February 14, 2016
A copy of robo-tea:1cup! was provided in exchange for an honest review.
After a stressful year like 2017, sometimes I just need to play a game where the sole purpose is to relax and enjoy a cute story about robots going on tea dates. Thankfully, robo-tea:1cup! by jo-robo delivers on its purpose: to provide a stress-free queer visual novel experience about exactly that. (more…)
Azha Reyes spends entirely too much time playing video games, and even more time rambling about them. They’ve been known to cry about character development on occasion. They rarely shut up at @writethenoise on Twitter, if that’s your kind of thing.
It’s a tale as old as time: boy meets girl, boy starts a beautiful family… boy leaves them behind to go sailing for 10+ years?
Stephani is a former computer science nerd with a predilection for shoddy paranormal romance novels, cream-cheese-based frostings, and animals ten times her size. She’s inexplicably struck with a fatal case of fumble fingers every time she touches a controller—except when challenged to a match of her secret specialty: the 1995 hit SNES puzzle game Tetris Attack.
Emojiam has a simple premise: make a game in seven days based on a design document written in emojis. Participants were free to interpret the document as they wished, skipping some sections if desired, so long as the game was in some way inspired by the document.
Melissa Brinks is Sidequest’s editor in chief, co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast, author of The Compendium of Magical Beasts, and an aspiring beekeeper. She once won an argument on the internet, and tweets at @MelissaBrinks.
Let’s talk about your new favorite phone game. It’s called Chronolink DX, or as I like to call it, The Monster Mash. There is no monster mashing, but it feels appropriate to me.
Sidequest’s former managing editor Naseem Jamnia used to do sciencey things, but they now slam their keyboard and call it art. Their debut novella, THE BRUISING OF QILWA, introduced their queernorm, Persian-inspired secondary world; their middle grade horror debut SLEEPAWAY comes out in 2025.
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a visual novel of a different breed. Set in the year 207X in a place called Glitch City, this title follows a month in the life of Jill, who works at a simple out of the way bar named VA-11 Hall-A, or Valhalla for short. The world around Jill is harsh and cruel, and customers visit the bar for a moment of peace and a good stiff drink to avoid the realities of the outside world. While I am admittedly not a fan of the cyberpunk genre, I fell in love with this game anyway because of its story and gameplay. If you’re not a fan of the usual visual novels out there, this may be a very welcome change of pace. Although the story is largely kinetic, you can affect dialogue and gain different endings depending on your bartending skills.