A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Android

Balance of Power is a romance based visual novel, set at a University in a world where everybody has a ‘power’.

Uncover secrets and deal with magical mishaps alongside 7 pursuable characters, each with their own hardships to deal with.

Our Kickstarter is live now! Find us here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/balance-of-power/balance-of-power-visual-no...


What’s harder than trying to adapt to University life with none of your old friends to support you? Doing that exact thing at a University where everyone has their own individualized power, even if they are usually more mundane than ‘super’.

Join the protagonist as they settle into undergraduate life at 'The University of Waterford'. Help them to meet new people, make new friends and solve problems both personal and magical in nature.

Maybe even find love?

P.S It seems like there's a dangerous individual about. Make sure to stay safe.


  • Ability to play as any gender + choice of pronouns. 
  • 7 characters, available to romance or befriend.
  • Different story for each pair of characters. No need to re-read the same plot beats over and over.
  • Demo that’s 30k words long, with the full game expected to be over 100k.
  • A mix of comedy, drama, romance and terrible puns.
  • The chance to be a mafia boss?


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Twitter: Balance_VN

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Balance of Power (PC) 640 MB
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Balance of Power (Mac) 622 MB
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Balance of Power (Android) 718 MB

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I adore this so much! I was crushed when I realized I was just playing a Demo.  Do you have a projected release date for the full game, or is it still pretty deep in development?

Hello and thank you :) 

I'm glad you enjoyed it. 

The release date for this game is somewhat dependent on the Kickstarter campaign that we're currently running. If it's successful then we hope to release in the first half of 2022 at the latest. If it's unsuccessful then release would take longer since it would have to wait while we can get the funds ourselves (or else we'd have to make it much smaller scale. 

We don't really have a projected release date if the Kickstarter is unsuccessful, although I would continue to do what I could for the game, and make sure the script and programming is finished so that it's only art assets we were waiting on ^^

Either way it goes, when the Kickstarter is finished I'll make a post with the planned next steps and make sure to cover plans for release :) 

It seems that when i try to open the game it wont open. Do you have any idea why?

Hello, 

I'm afraid I'm not entirely sure. It might be that there was a problem when you extracted the folder? Sometimes that can lead to the game not opening. 

I can only suggest re-downloading and trying again. If that doesn't work, I can try and help further, but I might need more details :) 

Thanks i will try that soon

All the boys are cute but Ellis is definitely best boy :3

I also really like the OST that played on his first appearance!

Thank you :D 

I'm glad you like him. Ellis is definitely a cutie when you can get past his initial defensivenesss <3 

I was very nervous about the music we had in the demo haha, since we were working with what we could get at the time and that was somewhat limited :) I'm glad that you liked the music for his intro :) 

this is really amazing and the best visual novel ive played! I really hope that the game can have the proper resources to be completed you have my support. <3

Thank you so much! :D 

It always blows my mind to see comments like this and see the support we've received thus far. 

I'm really glad that people are enjoying the characters and story and it makes me excited to share more :D

I really, really liked this! I think it's such a shame that it isn't getting as much attention as it deserves, it's really up there with a lot of other VNs that I've really liked.

I'm really excited for both Marissa's and Jack's routes, and I do hope you at least get enough funding to make the base game.

I'm also super glad that you're planning on doing polyamorous routes as well, because I've kind of been questioning for a while if I might be or not, and it would be nice to see a game with good representation since there are so few.

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Thank you so much! :D It's always really nice to hear that someone has enjoyed our game :)

I'm glad you're looking forward to their routes :D Marissa and Jack are definitely fun to write for :D.  I'm still hopeful that we may be able to get the funding we need, but I've also got some plans for if not, we definitely won't be giving up on this game :)

I always knew I wanted to include polyamorous routes if I could :) I wanted people to be able to experience the friendship or romance in our game in whatever way they wished and I think there are some really fun and interesting dynamics for me to be able to write :). I hope you're able to find an answer you're comfortable with soon :)

really interesting so far! I cant wait to finish the rest of the demo!

Hi, Nice work on your game so far and best wishes with your kickstarter!  I hope you don't mind that I made a video of my first impression. 

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Hello! Thank you :D 

Completely the opposite, I'm really happy that you did. We've heard feedback on the story and characters, but not in depth feedback on the aesthetics like that, so it gave us a lot to think about :). There's definitely a few things that we can take from this to make it better going forward and that kind of feedback in invaluable :D

Thank you again :) 

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I am very sorry to be commenting when I just started playing the demo, but I need to know if the finished game will be free or not. I cannot afford to spend money on games at the moment, and I am not sure when I will be able to in the future, so I need to know if I will be able to play the finished product. The storyline is interesting so far, and I do love the art style. It would be a shame to miss out on this game.

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Hello ^^, 

No need to apologize :) 

Unfortunately the current plan is for the game to be in the range of £10 - £15 to help make back the costs of making it, and fund any future projects :) . I've been in the position of only being able to play free games before, and I do hope to be able to make a game that we can give out for free to give back to the community, but it will probably have to be a little smaller in scope, or when we have more money to spare as a 'studio'. At the moment, we're just getting established and we need to see if we can make a profit just to know if we can feasibly be indie-devs at all ^^. 

If you want any recommendations for some great free games though, I can happily share some. I hope one day to be able to add to that list myself. 

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A great start! I'm eagerly awaiting the kickstarter and the eventual full version!

Thank you :D I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm both nervous and eager for the Kickstarter myself haha. 

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This looks so good! The demo was awesome! I'm in love with Tommy my precious cinnamon roll >< 

Can't wait for the full release!! Thank you for this amazing piece <3

Thank you so much for this comment! :D This was a really nice thing to read. I'm glad you like Tommy. I definitely have a soft spot for him myself haha, as you can probably tell from my icon ^^.

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This demo was fantastic! I'm already in love with your characters, especially Ellis and Tommy. I can't wait to see where the game goes from here! I saw that you mentioned a kickstarter, but I didn't see it linked anywhere and couldn't find it with a google search. Is it currently active? Either way, I'm definitely gonna keep an eye on this project and any future projects you put out.

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Hello. Thank you so much! :D I'm really glad that you enjoyed it. 

Sorry for the confusion haha. The Kickstarter isn't live yet :) The plan is to raise awareness for the game in October, and start the Kickstarter in November for the best chance of making our goal :)

Thank you for playing our game and following, it really means a lot to see a message like this :D 

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This is a very good demo, and I enjoyed it a lot. Tommy and Ellis are both especially adorable, but it does make me wonder: would it be possible to get into a poly relationship with them both in the full game? Because their relationship already feels like it's the start of a romance, and I don't want to have to betray one to get the other...

On a different note, the demo file was very large for a game its size, and I note that you've got a very large number of sprites that are either duplicates or variants that I don't think are ever used in the game. It would probably make sense to only include the necessary sprites in the distribution package to reduce its size.

Anyway, I hope this goes well. Good luck with the game!

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Thank you so much! :D I'm really glad you enjoyed it. It's my first game so I've been pretty nervous about it haha. 

For the first question, we did actually really want to allow the choice for polyamorous relationships :) The current plan was to have  polyamorous/matchmaker routes as a stretch goal in the Kickstarter, where you can either be part of the romance, or watch it play out. I really want to include this even if the stretch goal doesn't get met, but it would probably have to wait until we have made some money from the game so we can pay for the art and stuff ^^. 

That's a really good point about the file size also. I hadn't really thought about it, but I could definitely get rid of a lot of those sprites. Thank you for the advice :D

Well, I hope you make your goal; the game thus far is certainly deserving of it. :)