A downloadable game for Windows

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It's a time of war.

All the young people are gone away to fight. Among the elders left in the village, only Hisato is willing to stand guard at the gate. In this time of unrest, many people are traveling, homeless, or looking for work. Hisato must decide who to permit and who to refuse. There is only one month before the snows come. The village must store up enough food to last the winter, but will Hisato last another night? 

In this light Role Playing adventure, guide Hisato through each night guarding the gate. Every stranger admitted to the village joins the community- for good or ill. The fate of Hisato and the village is up to YOU!


  • Duels: Turn-based combat where actions are resolved simultaneously!
  • Investigation: Interview and search strangers, then decide their fate!
  • Village Simulation: A prosperous village can help Hisato become strong!
  • Killer Soundtrack [bandcamp]: Epic Chiptunes in classic Gameboy style!
  • Amazing Pixels: 4 Colors in Gameboy resolution!

System Specs
Built and Tested on: Windows 10
Available RAM: 3MB
Input Device: Keyboard

: Navigate menu
: Start Game and Confirm menu selections

Technical Info
This game uses a proprietary software rendering engine called ElderBoy. It runs natively on a single thread, and does not make use of hardware graphics acceleration. A single GDI call is used to display the rendering buffer, so all compatible versions of Windows should be able to run this executable, regardless of hardware.

Third-Party Technologies
miniaudio [website]: A single file audio playback and capture library.

Rhoq [twitter]: Lead Designer, Programming and Art
BinarySolo [twitter]: Design and Programming


AJ Booker [twitter]: Music and SFX

Cover Art
Marcel Laurin [twitter]

Guest Artists 

Development & Release
This game is currently in development. It is planned to release in 2021 here on this page and on Steam.

Updated 11 days ago
Release date Jun 30, 2021
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
AuthorsBinarySolo, BinarySolo
GenreRole Playing, Simulation
Tags2D, Atmospheric, Experimental, Pixel Art, Retro, Short, Singleplayer
Average sessionAbout an hour
LinksSteam, Steam


Buy Now$4.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $4.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

hisato-no-saku-windows.zip 8 MB
Version 2

Development log


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I made a short review in spanish

Thank you! Much appreciate the shout out. 💙

(1 edit) (+1)

EDIT: no more issues since the update :)

Hey, saw this game on the @microtrailers Twitter and thought it looked really cool. Bought it last night and after playing it a bit I can confirm it is really cool! Unfortunately I've had some issues with crashing - the game will sometimes close without warning, and when I open it again all my progress is gone. This kinda saps my motivation to play for now because any run can suddenly be erased. Would be great to see this fixed and/or have a robust autosave feature so that I can play the game more!

Thanks for the feedback! We've got a crash fix, and I'm working on uploading that currently. Should be available sometime today.
Autosave is on our TODO list, but hasn't been finished yet.


Thanks so much! Hope my comment didn't come across as rude, can't imagine how hard it must be launching a game independently.

Best of luck with everything!

No worries! Glad to have quick feedback. Really appreciate your post. Thank you!

Do we get a Steam key with the purchase? :) (if so, I would buy it here!)

Good question! I haven't set that up, but I'm looking into it now.

Steam Keys are now available.


Great!! Thanks.


Looking forward to this!!!


Thank you! Dev is chugging along nicely.