Lately, I’ve been running out of animes to watch (the ongoing animes that I was watching were all finished now -.-) so I’ve decided to download some visual novels & simulation games instead. What is a visual novel anyway? A visual novel is a story with pictures in it in a game-like application wherein the user can choose where the story would go and how it would turn out. Some of these I’ve already finished months ago, some I haven’t finished yet. But I’m just gonna list the once I’ve read/played and I will rate it from 1-10 with 10 being the highest based on my own opinion.
- Mobile Games
Yota Ameda, Jyogasaki Takumi, Gen Togo, Shirato Haku
Outstanding and talented students from around the world have gathered together at Moulin Academy High School, a private institution. Beneath the fireworks at a masquerade party, an unexpected romantic encounter takes place.
ME: Basically you get to choose between the four guys there and get an ending depending on the choices you make. The only thing is, for you to play this you will need 10 Koyon for every scene. You can buy koyon from them but if you prefer to not spend money for this, you can wait for your daily 20 koyon for free instead. You can get it on App Store or Google Play.
My Rating: 8/10
My Forged Wedding
Takamasa Saeki, Kajima Yuta, Maruyama Takao, Shibasaki Ren, Kogami Yamato
“For just one month… please, pretend that we’re married.” A sudden proposal to enter a fake marriage. Pretending to be newlyweds started out as a dreadful task, but as you spend each day together, you slowly become drawn to his charm. Will what started as a lie turn out to be true love?
ME: Same as Love Academy, in this game once you choose a character, you will only get to play on his route (meaning you can’t go to another guy’s route while playing your chosen route) and make choices till you get an ending. The funny thing about this is that there are only two types of ending: happy end & super happy end. Yup, there are no bad endings for this game. So if you like light stories and awesome character illustrations, then this game is for you. Get it on: App Store or Google Play. Note: Only the prologue is free. You’ll have to buy each character in order to play his route. Though you can get each of them for only $3.99! 🙂
My Rating: 9/10
Other games from the same creator, Voltage Inc.,(which I also recommend but am too lazy to write a single review each):
- Pirates in love
- A Knight’s Devotion (Lute <3)
- Be My Princess
- Love Letter from Thief X
- My Sweet Bodyguard (Currently playing Subaru’s route :D)
Forbidden Love: The Unforgivable Couple
Mike Jones, Johannes Something
I was brought into the multi-millionaire Jones family as a child from my mother’s previous marriage, and Mike, a child from my stepfather’s previous marriage. We then, become an older brother who thought of his sister kindly, and a younger sister who adored her older brother.
ME: This game is a little more complicated compared to the first two I’ve listed since this games contains features where you buy dresses for your avatar, decorate your room, etc. that are needed to raise the stats for your character. Anyways, I was not able to finish this game since it required something like koyons from Love Academy, and I was simply too lazy at that time to play the game bit by bit everyday. Anyways I think this has a nice story, a little dramatic since of course the situation of the characters are a little, you know. You can try it by downloading it from the App Store or Google Play.
My Rating: 6/10
My Candy Love
Lysander, Nathaniel, Castiel, [Not on the picture] Kentin, Alexy, Armin, Jade, Dake
Create your own love story at Sweet Amoris High on My Candy Love, a virtual dating game. Make your own choices and live a unique and passionate adventure! On My Candy Love you incarnate a high school student at a new school. Meet new students, flirt with the hottest guys and discover new episodes regularly!
ME: My Candy Love has that western feel since the original game was French. I loove this game except for the AP system where you get to use 2 AP’s for every move you make. It makes it SO hard for me to progress in this game because of that. Apart from that, I have no complaints. The characters are well-drawn as well as the settings. Oh, and the good news is that they already created a mobile app for this game! You can get it on the App Store or in Google Play. I would recommend checking out the original website first though. 🙂
My Rating: 8/10
Asagi Touya, Akabane Ren, Torian
Help your star succeed in his appearences and improve his competences with lessons. Develop your affinities with your stars and maybe you can live a pure romance with him.
ME: First of all, I cannot believe this game is for free. Unlike the My Candy Love game, you do not need points to move whatsoever. However, your star has an energy meter for doing acting/singing/modeling jobs. Also, you have a love-meter which increases if you go on successful dates with him. I’ve finished Touya’s good ending already and now I’m earning money to get a contract with Ren so that I could finish his ending (the star will be yours once you get the good ending, except for Touya who is initially yours already and whose contract doesn’t expire). You can play the game here. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
My Rating: 9/10
- PC Games
Shiro Takayama, Derek Nevine, Travis Wright
Merui loves video games, especially her favorite MMORPG, Rivenwell Online. Merui also has a very short temper, so when some JERK named Alistair steals a rare item from her, she’s determined to exact revenge on him. Unfortunately, she has no idea who he is in real life. But hey, that’s never stopped anyone, right? Take control of Merui and make new friends, balance schoolwork and fun, go shopping, search for the culprit, and maybe even discover a new romance.
