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PLEASE ALLOW 15 MINUTES TO LOAD THIS GAME.

Please note: This is a story game with 5 different endings and one bonus. For the most part, you will be reading... This game could be intense for emotionally sensitive individuals.

Summary: Kimiko Yui has been unable to leave her house for over ten years. When her daughter comes down with a mysterious mental illness that requires a chaperone at school, Kimiko finds herself more desperate than ever to conquer her agoraphobia once and for all.

- 5 different endings
- one bonus ending
- lots of choices
- robust soundtrack

Also, the online version does not have screen transitions and does not support full screen mode.

The premium download has the following features;

- full screen mode
- saved games remain after you clear your Internet history
- transitions between scenes
- higher quality audio and video
- supports indie developers!

Premium title is available here: http://www.visualnovelgam es.com/Nowhere-Safe2.html

Also, please vote for our game on the Visual Novel Database:

http://vndb.org/v12577

Reviews


IAMTARAIAMTARA

Rated 4 / 5 stars February 21, 2014

Wow, this turned out to be unexpectedly dark. The Easter egg made me laugh though.

I like how there were no happy endings, only realistic ones. However I felt that the choices you make in the story really don't connect with the result (I got the "good" ending after trying intentionally to be as mean as possible to Kazumi).

Lastly, the police lady looks too young lol.


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redpandagames responds:

Thanks for leaving a comment.

There are young police women out there! :D

Yeah, being mean was kind of the point. Sometimes being nice doesn't get you anywhere, even with your kids. Rule with fear! ;P


AutoAxpertAutoAxpert

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars February 20, 2014

I'm ntreally into graphic novels, but this is really really good. I just don't get why ending number 5 is the best. I guess it's because it is the best for Kimiko and it minimize the sadness for the characters, but I'm really not sure about it. My personal best is actually number 2 .

***SPOILER***(sure, Kazumi isn't going to be normal but at least she gets to grow up in a controlled environment and her parents don't just let her go downhill. Also, Kimiko is kind of an horrible person in Ending 5)***SPOILER ENDS***

I also don't know what to get out of the final easter egg. So, that half star is missing because I'm a little confused, sorry for that!


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redpandagames responds:

Oh, haha. It's okay. A lot of people were confused about it. It's meant to be left up to your interpretation, but people familiar with limbo, retribution, etc mostly understood it.


kenjiBJJkenjiBJJ

Rated 4 / 5 stars January 12, 2014

It was SO negative, lmao! but it was good either way.

My favorite ending when everyone is happy but at the end Kazumi draws that F'd up picture. I think that was the best ending only because She might change when she gets older or something, so that was a positive cliff hanger : ).

It wasn't cheesy at all either. Great characters, music, and my all time favorite is Naoki and Aya : )

When's the next one!? I'm hoping you can make a romantic dating one about a kid in high school playing for a specific team... that would be so cool!


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redpandagames responds:

LOL. Thanks for playing both games. Actually my next game is going to be really different and there won't be another Nowhere Safe. Add me as a friend to follow me on newgrounds for updates.

Lex


recoveryninjarecoveryninja

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars January 10, 2014

Absolutely fantastic! I've played on this site for a while and I'm fond of games like these. The only reason I rated it 4.5 stars was because of the fact that the endings are a little dark and none of them have an actual truly happy ending. I actually agree completely with the reason why you chose to end it on such dark notes, but I feel like there should be at least one good ending. I mean, yes, happy endings don't exactly exist in this world, but there should be at least one that ends up with no death/no hint at death. However, still, great game.

I love the music and my favorite was the cute, upbeat track in the scene where Kento's twin {sorry, I'm a bit flustered and I've forgotten his name} was cutting Kimiko's hair that later reappeared in other scenes that had a sort of positive vibe to them. The music consistently fit in with the particular situations the characters were in and they usually got me into the mood for the scenes, and none of the tracks were really overplayed as much as I've seen other games do. The art was amazing yet simple as well, and the dialogue and story overall was slightly slow paced for me, but it's probably because I'm a very impatient person and I get immersed in the plot so much sometimes that I often want to skip some of the parts and get to the juicy bits that affect the storyline overall, and it was a nice change from the fast paced, in-your-face games that barely give you enough time to breathe. There was a slightly creepy ambience to it but of course I think that was intended, and it was well done.

