A downloadable visual novel for Windows and macOS

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Set in their second year at the exclusive private school, Gainsford Abbey, the story follows four months in the lives of two school girls. 
Saffron* and Melody have been best friends since middle school, but when a tragic accident seems set to part them forever, it’s time to find out what true friendship really takes.

*(protagonist – name can be changed)


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You play as Saffron, though you will have the ability to influence your friend, Melody, as well – for better or worse - over the course of the game. There are ten romance options planned, five for Saffron and the other five for Melody, as well as friendship and club paths that can be embarked upon or ignored and a minor stat-building element.


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The full game will feature:

  • approx 125,000 words 
  • 50+ Backgrounds
  • 70+ CGs
  • 22 character sprites
  • 10 different romance routes (5 for Saffron, 5 for Melody)
  • 2 school clubs, complete with field trips
  • Minor stat building element which affects in-game encounters


Projected release date:  TBC

Price: $16

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BFF-Demo2-1.4-mac.zip 243 MB
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BFF-Demo2-1.4-win.zip 244 MB

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I really liked the demo and I am looking forward to the release :) the only sad part is that I can't romance Melody at all...  =/ It would've been my preferred route haha well, keep up the great work! Will be waiting for the release of the full version to buy.

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Hello, kah.vn

Sorry for the late reply - I'm not sure how I missed this. And sorry, too, that you can't romance Melody; she and Saffron are moving in different circles since the accident ^_~

I should be starting progress updates again soon, so there will  be more information and perhaps some sneak-peeks coming in the few weeks time.

Thanks for playing

haha  don't worry, thanks for the reply ^^ I must say the accident was a plot twist to me.. I really wasn't expecting it (and I've seen a fair share of animes, movies and all). The art is lovely and I really liked the characters! Congrats for the whole project and I will be looking forward for the  sneek-peaks *-* and for the full game too haha 

This game looks great, I can't wait for the release :) I already played your other games, so I know even this will be good. Just a question, you can't romance Melody right? If so I'm a bit sad, but the other route will be good :) Can't wait for the release :)

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Hello, MaryQueen

Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the demo. No, sorry, you can't romance Melody. 

Lol, perhaps I should make an alternative game where Saffron 'misses' the accident and it's just the girls and boys at school. (I was joking, but I wonder if I shouldn't now... >_>)

Anyway, thanks for playing ^_^

This game has such a unique proposal! The Demo made me excited, I look forward to the full release of the game.

Ah, thank you. I'm glad to hear you're excited for the game - I'm looking forward to the release date, as well. 

I can't wait to start the updates again in October. ^_^

Thanks for playing

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Hello! How's the progress? It says Summer 2018 and we're in the fall.

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Ah, I thought I had updated that. Apologies, other games in development have been delayed and so this one has been pushed back. I will be working on it once more when Heaven's Grave has been released - which should be before the end of September - and I plan to add a lot more content as well, so we're looking at then end of the year.

Many thanks for your interest

It saddens me that I have to pay 16$...I'm 14 and we don't have dollars here..I REALLY REALLY LOVED IT 

guess I can't play :(

Hello, atsunaa104, and thank you for your interest.

I am sorry that $16 is a lot for you. Unfortunately, I am no artist and though I can work for free the others who contribute need to be paid for their services. 

However, when it gets closer to the release date, I will be asking for playtesters and offering a copy of the full finished game as payment, so you could apply for that when the time comes.  ^_^

I have encountered a strange bug - when I try to go see Switch a bit further into the game, an error occurs and I get the choice to rollback, reload etc... any advice?

Hello Junesong

I'm sorry to hear you have encountered a problem. Please can you send a screen shot to support@blackcross-taylor.com and I will look into it.

Many thanks for playing

Done :) I really love the demo so far, other than that particular error it was absolutely fantastic and Switch is perfectly precious. Cannot wait for the full game!

Many thanks for sending me the error - I tried to email you by reply, but it was just bouncing back for some reason. 

 Looking at the error, the game is trying to upload the next conversation for Switch but, because this is the demo, the next one is unavailable.

I've fixed it now and am rebuilding the demo - it will be about 10 hours before the fixed copy is available to play, but I thought I had better let you know in case you were looking forward to getting another chat with Switch once the error was fixed - sorry. >_<

Thanks for playing ^_^

How odd! I will have to check my e-mail settings for strange behaviours! 

Ah, no worries, I just thought I should let you know about it, and it's always good to know the reason why bugs and errors occur :) I will await my next chat with the endearing little hooligan when it is available, and thank you for making such a wonderful game! :D 

Just played the demo and I was sweeped in, it is so good! I love the character designs, the storyline, everything thus far! I was shocked when I realized what the terrible accident was and almost cried myself despite only having a short establishment with the characters, I already cared. I'm already itching to know what happens next (especially in the romance department because who am I kidding, I love a good romance). Again. Proud of you <3

Now, I don't know if this is me being dumb, but if I went to the save menu, the only way to exit was to load the game i just saved so I don't know if you will be having a return menu or not, but just a note!

