We were hoping that Sekai Project had some more good news to announce after all the impressive announcements at Anime Expo and thankfully they did not disappoint. They not only announced five new visual novels, but are also dipping their toes into the world of Manga publishing
MangaGamer had some great announcements at Anime Expo this year, including A Kiss for the Petals and Himawari, but returned with even more good news at Otakon. They not only unveiled a new partner, Propeller, but also revealed five new titles fans can look forward to
This game features the usual unlikely storyline of a male character ending up in a house full of females but it does provide a bit more substance than usual. There are quite a few branching storylines and a multitude of endings so the replay value is quite high. If you are a fan of the genre and don’t mind the whole family incest angle, then this title ticks all the right boxes.
Gameplay: The usual limitations of the genre, but with plenty of storyline branches.
Graphics: Not bad.
Sound: Includes plenty of sound effects as well as both Japanese and English voice overs
Otome fans will already be familiar with the big names like Otomate, Voltage and Reject. Newcomers Weeev might be a small group, but their goal is to offer experiences comparable to what players expect from these big developers. That is why Weeev turned to Kickstarter for their debut title, Purrfectly Ever After. In case the name didn’t give it away already, it is a feline themed visual novel starring cute characters and a romantic story
Idea Factory International unveiled some new screenshots from the upcoming release Amnesia: Memories™. The images feature Shin, one of the bachelors that the protagonist in the game will encounter. He is a quiet and reserved young man who has a bit of a dark past, which means he is unwilling to wear his heart on his sleeve. Apparently only true love can solve the mystery behind his hardened heart and it is up to players to discover whether childhood friendship can blossom into romance
Heart Works isn’t a very long game, but offers more choices than most titles in the genre and these actually lead to different scenarios and endings. It is however quite heavy on the sex and violence so don’t expect a very meaningful plot.
Gameplay: The story is short but can end in multiple ways.
Graphics: Not bad for the genre and completely uncensored.
Sound: Features voice acting and pretty decent music
The amount of English visual novels on the market has steadily been increasing, so it is becoming more difficult for new entries to stand out from the crowd. However, Walkerman immediately caught our attention thanks to its promise of hunting supernatural creatures. Starring Jorgen, a young man from the countryside, the game will follow his adventures as he embarks on his new career as a walkerman
Despite its unique one-eyed love interest, Love At First Sight is not quite as out of the ordinary as you might think. The high school romance story is pretty straightforward, while the visuals are equal parts creepy and cute. Unfortunately, the game is rather short and only features a single route with no choices, but it is still worth checking out if you are a fan of the genre.
Gameplay: Short, but quite sweet.
Graphics: An interesting mixture of creepy and cute.
Sound: Decent tunes, but there are only a few tracks and no voice acting
After a very successful Kickstarter campaign for The Grisaia Trilogy of visual novels, the first is now available on Steam. Backers smashed through the initial goal of $160, 000 and ended up pledging nearly triple that amount. Suffice to say that official English versions of the trilogy are very much in demand
The Reject Demon features an interesting cast of characters, twisting storyline and a great setting, which is all backed up by some very nice artwork. The soundtrack is also very good and, while short, it is definitely an enjoyable experience. It ends a little abruptly, but we are definitely looking forward to the future chapters.
Gameplay: The story is enjoyable and the characters all very memorable.
Graphics: The unique art style definitely sets the game apart.
Sound: Features a variety of very nice tracks