I found out about this game when Elisa Hansen (of Vampire Reviews fame) started doing a playthrough of it with her husband, and I'm so glad I bought it! I played through all the routes in one day (because I lack self control), and it was fantastic. Lord Stanton's plot was my favourite by far, and I'm fairly sure I'll be playing his route at least one more time. I enjoyed his relationship with the main character the best - they both end up rescuing one another throughout the story, which is refreshing, and he was the best written love interest, in my opinion. Thank you so much for this game, looking forward to your other projects!
The Lady's Choice
A downloadable Otome for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Update- 15th December 2016
Amesbury's route is out now! Download the new version (2.0) to play his route!
Scandal. Gossip. Mismatches.
What will fuel this Season's gossip? And will you be able to keep yourself from being burned by it?
As the daughter of a Viscount, and heiress to a small fortune, you are invited back into society even after years of seclusion at your family's estate.
The upcoming Season is to be spent in Bath, your childhood friend having finally convinced you into it, and only the cream of society will be there. But the fickle and difficult dance that is weaving through society can be a tricky thing to remember, especially when they thrive on any small misstep you may make.
But which partner is selected to help guide you through the maze of the upper classes is always left down to The Lady's Choice.
The Lady's Choice is a light visual novel set in Regency times and will be route based.
The goal is to give the feel of a regency romance novel, but an interactive one!
Though it is a historical visual novel, it's not going to be completely accurate (for example, they didn't really have a Season in Bath). I have taken liberties because, well, I wanted to have fun with this rather than freak about every nuance of historical accuracy.
This was started for NaNoReNo 2016 gamejam.
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I've been watching that playthrough too, and oh my word, it's kept me laughing so much :D It's great fun! (I don't normally like to watch playthroughs of my stuff, because it makes me too nervous, but they're so amazing at going through it I can't help it!).
Hearing that you wanted to go through all routes in one day is a big compliment!
(Stanton was my favourite... I know, I know- I shouldn't have favourites :D But he was the romance I wrote for my tastes).
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, it's so encouraging to hear people are enjoying the game :)
I agree that Montfort would have been a lovely option (I know it's not and will not be...just adding my ten cents). Amesbury's extracurricular activities drive me batty. LOL It would have been fun to have the option to take the Amesbury path and realize that Montfort was actually the path you wanted to be on. ;-) I just love Stanton and have done that route several times. All in all, just wanted to say, GREAT work!!
Thank you so much for your kind comment! It's great to know you like the game and the guys ;)
Uh can i also say that i've played Amsbury 10 x still doing it over again i love him as a character. Stanton makes me think that im somehow kissing Jesus XD lol
I'm so glad you like Amesbury :) He was much different to the other love interests, so it's good to know he still appealed!LOL at Stanton comment! :D
If you are into Jane Austen or anything to do with Regency setting romance, then this is the game for you. Very well written, pleasant music/art, and compelling characters. I truly hope to see more from the developers!
Thank you so much for the recommendation! It really means so much to know you enjoyed it and that you took the time to comment :)
Just wanted to chime in and say I really enjoyed The Lady's Choice. It took me back to watching Jane Austen movies growing up, so you nailed the regency era feeling right on the head.
And I agree with AmaraDenee, Montfort was delicious. First time he popped up I was sitting back snapping my fingers, wondering if I could possibly switch from Amesbury to him lol. Anway, this game was lovely and I wish you luck in your other endeavors. (^.^)
Thank you so much! It's so amazing to hear you enjoyed it :) Even more so that it could give you the same feel as the Austen type movies!
While I adore pretty much EVERYBODY in the game, I have to say I was dying for a route with Montfort. Maybe I just have an addiction to otome games, but his smoldering gaze haunts my soul and I wish I could've pursued him as an interest. It's an amazing game and I hope to find more like it!
Montfort has certainly been a popular guy- maybe I should have toned down his smolder! :D
Thank you so much for playing and taking the time to comment :)
Captain Blake is my man!!! I didn't like Amesbury at all. Not that he wasn't very well written, because he was, but because I didn't like him as a person. When I played through his story line then went back and left him I laughed when it said bad end. SO not ending up with a criminal and my best friend not getting shot is bad? Don't get me wrong. I gave this game a five star rating. I'm just expressing frustration. Which is a compliment, because I couldn't be frustrated if I didn't care so much. Lol :)
I'm so glad you liked Blake! His route was a tough one to write, but worth it in the end. Amesbury was much more specific I think :D
Thank you so much for playing and taking the time to comment :)
Thank you for taking the time to create this masterpiece! I had never played a visual novel before so this was quite a wonderful introduction! I can honestly say that I will play anything you make, because I can tell you have some true talent!
