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.:: VNs Now's 2015 English Visual Novel Game of the Year ::.

"Love is both poison and cure, both knife and remedy."

Rosa's best friend, Catherine, is dead and she is sure Catherine's betrothed, Marquis Guilleme is to blame. Mother says so. Mother says he has to pay with his life. Although, she knows by now Guilleme is no ordinary man. He is tainted. A monster. He cannot be killed by usual means. To seek the best revenge, she must find out all his secrets and destroy him. But will her own dark desires consume her or liberate her?

No matter.

Mother will tell her what to do.

Set in the romantic 18th century France, play as the third person point of view character of Mother — a unique twist to the visual novel decision making medium. Decide the fate of the characters, scold or console, argue or assent… Just don't be surprised if they start to question your commands.

What people are saying:

"Cupid is, simply put, everything Ive ever asked for from a dramatic EVN. This game will hurt you and you will love it for doing so" - VNs Now

"Cupid is a very ambitious game with the story that it is trying to tell along with all the details that it packs within it. And it does it so well! 10/10" - Hayurika

"Swear to god, if this isn't in my top VNs this year, something will have gone gravely wrong." - Christnenarium, Youtuber

"I love this. Truly one of the best visual novels I've ever read. The art was beautiful, the story was amazing, the characters were interesting. I fell in love with Guilleme... this story will be with my heart for awhile." - Anonymous, Tumblr

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love the art. I envy you.

Excellent stuff. Nicely written and the artwork is terrific, great job!


i think you have to download the itch app and then install it.

Hi Xkiller642! You don't have to download the itch app to install. It's a standalone file. Hope you get to play our game!

Does this truly have virus? I am hesitant, because I think this game would be great...oh well, let's take the risk anyway.

Hi there Karen! The game is scanned with both Avast Antivirus and MalwareBytes and both came up clean. As of the time of writing, the game has been downloaded 6k+ times in Mediafire and more in Steam. Some anti-viruses just give a false negative on Ren’py files. If you're still worried, the Steam version has no complaints. It's free so please give it a shot!  http://store.steampowered.com/app/421670/CUPID__A_free_to_play_Visual_Novel/

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..... I am left speechless with its twisted story, the intepretation about different kind of love, and the characters' interaction.... and boy how much I wish I could go to Lethe so that I would read this story over and over again without crying ocean :')

This is the first visual novel i play in my life, and i must say: OMG i love it. The music, the characters, background even the story.  I cried in certain parts of the game, maybe it was the music (of course, i'm a crybaby haha) ... I do not know but I congratulate you for this visual novel.

I have played this game and i must say you did a good job. XD if you are a magic the gathering player like I am anyone. The part where the guy kept torturing himself with a figment looked like an Eldrazi version of his wife.  (that actually scared me like hell) 

 It's been a while since I've come across this visual novel, I can say this is one of the best games in terms of character development; you can really see it flourish through the gameplay. This is coming from someone have played a lot of VNs. 

From all the visual novels,I have played my most favorite is "Cupid".The story,the characters and the atmosphere are amazing!I have unlocked all the endings when I first played it on Steam.

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DONT DOWNLOAD THIS GAME YET, the possibility exists that one of these files contains a virus. 

is it safe to play yet?

It isn't. I got a virus through downloading.

i downloaded it from steam and it was fine o:

The version which was uploaded on Steam is probably not the same as this

Yeah I first downloaded this game from steam. It was fine. So it might only be on her that the virus is on one of the documents.

Cupid is an amazing visual novel that is both dark, heartbreaking, and engaging. It is geared toward young adults. (For those of you having trouble installing the game or reaching a certain ending, the creators have very comprehensive guides available. Look through their social media posts.)

The beginning of the game describes the life of Rosa, a wandering, poor, orphan who finds refuge in a church after the church's priest brings her in to treat her wounds. She is described as strangely beautiful and confuses the priest by offering apologises to an unknown entity.  [WARNING: indirect spoilers ahead]

Rosa is a captivating character who grows and develops throughout the story. Her best friend, Catherine, is another character who players learn to love, pity, and possibly hate. All the characters in this story are complex, wounded, and searching for one thing: love. For some, the love they seek is from someone else; for others, the love they seek is selflove. 

Cupid is a great game. One of the things that make it great is the way it uses sex. In many romance novels/games/stories, sex is a means to an end. But in this game, sex is both beautiful and terrifying. It is through sex that the truth is revealed and the downfall begins. Overall, we see into the minds of the partners in such a well-versed script that leaves readers hot, bothered, intrigued and fearful for one of the parties involved.

One of the previous comments discussed trigger warnings. This game is not for people who are triggered by: mentions of sexual/verbal abuse, suicide, self-mutilation.


why is my computer detecting this as a "ramnit" virus....? it won't let me install


I am going through the same problem... Is it still the same for you? If not can you help me with it?


Same. I installed it and my computer detected a virus. DONT DOWNLOAD THIS! Im currently searching after the problem and i'll have to destroy the virus if i find one, i really hope that this isn't  a real one, that'd be dissapointing.

Yeah I had to scan it with both Avira and Malwarebytes in safe mode and delete all the temp files because both programs only quarantine so I had to delete them manually. I didn't know this so when I just scanned normally the first time I ended up getting more "backdoor viruses" long story short just make sure you delete all the files in temp if you have Avira. My computer seems okay now... I do think it's a real virus. Sucks because I wanted to play the game.

My anti virus programmed scanned everything and deleted the probably infected files, i scanned the others manually but there wasn't something suspicious, but i can't delete three left  pyton files even though im the administrator which is really weird.. I researched about this game but i couldnt find anything ..

Played this game on Steam. Totally twisted and I love it! I really liked the idea of playing as the villain (or anti-hero, depending on route). Very creative, beautiful art and a fascinating tale.


why is it that so many people say the game is sexy? what is sexy about a demon crotch with teeth?!

Okay, I haven't played this game in a while, so you're going to have to remind me when the heck that happens. XD

The game is so good. Perfect Dark fantasy and sexy too :) Please more!

So many ways wrong the Eldrazi scared me 0-0

This game is so wrong in so many ways

this was endlessly captivating. thank you.


Respectfully, given the SHEER AMOUNT of heavy/dark content in this game, I think it's in drastic need of some trigger warnings. I wasn't put off by any of it myself, but there is SO MUCH both shown and implied for certain themes that I feel you really should put something, somewhere, so players who may have potentially been through certain things themselves don't have it dumped on their lap unexpectedly... after all, there's a vast difference between what one person is able to handle as "dark" or expects, and another, especially in a game that's so aggressively heavy in certain aspects as this... and no, I don't mean the gore or sex. :)

Other than that, I did enjoy this. The conditions for some of the endings felt a little arbitrary, at least so far as "why does X lead to this ending and not Y", and the big plot twist was sort of predictable, but I liked the cast a lot. I was really impressed by how expressive the characters were, there was so much detail in so many tiny tweaked character expressions that it made them all feel distinct and real. The atmosphere in the scene where Rosa was searching the room in the dark was absolutely fantastic and beautifully terrifying. Sound tends to get neglected in a lot of visual novels, and you did some great things here with yours. It's a little disappointing that so much of the villain's character and motivation is only delved into if you get that chapter seven for the bad endings, because I feel like it really sheds some important light on why they are the way they are, versus simply being a "monster", and it helped me understand them and sympathize for their cynicism far better than the long winded ethics conversations in endings one or two. But it's still a very well executed and engrossing visual novel, and I hope we see more from you soon!