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Essence Hunt is a BxB (meaning, romance between males) visual novel.   Also, while it's not an adult game by any means, it does contain some censored nudity.  If you watch a lot of anime, it won't be anything you haven't seen before but I figure I'd better give you the heads up.  Now, with all of that out of the way...


While out hunting, Shugo ignores his village's superstitions and kills a deer on sacred ground. This angers a powerful nature spirit named Asha and she curses him, telling Shugo that he must return what he stole within three days or he'll die. That's easier said than done however since returning the deer's soul isn't exactly in the realm of human expertise. Luckily, he's not completely on his own. A fox spirit named Kei has agreed to help him out on a whim. Can the two catch the deer's spirit and return it to its body before the three days are up? And is Shugo's new travelling companion even trustworthy in the first place?


- 25,000 + words

- 6 endings (12 if you include variants)

- It's free (but if you're feeling generous I definitely won't say no to you throwing some moolah my way *wink wink*)

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(61 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
Tags2D, Anime, Fantasy, LGBT, Multiple Endings, Ren'Py, Romance


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Sweet and short, just what I needed. I really enjoy the art  style. If I'm correct to assume, the backgrounds are original and done in the same style which was a nice thing to see (considering that most VNs nowadays have some generic bgs created probably in Photoshop). 


Oh meh gooooooooooood.....

I love this! It's so friggin' adorable!!!! And Kei's so cute! Keep up the good work!


I was just scrolling through the visual novels tag, and had to stop because wait!!! I know that art style!!! And now going through the page for the game, I remember you made Sacred Sand too, right? I always really loved that one, even still have it installed years later because all the routes were so fun to play! Between that, and how much I loved your comics, I can't wait to check this out!


Haha!  It's funny how many people recognize me by my art style!  (Not that I'm complaining.  I think that's pretty cool actually!)  Sacred Sand was my very first visual novel and it makes me so happy that you loved it enough to keep it on your computer.  I hope you enjoy this one too.  Also, you may be interested in knowing that I'm actually working on a remake for Sacred Sand.  I've still got a lot of work to do as far as art goes for it, but it will happen eventually!


i clicked on this and read the first sentence. I have many regrets now 

Not as many regrets as you would have had if you actually played it probably.  That is why I put that info up there first. ;P  I try to let people know what they're getting into.

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Thank you! :D (And thank you for taking the time to make a video of your playthrough.  I'll have to check it soon!)

O m g I loved the game. I really wish I could donate but Im like young and have no job so I swear to donate when I get a job <3 You are amazing!!! I loved this game so much <3 I'd definitely play it again.

Aw!  Thank you so much!  I really appreciate that!  (And no worries!  I completely understand that not everyone has the money to donate.  I'm just happy that you wanted to!)  Anyway, thanks again for playing my game!  I'm glad you enjoyed it!

This was such a cute little game! I love the characters and the plot was pretty solid. I'm sad because it was over so fast (;-;)

are there romance options or just kei?

Just Kei.  The aim was to keep the game small (I was originally trying to do it for a game jam) so I stuck to one romance option.   So, no Oubu route.  Sorry.  That being said, if I do make a game set in the same world in the future, he could very well end up being a romance option then.

aw. it is cute though, I love the art style ^-^

Thank you so much for all of your hard work on this game! It was really enjoyable and I'm glad there were so many different endings to get. I'll definitley keep an eye out for your next projects!

Aww, thank you! <3   You're too kind!   I hope you enjoy my future games as well!  Which reminds me, I should be working on said future games.  :P  (I am actually working on them.  Things are just coming together slower than I'd like.)


I loved this game!are you going to make more games?

Aw, thanks so much!  And yes!  I will be making more games.  I love making games!  They just take me a long time to make since I'm working on other projects that take priority over my solo projects.  My current focus is on a remake of my first (and very clunky little gem of a) game, Sacred Sand, so that should be the next one I finish barring any surprises.

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Ok, this game was incredible.

Played it wiht my twin, and we both loved this game. The plot, the art and the love story ,cute as hell, everything is amazing. There are really few games like this, so I hope you do another one soon.

I am in love with this two  and with your games.

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Hello, I love this game !! is so cute and entertaining.

Since I played it, I wanted to translate it into Spanish, I wanted to ask your permission to do it, could you translate it?
(I did not find where to talk to you privately. x'D)

Aw, thanks!  And yeah, I see your problem.  Itch.io doesn't exactly have a private message system, does it?  Anyway, you are more than welcome to translate it if you'd like.  I don't mind at all.

I really love this game but is there anywhere I can check to see if what endings I have? I think I've gotten about 8 now but I have legitamately no idea since I have the memory of a guppy when it comes to little things like "End XX"

I'm glad you're enjoying it!  :D   If you've counted correctly, you have four more to go.  You can find a list of all of them and how to get them here in this forum topic:  https://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=44375.  (I forget that not everyone finds this page via said thread.  I should probably post a link in the description. :O )  Anyway, just scroll down to that big white block and highlight it to see the text.  Let me know if you still having trouble.

Thank you so much, I finally got to see all the endings (probably... There's still a chance my derp self forgot a number in there) I love this so much they are super cute <3

I just finished getting all the endings, and it's so cute!!

This was my first time playing a BxB game, so I didn't really know what to expect, but this game was honestly amazing! You've raised the bar.

On another note, Kei is so cute lol and I just love it when Shugo teases him :3c

This is amazing! I love this!

This is such a cute story! The characters are so lovable, the artwork beautiful, and the music very comforting.

I'm just a little disappointed that there aren't any endings where Shugo can be with Oubu, but other than that everything is perfect! I like that there are no bad endings no matter what you do.

So  cute! What a lovely game!

Ooooh Sacred Sand!  I KNEW that this game gave off similar vibe! I stalked all the endings in SS. Aaand can't wait to play the remake!

I'm eagerly awaiting more games from you :) I'll gladly donate fo the cause after the 10th ;)

downloading right now~


just got out of college ad engineering studies and you grace me with this game~

thank youuuuuu~!!!

^.^)/ I will follow you~

(sounded creepy there lolz)


Aaah it's finally out! I've been waiting for it for such a long time! Going to play as soon as I can, and I'll be back to tell what I think!