Yes I did play it! I nearly died when I saw the third week was out. I’m 100% with you. The full release will be amaze-balls. I’m sort of embarrassed b/c I do not have your detective skills. I thought Lisle was asexual and only suspected Gisette/Jarrod were involved–no actual evidence. I never thought it was Jasper though! Hope that counts for something.
My favorites are Lyon and Ana. I dunno, she’s just super delightful. And then, to be honest, I really like Hamin. Did not like any of the talks with the people if you don’t choose them X( I felt bad.
Boring MCs are boring to read.
I have two recs, but not free. I’m sorry x( I had Calling Cipher but it’s been mentioned oh well.
Black Closet is the first and unlike the other, I haven’t bought it. I did, however, play the demo and was apalled and upset when that “end of demo” notification reminded me it was a demo. There’s a mystery about a traitor who was completely unknown to me first playthrough, but then started making sense when I looked at who was being ridiculously shitty at their job.
You get cases and tbh, although you play as school president, I felt like a king or maybe police chief (?) would be more accurate. The characters you can romance/friend are also your student council members/minions and you send them to do things like spy on people or stalk them. There’s this one case I ignore if I have a more difficult case going where a science prodigy needs to be taken care of before a big speech but tbh she’s fine on her own.The trickiest one for me is the cheating one, which I couldn’t solve b/c ugh these bitches don’t fess up.
To be honest, since it’s $19.95 I’ll probably wait till it goes on sale. If you have the money, it’s probably worth it, but I’ve never paid that much for a game (except DAI and I don’t count that b/c Bioware has a hold over me). Although, you can get a $5 discount for posting about it on a blog/social media/forum (like this one.) There’s info about it here Black Closet Demo Discount I may try to use that, but I still want a sale cause I’m cheap. This is a high quality game buuuut yeah.
Then there’s the Sword of Asumi whose logo had me think this would be historical but screenshots clearly show modern school place. Either way, this isn’t typical Slice of Life. Asumi is a badass assassin who goes undercover at a not-highschool. It’s actually a post-grad samurai university for the best so everyone’s an adult. You get to choose whether she kills/disables ppl and of course if she romances anyone and if so, who. Thankfully, this isn’t a VN where she’ll like die if she doesn’t flirt w/ someone enough. But if you are gonna flirt w/ someone my fave’s Hikari. He’s so Cinderella. He’s the quiet, moody archetype but not in a ‘everyone wants me, but only you understand me’ and I like how shy he is. To me, it makes Asumi feel a little like princess charming. More reasons for that would be spoilers. Would recommend highly!! (on sale, if you’re cheap like me; I got it for 3-something altho retail’s $9.99.)
Also, does anyone have access to a working link to Starlight Drifter’s demo. It’s a WIP made by the same people as Sword of Asumi and you can customize your character’s appearance!! Sadly, not free. Probably more expensive actually.
Another WIP that’s demo is free but it will not be is Destiny Fails Us at $15. It’s school life and I’m ambivalent about the art style, but it’s really good. Probably not at the top of my “will buy list” (that’s probably Seven Kingdoms and Starlight Drifter maybe) but there are a lot of features and the way the character’s interact