ME: This is the first PC game that I’ve tried, and I must say. This game is really great for a free release. I love the characters, the setting, and the script. I totally recommend for you to download this. It gives me good vibes everytime I play it. 🙂 You can download it here. They even have walkthroughs in their site. I love sakevisual games and I am currently waiting for another game of theirs: Backstage Pass. 😀
My Rating: 9/10
Damien Ramsey, Donald Danson, Hieronymous Grabiner
You have been invited to attend a magical school. Here you can make new friends, learn dozens of spells, face exams in the school dungeons, run for class office, and try to find a date for the May Day Ball. But be careful! You might end up in detention, be lured into a secret society, be forced to marry your professor, or even be expelled! Every puzzle has multiple solutions, and the path you choose is up to you. Are you a good witch or a bad witch?
ME: This game is more on the simulation side. I enjoyed it though, you get to learn spells and stuff, buy accessories and other things, and you get to try magic spells every exam. I’ve only finished Damien’s route but I will probably play it again since I did not uncover all the mysteries yet. If you love witchcraft supernatural school stuff, then you might wanna try this one. 🙂 You can buy the game or play the free demo here.
My Rating: 6/10
Varian, Aurelius, the Heroine, Caius, Rune
In a world balanced by essence, Mina is unsealed from her crystal prison. Without a memory of her own, she follows the guidance from the oracle and stays protected by the bodyguards from those that fear her dark power. Each path’s story differs greatly depending on the path you land on.
ME: I think this is the first kind of supernatural visual novel that I played. This is pretty good for a free release as well. I played it without a walkthrough first and the ending that I got was Zareh’s good ending. It is actually the ending that reveals most about the heroine’s past and the mysteries of the game. So I would recommend playing his ending first before trying all the other endings. You can download it here for free. 🙂
My Rating: 6/10
Chase, Dimitri, Lucas, Huang, Blaze
After having a disappointing first year of high school, Elly wants to open herself up to other people. A chance encounter with a baby virus grants her the ability to see emotions of other people, which also gives her an extra boost of confidence. Raise Elly’s stats and watch the events unfold!
ME: This game is a lot more on the simulation side. It actually took me two days (since I had school) to finish one guy’s route. I did enjoy playing it though. By the way, the creators of this game are the same ones who created Frozen Essence. But they made this a light school story. 🙂 You can download it here if you want to try it. 🙂
My Rating: 6/10
Oginuma Kaius, Takishima Ryuu, Saimori Lucan
Marin was a normal girl, until one day she fell down the staircase at school. She had a concussion, and when she awoke in the nurse’s room, something had changed. She could hear the thoughts of everyone around her! What was going on…? It was then a mysterious boy appeared before her. “Come with me, where there are others like you.” Like that, Marin’s days at Planets began. Perhaps she will find love through the chaos of a new and strange school.
ME: For a doujin game, this is actually pretty good. I enjoyed playing it, I’ve only finished Kaius’ and Lucan’s ending but I will probably play Ryuu’s route soon. If you like school romantic-comedy types then I recommend you to try this. 🙂 You can download it here for free. 🙂 Also, a second game (P)lanets 2 will be released soon with brand new characters and I can’t wait. 😀
My Rating: 6/10
Jisei Series (Jisei, Kansei, Yousei)
Kangai, Mikolaj Gurski, Naoki Mizutani, Aki Mizutani, Li Mei
A teenager with no name and no home wanders from one city to the next, burdened by the weight of his extraordinary ability. When he is accused of murdering a woman that he’s never met, he sets out to prove his innocence and find the true killer. The investigation quickly takes a turn for the complicated when a strange voice appears in his head, warning him to watch his step. Every word has a hidden meaning. Every suspect has a secret. Search for clues, interrogate the witnesses, and unravel the mystery before it’s too late.
ME: Another one from sakevisual, this is a mystery game wherein you assume the role of the main character, investigate mysteries, and unravel your own character’s mysteries as well. As the series progresses, the closer you get to finding out who your character really is. I have only finished Jisei and Kansei yet, and I’m planning on playing Yousei very soon. 🙂 If you love solving cases, then I would recommend this for you. This is not a romance VN though. You can buy the games or download the free demos here.
