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A visual novel set in a fantasy world where appearance is everything and humans are at the bottom of the totem pole. Aldrich and Lilié are trying to battle their way to the top of a world that looks down on them- and soon it will become far more than just a matter of pride.

Release of next chapter: Unknown.

Currently, there are 2 out of 6 chapters complete.

Current release stats:

Rating: 16+ for language and suggestive themes.

Gameplay time: 3 + hours

65,000 + words

13 CGs

35 clothing items

Follow me on twitter (@CapMinyan) for the latest sneak peaks and progress updates!


The two protagonists are Aldrich and Lilie (the player will
be able to give them their own names depending on who
they choose). Arena Circus is set in a fantasy universe where
physically superior beings knowns as 'Reavers'
rule over high society and have established a strict
caste system, with humans at the bottom. In order
to have any sort of nice lifestyle the humans seek out
strong Reavers and allow themselves to be bonded
as a 'Harlequin'. Some humans then are used as servants,
jesters, pleasure slaves, etc, but most are forced to
duel in arena-styled tournaments.

Updates 11/4:

New poll! Please take the time to vote!

Some questions for those who have the time:

1. Did you enjoy it overall?

2. What was your favorite part?

3. There are a lot of comedic moments, but was the drama included in a way that was able to put the comedy aside, or did it just seem an odd jump from comedy?

4. Who is your favorite character?

5. Who did you start to romance? Did you find it difficult romancing the person you wanted?

And I'd love to see screenshots of the outfits you guys put together!


(For the finished game)

+ A story filled with drama, comedy, romance, and two distinct branches, with several possible endings for each. Which side will you choose?

+ Free roam where you can move around, find different characters in different locations, shop for clothes, and complete side quests to earn money for clothes. Scenes you might find include world building information, character backstories, will strengthen your relationships with the characters, or might just be good for a laugh ;D

+Two characters you can play as, one male one female. Both of them are bisexual.

+3 possible romances, one G x G, one G x B, and one B x B

+ A battle system featuring timed choices. Winning or losing could take you down very different paths.

+ 6 chapters

+ 36 CGs (tentative number)

+ Main character customizable sprites with clothing available for the head, torso, leg and feet, as well as accessories.

Lillie's route will be done first.

I again just want to thank everyone who's followed this and added your comments, it means so much to me and has really been motivation to keep going.

More info:

Arena Circus (regular):

The full game will be COMPLETELY FREE. None of the main story or any CGs will be left out of the free version.

Arena Circus Golden:

This will include the extra content below:

+ Art book

+ Walkthrough

+ Where to find every scene

+ Where to find all the clothes

+ How to romance each character

+ Extra clothes

+ In game unlockable scenes list

+ In game stats to see how many clothes you have left to find.

+ More to come!

The guide book is currently only completed up to chapter 1. Arena Circus Golden is of course only up to Chapter 2. If you buy it early, before the game is complete, you'll get all future updates (next chapters, etc) for free. The current price is $3. Once the next chapter is complete, it will be $4.50. Once chapter 6 is done the whole package will be $10, so buy early if you want a discount!

In addition, those who buy early will have a chance to affect what will come in future updates. Do you want an outfit you designed in the game? No problem! More quests? Sure! I'll take every idea into consideration.

I am constantly working on Arena Circus and you can follow me on twitter (@Capminyan) for future updates! In the event that the project has to be discontinued, you will of course get your money back.

More information

Published228 days ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, Mac OS X, Linux
TagsComedy, Fantasy, LGBT, LÖVE, Otome, renpy, Romance, Visual Novel
LicenseAll rights reserved
Asset licenseAll rights reserved
Average durationA few hours
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
Player countSingleplayer


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Arena Circus 150 MB
Arena Circus Guide (Sample) 8 MB
Arena Circus Golden~! 151 MB if you pay $3.00 USD or more
Arena Circus Guide 31 MB if you pay $3.00 USD or more


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love it love it love it! can't wait for the next chapter omggg

Thanks so much!

do you perhaps have an ETA for the next chapter? so excited!

There will be a different writer for chapter 3 if all goes well, and she'll be starting at the end of this month. Hopefully I'll be able to get it out in February or March!

so long? D: nuuuu

Honestly, this chapter took me 7 months to get out so I'm just glad it's quicker than that xD But I was doing everything by myself, so adding another person to the mix should help things pick up!

woah :o

1. Did you enjoy it overall?

Yes, definitely! Certainly an interesting world, even if it took a bit to get the hang of some of the terminology. I mean I know it's not quite the focus of the story at large but I'm curious how winners are decided in the arena, what a "round" consists of, etc.

