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: Aug 22, 2016

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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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chloevictoria1
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 31
I reccomend this game buuuuut I ran into a problem, winter hit and I don't have any wintery shoes. Anyone know what to do?
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jarsdeux
14.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
While I normally do not write reviews for this game I felt compelled to do it in this case because in my opinion Backstage Pass is an exemplary visual novel. On the surface it is an otome game, which means a japanese dating sim for girls. As a straight man I could not be further from the target demographic for Backstage Pass. Yet, despite this, I enjoyed it greatly. That is because Backstage Pass is so much more than an otome. There is definitely the requisite number of hot anime guys for you to romance, but you don't have to do that at all if that does not interest you. All of them have friendship paths as well, and there is a route for you yuri fans too(guilty). But it even goes beyond that and explores non-traditional relationships as well, and allows you to follow separate independant routes where you advance your career in the industry. There are so many options in this game that almost everyone is bound to be satisfied with at least one of them.

Now, options alone do not make the game of course. As a visual novel it needs good writing and likable characters. It has those as well. I would describe the protagonist, Sian, as intelligent and competent. I am not someone that projects myself into games so Sian was another character to experience and enjoy, which I did. While I personally cannot relate to her experience with anxiety and panic attacks(though I am sure many others can), that never felt like it affected from my enjoyment of her character and I greatly enjoyed how she was written. She is definitely my favorite character. All of the male leads are good as well, Benito is obviously the best though. Obviously. There are some characters I have not delved deep into like Alvin so I can't speak much on them, but overall I felt the writing and characters in the game were very good. Everyone is voiced and while the voices all sounded fine I prefer to leave them off.

Since I have never played any other otome type games I cannot speak about how traditional the systems are but they play out like such; you plan out how to spend your week with different activities that raise your statistics depending on how fatigued you are and what I think is a random chance of either good or bad, with the chance of the lower skill raising 'bad' going up based on your fatigue. Staged events usually happen during this time period as well, like if you accepted a job to work on wensday afternoon. Then every weekend you can check your mail, decide to take jobs, go into town, or call someone up to spend time with them. As someone that likes numbers and thinking the best way of doing things this all worked for me, so no complaints.

I do have one complaint with the CGs in them. After studying art a bit I cannot unsee chronic sideface, and a couple characters came down with this affliction(LLOYD).

lastly one piece of advice: never sleep, sleep when you are dead. I hope you like pho

Definitely recommend this visual novel to really anyone with any kind of interest in VNs
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Nalenthi
17.3 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 28
I like dating sims. This one is cute and fun, and whilst I don't know a lot about writing, I think it's very well written. None of the characters come across as creepy like a lot of dating sims, they're all really likeable. I feel a little off about the romance route for the 15 year old though...

By far my favourite part was how they handled the romance between the 18 year old main character and a 35 year old guy. I was dreading that route, but the whole time the emphasis was on mc understanding what she was asking for and her consent.

Basically it's cute. Buy it if you're into otome games or dating sims in general.
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Ivysaur
13.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
I really love this game! The story is great and the characters are well-developed. I especially like the difficulity of the game - it's a bit tricky to figure certain things out, but there are always plenty of clues to guide you! There's TONS of content and unlike other otome games I've played (not a hardcore otome gamer ;P) I'm really looking forward to exploring it all. If you're an otome fan, this is most definetly a title you'll enjoy!

PS. Check out realistair! It's a free otome game by the same developer and will give you a chance to explore their work without having to spend any money :)
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Firefly
20.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
First impressions...

Probably one of the best VN's I have ever played. On or off Steam. Clearly lots of thought/detail went into this. Lots of different scenes! Pretty artwork. Really good voice acting. Can tell there will a lot of replayability to get all the different endings. Music is alright. Nothing memorable but not annoying either.

