Visual Novel / Death Room

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Don't get too attached.

Can you escape the Death Room?

The premise of the Death Room is simple.

You wake up in a white room with countless weapons and four strangers Ė the brooding Anti-Hero with tsundere tendencies, Dev Hanshin; the chatty and outgoing Plucky Girl, Evie Olive; the sweet and elegant lady in red, Ambrosia of the Phoenix; and the Handsome Lech, Dominic Eld.

Is this the work of a kidnapper? Some twisted Batman Gambit? Or is it All Just a Dream?

Through a bucket-load of choices, you can search for the answers to your bleak situation, get to know your roommates and, most of all, try to escape alive.

Originally released for Halloween, this Ren'Py-based English Visual Novel closely follows the Choose Your Own Adventure format and serves as a short introduction to the rest of Dreamgazerís games. It can be downloaded for free on itch.io. The walkthrough can be found on the official blog here.

Tropes in the Death Room:

  • Action Girl: Evie can rock a gun. If youíre female, you can also be one.
  • Ambiguously Human: Despite looking like one, Dev clearly isnít human. Ambrosia doesnít even know what the word means.
  • Backstory: The characters all try to figure out what they were doing before they woke up in the room. Some are more forthcoming than others.
  • Barrier Warrior: Ambrosia can create shields with just a wave of her hand.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: If youíre a female, itís possible to have this with Dev and Dominic.
  • Big Bad: This can be you.
  • Bittersweet Ending: When you kill yourself to let one of the others live.
  • Blame Game: Pointing the finger at each other is one of their first go-to reactions Ė at least, for some of them.
  • The Casanova: Dominic. 'Nuff said.
  • Cruelty Is the Only Option: If you choose to act like a good guy, you will eventually reach a point where the only way to survive is to kill the two people trying to murder you and Ambrosia.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dev and, depending on the choices you make, you.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: If youíre female, you can win in a fight against Dev and Dominic this way.
  • Divide and Conquer: Itís possible to work together with Dominic or Evie, divide your targets, and attack them that way. You may or may not succeed.
  • Diving Kick: You can use one on Dev.
  • Diving Save: You can rescue Ambrosia this way.
  • Downer Ending: Itís impossible for everyone to get out alive.
  • Easily Forgiven: You can choose to forgive Evie for shooting you in the beginning.
  • Escape from the Crazy Place: A mild version. The only crazy in the room is Dominic, Evie, possibly Ambrosia, and maybe even you.
  • Evil All Along: Could be you. Dominic and Evie might fit the trope, but this is open to debate. After all, their backstory has yet to be fully disclosed.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Since you're the main star, you don't get an in-game picture.
  • Forceful Kiss: You can give Ambrosia one.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The title alone should be enough to tip you off on how to escape successfully.
    • Ambrosia tells you to burn her body before she dies. If you donít, she inexplicably kills you.
    • Despite waking up in a strange room, everyoneís remarkably calm. Ambrosia and Dominic are also dressed rather unusually, and there are some odd hair colors present. Make the right choices and youíll learn that everyone comes from a different world.
  • Gamer Chick: You can ask Dev whether heís a gamer. Given how you are the protagonist, itís quite possible that it takes one to know one.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Subverted only by you.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Dev. Oh, Dev.
  • Groin Attack: If youíre a male and you fight Evie, she can do this to you.
  • Hidden Depths: Thereís clearly more Beneath the Mask for just about everyone.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Itís clear that Dev and Ambrosia arenít quite human. If you choose to slaughter everyone, then that makes them the only two who wonít try to kill to survive.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: You can do this to Ambrosia.
  • The Ingenue: Ambrosiaís sweet, innocent, and optimistic. Except for when you fail to burn her body after she dies.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: As a female, you can do this with Dominic. As a male, you can do this with Ambrosia.
  • Kill 'em All: The only way to survive.
  • Killed Off for Real: You can all die in the Death Room.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Dev tries to keep the peace, but donít mistake him for one in shining armor.
  • Lady in Red: Ambrosiaís title when you donít know her name, but she doesnít act like the trope. Only in the ending where she dies and wakes back up.
  • Locked in a Room: Except there is no lockÖat least, we think so.
  • Longhaired Prettyboy: Dominic keeps his hair in a braid, but itís clear that it falls far past his shoulders.
  • Love Redeems: If you act head over heels for Dominic as a female, he will kill himself in the hopes that you can escape the Death Room.
  • Meaningful Name: When put in order like in the image above, the first letter of each name spells out "Dead."
  • Mind over Matter: Ambrosia has telekinesis and can resurrect barriers.
  • Minimalist Cast: You wonít see anyone else in the Death Room except for those 4 people.
  • Multiple Endings: There are 6 endings, each with variations depending on your choices.
  • Nightmare Fuel: You can suggest cannibalism. Evie tries to make it happen.
  • Not in the Face!: When theyíre having mock fights, Dominic makes it clear that he doesnít want his face injured. Evie feels the same way.
  • Perpetual Frowner: You can go through the Death Room without seeing Dev smile once.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Ambrosia.
  • Rescue Romance: If youíre a male and you rescue Ambrosia, you can get a kiss from her.
  • Replay Value: Thereís an insane amount of choices. Not to mention, itís worth it to play the Special Version at least once.
  • Screaming Woman: Evie wakes up screaming almost all the time.
  • Shaming the Mob. More than once, Dev and Ambrosia attempt to convince the others not to resort to violence. It doesnít work.
  • Ship Tease: Dev looks after Ambrosia on more than one occasion. Dominic flirts with both Ambrosia and Evie, whom he partners with in an attempt to kill everybody else.
  • The Stoic: Dev. Potentially, you.
  • Tattooed Crook: Possibly subverted by Dev. Whether or not heís telling the truth, he claims that he has a tattoo for no particular reason.
  • The Tease:
    Evie: Getting tattoos, maybe? Do you have any more that youíre hiding?
    Dev: No.
    Evie: You sure? Why donít you show us?
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Evie and Ambrosia, respectively. To a mild extent, that is. Evie does have quite a bit of femininity.
  • Trapped in Another World: Everyone comes from a different world. So, if you aren't the one trapped in another world, then one of the others definitely are.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Dev.
  • Twist Ending: Thereís more than one, but the most notable one is when Ambrosia dies and you choose not to burn her body.
  • Unlockable Content: If you beat the game, youíll get to play a Special Version that gives the characters funny costumes. Youíll also unlock the bonus scene titled "The Love Room."
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Evie has white hair, and sheís definitely not to be trusted. When you work together with her, she even admits that sheís killed before. If youíre a female and you work together with her and Dominic, she also implies that sheís willing to commit torture.
  • With Us or Against Us. If you choose to say that youíre a wizard, Evie and Dev think youíre crazy, while Dominic believes you. When Ambrosia seems confused about the term of magic:
    Evie: Good. Come on over and join our side.
    Dominic: The oblivious side.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dev has red hair, Dominic has blue, and Evie has white.

Congratulations. Youíve escaped the Death Room.

But was it really worth it?
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