Two kindred spirits on the roof one day appear to the player-character, Toomi Yuna. They need her help to fulfill their desire of seeing a “yuritopia”. Yuna agrees to help play lesbian matchmaker by hooking up many of the girls at her school.
The visual novel is designed by Liar-Soft and published by MangaGamer. The description of the game is exactly what the opening paragraph at the top describes. Furthermore that bit is practically what you’ll find on the Steam store page, which reads…
“During lunch one day, Toomi Yuna meets two “Kindred Spirits” on the roof of her school. When they insist she help them nurture young love, Yuna finds herself playing “yuri cupid” to six unique and adorable couples. Can she remain aloof or will the promise of a “yuritopia” reach her too?”
“The two haunting spirits enlist Yuna to help them foster more “yuri” couples at the school, to assist girls struggling with their hidden feelings, and with the hope that their successes will help them glean the insight they need.”
The visual novel is heavy on the lesbianism but it’s mostly designed to appeal to female visual novel fans. The nudity and love scenes are kept to a minimum (according to some reviews there are only three scenes and they’re rather and focused more on the expression of feelings rather than the physical acts involved).
What many have praised about the game is that the art is consistent, the art is good and the story keeps the themes lighthearted enough to avoid bogging the game down in sexual politics. You can get an idea of what the general tone of the visual novel is like with the opening cinematic. You can check out the opening movie for the visual novel below.
One of the reasons this is a big topic on Steam is because, as revealed by the developers in a Steam update, this is the first visual novel with sexual content that is uncensored on Valve’s digital distribution service.
Don’t expect much out of the uncensored content, though.
As explained by invalid index, the visual novel forgoes any attempt to be a eroge or nukige, it may have sexual themes but tries to avoid categorizing itself with other titles like Sakura Beach or similar Visual Novels…
“Kindred Spirits is not aimed at your usual western VN or Eroge demographic. If anything, Kindred Spirit panders more to the female readers than the male ones, as I feel it is completely devoid of the male gaze. Yes, there are sex-scenes. But then again, their focus and implementation relies more on the romantic aspects, rather the sexual ones. They are there not so you can get your rocks off, but to finalize and deepen the relationship you helped come to bloom. It’s more beautiful than sexy, and cute rather than seductive. This is something that I feel needs to be brought to light, if just to ever so slightly elevate some of the prejudice plaguing this VN (or genre as a whole).”
Mathies mostly says the same thing, noting that the game offers lots of playability and replayability at more than 26 hours worth of content, including all the special scenes, but he also notes that those looking for highly erotic, sexually charged lesbianism will need to look elsewhere…
“This isn’t a nukige. Nukige being defined as a game where the plot only exists as a vehicle for sex. If you’re looking for graphic content, this is probably not the game for you. Spoiler includes the length of time before reaching the first ‘erotic’ scene: 15 hours.”
Totally Not Stupid actually managed to get to first “erotic” scene at the 12 hour mark by skipping through lines, but even so still found that the soundtrack was good but a bit overused and that the story was good but still had a few plot holes…
“I clocked in 15 hours not counting extra scenes, and hit the first HCG around 11-12 hours in. I’m also a fast reader, skipped 4% of the lines, skipped lines that overlapped between scenes, and didn’t listen to the entirety of the voices. If the playtime to price ratio is a deal-breaker… Well, you probably shouldn’t be buying commercial VNs on Steam anyway.”
Kuroyukihime was just happy that an 18+ visual novel with uncensored nudity was allowed on Steam, despite feeling as if the price was a bit high for the visual novel, which clocks in at $34.99…
“Colorful characters – all fulfilling certain yuri tropes – are present, as well as a bubbly OST and mostly on-point translation. You’ll find little bits of “Westernization” here and there, but nothing that’ll really disrupt the dialogue. Decently long… and watch out for mood whiplash!
“There’s the issue of a high price point, but maybe you’ll be willing to forgive that for the sake of R-18 nudity.”
James points out that even though it’s a well done visual novel, some individuals may have trouble with the underage teacher-student relationship portrayed therein, between a younger girl and an older woman, writing…
“Fifteen hours in, I can say this is one of the better visual novels I’ve played. The story is sweet, the characters are charming, and the erotica is decidedly romantic rather than creepy or violent. Does contain nudity, and there is a teacher-student relationship that might bother some folks (understandably, considering the age gap taboo).
“Overall, I would say this is an excellent visual novel. Hope they get the original team together for some sequels.”
For those still on the fence about the themes and the handling of the content, tatterrat reaffirms that despite the biggest selling point being that this is the first fully uncensored visual novel on Steam, it’s not a “porny” game and has no fan service…
“Surprisingly well-written, despite its porny premise (two dead lesbians want to bang so that they may ascend to the afterlife). I enjoyed the pacing and the changing POVs. There is very little sexual content; it took me roughly 10 hours of reading before I saw any, and none of it is explicit. Notably, there is absolutely zero fanservice or gratuitous sexualization of the exclusively female cast in this game. Instead, the characters are interesting, well-designed, and thoughtfully written. “Kindred Spirits on the Roof” is a bright, warm, funny exploration of first love, treated with gentleness and authenticity.”
Cyborg Squid rounds out a lot of the positive reviews with a maxim of encouragement for visual novel fans, writing…
“When you play this game, you aren’t just playing a typical game, you are participating in something grander. A legend in the making. The birth of greatness personified. Yes, my friend, you are contributing to the cause. The building of Yuritopia.
“Hail to Yuritopia! Allegiance to Yuritopia! Strength through unity, unity through yuri!”
Kindred Spirits On The Roof is available right now for $34.99. It’s 15% off for the first week of being on Steam for only $29.74. For more info you can visit the Steam store page or pay a visit to the official website.
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