GB Patch Games’ Kickstarted visual novel, XOXO Droplets, has officially launched on Steam as a free-to-play title. The free version is limited in its content but you can still get a good dose of the game under your belt without having to pay extra for it. If you do want the full version you can cough up $19.99 to get the full experience.
The romantic comedy Otome sees players in the role of of a protagonist who transfers to a boarding school of her dreams. She’ll only be able to stay at the school if she doesn’t get into too much trouble or cause everyone there to hate her. So the objective is to make people like the main character and attempt to find some romance among the hunky selection of jerk-wad dudes roaming around the boarding school.
It’s essentially a tale about a wretched girl trying to date some insufferable guys. Slapstick hijinks ensue.
The game doesn’t aim to take itself too seriously, so if you’re going in expecting something heart-wrenching and tear-jerking, you’re barking up the wrong digital tree, hembra.
XOXO Droplets features three main douche-wad boyfriend options to choose from, but in the full thing you’ll have six additional buddy characters and six minor clique boyfriend options with a few bonus effects that will alter the play experience.
The visual novel supports partial voice acting, the ability to alter the course of the story by dating and breaking up with boyfriends you don’t like, and a few mini-games sprinkled in for good measure when it comes time to get a part-time job, visit stores, acquire useful items and participate in other various activities.
This is also one of the few visual novels that allows you to utilize cheat codes in case you get tired of playing the legit way and you just want to scoot your caboose to the end because you don’t have the time or skills to finish honestly… sort of like every politician who has ever been elected into office.
Anyway, you can check out XOXO Droplets right now over on the Steam store for free. So there’s really nothing to lose if you don’t like it.