Jessika’s Curse is a hand-painted RPG experience currently development on Patreon. Its design allows for deep turn-based combat, erotic Battle-Lust animations and good dose of geeky humor.



The core of Jessika’s Curse will be turn-based combat that marries classic Jrpg concepts with elements from more recent roguelike games such as Darkest Dungeon. All characters in the game and all their moves and Battle-Lust interactions will be animated by hand in Spine: 2D, and the ones we’ve done so far promise that the game is going to look very sweet.

We want success in combat to require a good dose of preparation and smart configuration, but will also design it to allow personal preference and playstyle to thrive. Each character in your party can equip a limited amount of skills from her pool, and it’s up to you to figure out what combinations get the job done.

The world of Jessika’s Curse is a sexy and seductive place, and many attacks don’t assault your party’s health but target their lust instead. If a girl’s lust becomes too high there is a good chance your commands will be ignored in favor of less constructive things (those boobs aren’t going to squeeze themselves...). The times when this happens it will be done via lavish hand-crafted animations. When lust gets to maximum levels enemies will use a special lust cinematic to knock the girl out in fitting H-game style.

CORE FEATURES

Battle Lust
The attacks from the game’s monsters often don’t assault your party’s health, but target their lust instead. When lust gets too high the party members will succumb to their desires and start doing naughty things!

Challenging Gameplay
We’re inspired by games that offer a real gameplay challenge. Success in Jessika’s Curse will require a good dose of pre-combat preparation, as each character in your party can only equip a limited amount of skills from her pool.

A world ruled by dark Deities
The world of Jessika’s Curse is shaped by twisted Deities. Our inspiration for this comes from things like Warhammer’s Gods of Chaos, which means the game world will be filled with unnatural hentai-esque madness.

Other features
• Hand-painted characters animated in Spine: 2D
• A ton of explicit animations per party member (often involving enemies)
• Beautiful side-scrolling backgrounds in the style of Dragon’s Crown
• A town that grows in size and epicness

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Got Jessikas voice is not fitting with the looks of her character and besides, why cant i turn them off? Cause i basicly love Darkest Dungeon and this seems to be a parody of it sooooooooo... I would play it if i had the ability to turn them off

I always cringe with the voices but aside from that, this game is quite enjoyable 

nice design!  why can't lock enemis?

I think the only issues I've seen so far are that sometimes damage numbers don't quite match up with damage dealt, more so against the enemies than against the player character (e.g. 25hp mushroom takes 24 dmg but still dies), Jessika's Taunt not always actually forcing enemies to target her resulting in a low hp Mouse getting ganged up on by taunted enemies, and Jessika's dash move not hitting all enemies, especially noticeable when in a battle with two enemies where one is more in the foreground and the other in the background (maybe I misunderstand how this move is meant to work, but it seems to only affect anything her model comes in contact with). Outside of those, I'm very much enjoying the game and am very much looking forward to where you go with it!

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I hope you don't mind if this is a bit long-winded as a comment.

First, I want to say wow. This game's production values are quite high! I think my eyes were wide open during the entire play session to say the least!

The overall concept of the game is interesting. Adventurers go on adventures where lewd stuff can happen. With a title like Jessika's curse I can see that there's going to be some kind of overarching narrative though. I wish you luck on the game as a whole!

Now about the gameplay experience as a whole.

First the hub world:

It looks beautiful, and the NPCs are brimming with personality.


When I was thrown into the hub city and the message said to explore, I thought I would be clicking on buildings since that's where an ! point was. Turns out you can only navigate the town using the icons at the bottom left. I don't think that's very intuitive. I think if an area has a quest, instead of showing the marker via the in-world location it should be shown via the icon, OR you should be allowed to navigate the town by clicking on the buildings.

You can't tell what the skills are in the skill upgrade menu. You only see icons but not what they actually do. Maybe hovering over the icons should give you more details?


You cannot re-enter the forest after defeating the boss. Don't know if that's a bug or intentional though.

I'm also not a fan of the lack of sound effects when interacting with buttons and the like. This part shouldn't be too hard but I hope you guys don't neglect it.

Oh also the Church doesn't have a current location tag.


