Mica: Apoptosis
A horror game about delusions, blissful ignorance, and the depraved acts that humans do in the name of love.



Feedback on Chapter 3 Wanted! :)

Oh well, the sentence is pretty clunky to begin with, so I think I'll probably just swap it out and replace it with something else that means the same thing. Thanks for the advice!

In any case, I hope the secrets in the game can still surprise you, even if you think you've gotten some theories :)

Ara Fell

Is it just me, or did Baramon and Doren get a makeover? This is so exciting!

Feedback on Chapter 3 Wanted! :)

Umm, don't fight please! All feedback is very welcome and I am very thankful for it! :)

@Katana: Hiya, thanks for pointing it out but the screenshot isn't a typo - "human" is being used as an adjective here, ala "You're not human". Unless there's something else I'm not seeing, in which case I'll be really grateful if you can point that out for me, thanks! :) Cheers!

Feedback on Chapter 3 Wanted! :)

Thank you so much for the feedback! :D

Dear Mariko


I don't quite get why the first thought of any loss or bad event happening is to "get back at her", grabbing a knife and being out to kill someone. I know it's an animu thing to do, and happening a lot in horror .. still seems so odd.

Hmm I see what you mean! If I ever upload a next version, I'll change the bad ending to

simply stop at a game over before the red splatter shows, like Miryafa suggested. Thanks for the suggestion!

Dear Mariko

Hmm I understand fully why it'll be confusing! I might make some changes in a mext release. Currently yup there's meant to be a time gap between the intro and the main story though - just not too sure how to make that apparent, heh. There's a plot related reason for this, which is why I can't just simply change it unfortunately.

A clearer official explanation below the cut:

The formal timeline is as follows:
-> Darien is being endlessly stalked and harassed by Shinku, but doesn't tell Mariko
-> Mariko is determined to find out what's going on (Intro)
-> Mariko finds out about Shinku and her stalking and is extremely frightened and defensive of Darien. (In Crystallised Latitude it's shown that she did approach the police about it, but they ended up chasing after the wrong culprit all this while.)
-> Mariko carries around a knife to defend herself.
-> She comes home looking for Darien, but finds a letter instead telling her he's left her. She breaks down and is determined to get back at the stalker.

I understand that in a 5 minute long story, this timeline can't really be as clear as it otherwise should've. But for the sake of following with this timeline, I can't exactly change things other than to make the timeline more apparent in hindsight. It's not that I'm defensive to changes or critique - it's always very welcome to know what confuses players that I'll probably have to keep in mind - it's just that in the current situation I'm not sure if the kind of changes you're suggesting can be kept within this canon timeline.

Hope that helps! :)

Dear Mariko

Hiya Miryafa! Thanks for the comments. Spoilers below the cut:

Hoping to explain a few things here :)
- Just to be clear, the game was always created with the full plot in mind. It's too short a game for me to suddenly want to pull something off halfway through, and it's made just in 3 days.
- There are several hints foreshadowing who Shinku is (in fact quite a few, that I've received a few complaints saying that the twist is way too obvious, heh), such as the fact that she doesn't like the flowers in the house and neither does Darien (so only Mariko would like them), Mariko's bed stinks, and she responds to Darien's letter about his 'stalker' with "so that's how you really feel".

As for the game itself:
- The introduction is from Mariko's point of view. The scene switches to Shinku after, and remains so. The intro won't make sense from Shinku's point of view, since the intro's protagonist is clearly Darien's real girlfriend and is trying to figure out what's wrong.
- Mariko from the introduction is from a while ago, and she is determined to find out who Darien's stalker is (the timeline will be clearer in the sequel, Crystallised Latitude).
- Mariko was fiddling with the stuck doorknob before she came in, not knocking. Can understand if the sound effects were ambiguous though- that was the best I could find heh.
- Mariko has been living knowing her boyfriend's been stalked and she herself has been endlessly harassed and threatened by this point. She feels a need to arm herself, but I do understand that it seems weird for her to go stabby. I'll fix that to be more ambiguous.
- Hopefully the real Mariko will be clearer personality-wise in the sequel!

Thanks for the comments - really appreciate them! :)

Dear Mariko

Hi Kirroha

With your permission, I would <3 to perform a Let's Play on this game, the artwork and screenshots (particularly the character sprite) looks pretty awesome.

I've done Let's Plays on other titles such as The Witch's House, Mad Father and Ib, so I'm really looking forward to see what lies throughout Dear Mariko! ^_^

P.S None of my videos are monetized and are intended for walkthrough, entertainment purposes only. :)

Heya Flare! You're very welcome to make Let's Plays of any of my games :)

Mica: Apoptosis

Yes, I have already posted one on Tumblr, which you can find in the Downloads section:

This is at the end of Chapter 2.

Mica: Apoptosis

I have a question (again xD)
I play right now chapter 3 and I don't know what to do now..
I have already read all the diary parts of himena and have now the full story of Divine punishmend (I was in the hidden room and took it out of the small chst) and now I don't know where to go..

Heya! :) There's a key you can find on one of the bookshelves in the forbidden room to go upstairs.