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Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:04 pm
by Kokoro Hane
(I wasn't sure where to post this, but this seems like the most appropriate...)

I was curious as to what some of everyone's favorite games made by the Ren'Py engine are and why. What games were you just so in awe of the story? Are there some games you loved, but still working on getting all the endings? Are there any games you love so much you keep playing them over and over again?

For me, one of those games is RE:alistair. Once I start playing it, it's like I can't stop! I'll run through the whole game in just one day once I started (sometimes all the way through at once, or sometimes on and off throughout the day). I found this game to be REALLY fun to play and hope to find other visual novels like it sometime.

Another one I love is Fantasia: The Realm of Thanos. I'm still working on getting all the endings, but it's really fun, and I like how you get to choose who the protagonist will be with! (I chose Ian, 'cause if I were her, I probably would of chosen him. Just out of curiousity, I'm playing the other ones to learn more about them and see the other endings!)

And lastly, I love Frozen Essence. I only got one of fourteen endings so far (my friend, who I recommended it to, has played it all the way through and loved it!) I actually found the 'secret character' in my first run! <333

So how 'bout you guys? What are some of the awesome VNs you've found here you can just play again and again because it's so fun or well written?

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:43 pm
by Taleweaver

Ori, Ochi, Onoe. Still one of my favorites, after such a long time.

This Cheap And Sacred Thing. Only Otome game so far I found truly engrossing.

Digital: A Love Story. An experience. Hard to describe it anyway else.

Gakuen Redux. Only Kineno from the LSF I found worthwhile. (Oh, another Mikey game, after O³, what a surprise.)

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:27 pm
by Snow Blossom
Frozen Essence - the first otome game I've every played, and I loved every part of it. A well-blended, non-sappy mix of romance, mystery, and action.
Lucky Rabbit Reflex! - The art is unique and stylish, the interface is nifty, and the dialogue is HILARIOUS. Although it had no overarching focus, I found its lighthearted feel enjoyable and relaxing.
That's all I can think of right now, but I'll probably remember a few more later.

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:14 pm
by OtomeWeekend
no. 1 in my list is (seconding Taleweaver) That Cheap and Sacred Thing. I'm a sucker for those kind of stories(and so why I love yuu watase's absolute boyfriend despite the sad ending TToTT)

no. 2 might be the Fantasia: Realm of Thanos. I really like the story of Oswald and cried over it(If you haven't noticed, I love VNs that make me cry and there are many of them especially commercial once).

and no. 3 is.... winterwolves games? I'm sorry. I love all the games jack made(the otome game ones even though I frustrate over the very few CGs in them which is fine than some overdose of them like heart no kuni) Q.Q *dies*

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:58 am
by Omnificent
In no particular order:

1. Frozen Essence- I admired the sheer ambitious scope. Closest I've seen an OELVN come to trying to tackle Fate/stay night level epicness.

2. Katawa Shoujo, Act 1- One of the most professional projects-in-process I've seen, and I'm looking forward to the full release.

3. My Magical Cosplay Cafe- Hilarious with a unique visual style.

4. Enemy of the Solid State- I love every game bentosmile does, but this is my favorite.

5. Digital: A Love Story- Hacking your way to the truth.

6. The Thirteenth Year- Go read it already you punks

I honestly think that the OELVN community has a lot of potential to grow and even surpass big-budget projects from Japan. It's my dream to become part of that process. :P

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:27 am
by Kokoro Hane
Wow, Frozen Essence has lots of mention! Then again, it is a beautiful game!

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:22 am
by Seven
Mine is Fantasia: Realm of Thanos and Re:Alistair++

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:26 am
by PockieHoshi
Definitely Frozen Essence,(p)lanets,the fantasia series and Re:Alistair++ :D.
There are probably more but can't think of them right now D:

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:33 am
by netravelr
I personally loved "don't take it personally....", "Katawa Shoujo, Act 1", "The Flower Shop", "Jisei/Kansei" (Gameplay of Jisei, story of Kansei), and "Digital: A Love Story".

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:55 am
by JustAnotherMe
Frozen Essence and Fantasia series. Now, I just don't know what ren'py novel I like the most because it's sooo many!!! (though it's not a ren'py, might as well include this just for the sake of me alone, I like X-note)
Edit: Oh! That Cheap and Sacred Thing too!! Rock Robin, Seraphine, and many, many moreeee XD

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:28 am
by azureXtwilight
Frozen essence, obviously! :D It can show how games without rabu-rabu can rule! Also, X-note and cafe0~

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:00 pm
by Aileo
Absolute favorite Ren'Py game? Frozen Essence, followed very closely by That Cheap and Sacred Thing. Katawa Shoujo and the Fantasia games are really good as well.

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:29 pm
by MaiMai
My favorite games are That Cheap and Sacred Thing, Ripples, and Katawa Shoujo. I choose these three first and foremost because they touched me in a different way than other games that have been mentioned in this thread have. I've played a few and I enjoyed them, but they aren't my absolute favorites (that or I still need to finish them)

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:37 pm
by Alphonse
Forget Me Not has a special place with me (since it was my first OELVN, I think), but I've only played it once. I definitely have to mention it though, since I liked it a lot and wished there was a sequel or an extended version or something. I've played the old demo for Lucky Rabbit Reflex twice--and I hope to buy the full game soon--but I guess something I've played "again and again" is RockRobin's demo. (I'm noticing a pattern with demos here...) The writing is just so omgfantastic. I can like something even if the art isn't good or the writing isn't good, but I'll play it over and over if I like both.

Re: Favorite Ren'Py novels!

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:56 pm
by undercovergirl
Anything made by SakeVisual is sure to be awesome. The first VN I ever played (and the one that got me into it) is Katawa Shoujo. For that, it will always be my favorite.