Emotive and poignantly beautiful, Mojiken Studio’s point and click adventure, When The Past Was Around is a game that stays with you long after you’ve reached it’s conclusion. Beneath it’s gorgeous visuals and soothing soundtrack hides a bittersweet, tale of love, loss, and learning to move on. Follow Eda through a surreal world disjointed rooms solving puzzles, as you piece together her fragmented memories and uncover the truth behind her relationship with her enigmatic lover, The Owl.
When The Past Was Around is not one of the flashier indie titles to make it’s way to the Nintendo Switch, and yet it is it’s unassuming air that makes it stand out from the rest of the console’s indie lineup. It’s a straightforward puzzle adventure game that doesn’t rely on gimmicks to convey its story. Instead the game is completely devoid of dialogue, letting the gorgeous hand-drawn visuals and soothing instrumental tracks tell the story of Eda and her enigmatic lover.
D3 Publisher and developer VRIDGE have announced that otome visual novel Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi: Jinchuu Houkoku no Shi will be released in English, for Switch and Steam. It will launch sometime in 2021 with Japanese audio and English, Japanese, and Traditional Chinese text support.
The Western release will be solely digital–available through the Nintendo eShop and Steam catalogue, while the Japan release, will be available both physically and digitally.
Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi first launched for PlayStation 2 in December 2004 in Japan, followed by DS in November 2008. The updated, Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi: Jinchuu Houkoku no Shi features high-resolution support, system improvements, and more.
In a world where it’s all about the almighty dollar, sometimes it’s a little tough to make our pennies stretch enough to accommodate our hobbies. But, there are plenty of ways to balance your budget while still enjoying the things you love, you just have to be a little thrifty about it. So, I created Thrifty Gaming in order to spotlight some lesser known indie titles that are both entertaining an affordable.
If you’re a new follower or someone who has been following since my Nice Job Breaking It Hero days and have been gone for awhile, here’s a refresher… Thrifty Gaming, is a weekly post series where I spotlight three games/visual novels that are under $10.00. These can be mobile games, PC games, and a few times I have found some nice indie console titles too. The list used to focus on just otome games and romance visual novels, but after requests from a few readers I have since expanded to other gaming genres. I don’t include sales or limited time offers, each title has to be consistently priced at $10.00 or less without any promotions to be included in this line up.
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!
HuneX just announced that they’ll be releasing “EPHEMERAL -FANTASY ON DARK-” for the Nintendo Switch on January 21, 2021. The game was first released in English in 2018 on Steam. This new release features an updated translation! A trial edition will also be released the same day as the full release.
A forbidden campus love story across races, between Cloé and the other Residents of the Dark. Dark Fantasy X Campus Love Adventure coming to Nintendo Switch!! Featuring full Japanese voice acting by the stellar cast of Takashi Kondo, Shun Horie, Kazuyuki Okitsu and Toshiyuki Toyonaga as the charming Residents of the Dark in an ephemerally beautiful story!
Cozy up with your favorite Code: Realize characters for more adventure and romance
Aksys Games announced today that they will release both Standard and Limited Editions of Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ for the Nintendo Switch™ next month on February 25th. The third chapter in the beloved interactive fiction series, Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ invites fans to join the poison-skinned heroine Cardia Beckford for further escapades with a team of famous (and famously handsome) figures from Western literature as they face new challenges, new friends and foes, and new opportunities for love.
The Limited Edition of Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ includes a set of five 1.5” metal buttons featuring new holiday chibi artwork and a 3” acrylic keychain of Cardia in her winter costume. This keychain will be the third in the Code: Realize exclusive set of acrylic keychains.
~Wintertide Miracles~ takes fans deeper into the world of Code: Realize and its intriguing characters. Experience the seasonal magic and chaos of two-on-one dates and play with dynamics (and hearts) by bringing multiple members of Lupin’s gang on a wide variety of romantic romps. Learn more about the dashing detective Herlock Sholmés and the enigmatic Finis in continuing sagas involving the newest men in the Code: Realize universe, and join Cantarella, the mysterious young lady Cardia encountered in one of her many adventures, as she is caught up in the chaos that always seems to surround Lupin and his gang.
About the Code: Realize Universe The story begins with the main character, Cardia, isolated and alone in a mansion on the outskirts of a 19th century steampunk version of London. A victim of a mysterious affliction that makes her blood a virulent poison and her touch instantly lethal, Cardia is shunned as a monster. Through a number of events both grand and seemingly insignificant, Cardia is pursued by the Royal Guard, kidnapped by the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, and joined by myriad other handsome figures from the best of Western literature. With her new-found friends (and suitors) Cardia ventures out in the world to unravel the mysteries surrounding her very existence.
The Code: Realize games have been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.aksysgames.com/wintertide/. Follow Aksys Games on Twitter and Instagram at @AksysGames, and join our Let’s Play streams on Twitch at aksysgames and YouTube.
About Aksys GamesFounded in 2006 in Torrance, California, Aksys Games Localization, Inc. is a visionary video game publisher committed to publishing unique and high-quality interactive content for all current-generation platforms. Its lineup of games includes the critically acclaimed Zero Escape series, Little Dragons Café, the award-winning Spirit Hunter: Death Mark and Spirit Hunter: NG adventures and Code: Realize titles, as well as the wildly successful BlazBlue, Under Night In-Birth, and Guilty Gear franchises. More information about Aksys Games and its unique products can be found on the company’s website, www.aksysgames.com.
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Blerdy Otome is an otome games and visual novel review site that runs on Black Girl Magic and Dreams. While I mostly focus on romance themed games, I’ve been known to cover a wide range of nerdy and otaku themed topics.
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