Where We Lay Our Scene – Review

Where We Lay Our Scene

Where We Lay Our Scene is the latest visual novel by Cyanide Tea and was a project for NaNoRenO 2016. With four character routes and 13 different endings, it was an ambitious project, but you can tell from the very beginning that it was worth the effort. I want to highlight some things I really liked about WWLOS here:

All of the characters find themselves at some kind of crossroads in their lives and have to deal with certain issues concerning for example identity, profession, or a mixture of both. I’m sure many players will be able to identify with at least one of the characters, because the cast is extremely diverse. Not only do all of the characters have unique personalities, they also develop throughout the game and become realistic and palpable persons. Furthermore, the game features characters of different nationalities, sexualities, and body types.

The CGs fit to the tone of the respective character’s route perfectly and although I wish there were more CGs, I feel like they summarize the essence of the depicted relationship. Speaking of art: I just knew Auro wouldn’t disappoint! The art is top-notch; the sprites and backgrounds are detailed and we get to see the cast in many different outfits and poses, while the GUI looks nice and clean, making the game look very polished.

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It was very easy for me to fall in love with Christian, Oliver, Sacha and Viola, because they all showed certain features I find in myself, and although Rainier’s route wasn’t as engrossing for me as the other routes, it only proves that the game offers something for every taste. Personally, I liked that the game tackles important topics while being fun and engaging – I think it’s great for people who have to deal with similar problems in their lives, that they can identify with fictional characters and can take away something for their personal real life. There’s no better way to learn something new, to become a better, more open-minded person while experiencing something in a fun way, because like Oscar Wilde already knew, “life imitates art”.

Christian Marino has become a household name, what with his face and body always visible when you open a magazine or look out your subway train window. But now famous model Christian Marino finds himself at a crossroads. What will he do with his life once his well-known and much-cherished looks fade? Is there even anything more to him below the surface that everyone else sees? As he considers these issues of future and identity, he’s suddenly cast as the lead role in a film based on a bestselling novel. With fresh new challenges to face in an unfamiliar environment, this just might be the solution Christian was looking for—to more problems than one.

Do yourself a favor and play the demo of the game! With its $4.99 price tag it has a more than a fair price. Also stay tuned for the upcoming Greenlight campaign, so the game can eventually be released on Steam.

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Who Is Mike? – German Translation

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Who Is Mike? is a free mystery visual novel by Fervent Studio. It’s the first release of the studio that has been released as a full version, but it is already a high-quality visual novel.

You wake up with an aching head and the world out of focus. In front of you is a man accusing you of being “fake”. He looks exactly like you, down to the last scar and pimple, has the same memories, the same voice and the same personality. But who is lying and who is telling the truth? Who is fake and who is real?

With over nine different possibilities, you can either end up as the tragic hero, the sly villain, or an innocent victim. Will you keep your cool or pick a fight? Play through all the endings and take a peek at the truth of your demise. Whatever action you take, ultimately, you must answer the question: ‘Who is Mike?’

Check out the game; there are nine different endings, a lot of CGs, and an interesting story. There are some bloody scenes and the occasional swear word, that is why the game is recommended for players 16+.

Who Is Mike? on Steam

 

Qasir al-Wasat – German Translation

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Qasir al-Wasat by Aduge Studio is an action adventure in which you explore a Syrian palace in the 12th century, solve puzzles, and avoid traps. There are multiple endings to discover, determined on your actions. The game is accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack and traditional Arabic instruments.

Slip into the role of an invisible creature and solve the quests on your secret mission. Will you unravel the mysteries this place in-between the worlds has to over?

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Now on itch.io

As of now, you will find all of my games on itch.io. This has several advantages for me, but also for you. For me it’s easier to upload all games there and keep them updated. (Furthrmore, I don’t have to overload my Dropbox.) And you can always download the latest version of my games.

If you really liked a game or if you just want to support me, you can give me a “tip” on itch.io; the games will still be free, though.

All visual novels have been updated again so thanks to the latest Ren’Py version, they should run more smoothly and be more compatible. I have also fixed some small things. Have fun reading!







Starfighter: Eclipse – German Translation

Starfighter: Eclipse by Date Nighto is a visual novel, which is based on the webcomic Starfighter by HamletMachine. In this sci-fi game you take on the role of Helios; the newest fighter aboard the starship Kepler. You will meet many familiar faces from the comic, but also new characters. However, you don’t need any previous knowledge of the comic, you can enjoy the game independently.

The German version was first shown on the YaYuCon – Yaoi & Yuri Convention in Dachau. I wasn’t able to attend the convention, but I was told the game was received positively! I hope I can show you some pictures of the convention soon.

In the role of Helios, you can date one (or several) boys; Cain, Abel, Deimos, Selene, and Hayden! Furthermore, you have to solve a mysterious incident aboard the starship. Please note that the game contains explicit erotic scenes, and is therefore only suitable for players at the age of 18 or older. The visual novel works on every modern browser, no matter if it’s an desktop computer, a tablet, or even a smart phone; after a free registration you can continue your game on any device. The game is $20 and now also available in German. You can change the game’s language in the options.

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Locked-In – German Translation

Locked-In by Lucky Special Games is a free visual novel about Jacqueline Brown, a business woman who suffers from the so-called Locked-in syndrome after an accident. Without being able to move, she tries to remember what brought her into this position … and discovers other things by doing so.

Similar to The Censor, you get – as is usual with Lucky Special Games – a gripping story with a strong female protagonist. Furthermore, there are 8 endings, high quality art, and characters that are all believable and authentic.

Don’t miss this narrative piece of art, especially if you liked The Censor!

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The Tale of the Talking Frog – German Translation

Today I have another free visual novel for you: The Tale of the Talking Frog by Ein is a really worth a shot for a debut work! The VN has animated sprites, three endings, and is a wonderful retelling of the Frog Prince.

I really liked how well-written the story is, and how detailed the frog and the other characters are protrayed. Take a loook!

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The Censor – German Translation

ImageThe Censor by Lucky Special Games is dystopian science fiction thriller. In this free visual novel, you explore as CJ489775 the so-called “System.” Through an integrated visual network you get even more background information about the world and the characters. Furthermore, the game offers five endings and a well-made soundtrack.

Experience a story of betrayal, fear, and “motherly love” in a claustrophobic thriller with believable characters and political undertone. A true gem of the genre!

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P.S: Are you interested in more games by Lucky Special Games? Keep your eyes peeled, because I might have something special for you soon! 😉

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