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Hiveswap Friendship Simulator
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Developer

What Pumpkin Games

Series

Homestuck/Hiveswap

Platforms

Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android

Released

Volume 1: April 13, 2018
Volume 2: April 27, 2018
Volume 3: May 11, 2018
Volume 4: May 25, 2018
Volume 5: June 8, 2018
Volume 6: June 22, 2018
Volume 7: July 6, 2018
Volume 8: July 20, 2018
Volume 9: August 4, 2018
Volume 10: August 17, 2018
Volume 11: August 31, 2018
Volume 12: September 14, 2018
Volume 13: September 28, 2018
Volume 14: October 12, 2018
Volume 15: October 26, 2018
Volume 16: November 9, 2018
Volume 17: November 30, 2018
Volume 18: December 14, 2018

Genre

Visual novel, (platonic) Dating sim

Designer

David Turnbull

Programmer

David Turnbull
Mint Chipleaf

Artist

Amber Cragg
Adrienne Garcia
Gina Chacon
Kim Quach
Shelby Cragg
Phil Gibson
Angela Sham
Leland Goodman
CJ Walker

Writer

Andrew Hussie
Aysha U. Farah
Anonymous
Cee L. Kyle
Magdalena Clark
Lalo Hunt
David Turnbull
Kieran Miranda
"Geezey"
"V"


Hiveswap Friendship Simulator, or Hiveswap Friendsim, is a Hiveswap spinoff anthology of visual novels, written by a diverse group of writers, including Andrew Hussie, and primarily developed by David Turnbull in Ren'Py. The games are modelled on the style of the dating sim genre, styled as "friendship simulators" as the interactions had with the characters are platonic; this format follows in the footsteps of Andrew's previous dating simulator project featuring Homestuck characters, Namco High. The game features Hiveswap trolls first introduced by the Troll Call event, with whom the player interacts with in the persona of an unknown title character (potentially the MSPA Reader, acting as a nameless player substitute) who has crash-landed on Alternia. According to What Pumpkin, the format is a riff on the traditional dating sim; "The idea is, instead of trying to date a character, you just try to befriend them, and in the process, you get to know them better, and ridiculous things happen along the way." 

The Steam store page for the game describes the Hiveswap Friendsim as "loosely-canonical" with respect to the wider Hiveswap canon, and even the internal canon of the anthology is fuzzy, as events can vary depending upon player choices (despite this, some events from specific routes are referenced in later volumes).

The series is an anthology being released in several volumes; its first installment was entitled "Hiveswap Friendship Simulator: Volume One". Each volume will cost $0.99, with volumes beyond Volume 1 released individually as DLC. The first installment was introduced on April 13, 2018 in a surprise announcement on the What Pumpkin tumblr, in the immediate aftermath of a major company shakeup coinciding with the transfer of Homestuck and some related MSPA properties over to the Homestuck.com domain under the stewardship of Viz Media (although the project was reportedly in development long before this and the announcement was not directly linked). This post explained that the Friendship Simulator series was part of an immediate strategy to produce "smaller, fun, lightweight games that can be produced more quickly" between main acts of Hiveswap, as the company went through a period of transition.

VolumesEdit

Volume 1 was released on Steam on April 13, 2018. The game possesses an ESRB rating of Mature 17+, suitable for ages 17 and up, for containing "violence, blood and gore, and strong language."

On April 20th, 2018, Volume 2 was announced in a festively dank post for a release one week later on April 27th. Volume 3 followed in a surprise announcement and release on May 11th. Volume 4 released on May 25th, followed by every new volume being released each two weeks except for Vol. 17 due to Thanksgiving, released the week after it.

