A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

"What you’ve done would normally not be forgiven. 
But because we’re so very, very generous..."

"We answered your pleas and are giving you a second chance. You can try and prove that you deserve to be alive."

Saeva, a socially anxious teenager, finds himself trapped in a building along with 13 other young adults. They are all accused of being criminals and are told the only way to escape is by proving their worth and potential for improvement.

Saeva is fairly confident he's innocent, but can the same be said about everyone else?


  • Solve escape room puzzles!
    Build a sense of solidarity with the other participants by overcoming various tasks together. 
  • Dive deep into the psychology and philosophy of 14 different (supposed) criminals! What led them to do what they did?
  • Prove your debate skills!
    The majority decides who gets left behind, so it's up to you to convince them who that is. Change the tides of a debate by strategically attacking or defending the right opponents.
  • Is love in the air, or is it just the fear of imminent death? 
    (Almost) every character has bisexual romance options, but you can freely control which pairings end up together. 


Artificial Selection is still under development. Here's what you can expect:

DemoBeta (for Supporters)Full Game
1 escape room3 escape rooms10+ escape rooms
6 characters16 characters1X characters
5,000+ words45,000+ words250,000+ words
30 minutes2-3 hours25+ hours
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------achievements

Insider supporters on Ko-fi or BMAC get access to the latest beta version of the game.

You can join our Discord server to follow the project more closely and chat with other players!


Story, Art, Programming: KigyoDev

Music, SFX: Zaxcess

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0.4.0: Preparation for Early Access (September 2022)
0.3.0: GUI Update (February 2021)
0.2.1: Added a content warning and more hints (August 2020)
0.2.0: Complete overhaul (July 2020)
0.1.1: Added more hints to one of the puzzles (July 2019)
0.1.0: Initial Release (June 2019)

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artificial-selection-win.zip 68 MB
Version DEMO 21 days ago
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ArtificialSelection-DEMO-linux.tar.bz2 61 MB
Version DEMO 21 days ago
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artificial-selection-osx.zip 63 MB
Version DEMO 21 days ago

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Hello creator and others, I would like to introduce myself as THE GamerMan ( very small channel currently), and I made a video, which will turn into a mini video series, on this game, and if you guys do not mind to come check it out.

video link:

if that does not work then here's the channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv8Gb4LDmgiBSHHg3JCU31g

I hope this game comes to its full potential in the near future ,and I hope that this video I made will decide for future downloaders to play this game!! 

thanks you all!!! ;)

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I'm looking forward to "Artificial Selection full release in Summer 2030"! :) /j

Ngl I had hopes for this game haha, and I like how the 'villains' here are xSxJs and not xNTxs  for once XD

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Umm will there be an android version of this

Thank you for your interest!

Unfortunately, I doubt it. The escape rooms aren't optimized for small/touch screens, and it would probably take a lot of effort to make them work. I'd prefer to focus on finishing the game first.

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I had such a great time playing your game!! The characters were very interesting and the fact that their profiles contain their MBTI types was a pleasant surprise!! As an INFJ I felt really connected to Diven but all characters were a fun ride. I also liked the combination of visual novel sprites with pixel art, it was a nice touch and made the game more engaging. Still, my favorite part was definitely the dialogues, I'm a big sucker for dialogue-heavy games and yours was a lot of fun!! 

Looking forward to the full version! 

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I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the demo and that Diven is a reasonably accurate INFJ. It's always tricky to get types other than your own right, so that's reassuring lol. Thank you very much! 

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Just played this on stream with a couple of folks and had a blast! Thanks a lot. Big fan of Danganrompa like games and this is a really nice homage to the genre (I liked the callout to it too!).

Despite having a wide cast the characters all stand out as individuals and I'm looking forward to getting to know them all in future releases. 

That cliffhanger at the end! Ahh! We'll be waiting for the next release haha.   

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You really need to include a major character death warning in the bio of this game somewhere, I was not prepared for something like that and I'm afraid I don't like to play games with scenarios like that.

On a slightly lighter note the art and game design is well put together, I liked the characters personalities and thought they worked really well together.

