Chaos;Child

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Chaos;Child
Chaos;Child cover
Developers
5pb.
Publishers
DMM 5pb.
Steam Spike Chunsoft
Engines
MAGES. Engine
Release dates
Windows April 28, 2016
Reception
Metacritic 76
OpenCritic 80
IGDB 82
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Relaxed
Perspectives First-person
Controls Menu-based
Genres Visual novel
Art styles Anime
Themes Contemporary, Detective/mystery, Japan, Horror, Supernatural
Series Science Adventure
Chaos;Child on HowLongToBeat
Chaos;Child on IGDB
Chaos;Child guide on StrategyWiki
Chaos;Child on MobyGames
Chaos;Child on Wikipedia
Science Adventure
Chaos;Head 2008
Steins;Gate 2009
Steins;Gate: Variant Space Octet 2011
Chaos;Child 2016
Steins;Gate 0 2016
Steins;Gate Elite 2019
Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram 2019
Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace 2019
Robotics;Notes DaSH 2020
Robotics;Notes Elite 2020

Chaos;Child is a horror mystery visual novel in the Science Adventure series developed by 5pb. It is a thematic sequel to Chaos;Head.

Key points

Chaos;Child's Steam library banner image contains a major story spoiler - view the game's library page at your own risk.
The original game release has several technical issues, such as broken lip sync and crashes when pausing right before voiced lines. See Improvement patch.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Visual Novel Database article
Kiri Kiri Basara - An English fan site and news resource for the Science Adventure series.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
DRM details are not known
Japan only.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Improvement patch[edit]

Install Chaos;Child Steam Patch
A general overall improvement patch that includes many fixes and improvements for translation, image and audio quality as well as an improved font and typography for the visual novel text.
  1. Extract the contents of the downloaded zip folder.
  2. Run CCPatch-Installer.exe. Note: the patch installer will play music.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\mages_dmm\CHAOS CHILD
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\mages_steam\CHAOS CHILD\eng
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/970570/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\mages_dmm\CHAOS CHILD
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\mages_steam\CHAOS CHILD\eng
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/970570/pfx/[Note 1]
System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Game must be started from launcher, which can't be navigated with a controller.
Controller remapping
Controller controls can be remapped in the launcher.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Has scrambled controls when Steam Input controller configurations are disabled.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate sliders for voices, music and sound effects with additional sliders for each individual character's voices.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Japanese

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 2.5.13.0

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) or higher
System memory (RAM) 4 GB or more (onboard GPU) or 3 GB (discrete GPU)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD 4000
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other Minimum resolution of 1280x720
Listed CPU and GPU requirements equate to Intel Core i5-3475S.
Despite the listed HDD requirement, the actual installation size after download is 8 GB.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/970570/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (970570) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References