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Ever wondered what the side characters get up to in a BL story?

Here's your chance to find out. 

When a transfer student arrives, Peter recognises the face of his former childhood friend, Danny. Danny brings back painful memories of the past, memories Peter would rather forget, but Danny seems to have other plans. 

No, you don't play as Peter in this game. You don't even play as Danny.  Instead, you play as Peter's friend, Jodeci.
Will you help Peter face his past trauma, or stop Danny from getting too close to hurt Peter again? The choice is yours.


- Approx. 9k words (Yes, it is a short game)
- Changeable name for Jodeci
- Four endings
- Wholesome relationships
- Partial voice acting
- Aussie Rules Football!!!!!
- Really bad jokes 
- More em dashes than I care to admit
- Rated 13+ with some swearing, no explicit sexual images or audio

This is my first game to include voice acting! I apologise if the balancing isn't quite right, and I will continue to learn how to edit audio files to improve. 

A full credit list can be found here.

I'm a side character is a spin-off of my main game, I'm a love interest in my childhood friend's reverse harem!!!

[06-08-2022]  Web build available: The game can now be played straight from the browser!
[18-11-2020]  Spanish buildTraducción al español ahora disponible.
[01-10-2020]  Build update: Voice over for the bad endings have been added. Two additional CG art and fixed minor typos. 

Played the game and now you want more? Try one of our other related games:

The main game, made for YaoiJam2019.
Play as a love interest in your childhood friend's reverse harem.

Or our other spin-off, made for YaoiJam2021.
Most games end when the couple gets together, but this series starts when they get together.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
(106 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
Made withAudacity, Ren'Py
Tagsaustralia, Comedy, Dating Sim, Funny, Gay, LGBT, Ren'Py, Slice Of Life, Yaoi
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


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cant believe those two missed the shrek reference


They're not as cool as you and Jodeci. ;)


Peter! Danny! Donkey!
loved this game, super cute! Jodeci is so relatable


Thanks maxannes! 

Happy to see you get the reference. Haha. 


Jodeci needs a lover frf

id love for there to be a game where we could have love interests :,(


What about a game where you ARE the love interest? :D

This game is a spin off of my other game: 

I'm a love interest in my childhood friend's reverse harem


Not me waiting for a game where he gets a love interest :')


Hopefully one day I will finish Jodeci's story. 

Thank you lofi mushroom

No problem your doing great keep up the amazing work :)


i thought this would be one of those "oh im not the main character but i end up dating one of them anyways heehee!" plotlines but, coming from a gay man, ...this is so cringe wth...mid art, mid VA, story (if you could even call it that lol) is actually atrocious...like seriously whats the deal with "omg two boys who seemingly have zero chemistry other than the fact they can recognize each others faces like everyone else on the planet can do omgomg!! they should 100% date and be thrown in sexually implicit scenarios solely because theyre both boys!!" like youre not even trying to hide this weird fetish lmao...if anyone over the age of 10 proudly calls themselves a fujo i already know you got 0 friends, 0 social life, and absolutely 0 father...

even aside from all the weird shit the voice acting it straight up awful...the teacher was soo agonizingly slow and that ginger twink kid was so hard to listen to cuz his voice was so overly squeaky and annoying..and the lines would just randomly cut in the middle of dialogue for some reason??? like someone would be taking normally but a random syllable wouldnt be audible but the line just continues like nothing happened??? also sometimes a consistently voiced character would just..not..say their line??? i dont think danny said mostly anything during the last bit for some reason. the game isnt visually appealing either honestly, every character has one extremely boring and undynamic pose for the whole game. the art is so bland its hard to even tell the characters ages, the girl in her 40s looks younger than the guy in his 20s...even the characters with interesting designs look boring cuz of the uniform too... like madalena's white hair and red eyes would make for a genuinely pleasant character design if she didnt get stuffed in a basic white button up...plain black bow tie... orange jacket with a totally different color than her eyes...just the most basic thing that couldve possibly been cooked up for her, even a more red undertone for the jacket wouldve done wonders. i get its a uniform but theres so many cooler options that couldve been picked out to give some uniqueness to the characters. danny seems to have gotten the best treatment in this regard since his hair style is definitely his own and not too basic but its also not some flashy color which makes him look more real to the games universe, though him being a more "delinquent" type of character with a perfectly clean uniform and perfectly straight and set tie all week while peter seems like the opposite but with a messed up shirt seems like..an interesting choice.....

overall, this game kinda sucks in terms of plot, sorta seems like it was written by a straight girl first discovering what a gay person is and trying wayyyyyyyy too hard to seem supportive so it just comes off fetish-y, and doesnt help itself with the voice acting and art...which is kinda important considering this is a VISUAL novel and you have to stare at it the whole game


Im not reading all that


you don't like it well get this OTHER PEOPLE DO


Fujoshis are cringe, and their creations are a idealization of gay couples. You can see this with the uke an seme stereotype (I personally don't like it).

