Love Shore (Early Access) Demo Review – First Impressions

Set in the cyberpunk city of Love Shore, Sam and Farah attempt to navigate the monstrous underworld in hopes of uncovering the means of saving their friends. Love Shore is a visual novel cyberpunk noir featuring an entirely LGBT+ cast. With 8 unique romanceable characters and routes, multiple endings and packed with action and thrills.

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Ballads at Midnight Indie Otome Game Review

Ballads at Midnight is a dark fantasy romance visual novel developed by indie studio, Synstoria. Follow, Abigail, a sarcastic bard after she is exiled to the castle of a blood-thirsty vampire. Completely at his mercy you must decide whether Abigail will escape her handsome, yet dangerous warden or fall for his charms…

Originally developed for the annual game jam, NaNoRenO 2022, this new updated release comes with a host of brand new features and improvements. Thanks to the Synstoria team I was able to check out the game ahead of it’s re-release, so here are my thoughts on the game!

Game Details

  • Dark Fantasy | Romance
  • Price: Free to Play
  • Rating: T (Teen)
  • Where to Play: itch.io | Steam
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Dreambound (Early Access) BL Demo Review

Fresh off the release of their fantasy BL visual novel, The Divine Speaker, indie developer Two and a Half Studios is back to bless boys love gamers with another new story! Today, the team dropped the demo for their upcoming game, Dreambound. Follow introverted artist Noah, who has long since given up on life. Soon a series of mysterious murders forces him to confront the demons in his past in order to finally move on with his life. Thanks to the awesome folks at Two and a Half Studios Blerdy Otome was able to get an early look at the demo before the official release! So, here are my thoughts on the demo so far!

Game Details

  • Drama | Boys Love | Mystery
  • Price: $24.99 (Full Game)
  • Rating: 15+
  • Where to Play: itch.io | Steam
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The Divine Speaker – First Impressions

After much anticipation, indie studio Two and a Half just dropped their 18+ fantasy boys love visual novel, The Divine Speaker! I have been following this project for awhile now and I am impressed by this imaginative experience! Follow orphan, Raen as he embarks on a magical adventure after being expelled from his home. Along the way he will will uncover truths that change the way he sees the world and himself. Mysteries, magic, fantasy and more await you in this grand tale of fate, and how each person defies it.

Game Details

  • Fantasy | Boys Love | Adventure
  • Price: $29.99
  • ESRB: M (18+) (explicit, uncensored adult content)
  • Where to Play: itch.io | Steam
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Melanin Friendly Games – Dot’s Home

Hey  Blerdy Tribe!! It’s Monday once again and I want to kick off the week with some melanin friendly games! If this is your first time here at Blerdy Otome, welcome! 

Every Monday I spotlight video games that focus on stories surrounding more diverse casts of characters—for folks like me looking for a bit more representation in their games. Video games are for everyone, so shouldn’t their stories and characters be just as diverse as the people that play them? So I created this series to celebrate games that strive to tell much more diverse stories centering on Black and Brown individuals. But, I welcome all diversity and the series has expanded to include games featuring LGBTQIA rep and characters from other underrepresented groups.

So, if you’re interested in seeing previous Melanin Friendly Games posts, click HEREThis week I’m spotlighting the 2D single-player game, Dot’s Home, a collaboration between Rise-Home Stories project and indie teams, Ariel Knights and Weathered Sweater.

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NIGHT/SHADE: You’re the Drug – BL Game Review

NIGHT/SHADE is an indie 18+ futuristic thriller, boys love visual novel developed by Thrill Switch Games. I played the demo last year during the Kickstarter campaign and I fell in love with the story and characters, which definitely gave me some Dramatical Murder vibes. Follow Sasha, a drug dealer who finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between two dangerous and powerful crime syndicates.

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Deliver Us From Evil (DUFE) Game Review

Deliver Us From Evil is a gothic amare visual novel developed by Galen Games, for Otome Jam 2021. Follow Ariel, an angel as she investigates the truth behind dark events taking place on Earth. Along the way she will enlist the aid of three attractive companions to help her with her heavenly mission. Thanks to the amazing team at Galen Games, I had the chance to check out the game and the additional DLC and I am here to share my thoughts on this impressive game!

Game Details

  • Genre: Mystery | Supernatural | Amare
  • Price: Base Game (Name Your Own Price) | Kaldran DLC ($6.99)
  • Demo Length: 3 – 5 hours
  • Where to Play: itch.io | Steam
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Somnium Eleven First Impressions Review

Somnium Eleven is a magitech, isekai visual novel adventure game developed by Nochi Studios, the folks behind the cooking visual novel Sifting Thyme. Follow Aria as she competes for a chance to win the title of Sun of the Empire, along the way learn about a rich magitech world and befriend/romance your fellow competitors. Thanks to the lovely folks at Nochi Studios I had the opportunity to play the game early during the early closed beta and y’all I am blown away by this game!!

Game Details

  • Genre: Cyber-punk | Sci-Fi | Stats-Raising | Romance
  • Length: 15+ hours of gameplay
  • Where to Play: Google Play | App Store
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Our Life: Now and Forever Demo – First Impressions

We all fell in love with GB Patch’s emotional and heartwarming visual novel, Our Life: Beginnings and Always now the team is back with a brand new game, Our Life: Now and Forever. Begin your life anew in this second installment to the lovingly nostalgic “Our Life” series. This time around, you and your mother are the newest residents of a close-knit cul-de-sac in the quaint mountain town. Make your own path through life as you grow from childhood to adulthood with your two closest neighbors. Even in the chilly autumn weather, it’ll be a truly heartwarming time.

Game Details

  • Genre: Slice-of-Life | Life Simulator | Heartwarming
  • Demo Length: 30 mins – 1 hour
  • Where to Play: itch.io | Steam
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Cozy Grove Game Review – A Creepy Cute Camping Life Sim

In the vein of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Spiritfarer, comes, Spry Fox’s creepy cute, cozy life sim, Cozy Grove. Help the dearly departed residents of a small island restore their memories and breathe a bit of life back into the Cozy Grove.

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