The good news for fans of visual novels just keeps on coming with Sekai Project today unveiling the release date of CLANNAD. This much anticipated title had a very successful Kickstarter campaign just over 10 months ago that brought in $541,161 from 5,819 backers. Fans can mark Monday, November 23 on their calendars as this is the day that CLANNAD will be released on Steam for Windows-based PCs
MangaGamer announced today that they will be accepting pre-orders on their site for the upcoming Gahkthun of the Golden Lightning. This visual novel was developed by Liarsoft and the official release date has been set for December 23rd. One of the protagonists of its story is none other than Nikola Tesla, but the 20th century in which this game is set is one that is very different from our own
Sound of Drop offers a captivating, horror-themed experience that is worlds away from the typical romance visual novels found on Steam. Although it contains some blood and gore most of the really gruesome scenes are left to the imagination instead of depicted visually. The multitude of endings adds to the replay value and there are even some great new additions compared to the original Japanese version of the game.
Gamplay: The story is absorbing and features plenty of choices.
Graphics: Nice character designs and beautiful backgrounds.
Sound: No speech, but the music and sound effects are great
Visual novel fans should already be very familiar with the Narcissu titles, a series that wasn’t afraid to explore themes about terminal illness and the relationship between the living and dying. If not, Narcissu 1st & 2nd is available as a free download from Steam and comes highly recommended. However, Sekai Project have decided to team up with Stage-nana, the original creators, and do a full remake of the Narcissu anthology. Fans have been waiting years for the rest of the Narcissu series to be translated and, if the Kickstarter campaign is successful, this will finally happen
For a short, but interesting visual novel that doesn’t take itself too seriously and features branching paths it is worth checking out Divine Slice of Life. The all ages version isn’t too bad, but the game is best played in its uncensored form. The story isn’t particularly deep or original, but overall the game is enjoyable enough for us to recommend to fans of the genre.
Gameplay: Rather short, but features an interesting story and multiple endings.
Graphics: Better than what we are used to seeing in Western visual novels.
Sound: Decent soundtrack and full English voice acting
Fans of the original game will love the new locations, enhanced visuals and expanded story of Go! Go! Nippon! 2015, but newcomers are also in for a treat. The game is packed with information and offers a unique way to experience Japanese culture and tourist attractions without hopping on a plane. The lack of voice acting is a letdown, but overall this expansion lives up to expectations.
Gameplay: Lots of information about Japan and a lighthearted love story as well.
Graphics: The new animations are great and the widescreen visuals are a step up from the original game.
Sound: Still no voice acting, but the audio is very upbeat and fitting
Starting today and continuing until the end of the month MangaGamer is running a special Fall Sale. Check out their site for discounts of 25-55% off on selected titles. It is worth keeping an eye on the sale as MangaGamer also hinted at a few more titles receiving a limited time discount at the end of the sale!
We recommend checking out the special Innocent Grey Bundle, which contains both Kara no Shojo and Cartagra. Since the release of Kara no Shojo- The Second Episode is just around the corner, this bundle is a great opportunity to catch up on the mystery at a discount
Out now on Kickstarter and in need of some love is Witch Boy Magical Piece from Rosemary House and Sekai Project. In contrast to most of the previous titles from Sekai Project, this localization falls in the Boy’s Love genre. Although already Greenlit by the Steam community, Witch boy Magical Piece is still in need of some serious support on Kickstarter to have a chance of reaching its funding goal
Remembering How We Met is the latest entry in the A Kiss For The Petals franchise and gives English players a chance to see what all the fuss is about. It is an all ages title, so rather tame compared to other entries in the series, but this also broadens its appeal. Players looking for a sweet and romantic yuri title should definitely not miss out on this one.
Gameplay: There are no choices as this is a kinetic novel.
Graphics: Restricted to a 4:3 ratio, but still looks very good.
Audio. Japanese voice acting along with some very nice background music
We’ve got some good news for fans of Kara no Shojo and Cartagra – Affliction of the Soul. The sequel, Kara no Shojo 2 is now available for pre-order from MangaGamer. Fans who pre-order the game ahead of its October 30th release also scores a 10% discount. For anyone on the fence about this title there is a demo available that features an original story that serves as a bit of a prologue to the game