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!
Sweetcore Brews is an otome about a tea-brewing witch called “Milly”, whose dream is to open her own magical tea shop in the city. In this latest project, players can romance one of two love interests, Zero (female) and Kingsley (male). This is Nochi Studio’s most ambitious project to date, the team also plans to include AR gameplay mechanics that will bring the characters of Sweetcore Brews into the real world!
Sweetcore Brews is an otome about a tea-brewing witch called “Milly”, whose dream is to open her own magical tea shop in the city. She is currently an apprentice witch working at an existing magical tea shop where the shopkeeper is rarely around. So Milly manages the shop full-time, practicing daily her new magical teas on her own by using them as solutions for her customers’ lives. She meets two love interests – Zero and Kingsley, both are also magical humans who run their own unique businesses. This game is a slice of life romance where Milly deals with the funny mistakes she makes from her magical teas causing problems, and she falls in love with Zero or Kingsley over time.
Official Game Synopsis
Characters of Sweetcore Brews
Meet the Heroine, Milly Blythe!
Millennium “Milly” Blythe is the bewitching new girl in town working hard at her new apprenticeship at Sweetcore Brews, a bustling tea shop managed by a shopkeeper who chats by cauldron, and where all teas aren’t just made with love… but with magic.
Fall in Love with Kingsley and Zero!
Key Features in Sweetcore Brews
Over 20 hours of Content to Enjoy
20+ Hours of Gameplay where you can romance complex and intriguing Love Interests to unlock spicy situations and various storylines! 10 Unlockable CGs. With 72 chapters of story content planned for the full game that can be played on your own time – no real time based management system! And there could be more chapters created, depending on stretch goal funding!
Available on both PC and Mobile
Previously, Nochi Studios has exclusively released their games on mobile. But, for Sweetcore Brews, the team plans to release on both mobile and PC – with the game being optimized for both platforms. The PC version will have mad lib styled mini-games, while the mobile version will introduce a unique AR gameplay experience.
Unique AR Gameplay Mechanic
But, the most exciting aspect of Sweetcore Brews is the inclusion of AR tech for the mobile version. Bring the characters of Sweetcore Brews out of your phone and into the real world, for a more immersive gameplay experience!
Nochi Studios is giving players a new way to interact with their favorite love interests, by giving us access to exclusive voiced content and scenarios. Hear amazing voice lines in settings like at a coffee shop or even before going to bed if they want to be cheered up with a lovely line about how awesome our players are!
Untold Atlas is an expedition adventure themed romance game developed by indie team, Nochi Studios. This is the team’s third title to date and features a brand new story and character to fall in love with! Join Riya Cross on an expedition with their crew to explore a mysterious island that resurfaced from the depths of the sea and discover the truth of the island’s ancient technology while diving into their own adventure and romances along the way.
Indie dev, Nochi Studios recently launched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming mobile romance game, Untold Atlas! This expedition adventure themed game will be the team’s third title to date and features a brand new story and character to fall in love with! Join Riya Cross on an expedition with their crew to explore a mysterious island that resurfaced from the depths of the sea and discover the truth of the island’s ancient technology while diving into their own adventure and romances along the way. If you’d like to see my thoughts on the demo, check out the VOD of my playthrough on Twitch.
Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
Available on Android and iOS
Tentative Release: March 24, 2023
Campaign Period: September 27, 2022 to October 25, 2022
Somnium Eleven is a magitech, isekai visual novel adventure game developed by Nochi Studios, the folks behind the cooking visual novel Sifting Thyme. Follow Aria as she competes for a chance to win the title of Sun of the Empire, along the way learn about a rich magitech world and befriend/romance your fellow competitors. Thanks to the lovely folks at Nochi Studios I had the opportunity to play the game early during the early closed beta and y’all I am blown away by this game!!
Hey Blerdy Tribe, just wanted to do a quick announcement–I partnered with the indie game developer, Nochi Studios to host a giveaway for their indie otome game, Sifting Thyme. I recently covered the game, you can read the review here: Sifting Thyme Otome Review – Stir Up Some Romance.
You’re the newest transfer student at Lincoln Culinary Academy, a private culinary school and the perfect start to your path towards finding your culinary calling. Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of food, business, and innovation throughout your school adventures. But you’re definitely not alone in this journey, as four gorgeous guys with culinary skills of their own await you to make your experience at Lincoln worthwhile.
Together, you will explore the world of food to forge relationships, engage new challenges, and aspire to make each other’s gourmet dreams come true.
An otome romance visual novel with unforgettable characters and adventures, and a perfectly delectable story for foodies across the globe.
Synopsis, Sifting Thyme
Well, Nochi Studios has provided me FIVE free download codes for the game to give away to my followers over on Twitter! It’s really simple to enter and you can get all the details from the tweet (which is included below)
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Sifting Thyme is a cooking themed mobile otome game developed by indie studio, Nochi Studios. In the game you play as the newest transfer student at a prestigious culinary academy. Immerse yourself in a world of food as you start out your culinary journey—learn about the food industry, while getting to know your talented classmates. The game was originally released episodically, with new chapters being released monthly. Earlier this month the final chapter was released, and I figured now was the perfect time to review the whole game!
Cute boys and good food… what’s not to love? If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I’ve kind of shied away from mobile games in recent years—mobile games can take up a LOT of space on my phone. But, Sifting Thyme is such a sweet and chill game, it was totally worth the download.
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 the Nix Hydra team—the team behind the largely popular mobile game The Arcana and the story app FictIF. This time around, I had the chance to chat with members of Nochi Studios, the team behind the mobile otome game Sifting Thyme and the upcoming magitech isekai romance game Somnium Eleven.
Nochi Studios is a female-founded and run indie game studio based in Midwest, USA. The studio started as a two-woman team and has recently grown to include six dedicated members. Their first commercial release Sifting Thyme is a food themed mobile otome that is current being released episodically. In the game, you play as the newest transfer student at Lincoln Culinary Academy, a private culinary school and the perfect place to start your path towards finding your culinary calling. Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of food, business, and innovation throughout your school adventures. It’s a cute game that will definitely awaken your inner foodie
Their second title, Somnium Eleven is currently on the crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, and is described by the team as being a “magitech isekai” visual novel. The upcoming game also boasts a more immersive gaming experience that includes mini games, stats raising, and social media management. I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming release and I am super excited to get the opportunity to some of the members of the Nochi Studios team! Big thank you to Natalieand Alexandra for agreeing to let me pick their brain a bit… and without further ado, let’s turn things over to them…