Book Review: Eclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford

Eclairs and Present Danger is the first book in a new series by Laura Bradford, she is also the author of An Amish Mystery Series and the Tobi Tobias Mystery Series. While I’m not familiar with her Tobi Tobias books, I am familiar with her work from the Amish Mystery ones. I’ve thoroughly her Amish mysteries and had held high expectations to this new series, as the synopsis was by far deliciously intriguing.

We follow Winnie, the main protagonist as she tries to make her new Emergency Dessert Squad a hit in the town after her bakery was forced to close down. In the first chapters we see the murder transpire, and you are led to believe that we will watch this MC start amateur sleuthing her way to solving the death of her beloved friend. Alas, this whodunit was not meant to be, as there happened to be no mystery whatsoever in the pages until the very end.

Instead, we have her and her best friend, Renee, fighting over men and objectifying them to a point of absurdity. We also lose the mystery and the point of even trying to solve the murder for a very long time because of said above statement. The whole novel is composed of Winnie’s lack of being a grown adult when faced against a sixteen-year-old with jealousy issues. What’s even more irritating is Winnie is in her thirties and allowed the teenager to scold her over something extremely stupid.

The story mostly focuses on Winnie’s love life turmoil and how she fails at being an adult until the last two or three chapters of the novel, where we finally start to solve the murder. Overall, this was a disappointing story, and should not be marked as a cozy mystery. Instead, it should have been marketed as a chick-lit book with mild mystery elements. Sadly, this book gets 1.5 stars, the 1.5 being for the cat, Lovey, because Lovey was the only sane and honest character out of the whole tale.

Book Review: And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder

I’m quite frankly new to Eve Calder’s work, but I was not disappointed, as the world of Coral Cay came to life very easily along–with the colorful array of personalities that we get introduced to along the way. The cover is absolutely cute, and not only that, but we also have Oliver the poodle mix sitting in front of the store. Probably the second book with a dog named Oliver that I adore, ha-ha! Our MC has just left the big apple in hopes of starting her a new life and trying to forget the old.

With absolutely a lot of things seeming like they were falling apart; a stroke of luck lands her at The Cookie House–which is a place the doesn’t sell cookies… However, not even more than 24hours into her new job position does a murder occur, and the shop owner of The Cookie House is the one being accused. Kate and her new friends, along with the poodle-mix, Oliver all work together to solve the mystery of the murder and clear the name of the stubborn, but kind Cookie House owner.

Overall, the detailing for Coral Cay was well written, it wasn’t hard to find myself walking along the storefronts and seeing the beautiful ocean area that it’s housed upon. The characters were well rounded, especially the heroine, and her super ability to figure out your favorite cookie is quite a talent TBH. I enjoyed listening to this tale so much, and the mystery was actually one I couldn’t have solved without a couple of hints. It was an astonishing twist!

Eve Calder has a new fan! For the mystery, the storytelling, and the amazing cast that was written. I give this book five stars, especially because solving the mystery was definitely a big twist, and if you don’t read the passages carefully you will miss the culprit!

Audiobook Review: Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase

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“Cat Got Your Secrets” is the third book in the Kitty Couture Mystery series by Julie Chase, it was highly recommended on my cozy mystery lists, and it had very good reviews from other bookstagrammers I follow on IG. I had gone in with high expectations, as cozy mysteries are my steak and butter in the bookish world. Sadly, this novel was served with a cold dish of disappointment, as the mystery was rotted thoroughly to the core, due to the main character.

I went into this series blind, without having read the first two novels. This comes with the expectation that when a story is written well that the characters and the story itself, are easy to devour for anyone who is new to the series. Which has been proven time and again (for me at least) with other cozy mysteries, or fictional novels I’ve jumped into, without realizing that there were several books before the one I was reading.

However, the main character of this series repulsed me in a way that I couldn’t even see how she managed to keep her friends, family, or love interests in her life. The reasoning behind my disgust, is she is playing two men, when it’s obvious that they hold feelings for her, but she chooses to mess around on both. She also has a penchant to antagonize people, and personally do things that are obviously dangerous to her well-being. In several chapters she purposely ran after suspicious/dangerous characters, and knowingly provoked them with open arms and even almost got her family member killed in the process.

The way the MC also speaks and holds herself throughout the story was painstakingly difficult to get munch on, as she held herself more akin to a toddler who has uncontrollable fits versus being a thirty-some year-old woman with sound judgment. I found myself in utter confusion with how unstable she was with her emotions and actions; it wasn’t until the end of the novel that I felt some relief from her overall presence.

I feel awful for all her friends, love interests, and her mother in general. As this heroine is beyond selfish, emotionally unstable, and likes messing with people’s feelings, because she can’t figure how to stop acting like a child. I hate saying this, but this novel was so disappointing, the only great upside was that the narrator (Brittany Pressley), is an amazing narrator with such fluidity in her voice that I absolutely adored. She was worth listening to versus the story itself.

5 STARS FOR THE NARRATOR!!!

ARC: The Bride of Blackfriar’s Lane by Michelle Griep

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Thank you to Net Galley and the author for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Where to begin, as I never read the first book of the series, I was fairly impressed with how easy it was to understand the characters and their relationship to one another. I had actually thought this was a standalone novel, and it actually can be read that way, which brings me to the purely well written prose the author displayed in her novel. I am fairly new to Ms. Griep’s work, and this did not disappoint as a well written narrative with engaging characters that must work together to plan for a wedding whilst handling side missions.

It’s absolutely stunning to read a book with characters that balance one another so well and bring out the best in one another. With a perfect balance of mystery, romance, and twists–it makes the reader wonder if these two will make it to the altar at all.

I believe this has been the best romance novel I’ve read so far this year and I gladly and happily bestow it with a 4.5 out 5 stars. Magnificent storytelling Ms. Griep, I hope to be able to read more of our works!

ARC: Scotland’s Melody by: Katie Stewart Stone

Thank you, Net Galley and the author, for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

Where to start, I had seen this lovely novel presented on Instagram a few days ago and I had been elated to see it in Net Galley for an early ARC. I was over the moon about it, as the characters seemed to be strong, witty, and held well-written. I do not have a degree in how history is or was back in the era that this book is set in, so for a novice like me–I look for characters that will garner my attention and make me want to get to know them.

Katie Stone did an excellent job at writing the characters and their backgrounds, to fully fleshing them out by mid-way of the book. However, as I continued to love the flirtations between Melody and Cam, Melody pulled a doozy out of the left field, leaving me floored. The fact that she would make an accusation of such a nature and then further berate Cam into nothing, was repulsive, and the fact that he was willing to forgive her and be guilt-tripped by her own insecurities? That is not love, that’s manipulation and narcissistic behavior at its finest.

Melody continued to be manipulative, disguising it as being cute and flirty when I saw a weak and deranged young woman who used her wiles to manipulate a man she already knew had feelings for her. I couldn’t continue with the novel because this book just encourages narcissistic behavior in relationships, and I am not for that. With all that Melody hurled at Cam, he should have left her and never looked back–I honestly couldn’t even stomach how he easily forgave her for the despicable behavior after just dancing with her at a ball? Then Melody had the audacity to make ground rules while purposely flirting with him, and Cam accepted her terms after she legit accused him of something that shouldn’t be taken lightly while guilt-tripping him for days?

No, just no. That’s not romance, that’s not how it should ever work. I just–no. This book is not for me, and just a fair warning to others who do read the novel, we may have differing opinions, and you have the right to it–as I do to mine. I felt this novel could have been a major hit until that vapid and unnecessary scene. There was just no turning back or fixing a relationship with how she kept acting afterward, it just, you cannot treat people that way and tell them you love them. With the utmost respect to the author, this novel is given 2 stars, and the only reason for the two stars is for Elsie.

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Otomate Party 2022 Round of Announcements — Otome Kitten

The long-awaited comeback of OtoPa, “Otomate Party” was finally held today after two long years of hiatus (due to the pandemic). The event was held at Tokyo International (Hall A) exhibition center in Japan. During the event, Otomate announced six Otome Titles (two of which are ports of their previous games), cast information of their […]

Otomate Party 2022 Round of Announcements — Otome Kitten

Cozy Mystery Review: To Fetch a Felon

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I don’t even know where to begin with how much I loved this book! This is the first book in the series of ‘A Chatty Corgi Mystery’ by Jennifer Hawkin, and I am so glad I picked it up. In this novel we meet Emma (our main amateur sleuth), and her beloved Corgi, the ever faithful and strong protector, Oliver. After a few complications in her life occur, Emma moves from her big city life to live in a small town named Trevena to open up her own tea shop. After only being there for a few days, trouble brews as the owner of the building Emma had hoped to buy–is murdered after she had a bit of an unpredictable moment with Oliver running into the said owner’s garden and causing a ruckus.

I love cozy mysteries, not only do they mostly remain clean with their dialogue, but they also focus (usually) on the plot of the story and building the characters up as the mystery continues. Emma is an amazing heroine, she’s immediately someone a reader can relate to, and Oliver is the most adorable dog imaginable. I believe the author completely nailed the doggy’s personality, and also the other animals that happen to cross Emma and Olier’s path.

I truly enjoyed the mystery and solving the whodunit, as it did take a bit of going back and forth through the novel to figure out who the criminal(s) were. With the utmost happiness, this book deserves five out of five stars for it is one of the most entertaining books I’ve read this year. Hooah~!

ARC: Nocturne by Alyssa Wees

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Thank you, Net Galley and the author for giving me a chance to read this book in advance, in exchange for an honest review.

As a lover of both Beauty and the Beast, and The Phantom of the Opera, I feel this novel needs a bit more help with editing to drive the plot through properly. Many passages had too much information that did not invite the reader to form a proper idea of imagery or concept of characters. While elements of folklore from what felt to be Greek mythology appeared, I felt this added way too much when this book is being marketed as a retelling of Phantom of the Opera.

It was generally hard to keep pushing through this novel and get to the ending, as there needs to be more editing and talks about the actual theme of the novel. I found myself getting more lost, and not understanding what exactly I was supposed to care about when I couldn’t even get a firm grasp of what to even like about any of the characters. I believe this novel could very well make it higher in the ranks of YA if the author and editor re-read the novel and cut out a lot of excess imagery and marketed it to a younger audience.

Sadly, this novel lost its potential and grace somewhere about a 1/4 way into it, and I can only hope the author an editor take note to please make the plot clearer and more concise (AND PLEASE KILL YOUR DARLINGS).

RATING: 2/5 STARS

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ARC: A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder

The author gave me an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review, thank you Net Galley for giving me a chance to devour this book. The opinions are strictly my own.

Sadly, this is not going to be a happy and exciting one, as I found that while the book had magnificent prose to draw a reader into the fantastic world of Ms. Emmeline’s mission. It missed the mark on driving the plot through due to the mass amount of misandry coming from the main character. I am for standing up for equal rights and treatment of women and saving children, however–the unstable rage the character kept shoving at me as I tried to read the story was horribly unbearable.

I wanted to love this series, as I’ve loved Victoria Hamilton’s The Vintage Kitchen Series, but I couldn’t grasp how some of the passages were overkill–I found myself trying hard to finish to get to the end, and neither was it enjoyable to try and figure out the whodunit. Emmeline is a strong character, with a very well-written background for her to be an unlikely heroine–yet her manhating was extreme. She was constantly picking fights with random men, and somehow all the men were two-faced in the novel, including the KIND gentleman who is her childhood friend WHO LOVES HER.

With the utmost sadness, this book did not work well for me. I felt that there should have been more focus on proper character development and staying on point with the plot. The novel has potential, but I feel both writer and editor lost the purpose of the story as it felt that it was more directed to push something else that I felt was unnecessary.

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1/5 Stars ★

Tales from the Nook: My Bloody Valentine

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As we roll into August, the dark and horror gamer part of myself starts to peek out from the shadows. Peering out to see if it’s her time to parade around the blog and other social media outlets to speak about dark fairytales, creepy characters, terrifying novels, and nightmare fuel games. Welcome to the side of Gray’s Otome and Visual Novel Corner that focuses on both VN and Cozy Nook aspects of Gray’s Otome & VN Corner.

Where suspense, thrillers, and horror games take over. While some otome games meet the creepy aspect of the horror criteria, it’s rare… depending on what game you’ve gotten into your hands. Before we proceeded, I’d like to say thanks to Kelly from Another Book in the Wall Blog for making these Halloween themed prompts!

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Reader beware, these visual novels aren’t for those who want romance flair, these are for those who dare to face their darkest nightmares.  

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IF YOU AREN’T A HORROR FAN PLEASE CHECK OUT MY OTHER BLOGS, AND SOME OF THE CONTENT IN THIS ENTRY WILL HAVE UNCOMFORTABLE GIFS AND BLOOD.

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.

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Tales from the Nook is a blog series where I talk about horror/thriller related content and explain my love for the genre and the media that orbits around it. When we think horror, we usually think of creatures, murderers, or perhaps, a supernatural entity. However, one of the more scarier aspects of horror, in my book, is when the monster is a human–and they happen to be either your lover or an obsessed friend or acquaintance. 

Bloody Valentines are not anything someone would want to receive as a gift on such a romantic day, yet that hasn’t stopped horror or thriller creatives from taking a spin on the holiday. In today’s blog I’m going to talk about games and media that focus on a darker look into romantic affairs. Reader beware, there will be Yanderes in here. 

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.。*゚+.*.。Natsume from Ephemeral ~Fantasy On Dark~.。+..。*゚+

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Okay everyone, if you’ve played Ephemeral, you’ll be introduced to the somewhat bizarre and Yandere crazy boy, up here. Natsume is the Bizarro-Type Yandere where he wants to cut you up and savor those pieces of you for his own weird ass devices. He is a unique character and deserves to be on this list of Bloody Valentines especially if you’re looking for the creepy/horrifying aspect of an otome game. He takes the cake alongside Kanato Sakamaki from Diabolik Lovers. 

If you’re not familiar with Yandere types, check out the link above and get more incite on what kind of crazy you may be facing in a game. While this man is a love interest, he still gives off the perfect vibes of creepy induced lover who will chop you up if you cheat. So be wary XD!

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.。*゚+.*.。Ukyo from Amnesia: Memories of No One.。+..。*゚+

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I can go on and on about Ukyo from Amnesia, but he deserves to be on this list as well of Bloody Valentines. In most of your Bad Endings from the game, Ukyo is involved with the incidents that end up killing you or even himself. The fact is this dude is several different Yandere types in one, and having the Jekyll and Hyde attribute doesn’t help his case of crazy. While he can be a cinnamon roll in his Jekyll form, his Mr. Hyde persona is definitely the one you need to run away from-FAST. 

A bloody valentine with both romance and terror, this character takes the cake and all the toppings as he not only loves you to death, he is more than happy to die for you and with you. 

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.。*゚+.*.。Kenshin Uesagi from Ikemen Sengoku.。+..。*゚+

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Kenshin Uesagi was recently introduced to me this year, and I’m gonna say he is a very very interesting Yandere type. He truly does love you, and he has similarities to Toma from Amnesia, but unlike Toma, this man is willing to do the work of killing anyone who harms you just like Yuno Gasai from Mirai Nikki. He’s a passionate fellow, and his route was more about dissecting his psyche and how he has become the way he is. 

Make no mistake, Kenshin is someone hard to love and it takes a lot of patience and yelling at him (yes, you can go head to head with the man and still have all your body parts intact) to get him to calm down and see through your perspective. What I do love about Kenshin is that he loves hard, his loyalty is fierce, but his sword is always ready to take down those who wish to do harm to his friends and loved ones. 

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.。*゚+.*.。Lawrence from Dangerous Fellows.。+..。*゚+

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Okay, Lawrence is a straight up psycho… I’m not joking, LMAO. When we first meet Lawrence in Dangerous Fellows, I didn’t even realize he was a yandere until a bit later into his route, he was hidden deceptively well. Which is what makes his route more insane as you realize that the true danger was never the zombies outside, it is the people you decide to let into your personal space and befriend. 

Lawrence, is a mix of two Yandere types, but I can say he is on par with Yuno from Mirai Nikki just because of how demented he got. I;m trying not to spoil too much, but he isn’t someone for the faint of heart, and if you’re open to romancing a very Hannibal Lecter-type mastermind, check out Lawrence and buckle down. He’s a doozie. 

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.。*゚+.*.。Jisoo from Dandelion: Wishes Brought to You.。+..。*゚+

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Jisoo… Hmm… In his ‘good’ routes he’s more like the Tsundora, and I didn’t hold a candle to his character as I don’t really like Tsundere or Oresama types. However, in certain routes in Dandelion some of the characters bad endings get very Yandere–be advised if you aren’t a fan of Yandere endings then I recommend you look elsewhere. Otherwise, if you’re a horror and thriller fan like me, this is up your alley. Jisoo’s ending was more of the classic type of Yandere vibe that I tend to like and while there is another who can be on par with Jisoo, I preferred his bad ending. 

Looking for a Bloody Valentine with a bit more of a classic Yandere feel? Jisoo is your man XD… Uh cat-man? Nekomimi? Nevermind…

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.。*゚+.*.。The Boyfriend by R.L. Stine.。+..。*゚+

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Some people are probably rolling their eyeballs right now with the mention of seeing R.L. Stine on here, and others are probably rejoicing the nostalgia of it. When I first read The Boyfriend, I wasn’t expecting it to go out the way it did, I wasn’t a movie goer of stalker or obsessive love type horror just yet. So this, this book and another one that is mentioned beneath this one took the flaming torch and ran with it. 

The Boyfriend is a chilling portrayal of what happens when liking someone becomes more of an obsession, and when heartbreak isn’t taken lightly. 

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.。*゚+.*.。The Girlfriend by R.L. Stine.。+..。*゚+

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The Girlfriend is another stalker/obsessed lover horror book that is created by R.L. Stine and the obsession this girl had… JFC. When you read the story, I did feel bad for the main character a little bit… Only a little as he shouldn’t have been doing what he did in the book in the first place. In some cases, I could say, you reap what you sow, but the lady took it to the extreme and that’s where you feel the fear seep in for the character. 

This book is a the flip side of The Boyfriend, and is a good adaptation of when obsession goes too far and the wrath of a woman scorned. 

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.。*゚+.*.。The Cheater by R.L. Stine.。+..。*゚+

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This book is more of two lessons in one, one don’t cheat your way out of a test and two, don’t make deals to go on dates with shady characters who will blackmail you. The Cheater is definitely one of the few books that scared the living heck outta me and drilled into my head to not cheat on tests or in any other academics or sports. While in the book the main heroine makes a deal with the devil, she doesn’t realize exactly what she has gotten herself into. 

Compared to The Boyfriend and The Girlfriend novels from R.L. Stine’s stalker/obsessed lover horror writings, this one terrifies me a bit more–considering people do cheat at times in real life, and someone is… always watching. 

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When the times get crazy, you need some crazy people, and one or two maybe level headed people to lead the crew of misfits through the apocalypse. To be honest, some of these protagonists can be considered people I look up to, as they’ve proven themselves to have true grit and also integrity to what they believe in. Which is why I would pair up with them, even if we may split ways for a bit and then come back together again for the final showdown of the raging storms of zombies coming at us. 

Thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

VisUal Novel News #4 (It’s HALLOWEEN in The Newsroom!)

Hello Otomelandians and VNtopians, and welcome to a Visual Novel News blog post, where I present games that have come onto my radar that are new, updated, or are games that have already come out, but they have additional content releases coming soon. I’m always trying to find the latest visual novel game content and news, and decided I would share the news I find with everyone who visits my blog as well!

I’ll do my best to inform everyone about all types of visual novel media, from indie to MSM in these posts! Now, without further ado, in today’s blog we have a wide array of games to present, I do hope that you check out these games and give the demos a try.

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This game releases October 27!

Read my previous review on this game demo!


The small mining town of Bataille, Missouri has been cordoned off from the outside world for six months. The inhabitants have no idea why. All they know is that ever since the so-called “Contingency,” planes no longer fly overhead, strange creatures have been glimpsed beyond the perimeter, and large mechanical towers will gun down anyone who tries to escape. As you–Sheriff Erika Wright–search for the truth, you must listen to the advice of a serial killer, mingle with extreme conspiracy theorists, and negotiate with vampires.

Your struggle to protect the people of Bataille will uncover startling secrets and forge unlikely alliances. Eventually, you must choose a partner in your quest to unveil the mysteries around you.


Amidst the horrors facing Bataille, romance can blossom with the partner in whom you trust. This epic story contains four distinct story branches with Julian, Maddy, Liam, or August. Each branch reveals unique secrets about the mysteries of the towers and a chance to find love.

  • Choose your partner to investigate Bataille and forge a romantic bond
  • Hear select scenes with a rich cast of English voice actors
  • Experience the environment of Bataille in 3D
  • Explore select 3D interiors
  • Unlock unique secrets and adventures in four distinct story branches
  • Listen to a lengthy, dynamic soundtrack by developer and composer Jenny Gibbons
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Releasing October 13th!

Rage Gets Things Done

Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Heart of the Forest throws you deep into a primeval wilderness in the center of modern Europe. It’s where the protectors of nature wage their ancient, neverending war against the forces of destruction.

You play as Maia, who comes to Poland hoping to trace her family roots. Trying to learn more about her ancestry, she will discover her family’s dark secrets and reveal hidden truths about the last wilderness of Central Europe.

Visit real-world places of mystery and power. Explore local legends and traditions. Discover the fascinating world and history of the Polish-Belarusian borderlands. You will witness how nature clashes with technology and greed. Can it survive without our help?

Discover the Legendary RPG System

For the first time ever, you will be able to experience Werewolf: The Apocalypse on your computer.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Heart of the Forest adapts the mechanics of the legendary title from the World of Darkness universe, emulating the experience of a classic role-playing session.

  • An immersive narrative that can measure up to the best mystery novels.
  • Beautiful, distinctive collage art that combines hand-illustrated characters with pictures of real places to inspire your imagination.

By making tough choices that often bring dramatic consequences, you will affect your character attributes: Rage, Willpower, and Health. This impacts your ability to perform certain actions as well as change the range of available choices and the presentation of the world. The game will analyze your behavior and determine what kind of werewolf you are.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest is a beautifully written, deep, and balanced experience. It’s tailored for World of Darkness veterans and newcomers looking for an accessible entry into this rich, acclaimed universe.

They teach you to fear rather than to be angry, but fear solves nothing.
Anger is there for a reason, to shield and protect you.
Anger is the part of you that cares.

Rage gets things done.

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One day, a young chef Raylan and his mentor went together to the mountains to gather ingredients. Little did they know that they would encounter a heavy thunderstorm, and a hostile scouting party. In order to escape pursuit by the enemy, Raylan ran for his life in the mountain forest. Soon afterwards, lightning started a fire around an area, and he stumbled upon a large hole in a tree. Inside, he encountered a mysterious girl in a deep sleep who resembled Sleeping Beauty, but before he could wake her up to find out what happened to her, everything turned black for some reason…


◆ Many branching paths with more than ten endings for players to discover
◆ Simple and intuitive plot branching system, where the story progresses differently depending on the choices made
◆ Uses Live2D artwork sprites to bring an immersive lifelike experience
◆ High-definition exquisite original background scenes and CGs
◆ Original theme song and BGM by well known producers project lights and SakuraGame
◆ Full voice acting for the main heroine
◆ Multiple languages supported


Raylan Monroe:
A young chef. When he was small, he followed his mentor who is renowned chef Mr. Cook to start a business in the new continent after crossing the ocean. He had always helped out as an assistant chef at Mr. Cook’s restaurant. If he hadn’t bumped into Yella who called herself a vampire in that stormy weather, he might have continued to lead a simple life…
——「Never mind. As long as one can survive, there is always a way.」


Yella Lester: (CV 佐倉杏)
A vampire who has lived for so long she can’t even remember her age. She came to the new continent in a ship filled with settlers when the new continent was first discovered. She claimed to have accumulated countless wealth, and even possessed supernatural powers far beyond the capacities of any ordinary human. As long as she had Raylan to accompany her, this new world would certainly be an interesting experience for her even though three hundred years have passed…
——「I’m well prepared for all eventualities. Now that I have you, we shouldn’t have any major problems.」

English subtitles by woosk from Visual novel, JRPG, Anime and partner website Sinical Network.

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(STEAM)

ABOUT THIS GAME

A visual novel about a man experiencing his family relationships through a state of compressed time.
In Throw Me in the River, each scene takes place 20 years apart and examines the state of Joseph’s life in Canada at that time through conversations he has with his various family members.

Key Features:

  • A captivating story about personal family relationships and regrets with a sci fi twist
  • High resolution art with detailed, expressive characters and a cinematic flair
  • Choices that shape who the characters are and how they are regarded in the world of the game
  • Galleries containing developer commentary on each scene giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an indie game
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(STEAM)

IxShe Tell is a Japanese-style visual novel produced by Hooksoft, a Japanese developer of romance VNs.
It was a runner-up for the 2018 Moe Game Awards.


MATURE CONTENT DESCRIPTION

The developers describe the content like this:

Adult content includes a few illustrations with mild nudity, characters in swimsuits, kissing, and dialogue that contains sexual jokes and implications.
Characters enter a sexual relationship that is not shown on screen, but acts of which are brought up in conversation.
Also, every appearing character is over 18 years old.

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(STEAM)


The hero of this novel is having strange dreams. They seem to be so real that they look like pieces of another life of some kind. He also is writing his own novel and dreams about publishing it someday. But meeting this mysterious girl has changed everything. The hero will have to tear through the plot intricacies, find his love and make a hard and inconclusive choice, having the toughest victory – victory over himself.

  • An exciting and atmospheric story
  • Beautiful author’s music
  • 25 Colorful backgrounds
  • 12 Amazing arts
  • 4 Main endings
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(Itch.io)

Our Secret Below Returns to Itch


I’m so happy to be uploading Our Secret Below to Itch again! Due to storage space issues, I was unable to have the full game build available here but the wonderful team at itch has granted more storage space for this title!

To celebrate OSB’s return to itch and Halloween, I am placing Our Secret Below on sale for $9.89!

I hope you have a great time with it and be sure to check out my other games along with Kohate launching October 15th!

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(Itch.io)

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.

Features:

– 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. 

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(Itch.io)

!!NEWS UPDATE!!

Black Heaven:
A Necromantic Dating Sim

In Black Heaven, you’re a former scholar and one of the last survivors of a plague that’s destroyed the world you used to know. 

After nearly succumbing to the disease, your life is saved by a mysterious necromancer named No-Eyes, who offers you the chance to escape death forever and relive your past. All he asks are the souls of your former classmates:

  • Ru, your shy but brilliant tutor
  • Lyse, the fiery, sharp-witted debutante 
  • Izagi, the idealistic and stoic martial artist

As you return to the ruined academy where you spent your happiest days, you’re haunted by the pleasant memories of your old friends, and the line between memory and madness becomes dangerously blurred.

Read the First New Chapter for Free!


As mentioned in our last update, we’re releasing new monthly chapters that continue the story of Black Heaven! If you’ve been dying to know more about the game’s grinning necromantic antagonist, now’s your chance!

The chapter released today introduces one of the key game mechanics and ends with the protagonist making a fateful deal with No-Eyes, the mysterious necromancer who was last seen stealing their organs…

Let us know what you think in the comments! We’d love to hear your feedback.

The next new chapter should be roughly 30 minutes long and feature more scenes with Ru, Izagi, and Lyse, so stay tuned!

If you don’t already, follow the game on itch.io and the Occult Triangle Lab @TriangleLab!

