Five days ago, Janet left her dorm to go on a date - and never came back. Was she kidnapped? Murdered? The truth may be even stranger. Solve puzzles to connect together pieces of the story in a science-fiction adventure with eleven possible endings!
User reviews: Positive (11 reviews)
Release Date: May 22, 2010

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"who: THE CAST OF ROCKY HORROR what: HOUSESITTING when: ALTERNATE PAST why: SCIENCE how: WIRES length: 6 HOURS WHOLE gay?: NO"
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September 2

New for Steam Version

If you've played previous versions of this game, there is some additional content for the silver/Steam release.

One puzzle/plot element has been altered on Linds' route

A new CG+epilogue has been added on the final route

The UI has been replaced to be more fitting to the theme (thus the 'silver')

The engine has been upgraded to a new version, along with a lot of adjustments to controller handling, graphics fallbacks, save game proofing, and other behind-the-scenes stuff that you should not particularly notice. However, because of this, old save games are NOT compatible with the new edition.

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About This Game

Story:


Time keeps slip, slip, slipping away...

You're trapped in a mansion with five guys, one of whom has a gun.

There's a giant countdown ticking down.

At the end of this story, someone will die.

Will it be you?

Or can you escape... the DATE WARP?

Use a steady hand to connect the wires and put the pieces together to solve the mystery of the mansion before it's too late. Your choices will turn the story towards one of eleven possible endings.

Characters:


Janet - A freshman at Brook College, previously a socially-isolated student. Will she live or die?

Alben - A mysteriously hostile young man. Why is he so angry?

Bradley - A cheerful jock who's been asking every freshman girl on exactly one date each. What is he planning?

Linds - A lecherous scientist who is clearly up to something. What does he know about the forcefields?

Nathaniel - A polite and wealthy gentleman offering assistance to those in need. But is that too convenient?

Rafael - A soft-spoken young man who takes care of others but dodges questions about his past. Who is he working for?


Content notes: Contains violence, alcohol and drug use, some strong language, and sexual references.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.4 or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: x86 or compatible
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Note: 32-bit compatibility libraries required on AMD64 and x86-64
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Visual novels have become quite a thing on Steam these days and Date Warp is another one of those games. It involves a good amount of reading (hence the term ‘visual novel’) and in my opinion isn’t really a game because it involves very little gameplay. But from time to time you play/read a VN that is worth your time, and Date Warp is just that.

Let me start by saying that Date Warp isn’t a long game. One playthrough will take you about 2 hours to complete. Did you see how I specifically put the word ‘one’ there ? That’s because the story isn’t entirely clear after you finish it for the first time. It’s meant be played multiple times with different choices every time. The developer has told me you have to compare the multiple routes to understand the whole story and that only by taking multiple routes you will unlock the true ending. Mysterious, isn’t it ? Well, it actually is. The writing is very good and detailed (but with an occasional typo), and each of the characters has their own personality. Because of this you should be able to empathize with most of them, or the main characters anyway.
I have to admit that I was hoping to see a different kind of story here, because about 1/4th into the game the game takes a different path, one that changes from 100% mystery into sci-fi (with still a fair bit of mystery, so don’t be disappointed !). I still liked the transition and I enjoyed the game way more than I thought I would.
There is a bit of gameplay integrated too, and even if you officially couldn’t call it that it’s what sets this game apart from other VNs. Occasionally the game will let you choose what to do and instead of just clicking on an option the game wants you to complete a small puzzle. You have a starting point and you have to connect the lines to the answer you want to give. It’s a system anyone who’s ever played a puzzle should be familiar with.

Visuals are quite important for a visual novel I think. You’re telling a story so you want people to connect with your characters. Unfortunately Date Warp has some mixed graphics. The graphics are sharp and have plenty of detail most of the times and the surroundings/areas are created with accurate details, but the characters themselves have, well, let’s say not-so-good designs (that’s one way to put it gently). It would be nice to see a VN with realistic looking characters for once but so far every VN I’ve encountered uses the same anime-style graphics. Which are usually fitting and don’t distract from the overall experience, as long as they’re drawn in a competent way. But no, I haven’t read tons of visual novels, so maybe I just haven’t looked good enough. Anyway, the character designs in Date Warp range from okay to good. They’re not bad, not at all, but they’re not great either. There are also a few animations here and there but nothing major and enough to give you a sense of looking at something more dynamic.
The music is subtle as are the little sound effects like thunder and rain. All that’s missing is voice acting, but that’s debatable. I, for one, didn’t miss it but I can understand if some people would.

Date Warp might not be the prettiest visual novel you’ll ever play but it’s definitely one with a lot of replay value. Its mysteriousness is what keeps it interesting and if you’re an avid reader you’ll definitely want to play through it several times to just make sense of it all.
If you’re not into visual novels, or at least not that much, then Date Warp would be a good starting point. It’s small enough so that anyone can finish it and you’ll instantly know if this genre is for you.
I am gladly recommending this in any case.

[Rating: 77/100]
Posted: September 4
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
IT'S ASTOUNDING –
OVER FOUR DAYS,
CHOICES TAKE THEIR TOLL.
BUT LOOK CLOSELY
(NOT FOR VERY LONG THOUGH);
I NEED TO KEEP CONTROL.

I REMEMBER PLAYING DATE WARP,
DRINKING, AND PLAYING VNS.
THE BISHIES WOULD HIT ME
AND THEIR ROUTES WOULD BE CALLING:

NEED TO PLAY DATE WARP AGAIN!
NEED TO PLAY DATE WARP AGAAAIN!