I loved this game and two things I died and almost passed out from shock its soooooo amazing lol
I'm glad you enjoyed it so much :D Even better to know it had you so immersed!
how'd you come up with the story line? just curious
All the routes went through a lot of work- some of them weren't even close to how they turned out when I first came up with the ideas :D A lot of back and forth, idea taking, and talking it out with family and friends.
I think Blake was the only one who I was certain of all the way from the start. Amesbury's route actually changed just before writing him.
amsbury is actually my favorite of all the characters you did a good job with your team in making him into a phantom of the opera type character. XD not kidding though love the characters great job
I found this VN last autumn, and I loved it. The characters and story feels real, which can't be said for many popular books, movies, and TV-shows. And, as a big fan of victorian literature (Jane Austen etc.) the 'world' just feels right.
I was so happy when I found that another character had been added to this, as I'd picked out Amesbury as my intended lover after the ball scene, before discovering he wasn't an option. It didn't disappoint. I think I can safely say this is my favourite visual novel. Can I hope for more characters added to this in the future, or is this the end?
I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed it, even more so that it piqued your interest considering you're a historical fan.
The Lady's Choice is now a completed game, so no more routes will be added. But, it's quite the compliment to know you hoped for more! :D
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!
Hello, I'm wondering if possibly you would be willing to make Mr. Montfort a pursuable character. He is handsome and enchanting; a real gentleman.
Montfort was certainly quite popular in the end :D Unfortunately, I won't be adding a route for Montfort; I really don't think a route with this MC would work after the Amesbury stuff.
But, I'm so glad he enchanted you enough that you wanted more of him ;)
hi! i think there might be a problem with the files? i've switched computers a couple of times, and restarted, and redownloaded but i still can't open the files. if there's a different place you'd like me to contact you, please let me know!
Hey :) That's really odd- it's the same files it's always been.
Is the file downloading properly? Or, is it just that you are having trouble actually opening the game?
Sorry for the trouble! I'll try and help as best I can.
sorry... my bad...!!! the reason it wasnt working was because my housemate was playing competitive league and it caused our internet to shit out and corrupted my downloads :\ hahha.
i rlly hope u think about making a Montfort route if you think about making another route
I'm glad the other characters in this appealed to you that much :D He turned out more popular than expected!
I just completed the Amebury route and...OH MY! I played it as a sweet, understanding and coy Lady Elisabeth Reginald. It was lovely! I had such a fun time taunting Laurence and the releationship blossomed so beautifully! I cannot wait to try out the other routes. I've no clue who to court next! This coming Season shall be wonderful! Fantastic job. I will definitely be donating to your cause come pay day!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D (And, what a brilliant name for your character!) I really hope you enjoy the other routes just as much as Amesbury.
Thank you so much for your kind words and support, they really mean so much :)
Wow! I have just finished Guy's (or Captain Blake's) route. I must say I am quite excited to try the others if they are half as good as that one. As a frequenter of otomes I often find myself feeling delight as my choices get me closer to my chosen man. What I did not expect was the thrill the game caused me. I found my heart beating just as fast for the Captain as I am sure the MC's was. You have made a game of truley captivating characters. I was on the edge of my seat as I played all the way to the end unable to walk away from such an exciting story of twists and turns. I look forward to looking out for what you might come out with next.
-A new avid fan
I loved this game so much. The writing was great, I was kept on the edge my toes all the time, and the romance between Blake and the MC had me swooning. I've yet to play through with Amesbury or Stanton though, but from what I've heard, they're pretty good, so I look forward to that! :D
Thank you so much for playing the game :D (And, I'm very sorry for the incredibly late reply!)
I hoped you enjoyed the other routes just as much, and they also had you swooning ;)
Hi there, I know that my girlfriend would absolutely love this game, but sadly we haven't got a PC or a Mac. Are there any plans to release this on iOS at all? Please say there is - really want to get her into gaming!
Hi :) Unfortunately, I don't have any plans to release it for iOS. Mainly because if I did, I would have to charge for it (because to put it up on the store costs quite a lot!), and I think that would be unfair to have it for pay-what-you-want/free on PC, and then charge on phone.
I'm really sorry about that!
I love this game! Though I wish it had a gallery so that I can admire the CGs again and again :)
The CG Gallery was something I wanted to add in, but just didn't get the time :/ It's something I will definitely be shooting for in my future projects though!
