Farewell, My Childhood Self

Player Rating7.00/8

"#9 overall, #2 for 2011"
based on 4230 ratings since 06/16/2012
played 53,617 times (finished 3,253)

Story Difficulty3/8

"trek through the forest"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a SnickersĀ®"

Maturity Level6/8

"I'll need to see some identification"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 16. If this were a movie, it would probably between PG-13 and R.

       heart.jpgDo all first loves end up like us?farewell.jpg

Player Comments

This is the last comment I'll leave on this story. I had to give myself time to cool down, read other comments, and think a little more objectively, so that I could give an intelligent rebuttal.

As for the artwork... I honestly don't like anime/manga style, but I still recognize that talent and effort put into these illustrations. The art matches each scene well and makes the characters and story feel more real. I wish more interactives used illustrations like these.

While this story may have a few clichés, nothing about it feels forced, nothing manipulative. While many parts of the story are sad, many parts are happy. It's not a sob story, but a perfect blend of elements, moments happy and sad. Like life.

The sad ending doesn't come from some cheap plot twist or deus ex machina. It was set up, legitimate, and believable. Rather than sentimentally throwing cheap melodrama at the reader, the action and characters gradually draw the reader into the story, coax the reader into lowering their defenses and set them up for the endings flawlessly.

I also like that when it comes to sex, this story knows how much to show and how much to imply. To have an overt sex scene would have tarnished the story, made it feel like mere wanking material, not something beautiful. The little teases and steamy yet subtle illustrations give the story all the sexual tension a romance requires.

It is, in short a masterpiece. I have only two regrets. The first that the author does not seem to have produced any more of these gems. The second is that this story may have spoiled lesser interactive romances for me, forever. I have yet to find one that could come anywhere close to this.
-- Some Guy on 4/30/2013 1:04:30 AM with a score of 0
Just to add on what a couple of people (JJJ and jkulibert from memory) said below, the story was noticeably written to make the reader sad (or at least it felt that way). The story had so many love story cliches - the difference between my experience of the story and theirs is that they worked on me.

With that said, I still think you did an amazing job of making those cliches work. I've tried it and it's not as easy as it looks. (I don't like looking at your story in this "it's just a pile of cliches" sort of way, because it genuinely made me feel, but it would be unfair to leave this side of the review out.)

Anyway, thanks for writing this :)
-- October on 1/14/2012 5:04:57 AM with a score of 0
It's well written, definitely. I didn't really love the pictures, I'm not really a fan of the style that they're in, but that's just my own griping, if I liked that style of picture, I think they would be perfect for the story. My major issue with this though is that it constantly feels like a pathetic appeal. That is to say, it feels as if you're consciously TRYING to "pluck my heart strings". The trick to writing a "sad" story is to make it sad, naturally. This felt sad predictably and sad for the sake of being sad. Since I felt that way, I didn't actually FEEL anything from your story. For an example of a similar story that's done more naturally, check out Snow by Sethaniel.
-- JJJ-thebanisher on 11/17/2011 1:01:08 PM with a score of 0
this game made me cry. well done.
-- erii on 4/19/2017 12:59:23 PM with a score of 0
Great story
But still great story was beatiful
-- Lukas Larson on 4/12/2017 2:35:54 AM with a score of 0
It was a very beautiful story. The only criticism I would add is that it felt too short and there wasn't enough of an emotional investment into the character. It was easy to see from nearly the beginning of the story where the end would fall, so the constant foreshadowing made it hard to feel too upset by the end. The images were beautiful and added a lot to it, making it more enjoyable to go through. Another nice element is that the length of each page was good being pretty short and easy to digest. Though, I really do wish there was more length and emotional heaviness to the overall piece. It would take it from being a pretty good piece, to an amazing one.
-- SweetSkeletons on 4/10/2017 5:12:58 AM with a score of 0
Very good story
-- GMAN C on 4/6/2017 10:01:29 AM with a score of 0
omg that was AMAZING!!!
-- SophiaDaSavage on 3/28/2017 8:34:03 PM with a score of 0
Every time better than the last
-- Burnty52 on 3/27/2017 11:39:46 PM with a score of 0
Absolutely lovely...
-- Burnty52 on 3/27/2017 11:17:46 PM with a score of 0
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