Spirited Heart is a fantasy life simulation game. Create your fantasy alter ego choosing between an apparently normal human, a cute elf and a wicked demoness. Once the game start you'll be able to run your life in a virtual fantasy world: choose a job from the 20 different ones available, raise your stats, play random event and maybe...
User reviews: Mostly Negative (29 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 1, 2011

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"Female protagonist, six female romance options available."

About This Game

Spirited Heart is a fantasy life simulation game.

Create your fantasy alter ego choosing between an apparently normal human, a cute elf and a wicked demoness: they behave differently in the various dialogue choices you'll encounter during the game.

Once the game start you'll be able to run your life in a virtual fantasy world: choose a job from the 20 different ones available, but carefully check the minimum requirements.

Each starting job will improve some of your basic character skills, giving you the possibility to unlock more advanced jobs once you have trained your character long enough.

From time to time, random events will occur and you'll also make random encounters: there are six potential partner for your character in the game, two for each one of the three races. Each partner will have his own personality and will react differently depending on which race you're playing, offering over 100 different dialogue combinations!

Can you win their hearts and maybe, one day, marry one of them?

Play with your character for 10 in-game years in which you have to do your best! The full game has 20 normal endings plus 12 special marriage endings, providing hours of gameplay and lots of replayability.

Can you see all the different endings?

GAME FEATURES

  • Three different races to play, each one with different dialog options
  • Six male and female characters to date, two for each race, each one with unique personality
  • Detailed fantasy life simulation with optional dice minigame
  • Complete a special "Goddess" mission for each race and get a special ending
  • Many random events hidden in the game

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.4
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
54 of 57 people (95%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I had trouble with the game back when I first played it and was rudely told by the creator that "It was playtested and not broken/unbalanced!"
So, I found out I could get a Steam key and tried it again.
The game is still essentially still broken/unbalanced because the stat system is terrible.

There is really no plot to speak of and the only world building you get are little snippets here and there.

The stat raising itself is garbage. You have the option to choose random dice to add up to a number without going over OR Auto Job, which just gives you a random outcome. Honestly, you'll just want to pick Auto Job everytime as it'll give you more favorable results.

Speaking of! Of you do poor you get nothing, if you do average you get half and if you do Good you get the amount you are supposed to. Perfect I think nets you 1/3 more or something. Considering how bad the dice fail is, Average should net you the full amount with Poor netting you half as you'll be seeing POOR more often than not.

STATS! It seems stats go up randomly if you get Average-Perfect and even then it seems that the stat gains are random as well, I've gotten perfects and have had 0 stat gain.

ALSO BTW! You can have multiple events that steal your money, lower your health AND lower your stats. Stats you worked hard to raise through the crappy dice system or the meager wages you scraped up. So I'd often find myself taking 6 weeks or more just to recover from everything to Work/Train again.

ROMANCE! SO the romance is based on random chance. As other's have said, you'll randomly encounter your love and then have to pick the right choice to make the meter go up. Fail to do so and you didn't pick the right choice.. I hope you can get that character to show up again. So really you'll be switching off the boys and girls in the options to incrase your chance of an encounter, or at least eliminate choices you don't want to appear.

In the end, the game where everything is made up and points don't matter. No really the points just seem to be there to get you a second tier job and I don't think there is a third tier despite the graphics looking as if there are more tiers.

Comparing this to Princess Maker 2 and Prince Maker Braveness (MSN2), it fails to do stat sim and romance decently.
Using PM2 as an example, the marriage options were strewn throughout the game and the points were more or less used to get them. Want to marry the prince, talk to him every January and raise the Decorum, Social and such stats. Want to marry a dragon? Become a warrior and go on an adventure in the dragon ruins, thus all the combat stats go up. The prince is in the no time advancement Social menu, the dragon is on an adventure and there is yet even MORE people you can meet. There were things like talking to the character, going to town, talking to the palace people. Stuff that gave you a goal to focus on.
Spirited Heart? There is no point to the stats. At least in Long Live the Queen the stats were useful to try and maybe stay alive (though that game has issues). You could try and focus on combat to war your way through the game or dancing and such to try and swocialite your way through the game. Magical Diary? Mandatory to get through the game (Even though a lot of spells were useless). The three character stats affected if you were going to romance anyone.

