A visual novel/sim game about life, love, and working in the entertainment industry. Play as makeup artist Sian Goodin as she navigates the world of showbiz. Make friends, forge business relationships, and maybe even find romance!
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Release Date: May 30, 2014

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The voiced version of this game is now available! Development of this game has NOT halted, but it IS slow moving. Updates can be found at http://twitter.com/sakevisual or http://facebook.com/sakevisual.

A visual novel/sim game about life, love, and working in the entertainment industry. Play as makeup artist Sian Goodin as she navigates the world of showbiz. Work with upcoming talent or established pros? Focus on your schoolwork, or use your industry connections to climb the ladder and land a job as a high-ranking producer? Date a famous actor, cultivate romance with a fresh-faced pop star, or strike out on your own? The choices are yours (and yours alone)!

The glamor and glitz of showbiz hold little appeal for Sian. As the daughter of a professional makeup artist, she knows how stressful and uncertain work can be, and she aspires to something more stable. When a sudden accident topples her plans for a smooth college life, she realizes she must put her own makeup skills to use if she wants to make it through the year. The entertainment world may be wild and unpredictable, but Sian's about to learn there's also a lot to love.

  • Over 15 unique endings
  • Fully Voiced (English)
  • Opening and ending animated by Studio DEEN
  • Work jobs to earn money and increase your status in the industry.
  • Choose Sian's look with 80+ articles of clothing - clothing changes appear in CGs.
  • 80+ unique CGs
  • Original Sound Track

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • OS: Mac OS 10.6
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • OS: Linux x86/x86_64
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
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Very Positive (128 reviews)
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( 22.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 19
honestly, i love this game. the characters are so diverse in personality and route wise. i've played multiple visual novels and this is personally one of my favorites. the voices fit the characters SOOOOO WELL. the writing is absolutely superb, and the romance is fantastic! there are a few issues ive had with the game personally. matthews route seems to be bugged, i even followed a walkthrough for the super happy ending and still did not get it. i highly recommend this game to anyone who loves vn. the stats are a bit tideous but compared to the story i dont think its too much of a bother. if i could change one thing, it would be to have a romance arc with Llyod as well. ut otherwise i am completely satistfied with this game. considering its still in early access, im hoping there's more to come! <3
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( 17.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
I have had this game on my wishlist for a few years. To be honest, it was mostly the price that kept me from purchasing.

Yesterday, I decided to finally bite the bullet and purchase it.
You guys? This was worth every penny.

I found the characters to be really well written, and I found myself smiling and laughing along with happy moments and jokes alike. and not the "heh, that was cute" like straight up laughing.
The Art is -fantastic-. I liked a lot of the music, and honestly, the backgrounds for the characters are really well done. I felt as though I wanted to learn about all of them. I don't want to spoil anything, but the devs did a really great job.

The replay value is high, since there are many different endings you can strive for. Bought this last night, got two endings and I've got 9.2 hours on record as I write this.

I wasn't sure how I was supposed to -get- the endings. There isn't any huge hint on what some of the guys like or what you strive for. My first ending, I didn't end up with any of them, which was fine, because I aced school (nerd!) and my second ending I ended up with John, who I have seen that many people struggle to get, so obviously I was doing something right?

I did struggle with all the different gift options I could get, but couldn't give them out. Both endings, I had a whole bunch of gifts sitting there, that I never had a chance to use, and they were a waste of money. I was hoping that when you invited characters out, they would get used, but the did not. it would be a nice feature to add those in as options to gift when hanging out with the characters, similar to how cupcakes are. (cupcakes are also part of the game, so it gets bonus points just for that!)

The game is really fantastic. I'm only sorry that I put it off for so long. 10/10
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( 14.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 9
I feel like I'm managing my life (so much to do!).

On a more serious note, I want to address an issue many have been complaining about:

The characters.

Now, first off - Sian.

