'm really impressed! :D

As for the graphics, I really liked the edits to the RTP, they were quite well made. I also liked the CG's too, altough personally, I would have liked to see some unique CG's for each of Randal's romantic pairings, but good job still... XD

In regards to music, I have not much to say about it. It fit the different situations, but not much else. And except for the ocassional passability error, the game was practically bug-free.

So in the end, a great game, with great story and characters and a decent gameplay. The only thing I feel bad for is the fact that this game didn't recieved as much attention as it deserved... But still: Good job and good luck in your future projects! :)
Dude, how is this not getting any more attention? This has been by far one of my favorite RPG Maker games. I'm doing a Let's Play on it. Here's the first video:



There should be a new episode up every week day till it's done.
author=Ginosion
Dude, how is this not getting any more attention? This has been by far one of my favorite RPG Maker games. I'm doing a Let's Play on it. Here's the first video:


There should be a new episode up every week day till it's done.

I'm glad you're enjoying it! I'll make sure to follow the series, it's really fun to just see how you interact with it. And yeah, it did get a bit of attention like in the middle of development, but for some reason everyone kinda just ignored the actual release. There are all kinds of reviews and let's plays for the second alpha version, but few ever played through the actual game. Pity, but I'm glad you found it.
Here's a few fun facts!
- The one-room apartment in the beginning is actually inspired by one of my old apartments. It was, literally, just one room - but I did have a bathroom (something Randal doesn't have)
- Lissa's name is pronounced the same way "Miss" is. So it's like Miss-a, but Liss-a. Kinda quirky, but hey.
- Save often, and use different saves. I usually have a rotation of three, and save once every other day. That way, if something is going wrong, there is time to fix it.
- The game is nicer in the beginning, sure, but it's also a bit random. The game works on a completely random system with a few safeguards to prevent instadeath - but it's gonna get bad fast. Try to alternate ammo generation with patrols.

EDIT: When you use the surveillance feature, you get a random percentage depending on how many Skins there are. If it says 0-60%, for example, that's the amount of Threat they generate. You see those notes when you sleep, where it says "SAFE" and two random numbers? (24 v 95) for example, means the randomly generated threat level was 25, and it tested against your defense value of 95. As long as your defense is higher than the generated threat, you'll be safe.
Hi, this is my first time posting for a game... i mean... ever, so it is sure as hell that I enjoyed COATS. man, this is so groundbreaking (well not the graphical aspects) but the story and character development? it is really good. I can tell because I've been studying screenwriting for some time now. my only regret is the fact that you and only the artist worked in this. but what are the possibilities if you have a team of your own? you should try to collaborate on someone who shares your interest. because it would really be good to see that a game like this should be funded. sorry for the mess, I just registered in the site just to give a comment on this.

Hope you don't give up on making games like this.
author=FppT
Hi, this is my first time posting for a game... i mean... ever, so it is sure as hell that I enjoyed COATS. man, this is so groundbreaking (well not the graphical aspects) but the story and character development? it is really good. I can tell because I've been studying screenwriting for some time now. my only regret is the fact that you and only the artist worked in this. but what are the possibilities if you have a team of your own? you should try to collaborate on someone who shares your interest. because it would really be good to see that a game like this should be funded. sorry for the mess, I just registered in the site just to give a comment on this.

Hope you don't give up on making games like this.

Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the game, it was made with a lot of love. I'm using COATS as a way to boost my resumé while looking for further jobs in the game industry, and while that day might never come, I'll still work on other projects. Our next project, "Crackerjack", is in development as of this summer, so that's always something to look forward to.

And yeah, I can do this with no budget. If I had a team and an actual budget... man, that'd be awesome. Thanks for commenting, and have a good day :)
Ooooooooooooooh sounds niiiiiiiiiiiiiice I'll definitelly do a let's play of that !
author=SigmaKedavra
Ooooooooooooooh sounds niiiiiiiiiiiiiice I'll definitelly do a let's play of that !