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(Itch.io)

Devlog 02 + Revamped Demo


Hello everyone! This October, we’re back with some big announcements!

Remastered demo!

Valentyne Stories Necromancy’s demo finally got an update! The previous one was getting old, after all! Wanini and Nyanshua gave it the polish it needed to make it match with the rest of the story!

Among the new features, you will find:

  • New interface
  • The option to change the font size <- one of your suggestions
  • The OpenDyslexic option for dyslexic players
  • The “sensitive soul” option, which allows you to blur the morbid scenes in the game
  • An “extra” menu that will allow you to access the demo’s background music
  • Revamped sprites
  • Entirely new illustrations (e.g. the three bedrooms)
  • The professional English translation that we couldn’t offer you before the Kickstarter campaign!

This is perhaps the most important part of the new demo: English speakers will now be able to experience the game with a new translation that’s more accurate to the original and is also nicer to read.

Regarding the sprites, a sample is worth a thousand words, so here’s the modifications that were made to Ilyes’.


Much closer to his full-bodied design!

We are really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on all of these changes (especially the translation!!), so don’t be afraid to let us know what you think! It’s always a pleasure to hear from our supporters!

Online store

>>> Access to the store <<<

And in order to thank all the people who pre-ordered the game, all the 35€ and higher pledges will be granted a 20% discount code on their first purchase. However, please be informed that this discount code will only be available until November 5th! You have to message us on Kickstarter to redeem your coupon code.

Some of our products are available as pre-orders and some are in limited quantities. In case you missed the Kickstarter campaign or couldn’t buy an add-on that caught your attention, now’s the chance! However, we’re going to warn you once again: the hoodie won’t be reprinted after the pre-orders end! This is your last chance to get it! (Pre-orders will be closed on November 5th as well)

Inktober

For October, Wanini is going to have some surprises in store on her social media. Follow her for exclusive illustrations of the game’s characters on:

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook 

(And wish her good luck. The challenge is very daunting!!)

With all of that said, see you next time!

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(Itch.io)

NEWS UPDATE!!

The Witch in the Forest is about a young woman who lives in the forest and is mystified by all things magical and natural. One day, however, she meets another young woman living deep in the forest- a real witch!

 Twitter ♥  Discord Server  ♥  Instagram


The Witch in the Forest (TWITF) is centered around Fidelia, a somewhat introverted and socially awkward girl who stumbles upon Jastiline’s house one day and befriends her. It’s a short, 12,000+ word NVL/ADV-style kinetic novel about their lives as they prepare for their favorite holiday, Halloween! This visual novel was made in about 20 days for the Yuri Game Jam 2017.

Art, Writing, and Programming:

MikomiKisomi

Music:

Alyx

Background Photos:

Unsplash

Sound Effects:

SoundImage and FreeSound

Thank you to my beta testers and everyone else who helped me whether it was advice, tips, or whatnot!

Last Major Update Released!


The final major update for The Witch in the Forest is now here! This last update overhauls the GUI, features a new ending CG, and has additional small improvements. The artbook has also been graphically redone and features some new art, so if you previously purchased it, download the new version (and thank you for supporting us)!

If you enjoyed the game, consider joining our Discord or signing up for our newsletter to receive updates first on our upcoming games!

It’s been a hectic but great 3 years since The Witch in the Forest originally released. So last but not least… thank you for being here with us for it!

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(Itch.io)

Your stepmom has given you an ultimatum; you must find a girlfriend and move out of her house within 30 days, or else face the consequences!

Your potential love interests include Mari, a babysitter and college student hired by your stepmom; Shawna, your domineering, no-nonsense boss; and Alexis, a personal trainer from your local gym. All three women have their own ideas about what to do with you and dating is the last thing on their minds …

Your New Life is a dating simulator. We wanted to make a dating sim featuring the kind of adult content we liked to see and create, so Your New Life is all about female domination and different fetishes. It features:

  • 21 high quality CG images.
  • Amazing looking artwork throughout, from backgrounds to sexy-pin ups for each love interest.
  • 3 different dominant women, each with their own individual storylines and changing character models.
  • 4 endings.
  • 4 different outfits for you to unlock and wear. See how each love interest responds to you while you wear them!
  • Lots of humiliating dialogue.

All fetishes depicted are intended purely as fantasy and should not be taken seriously. This game contains frank sexual terminology and depictions of various fetishes, including forced infantilism, female domination, small penis humiliation, forced feminisation and petplay. Actions involving ejaculation are also written about openly. You’re welcome to play the game but please respect other people’s kinks and be aware of the game’s content if you object to these acts being featured.

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(Itch.io)

What if the monsters in the haunted house weren’t just wearing a costume…?

By accident, Dori stumbles across the monstrous secret behind popular haunted house, the Were|House – and then they get roped into working alongside the crew on Halloween night! 
A job’s a job, right? But will Dori make it through three days of hard work preparing for the big night – and will they grow closer to any of the monsters…?

    • ▷ Were|House is a comedic visual novel with dashes of romance!
    • ▷ Overall word count of just under 40,000 words! A single playthrough takes under two hours, and there are three routes to pursue: werewolf Cormac, kelpie Morag, and gorgon Esseth ♡
    • ▷ Our protagonist Dori is renameable, and you can choose from she, he, and they for pronouns!
    ▷ 6 spectacular unique CGs, and beautiful custom sprites!

▷ Free during all of October!

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(Itch.io)

Synopsis:

“I know every nook and cranny of this place.”
“All you have to do is listen to my voice and do exactly as I say.”
“As long as you trust me, you’ll find your way around.”

Such are the words of the mysterious voice who talks to you through a radio.  It wants to guide your path as you traverse a dilapidated hospital in the middle of the night. Your objective: to reach Room 521, and meet the patient awaiting for you there.

But this is not an ordinary hospital: it is a place forgotten by the world, where people come to die. And you’re not the only living being lurking its halls. Will you reach Room 521 in one piece? Who is the mysterious voice guiding you through the radio? And can you really trust them?

Just remember: never turn the radio off.

Description:

“radio.Signal” is a horror-themed Visual Novel about traversing a hospital in the dark, guided only by the voice of a friend through a radio. Across the 5 floors that separate you from your goal, you’ll have a chance to explore, make good and bad calls, learn more about your past and the voice talking to you, and maybe encounter a being that is not of this world.

You are free to listen to the voice and follow their instructions. Just remember, when the time comes, that you can MUTE him and choose a different path.

Features:

  • Explore a decaying hospital in the middle of the night.
  • Meet and avoid horrors within its halls.
  • Make friends, or enemies, with a helpful companion across the radio.
  • Different choices with different results, some good and some bad.
  • A fully-voiced and narrated experience.
  • 7 endings:
    • 2 main endings.
    • 4 dead ends.
    • 1 surprise ending, unlocked after seeing them all
  • A  spoiler-free walkthrough has been added, in case anybody has trouble.
  • Averages 1 hour of length.
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(Itch.io)

⚠️ CONTENT WARNING: ANIMAL DEATH, BODY HORROR ⚠️

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Once upon a time, a scarecrow stood on a farm. Her existence was a simple one, observing the people who lived there and scaring off the birds. Even when the people had gone and the farm was left barren, she had no wants or needs. How could she?

After countless years of not seeing another soul, a strange woman shows up and gives the scarecrow newfound life. The woman tells her that she has a task for her: grow some plants, and in exchange, she’ll free her from the farm. Fail, and she’ll go back to being a normal scarecrow.

Scarecrow tends to the plants as directed, unsure of what else to do, and spends her nights walking aimlessly. In time, she meets a kind lion and a mischievous rabbit that bring companionship to her empty days. Maybe this new situation isn’t so bad after all?

But the plants are growing a little too well, becoming a bit too lively… Scarecrow can only wonder what this feeling is inside of her that’s telling her to run.

  • 7 CGs total (4 Mini CGs)
  • 4 Endings
  • 16.2k Words
  • Original Soundtrack
  • Original, Dynamic Background Art
  • Voice Effects
  • Font Toggle
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(Itch.io)

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here fishy fishy f̵̥͘͠i̷̱͉͋͑s̵͙̈͘h̵͖̅y̶̜͘

You didn’t want to go to the aquarium. 

You don’t like aquariums. 

They freak you out.

But it’s Monica’s birthday, and everyone else is going, and besides – it’s all in your head. 

Right?

A story about friends, enemies, acceptance, and the monsters waiting for us in the deep blue void. 

Features: 

  • 15-20 minute story
  • 583 unique hand drawn sea animals
  • original soundtrack
  • sharks
  • “sharks”
  • a hyperactive zoomer
  • sparkling water (flavors: cherry, grapefruit, citrus)
  • 4 unique  f̶͙͈͕̾ǐ̸̢͉̹͇̕ʎ𝐬𝓗 𝕄𝕆几𝐬T(˥ʎ ᙠe̶͕̰̥̹̊̐m̴̭̋̽̚̚Ѳψㄣ

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**Please note that this game contains the following elements**

  • psychological horror related to feelings of anxiety
  • body horror for humans and animals
  • loud noises

This game does not contain jumpscares, but does feature visuals that some players may find disturbing. 

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(Itch.io|Steam)

Beyond Eden” spin-off “Beyond Eden: Dear Edward” is a Boys Love Raising Sim centered on Edward, the callow young aristocrat from the previous game. Follow Edward’s progress as he moves to London staggering under a pile of debt, strives to pay it off and surprisingly find love along the way.

Raise a naive young aristocrat

After racking up a huge amount of gambling debt, Edward seeks means to repay it while struggling to discover true love and what he wants to do with his life. But he has only one year to accomplish all this.
How he spends that precious time depends on you, the player.
Decide what Edward learns, who he spends time with, and thereby the course of his life.

Enjoy sweet, sweet romance

Edward can pursue romantic relationships with two characters. 

Alex Wake

The protagonist of “Beyond Eden”, Alex is a handsome businessman and popular socialite. Edward was smitten by him at first sight, but they remain mere acquaintances. The animosity between the Wakes and the Edenics is just one obstacle that he must overcome to win Alex’s heart. 

Francis Taylor 

Francis Taylor is a shy, gentle young man and Edward’s boarding school roommate. Unbeknownst to Edward, Francis had romantic feelings for him since they were boys. But to Edward, Francis was someone to avoid because he was involved in an incident that got Edward expelled. A rather unlucky young man prone to get entangled in undesirable circumstances, Edward can choose to continue ignoring Francis or offer help.

Limited features in the demo

– The demo consists of the prologue portion of the full version.
– The demo does not provide sexual contents. But, two links are found on the main menu that connect to full games with Adult-only content. (“Beyond Eden”, “Beyond Eden: Dear Edward”)

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(Itch.io)

A short story about a band, their junky, broken down van, an abandoned house, and a surprisingly lively dead dog.

FEATURES:

  • Combined total of 25+ unique, hand-drawn BGs and CGs
  • Dozens of character expressions
  • Four (4) dumb musicians
  • A mushroom zombie
  • One very good (ghost) boy

NOTES & WARNINGS:

Content warning for profanity, cartoon violence, bones and other mentions of death, loud noises, and kinda gross monsters.

Play Dead! is a visual novel created in a month for the Spooktober 2nd Annual Visual Novel Jam!

This is a kinetic novel, so there are no choices to make or alternate endings to unlock. Just sit back and enjoy the story.

This is also a horror/comedy story, and for the most part, isn’t all that much scarier than your average episode of Scooby-Doo. For the most part.

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(Itch.io)

A trio of young hearts take a break from the stresses of visual novel development with a Halloween party. However, things quickly get heated after some horror stories and… somehow you accidentally hex your childhood friend, Lilia!

Embark on a journey with brash and impatient Irma, to save Lilia before time runs out…

Will you be able to realize your true feelings and find love along the way?

  • Around 10,000 words
  • 5 possible endings, based on your choices
  • 4 CGs
  • Original art and High quality UI
  • Cute girls!
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(Itch.io)

Wings begin to emerge, breaking the cycle of feeling stagnant
Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on situations
That the caterpillar never considered, ending the internal struggle

Kendrick Lamar – Mortal Man

You’re a private taxi driver.
You receive reservations.
reach the pick-up point.
and then drive your clients toward their destination.

Tonight, you have to take a girl to a hotel.
But who is she?
Why is she going there?

**Warning: this game deals with strong themes not suitable for children.**

  

Asobi is a simpler take on our approach to Visual Novels.
Our aim was to develop a more focused and linear story
with the observational approach from Beyond Your Window,
and the theme of memories from Reverie.

Additionally, Asobi is inspired mainly by the movies of
Tsukamoto Shinya and Kon Satoshi,
and is dedicated to the latter in honour of the 10th anniversary of his death.

With this project we don’t intend to offend or hurt anyone.
Our only intention is to tell a story, and not give a moral lecture.

We truly hope you’ll like the simplicity
and all the feelings and ideas we wanted to convey
with this story.

  

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(Itch.io)

Pick up the pieces of a broken community through the power of Radio! Radio Town is a narrative adventure about a forgotten town in the wake of massive societal upheaval. Play as Khalid, a vagabond-turned-DJ trying to reboot the local community radio station and rebuild a lost community full of colorful characters and challenging story arcs.

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(Itch.io)

Balance of Power is a romance based visual novel, set at a University in a world where everybody has a ‘power’.

Uncover secrets and deal with magical mishaps alongside 7 pursuable characters, each with their own hardships to deal with.

What’s harder than trying to adapt to University life with none of your old friends to support you? Doing that exact thing at a University where everyone has their own individualized power, even if they are usually more mundane than ‘super’.

Join the protagonist as they settle into undergraduate life at ‘The University of Waterford’. Help them to meet new people, make new friends and solve problems both personal and magical in nature.

Maybe even find love?

P.S It seems like there’s a dangerous individual about. Make sure to stay safe.

  • Ability to play as any gender + choice of pronouns. 
  • 7 characters, available to romance or befriend.
  • Different story for each pair of characters. No need to re-read the same plot beats over and over.
  • Demo that’s 30k words long, with the full game expected to be over 100k.
  • A mix of comedy, drama, romance and terrible puns.
  • The chance to be a mafia boss?
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(Itch.io)

‘Bloom for me’ is about two young girls and their struggles to cope with the world around them.

This game does not contain any jumpscares.

Story, scripting, and UI by m.    (twitter)

Artwork by Azuremia.    (website)

Backgrounds by West of Entropy.   (twitter)   (itch)

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(Itch.io)

“Safira thought she had hit her lowest point after her “newfound” sister starts to create drama at school. But once she invites her aspiring friends to a slumber party she realizes that danger awaits her only one digit away.”

A short Visual Novel that uses horror as a narrative device to touch on topics such as bullying, troublesome family relations and the importance of friendship.

This game contains 3 different endings, your choices will determine which ending you’ll get.

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(Itch.io)

Zerlinda was a child when she escaped the witch trials that robbed her of her mother. She has lived as a recluse ever since, enjoying her garden and the company of her familiar.

When an intruder manages to breach the barriers around her woods, Zerlinda realizes just how deep her scars run and how fragile her inner peace is.

Also, the intruder is a princess.

A strong-willed princess who refuses to be married off and wants to live just like Zerlinda does: freely.

Characters

Zerlinda embraces being a witch of the wilds, and enjoys delicacies like moss infusions and pickled flower bulbs. She has a soft spot for owlets—her familiar regularly uses this fact to his advantage.

Eugenie Priscilla Raisa is the eleventh in line for the throne, but she thinks of her royal blood as an inconvenienceHer days in the palace were spent listening to wandering bards and minstrels while avoiding the etiquette intructor.

Spoon has been Zerlinda’s familiar for decades. He uses a glamour to make himself look like a tiny round owlet; his cute appearance lets him get away with almost anything.

Features

  • A branching narrative of 20k words with 5 endings
  • Manage Zerlinda’s rage or watch her succumb to her nightmares
  • wlw slice-of-life story with a magic twist for Spooktober 2020
  • Beautiful character art and CGs by sourFlowr
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The Kosmos Connections Demo is available on Itch.io and Steam!

[Support the Kickstarter]

Kosmos Connections is two Visual Novels in one: the first is a slice-of-life story all about reconnecting with old friends and forming new connections, while the second is a science-fiction short story that is integrated into the first. 

As a whole, Kosmos Connections explores the concepts of perspective, empathy, and the desire to know the truth. There is some romance within the game, but that’s not what it is about. This is a “connection game” where the focus is on creating bonds (or connections) between characters, romantic or otherwise.

This story aims aims to cover an experience that is rooted in the life of college-aged Americans, giving a fresh perspective to a cast of characters trying to figure out their place in this world.

Through the connections you make and share, we hope you will come to understand the residents of Kosmos.

The demo features:

  • A 16,000+ word script (90-120 minutes to complete)!
  • Introductions to all the main characters in Kosmos Connections
  • Chapter 1 of Uplink Alethia
  • Beautiful character & background art from 5 different artists over 2 distinct styles
  • 11 originally composed music tracks
  • 3 CG scenes
  • Voice acting in important scenes

Kosmos Connections

Welcome Back to Kosmos!

After being gone for eight years, Adelfos (the player) returns with his sister Runia to spend the last week of winter vacation in their hometown of Kosmos. Upon arrival, Adelfos meets up with his childhood friend, Tau Theta, who soon convinces him and her new friend Jennavieve Caeda into becoming testers for her visual novel – Uplink Alethia. However, as the group plays more of Tau’s game, the more her reason for creating it become increasingly questionable…

 Uplink Alethia

 Kazuhira Hatanaka is  the man behind the Soul Uplink, a machine that uploads people’s souls  to a digital world called the Datascape. However, when his assistant Nona runs the first test, it all goes wrong. She finds something in the Datascape  that shouldn’t be there; something that gave her a sense of loss…

Will you be able to connect with those in the town of Kosmos and find a deeper meaning from within Uplink Alethia, or will you instead continue to take the world at its face value.

Below are the character bios for Uplink Alethia!

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 [Kickstarter]

EVOLUTION – Versicorae Domlion

  •  Hybrid between a 90s inspired RPG and a Visual Novel
  •  10 hours of gameplay. 
  • Experience the connection between five different stories set in May 1938. 
  • System based on riddles and turn based fights against horrible creatures. 
  • Gloomy pixel art and hand-drawn graphic.

EVOLUTION – Versicorae Domlion is a hybrid horror video game between a Visual Novel and a RPG.

The player will have the opportunity to experience five stories, different depending on the character chosen, to finally compose a single greater story. To advance, you will have to find out why Cathrine, Michael, Arthur and Anne were chosen by the mysterious Alexis and help them resolve their inner conflicts.

The game offers, in addition to the rich storyline, the opportunity to visit the city of Gris to get to know its inhabitants, enhance the skills of each individual hero and to face dungeons guarded by fearsome monsters.

N.b. Due to the violent content and topics covered, this product is recommended only to an audience with an age of 18 or more.

Game’s release is planned for STEAM (Windows) only at the moment. Different platforms will be added depending on the campaign’s results.

The game will be developed in two languages, English and Italian. Other localizations will be realized by unlocking the Stretch Goals. (More info at the bottom)

Characters

The inhabitants of the town of Gris cherish many wishes. Dreams that each individual would like to fulfill to achieve their own happiness.

One day, thanks to the will of a single man, they will finally have a chance to take shape… But not all of them will turn into beautiful flowers.

Alexis Nemoria 

The protagonist, or maybe the villain, of this story. Thanks to a magical book, his great curiosity was able to twist the life of the other heroes and the whole city. What is the reason behind his mysterious plan?

Nun Cathrine

A nun that lives in the suburbs of Gris. After aiding the soldiers during the war, she decided to move to the small town in order to help the more needy ones. She still isn’t aware of what lays under her feet, though.

Michael O’Glory

A thug raised in the city’s poor area. Due to his excessive swagger, he saw his best friend dying before his eyes. The loss will place an indelible mark on him, bearable only thanks to someone’s help.

Arthur Turneep 

The adoptive son of the Archeology Museum owner. The sudden passing of his father will place all of the man’s heritage in his hands, forcing the youth to grow up quickly. Events will prove the boy’s naivety and his low awareness of others feelings.

Anne Alder

Daughter of a renowned scientist. Able to attend the city’s university at the age of 17, she immediately found it hard to socialize with her fellow students due to a bad temperament. Her behavior could in truth hide some more complex than simple shyness.

Monsters

The game, despite the strongly narrative structure, offers a series of strategic battles against fearsome monsters.

By commanding up to four characters with different abilities, the player will be able to face any adversity and thus reach the conclusion of this story.

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[Kickstarter]

Story

MariAlbum is a visual novel spinoff of OTUSUN CLUB’s flagship title, The Bell Chimes For Gold. Following up on the previous spinoff, A Day In The Life Of Maria, MariAlbum offers a further glimpse of the lives of Maria Scissorland and the men she’s gotten involved with. The game was originally released in Japan in 2016, and is a story-only adult otome romance title with full voice acting.

Because we got such a warm reception for A Day In The Life, we felt strongly that we should share this further piece of the Bell Chimes world with everyone in English, and we need your help to do it. With your support, we can make this dream a reality, and even bring more life into the game than ever before!

 Samuel Double is a former swordsman-turned-alcoholic. Don’t expect to find him on the battlefield anymore – you’ll have better luck in the nearest tavern 

 William Bloom is an elfin pretty boy with a naïve streak. He has a generous spirit, but it can get him into trouble when people take advantage of him.

Ben Koo is addicted to gambling…and stealing. He makes up for his lack of luck at the casino with his thievery skills, and it’s a good thing, too.

Brian Starly is a stuck-up warrior priest, one of the last of a long line of upper-class citizens. He’s constantly struggling to maintain his grasp on the last bits of his family legacy.

Walter Pleasant is a bookish necromancer who prefers the company of the dead to that of the living. That being said, when he is around warm flesh he can be quite the lecher.

Maria Scissorland is your average expert herbalist. She’s generally kind-hearted, but has a wild side she only shows in private. The one thing she’s missing in life is a man…but which one is right for her? 

OTUSUN LAND, is an offshoot of experienced and established visual novel developer 乙SUN倶楽部 (OTUSUN CLUB), created with the aim of bringing lesser-exposed Japanese gaming and other media content to new people around the globe in both Japanese and English. Our first major title, Neighbor, was released in September of 2018, following a very successful Kickstarter campaign which raised over 200% of its goal. We have since released the visual novel A Day in the Life of Maria and the farming simulation game Hippoboar Rancher on Steam as well, after similarly successful crowdfunding campaigns.

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(Itch.io)

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It is the middle ground between sweet and salt, between sauce and spice, and it lies between the pit of a clown’s fears and the summit of his clown makeup. This is the dimension of clownery.

Welcome… to the Cal Zone.

Play as a girl named Anne Chovy and date a sad clown living in poverty!

This is #ProjectDeepDish

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Free Game: ~20,000 words, approx 1 hour+
Digital PDF Art Book: 46 Pages
Includes a secret password for an extra scene and CG in-game!

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Mr. Versatile

(Itch.io)

Now available in English and Spanish!  We can’t make this game unless we get funding!  It should go live around March 10th. Click ‘Notify Me on Launch’ so you don’t miss it!

The Lone Wolf Mister Versatile thinks super teams are a pain in the ass, but four super-hotties have decided they want to watch his back anyway.  

Mister Versatile es un lobo solitario por una buena razón. Piensa que trabajar en equipo es un grano en el culo, y él no tiene el culo para compromisos. Pero hay cuatro superbuenorros que están decididos a convencerlo de que un superhéroe necesita tener las espaldas bien cubiertas y viceversa.

Mister Versatile is screwed, and not in the good way. Baddies have penetrated his tender headquarters.  Will Mr. V finally let down his guard and get the help he needs?

Cuando los problemas empiezan a penetrar en lo más preciado que tiene: su Versabase, Mister Versatile tendrá que hacer honor a su nombre y adaptarse a la nueva situación. Aunque eso suponga bajar la guardia y aventurarse en una nueva alianza. 

If so, which superhero will teach him how to play nice with others? By Studio Kosen, the artists who created the To Trust an Incubus demo!

¿Quién le enseñará a volver a confiar en los demás? Por Studio Kôsen, las artistas que crearon la demo de To Trust an Incubus!


Join our Discord for all the news and updates about this game! https://discord.gg/Vd23qJ4

Únete a nuestro Discord y no te pierdas las noticias y actualizaciones sobre este juego: https://discord.gg/Vd23qJ4

Mister Versatile is an Adults Only Gay Visual Novel Featuring:

Mister Versatile es una Visual Novel Gay solo para adultos que incluye:

  • Animated Sequences Secuencias Animadas
  • 4 Routes 4 Rutas
  • Partial Voice Acting (Full is a Stretch Goal) Doblaje parcial (completo si se alcanza la Stretch Goal)
  • 12 Endings 12 Finales
  • Hundreds of CGs Cientos de imágenes
  • An OST with 31 Funky Songs Una banda sonora con 31 temas funk
  • 30 Steam Achievements 30 Logros en Steam

Note:  The creators of this game are not native speakers of English.  We found that any attempt to smooth their English diminished their voice and reduced the charm of their natural writing.  Therefore, players will notice that the English version of Mister Versatile was not written by a native speaker of English. 

Characters

Partial Voice Acting by Sean Chiplock (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Persona 5, Detective Pikachu)

Introducing Tim Castaway as the voice of Captain Crush

Partial Voice Acting by Cole Feuchter (To Trust an Incubus, Ishida And Asakura, Camp Buddy, Full Service, The Divine Speaker)

Partial Voice Acting by Jasper Harrow (Morningdew Farms)

Partial Voice Acting by Christian Vela (Alpha Hole Prison)

Partial Voice Acting by Gary Scales (Tom Clancy’s Division 2, Dying Light 2, My Time at Portia)

Partial Voice Acting by Kiba Walker (To Trust an Incubus, Black Clover, Camp Buddy, Full Service, Saint Seiya)

Other Voice Actors:

Bad Guy #1 – Steven Aries
Bad Guy #2 – Derek Bissell 
Person in Distress – Michaela Laws

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(Itch.io)

Synopsis

After narrowly escaping a masked assailant, Adrien attempts to go back to their regular college life, but the killer is still out there… Spend your time with one of three love interests, avoid dying, and find the real killer… though they may be closer than you think!

In a new take on the murder mystery genre, the killer is randomly chosen from one of the love interests at the start of every new game. Every playthrough is different, with each killer and love interest having different plot lines.

Demo Features

  • 3 endings depending on which love interest you spend time with
  • Different scenes and dialogue depending on who the killer is
  • A colorful cast of side characters
  • Choose from 2 character designs (feminine & masculine) and gender
  • Around 1-2 hours long

Full Game Features

  • 3 love interests
  • Multiple endings depending on the killer, love interest route, and your choices
  • A colorful cast of side characters
  • Choose from 2 character designs (feminine & masculine) and gender
  • Over 50,000 words

The suspects

Played the demo?

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GRAY’S CLOSING THOUGHTS CORNER

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Did you see any games that caught your eye?

We’ve finally arrived to October and the spooks are rampant on the blog, and hopefully we see more releases of Halloween themed visual novels. I am extremely happy to see Drops of Death has finally arrive for demo play! I had heard about this game during my time in Otome Amino and I was thrilled, the artwork looks fantastic and I’m happily playing it to see what’s in store for the protagonist. Any games that you’ve seen in this edition of the Visual Novel News that attracted your attention? Let me know!

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side!

