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Lane's daily life as a mortician is busy; there's always new "guests" to receive into the morgue, bodies to cremate and embalm, funerals to arrange, distraught family members to comfort… at the end of the day, he just wants to sit down with his television and a drink.

Unfortunately, things are never quite as easy as that. Lane is sick, and not in any particularly simple way; he has an otherwise unheard of condition, one that causes his body to be deficient in certain proteins only found in human flesh. To put it gently… his choice of profession was no coincidence.

His only hope is an old legend that he has held onto throughout his life: The one who loves you can save you, if only you can receive them. He doesn't know where it came from, or what it means, but it may prove to be a greater burden than he can afford to bear…

That Bitter Taste is a short, gay dating sim about an unfortunate cannibal. It was created for Yaoi Jam 2016.

Game Features:

  • ~25,000 words
  • Male main character (Lane) with two male romanceable leads (Parker and Thomas)
  • 10 total endings (4 per love interest, plus two epilogues)

Please note: This game features content which might not be suitable for all players, including explicit depictions of death, gore, and cannibalism. Player discretion is advised.

More information

Published75 days ago
PlatformsWindows, Mac OS X, Linux
TagsDating Sim, LGBT, renpy, Romance, Singleplayer, Visual Novel
Player countSingleplayer


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Hi, so I was intrigued by this game for quite awhile since it so strongly reminded me about hannigram (Hannibal/Will) pairing and Will Graham in general xD Yeah, perks of being a fangirl – seeing your fav Tv-series/OTPs everywhere. Anyway, I decided to play it yesterday and well. It's quite interesting thing. The music was nice (though I felt the lack of it in some places), atmosphere, idea. I like that dialogues are framed by those torn arms... Yeah, I'm a weird person I know who just love horror stuff)) I ended up with "Fast Friends" ending and it was predictable but logical ending, though I'm not really a big fan of Thomas. The guy was pretty much a stalker and I don't really like people with such "i'm sexy and i know it" personality (I'm not saying that you wrote him bad, it's just my preferences). Buuuuut I'm really looking forward to exploring more endings with Parker, because I haven't met the guy yet, but I think he's going to be interesting enough. Also I just love the ringtone Lane put on his friend xD So thanks for making the game ^^ Though I have one question about Lane's reasons for cannibalism. You mention it was just because of some "human special protein", but won't be proteins denaturated at high temperature i.e. while cooking? So all Lane's "medical" reasons are preeeeetty non-existing xD Ps by the way I also made a 4-part letsplay on your game, and already uploaded the first part. I hope it's okay if I post it here ^^ And once again thanks for the game, I had not such a bad time playing it ^^


Hi, thanks for the comment! (And thanks for your Let's Play, it's totally fine to post the link and I'll be sure to take a look later!)

I have to say, I have seen Hannibal, but I didn't really think about it in regards to this game until you said that! But now that you mention it, I can see some similarities, haha. (Although if Lane is similar to Will, I don't think there's any character particularly similar to Hannibal in it...)

I'm glad you're overall enjoying the game so far! I hope you enjoy Parker's ends since you don't like Thomas as much (which is understandable).

As for the "human proteins," you're right that they would denature somewhat upon being cooked. There is actually more of a story behind Lane's cannibalism that should give you a more satisfying answer (check those epilogues), but I don't want to spoil it for you! (Although, I did try to make the game realistic, but it is still largely pseudoscience because it's fiction, so I would urge you not to take it too seriously, haha.)

Hey and you're really really welcome ^_^ ps I'm just beginning to explore this «lets playing word» and self-advertisement is still kind of weird for me :)

It's called subconsciousness x'D Well I'm still pretty okay with only Will xD

Oh, I think I will))

Nah, it's just me being once again smart little sh*t xD And being happy to find that not all the knowledges I got at uni vanished xD Also how the hell do you have epilogues, you got them after main «love-interest» ending or if you don't end up with anyone? о_О just curious)))

Just wanted to let you know that I played the Parker storyline and got too endings one more awesome than the other (Beautiful ending and NEW CHAPTER). And especially the last one is so akjghghg like I HAVE NO WORDS how good it is, how amazing of a boyfriend is Parker, how sweet is their story! Like SUPER BIG THANK YOU for this game. If I could I would give you 5 stars one more time!!! ^^

I had just found this site about 4 hours ago and this is the second game I've played. I think it was really beautiful and interesting, definitely something I'd play over and over again. I got the Beautiful Ending I think so I can't wait to get the others.

Hi, and welcome to itch.io! I'm honored that my game is one of the first you've played from here. I hope you enjoyed the other ends as well! (And I hope you find many more fun games to play on here; there's tons!)

I really enjoyed this game. Good balance of tension and sweetness throughout, and obviously the premise is going to make it something unique! It feels like you really used your time constraints for the jam well and the story is just as big as it needs to be, if you know what I mean.

Thanks for leaving a comment, and sorry for the really late reply! I'm glad that the game had the right balance for you.

i have to say this is the first gay cannibal game i have ever come across so far . this kinda made my day i cant wait to play this

I'm glad you're excited to play! I hope you enjoy it. (And let me know if you come across any other gay cannibal games haha)

This game is AMAZINGLY written! The dialogue feels so real and natural, and it smoothly avoids being cutesy or turning into a quip-trading verbal tennis match. The art style is also excellent, and I love how expressive the characters are. I've only played through once so far (poor Parker </3), but I'll definitely be coming back to it again and again!

Thank you so much! I'm glad you're enjoying the game so far, and I hope you'll enjoy the other routes/ends as well!

[Possible spoilers ahead]

I find cannibalism pretty squicky, so I didn't expect to enjoy this, but the fact that Lane's a cannibal out of necessity and not, like, a necrophiliac serial killer made the subject matter easier to handle. I like the sort of magical realism of how Lane's condition and the prophecy are explained, but I think the endings were too abrupt, and also too similar between the two heroes. Given Parker's history with Lane, it would have been interesting if he made his reveal earlier. But I do like the atmosphere, and the art style is a good fit.

Thanks for commenting! I'm glad you gave the game a try even though the cannibalism part was gross for you. I thought it would be fun to do a cannibal character who was less of an antagonist (so not a serial killer, as you said).

The abruptness and similarities of the endings were things I was definitely worried about when I was writing. In trying to keep the game short (and within the three in-game days) to be able to finish everything by the deadline, it ended up that way. I'll definitely keep it in mind for the future, thank you for your honest opinions!