The king is having a huge birthday celebration! Five days of dancing, festivals, and drinking, culminating in a grand masquerade ball. It just so happens that Rivian Varrison, the introverted son of a famous nobleman, is forced to attend this giant event by his father. By chance, or maybe something more deliberate, he runs into a host of colorful and shady characters, all with their own stories to tell.
But when a sudden and mysterious crime happens on the second day of the celebration, Rivian finds himself thrown into the middle of it, and has to discover the truth behind what really happened -- and who the people around him really are.
Genres: Mystery, BL/yaoi, comedy, fantasy
~125,000 words (12+ hours gameplay)
3 BxB romance options (+1 side romance!)
Full English Voice Acting
1080p HD resolution
PG-13 and R-18 versions
What's a visual novel?
A visual novel is a game with little traditional "gameplay." The player reads text on the screen, accompanied by visuals and audio, and follows through a set story. However, they can make choices to determine the story's route and the ending. Think of it as a choose-your-own-adventure book, except in a game (and with art and sound!).
What's a BL game?
A BL game is a boy's love game - a game that focuses on a gay relationship between two males.
What will this game be rated/how do the ratings work?
We are releasing both PG-13 and R-18 versions. The PG-13 has no NSFW content, while the R-18 version contains explicit scenes.
How do I install the R-18 patch?
Instructions are included in a .txt file inside the patch zipped folder! Just drag and drop the contents into your "game" folder, located inside you extracted COB to.
I am having the darndest time trying to install the r-18 patch. Full game was bought with steam key. I am not too computer savy, is there any guide on how to find the file and install it? I clicked on the above and it showed it downloaded but where do I go from there? I cannot seem to find the READ ME tzt file and unzipping didn't seem to work. :( I wish that you made this more user friendly. Can you implement the download from steam itself in the future?
Hi, I think your game chess of blades is really cool the art and the storyline is amazing butt... everytime I open it it has a traceback stating that the background png for day 2 (the festival thing after you talk to Linnaeus) doesn't exist..... ( this is for the demo)
I just finished this and it was beyond fabulous. The art, the story, the twists and turns, I love it beyond measure. Rivian is such a kitten, I'm sad to leave him behind but I've seen all the content now.
Will there be a sequel in the future? I'd purchase it for certain, Rivian Varrison has my heart well and truly, as does every one of his suitors. <3
I Seen that you Recently removed the R-18 rating from android devices. Is there a reson you can talk about it openly? I just got a new phone and wanted to play through it again. And on the subject of that Will the android not get a R-18 version when Red Embrace Hollywood comes out?
Thanks! I figured out what happened (I think). I don't see the patches when I open this page with IE. I went to Chrome and the patches were sitting right there waiting for me. Very bizarre! Thanks again for making me keep looking! :-)
so without stating any spoilers, I have now finished playing the full r18 version (played regular on my phone a long time ago) and got all the acheivements seen all 9 endings (though I do agree that the bad endings feel sort of like a game over but still got them). I went through my gallery in extras and realized I'm missing the first image in the other tab. I was wondering if you could tell me what to do to go about getting that or give a hint as don't need all the answers just really wondered what the image is of and i like completing games
Ah. I assumed it would have to be a beginning scene. weird that it says locked still as I did see it. Maybe cause I clicked fast as played before. I'll start a new game and see if it pops in if don't click to fast. I'll let you know if I get it to work. Thanks for the reply.
Absolutely loved this game. Played until I got the happy ending for my preferred love interest (Arden) and now playing on just to see all the possibilities. But I have to admit, I'm kinda sad I can't have more Arden content now. I've unlocked all of his graphics in the gallery, I've bought the art book (which I recommend, it has both additional gorgeous graphics AND some cute/funny BTS stuff) and now I want more Arden content but don't know whether there is any to be found or, if there is any, where. Please advise? Thank you!
So I bought the game again form itch.io and I can't manage to download it on my S9+. Like after I download it and play and then save my things then later open it, it says error and unable to open. And when I press download there is only one file.
From what I've seen so far, the main love interests are Arden, Franz and Linnaeus. I've seen 4 out of 9 possible endings, so my guess by the ones I've seen is that you have a good and bad ending for each of the love interests, plus 3 that are different (because one of the four I've seen was an ending that had little to do with any of the love interests). There's also a side romance, but I haven't unlocked it yet, so can't report on its contents...
