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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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)!

Story
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.

Features
  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.6
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux x86/x86_64
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
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Very Positive (125 reviews)
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euripowpoww
( 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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GamerGirl
( 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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Errapel
( 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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Angels-do-Exist
( 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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vittinator
( 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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SSCT
Early Access Review
Posted: March 22
nothing but love
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annscratch
( 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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trixareforEVERYONE
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 17
A lot of people are kinda 'meh' about early access but honestly, I forgot it was early access sometimes because the only problems the game had were bits of dialogue in the game were missing its audio but it was only a couple of lines and it's not even that noticable. It also has a few bugs, like when I went to load a game, sometimes the game would crash but all I had to do was start the game up again and it would work just fine. Those are the only real problems that would prevent someone from playing the game. As for the game itself, I love being able to change Sian's (pronounced 'Shawn' not 'Seeane' like I originally thought) clothes though I hope the final game will have some more options for clothing and that some of the outfits will be a little cuter (I have a thing about ankle length skirts and this game has a few of them and it kind of bothers me but that's just nitpicking).
The only other thing that bothered me was the stories in the routes because I mostly found them a little boring and hope that there might be a little more drama or background information to keep people hooked in the final game. But it is still A LOT of fun and since it's still in development, the final game looks like it'll be a lot of fun. Well, I've gone on sounding like a pretentious weirdo for long enough so all I can say is, if you like otome games, this one is a fun one to play and to also check out SakeVisual for other games they've made because they are pretty fun and a lot of them are free (though only a few of them are otome games)
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wrayvinmane
( 66.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 17
Love It!
It has a slow start and takes awhile before you can start making choices but once it does it's fantastic.
I've played many, many otome games and have a few in my steam library. Many of the otome games I've started have barely been touched because I became bored too quickly with characters or story but not with this one even though it does start out slow.
Though the romance is a bit too innocent for my liking I found myself smiling through multiple routes and even laughing out loud during a couple scenes. I think that the voice overs have a lot to do with that since it adds to the characters personality ( Love, love Johns voice and John and Lloyds interactions are so fun to listen to).
The art is great and the characters all have their own special personality and quirks that makes them worth multiple playthroughs. After playing it I think it would be worth the full price but I waited for it to go on sale. Totally worth the sales price for sure.
Because there are so many options I would recommend a hints page for those that don't want to waste tons of time trying to get on a specific route or finding the more elusive routes. Each character has an affinity for different outfits, movies, cupcakes, gifts and lunches as well as specific stat builds. For those that like to go no hints, more power to you. It's fun either way.

Pros (for me)
Art is great.
Voices are awesome! Really adds to the personalities. I mean REALLY.
Nice story lengths.
16 endings. (romance/friendship and extra side routes)
Easily replayable.
Good bit of humor.
Lots of unlockable achievments through steam.

Cons (for me)
Can't romance Llyod. I want Lloyds romance route!!!!! Make him bi and send him my way!
It does take a while before you can start making choices.
Romance is a bit too innocent for me. Would like it a little more mature..they are in college for cripes sake.
There are a few places that don't sync up with voice over but hardly worth mentioning.
Having a hard time getting friends route endings.
Can't romance Lloyd...did I mention that already?
Sometimes the stats part can get a bit stale.
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The Mint Pen
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 13
Yes, the game is still in early access. Yes, people have been very vocal about their dissatisfaction with how long the game has been in early access and development. I myself was very hesistant to buy it and the game just sort of sat on my wishlist for a long time. I have been pleasantly surprised and happy with what the game has to offer right now though.

At it's basic core it's a stat raising dating so, so if that's not your thing the game is probably not for you as stats seem to play a very vital role in the gameplay itself. I'm only about a month into the game itself but already have a to keep a close eye on certain stats. Thankfully the most annoying fatigue stat doesn't rise TOO terribly much with activities and it goes down by a lot when you have a successful rest.

The most recent addition has been the voice acting and while I'll admit it was a little jarring at first, I've gotten used to it. Most of the voices do really fit the characters and just give a little more life into the story itself. There are little things here and there like random lines that aren't voiced or times when the volume of the line is very loud or very soft, but it will definitely make the game that much better when Sian is voiced as well.

