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.

Where We Lay Our Scene Screenshot

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 fair price. Also stay tuned for the upcoming Greenlight campaign, so the game can eventually be released on Steam.

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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.

To the game

East Tower – German Translation

East Tower by roseVeRte is an episodic visual novel series that is available for smartphones and computers; now also officially in German  (with Japanese voice acting). The game is divided into 4 paths; Akio, Takashi, Kuon, and Kurenai. Each episode is about one of the four boys and you’ll learn more about the plot. It is recommended to play the series in the shown order.

The game is not only an otome game, it is also very funny and romantic. Since the female protagonist changes her gender in the virtual world, there will also be funny BL scenes. You can buy the episodes here on Steam:
Akio
Takashi
Kuon

(coming soon)


Kurenai 

(coming soon)

I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone – German Subtitles

I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone (Original: Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho) is a Brazilian short film from 2010 by Daniel Ribeiro. The short film won several international awards and is now available with German subtitles. (It also includes English subtitles.)

“The arrival of a new student in school changes Leonardo’s life. This 15 year-old blind teenager has to deal with the jealousy of his friend Giovana while figuring out the new feelings he’s having towards his new friend, Gabriel.”


Just click on the button below the video to activate subtitles.

Feature film:
The feature film The Way He Looks (Original: Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) was shown at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. The film is based on the short film and won several awards as well. The three main characters reprise their roles in this one. The film will be released on April 11, 2014 in Brazil. Release dates in other countries are to be announced.

Depths of Forever – Announcement

Depths of Forever

Depths of Forever is the upcoming fantasy novel by Marcel Weyers. The newly named Tasu doesn’t know yet that he falls more and more in love  with his rescuer Kyū and that he doesn’t only endangers his own life, but also that of his friends. A forbidden love turns in to a problem only then when the wrong people know about it. Eventually, Tasu has to make a decision…

Description:

“When I felt the freezing water on my skin, I was sure that I would never see the daylight again. I sank deeper and deeper towards the bottom of the sea and I didn’t know now what would soon follow. If Kyū hadn’t rescued me, I would have died. But that’s the way it should have been. Now I’m an alien in a world, which we didn’t know it existed. Mermaids don’t make it easy for one and especially one merman drove me crazy.
Without memories and hidden from hostile eyes, I tried to establish a life as a human under the sea level. However, the dangerous game soon becomes a life-threatening whirlpool, which does not only threaten my own life, but also the lives of my new friends. The lethal wake begins to spread out and I’m not sure if I can escape it.”

Teaser:

Links:
Official Website
Facebook

Many thanks to Torsten Sohrmann for creating the wonderful logo! The novel is well advanced and I’m planning to release the book in the beginning of 2014. More information and an extract from the complete first chapter will follow soon.

Nacht im Krankenhaus – German Translation

Night At The Hospital

Nacht im Krankenhaus (Night at the Hospital) is a visual novel by Team Snugglebunny. It is about ghost hunting, an old hospital and snuggling?

“Frank and Steve have been best friends since middle school. When Steve gets in a bind, Frank bails him out. As far as Frank is concerned, tonight’s little foray into the abandoned hospital is just business as usual.”

The game is a mix between comedy and horror and contains BL (Boy’s Love). It is free, rated 14+, and you can download it on the official website. At the moment, Team Snugglebunny is working on an improved version, called Second Opinion, with additional endings, which will be available in German as well.

Download

You can switch the language to German in the options screen.