After going silent for several months, Winged Cloud returns with a brand new visual novel, Sakura Gamer.
Winged Cloud seemed to have taken somewhat of a break since their last publishing spree from late 2016 through early 2017. In that time, the company released out five new titles in just seven months. This time, the visual novel powerhouse returns with its latest title, Sakura Gamer.
Representing one of the last few games to get on Steam through the now-defunct Greenlight, Sakura Gamer is about a group of girls who are trying to make a hit video game, while also enjoying some alluring antics in the process. The title promises choices leading to three different endings, a Chinese language option, and lots of fanservice.
When she was a young girl, Nekohime dreamt of being a video game developer. Now in her early twenties, she’s abandoned that dream to focus on her uninspiring job as a computer repair technician. There’s not enough time in the day to focus on game development – and anyway, isn’t she too old to entertain such unrealistic notions?
That is, until her childhood friend, Clover, introduces her to the seductive Suki.
Suki is determined to turn Nekohime’s dream into a reality and finally develop a game – and she refuses to let Nekohime’s self-doubt stop her. Whether she wants to or not, Nekohime’s pulled into a brand new world, alongside these two bubbly, optimistic girls.
Will they be able to make a hit game together, or will it all be for nought? And, in the end, will Nekohime manage to find true love?
The unwilling heroine of the story. Her real name is ‘Sayo’, but her friends refer to her by her internet handle – much to her embarrassment.
Though she dislikes being referred to by a silly nickname she made up on the spot when she was a kid, she exhibits a lot of catlike traits. She’s always seen in her cat-eared jacket, she likes taking naps, and she can be rather ‘catty’.
She lacks purpose in life, and is bored by her tedious, unrewarding job. Maybe making a video game is exactly the kind of diversion she needs.
One of Nekohime’s closest friends. Her real name is Chika.
Though she loves revealing cosplay and dressing in tightly-fitting spandex, she’s actually an elementary school teacher. She’s warm, cheerful, bubbly, and loves playing around with finger paints, which makes her a surprisingly good fit for her job (and no, she doesn’t dress quite so outlandishly when she’s at work).
Being creative, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and composing music. She nominates herself as the composer for her video game venture.
A mischievous, vixen-like girl from Nekohime’s past, infamous for encouraging her elderly grandmother to feed her laptop’s D-Drive rice for a ‘Shinto purification ceremony’.
Suki flirts with almost everyone, to such an extent it’s hard to tell whether she really means it. She also enjoys teasing people – particularly uptight people like Nekohime who get flustered easily.
She grew up in a shrine, but is worlds apart from the image of a ‘traditional Japanese beauty’. She can be loud and obnoxious and incredibly pushy, but she’ll apologize when she realizes she’s gone too far.
She’s also a competent digital artist, who spent a large portion of her life drawing and uploading her pictures online. After all, there’s not much else to do at a shrine.
Sakura Gamer can be purchased on Steam for Windows platforms for $9.99. If you buy it between now and October 12th, you can get it with a 10% launch discount for $8.99. As this is a Winged Cloud visual novel, there’s also a free adult patch available on their Patreon page.
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