2. What was your favorite part?

This is going to be a weird thing but I liked having the timed decisionmaking in the arena matches! Usually visual novels are very veeeery light on the mechanics sort of stuff and even if it's just a small thing, the quick thinking aspect of the timed decisions gives the fight scenes a quicker pace and more of a narrative permanence, even if you can technically save before/during (which is fine, obviously)

3. There are a lot of comedic moments, but was the drama included in a way that was able to put the comedy aside, or did it just seem an odd jump from comedy?

I thought it worked pretty well! In fact I thought the drama was definitely the focus moreso than the comedy, whereas the comedy was more a moment of levity.

also i seriously cracked up at the scene with Lilie following Santana... "NOW HE'S STEALING WATER!" |D also great to see her doing something so... well, silly! Since she's usually playing the straight man. somebody's got a grudge~

4. Who is your favorite character?

I like Siegfried but sickly tall boys with glasses are my bias, soo... I also really like his and Natalia's relationship, and how they're kind of a more serious version of the protags in their dynamic. I want to see how Siegfried's optimism that humans and reavers can just talk out their differences gets tested when faced with the real sociopolitical upheaval that this rebellion likely entails, and how that'll compare to Aldrich's general eternal optimism (or breaking thereof - idk how dark this is going!)

5. Who did you start to romance? Did you find it difficult romancing the person you wanted?

I just kinda played through the game but I ended up, I assume, beginning to romance Natalia, which is a-ok with me! I like the idea of a romantic relationship between a non-point of view character being the one the game focuses on, though, so once it's complete I might get Aldrich and Leslie hooked up in a subsequent playthrough.

I really wanted to get more into the nitty gritty of battling, but I couldn't figure out how to do it without it turning into an info dump. Hopefully later chapters will give me more opportunities to slide in some more info every now and then. ^^ And that scene with Santana never failed to make me smile xD I wanted to give Lilié a moment to be a little silly, since she's usually trying to be the adult between her and Aldrich. Siegfried's views were always fun for me to explore, and I'm really looking forward to getting more into them in future chapters! I'm also excited to write the possible romance between Aldrich and Leslie, so I glad people are taking that route. >w<

Thanks for playing, and I hope you enjoy the next installment!

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1. Did you enjoy it overall?

Yes, very much so! Some of the parts were a little slow paced (for example, the scene where Aldrich and Lilie spent three weeks at the cannibals house), but the whole thing make me happy!

2. What was your favorite part?

To be honest, all of the interactions with Leslie. Those were always the most entertaining aspect of the game in my opinion. My favorite part in the whole game is probably the date between Aldrich and Leslie, however I did enjoy the ribbon scene very much as well.

3. There are a lot of comedic moments, but was the drama included in a way that was able to put the comedy aside, or did it just seem an odd jump from comedy?

No, not at all! I loved the mix of the two.

4. Who is your favorite character?

Leslie and Aldrich.

5. Who did you start to romance? Did you find it difficult romancing the person you wanted?

Leslie, it wasn't that hard but there were parts where he didn't appear for a very long time.

And I'd love to see screenshots of the outfits you guys put together!

Can't wait for a new chapter :)

I was worried about the pacing in Emilie's mansion, but I'm glad it didn't take any too much from it xD Leslie is my favorite <3 His scenes are so fun to write, so I'm so happy you liked them. ^^ The new chapter should be up in a few months or so!

I spent a very good time playing this demo, so I'm gonna answer your questions!

Did you enjoy it?

Yes, a lot - I like the setting and the art/music. The characters are nice too! I can't wait for the full version to be released!

What was your favorite part?

The side-quest about Leslie's lost ribbon, I think. As silly as it may seem, it was quite endearing. And it really gives the "JRPG side-quest" vibes while playing a VN game!

How do you like the battle system? Were the right/wrong choices obvious, too subtle, or just right?

I like it very much! This is the first time I see that kind of battle system based purely on timed choices! The answers were right in my opinion, difficulty wise. They were not hard per se, but just right since this is chapter one!

Were there enough scenes? Did you find yourself with a lack of things to do? Were the scenes long enough?

Yeah! I don't think I even did all of the side scenes actually!

Did you enjoy the clothing options?

It is nice and pretty unique! I won't think of it as one of the main appeals of the game, but I still enjoy it.

