Weekly news. Standard edition packaging! Sorry I’m a bit late. I was waiting for the birthday party next door to calm down, but that wound up not happening. If you listen real hard, you can hear kids playing in the background. XD
Check out the packaging for the standard edition of the upcoming game Backstage Pass!
Release date (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
English: May 16th, 2014
”The world of Ishtera is populated by two races: dragonkind, who have lived there for eons, and the heavenkind, who have recently appeared.
Auralee, an aspiring knight from the farming town of Berri, stumbles upon something unexpected during one of her patrols. After a rather inelegant introduction, Kerr states he’s really an Earth Dragon - one of the mystical beasts that inhabit their world, Ishtera. Whether he likes it or not, Auralee is now involved in his mission to regain his dragon form. Along with some help by a fellow dragonkind named Ilmari, their journey begins…”
This is a free game by Apple Cider! You can download it here.
Love! Sushi Rangers
Release date (iPhone, Android)
Japanese and English: May 17th, 2014
"The protagonist’s father is a pro sushi chef. A travel agency chooses him for their ‘High-Class Sushi Cruise’ and he is taken overseas.
The night after her father leaves, our protagonist awakens to a strange voice, and an unbelievable light. Suddenly, six people appear before her in the sushi kitchen, and she swears she’s seen them somewhere before…
In order to help the protagonist run the restaurant, these people have changed into humans from…sushi toppings?! Thus, we raise the curtain on the strange life of this girl and her new friends. Can they help our protagonist hold on to the sushi shop? And just what will become of her relationship with them?”
This is a new, free game by Koyonplete! You can get it for Android here, or for iPhone here.
Be My Princess 2
Release dates (iPhone, Android)
Japanese: January 10th, 2014
English: May 14th, 2014
"One day, you receive a mysterious invitation to attend a marriage interview with a prince. You don’t know how it’s possible, but it seems the prince has fallen in love with you at first sight!
Your very own Cinderella story starts now…”
This is the sequel to the Voltage Inc game, Be My Princess! The characters in this one are the grandchildren of the original cast.
The prologue is free, and each route costs $3.99. You can get the Android version here, or the iPhone version here.
What is this?
On Gyakuten Yoshiwara and D3Publisher:
The English translated version just came out on iOS a couple of days ago. The company is called D3Publisher. They’ve already released video games to the North American audience, such as cartoon network games (eg. the Ben10 Series).
In terms of otome games, you can see all their visual novel releases here. Their Japanese otome games include the Storm Lover, Last Escort and Vitamin Series. So the fact that they translated their new iOS otome game to English was a really good surprise.
So if you are able to, definitely show them that there is a market for otome games translated to English. The more we make it known, the more companies like D3Publisher will realize we’re out there. :) So support this game if you can!
Along with supporting Gyakuten Yoshiwara, you can also thank D3Publisher and let them know about your interest in otome games! If you want to do so, their contact info can be found below.
Release dates (iPhone)
Japanese: April 23rd, 2014
English: May 7th, 2014
"On a closed island where boys are not born, blooms a unique culture that is completely different from the mainland. In the middle of the island, there is a red-light district where the men all live.
You enter this pleasure district, to buy just one night with a man who belongs to no one…a night filled with realized lies; the deceiving and the deceived. But after such a night, to whom will you speak of love?”
There is now an English version of Gyakuten Yoshiwara, an iPhone game that uses Live2D animation! You can download it here from iTunes. The prologue and the first chapter of each character are free. The main routes each cost USD$3.99.
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