I think the quality isn't really good but is an indie free product so...

(I'm from Spain, sorry if there are misspellings(?)


as a gay man i think youre taking this light game a bit too seriously bro

thank you for this review you literally  saved me the time and effort of downloading it


Damn now I want to see Jodeci be happy after all that hard work helping his friend's love story progress. TuT

This was a fun and cute game though! I Love Jodeci being a fudanshi, as a fujoshi, he and I would get along shipping everyone. XD


Thanks for the kind words! 

He just a good person that loves love, and wants to see his friends happy XD like I'm sure you are too. 

I hope to write more about Jodeci in the future. He definitely deserves to be happy. 

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I like this game so much! Love the fact that we're being a side character in this game. Just like me shipping every guys with guys or girl with girl etc. I felt like I really want to make a fanart of Danny seriously haahaah. I'll send them here if I decides to make it😂


Thank you Kaze! 

I'm glad you enjoyed the game, sometimes life is better as a side character, haha.  If you do draw art of Danny I would love to see it! 

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Hi! At first I want to draw Danny, but then I felt like why not draw Peter first because he seems difficult to draw (his hairstyle is complicated😂) 

So, here's Peter fanart by me 😁

here's the prove just in case someone accused me of stealing someone's art😅

OMG this is amazing!!! Thank you so much!

I love his shocked face, lol. and the 'pocky'!!! 

This has honestly made my day (my week even), I am so thankful. Would you be fine with me sharing this on my discord and twitter?

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Sure, no problem. But really? 😳 That is a huge honor for me

Btw, use this picture if you want to share it on twitter or discord because I forgot to draw the school logo on his vest 😂

p/s: yess the "pocky" 🤣

It's an honor for me! Receiving fanart from players is such a big honor, and shows how much you enjoyed the game. Thank you!

Here's the twitter post:  Twitter post


Its probably just me but, Danny is hot.


Not just you, can confirm, his character design is hot XD

XD (thx for replying!)

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Thank you for making it sm easier not to get romanically attached to a character


Only in my dreams. LOLs. I have ideas for sequels but everything is on hold at the moment due to personal reasons. 

I want to finish the "I'm a love interest" universe that Jodeci and Peter are part of, so hopefully in the future I can work on the sequels.


Is this what it's like to be a dude version of a fujoshi? This is what goes on in their heads?

Being a queer twink, i need some sort of defense mechanism i swear.

Kinda what goes on <//3

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When i saw the reason Peter didnt like Danny it made me start thinking like i didnt feel it was that bad till he said like "He told me to go.." yk..? Someone had said that to me and what are the ODDS of his name being DANIEL but hes called DANNY ITS CRAZY AHA..

yeah..ion talk to Danny no more.

This game was a nice one. Nice and short :)

Hi Kosuna! 

I'm glad you enjoyed the game. 

Sorry to hear you also had a bad experience, I believe it's more common than people realise. I hope that like Peter, you were able to move on and have good supportive friends like Jodeci :) 

We all need a Jodeci in our lives, and if you don't have one, be the Jodeci for another people. 

Thanks for playing 'Im a side character', I appreciate it. 



Uhm it won’t let me past the “Im Jodeci” part I tried changing the name to and it didn’t work… it only lets me go back and stuff like that

You should be able to continue by either left clicking the mouse or pressing enter on the keyboard. 

what if your playing on a phone? 


I'm surprised you can even get it work on your phone... It's not supposed to do that. Lol. 

I would suggest playing later on a desktop or laptop when you can. The game isnt programmed for phone or tablet. 

ok thanks:)


the most common phrase in here?



This game is about being the lovemaker at your school lol jk


What a fun concept! Big fan of changing up the perspective in a story I've experienced a couple of times, it's very creative. I appreciate the light simple but entertaining tone of this. 


thank you lizuia!

I just wanna see more background and side characters get their stories told :)


I do too! I appreciate that there are people with the same sentiment who have the tools to realize stories like that. Best of luck on any future endeavors with this kind of theme, if you plan on any :D


My bi heart is sad not to have a romance but to be honest I don't mind our routes only having friendship. I kinda like some good old platonic bromance.

Good old platonic bromance needs more representation I reckon. Haha. 

But thank you so much for playing and leaving a comment!

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I got the.. kind of nosy? ending first (the one where they get stuck in the closet or whatver) as my ship senses were tingling and guided me on the right path, and then i wanted to have danny and peter not be friends at all, so i forced myself to not let them interact and then when i saw the "he's kinda cute" dialogue from jodeci i immediately understood that this was not going where i thought it would. sadly, he did not turn bisexual for peter, but that's more realistic either way.  

I appreciate you using your ship senses first go haha. I think most players get that ending first time around. 

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How do i save my progress?

