Set in England during the mid-19th century, Blackberry Honey is a tale about maids, music, and unexpected romance.
The story begins when our heroine, Lorina Waugh, is fired from her previous position as a maid in the stately home of Hartwell. With a large family back in Liverpool to support and a string of unsavoury comments circulating about her rather sudden dismissal, Lorina’s search for a new place of employment leads her to Bly.
Forced to work for fourteen hours a day, with little chance to rest, Lorina is bullied by the senior maids and, most embarrassingly of all, by the twelve-year-old daughter of the Lennard family, Lady Constance.
One of the only maids who deigns to speak to Lorina is the mysterious Taohua – but Lorina wishes she wouldn’t. Despite her lowly status, Taohua has her own private bedroom, never goes to church with the rest of the servants, and rarely interacts with anybody. Her aloof, almost cat-like personality, coupled with her peculiar complexion, eyes, and name, have inspired more than a few rumours around the Shropshire countryside that she might be a witch.
Lorina knows she should keep her distance from Taohua, and she wants to most desperately… but maybe there’s a pinch of truth to all the rumours, because she soon finds herself under the older woman’s spell.
100k words of text
Around 7-10 hours of reading
A cute lesbian love story
A kinetic storyline with no choices/branches
Detailed backgrounds and CGs
An original soundtrack with 18 unique pieces
Very long, frilly dresses
An option to download either the all ages or 18+ version through itch.io.
The adult patch can be downloaded for free here. If you want to patch the all ages version of the game, download this file, drop it into the 'game' folder inside Blackberry Honey, and rewrite the existing adult.rpa file with the new one. You'll know if the game has been patched correctly because the window title will change to Blackberry Honey (18+).
Please note: if I update the Steam version of this game, it will remove the adult patch from your Steam folder, and you will need to download it again. I'm sorry if this causes any inconvenience ;A;
I've just run into this game a few days ago on my search.
Bought the game, and downloaded it... but I can't seem to play the game somehow. (Noted that I'm running the game on a Mac, and I've cleared through the "running the application from an unidentified developer" thingy.)
Every time I click onto the game, it never showed up, and there appeared to not be any sort of notification about the application not being able to run.
Just a problem I've been trying to figure out a little while now.
There's a chance it might be your antivirus software flagging it as a virus and not letting the game launch. You can check out whatever antivirus software you use and set the game to an exception and see if that works. If not, please send me a message at email@example.com.
bit defender is picking half the files up as malicious. when I looked it up, it seems it does not like whatever software the game runs on. It deletes so many files the game shows as uninstalled in the itch.io app. Is identified as "atc4.detection"
Antivirus software often flag indie games as having malware/viruses because they haven't been downloaded many times and so are considered untrustworthy. The VN itself is perfectly fine. The best thing to do would be to mark the game as an exception in your antivirus program so you can play it. If you don't want to do that then e-mail me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can sort something out.
Thank you, ebi-hime! Just finished this amazing story and I'm left completely satisfied. The characters feel natural, the atmosphere is great, the art is beautiful and there were even a few instances where I genuinely laughed a little. (not even mentioning all the sweet moments...)
The dynamic and chemistry between Lori and Taohua is very beautiful and steamy. Over the years I have read one or two h-scenes of many kinds, most of which I skipped entirely, but that certainly wasn't the case here and I believe yours will prove to be one of the most memorable h-scenes. I was loving every second of them.
There surely are flaws only you are aware of, but for me there was only one small part that felt lacking. It being that Constance's predicament (being hated by everyone etc.) and the whole situation with her and Lori was cut short, but that's fine. This wasn't her story and it shouldn't have been. Tbh, I would even argue that it makes the story better, more believable this way.
Either way, this got a tad longer than I had planned...
Blackberry Honey is definitely in my top 5 VN list and I will definitely come back to it in the future again.
So, thank you again, you did an amazing job, ebi-hime!
P.S: The notes and the pictures you took were great, love that kind of behind-the-scene stuff. Sometimes great art comes from using unconventional ways, heh... And for the record, I'm glad Blackberry Honey stayed a kinetic novel with Lori and Taohua teasing and ultimately finding one another, and didn't (d)evolve into a branching VN with routes. The scope of the VN would get a lot bigger which could have hurt the quality of the main route/story as a whole, because more resources/lines would have to be dedicated to other routes.
i got this through denpa, theres an error, during the scene where taohua and lori are making love after lori has gotten constance's doll out of the rain, i get an IO error"Couldn't find file 'tao naked/Tao_nude_b_expr2-copy.png'". the patch from this site does not help
The error has been fixed. Don't try and patch the adult scene with the new adult.rpa because the game won't recognise the file has been changed - you need to download the adult version on Denpasoft again. Sorry for causing you problems!
sorry, but its still not working. i re-downloaded from denpasoft, and that didnt fix it. then i downloaded the free dlc patch from denpasoft, and followed their instructions to install it, and that still didnt work.
You need to delete the old folder of the game first. Don't download a new version and then overwrite the old files with the new ones - that has the same effect as downloading the new adult patch and trying to paste it on top (it won't work). Make sure all your game files are deleted before you download the new version, so your computer doesn't prompt you to overwrite files when you extract the update.
You can try looking for your persistent data in this folder: Eromeidos-1467738994 which will be on your PC somewhere. There should be a file in here called 'persistent'. Delete it, then try and see if the scene works.