MONFORT IS BAE, I love Stantons route the most, a very well written game
Montfort certainly gained some fans :D More than I thought he would!
But, yeah, Stanton's route was my favourite too (even if I shouldn't admit favourites as the creator!)
I run a book blog, I would love to cover these on my site!
Do you mean like a review? Because, of course that would be fine!
I'd love to see what you write :)
Thank you for your interest!
Thank you for your perseverance in creating a wonderful game!
I managed to get the 'True Love' Ending in all three playthroughs which was a surprise to me.
Lord Stanton was my absolute favourite. The MC being very much her own woman and going against all society's conventions, especially when confronting not one, but several dangerous individuals in the name of justice
I was a bit cold for Mr. Amesbury and Blake was a bit boring to me, but that is probably because you had written such a great story for Lord Stanton.
I'm very much looking forward to future titles! I also particularly loved the soundtrack, especially the solo piano at the very last CG. (Best for Stanton)
<3 Much love from this player.
PS: I think Stanton's CG scenes were the best. Blake's looked a little deformed at times. Amesbury had the second best CG scenes.
And thank you for your lovely comment and support!
Stanton was definitely my favourite out of the 3 love interests (I know I shouldn't have favourites, but still...)
Poor Blake's route was a bit put under time-constraints, I think that's why some of his CGs are a bit off the mark. Hopefully I will get better at time management in future projects :D
I so hope you make more regency games - what a wonderfully addictive game.
I'm not working on any more Regency games for now, though I do have a new project underway. Hopefully it will be just as interesting though! :D
Thank you so much for your kind comment :)
is their going to be more updates?
There won't be anymore updates to The Lady's Choice- it's now a completed project :D Thank you so much for you interest!
I'M ADDICTED TO THIS GAME. During Amesbury route i fangirled everytime Monfort appeared and loved everything about this game. I would definitely like to see a route for Mr. Montfort if it doesn't trouble you. Looking forward to it ~
If I can create an addiction to one of my games, then I hope that means I've done the job well :D
Montfort was rather more popular than I expected! Unfortunately, I won't be able to do a route for Montfort. I don't think he would suit the MC in this game, especially after he's so linked in with Amesbury's route. It would mean a whole new setting and cast of characters just for him (which I'm sure he would feel most entitled to anyway!).
I am currently working on another big project, so don't have the time to dedicate to a route for him :/
But, thank you so much for commenting, and for playing the game! It's honestly so motivating to hear you enjoyed it so much :)
I, like several others, created an account just to let you know how good of an idea this is. I'm actually not that big of an Otome fan, but the setting intrigued me so much I had to purchase this.
I'm looking forward to more updates!
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to make an account and comment, you have no idea how much it means to me that you enjoyed the game so much to do it :)
It's even more exciting to know that your not a big otome fan, but still enjoyed this! Thank you, again, for giving it a chance and playing it :)
I too created an account on here just so I could leave you a comment telling you that I absolutely LOVE this game so far!! :3 I played Guy's route first (with the true love ending)...it is so well written and the tone of the dialogue fits the theme so well that I was totally immersed in the story and felt so in tune with the MC! I must admit that this had me swooning right along with her (Guy is pretty dreamy imo), as well as feeling the need to speak out against the class system that the Huntington's loved to enforce....I love that there were dialogue options that allowed the MC to be a strong and interesting woman. The art in the game is lovely too. All in all, this game is everything I was hoping it would be <3 can't wait to play the other routes! Thank you for this great game!
Seriously, knowing you liked the game enough to make an account to comment makes me smile so much. Thank you so much for taking the effort to do it! It's so motivating and inspiring to see how much people like the game :D
I hope you enjoy the other routes as much as Blake's!
Of course (: I think it's important to give much deserved praise when you've obviously worked hard on this and it turned out so well! I find people like you inspiring and motivating, because I've thought about making games like this too. Thank you again, and yes I am loving the other routes as well!
I.NEED.MORE!!!! I would definitely like to see a route for Mr. Montfort as well. He's tall, dark, handsome, and dangerous. The ultimate package, hah. But no, I really enjoyed this and would love to get lost in a new route. I'll be watching patiently~ ^_^
Mr Montfort was certainly more popular than I thought he would be :D I'm glad I managed to write him so as he appealed to people!
Thank you so much for playing and for commenting!
I'm so glad you added Amesbury! My first impression of him struck me so much! Thank you for taking the time to go work and add his route!
Well, thank you for playing and for commenting! It really is so encouraging to hear you enjoy it so much, and it makes me so happy :)
(I'm so sorry for the late reply, I've only just come back from my Christmas break)
OMG i'm so excited! I've already been in love with this game, and now there's a track for amesbury!