There seems to be a sequel in the make, hopefully it will be better than this and actually try and emulate the games it seeks to copy from. It just seems here the person didn't 'get' what was fun about those games and thought kludging stats + romances without meshign them with a story in some way was going to work.
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52 of 61 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This is a slice of life simulation in the vein of Magical Diary or Long Live the Queen; however unilke those games which are actually worth paying for, this one sadly, is not.

While the world presented to you in the game is interesting you ultimately learn very little about it; there are three characters you can play as and many choices for each of them, but ultimately your choices are shallow and don't really matter much, as the game doesn't really differ based on what choices you make, and game play stays exactly the same whether you've mastered magic, or become a professional dominatrix.

There are ten choices for romantic interests (five male, five female); but good luck getting with the one you want. Your relationship advances through a series of random events with the characters in question and you can go whole playthroughs without ever getting a random event with the lover you want to pursue. And then the romance system is basically bunk anyway. Your relationship is a gauge consisting of five hearts and the better your relationship the more hearts are filled... in theory. I had my romantic "interest" proposing to me at two hearts, and the only reason he was even my romantic interest is because he just happened to show up more often than the guy I actually wanted to pursue; and thus our relationship progressed farther... and I got sick of not getting any sort of events with the one I wanted.

As I said; the game really isn't all that fulfilling, it's systems are pretty pointless and the only reason to gain stats is to get a better job... and the only reason to get a better job is to make money, and the only reason to make money is because the king takes a percentage of it every three months... and if you can't pay his tax you lose the game...

The story does a poor job of driving along the stat grinding (which is fairly random whether your stats will even increase or not); and ultimately the game feels hollow and pointless.

Sadly; I cannot recommend this game.
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27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Spirited Hearts is a dispiriting life simulator with very little story. And what an awful world these Spirited Hearts inhabit!

You spend most of the time directing which job your Spirited Heart will take each week. Poor work performance means you won't get paid - and work performance is determined by randomly choosing dice. A perfect opportunity for skill-based minigames is squandered. Even adequate performance results in half pay! Furthermore, work makes the Hearts physically ill, so much so that they must take a week's vacation every three weeks. Want to save for a nice vacation? Don't bother. Every quarter of the year, the government takes about 40% of their *savings* not *income*, so there is no incentive to accumulate money. Want to buy some special, magical items for your Spirited Heart to make the work grind less tedious? There are no items to acquire.

But what about your race-specific special mission your goddess wants you to perform? Surely that must be amazing! Well, as a human wizard who had maxed out her magic skill, my goddess wanted to me to ... become a gardener. Let the adventure begin! Had I been given the option I would have selected "Laugh in her face and tell her to buzz off."

Perhaps people who like this type of game will overlook its many, many flaws - everyone else should steer clear. I do not recommend it at any price.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Not worth the 19.99€,
Hell, I paid 13.39€ and still isn't worth it by far...
The job sistem is boring, and it's mostly what you are going to do, because There is no way you can save money in the game,
which then you can only use to either to rest or to train stats, nothing else to buy.
almost no story, the quest that the goddess give you are quite easy and silly.

Totally not worth it.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Unimpressive. It's like a less complex Princess Maker, with maybe two hours of story and little replay value. The art and writing are mediocre at best and sloppy at worst. If you want to play a life simulator, you can do better than this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
This is a mediocre dating sim game at best and only mildly entertaining. After only playing a few hours you can easily accomplish most if not all the achievements that come with the game. The price of $20 is not a accurate price for this. I would only recommend this game when it is on sale or if money is not an issue and you're looking for a fantasy dating game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Are you a fan of anime-style life simulation games? Buy Spirited Heart Deluxe ONLY when it's on sale - $20 is at least twice what it's worth. Play Spirited Heart Deluxe ONLY when you have run out of other sims to play - you'll be disappointed if you have high expectations for it. The game mechanics are clunky. The character interactions are interesting, but they come few and far between the many days of skill-grinding. Overall, it's mildly sorta fun, but not really. As soon as I reach the end, I'm uninstalling.

