My Back Log Keeps Growing. HELP!

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Gray here, (this was originally a TBR tag from ageekgirlsguide.com but I’ve turned it into a game one) and today I’m shamelessly airing out the fact that I have a huge game backlog that will possibly continue to haunt me, until I’m in my grave. Not only that, but I’m also a book dragon, so I have another backlog of books that scream for my attention as well. I’m certain I’m not the only one who looks at their older games that they haven’t gotten around to, and then when we start to play them, something like this happens:

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I usually try my best to stay on track, but sometimes when you’re doing your best to ignore other beautiful men/women from other games, it can get challenging. Especially when your friends also get involved, and tell you about their newest ikemen that you have to check out on this new game. That’s usually how I end up in the Otomelandia hell hole, and I’ve managed to buy property at the lip of the opening, thanks to a few friends back on Tumblr.

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I love VNs and otome games, but there are many games and interesting concepts out there that when I’m finally embroiled in an otome game I’ve been meaning to play, poof, they’ve come out with a new game. Then I’m like… Oh boy… I think I need to add more to my collection for… scientific reasons. Now then, without further ado, grab your climbing gear and a flashlight, we’re about to scale down into the depths of my backlog aka TBP list, and hopefully… not get stuck there.

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What Are You Currently Playing? 

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My current game that I am playing is These Nights in Cairo created by Salamandra88, this game had been sitting in my TBP lists for months and I finally got into it. I’m pretty peeved at myself for not having played it before, the game reminds me of The Mummy Movie series. I love the MC, Margaret Dawson, and her witty comebacks and how she stands her ground because the early 1900s weren’t fairly kind to outspoken women.

The game shows these elements where there is an oppressive nature from the men surrounding the MC. Yet, the fact we can put our foot down on certain subjects and how people talk to us, I love it so much. This game is incredible with how much girl power and independence the MC has, I have a new crush and it’s Margaret Dawson. I’m still working my way through the routes, but so far, I’m enamored by Egyptian Mythology, and I can’t wait to romance the priestess in the game.

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What Game Do You Plan on Playing Next?

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I played Mystic Destinies: Serendipity of Aeons back when only Shou was available at the time, but now that years have passed, I was finally able to get everyone’s routes purchased. I adore otome genres with supernatural components, so when the main character is cursed and must work to understand her new abilities in a dark world. Hell, count me in!

This was one of the first few indie otome games I had come across back a few years ago, and I’m still over the moon with the artwork and storyline. When I actually first got introduced to this game I had been eying Hikaru, but then found out he would be the last route to be released (that crushed me LMAO). While I’m still hacking away at the game mentioned above, I can’t wait to finally complete this game when I get there.

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Top Three Games in Your TBP?

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The Cinderella Phenomenon game has been sitting in my TBP list for awhile, and I keep seeing the raving reviews about it, but I have yet to open the game. I’ve been told nothing but excellent points about it, this game is free on Steam but I do hope I can find a place to donate to them (if there is please let me know in the comments, I’d appreciate it). I’ve been told the MC is quite indifferent and pessimistic, which sounds like my kinda jam, considering it’s rare to find a heroine with those attributes (i.e. Kiss of Revenge, that MC is kick-ass).

I’m interested in seeing what kind of heroes will gauge the heroine and if I’ll like the game, I do love fairytale factors in stories and games alike. I’m hopeful for this playthrough, and I sincerely want to be enchanted by it.

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Lost in Secular Love has been on my TBP list as long as Nightshade has been, good lord, I keep picking up this game, playing for a bit, and then get sidetracked because of work or IRL events occurring. The game has a funny opening with the heroine practically fighting with her mom about the marriage, however, she is won over easily by her mom saying that she can have rice daily if she marries a monk. The heroine, despite her earlier trepidation, starts to dream about how much rice she can eat at the temple, and thus our story begins.

This is about as much as I remember from the actual beginning, and I seriously should have continued playing it. However, what stopped me from playing was the fact that it was only available on my computer versus my mobile games, which I could take anywhere on my phone. With the continuance of lockdowns over the country, I’m hoping that I can get a little more headway this year and completing this game. Plus, I do want to try out that option where you can make the monks bald for the game LMAO.