Sian has social anxiety disorder. So what does this mean? Not only is she uncomfortable with crowds, but she's liable to panic at social events/socializing. Now, this is extremely uncommon to see in otome games, no matter what platform they are in. In all otomes I've played, I've yet to see a protagonist like this.

So is it surprising that she and her LI take things slowly?


John may seem like a heartless jerk, but he's not. Adam's her best friend, so naturally, he knows how deep her fear runs. Benito is perceptive, Matthew is the total contradiction of heartless, and Nicole despite being prickly (kind of) isn't that cruel.

Typically, in otome VNs, we have the shy, clumsy protagonist, or the defiant loud-mouth one. But a protagonist with social anxiety? *looks at the sky*

Sian has a quiet strength to her that I admire. She's strong-willed and stubborn in her own right (I'm looking at you, John.), determined to do things on her own despite her anxiety and reluctance to work in the industry and not take charity.

That? THAT is something to admire. Forget the shy, clumsy protagonists. This is interesting. This is refreshing and it gives me insight to those who have social anxiety.

Onto the LIs, as I've previously said - John's hardly heartless or cruel though he may or may not seem like it. Adam and her grew up together, so he knows how deep her fear runs. I've done some research on social anxiety, and though it may seem minor to some, it is not. Fear can cripple and bury itself into you. Overwhelm you.

Benito's extremely sharp and quick on the uptake. He has to be, considering his profession. Matthew being cruel? The day the sky falls, honestly. Nicole I can't particularly say as I've yet to seen much of her personality as RL is being evil so I have to play this on-and-off.


Sakevisual, keep doing what you're doing.
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( 13.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 2
This game is really fun and frustratingly fun.

I enjoyed it various times- and will again and again!

The art style isn't my favorite, but I gave it a try, and loved it.

There is sooo much to do in this game!
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( 10.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30
OMG, This otome game is simply amazing! Totally not what I was expecting. The graphics are amazing, the character's Cg's are totally fangirl worthy, and I actually do enjoy the gameplay of it.

Just finished the romance route with Adam! It was really cool, though I know this game is still under devloping, but there is so much good potential! The Voice Acting is pretty good too. I was first a little un-sure about English voice actors being used to listening to Japanese ones, but this definitely blew me a way.

A suggestion I would like to make is to add maybe different kind of soundtracks while certain events were happening. Hopefully the endings too could use a little more work, as when you finished a route, it all ends suddenly. But I am eagerly waiting to see what else comes next! :D
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( 31.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 30
Fun and challenging.

I loved this game. It's nice to see a 'dating' sim where romance isn't the only option. You can take friendship routes with each of the main love interests (weirdly you can't be 'friends' with more than one per playthrough).
You can also go independant, which, unusually for a dating sim, is not a lose condition. The 'worst' ending of the game is being expelled, and that's hard to get wihtout actively trying.
It IS hard to get any specific ending, getting the 'good' endings is really hard work, requiring high stats, and correct choices throughout. More than once I thought I'd done everything right, only to find I'd missed a key choice or stat, and had a very mediocre ending.
The game also contains a saphic love interest (always nice to see!) and a 'romance' path with an aesexual character (nice to see ace people represented in games).

In short I loved this game, and have sunk a LOT of hours into it. It's still being devloped, so at the moment there are a few bugs, but even so it is very enjoyable.
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( 59.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
I definitely recommend this game to anyone who loves Otome games and visual novels. It is definitely difficult to find good ones on the market that are in english. This one is unique in that even the voices are english, and lets not forget the fact that the voices are all very attractive and well picked at least in my opinion.

The music and the art is beautiful. Additionally there was a very well thought out cast, each with unique personalities and reasons to draw your attention. The game is different enough not to feel too repeditive when you are doing the different routes though there are some similarities. I adored collecting all the CGs for my gallery and while I'm no where near completing all the routes I will continue to work towards doing so.

I found the idea of leveling of stats a little difficult because I havent played a game like this with that kind of function before but it wasn't that difficult. Plus the guides help.
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( 8.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 22
Obviously the devolpers put a lot of work in this game, which I appreciate. The only problem is the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ CHARACTERS.

