VIOLET is a new Indie developer who has just released the demo of their upcoming game – Dead Wishes. Dead Wishes is a dating sim unlike any other. If you prefer otome games with sweet princes that whisk you away to a happily ever after, Dead Wishes is not the game for you. The game explores the darkest corners of society, questioning player’s morales as we make life-altering decisions, some in the name of love, others for self-preservation.
You will notice that rather than calling Dead Wishes an otome, I’ve opted for the term ‘dating sim’. That is because the MC in Dead Wishes is genderless but can be named, so dating sim is a more appropriate term. Your MC has recently moved to a new city after suffering the traumatic lost of both their parents. The MC is on the brink of desperation, they can’t find a job, are depressed and are about to be evicted. To find a new life for yourself, you will be set on the path of one of four very unique characters. Each character has 3 endings, and most, spell a bad end for our sweet MC.
The game opens with a short personality questionnaire. Your answers influences which routes are available to you. Once you get started, MC’s life is in your hands. The demo features a foray into a mafia love triangle, the horror of being kidnapped and imprisoned to cold-blooded murder. As you face these struggles the characters you meet will either be warm angels, or monsters disguised as humans. All the stories are incredibly interesting and well-written, but not for the faint of heart. The game gives us an insight into the lives of people that we may never meet (hopefully) and the horrors that they can inflict upon others. As we learn about each of these characters, the reasons for their actions, we come to the ultimate question – do we forgive them?
Overall, I really enjoyed playing Dead Wishes – the characters and story were fantastically crafted. After each route I was left with an unsettled feeling, as I tried to work out whether I had made the right choice or not. One route’s play through took about an hour, with another 30 minutes to work out the other two endings. If you are interested in the game, but a bit nervous considering the subject matter, I would recommend playing either Ophelia or Allegra’s routes first. Vincent & Lucien’s routes in particular could be distressing to players. Another point is that the game does not feature CGs. I always adore seeing CGs at the end of games, it gives me a bit of a sense of completeness. However, instead of CGs, Violet has provided some really interesting quotes after the ‘good end’ of each route. The quotes provide a philosophical insight into the characters, and encourage further discussion on their actions. Update: The full game will have CGs!
If you want to check out the game, you can download the free demo of Dead Wishes over at Itch.io. Also make sure to follow the Developer’s tumblr and twitter accounts! The full version will feature twelve routes and will potentially be released December 2018.
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Lucien’s Good/Romance End
The wonderful Dev’s at Violet saw that a number of people were having trouble with Lucien’s good end. They’ve very kindly sent me through a walkthrough to post up here.