I'm glad the extra route has you excited :D I hope it lives up to expectations!
(I'm so sorry for the late reply, I've only just come back from my Christmas break)
no problem :))
i really enjoyed amesbury's route! it was a lot different than i was expecting in terms of storyline, but that made it even better. also, mr.montfort was a nice addition - very handsome, hahaa. i hope i'm not being pushy/nosy, but will he have his own route as well, or is he purely connected to amesbury's story?
You're not pushy or nosy at all! It's great to know people want more from The Lady's Choice :D That's the biggest compliment I can get!
Mr Montfort won't be getting his own route, unfortunately. I think it would be too difficult to write him a route as he is so connected to Amesbury's route. The only way to give him a route would be to have a completely different MC, but I'm currently starting a new project so won't be able to do that :/
Thank you so much for your support, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the game and the characters so much!
XD I made an account just so say this game is so much fun! Thank you for making it ^______^ Stanton is my favorite, and I love how you show his struggle <3
Also, please make a Monfort route XD He's so interesting, event in such short interactions, I'd love to know more about him :)
Oh wow! What a compliment to have you make an account just to comment. That'll keep me smiling all day!
Stanton is my favourite too... though I probably shouldn't admit to favourites, being the creator :D
Thank you so much for playiung and making the effort comment, it really is so encouraging!
(I'm so sorry for the late reply, I've only just come back from my Christmas break)
Jesus this is such a good game, Stanton is my precious little hunny bun. ;3; Amesbury is also precious. They are all precious help. I really love this game, I only wish there was a menu to where I could go back into the cg's and see the ones I got already cause they are so nice.
I'm so glad you enjoyed the game! Thank you so much for playing it :)
Unfortunately, I had planned for a CG gallery but it had to be cut due to time constraints. It's definitely something I am hoping to put in future visual novels I make though.
I must admit I was first taken aback by the historical inaccuracy, (I didn't read the notes ahead of time, so I wasn't forewarned) but about 5 min into the game, I no longer cared! I fully enjoyed this game and hope that there will be a Montfort route added on in the near future!!! My favorite route was that of Blake, but I feel that Montfort could rival him in my affections! Hehehe! More Please!
Yeah, historical accuracy was not high on my priority list when making the game :D I was more focused on just writing something fun and romantic. I'm so glad you managed to look past the inaccuracy though and enjoyed it!
Blake certainly is a favourite! I think it must be the uniform ;)
Omg i have just finished Amberley's route and it was amazing serously splendid. poor Arabella
Thank you so much for playing!
I'm so glad you enjoyed his route :) But yes, poor Arabella... It was a hard thing to write!
This game. The art. The characters. The story. Read Issac's route (Love Ending 1).
Isaac is still my favourite love interest (I know, I shouldn't have favourites, but still... :D)
Thank you so much for playing!
I really enjoyed this game! I'd played the first two characters when this came out, and just played the update with Amesbury. He was my favorite of the 3, and a really fun character.
I also think Montfort was a pretty great character (and had the cutest sprite!). I don't suppose you'd be interested in doing a Montfort route too??? It would be a shame not to get more use of his sprites, right?
I'm so glad he was your favourite, I was worried he wouldn't live up to expectations, especially because he's so very different to the other love interests.
Mr Montfort is certainly getting more love than I thought he would :D Though, it's a real boost to my confidence to know that people still want more of The Lady's Choice after it's finished!
Played this and LOVED every second! My face hurts from smiling so much, haha. I just got done playing Amesbury route, but is it bad if i was also pining for Montfort??
Thank you so much for playing it and for commenting :) I'm glad it could keep you smiling so much, I think it's every creator's goal to engage their audience so much!
Ah, Montfort, he was more popular than I thought he would be :D I really didn't want him to over-shadow poor Amesbury in his own route, haha!
I played this one when you launched it. I remember that I loved it, especially because I could make the character act a lot like someone brave and strong, something that I particularly find difficult to find in a visual novel (perhaps I'm looking at the wrong places); a lot of times the protagonist just seem too coward or too weak or both in my view, and there isn't a way of making her act less like these, she just is and that's it. I never felt this with The Lady's Choice; I could make the protagonist talk back and be brave. This ray of possibilities it's what I loved most.
