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Time for some RPG style visual novels. In this bundle we have ‘Dear Mariko’ (murderous stalkers are around), ‘Kimi to Boku to Kireigoto’ (a cycle of betrayal) and ‘Paper Cranes’ (the prison of the mind).


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It’s because of that woman. She’s been following me around for a while now.

Title: Dear Mariko

Developer: Soyasushi Productions

Length: 10 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Relative Rating: 2/5

Overall Rating: 4/10

Key Positive Points: Killer twists

Key Negative Points: Skipped over backstory, story potential not utilised


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Was I even sad about losing you?

Title: Kimi to Boku to Kireigoto

Developer: CHARON

Length: 20 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: Japanese

Version Language: English

Genres: Drama, Slice of Life

Relative Rating: 1/5

Overall Rating: 4/10

Key Positive Points: Graphics and pixel art style

Key Negative Points: Hard to tell who is speaking, unclear ideas


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For everyone in The Cells, inmate or guard, there’s something that anchors them here, something that keeps them from escaping back into the world.

Title: Paper Cranes

Developer: Emily Kardamis

Length: 20 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Mystery

Relative Rating: 2/5

Overall Rating: 4/10

Key Positive Points: Pixel artwork, exploration of confidence

Key Negative Points: Rushed morals, mostly just dialogue


These visual novels all start with a good, clear idea. However, they do not explore these ideas enough. If time was taken to build up and extend the story, the outcome would be worthy to read. Unfortunately, they stop short of the required quantity.

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