Groundhog Day meets Doki Doki Literature Club in the Replay Boys, a visual novel from indie studio, Split Narrative where you have to wrangle the members of an up and coming boy band. I went in expecting to navigate boy band blow outs over music and crazed fangirls vying for the attention of the boys, and what I got was an experience that NOTHING could have prepared me for… I won’t be forgetting this game anytime soon!
An Otome romance game where you pursue love with Japanese animal gods.
Exciting news from the indie games space, Loca Games announced a month ago that their fantasy otome, Yukar of the Abyss would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Early this morning the team announced that Yukar of the Abyss will be making it’s way to console ahead of the holidays on December 7th (America, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong) and December 11th (Europe, Australia, and New Zealand).
A fantasy Otome visual novel based on the myths and legends of Hokkaido, Japan. Meet and fight with unique Gods, overcome fierce trials together, and discover what happens when you pursue forbidden love with the divine..
Indie studio Nochi Studios launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for a planned PC update for Sifting Thyme. Originally released in 2020 for mobile, Sifting Thyme was the studio’s first release–check out the full review for more details.
Take on the role of the newest transfer student at Lincoln Culinary Academy, a private culinary school to find your culinary calling and an unforgettable romance. Because of the work needed to update the games, Nochi Studios will be running their Kickstarter until December 16, 2023.
Fresh off the release of their mature rom-com, Sweetcore Brews, woman founded and run indie studio Nochi Studios is returning to their roots, with exciting updates on the horizon for their wholesome culinary otome game, Sifting Thyme. The studio’s debut title was released in 2020 at the start of the pandemic for mobile devices, and now three years later the team is updating Sifting Thyme for PC! This update comes in the wake of planned console releases for their titles!
Twofold is a romance visual novel that focuses on relationships and family. It’s been in development since 2012 by Salty Salty Studios with the help of Studio Coattails and Studio Élan, being published through Studio Élan’s publishing wing Bellhouse. Studio Élan is most known for its previous yuri and women-focused romance titles such as Please Be Happy, Heart of the Woods, Highway Blossoms and more.
Spooky season is still in full swing, so I’ve been playing some creepy games over on Twitch and boy did I find a good one. From brain eating parasites that wanna wife you up and now your beautiful girlfriend is burying you alive… it’s been an interesting time all around.
Stop Burying Me Alive, Beautifulis a psychological horror/comedy developed by Angela He, Robobarbie, Destinii Islands, and Allie Vera in 72 hours for Ludum Dare 54 on the theme “Limited Space”. It’s kind of all on the tin with this one—your hot girlfriend is burying you a live. You can either convince her that you’re not dead and hope she lets you out or you can chill with the equally cute girl living underground… just watch out for the rats.
Your choices and behaviors will lead you down very different paths in this twisty social thriller
If you love Danganronpa and the Zero Escape series, you’re gonna love Inescapable: No Rules, No Rescue! Aksys Games and Dreamloop Games announced today that the narrative adventure Inescapable: No Rules, No Rescue is available now for PC and consoles. You’ve been kidnapped and forced to participate in a twisted reality TV show with 10 strangers. At the end of their stay, they’ll each receive $500,000… if they survive.
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 and publishers that spend so much time carefully crafting the games you enjoy.
This time around I’m chatting with GSE Studios, a newer indie team and the creative minds behind the Greek myth inspired, visual novel Heart & Soul. More recently, the team has been hard at work on their next title, Keepers of Astraela, which is based on the fantasy novel ‘Vision’ by Wrenna Stone.
Keepers of Astraela is currently in Kickstarter and I recently played the demo over on Twitch and I was blown away by the story! So, made some time to catch up with team lead, Gwynne and the author of ‘Vision’, Wrenna to chat about Keepers of Astraela and their experiences adapting a novel as a game.
It’s spooky season, so here is my playthrough of Night Asobu’s psychological horror/romance visual novel, Parasite in Love! The game was developed for Spooktober VN Jam 2022 and follows the “romance” between you and a brain eating parasite that has infected your brain. Will you be able to convince the parasite to leave your body before it’s too late? Or will his love consume you “until death do us part”?
At long last, Brittany based indie studio, Träumendes Mädchen released their fairytale inspired visual novel, Chronotopia: Second Skin. The project was crowdfunded on Kickstarter in 2016, but due to various circumstances spent years in development limbo. But, the developer has been working on the game and now it is finally available to play. Chronotopia: Second Skin is a unique rewriting of the Donkeyskin fairytale, a darker variation of Cinderella. Follow Kionna into a painful but ultimately rewarding search for her true self.