There's no appeal to them whatsoever. The MC is just a mary sue in disguise, and all other romantic interests just don't make sense. None of the relationships have chemistry, and I couldn't gave a ♥♥♥♥ about any of the love stories.

We don't get to see the relationship develop between the characters. It just goes from casual flirting to outright declariations of love. It's a bunch of BS, and a joke of a story.

Since this game can still be improved, I'll just add this: please make the relationships more believable. Cause right now I'm more interested in stale bread then in any of the couples.
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( 8.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 22
nothing but love
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( 19.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 20
I regret buying this game and I think 30$ is really too much! It's not worth this money! There are a lot of free otome games which are much better than this one.
The biggest flaw of this game is a lack of passion. Lack of passion in the story, lack of passion in the characters, lack of passion in relationships between the MC and the guys, lack of passion in everything! The story was extremely boring and the guys didn't stir up almost any emotions in me.

How come the heroine has something like 50 dates(if not more) with a certain character and only in the end of the route they share a kiss? The heroine isn't a little girl! Why she behaves like she's 14? Does the author really think a mature man like Jhon(I assume he's something like 35 years old) would date a girl SOOO MUCH TIME before trying to kiss her? Does the author of this story think it's realistic?! Or maybe Jhon and other guys are all impotents and spadoes??

I thought I would start to sleep while reading the routes. The plot was too predictable, slow, monotonous, lacking dynamics. All of the characters behaved like asexual virgins! I'm sorry but it was one of the most boring otome game I've ever played and half of the time I wanted to press "skip". Not to mention how tedious and repetitive was the game process(too much of stat raicing)
And Matthew's voice didn't sound good. Does this guys smoke three packages of Marlboro per day?? The voice didn't match his personality at all.

One of the big and only pluses of this game is a big quantity of CGs. But the interaction between Sian(the heroine) and the guys is so dull that most of the CGs from the game have nothing special about them.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
107 of 122 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 1, 2014
This is an early access review, so my opinion will likely change once the game moves out of beta.

Having only played a couple routes so far, I'm quite excited for the finished product. Backstage Pass is your standard otome (girl main character) dating sim/visual novel; perform tasks to skill up attributes which open up options for you as you target each guy to romance. There's a little more to it than that, but for the most part that's the game. If that doesn't really sound like your thing, you may want to pass on this one.

Yes, the game is still littered with bugs, but those are being actively rooted out and squashed as the devs move through beta. If you can get past the issues, though, the game has a TON of promise. The artwork is beautiful, drawing inspiration from Japanese sources while adding a nice touch of western flavor, and some of the CG's are simply gorgeous. The UI is one of the better ones I've seen for this type of game, especially since there are some pretty horrendous ones out there; you'd be surprised at just how distracting a bad UI can be.

I've played quite a few translated Japanese language otoge before, and it always feels like something is slightly off with them (some more than others). Perhaps it's the cultural differences, but I find well written English Visual Novels to be a much easier/more enjoyable read, and Backstage Pass is no exception. The characters feel real with their own distinct personalities that somewhat fall into standard archetypes, but are more fleshed out and human than in other games. Our protagonist, Sian, is a believable young woman who has her faults but isn't a meek little lamb waiting for one of the guys to sweep her away. Outside of a lull in events further into the story (which is being addressed with some added scenes) the plot moves along nicely. The writing is fluffy - meet guy, become friends, fall in love, etc. I haven't come across anything that's overly dramatic or deep, but that's okay, sometimes I want a little less drama and a little more romance in my games. On a final note about the writing, I haven't come across any completely unbelievable situations nor have any of the characters done anything so stupidly groan worthy that I'm facepalming out of incredulity. These characters are written like human beings, and they are placed in believable situations that make sense for the story. That is a HUGE plus for me.

