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Love this game! The story, art, writing, and music are all great! Although I only got the Merge and Halved endings since I don't know how to get the third one lol.
A M A Z I N G
WOW just WOW
great characters, beautiful artwork, intriguing story
loved every second of it!
I will be very happy if you made a sequel to the story
I would be happy to play it! :)
"you think im ugly </3" Thiu is honestly very pretty tho 😳 this game is wonderful <333
another underrated game,i'm in love with everything in this game,all the finals ,the art style,the story,the characters and all!
I'd really like to see another game of this where you could play as another character and try to help him possibly? i dunno, this game just made me so sad like i just wanna help him he deserves better
Part 3 is here!
This is a story about a miserable person, and me being miserable myself found this very entertaining. Love it! :D
Hi, a visual novel lover here. I would like to know, what is the minimum age you recommend for reading/playing this vn?
This novel is aimed at young adults. I can't say a specific age, because language ratings differ from country to country.
Probably 15-16 because the game talks about deep things like depression and suicide
i love the game a lot so far.
I loved this!! I love the art, the whole plot, and i did not expect those sex jokes LMAO
Hi! It's me again. Part2 is out! Go check it if you want:
Hey guys I am planning to do a full walkthrough of the game in my new YouTube channel! Part 1 is already out, so if you want to support my new begging i would appreciate if you watched and liked the video!
Hello! :D I absolutely loved your visual novel! Very interesting conflict, splitting a person in half to personify an inner conflict. I also played Divilethion, I think you're a very promising game developer.
Would you be interested in collaborating some time? ^^ I'm also a writer and a dev and I would like the possibility of working with you.
when i first played it the happy thiu ended up dying because he drank poison lmao i'm really happy that the secind time none of them died and that they could live a good live altough they diden't get togheter :(
I try several times in history mode enjoy play
This is such a neat and fun game! I really am enjoying the writing, art, and music, and the visual novel is implemented in a really smooth-to-play way. I'm excited to finish the rest of it! I'm really fond of Thiu, and all the other characters, as well.
Nice! I watched both part 1 and 2. I like how clever the titles were, hahah!
It's always interesting to hear what kind of thoughts people have while reading. Thanks a bunch for playing and making these videos. ^^
I have only gotten to play 30 minutes so far and I really want to play more soon just not in the mood to record :p buuuuut I have to say I am really liking it so far. The art seems to be pulling away from cutesy which I think looks really good paired with this story that is more direct in my opinion than the other Nemlei games I've played. I don't want to say much else because I want to play more before cementing my thoughts but if you want to see my first reaction the first video is up on my YT right here:
Heyyy, you're back! :D
And your reactions are as amusing to see as ever, though I'm sorry to hear what happened to your NieR files. My condolences. That's rough. T_T
Thank you for checking another one of my novels!! You're so sweet. ;u;<3
Man, your dark comedy and writing in general are as brilliant as ever. This one grasped me slightly less when it goes to the characters, as we got only a brief look at anyone outside of the protagonist(s), but damn, I'd love to see the full story of Vivian and Lua. So many intriguing parts there. :>
And that's pretty much the only complaint I have, it left me longing for more, maybe not from the main plotline's perspective (all three endings for the protagonist's struggle were cool in their own ways), but when it goes to the supporting cast and the whole immortality potion drama. :3
It's funny you say that! Because while I was almost done writing this, I kinda thought to myself "Vivian could've made a better main character...." lol. But in that case it would've been an entirely different story. .........Probably.
Anyhow, thank you for playing! :D
OMG a new game from Nemlei!!!!
I absolutely loved this one as much as the other ones!!!
(why can I relate to Thiu so much? ha ha)
I want to marry a better myself too~ <3
I don't know if it means much from some random stranger on the internet, but let me just say that this visual novel is probably one of the best ones on this entire website. If it's alright, I also made a Let's Play on this game, and here's Episode 1:
It's hard to say why I ended liking this game as much as I did, but if I had to guess, I think the writing style is simply a lot more natural and straightforward than even full-priced visual novels I've played in the past, and therefore enjoyable to read. Of course, the art is solid too and the sense of humour is right up my alley.
Normally, I'd have constructive criticism or something, though I swear Nemlei seems to be a veteran visual novel developer in disguise because it's difficult to place my finger on what needs improvement beyond a few minor typos in the script. I guess the only thing is, maybe, it'd would've been interesting to explore the "bad end" route a little further, but I think I'm just morbid.