Each of the Hiveswap Friendsim volumes has featured two characters from the Troll Call, with the exception of Volume 6, which spotlighted two in a single route. Other characters do occasionally make an appearance, with some previous characters returning for cameos or minor roles. By volume, Hiveswap Friendsim has featured:

Volume One Scormini Ardata Carmia · Arrius Diemen Xicali
Volume Two Sagira Amisia Erdehn · Gemrius Cirava Hermod
Volume Three Taurist Skylla Koriga · Virus Bronya Ursama
Volume Four Liga Tagora Gorjek · Taurza Vikare Ratite
Volume Five Leus Polypa Goezee · Sagimino Zebruh Codakk
Volume Six Scornius ?????? Elwurd · Gemnius Kuprum and Gemittarius Folykl
Volume Seven Scorgo Remele Namaaq · Lepia Konyyl Okimaw
Volume Eight Licer Tyzias Entykk · Taurra Chixie Roixmr
Volume Nine Gemra Azdaja Knelax · Caprinius Chahut Maenad
Volume Ten Gempio Zebede Tongva · Libittarius Tegiri Kalbur
Volume Eleven Scorist Mallek Adalov · Viriborn Lynera Skalbi
Volume Twelve Sagicer Galekh Xigisi · Liblo Tirona Kasund
Volume Thirteen Lelo Boldir Lamati · Licen Stelsa Sezyat
Volume Fourteen Arittarius Marsti Houtek · Caprira Karako Pierot
Volume Fifteen Leiborn Charun Krojib · Virmino Wanshi Adyata
Volume Sixteen Aro Fozzer Velyes · Caprist Marvus Xoloto
Volume Seventeen Virnius Daraya Jonjet · Sagicorn Nihkee Moolah
Volume Eighteen Virsci Lanque Bombyx · Capriun Barzum and Caprimini Baizli

See alsoEdit

CreditsEdit

Director

Producers

  • Ash Paulsen - All volumes
  • Cindy Dominguez - All volumes
  • Cohen Edenfield - Volume 1
  • Julian Dominguez - Volume 2 onward

Writers

Character Artists

  • Amber Cragg - Volumes 1, 2, 6
  • Adrienne Garcia - Volumes 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17
  • Gina Chacón - Volumes 4, 7, 9
  • Kim Quach - Volumes 14, 16

Colorist

  • Shelby Cragg - Volumes 1, 2

Background Artists

  • Amber Cragg - Volumes 1, 2, 6
  • Adrienne Garcia - Volumes 3, 5, 8
  • Gina Chacón - Volumes 4, 7, 9
  • Phil Gibson - Volumes 10, 11, 13, 15, 17
  • Angela Sham - Volumes 10, 14
  • Leland Goodman - Volume 12
  • Kim Quach - Volume 13
  • CJ Walker - Volume 16

Ending Illustrations

  • Amber Cragg - Volumes 1, 2, 6
  • Adrienne Garcia - Volumes 3, 5, 8
  • Gina Chacón - Volumes 4, 7, 9
  • Phil Gibson - Volumes 10, 11, 13, 15
  • Leland Goodman - Volume 12
  • Angela Sham - Volume 14
  • CJ Walker - Volume 16
  • Kim Quach - Volume 17

UI Designer

  • David Turnbull - All volumes

Musicians

Game Design and Programming

  • David Turnbull - Volumes 1 through 5, 7, 1017
  • Mint Chipleaf - Volumes 6, 8, 9, 11 through 17

