this game wormed its way into my brain and said "we're going to be okay." i haven't stopped sobbing since. pls i love it and you sm <33
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
"[GENDERWRECKED] ended up being such a fascinating, deep look into gender—and how people decide their own—that it made me start to finally get a grasp on the damn thing. Gender is a fuck, friends." -- Kotaku
"Humorous, defiant in its glibness, and moving in its sincerity." 90/100 -- VentureBeat
"By the tail end... the game has ripped out your heart with a fist made of maggots while it warmly holds your hand... It was made for the monsters, the ones who are just trying to live... We deserve more games like this." Verdict: Yes -- Zam
"Genderwrecked... feels like it exists through sheer force of will alone, as if the developers had to cram all of their ideas, personality, and being into the game.... Stuffed to the seams with heart and charm." -- Itch.io Recommends
"Philosophy, comedy, and horror combine in a silly and clever exploration of identity." -- IGN
"There's something deeply honest and sweet about this post-apocalyptic fantasy world where everybody has a place to figure out who they want to be and how they want to fit in." -- PC Gamer
"Funny, charming, and thoughtful" -- Rock Paper Shotgun
"To see such care taken into depicting multifaceted stories about gender is rare in videogames" -- Unwinnable
"The first game I’ve ever played where I felt completely seen and understood as a person who tentatively identifies as genderqueer... I really can’t recommend this game enough." -- Autostraddle
Jury Award -- Melbourne Queer Games Festival 2018
GENDERWRECKED is a post-apocalyptic genderpunk visual novel about traveling broken lands and kissing/fighting/talking to monsters in an attempt to learn the true meaning of a mysterious force called GENDER.
- Make out with the sun
- Be mean to a tree
- Become parent to ONE HUNDRED FIFTY NINE MEATY BOYS
- Seduce a robot dad
- Gay worms
- Secret ending??????????
- AND MANY MORE
(A free demo is also available, encompassing two chapters of the game.)
CW: Gore, body horror, suicide ideation, gender dysphoria, dissociation/depersonalization, insults to intelligence, parenthood, death mention
Nightjars: Ending song (Bandcamp)
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Release date||Jan 18, 2018|
|Author||ryan rose aceae|
|Genre||Visual Novel, Interactive Fiction, Role Playing|
|Tags||2D, Colorful, Experimental, Gore, LGBT, Monsters, Transgender|
|Average session||About an hour|
|Mentions||itch.io Recommends: Aria's Story, Bit Ra..., "No matter what, we never stop fighting...|
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this was funny and really enjoyable..and .so incredibly beautiful....i'm crying rn....i dont think i have anything else to say
I once played this game at a video game convention at a museum near DC! I have been looking everywhere for it since and I am so ecstatic to have found it.
was that the smithsonian american art museum arcade in summer 2019?? i'm so glad you found us again!
Never before have my views on gender been so perfectly described. I still don't understand it, or know why I care so much about understanding it, but at least I know I'm not alone. But that's just the message I got from it. You may find a different meaning.
Edit: nvm I think I found a good definition of gender. This game works wonders.
I think I fucked a tree....
It's so hard to end videos to make this a series, I just want to keep reading more! Exactly my type of humor, the writing is so well done and the art is GORGEOUS. Go read this one, because it's absolutely been worth it so far.
I wish I had something coherent and poetic to say about this game, but it's now living permanently in the space I used to use for thinking. A huge win for the intersection between genderfluid furries and dad enjoyers. Can't recommend it enough :3
Such an amazing game, I loved every second of it and it has become one of my favourite games ever! I felt so at home and comforted by all of this game and just would recommend it to everyone!
