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)~———————–

Support me on:  
Patreon or buy me a Ko-Fi~

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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. 

                                                               *      

Content Warnings:

  • False Imprisonment
  • Death 

                                                               * 

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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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!

2 comments

  1. Oh, I completely forgot about Robotics;Notes! Any game made by the developers of Steins;Gate is an instant buy for me. 🙂

    Project Escape kinda reminds me of the firs Jigsaw movie, at least the screenshots do. Might give it a try too.

    Thanks for these posts! I am finding some visual novels that I’d probably miss otherwise but that I definitely want to play at some point! 🙂

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