Author: Lynn Caramella

an enthusiastic writer, who spends her free-time with rather uninteresting and boring things, while absolutely being in love with cute and girly stuff.

I feel like I can’t get enough cyberpunk-themed games. So, every time I discover one, I have to give it a try. In this case, Minotaur had caught my eye ever since its successful crowdfunding. Now that the visual novel is on Steam Early Access, I thought it best to do a preview of Nod Pikes’s route, who they added in a recent update. https://youtu.be/dbfbP82rnTY Minotaur opens by having the players selecting Nod’s route, which contains five different endings. However, routes unlock as you advance with the story, but players will have to wait for new updates to be able to play them. In…

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In my goal to face my fears of horror games, I find myself here. You see, I’m in a love and hate relationship with the genre since I love the atmosphere it may offer, but at the same time, I easily get scared. Now, developer Bloober Team is here with their title, Blair Witch, inspired by the movie with the same name. This is my chance to get out of my shell. Luckily for me, there’s a dog that travels with you throughout this terrifying adventure, so I didn’t have to do it alone. https://youtu.be/3X7KhhTpaI0 Blair Witch follows Ellis, a…

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After having played 9-nine-:Episode 1, which I ended up enjoying, I was curious to find out more about its mysteries and the game’s culprit. Despite the first episode not having revealed anything story-wise at all, 9-nine-:Episode 2 does focus more on its storyline which was a nice surprise for me. Although I am sure many people might hesitate because 9-nine-:Episode 2 is about Sora, which happens to be the main protagonist, Kakeru’s, little sister, it doesn’t focus solely on its romance, and in all honesty, there are way weirder stories to come out of Japan than being close to a sibling.…

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I recall asking for visual novel suggestions and one game that was always mentioned would be Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya, but for one reason or another, I never got around to playing it. Despite already knowing the synopsis of this game, after finishing the story, I could easily see why the writer, Urobuchi Gen, is so famous in all regions. It should be noted that the Steam version of Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya is censored with an 18+ patch on JAST USA for $3.99. https://youtu.be/-QPbHsi90Vk The Song of Saya follows the male…

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I’m sure that London Detective Mysteria is a visual novel that otome fans were looking forward to this year. I was especially excited when the release date for PC finally got announced after the PS Vita release. The premise of London Detective Mysteria already had my interest as the idea stems from becoming a capable detective while being surrounded by handsome detectives. Sure, it’s a huge bonus that every guy is super adorable, to say the least, and I have to admit I had trouble deciding on who to romance first since they’re pretty much pure eye-candy. https://youtu.be/Cxw1HyJ9Y_A The story…

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There’s something about The Witch’s Love Diary that caught my eye. The premise here is quite unique as it follows a mysterious protagonist who the reader learns about through a diary. I’m not sure if you can relate to reading a stranger’s diary, but the experience is rather thrilling. The idea of getting to know their deepest and honest thoughts through their point of view is just something that begs to be explored further. Perhaps I’m just nosy. Nevertheless, reading a diary while playing a visual novel is a new experience, and thankfully The Witch’s Love Diary has been localized…

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I’ve been following the Higurashi When They Cry Hou series ever since MangaGamer released the first chapter Onikakushi and to be honest, despite how strong the series has been in the previous chapters, I was a bit afraid that my expectations would be way too high for this chapter. Thankfully, this entry in the series expands on the everyday life of Keiichi Maebara and his friends and I was happy to be a part of it. Those who heard of the anime before, know that Higurashi When They Cry Hou has plenty of horror themes, yet I feel like it’s much more…

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You never really know what you’re going to get with a romance visual novel, especially one that has a large number of datable girls. While I often find myself drawn to any game with romance, it’s always to be determined how serious the writers will take the relationships. This is what originally had me excited to play Date A Live: Rinne Utopia, the first game in the Date A Live series. In all honesty, I never got around to watching the anime, but it’s pretty rare to get to play a visual novel based on a light novel in the…

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Once in a while, a visual novel that not only has plenty of text to read for hours but also has distinct gameplay elements can be a very refreshing experience for me. After having recently played Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, and even having written a review on it, I was especially thrilled to check out Exogenesis ~Perils of Rebirth~ that is even inspired by the Zero Escape and Ace Attorney series — which I consider myself a fan of. On a side note, one thing that’s important to mention is that Exogenesis ~Perils of Rebirth~ is currently available on…

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There’s something interesting about a human creating a relationship with an android that typically catches my attention. I enjoy how right from the beginning you question the feelings of the android and then slowly realize that perhaps maybe the human is more robotic than the android, or something like that, you get the idea. Anyway, following characters through these situations and other rather adult emotions relating to human connection is expressed in the Radi Art developed Synergia, which happens to be striking all the right chords for me. https://youtu.be/-oO2PI1Tv8o Synergia takes place in a world full of advanced technology where androids…

