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Excellent writing as always, unique and appropriately stylized art, and the music, ah...inject that right into my veins! As a specific comment, I appreciate that, although this and "Fragile Feelings" had a similar relationship dynamic, you were able to make the characters distinct enough that at no point did it feel repetitive or formulaic. Not that one could ever even remotely accuse you of being formulaic, anyway. So yeah, good job!


I really enjoyed this VN. Really good story writing, visuals and music ... a wonderful experience. I like emotional turns and seeing the protagonists grow over time. 


I played Blackberry Honey some time after I researched and bought it and it was interesting to play through a VN not knowing if there were any choices and whether the setting was realistic or magical.

I had a great time overall! Constance was an interesting character (she certainly has room for personal growth :D) and I especially enjoyed the scenes with Theodora and Emilie.

I also appreciated reading your notes about the story afterwards. Thank you!


Victorian maids, swoony romance, gorgeous music and sweet blackberry jam. But for me the most favourite part of the story was Taohua's flashback. The writing in this section was so enchantingly beautiful as was the music theme of young Taohua. Amazing visual novel, I highly recommend it to all the maid lovers!


My first VN and I loved it! I’ve since bought several more (including many of yours). I might be hooked on the genre generally and your stuff specifically :D

Lovely story, charming characters, beautiful art. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on walks too. The sequence where we get Taohua’s origin…I found I couldn’t put it down. The scenes with the bully maids, I got legit anxious.

Thanks for the excellent story! 

FYI: worked great on Steam Deck (though I had to switch to Proton Experimental to get it to launch right). It’s a great medium for playing VNs on the go! 

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I genuinely loved this game! The writing was lovely, and the story and its characters were absolutely adorable. I always love being able to get emotionally invested in a story, and this one was truly heartwarming. Plus, it's always nice to have a VN ported to PlayStation, as that's my primary means of playing games and so on. All that's to say, thank you for making this game, it was an absolute joy to play <3

Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed reading Blackberry Honey! <3

This was an AMAZING story and an absolute thrill to read!  I'm psyched as hell to buy and binge read more of ebi-hime's VNs!  Thanks for releasing such a touching, heartwarming & emotional VN!

Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed it! <3


Is there any chance for a spin-off in which Constance gets a redemption arc? ;-) 


The chance is not actually zero! Just give me a year or two... >_<


I won't lie, I sat through the entire story, I got so pulled in that I didn't even move. I got so obsessed with the characters and fell in love so quickly. This was wonderful, the story was so touching and heartwarming, I loved every second of this and I thank you so much for the emotions that this brought!! I cried so much, my poor lesbian heart. This is truly a gem in my eyes <3, I'm so glad that this vn is here.

I love this soo much, I can't stop thinking about it. This was a ride of emotions. It literally became my favorite story ever. Thank you so much for making this!


Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed Blackberry Honey; your kind comments are appreciated! <3


This was one of the best stories that I have read, explicitly it because it is a type of story that I love, about two girls that fall in love. I really love that stuff, all though I did get pissed of several times because there wasn't enough details about what happened with some interactions, like the one with Constance, when she was sick and threw the bowl of portage, it drove me insane not knowing what happened afterwards. Then there was the time that Constance took me by surprise by doing you know what with Lorina to see if she'd recoil, but she didn't (at least from what it seemed Lorina didn't recoil), but you didn't give more details of what happened in the room immediately after it happened, out off all the other interactions that didn't have a decisive end, this one pissed me off the most because I really want to know what happened between Constance and Lorina then, after all it seemed to have shocked Lorina quite a bit. Also, I really would love there to be another game that continues this story, after all this story has given me major inspiration to make a story based off of this, although if I did make a story based off this I probably would go overkill like usual and make it outrageously long, I probably would double and possibly triple the amount of words in this. After all, I love details and I am not scared to do an overkill job on useless details that you would never actually care about, after all if you read one of my prices of works you probably understand that I am quite overkill, like this review/comment is overkill. I just love this story. Also, I found this story on the Xbox One, I bought it there, but I am thinking about buying it again to have it on my computer. I really feel like this story could do very well as an animated story, just add a lot more details and you could make an entire animated series on this, I really feel that the story would come across much better with it being animated with a lot more details. Or just a lot more details, either way it would be good.

Also, sorry that this was quite long for a comment. I really wanted to give some good feedback on this game, after all I am truly in fatuated with things like Yuri/GL/BL/Lesbian/Gay basically content about the same sex being in love with each other, in fact that is what drove me to get this game, after I read that it was a lesbian love story I bought it without thinking about it and my decision was a very good one, as I loved it so much.

After losing her previous workplace, Lorina Waugh happens to find a new job at a small estate of Bly, as a housemaid. 

What is particularly valuable about this game is the storytelling. Ebi-hime’s narration is presented very delicately with a slow-paced flow of the story, resulting as a relaxing form of reading.

You can read more about it in my review (

This was a really great read, I remember not really caring about much in the beginning but very soon after I found myself sooo invested in everything!!! Thank you so much and everyone who worked on this!

Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed the story! ♥

Hey. Just had to come back here after I finished the game to let you know, I loved it!!! Looking forward to more from you! Honestly wish there were more games like this!!!

Oh, thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed your time spent with Blackberry Honey! ♥


Just purchased the game and tried to run it on Linux. I get this error:


Could not import renpy.bootstrap. Please ensure you decompressed Ren'Py

correctly, preserving the directory structure.

Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "/home/games/BlackberryHoney-1.0-market/lib/linux-x86_64/../../Blackberry", line 198, in <module>


  File "/home/games/BlackberryHoney-1.0-market/lib/linux-x86_64/../../Blackberry", line 188, in main

    import renpy.bootstrap

  File "/home/games/BlackberryHoney-1.0-market/renpy/", line 56, in <module>

    from renpy.compat import *

  File "/home/games/BlackberryHoney-1.0-market/renpy/compat/", line 59, in <module>

    import future.standard_library

ImportError: No module named future.standard_library

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Deleting lib/linux-x86_64/lib in the game directory fixes it.


That worked, thanks!


Cheers, this worked! It still doesn't launch on Linux with the current build (Jun 19, 2021) unless you delete the included Python libraries.

I do wonder what's going on here, though. My guess is the included libraries are old or missing components, so when it's deleted, Ren'Py uses the Python libraries present on the user's computer, which are newer and more complete.

who did the art if you don't mind me asking?


The main artist is Oxykoma, but afaik they haven't posted anything online in years.

Thanks for your help :)


I'd love to get into the game as well but I keep getting this. Any idea of what I'm doing wrong? 


Maybe something in this thread will help?
The issue might be that you've put the game in a folder called "save 'em", and the apostrophe is interfering with the game launching. That, or it could be related to your antivirus software.


I re-downloaded the files needing to be extracted to a normal folder with no special characters in the name. I don't have anti virus software on this PC, so thats not stopping me. What am I supposed to be doing after extraction to get the game to play? I'm using Windows OS 10.

You click the application file called 'Blackberry Honey' and it should launch.


this is so so unique and underrated, thank you for your work

aah thank you very much! i'm glad you liked it! >_<

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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

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 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 so we can sort something out.

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.

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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.

i've tried doing this, but the error persists. the only thing i didnt delete before reinstalling were my save files, because i didnt know where their located

You can try looking for your persistent data in this folder:
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.


Really liking it so far. not really a light novel fan but im enjoying myself nonetheless. sweet character, nice art style, and very pleasing music.