Sepia Tears

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a game by Scarlet String Studios
Platform: PC (2016)
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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Sepia Tears
Sepia Tears
Sepia Tears

Sepia Tears is regarded by many people as one of the best visual novels to be made in Ren’Py. One of the craziest things about this game is that you can play it for free! Not on some strange site, but on STEAM! This is one of the most interesting visual novel games you will play. It is a story of romance, regret, and hope and it is the kind of game that once you have played through it, you will be desperate to talk to someone about it.

The Girl You Wish You Never Met!

Our protagonist in Sepia Tears is a guy called Mark. Mark is your most bang-average guy in the world and there is nothing remarkable about him at all and he just lives his life doing what he does. Until one day a strange girl called, Myra shows up and tells Mark that she knows him…. he has no clue who she is and she tells him that she is the girl he wishes he never met.

Mark has some kind of repressed memory and she is going to help him find out what it is no matter the cost. It is told very, very well, and granted it does start off very slow, but I think that is by design so we can kind of get an idea of just how mundane and “normal” this Mark guy is supposed to be before being hit with the mystery of his past.

Out Of A Sketch Book

This game was originally released in 2016 and I have to say that the visual novels I have played over the last couple of years do leave Sepia Tears standing in terms of the visuals, however, this game has a style that I love. It has a very hand-drawn kind of thing going on where you can clearly see certain sketch lines and so on. It looks very “personally” and that I think does help the story connect with you a bit more. I like how there is a CG gallery so you can look at all of the fantastic artwork and it is great how there is a mixture of more realistic looking stuff and chibi stuff too.

The Story Comes First

There are a few times where you get to make a choice in Sepia Tears, but for the most part, this story is going to be told the way it is intended. To be fair, this is quite a short visual novel, but I do think that those who are used to visual novels that offer tons of choices and actual consequences relating to those choices may feel that they are just watching or reading the story instead of being part of it. I get that, but I do think the story is strong enough that you can get past that.

I love the story that this game tells and it is very easy for me to see why so many people love this game. It is just a great story and one that I am not sure I would play through again, but I am sure it will stick with me for a very long time.


I get the lack of interactivity that Sepia Tears has may cause some people to find it “boring”. Yet, I still think you should give it a try. At the end of the day, it is free and it does not take up a ton of your time either.


  • I enjoyed the story and loved the twist!
  • The hand drawn style of the art is great
  • You have a very cool CG viewer in the game
  • It is completely free and has a bunch of easy-to-get achievements too


  • Some may not like the lack of interactivity
  • The story is great but does start off a tad slow

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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