There's still a problem with installing the game. Just wanted to inform you. By the way do you know more detailed realese date yet?
A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
An adventure game with visual novel-style narrative, Minotaur tells a dark mystery story set in a newly created science fantasy world. It is a game inspired by Zero Escape and Danganronpa series, various visual novels and old-school point-and-click quests by LucasArts, Sierra and others.
A picture is worth a thousand words! And demo is just... priceless. Download our 0.2.0 demo for PC/Mac to try Minotaur out.
A short summary of gameplay features (0.2.0):
- point-and-click exploration and puzzle solving,
- visual novel-style narrative in complete voice over,
- rich and detailed sci-fi setting,
- character skills,
- hint system.
Coming in next version:
- timed sequences and boss fights,
- multiple choices which affect progression and endings.
If you're stuck at Nod's or Maya's, check out our spoiler-free walkthrough.
Minotaur is a 2,5D game with 150+ animated backgrounds. At the risk of sounding cocky, we think it looks really cool. And its native resolution is full HD.
STORY AND CHARACTERS
Minotaur tells a story about a group of nine characters (five of which are playable) who find themselves unable to leave their own home. Tensions rise as things start to take turn for the worse and it becomes clear that their unfortunate situation is not an accident, but a trap of elaborate design. Revealing the identity of its creator and understanding their motives is now the matter of life and death.
The story unfolds from perspective of five different characters, and although you can only unlock routes in succession, your actions and choices in each of them have universal effect and lead to one of four different endings.
We created our own universe with
blackjack and hookers demons and penguins. We called it The Universe of Seven. It's a very detailed science fantasy world with its own history, geography, rulebook and characters. We hope that Minotaur will be the first in a series of games set in U7. Other U7 projects we're currently working on are Red Crown, a novel scheduled for 2017 and a prequel to Minotaur, and a board game.
We hope you like Minotaur demo. Let us know what you think, feedback is important. We listen and try to make the game better.
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See you soon in Nova...
Simply extract archive, launch .exe (PC) or .app (Mac) file and voilà — you're in Royce apartments, trapped in your room.
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Hi kawosz20! Sorry for replying to your comment so late... We were waiting until we know the exact release date ourselves, but we're still not sure yet. However, we'll make sure to post an update about it soon! We also plan to fix the install issue here on itch.io when we upload the new build, so for the meantime (if you're still interested in checking the demo out) you can download it directly from our website. Cheers : )
Dunno if you guys have heard about this from someone else, but seems like there's a problem with installing the game from the desktop client. Downloaded and played this demo ages ago. Had an issue with it ending after ch.1, but that was solved by downloading directly from uof7.com.
Now, tried to reinstall it (new computer) but get an error, and can't install it. Checked out the file that gets downloaded, and it's weird - not an exe, zip, rar, etc. file, actually doesn't seem to have any file type -- def not the same type as most other itch.io games. The client's updated since then, so I guess something was changed in an update?
Downloading from itch.io in browser gets me an actual rar or zip file., so the problem's just with the client.
Hi wallach! Thanks a lot for letting us know and describing the issue in detail : ) We've had this problem before (we believe it was you who told us about it, actually!) and thought we dealt with it, but you're probably right and our solution didn't withstand the test of client update. We know what to do to fix it more, er, permanently, though, so thanks again for bringing it to our attention!
No problem. Yeah, I think it was me before, and like I said the the client update brought up the issue again, so you guys know what you're doing!
Can't wait till this is a full game!
Hey there, I took a look at the issue and it seems v23 of the app isn't able to extract the .rar (for the Windows build) as it is currently.
The good news is that the next version of the app (v25) installs it correctly. If you wait long enough, the problem will resolve itself ;) However I'd recommend using butler to push the windows build of the game instead, you can find more information here: https://itch.io/docs/itch/integrating/quickstart.html
Hi Amos! Sorry for the late reply... As you can see, we've decided to take the "wait long enough approach" :D But seriously, thanks for the advice. We'll be updating builds soon with a new demo and EA release, and we'll make sure to use butler for both!
I put this off and, once I started playing it I was sorry I did! It's a really brilliant game!
An Awesome demo that leaves you wanting more!
I seriously adore Ollie in all her snide little ways!
Hi Raithias! Well, better late than never, ha-ha :D Thank you for letsplaying! We're glad that you loved Ollie (we do, too!); hope you'll be back for next release!
Enjoyed the demo! You laid some pretty fancy lore down, and created an interesting world. I just wish the demo had ended with a little taste as to what the plot was!
I'll be watching the development of this to see where it goes!
