Anyone with English translated visual novels on their holiday wish list might want to check out MangaGamer over the next two weeks. The site, which is one of the first legal options for downloading English titles in this genre is having a Winter Sale. With 25% or more discount on selected titles it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up. Since the sale includes hardcopies of certain titles you can also treat the visual novel loving friends in your life with something special this festive season. Check out the full list of titles below and then head over to the MangaGamer site for more information
The tower defense sections of the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing series by NeocoreGames might not have been the main focus of the games, but they were certainly a lot of fun. Deathtrap however reverses the formula by making the tower defense the main focus of the game and then layering on all kinds of action RPG goodness to make it even better. The end result is a highly addictive title with plenty of depth that will keep fans of both genres hooked
This War of Mine takes on a serious subject and manages to turn it into a great game without compromising the core message. War is hell and trying to survive it as a non-combatant is something that nobody should ever have to experience in real life. The game offers a glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced by ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. It is a dark experience that will probably not appeal to everyone, but once it sucks you into its bleak world it can be hard to leave until you have done all you could to save the people placed under your guidance.
Gameplay: Simple to control, but hard to master, this game will challenge you in more ways than one.
Graphics: The unique art style perfectly captures the bleak reality of being trapped in a hostile environment.
Sound: Fitting audio and outstanding sound effects
With a game such as The Old City: Leviathan where the story is such an important focus it can be hard to explain why it is worth experiencing without spoiling any surprises. The visuals are certainly very pretty and the audio very good, but by the developers own admission, everything is secondary to the story. The lack of interaction with the gameworld means that some players will dismiss this title as a “walking simulator”, but anyone that can appreciate the immersive experience instead of trying to compare it to something else will find a lot to love about it.
Gameplay: Plenty of exploring to do, but the focus is squarely on the intriguing story.
Graphics: The Unreal engine is put to good use to display some detailed environments.
Sound: Quality voice acting and a haunting soundtrack that matches the melancholic atmosphere of the game
Currently powering its way to success on Kickstarter is Prismata from Lunarch Studios. It is a hybrid strategy title that fuses elements of collectible card games, tabletop strategy as well as elements of real-time strategy games. However, by focusing on easy to learn gameplay and fast paced matches the game aims to be more accessible than the genres from which it draws its inspiration. This doesn’t mean that the game is lacking in depth though as it has plenty of features that will appeal to players who love strategy titles
Anyone who is a fan of the visual novel genre should already be familiar with Steins;Gate, but those who have somehow managed to miss out on this amazing game should take note. J-List now has a “reduced price” version of this classic title, going by the name of Steins;Gate “The Best” Edition, for only $29.95. The download version also got a price drop to $29.95 and believe us it is worth every penny. For more information check out our review for then game and then visit J-List to snap up this time travelling epic
Its addictive gameplay, charming visuals and catchy soundtrack ensures that Letter Quest is an entertaining and relaxing title. It has plenty of challenges to keep you busy and while there is a bit of grind involved the RPG elements keeps things interesting. If you are looking for a game to pass some time without worrying too much about a story then Letter Quest is a great option.
Gameplay: Polished, addictive and packed to the brim with content.
Graphics: Nice visuals, but the animations are very limited.
Sound: The soundtrack is quite nice, but could have benefited from a few more tunes
After announcing the limited edition hard copies of EF – The Fairy Tale of the Two last month, MangaGamer is back with some more great news for visual novel fans. This time it is Chou Dengeki Stryker that is getting the limited edition treatment. Although the all ages version of the game is already available on Steam, this hard copy comes complete with the full adult version of the game along with some other physical goodies
Static screenshots can’t really convey the look and feel of FOTONICA as it is a game that is built around the concept of speed. The game boils down to a test of your reflexes as you have to make split second decisions about when and where to jump in order to keep running and building up speed. It is not a game for people seeking a storyline or in-depth gameplay, but for quick arcade thrills you can’t go wrong with FOTONICA.
Gameplay: Run, jump, repeat.
Graphics: The vector style visuals certainly makes for a unique look.
Sound: Atmospheric and provides a perfect match for the minimalistic visuals
It’s not the longest or most challenging of titles, but Sneaky Sneaky still manages to impress with its charming visuals and entertaining gameplay. Dashing from cover to cover while silently taking down foes or avoiding them altogether is a lot of fun and the lighthearted nature of the game makes it suitable for the whole family. If you need a break from the more challenging or stressful titles you can’t go wrong with Sneaky Sneaky.
Gameplay: Not much of a challenging, but very entertaining.
Graphics: Bold, colorful and charming.
Sound: Some soothing melodies to back up all the sneaking