If you're not a fan of anime-style life simulation games, don't even bother.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I came into this game not expecting a lot and sadly thats what the game gave me. The game is very random and fustrating for example in order to improve your skills you have to use random dice roles and the positive or negitive effects of these roles are also random. I would often go to do a job and dispite having max healthy stat It would suddnly say I was sick, pop ups like this occur often. The story is ok however the focus is on the characters and as such there is little world building. I would give this game a 4/10.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Well designed visual novel which focuses more on the stat building part then the story. While it has the common elements of random encounters as you go through your day, the skill building is heavily reliant on chance by having you pick dice at the end of each week (round) which determines exactly how well your week went.

There are basically two tier of jobs in this game, and the second tier requires a lot of grinding to unlock. This could result in monotonous gameplay, but the random dice roll and random encounters present in Spirited Heart really break this up. Unlike some other stat heavy games, like Long Live the Queen, it is also very clear in what is needed on any occasion so you never feel cheated when you "fail".

These gameplay elements aside, it is and remains a visual novel so if that's not your thing, Spirited Heart won't convince you to like the genre. But if you do like these kinds of games, it is definitely worth a try even if only to see a rather new take on the genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Personally.. I like this game, it has its flaws, but overall I enjoy it. Mostly because I got it for six dollars. The story is enjoyable (for six dollars), and it has replay value. Also, it has 3 classes the demon chick is my favorite.

The game play is based all on luck no skills require, meeting new love interest is a challenge, getting them to like you is easy. It's like finding waldo but waiting for him to find you.

I wouldn't recommend it to those tight on money looking for a mind blowing game, but to those you have no problem spending $20 on a game that should be worth $10 on its best day.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This game has a good idea, but there is one simple game that makes this game unplayable and frustating. The way you do jobs is by rollin dice, which makes leveling up really random and slow. When you combinded that with taxes you have to pay, you will not have alot of money and find yourself grinding out jobs, not having fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Ugh. I was hopeful for this game but it sucked. My only consoliation is I got it on sale and got some good cards to sell off. :/
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Talked to more girls than I ever did in my entire life in under a few minutes.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
I've played quite a few interactive story games and i'm sorry to say that i just couldn't get into this one. It seemed shallow and repetitive, and quite frankly, just unentertaining.
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74 of 81 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Spirited Heart is a difficult game to recommend. Fans of dating and life management sims will no doubt be quickly immersed, but for everyone else, I doubt the game will maintain their interest.

Although your character will always be female, you are allowed to choose three different races to choose from: human, elf, and demon. Each race has particular, inherent stats, and through the life choices you navigate, those stats are adjusted to create a custom character. I played through the game once with each race, and while I ended up with a demure elf and human, my demon was delightfully spunky. There is a full roster of individuals your character can date, including male and female options. The potential lovers are fantastically varied and interesting, but sometimes winning the affections of a particular person takes a little trial and error.

You start the game as a adult who has just moved into her first apartment, and the game will end when one of a variety of endings is reached. The experience will either end when you reach the age of 30, when you get married, or when you fulfill the goal set by the goddess of your race. At a certain point in your life, the goddess will appear with a specific job goal for you, and if you meet it before the age of 30, she will grant you a wish, and this will trigger the end of the game.

Much of the game comes down to spamming jobs. Jobs are completed by random dice rolls, and you must balance your character's work life with an appropriate amount of rest. Jobs earn you money which allow you to train skills, visit exotic locals which also increase skills, and pay taxes. The game indicates that if you have no money when it is time to pay taxes, you go to jail. Sometimes, random events such as bandit attacks will dramatically decrease your available currency, and at other times, you'll have the option to be charitable to a customer at a loss of money but with a reward of stat increases. While many of the stat increases feel arbitrary, they are actually beneficial -- depending on your career goal. If your career goal is outside of one of the stat categories, it is a good idea to ignore those options which pump unnessessary stats and focus on reaching your goal. If you are interested in a potential spouse centralized to one career path, then you will also be spamming that career to win their heart. Once your love interest confesses their attraction to you and you move in with them, you can navigate the game in such a way that you no longer have to visit that career option but still end up marrying them.