Hello there ! I have a little problem. I played this game on my samsung s9 and bought all the routes. Unfortunately, I don't know what to do now. I just finished the route with franz. I would now like to play the route from Arden, but unfortunately I don't know how to do it. Please reply this comment :(
It's so annoying how I didn't know that there was different versions and I bought it on steam. Also I bought the art book and it never loaded. I can't find it anywhere on my steam even though it says I've bought it. Is there anyway to add the r18 version on steam?
I was planning on getting the demo for this game, but I noticed it was no longer on the Google play store so I found it on your site. I downloaded it, but when I try to open it, it tells me it has stopped working.
I uninstalled it and reinstalled it. I downloaded it again and once again it didn't work. So I reinstalled it and restarted my phone. Still nothing.
I know I can get it on PC, but I travel a lot so my phone is more covenant.
Thank you. I did that and downloaded the demo, but I couldn't find where to buy it. Also when I went into the extra section and clicked on other I got a wall of code. I took a screen shot if you need to see it.
One last thing, when I clicked on credits nothing happened. It didn't even light up.
We've updated the Google play version to fix the bug with the Extras section. Credits will be unlocked once you've completed the game at least once.
Purchase screen will show up once you've ended up on one of the routes, and it will ask if you want to purchase the single route or the full game. A future update will add the ability to purchase the full game to the main menu.
Hi! My name is Eli and just recently I discovered your game on Google play. It wasn't until I was looking for a walkthrough for franz route that I discovered there was an 18+ scene etc. I was wondering how can I acquire this? I tried downloading the demo patch but it would not let me. Do I need to re-buy the game all over to get these scenes?
Enjoyed the demo a bunch and, when I get the chance will be buying the full version.The art is great and, I really loved the background music as, it ties in well with the theme of the game. The voice actors were well played and, unique which really helped boost the atmosphere of the game.
I tried it twice, even downloading it out of Itch.io but it happens again.
The 2 times I download it I installed the Patch 18, and when moving the file "script.rar" always asked me to exchange it instead the file w the same name in "game" carpet. Maybe this has somethingto do with?
I can't get the patch for the R18 to work. I keep getting network failed or Forbidden error issues with the download and I have tried it on multiple systems. is there another way or site I may attempt this?
I just finished watching people play Red Embrace and congratulations! You guys made another awesome game. I someday hope to turn my own stories into games or books ( I do write yaoi romance), you guys are my inspiration!
Goodness that would be awesome! Unfortunately I'm not quite an adult yet, so I'm not sure I could. I've been thinking, however, looking into learning how to make visual novels. I think it would be a great experience, so I'll check that out. But I think it would be so cool to write for you guys! I'm not a professional or anything, writing's just something I do for fun. I guess now it's become a full time hobby, though
I've been watching people play this game, and have fallen in love! But it is simply too expensive for me. That is why I have this question: is it possible to get a game key? And if so, what would I need to do to get it? It's alright if I can't, it was just a thought I had.
I just bought the Android version on itch, and it says that there's supposed to be a zip for both the .apk and .obb files. However, the download gave me ONLY the .apk, which I installed and such on my phone. The game is completely playable, but I don't get the 'R-18' splash screen; not sure if the android version differs from steam in that regard.
ANYWAY! Is JUST the .apk file good for the full-VA R-18 game, or do I need the .obb file as well? And, if the latter, would you mind throwing me a link or something to where I could find it?
Ah, looks like we changed it to just be the single .apk file. There should be another download button for the R18 version in your itch downloads page (4 Android download buttons really...2x no-VA and 2x VA ones).
It’s been a while since I played Chess of Blades. But since I liked the game a lot and I’m on itch.io now, I‘d like to give my impression (possible spoilers included).
Overall, the game was a great experience. I was hooked since the first time I heard about it, because I’m a sucker for fantasy, romance and aristocratic themes. Moreover, the characters were very handsome and fascinated me at first sight. Initially, I wasn’t sure about the humor part because I usually don’t like comedy that much. But I have to say, it turned out to be very pleasant. It didn’t feel ‘over the top’, as it is often the case in games with comedic themes. And I had the feeling that it fitted very well with the noble setting and the puffed up little peacock boys and girls (as Sabre would say).