I was looking forward to playing this game, and it still somehow exceeded my expectations. I think I'm going to be thinking about this game for the next few days
honestly, i didnt know what to expect from opening this game, it just seemed fun in concept but after playing it i want to say: you made the perfect game to make us monsters feel together, thank you :) - a wandering nonbinary asexual
Love this game so far but 0/10 its railroading me into kissing someone i wouldn't want to (jk on 0/10 but its, like, annoying bordering on slightly (slightly) upsetting i do not desire to kiss any dads. I wouldn't even ask if I could. My orientation is dadn't sdfhgsdknj).
aw i'm really sorry it's upsetting, but also you don't have to kiss any characters you don't want to! two character routes require you to *ask* if you can kiss them but you can opt out of the actual kissing
after spending a week at home getting misgendered and having to explain over and over again to my mom that im not a girl, this game made me feel like i could breathe again. it made me feel like im not so alone. like there are other people who get what im feeling. i cant wait to play it again. thank you so much for this.
This game was amazing, from Larry to Jolene the Tree, the characters were so lovable and unique and their dialogue was really charming! I found myself the proud parent of 159 MEATY BOYS! It has just the right amount of ambiguity and open-endedness that really lets the world breathe and live. Awesome stuff!
I ADORED this game... The gender euphoria from being able to choose it/its pronouns for myself was amazing!! Thank you so much
aa the demo was amazing, can't get the full one but the art and writing and character design was so fresh and awesome!
thank you!! if the problem is not being able to afford it you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and i can hook you up with a download key :)
Thank you so much for making this. I love it!
I can only play the demo rn but it looks so good!!!! I love the aesthetic and the humour. Your art style is also sooo rad
i love this! the art is so pretty. i cant buy the full game, but what ive seen so far is really good!
thanks so much! if you can't afford the full game you can always email me at email@example.com and i can get you hooked up with a download :)
This game was so much fun and so sweet! Thanks for making it!
Thank you for making this. I plan on purchasing it as soon as I can afford it.
Thank you, this was exactly what I needed to hear.
this was an really great experience and I felt *seen*, and also it's AMAZINGLY sweet considering how terrifying everything looks. It's short but one of those things that gives you a lot to think about afterwards. Thank you so much for making this <3
just played the demo and oh my god i loved it . i'm so sorry i can't afford to buy the whole thing and support the creator because it's made me so happy , as a violently genderqueer person myself this has made me feel so seen thank you for making this i'm really sorry i can't support you
I played the demo and just loved it!! If I was able to get the full game I would bc I LOVE what I see
why can't you get the full game? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, i can send you a download.
i loved every second of this and what it stood for. it made me feel more seen than i think anything else has yet. thank you to all of you
thank you for making this game. it really got to me in a deep way. i have been struggling a lot this year with my own gender. i haven't figured it out at all but this helped me feel closer i think. i am going to be on my quest for a while, i think, but this certainly helped me feel understood and seen. thanks again i loved this game xoxo
man i wish i could get the full game, but i loved the demo!
Just played the demo, I love Phil so much. What a legend. Thanks for this insanely specific game that caters to my very specific tastes and shows just how. w e i r d gender is fgdhfgfd
hopefully ill get the full game someday i cant wait!!
ps if you can't afford the full game, email me at email@example.com and i'll send you a download key
fuc i dONT HAVE MONEY bUT I LOVE THIS OK
and phil is cool 👍
As someone who has recently been digging around in its gender feels, this game made me feel seen and warm and good in a way that I expected from reading about it and yet caught me totally off guard still. I don't really know how to gather up all the words to express how much this made me feel. Thank you so much for making it!
I really appreciated the way that this game sought to encourage discussion of gender's role in different ways and in entertaining fashion and would suggest it as a primer to those early gender questions to many with some caveats. That said, I was pretty displeased to see the one clearly extremely unpleasant character so strongly associated with neopronouns with no off-balance. For all the sense of inclusion otherwise, I walked away feeling like the game was telling you that neopronouns aren't valid and are only for arrogant pseudo-intellectual edgy people, which is exactly the stereotype they already have to deal with from outside the queer community. Perpetuating it within the queer community is a hard sin to swallow, even with the rest of the game being nice.