Regarding the menus themselves,

I don't think the designs are very future proof. I haven't seen a scrolling menu at all. So will there only be 8 levels to increase your weapon by? Is it just a weapon and armor for equipment? What happens if a user has 20 skills?

Also when I was trying to level up to 4 while I had 200g and the cost was 200g I couldn't do it. Is the cost calculation g > cost or g >= cost?


When it comes to exploration I have a few things to say as well.

Currently, all movement is designed with moving "right" in mind. When they stop they stop facing right. The camera is always facing right as well, but there seems to be times when the game wants you to move left.

The times you move left, I was feeling that the camera being so right-centered was wasting screen space with information I didn't want.

The parallax on the last layer is also incorrect. The last layer of parallax should always be centered on the camera. From a programming perspective it moves the most, but from a visual perspective it shouldn't move AT ALL. Always where the background is. Your first and second layer parallax is perfect though.

Before I get into combat, I'd also like to mention the battle transition. I think it's interesting that you guys are aiming to have the battles happen right there on the field. If that's the case though I think the enemies shouldn't just appear as they do now. Maybe jump out of the background or at least fade in.


Also, the treasure chests stay on the minimap after you open them? I understand the enemy icons staying if the combat is recurring, but the chests don't make much sense to me.


Now Regarding Combat:

It's very straightforward and simple. I'm actually not a fan of super simple combat systems but complexity usually comes with time and this is just a demo so I don't mind. There are a few errors/bugs I'd like to address but I'll save those for last. First a general flow conversation. Right now the flow is to click on the enemy, then click on the skill to use. I think maybe the reverse would work for a faster battle flow. Especially if you can choose which skill to use with the numbers. So press 1,2,3, or 4 then click on the target. Some skills don't even need targets so choosing a target first is moot right.

I'm also not sure I like if I can't tell the numerical value of how much damage I'm taking. Usually if you show damage numbers, you'll show the actual HP in number format somewhere so you can better strategize. I don't think the current display is very helpful when it comes to planning strategies.

Also regarding the turn order, I don't think you need to show turns of people who have already gone. If the active turn window is scrolling left, then I think the active position should be the far left. There's no value in knowing who has already gone.


Overall the combat is fine otherwise... I'll mention my personal suggestions later, but I'll now be talking about the bugs I found.

During relatively long battles, turn order got a bit messed up. Sometimes two enemies acted at the same time, even though I never saw that before. I appreciated it since it made enemy turns go by a bit faster, but I feel like it might've caused some errors at well. At some point it became my turn before the enemy even finished returning to their starting positions.

Not only that but enemy positioning on the map didn't look good at times.



The enemy on the far right is on top of the building?

Mouse is on top of the rocks? Visually it doesn't look good in my opinion.


The camera also overextended at times and just made everything look aweful (on the left and right side of course.) A simple clamp should fix this when it comes to the camera though.

I noticed you were doing this strange thing where the character's positions weren't absolute in battle. As the characters moved the camera would follow them, but the character's positions would also move relative to the camera and I don't think that looked good personally.

OH! Also, move the camera down a bit more during battles. The bottom menu covered up alot of the cool motion and action really often. The battles showed too much of the trees and upper side of the screen. There's nothing interesting happening there, so it felt disappointing missing out on the cool animations because the camera didn't center on the characters.

Regarding the adult aspect

Well this is a general controversial aspect to discuss. Everyone's got their own tastes and reasons for doing what they do, so I'm not going into that. I'm only going to talk about how I feel the adult elements were integrated into the game.

To be honest, I'm actually a bit disappointed with how long I had to play before I saw any adult aspect show itself. Second time I played, just to see whether the forest was randomly generated, I didn't experience any adult content throughout the entire experience.


Regarding the audio
I'm not sure I liked Jessika's voice actor too much. Maybe when I saw the image, I just had different expectations for how she'd sound. I think the voice actress sounded a touch too serious.

Mouse was pretty great though.


Suggestions

Regarding Exploration, I think retreating should allow you to keep all of your loot. At least have an exit area so that if you go all the way back to the starting location you can leave while keeping all the stuff you got. Also when you switch locations your character should appear the door of the location that leads back to where you came from in my opinion.


Regarding development, I don't think your enemies need a death animation. Your animator and artist is amazing, and I don't know how fast you work but death animations are only useful if the death target can be revived. Usually players can revive dead allies so they have a death animation. If enemies can't revive dead allies, then it might be better to just have them slowly disappear or flatten or something. You don't have to give yourself too much work.

Regarding combat, I really hope you don't ignore passive abilities and unique actives. Passive abilities are always running, but don't think of them as just stat steroids. Like Passive Ability - When health is lower than 50% strength is increased by 50%. That would be a good passive ability, but you can do some interesting things there too.

For instance, you can have the passive ability... ummm... let's call it Weak Chaser . Weak Chaser - When an ally inflicts a status ability on an enemy, teleport behind the enemy and slash.  Or maybe Greedy - Attacking a stunned enemy has the chance to rob them of some gold.

Passive Abilities have the effect of encouraging players to adapt their play-styles and use different abilities.

Regarding the adult stuff. First I must add that I'm actually a really large fan of female assertive positions. I love cowgirl and all that, but I don't like this game's adult content because I'm not a fan of sluts, yuri, or the ugly_bastard tag. Ah... I should've said that earlier hunh XD. Yes... I don't like the game's adult content, but that's just a personal preference of course! Please don't let it color your perception of what I wrote. I did my best to be objective!

My suggestion regarding adult stuff would be to make it easier for it to happen and to not rely too much on chance for when it does happen. I think it's frustrating when your characters don't listen to commands even if they ignore to do sex stuff.
Maybe you have the option of having sex with the enemy at any point in the game as a different skill set. If you succeed in having sex with them you do damage to them and they might attack allies? Since I'm not personally invested in the adult content, I can't really say much here, but I will say that the game's very low in sexual content as of this moment. Anyway to make it happen more often, without it feeling like punishment would be good in my opinion.

Oh regarding input. I think if you're going to ask the player to use the mouse to traverse the HUB menu, you should allow the entire game to be played solely on mouse. Click right to move right and left to move left, use skills with clicking skills then the enemy. Currently 90% of the game can be controlled with the mouse and 10% can't. It's incongruous. PERSONALLY, I feel like you should also have 100% of the game be able to be controlled by keyboard as well, but that's just my preference.


SAVE MENU

I hate autosave only style games. Let me save when I want to, and load when I want to. As a dev I can understand doing autosave only for a demo (i'm doing the same thing lol) but yeah... PLEASE add it soon.

I won't be following the game as sexually it doesn't interest me, but I seriously wish you guys the BEST of luck.

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EDIT: Oh almost forgot to talk about unit movement. This is one of the aspects of the game I didn't like during battles. When a unit attacksthey basically teleports straight to the enemy (which I don't mind at all actually for mouse - looks dope) but when they're done, they don't actually jump back to their starting position. I don't think this looks good.

The goblins throwing their bomb also looks bad. The bomb doesn't move in the air at all. You guys need to add some tweening for some of these battle motions.

I hope battles in the future give drops or gold in the future because right now there's no real incentive to seek out combat.

EDIT EDIT: Oh man I almost forgot. I should probably tell you but I found you through erodev if you're concerned about marketing. I'd also like to add to be careful with yuri content. Give players any amount and the expectation will be to include futa. Once you have futa fans though... they're gonna harangue you into including more and more of it. It happened to a dev my friend was following... What was the project called... uhh... LEWDMAZE! Yeah that's what's it was called. It's basically a futa game now even though you can tell it originally wasn't supposed to be.

Pls make the one for the 32 bit pls

Hi! This game is great! I mean really great! I love the characters <3 The battles are incredibly fun after the lust break! I wish you luck and lot of inspiration! :D

Nevertheless, I find out that if one of girl do something lewd in the battle, the next turn is completely skipped if it's turn of the other girl or the enemies starts attacking together. Dunno if you know about this bug, better write you... I played the browser version.

Yeah it's a bug. I think that's already been resolved in the next build. Forwarding it to the programmer just in case. :)

So I am wondering, I did ask this before but I guess I just am confirming. The way that updates are done is you will do alot of stuff and build updates and extra stuff to then release it once it piles up for a bigger update right? I am sorta slow lol sorry

Pretty much. We've implemented the core elements for this build now and we're onto polishing state. Hopefully the alpha builds will be sent out soon for further testing. eitherway, you can check the monthly report here:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/jessikas-diary-32214657

Okay, so I haven't really played more than a few minutes, but JESUS CHRIST THIS IS SUCH A PERFORMANCE HOG! Just starting it up, my fan sounds like it's trying to achieve escape velocity, and task manager reports it's using more than  60% of my CPU and GPU even at the lowest windowed resolution and graphics settings. What the hell? What in the world is going on here?

This is actually the first time we've gotten this kind report. 
Eitherway can you send us the specs you had the browser used?

Hadn't tried the in-browser version; I was using the download version. Just tested the in-browser version, and there wasn't any problem with it. 

Yeah, even with the standalone .exe. it doesnt cause such an issue for us. We'll look into this matter.

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Just tried out some more things. Apparently this is only happening on low and very low graphics quality; medium and above aren't causing any problems. Also, it isn't related to either resolution or whether the game is windowed. 

Thank you so much for the follow up. It's easier to narrow it down this way. :)
JRX will resolve the issue and hopefully fixed in the next demo. 
Again , Thank you so much for the report. 

This is what I had in mind when I started modding darkest dungeon. You're my hero.

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Well since im not a coward I did a video on it and I gotta say The Bandage warrior is defintely my favorite character so far


Yknow aside from the all the tiddy 

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Lol! Thanks alot for the video man! It really means alot to us. :)
The next demo is several months away and I'm still finishing new contents.

Btw, I wish you godspeed on your NNN endeavour! we're almost at 10th! :)

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You say this as though i havent already failed 😔 

I love the game so far mouse is funny while jess is the voice of reasoning. i would love for this game to be continued

found another somewhat exploitable bug, if you enter the forest while at max lust you lust break as soon as the fight starts, and you can click attack, it wigs out then says defeated returns you to town but you get 100 gold each time

I love the game and enjoy it but obviously since its early its bare boned, but when it gets some updates I am sure it will be great, but I would like to ask how often are updates?

Heya, We're currently building the next demo with all the 4 characters in place and finishing one of the core elements in the game.

https://c10.patreonusercontent.com/3/eyJ3Ijo2MjB9/patreon-media/p/post/27481225/4ae3fd2e7bb741568710c0fecd6d01d8/1.jpg?token-time=1570147200&token-hash=17sc7QRkcv7HCzorpHjhuG2EqLpTfyGIXSM2MFmpA1I%3D 

Here is the roadmap on what will be developed in that month. After all these are done, we're going to move to testing and then release.

We're going to divulge the frequency of the next updates by then as I am currently making 23 new Lust sprites and newer animations for the game in this period.

well holy shit....thats progress, I cannot wait!!! good luck with it

although I am confused it says july and august but it says 2019, does that mean it is already out (meaning its late) or coming next year?

It's what we're currently working in that month. It usually meant their batle sprite as I do the lust sprites in parralel with everything.

Oh that makes sense

Ever so slightly dumb question, but how do I move around in the Wyldwood? I can walk left and right, but leaving the first area is no go. I can't interact with the arrows which appear in any way :(

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Android version plezzzzz

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The artstyle is wonderful, and i like the concept of the game. The game is not yet finished so ofcourse there are a few bugs, but instead of releasing a demo you should let a few testers try the game and maybe let them look for bugs, because i saw this flash by in the comments and that is that you cant re-enter the forest after youve left the game, the reason for this is the quest that the blacksmith gives at the beginning of the game, when you exit after finishing the quest you'll get the bug, but if you dont finish it and exit, the game resets the quest giving you permission to enter the forest, but im not sure if it saves the money youve earned in the forest. I also saw a few mistakes in the h scenes for example mouse's boob falling half off of her body when shes doing it with a gob, maybe you should look at that too, im pretty sure youve already heard this and are already trying to fix the problem. There are a few audio bugs with mouse's lines. I also saw kinshar made a comment about being unable to open the treasure chests, i also had this problem, but i just stood on the left side of the chest afterwards and it would work. Im not sure what the reason could be, but maybe you do. Im looking forward to the game :D, and why does Jessika sound like a guy trying really badly to sound like a girl?

