Natalie - Visual Novel


“Natalie” is a free and short visual novel about work-life balance.

Natalie was a game jam submission that was later developed into a visual novel. You can download and play either version for free.


Pressured to raise money to buy a new game, indie programmer Natalie joins a week-long game development contest. As she works, events pop in her life forcing her to choose what to prioritize and sacrifice.

Can Natalie successfully balance her professional life with her personal life?


  • short gameplay (approximately 20 minutes)
  • multiple endings
  • original artwork
  • choose your own background music


“Natalie” is a life-simulation visual novel. The player helps Natalie decide what to do to complete her project.

Download and Play for Free

There are two versions of this game: a Visual Novel made with Ren’Py and a JRPG made with RPG Maker VX Ace.

Visual Novel (Windows, Mac, Linux)

RPG (Windows only)


“Natalie” was a game jam submission for RPG Maker in November 2016. The “Learning Together” jam encouraged RPG Maker users to share what they have learned. Ultimately, “Natalie” was randomly chosen as one of the lucky winners.

After experiencing the thrill of indie game development, I developed an interest in creating visual novels. I studied Ren’Py—a free visual novel engine—and published the visual novel version of “Natalie” in December 2016.


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