Must Haves For Otome/Visual Novel Beginners

THE MUST HAVE GAMES FOR OTOME/VISUAL NOVEL BEGINNERS

Whether you lean for more otome games, or visual novels in general there are games that a lot of us may have in common. However, for those who are just getting into this wonderful genre, you may be questioning what kind of games to start with or what game is worth the money and time. Look no further then, actually, always look further because my taste and yours may be different. Nonetheless, I feel the games I’m about to talk about are a glorious set of games for first timers looking for both calm and relaxing, to very long and complicated type games.

Depending on how much of a challenge you wish to contend with, get ready to look at the games I present in this blog, because I feel, these are the Otome/VNs that everyone must have as a visual novel beginner. Let’s get started!

Okay, now that I’ve fastened you back to your chair and kept you from escaping me, I want to talk to you about Hatoful Boyfriend from Devolver Digital.

(Steam|Playstation|Microsoft Store|GOG)

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted as the only human student at the prestigious St. PigeoNation’s Institute, a school for talented birds! Roam the halls and find love in between classes as a sophomore student at the world’s greatest pigeon high school. Finding happiness won’t be easy, but it’s not all academic – there’s always time for a little romance in this delightful remake of Hato Moa’s popular visual novel / avian dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend!

  • An Avian Love Story: Chat with birds of every feather from narcoleptic school instructors to pigeon biker gangs on your way to flirty encounters potential suitors that set your heart aflutter. Spend time with the ones that strike your fancy and ditch the birds that prove to be a bore!
  • New Scenario and Ending: Series creator Hato Moa has created an all-new scenario and ending to discover in this exciting update for fans of the original game and brand-new Hatoful Boyfriend players!
  • Replayability to Fall in Love All Over Again: Build your own nest of intrigue within the St. PigeoNation’s Institute with genre-bending intertwining narratives, hidden stories, surprise paramours, and multiple endings sure to send you back to the start to try a new path and a different love interest.
  • Attend Class and Level Up: Choose elective classes like gym and art class to raise your character’s stats and bend suitors to your will by mixing charisma, vitality and wisdom. Get wise and you’ll pass your classes. Getting fit might save your life!
  • Fowl Twists and Turns: Not everything is as it seems at St. PigeoNation’s Institute! Uncover dark conspiracies, unexpected twists, and hellish fiends bent on bringing on the apocalypse. Pick your dates wisely, and you’ll flap off into the distance with your one true love. Take the wrong turn, and you might just end up murdered in your bed.
  • Sensual Birdfeed: Purchase delicious beans as a gift for your potential love interests and wow your feathered crushes with Calm Corn, Country Millet or Bitter Black Beans.(GOG)

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Romancing… Birds? Not just any birds… Pigeons. 

Yes, you read the title right.

THIS IS A GOOD GAME, I SWEAR! DON’T LEAVE!!! Okay, now that I’ve fastened you back to your chair and kept you from escaping me, I want to talk to you about Hatoful Boyfriend from Devolver Digital. I’m a fan of this game creator, and to tell you the honest truth when someone told me the name of this game. 

I frowned at the individual and asked them to repeat what they said with a very disturbed look on my face. Romancing… Birds? Not just any birds… Pigeons. I legitimately began to write off the game immediately with the fact of thinking it was one of those weird games with fetishes in them. However, my friend staunchly told me to not disown the game already when I hadn’t even tried it. I was still fairly new to the otome scene during this time and she knew more about games in this genre than I had. With a struggling mindset, I purchased the game and to my surprise, it was the best motherfucking game I had bought for the Christmas season.

“I was dry heaving from all the completely ridiculous and spontaneous stunts the MC and the pigeon love interests got into.

People. This game is not only hilarious, but there are so many other game references inside this game, you will find yourself rolling in laughter. I was dry heaving from all the completely ridiculous and spontaneous stunts the MC and the pigeon love interests got into. Not only that, you get some very wholesome and romantic fun in the game that it’s hard to stop playing until you’ve exhausted all the routes. The heroine is quirky, funny, and sometimes a little too out there at times with her antics, but the game overall is a joy for anyone who is just getting into the otome scene. A definite must have in your budding collection of visual novel games!

“You will either love this game or hate it.”

(Steam|Nintendo)

 What is “The Men of Yoshiwara”?
This is a popular romance game for women.

– The Story
A closed island where baby boys are not born…
A unique culture that is completely different from the mainland has been flourishing on the island. In the middle of the island, there is a district where men are gathered.
Some women just want children.
Others are looking for love.
Knowingly deceived by a lie, and deceived in return, all in a single night’s dream.
At the end, to whom is it that you will be talking of love? (Steam)

You will either love this game or hate it, but I still recommend this game whole heartedly and the sequel that comes after it. I am a fan of D3Publisher otome games, and while there are a few things in the game’s narratives that I feel need to be changed or translated better. I enjoy the stories that they have produced, and this series is one of them. A twist on the red-light district, this game is about finding romance in the most darkest areas of the night scene.

“However, regardless of what you may think of it this game is binge worthy, and worth the price tag in the Nintendo store and steam.”

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The men you can romance are pretty vast and particular to certain people’s ideal love interests, including the ossan, shota, oresama, childhood friend, and the pure gentleman. I believe the heroine needs work, but I forgive her in certain routes when you see the differences of her personality from the main route to the sequel. However, regardless of what you may think of it this game is binge worthy, and worth the price tag in the Nintendo store and steam. Note, the Switch version is more censored, so if you want more heat in your sex scenes refer to the Steam or Mobile version of this game. 

“it’ll keep you entertained in all areas, with stunning visuals, captivating music, and an intriguing plot”

Switch_TheMenOfYoshiwara-Kikuya_04Whether you’re looking for the late night binge of romance, some hot and heavy love making, or a game that will satisfy taboo interests. This game is a must have in your inventory of games, as it’ll keep you entertained in all areas, with stunning visuals, captivating music, and an intriguing plot. The Men of Yoshiwara is a definite must play, and must have for beginners and veterans. 

Date a famous actor, cultivate romance with a fresh-faced pop star, or strike out on your own?

(Steam|Website|Itch.io)

A visual novel/sim game about life, love, and working in the entertainment industry. Play as makeup artist Sian Goodin as she navigates the world of showbiz. Work with upcoming talent or established pros? Focus on your schoolwork, or use your industry connections to climb the ladder and land a job as a high-ranking producer? Date a famous actor, cultivate romance with a fresh-faced pop star, or strike out on your own? The choices are yours (and yours alone)!

Story
The glamor and glitz of showbiz hold little appeal for Sian. As the daughter of a professional makeup artist, she knows how stressful and uncertain work can be, and she aspires to something more stable. When a sudden accident topples her plans for a smooth college life, she realizes she must put her own makeup skills to use if she wants to make it through the year. The entertainment world may be wild and unpredictable, but Sian’s about to learn there’s also a lot to love.

I got this game when it was on sale, and I’m so upset that I hadn’t purchased it sooner.

When this game came onto the scene a few years ago, I remember a lot of the Tumblr Otome fambam were lauding it with high praises. I was one of the people who didn’t get the game right out the gate, since I was new to everything still, and this game was created by an Indie Dev. Now, I wasn’t familiar with many Indie Otome games, and I was pretty hesitant since the names I knew more about was Voltage Inc, Otomate, NTT Solmare, and D3Publisher. I got this game when it was on sale, and I’m so upset that I hadn’t purchased it sooner.

“You can also do absolutely nothing and drop out of school.

Backstage Pass Otome

The game has 15 different endings, and for those who want a more advanced type of Otome game. Backstage Pass gives it to you with a stat raising system that keeps you busy, and the choices and stats you raise draw you to the conclusion of what you wish Sian to become as a MC. She can either become a CEO of her own company, fall in love with her dream job, romance both men and women while pursuing her dreams, or … You can also do absolutely nothing and drop out of school.

Backstage Pass Otome

This is a well done game, and it also have formidable voice actors that are awesome to listen to. I was very impressed by a lot of the endings, but most of all the fact we can get our happy ending with just being true to ourselves. That is an amazing installment to the game, as most games require you to romance someone for a happy ending. Not this game though, and it definitely is a must have for anyone new to Otome and Visual Novel scene. This game is both Otome and VN, so I highly recommend this game and others from SakeVisual. You can also check out my review of this game here!

“Will you write the lasting love story you deserve, or will your love – and life – come to an end?

(STEAM|PLAYSTATION|ANDROID|iOS)

In this visual novel, you’ll play as the Heroine whose life depends on hiding your recent loss of memory while you navigate complex relationships with five men. Choose your romantic path from the start to piece together that which was forgotten. Will you write the lasting love story you deserve, or will your love – and life – come to an end?
Key Features
1. Select one of five guys as your love interest, each with multiple branching story paths. Each choice creates a distinct world where characters assume different roles, allowing for 20+ endings!
2. Parameters affect your relationship with your future love. Keep track of your relationship here and make sure you’re not headed to a bad ending!
3. Play mini-games like Rock, Paper, Scissors and Air Hockey against other characters.
4. Unlock voiced images in the Gallery. Touching certain areas of the image will play dialogue of feelings that couldn’t be previously expressed.

“I’d like to state that because this game is a multiverse, everyone’s route is a true ending in my honest opinion.”

Amnesia Memories

I love this game, and vehemently dislike one character. I need to express that first, as I know the considered ‘main route’ is either Shin or Ukyo’s route. However, I’d like to state that because this game is a multiverse, everyone’s route is a true ending in my honest opinion. All five characters have unique and complex stories to tell, and it’s no laughing matter that you will be bingeing this game.

Amnesia is a cluster of different genres in one spanning from Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Romance, Dark Romance, and Thriller combined.

Amnesia Memories

Whether your a fan of Tsundoras, Kuuderes, The Flirty Type, and the infamous Yanderes. This game is made for beginning otome gamers to have them get an idea and feel for what character type they are attracted to, and also openly figure out what favorite genre they lean towards. Amnesia is a cluster of different genres in one spanning from Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Romance, Dark Romance, and Thriller combined.

I digress, this game is amazing and complex, and needs to be in your game collection of otome and visual novel repertoire.

Amnesia After

My only complaint about this game is that Orion doesn’t get his own route in the game. If you want to see his route and see Toma’s redemption, please check out and consider buying Amnesia After x Crowd. I digress, this game is amazing and complex, and needs to be in your game collection of otome and visual novel repertoire. With stunning CGs, amazing VAs, and an engaging story, Amnesia Memories is worth the time and money for all beginners.

(STEAM)

One day, Heejung wakes up to animal sounds…..?

STORY

Heejung Kim moved out from her mom’s house, who is obsessed with her education. Heejung tries to find her real dream life. Having the impression that everything would go well, she has been living a life obsessed with grades.
Majoring in business administration, average language skills, not that popular, decent school grades.
The only thing she is interested in is the Art Club.
As graduation approaches, she starts to worry about her future…

One day, Heejung wakes up to animal sounds…..?
After she finds these mysterious animals her story begins….

ABOUT THIS GAME

Dandelion -Wishes brought to you- is a female-oriented game developed by Cheritz. The game was released in South Korea in August, 2012.
The English translation for Dandelion was released on Nov, 2012. Dandelion is known as a unique dating simulation with a sensational storyline and charming characters. You will notice fantastic art work, beautiful music, and you will experience dramatic emotions throughout the game.

Dandelion ~ Wishes brought to you

  • Genre : Dating Simulation Game
  • Platform : PC/Online
  • Rated : E10+
  • Voice supported : Partly supported (Korean).

( CAST : Mira Yoo, Kyungmyung Lim, Nakyoon Choi, Seongil Lee, Myungjun Kim, Kyungtae Lee, Nayoung Kim, Minjae Gang etc. )

Dandelion Wishes Brought to You

Dandelion is from the same creators of Mystic Messenger, and this was one of my first ‘stat’ raising type otome based games I purchased for my collection way back yonder. I really love the artwork and the story itself, and the game is very engaging as it is also very funny.

The game will keep you entertained for a long while and you’ll more than likely be surprised by a lot of the ‘Bad Endings‘ in this game.

Dandelion Wishes Brought to You

With slapstick humor, cross-dressing scenarios, and an amass of tropes in the game, it’s hard not to see why it’s a must have in a otome gamer’s library. The game will keep you entertained for a long while and you’ll more than likely be surprised by a lot of the ‘Bad Endings‘ in this game. However the case, if you’re someone who loves comedy, romance, interactive games, and also some added horror. Check out Dandelion: Wishes Brought to You, and be amazed or terrified by how awesome this game is.

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(STEAM|PLAYSTATION)

Find love with personalities inspired by famous figures and works of fiction, including Detective Holmes, Gentleman Thief Lupin, Jack the Ripper, and more.

Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday was to be the heiress of House Whiteley’s debut into high society, but an inquiring mind begs for more than parties as she stumbles into the many curiosities that lay hidden in London’s darkest corners. Help sharpen Lady Whiteley’s instincts as a budding detective, take control of her present to uncover the mysteries of her past, and grow an unbreakable bond with one of many dashing personalities from well-known works of fiction. (STEAM)

Find Your Destined One
Find love with personalities inspired by famous figures and works of fiction, including Detective Holmes, Gentleman Thief Lupin, Jack the Ripper, and more.

Take Control of the Story
Decisions made throughout will net not only special rewards, but will shape whether love is in Lady Whiteley’s future or if fate has more unfortunate consequences in mind.

An Extra-Customizable Visual Novel
Change Lady Emily Whiteley’s first name for a personal touch, then further customize your playing experience by adjusting text speed, toggling visual effects, and even adjusting the individual speaking volumes of your favorite characters.

Coming to PC for the First Time
London Detective Mysteria comes to Windows PC for the first time, with both it and the English “PlayStation®Vita” version including all content previously exclusive to the Japanese PlayStation Vita version known as Eikoku Tantei Mysteria: The Crown.

 

MATURE CONTENT DESCRIPTION

The developers describe the content like this:

London Detective Mysteria is a visual novel set in Victorian London. The game contains still images depicting blood and injury, as well as graphic textual descriptions of murder scenes. It also contains some sexual themes and heavy swears such as f*ck and sh*t.

London Detective Mysteria

I’m still working through this game as I type, and the reason? It’s because this game has a lot of content and routes, and endings that it can or will take me possibly this whole year to finish. The only route you don’t have is one with the MC’s very lovely and charming butler, but that’s for another blog.

“…recommended for maybe my older teen audience. Due to a few scenarios or gore, and some ‘sexual’ themes, per se…

London Detective Mysteria graced both PC and PSVita consoles a few years back, and I had purchased it as soon as the pre-orders were made available for digital download. Now, from what I’ve managed to accomplish with this game is that it is recommended for maybe my older teen audience. Due to a few scenarios or gore, and some ‘sexual’ themes, per se… However, this game has so many routes to count and I’ve only finished one, and haven’t even started on the bad ending of said route.

Look no further than this game, as a piece of honest otome media to add to your repertoire of visual novel games.

This game isn’t for the easily deterred and those who don’t like puzzles and thrills. However, if you know someone or are someone who is a crime junkie, loves mysteries, romance, and a dash of suspense and tedious work. Look no further than this game, as a piece of honest otome media to add to your repertoire of visual novel games. I recommend having this game even if you aren’t someone who likes to sit for a long time, come back and play it little by little, just like me. It’s an amazing game for a great price, and the VA is an added bonus!

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GRAY’S CORNER

Eiki Yachigusa from Metro PD Close To You

You are open to disagree with my beginner choices, as it will always be down your own personal choice and tastes. However, I feel these games are good for anyone who is just beginning or needs a bit of change in their games.

Tadanobu Nomura from Metro PD Close To You

Whether you want something funny like Hatoful Boyfriend, or something a bit more dramatic and lengthy such as London Detective Mysteria. These games are sure to please any gamer, and keep you entertained for either a short or long day extravaganza.

As always everyone, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

I Don’t Have Time To Game!!! (Visual Novels For the Modern Working Gamer)

VISUAL NOVELS FOR THE BUSY MODERN DAY GAMER

I may sit in front of my computer but my schedule only allows for a certain time frame for me to sit down and game.

Yuta Kajima from My Forged Wedding

Let’s face it, in modern times we sometimes can’t sit down and play a game too long because we’re running after kids, working from our desks, working from home, or running around clinics. Sometimes our work projects need our attention, even if we want to game just a little, and for me, since I like casual games it’s a bit hard to play long games when your work environment can go from 0 to 200 in a second.

Back when I first got into visual novels, I was fairly lucky to have it available to me on my cellphone, but now that I’m working from home–I may sit in front of my computer but my schedule only allows for a certain time frame for me to sit down and game.

Kenshi Inagaki from Love Letter from Thief X

Let’s chat a bit about games that you can play when you’re short on time, but still want a good story and game play.

So in this blog, I’m gonna talk about visual novels that’s good with narrative, story, and time for the busy gamer life. Grab your Nintendo Switches, PSVitas, Cell Phones, or plop down in front of your computer and split the screen. Let’s chat a bit about games that you can play when you’re short on time, but still want a good story and game play.

These Nights in Cairo

These Nights in Cairo is a wonderful and perfectly easy game to complete all in one work shift for anyone who is working at home. This game takes us back in time to Cairo where you work as an archaeologist, however, being a woman in the field you do get quit a bit of push back from your father. However, Margaret is capable and strong willed all on her own and can take care of herself and she’s spitfire, she’s a wonderful MC, and knows exactly what she wants out of her life.

Margaret is capable and strong willed all on her own and can take care of herself and she’s spitfire, she’s a wonderful MC, and knows exactly what she wants out of her life.

These Nights in Cairo

I reviewed this game awhile back and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants an amazing story and is short on time. These Nights in Cairo is a mix of The Mummy and Tomb Raider as you work to save the world, fall in love, or come out on top as a Goddess in the end.

Jessie Maye from Huniepop

The infamous Huniepop, yes, this game is another easily accomplish-able game that can be finished in an entire work shift. What’s interesting about Huniepop is that it is a mix of both puzzle game, visual novel, and hentai–so if you like to see some smexy times with either being able to play as male or female, this is your game. FYI, this is a game that individuals who work from home can play while their office door is shut and the kids are away for the moment.

What’s interesting about Huniepop is that it is a mix of both puzzle game, visual novel, and hentai…

Nikki-Anne Marie from Huniepop

While Huniepop has some spin-offs, I prefer the original game and the fact that you can make love to a goddess and also… an alien, LMAO. This game is voiced, so I do recommend turning down the volume or having your headphones on when the bedroom tango occurs.

When it comes to more LGBTQ friendly games, Lovestruck takes the lead with offering a plethora of genres and romances to read from.

Havenfall is for Lovers

I have a love and hate relationship with Voltage Inc and Voltage Inc USA, but they were the first company that introduced me to mobile visual novel games. When it comes to more LGBTQ friendly games, Lovestruck takes the lead with offering a plethora of genres and romances to read from. Each game route giving an ample amount of content and stimulating dialogue between the characters, while the game routes can have 15 chapters, each chapter is easily accomplished within the working day.

I have a love and hate relationship with Voltage Inc and Voltage Inc USA, but they were the first company that introduced me to mobile visual novel games.

Reigning Passions

Whether you are out and about in the hospital, waiting in line at the grocery store, or you can’t have something up on your computer so you have your ipad open instead. Lovestruck is an app that can easily be played anywhere and anytime, and can be finished at any pace depending on the gamer. I do have to state, that this app does have that ‘Love Choice’ thing which is ridiculous, so what that is is that you have to pay MONEY to get premium answers to sexier or romantic scenes. So be vigilant about your money in this game, as it can bust the bank.

This app comes from game developer OKKO, which used to work with Arithmetic way back yonder in the early years until they split off on their own and created their own app.

Decoding Desire

I’ve talked in a previous review about this app, and I’m just going to talk about it again in the same manner. This app comes from game developer OKKO, which used to work with Arithmetic way back yonder in the early years until they split off on their own and created their own app. A little bit of info on OKKO and their history, when I first came onto the scene for otome’s I had heard there were free games and also paid games.

One of the major ‘freemium’ games besides NTT SOLMARE was Arithmetic/Okko at the time, while I was never a fan of the free games I heard plenty of good things about Arithmetic/OKKO and the games they created. However, due to the ‘otome Armageddon’ that caused a serious rift between mobile gamers of these lovely games, we saw a mass downsizing of games and also well-known companies disappearing into the void.

I was a bit ambivalent to pursue this app due to the issues I had with Story Jar from NTT SOLMARE

Wanted Son-In-Law

At a point in time Arithmetic and Okko were working with one another before the Armageddon occurred, however, from my understanding after looking at a few blogs it was stated that OKKO separated from Arithmetic and ventured out on their own, creating the standalone app, ‘Honey Magazine.’

I was a bit ambivalent to pursue this app due to the issues I had with Story Jar from NTT SOLMARE, and I didn’t want to be drawn into another haphazard relationship of spending oodles of moolah to get a good ending. However, Honey Magazine took the concept of mechanics of Story Jar’s horrifically money scheming ways and reinvented it into an enjoyable and more engaging experience for all gamers.

However, Honey Magazine took the concept of mechanics of Stary Jar’s horrifically money scheming ways and reinvented it into an enjoyable and more engaging experience for all gamers.

Movie Imagine GIF

Let me explain, similar to Story Jar, in the Honey Magazine, you can earn ‘Honey Gems’ per chapter or side story you read, you get a baseline of 3 tickets, and the tickets replenish every few hours. Now, how has Honey Magazine been more awesome and favorable compared to Story Jar?

Let me reiterate that, your answers don’t penalize your happy ending, and you don’t need to pay for premium answers to have a HEA.

Unscripted Romance

They offer a wide variety of ‘Unlimited Reading’ stories for those of us who can’t afford to buy tickets or ‘honey stones,’ these unlimited stories can be of one character or multiple, and you can earn up to 12-15 stones per chapter read in these stories. Also, in the stories, it’s not a big deal if you don’t choose the ‘premium’ answer as it’s more like a story you can purchase with your honey stones if you want to re-read it in the future.

However, I will state this, gamers I suggest saving your honey stones only for the CGs and the epilogue endings (so you can get some intimate time with your guy), as some of the considered ‘premium’ answers are just more ‘romantic’ scenes with your guy but not necessary for your love to progress; it’s an option, just know that.

Also, it doesn’t matter what answer you choose, as OKKO has given you the liberty to play and answer to what you believe is the best choice. Let me reiterate that, your answers don’t penalize your happy ending, and you don’t need to pay for premium answers to have a HEA.

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YA HEAR THAT NTT SOLMARE AND VOLTAGE LOVE CHOICE!? 

My Sweet Marriage Proposal

The Honey Magazine app is an incredible find, and the game creators are not only amazing people but they engage their fans on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. What more? They hold fanart and writing contests so that you as the gamer get to write or draw out a scene for one (or many) husbands from their app and it can become a story on the app itself. They’re a small company, but I highly recommend you guys check them out and support them, it’s an amazing team and the app is incredible!

They hold fanart and writing contests so that you as the gamer get to write or draw out a scene for one (or many) husbands from their app and it can become a story on the app itself.

You can easily play the chapters in any route, any time, and anywhere from your cell phone or ipad and not have to worry if something stops you from reading. The game is AI for the game is pretty good at recognizing when you’ve lost internet and will restart your chapter free of charge and not tickets being consumed.

Yuki Arisugawa from Love Letter from Thief X

“The narrative is enticing and the pace of the scenes coming at you are quick, mind boggling, and with both paranormal and psychological thrills occurring.

Jisei

For all the Nintendo Switch Fans, Jisei, was just recently released earlier in the month and it is a fast paced visual novel thriller that does end on a cliff-hanger. However, the narrative is enticing and the pace of the scenes coming at you are quick, mind boggling, and with both paranormal and psychological thrills occurring. The next chapter of the series is hopefully to be out towards the end of the year, but if you can’t wait, you can always buy the chapters on STEAM and complete the game there.

Make choices that affect the narrative and experience several different endings in this blood-red interactive movie!

I started getting into these interactive movie games on my Switch as of recent, and I can safely say that I am impressed with how these games are going. She Sees Red is another thriller game that CHOICES MATTER and is a short game play to accomplish in a work sitting, playable on either Switch or Steam, this is a new type of story rich novel that takes the gamer into a live action movie setting. It’s easy to drown in the narrative and forget that you are playing a game, be critical with your decisions, and be careful of your actions.

STORY

Someone has killed several people at a popular nightclub. A lone detective has been assigned to the case, following every clue … wherever it may lead. In this provocative interactive thriller, NOTHING is as it seems!

Make choices. Affect change. Experience multiple endings and inhabit the mind of a killer in She Sees Red.

– Gripping, mature non-linear narrative.
– Story elements can be experienced by making meaningful choices along the way.
– Four possible endings!
– Professional actors, editing, lighting, and sound design.


I recommend this game to any horror fan who wants to have some fun while working, or someone who needs a game to wake them up from their boring work day.

Hiro Sarashina from Love Letter from Thief X

Stigmatized Property is a point and click game of horror filled loveliness that I cannot help but be impressed with. The game is extremely short and fast paced, with all the jump scares and disturbing scenes, Stigmatize Property really knows how to get under your skin in such a short period of time. Game creator Chilla Arts has a library of similar games with the same flair as this one, but you can be certain that you can finish this game in less than 30 mins.

I recommend this game to any horror fan who wants to have some fun while working, or someone who needs a game to wake them up from their boring work day. If you’re looking for a fun time in a short amount of time with a visual novel that with some terror look no further than this game.

Eiki Yachigusa from Metro Pd Close to You

‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾GRAY’S CORNER☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

I’m more than certain there are other short playing VNs out there that I have yet to mention, but because I am pressed on time today. I wanted to keep it short, LOL. Whether you’re a busy entrepreneur, parent, or just can’t stay seated for too long in your chair or resting area, these are games that certainly are worth the time, and worth the money. Any games that you’ve played that are also good for on the go individuals that you’d like to recommend? Drop a comment below and let’s chat!

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

Visual Novel News #3 (Too Much News and So Little Donuts)

Hello Otomelandians and VNtopians, and welcome to a Visual Novel News blog post, where I present games that have come onto my radar that are new, updated, or are games that have already come out, but they have additional content releases coming soon. I’m always trying to find the latest visual novel game content and news, and decided I would share the news I find with everyone who visits my blog as well!

I’ll do my best to inform everyone about all types of visual novel media, from indie to MSM in these posts! Now, without further ado, in today’s blog we have a wide array of games to present, I do hope that you check out these games and give the demos a try.

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(STEAM)

Thanks to the rising popularity of the PhoneDroid—a device which features augmented reality (A.R.)—the age of advanced technology has finally reached Tanegashima. On that island, Central Tanegashima High’s Robot Research Club is about to have their club disbanded. Despite their predicament, Kaito Yashio, one of only two members in the Robot Club, couldn’t care less and would rather play a robot fighting game all day. His counterpart, the reckless club leader Akiho Senomiya, ignores Kaito’s apathy as she strives to keep the club from being disbanded by completing their giant robot.

One day, Kaito discovers a mysterious A.R. annotation titled “Kimijima Report.” It contains instructions involving locations all across the island—and warns of a conspiracy involving the entire world.

