Amarantus is a visual novel about trainwrecks, trysts & treason.Roadtrip across the country to take down a tyrant. Befriend, torment, woo or wingman your party. Decide who you want to be. And maybe, just maybe: make it out of this one alive.
Focus on fostering romantic, platonic and antagonistic relationships with and between four different party members
Defined player character with a personality shaped through player choices
Trainwreck cast of characters, all at varying levels of disaster
Condensed storytelling—a single playthrough takes 3-4 hours, with multiple playthroughs required to uncover the truth
Dense, compelling dialogue with naturalistic delivery
Dynamic and immersive sound design, underscored by an original soundtrack with post-rock vibes
80+ different backgrounds, all adapted from 19th century etchings
Directed & written by multi award-nominated interactive fiction developer Ruqiyah
Comic-style insert artwork by award-winning artist Hien Pham
Developed by a diverse Australian team
Amarantus is the long-term passion project of lead developer Ruqiyah. After years of working on the script, game development began in proper in mid-2019 when character designer and artist Syd joined the project. Local screen arts funding in 2021 expanded the core team to seven contributors across Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand.