Behind the Games – Interview with Aikasa Collective

Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe, I’m back with another Behind the Games post! For those of you just joining the party, Behind the Games is a segment where I interview the folks ‘behind the games’ I review. Giving you guys a chance to get to know the developers that spend so much time carefully crafting the games you enjoy.

Last time, I spoke with members of Perfect Garbage—the studio working on the upcoming cyberpunk visual novel, Love Shore. This time around, I had the chance to chat with the founder of Ai Collective, the team behind the the yuri romance game, Mizuchi—which is loosely based on the Chinese folk tale, Legend of the White Snake.

Aikasa Collective

We are a small team of secret romantics who wanted to create visual novels together. The origin of our studio name is “ai ai gasa” – the concept of sharing an umbrella with someone you care about. We hope to show all types of love, the ups and downs of friendships and relationships.

I sat down with Roxie, the co-founder of Aikasa Collective, to talk about their debut game, Mizuchi and the ups and downs of being an indie game studio and a sneak peek at their upcoming release Red Rebellion! There are a lot of great things coming from the team in the future, and I am so excited to have gotten the chance to get this exclusive with Roxie!

The Aikasa Collective team also provided a copy of their first game, Mizuchi for a very special giveaway!! Read till the end for details! 

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Mizuchi Game Review – Slow Burn Yuri Romance

I have said on more than one occasion that I’m not really much of a yuri fan, and yet Aikasa Collective, still saw fit to send me a review copy of their debut visual novel—and I’m glad they did! Mizuchi 白蛇心傳 is an emotionally compelling story loosely based on the Chinese folk tale, Legend of the White Snake. Unlike most games that seem to rush towards their romantic resolution, Mizuchi takes its time building up the relationships between its female leads, and it is this slow burn approach that I find most appealing, as it allows for more natural story.

But, what is perhaps most intriguing about this game is how it weaves together the stories of three very different women while also delivering a rather thoughtful criticism of restrictive social norms of the time. I’m not going to lie, Mizuchi is a dense story that doesn’t lend itself to quick playthroughs… this is a game that is meant to be savored.

Game Details

  • Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Yuri
  • Available for PC (Windows & Mac) | Steam
  • Gameplay Length: 10-20 hours
  • Cost: $14.99
  • 2 female romance options

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