Key Features

  • Mystery in Tanegashima: Travel the island of Tanegashima and use the PhoneDroid to unlock the secrets sealed away by Ko Kimijima.
  • The Story You Want to Tell: Branching storylines allow you to pursue the endings you wish to see with each character.
  • A Dream Worth Fighting For: Only you can help the Robot Club pursue its dream of building a life-size Gunvarrel!
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(STEAM)

ABOUT THIS GAME

The island of Tanegashima is preparing for the Summer Festival half a year after the events of ROBOTICS;NOTES ELITE. Kaito Yashio has graduated high school and is applying to attend college as he pursues his dream of becoming an astronaut. Through Nae Tennouji, an acquaintance he knows from JAXA, he is introduced to Itaru Hashida, who happens to be on the same ferry heading back home. Itaru claims to be taking a tour of the island, but as times goes on, he starts acting strangely… Together they enjoy summer with the former members of the Robot Club: Akiho Senomiya, Junna Daitoku, Frau Koujiro, Subaru Hidaka, and Airi Yukifune, a girl they met from the incident last February. However, some unsettling incidents start occurring all around them, harbingers of an event that will again plunge the world into chaos.

KEY FEATURES

  • Breathtaking Imagery – Experience the world of ROBOTICS;NOTES like never before with newly animated graphics.
  • Find Your Happy Ending – Featuring intricate, branching storylines, allowing you to fall in love with any character you wish!
  • Timelines Converge – Itaru Hashida (Daru), a beloved character from the STEINS;GATE series, plays an intricate part of the story in DaSH], making this a must play for Science Adventure fans.

MATURE CONTENT DESCRIPTION

The developers describe the content like this:

Fantasy Violence
Mild Language
Partial Nudity
Suggestive Themes
Use of Alcohol

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(STEAM)


“The Vigilant Villa” is a suspicious adventure game based on the classic Blizzard Mountain Story model.

Ten people of different identities who were accidentally stopped at the hilltop villa can only wait for rescue after seven days.
Strange villa, full of tulips, singing at 12 o’clock every night.

From the first bizarre suicide case, everyone stepped into a long-established trap.

These ten people who seem to do not know each other and have nothing to do with each other. But as the case develops, the intricate relationship between them is revealed one after another, revealing the naked truth love, affection, friendship, lies, betrayal … Who will be redeemed seven days later.

You are a third-rate novelist, with a pseudonym— Holmes, but the other side of the cheap pseudonym is your serious and fervent heart for reasoning. In this murderous villa, you will be the detective role and unremittingly pursue the truth. Find out the real murderer and disclose the truth.


** Alternative Japanese AVG and text dialogue modes, diversified game experience

** Combination of exquisite standing painting and well-known CV, enjoy an audiovisual feast

** Classic Blizzard Villa Mode , round your dream of reasoning

** Scenario branch tree is displayed directly, it is more convenient to collect multiple endings

** Scenario branch tree is displayed directly, more convenient for collecting multiple endings

** High freedom of choice, clues and doubts in one hand

** Exquisite character portrayal, rich sideline plot, everyone has their own secret


We are the producers of the adventure game “The Vigilant Villa”, a group of investigative fans who love games and detective stories.

Because of love, we often dance with Agatha, Conan Doyle, Allan Poe, and Ellery Quinn. Under their guidance, we incarnate as protagonists or supporting actors in the story world they build.

Because of love, we often dance with Agatha, Conan Doyle, Allan Poe, and Ellery Quinn. Under their guidance, we incarnate as protagonists or supporting actors in the story world they build.

Based on our love of reasoning games, we have produced “The Vigilant Villa”, which is a story from the classic “Blizzard Villa Mode”, a text adventure game with multiple branches and multiple endings.











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(STEAM)

Visual novel, ADV, fantasy, romance, otome, 3-4+ hours

Behold: the great scientist-alchemist Celsia. She has made innumerable discoveries that have helped this world, but many more have caused destruction. A set of circumstances she refuses to speak of has caused her to be banished into exile. Now the sorceress has to endure the chilly welcome of the hot sands in the Barren Lands.
But Celsia knows how to get out of this oppressive place!

The most brilliant and mightiest scientist in the world found a way to make an Elixir of Immortality, and produced it. She immediately reported to the Ministry of Mages of her success. Now those snobbish sorcerers will be sure to fall at her feet and permit her to return to civilization.
Everything would’ve been wonderful, if not for a couple of insignificant – as the young woman says – nuances. The potion hasn’t been concocted yet, and her latest attempt to make it failed due to unknown reasons. An unexpected side effect occurred in addition to it all – Celsia’s power got sealed off thanks to a curse, and her body shrank to half size.

What can possibly be done when the person who’s supposed to confirm the phenomenal discovery is at the door, the potion is yet to be made, the powers are gone, and the serious promise being broken is going to end in the death penalty?

Exciting, sometimes dangerous, but mostly fun adventures in this magical world full of unusual laws are waiting for you.
Help the protagonist recover her power and brew the potion that’ll change the world, or find true and eternal love.

  • Uncover all of the secrets of 3 young men available for romance: the Mage, the Demon and the Golem.
  • Develop the characteristics of the characters around you. The protagonist’s replies in dialogues will affect her own personality and the traits of other characters.
  • Make notes in your notepad – special book you can peek in, to find out more about the world around you..
  • Collect ingredients and put them into your bag – an additional in-game window that will let you take a closer look at the interesting items you are going to find throughout the game.
  • More than 55 colourful illustrations that will be unlocked as you progress through the game: romantic, casual, comical.
  • More than 15 tracks matching the mood and the dynamics of the scene.

Also, don’t forget that sometimes things are not what they seem in this world, and the mask of endless jokes and humor might be hiding personal issues of the characters that are rather sad if you really think about them.

MATURE CONTENT DESCRIPTION

The developers describe the content like this:

Partial nudity
Scenes of kisses and hugs
Description of erotic scenes
Description of fight scenes without blood

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(SWITCH)

A new story following the events of CLANNAD.Tomoyo After -It’s a Wonderful Life- CS Edition now available for Nintendo Switch!

Experience the full story of the budding romance between CLANNAD heroine Tomoyo Sakagami and protagonist Tomoya Okazaki in Tomoyo After -It’s a Wonderful Life- CS Edition.

Yuichi Nakamura, known for his acclaimed performance as Tomoya in the CLANNAD animated series, lends his vocal talents to complete the cast of this emotional tale.

Also includes the extensive dungeon-crawling RPG minigame “Dungeons & Takafumis” for countless hours of extra playtime!

Available in two languages!
The text can be set to Japanese or English (audio is Japanese only). This includes in-game text, options, and the digital manual. Language settings can be changed at any time.
The English language setting also provides access to the Tomopedia, an in-game guide to Japanese terminology, cultural notes and more.

Play using only the touch screen! Play with one hand!
Play in handheld mode with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con™ controllers attached, or detach them and play with just the touch controls! While in tabletop mode or TV mode, everything can be controlled using only the Joy-Con (R), allowing you to play with only one hand!
Also available for the Nintendo Switch Lite. (A separate Joy-Con (R) is required to play with one hand.)

Summary
Some time has passed since Tomoya and Tomoyo confessed their love for one another amidst the falling snow.
Tomoya has found employment and is now living on his own. The two new lovers have been looking forward to spending an idyllic summer in each other’s company, but with Tomoyo’s younger brother Takafumi bursting in on them every other minute, those hopes seem more distant now than ever.
Things are further complicated by the arrival of a young girl named Tomo, whose troubled domestic situation leads to Tomoyo becoming her guardian, and only get worse when Takafumi’s ex-girlfriend Kanako invites herself into their household after running away from home.
So begins the story of five young individuals and their first and last summer together…

Gameplay
Gameplay in this visual novel involves reading through the story while making choices at certain key points. Different decisions may lead to different outcomes, story branches and endings.
After satisfying certain criteria in the main story, players can also unlock the ability to play a computer game Takafumi is secretly developing in his spare time called “Dungeons & Takafumis”. Help Tomoya, Tomoyo and their friends conquer the depths of an otherworldly dungeon in this classic fantasy tactical RPG!

Staff
SCENARIO: Jun Maeda / Leo Kashida / Yuto Tonokawa
ORIGINAL ARTWORK: Fumio
MUSIC: Shinji Orito / Magome Togoshi / Jun Maeda

Cast
Tomoya Okazaki VA: Yuichi Nakamura
Tomoyo Sakagami VA: Hikaru Isshiki
Takafumi Sakagami VA: Keiko Suzuki
Kanako VA: Keiko Suzuki
Tomo VA: Akari Sasaki
Other
*Fully voiced (including main character)

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(SWITCH)

A girl shines a light on Chris’ concealed worries…Here comes the fourth installment in the GRISAIA PHANTOM TRIGGER series!

Several years after Yuuji Kazami and his friends fought for their lives in a fierce battle, a new generation of heroines gather at Mihama Academy, which has been reinstated as a ‘specialist training school’.
Taking place in the same world as The Fruit of Grisaia, new characters bring an exciting fresh take in the fourth story of this brand new series!
This thrilling story, which unfolds at the reborn Mihama Academy, will undoubtedly excite not only those who have played previous releases, but those who are new to the series as well!

Available in three languages!
The text can be set to Japanese, English or Simplified Chinese (audio is Japanese only). This includes in-game text, options, and the digital manual. Language settings can be changed at any time.

Play using only the touch screen! Play with one hand!
Play in handheld mode with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con™ controllers attached, or detach them and play with just the touch controls! While in tabletop mode or TV mode, everything can be controlled using only the Joy-Con (R), allowing you to play with only one hand!
Also available for the Nintendo Switch Lite. (A separate Joy-Con (R) is required to play with one hand.)

Volume 4 Summary
Kumashiro Megumi (Gumi), recently transferred from St. Aile’s International School, has been training hard together with Rena and Maki – now fully recovered from their injuries. With the help of her mentor, Tohka, she’s shaping up to be a fine sniper.
Just as one new student settles in, another has her sights set on joining the girls in Class A, Mihama’s elite combat unit. Her name? Sengoku Taiga. Haruto, the team’s handler, has one condition for Taiga’s transfer: that Chris serves as her supervising officer.
The two seem an unlikely pair at first, but after spending some time with little Taiga, Chris soon finds a way to see things from her perspective.
It’s at that moment that the nation is suddenly rocked by a terror attack on an unprecedented scale. Chris rushes to the scene, aware of what’s at stake, but paying no heed to the dangers ahead.
Just as she did, once before.
“This is even worse than we could’ve imagined…”
The death toll keeps on rising, but SORD are stuck watching helplessly from the sidelines. What destiny awaits Chris, Taiga… and Mihama Academy?
“Oh, right… I must have died…”
Clutching to memories of her long-dead mother, she too prepares for an eternity of slumber…

Gameplay
It’s a visual novel in which you don’t need to make any choices, so you can enjoy the story like you would when watching a movie or reading a book. The story comes to life with a star-studded voice actor cast and fully-voiced story (excluding the main character), gorgeous graphics and music, and immersive animation.

Staff
Character Design/Art: Akio Watanabe
Story: Ryuta Fujisaki
SD Character Design/Art: nanaca mai

Cast
Rena VA: Maaya Uchida
Tohka VA: Ayane Sakura
Chris VA: Kaori Nazuka
Murasaki VA: Atsumi Tanezaki
Maki VA: Yoshino Nanjo
Gumi VA: Suzuko Mimori
Taiga VA: Natsumi Takamori
Miss Arisaka VA: Mikako Izawa
Other
*Fully voiced (excluding the main character)

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(SWITCH RELEASE)

Getting together is asking too much. I just want to keep watching you…

A romance game in which the protagonist gets plastic surgery and chases after handsome men in the name of love, for the player who’s tired of run-of-the-mill otome games.
Available in Japanese, English, and Traditional Chinese.

Wanting to catch the attention of the object of your affection, Ichiro Yamada, you undergo plastic surgery. You also happen to have been taught the ins and outs of being a private eye. Using your tailing skills, you uncover a shocking secret: Yamada makes his living by being a marriage scammer. As you fall into despair, handsome men appear before you one after an other. It’s time to pick yourself up and give chase.

NOTE: This game is also available on Steam and Mobile devices. 

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(SWITCH|STEAM)

Journey with a crew of half-zombie girls and survive in the post-apocalyptic world of Undead Darlings.

What is Undead Darlings?

Journey with a crew of half-zombie girls as you crawl through dungeons, beating up twisted creatures that were born from the fall of society in fast-paced turn-based RPG combat, and ultimately deliver the only known cure for what ails your party members to a place where it can be mass produced!

Story driven portions of the game contain a multitude of branching dialogue paths that, based on the choices you make, gives deeper insight into the different characters, while the RPG portion of the game uses a familiar but refined turn-based battle system with unique twists. Both of these gameplay features are contained within a first-person perspective dungeon crawler with dungeons built like mazes and filled with traps and hidden paths.

Story

Reginald “Reggie” P. Happenstahnce wakes up from an alcohol-related coma (courtesy of his own father, no less) by his childhood friend, Pearl, and is told that society had crumbled due to a virus outbreak that turned most everyone into zombies while he was sleeping. This includes Pearl herself. However, Pearl has managed to hold onto her human conscience, and she relates that she is not the only one in a similar state. As with every half-zombie Reggie will run into, she may be undead, but her heart is still human.

Your role as Reggie is to be the girls’ loot donkey and carry the things they find in dungeons. Since Reggie is a human, the girls will prevent him from getting infected by fighting in the front lines! Go them!

While on this adventure, you will learn more about the undead girls’ lives from before the outbreak, but whose tale you will hear is based on the choices you make during the visual novel scenes. Perhaps one of them will connect with you, open up about their hardships, and maybe even develop romantic feelings… The ultimate result of these interactions will determine whether or not any of these girls trust you enough to take the biggest risk of their undead lives—volunteer to be the first test subject for your father’s cure!

Key Features

Explore a multitude of complex post-apocalyptic dungeons—a total of over 20 huge floors to explore! Discover loot, secret event scenes based on your current battle party, and more!

Become invested in a novel-sized epic adventure—a script of over 300,000 words and more branching dialogue choices than you can shake your boomstick at await! The adventure is filled with comedy, slices of romantic life, and the horrors associated with surviving the zombie apocalypse from a zombie’s perspective!

Key events give you the chance to grow closer to the girls, and by doing so, you will access specific character story arcs that come with gorgeous HD images of the characters for you to unlock! Over 20 unlockable images in total—gotta collect ’em all!

Six playable, awesome half-zombie girls lead the charge!

Nine endings based on your choices and how close you grow with the characters!

No currency or stores exist in the post-apocalypse, so you will need to fill up your war chest by finding loot in dungeons. Be careful, though—weaponry will break if used too much!

Exploit multiple enemy weaknesses simultaneously in the unique Exponential Exploitation battle mechanic! Increase your damage multiplier and utilize it for a one-time attack that can deal tremendous damage! Set up custom battle strategies with the Macro function! Use this wisely in tandem with the EE System to create efficient tactics against your current roster of foes!

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(Itch.io)

 IndieGoGo Campaign!

Genre: Otome Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Comedy, Mystery
WARNINGSSwearing, Blood, Death, Psychological Aspects such as Depression, Flashing Lights, & Extreme Gore. Viewer discretion is advised!
Rating: 16+

In 20XX, an enormous earthquake shook the world and caused a triangular crater to suddenly appear in the middle of Bermuda Triangle. The world was aghast with this discovery and it became even more concerning when scout teams came across a mysterious force, preventing people from getting too close. Those who went to examine it said that the force was like an invisible wall and there was no way around it, therefore, making further investigation difficult. 

Spiritual events and sightings have also dramatically increased since then.
It got to the point where people began to hold festivals to honor the dead and the mythical creatures. It wasn’t long until it became a new worldwide sensation and there was not a single day where spiritual events weren’t on the news

Our heroine, Maya (19), was busy earning her living so this kind of event was of little importance aside from adding an exciting spice into her life. But then her world crumbled when a Goddess came and announced that her family would die in a car accident in the near future.

The Goddess offered Maya a deal: She would alter her family’s fate in exchange for closing the Bermuda Crater. In order to do so, Maya would have to go to a place called The Forgotten Isles, find what caused it, and look for a solution.

If she agreed, three men would accompany her, acting as bodyguards. Apparently, they each have their own circumstances and a wish to be granted.

Game Info:

Hi guys! My new project is finally here! :D
Now before you ask; “Nusantara: Bermuda Triangle” is not a sequel of “Nusantara: Legend of The Winged Ones”.
This is an entirely new story but set on the same universe. It covers a wider horizon of Nusantara’s archipelago.
Bermuda’s story will be much longer, packed with content, and has lots more visual assets than Winged Ones… I dunno whether to be happy or cry about that :’)) Because of this, I decided to make this project a commercial one.

Features:
– 4 Love interests (The last bachelor will be unlocked once you finished with all 3 main bachelors routes)
– 9 Endings
– 1 Constant Minigame
– Casual Status Raising
– Regular & Time-Limited Choices
– Translation/Definition Notes (Click on the Orange Text!)
– Mini Encyclopedia
– CG Gallery
– lots of CGs & BGs (I haven’t calculate the exact number yet)
– Depending on IndieGoGo’s success, the bachelors & MC may have partial voice acting.

UPDATE 9/28/2020!

Hi guys! How did your week go?
Me? Gotta say I’ve seen better days :’D 

My Ren’Py was acting out again. A specific GUI folder got corrupted for no reason and no rhyme–I didn’t even touch them! I’ve been working on progamming event scripts so why?? Fortunately, I got backups ready =_=;

I also had a bad case of cramps last week, you know, the monthlies? x_x; It usually doesn’t bother me that much, but oh boy, this one was throbbing and constantly tormenting my abdomen.

The cherry on top was that I spent too much time programming + editing Arya’s romantic event :’D Moreover, there’s this stupid moment where I forgot that I’ve prepared a special sprite for Guntur (For a romantic event. A small fanservice). So I had to return and manually replace his sprites just for that one event.

…But when all is said and done, I’m proud to announce:

   

Winter Arc’s programming is finished! x”D

We still have to draw the CGs + past-life memory images, but it’ll be a lot faster and less taxing than programming! Right now my mood is like:

After rain, comes sunshine! Let’s continue to work hard!

I will probably be drawing for the next two weeks, so look forward for the sketch sneak peeks -^.^)/ 

Stay safe and don’t forget to hydrate yourself!
xoxo,

SweetChiel

———————–~(OuO)~———————–

Q&A session part 16! 

1. What’s one thing that helps you decide you can trust someone? — by: Yanonako

Kahlil: “If they don’t judge me by my appearance or what I wear, they’re a good person in my list!”

Arya: “Trust is to be gained not given. If they’re not annoying, we’ll see.”

Guntur: “If they can talk to me without running away, that’ll be a start.”

2. If you had to describe your father, what would you tell me about him? —by: Yanonako

Kahlil: “He’s… scary.”

Arya: “If not for him, I wouldn’t be here. One day, I’ll repay him.”

Guntur: “I have admired him since I was little. It’s just too bad that I can’t see my parents because of my special circumstances. I miss them.”

———————–~(OuO)~———————–

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(ANDROID RELEASE)

Android Version Is Now For Sale

Android is now released! You can purchase the ANDROID version here: https://herculiongames.itch.io/full-service-android

As mentioned in a previous devlog: https://herculiongames.itch.io/full-service/devlog/179606/android-version-releas… , some backers are eligible for FREE copies, so please follow the instructions again from there to avail.

FAQs for the Android Version

How do I install? –> https://herculion.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/900002567123-How-do-I-install-my-Full-Service-APK-Android- 

How do I backup my save files? –> https://herculion.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/900002567103-How-do-I-backup-my-game-files-on-Android-

For other related reminders, please follow us on twitter at @FullServiceGame

This game is also available through Steam

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(Itch.io)

Alyx is a young man who has allowed his mother to dictate every aspect of his life for as long as he can remember. As a result, Alyx is currently in further education studying subjects that he has no interest in and dating a girl who he doesn’t have feelings for. He has known for a while that his romantic urges tend to veer towards other males but is afraid of actually mentioning it to his mother for fear of upsetting her. In fact, Alyx refuses to even accept himself, preferring instead to just let life pass him by. Despite being fairly miserable, Alyx is empathetic to the point that he would prefer to suffer in silence than face the possibility of hurting others. His only solace lies in a chat group he came across online, where he’s able to be a truer version of himself around the other members of the group, Alvy, Sio, Elil, and Kagan.

One day, Alyx is involved in an accident that puts him in a coma. As he dreams away in hospital, a mysterious figure called Merrik visits him, claiming to be his spirit guide. Merrik warns Alyx that if he continues to refuse to accept himself then he will never wake up. All hope is not lost, as Merrik offers Alyx another opportunity to live, with the requirement that he makes an effort to be true to himself. There is one condition, however, Alyx must prove to Merrik that he has the ability to change within just 3 days, or face death after all.

With the help of his online friends, can Alyx learn to love himself for who he really is on the inside? The outcome is entirely up to you! Make choices and help Alyx on his journey of self-discovery, deepen friendship with his online companions, and possibly even find true love :3

(Click the images on the side to view character profiles :3)

I suppose this would fall under the category of slice of life, with a bit of fantasy mixed in. I’ve never even played a yaoi game before as I prefer otome’s instead, so I have no idea if I’m even doing this right, or how it compares to all the yaoi content out there >.< But at the end of the day, I just figured it’s a story about friendship, love, and learning to accept yourself… and I wanted to tell it, so yeah xD 

Because of the time limitations on this project, I decided it would be best to edit some of Tokudaya’s sprites to make the characters, so if they seem familiar, that’s why! I did my best to edit them in a way that makes them look a little more unique at least :3

Anyway, I hope that someone out there somewhere will get some form of enjoyment out of this project at some point ^_^/

The jam demo

So I managed to release a demo in time for the end of the jam, but it only contains the prologue and common route. Please be aware if you’re downloading it that it wasn’t thoroughly tested as I was really short on time to submit an entry >.< I imagine it’s full of spelling & grammar errors, and probably some little bugs! For one thing, I know that it crashes at the end of the demo instead of taking you back to the title screen xD So yeah, it’s a very rough demo, sorry about that.

The full version is currently still in development :3

A Very Late Update x3


Soooo, I haven’t posted in quite some time after I was managing to make some form of regular-ish progress with the writing, haha. The reason I’ve been so silent is because I haven’t made much progress to report due to the state of my mental health absolutely sucking recently >.<

Anyone who knows me will know that I suffer with anxiety + depression so my ability to get stuff done can fluctuate. Usually, I’m able to sorta lose myself in projects like this when stuff is bad, but this time around, I wound up not getting much done on it at all because my head has just been so darn messed up lately! I’m pretty sure it’s the whole coronavirus thing that’s making everything 100x worse. I know a lot of people across the world have had to change the way they live their lives because of the virus, including me.

I’ll try not to ramble on too much with my venting, cos I know this is supposed to be a devlog for CiQ rather than a general update on my life xD Basically, since I live at both my dad’s and my partner’s places, but they’re far apart, my normal life revolves a lot of frequent travel between my two homes. Without a car, and with public transport being deemed generally unsafe right now, I can’t live the way I was living.  I’ve always been terrified of losing my loved ones, and somehow, travelling between each home every 10 days or so helped to calm that fear a little. The best I can manage for now is to stay in each place for a month at a time, and even then, it’s not very practical because it involves my poor dad driving me a very long distance, which I don’t want to put him through 😦 So yeah, I’m just even more scared than usual of losing my loved ones now that the distance between us is much harder to travel, and sometimes that fear becomes crippling.

Anyways! I’m still in the middle of writing Elil’s route. On top of that, my friend Anthony is helping me to find voice actors for the remake of the old jam demo that I’m working on. The cast will soon be decided :3

I’ll shut up for now! Wherever you are in the world, I hope that you’re managing to stay safe, and that you have a wonderful week ^_^/

Writing Progress:

Common Route – 100% complete  

Alvy’s Route – 100% complete  

Sio’s Route – 100% complete

Elil’s Route 33% complete

All other Routes – 0% complete

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(Itch.io)

“There is a glamour in belonging, or at least appearing to belong. I suppose that is what drew me towards the friends I made that summer, and towards the most eventful night of my life.”

In an attempt to make the most of their last summer together, a group of clever, eccentric misfits break into their music school to perform one last concert.  Following along with them as their sole audience member, you’ll foster friendships, reveal a generational curse or even meet the devil himself. 

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Content Warnings:

  • False Imprisonment
  • Death 

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Diabolus in Musica is a visual novel created in a month for Spooktober 2nd Annual Visual Novel Jam.

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(Itch.io)

Project: ESCAPE (prototype name) is a puzzle/adventure game, blending together puzzle gameplay with a rich narrative via more typical visual novel elements in the vein of games such as 999 or Virtue’s Last Reward.


The prototype focuses on two colourful characters–Kevin and Alice, both of whom wake up with cloudy heads and a pair of handcuffs binding them together within a strange prison cell. Will they be able to solve the strange puzzles that lie in wait for them and escape this foreboding room? And just what awaits them on the other side of that metal door? Somehow…they have the feeling that their strange adventures have only just begun.

Hi there! Thanks for checking this prototype out! This is a small puzzle game I’ve been working on slowly in my spare time over the last year for fun–and after a lot of setbacks, I’m finally ready to present it to the world!

I will preface this by saying that if you’re coming to this project from previous games of mine, please be aware that there is no adult content within this game. It was created with the intention of being something a little more lighthearted and accessible. An experimental project, if you will! Please don’t panic or despair though, because I still intend to work on, and make adult games. I just wanted a change of pace for this particular project, and don’t want to feel I’m forever bound to only making adult stuff.

This largely serves as a way for me to broaden my skills with Ren’Py too as I attempt to script all manner of fancy systems!

So, with that out of the way–outside of the brief synopsis above, what does this contain? Well, allow me to break out my handy bullet points! Project: ESCAPE contains the following:

  • A short romp through a puzzle filled cell that should last roughly 5 – 10 minutes, depending on how much you poke around for the bonus dialogue and how challenging the puzzles might prove to be for you.
  • Fully voiced dialogue for both Alice and Kevin (yes, the male main character is voiced this time around!) with roughly 300 lines of dialogue in-between the narration.
  • 3 puzzles to be solved, with progressively more helpful hints from the characters if you need them.
  • A simple inventory system that will keep track of items you have (though for simplicity’s sake they’ll be used automatically at the right time)
  • Point-and-click style gameplay in-between the dialogue. Click to examine areas of interest, and view the cell from several key angles! We’ve come a long way from simple menu based navigation!

I understand this game won’t be for everyone–but I certainly hope you give it a try if anything listed above piques your interest! Let me know what you think if you get the chance down the line. Either way, I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve accomplished here, and am happy to finally present it to the world after a number of unfortunate setbacks in development.

And while I’ve tried to iron out every bug possible–this was a VERY complex thing to put together, with lots of moving parts. So if by chance something breaks, please let me know and I’ll put out a new version as fast as I can while profusely apologizing for the inconvenience.

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(Itch.io)

You jolt awake as the bus hits a particularly nasty bump. You feel like you’d only just managed to start drifting off, and now here you are, awake again and still exhausted.

For a moment, you’re hazy on the details of where exactly ‘here’ is, confusing this bus with the many others that came before it. But as your mind continues to reassert its existence in the waking world, the past few days come back into focus. The long-lost cousin, the bad news, the twenty-six hours of bus rides with countless late-night stops in seedy depots that felt unsafe even in the middle of the day. You wouldn’t normally find yourself traveling like this, but your cousin bought the tickets. The funeral of her mother, your aunt, seemed like something you shouldn’t ignore, even considering your own late mother’s rocky relationship with this side of the family.

Fortunately, the end of your long journey is in sight. You’re almost in Scarlet Hollow.

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Scarlet Hollow is a horror visual novel where your choices deeply matter. Hand-drawn backgrounds and sprites work together with a complex relationship system to bring to life an immersive world of charming (and terrifying) characters. Who lives, who dies, and the fate of an entire town rests on your shoulders.