I also liked the characters, especially the cold-hearted Linnaeus and the passionate Franz. They were so different in their personality. I remember that one dinner scene when they sat at the table next to Rivian and looked at each other in such a malicious way. I already saw the cutlery flying through the room. : D Of course, Rivian was great as well. He was such a cutie with his unique sense of humor and his social allergy! I couldn’t have wished for a better protagonist. I also liked the supporting characters. Everyone had their own unique personality and was an important part of the story and the world.
The storytelling is very good, too. Each route had a different story to tell, so you didn’t get the feeling of having seen everything after completing one route. That motivated me to play through the game several times. I also liked the many secrets and plot twists. Especially Sabre’s route was a very interesting surprise. It wasn’t what I expected (in more than one way hehe). But I’m very happy how that turned out to be.
The art style is also very beautiful. The characters and backgrounds are carefully designed and a lot prettier than in Requiescence. The protagonist and his three love interests look very detailed and elegant and their appearance fits well with the setting. The same is true for the supporting and antagonistic characters.
But also the background characters are drawn with great care. That’s very important to me, because those minor characters are often involved in the events in one way or another, even if we often don’t know exactly, who of them is talking at a certain moment. Sometimes, you hear some voices whispering, talking, discussing, or cheering in the background, while seeing different faces. That gives me a feeling of immersion.
The only criticism I have is that some CG's were used for multiple scenes without adjusting the background. For example the identical kissing scene with Sabre in the cellar and in Rivian’s room, although Rivian’s room looks totally different.
I’m really thankful that the game has full voice acting! The voices fit so well with the characters they belong to. I must confess, I really fall for Franz. His voice was so deep and sexy, that I still have goosebumps while thinking about it. Only Sabre’s recording could be somewhat better. I sometimes had the feeling that his dubber’s microphone was of lesser quality. But maybe that's just my imagination. Overall, I liked his voice too.
The music is very memorable, cheerful and goes well with the aristocratic theme. I especially liked the opening tune and the melody that was played at the stalls. You really feel like you are part of the festival. As if you would stroll along and buy things yourself.
Another advantage is that the game is more interactive than Requiescence. I prefer to have lots of choices in a visual novel, so that I can feel more like a part of the fictive world around me. I also liked the way how there’s no obvious way to reach the good ending and therefore you could say something wrong and miss it by accident. When I play a game I want to be challenged and to think about what I'm saying to solve a situation satisfactorily. In this regard, I especially liked the courtroom scene in Linnaeus’ route.
Unfortunately, the bad endings felt more like a ‘game over’ to me. That was a pity, because I think that endings should be designed in such a way that you feel like you've come to an end, even if it's a negative one.
But that’s the only bigger point of criticism I have. I had much fun with the game. Next to story and characters, I especially liked the playing time. I prefer long visual novels (around 100,000 words ore more) because I often feel that shorter games leave to unresolved issues and open questions. Nonetheless, the Story has the potential to be continued. I wouldn’t mind another game, which is playing in this universe. But it can also be considered a completed work. Both things work.
Thanks again to Argent Games for this very good game. I had a lot of fun with it. Keep up the good work! : )
Absolutely Loving what I've seen of the game in videos but when I downloaded it onto my tablet and played it.... Everytime before the background changes the screen goes blank except for the background with the music still playing and freezes like that for awhile. Is this normal or....? Is there anything I can do to stop it from happening?
I'm having a problem going to Sabre's route.. I've download the patch and tried everything but it just does not give me the option to split up. it just automatically starts Arden's route, it frustrating.
Really enjoyed this one! I've only played through Linnaeus' route so far, I have a soft spot for arrogant guys and long hair so I knew I had to do him first, I mean play his route first what. The writing was wonderful, I loved the little quips between him and Rivian. The art was gorgeous, I particularly liked the backgrounds. I really loved the GUI as well, it was nice and simple yet elegant, perfect for the setting.
My favorite part was probably when they first met, and Linnaeus kept going on about Riv being a 'lint picker'.
edit: I also really enjoyed the trial part at the end! Gave me phoenix wright vibes and it was fun presenting the evidence.
Lovely voice acting too. Probably my favorite of your games so far! Fantastic work and congrats on getting it out. a++ 5 stars thumbs up