Hello, WinDix, and thank you for the feedback - I'm glad you became invested in the characters so early and are eager to know what comes next.

As for the save menu, I'll be redesigning the whole GUI soon (well, I'll be commissioning some else to, anyway ^_^) and a return button will certainly be something I add, but in the meantime I believe a right-mouse click should take you back to the game.

Thanks for playing

Hey I'm getting a crash right after the intro credits end. Playing on windows.

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Hello, Andraoise,  I'm sorry to hear you are having problems. Looking at the files I have here, it seems that in my attempts to fix a smaller problem brought to my attention yesterday, the new file I uploaded is corrupted. I'll build a new demo from scratch now and upload it in a hour or so. 

Sorry for the wait.

Okay, the new windows version is up now. There will be a short wait on the mac version while it uploads.

Many thanks

Thank you~

I am not sure if the report card meant to have a error but it does. I don't see how I can continue to play it without seeing something important such as that. Be glad if you fixed it.

Hello, PizzedOffGamer, I am sorry to hear there was an error. Please can you post a screenshot of it or send one to support@blackcross-taylor.com so I can investigate? Also, are you playing on Mac or Windows? 

Many thanks

This is what happens when I click on the report card and I am playing on Windows.

Hello, PizzedOffGamer,  believe this should be fixed now if you would like to re-download and try again.

Many thanks

I love this game so much!! Especially the MC  aka Saffron.  I always wanted to play a character who knows how to fight! I can't wait for the full release! 

Hello, atsunaa1o4, I don't know why but your comment really made me laugh.  

I'm glad you're looking forward to the release and getting into lots of (in-game) fights. ^_^

Thanks for playing

I love this game, but I'm very sad about the fact that Saffron did a dead. I forgot the name of the red haired boy but he is Best Boy and I would lay down my life for him. I can't wait for the full game to come out, but I'm still kinda wondering how the heck romance is going to work when we're a ghost.

Hello, MxAiden, thanks for the feedback. I can't reveal too much here for spoilers, but being a ghost is no impediment to dating so I hope you can look forward to some romance ^_^

Thanks for playing

What a fascinating premise for a romance game. I played through and, while this may sound a little conceited to say because I'm controlling some of her actions, my favorite character was the MC! You wrote her as such a passionate and strong-willed woman I couldn't help enjoying "being" her for a bit.  I was really looking forward to romancing Melody- because I thought it was so obvious that the "old best friends" romance would be one of the available options... but I guess that's not to be, huh? ...This may require some fanfic after the game comes out so I can get my fill of Melody/MC. (Though I understand why it won't be in game!)

This is going to be a hell of a game to play, especially since at-best the endings will all be bittersweet. Do you know if it's planned for late, mid-, or early Summer?

Hello, ArchEvangeline, and thank you for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the demo and it's always heartening to hear it when people's favourite character is the MC.  A large part of the enjoyment of visual novels for me has always been  getting to roleplay the MC, so I hope I can allow others the chance to step into someone's else shoes and have fun with it, too.  

At the moment, this game is the last in the release schedule for the four games I'm currently working on, so this is subject to change, but I am hoping for a early July release.  

Thanks for playing

Blackcross & Taylor

We don't have much to go on yet but the characters all seem to have unique personalities! The concept-which I will not disclose here-is very unique, at least to myself. Generally in visual novels, the protagonist is the center of attention and everything revolves around you and the character you play. What makes this one unique is that you build a world around Saffron. At the same time we are off doing something, you know that Melody is doing something somewhere else. In this visual novel life goes on even when you aren't around to see it! ;) I look forward to the full release! 

Hello, feastonthefalln, and thank you for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the demo so far and found the concept interesting. 

I always enjoy playing games where you can feel like you are part of a larger world, so I hope I can bring that feeling to this project  and give players a game they can become immersed in.

Thanks for playing ^_^

its very nice visual novel.

its very longs as for demo version. I've been playing here full version game shorter than this.

well about the story... i tought its gonna be another dating sim taking place in school. but im very suprised how it changed on the end of 1st day of class.
i have to admit game is a bit sad. and its had how both main characters feel after what happened this time.
the dialogs are very well wrote too.
 
the idea is good and very original.   
i would tell more details but I dont want to spoil it.

i like how game is based on making choices in a lot of situation.
not every visual novel do it.
and i really like when ican make choice and decide how the story will continue :)

You could make the better interface (I mean easy way to check Uni map or how good is Mel's  marks).
The artstyle is great. All the characters and background looks very nica and detailed. I also very like music

well after finishing this I'm stoned. and a bit sad. 

anyway, I hope I'll buy the final version  

Hello and thanks for the feedback. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the game even though it was a bit sad – and thanks for keeping your comments spoiler free ^_^

It is very good and it made me cry a lot.

Oh, no! Well, I am glad you enjoyed it all the same. Thanks for the feedback. ^_^

it looks very good

Thank you and Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the demo if you played it. 

I played it and like it very much ! 

Ah, I'm glad to hear that.  Thank you for the feedback. ^_^