We worked on this game for two years, and it's now finished!
The game is now published! Go here to play it! https://illusseed.itch.io/asagao-academ ... boots-club
Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlw6ineiYSA
When things in her life get to be too much to handle, Hana Mizuno transfers to Asagao Academy to start fresh. Once there, she runs into the Normal Boots Club - a group of handsome, competitive gamers, and the most popular guys in school. And they need her to compete in this year's gaming tournament!
Asagao Academy: Normal Boots Club is a free fan-made otome game (romance-oriented visual novel from a female perspective) based on the guys of Normal Boots. It is light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek, affectionately parodying visual novel, anime, and video game tropes, while also incorporating a serious story about a girl's journey through romance and friendship.
Hana, the protagonist of Asagao Academy, transfers to the private boarding school after a series of negative experiences at her old school. Upon reaching Asagao Academy, she discovers the Normal Boots Club - a group of attractive, talented competitive gamers - and takes it upon herself to try to join, though her motives may be less than pure. Shy, awkward, quiet, and a wee bit insecure, she has a truly big heart and genuinely cares about the people close to her.
Mai is Hana's loud, boisterous, and spunky roommate. Although she comes from a rich family, she isn't snobby or conceited. She's obsessed with the Normal Boots Club, Jared in particular, and is known to be a bit blunt. Her excessive energy makes her an ace on the school's volleyball team.
Jon is one of the founding members of the Normal Boots Club. He adores bizarre retro games, and after a traumatic incident involving a thousand piece puzzle, began to play them professionally. He loves his pet bird, Jacques, more than life itself. Jon is charismatic, energetic, and animated, and as such is the head of the Drama Club and in charge of casting for this year's play. Everything seems to be going well for him - that is, until he loses something dear...
PBG, one of the founding members of the Normal Boots Club, is an easy-going, caring, and optimistic guy. He doesn't spend much time on his schoolwork, instead choosing to focus on things that are important to him, like Asagao's soccer team and pinball games. Despite his friendliness, he keeps giving Hana strange looks, and then starts skipping class... just what's going on with him?
Jared is a part-time model, and the first person Hana meets at Asagao Academy. His overall perfection and inherent sense of rhythm make him a formidable opponent in dance battles. Naturally, he is the most attractive person in the school and knows it, often coming off as vain, fickle, and shallow. Despite this, Jared truly cares for his friends, and the confidence he projects may not be as solid as it appears.
Satch is an assistant librarian at the school library. He's currently working on a virtual reality machine, and as such specializes in game design and invention. Satch is intellectual, empathetic, mature and well-read. He's disconcertingly good at reading people, and always thinks of others' feelings before his own. This leads him to keep his problems to himself - a habit that might backfire when Normal Boots is targeted...
Shane is a foreign exchange student from England. Quiet, straightforward, and blunt, he draws a weekly comic strip, but has lately been having difficulty with it. He's a natural with trivia competitions, but instead chooses to challenge himself with Nario Cart. Despite how much the club needs Hana's skills, he has been steadfastly against her joining.
Jirard is an avid collector of Itty Bitty Kitty figurines. Passionate, ambitious, and a bit of a perfectionist, he is the resident speed-runner, though his weak spot is any Pokemon game after the first generation. Perhaps as a result of his need to complete, he does well both academically and socially, being one of the most caring, open, and thorough people on campus.
Paul, Nick, and Josh, while members of the Normal Boots Club, are blood bound under Continue?'s banner. They are almost inseparable, typically found competing among themselves and wreaking general havoc by reenacting the '80s and '90s arcade beat-em-ups they love so dearly. Paul decides to run for student council president, but when a strong rival appears, will the pressure of competition be too much?
(P.S. This game is being made with permission from Normal Boots, but is not officially affiliated with them.)
Get the game: https://illusseed.itch.io/asagao-academ ... boots-club
So what I want to know is: What do you guys think? Would you be willing to play a game with a premise like this? Is there anything you'd be looking for or would want from us in order to feel like it's a quality otome game?