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"Hot Cocoa Magic!" is a kinetic visual novel about a socially anxious witch and the power of hot cocoa!

All assets are made with watercolors! 

The sprites, backgrounds, transitions and textbox (as well as the thumbnail for this page!) are all made with traditional media! 


✿ ~1k words / 10 minutes of gameplay

✿ Watercolor artwork!

✿ Original music

✿ 1920 x 1080 resolution


Art + Story + Music - Ekkoberry

My project for Winter VN Jam 2022!

This VN was completed in 2 months (at quite a casual pace) between November 3rd 2022 and January 1st 2023!

This is my first attempt at both using watercolor artwork for a Visual Novel, and making original music- they were both fun experiences!

I hope you enjoy it! ♥


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Hot Cocoa Magic! (PC) 68 MB
Hot Cocoa Magic! (MAC) 63 MB
Hot Cocoa Magic! (LINUX) 50 MB

Development log


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Such a cute game! I love the effort and that you can see the watercolors! It is so pretty!!!

This game made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 10/10 

It's a very pretty game , and I love the story 😊

really lovely visual novel
i loved the style and the music was nice aswell!

I loved the artstyle of your game! 

But I wish it had more story... Are you planning on creating a sequel? I'd love to play that!

when i saw this game definetly my type of game and i love the drawing and the watercolor its so cute :)


Maaaaan, this is crazy adorable! 'Swirley' is honestly so relatable and relying on food to get closer to people is such a smart move ahaha!

I especially love the art and music, and was surprised to read that this was your first attempt using watercolour for an artwork?! And making music? This is so well made omggg 😲


Thank you very much for playing! It was nice seeing your reaction as you played! Your voice is really soothing haha;

First time attempting music, but it's just first time using watercolor for a visual novel (I've been using watercolor since late 2020- although trying to make it work as VN assets was interesting!) 

(I'll edit the wording on the page- now that you mention it, it does read like I'm completely new to the medium.)

Thank you again!


I couldn't help but be attracted by the graphics, it's really super cute! (Also, chocolate.)

Must confess, I thought it would be something cute and cozy, but it was pleasantly much funnier and "tasty" than expected! (SWirley is such a mood~

Thank you very much for playing!! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


I love this game!!! The art is so cute the coloring is just amazing! This is definitely my type of game. Shirley is so nice!!!

Thank you for playing!! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


This game is so cute!! i love the art so much and i hope shirley gets to make many new friends <3

Thank you very much!


This game is so cute and I love the watercolor art style!

Thank you very much! ♥


Like the art!! beautiful painting

Thank you!! <3


This game is so cute! I love the artstyle and the characters :)

I've never translated a game yet, but I would love to try (in french)! If you're interested ofc

Thank you!

I'd be honored! Could you please email me (ekkoberry@gmail(.)com)? and I'll send you the translation files!

I sent you an email!:)

Replied, thank you!

Ezra can I help you translate it ?


The game had a soft art style and a very wholesome yet not innocent story. It was as sweet as that fruit pie she made. Thank you for such a cute game! 


Thank you very much for playing!! It was fun seeing your reaction to everything! <3

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The traditional art was wonderful! Shirley is precious. It's amazing how much your writing has improved between here and Just Kiss Him Already!

Thank you very much! This was made pretty shortly after JKHA so not sure if it's improvement or just the importance of taking your time haha; 1k in a month vs 10k a month......LMAO


Really cute! I love the art style and textures! It went a little differently than I expected, but I think that's a good thing! <3


Thank you very much for playing! I really enjoyed seeing your reaction!


I love the art! It's so cute and warm and lovely. makes me feel all fuzzy inside. And while this was short game I really liked the characters. :)

Thank you very much for playing! I'm glad you enjoyed it!! <3


This was actually super cute. I'm writing something about longer cozy games and gave this a try so I might write about it for my personal blog.


I'm glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you for playing!

the game is very cute, I LOVE THE ART STYLE, but in fact, dont have nothing to do


Hello! I would like to translate your visual novel into Spanish, I would like to know what you think about it, and if I can do it.

Absolutely! I can send you the translation files through email, if that's ok with you!

Of course! Send me the files to the following email: darkfeelingstudios@gmail.com


AWWW this was such a cute little story!! the art is phenomenal I'm so in love with the style :DD That transition to the kitchen bg looks sooo cool btw! and the ATL too!

Thank you very much! Luckily the watercolor texture I made worked really well!

I'm glad you enjoyed it!! <33



Thank you very much for playing!!