Anyway, needless to say, thank you for developing Better Half as well as the previous title, Divilethion, and I wish you the best for any possible future projects!
Good lord that was hilarious! The way your remarks kept matching with the incoming dialogue, HAHA!! Great minds think alike, huh? That was just perfect.
I'm so embarrassed of that one instance where Lua speaks instead of Thiu. Goddamn, how did I miss that? Gonna fix that as soon as I see the rest of your episodes (and witness what other dumbass mistakes I've missed lmao)! I'll fix them all in one go, hopefully.
Thank you so much for playing both this and Divilethion. And for saying such kinds things, I'm very flattered!! <////< <3
Anyway. Dear random stranger on the internet, your video was the funniest thing I've seen in a long while. Consider me a subscriber.
EDIT: Alright, I saw your streams! Watched both and fixed some of them typos. Thanks again for playing! :D
I'm glad you like the playthrough!
It's funny to me that you went ahead and found the full stream VODs though, I just don't expect anybody to watch them on Twitch. I don't really hide it, but from my experience, viewers tend to watch video content on Youtube instead and that's why it's all transferred over there.
Also, if you don't mind me asking, do you have any other social media platforms to follow? It seems like here is the only way to see your stuff, but I'm just curious to see anything else you might have made (i.e. art and whatnot).
I've read both Divilethion and Jackastle (as my friend and I call it cause why not?) and your really witty writing still makes me laugh. The way the characters bicker with each other and intentionally misconstrue what the other is saying is just bizarrely satisfying for some reason (and oh god, the puns). I really felt happy with the Thius when they played games together and hid in their coocoon. After being in quarantine for so long, it made me envious of two dumb clones (technically that is what they are I guess) being idiots together for a little while.
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Honestly I think the main thing I want more out of these games is for the endings to be a bit more fleshed out. I feel like there's a lot of interesting situations that could come out of the Thius living and dealing with each other - and god forbid them dealing with the rapid aging and all the social weirdness that would entail would be fascinating. I kinda felt that way about Diviethion's good ending as well, because I wanted to see how a stable life between them would work out. It felt like they were going out into uncharted territory, had me in suspense, and then it just kind of ended. Maybe I also just want an excuse to spend more time with these characters. XD
I have to ask because I'm curious, but how did you decide on the names for the characters? Did you name Jerkface Lua because you've had bad experiences with Lua the programming language in the past? And ik somewhere in there you make a self-deprecating remark about Thiu being a dumb name. Is there a reason you picked it if you didn't like it? I personally think it sounds silly in a good way, almost like it's trying and failing to sound posh, and that kind of fits him as semi-clueless outcast to society.
Haha, I wish my name choosing methods were that intricate. I name the characters by looking at their design and thinking "Hmm, this one looks like something fancy that starts with chir or cher. Ohh, Cherlaliere!! But that'd be a nightmare to pronounce... I'll make it Cherlie instead!"
That's how Thiu's and Lua's name were decided as well. I don't dislike Thiu's name, and I also don't have any bad experiences with Lua the programming language (no experiences actually, as I only know Python and a bit of GDScript lol).
What you said about fleshing out the endings has given me some food for thought! Perhaps in the future (time allowing) I could make some endings unlock special little episodes that show the aftermath? That way the story itself wouldn't drag on after it's conflict is resolved, but you'd still get to see how things play out on the long run? That could be fun! :D
Thanks a bunch for playing all my visual novels aaaa!! Q__Q
That's funny with the names, I think I read somewhere that George R R Martin does something similar actually. I was honestly spending a non-zero amount of thought on Lua's name. At some point, I was like "is it something to do with him representing the moon?", since that's what the programming language's name means in Portuguese. XD
I think mini-episodes would work, but honestly, I don't feel like adding more stuff after the resolution would kill the pace as long as it's still interesting. I think with some of the endings my brain is still in "I wanna see what happens next" mode because it feels like there's still a lot more to learn about the Thiu(s). Mini-vignettes would def still be great though.
You're welcome, your writing's a lot of fun to read. :)
I love this game so much !!!
The art is just incredible ( I really adore the art style and the colors ), the music/sfx are very nice to hea, and the writing is just impeccable !!
the plot is very interesting and immersive, the type that makes you wanna play the game more than once.
