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 this week’s thrifty gaming picks!
I'm a blerd who just so happens to love anime, manga, and games (especially Pokemon and Otome Games).
For many in the “mainstream” gaming community, visual novels are often seen as not “real” games—to many, an interactive story-based game can sound like a snooze fest. But, the truth is, visual novels are some of the most diverse games out there, covering a wide range of stories and genres… that quite frankly surpass anything I’ve seen from most mainstream games. Whether it’s a sci-fi adventure set in a distant galaxy, a slice of life romance, or an epic historical drama—visual novels are open to a wealth of story telling opportunities! They even lend themselves to giving creators from all walks of life a platform to tell their own unique stories with characters that are representative of themselves and the larger gaming community.
As a Black woman and a gamer, I find that I turn to indie visual novels whenever I am hankering for more diverse gaming options and always, visual novels deliver. Over the years I have discovered quite a few gems and I’ve even had the opportunity to chat with a few developers of color, like Jellyfish Parade founder, Jessinia. I am no stranger to her games, having fallen head over heels for her sci-fi romance game PAIRS—which follows two couples as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship against the backdrop of an ongoing war between Earth and an invading alien race. But, what drew me to the game was the fact that both of its female leads have distinctly Black features (something that was WHOLLY intentional), while not being defined by the color of their skin—something that isn’t as common as it should be in media. So, when I saw that Jellyfish Parade was working on a new (longer) romance game featuring a Black female lead and a diverse set of love interests… let’s just say I was closely following the project!
Ocean Pearls: Kissed by the Sea is an upcoming fantasy romance visual novel that follows Nova, a young woman who finds her life turned upside down when she is unwittingly betrothed to one of several eligible ocean royals. I managed to get a sneak peak at the demo and y’all, I am in love with these mermen~ (and the game too)!
Hey there Blerdy Tribe, I know it’s been awhile, but, it’s Melanin Monday here on Blerdy Otome and that means I’m spotlighting another Melanin Friendly Game! For those of you just joining the party—every Monday I spotlight games that feature Black and brown characters for anyone looking for titles with just a bit more representation. As a blerd and a gamer, I am always on the lookout for representation in my games. This is largely a personal project for me—there are almost no “diverse game” tags on major game sites—so, it can be pretty difficult find games with characters of color… unless you already know where to look.
Between my move and my birthday last week, things have been a bit hectic on my end… I’m working to get things back on track, starting with Melanin Monday!! My last post, was a list of 5 Women of Color Lead Indie Games You Should Be Playing (which you should totally check out if you missed it)! This week, I’m spotlighting a super cool adventure game developed by indie studio Akupara Games. Mutazione blends together a rich story heavy game with the immersive gameplay of a 2D adventure game. Follow 15 year old Kai, as she explores her lush community of Mutazione to care for her ailing grandfather, Nonno.Continue reading “Melanin Monday: Mutazione”
My birthday is on September 10th, which is smack dab in the middle of Virgo season—August 23rd to September 22nd—and I thought it would be fun to spotlight a few otome guys that happen to share my astrological sign. Some of these guys I didn’t even know were Virgos and some of the guys I actually thought were Virgos turned out to be Libras…go figure.
For those of you that don’t know Virgo is the sixth astrological sign in the Zodiac and one of the three Earth signs. Virgos are described as being loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, and practical. And from what I’ve seen about the guys on this list, they all embody quite a few of these characteristics.
After finishing the romantic comedy otome game Love Spell: Written in the Stars I set my sights on the newest boys love visual novel Room No. 9. This is the second Parade game to make it’s way stateside, following MangaGamer’s localization of No Thank You!!! in 2015—and I’m going to be honest with you, despite coming from the same publisher, these two games couldn’t be more different. In fact, with it’s psychological horror elements, Room No. 9 has more in common with the recent JAST Blue localizations of Sweet Pool and Togainu no Chi. There is a lot to unpack with this game and I won’t be the first person to say that Room No. 9 is NOT for everyone.
I went into Room No. 9 without having read anything about it—not the game bios, not the Steam page… nothing. It wasn’t until I saw the insane disclaimer and the content filter setup at the start of the game that I had any indication of what was in store for me with this game and for what it’s worth, I think there’s more of a precedence for going into the game blind. Like the main characters, you are thrown headfirst into the confusion and fear that surrounds their unfortunate situation, which in turn makes the abject horror and psychological upheaval Daichi and Seiji face all the more terrifying.
- Genre: Psychological | Mature | Boys Love
- Available for PC (Windows & Mac) | Steam
- Gameplay Length: 10-20 hours
- Fully Voiced – Japanese
- Cost: $29.95
- Similar Games: Sweet Pool | Dramatical Murder| No Thank You!!!