Speaking of Sian, she is an...interesting main character. At first she appears to have a little bit of that quintessential sort of wallflower trait of otome mcs have? Thankfully she has proven to be a more than one-dimensional in her character development so far so hopefully the opinon that I continue to form of her will be positive. I really enjoy the fact that she's sort of behind the scenes in the industry as well and the fact that she is confident in her talents as a make-up artist and knows she deserves to do what she's doing with it. Things could have gone very badly if she was doubtful in herself throughout the entire game. The other character introduced so far have been very charming and likeable, the four love interests have very different personalities and different ways they interact with Sian so that has been interesting to see so far.

If you're interested in the game at all and have been on the fence about buying it, I would highly reccomend picking it up. Yes it still has a fair amount of bugs and such to work out, but it really is a wonderful game so far. If you're not a fan of VNs with tedious stat raising then perhaps this isn't the game for you.
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Director-Chan (Yuki)
( 19.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 13
The developers are ACTIVE!
On Twitter, they are very active, they are still working on it aswell. This game is totally worth it. If you like otome games with so much animu you can't even handle, then this is a good one to go to.

Pros:

-Matthew (definently) ~Everyone else stay away or I'll stab you~
-Other love interests including Ben, Alvin, Nicole, Adam, etc.
-Amazing art
-Great female protagonist
-Voice acting
-Store ; gifts, outfits, etc
-Studying <3
-Music
-CGS

Cons:

-Early Access, the developers are still working on it, probably fixing all the bugs THEN put it out
-Some bugs here and there

Other wise on the 2 cons, personally I love it, and it's totally worth the money.

~MATTHEW IS MINE, I WILL STAB YOU IF YOU TAKE HIM D;<~
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yasmean
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 13
Not a bad game; I'd say it's worth it if you're into the whole stat raising thing and like to go through a bunch of trial and error to get different endings, considering this one has 16 endings for you to spend more or less 80 hours on, considering that at least two of the routes I've already finished took me about 5 hours to complete (or maybe I'm just very slow).

Getting straight to the point, it gets repetitive, expected out of a stat raising otome. I wouldn't say it's repetitive to the point you just want to bash your head into the computer screen though, seeing as there are certain events from time to time, depending on whether you accept an offer or not, on what you decided to do that week, and some specific things, which I accidentally did before looking at the guide and seeing that X thing would only trigger by doing Y and Z before.

The art also isn't bad; the backgrounds were nicely done, and the sprites for each character is "unique", I guess you could say. Many times I've seen otomes having some sort of same-face syndrome with their handsome men and cute girl sprites, after all. Considering this is the same artist that has worked on RE: Alistair, sakevisual's first project if I'm not mistaken, it's impressive how much they've improved (though I must also admit their other artworks are just as great). I guess my only problems with the sprites are Matthew's chin when in front view and Adam's palm tree hair, but other than that, they're all unique on their own ways.

Though speaking of the characters, relating to their personalities, I did find them to be unique and endearing as well, or maybe the proper word would be amusing. Some dialogue lines too made me smirk to myself, mainly Mr. Newton's there, though some things seemed a tad bit forced, like the fanboy tutor (though he is still a lovely character). Then again, as much as I'd like to say there are no people that act the way he does, I have a friend that's pretty much like he is, both online and offline. The heroine was also nicely done, and a fresh change from the, usually, meeks ones I tend to see, mainly because my main focus tends to be Eastern otomes though, and social values all differ, but anyways. Depending on your choices, you can make her out to be hardworking, teasing and flirty at times, or a lazy bum that can even get expelled out of college. Though I don't really think there was much room for development for her, from start to finish, since she seemed pretty much the same to me, but my views may change as I go through other routes.

Another system I enjoyed is the ability to change clothes depending on the season, something like Tokimeki Memorial, there being certain styles the boys prefer and may mention about when in a date. My only peeve is that you couldn't wear things bought during other seasons, because I mean, I have shirts that I'll wear from Spring to Winter and the cycle continues. I can understand not wearing a thick jacket and a pair of boots during Summer, but a skirt or shirt bought during Spring should also be alright once Summer rolls around.

As for the voice acting, I'm not so sure on whether I enjoyed them or not; there were some parts where the cast did a good job, and others that seemed a bit too superficial. The voice choice for each character wasn't bad, you see, but I guess it just didn't feel very natural to me at certain points.