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(Itch.io)

(PC) is a romance visual novel set in the fictional college town of Elmwood. Upon arrival, you will be inducted into a secret support group for the local psychics in this supernatural slice-of-life.

As a member of the support group you will face several choices in your day to day life as you balance college with keeping your newfound friends’ abnormalities a secret. 

Meet the cast and entangle yourself further with one of our four eligible bachelors as you learn more about their troubled lives as psychics. You’ll have the chance to help them cope with the issues their “gifts” bring — by doing so, you may even find yourself forming a deeper connection.

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PC’s fantastic sprite art is by the artist Shiuk, who you can find on his twitter.

You can also follow the progress of the game via my profile or occasionally on the game’s twitter page.

If you would like to get access to builds a week early, view additional dev logs, as well as support the continuation of our project, check out our Patreon – HERE!

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and we’ll answer if we can. We’ll be happy to read any reviews/thoughts you have on Psychic Connections as well.

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(Itch.io)

Alex Gutierrez is an ordinary girl working an ordinary job in an ordinary company. That is until a new not-so-normal coworker, Nerissa shows up in her life, thrusting her to the supernatural. As the underworld’s most wanted mortal, Nerissa offers her a deal.

Game is free but if you like it enough, donations are appreciated ❤

Twitter | twitch | discord server |  kofi

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(Itch.io)

Crimson – “So what do you think about a spooky story?”

Dirt Party is a Horror based  Visual Novel.

The story is about a group of teenagers who go to a camping at forest that is located on a mountain. But this mountain have his own secrets. Crimson tells a legend to her friends, the legends talk about a Golem who lives on this mountain and steal everyone who comes here, and yeah they never come back.

Start playing the game as Conor and make hard decisions. You should decide what is more important to you, and those decisions will give you different endings, 5 in total which are 2 good endings, 3 bad endings AND (don’t tell anyone) a special secret ending!

Meet The Heroes!

Warning!

this is a Horror game, so the game includes

  • Loud noises
  • offensive language
  • Violence and death

The game features:

  • Characters made with Sutemo‘s assets
  • 5 characters with over 15  sprites
  • over 10 free backgrounds from 6 different authors
  • 4 free sound tracks from 3 different authors
  • 10,000 words
  • 5 CG’s(kinda) with a gallery
  • 1 secret CG with Conor!

If you interested in my future works, you can follow me here:

  • Twitter – @Rutra_Ra
  • (It’s all for now)
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(Itch.io)

Lyre Harmoniel deals with a chronic, yet relatable issue: the inability to keep a job. Having lost eight of them in the past two months, she’s starting to border on desperate.

All she wants is a job where she can have fulfilling life and make a difference. And then she sees it… an ad that changes her life forever.

Will Lyre finally get the job of her dreams or will she crash and burn again?

CAST.

…and more!

FEATURES.

  • 3-5 hours of play depending on reading speed
  • Partial Voice Acting
  • 7 Unique Sprites
  • 4 CGs
  • Blinking animations
  • 3 possible endings
  • Exactly one man who sparkles (it’s Veris)
  • A romantic VN that’s 99% safe for work (okay, there might be one shirtless CG… also Veris’ fault)
  • A beefy love interest
  • A fun, wholesome and dramatic romp, fun for the whole family! 

COMING SOON!

  • Additional DLC of a second beefy love interest (Fai) will be funded by:
Brand assets — Kickstarter

Fixes:

  • Windows Icon error fixed.

Join our brand new community by clicking the below button!

Join my discord
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(Itch.io)

Noiphelyn overslept and wakes up from a bad dream, only to realize everyone except her friend left home. What happens when you are awake to a new nightmare subverting reality? 

Rumour has it that things happen during the night, and they are about to find out with their lives at stake.

Will Noiphelyn stay in one piece, safe and sound?

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(SWITCH)

Assume the role of a Grim Reaper and decide who lives and who dies… as an office job!

In this narrative-based game, you take the role of the Grim Reaper… on an office job. Your job is to decide which people are going to live or die. Your choices will affect the world around you. Keep the chaos away or foil plots to destroy the world and rise through the ranks of Reapers all the way up to MIDDLE-MANAGEMENT, wow!

The consequences of your choices are yours to bear, while the mystery of your incarnation awaits revelation!

Things to do in the game:
– Have a… totally normal… office job
– Talk to your boss
– Get monies
– Buy stuff from Mortimer’s Plunder Emporium(?)
– Decorate your desk
– Do some paperwork
– Pet the cat??
– Stare in the mirror and talk to yourself
– Don’t let the existential dread set in
– DONT LET IT SET IN (ONLY THE FATE OF HUMANKIND IS IN YOUR HANDS, IT’S 100% OK)
– Listen to that one really catchy tune in the elevator

Game features:
– Meaningful choices
– Branching storyline with multiple [SECRET] endings
– Make-Your-Own-Grim-Reaper!
– Fully voiced NPCs (English only)
– Original Soundtrack
– Original artwork featuring watercolour graphics
– Dialogue options
– Upgrade shop

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(Itch.io)

Angel, Devil, Elf and Me! 

Ayumu is just your average bachelor until out of nowhere three gorgeous women from a fantasy world burst through a portal into his living room. It turns out our ‘normal guy’ Ayumu is somehow the descendant of a legendary Hero and of course, any children he has will be incredibly powerful! Join Ayumu as his everyday life is turned upside down as beautiful girls from across dimensions battle it out for his ‘essence!’

Ayumu, not being the type who enjoys seeing these lovely ladies tear each other (and his house) apart, steps in and pleads that they not fight over him so the three decide it is up to Ayumu to choose one among them to become his bride. Each of the girls try to appeal to him in her own unique way, Rizabel is a saucy succubus and princess of hell who wants to seduce Ayumu so she can have powerful children to rule over hell. Elysia, the motherly angel, wishes to marry Ayumu to prevent his overwhelming essence from falling into the wrong hands she takes a more soothing and pampering approach to win Ayumu over. Finally Hilda the leader of a clan of Dark Elves hopes to marry Ayumu so that his essence will provide her clan with many strong children, she comes off as very noble and stoic but is quite a novice when it comes to romance and her awkward attempts to woo Ayumu might just do the trick.

Check out the story of the unlikely descendant of a Hero who finds himself beset by beautiful brides from another world as he tries to figure out just how he is going to handle the situation he finds himself in with the three other-worldly women and lead a happy married life.

Angel, Devil, Elf and Me! is the English localization of a Visual Novel originally created by prolific Japanese developer Norn/Miel. We at Cherry Kiss aim to provide an authentic Japanese Visual Novel experience to gamers outside of Japan.

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(Itch.io)

While visiting her sister in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving, Hannah finds that she doesn’t quite have enough money to do all the sightseeing she’d like to do. Fortunately, her sister’s best friend offers Hannah work at her café for the three days before Thanksgiving. Those three days become crucial as Hannah discovers who she truly is while working at the “Café Deux Femmes”.

“Café Deux Femmes” is a coming-of-age, slice-of-life Yuri Visual Novel and Dating Sim where you play as a recent college grad who is trying to find out where they belong in the world and what they should do with their life.

Featuring –

  • A charming storyline with touches of drama and comedy
  • Beautiful Anime influenced character art
  • Classy Modern Jazz Soundtrack
  • Multiple endings based on your choices
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(Itch.io|Kickstarter|Facebook|Twitter|Website)

Henchman Story is a visual novel where you play as a beleaguered henchman working for a bumbling supervillain.

It’s thankless work. Week in and week out, you put on your purple spandex and get the crap beaten out of you by much stronger, much cooler people wearing much fancier spandex. But the checks clear, and Lord Bedlam offers healthcare, so a job’s a job, right?

Even henchmen have bills to pay, and sometimes, even henchmen can make choices that change everything.

Superhero Satire: A comedic take on the world of superheroes that revels in the ridiculous nature of its setting, and showcases a colorful, comic book aesthetic.

Colorful Characters: Find friends, enemies and even romance amongst a lively cast of villains, heroes and fellow henchmen. 

Meaningful Choices: Your decisions directly influence the story – leading to over a dozen endings, determining the fate of its characters, and if you play your cards right, you might even earn a promotion!

Professional Voice Acting (In Progress): Comedy is funnier with great delivery, and emotional moments hit harder with nuanced performances, which is why the final version of Henchman Story aims to have full voice acting on release. For now, you can get a glimpse of what that will sound like through the demo’s partial voice acting, and if you like what you hear, support our Kickstarter so we can have full voice acting in the final version!

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(KICKSTARTER|TWITTER|DISCORD|WEBSITE)

The Shadow Government Simulator is a PC puzzle/strategy game that puts you in control of a shadow organization dead set on global domination via bribery, intimidation, seduction, and any means necessary. Inspired by old classics like Plague Inc. and modern gems like The Shrouded Isle, this is a challenging game where you infiltrate nations, discover their networks of power, and then reshape them to fit your agenda.

Turn-based strategic infiltration.

In this game every action you take matters on a global scale. When you enter a new nation, you’ll be alone with just a headquarters at your disposal and minimal information. Slowly, you will send your tendrils throughout the region uncovering who are the influential and how much power they truly wield. You’ll discover their traits and personalities, earning an understanding of their weaknesses and how to best convert them to your side.

Reshape society’s network!

More importantly, you’ll discover who they are connected to, and thus person by person, you shall take over the whole elite. Having a strong interconnected network is the key to success, but the bigger you get the more visible you are and this could lead to your demise. Manage your network, cutting and creating connections, to ensure you act from the shadows when the time is right.

Customize your unit’s abilities to match your grand plan!

Evolve your organization

The world will be difficult to conquer without growth and adaptation. As you capture new units, you can change their abilities, unlocking new traits and adapting to the necessities of the shadow war. Throughout your campaign for world domination, you’ll be able to build your organization with unique traits. Tailor your society and its pawns to fit your grand plan. Conquer the world and you’ll be able to unlock different factions such as the Masons and the Templars, with different strengths and weaknesses!

Convert the elite to your cause

Fight for global supremacy

As your organization grows and becomes more visible on the global scale the challenges you face will increase. The world’s countries will unite against you and you will face off against rival organizations. Choose wisely which region to infiltrate first, as they will provide different bonuses, but also present different challenges. Each region will offer a distinct play experience with its procedurally generated networks. As time moves forward the regions will acquire unique modifiers to increase the difficulty and diversity of the maps you play on. It might well be worth the risk, however, as nations you take over become yours to command, unlocking new powerful abilities. Be it a person or a country, they shall all become like pawns before you!

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(Kickstarter|Game Demo)

The characters and plot mechanics haven’t changed as much in 10 years as you would think! Rather, everyone was aged-up and plotlines as well as character interactions became more mature, involved, and nuanced than before. There is still a large cast of characters, and the origins behind the outbreak have remained largely the same, with additional scientific research making the scenario as realistic as feasibly possible. 

ApoYume is driven by the ability to play from the POV of twins – each twin has a unique experience and lease on life, as they have drastically different personalities and ways they process their emotions. Mikuru, the female protagonist, is the first twin whose head you get inside of. Her dream predicting the end of the world is what spurs this adventure in the first place, and she acts as the catalyst for the story. Toshiro, the male protagonist, has his own issues with being “different” that he largely keeps to himself, to support his sister and help her navigate through her life…and as you play as him, you will see how that has affected him and his emotional development throughout his life. 

The game will take place over approximately 2 months, and 6 central chapters. The first draft of  writing for the entire game is about 1/4 finished. 

There are 5 possible “final endings”, with several possible LI endings paired with CGs that build off of those. In total, this is over 12 ending variations, the total number ambiguous to not risk spoiling plot. 

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(Itch.io|Kickstarter)

Set in early 17th century, just before the Pirate Golden Age, The Spanish Privateer places you in the shoes of Isabel Carlota de Castilla (but you can just call her Carlota). Carlota is an 18-year-old runaway escaping a marriage forced upon her by her parents. Not able to afford passage on a ship, Carlota offers to work for her voyage aboard Captain Rico’s ship, La Aguja. Captain Rico is a privateer, a pirate with a letter of marque allowing him to attack and capture the enemies of Spain. Carlota soon falls in love with the sea, and challenges herself to become a valuable member of the ship. 

Amidst sword fights, balls, and drunken nights at the tavern, Carlota learns more about her fellow crew members and the world outside Spain. Visits to the archipelago of Azores, cities in the Caribbean and Veracruz, New Spain, teach Carlota about the effects of colonization and make her question her contribution and power aboard the Spanish ship. 

No matter which route you travel down, Carlota must overcome her male crew members’ prejudices, earning their respect with her hard work, determination, and intelligence. 

  • 227K words
  • Three love interests
  • Three Good Endings
  • Seven Bad Endings
  • Six “Alternate” Endings
  • Approximately seven CGs per route
  • Achievements
  • Love, Friendship, and Personality Meters
  • Plenty of Piratey Adventures and Monkey Island Jokes!

GRAY’S CLOSING THOUGHTS CORNER

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Did you see any games that caught your eye?

We’ve finally arrived to October and the spooks are rampant on the blog (or will be soon!), and hopefully we see new releases of Halloween themed visual novels. Especially with Crimson Spires set to come out this month, I am stoked and foaming at the mouth to see this exciting take on a visual novel. I’m an interested in Apocalyptic Dream which you can play a demo for free! The gaming world has gotten more exciting and more enticing, and I can’t wait to see the next set of releases coming soon. 

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side!

I Won an Award?!

A special thank you to Indiecator for nominating me for the award, and I’m not sure how to go about this because this is my first time getting an award LMAO. I’m glad and humbled by the nomination even if it’s a small award, so thank you Indie, and if you haven’t already checked out his blog Otomelandians and VNtopians, check it out today or this week!

༶•┈┈⛧┈♛ THE RULES♛┈⛧┈┈•༶

Mirai Kageyama from Seduced in the Sleepless City
  • Thank the blogger and link to them (which should be a given)
  • Display the award logo on your blog (which I’m gonna do in this post)
  • Mention the creator of the award + link
  • List the rules
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Answer five questions from the nominator
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question
  • Nominate 10 to 20 bloggers
  • Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog (though, I’d just message them where possible)
  • Share the link to your best post

“According to the creator, Okoto, “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Kasuza Hanai Metro PD Close to You

While I haven’t posted a lot of inspirational posts on my blog, I do hope I have created some ingenious posts and comedic titles. I also hope that my blogs are funny, and are relatable to others out there who play visual novels or survival games. My passion is to talk about these games, and also give first-hand experienced terrible gaming advice.

I do love writing and blogging, it’s a fun and cathartic adventure for me and I find a lot of enjoyment from doing it. Here’s the hard part, I’m not sure what three things to tell people about myself… I’ll give it a try, so bear with me.

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༶•┈┈⛧┈♛ THREE THINGS ABOUT GRAY ♛┈⛧┈┈•༶

Tennoji Yutaka Metro PD Close to You

I am a Crime Junkie, I really dislike that I had to use Urban Dictionary to find that definition… However, it summarizes a bit about how I tend to love thrillers, suspense, and horror stories. I did a write up about my affair for Yanderes in a post about my ‘Dirty Laundry.’

I can ultimately sit in and lay on my bed all day and listen and research these cases, seeking to understand the case and the evidence provided. However the case, I binge on true crime podcasts, blogs, and also TV Shows when I’m not working on my blog or podcasts.

Ota Kisaki from Kissed by the Baddest Bidder

I am a Christian, formerly Secular Alchemist, for a long time I wasn’t overtly religious. Then, one day, in my period of darkness and reflection, I heard God call to me. I believe that we can transform by giving ourselves over to our faith, and to look deep within for our truth.

I’ve come a long way from where I used to be in the past, and I’m still learning new information daily. I practice divination, astrology, meditation (five minute circuits), homesteading, and herbal studies.

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Ryoichi Hirose from Seduced in the Sleepless City

I am a writer, and I go by several different pseudonyms, but Gray is closest to my real name. I write poor tasting fanfiction to semi-decent poetry, and I’m currently working on my biggest hurdle of writing a novel. I’m no Ryoichi Hirose of Seduced from the Sleepless City with well acclaimed romance novels under my belt, but I hope one day I will be.

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༶•┈┈⛧┈♛ MY BEST POST? ♛┈⛧┈┈•༶

Victor from Queen’s Choice: Love & Producer

My best post of all time is “My Inner Child Otome-Style,” this was one of my early entries of this year when I got back into blogging, and I still believe it’s one of my best posts. It talks about the psychology and deep shadow work on healing the inner child in all of us, but also the issues I found within myself. It gets into the insecurities and shadowy aspects I related to through otome characters, it is one of my vulnerable posts out there, and I plan on writing more just like it in the future.

Inner child work is the process of contacting, understanding, embracing and healing your inner child. Your inner child represents your first original self that entered into this world; it contains your capacity to experience wonder, joy, innocence, sensitivity, and playfulness. (Loner Wolf)

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༶•┈┈⛧┈♛ QUESTIONS FROM THE INDIECATOR ♛┈⛧┈┈•༶

Yuki Arisugawa from Love Letter from Thief X

You have to ban one game for eternity. This game shall never be played or watched again and nobody is allowed to talk about it. Which game do you pick?

Good lord… I think I made a post about games and books I’ll never read again after how badly they marred my psyche LMAO. However, since I gotta choose one, would be Outlast II, the psychotic Eddie in there still frightens the hell outta me. I can still hear his demented ramblings and the screams of his victims in my head from the whistleblower segment. This game has been forever banned.

Yuta Kajima from My Forged Wedding

How was your day? What have you been up to? Hope you’re well. 

My day is pretty productive so far, with new blog ideas and podcast material to record, it’s been pretty good! I’m doing fairly well, and I’ve managed to get a boxing workout in today, so that is a plus lol. Thank you for asking ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)!

Hiro Sarashina from Love Letter from Thief X

If you could take any vehicle/plane/etc. from any game/show/book/whatever to use in our world, what would you pick and where would you go?

I would take the Omnithopter from Code Realize, I’m actually not a huge fan of flying especially with large crowds. However, this machine is made to sit only two people, and it is versatile and looks like a Dragonfly in the sky. It is one of the most unique inventions I’ve seen in games besides a few others, but I would use this contraption to fly around the world.

Rihito Hatsune from Dreamy Days in West Tokyo

This one’s weird! It’s not a question… it’s an answer! “No, but the raisings certainly belong to this office.” – Find the question that this answer answers!

I’m sorry, I have failed to find the question to the answer. I tried searching and apparently I’m very bad at this LMAO.

Hibiki Shiina from Seduced in the Sleepless City

What’s your favourite Indie title that you personally love that nobody seems to know?

While I have a big list now with indie games that I adore, my ultimate favorite is still Backstage Pass from Sakevisual. It’s been out there for quite some time, and while a few of the older otome and visual novel players might know this game. Others may not, and I feel that this game should be talked about as it’s different compared to standard otome games out there.

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༶•┈┈⛧┈♛ QUESTIONS FROM GRAY’S OTOME TO NOMINEES♛┈⛧┈┈•༶

Satsuki Kitaoji from Seduced in the Sleepless City

Favorite Game or Media of All Time?

What is your favorite game/book/media quote?

What is your preferred platform to play games?

What kind of content will readers find on your blog?

What is one thing you would do if it would be impossible to fail?

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༶•┈┈⛧┈♛ GRAY’S NOMINEES♛┈⛧┈┈•༶

Trevor Konno from Seduced in the Sleepless City

I wish to nominate these fellow bloggers, as their content is great and I love what they do. From books, movies, and games, these people are amazing at their craft and niche of the blogosphere (and youtube!).

Narratess

Mr. Peril

Geeking-By

TheAspiringKryptonian

A Geek Girl’s Guide

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Ren Shibisaki from My Forged Wedding

A humble thank you again to Indiecator for the nomination, and for those I’ve tagged/nominated; continue to keep doing what you do as you’re rad AF and I love your blogs. To my readers, I hope you all are well and that you please check out the blogs I’ve nominated, as well as Indie’s blog.

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere and see you on the gaming side~!

Making Rules to Break the Rules in Visual Novel Gaming

BREAK THE RULES

Shin from Amnesia

Yep, you read that right. I’m asking you to break the rules of visual novel etiquette when it comes to casual gaming. My reasoning is this, we use a lot of game guides and direction from blogs and or other websites to help us figure out a game.

I’m one of those people who do need a game guide every now and then when I keep getting the same ending over and over, but it can also be because I’m someone who hates bowing down to a dominant character. I’m also one of those people who can easily miss a certain item that’s crucial to solving a mystery in a game, and then end up having to restart the game all over again to get said item.

I’m asking you to break the rules of visual novel etiquette when it comes to casual gaming.

Shin from Amnesia

In today’s blog, I want to talk about going back in time to when we didn’t have the internet handy, and you either had to pay for game guides at your local game store to get all the cheats inside the game or figure things out on your own. I’m gonna talk about old fashioned gaming habits that I’ve been implementing to stop my self-dependent habits on the internet guides and disconnect from the internet while gaming. Let’s break the modern rules a little, and warp it back to the 1990s (well not really, but you get what I mean. I think).

I’m gonna talk about old fashioned gaming habits that I’ve been implementing to stop my self-dependent habits on the internet guides and disconnecting from the internet while gaming.

ANSWER THE QUESTIONS HOW YOU WANT

A lot of times in games you have to pick a certain action or statement to get the best reaction out of a character.

Soh Toyonaga from Dangerous Relationship

A lot of times in games you have to pick a certain action or statement to get the best reaction out of a character. While it’s always a good thing to have game guides ready to punch in those options with ease, I feel it takes away the fun of answering honestly. Whenever I get a new game and go on the rampaging course of romancing a random character, I now answer them with how I honestly feel.

Kei Toyonaga from Dangerous Relationship

Whether it’s the “excuse me, I believe you’re an asshole” or “I’m sorry, you need to leave” and sometimes, “I apologize, apparently I didn’t hit you hard enough to get my point across about you’re perverted nature.” It’s always more interesting to see the other reactions the character gives versus the usual blush, or how they feel they are a total king/queen of everyone because you’ve praised them.

We can always restart the route, and answer the opposite of what you said before, and find out that you marry a tree instead of the LI.

Ryouhei Shindo from Dangerous Relationship

IMO play the route on the first round with just your honest answers, and if you don’t get the super happy ending on the first round and end up with the bad ending. It’s not the end of the world. We can always restart the route, and answer the opposite of what you said before, and find out that you marry a tree instead of the LI.

ROMANCE WHOEVER THE HELL YOU WANT

Mahiro Kunizu of Office Lovers

In most visual novels guides out there, and also many sites, they give information on how to play a game with structure. I have nothing against these blogs, and they’re helpful when you keep getting the same ending over and over with a character. A lot of times when we pick a game guide, it gives us an outline of who we should romance first. WHILE I’M GLAD FOR THE STRUCTURE INCERTAIN GAMES, I feel it’s best to romance whoever the f**k you want, in whatever order you wish–as the story will always piece itself together.

I feel it’s best to romance whoever the f**k you want, in whatever order you wish…

Kentaro of Office Lovers

It might be confusing sometimes if you happen to romance the character who happens to have the most information about a mystery to the plot, before the secret romance-able character is unlocked. Then you’ll have to work around the other characters to figure out the missing pieces information. However, I feel that’s what makes the game fun, and more interesting when you have a secrets to uncover while you game.

DISCONNECT

Yes, I mean your cell phone, computer, or tablet.

Gray Speaks
Subaru Oshima from Dangerous Relationship

Lastly, but not least, just game like we are back in the ages when there wasn’t the internet available to keep hooking yourself up to. It’s pretty hard these days to disconnect from the world of the internet when you constantly have it at your fingertips. Yes, I mean your cell phone, computer, or tablet.

It’s pretty hard these days to disconnect from the world of the internet when you constantly have it at your fingertips.

Saint Germain from Ikemen Vampires

A lot of games can be played offline, especially visual novels, thanks to some of the new features of being able to download the game data onto your preferred platform. It’s easy to forget to play your game, when you’re constantly hardwired into the main system. that you forget to just enjoy the game without influence from other people or distractions.

We live in a world that strives to make us stay connected regardless of what we do, and it can get taxing, because we are constantly hooked into the matrix. This rule was left for last because it’s the hardest out of all my rules to break, for me, it took 21 days to create the habit of having my phone, tablet, and computer on airplane mode to play my games and read.

Saeki Takamasa from My Forged Wedding

21 days to create the habit of having my phone, tablet, and computer on airplane mode

It’s difficult, especially when you are addicted or the internet is necessary to play your game, but there are other things that can keep you wired into the matrix that you can’t just step away from. However, just like meditation, I feel gaming should be given the same breakaways, just gaming and disconnecting from all the hullabaloo.

GRAY’S CORNER

Ota Kisaki from Kissed by the Baddest Bidder

Let’s recap a bit about the rules I follow when playing visual novels.

1. Drop the Guide, Answer the Way You Want To

2. Romance Whoever You Want, Without Order

3. Disconnect From the Matrix.

Ryoichi Hirose from Seduced in the Sleepless City

What it comes down to is remembering to have fun when you game, enjoy the time and experience with it. Since we have a lot of things that can disturb our alone time with our gaming. Are their rules you’ve broken that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

Visual Novel News: New or Updated Visual Novel Games #2

Hello Otomelandians and VNtopians, and welcome to a Visual Novel News blog post, where I present games that have come onto my radar that are new, updated, or are games that have already come out, but they have additional content releases coming soon. I’m always trying to find the latest visual novel game content and news, and decided I would share the news I find with everyone who visits my blog as well!

I’ll do my best to inform everyone about all types of visual novel media, from indie to MSM in these posts! Now, without further ado, in today’s blog we have a wide array of games to present, I do hope that you check out these games and give the demos a try.

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(SWITCH)

Marry me… Only a month would do.

The Story:
Due to a twist of fate, you’re now pretending to be the wife of a man you’ve just met. At first, you’re against the idea of this fake marriage, but as the days go on and you get to know one another, your mutual attraction deepens…

Characters:
Yamato Kougami “Physics teacher”
Takamasa Saeki “Author”
Ren Shibasaki “Scientist”
Takao Maruyama “Lawyer”
Yuta Kajima “Comedian”

Contents
Includes “Main Stories” in the App “Love 365: Find Your Story.”
Follows Yamato, Saeki, Ren, and Takao’s stories up to “Honeymoon: Epilogue.”
Stories for Yuta are included up until “Wedding Bells: Epilogue.”

The Sekimeiya: Spun Glass is a mystery/thriller visual novel, currently in its last days of a very successful Kickstarter.

Created by Trinitite Team, the adventure game features an interesting storyline that delves deep into a thrilling mystery.

The discovery of a rare gemstone draws people to an exhibit held in Ashiya Tower. Just as the event begins, the tower is flooded with smoke and the emergency shutters activate, trapping 8 people in the tower for the next 12 hours.

The Sekimeiya

With no clear facts about the events occurring inside the building, the public and police can only speculate. Why can’t the shutters be opened? Is anyone behind this, and if so, who? Are the people inside even still alive?

These questions can’t be answered until the time is up. Even then, describing the events that transpired might prove to be a challenge. Prepare for twists and questions that will keep you theorizing, second-guessing, and searching for the ultimate truth.

The Sekimeiya: Spun Glass features an expansive library of 50 different songs, combined with great graphics, and a broad character base.

  • 40+ hours of thrilling, intricate mystery
  • Search text and jump to any point in the story
  • Summaries and player notes system
  • Extensive soundtrack featuring an array of artists including Clayfacer, mistwin, Primate, and more

Check it out at the Kickstarter!

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(Play the Demo on Itch.io|Kickstarter)

A choice-driven, magitech isekai visual novel (GxB/GXG) featuring in-game social media and an intricate romancing system!

Please note: the webGL version of the mini-game demo does not support Safari nor mobile phones as it is meant for PC demo play. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox on PCs instead. Thank you for your understanding! More information

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(Itch.io)

Episode 5 Update

Andromeda Six » Devlog

“Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your support with ‘Tea Time With Oppo’ and the love surrounding it, we had so much fun creating that DLC! We really wanted to take the chance to do something fun and fluffy while we could, as when we head into Episode 5 we will be delving into some darker, more hard-hitting topics.

We don’t  give out dates for the Episodes until we know for sure when we can release them, so all we can say so far is that our plans are for a November release. We will give a fixed date as soon as we can, and update you if this plan changes at all. This Episode is gearing up to be the biggest one yet, with 4 new backgrounds, new sprites and variations, and a huge NINE new CGs.

Every member of our dev team has either a day job or other projects/work that also require our attention, so while we wish we could work on A6 full-time, it’s simply not feasible, and this accounts for the irregular releases. We do, however, put as much work into the game as we can, and we will try to keep you more updated on progress for the coming Episode, as we can see you enjoy that!

You can also visit us on Patreon, where we have started sharing sneak peeks and insights into Episode 5, and will continue to do so until release.

Thanks again to all of our players! And we’ll see you soon with some more news and updates :)”

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(Itch.io)

A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and LinuxDownload Now Name your own price

Playing With An Incubus” is a short BL/Yaoi visual novel featuring the unexpected encounter between Alexandre, a lonely guy obsessed with his favorite gacha game, and Rodric, a hungry incubus seeking to find someone. Split between his original plans for the night and giving attention to his new visitor, what will Alexandre choose? 

❣ Warning: this game contains detailed descriptions of sexual activities between two consenting male adults (MxM), thus it’s intended for adult audiences (+18) only!

❤ +8.400 words story with two different endings

❤ Animated sprites

❤ Gallery with 3 full-colored CGs (and variations)

❤ Dyslexic-friendly font choice

❤ Available in English and Brazilian Portuguese (Português Brasileiro)

❤ For PC, Mac and Linux!

Since this is a free-to-play game, if you wish to support the developer you can donate $3.99 to receive an digital artbook in PDF format, containing all of the in-game art plus concept sketches and a solo NSFW illustration of the game’s protagonist, Alexandre, only available on the artbook.

The artbook is also available at Gumroad.

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(Itch.io)

SIDE STORY FOR THE SCI-FI VISUAL NOVEL, ANDROMEDA SIX

In ‘Tea Time with Oppo’ you’ll play as a new character – an Arcnos, newly arrived in Nos Vega. Your family friend, Oppo, has helped you with the big move, and is kindly showing you around the city.

Having previously lived on the wide, open expanses of Teranium’s deserts, the hustle and bustle of the city can either excite or overwhelm you. And then there’s the question of Oppo’s friends, the ones they seem so fond of.

Oppo keeps a collection of their fondest memories, and they might be willing to share one or two with you… as long as they’re not too embarrassing, of course. 

In ‘Tea Time with Oppo’ you’ll find:

– 2 new, exclusive backgrounds

– 4 new illustrations, featuring the beloved crew of the Andromeda Six, as well as Oppo.

–  Multiple new sprites and variations.

– 3 exclusive stories from the crew’s past.

Playing as a male, female, or non-binary Arcnos, you will explore different stories featuring the crew of the Andromeda Six.

Calderon – The stoic and standoffish ex-military commander with a fiery vendetta.  

Damon – The cold hearted but charming second-in-command with a sharp tongue.  

Juniper – The calm and collected gunman with a gentlemen’s demeanor.  

Sebastian – The humorous and easygoing engineer with a love of bionics.  

Ayame – The bright and no-drama ace pilot and self-proclaimed geek queen.  

Ryona – The pure hearted and nurturing medic with a deep-rooted yearning for revenge.

Vexx – The newest recruit to the Royal Guard, with a mission on his mind.

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(Itch.io)

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(Itch.io)

—Story—

Once an impoverished boy, Ecout Kanovos lands a job as a recruit for the authoritative force of the city of Enonoia: the Master Order Trained Hire. However, Ecout soon realizes that this work exceeds his expectations of delivering any sort of justice.

Amidst the chaos of sudden abductions and riots, an otherworldly atmosphere looms just beyond the recesses of the city’s society. From a dubious state prison, Ecout frees Otis: a peculiar young man with a beastly visage who promises to return the favor with an ability to grant any wish.

Could this power repair Ecout’s life before it crumbles along with the city, or will the events that follow mark his undoing? What awaits you in the end is yet to be found.

—Features—

Ovine Replica is an adventure-style visual novel: a text-based game with emphasis on a story—featuring illustrations and a soundtrack—which readers can enjoy at their own pace.

•Multiple endings to a tale of suspense and intrigue shed new light on what could be and what could have been. Choices made will lead to different outcomes in unexpected ways as your true intentions become evident. Decide for yourself if the city of Enonoia is a utopia or dystopia in need of your own ambition.

•Event CGs (dynamic illustrated scenes) are spread throughout the story, complementing a number of key scenes with fresh art from Aiyuu as much as each new track from composers Matthew L. and Strung.

•With a blend of inspiration taken from other tense, terrifying visual novels like Chaos;Head and atmospheric, moody role-playing games like Shin Megami Tensei™, dread may loom over the reader alongside enchantment. In an already-foreign world, the true mysteries have yet to be solved, and the biggest surprises have yet to be discovered.

This is the complete version of Ovine Replica, featuring the full story and the ability to either start from the beginning or continue from the point at which the demo version ends. The demo version of Ovine Replica only covers the introduction of the story, but may be downloaded from this page for the sake of preservation.

[CONTENT NOTICE]

This software is unadvised for young or immature audiences, particularly anyone under the age of 17.

Sensitive material includes:
•Blood and gore
•Profanity
•Sexual themes

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(Itch.io)

Disclaimer- this is intended to be a dark game, dealing with serious topics such as depression, anxiety, mental health, suicide, death, loss of loved one 

“No, that’s not it. That’s not right.”

How I’ve felt for so long. 

Eve struggles with depression, anxiety and many deep and dark emotions. One day, she begins to have weird dreams, forcing her to make moral choices. Her actions in real life can alter these dreams. But how? and why?

Could there be a way out of the endless dark?

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(Itch.io)

Airwaves

Use the cheatsheet if you just want to read the story. This game gets really difficult.

*21/09/2020: Added cheat sheet and bug fixes

Airwaves is a 2D pixel art text-based puzzle game/interactive novella about a fictional family in fictional China working as a telegraph & communications operator for over a century. 

The player will take control over the operator to decipher Morse code, encryptions & calligraphy, and experience 4 short stories across by playing through 3 generations of telegraph operators in the same family across important periods of time in China’s modern & future history. 

The difficulty of the game will evolve across generations from basic Morse messages to deciphering complex ciphers & code conversions. 

Through deciphering & logging codes and messages, the mystery and the tragedy of the family, and indeed the community, will be slowly revealed to the player. 

The art of the game are all pixel drawings based on time-specific items.

Special thanks to Alex Rickett, Eddo Stern, Tyler Stefanich, Chloe Zhang, Elsie Wang, Fongkei Mo, and the UCLA Gamelab.

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(STEAM)

《My Vow to My Liege》is a visual novel dating game. Players get to play as a girl disguised as a man, FuChai, as the King of Ng. The dateable characters are: XiShi, a famous beauty in ancient China who is an actual lady in history but in this story, we have turned her into a man, an old enemy, GouJian, the undisputably loyal, Wu ZiXu, and the ever-vigilant guard, Chen Feng.
Will they choose the man over the country? Love over hate? Who will they finally end up with?

【The Storyline】

In the last years of the dynasty, during the Spring and Autumn Period (approximately between 771 – 476BC), the Liege of a certain nation struggles of hegemony, and wars seemed endless.The Kingdom of Ng defeated their old enemy, the Kingdom of Yue. In the course of the war, the King of Ng, HéLǘ, sustained fatal injuries as he passed the throne to the new king “FuChai”, a girl.
To fulfil the secret and long-standing wish of their ancestors of breaking their sacred vow with the Dragon God, she is forced to live a lie. Faced with countless bloody battles to seal the Dragon God, there suddenly appears a reprieve…
Amid the chaos, who will loyally sacrifice their life and who will plot a scheme of betrayal——
Will they choose the man over the country? Love over hate? Who will they finally end up with?

【Characters】

Shi YiGuang cv: ???
19years old
A citizen of Ng and the next leader of the Shi Clan, the most magically powerful clan in all of the Kingdom of Ng and Yue. As a child, he was FuChai’s playmate. He secretly escaped to ZhuLuo Village in the Kingdom of Yue to avoid being sacrificed at the Sword Pond.
His medical skills are second to none. He is gentle and kind.
His nickname is XiShi.
——–On a less serious note——–
·When washing his bandages and gauze at the river, he is often mistaken as a beautiful maiden by the water.
·His strongest skill is juggling.

GouJian cv: ???
21 years old
He is the king of Yue, and because he lost the war, he surrendered himself to Ng to become a slave as he guards HéLǘ’s mausoleum.
He is a proud and arrogant person who suffered terrible humiliation as a slave. That makes him even more and more determined to take revenge on Ng by exterminating the whole country but inadvertently, he becomes friends with FuChai.
——–On a less serious note——–
·His survival skills are on par with Bear Grylls.
·He can down a bottle of MaoTai Wine but becomes a foul-mouth, babbling idiot when he gets drunk.

Wu ZiXu cv: ???
37 years old
He came from the Kingdom of Chu. The King of Chu executed his family and clansmen when he was a boy, and his hair turned white overnight.
HéLǘ brought him up, and his only mission in life is to help FuChai break the sacred vow with the Dragon God.
He is highly wary but reliable.
——–On a less serious note——–
·The one he hates the most is the King of Yue, GouJian.
·His occupational hazard as the head instructor is his fear of having his exceptionally talented students kidnapped.

Chen Feng cv: ???
22 years old
Orphaned on a battlefield, he was taken in by HéLǘ to be a FuChai’s playmate.
He studied under Mr Sun Wu to become FuChai’s most loyal and dependable bodyguard.
He is a calm, unapproachable man of few words.
——–On a less serious note——–
·He is a fan of sweet treats and slapsticks.
·He behaves like a spoilt puppy dog? → →

This is a historical work of fiction set in the Spring and Autumn period of China (approximately 771 to 476 BC). The background art and fashion depicted in the artwork is only for aesthetic purposes and is not historically accurate. Additionally, the spirits, ghost and gods described here are from legends and folktales of how mankind can conquer elements of nature.

Due to the historical setting, certain concepts might not conform to the general consensus of modern society, but it does not in any way represents the position of the production team on the subject.

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(STEAM|SWITCH)

Can she, a maid in an earl’s household, change the fate of the lord she serves?
An original mystery game, developed by Orange–creator of many mystery ADVs, such as the “Jake Hunter Detective Story” series.
In each chapter, tragedy will befall our heroine, unless the player can stop them. There are five incidents to solve.

{Story}
Our story begins in early 20th-century England, at the manor of an eminent earl.
Our heroine, a maid at this manor, often has dreams that foretell the death of the people around her. Her latest dream, has warned her that the life of the lord she serves is in danger.
As the manor buzzes with talks over the inheritance and will of the previous earl, a terrifying and sinister plot unfurls…
In order to save her lord’s life, our heroine, with the information her dream has given her, races to find out the truth–

{System Description}
Examine the manor and formulate your reasoning based on the information you collect. Simple, intuitive controls will help you solve the mystery.
If your reasoning fails, the lord’s deadly fate is sealed. If you can help him survive, a secret love awaits…?
It’s a game that anyone can easily enjoy and experience all kinds of excitement.

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Another Prince ~ Lost Story ~ 

–Now, turn the page.
Welcome to a world full of love and “tragedy”.

“Another Prince -Lost Story-” includes “Cinderella,” “Mermaid Princess,” “Alice in Wonderland,” etc.
While enjoying the sweet and sad story with the princes who appear in various fairy tale worlds
This is a full-scale love novel game that reveals the secret of “Vampire Blood” played by the princes.

The princes who became vampires by “Blood Curse”
In search of your “blood” with special power, for the development of excitement …?

Let’s spin a new story with the princes.

◆◆ Official Information ◆◆
[Official site
[Official Twitter] @AnothePrince_PR

◆◆ Character introduction ◆◆

Cinderella / I-sama x delicate
cv. Chiharu Sawashiro
Fairy tale: Cinderella
Theme: Love at the mercy of fate

In the fairy tale “Cinderella”, she must have been a kind woman,
In the world of fairy tales that got lost, to a prince like me–
What is the secret of blood and things that Cinderella wants in the new world of fairy tales?

Rapunzel / Ruthless x Monopoly Desire
cv. Tatsumaru Tachibana
Fairy tale: Rapunzel
Theme: The story of knowing love for the first time

I don’t like getting used to it, and I usually live in a tower.
A rational and a little cold attitude is as he spins a “new story”
It was caused by what I lost …? !!

Lorelei / Woman-like x Junjou
cv. Atsushi Kousaka
Fairy tale: Mermaid Princess
Theme: The story of finding true love again
With a soft expression and an elusive attitude
Attract many women

Talia / My pace x pretty
cv. Chiharu Shigematsu
Fairy tale: Sleeping beauty in the forest
Self-paced but polite and loved by many
The unique sensibility seems to go well with Alice …

Bell / Curiosity x Torture
cv. Yuichi Hose
Fairy tale: Beauty and the Beast
Curious and unwilling to see everything with his own eyes
Rich in experience and knowledge, and strong trust from the princes

Alice / Mischief x Clumsy
cv. Tomohiro Yamaguchi
Fairy Tale: Alice in Wonderland
Among the princes, the only irregular existence that is not the original fairy tale “princess”
Calling Rapunzel by his nickname is angry …

Beowulf / Mysterious x Childhood
cv. Yoshiki Murakami
Fairy tale 😕 ?? ??
I like cute things and treat the hero like my sister
There are many meaningful words and actions, and he becomes a key person in the story.

◆◆ Voice appearance ◆◆
Chiharu Sawashiro
Tatsumaru Tachibana
Atsushi Kousaka
Chiharu Shigematsu
Yuichi Hose
Tomohiro Yamaguchi
Yoshiki Murakami

■ Video production
Nabehiro

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(Itch.io)

-Synopsis-

Your Divine gave you one last chance to repent for your crimes.
Will you obey her command and break her free, or will you defy her wishes for the last time?

-Features

  • Changable name for the MC.⭐
  • 5 different appearance templates.⭐
  • 3 personality choices.⭐
  • Animated Cgs & sprites⭐
  • 7 love interests. (4 male, 3 female)⭐
  • Minigames.⭐
  • Map / exploration & quests. ⭐
  • Patreon exclusive NSFW version.⭐

-Love interests-

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GRAY’S CLOSING THOUGHTS CORNER

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Did you see any games that caught your eye? I’m stoked about the release of My Forged Wedding onto Switch! Only reason being is my all time favorite husbando is on that game, Yuta Kajima, and I do recommend that you check it out. I’m glad they released the game for Switch and I can now have a digital purchase of the game that isn’t ‘leased’ to me until they decide to pull it off their mobile gaming shelves. 

We are only a few days until October and the spooks are about to be a bit more rampant on the blog, and hopefully we see new releases of Halloween themed visual novels. Until then, I’ll keep you posted as I keep researching and looking for the newest content, spookiest stories, and very bad gaming advice on the blog. 

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side!

Should I Have Bought The Blue Mayo And Not The Green? DAMN! (Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Buying Visual Novels)

QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF BEFORE BUYING VISUAL NOVELS

“It happens, and it happens a lot to the point either our family members, or significant others ask us whether we intend to either play the games or sell them because it is taking up too much space in the house or room.

I don’t think this should just apply to visual novels in general, but it can be applied to other media as well that we tend to want to consume; but we let it pile up or worse, we buy it, watch it/play it, and hate it with every fiber of our being. Then, the store doesn’t take returns on games that you just bought. It happens, and it happens a lot to the point either our family members, or significant others ask us whether we intend to either play the games or sell them, because it is taking up too much space in the house or room.

So I created a a question guide for myself, so that I don’t keep buying physical copies, or digital copies and explode my ever grown library of “TO BE PLAYED GAMES.”

While these are questions I ask myself, I do think they can be helpful for others unless they already ask the same question themselves. Games and media are hard to ignore, especially when we see all the sparkly and amazing new graphics or animations being brought out. We can’t simply side step the idea of the game once the commercial reel hits a few good nerves in our brain.

GRAPHICS AND ART DESIGN

As much as people always tell me that the graphics and art doesn’t matter, only the story needs to make sense–I’d say you’re lying. We all have an aesthetic towards certain styles, arts, and narratives in the media, for example, I tend to find myself drifting towards art that has clean lines or have a similar look and vibe of anime characterizations. The color schemes are easy on the eyes and aren’t harsh on my vision, and the invoke the element of wonder and intrigue.

Heart Fragment

I find it very hard to keep staring at a screen with characters that are poorly drawn, or look like they’ve been through a blender. This is just my opinion, and other’s will have their own too. It’s the same with a book narrative, and even the cover design of a book or game.

How something first looks and seems to feel for any player is the first step of deciding the purchase, and is always something to consider. “

Call it superficial if you must, but I know I’m not alone on the train, especially when you see a beautiful CG or commercial drop from Otomate with romantic scenes that are drawn with ethereal fervor. So when you see the headlines of a new visual novel about to drop this year, watch the commercial and take a look at the character designs for the game and ask yourself if this is a game you can look at continuously for hours?

I’m certain that this does raise a familiar flag for anyone, would you bother to stare at a computer, PSVita, or TV screen for hours when the graphics are so bad that it hurts your eyes?

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do I like how the art and graphics look?
  2. Can I look at this type of visual for hours without much disruption from the art cues and game play?

ROMANCE AND NON-ROMANCE ROUTES

In most visual novels you can romance a wide variety of characters, and I prefer to have several characters that I can openly pursue in a game. I believe that romance shouldn’t also be one of the key indicators to completing a game, so depending if you are purchasing an Otome or a regular VN, check to see how many route endings can occur and see if there is a route for a Happily non-romance ending as well.

It’s a tough choice, but depending on your type of poison for VNs, these are some good questions to ponder as you look over the game and its possible endings.

Taisho x Alice

The reason I put this out there, is because I do enjoy routes that give the option to just have the MC be on their own and fully be in their own power. Also, there are times you have to consider if you really want to romance someone, or you want to have a straight and narrow plot that involves just the character growth of the MC themselves. It’s a tough choice, but depending on your type of poison for VNs, these are some good questions to ponder as you look over the game and its possible endings.

Questions to ask:

  1. Do I want romance in my game?

2. Does this have a non-romance ending?

3. Do I want 15+ multiple endings?

GAME HOURS/GAME PLAY TIME

“I always check visual novels on how much game play hours it has, especially if the game is going to cost me 59.99, I better be getting my money’s worth.

This is big one for me, questioning how much game time this media will consume. In better clarification, how long will it take me to finish this game? I always check visual novels on how much game play hours it has, especially if the game is going to cost me 59.99, I better be getting my money’s worth.

Shinra from Enchanted in the Moonlight

I like my visual novels to have an ample amount of time in them, especially if you plan on getting big name games such as Code Realize or London Detective Mysteria. You want to be sure you’re getting a lot of content, which can include several romances (or a lot), side stories, and special routes to unlock and mini games. This is a major question I always ask myself as I review if I want the game or not.

Question to ask:

How much game play time does this have?

Do I want a game that has 50+ hours of time to it?

Will I play this game even with how much game time I have to put into it to finish it?

NARRATIVE AND PLOT

While you may have hot men and women parading on your screen, if the conversations between the characters are stale and all they do is bang one another, it’s not really that awesome.”

Kagerou from The Men of Yoshiwara Kikuya
Ikemen Sengoku: Kenshin Uesugi

While graphics and game play conquer the first part of the questioning aspect, the plot and narrative should be a key question as well before you purchase. While you may have hot men and women parading on your screen, if the conversations between the characters are stale and all they do is bang one another, it’s not really that awesome. But Gray, you can’t know how the characters talk or the conversations unless you play the game….

You are correct, which is why if a game offers a demo, play it, and if you see that the game came out previously in another language before its final debut in your country–read the reviews about the narratives and how characters talk. I try my best to search the internet and use my VPN to get me to other websites to get more extensive backgrounds on the games I plan to purchase.

I truly want to be given a reason as to why I should care for these characters.

A good example would be Piofiore No Banshou which is set to release later this year, there are a lot of game reviews out in both English and Japanese about the game and its plot, including screen shots about the conversations the characters have.

I prefer to be engaged with narratives, I mean, you want to be given a reason why this character is important. Why should you read about them and the MC, what makes them compelling together, it’s similar to how I rate a book. I truly want to be given a reason as to why I should care for these characters.

Question to ask:

Does the plot sound interesting enough for me?

Is there reviews for the game out from other bloggers for me to read?

Is the plot sound, and does the summary interest me enough to buy it?

(Be honest, I see a lot of gamers jump on a game because the characters look hot, and then when they buy the game they rage on twitter about how the plot is terrible and they didn’t think it would have such and such, and blah and blah)

WORTH THE PRICE?

Visual Novels can get costly, especially if the game company is a famous one, you have to sit and wonder if paying that pre-purchase price is worth it.

Scorpio from Star Crossed Myth

This is the more loaded question out of all the ones I’ve listed, I always find myself standing at the store or looking at the game online debating if paying the 59.99 price tag is worth it. Visual Novels can get costly, especially if the game company is a famous one, you have to sit and wonder if paying that pre-purchase price is worth it. Since, regardless of all the other questions above, you are still going to have to gamble on whether this game is going to be amazing or a complete flop.

You’re paying a pretty decent amount on a game that you’ve only been superficially introduced to, and you plan on adding it to your monstrous pile of games you still haven’t gotten to yet.”

Shion from A Knight’s Devotion

This is my deal breaker question, is it worth it? That pretty much bites me in the ass pretty hard, when I ask myself this final question. It puts me right into the place to make a decision of “buy or leave it.” At the end of the day, it’s always a game of chance with any game you buy.

Question to Ask:

Is the content within the game worth the price tag?

Will I play it after spending all this money on it?

GRAY’S CORNER

One of the last questions I do ask myself is if I should even buy another game when I already have tons of other games to play.

Mirai Kageyama from Seduced in the Sleepless City

Just as a reiteration, these are questions I ask myself when I go out to buy a game or reserve a copy for delivery online. It’s getting pretty tough these days with buying visual novels with prices and hours getting cut d/t the Coronapocalypse, which is also another factor why I question if I need to buy the game or not. One of the last questions I do ask myself is if I should even buy another game when I already have tons of other games to play. While this question might relate to some, it may not relate to all considering if you work from home full-time.

“do I really need this game when I have others that I have yet to finish?”

Gray’s Question

Since I work from home, I’ve been steadily able to complete a few games, and hack away slowly at my backlog of doom. So the real final question to ask is… “do I really need this game when I have others that I have yet to finish?”

Ryoichi Hirose from Seduced in the Sleepless City

As we wrap up another gamer post, I wonder if maybe there should of been more questions to ask, but none comes to mind currently. If you have questions that you ask yourself before you purchase a game that can help players make a decision about purchasing a game or piece of media, drop it in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

My Experience With Mobile Otome Games, And Why I’m No Longer Investing in Them

MOBILE OTOME GAMES

Mobage (mobile games) is now big trend in this society, with people opting out to using their phones or even iPads as their preferred method of gaming

Ah… Mobile Otome Games… My second-first-love platform for visual novels… We had to break up, I’ll tell you that story a little further into the blog, for now, let’s talk about the mobile gaming scene. You see, mobile games have become world wide and vast over the years, created for those who needed entertainment while waiting for friends or a phone call. In recent years, mobile gaming has transformed into a formidable platform for pro-gamers and casual players alike, making it one of the major areas of game play today.

Mobage (mobile games) is now a common media in this society, with people opting out to using their phones or even iPads as their preferred method of gaming. As odd as that may sound for some, it’s not all that odd any longer considering everyone likes small, and handy items that they can carry with them everywhere… including into the bathroom…

Above is a graph from Statista, that did a survey with over 131 people on regards to their preferred gaming platform back in 2016. Unfortunately, I am unable to access the “Show Sources” of who they polled, however, the data is fairly interesting but not something surprising to me. Considering how I started to game on my cellphone back in 2014 due to my work, and also preferred release platform of visual novels being more exclusive to mobile phones.

This is where my personal experience with mobile otome games comes in, as these games are more accessible, and were cheaper than buying a full game at the time”

Back in early 2014, otome games were not well known here in the states, and there was only a small fraction of people who did talk about this type of media on forums and Tumblr. However, while there were a few otome games for other platforms like the PSP and the Nintendo DS, those games were limited and also weren’t well received by the a certain faction of gamers at the time… This is where my personal experience with mobile otome games comes in, as these games are more accessible, and were cheaper than buying a full game at the time.

Love Letter from Thief X

Here’s an example, when you buy a visual novel from a game store or online, usually it comes as a ‘complete set’ that equals to maybe 19.99-59.99 (Complete set meaning you get a character’s Main Story, Epilogue, Sequel, Second Epilogue, and Final Ending etc…). However, with a mobile version, a player can just buy ‘main story‘ route for the price of 2.99-3.99, and they can be selective of if they want to purchase the sequels and side stories for additional money.

Example of additional content/purchase of another route

So when you think about it, buying through mobile catered to customization for the players giving them liberty to pick and choose the character(s) routes that they wanted to play for a certain price. Mobile otome games gave control to the player on who they can romance, and not have to romance the whole entire cast to get to a “secret ending” of some sort. Most of these routes being a true ending in themselves, rather than being alternate endings. You get your happy ending, with the character you wanted, and don’t need to pay for the others. That’s basically it.

“So when you think about it, buying through mobile catered to customization for the players giving them liberty to pick and choose the character(s) routes that they wanted to play for a minimal price.”

Code Realize: Bouquet of Rainbows

However, if you purchased only through mobile, you would end up paying more money for game routes individually versus buying a game at full price. Take Code Realize: Bouquet of Rainbows, this game consists of the main game story, and also the fandisc story which includes several alternate routes and side stories, including hidden extra content for the price of $39.99. You get all the stories, sequels, hidden content, and extra bonus content up front for a very decent price.

This might not be for everyone, especially if you don’t want to play for long periods of time and just want to see one ending in particular. This is where mobile otome gaming comes in handy, especially if you are not interested in purchasing every character in the game series, the money is easy on your pocket, and you can finish the route in a short time. Also, you’re not lugging around a huge console everywhere, and getting the stink eye from co-workers about your console making too much noise at your desk.

“With several different gaming companies out there, including indie developers, mobile otome gaming/visual novel casual fun is more easier to consume.”

Mobile Otomes are cheaper (depending on the person), easily accessible, and most of all, convenient for someone who has to travel on the bus, airplane, and heck–Even waiting in line at the grocery store. You can take the game anywhere with you, and even if you get a text or phone call, your game won’t freeze or restart itself like certain other gaming platforms. With several different gaming companies out there, including indie developers, mobile otome gaming/visual novel casual fun is more easier to consume. Yet, there is a few flaws to the mobile gaming system that can irk a person and or stop them from using mobile game platforms altogether.