My Rating: 7/10
The Royal Trap
Madeleine Valois, Prince Oscar, Prince Nazagi, Prince Callum, Prince Gaston
Madeleine Valois is a prince’s companion. Her job is to guide and advise him, to make him look good so that he can land a royal bride. It is her responsibility to keep him out of trouble – not to let him walk blindly into a political minefield, not to let him get arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, and definitely not to let him fall in love with her. Unfortunately, events are not going according to plan…
ME: Another game by Hanako Games (creators of Magical Diary) however this time, it is purely a visual novel. I played Oscar’s route first, the childhood friend route. I love how Oscar is such a gentleman. The next route I took was Nazagi’s. I wasn’t satisfied with the good ending though, but I won’t spoil anything for you guys. Callum’s route turned out pretty good, and I loved his good ending. I am still contemplating whether to play Gaston’s route or not ’cause idk about you guys but he seems pretty old to me. And I don’t generally like characters like him so idk. Anyways, this is a good game. The story is great, and the script is exemplary. The character designs were awesome as well. You can buy the full game or download the free demo here. 🙂
My Rating: 8/10
Essi, Yuon, Anon, Oure, Rexus
10 years ago, Essi’s mother died in a questionable accident. She left a USB flash drive with a locked folder called “X-note”. Unable to understand the purpose of it, Essi continued living her life as a normal junior high school student. However, Essi is hardly normal, for she possesses power beyond normal human. Essi’s quiet life was interfered by a sudden visit of a young man named Yuon. He invited her to investigate a murder case and a mysterious disappearance in the Xen Institute, a school deeply related to Essi’s mother. Tempted by the possibility of unlocking “X-note” and solving her mother’s mysterious death, Essi decided to take his request. But what awaited her there was a lot more than what she could possibly imagine…
ME: If you love solving mysteries, completing missions and stuff, then you would probably like this game since this story revolves around the mystery of Essi’s mother and her connection to X. I still haven’t finished this game though, that’s why I don’t know the mysteries yet, including the identity of X. Anyways, you can buy the game here. My only complaint is the system. There is no save function which makes it hard for me since I don’t have that much time to finish a route in one sitting.
My Rating: 5/10
Elcia, Belph, Rexus, Livan, Yuras, Ferim
In the far future, people live 1000 meters deep underground. Technology is abundant, but life is a constant struggle. An organization sought to end this by sending people back in time to recover lost natural resources. Elcia is one of such people. As a Time Negotiator, it’s her job to travel across various dimensions and negotiate with people of the past. However, in a strange twist of fate, Elcia accidentally stumbled upon an unknown dimension known as “Area-X” during her very first mission. Following its discovery, more bizarre incidents and conspiracies awaited her one after another – all of this eventually led to discovering the uncanny nature of the world and how it all ties to Elcia’s very own mysterious past…
ME: Yes, it is from the same creator as X-Note, obviously. Now the story of Area-X takes place years in the future after the events of X-Note, but since the heroine here is time traveling, the events vary depending on the character you’re pursuing. Like for example, in Rexus’ case, the events here happened before the events of X-Note. As the creator said, “The events in Area-X is what made Rexus how he is in X-Note.”. Aside from Rexus, there are also crossovers of characters from X-Note in here like Yuon. Anyways, I honestly liked Area-X more than its predecessor. And like before, if you love unraveling mysteries, then you will enjoy this game. You can buy the game here.
My Rating: 7/10
Queen of Darkness II: The Second Reproduction
Christina Ranzaad, Demon Lord Gardis, Knight Lezette, Prime Minister Jin
Christina was the third princess of Almenan, and born in the era of war against the Demons. Having the status of a “Champion”, Christina had countless battle victories upon her shoulders and was feared by the Demon race. Being the most successful of her three sisters, her mother the queen sent her on a secret mission to assassinate the Demon Lord Gardis in return for his ruthless annihilation of the Kingdom of Crofts. Obeying her mother’s orders for the sake of her kingdom, Christina set out alongside with her most loyal knight Lezette to take the Demon Lord’s head, and to bring peace to the land.
ME: I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this game. I just finished playing it last night and I loved it already even though I only got to play Gardis’ route yet. But I will definitely play Lezette’s and Jin’s soon. If you like supernatural action dark romance, then you will love this. Another thing I loved about this game is that it’s partially voiced! Too bad the company who made this had shut down already. 😦 But you can still download the game for free here! That is where I got the game since the creator’s site does not exist anymore. So if you guys want to play this game, hurry and download it now. The english patch is in there already as well. Also, even though the texts are in english, the japanese voices are still preserved. 😀 So, yeah. I love this game. The art, story, and characters of course. ♥
My Rating: 9/10
So that’s it. I hope you find something you like in there. Oh, and I will post the upcoming games that I am waiting for later. ♥