JUST ROTATE TO THE LEFT,
ADJUST THE TILE TO THE RIIIGHT
MATCH EACH END TO AN END
AND WATCH THE WIRES LIIIGHT.
IT'S THE WEIRD CHOICE SYSTEM
THAT KINDA DRIVES YOU INSA-A-A-A-ANE,

BUT I GOTTA PLAY DATE WARP AGAIN!
JUST GOTTA PLAY DATE WARP AGAIIN!

THE BOYS ARE QUITE DREAMY;
NO FANTASY WILL FREE ME.
THOUGH THEY'RE UNSEEMLY,
THEIR HEART'S IN A GOOD PLACE.
IN ANOTHER DIMENSION
WITH CONFUSING INTENTIONS,
NO GUIDE IN SIGHT,
I MUST CHOOSE THEM ALL.

WITH A BIT OF A TILE FLIP,
I'M INTO THE DATE SLIP
AND NO ROUTE IS OUT OF MY GRASP.
BUT THE HOUSE'S UNDER PROBATION
WHILE THIS GIRL'S ON SEDATION???

NEED TO PLAY DATE WARP AGAIN!
JUST ONE MORE DATE WARP AGAIN!
Posted: September 9
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25 of 44 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Fantastic artwork, tons of branching story paths, good sound design & a very intriguing story thus far! This is shaping up to be one of the best VN's on Steam! I'll update the review after I get an ending or two. As of right now, it's fantastic!

Edit: Finished one path so far. The story was very well written and enjoyable when all is said and done. I will definitely go back soon to do another path. My only problem was that the final act moved at such a rapid pace. For the most part this VN was kind of slow and it let you take everything in but once the ending hit you barely had a second to comprehend everything that was happening. This may just be a problem with the path I got. The only other problem I had was with the choice system. There are a lot of choices to be made but all of them are chosen with a simple mini-game that is very much like pipe dream. It felt very tacked on and unneeded. Those 2 complaints aside, this is well worth the money.
Posted: September 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
A fun choose-your-own adventure dating game with tacked-on and oddly compelling Pipe Dream minigames.

The point-of-view protagonist, Janet, is stuck in a house for a number of days with a number of seemingly unattached ambiguously gendered men.

There's a bit of a sci-fi mystery going on. What you learn depends on who you choose to spend time with. You'll definitely need more than one playthrough to see the big picture. That's a really nice touch - not only do you have a new romance each time you play, but also a different and partly exclusive privileged point of view.

The art goes from mostly harmless to not bad. Despite not looking terribly professional, I found it endearing and never distracting.

My romance, at least, had plenty of juicy double-entendre, innuendo and a satisfying cli- uh... high point... without ever straying above a PG rating. I appreciated this classy approach, which was typical of the story as a whole.

The writing is very good. At no point did I feel compelled to stop reading or skip past dialogue, or roll my eyes at unbelievable speech. The characters were the usual suspects, but the stereotypes were fleshed out enough to be worth sticking around to watch and interact with.

Each choice you make comes with an untimed and easy pipe-matching minigame. I know it sounds gratuitous, but it helped me mull over the previous events while consciously making my decision.

The opening song (you'll have to play past the intro to hear it) is epic. PLEASE tell me it's on iTunes or will be in the near future...

In brief, easily worth full price. Replayability, good writing, fleshed out story and characters, interesting mystery and inoffensive art.
Posted: September 14
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Oh this Game is great, Storyline, Artstyle, Music.
Everything fits very well, I give it a 9/10.
Could have been a bit longer to be perfect but that's just my opinion
still an excellent game.

So for the details, before I hop onto them.

One or two sentences that someone like to know something about me or read this on my profile.

I got interested in Visual Novels(VN) because of an image board(4C), namely because of Katawa Shoujo
(10/10 perfect Game, never would have touched VN's otherwise, enough advertising)
I can clearly hear the stereotypes echo through my head, whatever, storybased Games have their appeal, too.
This was clearly fascinating, after some browsing, I found VN's on Steam and decided to give it a try.

Just to inform anyone, your character is Janet, the girl.
I was mistaken first and thought the game played around a guy again, which tricked me a bit into buying it,
paired with the good reviews.

But to cut it short, that did not make me regret my purchase.
I got hooked to the story nearly instantly,
The characters have depth, they develop, they change.
It is like a good puzzle, the backgrounds fit quite good together, not too good nor too bad.
With a frame of circumstances that change, to a certain point where it get's resolved in one way or another.
It's just compelling to know how your decisions play out in the end, hoping right into it,
reaching one end of the 12 endings, reaching the climax, always with the elements of the unknown.
It makes you question yourself, this is a talent many games lack:
To think about what happend,
what is similar to you, is their a lesson, can you apply that to yourself, what can you learn from it?.
Can you feel it: the story ,the characters, the game?

The minigame for choices, sometimes a little offputting, sometimes it makes you think twice about the choice you make.
It's not usual for VN's but I think it is a neet feauture for the overall scifi/magic type of novel.

But I didn't get tired of it, the atmosphere, the overall product is something that makes really sense in itself,
I'd call it finished, it is complete in a story sense and everything get's wrapped up pretty good.

I can fully recommend this masterpiece.

PS: The perspective of a girl is very interesting, too.
Posted: September 6
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