Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York
Adventure Wednesday, 11 December 2019
A narrative game set in the World of Darkness, a universe known from the "paper" RPG system Vampire: The Masquerade. Production allows you to become a member of one of the three vampire clans, which becomes part of the conflict between two powerful vampire factions. The Polish studio Draw Distance is responsible for creating this title.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate
RPG 28 November 2019
3D action RPG based on popular Japanese fantasy books from the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? series, as well as their anime adaptations. The action takes place in the deity-managed city of Orario, with a powerful tower full of treasures and challenges for adventurers at the heart of the game.
Where The Water Tastes Like Wine
Adventure 28 February 2018
A debut production of the independent studio Dim Bulb Games set up by Johnnemann Nordhagen – the gaming industry veteran who has worked on e.g. BioShock 2. The title is set in American folklore, and the plot focuses on traveling and the stories connected with it. During gameplay, you interact with other voyagers and diverse communities, like migrants from Europe, native Americans, and black slaves. The title depicts both the romantic picture of a drifter and the tragedy of people forced to leave their homes, which provokes to thinking about matters rarely brought up by games. The works of Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, and John Steinbeck served as the source of inspiration. The world you get to explore is open, surreal, and partially three dimensional. The characteristic style is provided by the artist named Kellan Jett.
RPG 25 July 2017
A unique tactical RPG from independent American studio Supergiant Games. The story of Pyre is set in a mysterious land called Downside, which is a variation on the Christian idea of purgatory. The main protagonist is rescued by a trio of masked travelers, who ask him to help them in unveiling the truth about the so-called Rites – an unusual competition, in which the winners can earn pardon for their sins and be freed from Downside. Pyre’s gameplay contains two fundamental parts. We travel in a special coach that is also used to manage our companions and make decisions that affect the land and its inhabitants. However, there is another and more important part of the game, in form of skirmishes we take part in, which combines features of MOBA and sport titles. A team of three characters must get a hold of a special ball and take it to enemy’s base.
RPG 31 December 2019
An original title combining elements of dungeon crawlers and roguelike production with aspects characteristic of visual novel games and dating simulators. In the course of the game, players cross the title underground and save people transformed into weapons on the way, with whom they can later romance.
Doki Doki Literature Club
Adventure 22 September 2017
Developed by Team Salvato, Doki Doki Literature Club is an unusual visual novel. You assume the role of a member of a school literature club and meet its other, female members. Soon, however, the plot takes a very interesting twist.
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma
Adventure 28 June 2016
An interactive adventure horror game from visual novel genre and a third entry in Zero Escape series, created ChunSoft in cooperation with Aksys Games. It takes place in Martian research facility, ordered to survey reactions of people locked and isolated from the rest of the world. Gameplay doesn’t differ much from that of previous parts of the series and presents fans with well-known characters. Numerous puzzles are important part of the game, which we must solve quickly to maintain our heroes lives. Unlike its predecessor though, Zero Escape 3 stands out with more philosophical approach to its theme and focus on moral dilemmas. Depending on player’s actions, he or she will witness one of three alternate endings.
Project Sakura Wars
RPG Thursday, 12 December 2019
The next installment of the Sakura Wars series, which was born in the mid-1990s on the Sega Saturn console. Like its predecessors, the title combines elements of classic visual novelty and tactical RPG. The action was set in the 1940s in an alternative version of Japan, where young women fight demons using steam-powered mosses.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Adventure 25 November 2010
A detective adventure game from the visual novel genre. It was developed by Japan studio Spike Chunsoft. The main protagonist of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Naegi Makoto, is a teenager who starts his education in an elite high school. In contrast to his colleagues, he has no remarkable achievements and he was accepted to the school by winning a lottery. Soon after the school year starts, Makoto and a group of other students are trapped inside the school building and a digitally-controlled mascot informs them that, in order to escape from the trap, one of them must murder someone else in such way that it will be impossible to find out who is guilty. The game is divided into three separate phases. First the player speaks with selected students, builds relations and learns interesting facts. When the murder happens, the player is tasked with gathering evidence and testimonies. Finally the action moves to a court room where during a trial one must find out who the murderer is through a series of minigames.
Adventure 15 October 2009
Steins;Gate is a visual novel sci-fi adventure game. Players follow a first year student at a Tokyo university and a novice inventor who follows a conspiracy related to one of his gadgets.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Adventure 26 July 2012
A sequel to the detective adventure visual novel released in 2010 by Spike Chunsoft. In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair the player assumes the role of a completely new protagonist named Hajime Hinata. He is accepted to an elite high school despite the fact that he cannot remember what he did to earn that honor. During one of the school trips the class of the protagonist is imprisoned on a tropical island. In order to escape, the students must murder one of their friends and avoid being caught by their colleagues. The gameplay mechanics are based on the same principles as the original game and they are split into three separate phases, in which one must first participate in conversations, then gather testimonies and evidence in the murder case, and finally go to a trial and type the murderer.
Conception Plus: Maidens of The Twelve Stars
RPG 05 November 2019
Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve Stars is the next installment in a series of jRPGs enriched with visual novel elements. The title allows you to direct the fate of a teenager named Itsuki Yuge, who ends up in a world tormented by dark creatures. The production is a refreshed version of the first part of the series, which was originally released on the PSP console.
Negligee: Love Stories
Adventure 14 September 2018
The second installment of the erotic visual novel series, created by the independent British studio Dharker. Negligee: Love Stories consists of four main scenarios, each of which offers completely different characters and several endings. We follow the fates of a teenager entering adulthood, a woman trying to escape from a toxic marriage, a model, and a young and carefree girl who does not shy away from short-lasting relationships.
