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Location: Visual Novels' Hell

I accumulate stories. I'm currently on a quest to read all the books I have, and that also means completing all the visual novels I own on Steam.

As you can see in my VN list, I sorted them by length at everyone's convenience. I also added non-spoilery tags to help with categorization.

I do not skip unread text to get easy Steam achievements and I think it is a bad habit of achievement hunters. If the act of flipping through the pages of a book is equal to a +1 completed anything to your library, I applaud your ambition, but I question your fun pastime choices.

If you'd like to start getting acquainted with this genre, a good resource is VNDB.org, where you can create an account to easily keep track of the VNs you own, have completed, or want to buy.

My favourite visual novel ever is The House in Fata Morgana.

ɪɴ ᴘʀᴏɢʀᴇꜱꜱ:

My new ABC plan

ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇᴅ ᴄʜᴀʟʟᴇɴɢᴇꜱ:

5 VN picks from BLAEO, old ABC post


Every time someone skips through visual novels for achievements, a kitten sheds a tear.

ᴛʜᴇ ɢᴏᴏᴅ:
Interesting OELVN developers to keep an eye on: ebi-hime, Ithaqua Labs, Dischan Media, Fervent Studio, Hanako Games.

ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀᴅ:
MoeNovel's translations are badly done (e.g., If My Heart Had Wings, A Sky Full of Stars). Avoid their releases. 1, 2
Avoid SakuraGame's games at all costs! Machine translations, stolen games, and questionable licenses. 1, 2
The localization and kickstarter project of Dies irae has been a major trainwreck. Should I bother with it? 1
The Always The Same Blue Sky developer once in 2014 threatened to sue one guy who asked him to elucidate about the probably copied art (pls don't sue me). 1, 2
Shady developer Winged Cloud (Sakura series) somehow manages to get its partnership ended with both SP and MG. 1, 2
Sekai Project sure is taking it slow with bringing better polished products at launch. Why should the customers be the ones to edit their translations? (e.g., WILL: A Wonderful World). 1, 2
Another impending disaster seems to loom on the horizon for another butchered MoeNovel's victim (Cross†Channel). 1 to confirm, 2, 3
LilyGame publisher: machine translations, rumours that it might be SakuraGame (to confirm) (Glory of the Self-Styled Diehard girl). 1, 2 to confirm
Issues with Aeon Dream Studios (Mystic Destinies): legal problems and threatening to take legal action against anyone who talks negatively about them, claiming libel (pls don't sue me). 1, 2, 3


Ev×ry time someone skips through vis×al novels for ×chievements, a kitten sheds a tear.

ɪ. Do not activate bad quality VNs on your account anymore. Your time is not worth it for that subpar +1 release on your VNDB account.
ɪɪ. Do not buy new VNs except for good bundles. Wait until you complete your VN backlog. Save your money!
ɪɪɪ. Complete your backlog so that you can give your full attention to new free releases you're interested (Lemma Soft Forums included). Be always in the loop!
ɪᴠ. Occasionally update your ratings on VNDB.
ᴠ. Try not to read more than one VN at a time or you'll be stuck with several stalled titles.

Leave Higurashi alone until you own all 8 chapters.
I decided to read Higurashi before Umineko.
Do not start STEINS;GATE until you finish your VN backlog.
Do not start If My Heart Had Wings. Wait for the new translation patch.
Read the free prequel Serafina's Saga before Serafina's Crown.

ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴀꜱᴛ ʙᴜᴛ ɴᴏᴛ ʟᴇᴀꜱᴛ:
Do not lose faith in new releases. Remember the 2017 Christmas miracle. (´ ε ` )♡


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Seduce Me incubi otome free visual novel short (2 - 10 hours) en

Seduce me is a visual novel that's 'advertised' as an otome. To tell the truth it does not only have male romantic interests, but also female ones, which I personally think were better dealt with in the story. The plot is pretty simple and it's easy to get into it. Unfortunately, I felt that the overall route length was too short to start caring more about the characters and their stories. Moreover, the single routes were lacking in variety and by that I mean that many of them had the same copy-pasted dialogues over and over again, with just the names changed. The art style is nice enough but my problem lies within the textbox: sentences are up to two lines long so the whole majority of the textbox is always empty. The font used looks weird to me with odd spaces between letters, but maybe this is an issue I'm having with my computer and it may look better elsewhere.
For who's interested there are at least 10 (ten!!) free short spin-offs on the author's itch.io page, and a commercial sequel that is already out. While I am a little interested in the sequel's story, I don't think I'm willing to pay full price for it.

