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


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.


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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • OS: 10.4 or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
This is a beautiful and artistic visual novel. Hell, I didn't even care about the romantic parts of it.. because the story is just so intriguing. Well written, and very complicated - but also simple, once you finally understand it all. I'm not really even a fan of time travel, but it really worked well for this VN. I won't get into a synopsis about the story.. I think this is one that's much better if you play and figure it out yourself.

Love, devotion, sacrifice, the moral dilemma of right vs wrong.. mystery, romance, sci-fi. This VN has it all. It's very thought-provoking and deep, and reaches you on an emotional level. It really makes you think, and I think that's important. The romantic aspect of it is very PG - allowing you to focus more on the story, which I think is very positive.

  • Likeable characters, and a great variety. Even the characters I didn't like were interesting. Janet is very naive and innocent.. but also very strong headed and a great protagonist.

  • Intriguing and a very deep and involved story.

  • The "true" ending (or at least what I would consider true), makes you actually feel happy about going through the effort of going through all of the other endings up to that point. Although most endings aren't happy, figuring out the "mystery" and getting the best ending is very worth it.

  • Pretty long VN. For the 10.99 it costs, you'll get your money's worth. Assuming you don't just skip through the dialogue to make the decisions.

  • If you DO skip through dialogue just to get choices (for achievements), they're all pretty easy to get if you follow a guide.

  • The wire mini game. Worst part of this game. Why connect wires to make choices? Why not let me just make the choices? Maybe they figured it would add more of a sci-fi aspect, but I found it to be a pain.

  • Can be a little bit confusing. You really have to be paying attention, or be interested in actually caring about it. I wouldn't recommend taking long breaks in between playing this, otherwise you might forget or get even more confused.

  • A little bit more added to the other endings would have been nice. Most endings are very similar with slight variations. This feels a little bit rushed.. reading the text tells you black and white what happened, but having a bit more detail or an ending gallery image or an elaboration would have been nice.

Overall, 8/10. Would recommend.
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98 of 103 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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49 of 51 people (96%) found this review helpful
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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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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
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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39 of 61 people (64%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014







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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
This VN was awesome! I know it’s old, but still, I highly recommend this game if you’re a fan of otome and puzzle games. The puzzles were rather fun to play, the art style is decent (just like the BG and BGM), the ending song was cute! I also liked the characters and the story a lot. This VN definitely deserves more attention! And in my opinion, it’s worth paying the full price.

I had a lot of fun playing this. 10/10, I hope the developers will make more games like this one soon!
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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Awesome Kitten
14.3 hrs
Posted: September 19
Such a beautiful game!
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Franklin Delano Jobs
1.9 hrs
Posted: September 17
Date Warp is a short game with an intriguing plotline. I finished all the routes in a couple of hours, though I skipped a lot of the shared dialogue—there's a lot shared between routes, since the central plot remains the same. That's one thing that bugged me a bit, though that's common in visual novels, I've noticed. However, having played Magical Diary, a later Hanako Games title, I can say the way the repeated dialogue was handled in that felt a bit less dry, since there were more ways to explore in the game.

Some of the art was better than other examples...Linds and Nathaniel tended to look good, but the art was iffy in a lot of the CGs, and some of the reactions for characters looked off. I don't mind art as much as other people, so this wasn't a big deal for me, nor was I bothered by the lack of voicing.

You choose your options with a puzzle game where you build a circuit through some twisted wire to build a path to the option you want to select. I liked this, especially since you can skip the puzzle if you've already solved it for an option that you want to select again.

The way the plotlines culminate in the final playthrough was quite good, but I feel like there was a lot that could've been done better, such as it leaving me wanting to know more about some of the characters and the universe, but in a sort of empty way, not in an excited one.

Overall, this is a good game, but painfully short and with too much repeated (though, if you play through the whole game, you could argue that's part of the point with regard to the plot.) It left me wanting more than it could give me.

I bought it for 75% off, leaving it below $3, which I thought was worth it. Would I pay $9.99 for it? No. Is it still worth playing? Yeah, if you don't pay $9.99 for it!

I'd give it a 7/10, maybe a 6.0 to 6.5 if I'm being harsh.
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6.0 hrs
Posted: August 13
This is probably one of my favourite visual novels yet. The scenario is really well put together - the sci-fi elements make internal sense as far as I can see, and the visual novel format has been used to its full potential.

