Erin has gotten used to the monotony of her life. But she still feels like something is missing. One day she is approached by a young woman named Ori who seems to know who she is. Erin doesn't remember her at all... Ori asks her out on a date and Erin finds herself saying yes.

How will the date go? Will Erin remember who Ori is? Will Ori find out that Erin doesn't remember her? Read to find out! 


9,500+ words

2 CGs

A sweet wlw story

1 pessimistic cousin

It's A Promise is a short girls' love kinetic novel.  It was originally intended to be a submission for the Winter VN Jam 2021. 

Trigger warning: mild cursing.


Story, writing and programming by Foxpancakes.

Character sprites, backgrounds and CG art by Pempille.

Proofreading by PyrrhaIphis and basil.

Emotional support - squidcolas.

Music by  Pixabaylolurio and Maou Tamashi.

SFX from Freesound.

French translation by Tele.

Thanks for playing! <3

(Note: If you're here to ask me about Pempille I don't know anything as they're no longer in contact with me . They gave me permission to upload this VN at the time of uploading but I've since lost contact with them. If they ever contact me again and want me to take this VN down, I will. Thanks for understanding.)


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i really enjoyed playing this! i loved the characters and the art style is beautiful. good job!


10/10 I want more. Good thing you did not give up on releasing it. Keep up the awesome work mate. I Wish you the best. 

Aw, thank you so much! Glad to hear you enjoyed it and thank you for the kind words of encouragement. <3


This is really cute, I love the characters :)


Thank you very much! I'm happy to hear you loved the characters. :D



I'm an enthusiast and creator of the project "Keeper of Time". Specialize in translating visual novels and comics into Russian. I understand if, due to the current terrible situation, you immediately stop reading after this. I'm writing with a proposal to translate ur games into Russian. I don't sell translations and leave all links on authors, I also do not take money from the owners of the original for my work. If you want, I can show you my project list.

u can contact me:

Hello! I've sent you an email. :)

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I love this game! Super wholesome, with the characters being very relatable and charming in such a short period of time. My only concern was the fact we never got to see the Character "Caleb" in the story, but perhaps he was not essential to the plot of the game itself, so I understand his lack of appearance. A short, but oh, so sweet game. The character arts were spot-on, and the kiss scene was quite cute as well! 10/10 for a short visual novel, definitely would recommend.

Awww! Thank you so much! I'm super happy you enjoyed the story and found the characters relatable. :D

Yeah, the little side story with Caleb was something I came up with later while writing it and Pempille (the artist) already agreed on drawing 3 character sprites only for the jam. So that's why he doesn't make an appearance. I wish we could have added him in! 

Thank you again for your kind comments. It's much appreciated! <3

Help, is it just me?

When I loaded the game, it just said "Bye!" and as I was scrolling down, it was glitching, I restarted the page a few times but nothing's working.:(

Hello! Sorry to hear you are having this issue. Are you playing the browser version?  If so which browser are you playing it on? It works fine for me with Microsoft Edge. 


Yes! I'm playing on Google Chrome.


Update: I tried to play it after I posted the comment, and it worked now! Thank you.:D

I know this reply is super late, but I'm glad you got it working! I hope you enjoyed it. :)


Super cute  stuff! I related a lot with Erin and seeing that wholesome kiss scene gave me the biggest and goofiest smile on my face, lol.
The game taking place on winter is also really cool ( pun intended) because it's my favorite season! c:

Aw, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it and the kiss scene. I love winter too, it's the best. <3


so cute!! definitely turned out different than what i imagined -- i blame tao for thinking the horror was foreshadowing...

also erin is so pretty?? 12/10 would ask her out 💙~


Thank you so much! Lmao! Don't worry, I am like Erin when it comes to horror (a big chicken). xD

Aw, I'm glad you think so! I think so too hehe.  Thanks for playing. <3


Such a cute visual novel! I loved it, great job!


Thank you so much! I'm very happy you enjoyed it. <3


this is so cute. are tao and erin mexican please say yes. thank you love your game

Thank you! I'm really happy you enjoyed it. :D
To answer your question: No, they're not. I'm sorry! If you're curious though, Tao is asian and Erin is biracial, so she's half asian and half white. :)


i love this so much dude


I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D


This is absolutely so adorable and wholesome I couldn't help but smile as I read through what was happening. I'm glad there was a happy ending and not too much drama, it seriously was breath of fresh air.

Aww, thanks so much and thank you for your kind comment. I'm truly glad you enjoyed it so much. <3

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I just read about your "suffering" at making the game, and it's sound kind of weird to say now the "it was very nice I just wish it'd been longer with more twists and turns !" haha ^^

The art was super cute, and the whole writing and sound nice ; if I had to cite one thing that seemed subpar  to the rest it would be how typicaly cliché the story direction was. As you said, it's a fluffy feel-good story ; and I love romance too, but I love it better with weird original-kirky stuff to help my memory fixate the sweet stuff more !