Now finally, as for the story, I'd say it's pretty straightforward, though I don't have much to comment since I only finished two routes, at the moment. You raise your stats, you get job offers, get money to buy things, depending on your choices you may go for friendship or lover route, you can give them presents during Christmas or their birthdays, you can hang out, and in the end there's the usual life lesson one or both of the characters learn once their bond deepends enough. Though personally, at least the romantic endings, aren't so satisfying; you bone'em, and then that's it. It'd be interesting if there were some sort of after-story rather than just finishing it right at the moment, like showing how they're doing a few months after getting together. It just feels a little "incomplete" to me, as if the endings were done a bit on a rush.

Overall, it's not a perfect game, but it's enjoyable and has its own charms, like many other games, I'd say. Bonus points for getting Mili to compose the opening there though; they're one of my favourites.
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Melancholy Cloud
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 12
This is my review after playing some hours:

This is a nice challenging "otome game" with beautiful music and art.
It's not just a reading and click game, You also need to raise ur stats to get an ending.
The main character/herione can be sweetgirl, tomboy-ish, nerd and a work holic but its up to you to decide it.
The voice over are really well done (I really like it because its saves me from more reading after playing the game for like 2 hour or more XD) and this game is so addictive. I just can't stop playing this game until I have an ending.

The only bad thing about the game is (and probably why it gets some negative reviews.) that isn't really (feel) complete at all. which is also a good thing because u can expect more endings and character route in the future.BUT... The updates are (very) slow. (wait that are two bad things about the game XD)

Even though the updates are very slow, you should give this game a chance!
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wolfwomansilver
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 9
Game: Backstage Pass

Type: Visual Novel, Slice of Life, Anime, Dating Sim

Hours Logged: 18

Since this visual novel was on sale on steam I had to give it a try. And I figured I’d write a quick review before it went off of sale. Check it here. It’s 45% off at the moment so: $16.50. This is the first time I’ve seen it on sale and I’ve had it on my wishlist for awhile. So, this may be the biggest discount we get. Or as it looks like they just recently added the voices it may be that as they move forward they are trying to garner more positive reviews. I skimmed through some of the negative reviews and some of the issues folks have with it appear to have been resolved. Also, it looks like they went a really LOOOOONNNGG time without updates. It’s an early access game and just BTW as it stands I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for the $30 price tag.

Game Play

Pretty straightforward. You are in school so part of your day will be filled with that and you have to decide what you want to with your free time: work, blog, study,go running, sleep, tutoring, go out with friends, or go out on the town. Each choice will effect your stats and your stats impact your relationships with other characters. Certain stats appeal to certain potential romantic interests.

You have dialogue choices while interacting with characters which will effect your relationships and what jobs and parties you choose to go to will impact your relationships and career options. Choose wisely.

Art

The art in my view was in the plus column. It’s very well drawn and has a fair bit of variety. The opening video is animated (if you search backstage pass in my tags you will find a gif set of it). It’s cute. There is also an animated video at the end, but I don’t have it unlocked. Can’t wait to get it though.

Characters

There are several characters you can pursue. But as I haven’t successfully gotten them all....I can’t really talk about all the characters. My first playthrough I got Benito as a romantic option. I didn’t find that route too difficult and didn’t need to go back to old saves to make it work. Benito is cute, younger than your character and has a backstory which you slowly uncover as you go along. Second playthrough I didn’t end up with anyone. But I was attempting at Adam. I can’t seem to figure him out. As I like to play games cold the first few times I may not figure him out until I find a walkthrough for assistance. I got John romantically pretty easily as well once I was focused. He’s cool headed, romantic and older. Honestly, my personal preference meant his interactions were the most fun. I also got to the romance option with Matthew. He is the most full in my opinion. He’s pretty and he’s social awkward. If that appeals....

There are also three side options to romance (at least I think so?). I haven’t managed to get any of them even though I did try. I think I may have gotten close with two of them as I did get additional scenes with them and phone number, but I haven’t been successful in in my pursuit yet.

