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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roseVeRte News

Cafe0As some of you may have noticed already; dUpLicity ~Beyond the Lies~ and Café 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid~ by roseVeRte are now available on Steam. Furthermore, I’m happy to announce that I’m going to translate East Tower into German as well. This game is an episodic comedy visual novel and it is about a mysterious new attraction in a theme park. That should tide us over while we are waiting for the Café 0 sequel: Café 0 ~The Sleeping Beast~. If you like you can give the games a positive rating on Steam. Me and roseVeRte would be glad if you do! 🙂

Café 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid~ on Steam
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EDIT:
Don’t forget to check out the latest otome game by roseVeRte; How To Take Off Your Mask. It is set to be released in spring 2015 in English and Japanese and who knows … maybe there will be a German translation in the future! 🙂

Hammer – German Translation

Hammer is a short horror/suspense visual novel by Mugenjohncel. The game is an entry for NaNoRenO 2014 and available for free.

“A mysterious illness has spread throughout the world rapidly killing people everywhere and in desperation, you escaped and wandered aimlessly and ended up in some remote cabin somewhere in the middle of nowhere.”

The game offers two endings and with its eerie atmosphere, it’s a suspenseful game to play. There are a few bloody scneses, but the game is rated 13+.

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Midnight Chaos – Announcement

Midnight Chaos

Midnight Chaos is a short kinetic novel and part of the Sleepless Night series. It is highly recommended that you play Sleepless Night and Sleepless Night 2: Ladies’ Night(mare) beforehand. This story focuses on what happens in that time when the protagonist from Sleepless Night is asleep and the girls from Sleepless Night 2 are having their ladies’ night. It’ll throw some light on the events from the two games and is some sort of prelude to the third and final Sleepless Night game. You will meet old friends and new enemies.

What is Haru up to now? His friends are in danger, and he has to make an important decision. The true villain shows up and threatens Haru and all the people he loves. Can Haru find his friends in time to warn them? Will he find the answers in Shizuka’s house, or in the forest?

Since Midnight Chaos is a thank you to the fans of the series, I wanted to make it available who support the Sleepless Night series in some way. If you’ve created fan art, fan fiction, a translation of one of the games, or something else or have provided me with resources for the games and/or helped me with programming/art/testing, just send me a message and I’ll send you a link to the full game once it’s released. Of course, you can also create something new, it doesn’t have to be super complex, just something small is good enough. I’ll post fan art and other things on my website and link to a page of yours if you want.

This Is Where I Want To Die – Translations

This Is Where I Want To Die was updated to version 1.1, which contains full translations into French and Spanish! Many thanks to Kevin Cottenie for translating the game into French and also many thanks to Nessy Noinex for translating it into Spanish. The update also includes some other improvements. You can download the new version here.

Some statistics:
The game contains 189 dialogue blocks, containing 1,462 words and 7,878
characters, for an average of 7.7 words and 42 characters per block.

The french translation contains 189 dialogue blocks, containing 1,675 words
and 9,299 characters, for an average of 8.9 words and 49 characters per block.

The german translation contains 242 dialogue blocks, containing 2,103 words
and 13,095 characters, for an average of 8.7 words and 54 characters per
block.

The spanish translation contains 190 dialogue blocks, containing 1,433 words
and 8,385 characters, for an average of 7.5 words and 44 characters per block.

The German language is crazy! :O
If you’re a translator and want to translate my game, please write me an email. I want the game to be played by as many people as possible!

AMI – German Translation

AMIToday I have something for the sci-fi fans among you: AMI (or Autonomous Mechanical Individual) by Fastermind Games. The visual novel is quite short but offers two endings and it is free to download.

“You are a regular college student living in a fictional American city in the near future, who has decided to buy a personal android, or AMI (Autonomous Mechanical Individual). Will AMI change your life forever?”

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PS: Also check out the the upcoming fantasy game by Fastermind Games: Icebound.

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Signed X – German Translation

Signed X

Signed X is a short otome visual novel by GlassHeart, the developer of Summer Found Me. The game was a project for NaNoRenO 2013 and was created within 2 weeks.

“One day our heroine, Marty (name can be changed), arrives uncharacteristically early to school to find a boy from another class leaving flowers on her desk. She hides before he can see her, not wanting the situation to become awkward. How will our nutty, hopelessly romantic, manga-loving protagonist deal with the situation? She will try to recreate classic romantic scenes from her favorite mangas with her not-so-secret admirer, Matt, in order to get him to confess his feelings. Duh! Fortunately, her reluctant friend Warren is there to help. Will she succeed, or will all her plans fail miserably? Hint: it’s not the former.”

The game is free, for every age, and offers 4 endings and a lot of humor!

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This Is Where I Want To Die

This Is Where I Want To Die

My contribution for this year’s NaNoRenO is finished already! This Is Where I Want To Die is a short kinetic novel, which is about a dying person trying to remember what happened. More information and the game to download on its official site: This Is Where I Want To Die

The game was created in less than a month, but I had the story already in mind. It’s free an can be played in English and German. TIWIWTD contains only one ending and no choices, but has an important message I want to put across. Have fun!

About Visual Novels, Translations and other matters

There are not many news at the moment, which is especially due to my upcoming exams. University first, I guess. Nonetheless, I want to make some announcements and tell you what’s new. First of all, I have to say I was wrong about the month concerning NaNoRenO. Of course, it starts in March, which means I’ll only start working on This Is Where I Want To Die next month. I’m really looking forward to it because I have many good ideas that I’d like to implement. Sleepless Night 2 makes slow progress; although it’s doubtful if I’ll manage to release it in April. Maybe May, after all. And last but not least: Legend of the Silver Fox, here we have progress particularly in the graphical area. The sprites slowly take shape and they look great so far. Moreover, there’s going to be a more professional logo, which I’ll show you as soon as I get it. Lately, I didn’t have much time to write but a release this year is still planned.

Furthermore, I’m hard-working on translations. This weekend I finally want to finish with Summer Found Me. After that I’ll continue work on the commercial visual novel Blue Rose by White Cat, more about this VN in the next days.

Witch Spell
However, there is a release today. Thanks to visualnovels.nl Witch Spell is now available in German for Android. You can download the visual novel here:
Witch Spell Android-Version
Witch Spell PC-Version

Sleepless Night 2: Ladies’ Night(mare)

Sleepless Night 2

I think it’s time to talk about Sleepless Night 2! Since I got many nice comments for my first “real” visual novel/point-and-click game Sleepless Night, I decided to work on a second installment. I really listened to what the players wished for and tried to put it into this new game. Here is a short teaser of the new game:

As you can see, there are already many features that were missed in the first game:

  • More rooms to explore (about 10)
  • Things you can click on “shine” (yaay)
  • You can talk with people (3 girls)

Please keep in mind that everything in this video is subject to change. The full game will be free and it’s already twice the length of the first game. Many players complained that the true ending in the first game was really cliché but for Sleepless Night 2 I have some cool ideas! There are going to be three main endings (apart from the various death endings) and one true ending that will clear some things up 😉

I can’t give you an exact release date but maybe I can finish it sometime in April. Next month I’ll start to work on This Is Where I Want To Die (short: TIWIWTD :D) for NaNoRenO 2013. After this is finished, I’ll work full speed on SN2 and Legend of the Silver Fox so I’m pretty sure I’ll manage to release at least those three games in 2013.