Current expected release date for beta access (playable until the end, but with only 1 romance-able character) is Q1 2021. Expected release date for the final game is Q4 2022.
Latest update video (updated September 2020):
Banana Ranch is a 18+ dating sim + ranch management game involving romance between two men (MxM / BL / Yaoi / Gay). It’s a fully reversible game, which means all characters can be TOP and BOTTOM!Our protagonist is a country boy who decided to move to Banana Town. However, strange things happened during his way to Banana Town, and he was suddenly transported to a different world. The town he arrived at was still called Banana Town, but all the town citizens have somehow transformed into humanoid animals. Moreover, the ranch he was going to work at was not hiring at all, it was even on the verge of bankruptcy!
The game will involve three years of Ban’s life at Banana Town. As the player, you’re in charge of shaping Ban’s destiny! How will you spend Ban’s days? Can Ban save Banana Ranch from the verge of bankruptcy? Will Ban be in a relationship with one of the eligible bachelors? Who will you marry and have kids with? Will you make Ban be the TOP or BOTTOM in the relationship? It’s all in your hand! 🖐️
Want to see how the game plays out so far? You can try out the demo now ! Scroll down below to find the demo download link :D
⭐ REVERSIBLE ROLE ⭐
Like in my previous game Seiyuu Danshi, in this game you can be either top or bottom in the relationship! What is your preference, to be fucked or fuck your guy? Well, it's all your choice!
⭐ FOREPLAY MODE ⭐
Tired of the usual inactivity during sex in other games? In this game, you get to touch & kiss your sex partner as much as you want! Woo-hoo!
⭐ MARRIAGE & KIDS ⭐
What happens after you manage to woo your favorite guy? Will the game just end like that? Nope. In the world of Banana Ranch, gay marriage is 100% legal and you can marry your boyfriend and even have kids with him! (How? Well, play the game to find out ;))
⭐ RANCH MANAGEMENT ⭐
In the world of Banana Ranch, ranch animals are basically employed workers who get paid monthly to produce dairy products. Recruit more ranch animals & negotiate wage with them to gain maximum profit and rescue your ranch from the brink of bankruptcy!
⭐ WEEKEND DATING ⭐
Go on a date with your favorite guy during the weekend to various places in town . Talk to him on various topics, touch him anywhere you want, and give him meaningful gifts that he can wear later on!
⭐ DRESS UP SYSTEM ⭐
Purchase & design outfits to your liking and spend your days hanging out in town looking all stylish!
⭐ NPC QUEST SYSTEM ⭐
NPCs play a very important part in the world of Banana Ranch! NPCs give interesting quests with rewards that you definitely can't miss out! (Psst, if you want, you can become one of the NPCs in the game! <3)
⭐ ENHANCED GIFTING MECHANISM ⭐
In this game, you can gift clothes / accessories to a character & he will actually add the items to his wardrobe for him to wear!
I'm so excited to play this. I did the whole Patreon thing, so I'll have the beta access. I'm curious, who is going to be the 1 character that we get to romance on the beta access? I'm thinking it'll probably be sexy cow Moocha, since we meet him first, but will it be someone else?
I sometimes get confused with the Quarter Calender too. If it helps I'll put here what the quarter means for beta access and the final game being finished for anyone that's interested. If not 😚 just ignore me~
So for Q1: That's anywhere from January-March 2021. So BETA ACCESS begins with 1 (ONE playable route, NOT the whole game) within Q1 of 2021. So think...AFTER this Christmas we'll likely have 1 available romance route to obtain. From there, you can play the game as it developes and the things added on over time for those who purchased the BETA ACCESS. Those that didn't either need to wait until the game is finished being developed in 2022, or purchase the BETA VERSION.
NOW Q4 is: October-December. So they say that the game will for sure be done by Q4: 2022. BASICALLY, that is Dec of 2022. So about 1yr and a half from this Dec (if you wanna be realistic, that's basically two years away, since right now we're still in 2020). I know, it feels like a long time, but games like this with all the details that get put into them really take 2 yrs to build after they've been funded, sometimes more because most of these developers (artists/authors/voice actors/coders/etc) still have other jobs they need to do along with what they work on for us, and they're also putting in so much detail so it's def worth the wait.
For Beta access: gets to play the game as it is being developed + final version. The Q1 etc is just expected timeframe of update. As long as you get beta access, you will get to download all versions of update.
For Pre-order: gets to play the final version of the game.