Umineko When They Cry
Adventure 17 August 2007
Umineko When They Cry is a Japanese visual novel. It tells the story of mysterious murders that took place on a private island in the 1980s. Studio 07th Expansion is responsible for the creation of the game.
Adventure 12 August 2010
A visual novel adventure game developed by studio 5pg. The game is an improved version of the independent game created by Makoto Kedouin and originally released in 1996. Corpse Party takes place in a high school building that was built on the ruins of an old grade school in which a terrible and mysterious crime has occurred. One day, due to unexplainable events, a group of students enters a terrible and grotesque version of their school in which the corridors are filled with decomposing corpses. Trapped in the building, the main characters must face the mysteries of the building and the revenge-seeking ghosts of the dead children. The game uses typical gameplay mechanics of visual novel games, although it also contains exploration and even action sequences. The story has several different endings that depend on the choices made by the player.
Persona 4 Golden
RPG 02 October 2012
Refreshed and extended conversion of one of the best jRPGs ever released on PlayStation 2. The number of available heroes, gameplay mechanics, audio frame and intermittent videos have increased.
Tokyo Dark: Remembrance
Adventure 07 September 2017
Developed by Cherrymochi from Japan, a horror adventure title with strong visual novel elements. The main heroine of the game is Ayami Ito, who carries out an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of her partner. In order to find the truth, she needs to take matters in her own hands. Things become complicated as she also has to face the demons of her own past, nightmares, and hallucinations. The non-linear plot leads to one of eleven endings, depending on the player’s in-game choices. During gameplay of Tokyo Dark, you explore diverse locations, collect useful items, solve puzzles, chat with non-player characters, and take decisions – sometimes having only seconds – that will shape the attributes and the nature of Ito, along with the way NPCs treat her. The action is pushed forward once you draw conclusions based on the followed leads. The action has an anime style, and the grim soundtrack is composed by Matt “Bison” Steed, the leader of the trash metal band Reign of Fury.
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
Adventure 28 May 2015
An adventure game/visual novel developed by 5pb, a Japanese studio known with immense experience with the genre. Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness takes place in the world of Psycho-Pass, a popular science-fiction anime series. We are introduced to a grim version of 2113, in which a complex computer system called Sybil monitors the actions, thoughts, and emotional state of the inhabitants, creating a criminal behavior estimate for every citizen. If the probability is too high, the troublemaker is pursued by the police that neutralizes him on the spot. The game, taking place during the first six episodes of the animated series, enables us to assume the role of two new members of the investigating outfit: Takuma Tsurugi, an executor who’ve been sentenced by the system, but chose to join the police forces, and Nadeshiko Kugatachi, a woman with without memory who works as an Inspector, a person supervising the work of Executors. The game sees us follow the plot, shown through text, pictures, and short animated sequences. From time to time, we are given a choice of a few alternative actions, while our decision affect the possible outcomes of the story.
Adventure 31 December 2019
Necrobarista is a visual novel game that takes place in a unique coffee shop where both living and dead come to drink. The place is located near the center of the city of Melbourne. In Necrobarista we will meet many interesting characters coming from all kinds of social groups: baristas, hipsters, even sinister gangsters and necromancers. The players have to uncover the secrets of this world by themselves. We will learn the game's story by reading the descriptions of the environment and by talking to other characters. Some of the texts will have a hyperlink in them. If we click them, they will open new options for the players. The game uses Unity 3D engine. Necrobarista has 3D visuals stylized to look like Japanese anime. It was achieved by using cel-shading technology and by giving the characters facial expressions characteristic to anime.
Fate/stay night [Réalta Nua]
Adventure 30 January 2004
A Japanese adventure game of the visual novel sub-genre. The action of the title takes place in contemporary Japan. Players follow the fate of a high school student, by chance becoming a participant in a magical tournament, in which his life is at stake and the prize is the fulfillment of all wishes.
RPG 14 August 2007
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is a jRPG game. Player directs the actions of a teenage student gifted with the power to summon demons and fights against the threatening monsters led by Shadov.
Song of Unleash
Adventure 31 December 2019
Song of Unleash is designed for PlayStation 4 and PC visual novel, following on from Song of Memories released in Japan in 2017. The production combines a well-developed plot with elements of gameplay from dating simulators.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Adventure 12 January 2017
The third full-fledged installment in the series of mystery thriller adventure visual novels developed by Spike Chunsoft. The plot of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony tells the story of a kidnapped high school student named Kaede Akamatsu. Together with other students, he is taken to a school called Gifted Inmates Academy. The academy’s director is a teddy bear named Monokuma. He informs his “guests” that the only way to escape the place is to kill another student in such way that no one catches you during the investigation. The game employs gameplay mechanics known from previous entries in the series. The gameplay is divided into two main parts: School Life and Class Trial. In the first part the player interacts with other students, creates relations and pushes the story forward. Once a murder occurs, the gameplay mechanics change and the player focuses on conducting an investigation during which he learns testimonies and statements of various people, he looks for evidence etc.
Another RPG in Digimon universe, this time with a touch of survival, point'n'click and visual novel. Players enter the land of digital creatures and try to find a way to return to the real world.
AI: The Somnium Files
Adventure 17 September 2019
Detective adventure game with visual novel elements, in which we try to solve the mystery of murders taking place in technologically advanced, modern Tokyo. The game was created by the authors of the Zero Escape series.
RPG 10 July 2008
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is another part of the Japanese cRPG series, created and released by Atlus. The game, which is longer, more complicated and intriguing than the previous versions of the series, throws us into the rural landscapes of Japan.