A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android

January 1, 2022.

The morning after a small but rockin' NYE party, Saoirse checks in with Orlaith in what she hopes will be a nice talk over hot cocoa, but it's clear something is bothering her old friend. Waltzing around the real issue isn't going to help here.

How We Show Love is a short visual novel under 3k words that was developed for Winter Jam 2021, but was submitted afterwards due to unforeseen illness.

Includes Full VA for dialogue and 2 endings.

Content Warnings: This game discusses mature themes involving COVID-19, politics, strong romantic feelings, and a passing mention of suicidal ideation. No explicit imagery is included.

The Team

BáiYù - Producer, Director, Writer, Programmer

Vextera - Lead Artist

MAHO! Cody - Voice Director

Kija - Editor, Composer, Voice of Willow

Coda - Voice of Saoirse, Boarcat Doll Artist

Maya Ann - Voice of Orlaith

TundraFlame - Audio Engineer

Eric Matayas - Additional SFX

Nighten - Ren'Py Phone Mode

Eliana - Sensitivity Reader

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, Android
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
Authorstofurocks, MAHO! Studio, Coda
GenreVisual Novel, Interactive Fiction
Made withRen'Py
Tagsamare, Lesbian, LGBTQIA, Narrative, Queer, Ren'Py, Transgender, Yuri
Average sessionA few minutes
AccessibilityOne button


HowWeShowLove-1.01-win.zip 82 MB
HowWeShowLove-1.01-mac.zip 65 MB
HowWeShowLove-1.01-linux.tar.bz2 72 MB
com.tofurocks.hwsl.apk 82 MB

Development log


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Great stuff, really well done. I especially liked Orlaith's plushie :D


I recognized the aroace flag right away and got really happy. 


Thank you for this!


I love how real this game felt. It touches upon a lot of relatable things, don't let it's length fool you! I think this VN is a nice bite size experience worth playing now more than ever. 

Thanks for this! 


this game hits hard while also being kind. sao is a good friend.

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