The characters were well and I especially liked the fact that you made the main character dislikable. Often in stories and games these days, creators/authors make the main character a bit of a Mary Sue and make them too likable with too perfect traits, and I found it interesting to finally play as a character that had a more selfish side to her with just the perfect touch of lack of sanity at times. I'm a little less enthusiastic about Kento but that opinion is biased, based on the fact that I thought Kento and Kimiko's relationship was going to work out well, and I was disappointed that it didn't, although I wasn't disappointed in him. Some people are complaining about Aya and saying she's a one-sided, too majorly flawed character, but I actually liked her as well. I have to say, I have had friends like that in the past and you definitely played off that particular character nicely. And I'd just like to point out that Aya did have some good traits that we're overlooked due to the fact that we perceived her from Kimiko's point of view. It takes a very loyal friend to put up with an agoraphobic that sometimes lashes out at others, and even if she was sometimes slightly less empathetic it was understandable, because she couldn't possibly understood what Kimiko was going through. I liked the therapist as well and felt a bit of empathy for her, but nothing too significant to comment on her character other than she was done well too. I think my favorite character was definitely Kento's twin, because he was cute and brought a nice uplifting, fun feel to the story that it had lacked before, and it was nice to take a breather from such a crazy, messed up life to spend a bit of fun with him, not to mention the fact that he helped Kimiko get through her agoraphobia. Again, some people have complained that he's a bit of a stereotypical gay but I loved it, and unlike other stories, where they introduce gays quite awkwardly, when Kento's twin came in, it wasn't really awkward at all.

Overall, great game that I will look forward to playing again. I've gotten Ending 2 and 3 {2 scared the crap out of me}, and then cheated a bit and followed the steps to Ending 5 because I was so desperate for a happy ending, or at least one that ended without death. I actually enjoyed Ending 5, maybe because it was a change from Ending 2 and 3 that ended quite darkly and in contrast made it seem happier, but I liked that at least Kimiko got to live, and it was incredibly sad when I imagined poor Kazumi pushed out into the street in a hospital gown, wandering around before getting arrested. My opinions towards the endings might be a little biased though, because I'm relatively new to slightly creepy games and I don't really enjoy them mostly because I'm a little bit of a scaredy cat, but this was one too good to pass up. Although I have to say, I did turn my audio off and turn the computer away from me when Ending 2 occured, but I actually liked that ending as well.

I haven't finished the whole game so I might make a few additional notes later, especially about the bonus ending which I'm looking forward to, but I think I need a little bit of a break after this, my poor little heart. Good game, and I will definitely be checking out more of yours ^^

Also, if you wouldn't mind, could you direct me towards a game similar to yours but that has a little more upbeat feel to it? If not, it's fine, I'm just wondering. Thanks! ^^


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redpandagames responds:

Thank you so much for all of your kind words. I am thrilled that you enjoyed it to such an extent.

There is Nowhere Safe 1. You may enjoy that and it's somewhat less depressing. I also have two games for PC. Curse of Slate Rock Manor is similar, but has a good ending. Host Holic has good and bad endings, but the focus is on immersing yourself in a culture, and making your OWN story.

Feel free to check out my site for lots of similar games http://www.visualnovelgames.com


AzariusStarAzariusStar

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars December 28, 2013

I'm not done playing the game yet, but I just wanted to say so far it is really good. I can really relate to Kazumi, I went through/am still battling the same condition. :3


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redpandagames responds:

Thanks so much for leaving a comment! Sorry to hear about that. Feel free to PM me with anything private. When you're finished playing, I'd love to know what you thought.