Quality Assurance

  • Sondra Crawford - Volume 3 onward

GalleryEdit


Hiveswap Friendship Simulatorv · d · e
The Player Mspa icon MSPA Reader
Befriendable Trolls
Volume One Scormini Ardata Carmia · Arrius Diemen Xicali
Volume Two Sagira Amisia Erdehn · Gemrius Cirava Hermod
Volume Three Taurist Skylla Koriga · Virus Bronya Ursama
Volume Four Liga Tagora Gorjek · Taurza Vikare Ratite
Volume Five Leus Polypa Goezee · Sagimino Zebruh Codakk
Volume Six Scornius ?????? Elwurd · Gemnius Kuprum and Gemittarius Folykl
Volume Seven Scorgo Remele Namaaq · Lepia Konyyl Okimaw
Volume Eight Licer Tyzias Entykk · Taurra Chixie Roixmr
Volume Nine Gemra Azdaja Knelax · Caprinius Chahut Maenad
Volume Ten Gempio Zebede Tongva · Libittarius Tegiri Kalbur
Volume Eleven Scorist Mallek Adalov · Viriborn Lynera Skalbi
Volume Twelve Sagicer Galekh Xigisi · Liblo Tirona Kasund
Volume Thirteen Lelo Boldir Lamati · Licen Stelsa Sezyat
Volume Fourteen Arittarius Marsti Houtek · Caprira Karako Pierot
Volume Fifteen Leiborn Charun Krojib · Virmino Wanshi Adyata
Volume Sixteen Aro Fozzer Velyes · Caprist Marvus Xoloto
Volume Seventeen Virnius Daraya Jonjet · Sagicorn Nihkee Moolah
Volume Eighteen Virsci Lanque Bombyx · Capriun Barzum and Caprimini Baizli
Supporting Characters Doc Scratch · Lusii
Locations Alternia · Outglut · Ardata's hive · Brooding Caverns · Old Watchtower · Clown Church
Related Concepts Hiveswap · Troll · Troll Call · Friendsim Music
Volumes Volume One · Volume Two · Volume Three · Volume Four
Volume Five · Volume Six · Volume Seven · Volume Eight
Volume Nine · Volume Ten · Volume Eleven · Volume Twelve
Volume Thirteen · Volume Fourteen · Volume Fifteen
Volume Sixteen · Volume Seventeen · Volume Eighteen
Epilogue
Hiveswap and Hauntswitchv · d · e
Playable Kids Joeysymbol Joey Claire · Judesymbol Jude Harley
Playable Trolls Ariborn Xefros Tritoh · Taurcer Dammek
Supporting Humans Babysitter · Pa Harley · A. Claire · Mysterious Cult
Supporting Trolls Picen Trizza Tethis · Cridea Jeevik
Troll Call Trolls Gempio Zebede Tongva · Licer Tyzias Entykk · Scorist Mallek Adalov · Virnius Daraya Jonjet · Capriun Barzum Soleil · Caprimini Baizli Soleil · Sagicorn Nihkee Moolah · Caprinius Chahut Maenad · Arrius Diemen Xicali · Taurist Skylla Koriga · Gemittarius Folykl Darane · Gemnius Kuprum Maxlol · Leiborn Charun Krojib · Sagira Amisia Erdehn · Leus Polypa Goezee · Libittarius Tegiri Kalbur · Liblo Tirona Kasund · Viriborn Lynera Skalbi · Scornius ?????? Elwurd · Sagicer Galekh Xigisi · Taurza Vikare Ratite · Lelo Boldir Lamati · Gemrius Cirava Hermod · Liga Tagora Gorjek · Scormini Ardata Carmia · Caprist Marvus Xoloto · Aro Fozzer Velyes · Licen Stelsa Sezyat · Virmino Wanshi Adyata · Virus Bronya Ursama · Taurra Chixie Roixmr · Sagimino Zebruh Codakk · Gemra Azdaja Knelax · Lepia Konyyl Okimaw · Caprira Karako Pierot · Arittarius Marsti Houtek · Virsci Lanque Bombyx · Scorgo Remele Namaaq
Other Tesseract · The Lone Gunbirds · Green shadow monsters · Imperial Drone · Zoosmell · Cornibuster · Doc Scratch
Concepts Troll · Extended Zodiac · Cherub Portal · Abilitech · Prongle · Scythian · Achievements
Locations (Earth) Hauntswitch · Half-Harley Manor
Locations (Alternia) Outglut · Dammek's hive · Xefros' hive
Acts Hiveswap: Act 1
Additional Media Hiveswap Friendship Simulator (Vol. 1 · Vol. 2 · Vol. 3 · Vol. 4 · Vol. 5 · Vol. 6 · Vol. 7 · Vol. 8 · Vol. 9 · Vol. 10 · Vol. 11 · Vol. 12 · Vol. 13 · Vol. 14 · Vol. 15 · Vol. 16 · Vol. 17 · Vol. 18)
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