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.
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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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 🖤
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 email@example.com 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!!
hmmm well the secret ending has to do with mark! that's the only thing i can tell you!
I'm so glad I finally got around to playing this. I kept laughing and falling in love throughout.
This game made me cry in good ways :D Every character was designed so intricately and, they're just all really awesome <3
I can't put it into anything sophisticated or cool or the exact wording of how it made me feel but I'll try. This game made me feel safe, welcomed. It felt like a really good hug after a long cry and now I get to doze off for a nap, knowing I'm loved and not alone. That's how it felt.
Honest, thoughtful, atmospheric, elegant, well-crafted. Very much like or unlike gender, depending on your point of view. This game might not have answers but it has questions and that's even better.
This game wrecked me (pun intended) on so many levels. Everything from the design to the characters to the insight you feel about yourself by the end come together to make a game you want to play again and again.
GENDERWRECKED is a truly amazing game. Between beautiful hand-drawn characters and simple (yet effective) ASCII backgrounds, the player is lured slowly into Aceae's beautiful and terrible world. Using a simple interface, Aceae tackles a daunting and abstract question: "What is gender?".
Released July 24th, 2017, GENDERWRECKED will take you on a journey into self-reflection, and hopefully leave you with a greater understanding of this haunting and glorious world in which we live. Or at the very least, help provide some measure of closure for the poor souls hounded by the need to define one's self that is so prevalent in our modern world.
Any hints for installing on Linux? Loved it on windows, trying to show it to a friend on a Linux Machine (Ubuntu) and haven't had much luck.
hey i'm sorry it's taken a while for me to get back to you-- are you still having issues? i'm afraid i can't be much help and i asked the programmer and she's not sure either :(
Oh my god i love this so much! Art in this game is just a pleasure to my eyes, looks so simple but so unique at the same time! Damnnn i wish i had money to buy this right now ughhh ;-; I've played the demo 6 times already, so beautiful... Look at dem monster bbys <3
thank you so much gosh!!! if you're still unable to afford the game and wanna play it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i can hook you up with a free download code!
Played the demo, and I am amazed. I love absolutely everything about the game! The art, the story, even the music! Is that weird? Does it even count as music? I dunno, but I still love it.
Some time in the future, when I'm not... Completely broke.. xD I'll buy the game for sure!
thank you so much! if you're not able to afford the full game please shoot me an email at email@example.com, i'll hook you up with a free download!
Thank you so much!
Just finished the game, and it's really well made. I love it! I really don't have much more to say, it's simple as that - a really great game. Maybe not, perhaps It's a really really really very awesome amazing great game.
aaa i played the demo and absolutely ADORED it !!!
this game is?? so good?? it really hits the stuff i like and its so ?? interesting??
i want to play and learn more abt this world but so far its really fascinating,,,,,
thank you so much!!! i hope you enjoy the full game too!!!
hi :) i just wanted to say that i adore this––i wrote a poem based on the demo for my high school fiction & poetry class, so thank you for the inspiration! one day, when i'm out of high school and when i can actually...buy things hahah, i'll definitely spend more than $6.66 for this game because the demo made me so happy <3
ah gosh that's so sweet, thank you! i'd love to see your poem, if you're okay with sharing! and if you can't buy the game, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i'll send you a free download code :)
This game fucking rules and it should be taught in schools <3 <3 <3
thanks! and we actually had a professor a couple months back contact us to let us know she put the game on her class reading list >:]
i'm just so happy that something this beautiful can exist. thank you all so much.
thank YOU so much for playing and for this lovely comment <3
aaaaaaaaaaaah i made an account just to comment on how much i loved the demo!! it was lovely, thank you so much <3 i'll make sure to buy the full game whenever i can!
omg thank you so much for commenting, then-- it's so nice to hear back!
if you're unable to afford the full game, email me at email@example.com and i can send you a download key :)
This one really got to me. Thank you.
I really wanted to win this conversation
This is just… really nice. I enjoyed talking to the other monsters. I cried a little bit and I laughed a little bit and even when I didn't, GENDERWRECKED got me deeply invested. And "FAINTHEARTED FELINE" might actually be my GENDER?! And also the game is just really pretty in a post-apocalyptic way.