I'm looking forward to it! Gimme a link when you do, will ya?
Very interesting game, im now in Phase Two and looking good D:
The only thing i didnt like is that i cant romance Cassey, the woman with glasses that bring the tapes about the skins (I love womans with glasses) D:
author=CraftlordDark
Very interesting game, im now in Phase Two and looking good D:
The only thing i didnt like is that i cant romance Cassey, the woman with glasses that bring the tapes about the skins (I love womans with glasses) D:

You can romance her. It's just more difficult. If you talk to her a lot during phase one, choose to romance no one during the first phase, and become good friends with her during phase two, you can romance her.
What, you thought the ones in phase one were the only options? Come on!
Where on earth is this research terminal where you input data for compilation? I'm pretty sure I've clicked on everything there is to click on and come up blank.
author=kumada
Where on earth is this research terminal where you input data for compilation? I'm pretty sure I've clicked on everything there is to click on and come up blank.

It's in your main office, either to the right or left of the main terminal (can't remember exactly, but is' on one of those sides)
author=Wikimon
author=CraftlordDark
Very interesting game, im now in Phase Two and looking good D:
The only thing i didnt like is that i cant romance Cassey, the woman with glasses that bring the tapes about the skins (I love womans with glasses) D:
You can romance her. It's just more difficult. If you talk to her a lot during phase one, choose to romance no one during the first phase, and become good friends with her during phase two, you can romance her.
What, you thought the ones in phase one were the only options? Come on!

... I love you dood! I will replay again only for her D: I didnt romance any of the girls because well... none was interesting enough D:
Thanks again for the tip D:
author=CraftlordDark
author=Wikimon
author=CraftlordDark
Very interesting game, im now in Phase Two and looking good D:
The only thing i didnt like is that i cant romance Cassey, the woman with glasses that bring the tapes about the skins (I love womans with glasses) D:
You can romance her. It's just more difficult. If you talk to her a lot during phase one, choose to romance no one during the first phase, and become good friends with her during phase two, you can romance her.
What, you thought the ones in phase one were the only options? Come on!
... I love you dood! I will replay again only for her D: I didnt romance any of the girls because well... none was interesting enough D:
Thanks again for the tip D:

Just pay attention to the way you talk to her in Phase Two. There is a secret "interest" value depending on how well your answers match her opinions, and if that value isn't high enough, you can't romance her. So don't be afraid to save before talking to her.
author=Wikimon
author=CraftlordDark
author=Wikimon
author=CraftlordDark
Very interesting game, im now in Phase Two and looking good D:
The only thing i didnt like is that i cant romance Cassey, the woman with glasses that bring the tapes about the skins (I love womans with glasses) D:
You can romance her. It's just more difficult. If you talk to her a lot during phase one, choose to romance no one during the first phase, and become good friends with her during phase two, you can romance her.
What, you thought the ones in phase one were the only options? Come on!
... I love you dood! I will replay again only for her D: I didnt romance any of the girls because well... none was interesting enough D:
Thanks again for the tip D:
Just pay attention to the way you talk to her in Phase Two. There is a secret "interest" value depending on how well your answers match her opinions, and if that value isn't high enough, you can't romance her. So don't be afraid to save before talking to her.
Yep, im already romancing her D: Thanks again, this one is just what i was expecting, they are adorable during the conversations xD
author=CraftlordDark
Yep, im already romancing her D: Thanks again, this one is just what i was expecting, they are adorable during the conversations xD

Well, you know what they say; opposites attract. The two of them are more similar than they think though.
Happy Holidays, and hope you're having fun!
I'm only in Phase 2 and this has been a weird, mesmerizing thing to play. The pacing and tone and sophistication of the game changes from hour to hour, but I'm totally hooked.

Thank you very much for putting your time and energy into making this.

I'll be putting up a full review when I can, but in the meantime I wish there was a little bit more of a wait before choice options come up in dialog. I read faster than the dialog scrolls, so I click enter on every box. When a box comes up with a choice at the end of it, I inevitably end up selecting the first one and then having to reload from save to see what the others even were.
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I'm going to try this out! Downloading!
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