Overall

There are some funny moments, you will probably like at least one of the romanceable characters, you need to save often to go back and fix what you did if you make a mistake, and the gameplay is a bit tricky and if you aren’t invested will probably be annoying. I did have some issues with responsiveness like delays in clicking a button or sometimes it not clicking which was irritating. Not sure if that is just me or what.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this game and I am excited to see what happens when we finally get a finished product!
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geniraljinjur
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 8
Fun and cute otome game. It's early access still, but there's a lot to do. To me it has a Persona feel where you have to balance school/work with friendships and relationships. No monster fighting though.
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boneyjabroni
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 7
HOLY FREAKING FLYING FOODOODLE
11/10~mlgpros
10000000/10~all VN fans
me love game ok everyone who dosent like can go away ok
amazing story
amazing art
hard awards
character cgs hard to get
i want ending movie
your welcome
~reveiwd by pro vn player
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akariott
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 19
This game is fantastic and was worth every penny I paid for it.

The art is wonderful. Each character is drawn very well in a consistent, crisp style. This goes as well for the CGs, which features the same style as the sprites.

I liked the story. It was cute, and progresses very well. Each of the characters are unique from one another and develop throughout the span of the game. This includes the MC, whose personality is refreshing from the typical otome heroine. I haven't played it since it was updated with the voice work, so I have no opinions on how everyone sounds. It has such a high replayability as well. There are many endings to explore, and several endings within each character.

Stat raising gets repetative, but for this sort of game, this is to be expected. The dates also fall into this same loop. Again, I don't expect unique dialogue for each time I take the same person out to the same place, so I wasn't too upset.

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoys otome games and/or visual novels.
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danyel
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 6
I've played various Otome games for awhile now and backstage pass reminded me of Magical Diary if Magical Diary was done 10000000000000 times better.

Pros:

1. The story line is realistic and the micro variations you can make within it are aplenty. It isn't 100% linear once your "path" is chosen, you can sucessfully romance guy A to 3 levels of sucess and your own personal life can be different as well.

2. The game is much more interactive than a lot of other popular Otome titles, instead of a choice every 10 - 20 pages of dialogue you get one in stat collection every "week" of the 2ish year long story. The actual Dialogue choices are minimal though, your stats will weigh heavier in getting the best endings, even if you did all the dialogue correct you may not of gotten the right stats for example.

3. The main character for once isn't a totally push over. She has one "weakness" or "ailment" that I'm almost certain they could of left out and it would of been fine, it isnt like memory loss so you can only talk every week so the MC doesnt say anything *cough* Amnesia:Memories *cough*. This MC voices good opinions and logical ones, especially on the more mature routes the game offers.

4. The art work and English voice acting is great to be honest. I havn't had alot of english voice acted otome experiences, and at first Adam's voice annoyed me at the start but John's totally made up for it all.

Cons:

1. The developers are slow on finishing this game, they are still adding more content and routes, so if the 4 routes are not enough for you right now, wait to buy it, though I'm excited to revisit the game later.

2. There were moments in this game where I'd of died without the skip button, some of the stat stacking gets tedious as the game goes on and this puts you in a bit of a daze, then you might miss something ... like forgetting to check your emails for one week and then screwing yourself over on the romance because you missed something important and having to start over.

3. No. 2 leads me into No. 3: Most Otome games have a pretty extensive rewind on choices, like if you misclick or decide oh crap im going to get a game over, rewind now. This game does not, while it has a rewind feature, it's small, and once you make a choice you can't fix it, you can rewind and see the dialogue but the check points for this are not chapter by chapter but instead are MUCH closer together. I missclicked on the mall button when i had to go another shop for an xmas gift... couldn't rewind, ended up not filling the romance bar to the max and had to start all over. So i guess, suck less and this isn't a con.
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Green&purple2015
( 28.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 3
It would be a shame not to play this game. It is definetely worth $30 (or whatever price it is in your country).

Pros:
- A likable, levelheaded and smart MC. Sian is relatable, she's also ambitious in her studies. I can't find anything I dislike about her.
-Likable and interesting suitors. Each guy and girl that Sian can date are all interesting, and different from one another and most importantly most avoid the irritating tropes you'd see in a lot of Otome games.
-Great Voices. All of the voices for each character fit the characters well, which is a releif.
-Replayability - This has 16 endings so you wont get bored. The routes that doesn't involve befriending or romancing a character are still worth replaying for.

Cons:
- You'll need to replay a lot to trigger certain routes, it's easy to miss a route because you don't know what are they requires. So you'll need patience.

