Every year, March is a magical month where people try to make a visual novel in a span of just one month! It has been run since 2005 and every year plenty of visual novels are posted on lemma soft forums, home to RenPy users and lovers, one of the most popular software for coding visual novels.
Since I ADORE this genre of games, I am going to look through all the entries and see what interesting project I run into. Today we have Magical Stories vs Creepy Novels, so! I got for you some cute, fantasy stories and then, some creepy ones, too!
First cute, magical story is Mermaid Isle. It is a very short, yet adorable little game about a girl who meets a mermaid. Doodly art really hits a spot and takes me back to my childhood and really fits the game! Beside the story between the girl and the meramid, you have mini game involving fishing! It is very simple and short, but very fun, too! Looking forward to further developments of Mermaid Isle. Check it out and see if you can catch ALL THE FISHIES!
On the other side, it is time for our first creepy novel. Do Not Love – Violators Will Be Shot, is a game still in a very early alpha, however what I have read was truly exciting and intriguing. Just reading the descrption should interest you a lot! Right now, game is playable for 7 minutes, and has no art whatsoever. Maybe you shouldn’t run to download it, but DNL deserves to be bookmarked.
Back to the fantasy land, we play Luck and Key! This was a very curious and interesting, though short adventure. It is more like an introduction to the story, with beautiful GUI, even though first font is a little tough to read. I admired the art, that was very specific but very lovely at the same time. It’s another one to bookmark, since the story ends abruptly, but I look forward to it!
Spooks fight back with Neopraxia , a very cool somewhat futiristic story. Only somewhat, because beside the intro explaining story to us, graphics and all is more casual; or well futirstic/apocalyptic in a way. At this point in time, it is hard to tell, but the story is really interesting, and it is a good chunk of code, art and story made in just one month!
If you are interested in NaNoReNo you can check it’s official website here!
Hope you have enjoyed those short reviews – more coming soon 🙂