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Pretty fun, though I recommend an option to speed up gameplay. The animations are nice, but sometimes you want to hurry it up a little.

do you recommend speeding up option for developers or for us? you can actually speed up game using numpad (+ and -)

Oh cool! Maybe in the future have it be like, an option to just FF attack animations by holding like, z or enter or something.

The intention was to speed up gameplay, but I do hope the development goes well.

ikr

It's official. I have a crush on Mouse. If I didn't already have three supports on Paetreon, I'd totes float some money your way. Maybe next month if I have enough money now that certain items are payed off.

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I found a bug: After Mouse approaching a globin and fucking him the next turn went to the Globin but he did not any action so the game get stucked in Globin's turn being impossible to do anything.

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Thanks for the feedback NeoWick. Made a report out of this feedback.

Same thing happened to me but it was Jessi

This game is actually fun. The art is great too. I'm personally looking forward to when this game is fully released. If I had the money to spend, which sadly I don't at the moment, I would certainly support you.

Thanks alot for the kind words Moon. :)

Woah I really love the character design in this

Will you be adding visibly different armor later on?

It's planned but not set in stone. We're short of  staff as I am just one guy making the art for the whole game and we're not even far out of the development yet.

We'll  tackle this issue once we get more staff or finish most of the priorities done in the future.

So sorry about that.

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Hi, I really like concepts that mix sex appeal and gameplay but here, I see a major flaw in the concept.

Players will WANT to see sexy pictures and the apparition of one of them will work as a reward in your gameplay loop. I see a big opposition between the fact that people want to see the characters naked but shouldn't because it means they are loosing.

This is a common flaw in this kind of game imo and ruin a part of the concept.

omg this jessika is SO hot

I really good game but there are some big bugs in it that need to be fixed. The first one being the church. Sometimes it works, but most times it doesn't do anything and you are left with your lust being on 50% or even 100%. Jessika seemed to work a little bit, but Mouse for me never worked at all, so that's a big issue. 

Also, I read that someone else's game wouldn't let them go into the forest and that's exactly what happened to me too. Except I didn't die, I just exited the game and it wouldn't let me enter it. 

Other than that, I found the game enjoyable and I can't wait to see an updated demo or the full game. A small suggestion is to add an animation when a character enters the church and not only help people understand when their character is done, but also to add to the games since it is an erotic game. 

Comments sent to JRX. thanks alot Crane :)

Your welcome!

Are you going to make a Mac version?

Not yet set in stone as we have to have a dedicated person to test it properly and we're immensely short on staff.. We'll have more decisive answer in the future.

please accept our apologies.

I'd buy a gnu/linux version if it ever comes out too.

I know this is a demo, so this might not be a bug, but I thought I should point this out. I completed the first quest, went back into the forest and lost. I exited the game, came back and now I cannot enter the forest. I click on the icon, but nothing happens.

Thanks for pointing that out. Can you  walk us through how it happen? what are the checks? Have you completed playing out the cutscenes etc?

Same problem occurred to me. Completed intro adventure. Did some more adventuring to grind gold. Exited with [esc] clicked yes when asked if I'm sure. Tried logging back  in and cannot click woods icon. it does not highlight when you mouse over it. Will work if I start over again, but when coming back after exiting same problem.

On a different tack the treasures/interactables in the woods don't seem to have consistent activation spot to click. Sometimes I give up and continue through woods because not idea which pixel it wants me to click on.

Thanks for the feedback Kinshar. I'll see what I can do. :D

As far as I know, completing the first quest is half of the trigger. And then it's either losing a battle or exiting the game that completly triggers the bug.

Understood.  Making a detailed report out of this. Thanks Noone. :)

Was there a place we can find a demo ? I found some off some the internet, but it wasn't affiliated with your patron so I wasn't sure of it's legitimacy, is there a place we can try it from you guys ?

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I've come here from the Seeds of Chaos page. I'm not seeing a download option. Is it still in alpha?

Is there a way to play a demo of this atm?