Max is lonely and unhappy with her life. That all changes when she goes for a walk in the forest and has a chance meeting with a woman named Lyra. Since that day she hasn't been able to stop thinking about her.

Elated Sorrow is a girls' love, slice of life romance story. It is a kinetic novel which means there are no choices. 


12,000+ words 

2 CGs by the lovely squidcolas.

A cute wlw love story. 

Trigger warning: Mental health issues such as depression and suicidal thoughts. Mild cursing. Brief mentions of parental abuse and neglect. (There is a spider in the story, but you never see it.)

Max Info

Lyra Info


Story, writing and programming by Foxpancakes

Sprite and CG art by squidcolas

Proofreading by basil and boghdan96

Music by Jahzzar and Stefan Großmann

Singing SFX by Katarina Rose

SFX from Freesound

Background photos from Unsplash and Pexels.

Fonts from and Google Fonts. 

Thank you for reading! <3


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They are both so weird and almost child-like. But I like weird, and their naivete is more endearing than not. Lyra in particular reminds me of my favourite character from Harry Potter, Luna.

This is a great little story. Thanks for making it.


Thank you! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the story. I agree, weird is a good thing. :)


all was great but guitar got left behind?? 😭 now max can't play it for lyra...


Thank you!  Aw, I didn't think of that. That would have been very cute. I based Max's experience with learning to play guitar on my own. I got depressed, stopped trying and got rid of the guitar haha... But maybe one day she picks it back up again and plays for Lyra. :D


was amezing and bootiful and wondaful also i loved the references to stardew valley! stardew is great game. also abigail is best spouse in it. 

Thank you so much! I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed it. Yes! Stardew Valley is amazing! I have yet to marry Abigail but I would like to, she's cute. Maybe on my next playthrough.  :D


indeed. most effortless way to get hearts with abigail is using a crystalarium with an amethyst. takes 1 day to dupe an amethyst.

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This game is so  good omg  made me tear up at the end there ;;


Aw, thank you so much! I'm super glad you enjoyed it. <3

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Thanks for a lovely visual novel and the hard work that is put into it. It could actually have a follow up where Max realises that Lura can sense into 'people' and communicate with nature (and Henry), so there is a deeper reason for her to even talk about him. [Female spiders is much larger than males, so I expect Henry to be Henrietta]. Max also needs a job she likes.

Thank you for playing! I'm very glad you enjoyed it. :)

That is an interesting concept. Though I tried to make it a "realistic" slice of life story. The reason Lyra talks to Henry is that she's a bit weird and she was very lonely before she met Max. She had no one else so started talking to him and she considers him her good friend. I am from Australia and we have a lot of large spiders here so I imagine Henry to be one of those. You do make a good point though about female spiders being bigger. 

Max has a job she doesn't like because it's pretty realistic for people to get by doing jobs they don't like haha. Though I agree it would be nice for her to get a job she enjoys in the future. I have no plans on expanding the story but it is fun to think about. :D

Thanks for your comment!


Thanks for taking the time to reply.

I communicate with nature, so Lyra's talks with Henry it's not strange to me.

Being an author I know that stories are there before you 'pick them up' and they keep living when you let them go again. (For now I use the pen name, Eriqa Queen).

All the best!


This hit me really hard. It felt almost too real at some points, definately the best depiction of depression I have seen. I'm so glad it isn't made light of nor overdramatised. The rest was also absolutely adorable. I'm sure that I am going to be replaying this one a lot.

Thank you so much! I'm glad it felt real, I tried my best to make it feel that way.  I tried to throw in some light-hearted moments too so I'm glad you also found those scenes adorable hehe. Thank you for playing and leaving a comment. Your support means a lot to me! <3


THIS WAS SO GOOOOD thank you for making it

Aw, thank you! I'm very happy you enjoyed it. :D


I'm crying right now, I'm so happy I found this, it was very touching, really adorable and relatable, thank you for such a beautiful experience <3

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Aww, thank you! I'm glad you found it touching and relatable. Thank you for reading it and letting me know what you think. It makes me happy to know you enjoyed it. ♡♡


Such cute and touching little story! Thanks for making it :)

Thank you for playing it! It means a lot to me that you enjoyed it and left a comment.  <3


great story and lot of deep feeling, i understand some of them.

art is really good too 

thank you for this great visual novel :)


Aw, thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed it. <3


That was a really cute story, I enjoyed reading it!

Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment. I'm happy to know you enjoyed it. ♡ 


Really loved playing it <3 I adore these characters 


Aw, thank you. I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed it and liked the characters. Warms my heart to hear. <3


Currently crying very loudly- that was beautiful ಥ_ಥ

Aw, thanks for the kind comment. <3
I'm really touched you enjoyed it. :)

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"Played it and loved it❤️"

Thanks so much for playing and leaving a comment! I'm really happy you loved it. <3

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I finally finished playing it and i just wanted to say that I very much would love to spend my time to play it again.

"Thanks for all those who helped making this game❤️"

Thank you so much for playing and taking the time to leave a comment. It means a lot to me. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! <3

Am i projecting or is there trans subtext with Max

Hi, thanks for commenting. Max isn't trans, sorry for the confusion. I hope you're enjoying the story so far. :)


Finally finished playing! Such a heartwarming visual novel. I loved Max and Lyra's interactions, how their relationship went on, it's a really enjoyable story! (We all know Henry is the best character, though.)


Thank you for playing and leaving a comment. Oh my gosh, so many nice words. I don't know what to say except I'm glad you enjoyed it. <3

Henry is a pretty cool character lol...(even though I hate spiders) xD


The backgrounds and overall atmosphere in this VN are absolutely beautiful! And wonderfully well written characters as well!


Thank you so much! <3


Loved this!! both of the characters were great and i loved the cozy  atmosphere when they were together!!

Thank you so much for playing and leaving a comment. I put a lot of thought into it so I'm super happy you enjoyed it and the characters. ♡