Do you mean Howl's route? If so, Howl the wolf 🐺 is already funded☺. You can look up above to see all the 12 available bachelor's the team is developing.
Unfortunately, they cannot add more I would think 🤔 because adding the characters came as part of their crowd funding process. They can only add so many characters based on what funds they get for the game to fund them. Games like this take a lot of funds to produce everything they're providing. Music, voices, versatile characters, coding, art, etc. But I'm still surprised we're getting as many dateable characters as we have😄!
Likely, since you have to pay people to make certain aspects of the game you may not be doing urself so all the money doesn't just go to the main artists or authors. Unless...well, your very lucky and they are talented in everything. Most cases require the main team to hire out voice actors, coders, extra artists to take care of scenes that maybe the main artist can't do or has the time for.
Sadly, this usually leads to most BL otome games having maybe only 4 LIs(romance routes). In this case not only is this the first time I'll be seeing this many achieved and completed, I think it's also really awesome that we get to even have so many!😆 Lol, now I just can't wait!
😮 an owl route? I certainly wasn't paying attention when I played the demo...😅. At main or side characters it seems. I know there was a lion route to achieve and the doctor guy, and that there are prob some other npcs I missed, so sorry about that. I guess it completely passed me that there was an owl character 😅. Well, that's too bad, but I do think it's great they've managed to give us so many characters tho! It will still be nice to have so many routes for once. This year and the upcoming next one, it seems a lot of LGBTQ+ groups, BL/GL game groups, or love otome groups are giving out so many more character routes. So I wonder if this means brands and indie groups are heading in the direction of giving out more options to their players🤔.
Omg finally started playing the demo, it's so good! Now I totally want more😆! Also, def loving Yolkie and Cotton right now, their both so adorbs. Thunder makes me laugh, and I love how the loan shark Finn...is totally a shark🤣. I def want to see the MC squirm his way into Yolkie's heart the most right now. *...now I just gotta wait for that beta access🥺...😅it's ok tho, the wait is totally worth it*
Right?!?!?! Yolkie so far is definitely my favorite, he's so sassy! Definitely wanna see how Ban "cracks his shell" and gets close to him, lol!
And yes, the wait is gonna be SO worth it, I can tell--and it's almost over! Like, we've still got 2-4 months to go, but since I've been waiting for almost a year now...2 months is nothin'! Super stoked XD
(BTW, if you haven't been following Meyaoi's twitter, you should definitely go do that! They post lots of updates and progress images for the game there on a pretty regular basis 😄. I legit made my first twitter account for the sole purpose of following this game, lol! https://twitter.com/meyaoigames)
Sadly, the wait for me is actually just starting considering I forced myself to wait and play the demo...🤦♀️, but true waiting now is still is a lot easier knowing how long this game has been in the make. It's too bad it's not a sort of episode release like you see in some VNs, where we could keep playing to build up cash and stuff for the farm ranch. I would be happy just being able to do that since in Seiyuu Danshi I would spend foooorever building up money (even tho it was fun so no complaints there) but it can get tedious when you want to move the story along...but really need the mula😭😭. And thx I'll think about getting a Twitter, never had one before either.
Ah, I feel you, though I personally am probably most excited for either Yolkie or Howl---I wanna see Ban win those tough-to-crack guys over 😉. But Cotton is a major sweetie, and I think he'll grow on me just like Moocha did once I see more CG's with him and Ban and see more of their interactions in-game ❤
Only question after that is: can I get a refund if the previous purchase was almost 300 days ago ^^' I imagine so, given the reason, but I'm a paranoid person and it's all being converted to Canadian Dollars.
I'm pretty sure you can, but maybe email email@example.com and inquire about it first if you want to be totally sure? (but oh man, I feel you on the Canadian exchange rate--I got some Ranch Employees and wow, it's NOT $485 Canadian Dollars, I can tell you that 😅😂. Totally worth it tho 😜)
Aaaaah I would totally donate for a Ranch Employee, but even Beta Access is rich for my blood 😅😂 (I only have a part-time position and current events have made finding better work even more difficult. This will just be a treat for myself once I save up again 😅)
Fair enough! I've been super fortunate in these covid times with my job, and CERB has been immensely helpful as well, but times are hard for a lot of people still :(. It's super awesome that you're treating yourself with beta access tho, kudos! Treating ourselves every now and then to things that bring us joy is super important ❤
He's one half of the love hotel couple, so he's a backer-designed NPC (*cough bought and designed by me cough*)--he's not romanceable, sadly ;p I can't seem to be able to link the twitter post of their initial reveal, but here's the original pic:
Hello! I am interested in the NPC - Ranch Employee, but I had a few question on it. For designing I was worried because I am not artistic at all so would just a random character creator be all right for a rough sketch, and for the "interview" would it have to be voice as O do not own any good microphone. Thank you!