(Edit:Nvm,i know how to do it now-)


ahahaha the side character with the 'DONKEY' haha I love that meme

me too XD


Danny sounds kinda like Katsuki Bakugo

I got all the endings in one sitting! I can't wait for more, I LOVE THIS GAME!


Thank you so much Cupid! 

I'm glad you enjoyed the game. Feel free to check out my other ones. Otherwise I will probably make more for YaoiJam in the future. Haha. 

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Having a self-aware side character as a temporary friend is one of the best experience i ever had

Also the last thing he says in the game made me want him to get a gf in a sequel lol- but i think it already exists so imma download more games made by you

(When jodeci says "i ship it" for the first time, he looks likes Miles Edgeworth, is this intentional :0 ?)

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this game is cool, i loved it with all my heart.

I LOVE JODECI HE'S SUCH A NICE GUY everyone deserves someone like he in their life

hi Helen! 

Thank you for the kind words! I agree, everyone needs someone like Jodeci in their lives :)

is there a jodeci x danny or a jodeci x peter ending?

Only friendship endings when it comes to Jodeci in this game.

I just finished the whole game in one sitting and I WANT MORE!!!

The story flows really well and I liked the different endings a lot. Not to mention the CGs and sprites are very nice to look at! And the voiceacting sounds very natural, overall a great game and my only "criticism" is that I wanted it to be longer so I could play more-

Thank you so much for your kind words Chaolina!

I do plan on extending Jodeci and Peters stories in the future if I have time. But until then, you can try the main game or any of the other short spin off games. :D

Oh my, I like their v.a xD I enjoy playing the spin off <3

I like the VAs too, they're amazing and talented people :)

Thank you for playing the game!!


I enjoyed this game so much! <3 Hopefully Jodeci will also find love one day! :D


I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Plans for Jodeci's story is currently in planning stages. 


rugby's better? RUGBY'S BETTER??????! danny how could you say that!!! AFL is obviously the way >:((( (enjoying the game so far lol it's so good to see Australian related content)

I agree. But I needed to make Danny seem more hateable. And this was the best way to go. XD

How very dare you! :p


I dare!! 

At least I didn't make them play cricket XD

LOL, touché! xD

I might live in aussie but.. rugby is the way >:'| or maybe its the poly genes speaking

OMG pura joyita este juego, me e n c a n t o!! 😍😍 Amé a Jodeci (me sentí identificada) me encantaron todas las rutas aunque realmente me hubiera gustado ver al Jodeci feliz con alguien 🤧. Me encanto el arte y realmente espero q este magnífico autor(@) saque una secuela o algo así en donde pueda ver a mi Jodeci feliz 💗. (Xdios ame a ese personaje)

¡Muchas gracias por tus amables palabras! Estoy escribiendo una historia corta para Jodeci, pero no será un juego, solo una novela corta. :)

Q BIEN!! Estaré ansiosamente atenta :D


It's a funny game  Jodeci is pretty likable. My fav ending was when Peter didn't end up with Danny because he still seems problematic. And i appreciate that this was an option. 



Honestly it's probably the most realistic ending. How many times do friends reconcile after a falling out?

I just wanna ask if there is any plan to make an android version of all the games published. I saw all of the games summaries and think that they're all great and wanted to play but there isn't any android version. Just asking, if there isn't any plan, its fine, I can just download the games in the future when I get my hands on an iphone.

The games are currently only available for Mac and PC. No plans to port them to Android or iOS at the moment but will consider it. 

Thanks for replying! 

I loved this game! The characters are all really cute. Especially Jodeci, what a sweetheart. The humour is great too, made me laugh! :D


It's a wonderful story! I loved it! Jodeci is very easy to empathize with and I very much enjoyed playing as him. You really captured the things that make side characters loveable and fun to play as. I wish the game was longer, but I can go with the short and sweet form the game has~

I hope we get the typical side story about the side character where they finally become the center of attention-. I want Jodeci to experience a happy ending for himself too...! This honestly kinda feels like a prologue to his story especially with the ending. Well, even without that, I still really adore the game and hope you make more of it~!

I want to kiss your hand for creating such a good game. Dreams do come true * Chef kiss *

Im glad you enjoyed playing! :D

i Love this game you've  fulfilled all my dreams im finally a side character 

haha!! Happy to hear I am fulfilling dreams!XD

Credits scene is amazing i adore it omg

many thanks!

i see you used a format very similar to DDLC for the in-game menu. I respect that. Also I'm not very far in yet, but this music bussin!!!!

hi Ixphy!

Glad you like the music. :D

I haven't played DDLC, but if they used the RenPy engine to make it then it's probably similar because I just used the default format. Lol. 

Its great! I'm still trying to find the last photo to complete the gallery, I'm a bit of a perfectionist lol, and it's super good!! 11/10 I would definitely recommend to my friends 


Thanks Jam the Bard! 

I create an account just to comment here, I really liked the game I laughed a lot, the music is excellent, the voices and acting are sublime

Get on with these cool jobs!♥

Thank you so much!!

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