Whenever I see things like this I get scared that they might turn out to be a gross joke about how confusing/confused/wrong trans & non-binary people are but this game turned out to be nothing but beautiful, poetic, & kind.
It had such a happy ending too, it never made me feel *too* sad & now that I finished it I'm happier than I have been in days, so that was a big bonus!
This game honestly made me feel a little less anxious about talking about being trans too? Like I always feel like I have to be really super casual about it or I'm being overly & sometimes I can't even say "trans" out loud out of embarrassment but I spent that whole game introducing myself as Kevin, he/him & by the time I met Mark I stopped feeling so bad about it.
It was just a really good & kind game, thank you for making it. (Sorry i wrote so much I just really liked the game)
oh gosh thank you SO much! there's no need to apologize-- it means a lot to hear that the game meant something to you <3 i hope you're able to take those feelings with you and keep feeling comfortable talking about who you are!
Wow, this is amazing! The characters are so intriguing and honestly a lot more fun than I expected. I defintely want to buy the full game soon because I just really love this game! I made a video, I hope you enjoy!
thank you so much! i hope you're able to play the game soon-- if you're unable to afford it email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i can send you a download key :)
I actually bought it like a couple days after I played the demo and finished it last week. I really loved the game and I was kinda upset to see it end! Here's the playlist incase you wanted to watch all of my playthrough https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDRY6Xh7DJoF1kTIY94C63sKfR2GtIBI0
Honestly, I feel like this game gave me my gender back? Like I didn't even realized how much I missed the days where my GENDER was new and poetic and this gave me some of that feeling again. After spending so long ignoring my gender out of convenience it's good to be welcomed home like I'd always had a place there. Who's to say it's immature to describe my gender as the squeak of a guitar string or the lurch of a missed step on the stairs?
I should get a diary or something instead of venting in these comments LMAO but seriously thank you for this it's so necessary and good
oh gosh i actually teared up a bit reading this-- thank you so much for sharing your feelings with us, and i'm so happy our game meant so much to you <3
I could only play the demo but the game seems really interesting and the drawings are sooogorgeous <3 Really I think I'm in love with your drawings haha. I'll make sure to buy it one day if I can lmao
hey if you don’t have the funds to buy it then shoot me an email at email@example.com & i’ll send you a download key :)
Thank you for making this. It's really, really special. Or is it they're really, really special? Is this game a person with a gender? I don't really know anymore. Eh, I'm fine not knowing as long as we can all live together and play videogames.
Seriously though, this game made me feel seen. Thanks :)
This game gave me such a wild trip in the very best way and explored gender in a way I could only ever hear my brain thinking. I've never experienced a game (or any piece of media for that matter) that shook my core, made me laugh, cry, and feel my own gender all over again.
oh gosh, what a kind comment. thank you so much, i'm so glad we could affect you like that <3
Now this, this is art. I i wish i could play the whole game, like REALLY.
I'm in love with this, the art is amazing, the story is great and the character development is outstanding. You're a cool person, ryan.
oh gosh, thank you so much!!!
what keeps you from being able to play the whole game? if you can't afford it let me know and i can send you a download key!
I'm kind of stupid, i didn't know there was a full game. Well it's not expensive but
i have to ask before i pay for anything.
It's kind of embarrising that i can't choose what i do with my own money...
Absolutely fantastic - brimming with charm and an incredible ride all the way through <3 DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and play this game and feel so many things at once
Such a great game <3
So short, but so beautiful. Let's all be genderbeasts together!
Sorry about the audio:
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This game is beautiful. It made me feel emotions again. It hurts, but it's better than emptiness. I really hope the apocalypse creates a world just like the one in this game. Swirling fire-beasts, werewolf-women, trees, and all.
oh gosh, thank you so much. i'm sorry that our game made you hurt, but i'm glad it made you feel? sending love <3
shit is fucking phenomenal. As in, something that enraptured my senses and lit a fire in my very soul.
This is very good. I'm usually not into visual novels but the random strangeness and profanity-laden charm is what makes this game endearing and excellent in my eyes. I look forward to whatever you work on next.