The apocalypse happened, but not in the way anyone expected. Plants underwent a major, rapid evolution seemingly overnight: and when humans woke up, they found their cities turned to rubble and their lives reclaimed by nature. Chaos ensued.

But that's not really your problem.

Your name is Zed, and you've lived in this world your whole life. You don't know anything else: in fact, the only other person you know is family and taught you everything you need to know to survive.

But when you return home one day to find the house being torn apart, your field in shambles, and your only companion nowhere to be found, you'll have to set off on your own for the first time to try put your life back together, and maybe for the first time, meet real people: but be careful.

They aren't like you.

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Check out my blog, and my other games (Manor Hill, and Bad Ritual).

StatusIn development
PlatformsHTML5
Rating
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(182 total ratings)
AuthorHeartForge
GenreRole Playing, Interactive Fiction
Made withTwine
Tagsamare, LGBT, LGBTQIA, Post-apocalyptic, Romance, Story Rich, suspense, Text based
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen

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Characters in a nutshell

Mantis - Spiderman’s long lost step-brother.

Trigger - Mad hatter if he joined the military, got a gun, and started smoking.

Marsh - If Hyperactive ADHD and Calmness became one.

Ohh my, this is amazing, just like Bad Ritual, (I know they're compared a lot so just another grain in the bucket)



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I personally love Zed (and his family's (and possibly other characters)) abilities to speak with the plants, and I can't wait to see more from this game,

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I'm personally playing serene-tone and mixed routes (2 save files (haven't gotten to triggers route yet), all serene set)
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ty !!!!!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

this is awesome! can't wait for more!

ty !!!! I'm glad you like it !!!!!!

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Do you know when this is gonna update? :3

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Not an exact date, but after the update I'm currently working on for my game Bad Ritual, Hybrid is next in line!

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oki!

This is fun!

πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š I'm glad !! Thanks for commenting !!!

I swear I have to make some of that candy now…

I think I literally looked up the whole process to make sure it was setting-feasible and besides the convenience of a candy thermometre (which, they live in a mall so 50/50 if they have one) it totally was !!

I’ve made candy like that before, but you got me back into it, I swear making candy yourself tastes so good! If you have free time, you should try. If you want, I can give you some recipes?

Ah but I'm scared for my pans πŸ˜‚ my sister tried it once and destroyed a pot

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Oop- it is really easy to accidentally mess up, but the final product can be so delicious! Also, if you aren’t allergic, Peanut brittle with chocolate is really good and pretty easy to make!

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:)

Ahhh its so good! I love it, and the ro's are so interesting. Seeing Trigger trying to figure MC out while MC is just a clueless confused sprout is so entertaining. 

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Trigger is truly out here living in his own unsolved mysteries show while Zed is making friends and looking to score some homemade candy gkcjsnfnsk ty for reading !!! And commenting !!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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one of the things that makes me so impressed, is the customisation you added!! though i don't wear any headcovering, im still very awed that you put in all those options! im also extremely happy that you included the title "opa" for if you choose the mc to have a grandfather, as i'm dutch and that's what we call ours

(also, to play a mc that's the mysterious character instead of the one that encounters the mysterious character?? to be honest, i've been begging for one such if, so thank you!)

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I'm glad you like Zed's mystery !! I thought it'd be fun to let the MC have the cool interesting past (to a degree: I don't think Zed would consider themself very special πŸ˜‚), give the LIs and their problems a little perspective. And I have my own opa so that's the option I always pick to run tests πŸ’šπŸ₯° I just hope the other titles are as accurate, it's hard to look stuff like that up when you don't speak the language πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…

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Wow ! I love it ! Playing a non human (if I understood well) around human is really original ! It's always the contrary and all (to be honest I like to not play humans) so I love this game so far !!! Will there be a new update soon ?

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I'm glad you like it !! I always love to invert the "normal player character meets super cool and special mysterious love interests". It's fine on its own but occasionally it's fun to have secrets of your own !! And there probably won't be an update SOON, but don't worry, this project isn't abandoned or anything !! I'm bringing one of my other games up to technically snuff + an update, then I'll be able to take stock and see what I'm gunna do next 😌😌

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I read this so many times prior and forgot about it only to realize your the same writer as bad ritual which im also obsessed with btw. I loved this first tho. Hope it gets updated bt god i knw working on more than one project must be so much so not gonna hold out too much hope. Maybe in the future. I honestly jst loved this MC so much

It's still definitely on the table for updates !! Maybe not anything that can be promised but what can be promised? It's on the table though for sure and I'm glad you like it !!!