I really love how you portrayed Thiu ( and the other characters as well ), as someone who have been struggling with problems... quite similars? to his, it is nice to relate to some character from time to time ( although it is kinda depressing that i relate to someone like Thiu DSHJKH what i mean is that the characters are very well-written and complex in their very own way ).
congrats for the good work !! it made my day 100000x better HSDJHD
Stay safe and take care ^^ <3
This is some high praise! Thank you very much. <3
I'm happy something about my novel resonated with you. Well, happy but also sad you've been through such struggles. I hope life treats you kinder in the future!
Thanks for playing! Take care! ^^
aw, thank you :"0 i hope too, tbh hdhfjh
also, if it isn't a bother, could you please tell me some tips in how to get the couple ending? :''0 i can't seem to get it, although i tried a lot.. i always get the bad ending :'''0
While the uninvited visitor is in your house, choose the option "I want to merge back!!"
I know it's counter-intuitive, hahah! But you'll see.
I love this game!! Everything from the art to the music to the writing is so clean and I feel so immersed in the story. I can't decide if I like the merge or the couple end better! I kinda wish I had another me to date but I don't want to die at 40, haha
Thank you very much! I'm happy you like the game! <3
Maybe one day Lua finishes that potion, and then we can all split and not worry about dying early lol.
Awesome game! Didn't get a lot of time out of it, but every second was thoroughly enjoyed!
I quickly grew to love the story, it knew what it was doing and wasn't completely tone-deaf like I thought it'd be. It was charming, mature, realistically humourous and even made me squeal 4 times from how cute the Thius can be! My only complaint with the game really is that "I thought it'd be" a really bad, edgy attempt at dark humour, but it completely beat my expectations and I only wish it was longer.
The three endings were all great, the bad ending was handled in the best way possible and I commend the creator for seeing that that's the most mature way to present the results of the character's failing.. but then the creator can also PayPal me €3 for more tissues cause fuck man why would you do that sob
I'd talk more specifics but I wouldn't be doing the experience justice, all I can say for now is check this game the fuck out and toss a coin to the creator while you're at it
(**MILD SPOILERS** Questions for the creator: which of the endings is "canon" in your eyes? Did Vivian only make up with Lua and Tal because Lua continued the research and she likes Tal, or is there more to it? **MILD SPOILERS**)
Thank you for your kind review! You've made my day. ^^
I consider all the endings canon, but my favorite one is Merge. I feel like that one wraps up the story nicely. As for Vivian's motives, she wants to be friends with Tal. But the real reason she makes up with them is because she figures her life will be easier if she stays on Lua's good side. It's a kind of keep your friends close and enemies closer type of thing lol.
Hi! I have downloaded 'Better half' but my Mac Os cannot open it, do you have any tips? Thank you!
Have you tried extracting the .zip into Applications folder?
Same thing happened to me. But it works if you downoload the itch.io app and download/open the game there
This was a great read!
*finally decides to eat something at 6pm* for thiu
Loved this game!
I had already read Divilethion and I really like the way you write.
This one in particular felt pretty relatable in a bad way and also was pretty funny at the same time. Honestly Sad Thiu sections killed me!
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. It's always nice to hear someone has read more than one of my visual novels! ;u; <3
wow, i've never left a comment on a game before but i felt compelled to after playing this! i thought the premise of your visual novel sounded interesting, but i wasn't quite sure if it would keep my attention span long enough to finish- and here i am, having gotten all of the endings (including bad end!)
a short but worthwhile game that takes about two to three hours to get every ending. i really enjoyed this game, beyond words. i found myself heavily relating to thiu, and even both of his halves (because truly, separating our emotions into a single form doesn't change the essence of ourselves in that form). i also quite enjoyed lua as a character! a perfectly snarky "antagonistic" type.
it took a bit for me to realize how to achieve the couple & bad end, because i kept picking all the negative options ^^; but i absolutely adored the cgs drawn for each ending, and all of the sprites are so well-done with such realistic emotions! i loved when both thiu's would have that sly smile.
the pacing felt great, the storytelling was on-point, and even if there were times where the humor was a little bit on-the-nose or overly self-deprecating, it didn't take away from the essence of the scene for me! i really enjoyed reading through all of the, er, "petty squabbles" between the thiu's, as well as between lua and vivian!
i'd definitely be interested in checking out your other vns based solely on how much i enjoyed this one, and i read the other comments and saw you are working on something new! i'll be anticipating that project as well!
edit: i really feel obligated to mention again how well-drawn these characters and cgs are, i feel like i haven't commended your art style enough in this comment! i really do admire the way you portray emotions in these characters!
Oh my, to be the first person you leave a comment to, makes me feel so special.
