A downloadable VN for Windows, macOS, and Linux

In a warm subtropical shallow, a newborn whale opens his eyes for the first time.

Our research team is present to record the moment, and everything that will follow after. South Scrimshaw is the story of this animal’s entire natural life, his struggles and successes in a vast alien ocean.

Part of the Kronos VII Interplanetary Expedition

This current build contains the first four chapters. Future chapters will be released for free as I finish painting them. Progress updates can be found on my twitter.

Updated 11 days ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(16 total ratings)
AuthorN. O. Marsh
GenreVisual Novel
Tagsartgame, Atmospheric, Comics, illustration, Narrative, Ren'Py, Sci-fi, Short, Story Rich
Average sessionAbout an hour
AccessibilitySubtitles, One button


SouthScrimshaw-0.4.2-pc.zip 1 GB
SouthScrimshaw-0.4.2-mac.zip 1 GB

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A fascinating use of the VN format that really emulates the feeling of nature documentaries. Thoroughly enjoyed the latest chapter and experiencing the previous chapters with the new voice text, which only made the docu-feeling stronger. (The voices with the helicopter/base communication really sounded legit). Cheering for the little whale. Thank you for this experience!

Hey thank you! Glad you enjoyed the update. The little whale should be growing into a medium size whale soon, when I get more time to work on this 😄


Woop. Chapter 4 is here. Never cheered on a whale before.  Love the story. Roll on Feb. :)

Hey thanks again man! Much appreciated as always.


Wow. How cool is this. Lovely sound and artwork. Tells a real story that gets you invested. 

Hey thanks for checking it out! 😄 Kind of exciting to have someone share my work on youtube haha.


At least another 30+ people got to see what you put the time and effort into. Not much but helps a little. :)


this was such an incredible experience - a really impressive use of the visual novel format.  i can't wait to see more, i love my little brillo friend!

Glad you enjoyed it! I am still at work on the next update, life has just been conspiring to delay everything. It might be done in a few months.


This is a very beautiful novel that pleases the eyes. I'm happy to see science-inspired art. That's what I want to do with Video Games... create something so beautiful and enjoyable that you don't realize you learned science from it.

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Thank you! Life science has always been a well of inspiration for my work too. I really enjoyed the experiments you have going on your page. 

It’s one of the ideals of sci-fi to spark imagination or thought about the real thing. I make up a lot of silly stuff for Scrimshaw but it’d be flattering if readers take that away from it.

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My 8 years old daughter also enjoyed your novel. She draws the art and do the voice-acting for my ecology-inspired video-games. We'll be looking forward to see more of your creations :)

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This is incredible. I've been searching for genuinely original uses of the VN format and this delivered above and beyond. TBH if you would be interested in working/collaborating with a sound designer at all, I'd love to help out.


Hey thanks man! Scrimshaw has been a labor of love for a long time now so it really means a lot that there are readers it resonates with.

I’ll definitely keep your offer in mind regarding sound. It may be a few more updates before I know what help I need on that front. I need to be a little less overloaded with other things first. But if you have a reel or something email it my way.

This is frankly stunning. You have genuine talent and I hope to see more!

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Thanks! Glad you liked it, appreciate the support. I have enough free time right now to really grind out some work so next chapter should be up early September. 

So happy to be once again visiting your fantastic zoological worlds. The way you tread the line between imagination and realism is delightful. Looking forward to Chapter 2! 

Thanks man! Yeah it's a more elaborate production than my books used to be but similar idea.