Anyway. It was adorable. Thanks you very much to both of you, your suffering wasn't in vain !

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Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed it despite the cliches. I don't think I'm good at recognising cliches when I write. I just try to tell the types of stories that I'd like to see more of. 

Maybe I just like cliches? I don't know haha. But I will try and be more aware of them in my future projects. So thanks for the criticism as well. It's good to know what I can improve upon. :D


adorable. 10.119/10

Aw, thank you! <3

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This was so cute! I really love the characters <3


Aw, thank you! It makes me happy to know you loved the characters. <3

I get errors saying "Maximum call stack size exceeded" when Istart the game.

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Hello! I'm aware of the error and believe it is happening because some of the more common web browsers ( like Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge.) have been updated so the web build no longer works for them. You will need to download the game instead. I'm sorry about that.

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Je n'ai pas encore fini le jeu, mais je trouve les personnages vraiment mignons, les sprite et les fonds vraiment magnifiques, et l'histoire très mal est pas mal


Bonjour, je suis ravie que l'art vous plaise ! Puis-je vous demander pourquoi vous pensez que l'histoire est mauvaise ? J'aimerais savoir pour pouvoir m'améliorer à l'avenir puisque je suis l'écrivain (l'histoire a été écrite à l'origine en anglais). L'art a été fait par quelqu'un d'autre. Merci pour vos commentaires. :)

(Je ne suis pas français. J'utilise google translate pour m'aider à communiquer avec vous.)

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(I will try in english)

My bad, I made a huge mistake ! I wanted to write "l'histoire est pas mal" (the story is not bad) to say I like the story, but I think I was too sleepy when I write my answer.

So, I think the story is very cute so far and I can't wait to keep reading.

And thanks to Pempille for the art of the characters, I really want have such beautiful and original characters in my own VNs x)

Thank you for your answer ^^


Oh! I see, haha. That's okay, it's easy to make mistakes when we're sleepy. Thank you for letting me know. I'm glad to know you're enjoying the story so far! :D

Yes, Pempille is a very talented artist and I was lucky enough to work with them on this. Their art is very beautiful. Thank you again for your kind comments. :)


I just finished the game. That was really good ^^ Really nice work


Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D


I have played both of your girl's love games and both were some of the sweetest games I have played. Thanks for making them!

Aw, thank you very much. Your comment has made me very happy. I'm so glad you enjoyed both of them. Thank you for playing and supporting me. <3


Sorry for asking not game related question, but what happened to your twitter account?
I also noticed that Pempille deleted his account too
Sorry again if i am maybe asking about sensetive topic 


Hello! I deleted my Twitter account for my own personal reasons. I'm okay, so there is no need to worry. As for Pempille, they deleted their Twitter account some months ago for their own personal reasons too. They were doing okay the last I heard from them. They're no longer in contact with me.  

Nothing bad happened so you don't have to worry. :)

(I'm mostly answering this question in case anyone else asks.  I do get asked about Pempille's Twitter account every now and then and it does get annoying. I know you mean well though.)


such a cute game!! i'm a lesbian and this game made me really happy!!! the art is beautiful and the story is so sweet, i'd love to see more content like this! <3

Aw, thank you so much! I'm super happy to know you enjoyed it and that it made you happy. I will try and make more stories like this in the future. <3


This was a really cute game! I enjoyed my short time with it and it put a smile on my face.

Aw, thank you very much! I'm happy it made you smile and I appreciate you taking the time to comment. <3


I really enjoyed playing this game! I don't usually enjoy playing Visual Novels about people falling in love, but I feel like the ones by Foxpancakes are the exception. They are all just so sweet! The characters had such cute and unique designs, and they were all so interesting in their own ways. I hope that we will get to see more of Tao. He was definitely my favourite of the three.


Aw, thank you so much! This comment made me really happy. I'm glad you enjoyed it and my other VNs too. It means a lot to me! :D
I hope to give Tao his own VN one day. So I'm glad to hear you like him and would like to see more of him. Thank you again. <3


This game is so cute! I love the story and the characters design, the three of them are absolutely beautiful.


Thank you so much! I'm super happy you loved the story. I agree about the character designs, Pempille did such a wonderful job with them. It's hard to pick a favourite haha. Thank you for playing! <3


This was so great!! I loved the story and music and illustrations!! I can't believe such a high-quality game is free!! Thank you so much for making this game, it warmed my heart <33

Aww, thank you so much! It warms my heart to hear it warmed yours hehe. Thank you for playing and taking the time to leave a comment. <3


cute !!

Thank you! I'm glad you think so. :)


i love this sm! i think its my favorite game i've played on itch.i

Awwww! That makes me very happy to hear! I'm so glad you enjoyed it that much. <3

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So short, but so beautiful. I'd love a sequel of a similar length. Glad to hear you're doing okay now, Foxpancakes.