Thank you very much! I appreciate hearing your thoughts. It's very rewarding to know you've enjoyed something I made. TuT <3
I hope you'll be amused by my other visual novels as well! I'll also make a post here on itchio once the newest, larger project drops so stay tuned, my friend! >:D
Thank you again. I'm happy to know you liked both my art and storytelling!! Q__Q
JUST FINISHED THE GAME. Short but sweet, took me about three or four hours to get every ending. The characters are adorable, gave Saffy (sad Thiu) and Haffy (happy Thiu) nicknames to differentiate themselves from each other, since, just as is mentioned in the game, it's easy to get confused. The artstyle was lovely, lot of fun just to stare at the backgrounds and CGs, the dialogue flows smoothly and was hilarious at times (I was cackling at Vivian's introduction), and the interactions were dynamic and interesting. Still disappointed that Vivian never got with Saffy, but oh well. One thing that's clear about the game is that it was made by Nemlei- the writing is unmistakably unique, and the setting mirrors Jack-in-a-Castle, and to a lesser extent Divilethion, in that it sets up a fun and interesting premise without creating an artificial need to explain why that premise exists.
My take on the endings (spoilers btw):
Merge - I enjoyed the detail of Thiu referring to himself as 'we' privately, and still keeping some of the split demeanor, as well as Thiu getting a job working for Vivian. It's bittersweet in that one of the Thius was killed off, even if only in body, and while arguably the best ending overall, it feels like Vivian making up with (to an extent) Lua happens largely with minimum involvement from Thiu.
Halved - I love the idea of the Thius being able to help each other, since, as I think one other commenter said, who doesn't want somebody who perfectly understands you? The idea of Saffy getting a parakeet is adorable, and also really sweet. He deserves it.
Couple & Bad Ending - This ending. I think I'm disappointed in myself to say that this one is my favorite. The Thius are adorable, and I'd like to say that they have a fantastic dynamic and chemistry? I don't how much sense that makes given that they're sort of one person. I'd rather not ponder the implications at all. The Ending CG here was hilarious, still laughing looking back at it. May decency rest in peace. Only downside I can see to this ending is that nothing gets resolved with the mages. Oh, and the Thius dying at forty. As for the bad ending, it made me rather sad, even if it's a little comedic in how dissatisfying it is. As is the nature of the game, though; I'd just recommend not to complete it last.
Overall, the game is fabulous to the core, definitely created in Nemlei's entirely unique and amazing style. I'm glad that the game is getting so much well deserved attention early on. Thiu is incredibly relatable, and when they're split up, both Haffy and Saffy are in their own ways as well. I really enjoyed getting Saffy to take care of himself better. Also, Saffy's outfit makes me fucking swoon.
Being somebody who wishes to write, and create VNs, I absolutely loved Better Half- it's clear that heart and soul was poured into the creation of this. Once more, a fantastic game.
A question, though- for Nemlei, you mentioned that you were working on a larger project that wouldn't be published solely by you, and that wouldn't be completely a visual novel, although it still held a rich story. I certainly might be wrong, but I'd assume Better Half differs from that project, so is that still in the works?
TL;DR - Great game. Loved it. Related to Thiu wayyyy too much. Saffy x Haffy is the new top ship. Go play the game already.
EDIT: Just a sidenote, but what are thoughts about a discord server for Nemlei's projects? it might help bring the community together and help it grow, but since it'd clearly have to be a community endeavor, are there any thoughts on it?
First things first: Yes! This is NOT that project. This was my side project for nanoreno game jam, and that larger project is still in the making. I'm delighted you still remember it's coming! :D
Reading your detailed thoughts was a joy. I'm so happy you enjoyed my work again. ;u; And a bit flattered that you find my writing style is recognizable.
Calling Thius Saffy and Haffy, hhaha!! That's great.
Thank you very much for playing, and sharing your thoughts!
"Saffy and Haffy" YES- omg you are a genius-
I agree! Having a little community or at least a discord server (if not it’s completely fine :>), I really want to meet other people who enjoy these fun games that I enjoy and also be there to support new games that Nemlei makes when their are announcements :D
Me Think Is Fun.
OH MY GOODNESS I HAVE BEEN SO HYPED FOR THE LATEST GAME, YESS
I absolutely love it
Beautiful idea and well executed!
The music, art & writing is quality. The characters were super interesting!
Thank you for your hard work!
Good stuff <3
This game is just amazing! i love it :D i like the art style, the story, and such. im going to try to get all the endings :3 i love this game in general thank you for making it!