Indie Spotlight: Salty Hounds

Hey Blerdy Tribe! I recently discovered a new Kickstarter campaign for Salty Hounds a bodyguard indie otome game being developed by Korean game studio, Topping Palette. This looks to be the team’s first game, but I am a sucker for hot bodyguards so I definitely gave the project a good once over and it looks pretty cool! 

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Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap – July 2021

Hey Blerdy Tribe! It’s the end of yet another month, so it’s time for the Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap! It’s hard to believe that this year is more than halfway over—where is the time going?! 

July has been an exciting month, from the IFI otome announcements to the release of both Tears of Themis and BUSTAFELLOWS—otome fans are getting fed in 2021! And there’s even more otome goodness coming our way in the coming months! On a personal level, I went to BlerdCon earlier this month and got to take one of my online friendships to IRL and we had a blast exploring the con (hopefully we can meetup again for more cons). 

I did a bit of sprucing up here on the ol’ site. I changed the theme and cleaned up the menus and tags, (because they were a mess), and added banners to my pages. Some of the more noticeable changes are that I streamlined the menu: linking items to pages instead of categories or tags, removing stuff that wasn’t relevant to the current focus of the site, finally fixing the Otome Game Reviews and Indie Game Reviews pages so they just show game reviews. I also created a page for Otome Basics, a one stop shop for otome newbies—my Beginner’s Guide to Otome, a curated list of great posts for newbies, and more, so definitely check that out! I also updated all the Manga Reviews so they all have feature images and it was kinda fun making them.

There’s a lot more on the horizon in August, but before we dive into the new month, let’s take a look back at the month of July here at Blerdy Otome!


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Bustafellows Otome Review – Romance with a Bit of Danger

Blerdy Tribe, the much anticipated crime noir otome game, BUSTAFELLOWS is here and it is one of the best otome games of 2021! Yes, I am saying that before the Aksys releases later on this year, but BUSTAFELLOWS is the otome game I have been waiting for—developed by Japanese publisher, Nippon Cultural Broadcasting eXtend Inc.(the folks behind Side Kicks!) and localized by PQube, BUSTAFELLOWS is an addictive crime drama that mixes together mystery, intrigue, and steamy romance with not one, but five dangerous men. Dive into the seedy city streets of New Sieg as Teuta, a rookie reporter as she crosses paths with Limbo and his associates, the Fixers a group of not so squeaky clean men who work outside of the law to exact their own sense of justice.  

The publisher asked that we not share any story points after chapter one, so this will be a largely spoiler free review—everything I mention is revealed in the Chapter 1—besides, why deny you the chance to uncover the mystery for yourself?!

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Nekopara – Catboys Paradise Review

Nekopara – Catboys Paradise is proof that if you wish hard enough, dreams really do come true! What started as a 2019 April Fool’s Day joke by Japanese publisher NekoWorks has been made into an actual game—live out all your catboy fantasies in this fun otome release! After your grandfather passes away you inherit his café, a daunting task to say the least, but with the help of four handsome catboy trainees… maybe you’ll be able to make it work!  

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #91

Hey Blerdy Tribe! It’s Thrifty Thursday!! In a world where it’s all about the almighty dollar, sometimes it’s a little tough to make our pennies stretch enough to accommodate our hobbies. But, there are plenty of ways to balance your budget while still enjoying the things you love, you just have to be a little thrifty about it. So, I created Thrifty Gaming in order to spotlight some lesser known indie titles that are both entertaining an affordable.

If you’re a new follower or someone who has been following since my Nice Job Breaking It Hero days and have been gone for awhile, here’s a refresher… Thrifty Gaming, is a weekly post series where I spotlight three games/visual novels that are under $10.00. These can be mobile games, PC games, and a few times I have found some nice indie console titles too. The list used to focus on just otome games and romance visual novels, but after requests from a few readers I have since expanded to other gaming genres. I don’t include sales or limited time offers, each title has to be consistently priced at $10.00 or less without any promotions to be included in this line up.

 
Sailor Moon Money

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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