What’s up with Ruby Party?

Otome games are only just starting to find their place worldwide, but these dating sims for women have been around for quite some time in Japan. If you start enjoying these titles, you will eventually find yourself hearing about Ruby Party. You may even hear laments about how no Ruby Party games have been localized yet! Who is this developer? Why should you care about its titles? Let’s learn a little more about this studio!

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Preparing for Utano Princesama: Shining Live

Big news in the world of otome games that also happen to have a musical side to them! One is actually receiving a worldwide release! Unfortunately, this is not a story following up on an unexpected La Corda d’Oro localization. Rather, an Uta no Prince-sama mobile game will be released on Android and iOS devices in English about a year after its Japanese debut. This is great news, right? Well, I certainly think it is and am here to tell you why.

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Tokyo Tattoo Girls has meaningful fanservice

Tokyo Tattoo Girls is a strategy game about dominating a Tokyo that has been decimated, then largely abandoned. The only people left behind are women with magical tattoos grouped into clans. They rule Tokyo, fighting for control in the hopes that a rumor that anyone who does manage to unify the 23 wards would be allowed to leave. A part of the game involves adding tattoos to the backs of heroines with the ability to boost Charisma and Threat levels.

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What do you need to know about Phantasy Star?

Man, Phantasy Star can be confusing. There are so many different kinds of games in this series, but they all get tossed under the same umbrella. The oldest games are turn-based RPGs. The newer ones vary between MMOs and action-RPGs. Wouldn’t it be nice if things were simplified, so you could better understand what’s going on? Hey! Look! It is a Phantasy Star guide! How convenient.

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Yomawari: Midnight Shadows’ Mr. Kotowari is quite complex

In the Yomawari games, players are introduced to a world of spirits. Most of these creatures are actively hostile. In Yomawari: Midnight Shadows, being irresponsible can very quickly get Haru or Yui killed. But there are instances that show that hostility does not necessarily serve as an indication of morality. Of all the otherworldly residents seen in the game, Mr. Kotowari is an excellent example that proves this is a foreign and wild environment where creatures will act upon their natural impulses, ones that just happen to be hazardous to human health.

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Review: Summon Night 6: Lost Borders looks nice and friendly, and that’s something at least

Summon Night 6 is such a pleasant-looking game. It has such a nice pastel palette, and it’s a refreshing break from the usual fare. There’s nothing grating or eye-straining about the aesthetics of the game, and that’s definitely worth applauding!

That’s a weird thing to lead off with, we know, but frankly a scrappy, unlikely localization like Summon Night 6 deserves some optimism and praise for what it does right. And… that was what we had.

Let’s get into it.

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Some of Bad Apple Wars’ endings are much better than others

Bad Apple Wars is an odd sort of game. It is one filled with plotholes. There are more than a few instances where things make sense, all so the game can tie up various loose ends at the end. Naturally, this extends to its endings. After all, this is a game where people end up at a high school in limbo after death, congregating in the same space despite living and dying during different periods of time. Of course the conclusions will be as convoluted. But some make more or less sense than others, which might be a little frustrating for otome fans trying to rationalize things.

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Review: Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is a dark and haunting tragedy

How powerful is friendship? What lengths will people go to in order to reconnect with someone important to them? The Yomawari games have always explored the impact of the supernatural on such bonds, showing people won’t allow even the most horrifying situations to hold them back. Yomawari: Midnight Shadows offers a more comprehensive and richer view of such a situation, allowing players to see two sides of a situation and engage with even more otherworldly creatures and unfortunate altercations.

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