Can you tell me the title sequence music please ? That song practically made me want to play this wonderful game.
Hi RayVenCain! Of course - it's "Arctic Futures" by Rex Sanderson and Michael Hopcroft. We're glad that you liked it : )
Hello there i love this game and i was wondering if you could tell me about the music in chapter 2 that starts playing when you enter mayas room. I really like it and would like to hear it more.
Hi dembaku72! Thank you : ) The music is "Waiting on a Dream" by Rusty Bradshaw. It's a great chill-out track, we're glad you liked it!
Wonderful game, terrific voice acting and writing. The demo definitely left me wanting more.
Loved the style and type of narration of the game! Narration was something extra and interesting for my LP! I'm definitely gonna have to check it out on KS!
Hi TheKIngTwizz, thanks for checking Minotaur out! Kickstarter campaign is over, but we appreciate your LP, and we're glad that you like the game :-)
Played the demo. Looks good. Could you extend it to include one of the boss battles? I wanna see how they work.
Hi HelBeard! Thanks for checking Minotaur out. Unfortunately, first boss battle happens much later in the game, so we'd have to extend the demo considerably (isolating it would require a lot of work, too). However, we'll start testing alpha in a couple of months, and will record a bunch of videos from the game. Those will certainly include boss battles! Hope you'll check us out then. Cheers!
Whenever I download it anywhere, it tells me I'm missing MSVCR110.dll. Any solutions?
Hi batmanisfab! This is a file from Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package. The package usually comes with game clients (such as Steam) and other software, but it's not included in this demo. If you want to play the demo and you don't have this package, you will need to do download and install it. Here's the link which covers most Windows versions.
Hello! This game looks amazing and i'm dying to try out the demo, sadly i cant seem to intall it. this is most likely a problem on my part i just wanted to make sure.
Hi Zeeloo! Thank you for checking us out. Can you tell us which system you run (Windows or Mac + version), and whether you're trying to launch the game directly or by using itch.io client?
Hi! thank you so much for getting back to me. I use a windows 10. And i try to download it from the itchio desktop client. Thanks again!
No problem, Zeeloo! There might be some issues with itch.io client (we haven't sorted them out yet), so if you don't want to wait, I suggest downloading the game directly from our website (http://www.uof7.com/minotaur/), unpacking RAR and launching Minotaur021.exe
That should do the trick! But let us know if it doesn't.
Are there supposed to be 2 chapters in the demo or just the 1? I thought 2 but it seems I can only play the 1
Hi wallach! You're right, there are supposed to be two chapters: Nod's and Maya's. Can you tell us where, exactly, does game end for you and how does it happen (do you return to menu or does game just quit)?
Hey, thanks for responding. The game ends after the first chapter. It just returns to the menu. I actually ended up downloading the demo from the u7 website and that one had both chapters, so the problem's just here in itch.io
This game is great! I've only played Chapter 1 so far, but I'm just really liking the aesthetic, the characters, the voice acting, the dialogue, it's all top notch! I can't wait to see and play more!
If you're interested in seeing some of that gameplay, here's a link to check it out!
Hello, I apologize for bothering you with such a basic question but...how can I extract the RAR file?
Hey ohbde, you probably figured it out already — you need a software like WinRAR to do it.
This looks amazing!! Obviously a lot of work went into all the details- I love the graphics, music and overall atmosphere- a dystopian wonderland haha!! I gave u a thumbs up on Steam :)
Hi, FireCatcher8585! Thank you for your comment... and especially for going an extra mile and voting for us on Steam:-)) A "dystopian wonderland" sounds like a great tagline, and we're happy that you liked the game. We wish you best of luck with your projects, too — let us know when you'll post a game on Steam!
This is a really cool and well crafted visual novel. The art style is great and well detailed, the music fits perfectly with the world, and the story is interesting and open for expansion. I realize this is a short demo for a much larger story, but I am really impressed with whats here. I play a lot of VN and I have to say there are very few that look like this game. I love the fact that the world still feels very much alive when playing through the dialogue. The fact that there are actual animations and moving parts around you, really makes this world stand out instead of a still image. All in all a great and interesting indie VN that I look forward to playing more once the full version is released. I did a video on my experience with the demo if anyone is interested.
Hi, Maineiacs! Thank you for your detailed comment and a great let's play. Hearing someone who plays a lot of VNs saying they like Minotaur means a lot! It's really cool that you remembered "The Spirits Within" (we also love that movie!), and that you took note of extras and even "About" section. We're happy that you liked the animations, and kudos on figuring out the puzzle! We hope you'll play next demos and full version once it comes out. Best of luck with your channel!