Star Crossed Myth – Department of Punishments is a fantasy romance otome game published by Voltage Inc. It was originally released as a standalone mobile app, and has since been ported to their mobile story app Love 365, the Nintendo Switch, and finally Steam. In Star-Crossed Myth, the heroine encounters beautiful gods of the heavens, each of them marked by sin. In this collection of romantic tales, she heals them of their sins and falls in love.
- Fantasy | Romance | Adventure
- Price: $29.99
- ESRB: M (Mature)
Your days are dreamless and mundane until, one night, you notice a star sparkling in the heavens. Suddenly, the beautiful gods of the stars appear before you. Their goal? To erase their sins. This exquisite, heartrending true love…all began with a sin.
In Star-Crossed Myth, the heroine encounters beautiful gods of the heavens, each of them marked by sin. In this collection of romantic tales, she heals them of their sins and falls in love.
Department of Punishments Character Reviews
In Star Crossed Myth, you can romance gods based on the 12 zodiac signs, each of whom work for either the Department of Wishes or the Department of Punishments. For the Switch and Steam release, Voltage split the game into two separate games (Department of Wishes and Department of Punishments). Probably to maximize their profits.
Star Crossed Myth – Department of Punishments contains the stories for the following characters:
God of Libra
God of Scorpio
God of Aries
God of Virgo
God of Dui
God of Ichthys
Overall Thoughts on Star Crossed Myth Department of Punishments
When I played Star Crossed Myth the gods that appealed to me the most were the Punishment LIs. Of course I’d be lying if I said that the big draw of the Punishment love interests is the fact that their main job is to dole out, punishments to humans as a way to help guide them down a better path. I went in fully expecting the Punishment gods to be well, sadists, but surprisingly pretty chill dudes. Karno is charming, Dui is personable and sweet, and Ichthys is practically a walking meme. Sure, Scorpio is as prickly as a porcupine, but deep, DEEP down he’s a sweetheart.
For the most part, the Department of Punishments have a really down to earth vibe that I just wasn’t picking up on with the Wishes guys—they kind felt like these unapproachable “elites”. And when you really delve into the Punishment routes, their conflicts feel really personal and intimate, the focus in on character development just as much as it is on the romance. Also each guy has a unique power that they use to carry out their duties. Sometimes their power is the source of conflict in the story, while in others it’s kind of treated like a fun quirk.
At first there is a negative impression of the Punishment gods because of the nature of their jobs. But, the “punishments” the gods dole out aren’t inherently malicious. Of course some of the LIs *cough* Scorpio *cough* go a bit too far with their approach, but for the most part the gods are fair in the types of consequences they choose. It really does boil down to their personalities. Like, Ichthys who “punishes” people by pranking them, while Zyglavis actually feels bad having to punish humans.
What you get with the Department of Punishments gods is really a mixed bag, but it’s fun discovering the little nuances of the characters over the course of their stories. Like most Voltage Inc games the routes play out over several stories and seasons and the Switch and Steam ports cover the Season 1 and 2 stories, which is where they end in the Love 365 app. So you can’t go wrong getting Star Crossed Myth on any of the available platforms.
Star Crossed Myth is one of my favorite Voltage Inc. games and I am so glad that they are porting the game across platforms so more people can play it!