Description

You are a senior in high school and the granddaughter of the late Harold Anderson, the CEO and founder of the popular toy company Anderson Toys, from whom you have inherited his large estate. Your father suggests you move in immediately, so the next day, you move out of your parents home and into your estate. When you enter your new home, however, you see five injured, yet very handsome men on the lobby floor. You eventually learn that they are incubi, demons who consume and use sexual energy of humans to survive. Out of sympathy, you offer your home as refuge for a while in exchange for minor servitude (it is a big house, after all). They happily agree.

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Everlasting Summer multiple route mystery summer camp sexual content free visual novel medium (10 - 30 hours) en ru es it

I've finally played Everlasting Summer after putting it off for so long. It's one of those stories where you have to experience many if not all routes to get closer to the core of the mystery. I can say I've enjoyed the story, even though I was a little bored during some of the routes. I also thought that some explanations during the ending felt almost random. The background images are beautiful, but unfortunately the art style quality gets dragged down by the ugly character sprites. Overall this ended up being a good project to be free. You won't miss anything important if you don't have the 18+ patch because it's useless: the shoehorned sex scenes consist in only two images with no description.

Description

One day, Semyon, while taking a walk through the streets, boards the bus number 410, where he suddenly loses his consciousness. When he comes back to his senses, he finds himself in a soviet pioneer summer camp. Semyon gets involved in a routine life of soviet youth and meets several attractive girls... But he still wants to understand how he got there and maybe find a way out, back to the real world.

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Serafina's Crown political intrigue linear plot sequel visual novel medium (10 - 30 hours) english

This is the sequel to Serafina's Saga. This series is by Woodsy Studio, the same people who made Quantum Conscience, which I did not like at all because of the too complicated game mechanics. Surprisingly, the Serafina's series was to my liking because of the neat world-building. You have to play the prequel first, otherwise you will miss past happenings established in the lore that will make it difficult to fully understand the plot and family trees. The first title which is free and not on Steam is a pure visual novel and is just acceptable in my opinion. The sequel somehow manages to make a jump in quality also in its presentation. Unfortunately, this is not a pure visual novel but has a mini-game which seems complicated at first (it gets easier later). I just wish that these devs would stop adding such overtly elaborated mechanics in their games because they often feel unnecessary and getting all the endings becomes too grindy—its total length would only be short (2 - 10 hours) otherwise. It's interesting to note that in this second title Serafina is not the protagonist anymore and gets relegated to a main character.

Description

The sequel takes place seven years after the end of the Serafina’s Saga visual novel. The Grand Prince dies of illness, and a few weeks later, the Queen dies in the midst of a “hunting accident.” Their rightful heirs are posed to take the throne, except for one big problem: many nobles suspect one of them arranged the assassination of the late Queen.

You play as a new character, Odell Perin, who is unwittingly thrust into a position of power amidst the chaos of court. Due to her neutral stance, Odell Perin is elected to serve as Regent long enough to settle the ongoing disputes, and therefore determine who will become the next King or Queen of Darzia. The gameplay will feature a dynamic debate system that allows Odell to argue certain points in court based on her accumulated stats.