To which you’re once again, having to wait for a long bit for money to either be refunded or they don’t refund you at all and instead they give you more coins.

In recent years, certain visual novel gaming companies have started to make their players purchase game coins, rubies, or “otome currency.” Thus shouldn’t pose much of a problem except, if you don’t look at the fine print… You may be paying more money to buy these coins.

For example, let’s say you go into the Love 365 App, and you notice there is a voiced episode of one of your favorite characters for the price of $5.99. When you go into the coin purchase store for Love 365, there isn’t an option to buy 600 coins, instead you have to make the purchase of buying either the $7.99 coin set, or combining two other coin sets to make your purchase amount. This is usually how it starts with the overspending, especially when in a week or two later… the game may have a sale and or be released at a much cheaper price on another platform less than the amount you paid (this does happen quite often…).

Other times, a ‘purchase’ button won’t work and you’ll frown and click it again, to only find out on your Apple/Google receipt that you just bought double/triple the amount of coins by accident.

Another thing that has happened to me personally and others is… well… Have you ever went and purchased ‘gold coins’ that total to about… let’s say $10.00 USD, then click the button, and the purchase goes through but then the app crashes… To which, you restart the app, and the money you spent is charged on your card but your ‘otome currency’ doesn’t reflect in the app’s purchase screen?

I’ve had multiple games do this to me, and it can take several days sometimes for a game company’s representative to finally reach out to you. Other times, a ‘purchase’ button won’t work and you’ll frown and click it again, to only find out on your Apple/Google receipt that you just bought double/triple the amount of coins by accident. To which you’re once again, you have to wait for money to either be refunded, or they don’t refund you at all and give you coins.

“…forget that they too–have a limited capacity of what content they can post to the server they are being hosted on…”

Another issue that tends to happen as of late with mobile games is that they will mass produce their games, and translate it for their audience, but then forget that they too–have a limited capacity of what content they can post to the server they are being hosted on.

Back in 2016ish, there was a notice sent out to a lot of gamers about how certain otome apps we love and adored would be erased. The reasoning was because the server that which the game creators had “rented” space from was now filled, and they couldn’t put in more content unless they paid more money for a bigger amount of “space” to rent. So came the Otome Armageddon, where many otome apps disappeared off the App Stores and left many of us both enraged, some confused, and sad.

You have now loss all the content you just bought, including the money you invested into the game.

The reason why I was so mad and feeling a sense of betrayal, was my lack of not reading the fine print on ‘purchasing‘ these mobile otome games. A lot of times, because we are excited, we tend to not read the fine print on something… So let’s say you just bought $30 worth of routes in an otome app, but the app suddenly closes down. You have now loss all the content you just bought (Alice in the Country of Hearts by Quinrose is a GREAT EXAMPLE), including the money you invested into the game. Which is what happened to a lot of us back in the Otome Armageddon times, to which, a lot of us complained about how we wasted our money. Well, when the otome apocalypse happened, I finally read the fine print about the mobile games I had been supporting and nearly rubbed holes into my skull from feeling like such a moron.

We don’t technically own the game copy even if we purchased them from a store.

Unlike when you purchase a full physical copy of a game, or a digital purchase from a game store online in which the copy of the game key is now yours to keep. Mobile games act on different rules, remember how I told you that the game creators were paying rent to a bigger corporation to house their games? Just like how they are paying rent, we are paying for a lease to play their games.

We don’t technically own the game copy even if we purchased them from a store. For example (NTT SOLMARE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT I’M ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT) if the company feels like revoking all the games off it’s store, to put out only five games out versus the twenty games they had previously. You lose all the game content, and investment money you put into the game, and you can’t ever play the game again. Unlike how you can always return to your game and have it like a physical purchased copy or a digital key.

This is a major downfall about mobile otome games, where if you choose to invest in the games you buy on these apps. You are gambling with your money, so be wise when purchasing your games as you may end up seeing your favorite game disappear for good. The other issue that can occur, such as game company, Shall We Date? has done, is create a library app, but instead of giving the option to transfer your previous purchases from their standalone apps. You have to repurchase all their games, but at a higher fee…

“I stopped investing my time and money into them

While other game companies were good with transferring their user’s data, and salvaging what they could for game players to still spend money on them. Others were not so good, and reformatted their apps to take more money rather than what their previous standalone apps would do, thus… making them lose their original following.

It was after this issue, that I stopped investing my time and money into buying mobile otome games. For me, after reading the User Agreement Terms in more finer detail, I opted to step away from mobile games altogether and started focusing back to console and PC games instead. Since I’ll always know that I will have a physical or digital copy of the game and never have to worry about it disappearing, unless I misplace it myself.

GRAY’S CORNER

This is just my personal experience with mobages, and honestly, the most vital take away I got from them is to read the FINE PRINT. I guess in my mind when I first started to purchase these games, I had thought that because I bought the routes or the entire game on mobile, that they were mine to keep just like as if I bought a physical or digital copy of it. WRONG. To be honest, I really should of read the long contract and not have been a lazy asshole, because then I would of saved myself the trouble, and heartache of seeing the games I’ve purchased being erased and unable for me to play.

“I’ll always hold a special place for some of the otome games that I’ve found over the years on mobile”


From my overall experience of playing otome games on mobile, it was a fun ride, but now, I’m looking elsewhere for better pastures. I’ll always hold a special place for some of the otome games that I’ve found over the years on mobile, and play the ones I bought that are still available for me to play–until the ‘lease’ is up. In any case, I’ve slowly switched myself back to consoles and my PC for my visual novel and gaming entertainment, and I have yet to run into any problems–except that I can’t lug my computer everywhere with me. Good thing I have a Switch! LMAO.

As always, thanks for stopping by in my little corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

Visual Novel News: New or Updated Indie Games!

Hello Otomelandians and VNtopians, and welcome to a Visual Novel News blog post, where I present games that have come onto my radar that are new, updated, and games that have already come out, but they have additional content releases coming soon. I’m always trying to find the latest visual novel game content and news, and I felt, why not make this a weekly thing on my blog?

I’ll do my best to inform everyone about all types of visual novel media, from indie to MSM in these posts! Now, without further ado, in today’s blog we have a wide array of games to present, I do hope that you check out these games and give the demos a try. Let’s get into it:

UPDATED DEMO!!!

A kinetic visual novel that combines fantasy and romance, while unraveling the mysteries of an ancient civilization.

Learn about the people who inhabit this town as they grow to overcome emotional struggles in their respective routes!

This story is about a gondolier boy who gives part-time tours to pay for his mother’s hospital bills. 

However, he’s forced to work under another identity after failing to live up to everyone’s expectations in the past. As he lives out his double life, he meets others who are willing to help out, but they might also be carrying secrets of their own.

Features: 

  • 35+ CGs and 40 BGs with multiple variations
  • 20+ original soundtracks, including an opening theme song
  • 20+ characters with partial voice acting
  • Roughly 200,000 words that cover a common route, four character routes, and an unlockable ending

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android

Language: English

Resolution: 1280 x 720 px

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Check Out the Game Here!

« Magic is a gift, given to only a few chosen ones in the world. Be it the heir of a rich family or the offspring of the least good for nothing, every son able to use magic is promised to a great future. If he’s prone to use his gift for the kingdom, his name will be known in Arcan’s History, bringing honor and glory even to his first ancestors. »

After hearing these quite sententious words, Rave left his comfortable town to become a great Mage. New to the Academy, which exists to teach the magic elite, the young man came to learn, to become « someone », to make his family proud. Improving himself and avoiding being scolded by his teachers should have been his only concerns for the next three years. Should have. Unluckily, Rave happens to be in a bad place, at the worst time.


From the student sleeping in the bed next to his to the guard watching over him, everyone is tense in the school. Something is coming, something that will most likely change their whole world, and everyone has a part to play.


Rave will have to discover what’s going on, choose who to side with… and who to stand against.

  • The demo is ~36k words
  • 15 backgrounds and 9 CGs 

About full game, it will be much longer.

  • At least 500k words
  • Full game will have 5 routes
  • Multiple endings (5 bad, 5 neutral, 5 good and a true ending)
  • 120+ CGs
  • 40+ unique backgrounds
  • A Journal updated with the main character’s knowledge

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Tomorrow Will Be Dying is a relaxing, story-driven visual novel about finding yourself through your connections with other people.

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B was popular among her class-mates in high school, often surrounded by people that were drawn to her prince-like demeanor. She was practically the opposite of what others thought her to be, being a dead-pan introvert that spends her days collecting and raising bugs, but she hid away her true self in fear of being isolated. She found safety in the occult club alongside AC and N, who all had strange interests of their own. However, by the end of their senior year, both A and N disappeared without a trace.

Now B is a nineteen year-old entomology student pursuing her passions at Mokuzai University. She and C have gotten used to their daily life-styles with only each other around, but their paths only truly start to set in motion when A and N unexpectedly crash back into their lives.

Follow along B’s story as she reconnects with old friends, makes new ones, and overcomes the traumas of her past.

*Everything shown in the demo is subject to change as progress is made on the game

Extended Demo Features

*Available for PC and Mac!

  • Approximately 60-90 minutes of gameplay (6 in-game days)
  • 100+ Mini-Panel CGs, 40+ Full CGs 
  • 18 BGs (2 are wips)
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Welcome to Frank’s Hollow, a cosy yet isolated town set somewhere in the mountains of 1980’s America.

You’ll join your friends and fellow students at Rollings Highschool to finish off your final week of senior year.

But as the week goes by….things get….strange.

Will you and your motley crew of high-schoolers be able to figure out the towns secrets….before graduation?

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The demo is in early WIP stages, everything is subject to changes.

Versions available for Windows, Mac and Android

Check Out the Game Here!

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As the 31st Chosen One of Anoldor, rule over your country, negotiate with gods, tame magick and forge the destiny of your people as much as your own. Having so many lives to protect and guide during this time of political chaos is a heavy burden, but you don’t have to carry it alone. You may rely on your friends and true love, as long you don’t mistake your enemies for your allies…

– Personalise your MC (Name, color skin, 2 possible backgrounds, a lot of behavior choices. At the end of the game, you will receive a title with 10 possibilities according to the way you ruled.)

– 6 possible romances (5 men including the main “villain” of the game, 1 woman).  Each romance have an unique storyline.

– Choose the politic of your country for an unique epilogue ( You will have to make a lot of choice during the game. There are about 10 factors that are considered for the ending, depending on a number of combined choices, with 3 to 5 possibilities. We’ll let you do the maths.)

– Encyclopaedia to go more in depth of the universe

– Full game will be available in french, and in english for FREE. (We will release each route one by one, the first one to be release is Edwyn.)

– A small (aproximately 30min) demo, is now available. Please don’t hesitate to give us feedback on it ! 

Check Out the Game Here!

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A story set in a city inhabited only by machines!

You play as Zeta, a robot who activates one day with human memories!

That being said, nobody else remembers the humans!

In search of that forgotten past, Zeta finds companions willing to help him out with certain conditions.

Alpha, the King of the City, stands as the only one hindering your search for truth!

Pressing on, a fierce rebellion begins. 

Check Out the Game Here!

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Deep in the Forest is a BL /Yaoi Visual Novel set in a medieval-like fantasy world.

Jan has been unlucky in his search for work so far, but now he has a great chance: he only needs to win the trust of his uncle and then gets to inherit his apothecary shop!

Learning the ropes seems easy, but… what are those rumors about strange sightings in the forest? 

Planned features for the full game:

  • Around 60k words of light-hearted romance and fantastic adventures!
  • One route, seven love interests: choose who you want to be Jan’s adventure partner.
  • Some (easy) mini-games.
  • Windows, Mac, Linux and Android builds.

Demo features:

  • 8.7k words.
  • Meeting the first 4 love interests.
  • 1 mini-game.
  • 1 CG.
  • Windows, Mac and Linux builds.
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Return to Las Vegas with Amber and Marina in this new Highway Blossoms story! A couple months after the events of the first game, the two girls return to the desert city for an alien-themed convention and to see Tess for her birthday. They also end up reuniting with Cassi, the candy shop girl, who’s determined to start following her own dreams.

  • Brand new story and scenario with multiple viewpoints. Some sections follow Amber and Marina, while some sections follow Tess. Additionally, there are certain parts where you can choose to read from Amber or Marina’s point of view.
  • New character expressions and outfits, as well as gorgeous new CG’s and item cut-ins
  • Full voice acting featuring all the original cast
  • Several new musical tracks from a variety of composers
  • Cassi

Coming out on September 25th – stay tuned!

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Cheerful slacker Olive thought that taking an outdoor ed. class during her final year of high school would be an easy credit, but the year-end camping trip turns out to be a lot more than she bargained for. When an argument with another classmate spurs the hot-tempered Sage to run off alone into the woods, Olive follows her, hoping to lift her spirits and make sure she’s safe.

But the bubbly and energetic Heather has the same idea, and tensions between her and Sage threaten to turn the trip into even more of a disaster than it is already. Olive just wants her classmates to get along, but they seem to disagree on everything—and to make things even worse, they’ve lost track of how to get back to their campsite! Follow three stressed-out teens on a journey full of bickering, mosquitoes, and self-discovery.

Take A Hike! takes approximately 30-45 minutes to read, and includes audio captioning and adjustable textbox opacity for accessibility (available in the preferences menu). It also contains some strong language, brief references to drug use, mildly sexist remarks, and characters generally being grumpy and rude to each other a lot.

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“How To Be 행복해”, better known as “The Felix Game“, is a video game about Stray Kids, made by STAY, for STAY.

About the game:
The Felix Game is a choice based game that focuses on a collecting mechanic. In the game, the player plays the role of Lee Felix who gradually discovers more about Stray Kids and its members by making the right (or wrong) choices. By progressing through the game, Felix gets the chance to collect memories with the members in the form of polaroids and notes, which again teach the player about the journey of the group.

We made this game as a gift for Felix, Stray Kids and STAY.  The game will be released in multiple chapters, of which you can download the first here! 

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**This visual novel contains adult content. You must be 18 or older to play**

**This game’s default language is Traditional Chinese, but it can be switched to English in the Main menu screen, which is just after opening the game**

【Recent update】

Demo is just released. Further official updates will be announced on our Twitter (Roar Howl Night Studio) first.

We also opened a Patreon page for anyone who wants to support this project. They will have Patreon-only updates as well as internal testing rights depends on their pledged tiers.  Kindly refer to our Patreon’s Q&A session for more detailed information.

【About this visual novel】

Disguise》is an adult gay furry visual novel set in modern age.
The story starts with a middle-aged black panther, down to his seemingly successful life, and how he lives behind it all, away from the prying eyes.

After his busy work settled down along with the sunset, a lingering need always starts growing within him during the lonely nights.
Perhaps everyone is living under a disguise. This game brings to you every aspects of a certain man, but can you tell which part of him is the disguise?

【Demo Survey】

For those who have played this demo, we would like to invite you to fill in the demo survey to give us your feedback. We would improve it in the completed version of the game.

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GRAY’S CLOSING THOUGHTS CORNER

I do plan on trying out these games, which will also mean I’m going to backlogged into my next several reincarnations onto this earth. From games stemming from the slice of life to the thriller genre, these games are sure to entertain all types of game players a like. I do hope that these indie games have piqued your interest, and I recommend giving these games a try and formulating your own opinions. Also, if you like or love what you see with these games, let the creators know and donate to them if you can. If you like the content of this blog, give it a thumbs up, and if I’ve missed any other games that have come out this week, please let me know in the comments below!

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side!

Tales from the Nook: This is Halloween~!

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As we roll through September, the dark and horror gamer part of myself starts to peek out from the shadows. Peering out to see if it’s her time to parade around the blog and other social media outlets to speak about dark fairytales, creepy characters, terrifying novels, and nightmare fuel games. Welcome to the side of Gray’s Otome and Visual Novel Corner that focuses on both VN and Cozy Nook aspects of Gray’s Otome & VN Corner.

Where suspense, thrillers, and horror games take over. While some otome games meet the creepy aspect of the horror criteria, it’s rare… depending on what game you’ve gotten into your hands. Before we proceeded, I’d like to say thanks to Kelly from Another Book in the Wall Blog for making these Halloween themed prompts!

Now…

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Reader beware, these visual novels aren’t for those who want romance flair, these are for those who dare to face their darkest nightmares.  

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If you aren’t a horror fan please check out my other blogs! Otherwise, if you like terror and creepy stuff…

CARRY ON~!

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“The days are getting a bit more colder, and the leaves are changing before the sun as fall begins to make its way into our lives.”

532150273_preview_John DanceIn today’s blog I’m going to cover the wonderful and lovely Halloween Theme, meaning the content in here will be books and other media that revolve around Halloween aesthetics! Most will be on books, but I do have a few games that I will add in here, including a few games I had found at random that carry the Halloween spirit. The days are getting a bit more colder, and the leaves are changing before the sun as fall begins to make its way into our lives.

“The season of change and cooler weather, sweaters, pumpkin treats, and flashy garments is an attractive event for me.”

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There’s just something about the autumn season that fills me with joy, rather than dread for the colder seasons of the year. I’ve always found the fall season to be my favorite, and it might also have to do with my birthday but that’s besides the point, LOL. The season of change and cooler weather, sweaters, pumpkin treats, and flashy garments is an attractive event for me. Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time for family gatherings and good will, but Halloween? It’s all about spooks and tricks, and also speaking to those who have departed from us. 

So grab your broomsticks, and let’s fly off into the sky and look into Halloween Themed media!

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.。*゚+.*.。The Legend of Sleepy Harlow by Kylie Logan.。+..。*゚+

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The Legend of Sleepy Harlow takes us to the quaint island of South Bass where a team of interesting ladies live. I love Kylie Logan, and I’ve mentioned her previously in Tales of from the Nook on a prior blog post. However, this book is definitely my favorite thus far as it mentions the beloved tale of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and in the novel, the women have their own legend of ghosts on the island as well. The League of Literary Ladies are tossed into another murder when a ghost hunter is found dead on the island after having supposedly captured the local ghost, Sleepy Harlow, on camera.

“I love cozy mysteries for their light-hearted narratives and their distinct push in adding down to earth elements into their plots, including some puns too.” 

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This isn’t a scary novel, so you don’t need to be afraid to read it, but I do want to express to you that you will more than likely be laughing throughout the story, and trying to figure out who the culprit is. I love cozy mysteries for their light-hearted narratives and their distinct push in adding down to earth elements into their plots, including some puns too. 

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.。*゚+.*.。Spooky’s Jumpscare Mansion.。+..。*゚+

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I know some people won’t categorize this as Halloween themed, but I do! Considering it’s a mansion with all the twist, turns, scares, and horrific evil child of the century type of game. I do want to state that you shouldn’t play this game if you are not comfortable with jump scares and things popping into your face. You’ve been warned. I got interested about this game due to a well-known Let’s Player, Markiplier, and his video of his jump scares.

“I do want to state that you shouldn’t play this game if you are not comfortable with jump scares and things popping into your face.”

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.。*゚+.*.。Halloween Otome.。+..。*゚+

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You are cordially invited to the Annual Valdemar Halloween Extravaganza. Two weeks of luxury await you.

Let’s see if you can keep up the masquerade…”

Halloween Otome is an otome visual novel in which the protagonist, Emma Cee (name changeable) wins an invite to a most exclusive and sought out Halloween getaway. What she doesn’t realise is that it’s far from relaxing. The Halloween getaway turns out to be a annual game hosted for the rich and famous and every contestant is thrown into miscellaneous groups, challenged over the course of ~ 2 weeks.

jfQSAgThis is a fairly new otome game that came into my collection, and I’m impressed with what the developer has done. Halloween Otome is part of a Holiday Otome series that is being created by Synokoria, this is a short otome game but it is engaging and isn’t something to be scared of.

 

“You’re invited to go on the ultimate Halloween getaway…”

You’re invited to go on the ultimate Halloween getaway, but the getaway isn’t all that you expect Ya5PPait to be. There are three romance-able LIs in the game, and about nine different endings. If you’re looking for a short otome game that has a good narrative, and exceptionally well drawn characters, you need this game in your otome armada collection then!

 

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.。*゚+.*.。Dead by Daylight – The Halloween Chapter .。+..。*゚+

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“Michael Myers grew to fame in the 1980s when slasher films were a very big deal.”

giphy (4)It’s Halloween Themed, right? For anyone who doesn’t know this movie serial killer, Michael Myers grew to fame in the 1980s when slasher films were a very big deal. Which also sported, Jamie Lee Curtis becoming crowned as one of the original ‘Scream Queens‘ back in the early days.

 

“I honestly fail at this game, but it’s fun to play with friends and scream when you’re caught LOL.” 

Michael certainly is one hell of a killer in Dead by Daylight, and I remember when this commercialgiphy (5) dropped about him being added as a character. Fans of the franchise went nuts as they eagerly awaited the chapter release, and the chance to play as Michael or go against him. I honestly fail at this game, but it’s fun to play with friends and scream when you’re caught LOL. 

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.。*゚+.*.。Halloween Night II by R.L. Stine .。+..。*゚+

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I’m certain I’m going to get eye rolls on regards to this book and the fact it’s an old 80s horror novel. When I read this as a kid, I loved it, and I still do. I’m not gonna recommend this book for adult readers who want a more mature read and such, as the writing style was created for the teen audience of that generation. So there are a few things that you can agree with and other parts you can’t agree with, however, I’d like to mention if you just want a fast read with some moments of chuckling at some of familiar tropes, read this book and enjoy. 

I preferred the second book to the first one, and while I can say go ahead and read the first, the second book had a very strange twist to it. Gotta read it to find out though! 

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.。*゚+.*.。The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving .。+..。*゚+

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“The story is fairly old, written in the early 1800s, this tale has been retold to children and also remade for adult tastes as well for all to enjoy.”

Of course, this has to be on the list, and I would definitely love to see Dead by Daylight recreate the Headless Horseman for their game as a villain to have. Anyhow though, Sleepy Hollow was read to me as a kid, but it was the Disney version, not the original one… I love learning about legends and lore that are woven into the tapestry of American history, and while I am not going to talk about too much history in here. The story is fairly old, written in the early 1800s, this tale has been retold to children and also remade for adult tastes as well for all to enjoy. 

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I know there are other similar stories of a headless horseman in other parts of the world, like the Dullahan, but this is one of my first loves of Halloween literature. I do recommend watching or reading about the story, and see if you find a variant that you like of it. As a side note, I also love the movie version of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci!

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Now that we’ve properly gotten off our broomsticks and made it to Hogsmeade for some good old butter beer and delicious treats from the local stores here. These are just a few of the many Halloween theme books and games out there, and they just happen to be the ones I hold a candle for. Halloween, oh Halloween, I cannot wait for thee~! Any how though, I am always open to suggestions for any media that is horror and thriller based, so drop any recommendations in the comments below! 

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Thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

Confessions of A Visual Novel/Otome Addict

THESE ARE MY SINS

It’s not easy to confess that I have an addiction to something that isn’t part of the gaming mainstream media, it’s even more harder to talk about it when you feel embarrassed about habits you’ve created for this obsession. While my blog isn’t a church, I find it easier to speak about my “sins” when it comes to being a gamer of this type of genre. Especially because I’m lover of certain genres, tropes, and cliches in Otomelandia and Visual Noveltopia that is on the forbidden side, per se.

“While my blog isn’t a church, I find it easier to speak about my ‘sins’ when it comes to being a gamer of this type of genre.”

In today’s blog, I’m going to talk about things that not many will talk about openly, or if they do, they feel a bit embarrassed to say it. Why? Perhaps, it may be because others may have said something (whether intentional or unintentional) and it triggered shame, causing them to withdraw from speaking outwardly about their passions or interests. Well today, I’m going to be shameless and just come right out with some ‘dirty laundry‘ of my own. Get the wine glasses, and chocolates, and indulge with me a bit on some visual novel filth.

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IN LOVE WITH THE YANDERES

“This character is easy to hate and difficult to consider falling in love with, since there are many triggers this archetype presents.

It should be no surprise that I love stories with Yanderes, and the reason for it is not as crazy as you think. I love horror movies, and the adrenaline rush of a good story that involves the MC trying to figure out who the killer is or solve the mystery before everyone winds up dead has always intrigued me in TV Series such as Murder, She Wrote, Sherlock Holmes, and many more. Now, when it comes to a Yandere story, you already know who you are faced with, and who it is you have to either kill or persuade to change their ways. This character is easy to hate and difficult to consider falling in love with, since there are many triggers this archetype presents.

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For anyone who is a lover of true crime (like myself)… We do question if there is something wrong with us for listening or liking these types of content a little too… obsessively…? Well, there are actually several articles written about people’s fancy towards these types of stories, media, etc… and why they like them.

“Evil fascinates us.

Mental Floss
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Even as kids, we’re drawn to the tension between good and evil, and true crime embodies our fascination with that dynamic.

We want to figure out what drove these people to this extreme act, and what makes them tick, because we’d never actually commit murder.-Mental Floss

The statement from Mental Floss helps solidify the concept of why some of us like Yanderes. It’s a similar concept, evil fascinates us, and while we know what the character is doing is wrong. We as the audience are wrapped in a comfortable vestibule, watching from a “distance” as the dark actions of the characters and the relationship between the two people unfolds. The constructs between good and evil, fear, anxiety, mystery, and thrill–is diabolical and yet it still draws in audiences to theaters and to the TV.

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When I dive into an otome, and I find myself face to face with a Yandere, I find myself wanting to understand the mindset of this person who acts upon these ideals of obsession of loving someone. I always question… How does one come to this point of addicted behavior? Poking, dissecting, and breaking apart the seams of a character is something I always find myself doing. Yes, that sounds dark, because it is. See… If I’ve learned anything from True Crime and Yanderes, it that the most defining aspect of liking this type of medis is the emotion that we tend to hide from the world and we hate looking at, fear.

“The public is drawn to true crime because it triggers the most basic and powerful emotion in all of us—fear.” 

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PREFERRING TO PLAY AS A MALE PROTAG VERSUS FEMALE

I do love my otome games, but I find myself being attracted to games that allow us also be a male MC. Note, otome games are female x male and male x male is considered BL visual novels, so they are two entirely different genres. However, indie creators have been awesome as hell into incorporating both genders into the game, and breaking the barriers for romances in the field of VNs. I find myself partial to playing as a male character versus female, it happens to be my default preference even in JRPGs and RPGs.

Playing as a male in games, I feel gives more freedom, and I like the aspect that I can answer like how I normally speak to friends, my husband, and family.

However, this is my preference, just like how I have male gamer friends who like playing as female characters in Final Fantasy XI, and Final Fantasy XV. When asking my friends why they preferred female characters versus males, they stated that female characters in games have more versatile capabilities than the male counterparts, which makes the game more engaging for them. Others have chosen to state it’s for aesthetic reasons (LOL). I can understand everyone’s reasons–It really comes down to what our preferences are and how we just like to game.

“It really comes down to what our preferences are and how we just like to game.

DARK ROMANCE VISUAL NOVEL ADDICTION

Whether it’s for otome or other visual novel type games, I’m down for dark romance in any time. Whether that includes BDSM, blood play, and bedroom bully behavior (written and executed correctly), I have a hard time finding others who have a similar a interest. However, to each their own, and while there are plenty of trashy type visual novels out there that go off the road crazy, there are the good VNs out there that are really grand to play.

In most BL Games you can find dark romance and taboo elements implemented in it versus Otome Games (unless you can find the off MSM type ones like Fashioning Little Miss Lonesome and others that need an English patch). I have an idea as to why dark romances aren’t used as often in otome games, considering there’s plenty of triggers, and sometimes game creators will miss the mark on a perfectly solid character development and romance between protag and his/her LI.

