Beat Souls

Beat Souls

Take control of a shrine maiden and dodge noise while collecting souls in this action-packed game by Zoo Corporation. The rhythm elements are not as pronounced as in other titles, but Beat Souls still features a selection of great tunes and over-the-top visuals to accompany the frantic action. The 45 stages that can be played on Normal or Hard difficulty will keep players challenged for a while, and unlocking additional characters or taking on the endless Hell Mode adds some longevity.

Gameplay: Not a “pure” rhythm game, but still action-packed and very enjoyable.

Graphics: Very colorful and over the top, but can be toned down a bit.

Sound: Lots of catchy tracks across different genres

Several New Titles Announced by Sekai Project At Anime EXPO Lite 2021

Several New Titles Announced by Sekai Project At Anime EXPO Lite 2021

Sekai Project has announced several new titles during Anime Expo Lite, the digital version of Anime Expo. During their industry panel, they revealed the new titles that they will be localizing and bringing to the West. Check out the summary of what to expect from the publisher in the upcoming months

Sumire

Sumire

Sumire is a magical narrative adventure starring a young girl and a talking flower. The duo embarks on a journey after Sumire promises the flower a special day in exchange for the opportunity to see her deceased grandmother one last time. What follows is a trip through a vibrant game world that is filled with fascinating creatures and characters. The game is not very long or challenging, but it oozes charm and features more than enough memorable experiences. The inclusion of a karma system adds some replay value, but your first journey through the game will always be the most unforgettable.

Gameplay: Simple, yet delightful to play.

Graphics: The painterly visuals add to the charm of the game.

Sound: The soundtrack is beautiful, and there’s plenty of atmospheric sound effects too

Sumire First Look Video

Sumire First Look Video

Sumire is a magical narrative adventure by GameTomo Team. It is all about choices made and dreams lost and found as players guide a young girl named Sumire through a mysterious journey. Filled with lush, beautiful environments and plenty to see and do, Sumire is a game where players must be extra mindful of words, choices, and actions taken. This first look video features the game’s opening moments as Sumire meets her strange new companion and sets out on her day-long adventure

Aquadine

Aquadine

Aquadine is a kinetic visual novel set in a picturesque town where gondolas are a common sight. It is a magical place that is rife with myths and legends. However, the protagonist has more pressing matters on his mind as he struggles to make ends meet as a gondolier to support his sick mother. As he grows closer to the people in his circle of friends, he also discovers that he is not the only one leading a double life.

Gameplay: An interesting and unique story with different routes to explore.

Graphics: Beautiful backgrounds and detailed character sprites.

Sound: Only partial voice acting, but the music and sound effects are very good

MAMIYA

MAMIYA

Mamiya is a visual novel that tackles themes that are pretty dark and disturbing. It can be confusing at first due to how it mixes the ordinary with the surreal, but once players are hooked, it is hard to stop reading. The beautiful CGs and incredible soundtrack also make it easy to get drawn into the twisted depths of the story. Mamiya is not for everyone, but thanks to the lengthy free demo, it is easy to find out whether or not you can stomach its bleak and oppressive story.

Gameplay: Although it is primarily a kinetic novel, there’s plenty of routes and different stories.

Graphics: The backgrounds are simple, but the sprites and CGs are outstanding.

Sound: No voice acting, and the sound effects are nothing special, but the soundtrack is incredible

Venus: Improbable Dream

Venus: Improbable Dream

Venus: Improbable Dream is an emotional visual novel that features a protagonist named Kakeru who struggles daily with social anxiety due to hemangioma. Kaker is terrified when he is coaxed into trying out the after-school music club, but his life changes when he meets a disabled girl named Haruka. This lengthy visual novel features an emotional storyline, memorable characters, and a beautiful soundtrack.

Gameplay: The story is not just lengthy and engaging but also branching thanks to player-made choices that determine the ending.

Graphics: Gets the job done.

Sound: No voice acting, but the soundtrack is fantastic

Koihime Enbu RayoRaiRai Version 3 Now Available On Steam

Koihime Enbu RayoRaiRai Version 3 Now Available On Steam

The long-awaited PC version of Koihime Enbu RyoRaiRai – Version 3 is now available on Steam thanks to publisher Degica Games and developer UNKNOWN GAMES and M2 Co., LTD. It takes the form of DLC for the base version of the game and adds a new playable character and a new strategist to the game’s all-female cast

Pale Cachexia

Pale Cachexia

Pale Cachexia is a kinetic novel with Gothic undertones featuring two young women who meet under strange circumstances. One suffers from a life-leeching plague called the Pale Cachexia, while the other lives on her own in the middle of a forgotten forest. Despite the differences in their backgrounds and personalities, the two girls become friends, but there are outside forces that will put their bond to the test. The unique story, setting, and characters make Pale Cachexia an interesting read and the gorgeous visuals, as well as the haunting soundtrack, certainly doesn’t hurt either.

Gameplay: This is a kinetic novel, but the lack of choices doesn’t hamper the compelling story.

Graphics: Beautiful character sprites and CGs as well as detailed backgrounds.

Sound: No voice acting, but the soundtrack is excellent

9-nine-:Episode 4

9-nine-:Episode 4

9-Nine-: Episode 4 returns players once more to the college town of Shiromitsugawa where Kakeru Niimi and his gang of artifact users battle a threat from a different dimension. This episode upholds the same high standards as the rest of the series and the story really is an emotional rollercoaster. It’s not the best place to get started with the series, but fans of the previous episodes won’t want to miss out on this one.

Gameplay: Very engrossing and packed with humor, action, and drama.

Graphics: The character sprites and CGs are still some of the best in the genre.

Sound: Great voice acting and a solid soundtrack