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Aria's Story is an Western RPG by Lydia. The game uses RPG Maker VX Ace as its engine. The game is focused on exploration, story and puzzles.

Aria is a bookworm who loves adventure stories and always spends her free time in the library. One day she falls asleep while reading a book and when she wakes up the library is closed. Believing that they forgot to wake her up, she tries to find a way out.... In that moment she becomes the protagonist of her own story.

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In September 2019, the game received a remake which added several new scenes and two new endings.


This game provides examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: In the Normal Ending, Lewin and his friends claim that Aria's adventure in the book world was this Of course, they have a good motive to stay silent...
  • Art Initiates Life: The fake Aria is very likely the result of this.
  • Cheerful Child: Aria has a cheerful and sunny disposition.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The photograph. And the blue feather which acts as a save point.
  • Clones Are People, Too: As Lewin comes to care for the fake Aria as her own person instead of a Replacement Goldfish he realizes that besides having the same appearance and kindhearted personality, the similarities end there (she doesn't even like books that much compared to the real Aria). In the Good Ending, the fake Aria is reborn into the real world as a girl named Wendy, a girl that vaguely resembles Aria, but is very much her own person.
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  • Crapsaccharine World: The book world appears to be cheerful and completely innocent. Then some unsettling things begin creeping out from behind its shelves....Even the Narrator lampshades it and warns Aria "not to be a boring protagonist and die too soon".
  • Dead All Along: The real Aria has been dead for over a month and the current one is an artificial human created by Clyde.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Aria finds herself in a world based on book genres and must find her way out. Entering each world means no going back until the very end. If she makes it out in the end...
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: This happens to Aria in the Bad Ending, after finding out she's an artificial human.
  • Golden Ending: Averted. Word of God says that all the endings are equally true. Of course, some endings are obviously better than others.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The Narrator keeps treating Aria as if she were the protagonist of a book. It's because Aria is a fabricated person and the world she's trapped is a dream world based on Lewin's book.
  • Interface Screw: In one room, all description text and dialogue appears backwards. It's part of a puzzle.
  • Jump Scare: Several appear throughout the game.
  • Killer Rabbit: The rabbit monster that keeps chasing Aria.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The Narrator is prone to do this, storytelling the whole adventure and treating Aria as the protagonist of a book. Aria is understandably unconfortable about it.
  • The Lost Lenore: Aria (the real one, not the facsimile created by Clyde) is this to Lewin and Clyde. So much that Lewin wrote a book about her to the point of self-harming and Clyde tried to bring her back to life with his powers.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: In the True Ending, Lewin accepts that Aria's cheerfulness led him out of his solitude and motivated him to pursue his career as a writer.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Though some puzzles don't penalize you for wrong answers, you can never be sure whether a wrong answer or careless misstep might result in the nearest object crushing you to death.
  • Meganekko: The Narrator/Dahlia in her real world appearance has them.
  • Multiple Endings: There were originally three, with the remake adding two more. They depend upon whether the player collects a particular item and on their choices.
    • Bad Ending 1: Aria finds out about her origins and goes mad from the revelation. She confronts Clyde, Lewin and Dahlia about this and embraces her status as an Artificial Human. She steals Clyde's feather, which she uses to kill him, Lewin and Dahlia. In the remake, she then proceeds to monologue about her plan to rewrite reality in order to free all fictional characters and enslave humans as revenge for writing them to be mistreated.
    • Bad Ending 2: Clyde realizes that creating a fake Aria was a bad idea and decides to use the power of the quill to go back in time and prevent Aria's death. It all seems well, until he finds out Lewin was the one who died instead. Clyde goes in time again to prevent their deaths, only to find that this time Dahlia died instead. Realizing that somebody needs to die no matter what in order to keep the timeline stable, he kills himself.
    • Normal Ending: If Aria didn't find the photograph, she reunites with Lewin, Clyde and Dahlia and they return to the real world. Aria wakes up in the real world, but her friends insist that her experiences in the book world were All Just a Dream. Meanwhile, Lewin, Dahlia and Clyde decide to act as nothing happened in order to keep Aria unaware of her origins.
    • True Ending: If Aria found the photograph and told the truth about opening the pink door, she confronts Clyde, Lewin and Dahlia, saying that she found out the truth about her origins and they need to get over the real Aria's death and move on with their lives. She takes Clyde's feather, which she uses to erase the book world and herself, but not before having a heartfelt goodbye with Lewin, encouraging him to continue writing. Clyde, Dahlia and Lewin return to the real world, where Lewin writes a book about Aria based on their adventure.
    • Good Ending: If Aria found the photograph and lied about opening the door, Aria finds out she's a fake created by Clyde, but realizes she's her own person and sends Lewin, Dahlia and Clyde back to their world. 3 Years later, Lewin is a famous writer and Clyde and Dahlia are Happily Married. Lewin meets the fake Aria once again, now reborn as a girl named Wendy.
  • Point of No Return: Every time you go into another world, there is no going back.
  • Puppy Love: It's implied Lewin and the real Aria had mutual feelings for each other. He still likes the artificial Aria, despite being a fake created by Clyde, but her death means that they can't be together. It's hinted Clyde had feelings for her as well, but the True Ending shows that she felt a deeper connection with Lewin.
    • Averted in the 2019 remake. Lewin saw Aria only as a close friend, but comes to have feelings for the fake Aria, acknowledging her as her own person. In the Good Ending, they end up becoming a couple.
  • Reality Warper: Clyde. As well as anyone else who uses the magic quill.
  • Reclusive Artist: An In-Universe example. Lewin has a reputation to withdraw from others when he's writing a book. He even forgets to eat and taking care of himself.
  • Save Point: The blue feathers scattered throughout the game.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In the 2019 remake, during the first Bad Ending, an insane Aria delivers a monologue to the player in which she threatens to gain control over humankind using her new Reality Warper abilities, as revenge for being treated so badly as a fictional character.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After leaving the blood-covered garden library, a rabbit monster appears for a few seconds. You're obviously not supposed to go there.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Aria loves donuts.
  • Tsundere: Lewin, towards Aria. He acts quite harsh and seemingly uncaring, but later proves to by his actions how much he deeply cares for her.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The reason Lewin tries to kill Aria at first is because he knows she's an artificial human and the real Aria is dead. He admits in the True Ending that he came to care for the new Aria as a real person and she doesn't deserve to die.


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