Shall we Date?: Ninja Assassin
Release date (iPhone, Android)
English: July 2nd, 2014
"During the Edo period in Japan, there was a shadowy group of vigilante ninjas would do anything - even murder - as long as they were paid.
One day your parents are falsely accused of a crime and murdered. Filled with sadness and anger, you make up your mind to avenge the death of your parents. You remember there are the assassins known as “the vigilantes.” Soon you try to get in touch with them, but you don’t get any response.
Even as you are about to give up, one of the vigilantes appears in front of you and takes you to a tea house. After listening to your story, he suggests you join them to take vengeance on the people who murdered your parents. You decide to him up on his offer. So alongside the vigilante ninjas, you will begin your pursuit of justice.”
This is a free mobile game by NTT Solmare! You can get the iPhone version here, or the Android version here.
Alice in the Heart ~Wonderful Wonder World~
(ハートの国のアリス ～Wonderful Wonder World～ / Heart no Kuni no Alice, Alice in the Country of Hearts)
Japanese PSP version: July 30th, 2009
English iPhone/Android version: August 8th, 2014
”Alice Liddell is a realistic but insecure girl who feels overshadowed by her sister’s beauty and grace. During one of their outings, Alice’s sister goes to get a deck of cards for a game while Alice falls asleep.
Soon, Alice finds herself in the Country of Hearts, a strange place full of danger. She soon learns that the only way she might be able to return to her world is to interact and spend time with the people who inhabit Wonderland. How will Alice fare? Will she find a way back to her own world?” (Source / Source)
There is now an English version of Heart no Kuni no Alice available for mobile devices! The prologue and the first episode for each character is free, and each character costs USD$7 (or USD$5 for the unvoiced version). You can get the Android version here, or the iPhone version here.
Watch the opening video here!
Hatoful Boyfriend HD is now available to preorder on Steam for 10% off!
You can get it here for USD$8.99 until August 21st, 2014, when the HD version of the game is released!
Or, you can preorder Hatoful Boyfriend HD: Summer of Dove Collector’s Edition for USD$13.49. This version (along with the HD version) includes the original Hatoful Boyfriend (PC), digital soundtrack, an exclusive new comic from original developer Hato Moa, exclusive wallpapers of Oko-san, and the St. Pigeonations Yearbook (Class of 2014).
Hey gang, AnimeFest is next week, and we’re excited to see all of you! You can swing by to say hi to us any time at our table in the dealer’s room (hidden in the back, so think of it as a fun treasure hunt!). We’ll have all our Jisei games for sale along with free postcards and a demo of Backstage Pass on display. We’ve also got a panel on making visual novels, and we’d love to see you there!
Friday 8/15 - 5:00pm - Panel Room 6
Visual novels have long been a popular medium in Japan, and in the past few years they’ve been gaining popularity in the west. But did you know that you too can make your own visual novel? Join Ayu Sakata and sakevisual as we go over the process of making your own visual novel. We’ll talk everything from planning, to tools of the trade, and releasing your final masterpiece. There will be free stuff!
Doodles between study breaks. Ye.
hiatus what is.
I was playing to the prologue for Heart no Kuni no Alice (Android) just now and the screen froze during the scene where Alice opened her eyes after she stopped falling down the rabbit hole.
The trick to getting past this part is right before the scene changes you open the menu, select skip, then all and finally auto skip. It should get you past the point where it would normally freeze. Just stop skipping as soon as the text box comes back and you can either rewind a little back to see the dialogue you might’ve missed during skipping or slide the screen downwards to see the text history.
My Sweet Proposal ~Will You Marry Me?~
Release dates (iPhone, Android)
Japanese: April 29th, 2014
English: July 30th, 2014
”You are working as a wedding planner and your boss puts you in charge of organizing three weddings. Which one will you choose to work on?
There’s the wedding for the arrogant son of a rich family, a wedding for a dress designer who is also one of your suppliers, and the wedding for your ex-boyfriend who just can’t forget…
Is this sudden encounter a sign of destiny? Will you be able to overcome all the obstacles of love and get your own sweet proposal?!”
This is a free game by OKKO! You can get the Android version here, or the iPhone version here.
PC otome game Ozmafia!! is coming out in English
Last week independent PC otome game developer Poni-Pachet SY announced on their website that they would be bringing their game Ozmafia!! to audiences in English. Not many more details were offered but last night at an Anime Expo 2014 panel publisher Manga Gamer announced that they would be teaming up with Poni-Pachet to bring the game over, aiming for a Steam release. This is great news for the visibility and availability of quality otome games in English!
After doing a bit of research on the game, but not too much as to spoil the impending first experience, I’ve become very excited for it. The game appears to have 10 routes total, which is quite a lot compared to dating sim average. It also has what appears to be a polyamorous route and a route with a woman (though not entirely sure if it’s considered romantic, from what bit I saw written up). I also read some mentions of something along the lines of a rebound system, like you can end up dumping one character and ending up with another. These systems all sound amazingly interesting and I’m eager to see how they actually play out when I can finally play it! And it’s promising that Otome Jikan and my friend Lijakaca both reviewed the game highly, as their opinions usually align with mine. In addition I am really liking Satoi’s art, who had also done work on Diabolik Lovers.
I took the simple relationship chart from the official website and did some translations and edits on it so new people can better get a feel for the characters and factions available in the game. As you can see it’s a mafia-themed world steeped in fairy tale and Western literature motifs. Most romanization of names were taking from the official site but Fuuka’s name was taken from the official Manga Gamer press release. I also added in Hameln to the chart since his full profile is available on the website anyways, so you can get a broad view of all the available routes.
Animal Boyfriend: Paws & Tails
Release dates (iPhone, Android)
Japanese: October, 2012
English: July 14th, 2014
”I always dreamed of helping an animal who wanted to become a human, and today is the day it all starts. I’m really excited…
Suddenly, the doorbell rang. When I opened the door, I saw a handsome man. His outward appearance looked completely human, but there was something different, yet cute about his expression and demeanor.
Oh, so this is his human form. Somehow, I had a feeling that we would get along just fine…”