However, when we do find the goods ones, like Ikemen Sengoku’s Kenshin Uesagi’s or Toma from Amnesia & Amnesia After routes, their is a lot of substance and plot building involved. Which creates the backdrop for readers to be more interested in how to understand the character’s habits, and also help break him away from his obsessive need to always protect everything he loves by keeping them locked up. You’ll have to read their stories and dissect their thoughts thoroughly to grasp their mindset, but overall their stories were very well done for both a Yandere/Dark Romance story.

I’D LIKE TO ORDER SEX WITH MY ROMANCE, PLEASE

I feel that when I talk about sex, it’s a taboo subject with other people. When it comes to visual novels, I can’t really find many who would like to discuss about the characters “making-love” scenes in a game. Even talking about the depiction of a CG with a penis makes people blush, but I guess I’m desensitized, due to my work in the medical field.

how the f*ck, is that gonna fit in a vagina or the anus, because… Holy Uncanny Photographic Mental Processes Batman! OUCH!?!

Before I got into visual novels and otomes, I read a lot of romance novels. It was always hard to find groups that shared the same passions as I do, since I believe in HEA or HFN endings IRL besides fictional life. I’d say it was really hard to have any discussion with any, because romance and sex seemed to be taboo, or some would take the act of sex to a more extreme level that I wasn’t sure how to respond.

My discussions would generally be about how either the scene was romantic, hot, sweet, or boring– or with me saying: “that elephant trunk of a penis will not fit in any hole in the human body… There is not an attic in the anus or vagina, and if humans have learned to unhinge their jaws like a snake. There’s just no way, unless science has proven we can do so. If that’s the case, someone please send me a medical study that will explain how this will fit into someone’s body…

Either way, I give credit where credit is due, and I give flack to stories that say the LI’s appendage is the size of a cannon. Because.. Let’s be honest how the f*ck, is that gonna fit in a vagina or the anus, because Holy Uncanny Photographic Mental Processes Batman! OUCH..?! Otherwise, I like seeing the MC fall in love and get to do the bedroom tango with their LI of choice, who hopefully has a proportional sized appendage.

BUYING MULTIPLE COPIES OF THE SAME GAME

Probably my most biggest, baddest, and darkest issue of my love for these visual novels AND OTOMES

Buying multiple copies of the same game for different gaming platforms, even when I already have it in my collection. It’s a bad habit, and yet, I don’t know if it really is one, but I only do this for games that I really love. A good example of games I’ve bought multiple copies for different consoles is Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ and Code:Realize ~Future Blessings~, these games were originally ported to PSVita awhile back ago, but they were recently brought to the Nintendo Switch last year and this year.

There are a couple more that I’ve bought on different platforms, which includes but aren’t limited to… Persona 4, Amnesia Memories of No One, Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms, Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds, Our Two Bedroom Story, etc.. I bought these games again for the Switch, Computer, 3DS, PS4, PSVita and … Mobile. Yes, some will say it’s a waste of money, however for me, I don’t think so, especially if it means letting the game developers know that I WANT THEM TO KEEP BRINGING MORE GAMES HERE. I have multiple copies of my favorite games, and I want more than anything to keep supporting the developers to keep localizing other games that have yet to come to the US market.

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-ˏˋ♥̩͙♥̩̩̥͙♥̩̥̩ ⑅ Gray’s Corner ⑅ ♥̩̥̩♥̩̩̥͙♥̩͙ˊˎ

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He’s got a hard on, don’t mind him.

Maybe I’ll do more confessions in the future, but I’ll just stick with expressing these ‘sins’ for now. I want to say that a few of the items on here is a bit demure compared to other dirty secrets in my closet, but I’ll save that for another time. While I know there are others out there who have a similar disposition like myself with confessing our visual novel sins. I hope my blog speaks a along the lines of certain scenarios we are usually told to keep behind closed doors.

“Now that I’ve washed out some of my dirty laundry and hung it out for others to see, there will probably be a bit more of these kinds of thoughts and talks on the blog in future installations. But until then…”

It’s Getting Hot In Here *WHOOP WHOOP*

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

Money, What Money? (What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Into Visual Novels)

Hello everyone, and it’s been awhile since I’ve contributed a more informative type of game blog to the corner. While this platform does rally itself in several different creative outlets, I wanted to write a few more pieces in contribution to anyone who is new to playing visual novels. Now, if you aren’t familiar with this game genre, I highly recommend checking out my post about them and the types here. For those of you who are familiar with these types, you might be able relate to some of the issues I talk about and wish I knew before I got into visual novels.

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When I first got into the visual novel playing field, you could only romance a female if you were a male protagonist and could only romance a male character if you were a female protagonist. Times have slowly started to change and accommodate to the modern day society, which makes it all the more appealing and a bit hard for players like myself who are interested in both men and women. Especially when you pop onto a game, and you see the array of characters you can romance, you find yourself sitting there for about thirty minutes or so debating who you want to romance first. 
 
It gets difficult at who you should play first, considering there are players who like to do things in a certain order and then there are those who are sporadic like me, and then we have the ones who close their eyes and let their thumb pick whoever and just plunge right in. When you start playing visual novels, you can romance someone, or you don’t need to romance them at all to further the plot. However, it is always fun to develop a relationship with one of the characters and fall in love. 

And if anything, you may be just like me where you have to really think of which person you want to fall in love with first. The possibilities have become very wide and hard to choose between, especially if everyone appeals to your tastes, LMAO.

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ Damsels in Distress versus Heroines ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

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This is a big one, so in a lot of the older otome apps more preferably known as Mobage (games on the cellphone, cell phone gaming), a lot of the main female protagonists aren’t their own heroes. Rather, they need their significant love interest to save them from everything, including the perils that MC has put themselves into due to poor choices. This is one of the items I wish I knew about before becoming as addicted as I am to visual novels as I am now, and there were many MCs that I could not stand in their own games. One great example is the MC from Kissed by the Baddest Bidder, this is a prime example of a damsel in distress and not a heroine that can contribute anything astounding in character development or win the MC Awards any time soon.

However, there are now more games with less damsels in distress and more heroines/heroes who can stand with their SO(s) equally in the face of troubles and dangers ahead. A good example of a heroine in a visual novel would be Cardia Beckford from Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth and Hinako Nakayama of Kenka Bancho Otome.

These fearless heroines grow into their power, and rise up to their destiny as badass females who aren’t afraid to show that they are scared but being scared doesn’t stop them from continuing to fight for what is right.

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ Repeated Tropes ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

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I cannot tell you how there is a lot of repeated tropes in a visual novel, sometimes it’s obvious that it’s going to happen, other times it is well written that you didn’t expect it. However, in the earlier games I’ve played, there was plenty of well known tropes like, falling in love with your boss, an older man younger MC romance, MC falling in love with a younger character, best friends to lovers romance, and the infamous Yandere romances as well. I’m sure there’s a drinking game out there that’s about “how many times a MC can be KABEDONed by all the LI in a game.

I’m not saying that tropes are bad (a lot of them aren’t)

Well, there should be a drinking game about overused tropes and finding them in the games, but then… I’d be always drunk LOL. I’m not saying that the tropes are bad (most of them aren’t), however, the reuse of a trope can get tiring when there isn’t something new or interesting being brought to the plate when the idea is being used. The childhood friends to lovers trope is a commonly used one, and it is more prominently used in games such as Dreamy Days in West Tokyo from Voltage Inc and also My Last First Kiss which is also from Voltage Inc as well.

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In certain cases I preferred Dreamy Days over My Last First Kiss, due to the fact that the newer game started implementing character types that were border-lining in an uncomfortable personality type. To each their own, but, for me, I feel that the childhood trope didn’t work out too well for me in that game because of how controlling and flat out rude AF a lot of the characters were towards the MC.

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ The MC is Always Hungry ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

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As a warning, for some reason all the MCs are always hungry for food or sweets, and when they talk about food, you get hungry as well. It doesn’t really help our situation as gamers/players when the game developers make a CG dedicated to food, and we have to sit there and wonder if we should order donuts, Chinese food, pizza, and other cuisines to assuage our own food porn moments. In a lot of the games the MC is always a big eater and can polish off a several plates of food without too many problems.

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While I can still do such things like that (eating copious amounts of food) as the MC, it probably doesn’t help when I’m already in my pajamas and don’t want to go out and get food. I do warn many new players to eat beforehand, or maybe have some snacks ready, because a lot of side stories and stuff usually has food in it, and it’ll make you hungry. The characters will sometimes go into detail about how flavorful the cuisine is, or you get a wonderful image of the delectable item, and then you’ll be besides yourself with being hungry.

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ Research the Game ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

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I’m open to all types of creative work for visual novels from LGBTQ+, mystery, rom-com, adventure, and dark romance. However, not everyone knows exactly just how creative the game may have been made to be, and this is where VNs can get march between the gray areas. Especially with certain VNs that have Yandere type characters, violent scenes, gore, and scenes of rape. One thing that needs to be addressed is that whenever we go into a new game that you do our own research and make your own judgement on if the game is right for you or not

Especially with certain VNs that have Yandere type characters, violent scenes, gore, and scenes of rape.

Games such as Amnesia Memories of No One has two types of Yanderes and a very controlling type love interest, and I was only aware of one Yandere in the game when it first came to the USA. However, when I did play the game and went through the perceived routes of the other two characters, I was able to manage, but I got the bad endings for certain characters because I stood up to them rather than stay docile. I openly try to support visual novels in the game world as I still see it as a small niche in the community, but again, I do my own research, especially if there are subjects and tropes I’m not fond of or can easily trigger me. 

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While most games have a trigger warnings, they don’t explain excatly what you’re about to see, and for those who don’t enjoy being surprised, they may not find Corpse Party an attractive sight for their casual gaming experience. So it’s always a good idea to research and weigh out the pros and cons of a game before purchasing it.

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ Money? What Money? ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

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Lastly, I want to talk about the number one issue that I wish someone told me about before I got into visual novel games, and that would be MONEY. Yes, while there are plenty of freemium type visual novels out there, but, to get the best CGs and events unlocked, you need to pay with some type of ruby/diamond/crystals to unlock it–and in order to get those gem stones, you need to pay actual cash. That’s just a heads up to those who play the freemium games such as Ikemen Vampires, Shall We Date Games, and Arithmetic Games.

“Visual novels also can be just as costly, especially when they release the ‘full game’ but then have ‘additional’ content with side stories on the side for purchase.”

However, while freemium games can be costly in the long run, the other side of the blade is that visual novels also can be just as costly, especially when they release the ‘full game’ but then have ‘additional’ content with side stories on the side for purchase. So instead of a game costing just $19.99, if you want to know the secret ending of your favorite couple or character, you’ll have to pitch over that extra $10.00 to get all the side stories to fully complete the game. There are a couple of well known visual novel game makers who do this, but if try indie visual novels, you will usually get everything in the bundle.

Side Note: I do have to tell everyone, just like all games, it can get costly, especially the Mobage VNs with there copious amounts of game seasons, additional characters, and side stories that they charge up the a-hole now. So be wise, and really think about if the game content is worth it to purchase so your wallet won’t be crying later.

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ Gray’s Corner ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

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Just a little skinship for the viewers as my blog starts to keep moving towards the more mature ranges, and you’ll more than likely see more provocative images from games a long the way. 

While there is probably more I could add to the context of this blog about “what I wish I knew” before going into the genre fully, I feel these are the top items that come to mind. However, I’m gonna throw in one more thing into the mix… CENSORSHIP. Yes, there are certain platforms that do not accept certain scenes or events that occur in the original format of a game. Such as, sex scenes, violence, and taboo incidents. 

There are a lot of taboo items out there already in certain games, like  the trope about dating your step-brother in games like Brother’s Conflict and Our Two Bedroom Story.

I’m not here to create a political game out of it, I just prefer to see a game played in its intended form and make my own opinions from the content. There are a lot of taboo items out there already in certain games, like  the trope about dating your step-brother in games like Brother’s Conflict and Our Two Bedroom Story. I’ve noticed that certain platforms will ask creatives to cut content from their games, due to what audience the platform appeals to, i.e. they may want the game made into a G-Rated game versus, PG-13 because the platform may be gear towards children and pre-teens. 

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With that being said, always do your research, go into a game with an open mind, and as always…

Thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

 

TALES FROM THE NOOK: IT’LL HAUNT YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS (Movies & Books)

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As we glide through September, the dark and horror gamer part of myself starts to peek out from the shadows. Peering out to see if it’s her time to parade around the blog and other social media outlets to speak about dark fairytales, creepy characters, terrifying novels, and nightmare fuel games. Welcome to the side of Gray’s Otome and Visual Novel Corner that focuses on both VN and Cozy Nook aspects of Gray’s Otome & VN Corner.

Where suspense, thrillers, and horror games take over. While some otome games meet the creepy aspect of the horror criteria, it’s rare… depending on what game you’ve gotten into your hands. Before we proceeded, I’d like to say thanks to Kelly from Another Book in the Wall Blog for making these Halloween themed prompts!

Now…

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Reader beware, these visual novels aren’t for those who want romance flair, these are for those who dare to face their darkest nightmares.  

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If you aren’t a horror fan please check out my other blogs! Otherwise, if you like terror and creepy stuff…

CARRY ON~!

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-ˏˋ♥̩͙♥̩̩̥͙♥̩̥̩ ⑅It Follows⑅ ♥̩̥̩♥̩̩̥͙♥̩͙ˊˎ

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Has anyone seen that movie called, ‘It Follows’? Where an evil ghost follows you no matter how far you run, it’ll keep following you until it gets you, but in order to rid yourself of the entity is to have sex with another person to pass it onto. Another good example would be ‘The Ring‘ where if you watched the cursed videotape, the only way to break the curse from you or give you time to live, is to have someone else watch the tape.

Now that I may have refreshed your memory or reeled you in, in today’s blog, I’m going to speak to you about books and movies that never left me, even after I was finished. Some of these items I’ve talked about previously from other blogs, but in this entry, I get more in depth about why I will never forget them. Whether these books were based on true stories, or the writer was just that creatively twisted in making the content–who really knows? What we do know is, that the it will never leave me, and it forever follows, as a reminder that I’ve seen horror in the darkest of films and also in the very pages of a book.

This blog get’s disturbing, as another warning, some of the content in here or most of them are disturbing as hell. Reader’s discretion is advised!

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-ˏˋ♥̩͙♥̩̩̥͙♥̩̥̩ ⑅The Exorcist⑅ ♥̩̥̩♥̩̩̥͙♥̩͙ˊˎ

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Whether you’ve watched the movie or read the book, this emotional and mentally scarring horror masterpiece will never leave me. I refuse to re-watch it or read it, just absolutely not. As from what I’ve been told, whether they are fact or fiction, that this book is based on real events of exorcisms that have been documented over the course of history. Since Hollywood loves to drum up the suspense and horror, as a kid, this movie still terrified me–what was even worse was when I got older and found out that exorcisms are real events that do happen. 

A good example, although I’m not sure if many people even liked it, was the movie that Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal) had starred in called ‘The Rite’ which is based off a real priest who performs exorcisms.

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Whether you are a believer or not, or a person of faith, I cannot begin to even describe the ultimate terror that this creates within me. I believe that even when the actors and actresses were filming The Exorcist, the set seemingly became haunted after that. While I cannot confirm or deny that, these are just rumors, and I never delved further into it because I will never touch anything that has to do with this movie ever again. LMAO, I would flat out shut down anyone who asks me to watch this movie or it’s remake.  

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-ˏˋ♥̩͙♥̩̩̥͙♥̩̥̩ ⑅The Exorcism of Emily Rose⑅ ♥̩̥̩♥̩̩̥͙♥̩͙ˊˎ

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To let you all know, I knew what I was getting into when I decided to watch this movie. I went with my best friend and sister when we sat in the back row of the theater on opening week for this film, and we weren’t the same after watching it. We legitimately had called my best friend after we watched the movie, and had her on the phone with us all night (we were zombies in the morning) because this movie haunted us. I won’t ever watch it again, and what sucked… this movie did follow me. 

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Cue in the documentary of Anneliese Michel… I had no idea when I was up one night on Youtube watching ghost story documentaries that this would pop up on my feed. I also didn’t realize this was the story that the movie was based on, and because I was fairly naive… I watched it, including listening to the graphic recordings of the exorcism that was in the documentary. I could not sleep for almost a week because I swear I would awaken at 3AM and feel the sliver of fear stab into my chest. Looking into a dark room and with a barely visible night light in the corner, I felt full body chills, and the feeling that something was watching me up close and personal–and I couldn’t see it. I am still haunted by this entire film and the story of Anneliese Michels. 

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-ˏˋ♥̩͙♥̩̩̥͙♥̩̥̩ ⑅The Grudge⑅ ♥̩̥̩♥̩̩̥͙♥̩͙ˊˎ

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Whether you’ve watched the movie or played the game that came out on Wii awhile back ago. Ju-On is an unforgivable piece of horror that I won’t watch again, after all the haunting it transpired including the fear it managed to sear into my being. When I first watched the movie, it was with a bunch of friends, and while I knew they poked fun at the movie to try and liven things up. They may not have been scared, but I was, considering all the stories and folklore that has been told in my family. 

The fact is, they make you suffer…

While Ju-On is based off an entity that is called an Onryo, a vengeful spirit who makes your life a living breathing insufferable hell on earth until the day you die. The fact is, they make you suffer, and leech that suffering, and terror until you take your own life; or you finally die from the exhaustion of the haunting you suffered through. The infamous croaking noise that spirit makes echoes in my mind, and even at times there are moments I expect her to crawl down my stairs while I’m up at night baking goods and such. 

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Even playing the game, it was a lot to take in with just the jump scares involved but that sound… It haunts, it follows–the grudge keeps spreading. It’ll never end, until she’s consumed everything–her anger will never stop–it will keep following. 

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Some of you may remember this book as one of the core novels we are meant to read, dissect, and learn from on regards to the Holocaust in high school. I won’t go into a history lesson here, but those of you who have read this book, I applaud you. As this was one of the most truly disturbing novels besides another one, that has not left me after all these years. This book is written by a survivor of the concentration camps, and may the lord bless this man’s soul after seeing the horrors of what lay within that camp and the evil that resided in these devils. 

I could taste the air and smell the decaying bodies of the innocent lives as we stepped back in time and read the story from his perspective.

I will never forget a lot of sentences in the book, especially a particular line that echoes suffering and anguish. I could taste the air and smell the decaying bodies of the innocent lives as we stepped back in time and read the story from his perspective. This book made a very deep, dark impression in my mind, and it will never leave me. It continues to haunt me to this day. 

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-ˏˋ♥̩͙♥̩̩̥͙♥̩̥̩ ⑅American Psycho by Bret Ellis⑅ ♥̩̥̩♥̩̩̥͙♥̩͙ˊˎ

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This book inspired the movie of the same name, and is a psychologically big mindfuck of horror, I wouldn’t place it up there with Hannibal but I will preach that this book is disturbing to the point of absolute madness. I want to say that Patrick Bateman (the main character of American Psycho) has scarred my memories, and Christian Bale as the lead in the movie, portrayed Patrick so well, that I can’t erase the image off him. It was really hard to see Christian Bale as Batman, when all I could see was Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. The thing about this novel, you don’t even know what is actually going on… 

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I am not sure what Patrick actually sees, as he is a corrupted and is unreliable source of a narrator. He seeks control, validation, it’s bone chilling to read his emotions and also his insecurity. I felt cold, and got colder with every page I read until I became completely numb to the point that when I placed the book down. I wasn’t sure what I had just consumed, and questioned my life choices and had to journal about my feelings. This is a graphic and disturbing book, and film, and it will haunt you for a long time.

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Some of these novels or movies, may be mere child’s play for people, and not so scary to consume and binge them like normal. For me, it’ll never be easy to digest or rid them from my conscience as they held a lot of lessons, per se, and also a lot of nightmare fuel to chase me for the rest of my human life. A lot of the content I spoke about are works of literature or media that cannot be erased from either history or the depths of my mind. The explicit narratives that have been created for the materials above, whether they were created for pleasure or to give understanding of true horror and despair, the fact is, they will haunt me. They’ve carved a place into my mind, and have made a nest in my memories so I can’t ever forget. When I believe that all is safe, remember.. it follows.

Thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~!

I Ship You, And You, And You–Maybe Not You… (AMPLITUDE GAME DEMO REVIEW)

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The year is 2121 and mutants are the norm, while ‘normal’ people with no power are trash. The game started with your character getting killed and is offered the choice to start a new life in a new body. But here’s the catch! Your new body’s real owner is actually still alive! And you have to share the body with them! Now, you two have to work together to achieve your vastly(?) different goals, and of course, to live a life normal enough to not let anyone find out the truth…

  • Play as a girl, a boy, a girl in a guy’s body or vice versa!

You are able as either a man or a woman inhabiting the body of a teenage boy or girl. This choice greatly affects the story arcs and the relationship and interaction of characters with you. And yes, there IS an awkward bath scene or two.

  • Stat-raising!

There are currently five different skills which the player can develop and master throughout the game by means such as doing various jobs, quests or other activities in the town. These skills are combat, deception, bravery, knowledge, and charisma.

  • Point and Click Map!

The player can travel around town and interact with NPCs via a point-and-click chibi map. Get a job, make new friends, try to find your killer, or just count the cats in the neighborhood to pass time!

  • Quests, Texting and Crafting!

You can access the messages and quests by clicking on the buttons on the upper left of the screen or the green message icon in the stats menu.

  • Last but not least, ROMANCE

The filthy shippers in you will rejoice to know how many ships are possible in this game! Which I admit that I don’t know how many myself because there are SO MANY.–Itch.io

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Main Characters #1

The main protagonists? The two above are the personalities you can become in the beginning of the game, I opted to be the guy but you only have a vague idea of who you are and your last moments of life. When you are given the option to return back to a body to finish your task, you are given the choice to either reincarnate as a male or female, so basically you can be a female in a man’s body, a man in a woman’s body or male in male’s body and woman in woman’s body. 

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Main Characters #2

These two are the next set of main protagonists because they are the bodies you happen to possess, but things get very awkward when you find out their souls haven’t actually vacated their bodies. It’s a unique concept and can seem confusing, but once you play the game, you get the hang of it. 

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Many Love Interests 

I was only playing the demo so unfortunately I don’t know how many LI’s there are and who they happen to be. However, I’m pretty sure one or two of the ships can be between the protagonists themselves, which doesn’t sound like a bad deal. We do have the best friends, and a couple of side characters presented in the picture, but I met with only three people in the demo so far. 

I think it’s pretty awesome that the game gives you plenty of people to romance and I think it all depends on who you talk to more and engage with. 

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Stats

So here’s Jon, I decided to possess his body on the first go around, and apparently depending on how we answer the questions and how we take action, it effects the stats presented here. I find it intriguing to use cellphone bars as a way to show your stats, the display is pretty colorful and eye catching. It’s a good way to keep someone engaged, and the bright and creative textures implemented is aesthetically pleasing including the cute flair of adding paperwork backgrounds. 

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CELL PHONE USE

I love when games implement the use of a cell phone inside their games, it makes it much more fun and keeps the player more busy. Usual VNs or Otomes rely heavily on story rich narratives, which has to be dramatic and strong enough to keep a reader entertained. However, there are times that reading can become tiring, so techniques such as this helps pull the gamer back into the game as it gives something like a side quest for them to do. 

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NYAAAA-KON

NYAAAA-KON is a quest board that you can do to help raise the stats on your character and do mini side games. I do recommend doing some as it gets you out there to meet more people and do some good stuff as you try and find who killed you. I’ll admit, the web page looks like a flyer and it’s cute as hell, and it definitely caught my interest. 

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Answer & Reaction Grid

The overlay is good and I do love the tool bar, but I got confused as to what is what for a bit since there’s nothing that tells you what it is. The answer/reaction grid is what I call the ‘static’ type that is usually seen on top of a character’s profile, I don’t really like this type as I hate when it covers a character’s features. Otherwise, the colors to the complete layout is well done and definitely are refreshing against the background scenes. 

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ Gray’s Impression ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

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Opening scene was pretty violent and bloody. It was an interesting way to be introduced to our first set of main characters. We understand that the character’s memories are fuzzy but they know there is something that must be done and we need to finish the task we’ve set out to do. We end up meeting a woman who gives us an olive branch by stating that they can give us a chance to return to the human world, but there is a catch… We only have a year to do what we need to do before we depart from the world permanently. 

Opening scene is pretty violent and bloody.

Also, we don’t get to keep our memories which was also a shitty move for her to do, but we did agree that we’d do whatever it took to get back. The narrative itself is potent enough to drive you head first into the character’s feelings and also the atmosphere that we happen to be infiltrating as gamers. I am impressed with the free flow and casual speaking tone of the characters, which is easy to follow considering the game just thrust us into a very bloody opening scene. 

The narrative itself is potent enough to drive you head first into the character’s feelings and also the atmosphere that we happen to be infiltrating as gamers.

A few things I can remark on is the graphics and shadowing, it captures a good sense of the hospital in this scene. I appreciate the colors and the textures placed into the background, and the overlay of the text box is a good refreshing aspect to my eyes when you’re reading for a good amount of time. The character drawings are unique and pleasing as well, including the emotions portrayed on their faces, it’s also an added plus that the face of the person speaking appears in the bottom left corner in the camera lens. 

the overlay of the text box is a good refreshing aspect to my eyes when you’re reading for a good amount of time

Now, one of the interesting concepts of the game play is this, where you turn into a chibi-like avatar that reminds me of those freemium otome games like Ikemen Vampire. Your character is able to travel around in this RPG style movement which is pretty awesome, and a great feature for someone who wants both a visual novel and rpg style experience. It’s seriously cute and I think they did well in putting this into the game . 

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I’ve mentioned the art before, but this is a very killer graphic CG, and I mean that in a good way. It reminds me of the Gothic cartoonish drawings I’ve seen on tarot cards that I adore, and the artist and team did amazing work in putting in the color and the details. The lines seen in the girl with pigtails, I liked the luminosity and the pop of light in her eyes, I feel this took an exuberant amount of effort to get those striations into place. I do feel the only oddity of the picture is how her head is tilted, not sure why it seems a little weird to me, but it’s probably just my eyes LOL. 

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I talked about the stats up above, but let’s talk about the skills here, when you do any tasks related to NYAAAA-KON your overall personality stats get effected. So choices matter, and so do your actions!

Towards the end of the demo, I ended up trying to snoop somewhere and came upon a bloody scene with an android nurse. Not really what I would of loved to have happened but it sincerely puts both protagonists in a bind. While the story demo ends after a few other CGs, the plot thickens and so does my intrigue about what is happening in this universe. 
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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ Gray’s Closing Thoughts ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

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Amplitude is definitely a unique take on a visual novel with RPG style elements that is definitely going to intrigue both casual and interactive gamers alike. I believe this game is a unique take to both an otome/bishojo/BL/Yuri simulation in the romance department, and with the casual narratives to the alluring RPG style. This game is definitely a creative piece you don’t want to pass up, and it should be spoken about a bit more. Playing the demo was enlightening, and I need to save up to buy the full game on Steam, LMAO. Honest opinion, I enjoyed this game, and I believe everyone should give it a shot, and to try the demo if you aren’t so sure about it. It doesn’t hurt, and you’ll more than likely, be amazed by it. 

As always, thanks for stopping by in my corner of the blogosphere, and see you on the gaming side~