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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Very Positive (74 reviews) - 98% of the 74 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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42 of 44 people (95%) 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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