Only 4 guys you can date though? Ehhh. The one thing I do like about it though, that while the options seem limited (maybe I can unlock other dates later) - the guys don't really fall into the standard tropes of other game characters. I mean they do, but they don't. If you have played other games on Steam like Pub Encounter or Office Lovers or Dangerous Romance you will know what I mean. You know, the tsundere guy (I guess would be John maybe?) or the guy who is lovable but kinda slow/clumsy? (Adam?) IDK... I feel like the personality types in this game are a bit more...complex and fluid. Hard to put it into words but it seems more natural and less forced/formulaic, which I appreciate. It's more fun to play.

I am very excited there is at least one female romance option in this game! Bi and gay girls rejoice!!! ^_^

However, I am sad that you cannot - I repeat - cannot!!! date Lloyd. D: D: D: Srsly wtf, devs? Throw me a bone here. Let me patch dat sh!t. Or like, update with bonus content or something, gahhhh. Dyin' here. ;___;

Would even be willing to pay for it in DLC despite already paying $25 for this game. (I waited over a year to buy this b/c I could not bring myself to pay the full price for it with all the negative reviews due to it being in greenlight limbo status for so long sans voiceovers and so forth.) If this game did NOT have the good voice overs it has...I doubt I would have bought it at nearly full price!! Still think it's worth it tho...

that aside... the guys...from my POV thus far:

Adam - oni-chan/big brother type. sweet but kinda lazy/boring.
Matthew - awkward shy/nervous prettymanboy dude
John - tsundere @S$hole with a deep, emo, mysterious side. probably the oldest (?) dateable dude (OK he is kinda growing on me a bit, hah. Must be the accent.)
Ben(ito) - high energy youthful spirited one. perceptive and kindly. a bit immature. ((sadly I doubt I will go for him just due to the fact that my ex BF IRL was a magician and he was a total cucksucka who ruined magicians for me forever.... SORRY BENITO I JUST CAN'T...))
Nicole - the only female romance option AFAIK...don't know enough about her yet but first impression = vapid teenybopper. (OK turns out she has many layers... will need to peel those back on my 2nd go through!!)
Alvin - AHHH omfg, Alvin. So far my favorite character. What can I say? I always fall for this type... but you know, he is apparently only a friend option so wtf? I think that is b.s... LOL. highly recommend this route though if you like awkward and nerdy but sweet guys.

Also I don't know if anyone else noticed this or not but... the main character... (yes her name is pretty awful Sian pronounced like Shawn? really?! wtf. I just hope it grows on me. lol...) she has really bad anxiety/claustrophobia/maybe agoraphobia. This isn't really represented much in games like this at all... or in games, period. So as an individual suffering from anxiety problems, this makes me happy to see. Few of my friends seem to understand it. Sometimes I just don't. Like. Going. Out. Or Crowds... just sayin'. I hope it raises awareness for others with similar issues... though to quote Sian "IT'S NOT A FLAW." lol. <3

It is weird hearing a girl referred to as a Shawn/Sean/Shaun. That's my boyfriend's name IRL, so it is very odd. Took me some getting used to but I am slowly not noticing it anymore.


lastly.... everytime the main char states she is uncertain about a major I am like screaming at the screen PICK ENGINEERING YOU DUMB TW4T....MAKE MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF YO SICK @$$ PARENTS. DON'T BE A FAKKIN BARISTA FOR ALL YO LIFE. don't be a homeless crack addict. be an accountant. or be a pole dancer.....IDK..... sh!t. then again in this game you somehow magically know all these famous people even though you grew up semi isolated in Hawaii... it never says what island she is from but I can only assume Oahu? (they only say "one of the smaller ones...) anyway... I felt like at some points in this game you end up either p!ss broke or just wiping your bum with $100 bills, hah. so random.

also if you wanna unlock every ending, be prepared to use a guide. there is a really good one in the Steam discussions group... otherwise be prepared to rip out some hair.
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Honorjoy
11.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
I just want to say that I really love the voice acting! I've played several games that didn't have the best voice acting, or at least didn't tug on my heartstrings. But Backstage Pass was amazing! I haven't finished all of the routes, definitely just starting out but all of the characters have grown on me. (Cough I love Alvin so much Cough) But the story is great! I'm looking forward to finishing the other routes and getting all of the CG's Which are amazing by the way.
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ljn369
15.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
I love this game and now that is out offically I'm happy to come out a tell people to get it.


