Jess' Queer Games Journey

Seduce Me

This one had me offside from the beginning, sadly. A girl’s grandfather passes away and bequeaths her his house in his will, so naturally she moves into the mansion alone the next day. When she arrives, however, she finds a group of incubi squatting in the home, quickly befriends them, and… hijinks ensue?

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Rising Angels: Reborn

If I was going to choose any character in a spaceship crew to play, an academically-focused strategic officer going on her first mission would be pretty high up on my list. This visual novel granted my wishes by putting me in the shoes of Natalie Puccile – and it was great fun trying to help her guide her team through an exploration gone wrong.

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Dream Boyfriend: Astral Days

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started this game, but creating a boyfriend and ‘training’ his personality wasn’t really it. You’re given a guy, and for plot-related reasons, you’re told you need to essentially make him a functioning person.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda

I had a whole lot of feelings about this game, and I wrote about them for Hyper. I know it’s been criticized for a lot of technical issues, but narratively this game was just what I wanted it to be.

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Chef's Quest

I love match three games, and Chef’s Quest is a fun one to play on the go. Plus you get your own little restaurant that you can customize just a little, which is a nice touch. This game made it to QRM because some of the diners that eat at your restaurant are same-sex couples, but you don’t actually spend much time looking at who it is you’re serving.

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Mainichi

Mainichi is a short game, but a pretty effective one. It takes you through an overview of the day in the life of its trans developer, and gives an idea of some of the things trans people (especially trans women and trans feminine people) have to worry about that cis people take for granted.

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Romance Detective

I would have been enthusiastic to play any game about solving crimes, but one with lesbian main characters? Heck yeah I was excited. Having female protagonists is a bonus in itself, but when you add the romance element, it just becomes even better.

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Liar Liar

This one is short. REALLY short. It does warn in the description that it has ‘shallow characters’ and ‘shallow plot’, and it delivers… exactly that.

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CUPID

It took me about four hours to do one playthrough of this free visual novel, and to be honest, I only understood what was going on for maybe the last half an hour. It isn’t usually clear which character is speaking at any given time, plus sometimes it flashes back to a previous point in the timeline without warning or explanation, so it’s not so easy to follow.

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Episode

This is the broader app behind the Demi Lovato: Path to Fame story, and many other similar endeavors. There’s one about Mean Girls, one about a star I’ve never heard of (so probably a Youtuber) and some other ‘featured’ stories I haven’t tried.

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The Sims

This probably should have been the first one I ticked off the list. It was almost certainly the first one I played. With every generation of The Sims, these games get more inclusive (for the most part) so the possibilities are becoming endless.

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Belladonna

Though it was short, I enjoyed the time I had with Belladonna. It’s a dark, gothic point-and-click adventure (my favourite genre) and includes a love story (of sorts) between two women. It’s a bit text heavy and the actual gameplay is a bit lacking, but it’s quite a pretty game and there’s some good voice acting here.

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