So you’ve decided to learn Japanese to play all those otome games that haven’t been released in English (not to mention other games!). Good for you! But what games are best for beginning language learners? I get a lot of questions about learning Japanese, particularly from people who want to play otome games because so few of them are available in English. So, I decided to round up 5 otome games that I think are good for Japanese language students!
Sunday Spotlight has turned out to be a great way to feature fundraising campaigns I wouldn’t have the chance to cover otherwise, so this week (despite it already being Monday in Australia) I’d like to turn your attention toward a BL visual novel on Indiegogo called Monstrous Lovers!
Monstrous Lovers is about a government employee whose job is to ensure the peaceful coexistence between monsters and humans, which of course leads to him falling in love with one of four different monster boys. The game will be made available in both English and Spanish and even include Spanish voiceovers, something you don’t see too often in indie visual novels!
Unfortunately, the Indiegogo campaign finished its initial fundraising period without reaching its goal, so the developers have opted to extend it so that this rad-looking game can get the funding it needs to be made. If you’re a fan of BL or romance visual novels, be sure head over to the Indiegogo page to check out the demo and help this game get over the finish line!
I’m finally back with some new translations! Featuring Gatchaman Crowds artist Kinako’s distinctive art and character designs, Kyoukai no Shirayuki is a dark twist on the tale of Snow White, where protagonist Mashiro Akagami finds herself entangled in the fates of eight young men and their twisted mirror world selves.
Today I’m going to be sharing translations of scenarios for three of the romance-able men, Kaine, Nazuki, and Yura, as well as winter outfits for all eight male characters, info on the four supporting characters, and the first installment in the Shuffle Talk dialogue series featuring Kaine and Yori.
For detailed plot information and main character bios, please head over my translations of the announcement trailer and the previous two B’s Log features, as this post will only cover information new to the January 2016 issue of B’s Log.
To celebrate the Dating Sim Community Game-Along this January, I’ve teamed up with Aksys Games to offer not one, but two awesome otome games to one lucky winner! For a chance to win digital PS Vita copies of both Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ and Norn9: Var Commons, enter using the widget below by midnight, January 20th Pacific Time. Entering is easy, and you can exponentially increase your chances the more actions you complete, so go crazy!
Code: Realize is a romance visual novel set in a steampunk version of England, where protagonist Cardia is desperate to uncover the secret behind a mysterious disease that rots anything she touches. It also happens to be my favorite otome game of 2015! Norn9, on the other hand, is a sci-fi romance featuring three different protagonists and a whopping 9 romance-able characters. Be sure to check out the anime adaptation currently airing in Japan and simulcasting on Hulu!
Giveaway is open worldwide, and the winner will have their choice of NA or EU PSN codes. Update: I have been notified that some people are abusing the referral link option by not notifying people that they are entering the giveaway via a referral. Referral links must be shared through the social media/email options within the widget or clearly state that they are referral links. Any extra entries gained through referrals by other means will be disqualified.
The first Community Game-Along theme of 2016 is the return of an old personal favorite, dating sims! For this month’s theme, any games where pursuing romance is an integral part of the experience are eligible. That means whether you want to play Dragon Age or Amnesia: Memories, it counts for the Game-Along!
If you’re new to Community Game-Alongs, simply play any game that fits the theme and share your experiences on your own blog, YouTube channel, social media, or wherever else you’d like to talk about it. Just be sure to tag it with #DatingSimonth so everyone else can see it! If you don’t know what to play, check out the suggestions I gave the first time I ran the dating sim Community Game-Along, or try one of these:
I am super excited to announce that my second giveaway this month is in partnership with indie game developer Cyanide Tea to give one lucky winner a digital copy of their latest game, Break Chance Memento! This thrilling visual novel features time travel, explorations of family bonds, a brutal serial killer, and even the potential for gay romance to blossom. If that sounds intriguing, you can download the demo for PC, Mac, and Linux over at their itch.io page, and read on for more information on how to score a copy!
To enter, simply complete one or more actions in the Gleam widget below by December 28th at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. The more actions you complete, the more chances you have to win! One random winner will receive download copies of the game for PC, Mac, and Linux redeemable through itch.io. Good luck and happy holidays from Chic Pixel!
The other day, I was contacted by Filipino developer Yangyang Mobile to spread the word of their Kickstarter campaign, The Letter. When I heard it was a horror visual novel inspired by Japanese horror media such as Ju-On, I was immediately intrigued! As a big fan of visual novels, and an increasingly interested but easily spooked horror game newbie, The Letter has the workings of being a very promising first game for Yangyang.
The Letter is an interactive visual novel with horror themes told from the point of view of six different characters. The gruesome tale starts when a letter with the words “HELP ME” scrawled over it repeatedly is found in an abandoned mansion scheduled to go up for sale. You can download the demo from the Kickstarter page for Windows, Mac, and Linux to get a feel for the gameplay, which takes visual novel text-based choices a step further by introducing quick-time events to high-tension moments in the story. While I’m not generally a fan of quick-time events, they really do make the scary bits all the more nerve-wracking!
I’m getting a major Corpse Party vibe from The Letter, which is definitely a good thing in my book. At the time of this post, Yangyang Mobile still has a ways to go to reach their funding goal, so head over to their Kickstarter and have a look at the reward tiers if The Letter looks up your alley. Best of luck to them!