This is such an adorable looking game :pleading_eyes: I love the art! Is it possible that I translate this game to Turkish? This would be such a cute small project for me! 


Thank you very much! And absolutely, I'd be honored! I can send you the translation files if you'd like! (Would email be ok?)

Thank you for responding! And yes, definitely! E-mail me at 0.bisharch@gmail.com


I really enjoyed playing through this! It was sweet, warm, and bit-sized like a cup of hot cocoa! The art style is beautiful by the way. Thank you so much for sharing your game!

I played this for my YouTube channel, so if anyone would like to check it out in another tab, then cllick this link!


Thank you very much for playing! I really enjoyed your narration, I'm glad you enjoyed it!! ♥


I love the graphics in this game so much!! Your artstyle is incredibly adorable and the watercolor looks so good!! 

Shirly and Maple are super cute, too!! I totally thought that Shirly was just a harmless girl, so it made me chuckle when she really planned on cooking a human haha


Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it! ;0; ♥


Thank you so much for making such a cute game... I  really enjoy it

I'm so in love with the art style... 

Thank you very much for the letsplay! I noticed you also played Just Kiss Him Already too, I'm really flattered!! ♥


Great art! If you don't mind me asking, what program did you use to make your VN? :)

Thank you! I use Ren'Py!


Thanks so much! :)


So cute and the art style was fantastic.  


Ahhh Thank you very much for the letsplay!! I'm so flattered you liked the watercolors!


I love the art style so much I had to make an account to say so haha.

Thank you very much! I'm flattered you liked it enough to do that! <33



The game is so cute!

I love it!!!!!!!!

And could I make a Chinese translate for it?


Thank you very much!

If you'd like to, I'd love that! ;0; <3



Thank you very much!!!

Could we add a friend on the Discord?

I can't extract the .rpa files

Is email ok instead? Mine's "ekkoberry@gmail.com"

You don't need anything in the .rpa files, I can send you the translation files instead! 



I see !

Thank you very much!


So cute!! I love it so much 

Thank you! ♥


AWW The game is sooo cuteee!! The characters are just so adorable!!

At first, I got reminded of the vtuber Kobo Kanaeru

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it! <3

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So cute!! Shirley and Maple are adorably awkward, and I loved every visual aspect from the sprites to the BG to the UI- I never would have guessed this is your first foray into watercolor, wow! I hope Shirley finds a friend in Maple ❤


I honestly thought the process would be more difficult- I've done plenty of works just scanning in watercolors, but making them .pngs is a whole process onto itself.

Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it! ❤


Such a wonderful tale of Swirley & Maple, thoroughly enjoyed playing through Hot Cocoa Magic and gave a good few giggles with Swirley at times! Love the watercolours along with the visual effects of Swirley shaking at times, adds another layer of emotion behind a character! ^o^ 


Thank you very much for the playthough/video! I loved seeing your reaction to the VN! ♥♥♥


Aw, this is so cute! Swirley is adorable; I really like her design (esp the heterochromatic star eyes).

The artwork of this VN looks so cosy, and it's impressive you did the music yourself, too! You did a great job!


Thank you Ebi! I had a ton of fun giving music a go- baby steps haha


(I'm not good at English)

Very like the game!!! uwu

It attracted to me in many places,especially the music(I guess you are the kind of Author that worked in all the filed,QAQ.)

By the way,Could I please get your contact information  qwq?I really want to make a friend with you,It's my honor if you agree! uwu


(Your English is fine!!)

Thank you very much! ♥♥♥

I'm only really active on twitter! I hope that's ok ><

Thank you for your Reply!!!ξ( ✿>◡❛)

I'm so sorry for I haven't used Twitter yet,but I'll have a try a week later *⸜( •ᴗ• )⸝*

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I'm honestly pretty surprised I managed to do the music haha; it was a couple days before finishing and I just opened up FL studio just "to see what I could do" and ended up with something I really liked.

Thank you very much!! ♥


It's soooo cute *0* 


Thank you!! <33


This was so cute!! TuT

Your art is absolutely lovely, that's what initially caught my eye. The watercolour style is consistent and fits this adorable story wonderfully. Also loved the attention to detail in the character movements, like Shirley's footsteps and her occasional trembling. There's a lot to love here, the dialogue made me laugh multiple times, and it's a quick playthrough, so I'd recommend everyone should give it a spin! <3


I was a little nervous about how the watercolor'd look in a VN, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! (along with everything else) 

Thank you very much!!