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Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly has been my on/off-again crush of games for the century, I love the artwork of this game but when I first bought it and Ashen Hawk, I was embroiled in a tough case at work. I have this game both on PSVita and computer, but I swear, whenever I try to sit down for it something else occurs that makes me have to quit the game and go back to RL. I’ve heard that the game focuses more on the storyline versus the romance, and I’m down for those kinds of details in otome games as well.

Satoru Yuiga is an amazing artist, I’m enamored by how elegant her drawings are and the complexity of the style. It’s visually different from other games I’ve played, and I can’t help but be charmed by it, yet, whenever I try to fall into the arms of this beguiling world I’m stopped by RL DX! My hope is to definitely finish this game on my TBP list this year!

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An Intimidating Game on Your TBP?

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London Detective Mysteria is one of the most intimidating games I’ve ever bought, and the reason why I’m worried to play it is because I’ve found out it’s over 60+ hours of game play. While this should be a big HOORAY! for most VN and otomelandians,  for me, it wasn’t a good idea at the time. I wasn’t able to focus on gaming too long due to my work load and then when I got home, I really didn’t have energy to focus on a long-term game.

I really do love the artwork and anything that embraces the mystery of my own book collection, Sherlock Holmes, Arsene Lupin, Ms. Marple, etc… Being able to go to a school to become a detective is a dream come true, and this game allows you to do just that. It’s also one of the few games that the MC is voiced, I truly want to play this game but I have to ask myself if I’m ready to sit down for a full 60+ hours to play it.

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A Game on Your TBP?

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Taisho x Alice has been on my list for awhile, even though I was pretty miffed about the whole ordeal with how it came to the USA market. I won’t get into the problems that first occurred with its release to the American gaming side, but I’m exhilarated that Primrose took over the localization and brought it officially to our side of the pond. While this is just the first chapter, I have heard that translators are working on the second chapter of the game.

Taisho has lovely artwork and character design, I’m a nut for historical tropes and I really love the garments of this time period. Not only that, fairy tales being twisted into the story line makes it all more craveable for me to not resist it, however, it has suffered drawbacks, mostly because of myself. The reason why this game has yet to be played is because more new games inundated me when I finally got a copy of this game into my clutches. I promise Taisho x Alice, I will get to you some way or another!

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The Game That Has Been on Your TBP the Longest?

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I love ninja themed games, and Nightshade was one of my fastest purchases a couple years ago when it released to STEAM. I’ve put this game off because other … ninja games and sexy feudal warlords have managed to pillage my TBP list. Yea, I know that’s not relatively a great excuse, but I can’t help looking at other fascinating and sexy historical games that come out. I’m not helping my reasoning but it is the truth.

Nightshade is voiced and it has beautiful artwork, and I do like the musical score that’s been implemented into the narrative. I’m a total ninja fan, I’m sad that I have yet to jump into this world, fully immerse myself with all the action, and romance this game has. Hopefully I can get through it this year without… distractions…

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The Most Recent Addition to Your TBP?

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Oh lord… I can feel the burning stares of my older games piercing into my spine right now, but I couldn’t help myself in buying Anicon: Sheep’s Path from Zeiva Inc. It was on sale and with the Rabbit’s Path about to release soon, I wanted to finish all the routes quickly. Albeit, I’m probably not going to make it, but I know I’m going to try! I’ve been a fan of Zeiva Inc since their release of Dragon Essence on Steam and their actual website.

Just an FYI for anyone who is interested in Dragon Essence, do not buy it if you’re looking for a happy ending. The game is story rich but it will break your heart, as it’s not a HFN or HEA type of visual novel, I can’t term it as an Otome because there is NO HAPPY ENDING. I just want you to know that!

However, if you are looking for a funny HEA, HFN, and cutesy type of otome novel, look no further than Anicon. However, I need to get my ass on reading the Sheep’s Path before the other one comes out!

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GRAY’S CORNER

As I look at this list and my ever growing pile of games and books, I sit here and wonder if I’ll ever be able to accomplish finishing them. As I haven’t even listed my backlog for mobile games and routes I need to finish… Doesn’t help that I’m a pushover for new games that come out. Being a gamer/player of the visual novel and otome field is never easy when you’re out in Otomelandia and waiting for the next big wave of games coming out.

I know I’m not the only one, so wading these waters isn’t as lonely, but it does mean I’ve gotta get fierce and charge through these games! So readers, what games are in your back logs that you have yet to finish? Let us know in the comments!

As always, thank you for reading and see you on the gaming side!

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