Impressively well-written, every line is so informative so efficiently in a quaint old-timey dialect, the heavy topic is carefully balanced and accentuated by much-appreciated humour that always hits and is very endearing to characters that are already very likeable and whose roles are a great, varied portrayal of pretty much every type of person that could be in this situation and really do feel like their own individual with thought processes that are well-founded. Elfriede is a lovely, silly yet smart protagonist and a breath of fresh air in the otome genre, or any media for that matter. Revolving the story around the instigator to the south is also a refreshing way of handling a topic many are familiar with. Uniquely charming and thoughtfully crafted.
Because We're Here - Act I
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Because We’re Here is a story-driven otome dating sim in an unforgiving First World War-inspired conflict. It's an episodic visual novel. This is the first of four acts.
~Can you find love amongst doomed youth?~
1915, Wesslinger National Calendar. The Great War rages on.
As neurotic Postal Corps volunteer Elfriede Rauss, you walk the trenches with the men of a lost generation. And amidst the chaos and brutality of the front lines, you encounter an obstacle that you are absolutely and categorically not prepared for: love.
However. Love can be a difficult thing to hold on to at the best of times. And these are not the best of times...
- Narrative-Driven Experience - Act I sets in motion a twisting trench-opera of conflicted loyalties and life-changing decisions. This opening act features 20 pieces of original CG artwork.
- Diverse Array of Bachelors - 16 love interests in total, spanning childhood friends, aristocrats, corporals and cowards. (Act I introduces 11 major plot characters; Act II introduces a further 8.)
- Intricate WW1-Inspired Setting - Journey across the distinctive towns and battlefronts of the First Lassallian War.
- Battle of Wits System - Argumentative boss battles that pit your emotional literacy and persuasive power against enemies and allies alike.
Estimated playthrough time for Act I (Never Such Innocence) is roughly 3 hours.
Act I is a significantly-updated version of the early WIP demos from 2015 and 2016.
All Because We're Here purchases on Itch include a Steam key.
|Updated||2 days ago|
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Release date||Aug 02, 2018|
|Tags||Alternate History, Anime, Dark Humor, Dating Sim, Female Protagonist, Otome, renpy, Story Rich, War, World War I|
|Average session||About an hour|
|Links||Steam, Devlog, Twitter, Ko-Fi|
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:
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There is a lot of interesting characters in here. I liked it quite a lot, it's both hearthwarming and heartwrenching story. I cant wait to see next act.
Is there a demo available?
There is no Act I demo, as it was difficult to cut out a short chunk that worked outside of the narrative (or was in any way representative haha).
(There used to be some 'demos' a couple of years ago, but only in name - they were more like extremely unpolished WIPs of the entire act. More info on that here, if you're interested in the glow-up. ^^)