As a slower reader, each of the two routes I played took me between 3 to 4 hours to complete, and I didn't get the endings I was aiming for, so replaying to complete CGs and aiming for achievements will likely double the play time per route. I would estimate that with the 4 main romanceable guys and 3-4 hidden routes, total play time for completing everything in the game could easily bring you well over the 20 hour mark, especially once the voice overs are added which will slow down gameplay a bit. A completionist by nature, I can see myself logging at least that much play time into this game.

I realize there's a sentiment that the price of the game is too hefty for what it is, and to a certain extent I understand that complaint. However, Backstage Pass offers much more than your standard Renpy EVN, the quality is better, more CG's, and the overall high polish even in this state of development is evident compared to what most other genre games are offering with a $20+ price tag (and believe me, I've played some that I felt completely ripped me off, but that's totally not the case here). It plays smoother and is closer to what you might get out of a Japanese dating sim, which is pretty remarkable considering this game is made by a small group of dedicated fans.

If Backstage Pass were to be released finished in its current state, it would be better than 90% of the EVN out there right now, but the devs are determined to continue adding to and fleshing out the game. With full voice acting and additional hidden routes on the way (including a couple of yuri for those who are interested in them), Backstage Pass may very well become my favorite EVN. Keep an eye out for this one once it moves from Early Access to Official Release.
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89 of 108 people (82%) found this review helpful
122 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 1, 2015
Finally, I can date boys without having to leave my house.
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58 of 65 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 21, 2015
Honestly, I don't know what to say. It's a game of good quality but the waiting for the game to get past beta stage got me weary. I was honestly very enthusiastic, preordered the game the moment it was possible because I couldn't wait to see how the system worked.

I was dazzled by the pretty art and the GUI. However, I also noted the story didn't have enough backing to get past the famous RE:Alistair stage. Pretty art, short story and few small scenes. They share the same basis. But I feel like it lacks a little more story and dating considering this one is no freebie. This game should have more story line which is why I quickly told myself to replay it once it was complete... but then again, considering the last news our dear dev made, this is basically the storyline which I find a little lacking.

If all I'm waiting for right now is the voice, I can tell you I'm not going to play again.

Besides, I have been waiting for over a year now to see more of this and I am tired. I am very, very tired to see that the game is not finished.
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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 10, 2014
Just viewing the trailer, it's easy to tell that the game is high quality and a step up from Sakevisual's old game Re:Alistair...but when I played it, Backstage Pass was way better than expected. The characters are lovely, the art is beautiful, and what I've heard of the voice acting so far is fantastic. Sian, the heroine, is also a very believable character who is better than most other vn/dating sim protagonists I've come across. There's also a huge amount of represenation of difference races, sexualities in this game and multiple characters with ranging disabilities.

My only complaint is that there may just be little too many possible endings. In my game, Sian and John were dating and I merely was half a heart away from having full hearts with him..and absolutely nothing happened in the end. It was a little disappointing since I wasn't sure where I had gone wrong and it's tough to find guides online.

It could be helpful for Sakevisual to include a walkthrough for each character online. I realize that many people enjoy finding out on their own, but if someone wants to unlock every CG and is just missing one or two they don't know how to get...an official walkthrough could be very beneficial.
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52 of 68 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11, 2015
The characters are interesting but frankly not that charming. The art is very good. The dialogue is okay. I looked up all the information I could on the internet, made all the right choices, and ended up alone at the end.

This game has been in Early Access for over a year now, with no updates to the game, and no word from the creators. Their "weekly updates" on their blog stopped in May 2014, and after that there are just a handful of tweets and tumbles about voice recording in April 2015. Frankly I would consider calling it abandoned: they've suckered $30 out of enough people in Early Access and their work is done.

This game does not feel at all like it would be worth $30 even after completion, much less at early access. Consider waiting until the alleged "release" before picking up this one.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23, 2014
I spent $100 making cupcakes. Gave one called The King, with banana cake batter, peanut butter, and bacon to a love interested. Turns out he was allergic to peanuts. 10/10
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
25.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 8, 2014
So far I've played Backstage Pass for about 12-13 hours trying to get my hands on all the paths that are currently available. So far the only bugs I found was when Lloyd was going to meet Sian at Pho 24 to discuss what to do about Benito's magic production. The background was Sian's dorm room. Even though its not really a big scene, just thought I would point it out.

