A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

NOTE: If you can't get this version of the game to work, please try our in-browser version at https://bugsnkisses.itch.io/bugs-kisses-demo-browser!

Bugs and Kisses is a visual novel about humor and warmth in a tiny world. This is the demo: a complete, standalone short story featuring some key members of the cast!

Explore the world of Bugs and Kisses in Acorn Academy through the eyes of the protagonist-- You! Meet four of the main cast members set to appear in the final game, which is due to be crowdfunded through Kickstarter in Summer 2017. This is a taste to get you excited about our world and characters!

This demo is a month's worth of dedicated work from Co-creators Esabelle Ryngin and Aliza Layne, with music by composer Eden Evelyn Rosalina as well as tracks by Kevin MacLeod, provided through the Free Music Archive.

This demo was put together on Tyranobuilder Visual Novel Studio with no prior coding knowledge in part as an Independent Study project exploring new interactive media as a means of entomological outreach, but we're also a queer buggy love team just itching for an excuse to work on this project!

Install instructions

Both the Windows and Mac versions of the Demo are within the ZIP folder.

To open Windows:

Open the unzipped WIN folder, which should contain an exe file. Click that and you're good to go!

To open MacOS (theoretically):

  1. In the Finder, locate the app you want to open.Don't use Launchpad to do this. Launchpad doesn't allow you to access the shortcut menu.
  2. Press the Control key, then click the app icon, then choose Open from the shortcut menu.
  3. Click Open.

(alternately, try to open it (it'll fail), open System Preferences/Security & Privacy/General and it should have a lil button that says the demo is from an unidentified developer, and you can open it from there)

Play time: Approx 25-30 minutes.

Please feel free to leave a comment when you have finished the game!




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So, what is happening with this game? The Twitter is no longer up and I can't find the crowdfunding page to find any updates. It's been almost 2 years since this page has been updated. Is it safe to assume that this has been abandoned?

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This was soo much fun. Awaiting the full release. My stream had a good time too


rosalie is now my number 1 waifu.. is it ok if i post fanart in my instagram of rosalie UwU?

I absolutely loved playing this! I also made a video for it:

I'm dying of cuteness overload! I can't wait for the full version! 

Is there a way for me to send fanarts because gosh hECKin darn this is the cutest thing I've ever played in my life hhhHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAA-

so cute!

The art is beautiful and I love the sailor moon references. :D

This is adorable! The designs are so charming, I can't wait to see more of it!

Me: "Blegh, bugs can't be cute. No way."

*Ping* (Biggest cutest eyes)

Me: "Oh..."

I can't wait to play more of this! It was so super cute!

My goodness this was cute! Thank you for all the hard work you all put into it, I'm excited to see what you can do for the full game!

Thanks so much for playing! We're glad you enjoyed the very contents of our little tube hearts. <3

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That was beautiful and cute and entertaining, I hope to see more in the future!! I love all the main characters, but the moths especially!!! So floofy and pretty! QoQ

And I learned some new things about bugs that I didn't know from watching nature shows, lol. ^-^

Hope to hear about an official release one day, or at least a Kickstarter or something for it! I'll keep an eye out for any new links! <3

We hope to launch a kickstarter campaign in July/August of 2017! Keep an eye (or five) out for us!

I'm so glad I haven't logged in for a while, now I don't feel like I'll be waiting as long to hop on the Kickstarter train!! >w< <3

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Wow, the art in this was stunning. The story was good enough for me to play through the whole thing in one sitting! All the characters were as lovable as can be. The bug facts were very interesting, btw.

a friend played this and it was absolutely adorable! (and informative)

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I've loved bugs my whole life, now I get to date them! Is there an estimated release date yet? And will the final product be free or bought?

As one of the creators is a full-time student graduating college this coming winter, it's difficult to promise a release date sooner than 2018. This demo is self-contained and a story on its own, and only a few of the resources can be re-used for the full game due to size restrictions, so we're basically starting from scratch again. However, if we do well enough on our crowdfunding campaign in the summer, we'll be able to work on the game part to full-time to bring you the game faster and more robust than before!

The final product will be available for purchase, but we wanted everyone to be able to play the demo and get a taste of what we can do!

So beautiful/adorable/educational!! I love it ;A;

who needs a valentine when i have this? i'm honestly so happy this game exists. i can't wait for the full release and i'm so happy you released a public demo! im also thankful that the team is is obviously in love with the characters... it really shows. thank you for the game;;


; w; Thank you so much! What a sweet comment. We love our characters so much, and we're happy you do too!

This is such a good game! Hazel is my favorite so far.. I hope you continue the development and I will continue to support it!

this is ludicrously cute! i love the moth girl

Thank you so much!! Rosalie is an utter delight. Everyone on the team absolutely adores her and put a lot of work into making her the best she can be!

Hi, this was such a cute game! I'm a super small channel, but wound up doing a let's play bc it was pretty fun to go through. Can't wait until I can play the full thing!

Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS33doHIk2g


We watched your video and are so flattered and happy that you had fun playing! We just fixed the script errors you caught, which was a total lifesaver!! We hope you'll keep an eye on us for when the full game comes out, too!

I'm so glad you watched it, thanks so much! I definitely will play the full thing when it comes out, the game was too cute and heartwarming not to! (Also, loving the inclusivity!!)

earnest, adorable, and surprisingly informative???? wholesome. amazing. adorable. did i say wholesome? thank u for this it made my night

Thank you so much!! We worked really hard making a story and game we were very proud of. Your smile is a perfect Valentine's Day Git for us!

PS: You're welcome! Co-creator Esabelle Ryngin is an entomologist and science cartoonist who can't resist teaching about how cool insects are!