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!
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Release Date: May 22, 2010

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.4 or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: x86 or compatible
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Note: 32-bit compatibility libraries required on AMD64 and x86-64
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Very Positive (80 reviews)
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Classy-Ass
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Definitely one of the weirder visual novels I've played. I didn't feel satisfied by any of the endings, but to be honest I don't think I could've expected anything else after being ported into an alternate timeline with a near-stranger from school that asked me on a convenience date.

Not high replay value outside of the achievements, but it's definitely entertaining when you see how peculiar the various endings are!
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NeppyLeet
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
I had played Date Warp many years ago (possibly, the summer after its release) and I was so involved with the story that I had my boyfriend (now husband) play it. Both of us thought it was a charming and interesting experience. Seeing it on Steam, I was eager to buy and play it again, and I wasn't disappointed. Only two complaints come into my mind: 1) Some of the CGs have incorrect proportions. The two at the end of the actual ending are beautifully done, so I believe they may have been added later on. 2) The game was much shorter than I remember. I was staying up at night, reading through and enjoying until the wee hours of the night. However, this time, I had a day off and played through the game in its entirety before I had dinner. Neither of these two things ruined the game for me.

For people just getting into Otome games, this is a very warm welcome. The characters are fleshed out well, including yourself. The music doesn't intrude and helps set the mood of the scene. There's a little mini-puzzle before each decision, leaving you to solve it before you pick that option for the first time. (Any time after that, you can choose to skip the puzzle to pick the same option.) This helped me a LOT because I will sometimes click through a choice, selecting the wrong option. There's a meter in the beginning to assist you along the path you'd prefer. There's even a final route to unlock after seeing all the other routes!

Not only have I recommended this game to friends before, but I continue to do so now. Short, sweet, and well worth the money.
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Lost Seraph
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
I really liked this game. It's fun, has an interesting storyline and pretty good characters. And when it comes to pick your course of action, you do not just pick an answer, you need to play a fun little minigame to state it. That's cool!

Artwork and music are great, too. You can choose between five different and interesting boys.

The story pathes aren't too long in general, which I'm fond of. They are not too short either, just about right. I would recommend this game for players who like Otome Games and VNs. Full price is fair for this game, but you could of course wait for a sale to get if. If you ever see this game on sale, just buy it!
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Lanfranc
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This game is a work of art. Play it. Play it until there is nothing left of it to play.

Had my understanding of time and space and existence challenged, 10/10
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Valore
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I liked the game, and my recommendation not to buy is based on one key point that may or may not influence others as much as it does me.

I understand this is common in most VNs, but I absolutely hate being given choices which affect the ending, when the choices themselves give you no clue as to what you are really deciding.

It removes the interactive part of VNs that I enjoy, since you might as well start randomly flipping coins to choose your responses.

The fact I chose a strawberry crepe over a chocolate one should not affect the ending of the story, unless there was some reasoning behind it.

The story and characters were interesting enough, but like I said, the lack of meaningful decision making doesn't appeal to me.
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SilverFayte
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Product received for free
Caveats to this reccomendation: Play it if you've already played some of the better, free VNs on Steam first. Lucid9 and Rising Angels: Reborn deserve your time more than this, and they're free.

So, assuming you've already played those: This one's arlight. It's got a high choice-to-time ratio, the minigame is a bit too easy but at least interesting, the story is dumb but in a Rocky Horror Picture Show kind of way that you can't help liking. S'alright.
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RyuzakiPotter
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Good game but the main character (Janet) is a Mary Sue.
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Simply Sweetness
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
While it's a short game, the story and the final ending make it worth every cent. The emotions and the different plots through the multiple endings are all wrapped up smoothly to make a fantastic and lasting impression of the game. While it may be a bit grinding to get to the final end, it is definitely worth the time!
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Lyonesse
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Date Warp is the oldest creation of Hanako Games available on Steam. It's a well-written sci-fi Visual Novel with dating simulator elements.

Janet is a freshman in Brooke College, Memphis. She is an introverted young woman who never dated before and decided to agree going on a date with Bradley, one of her collegues, to appease her roommate, Vanessa. They go on a pretty much cold date without any attraction and got hit by a furious storm in the middle of the night while they were trying to go back home. Bradley’s car gets busted in the middle of nowhere and phones do not pick any signal. Before they start to get desperate, Janet manages to spot the lights of a mansion nearby. They decide to ask for help and the mansion's owner, Nathaniel, decides to allow them to spend the night there due the ferocious storm. The next morning, to everyone's surprise, they discover that no one can leave: all the doors and windows of the mansion are surrounded by a stange barrier. Can you uncover the secrets of this mystery mansion and leave unhurt?

Characters are vivid and interesting: each one have their own well-developed background story. This game totally worth it. You can enjoy 11 different endings depending on your choices and an intriguing main plot. Each choice option comes with a wiring mini-game for you to enjoy. It's like a pipe game, but with wires. It is cute and presents a casual feeling for your relaxation time. Also, there's one "true ending" (the "Resolution" ending, mentioned in the achievements). When you get most of the other endings, you'll able to get it (and you can get a bonus scene - and the "To The Future" achievement - if you complete all other endings before it). In my opinion, this ending is the sweetest and most complete one. That being said, this game has high replay value.

