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..
The all-ages adaptation, Sona-nyl of the Violet Shadows Refrain will be available on Steam and the original adult version with all the bonus Refrain content will be available on MangaGamer. Both will be released on December 7th, 2023, with pre-orders currently available on MangaGamer.
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.
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.
Steam is a treasure trove of hidden gems, but their search feature is absolute trash, so finding anything new can be impossible on the platform. While browsing the Steam Visual Novel Fest listings I discovered the Korean boys love game, Hard to Make a Romantic Cartoon! (순정만화가 너무 어려워) and this game is everything!
College student Yunjae is transported into the body of a side character in a romantic webcomic and forced to fulfill his intended role in the story. But when Yunjae inadvertently changes the story, he must deal with some unexpected consequences… an isekai adventure with a boys love twist~
Indie studio, Galen Games recently launched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming fantasy otome/RPG Dual Chroma and with it a demo! So of course I had to check it out! Journey alongside the Second Prince of the Galens Empire to unlock ancient secrets in this romantic fantasy adventure with a dark twist.
Also fight alongside the Prince against the forces of darkness. Make the best of your unique skill sets and vanquish enemies in a streamlined, turn-based RPG system integrated into the story.
I’m excited to report that indie studio Lunaris Games has finally given us an update on their queer, noir visual novel, Call Me Under.The team has been quiet about the project since it was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter back in 2020, but they’ve just announced that the first full chapter of Call Me Under will be available today on Steam! This expanded chapter features 1-2 hours of gameplay. As an added bonus, Lunaris Games also shared that the full game will be available on PC later in 2023!
Submerge yourself in eldritch horrors, romance, and an ancient power struggles with this latest release from the team behind When the Night Comes and Errant Kingdom.
From Parade, the developers of NO, THANK YOU!!! and Room No. 9, comes a dark fantasy action BL game, Lkyt. Can two people find hope for the future with an outlook so bleak? Is it possible for friendship to turn into intimacy on the eve of humanity’s destruction? Can love save the world?
Boys Love | Fantasy | Action | 18+
Rating: M (18+) (explicit, uncensored adult content)
Sorcerer’s Choice: Angel or Demon? is a boys love fantasy visual novel developed by Varenyett and published in English by JAST Blue. After being driven from his home, young sorcerer, Lucil is approached by an angel and a demon, each want to use his powers for their own ends. It is up to Lucil to choose which he will follow. Will he give himself over to the Light or will he fall into Darkness?