Steam is a treasure trove of hidden gems, but their search feature is absolute trash, so finding anything new can be impossible on the platform. While browsing the Steam Visual Novel Fest listings I discovered the Korean boys love game, Hard to Make a Romantic Cartoon! (순정만화가 너무 어려워) and this game is everything!
College student Yunjae is transported into the body of a side character in a romantic webcomic and forced to fulfill his intended role in the story. But when Yunjae inadvertently changes the story, he must deal with some unexpected consequences… an isekai adventure with a boys love twist~
Indie studio, Galen Games recently launched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming fantasy otome/RPG Dual Chroma and with it a demo! So of course I had to check it out! Journey alongside the Second Prince of the Galens Empire to unlock ancient secrets in this romantic fantasy adventure with a dark twist.
Also fight alongside the Prince against the forces of darkness. Make the best of your unique skill sets and vanquish enemies in a streamlined, turn-based RPG system integrated into the story.
While (slowly) making my way through all of this year’s Otome Jam submissions I stumbled across Chattercap’s yandere ex-boyfriend themed romance horror, Karamu and let’s just say I was not prepared for this ride! This is a yandere romance that will subvert all your expectations—I went through the full gambit of emotions and I still haven’t recovered.
A Kiss From Death is a mystery fantasy indie visual novel developed by Gongon Studio, the team behind the horror otome, Eye Can See You. On the day of her father’s funeral, Lucinda meets and befriends a strange child and though their encounter is short, they leave a big impression. Years later she meets her old friend again, but with their reunion, Lucinda learns that they might be harboring unsettling secrets that could change her life forever.
Doki Doki Dollmaker is a fantasy boys love visual novel developed by Karitsa. After the death of his parents, Lyle is forced to start over with his older brother in a new town. To help him cope with the changes in his life, Lyle makes five dolls. But, he gets more than he bargained for when the dolls come to life?! Be immersed in this heartfelt tale of love and discover what it means to find yourself, no matter who, or what, is willing to lend a hand!
Untold Atlas is an expedition adventure themed romance game developed by indie team, Nochi Studios. This is the team’s third title to date and features a brand new story and character to fall in love with! Join Riya Cross on an expedition with their crew to explore a mysterious island that resurfaced from the depths of the sea and discover the truth of the island’s ancient technology while diving into their own adventure and romances along the way.
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.
SEASON: A Letter to the Future is a beautiful narrative adventure game developed by Scavenger Studio. Leave home for the first time to collect memories before a mysterious cataclysm washes everything away. Ride, record, meet people, and unravel the strange world around you. Immerse yourself in the world of Season, a third-person meditative exploration game.
A Space for the Unbound is a slice-of-life adventure game developed by Mojiken Studio and published by Toge Productions. Enjoy beautiful pixel art as you explore a 90’s rural Indonesian town, uncover its secrets, use supernatural powers to dive into people’s hearts, and pet cats. Follow Atma and Raya on a journey of self-discovery at the end of their high school years while facing the end of the world.
Puzzle | Exploration | Narrative
Developer & Publisher: Mojiken Studio & Toge Productions
Aeterna: Rubra Plena is a magicpunk indie otome game developed by newbie indie studio, Quantum Velvet. The game is set in the world of Thealia, in a magicpunk universe with Persian undertones. You play a beautiful young noblewoman dealing with her current and past experiences while finding love. For their first project, Aeterna: Rubra Plena is visually stunning!