A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

At some point in our lives, each one of us has been searching for that special place where we truly belong...

In a world where sea creatures live among us, your childhood friend Waldo has embarked on a worldwide adventure to exotic locales, and the two of you keep in touch via frequent letters. However, he has recently stopped writing and, upon realizing this, you decide to set out to try and find him.

Travel the world to visit exotic locales, and meet the locals at every stop on your quest to find Waldo. In the end, if you don't mess up, you might instead find something (and someone) you hadn't known you were looking for...

Whale's Waldo is a romantic Visual Novel game that was written, drawn, and coded in a month for NaNoRenO 2018. It features:

  • 30k+ words
  • Five distinct cities, with unique aquatic guys in each
  • 9 different endings and 18 unique achievements to unlock

In the game, you will depart from your home of New York City to visit the cities of Bodø, Norway; Anilao, Philippines; San Francisco, United States; and Colorado Springs, United States.

Stein the Sea Urchin, Octavio the Blue-Ringed Octopus, Leonard the Leaf Sheep Sea Slug, and Jacob the Great White Shark will be pleased to make your acquaintance at each location.

And with luck, you might find your friend Waldo, the Sperm Whale.

By Marine Dateologists; an international team of Visual Novel enthusiasts:

  • Project Manager and Writer (Stein)
    PMscenarios (itchio)
  • Lead Writer and Writer (Leonard) and Programmer
    Bob Conway (itchio)
  • Writer (Jacob) and General Artist
    Jaime Scribbles (itchio)
  • Writer (Octavio) and Sprite Artist (Waldo)
    CrouchingBacon (itchio)
  • Sprite Artist (Octavio and Jacob)
    Nimbusphoenix (tumblr)
  • Sprite Artist (Stein)
    Mado (itchio)
  • Sprite Artist (Leonard and Ms. Smith)
    Knickers PJ (tumblr)


Whale's Waldo 1.0 for Win & Linux 263 MB
Whale's Waldo 1.0 for Mac (untested) 246 MB

Install instructions

Download, unzip with a unpacker - like 7zip, run.

Some anti-viruses react to the archives in renpy projects. Let the program finish scanning the game, and it should open and run fine.


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does this game have image descriptions for blind access?

I'm blind it took me 2 years to learn how to use my devices independently. I love gaming but often there's not any or many accessible games I can find and play. I found this game underneath the blind accessibility filter on itch.io was just wondering since it doesn't say anywhere if there's  accessibility options on the game after you download it? 100% OK if there's not but I just wanted to ask before downloading. Even if it's not accessible I'll look for a let's play of it on YouTube so I can experience it that way as well. The game sounds amazing and I definitely do want to play or experience it in some way. Please reply when you can. Thank You!


There should be auto-voicing, if you hit the "v" key once the game is started. It should read all of the text to you. You can use the arrow keys to navigate and space bar (or enter) to confirm, and it will also read the item(s) you have selected.

Thank you so much! I appreciate your help. 


I think about this game every now and then, even though I played it years ago. Never expected a Nanoreno game to have such a big impact on me, seriously! This game was incredibly endearing and sweet, it just holds a special place in my heart. 

There's something about the adventure and sweet little connections of this game that my heart reaches out for. I probably unconsciously related to the main character. I want to take more chances and leaps of faith. I yearn to go out into the world, meet new people, and find happiness, though I feel held back due to...well, money haha, along with introvertedness and shyness. I'm not sure if your intention was to encourage people, but I remember this game was a huge encouragement for me and I really want to thank you for that. I'm tearing up just thinking about it! It's a good reminder to not give up on myself and my dreams. I will play this whenever I feel short-sighted, stuck and lost. 

You're a good writer and I am so grateful for you/your team! Thank you for this motivating and sweet journey that you've written. It'll be a visual novel out of hundreds that sticks out and stays close to my heart. 


Thank you for the kind words! The writing was a group effort by four writers that ended up meshing pretty well.

I'm glad you the game had such a positive impact on your life.


This is such a nice comment to read, and I'm so happy our silly little travelling adventure left an impact on you. <3

this is extremely cute

Thank you for playing!

My only complaints are in these two : I feel that Jacob's story are a bit rushed and there are some inconvinient repetition from MC's speech when they finally meet Waldo.

However, it has heartwarming ambiance thorough the characters and their particular dealings, also fun experience in discovering the achievements ^^

Thanks (once again) for the comments, and feedback.

We're glad you had an enjoyable time with the game.

You already know how much I loved your game (thanks to my article on gamejamcurator about it), but I hope you don't mind me saying it again: You created a sweet, emotional experience in my opinion. The characters had so many different backgrounds, that I was overwhelmed. It's always delightful for me when I can relate to some fictional character, because it rises my empathy for their behaviour. I'm really impressed with your work, please continue with that. <3

For all the others, who still trying to make up their mind if they want to try it, I created a full playthrough video of it. Maybe and hopefully it will help you to make the decision to play it. Also I have to say, that this game has nine endings overall, so that one is just one of many. :)

Best wishes,