Overall, I would say this game is made in high quality and a must buy for people who love Otome games and some stat raising.
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WingedAsarath
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 3
So far this has been one of the most addictive otome games I have played, and certainly one of the best OEL (original English language) ones. As of writing this review, I have played through the game twice, starting on 1st January 2016.

POSITIVES:
  • The English voice acting is excellent. Some anime fans may recognise some of the cast, which is a nice touch. I was particularly fond of the acting for John, Adam, Lloyd, and Matthew.
  • Great value for money. At this point I have logged 11 hours of gameplay, and I still have 15 of the game's listed endings to unlock. For a game featuring this much content, plus an animated opening & closing, as well as full voice work, the price is very reasonable.
  • Fully animated opening and closing sequence (although the ending one takes a lot of work to unlock, and I haven't seen it yet) done by Studio DEEN (notable for their work on several anime series). A real treat for any anime fans playing, and a nice touch which helps this game stand shoulder to shoulder with its Japanese otome competition.
  • Beautiful art. A few of the CGs felt a little off-model, but for the most part the art in this game is particularly gorgeous.
  • Equally beautiful music, that I did not find overly repetitive (although your own mileage may vary).
  • Excellent characters and varying storylines, with a highly relatable protagonist who is independent and fun to play as. The game also features a diverse selection of characters of various ethnic/country origins and sexualities.

NEGATIVES:
  • Still a few bugs. As this game is on Early Access, this is to be expected, and at this stage I have not encountered any game breaking ones (and even one which unlocked an achievement early). These can be reported in the game's Bug Report discussion thread, which is currently very active and seeing a lot of player participation.
  • This game can be very tedious and challenging. It can be disappointing to put several hours into a playthrough only to not get one of the listed endings. The fact the game has so many options and possibilities also makes it quite grind-heavy, especially for completionists. It's fairly standard for the stat-raising genre, however, and those used to this style of game should have no problems.
  • Could benefit with some official guidance/documentation from the developers. There are complete walkthroughs out there written by fans, but they can be awkward to track down (I only found a complete one a few hours ago after two days of playing). The game has a lot of complex mechanics and stats, and I feel the game would benefit from some sort of official guide or document explaining how these work, at minimum. For example, there is no obvious explanation as to what the star meter under the characters means in the stat menu.

Overall, this game is highly enjoyable and an excellent addition to the genre, which I thoroughly recommend. If you can put up with the grind (and particularly if consulting guides and walkthroughs doesn't bother you) you will love this game. A fantastic addition to Sakevisual's game repertoire, which sets the gold standard for OEL visual novels.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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Not Recommended
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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Not Recommended
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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Recommended
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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Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 3
So far this has been one of the most addictive otome games I have played, and certainly one of the best OEL (original English language) ones. As of writing this review, I have played through the game twice, starting on 1st January 2016.

POSITIVES:
  • The English voice acting is excellent. Some anime fans may recognise some of the cast, which is a nice touch. I was particularly fond of the acting for John, Adam, Lloyd, and Matthew.
  • Great value for money. At this point I have logged 11 hours of gameplay, and I still have 15 of the game's listed endings to unlock. For a game featuring this much content, plus an animated opening & closing, as well as full voice work, the price is very reasonable.
  • Fully animated opening and closing sequence (although the ending one takes a lot of work to unlock, and I haven't seen it yet) done by Studio DEEN (notable for their work on several anime series). A real treat for any anime fans playing, and a nice touch which helps this game stand shoulder to shoulder with its Japanese otome competition.
  • Beautiful art. A few of the CGs felt a little off-model, but for the most part the art in this game is particularly gorgeous.
  • Equally beautiful music, that I did not find overly repetitive (although your own mileage may vary).
  • Excellent characters and varying storylines, with a highly relatable protagonist who is independent and fun to play as. The game also features a diverse selection of characters of various ethnic/country origins and sexualities.

