Some exciting news for visual novel fans as JAST USA has revealed the JAST Store release of the visual novel, You and Me and Her: A Love Story, on May 5th, 2020. This will be followed by a Steam release later this month on the 25th. Also, collectors can get their hands on a limited edition physical release of the game. This NSFW collector’s edition includes both the game on DVD as well as a digital download code. However, the highlight of the physical release is the acrylic prints. These feature characters from the game, but buyers will have to mirror the fate of the protagonist in the game and pick between either Miyuki or Aoi when making their purchase as only one print is included
There has been a bit of a boom lately when it comes to visual novels, but fans of the genre will agree that there’s always room for more, especially yuri ones. That’s why it’s great to see that there are small indie teams like Noodletub that are trying to make great yuri themed games. Noodletub recently launched a Kickstarter for LOVE BAKUDAN an 18+ yuri visual novel that takes place in Japan. The game promises to combine elements of comedy and drama, along with a spicy adult twist on top
Seven Days is a visual novel that starts out like something straight out of a horror movie as the protagonist, Kanzaki Shuuichi, receives a cursed Blu-ray disc from a friend. However, thanks to the exorcism skills of his childhood friend, Shuuichi is saved from the evil spirit trying to possess him after watching the disc. This leads to the unexpected development of the female ghost gaining a physical human form and revealing that six other girls are trapped inside her. Shuuichi ends up with his hands full as he attempts to make the last days of these spirits as pleasant as possible, but along the way, it’s impossible for him not to grow attached them. Seven Days is a captivating and well written visual novel that will stay with you even after the credits roll.
Gameplay: The story is well written and there are enough choices for multiple playthroughs.
Graphics: Everything from the character sprites to the backgrounds look great.
Sound: Full Japanese voice acting for all the girls and the soundtrack is pretty neat too
The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2 sees the return of Nora Handa as well as the bevy of girls who ensure that there is never a dull moment in his life. Like the first game, it is a mixture of romance, comedy and even a few serious slice of life moments. Unfortunately, it is also censored like the first game, so all traces of adult content has been removed. Despite this, The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2 is an entertaining visual novel with enough content to keep you busy for a long time.
Gameplay: A new cast of romanceable characters as well as the return of some old ones.
Graphics: The artwork looks great and the game features plenty of CGs.
Sound: Full Japanese voice acting once again and a mammoth soundtrack
Euphoria is a dark and twisted visual novel with plenty of explicit and over the top sex scenes. However, while it may seem like a pure nukige title, it also has a storyline that draws you in right from the start while continually going in unexpected directions. It’s definitely not a title for the faint of heart or easily offended, but if you can appreciate a good story and put up with some rather unsavory elements, then it’s worth checking out.
Gameplay: Very twisted and filled with plenty of unsavory stuff, but the story is also dark and compelling.
Graphics: Plenty of uncensored CGs, but the backgrounds are rather limited and there are no animations.
Sound: A dark and moody soundtrack and full voice acting for all the female characters
9-Nine-: Episode 2 features more of the vibrant art and excellent writing that was featured in the first installment. However, it’s not quite a sequel as it instead focuses on a different heroine compared to episode 1. This can be a little annoying for players who want to uncover all the mysteries instead of just learning more about the different heroines. The game is also rather short and left us wanting more, but this is mostly due to the great character dialog and superb translation. Despite some questionable elements 9-Nine-: Episode 2 is a great visual novel and we have no qualms recommending the entire series to fans of the genre.
Gameplay: Features a lot more humor compared to episode one and the writing is still superb.
Graphics: The art is detailed and vibrant, although a lot of the character sprites and backgrounds are reused.
Sound: Excellent voice acting, but most of the background tunes are the same
The new remastered version of Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya updates this classic visual novel without messing with the things that have made it so popular. It is still as disturbing as ever, although Steam players will have to spring for the adult patch to get the full experience. The original artwork looks great in high definition and the new engine means it’s no longer a hassle to try and run the game on modern hardware. It’s also good to see that the already great translation has been polished even more. If you can handle disturbing content, and enjoy the genre, then we cannot recommend Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya enough.
Gameplay: Not a lot of choices, but the story is so good that you won’t mind.
Graphics: Still very disturbing, especially when played uncensored.
Sound: The soundtrack is excellent and so is the voice acting
The Witch’s Love Diary is a unique visual novel that has plenty of stories to tell and a unique way of telling these stories. It offers quite a lengthy tale and the pace is somewhat on the slow side, but it is definitely worth the read. It also doesn’t skimp on routes for any of its characters, even the minor ones. Add to that beautiful visuals, along with a great soundtrack and you have yourself a visual novel that is worth investing some time in.
Gameplay: Not a lot of meaningful choices, but the story manages to remain captivating to the end.
Graphics: Beautiful character designs and detailed backgrounds.
Sound: Features a great soundtrack and top-notch voice acting
The Princess, The Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart is a charming and humorous visual novel that features a large cast of interesting characters. It opens with the protagonist, Nora Handa, encountering a girl claiming to be a princess of the netherworld and events just spiral further out of control from there. After his encounter with this newcomer, Nora has to decide whether he is falling in love with her or if his heart beats for one of the three other girls in his life. Of course, the fact that he has been cursed to change into a cat whenever he is kissed also complicates matters further. Overall, this is a great visual novel, but there are some gaping holes where all the adult content has been removed.
Gameplay: Completing all four of the routes in the game is a lengthy process, but very enjoyable.
Graphics: The artwork is really good, but it is a pity that all of the adult content had to be removed.
Sound: Full voice acting for the characters along with a huge and varied soundtrack
When Our Journey Ends follows the adventure of Mariko, a high school student who ends up stranded at an unfamiliar train station on her way home one day. She quickly discovers that it is not an ordinary place and learns about the spirits that dwell there. This visual novel features a unique graphical style, with lovely animated backgrounds, but it is rather short and the main story is not as fleshed out as much as we would have liked. It does feature a number of side stories that take place after the main story, but even with these the game is over way too soon.
Gameplay: Short and lacking in meaningful choices.
Graphics: Interesting character spirits and beautiful animated backgrounds.
Sound: English voice acting for all the characters and a very decent soundtrack