"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?
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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Hello, I have a request if it's possible. This is by far one of the best VNs I've ever played. Unfortunately my computer is once again out of commission due to a security measure wiping it when I tried to run Windows 7 on it [apparently it wasn't made to run Windows 7] now it's got no OS and is locked out of Windows entirely. All I have left now is my phone.
My request is, could you please consider making an Android version of this game? I would love to continue playing it if possible but I can't afford a Linux installer atm and unfortunately Linux is the only OS I can put on my PC now.
The story itself was beautiful , the psychological tugs and pulls are what made the game so good. The only negative thing about the game was the unnecessarily long dialogue. There were points where they wasted time on things that had no effect on future events. The problem with having overly descriptive text is the way it would un-immerse you from the game. If you were to come out with a remastered version of the game i would recommended keeping the paragraphs short and to the point, if it wasn't added to advance the plot it probably shouldn't be there.
Wow.... I have so many things to say about this VN but I don't know where to even begin... The entire experience was just jarring and heartbreaking, yet absolutely amazing. Thank you for making this game!
Please make this available on Android. I loved this game on PC but now I'm unfortunately lacking a computer all together. All I have is my LG V20 Android phone and I would love to be able to play this game on it. It is one of my favorite Visual Novels.
OKAY Y'ALL I JUST FINISHED PLAYING THROUGH IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WOO BOY WHAT A RIDE
its really good. i thought i wasn't going to like the third-person aspect of it but i loved it, as it was done extremely well. many (and i mean MANY) twists and turns. i didn't even understand half of what was going on, but i really really want to play through it more and find out.
its a wild ride. its great. everyone should play it.
this game has so many twists and turns! played this in one sitting. i fell in love with the characters, except mother. i wanted to be nice to rosa and she keeps patronizing her lmao i would def recommend this game to others. caught me by surprise on how dark this game got
This made my dick stand all the way up and I don't even have one. That's how you know it's a good game. Mannnnn, I must have gotten goosebumps at least twenty times while playing . Striking imagery and flawless sound design had me quaking.
It was so much more than I anticipated, and once I started it I physically could not stop it until I reached the end. Giving this piece of artwork away for free should be a crime, but hey, I'm not complaining. 10/10, would play again. Wow was that a ride.
Taleetos, your comment made me laugh so much! I'm glad to know you enjoyed the game, and it is my pleasure to know the story made you grow a phantom appendage. Let's hope this is for the best. Hahaha! Hope you keep supporting us in our future games!
You know I love your game but Have you recently scanned the existing file on Cupid?
I scanned the files five times with windows defender and it came up with a virus. While this game does indeed work only on steam so far I Highly suggest that you fix this bug that is on the game. The one main virus that was found quite a lot on the game was the trojan virus which basically steals all of other computer users data.
This is regarding the file on Itchio
If you were unaware of this I just wanted to let you know.
Hi Maria! Thanks a lot for letting us know! I've uploaded a new version for everyone's peace of mind. Thanks for supporting us all this time and I really do appreciate your help! Let me know if there are any more issues through email: ferventdev @gmail.com. Thanks again! ~ame
taking my first plunge into itch.io, but I found this here so I'm copy+pasting my 2016 review from Steam (with some changes):
I can't recall if I've ever played a visual novel before... I tried this one because I was in the mood for something dark and romantic, and it was free! So what was the harm?
First, I admit that I have only J U S T (as in, the last 60 seconds) finished my first playthrough and ending, with more to discover upon replaying and making different choices. I flew here to give a review, because I have to say...I LOVE this title. I had played 90min of it last night without noticing the passing of the time because I was completely engrossed in it from the first few minutes.
It hits just about all my buttons - very dark story and themes, supernatural and demonic juxtaposed against light and purity and hope, visceral horror and gore... Things that would have not been suspected of this title in the first 20min or so. My only cricitism at the moment, without more time to reflect further or more playthroughs to add more to my consideration, would be that the story was slow for a good time and then took a huge change in pace and tone in a very short span - I'm not sure if my choices influenced that, or if maybe I was lulled into a false sense of security by the quiet happiness of the earlier parts of the game...or if it's a pacing issue with the writing.
The writing is delicious. The characters are very well written; each with very clear personalities and multi-faceted...for good or ill. (that's a reference to...the story...not the quality of writing. it's hard to write without spoilers! I JUST WANT TO GUSH) There are many delightful subtleties to the writing. It was readily clear to me what (spoiler character's name) really was at a certain point, but this is hardly a bad thing - the fascination is in watching the truth unfold and play out, which was done very well. Horror and fascination and a horrible, ghoulish glee were all things I felt!
(this is where the art student comes out, hello) I love the art as well; clearly a strong anime influence, but there's more visual depth and weight to the characters than most anime-influenced styles. There's a delicacy to the linework that I appreciate, and emotions are conveyed clearly in the expressions used. The muted pastels in the overall color palette are lovely, and contrasting that with the harsh, dark colors of...more intense moments...is very effective.
I can't wait to dig more secrets out of this game...
This is a title I would have happily paid for once I had played enough to know I loved it. Thankfully, I wish I can support the developer and all who helped them thru itchio! There is so much more meat (pun intended) to this game than meets the eye, and so much work merits compensation. I hope to see more from this developer in future!
Hi pinkensteins! Thank you so much for the detailed and glowing review! I'm so happy you love the game and we want to continue making more games like this. Please continue supporting our future releases ^-^. Happy holidays! Thanks for making our day! P.S. Wow I just realized you followed us here from Steam to support us. Oh my... You are wonderful! Thank you so much!
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/
..... 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.
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.
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 ..