A downloadable game for Windows

Summary

Prom Dreams is a freeware romance/horror adventure game created with RPG Maker VX Ace.

You are Kyle Mason, a soft-spoken, popular senior at the elite St. Giles Academy. After a traumatic breakup with a girl from his old school, Kyle is eager to move on with his life - and his senior prom, he believes, will be the perfect opportunity to do just that.

With the help of his nosy best friend and the rest of the school, Kyle must win the hands and hearts of one of three girls: the cute, bubbly junior, Neela Devar, the brash basketball MVP, Maggie Pham, or the cool, intelligent class leader, Brooke O'Keefe. It's up to you to ensure the perfect prom night!

Or… is it?

Prom Dreams features:

-A combination of light-hearted dating sim antics and cerebral, puzzle-based horror gameplay (Think Tokimeki Memorial meets Corpse Party.)
-An original story with multiple routes and endings
-An (almost) entirely original soundtrack
-Subtle changes to the game environment as the horror slowly unfolds
-Three unique sidequests
-Multiple unique death/Game Over scenes
-A hint system for struggling players, contingent upon getting Game Overs
-Around 9-13 hours of gameplay. No, really. Trust me on this one.

Important note: As a horror game, Prom Dreams will contain scenes of graphic violence, sudden noises, and other disturbing content. It is NOT recommended for the faint of heart or anyone under the age of 16.

Links

Download RTP (REQUIRED)

Official Tumblr Blog
Walkthrough
Haunting Events Guide
TVTropes Page

Post-Game Survey (Please fill only AFTER finishing the game!)

Thumbnail Artist - Please check her out!

StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows
Release date Sep 13, 2016
Rating
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(16 total ratings)
AuthorQZ Productions
GenreAdventure
Made withRPG Maker
TagsDark, Dating Sim, Horror, Multiple Endings, Mystery, Romance, RPG Maker, Violent
Average sessionA few hours
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish; Latin America
InputsKeyboard
LinksHomepage

Install instructions

To install, simply unzip the included .exe file and run it. Be sure to read the Read Me for gameplay tips and content warnings!

Download

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Prom Dreams Version 1.3 (LATEST, FINAL)
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[Traducción al Español] Prom Dreams (Version 1.3)
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Prom Dreams Version 1.2
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Prom Dreams Version 1.1
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Prom Dreams Version 1.0
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Prom Dreams Original Soundtrack (Spoilers in Titles!)

Development log

Comments

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I thought this was a pretty great game. I feel like it would be a no brainer to update it for full screen/ higher resolution support, throwing it on Steam, and making some money off of it. I like that it's not some one hour experience and that it takes it's time getting to the horror. I like the characters and felt like the puzzles were the right level of difficulty. The story was also engaging enough to make me want to keep playing.

My only "complaints" are pretty small, but I'll list them just in case the dev ever wants to come back to it one day.
-I wish I could name the MC. It would make you feel like you're the one the antagonist has a problem with, but I get that certain pictures and assets  include the MC's name.
-Kyle and Maggie's portraits look too much alike. Between the same hair color and almost the same length, it made me not want to ask her to prom lol
-The antagonist's backstory is a little too tacked onto the end. I wish there were some clues for more of an "Ah-Ha!" moment or feel like a puzzle was coming together.
- The antagonist and their relative have a different hair color for their sprites and portraits and it was pretty noticeable.
-Let me skip on the game over screen. Some parts got a little annoying having to wait for that.
-I really, really wish there was a chance to save between the last "chase" sequence and the end. It made seeing the different endings tedious.


I think if certain things were added, this would go from great to amazing/masterpiece.
-A loop 0. A version of the loop that plays out events told later in the story from Kyle's perspective. Might take tweaking the story a little, but it would set up the ending better and give an opportunity to show the MC at their most self-absorbed and make you feel like the asshole by the end of the game.
-Change Maggie's role. What she did seemed a little weak and unimportant. I feel like she could do something that makes more sense for her character.
-Expanding prom night. Let me dance with my date. It would add more weight to the end. 
-Connect the tragedy at the school to the to the events of the game a little more. It makes sense thematically, but maybe we can see the story have some kind of impact on the antagonist leading up to their fall.
-Elevator key. Add a side quest on the first day that lets me get access to the elevator in the earlier loops to make navigating the school less tedious for thorough players. Maybe the quest changes with each loop, or I keep the key until the last loop.
-More character portraits. You kind of prepare yourself for anyone with one to play a larger part in the game. It made a certain someone too noticeable, but not through story telling. 
-Make prom night a little more humiliating for the antagonist. I felt like the part inside the gym could have been more dramatic. Maybe they see the prom king and queen being announced.

Thanks for the great game and thank you if you read this far down.

I've had this game for quite a while now, I finally gave it a try earlier today and I was HOOKED on it! I mean I literally played it for more than 10 hours straight! I don't know HOW you made this good of a game your first time, but it is now my number 1 MOST Favorite RPG Maker Horror Game of all time!!! Loved the Story, the Characters (Especially), the horror, etc. Keep up the Amazing work! I hope someday you'll get noticed by WAY more people, because you surely deserve it! TYSM for this Masterpiece!

Wow, thank you for the kind words! I'm really happy you enjoyed it! I hope you'll also check out my second game (entirely up to you though) and enjoy it as well!

Hey, just wanted to let you know that there's a glitch on day one after school in the social studies room (link).