This game this a otome game were you play as a girl named Sian Goodin. Sian is just starting her frist year in collage and you must deside how she does this. There are four main boys (and some side people) that you can pick from and become a good friend or something more.

The one main thing I like about this game is that there are so many differnt ends (like 3 per person) that you can play this many times and get something differnt. So if you are looking for another Visual Novel/Otome that won't be to quick or to long and boring this is for you.
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Shrug Dragonsofthecave
200.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
I'm posting a new review now that it's officially released! *TLDR version at bottom of the review (I deleted my early Access review because it's no longer relevant).

Pros:
Very nice and appealing art/artstyle
A wide cast of unique characters
Nice music
Amazing UI (User interface)

Cons:
Sometimes the stories feel a bit "Light" not bad though
There aren't really any cons now that the VN is completed. There are smaller things like I think more of the side characters should have sprites and that some of the changes made to the story were a little meh during development, but these aren't things that will make you not enjoy this VN

Should you buy? If you like otomes games? Definitely. If you like VNs in general? Just look at the story summary and characters to decide but I think it'd still be a good time. If you're new to VNs and/or otome games? If you want to give them a try this wouldn't be a bad first one! I'd recommend it. Also some people might like/dislike the themes related to theater and the fact that the MC is a makeup artist

TLDR I gifted this VN to a friend as soon as it was officially released, give it a try!
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h a r m o n i c h e
12.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 15
While the art is lovely and I enjoy stat raising games, I preordered this game over two years ago and it's still unfinished. Sakevisual has explained some of the issues (apparently the time they booked for recording was stolen or something) I find this delay of two years to be unexcusable for what is such a small game.



Don't buy this unless Sakevisual says it's completely done. When I preordered this, it was supposed to be finished around November of last year and it's still not finished. It's kind of a joke, really.


Characters are nice, story is okay, dialogue can occasionally be interesting but it's not worth waiting this long for. Relatively short with a lot of empty promises.
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Neroshii
73.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 12
Okay. As someone who's stuck with it and hung in there for over 3 years, I love this game. I've loved it since it was a charming little game with no voices, no ending animation, and missing a lot of the endings it has now, and I love it even more now that it's closer to completion. Each update during this journey has felt like another layer of polish, allowing it to shine like the gem it is.

I love visual novels, but I like to consider myself fairly picky when it comes to which story I want to try out, and this caught my eye immediately. The protagonist is relatable to me, and the characters seemed absolutely interesting, from what I saw of them, so I had to give it a try. I have never regretted that decision even now.

The art, while it puts me off in a few rare scenes (I'm a bit fussy, so sometimes this happens. I even get put off by my own art, so whatever), is overall very lovely and nice to look at. The characters are alive, interesting, and relatable. The music is just... It's hard to describe it as anything but gorgeous and very soothing. The game is even voiced by professional actors with quite the history in anime and video games, so you know you're not going to regret leaving the voices on. There's even a lot of endings to try and get (some are very challenging) and some very unique achievements!

Overall, this game has stolen my heart and I love it to bits. I give it a solid, and deserving 20/10. After all, it was fun to play even in its alpha build years ago, and it's even more fun to play again and again now. They've even promised to update with the full release version soon, so what are you waiting for? Go play it. Now.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 7 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
I really love this game! The story is great and the characters are well-developed. I especially like the difficulity of the game - it's a bit tricky to figure certain things out, but there are always plenty of clues to guide you! There's TONS of content and unlike other otome games I've played (not a hardcore otome gamer ;P) I'm really looking forward to exploring it all. If you're an otome fan, this is most definetly a title you'll enjoy!

