Hey Blerdy Tribe, so I finally managed to finish an otome game in the same year it was released—miracles do happen! This is a huge accomplishment for me since I have a bad habit of buying games on launch day and NOT playing them until months if not years later. To put things in perspective, Code Realize came out in 2014 and I’ve still not finished it. So finishing Café Enchanté just a month after its release is a personal best for me.
Aksys Games unleashed Piofiore Fated Memories and Café Enchanté on us, just a few months apart from each other and not gonna lie when I’m confronted with the choice between Hot Mafia boys and hot supernatural beings… I’m going to pick the hotties that bite each and every time… besides didn’t Poni-Pachet have the whole mafia boys thing covered boys back in 2013. So, I put a pin in Piofiore and dove headfirst into the world of angels, demons, and secret agents… oh my!
As it is with all otome releases, in Café Enchanté you take on the role of Kotone Awari an absolutely normal young Japanese woman who is at a bit if a crossroads in her life. She’s working a thankless and emotionally draining office job and to top things off her beloved grandfather, Souan recently passed. Still grieving her loss, Kotone learns that gramps left her his café in his will. Despite having no clue how to run a coffee shop, Kotone quits here crappy job and heads to Tokyo to fulfill her grandpappy’s wish of taking over the family business. She soon discovers that the shop is hiding more secrets than she could ever imagined. Café Enchanté caters to a very exclusive clientele—non-human beings from parallel worlds! And so begins her coffee fueled journey of magic, adventure, and romance~
Say what you will about Nitro+Chiral and their games, but beneath all the angst, leather, and dubious consent are some pretty introspective stories. Sure, their games tend to be on the darker and edgier side of things, taking readers to some less than savory places, but when it really gets down to it there is always an underlying message that serves as the lifeblood of their stories. In Sweet Pool the story explores the inevitability of fate and the difference between being pulled along by forces beyond your control or embracing your lot in life. While Dramatical Murder takes a few notes from Freud in its exploration of the human psyche…among other things… So, going into Togainu no Chi I was prepared for a dark, yet thought provoking story… and let’s see if it lived up to expectations.
Hey there Blerdy Tribe, it’s Melanin Monday here on Blerdy Otome and that means I’m spotlighting another Melanin Friendly Game! For those of you just joining the party—every Monday I spotlight games that feature Black and brown characters for anyone looking for titles with just a bit more representation. As a blerd and a gamer, I am always on the lookout for representation in my games. This is largely a personal project for me—there are almost no “diverse game” tags on major game sites—so, it can be pretty difficult find games with characters of color… unless you already know where to look.
In last week’s post I spotlighted Later Daters, the dating sim where you play as sexy seniors on the prowl for love~. This week I’m looking at the hilarious adventure game, Andromeda Six from Wanderlust Games.
Heart of the Woods is a fantasy romance yuri visual novel developed by Studio Élan. The game follows Tara and Maddie, a pair of paranormal investigation vloggers as they embark on a journey to the isolated snowbound village of Eysenfeld in hopes of unlocking its many secrets. They soon discover that they may have found more than they bargained for in the sleepy town as the pair stumble upon an ancient curse that will change their lives forever. Ancient mysteries, adventure, and romance await…
Our Life Beginnings and Always is the latest visual novel release from indie game studio, GB Patch; and their most ambitious project to date. While most visual novels focus on a very specific period of time, Our Life spans years, taking players through the ups and downs of growing up in the seaside town of Sunset Bird. Follow Jamie Last (name changeable), their friends and family over several summers spanning 15 years—from childhood to adolescents to young adulthood and beyond.
A twenty-dollar bill, four summers, fifteen years, and a one of a kind life.
A chance encounter with Cove Holden, a shy young boy who moves to Sunset Bird when Jamie is eight years old becomes a relationship that spans years and like the endless summer days that make up the story is full of infinite possibilities.
It was exactly a year ago that I played the first demo for Our Life and that was all it took to fall head over heels in love with the project. So, to say I was eagerly awaiting the full release is an understatement, and this game more than lived up to my expectations! With it’s breezy seaside setting, vibrant cast of characters and charming nostalgic story, Our Life is truly a one of a kind experience.
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