There are moments where characters will comment on what you wear. Should I add more of this or did you have a lot of moments like that?

I didn't really have moments like that, but I like the idea.

Were the story/mandatory scenes paced well?

I think so, yeah.

Who is your favorite character?

Siegfried! But I also like Aldrich a lot, though I'd rather play as him so yeah, I must wait for the full release.

Who did you start to romance? Were the romantic scenes paced well considering this is only the first chapter?

I didn't start any romance - the character I was the nicest with was Fenris I think, but he isn't a romance option, so yeah...

Overall, I love this game, I love the battle system, I love the CGs and I like the sense of freedom it gives - VNs where you can actually wander around and do things at your own pace are an always welcomed rarity!

My only complaint is that I'm not very fond of Lilié, at least as MC (she's interesting, but I didn't like playing as her), so I was a little sad Aldrich wasn't playable in the demo. I don't like the romance options for Lilié either, since I wouldn't want to romance the other playable character, and I'm not into GxG. I really wish Siegfried and even more Fenris were options for her. If they were I'd actually play the full game at least once with Lilié, but as it is, I'll only play as Aldrich. This is why I haven't explored everything in this chapter yet - gonna save that for him!

By the way, do you have a release date planned?

Yessss, the lost ribbon quest is my favorite too! I'm glad you enjoyed the game, sorry you didn't care much for Lilié! The release date for Ch. 2 will be very soon, within the next few weeks, but for Lilié's whole route I'm thinking it won't be done until sometime next year. Unfortunately Aldrich's will be much later after that. But, I hope you do play when I can get it all together!

Of course, I can wait!

Out of curiosity for the story I may continue my playthrough, but without doing any romance it won't be the same I'm affraid. Oh, is it even possible to play without romancing anyone, actually? I know not all dating sims allow that

I understand that! My favorite part of VNs is usually the romance xD But it is definitely possible to play through without romancing anyone! There are two non romance ends out of the total six endings. And it's possible that, if you don't romance anyone, the love interest(s) will end up with someone else. There are options in the game that make this happen easier as well, so if you'd rather have aldrich x leslie with a little careful planning you can make it happen. ^^

Oh, that's a very interesting point! While the non-romance routes are something that may happen, this is the first time I see the option to actually make the other characters end up together! I don't know if I'll try to make that happen, but I love the idea!

I'm glad! I'd like to see it in more games too, especially if it's obvious two characters have chemistry! And it makes it a little more realistic that you (the mc) aren't their only option xD

Yeah, same here, especially in games where you can choose your MC. Winter Wolves make amazing games for example, and in two of their games you can choose if you want a boy or girl MC while the other one is still here (in one of the games you can romance the one you aren't playing, in a similar fashion as in your game, while in the other one they are siblings). So basically, you KNOW the other character have possible romances too, and sometimes with great alchemy, but still you can't make them end up together. I even talked about that in my review for one of their games haha! I'm glad to see someone else did it!

I don't know if I'll try that in this game if I keep playing before you do Aldrich's route... Since I don't "care" much about Lilié, I'm gonna play without trying to accomplish anything and simply choosing the answers I want to. If I end up with a romance, or if Aldrich ends up with one, I'll be fine anyway.

If you do end up giving it a shot, I hope you enjoy it! ^^

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First of all, I would just like to say I love everything about this game! The characters are engaging, the art is appealing, and the Emilie's thoughts are hilarious. However, I found a game breaking error. It occurs when you choose Emilie's route right after you battle Lucy and Santana. It says "an exception has occurred" and the exception is "Switch could not choose a displayable". I am using the mac version of the game. I hope this information helps!

thanks so much! I'll check out that error and get it fixed for the next update.

is this a commercial game? o-o the art totally looks like it!


Thank you so much for the kind words ; ; But no, this will be totally free!

eeeek that's exciting! :D

AMAZING GAME !!!! and yes caps is necessary. I played the game after like a month from when I downloaded it so I forgot that this is a demo
I was so into it and then bam the demo ended and I'm like ?????
I really liked the gameplay and the story of the game ! Can't wait for the full version :0)

xDD Sorry about that. I finally got past a block in writing chapter 2 so it'll be up hopefully soon! Thank you for your comment and glad you enjoyed it!

i absolutely adored this demo especially your art style! i can't wait for the full version to come out! :'D

Thanks so much! Chapter two is already in the making, so hopefully you won't have to wait too long!