Entirely fair, but also I really liked Jolene. Hoo was super, super cute and my second favourite person to kiss.
i'm really sorry that's how it came across! that was never the intention and honestly i love jolene just as much as all the other characters, hoo was actually my favorite to write. hoo's abrasive personality is certainly not a reflection of my or heather's feelings about neopronouns, which i fully support, and have tried out in the past myself! jolene might be a little annoying but to me is still lovable and worthy of respect and community, and i personally don't like writing all my queer characters to be friendly and sweet, because i think we should be allowed to be abrasive and messy and difficult. jolene is also a little bit of a self-drag, because i can be a bit pretentious and use 10 words when 2 would do, and am kind of a dick sometimes when i really want someone to be my friend.
i hope this helps and i'm so sorry that our game made you feel othered. (also sorry this reply is so late. for some reason i don't get notifications when someone posts on this page, so i only see them when i remember to check.)
oh god i cannot express the amount of pain i feel having to put this in a folder to buy later, i just spent a bunch of money on some games and then right after purchase i find this monster,this beast, this absolute unit of a eldritch horror of a game and its calling my name, and a dumb bitch for not waiting a few more minutes to see this glorious masterpiece. As soon as the weekend hit this game shall be within my grasps and i will play it i promise thee that much. (also i fucking love this art style)
I JUST FINISHED IT AND I WAS RIGHT THIS IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH
this game is For A Me
This is a beautiful game, I've wanted to play it for a bit I'm so glad I actually did. The characters were awesome and it got me thinking about gender in a way that I hadn't before. The ending was so touching, and even though the game was pretty short when the characters returned I was glad to see them again.
I'm glad to be in a world where this game exists
never in my life did i think making out with the sun in a video game is something i would do. but ya know what, i'd do it again.
you can help someone punch the sun in Monster Prom
look the sun is hot ok
The advertising is accurate: my gender is wrecked.
In all seriousness though, (not that that wasn't) I adore this game. It brings adorableness to creatures of horrifying nightmares, sensitivity to creatures seeming unfeeling, and meaning to a seemingly empty world. I know I will be returning to this game because I have to. In the best and worst of times this game shows the possibility of unlikely friendship in an extremely short amount of time. It reminds me how large our impacts can be when they are ever so small. And it reminds me to keep searching for things I love, but sometimes that search is just me reaching out to others to come find me. We are all on our own journeys, but there's no reason we can't follow our paths together as they inevitably intertwine.
I love this game and it loves me.
this comment is so sweet and articulate/poetic, thank you so much! the game definitely does love you 🖤
Follow-up Note: I have returned to this game at least 3 times in the last year, though I lost count, it’s probably more. Each time I play it, or even listen to the end song (17 by Nightjars, which I bought on Bandcamp immediately after my first playthrough), I feel like I’m transported back to those feelings of love and hope and sadness and friendship. It’s wonderful. Gosh, maybe I’ll play it again today.
Probably my absolute favourite game I've discovered here. I keep recommending it to everyone I know.
Poignant, honest, and beautiful, I found myself utterly in love with each character and felt like I never wanted this delightfully monstrous journey to end. When it arrived, I started replaying it again to see what else I could learn. I have honestly never felt my gender so accurately represented before and have entirely changed my opinion on maggots.
thank you so much! it's really wonderful and heartwarming to hear that GENDERWRECKED meant so much to you, thank you <3
today i tried to buy this game for a friend and i accidentally bought it again for myself but its chill bc this game deserves it
ah i'm sorry! email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i can get you a download key to send to your friend if you still need it!
I cried so much as the credits rolled. My gender is in a good place right now, but I remember every bit of what it took to get this far.
Thank you so much for making this for everyone.
I really have ta know if the secret ending is something i've already found, or if there's still more to this game!
Also, I want to read the PS's from other players, can that be done? ;w;
Either way this game is so... Feeling?? I don't know I gotta process. But, moon is kinda really helpful to my own gender quest!!