PS. Check out realistair! It's a free otome game by the same developer and will give you a chance to explore their work without having to spend any money :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
While I normally do not write reviews for this game I felt compelled to do it in this case because in my opinion Backstage Pass is an exemplary visual novel. On the surface it is an otome game, which means a japanese dating sim for girls. As a straight man I could not be further from the target demographic for Backstage Pass. Yet, despite this, I enjoyed it greatly. That is because Backstage Pass is so much more than an otome. There is definitely the requisite number of hot anime guys for you to romance, but you don't have to do that at all if that does not interest you. All of them have friendship paths as well, and there is a route for you yuri fans too(guilty). But it even goes beyond that and explores non-traditional relationships as well, and allows you to follow separate independant routes where you advance your career in the industry. There are so many options in this game that almost everyone is bound to be satisfied with at least one of them.

Now, options alone do not make the game of course. As a visual novel it needs good writing and likable characters. It has those as well. I would describe the protagonist, Sian, as intelligent and competent. I am not someone that projects myself into games so Sian was another character to experience and enjoy, which I did. While I personally cannot relate to her experience with anxiety and panic attacks(though I am sure many others can), that never felt like it affected from my enjoyment of her character and I greatly enjoyed how she was written. She is definitely my favorite character. All of the male leads are good as well, Benito is obviously the best though. Obviously. There are some characters I have not delved deep into like Alvin so I can't speak much on them, but overall I felt the writing and characters in the game were very good. Everyone is voiced and while the voices all sounded fine I prefer to leave them off.

Since I have never played any other otome type games I cannot speak about how traditional the systems are but they play out like such; you plan out how to spend your week with different activities that raise your statistics depending on how fatigued you are and what I think is a random chance of either good or bad, with the chance of the lower skill raising 'bad' going up based on your fatigue. Staged events usually happen during this time period as well, like if you accepted a job to work on wensday afternoon. Then every weekend you can check your mail, decide to take jobs, go into town, or call someone up to spend time with them. As someone that likes numbers and thinking the best way of doing things this all worked for me, so no complaints.

I do have one complaint with the CGs in them. After studying art a bit I cannot unsee chronic sideface, and a couple characters came down with this affliction(LLOYD).

lastly one piece of advice: never sleep, sleep when you are dead. I hope you like pho

Definitely recommend this visual novel to really anyone with any kind of interest in VNs
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 28
I like dating sims. This one is cute and fun, and whilst I don't know a lot about writing, I think it's very well written. None of the characters come across as creepy like a lot of dating sims, they're all really likeable. I feel a little off about the romance route for the 15 year old though...

By far my favourite part was how they handled the romance between the 18 year old main character and a 35 year old guy. I was dreading that route, but the whole time the emphasis was on mc understanding what she was asking for and her consent.

Basically it's cute. Buy it if you're into otome games or dating sims in general.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I just want to say that I really love the voice acting! I've played several games that didn't have the best voice acting, or at least didn't tug on my heartstrings. But Backstage Pass was amazing! I haven't finished all of the routes, definitely just starting out but all of the characters have grown on me. (Cough I love Alvin so much Cough) But the story is great! I'm looking forward to finishing the other routes and getting all of the CG's Which are amazing by the way.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
First impressions...

Probably one of the best VN's I have ever played. On or off Steam. Clearly lots of thought/detail went into this. Lots of different scenes! Pretty artwork. Really good voice acting. Can tell there will a lot of replayability to get all the different endings. Music is alright. Nothing memorable but not annoying either.