Overall best of luck with your game but you should warn people that there is going to be lots of death in a game before they download it.

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Sorry, I completely forgot to reply to this. 

Originally I thought the setting and general tone of the game would be enough of a warning, but a proper screen for it has since been added.

Thank you for letting me know, and I apologize for this bad experience.

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That's okay, I'm just glad it's been resolved.

Hi, i played the recent update and it crash a few times, but the plot is amazing and the characters funny. It seems it's going to be a very tragic story, but the funny moments were awesome. I would like to suggest a little bit of more hints to solve the puzzles (N°2 in my case) for stupid people like me XD. 

Overall it was an amazing demo and i'm looking forward to the final game!!! 

Hey, thank you so much for your feedback! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the game despite encountering a few issues. 

I'll definitely consider to add more hints. What exact puzzle(s) are you referring to? 

The one we have to use to make the pachiko machine work after using the dog food.

Got it! I'll try to include a few more hints in a future update.

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I'm extremely disappointed






THAT I ONLY PLAYED THE DEMO RIGHT NOW EVEN THO I'VE HAD IT IN MY FOLDERS SINCE LAST YEAR RESZJDXYGHJKM


Majority of the characters are lovable (some of them I might need more interactions, but pretty good for all of them!) All of them are pretty interesting, wondering what's their story~ alsoimhurtWHYWHYWHY

Story-wise, I love how it's unfolding! I'm not really good at giving compliments, but I can say that if this were a novel, I'd 100% binge read it even if it takes me months without any breaks XD. ItssointenseIactuallystartedpanickingaroundtheelevatorpart

I actually enjoyed the new gameplay mechanics in this game? I've played any visual novels with the same mechanics! The escape room was enjoyable, puzzle was challenging, but all is well the amount of dog food left me dumbfounded because I still can't understand it


I don't know what to say anymore BUT I LOVE IT <3 

Overall looking forward to see this game completed! <3 

Do your best, and goodluck! <3 


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what program did you use to make this?

If you mean the engine, it's called Ren'Py!

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I liked Robot Daycare so much, that I had to try this out. It's a new game concept to me. I recognise some of the influences, but they're brought together in a new way.

That many characters sound like a lot to deal with, but mostly paired off and dealt with in various combinations works.

I wonder a lot about the setting, who is behind all of this, and about the character whose grave we see near the beginning. I look forward to more!

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I've been a little hesitant to download the game at first, mainly because i thought it would focus too much on sci-fi (I'm not really sure where I got that from? lol) element and I wouldn't be able to finish the puzzles. But it was actually very enjoyable! The graphics and mechanics were really nice. I've already gotten a bit attached to some characters, so I will definitely follow the development of this game! I can't wait to see it finished ^^ Good luck!

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Very interesting and original demo :) Keep it up!

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Very good demo. It will be interesting to see how this game unfolds, as well as what will happen with the characters.

I wonder what kind of divergence might result from choosing the top option during the second player decision.

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This was such a fun game! I enjoyed the art style and the characters were very interesting. The story was on a whole new level and I instantly felt drawn to it. I really liked the fact that you have the different sins in the story and the concept was something I never heard of before. I can't wait for the full game, keep up the good work :D

I don't know if you've heard of Game Development World Championship before (gdwc2019) but it's a competition for indie game developers where they can submit their games and it's free! It's great if you want some more visibility for the game and it only takes a couple of minutes to join :)

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I'm not going to lie, this was extremely fun! Saeva reminded me of Lycoris a bit (face-wise), but your art style's really cute and the puzzles were absolutely lovely. I was (truthfully) a bit stupid in muddling around the escape room but I figured it out!

... but cliffhangers.

Cliffhangers

You've given a new definition to cliffhangers.

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Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed yourself and that the escape room wasn't too hard. 

And hehe... I hope it made you look forward to the full game! B)

Almost a year later, I am still stupid at muddling around the escape room xD

In that case you'll like the new demo coming soon! I made some changes to the cells which should make the puzzle both more fun and easier to understand. Please look forward to it!