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


Please note that the web version of the game may lag due to the camera effects. If you encounter any issues, please download the version of the game that corresponds to your OS.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, Android, HTML5
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(25 total ratings)
Authorstofurocks, MAHO! Studio, Coda
GenreVisual Novel, Interactive Fiction
Made withRen'Py
TagsAmare, aroace, Lesbian, LGBTQIA, Narrative, Queer, Transgender, Yuri
Average sessionA few minutes
AccessibilityOne button


HowWeShowLove-1.03-win.zip 72 MB
HowWeShowLove-1.03-mac.zip 67 MB
HowWeShowLove-1.03-linux.tar.bz2 66 MB
com.tofurocks.hwsl-v1.03.apk 87 MB

Development log


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broo i played like 3 minutes or some did something??


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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