But, well, after I played Blake and Stanton, I was like crazy trying to discover what in hell I had made wrong that I wasn't able to make Amesbury's route. Then I read, on lemmasoft, I think, that it wasn't made and I was "oh, no" and very sad and like "I DIDN'T PLAYED IT ALL" (sometimes I hate being a completionist xD). When you said that you would made the route for December, flowers blossomed in my head! I loved the news! And then, after months, I just recently replayed Stanton and Blake and falled in love with them and with the choices that I can make all over again and while I'm going crazy waiting for Amesbury's route (I literally look here every day), I finally created courage to say that I loved the visual novel.
I can barely wait for Amesbury and for more visual novels made by you :3
Oh wow, what a wonderful comment :D Thank you so, so much for gathering the courage to leave a comment, I really appreciate it! It's so amazing to hear you enjoyed the visual novel so much, and that you liked the choices for the main character. I tend to find protagonists in visual novels always seem more set in personality than I would like too, I think that's why I tried to make it so open for the player on how to change the MC in The Lady's Choice.
It was a good time for you to comment as well, because Amesbury's route is going to be released later today! (Probably quite a bit later, though, I still have a bit to do on it :D ).
I really hope you enjoy Amesbury's route as much as the others! And, thank you again, for such a supportive, lovely comment :)
Yes! Well said, their personality usually it's more set; gladly it's not the case with The Lady's Choice, you really made a good job in making the MC personality's more open. And I'm glad you liked my comment :3
I just finished Amesbury's route, and I must say that I loved it too! Sometimes I just laughed a lot when the Swindler appeared and when the MC received his gifts (and I laughed so much that I almost fell of my chair when the MC recovered her hat. Seriously, the way the scene unrolled... Perfect!), and in general, the way the route goes is lovely! I also enjoyed Montfort, he is such a good character! And... Well, Arabella and Ernest being the two lovebirds we love! (Sometimes I cheer more for them then for the MC xD)
And the CGs... OK, all right, I loved everything, I admit xD
The Swindler was great to write, I had a lot of fun with those scenes :D
It's great to hear you enjoyed it after having to wait for it! I was so nervous about releasing it, so it puts my mind at ease to know people like Amesbury and the characters :)
I read a lot of visual novels, and, I can honestly say this is the one I've most enjoyed reading this year. It is really well written, the characters are suitably complex, and the context is different. After going through barrels of stories about High School dating, office romances, discovering magic powers, or having a gaggle of supernatural creatures fall in love with you, I found your visual novel refreshing. I really hope that you continue to make more games, and I hope that you will release this one on steam (where it is likey to recieve the attention it deserves).
Thank you so much! It's so amazing to hear people enjoy the writing and characters. I always hope to make engaging characters, and that the writing will draw people in, so to receive compliments on it makes my day :D
I'm hoping my next visual novel will make it onto Steam as well... Will have to wait and see how that goes!
Hi, just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for making such a lovely game. I've always been a huge fan of the regency era, and longed for a game such as yours. I've recently played through both routes again! I loved them just as much, if not more, as I did the first play through! I'm anxiously awaiting the day until Amesbury is released!
I am ever your avid fan!
Oh wow! What a lovely comment :D Thank you so much for this, it's so motivating and inspiring to know people are loving the game and are excited for Amesbury's route!
Hopefully it's not long until Amesbury- definitely a December release.
Thank you again for your kind words, it's really so incredible and makes me smile all day :)
Hi! Just to let you know that I really enjoy your game and also I was wondering how old is Sophia?
Thank you so much for playing it, I'm really glad to know you enjoyed it :D
Sophia is around 27/28, definitely older than what was probably considered as real marriage material back then!
Making an account here just so I could let out the love I have for this visual novel.
Blake's route is the first one I had chosen to take and dear god i regret nothing choosing him-- because why can i not be? this man is the perfect blend of romantic and adorably stiff and simply the way he shows his caring side is enough to make me jealous of the girl playing as us. On the other hand, the fashion in which his past was laid out gave him the moment to be vulnerabe, in which, it felt realistic, and thus, his character humanly.
P.S The reader x Blake's intimate scenes are to die for :'"
P.S.S I thought Amesbury's route would only be obtainable after going through all the other routes XD Really looking foward to Amesbury!!
Oh, wow! Thank you so much for making an account to leave a comment. You have no idea how much that has made me smile! :D
I wanted Blake to have up sides and down sides, so I'm so glad that came across in game :) He is WAY more of a romantic than he thinks he is.
I really hope you enjoy Amesbury's route just as much when its released!
Not a problem! It's a token of appreciation for making a lovely visual novel and deserve to know that : )
It really did came off well which is why it was romantically wonderful playing his route!
I think there's a lot of I'll be looking forward to him since little to nothing known about him at the in this version of this release :D