Now onto my real review. Personally, I LOVE this game. Sure it's a bit short now, but once the game is completed, it will be longer with more dialogue, more routes, and more endings. The game is actually really realistic. You're given many different types of people with many different types of personalities. Plus, the original soundtrack goes perfectly with every scene. Also, everything is set up nicely and runs pretty smoothly. The storyline is also pretty good, sometimes it can be a tad sad. Other times it just makes you wanna giggle.

I've played other otome, stat-raising, dating sims, and visual novels before. Backstage Pass has amazing originality, creativity and art. If you're wondering to buy this game or not, I recommend playing some free stat-raising/otome/dating sims before buying this game. A good free one is Re Alistair ++ (by Sakevisual). You can also play demos such as Always Remember Me, The Flower Shop: Winter in Fairbrook and more (both from from Winter Wolves). (EDIT!) I forgot! There is also another free amazing stat raising game you should try out. It's called 'Heartstring Bugs' and it's by Unbroken Hours. It's long, has 5 main guys and is over the course of 3 years. AND ITS FREE. ERMAHGERD. Go check it out! (End of edit. 6/14/14)

So far I've focused on Adam x2 and Benito x1. I'm going to start John and Matthew after I'm done writing this xD. But this game will truly come out to be something special. I can't wait for the voice acting to be done.MICAH SOLUSOD (voice of Soul Eater Evans from Soul Eater) WILL BE VOICING ADAM. I literally had a spazz attack when I first found out!!!... *cough cough* Ehem.

The price for the game is amazing at just $30 with all that's going to be included when the product is officially done. And replay is going to be high trying to get all the CG's, scenes, Steam achievements, Steam trading cards, items in game, unlocking new places to shop/hang out, and try any and all possible routes.

Right now my current rating for Backstage Pass is 8/10. Which is stunning because this is only the Beta version! I've played a few finished games, and their no where near as good as Backstage Pass. If you want to follow Sakevisual about new updates on the game, visit their official website weekly. You can also sign up for mail updates, follow them on Twitter, Like their page on Facebook, view their Tumblr and more xD
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23, 2015
I wouldn't reccomend this game to anyone until the final verson of it is released. It's not very fun, the voices aren't complete, you need a guide before you can even begin to understand how to jump onto a character path. Honestly, I regret buying it. Worst part? Since buying it last year, I've heard nothing about the development, or any predictions on when the game will be released in it's full version. Stay away from this game, hold on to your money for something better.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
40.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 2
I honestly have no clue why there are such bad reviews for this game. I have not finished the game, as there is ALOT of content even if it isn't "complete". If you are a fan of otomes, and have the cash to spare, I highly reccomended this game. The newly added voices are a nice additon as well, and for the most part very impressive and appealing. The plot is fun and each route is a different experiance. I will will say it is a tad challenging and this is nothing new for fellow stat raising games. However, the art is really nice, the characters likable, the story is interesting, and I found myself relating to Sian, the mc, much more than any other game I've played. It is frustrating to play over and over, not getting the correct end, but it is possible. The game is actually pretty hilarious (especially John's Route. It was hard to get a good ending but oh my god a certain "conversation" had me laughing hysterically. My point is, you have to be willing to commit time into the game and have patience in order to enjoy it. It is well worth the price for all that we're getting, and have yet to receive.
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63 of 96 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 2, 2015
Once again, another otome game where you have to do everything perfectly and play off a guide or else you're screwed.

And it's been months and months (years now?) and the game's still not finished.

The music gets very grating very quickly. The voices still aren't implemented fully. I've unselected all the voice boxes (which is how you turn them on) and I've never heard anything.

Maybe if they ever finish the game it would be worth it.

I regret paying full price. It's not worth it. Maybe half off, and that would be when it's complete.
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