Hi there! For the image reference, you can use random image generated from character creator / use images found from Google for hairstyle / outfit idea. There isn't really any requirement for the level of detail, you can give as much detail as you want / can provide :)
For the interview, there's no need for you to give the voice. I usually only ask for you to specify the rough personality for the character you design and write dialogues based on that set personality.
Hello there. I have purchased the [Pre-order] Banana Ranch Game but i would like to ask if its possible to upgrade it to the [Pre-order] Banana Ranch Game + Beta Access? I would also like to ask if its possible to have an estimate of when is the earliest Beta coming if i do buy the beta access? Just a month estimate would do
Hello! I was wondering if I join the beta access what is the difference between the 29.99 Pre-Order that says "Version 2" beneath it to the 45.00 Pre-Order and Beta Access that says "Version 1"? Also is the Fanbook digital or is it in a physical copy? Thank you for the help!
Yeah, definitely play Seiyuu Danshi and maybe "follow" Meyaoi games so you get updated when Banana Ranch finally releases (I think there's a button on the right-hand side of the page that says “Follow Meyaoi Games," just click it 😊). (Tho being a part of the beta team is FUN! Join us...ufufufu 😈)
If you're asking if the full game will be free, I would say no. I'm guessing the purchase price will be similar to this dev's previous game, Seiyuu Danshi, which was about $33 USD.
However, as someone who's played Seiyuu Danshi and the Demo for Banana Ranch, I can tell you with 100% confidence that the purchase price is WORTH IT! You get a LOT of quality content, MANY hours of gameplay, and the games themselves have high replay value :D
Hi there. Did you pledge via Patreon / itch.io? If via Patreon, please contact me via e-mail and let me know your Patreon account name & new address. If via itch.io, I'll distribute reward survey forms later on where you can state the fixed delivery detail.
Sounds like the first ever english yaoi game to implement a marriage and kids system. That is quite awesome. I'll be following and preordering this game asap. Thank you for creating these two yaoi games, since I already own seiyuu danshi. They really mean alot to this niche fanbase we all are in. 🥰
Haha, I feel ya! I stalk Meyaoi's twitter account to an unhealthy degree, but I don't even care! All the updates we get are worth it, and she posts pretty frequently too! (here's a link if you haven't checked it out already ;p https://twitter.com/meyaoigames)
Omg right! I love how incorporated their system is, they put a lot into their games. Like for example, not all BL /YAOI OR LGBTQ content I buy, will have the protagonist as reversible, so that you can choose to be top or bottom, rather than having it chosen for you. But I understand adding on everything and more, requires a lot more funds. So people really have to be buying these games at the price you would almost pay for a console game. Which tbh I'm totally up for when the content is this great, lol!
I also think there will definitely be more "H" scenes in that there are more love interests, and we just got news via twitter that at least 1 character will have 20 CG's (Moocha), so all love interests might have a bit more CG/h scene content than the Seiyuu Danshi characters.
However, I think the actual length of 1 route will be the same as Seiyuu Danshi--while there are 3 years in Banana Ranch vs Seiyuu Danshi's 1 year, they are broken up into 4 seasons rather than twelve months. So, instead of playing 12 months with 30 days each for 1 year (12 x 30 x 1 = 360 "days"), you play 4 "seasons" with 30 days each for 3 years (4 x 30 x 3 = 360 "days"), so it works out to around the same length ╮(￣▽￣)╭
I'm confused whats going on? so i preordered it and when its released would i get a notification to tell me i can download it? is it the full game and will the new available characters be released with it? im lost help a fellow person :(
The Funding Campaign is over. Beta Testers will be able to play each route as the developer completes them so as to provide bug feedback. The completed game isn't expected until an as of yet determined date. The additional romance routes have, as you'd expect, pushed the release date back by quite a bit.
I would imagine that those who purchased packages that included Beta Testing as a perk will recieve some manner of notification when each route is ready to play.
Just putting this out there for any fellow dummies like me who didn't realize this--Meyaoi has a Twitter account that has many more updates on the development of this game! It appears to get Banana Ranch related posts/tweets pretty frequently, so I'd totally recommend keeping tabs on Twitter as well as here if you want lots of updates on how the game is progressing 😉👍