Join a colorful crew of bounty hunters in this choice-driven visual novel


Distress casts you as legendary bounty hunter Demetria Barton, in charge of her crew's lives as she explores the mysterious Nova 8. According to the team:

Distress is a branching visual novel inspired by the likes of Silent Hill, Snatcher, and Mass Effect. Trapped in a city filled with deadly creatures and a ruthless militarized task force controlled by a shadowy administrator, you'll have to use your wits and make tough decisions in order to survive. You're responsible not just for your own life, but the lives of your crew as well. Make your choices. Live with the consequences. Good luck.

Light Machine, a small three-person team, is seeking a very modest budget on Kickstarter to get Distress made, although there's a charming playable prologue available for you to download now that makes you want to learn more about the characters. I particularly love the illustrations (they're by Ian Laser Higginbotham), and one of the backer rewards is a digital artbook.


The writer and designer at Light Machine is Javy Gwaltney, who wrote the wonderful science fiction horror Terror Aboard the Speedwell, and composer Erandi Huipe will create the eerie, synth-heavy soundtrack.

Consider backing Distress or check out the prologue for free here.