NEGATIVES:
  • Still a few bugs. As this game is on Early Access, this is to be expected, and at this stage I have not encountered any game breaking ones (and even one which unlocked an achievement early). These can be reported in the game's Bug Report discussion thread, which is currently very active and seeing a lot of player participation.
  • This game can be very tedious and challenging. It can be disappointing to put several hours into a playthrough only to not get one of the listed endings. The fact the game has so many options and possibilities also makes it quite grind-heavy, especially for completionists. It's fairly standard for the stat-raising genre, however, and those used to this style of game should have no problems.
  • Could benefit with some official guidance/documentation from the developers. There are complete walkthroughs out there written by fans, but they can be awkward to track down (I only found a complete one a few hours ago after two days of playing). The game has a lot of complex mechanics and stats, and I feel the game would benefit from some sort of official guide or document explaining how these work, at minimum. For example, there is no obvious explanation as to what the star meter under the characters means in the stat menu.

Overall, this game is highly enjoyable and an excellent addition to the genre, which I thoroughly recommend. If you can put up with the grind (and particularly if consulting guides and walkthroughs doesn't bother you) you will love this game. A fantastic addition to Sakevisual's game repertoire, which sets the gold standard for OEL visual novels.
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Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 13
Yes, the game is still in early access. Yes, people have been very vocal about their dissatisfaction with how long the game has been in early access and development. I myself was very hesistant to buy it and the game just sort of sat on my wishlist for a long time. I have been pleasantly surprised and happy with what the game has to offer right now though.

At it's basic core it's a stat raising dating so, so if that's not your thing the game is probably not for you as stats seem to play a very vital role in the gameplay itself. I'm only about a month into the game itself but already have a to keep a close eye on certain stats. Thankfully the most annoying fatigue stat doesn't rise TOO terribly much with activities and it goes down by a lot when you have a successful rest.

The most recent addition has been the voice acting and while I'll admit it was a little jarring at first, I've gotten used to it. Most of the voices do really fit the characters and just give a little more life into the story itself. There are little things here and there like random lines that aren't voiced or times when the volume of the line is very loud or very soft, but it will definitely make the game that much better when Sian is voiced as well.

Speaking of Sian, she is an...interesting main character. At first she appears to have a little bit of that quintessential sort of wallflower trait of otome mcs have? Thankfully she has proven to be a more than one-dimensional in her character development so far so hopefully the opinon that I continue to form of her will be positive. I really enjoy the fact that she's sort of behind the scenes in the industry as well and the fact that she is confident in her talents as a make-up artist and knows she deserves to do what she's doing with it. Things could have gone very badly if she was doubtful in herself throughout the entire game. The other character introduced so far have been very charming and likeable, the four love interests have very different personalities and different ways they interact with Sian so that has been interesting to see so far.

If you're interested in the game at all and have been on the fence about buying it, I would highly reccomend picking it up. Yes it still has a fair amount of bugs and such to work out, but it really is a wonderful game so far. If you're not a fan of VNs with tedious stat raising then perhaps this isn't the game for you.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 19
This game is fantastic and was worth every penny I paid for it.

The art is wonderful. Each character is drawn very well in a consistent, crisp style. This goes as well for the CGs, which features the same style as the sprites.

I liked the story. It was cute, and progresses very well. Each of the characters are unique from one another and develop throughout the span of the game. This includes the MC, whose personality is refreshing from the typical otome heroine. I haven't played it since it was updated with the voice work, so I have no opinions on how everyone sounds. It has such a high replayability as well. There are many endings to explore, and several endings within each character.

Stat raising gets repetative, but for this sort of game, this is to be expected. The dates also fall into this same loop. Again, I don't expect unique dialogue for each time I take the same person out to the same place, so I wasn't too upset.

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoys otome games and/or visual novels.
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Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 13
The developers are ACTIVE!
On Twitter, they are very active, they are still working on it aswell. This game is totally worth it. If you like otome games with so much animu you can't even handle, then this is a good one to go to.

Pros:

-Matthew (definently) ~Everyone else stay away or I'll stab you~
-Other love interests including Ben, Alvin, Nicole, Adam, etc.
-Amazing art
-Great female protagonist
-Voice acting
-Store ; gifts, outfits, etc
-Studying <3
-Music
-CGS

Cons:

-Early Access, the developers are still working on it, probably fixing all the bugs THEN put it out
-Some bugs here and there

Other wise on the 2 cons, personally I love it, and it's totally worth the money.

~MATTHEW IS MINE, I WILL STAB YOU IF YOU TAKE HIM D;<~
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Early Access Review
Posted: January 2
Art is great, and the English voice acting is actually pretty top notch. This is literally the only otome game I have ever played with English voice acting that didn't make me cringe. It's shaping up to be a really good game, in fact it's probably one of the better otome titles I have played now that the voiced version is availible.