After the first playthrough or two, you'll have the hang of the game. It is a delightful experience initially, but the fun wears down with necessary stat-pumping and job-spamming. I found myself clicking through all options as quickly as possible to get to the next random encounter, where I would hopefully progress the relationship I had been fostering. There's a lot of charm and terrific artwork to Spirited Heart, but the $20 price point feels unfair. This is a $5 experience and no more, so if you are interested in the romantic notions of a charming young girl, you will be well-advised to wait for a bundle or sale.
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
This game is fun, but pretty shallow. There is very little story to it- essentially the game is about building your stats through training and working jobs so that you can get other jobs that pay better or raise other stats. Only recommended if you can get it for under $5 or so.
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25 of 40 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Another edit: I've been browsing the discussion for this game and the developer and a few others explained the pricing, which I suggest anyone iffy on it checks the explanation out. It makes the $20-$16 price tag a lot more understandable. Though it's always buyer's choice if they want to accept the explanation.

Not worth this much money, I'd agree with scarletemerald and say that $5 is a better price for this. So there have been a few issues with text overlapping, and I feel like a system of scheduling a week's worth of activities at a time may have made it flow a little better (such as, choose Sun. and Sat. to rest, and put different jobs in for Monday-Friday). One of the biggest things is that you apparently can not act like a decent person as a demon. There is no warning that you have to sit here and either yell at a girl for getting scared by a bee or criticize (which ends up being yelling) her for getting scared by a bee. I would have really liked at least a warning, you noted demons are usually discriminated against but an addition there that they are usually mean would have cleared it up.

Additionally the description for the work minigame was a bit confusing, the way it was written indicated that the totalled number was the number you were trying to match and did not mention the top number.

And my last note, you've got token minority going on pretty hard here. It's great to see a game with straight and lesbian options but there's one nonwhite character out of 12. I don't expect a perfect split but it really would have given it a deeper level of diversity if there were maybe a few more.

Gotta say though the design for the demon girl is cute as hell.

Addition: I just got the Ria, Thofte, and Janimee collectable card things and I have not met these characters. The only ones I have met are Ramas, Yuza, Tmye, and Reid.
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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
So... I am a fan of roleplaying games like this with a skill system based off numbers and it works off of social aspects not combat. However, there is nothing that angers me more than a job system that implements a completely random system that takes no skill to use and if you click the wrong place results in you getting very little out of it. There is no reward to a completely random system and that makes the game poorly designed.

If you are looking for a game like this one I highly recommend you go looking elsewhere for this is simply put... a disappointment and a waste of money.
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14 of 32 people (44%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
I have no idea why I stopped meeting people after she hit 20. May be they have unlock requirements? For the next 8 years I was just hitting "Repeat job" button endlessly with a few thief attacks to which I replied by using illusions??

I had received a quest from a "Godess of elves" at 22 which I proceeded to ignore as she wanted me to train skills that were entirely off from what I trained up until that point.

Other than that I have found no way to reach any of the game's romancable characters. I met some at 18-20 but I couldn't reach them even after I tried coming back to those jobs where I met them...

So overall I think this game is overpriced. It wants you to play it the way its meant to be played by the developer and not the way you want to play it. Or at least it won't give you any content if you just do what you want.

Oh and PS at Magic skill 100 - I maxed out as a wizard and was still getting paid only 20-30 gold a week. Which was disappearing very quickly thanks to 40% TAX! :( I also spent the rest of the money training different skills hoping to unlock more characters, but was unsuccesful in unlocking anyone.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
very enchanting and romantic game play, this is for those who love datinh sims and close to real life games
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