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It is at this moment written that every single one of the Test Subjects/Specimens from #0001 to #3000 be locked in their rooms after every round of testing and medical checkups. They cannot interact with one another in any shape or form.

Every single guard and researcher in this facility must make sure that they do not interact, especially subjects #0045, #0998, #1045, and #2777.
-- General Instruction #003.

It is at this moment written that confraternization with the Test Subjects/Specimens in any form is forbidden. Do not interact with them more than necessary and only talk to them when authorized.
-- General Instruction #033.

A Means to Escape is a short visual novel made for the 02A2 VN Jam 2023 about wanting to be free before death and trying to defy a shadowy organization.
It's also a little gay.

TangledVirus: Story, art, UI.
ThatWannabeCat: Editing.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(4 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
TagsGay, Lesbian, Sci-fi, Yuri


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that last little message making me a cry a little lol <3


I mean that message with all of my heart.

I love an evil militarized research facility! And I like the relationship between the two as well. That said, I feel like this premise is an awkward fit for O2A2, because the part of the story that we'd really like to see--them busting their way out like badasses--is the part you can't show in this format.

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Oh, worry not, I'm going to show the escape in a future game. The moment I started to write this I already could imagine the whole thing. But also this is more like an allegory of people being there for each other when stuff is dire, y'know?

Oh rad, I'll be excited to see the escape!

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"It's the worst place ever, but it's my home and I love it for that."
Relatable lines that go hard.


This line is everything I feel towards Brazil as a place.