That being said, the stat raising can get tedious, and the date dialogue with the various guys can get pretty repetitive fairly quickly- but no more than similar games of the genre. The voice acting actually allows for the personalities of the characters to come off as pretty developed, I look forward to the MC being voiced in the future,

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Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 9
Game: Backstage Pass

Type: Visual Novel, Slice of Life, Anime, Dating Sim

Hours Logged: 18

Since this visual novel was on sale on steam I had to give it a try. And I figured I’d write a quick review before it went off of sale. Check it here. It’s 45% off at the moment so: $16.50. This is the first time I’ve seen it on sale and I’ve had it on my wishlist for awhile. So, this may be the biggest discount we get. Or as it looks like they just recently added the voices it may be that as they move forward they are trying to garner more positive reviews. I skimmed through some of the negative reviews and some of the issues folks have with it appear to have been resolved. Also, it looks like they went a really LOOOOONNNGG time without updates. It’s an early access game and just BTW as it stands I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for the $30 price tag.

Game Play

Pretty straightforward. You are in school so part of your day will be filled with that and you have to decide what you want to with your free time: work, blog, study,go running, sleep, tutoring, go out with friends, or go out on the town. Each choice will effect your stats and your stats impact your relationships with other characters. Certain stats appeal to certain potential romantic interests.

You have dialogue choices while interacting with characters which will effect your relationships and what jobs and parties you choose to go to will impact your relationships and career options. Choose wisely.

Art

The art in my view was in the plus column. It’s very well drawn and has a fair bit of variety. The opening video is animated (if you search backstage pass in my tags you will find a gif set of it). It’s cute. There is also an animated video at the end, but I don’t have it unlocked. Can’t wait to get it though.

Characters

There are several characters you can pursue. But as I haven’t successfully gotten them all....I can’t really talk about all the characters. My first playthrough I got Benito as a romantic option. I didn’t find that route too difficult and didn’t need to go back to old saves to make it work. Benito is cute, younger than your character and has a backstory which you slowly uncover as you go along. Second playthrough I didn’t end up with anyone. But I was attempting at Adam. I can’t seem to figure him out. As I like to play games cold the first few times I may not figure him out until I find a walkthrough for assistance. I got John romantically pretty easily as well once I was focused. He’s cool headed, romantic and older. Honestly, my personal preference meant his interactions were the most fun. I also got to the romance option with Matthew. He is the most full in my opinion. He’s pretty and he’s social awkward. If that appeals....

There are also three side options to romance (at least I think so?). I haven’t managed to get any of them even though I did try. I think I may have gotten close with two of them as I did get additional scenes with them and phone number, but I haven’t been successful in in my pursuit yet.

Overall

There are some funny moments, you will probably like at least one of the romanceable characters, you need to save often to go back and fix what you did if you make a mistake, and the gameplay is a bit tricky and if you aren’t invested will probably be annoying. I did have some issues with responsiveness like delays in clicking a button or sometimes it not clicking which was irritating. Not sure if that is just me or what.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this game and I am excited to see what happens when we finally get a finished product!
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Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 13
Not a bad game; I'd say it's worth it if you're into the whole stat raising thing and like to go through a bunch of trial and error to get different endings, considering this one has 16 endings for you to spend more or less 80 hours on, considering that at least two of the routes I've already finished took me about 5 hours to complete (or maybe I'm just very slow).

Getting straight to the point, it gets repetitive, expected out of a stat raising otome. I wouldn't say it's repetitive to the point you just want to bash your head into the computer screen though, seeing as there are certain events from time to time, depending on whether you accept an offer or not, on what you decided to do that week, and some specific things, which I accidentally did before looking at the guide and seeing that X thing would only trigger by doing Y and Z before.

The art also isn't bad; the backgrounds were nicely done, and the sprites for each character is "unique", I guess you could say. Many times I've seen otomes having some sort of same-face syndrome with their handsome men and cute girl sprites, after all. Considering this is the same artist that has worked on RE: Alistair, sakevisual's first project if I'm not mistaken, it's impressive how much they've improved (though I must also admit their other artworks are just as great). I guess my only problems with the sprites are Matthew's chin when in front view and Adam's palm tree hair, but other than that, they're all unique on their own ways.

