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 Love You! (好きだ！, Suki da!) is an indie otome game created by Shinogi Shiohara and localized in English by Moonchime Studios. In these trying times sometimes you need something cute brighten up your day and if you’re itching for a bit sugary sweetness to add to your gaming library, look no further than I Love You! Follow a silent heroine as she navigates her high school days in this quirky otome game that puts a fun spin on the usual gender norms!
- School Romance | Slice-of-Life
- Where to Play: Windows and Mac
- Moonchime Localization Official Site | I Love You! (Suki Da!) Japanese Site
- Price: Name Your Own Price
- Gameplay: 3-4 hours
- Similar Games: Starry Sky | Storm Lover | Dreamy Days in West Tokyo (Love 365)
Root Film is a murder mystery visual novel developed by Kadokawa games, the folks behind Root Letter and localized by PQube. As the second game in the Kadokawa Mystery Games series following, Root Letter, this game takes us back to Shimane prefecture with a new set of characters who find themselves embroiled in new thrilling murder mystery adventure. Rintaro “Max” Yagumo is hired to work as one of the director for the revival of the TV series, “Shimane Mystery Drama Project”—a project that was cancelled under suspicious circumstances 10 years prior.
Despite the series’ mysterious past, Max sees this as an opportunity to elevate him to the big leagues of the film industry. But, his excitement is quickly curbed when his team’s location scouting trip is interrupted by a horrible murder. Follow Max and a cast of unique and memorable characters as they are drawn deeper into the thrilling mystery after the next!
- Mystery | Thriller | Adventure
- Game Site: PQube Root Film
- Where to Play: Nintendo Switch | PS4 | Limited Edition
- Price: $49.99 (standard) | $69.34 (limited Edition)
- Similar Games: Root Letter | Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney | The Letter
Doki Doki Dollmaker is an upcoming slice-of-life comedy boys love game developed by Karitsa, with art by Deji (who I LOVE). In the game you play as a Lyle, a young man still coming to terms with the loss of his parents. To help cope with his grief, Lyle makes five dolls who through a little magic, suddenly come to life—so it’s basically a BL version of Nameless the one name you must recall.
A Kickstarter campaign for the game was launched a short while ago and to go along with that a short demo was released! This is going to be a commercial release and the final version of the game will be $20. I was curious about the concept and I gave the demo a go and it’s super cute! So here are my thoughts on the demo!!
- Comedy | Fantasy | Boys Love
- Where to Play: Windows, Mac, Linux
- Demo Length: 30 minutes of gameplay
Project: Perfectly Normal is an indie action-comedy boys love visual novel developed by Peaceful Pastel. In the game you play as a retired killer for hire, who is tasked with his toughest mission yet—navigating the ups and downs of a normal life. The game was originally intended to be a part of a one-month game jam, but during development was extended. After the go I’ve been having with boys love games, I am happy to say that Project: Perfectly Normal is just an all around sweet and wholesome game and a welcome reprieve from some of the… ah, questionable(?) boys love games I’ve been playing recently.
- Comedy | Slice-of-Life | Boys Love
- Where to Play: Windows, Mac, Linux
- Price: Free to Play
- Similar Games: Flour Hour | Blind Men | Your Dry Delight