The characters all start out a little like stereotypes (you have Linds, the mad scientist, Alben the emo trash, Bradley the boy next door etc) but over the course of the routes they all become decent characters with multiple layers. I really love how the story-telling works between routes - there's a clear consistency to it. The protagonist acts based on the information she has at hand, and although a lot of the text is repeated through routes it has been altered where need be. I know this seems like a weird thing to fangirl about, but I appreciate good writing and this game has it.
I love how the endings (excluding the True End) cannot clearly be defined as 'good' or 'bad'. Some of them pack quite the emotional punch. Others are more of a cliff-hanger...Some are definitely stronger than others, as a handful feel rather rushed.

I really enjoyed the puzzle mechanic, it made the choices seem far more significant and made me feel more involved in the story. It's a clever little technique I haven't seen before.

The art is not the best, you can see that in the screenshots, but the story was good enough that I could overlook it. The whole game feels dated, but in a weirdly charming way.

If you enjoy visual novels, this is a must read.
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30.4 hrs
Posted: July 27
I wouldn't recommend this game. The plot was pretty interesting and the characters were ok. But all the endings except Bradley were rushed and (pardon my french) kind of half a**ed. After the big experiment with Alben's sister fails, the other characters' endings are just quickly written down. No dialogue, just a rough summary of 'what happen to the couple?'. It's SUPER unsatisfying.
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Bud-picked out dog today
8.9 hrs
Posted: July 18
I don't care if people disagree with me but I have played a great deal of VNs in the past and even knowing I am quite fond of the "AJTilley/Dharker Studio" sets, the best...this is without a doubt, my absolute favorite VN and I highly suggest it. Even the characters who I wouldn't like in real life, like the guy who smokes or the heavily "Religous" character were enjoyable to play through and I played the entire game without skipping any text that I have not read.

To go further, just because you played 'character "A"' does not mean that when you play "character "B"', the story flows the same...even knowing there is a bit of text that is the same, the flow is completely different and this was truly nice to see.

This game is a 'must buy' and I highly suggest getting it and playing through. Lastly, the story takes several hours to beat in the first playthrough and I hope you enjoy reading it. Also, for a game without nudity or sex, it isn't missed much and it is truly nice to see a game that doesn't revolve around sex.
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[DV] DanixKm
4.7 hrs
Posted: July 14
I absoultely adored this VN. Interesting concept and different choices lead off to very different dialoge paths (as opposed to one different sentence in reply) so you're not constantly going through the same text with every single playthrough and when there is a repeat, you have the option to skip on.

Loved the story and a mix of unique endings (a few of which got me right in the feels)
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1.2 hrs
Posted: July 13
My god, this game was fantastic. Great story, great true ending, great characters. Absolutely no complaints. Sci fi, mystery, a bit of romance. Definitely worth every penny.
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10.3 hrs
Posted: July 9
out of all the games hanako game's has made, this has so far been the best one i've ever played. maybe out of all the game i've played that share the same style of being date-simy with good story. It's absolutely incredible. 10/10. I definitely recommend it, though it is a short game, you can replay multiple times to get the ultimate, or true ending. and let me tell you, IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WORTH IT. very very satisfying as the final ending. I won't spoil anything, but definitely give it a go.

p.s: Linds is love, Linds is life.
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Red Hope
7.7 hrs
Posted: July 8
This isn't a bad little datind sim/ visual novel. The story kinda of threw me for a loop, in a intresting weird but good kinda of loop. I haven't gotten through alll the routes yet and so far the game is pretty decent. It's art style isn't the best but it isn't the worst. My only complaint on the art style is that there is little drawn scenes and the ones that are drawn aren't the best and are sometimes reused. But it honestly doesn't effect the game too much. The story is pretty good and I believe this game takes about a max of 5 hours to finish, but I'm not too sure. The choice puzzle mechanic is quite intresting, and unique to this game, the puzzle arent too hard to complete but makes for an intresting mechanic. This game does have a good amount of endings 11 in total. I would reccommend this as a good start into the anime style visual novel/dating sim world since the game isn't too long. So give this game a try if you're interested it's worth your time. Game score - 7/10
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