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.
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)
|Updated||15 days ago|
|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...|
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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org & 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:
What do i do with Python.exe?
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.
I loved this game, I bought the full game:
I am struggling to describe my experience without using hyperbole, but this game is special and good. There's a heart to every corner that radiates truth. I loved it.
loved it. thanks for sharing
THIS IS MY KINDA FUCKING GAME HELL YEAH HELL YEAH HELL YEAH
i was going to post some screencaps to a part that really hit me in a way i don't think i've ever realized before, but i figured it was a moment someone else might want to discover in the same way i did. so instead i'll just say, thank you so much for making this <3
This is a very intersting Demo, I would love to play the full game :3
This, frankly is beautiful, I personally adore Franny, i would love to play the full release, this is very exciting!
really good! my favorite visual novel so far!! i cant wait for the full release