I'm aware of this bug but I am not currently making any more updates to the game. Thanks and enjoy your magical transforming flower pot! :D;;

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It reminds me of the character who wants to make swords in the art room, so I'll just pretend that they got there way and made a sword :)

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So it's been a while since I played this game but I have to write something about it. I played a lot of RPG Maker games but I never spent that much time on any of them. My time in game was more than 16 hours. Not because it was particularly hard but because of small details and events that I HAD to check. I got all endings and replayed it just to check how the game would go if I chose girls in different order. Not to mention how nice and helpful developer is. Honestly this game should be as popular as bigger RPG horror titles such as Mad Father or Yume Nikki because of it's complex and interesting story and variety of small details that make it amazing. Developer put much work into this game and it shows. I just hope that some day it becomes more known and popular. <3 

Hey QZ production can you give me the game file without the RTP file bro so I can play it in Joiplay It worked before without RTP so give me the download link without RTP

I'm not sure I understand what you're asking for, the RTP files have to be downloaded for the game to run...

can you make a version without RTP bro I cant play this game in my android phone on Joiplay the game worked in version 1.2 so can you pls make an version without RTP bro

I'm not currently making any more changes, fixes, or updates to the game, as I have other responsibilities and projects to attend to. The differences between versions are not that big, so you're welcome to keep using version 1.2 (you should be able to access older builds to download as I haven't gotten rid of them).

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I really enjoy this game but I have a problem. In 4th loop when you have to break vending machine with baseball bat I cannot do this. I only can choose apple, elevator key or poems... I wanna continue the game but I can't and I don't wanna start over. What can I do?

Do you have the baseball bat in your inventory? If you don't, go up to the art room, walk above the cracked area as best as you can, and grab the bat there next to a shelf. If the bat IS in your inventory, and you can't select it... that's when we'd have a game breaking bug, but I can fix those if you send me your save file!

I have both wallet and bat in my inventory I just can't use neither of them. Do I send you my file via e-mail or...?

Are you trying to use it from the item menu or after you examine the vending machine? You'll need to select it from a prompt that pops up when you examine it. If that STILL doesn't work, then there's probably a variable error, and you can send me your file at flanoirbunny@gmail.com :D

After examine of course but to be shure I also checked item menu just in case. I'll try to send you my file :)

I sent it back, along with an explanation of what I think went wrong :)

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I don't even remember how I found this game, I don't play many rpg maker games in general, or have the patience to get into them.  But this has been stuck in my head for like a year. Never imagined I would have put 8+ hours (plus more for multiple replays) into this when I first started, but I'm so glad I stuck with it.


The scares are decent, which is what I think drew me to the game initially, but I found myself sucked into the plot and atmosphere.  The pacing and momentum of the shifting world is really effective. All the little scene cards and altered "reboot" title sequences are humble and cute, but do a lot to build tone.  The choice of paintings for the jigsaw scenes was perfect. The character writing is extremely well done.  They're all distinct even though they're playing off of old tropes, and I really did grow to like them.  Which made the turns hit so hard.  


I dunno dude, there's something about the layered tragedy of this game that has stuck with me for a long time.  It puts me in wistful state, where I imagine an idealized version of my highschool days, corrupted by the very real and painful traumas that I think a lot of us at least brushed up against in life.   It's hitting something in my core which I guess means its a really good work of art lol.


Again, this type of game isn't really in my wheelhouse, but I'm shocked I don't see it talked about more with how well-executed the concept is.  I hope you keep making games because you truly know how to tell a story with them.


edit: oh yeah and the soundtrack, of course.  The OST is amazingly well done in terms of fitting and enhancing the tone.  There's so much love, work and care that obviously went into the making of this game.  The dev room at the end was a great little peek into how much careful planning went into this.


e2: wow sorry, just realized you have another title, Turovero.  checking that out ASAP

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Wow, thank you for the lovely comment! I'm glad the game resonated with you so well. I did essentially make this to be "High School Was Awful, The Game (tm)" so I guess your reactions means I succeeded in that respect? lol

I hope you enjoy Turovero just as much! :D If nothing else, it has better artwork

Great game!  Creative, creepy, very well written.  I only wish I had read the walk through first before playing because I missed the first quest.  

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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This is one of my favourite rpg games and it won't change for nothing :3

Thank you!! I'm so glad you love it so much :D <3

Can't install the RTP it said that I must be logged as administrator first

Have you tried right clicking the .exe and clicking "Run as administrator"? Depending on your admin settings it may or may not help.

Tysm! I can play it now yay!!!!

I'm glad it worked!! :D Enjoy!

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I literally made an account just to leave a comment on this game. I haven't had such good time playing a game in YEARS. I love the story, I love the false sense of security and how you aren't safe despite it being a cheerful day and lots of people around you. I also love the length. I spent over 12 hours on it because I wanted to throughly explore everything. The characters are amazing, the spooks are amazing, the writing. UGH. I wanna erase my memory of this game just to be able to relive it again. Great job!!! I'm looking forward to more games from you.

I'm so happy you loved the game so much!! Thank you for your lovely comment :D I'm about 80% done with my next game so please look forward to it in the coming months!!

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Thank you! I hope the games amazing! :)

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Really great stuff. I loved the writing, some great humour mixed in made it very entertaining and the characters were well written and interesting to get to know. The soundtrack was awesome too.

 I also admired how much extra detail you put into NPC and environmental descriptions and dialogue, that's always a huge bonus for me personally with RPG Maker games. I especially liked the Senior Prank quest, already knew the right characters for several of the roles just from talking with them before, hah.

 I did think you were joking about the long playtime but when I had only just reached the end of day two and nothing even remotely horrifying had happened yet at around 2 and a half hours I knew that definitely wasn't the case, heh. All in all, excellent work and well worth playing for any RPG Maker horror fans. Nice job!

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Thank you for the super sweet comment!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the game, and I'm really grateful that you commented about the soundtrack because that part was the most fun for me to make :D

I have another game on my profile that's getting a demo soon; it's similar in that it's a slow descent into darker territory (although not quite as "horror-y"), so if you like this game and don't mind traditional JRPGs you might want to check that out too!