Raven Curse is a prequel of the Raven-Saga in the form of a video game. You will read a lot of text, but there are also some simple point and click elements so that you can discover the world even better and find hidden secrets.
The game is completely free and now available in English and German via itch.io!
Ash of Gods: Redemption by AurumDust is a turn-based RPG that combines tactical combat, CCG elements, and a constantly evolving story in which no one is safe from death, including the main characters.
The story was written by Russian fantasy author Sergey Malitsky; the soundtrack was made by Adam Skorupa, Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz and Michal Cielecki, whose previous work includes The Witcher, Bulletstorm, Painkiller, EVE Online, Call of Juarez and Shadow Warrior. The game also contains visual novel elements and is, with about 300,000 words, the largest game I’ve translated so far.
The game is now available for PC. Console ports for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One will follow.
“Ash of Gods is the story of three separate protagonists rising in response to a centuries-old menace once thought to be mere folklore.
Ash of Gods’ storyline is constantly evolving in response to players’ choices, sometimes even resulting in death. But, the death of a character is not game over. Instead, the story moves forward with the death of that character and previous choices continuing to impact future events.
Combat in Ash of Gods is a blend of both traditional turn-based strategy and CCG gameplay. While individual tactics will depend upon the skills and classes of your characters, you will unlock and accumulate cards that have the power to unleash powerful abilities, sometimes altering the course of an entire battle.”
Almightree: The Last Dreamer by Crescent Moon Games is a puzzle game for iOS and Android, and now alos for Windows and Mac. You have to solve over 100 puzzles across 20 stages in a colorful 3D world. Furthermore, the game offers a local coop mode and an online mode.
Check it out and save 40 % until September 14. Have fun!
Today I have two new free kinetic novels for you! Both games are Japanese legends and are relatively short. Red Ogre and Blue Ogre is something for children, but it has a certain message. Ghost Fall has some light horror elements and it’s a little bit scary. Both KNs are nice for reading in your break or something; you can play them in your browser:
It’s time! The third installment of the Raven-Saga is set to be released on January 19, 2015 and that means half-time for Abigail and Corvus. Rave Poison – Forever damned is a little bit longer than its predecessor and some of the open questions will be answered. Here is the blurb:
„Abigail Willows‘ world is shattered. Just when she thought everything would turn out well, the blazing inferno longed for her again. Death seems to follow her every step, and she starts to wonder if she can even stand a chance against destiny. Once a witch, always a witch. It is about time for another trip into the dark past to learn more about the mysterious family Winterberg. The phantom lifts his masquerade, but for which side fights this inscrutable being? Abigail realizes that she cannot save everyone and she feels forced to make an unmoral decision.“
You can pre-order the book here! More information on the official site here.
“Long ago, in a valley where a small village lay, two deities fought each other. One was imprisoned, the other vanished. Yet some time ago, an unnatural mist began lingering in the village, dissolving people’s memories. Biyu, a young shrine maiden, is now working her hardest in the shrine of one of these deities in the faint hope the mist will one day dissolve. Even though her good friend also lost his memory, not all hope is lost; she meets a stranger who seems to be recovering from his memory loss, and rather quickly as well …“
The game is much longer than Nanolife, and has a different setting. It is more like an otome game; you can pursue one out of three boys. As is usual with Circle Pegasi, the game offers high-definition graphics and a fascinating story. Give it a try!
Leviathan: The Last Day of the Decade by Lostwood Games is a stunning mixture between visual novel and adventure. But it’s not only visually impressive, also its story makes the game a masterpiece in this genre. The game was developed by a Russian team and is released episodically. There will be 5 episodes in total, and the first two are already available in German.
One could describe this game as dark fantasy cyberpunk elements. I’d record to play the first free episode yourselves to get a feeling of the gameplay. Leviathan is available for Windows and iOS , but it will probably also available for Android in the future. You can make decisions, call friends, explore the different areas, and collect items. Furthermore, there are some fully animated scenes and a great soundtrack.
You are Oliver Vertran, who wants to solve a murder case with his demon Edna. When he gets his first clue after 10 years, he doesn’t yet know that he gets himself deeper and deeper into something that is much more dangerous than first expected. Is the murderer guilty after all? What’s the role of Oliver’s father? And what’s with the ominous amber ring from his mother?
The game is recommended for players 18+; but this doesn’t mean that there is sexual content or violence in the game. The age restriction is basically because of the plot; there are homosexual characters in the game, and if you are up to date with Russian politics you may know that there are massive problems with regard to this. Nonetheless, I personally would recommend it for players 16+, just play the first episode and you’ll see.
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…
“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.”
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.
Nanolife is a free fantasy visual novel by Circle Pegasi. The game was released on April 1, 2012 and is now officially translated into German. Here is the game description:
“While a thunderstorm rages outside, a boy excitedly boots up a new MMORPG for the first time. After fiddling around with the character creator for a while he’s finally ready to play with his new character. However, just as he’s about to press the submit button, lighting strikes! As a result of the lightning strike the power goes out, and he’s forced to sit and wait in frustration. What he doesn’t realize is that his character has already begun playing without him …“
The style may remind you of those scenes in RE: Alistair where Merui disappears into the world of Rivenwell Online. You could imagine the game like this with the exception that everything happens in this online world. Despite this, Nanolife is of course an independent game with its own interesting story, high-definition graphics and three different endings. There is much to discover.