A downloadable game for Windows and Linux


Toma Andrews, aged 14, has always felt like an outsider. She enjoys spending time in graveyards, and feels more comfortable among the dead than the living.
That is, until Toma meets a strange girl in her local graveyard who might be a real ghost.
The girl asks Toma if she will stay for a while and listen to a story. A story about a girl called Emmeline Burns, who died a tragic death back in 1851.
Toma is compelled to listen, but at the same time, she feels uneasy. After all, what can she do? How could she ever hope to help somebody who has already died?


Emmeline is a short kinetic VN (it has no choices) that is around 18k words long. Also, despite the title, it's not as sad as some of my other VNs.

PlatformsWindows, Linux
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(70 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
TagsAnime, Cute, Historical, Kinetic Novel, Lesbian, LGBT, Romance, Short, tragedy, Yuri
Average sessionAbout an hour


The-Sad-Story-of-Emmeline-Burns-1.0-all.zip 465 MB


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After riding the high of What Happened the Night Before and Play Choices' The Haunting of Braidwood Manor, I wasn't sure what to expect from The Sad Story of Emmeline Burns. What I found was a thoughtful, beautifully wrought story about the intertwining of familial legacy and growing up. The sprite, CG, and background art are the high quality I've come to expect from ebi-hime's games. The music stood out as particularly wonderful. After playing the game proper, the main menu offers a cute bonus scene of Emmeline and Nellie as well as access to a music box of the game's soundtrack. Do check those out! Emmeline Burns is a sparkling gift of a game. I can hardly believe it's free.

Everything about this VN is so beautiful - the story itself, the writing, the character designs, the music, the feelings. Toma's character development was nice and the final scene was very emotional. There is also a funny extra scene ^^

I really enjoyed this VN (KN?), and honest to God that extra scene had me cracking up big time.

I've got done playing this VN..let me just say one word to sum this up..AMAZING!!!!!! This is strictly (no) This is beautiful well thought out VN i've seen..Love the story the characters..400/10 stars

although a masterpiece of emotion and expression is, by now, "business as usual" for ebi-hime, that doesn't make this visual novel any less wonderful. this is beautiful, cruel, and wonderful. and in being so, it is so very real. u really are spectacular, ebi-hime.

i love the art so much!!!

so cute!

Ebi-hime you are awesome :) :3

This was absolutely lovely!


i download but cant play rude


wow wy do we always have to download stff to play it thats just mean mean mean mean


love the artwok and style of this game.


Just a heads up: by putting all versions in one zip, you've made the game incompatible with the itch.io launcher!

Ebi-hime, you are one talented artist. This was a phenomenal piece of fiction and would rank high with some of my favorite Yuri stories of all time. The writing was superb, the visuals gorgeous, the music quite moving, and overall I feel there are very few ways this could possibly be any better. You hands down, easily did the best out of everyone. Keep up the good work.


Loved the game, and thanks for the extra bonus scene! ;)

Thank you! There should be another bonus scene soon, too... >w<

I loved it. Emmeline reminded me of myself, and she was funny, despite her story. The ending was heartwarming as well. I'd like to know where I can find the song in the credits though.

Aw, thank you! The ending song is by a band called Hungry Lucy, and it's called Her Song. You can find the song on the band's jamendo page here! I'm a fan of the band, so you could check out some of their other albums as well, if you want!


I thoroughly enjoyed this game. The writing was very well done and the story itself was quaint, innocent, and very refreshing.

Awesome work, guys!

What a thoroughly wonderful story! Thank you for creating and sharing it. I should be writing my latest novel, but I certainly don't regret spending my time with this lovely story, gorgeous artwork, and delicate music. The programming was inspiring. This goes into that small list of favorites that I will view again from time to time in the future. I am very grateful for the opportunity to immerse myself in this. Thank you.