Though speaking of the characters, relating to their personalities, I did find them to be unique and endearing as well, or maybe the proper word would be amusing. Some dialogue lines too made me smirk to myself, mainly Mr. Newton's there, though some things seemed a tad bit forced, like the fanboy tutor (though he is still a lovely character). Then again, as much as I'd like to say there are no people that act the way he does, I have a friend that's pretty much like he is, both online and offline. The heroine was also nicely done, and a fresh change from the, usually, meeks ones I tend to see, mainly because my main focus tends to be Eastern otomes though, and social values all differ, but anyways. Depending on your choices, you can make her out to be hardworking, teasing and flirty at times, or a lazy bum that can even get expelled out of college. Though I don't really think there was much room for development for her, from start to finish, since she seemed pretty much the same to me, but my views may change as I go through other routes.

Another system I enjoyed is the ability to change clothes depending on the season, something like Tokimeki Memorial, there being certain styles the boys prefer and may mention about when in a date. My only peeve is that you couldn't wear things bought during other seasons, because I mean, I have shirts that I'll wear from Spring to Winter and the cycle continues. I can understand not wearing a thick jacket and a pair of boots during Summer, but a skirt or shirt bought during Spring should also be alright once Summer rolls around.

As for the voice acting, I'm not so sure on whether I enjoyed them or not; there were some parts where the cast did a good job, and others that seemed a bit too superficial. The voice choice for each character wasn't bad, you see, but I guess it just didn't feel very natural to me at certain points.

Now finally, as for the story, I'd say it's pretty straightforward, though I don't have much to comment since I only finished two routes, at the moment. You raise your stats, you get job offers, get money to buy things, depending on your choices you may go for friendship or lover route, you can give them presents during Christmas or their birthdays, you can hang out, and in the end there's the usual life lesson one or both of the characters learn once their bond deepends enough. Though personally, at least the romantic endings, aren't so satisfying; you bone'em, and then that's it. It'd be interesting if there were some sort of after-story rather than just finishing it right at the moment, like showing how they're doing a few months after getting together. It just feels a little "incomplete" to me, as if the endings were done a bit on a rush.

Overall, it's not a perfect game, but it's enjoyable and has its own charms, like many other games, I'd say. Bonus points for getting Mili to compose the opening there though; they're one of my favourites.
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105 of 119 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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88 of 105 people (84%) found this review helpful
120 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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54 of 60 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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
Recommended
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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50 of 66 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
Recommended
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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Recommended
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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Not Recommended
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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Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 9, 2014
This game is amazing. I have been waiting for it to come out for a while now, and I have played all of Sakevisual's other games, The artwork is far superior to most EVNs that you see coming out. It has an animated opening and closing. You play as a female, freshman college student named Sian, who has been trained in movie makeup. Sian's friend Adam is an up an dcoming singer, who Sian does the makeup for, and John is his producer. You have to keeps your grades up to keep your scholarship (this hit home since I am in college on scholarships), you have to work to get money to buy things, and there are stats to raise to get your guy. There are 4 guys, Adam, John, Benito, and Matthew, and each has a friendship and a romance route. There are other secret character routes, but I have not discovered them all yet. Each main guy has about 14 cgs, and then there is a section for other cgs. Did I mention that the cgs are gorgeous, Tooya did an amzing job. There are a total of 15 endings (8 total from the main guys, 1 alone ending, and 6 others that I have not discovered). The storyline is well written, and it is fun to see Sian be sarcastic. I did not run across any bugs while playing, and I did not notcie any incorrect grammar. It is a stat riaisng sim, which I do not particularly enjoy, but there is enough scenes in between so that the game does not become monotonous. Each week you pick what you are going to do during that week, and sometimes depending on the date, stat level, etc. scenes will unlock during the week. Then on the wekend you can hang out with a friend, sleep, use items, bake cupcakes,go to the arcade, go to a restuarant, or go shopping. Different places unlock depending on events you unlock during the game.This game is one of the better EVNs that I have played, it is on the same level as Dandelion, Nameless, and Starry Sky in Sring. I can't wait till the game is completely finished, and I can't wait to see Sakevisual's next game.
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