I just lost more than six hours to the Scarlet Fate app. Y’all, I still feel pretty shocked.
- This pseudo-historical otome game has an active, competent protagonist.
- Inhabiting a fairly fleshed-out fantasy world.
- In which the plot, not romance fluff, dominates the story.
- With competent localization.
- With an option to skip the free-to-play, wait-a-day obnoxiousness and simply buy a complete story.
- In the Shall We Date series.
I’d written off the entire company quite a while ago. NTT Solmare is like a slacker student who finally makes an effort for a class assignment. Keep porting games from competent writers, guys.
Scarlet Fate is not perfect. Some words are misspelled. The themes of sin and guilt smack the reader over the head in nearly every chapter. No secondary female characters appear – at least in the route I chose. Yet I’m still so pleased to see them trying.
—Updated as of October 7, 2014—
Akifusa’s Route Review: not recommended
Gentoka’s Route Review (the only one I had played when first posting this): squandered potential
Kodonomae’s Route Review: recommended with a couple caveats
Kuso-no-mikoto’s Route Review: highly recommended