Aw, thank you! I'm happy to know you think so. I'm thinking of making a sequel,  but it would focus on Tao instead. Can't say for sure if it will happen yet. 

Thank you very much! :D


omgg that would be amazing


This game is beautiful,I love it.


Aw, thank you very much for the kind comment. I'm super happy you enjoyed it. :)


This is Really a nice game ,And I love the music in it very much!

I'm looking forward that there will be more great game in the future=)

Aw, thank you very much! I will try my best to bring more! :D


Hi!! I can't wait to play this game as soon as i'm done with finals ;_; i was wondering if perhaps you'd be interested in localizing this game into french? i'm looking to expand my portfolio and i'd love to translate wlw games <3

Hello! I'd love that. You can message me on Twitter @FoxpancakesVN or email me at

I hope your finals go well and that you enjoy the visual novel once you get a chance to play! :D

Hello! I just wanted to say sorry for disappearing on Twitter. If you're still interested in maybe translating my other VNs you can still contact me at my email:

Thank you. :)


Hey! No worries!! I'll send you an email as soon as my schedule clears up a bit, I've been super busy with my internship and work so I've had no time to myself lately ;_; But I can't wait to work with you again! :D

That's okay! There's no rush. I just wanted to let you know that I'm still interested in working together again. I'm glad you're still interested too! I hope things ease up for you soon. :)


Super cute! Fantastic art and character design :)
I liked the menu music too

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


aaaaa that was so short and adorable!!! i love the art style it is so beautiful! its nice how i only took like maybe a good 20 minutes to finish the story and i feel a bit sad :,)! continue making more wlw visual novels bcs im going to support you for all i can do! ( cant give money b cs im still young and i cant get a job teehee)

Thank you very much! Pempille did an amazing job with the art and I'm glad you enjoyed the story too. No need to give money, the game is free after all. It is nice just to read your comment and know you enjoyed it. :D

I probably will write more stuff like this in the future. Thanks for your support. :) 


Ello. How can I contact you? I would like to translate this game into Russian language (for free, of course). If you are interested, then lemme know!

Hey, I am interested. You can message me on Twitter @FoxpancakesVN or email me at

Thank you. :)

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Erin and Ori's story isn't a complicated one, but is beautiful for a few reasons I'd like to talk about.

Collaborating with Pempille who made Nothing Special (I really should play that sometime) was a decision that made this novel go from good to spectacular. Dark and muted painted backgrounds lent themselves well to creating an almost nostalgic feeling winters night. My only small gripe would be with Ori. I feel like her default face almost makes her look like a deer in headlights. That aside, the art is truly the highlight of this visual novel for me. Both CG's are perfect.

The story to me was average, but hear me out. I think it was perfectly acceptable, and at times felt natural to read. The awkwardness that comes from going out on a date for the first time reminded me of when I was younger. I can attest that finding the right things to say when you're nervous is a real thing, and that this was conveyed well. I just feel that the trope of keeping a big secret (not remembering Ori intially) and the themes of bullying discussed are rather common for Yuri novels. This can be taken as more of a criticism of the genre itself. There's really only so many ways you can add drama and depth to a story. I don't want this to be taken as a harsh criticism, as the characters themselves were great and had believable personalities.

Through and through, It's A Promise is worthy of the mere hour that it asks of you to finish. I would recommend cozying up in bed, and sipping on a warm drink as you play. Use the opportunity to recall a few fond memories you have of past winters as you're immersed in the lovely atmosphere this can create for you.

Thanks to Foxpancakes and the rest of the team who helped to bring this game to us, even if they weren't able to make the Winter VN Jam deadline.


Hello! Thanks so much for making a video and leaving a comment. I'm too nervous to watch the video myself but I appreciate you sharing it here nonetheless. 

Thanks for the criticisms too. I will keep them in mind if I ever decide to make another yuri visual novel.

I agree with your comments about Pempille's art. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm super lucky I got to work with them on this.

Thank you for playing! :) 


Loved it!! <3 Despite being short the pacing was very good. Love the art as well :)

Thank you very much! I'm glad you think the  pacing was good. It's something I always worry about in my writing haha. Thanks for playing. ♡


so sweet!!!

Thank you! I'm happy you enjoyed it. <3


Too Sweet it killing me

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think? xD


hi Foxpancakes :) it is so adorable and cute :) the story is great and the art too! (and the music too) i really enjoyed playing this visual novel

amazing job from you and Pempille :)


Thank you very much, Anwyn! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it. :D


It was adorable! they were so sweet <3 *whisper* will there be extra for tao and caleb?

Aw, thank you! I'm glad you think so! <3
I dunno about an extra but I might make a VN about them one day. :D


This was so cute! And I loved the art!
Ori is really sweet x3 I'd like to see how their relationship progresses after this

Thanks so much! I'm glad you found Ori sweet. <3

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