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A visual novel proves the duality of axolotls is the duality of man

It turns out that a surefire way to ignite interest in your visual novel is to make it about axolotls and then send an email about it to someone who desperately loves axolotls. Have you heard the good word about axolotls, ma’am? I can leave you some informational leaflets about axolotls. Please consider letting the light of axolotls into your life. Enter, stage left: RB:…

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Steins;Gate gets remaster with additional stories

Steins;Gate, one of gaming's most widely adored visual novels, is getting the deluxe treatment. The title is coming to the West with new translations, a fully animated version, and adding in new storylines. Also an 8-bit version with chiptunes for the Switch. That's crazy right? I think so too.

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Makers of RPG Maker make Visual Novel Maker

The makers of RPG Maker are making a new maker called Visual Novel Maker which makes the maker make the makings of okay I’m going to stop now. The piece of DIY software is a “tool for Visual Novel Creation aimed towards aspiring artists and writers,” say creators Degica Games. Like its RPG brethren, it comes with basic assets (characters, backgrounds, sound effects, etc) but…

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries visual novel out this year

Waiiit hold on, the Fighting Fantasy gamebook folks are making a visual novel based on Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - the finest detective comedy-drama on television these days? Gosh! Yes, Tin Man Games plan to release Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze [official site] this year and I'm so on board. Phryne Fisher, Melbourne's leading lady detective, is basically Bruce Wayne without the deranged dual…

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Along the Edge Is An Exquisite-Looking Visual Novel

I'm a big visual novel fan. Typically I go for games like Saya no Uta or something of that sort, but it's a genre I'm well-versed in. That's why I'm interested in Along the Edge [official site], an adult-oriented tale that touts player choice as one of its biggest features, noting that you can't change how your character looks or behaves at the beginning of…

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Paramedium Infuses Ghostbusting With Visual Novel Sensibilities

Paramedium [official site] looks exactly like the kind of visual novel I'd make if I had any sort of artistic talent. Actually, it'd probably look a lot more like Space Funeral. But it would definitely have colorful, unique characters and bizarre one-liners. I really like the dialogue in the screenshot I chose for this post, in fact.

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Cinders Devs Release Visual Mystery Novel Solstice

Cinders developers MoaCube released a new visual novel on Friday, this time stepping away from fairytales and into a fantastical setting of their own. They call Solstice [official site] a "mystery thriller", exploring a strange city which looks right out of the Arabian Nights - except it's in the middle of icy wastes. It's got a demo and all, so you can have a bash/read…

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Not The Band: Visual Novel Clannad Kickstarting

You trust your friendly neighbourhood mob, don't you? When has a mob ever steered anyone wrong? Probably never. So I'm sure that it's perfectly fine for me to trust in the mob jumping up and down and giggling about Clannad, a Japanese visual novel I understand is of some repute, getting a crowdfunded official English translation and release. The Kickstarter launched yesterday, and the mob…

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Lost Love – Analogue: A Hate Story

Around a year after the fascinating, sinister but divisive saga of schooling, sex, duplicity and privacy infringement that was Don't Take It Personally Babe, It Just Ain't Your Story, Christine Love is to release a fully-fledged sequel to her breakthrough game Digital: A Love Story. It's called Analogue: A Hate Story but despite the inverted title aesthetically it has more in common with Don't Take…

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Impressions: Katawa Shoujo

Last year there were a couple of games that brought up the question of what actually counts as a game. One of them shouldn't have, because it is - Modern Warfare 3 (the nuance of "un-game" is lost on the world, sadly). The other was To The Moon, which occasionally teetered on the edge of that which people were willing to tolerate. The debate is…

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My Secret “Magical Diary” Diary

Dear Diary.... wait, is that too formal? Yo, Diary? Wotcha, Mr. D? Never mind. Busy week, this week. I said goodbye to my parents, a demon made me write him a love letter, and I learned how to set people on fire with the power of my mind! Then... then things got weird. P.S. Donald, if you're reading this, you now have cooties. And give…

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The 9-5 Attention Span: Hummingbird Mind

Joe Martin was playing this short visual novel earlier, so I decided to join him. Hummingbird Mind is a game about working from home and distractions. It leans more surreal than the hard-realism - there's a distinct lack of quick-one-off-the-wrist breaks - but certainly catches the mood of doing work. Or not doing work, as is more often the case. Play here.

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Brass In Pocket. Alas, No Hand: Brass Restoration

The all-powerful, all-loving, all-mighty Tigsource pointed this English Translation out, thinking it a good place for someone to try out the whole Visual Novel thing. I agree, if only it's worth playing one to have a handle on what one actually is. Visual Novels are... well, imagine a choose your own adventure, with not much choosing or adventuring, but piling on some melodrama and gawky-anime-fanboy…

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