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this is one of my favorite games, i think i played it five times straight because i loved the storyline then took a break came back to play it three more times.


i hope you keep doing your great storylines they are amazing ^w^

πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š ty !!!!! I'm glad you like it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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i love it ^w^

its like it has its own season

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Hello! Can't wait for next update, do you have any idea of the date? :3

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Nope! Atm I work shifts to get by so I don't do hard due dates for my own sake. Hybrid only receives occasional updates though, while I focus on my other two games. I'm doing a lot πŸ˜…

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okay thanks a lot!

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Hi, Im so sorry for the rude person here.  :( I just wanted to acknowledge how much I already like this game and how Im still excited about it!! The misteries are deliciously unanswered and ALSO I love Trigger so so much already T0T

JGIEJFJA I'm glad you like him I'm always worried people aren't gunna wanna find out why he's so mean with Crave right there πŸ˜‚

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Mean misterious troubled characters are always my favorite!! He already has a chokehold on me

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This is SOOOO good I'm hyped for the full release (also high swag for nb protag we love to see it ESP it/its pronouns i am thriving and i feel seen)

I really like the radio. The choice of stations is REALLY COOL,  i picked the fiddle bc its def the most comforting to me but I love that there's other choices AND cold war style number stations β™‘wβ™‘

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AHHH ty for validating me on the radio πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š and I'm glad you like it !!!!!

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geez why is this so good

ty I'm glad you liked it !!!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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Am I slow or is this not finished?

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it's not finished

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OMG I LITERALLY LOVE THIS SM

πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š glad you had fun !!!!!!

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I LOVE THIS GAME SM I HAD MY DOG WITH ME TOO

πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š I'm glad you like it !!!!!!

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YESSS I LOVE IT TBH JUST PLS PUT A WARNING FOR BRITISH PEOPLE /j (Crave said "mate" and I'm not sure if he's australian, british, or a furry /j)  AN AWESOME GAME THO

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10/10 just for mc not knowing what a dog is, joking aside i am enamored with the idea of playing someone experiencing things we don't think much on for the first time. Also just assuming everyone is just like them. All of your stories have been a delight to read honestly

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ahh thank you !!!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š I'm glad you like them

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This was awesome, I love the writing style and can't wait for the final product. Normally if many characters get introduced in a short time I, at times, have trouble remembering who's who. But somehow these characters just really stand apart from each other in a great way (or again, it might have been the writing style?), had no trouble knowing who's who at all.

Thank-you !! It's something that bugs me too so I try to keep everyone who needs to be remembered as memorable as possible πŸ’š

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If I play this, will my progress be saved? Im a little worries coz I can't find a download button

It will unless you wipe browser cookies, you can save to a file tho.

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Ah, you reminded me that I haven't put a save build feature in Hybrid yet πŸ˜… usually to get around how hostile the Twine language I use is to long term saves (since people clear their cookies fairly often) I put in a feature that lets you start from whatever chapter in the game you want, and set all relevant characteristics manually. I'll need to add that!

Until then, like necrosian said, save files DO exist in the browser. The next version of the game will let you choose where to start, though, so I wouldn't worry too much about losing that content!

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i cant wait to see more of this story!

thank you, I'm glad you liked it !!!!!!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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AHAHSHHSHDNNCMCM crave has all of my heart and soul i made an account on itch.io JUST to comment this and tell you you're doing an amazing job i just--- i want to hug crave sm also i love zed and them being nonbinary means so much to me???? my deadname is zoey and i often went by z when i had just come out as nb and zed was another nickname i used as well so i really connected to the character and just <33333 tsym please dont cancel this i might cry

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Jdtixjjda I'm glad you love him !!!! Dw this is in no danger of getting cancelled πŸ’š

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Crave is the best (not negotiable)/j but Crave is seriously amazing 

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I loved it, can't wait for more, it's so interesting, I wonder what's the deal with MC!

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Glad you like it πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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Heck yea! Update!!! Crave has my heart and soul... what a quirky little (tall) guy!!! His constant fidgeting (stimming?) and (nervous perhaps?) tics are so relatable it hurts. Get this boy a chew necklace ASAP!!!

Gotta ask... is Crave... maybe... perhaps... canon neurodivergent? ;w; Heck he resonates with me so much that i gotta ask... dying for some accurate rep here aaaaaa

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He is !! As best as I'm able to (and always looking for path corrections should I get anything wrong) but both him and Mantis are meant to be on the autism spectrum !! πŸ’šπŸ’š Glad you like him, and that it's coming across !!

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aaaaaaaaa i LOVE this!!! ;w; i havent played mantis' path yet but i will definitely check it out!!! more neurodivergent (esp. autism spectrum) rep in ifs is honestly such an amazing thing to see!!! everything so far seems great! ^^ thank you and good job so far!

Hey, I have noticed a small bug. It seems that the seventh addition to a stat breaks it. 