Only 4 guys you can date though? Ehhh. The one thing I do like about it though, that while the options seem limited (maybe I can unlock other dates later) - the guys don't really fall into the standard tropes of other game characters. I mean they do, but they don't. If you have played other games on Steam like Pub Encounter or Office Lovers or Dangerous Romance you will know what I mean. You know, the tsundere guy (I guess would be John maybe?) or the guy who is lovable but kinda slow/clumsy? (Adam?) IDK... I feel like the personality types in this game are a bit more...complex and fluid. Hard to put it into words but it seems more natural and less forced/formulaic, which I appreciate. It's more fun to play.

I am very excited there is at least one female romance option in this game! Bi and gay girls rejoice!!! ^_^

However, I am sad that you cannot - I repeat - cannot!!! date Lloyd. D: D: D: Srsly wtf, devs? Throw me a bone here. Let me patch dat sh!t. Or like, update with bonus content or something, gahhhh. Dyin' here. ;___;

Would even be willing to pay for it in DLC despite already paying $25 for this game. (I waited over a year to buy this b/c I could not bring myself to pay the full price for it with all the negative reviews due to it being in greenlight limbo status for so long sans voiceovers and so forth.) If this game did NOT have the good voice overs it has...I doubt I would have bought it at nearly full price!! Still think it's worth it tho...

that aside... the guys...from my POV thus far:

Adam - oni-chan/big brother type. sweet but kinda lazy/boring.
Matthew - awkward shy/nervous prettymanboy dude
John - tsundere @S$hole with a deep, emo, mysterious side. probably the oldest (?) dateable dude (OK he is kinda growing on me a bit, hah. Must be the accent.)
Ben(ito) - high energy youthful spirited one. perceptive and kindly. a bit immature. ((sadly I doubt I will go for him just due to the fact that my ex BF IRL was a magician and he was a total cucksucka who ruined magicians for me forever.... SORRY BENITO I JUST CAN'T...))
Nicole - the only female romance option AFAIK...don't know enough about her yet but first impression = vapid teenybopper. (OK turns out she has many layers... will need to peel those back on my 2nd go through!!)
Alvin - AHHH omfg, Alvin. So far my favorite character. What can I say? I always fall for this type... but you know, he is apparently only a friend option so wtf? I think that is b.s... LOL. highly recommend this route though if you like awkward and nerdy but sweet guys.

Also I don't know if anyone else noticed this or not but... the main character... (yes her name is pretty awful Sian pronounced like Shawn? really?! wtf. I just hope it grows on me. lol...) she has really bad anxiety/claustrophobia/maybe agoraphobia. This isn't really represented much in games like this at all... or in games, period. So as an individual suffering from anxiety problems, this makes me happy to see. Few of my friends seem to understand it. Sometimes I just don't. Like. Going. Out. Or Crowds... just sayin'. I hope it raises awareness for others with similar issues... though to quote Sian "IT'S NOT A FLAW." lol. <3

It is weird hearing a girl referred to as a Shawn/Sean/Shaun. That's my boyfriend's name IRL, so it is very odd. Took me some getting used to but I am slowly not noticing it anymore.


lastly.... everytime the main char states she is uncertain about a major I am like screaming at the screen PICK ENGINEERING YOU DUMB TW4T....MAKE MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF YO SICK @$$ PARENTS. DON'T BE A FAKKIN BARISTA FOR ALL YO LIFE. don't be a homeless crack addict. be an accountant. or be a pole dancer.....IDK..... sh!t. then again in this game you somehow magically know all these famous people even though you grew up semi isolated in Hawaii... it never says what island she is from but I can only assume Oahu? (they only say "one of the smaller ones...) anyway... I felt like at some points in this game you end up either p!ss broke or just wiping your bum with $100 bills, hah. so random.

also if you wanna unlock every ending, be prepared to use a guide. there is a really good one in the Steam discussions group... otherwise be prepared to rip out some hair.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
118 of 137 people (86%) 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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74 of 86 people (86%) 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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102 of 133 people (77%) found this review helpful
144 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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61 of 81 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.0 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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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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