Indie Spotlight – Sigh of the Abyss

Indie dev, Rascal Devworks recently launched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming amare visual novel, Sigh of the Abyss. It’s a dark fantasy visual novel set in the Mediterranean, a romantic tale written in shadows and blood, with a heavy focus on roleplay, choices and relationships. The team launched the campaign to fund additional voice acting.

Game Details

  • Amare | Dark Fantasy | Romance
  • Available on PC | Steam
  • Demo Available | Full Game Release 2024
  • Campaign Period: March 15, 2023 to April 14, 2023
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Inescapable: No Rules, No Rescue Steam Page is Live

Aksys Games and Dreamloop Games just launched the Steam page for their upcoming social thriller, Inescapable: No Rules, No Rescue. Developed by Dreamloop Games, Inescapable is a social thriller set in a tropical island resort: you’ve been kidnapped and forced to participate in a twisted reality TV show with 10 strangers. At the end of their stay, they’ll each receive $500,000… If they survive. 

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Aksys Games Summons a Card Set for Winter’s Wish: Spirits of Edo

Called a monster and banished from her village, Suzuno finds herself in the midst of a supernatural battle against evil

Aksys Games revealed the exclusive set of seven full-color character cards that will be included in all first run copies of the upcoming, historically-set, mystical otome title Winter’s Wish: Spirits of Edo, launching for Nintendo Switch™ on May 18th. 

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Touchstarved (Early Access) Demo Review

TOUCHSTARVED is a gothic horror romance visual novel and debut game from Red Spring Studio: a small indie team made up of veteran game developers from Riot Games, Nix Hydra, Bungie, and more. The game will be crowdfunded via Kickstarter on March 21, 2023 for release on PC and Mac.

Game Details

  • Fantasy | Romance | Horror
  • Demo: 1st chapter of the full game + 7 unlockable CGs
  • Rating: Mature (Dark themes)
  • Where to Play: PC (Window and Mac)

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Seven Seas Licenses TRAINING MISTER SAKURADA Boys’ Love Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce the license acquisition of the manga Training Mister Sakurada by Kaya Azuma. This Mature-rated Boys’ Love rom-com about a businessman and his new coworker takes “corporate power play” to a whole new level!

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Grandmaster of the Demonic Cultivation The Comic Vol. 1 Review

Grandmaster of the Demonic Cultivation The Comic is the manhua adaptation of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s popular historical fantasy danmei novel series. Often referred to as MDZS by the fandom, the series is a HIT in China (and abroad), spawning a popular animated series as well as a live-action series, The Untamed (which is not as widely loved). The story follows the story of two powerful men who find each other through life and death—and has zombies… I wasn’t expecting the zombies.

Feared and hated for his sinister abilities, Wei Wuxian–the grandmaster of demonic cultivation–was driven to his death when the most powerful clans united to destroy him.

Thirteen years later, Wei Wuxian is reborn. Summoned by a young man who sacrificed his soul in a forbidden ritual, Wei Wuxian is now bound to seek vengeance on the stranger’s behalf or risk the destruction of his own soul. But when an evil entity emerges, a familiar face from Wei Wuxian’s past suddenly appears amidst the chaos–a powerful cultivator who will help shine a light on the dark truths that surround them.

Manga Details

  • Genre: Historical | Manhua | Fantasy
  • Author: Mo Xiang Tong Xiu | Art by: Lou Di Cheng Qiu
  • Publisher: Seven Seas
  • Price: $19.99 USD
  • Length: 1 Volume (Ongoing)
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Behind the Games Interview with Jessinia of Jellyfish Parade

Hey Blerdy Tribe! I had the chance to chat with Black game developer, Jessinia, the founder and head of indie game studio, Jellyfish Parade. This is not the first time I’ve spoken with Jessinia, we chatted back in 2018, but with their latest release, Belle Automata finally here, I wanted to circle back and see what they’ve been up to!

Jellyfish Parade is an independent visual novel developer dedicated to bringing ethnically diverse casts in every game across a variety of genres! Our main characters take the helm of their own love stories – whether they be chronically unemployed bunny girls, personified moons, or androids discovering a whole new world.

We specialize in character-driven GxB romance stories that focus on emotional intimacy and positive relationship dynamics – just beware of the more bittersweet bad endings! Join the parade and fall in love with our androids and celestial bodies, our ice princes and ocean kings, our perfumists and knights – and more to come!

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Belle Automata: Chronicle I – Indie Otome Review

Belle Automata is a sci-fi fantasy romance visual novel developed by Jellyfish Parade. Inspired by lore from the likes of Cupid and Psyche, The Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio and other beloved tales, Belle Automata is the journey of an android reinventing herself. Join Aureve and the others as they forge their own paths dealing with love, self-acceptance, and grief for a life left behind.

Game Details

  • Genre: Sci-fi | Romance | Fantasy
  • Rating: Teen
  • Price: $19.99 USD
  • Developer: Jellyfish Parade (Owl)
  • Where to Get the Game: PC (Windows and Mac) | Steam
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Seven Seas Licenses LOVE, A KITTEN, AND A SALTY DOG Boys’ Love Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce the license acquisition of the manga Love, a Kitten, and a Salty Dog by Nenko Nen. In this sweet, self-contained, and Mature-rated Boys’ Love tale, a veterinarian and a college guy fall for each other thanks to an adorable stray cat!

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Game Devs of Color Expo Returns Online September 27–30

Submissions for panelists, speakers, and games are opening March 1st

Game Devs of Color Expo (GDoCExpo), a nonprofit dedicated to amplifying the creative power held by people of color in games, announced today that the next event will be held online from September 27-30. This year’s Wednesday-Saturday format is a shift from previous events, making it more accessible for professionals.

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