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Oh god someone told me about this but I thought it was a joke dsjkfhk.  WELL I'll add this to the bug list. Thankfully it seems pretty benign, so I'll give myself time to figure out what's going on: stats aren't really my strong suit, but people seem to like them πŸ˜…πŸ˜… thanks for letting me know !!

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Ahahaha yeah, don't worry about it. Btw I just finished the demo and love it! Can't wait for more :D

I'm glad you like it !!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

that was so good, i was shocked when it ended so soon T^T but im excited for more! the writing was really nice and the story is just as good!

Thank you !!! I'm glad you liked it !!!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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Instantly  got drawn in to the story and I want to learn more about the mc.

I'm glad you like it—and zed !!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

I loooved reading this. the MC is such an interesting character and  I cant wait to learn more of their interaction with Crave and Trigger.. β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️

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thank you !!!!!! i'm glad you liked the fellas and also zed πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

this is super cool!

thank youu !!!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

i don't know if the game has been tested for mobile, but you can't scroll hence you can't really play it. :/

It's getting an update on Friday so maybe try again then? But I just tested it and I can scroll just fine, so I'm not sure what's going wrong.

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weird.
i will try again, otherwise, will wait for friday.
thank you for letting me know.

do you access it directly from browser or through the android mobile app (what im doing)?

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I was accessing it through the browser. Don't worry: on Friday both versions will be merged and accessible through the browser. I haven't tried the download version since I uploaded it so maybe it's just out of date by now.

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so, there are some known issues with browser games apparently, in fact, yours wasn't the only one not working (although you were the only one who kindly replied). so i will play it by browser while waiting for the bugs to be fixed. 
thank you once again.  :)

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the new update only has the browser version !! the download version from before was a lay over from me not understanding uploading to itch entirely: this version on the browser has all the features included in the game !!

the old one the only difference between the download version and the browser version was that the download version had radio sound, but now that's included in the browser version.

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JUST STARTED PLAYING AND THE DOG'S NAME BEING FERN CAUGHT ME SO OFF GUARD BECAUSE I AM ALSO FERN AND MY FIANCEE CALLS ME HER PITBULL BOYFRIEND. CRYING. SOBBING. I LOVE THAT THANK U DEV

NFISKFJSK CUTE !!!!!!!!

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I LITERALY TOOK A PICTURE AND SENT IT TO HER.

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WILL ABSOLUTELY BE WAITING FOR MORE OF THIS AAAAA WHAT A GAME <3 also a character who uses neo pronouns and they/it pronouns my beloved <3

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I've got an update for this in the works that's gunna incorporate dual pronouns (so you can use both actively) πŸ‘€

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damn it really do be june happy pride enbys, our funky little plant person gets dual pronouns <3

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It's maybe a bit weird but I really relate to the alien/other feeling of the main character (body dysmorphia) and like, being covered up when going out/seeing people as different (in my case, better than me, but yknow). I really enjoyed this demo and bugging Trigger in particular, I'm definitely saving this and waiting excitedly for more updates one day!

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I'm glad you like it! I definitely wanted to convey a sense of like, formlessness and something approaching dysphoria (although I hope it didn't squick you out or anything!) so I'm glad that comes across πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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Here from 2022 still patiently waiting for the next update because this game makes me very happy. I love your work and Im very excited to see what else you have to offer! :)

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πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š Hybrid's still on the back burner unfortch, but that just means that all the neat features I painstakingly learn how to integrate with the other games will carry over REAL easy when the time comes lol !!

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I’m starting the game and I just got some β€œSweet Tooth,, vibes right off the bat :0

oo, I've never seen that but it looks cute !! Thanks !!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

I recommend it with how you made this story. It’s on Netflix :)

I absolutely love this!!!! it's so nicely written, and it fits the post apocalyptic style so well!!  im so excited to see what happens next once (or if! don't feel too preassured, your well being is more important!) the full game comes out!!:D

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Ahh, thank-you !!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š Hybrid is the third project I update when I'm about to burn out on everything else I'm doing ;; it's set to enter proper circulation once my other game Manor Hill, gets finished: until then, I just like to play with code functionality in a setting with less active plot πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ One day !!

is author hiatus ?

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I mean I'M not on a hiatus but Hybrid isn't receiving active updates. Three projects is unfortunately one too many for me! If you go to my Tumblr though (heart-forge.tumblr.com) there's some bonus content with the characters !!

cool

I love this a ton. This is the 3rd time I've replayed the demo and I have a blast every time. Cant wait for the full release!

Glad you like it !!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for taking the time to comment πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

Crave is so cute!! I want to protect him and his doggo for sure!!

And idk if you've heard of bnha but Trigger reminds me of aizawa haha. He is also very cute!

I haven't seen bnha but I googled the name and laughed out loud πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm glad you like Crave !! Thanks for taking the time to comment πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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