Hanako Games did a lovely work by creating Date Warp!
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zcutedollie
( 28.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Amazing game, totally worth it! The soundtrack is amazing, and the storyline is just genius! The True Ending is one of the best endings for a game I have seen, completely wraps everything up, leaves no real loose ends, just... perfect. I love it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I had played Date Warp many years ago (possibly, the summer after its release) and I was so involved with the story that I had my boyfriend (now husband) play it. Both of us thought it was a charming and interesting experience. Seeing it on Steam, I was eager to buy and play it again, and I wasn't disappointed. Only two complaints come into my mind: 1) Some of the CGs have incorrect proportions. The two at the end of the actual ending are beautifully done, so I believe they may have been added later on. 2) The game was much shorter than I remember. I was staying up at night, reading through and enjoying until the wee hours of the night. However, this time, I had a day off and played through the game in its entirety before I had dinner. Neither of these two things ruined the game for me.

For people just getting into Otome games, this is a very warm welcome. The characters are fleshed out well, including yourself. The music doesn't intrude and helps set the mood of the scene. There's a little mini-puzzle before each decision, leaving you to solve it before you pick that option for the first time. (Any time after that, you can choose to skip the puzzle to pick the same option.) This helped me a LOT because I will sometimes click through a choice, selecting the wrong option. There's a meter in the beginning to assist you along the path you'd prefer. There's even a final route to unlock after seeing all the other routes!

Not only have I recommended this game to friends before, but I continue to do so now. Short, sweet, and well worth the money.
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93 of 98 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Date Warp is one of Hanako Games' (Long Live the Queen, Magical Diary) older visual novels that only recently made it to Steam. A fairly standard example of the genre, I went in not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.

You play as Janet Bhaskar, a young Indian college student who ends up stranded in the middle of a forest with her blind date. Finding their way to a secluded mansion, once entered, will they ever make it out again? I don't want to give away much more than that as the plot relies on mystery and the unfolding of the narrative through the individual character routes. The story won't blow you away in depth, characterization or plot twists, but it's a fun sci-fi tale that has some interesting ideas and nicely written dialogue. As an otoge (girl game), the interaction between the protagonist and the guys is quite enjoyable and there are some saucy situations that may satisfy your romantic tastes, although nothing too racy, deep or profound. But who says every romance needs to end in tears, anyway?

While the story is pretty good, the artwork is where things suffer somewhat. The standard character images are good, nothing spectacular but nice enough; it's the special event CG's that really stick out. As much as I hate to say it, the quality reminds me of the more amateur deviant-art pages I've seen. I feel really bad for saying that because I love Hanako Games, but it was very distracting reading through the event scenes when the quality of the CG's were so poor. Usually I'm able to overlook lesser quality art in visual novels if it has a strong, intriguing storyline with well-developed characters, however, I really can't say that's the case here. Again, the story is good, it's just not strong enough to outshine the issues with the artwork.

Despite the problems I had with it, I still enjoyed Date Warp. Although on the shorter side, I felt it was worth the 6 hours I put into completing the entire story. I wouldn't consider it one of Hanako's better titles, but it's definitely worth a look if you've enjoyed her other games and/or other visual novels.

Bottom Line: 6/10
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46 of 48 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
It's astounding
Time is fleeting
Madness takes its toll...*


Date Warp is the oldest of Hanako games here on Steam, as a cute VN with science fiction and dating elements. Even though it may be the weakest of all Hanako titles so far, it definitely is interesting and entertaining enough to present you 6-7 hours of playtime.

Janet Bhaskar is a freshman in Brooke College, Memphis. She is an introverted young woman who never dated before, and agrees to go on a date with young jock Bradley Dalton to appease her roommate, Vanessa. They go on a pretty much text book date without much attraction and got hit by a furious storm in the middle of the night while they were trying to go back. Bradley’s car gets busted in the middle of nowhere and phones do not pick any signal, yet luckily Janet manages to spot the lights of a mansion nearby. They decide to ask for help, and spend the night there if necessary. Unbeknownst to them, they may never leave...

This pretty otome game feels like a cross over between Rocky Horror Picture Show and a random episode of X-Files, with many enjoyable cultural and science fiction references. I must confess that both the narrative writing, and the concept choice is way better than I expected it to be. Characters are vivid and interesting as typologies, yet considering it is a short VN, there hasn't been much space for actual character depth. Janet is well developed as a character, yet none of the romance options are spectacular. We observe some interesting hooks without much in game development. The ending is somewhat cheesy and predictable too, with a taste for "all for one, one for all."

Gameplay is pretty generic, with description to read and choices to make to follow one of the character paths. The choice option though, comes with a wiring mini game for you to enjoy. It's like a pipe game, but with wires. It is cute and presents a casual feeling for your relaxation.

My one annoyance would probably be the art work and CGs used in the game. I usually do not care much for graphic quality but most of the pictures felt like taken from amateur deviantart pages, with odd disproportions and an obvious lack of care for the coloring. Actual character animations were not that bad, just not attractive, especially compared to Hanako's other game titles.

