From September 27-30, the annual conference will showcase voices of color in the games industry The 2023 Game Devs of Color Expo begins its eighth annual online event this Wednesday, September 27, featuring discussions, panels,… More
Rejoice otome gamers, publisher Idea Factory International has finally announced the release date for sea-faring otome title, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! -Pirates of the Disturbance-. The much anticipated otome will make it’s way to the Nintendo Switch in English on November 28, 2023!
Fans can preorder the game from retailers today, and soon from the IFI Online Store.
Every Saturday over on my Twitch channel I play Stardew Valley—and let’s just say things get a bit chaotic. Because of that, my chat has taken to calling it Outta Pocket Valley. During last week’s stream, I may have accidentally cheated on my husband, Alex with my first love, Shane.
In case you missed the stream, you can still check out the VOD on my Twitch channel or you you can watch this highlight of the whole sordid ordeal, over on my YouTube channel!
Hong Kong based indie developer, Ricelovecoffee just launched the Kickstarter for their upcoming yandere otome mystery game, Heart Cage. The team originally released a fully voiced demo for Heart Cage as part of Otome Jam 2023.
Yandere x Otome x Mystery A mystery Otome game with all yandere love interest, play as a detective and find out the truth! This is a planned 18+ game, with a tentative release date of Q2 2025.
- Genre: 18+ otome | Drama | Mystery
- Demo available on itch.io
- Campaign Period: September 15, 2023 to October 15, 2023
- Tentative Release Date: Q2 2025
Update 9/12: Indie studio, Harlevin has relaunched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming 18+ amare visual novel, Celestial Crowns. The team launched their first crowd funding campaign in May 2023, however, they failed to make their initial campaign goal. They have relaunched with a new goal of $10,000 USD which they hope to meet by the campaign end date, October 12, 2023.
Customize your Monarch and romance 3 love interests in this fantasy tale about powerful kingdoms and ancient magic. How will you rule?
It’s been awhile since the last Thrifty Gaming post, sorry! But, I’m back with more thrifty game buys for gamers on a budget! Every penny counts, and you shouldn’t have to go broke for your hobbies, so here are three games under $10 that you can add to your play list!
Note, these are not reviews, rather recommendations so your mileage may vary with some of these titles. This week’s post will include a brief synopsis and links to each game so you can add them to your gaming library! You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy your hobbies, so save a little bread and check out this week’s thrifty gaming picks!
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You may have noticed, but, I don’t have a review ready just yet for Norn9 Last Era. I want to take my time playing this one, so I’ll get around to finishing the game eventually. However, the awesome folks at Aksys Games did send me the Norn9 Limited Edition and I was able to do a live unboxing over on my Twitch channel.
In case you missed it, you can still check out the VOD on my Twitch channel or you you can watch this edited version over on my YouTube channel!
Get Norn9 Last Era
Norn9: Last Era, the highly anticipated fan disk follow up to Norn9: Var Commons, is available now for the first time in the west on Nintendo Switch™. Each first run copy of the game includes an exclusive set of twelve full-color character cards, and North American customers who order from the Aksys Online Store can also receive a 1.25″ metal pin of the Norn9 insignia, while supplies last.
Norn9: Last Era is also available in a Limited Edition which includes a full color artbook, a 25″ x 15″ cloth poster, a set of 11 vinyl Hiyoko stickers, and an acrylic keychain featuring the chibi artwork as shown in the Fantasia section of the game.
Steam is a treasure trove of hidden gems, but their search feature is absolute trash, so finding anything new can be impossible on the platform. While browsing the Steam Visual Novel Fest listings I discovered the Korean boys love game, Hard to Make a Romantic Cartoon! (순정만화가 너무 어려워) and this game is everything!
College student Yunjae is transported into the body of a side character in a romantic webcomic and forced to fulfill his intended role in the story. But when Yunjae inadvertently changes the story, he must deal with some unexpected consequences… an isekai adventure with a boys love twist~
- Genre: Boys Love | Isekai | Drama | Comedy
- Developer & Publisher: Indigo & AK Communications
- Rating: Safe for Work (16+)
- Where to Play: Steam
Indie studio, Galen Games recently launched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming fantasy otome/RPG Dual Chroma and with it a demo! So of course I had to check it out! Journey alongside the Second Prince of the Galens Empire to unlock ancient secrets in this romantic fantasy adventure with a dark twist.
Also fight alongside the Prince against the forces of darkness. Make the best of your unique skill sets and vanquish enemies in a streamlined, turn-based RPG system integrated into the story.
- Genre: Fantasy | Romance | RPG
- Available on itch.io and Steam
- Campaign Period: August 15, 2023 to September 15, 2023
- Tentative Release Date: Late 2025
The Steam Visual Novel Fest is in full swing and with it comes a ton of great discounts for some amazing visual novels! If you’ve been waiting to snag some of these games, now is the time to take advantage of these great deals! The event runs from August 7 through August 14 at 10am PT.
While it can be a pain searching through Steam’s extensive catalogue of titles, doing so can unearth some true indie gems! So, here are some indie romance visual novels I think are worth checking out!Continue reading “Romance Indie VNs You Should Check Out During the Steam Visual Novel Fest”