  • Lost Legends: The Weeping Woman Collector's Edition

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • The Secret Order 4: Beyond Time

    8 hours playtime

    28 of 33 achievements

Lost Legends: The Weeping Woman Collector's Edition: amazing art style. When I opened it I thought it was from the same artist of Cinders/Solstice, but it's not. Call me when you find other games by this artist!
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WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.02

VN ‣ medium (10 - 30 hours) ‣kinetic novel ‣sequel
no achievements

No spoilers, don't worry! I'm not talking about the story but about the rest. This episode felt more bearable than the past one because it had ten little dots on the bottom side of the UI that indicate how far into the story you are.
Unfortunately, episode 2 has different names for the characters and that's because it was translated by a different company than the first one. Serrault is now Cerrow, Lisa becomes Risa, Hal becomes Haru. I'm now copy-pasting someone's message: "Jack Lunny (Barton's alias) is now Jack Rani. Mister Troche is Mister Lozenges (different word, same meaning) the company Platina Smith is now Platinum Smith, the company Hallard Bros. is now Harald Broth, and of course Earth is Terra and there may be more I haven't seen." To put it shortly, it's a mess. To me it's completely unacceptable for Sekai Project to have titles that belong in a same series with different romanization for the characters' names. Also, the new more sounding Japanese names clash with specific plot points.
And now a little bit of news: Sekai Project is planning to port (again) this series to a new engine and have it in HD at an higher resolution (2560×1440). The first episode should be ready this month, while the second and the third after a few months. I sure do hope that they plan to fix the translations' inconsistencies once and for all with this porting, but we'll have to wait and see.
To new readers: I have no idea whether to suggest waiting one year to read this series with the future HD edition, or not. I most certainly am not waiting for it, since they took more than 3 years to wait to fix it. There's a chance it's gonna suck and that the translation will not be corrected.

ABC plan 2

Here's my shiny new ABC plan! You can find my up-to-date list here.


Rules:

  • These games do not need to be played in alphabetical order
  • Other games that are not on the list can be played
  • A game can be replaced if I do not feel like playing it anymore
  • A game can be replaced if it does not work
Key:
finished to play
1/20

  • Animal Lover
  • Backstage Pass
  • Crystal City
  • Deponia
  • Everlasting Summer
  • fault - milestone one
  • Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure
  • Highschool Possession
  • Jurassic Park: The Game
  • Knights of Pen and Paper +1
  • Lucid9
  • Midnight Mysteries 4: Haunted Houdini
  • Nearwood - Collector's Edition
  • OZMAFIA!!
  • Patrician III
  • Rooms: The Main Building
  • Sakura Beach 2
  • Tokyo Babel
  • Valkyria Chronicles™
  • WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.02
  • Hustle Cat

    7 hours playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

  • Sakura Spirit

    5 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Pub Encounter

    14 hours playtime

    15 of 15 achievements

  • Rising Angels: Reborn

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • KARAKARA

    7 hours playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Crystal City

    3 hours playtime

    6 of 6 achievements

  • Orion: A Sci-Fi Visual Novel

    79 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Sakura Beach

    4 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • True Lover's Knot

    2 hours playtime

    4 of 4 achievements

  • Victoria II

    10 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden

    5 hours playtime

    13 of 20 achievements

  • The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times

    5 hours playtime

    24 of 26 achievements

Completed a lot, gotta go fast in removing stuff from my backlog, nothing astounding here. Karakara was cute and Hustle Cat was really cute, though.
Ask me if you want details on anything.
A couple of these (Sakura Spirit, Orion) had really nice background art, I found out the artist is this Badriel guy, I’m a fan now.






ABC challenge complete

Finished my first ABC plan! You can find my table list here. I will start a new one very soon.

Best games of the lot: Highway Blossoms, eden*
Worst: You, With Me - A Kinetic Novel, Invisible Apartment

Key: finished to play


  • Ame no Marginal -Rain Marginal-
  • Broken Sword 2 - the Smoking Mirror: Remastered
  • CAFE 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid~
  • Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond
  • eden*
  • Fairy Tale Mysteries 2: The Beanstalk
  • Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan
  • Highway Blossoms
  • Invisible Apartment
  • Japanese School Life
  • KARAKARA
  • Left in the Dark: No One on Board
  • Mind Snares: Alice's Journey
  • NEKOPARA Vol. 2
  • Over The Hills And Far Away
  • Pub Encounter
  • Quantum Conscience
  • Roommates
  • Sound of Drop - fall into poison -
  • The Secret Order 2: Masked Intent
  • Violett Victoria II
  • WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01
  • X-note
  • You, With Me - A Kinetic Novel
  • 24/24