Oh, well. Not every game in the genre is a masterpiece. Still, here is an otome VN with 5 different characters and 11 endings harbored with brain scratchers. The story itself comes in to conclusion, sure, but the setting itself feels well-built enough to be visited by Hanako's future games. Who knows?

*Lyrics from Rocky Horror Picture Show - The Time Warp

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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
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]
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47 of 69 people (68%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
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!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
I play a lot of visual novels, seriously I have over 25, and this is one of my favorites. Usually in a VN you will pick a character to persue and their story will take you though a plot that is independant of anyone and anything else and recycles pictures of characters with different color schemes to fill different roles.

Date Warp, possibly by the nature of everyone being trapped in the house, does a fantastic job of telling different stories based on who you choose to follow that all meld together to make a complete whole. Each story only ADDS to the overreaching plot and none of them contridicts any other, which I have never seen before in any other VN or life sim game.

I made my initial two choices for guys to follow based on my usual preferences, lecherous and cold/angry guys first. They tend to have more interesting stories than nice guys... However when I decided to get around to completing the other story arcs I was shocked to find that chasing a different boy ended up adding even more depth to the others. Secrets I had never even guessed were there before were revealed, personalities were fleshed out even more, and I actually found myself interested in reading the last two stories where I had not been before.

I played the original "bronze" version quite some time ago as I purchased it from Hanako's site. I'd like to note that I own many games made by Hanako and their customer service is top notch. All it took was an email with a copy of my original order info to get a link to download the new version and a steam key to boot within 24 hours. I'm looking forward to any games they make in the future. If the art style of this game puts you off check out some of the others; the artist changes from game to game and the art in The Royal Trap is really, really, nice with realistic features rather than an Anime style.

Back to my original train of thought however... The added epilogue and extra pictures really add a nice sense of finality to the story where it felt slightly lacking before. They were obviously done at a later date and look different, though I think the same artist was used, it would be nice to have seen more of the art overhauled but I don't think that's realistic to expect.

I highly recommend this game as well as The Royal Trap, Magical Diary, and Long Live the Queen. The latter two you can find on steam and LLtQ has quite the cult following.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
I highly reccomend this game, while the art leaves something to be desired it's not that bad really. In the end the story makes up for it anyways. It has a very good story with characters that have problems, beliefs, and values that get tested and pushed to their limits. All in all by the time i finished the last, and true ending of the game I was in love with it. I would reccomend this to anyone really. It's a must play!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
This was the first Visual Novel I ever played right through to the end. I enjoyed it! During the course of the game you have various choices to make, and after a certain point the sum of those choices so far will lead you to connect to one of the other main characters. As result, it's possible to play the game through again, and make different choices that results in different endings. I enjoyed the first time through enough to play twice more. I recommend it!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
DATE WARP is a visual novel with multiple paths and endings (11 endings, to be exact - 2 endings for each romance path, and a final "true ending" is unlocked once the others have been reached), created by Kanako Games, mostly known for the game LONG LIVE THE QUEEN, but also the creator of "MAGICAL DIARY".

If that doesn't sell you the game to you instantly, I'm surprised. LLTQ is amazing in its optimization for min-maxing while also providing enough room to successfully complete the game in multiple ways, while MD was a well-written dating sim.

If you've played Magical Diary, you possibly know that the characters written by Kanako tend to have actual personalities and depth, which makes the chatter of the characters quite enjoyable. That is true for this game as well, as the primary focus of the game is its story.

The plot of DATE WARP itself is interesting enough that you'll possibly end up trying to get every ending, not just so that you'll unlock the achievements like I did (well, I had already seen all the endings while my friend was playing, so my playtime is an indicator of me fast-forwarding rather than actual game length.)
I don't feel like going into detail because, you know, *everything is a spoiler*, but overall, after seeing every ending, it makes perfect sense, despite being MINDF***.

I sure hope you'll take your time to check it out. I did play through the game with fastforward just to put it up on my profile as an achievement showcase, after all.

p.s.: LINDS is entertaining, I'd almost buy the game just to get to romance him, haha.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Some of the writing is cliché and the odd bit of art looks wonky but those things don't detract too much from an overall positive experience. As with all otome games some routes will be less enjoyable than others depending on your tastes but what I liked best was the mystery-solving aspect, getting new scraps of information in every route to piece together the backstory and figure out what was going on. If anything the romance kinda sticks out considering that the protagonist barely knows any of the guys and the game takes place over just a few short days, though again that's handled better in some routes than others.

The protagonist is a positive point for me. She has a good design and personality rather than just being a blank slate, and like the plot bits of her backstory are revealed as you play the multiple routes, which was a really interesting idea.

The little puzzles for picking dialogue options weren't really bad, just pointless, and the game could stand to be slightly cheaper imo. More variation in the designs for the love interests would be good too, but sadly that's true of most entires in the genre. But if you like a bit of sci-fi/fantasy with your dating sim or just something a little different then this is more than just another paint-by-numbers otome.
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