Looking through the extras in the game menu taught me that it was in fact trying to convey themes of the romantic era, and suddenly everything made sense. It’s a visual novel about the romantic poets, only they’re all teenaged girls at a boarding school. It’s clear that a lot of research went into making these characters pretty authentic, and it does provide insight into the world views of the different poets – it adds a very cool layer of depth. Without that, I’m not sure I’d recommend the story, but as it is, it’s a cool concept.
You should play this if…
You are particularly interested in the romantic poets, or aren’t opposed to reading through something rather morose. There’s a big trigger warning for rape, suicide and depression, and the ‘main’ character suffers with some things that hit pretty close to home. It did kind of make for a bit of self-reflection on my part, but for someone feeling extremely vulnerable, it might be a little too dark/destructive. It’s also a story about unrequited love, so don’t go look to this one if you’re hoping for a happy ending.
Released: August 2015
Played: July 2017
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