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I’m usually a fan of games that have an actual plot, but I also feel like there’s a balance to be found when it comes to serious and light-hearted themes in games. If anything to add a little variety to your usual palet of titles. Enter Senran Kagura Reflexions, a game that manages to stand out from the usual series of Senran Kagura titles. I’m not saying that as if it were a bad thing either, in fact, I ended up finding Reflexions to be very relaxing to play after experiencing a tough day or needing something (or someone) to…

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I’m sure everyone who is into the genre JRPG can’t help but feel nostalgic at first sight with Octopath Traveler, which got developed by the same devs as Bravely Default, like I did, with its wonderful pixel art. To be honest, I grew up with old-school JRPGs, so I was especially looking forward to the sudden announcement of Octopath Traveler, after its Nintendo Switch release on July 13, 2018, and I knew right from the start that I would have to give this game a try. Octopath Traveler doesn’t focus on only one main character but on eight different ones.…

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The time has finally come, a new spin-off title of the famous Neptunia series has arrived titled Super Neptunia RPG, but strangely, this time it’s being developed by the western team Artisan Studios. Although the Neptunia series already has so many entries that one might get confused and maybe not remember all of them, I am always grateful for more screentime of Neptunia and her friends. Super Neptunia RPG manages to retain much of the core comedic tone of the series, along with its lovely characters. https://youtu.be/DjYvC83bWDQ While it is not required to have played any of the Neptunia games before…

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The art of comedy shines brightest when a sad situation is somehow presented in a fun way which leaves you laughing to tears. Well, that would be the perfect sum up for The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of Heart, a comedic game with the purpose of finding your true love. It’s actually tough for me to be able to find the right words to write that could explain my experience with The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart, but I guess I should just start by pointing out the obvious. This here is a visual…

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I recall when I first started to play The House in Fata Morgana, back when it got released on PC on May 14, 2016, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I began the visual novel without any pre-knowledge about the title, and surprisingly, it became one of the best visual novels I ever played. Recently, The House in Fata Morgana – Dreams of the Renevant Edition – launched digitally on the PlayStation Vita on May 28, and will also be getting a digital PlayStation 4 release on June 11. Since I’ve played The House in Fata Morgana…

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I love it when I happen to prejudge a game at first, yet decide to give it a try and end up totally falling in love with it. That is exactly the thing that happened to me with Punch Line, a game written by the same creator of the Zero Escape series. The idea of panties mixed with a dark story in the tone of the Zero Escape series just didn’t sit well with me. So it’s a good thing that it wasn’t anything like that. I think I am just a too big fan of Zero Escape at this point…

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Vambrace: Cold Soul is a turn-based roguelike fantasy-adventure, developed by Devespresso Games and published by Headup, with only two goals: To save the world and more importantly, survive. One thing I immediately noticed is that Vambrace: Cold Soul is that it’s a quite challenging game where surviving the game’s many threats becomes a big part of the game’s appeal. However, I was curious about its story as I find myself drawn to tales of curses and the world’s end, which is typically pretty dramatic. But to be completely honest, there is just something satisfying about the thought of being able…

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Death end re;Quest is Compile Heart’s most recent release on PC along with several other titles coming soon. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long to be able to finally enjoy this title on PC and as a JRPG fan, I was looking forward to playing it. I have to admit, this game turned out to be pretty different than what I thought, and maybe I was prejudging Compile Heart’s games a bit at some point, but I ended up loving this new direction. The different style was refreshing, and even though this game is kept quite serious, Compile Heart…

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To my surprise, when I first heard about Storm in a Teacup’s Close to the Sun, I questioned how I could not have known about this game sooner. Despite hearing about this first-person story-driven horror game a little late, I wanted to jump right in. What ended up happening was that Close to the Sun scared me to the point of wanting to quit playing but at the same time, it was impossible for me to stop. Not knowing what might happen while being left absolutely terrified and wanting to finally get some closure about the story kept me going…

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I always found forbidden love exciting, there’s just nothing more thrilling than reading a love story while knowing that your emotional heartstrings will be tugged at sooner or later. Sadly, it’s not always true to find visual novels like this that step too far out of the box and stand out over the others. However, that’s just not the case with Minori’s Nakige visual novel Trinoline, from publisher MangaGamer. While the game plays off its heart-warming themes, it slowly reveals it’s true nature of being an emotional roller coaster that I didn’t want to get off. Reading through Trinoline left me on…

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