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 (77 reviews)
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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
( 7.0 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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✿ Mimiko ✿
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
There aren't many English VN I enjoy my time (at the time this game was out), but I enjoy this one quiet a lot. The story is engaging with sci-fi and romance, and the puzzles are easy so it doesn't ruin the game mood. My only tiny bit disappointment is Nathenial's route. If you consider trying out an English VN, this one is a good one to try.
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Abi Normal
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
I've just gotten my first ending and someone died.

I KILLED SOMEONE INSTEAD OF SLEEPING WITH THEM, HOW EVEN?!
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Helena
( 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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SecretSarah
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
I found the story very interesting and unique. I enjoyed the wide variety of endings and played every one of them. One thing I liked in particular is that the main character had realistic opinions and emotions instead of being vacant and boring. I also enjoyed the RHPS references.
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madtapa
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
A fun sci-fi visual novel/dating sim, very 999-esque.

The character art is occasionally iffy, but the backgrounds are nice, and the rest is easy enough to get used to. I will say this game doesn't *really* have puzzles - there's a mini wire-connecting game that you have to complete in order to make decisions, but it's not terribly challenging and doesn't add much. If decisions were more frequent than they are, I would've probably said the puzzles got in the way (and I usually like puzzles). As it is, there are not a large number of decisions in any given playthrough, but considering the large amount of dialogue difference between branches, many of the decisions have a fairly large impact on the text you see. The main mystery is a fairly interesting frame (though I figured out most of its pieces earlier than the characters did, granted from a more omniscient position), but I especially enjoyed playing through the different character branches to see how the main character interacted with all the different personalities, and how that affected the ending. Not all of the pairings worked for me, but I still enjoyed hearing how the pieces of the characters lives fit together across playthroughs.

All in all, would recommend. :)
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FlutterSparkles
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
Almost tedious to play to get all the endings. Barely any choices in this visual novel and the guy you "choose" isn't really your choice. It was not fun to play at all. The storyline was intriguing as were the characters but the fact that you had little to no choice in anything that happened was a letdown. I will not be playing to get all the endings as I literally had to force myself to get through to the end
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trueangelcool
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
I was able to finish the game within two days because this visual novel is awesome:) I just couldn't put the game down at all which was why I finished the game in two days in 10 hours.

As visual novels go u are on a date with Bradley driving in a car in the rain, Then the car breaks down. Janet was able to see a light and both followed the light that Janet saw. Janet and Bradley found out that the light was coming from a mansion. Once they both entered the mansion little did they know that the adventure begins in the mansion. Yup this game takes place on a mansion and I love that setting with mystery thrown into the mix. I always had a ton of fun reading the mansion cases in Detective Conan.

This game also has sci-fi thrown into the mix with romance too.

You have five guys you can romance. Each guy as two endings a good and bad ending plus one true end. Thankfully there is a guide in here so I recommend to use the guide here if you are stuck on achieving an end. There are 11 endings to get for this game.

As others have said below the character Janet is really a well developed character. I really did like her character a lot.

The art for the game could of been better but it's not as bad as it could of been. The music for the most part was enjoyable.

Other than that I enjoyed playing this visual novel a lot. I would give this a chance. Date Warp is made from the creators of Long Live The Queen which was another game that I loved playing a lot:D
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worrybugger
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
I enjoyed this game, finding all the endings was enjoyable, albeit a little bit repetitive!
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Weathermaker
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
One of my all time favorites! First visual novel I played. Got me hooked into Genre. Stellar Lovable Protagonist. This is an Otome, enjoyable by males.
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Faudraline
( 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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motheaten
( 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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{CoS} Dreamy
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 10
It's an okay game. Pretty quick run through. Very odd story, but I think it's a pretty unique one. I used a guide to get through all endings, which I highly reccomend. Gives you a nice full picture. And take the advice of doing storyline 1 last.
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storyteller91
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
love it so good
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
I've just gotten my first ending and someone died.

I KILLED SOMEONE INSTEAD OF SLEEPING WITH THEM, HOW EVEN?!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
45 of 47 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

Please also check out Lady Storyteller's Curator page here - follow for regular updates on reviews for other games!
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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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91 of 96 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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31 of 36 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 67 people (70%) found this review helpful
21 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
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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 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
This game was a pleasant surprise. I have to say I'm quite fond of stories (scenarios) that build upon a larger picture... makes the replay value a lot more interesting. The ending was magnificent to me (haha like my name), seeing as nothing was left in the dark. I'm not too surprised considering one very crazy but pretty doctor that it turned out that way. It was all very touching and meant something. Very very 'wordy' but it is a visual novel. All in all I still loved it. It's probabaly my second under Dandelion despite the art style but I still love concepts like the ones used in this. Worth the buy.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
If you enjoy unraveling mysteries and a good read, this game is for you. The pace and setting for this game is done very well, and parts of the story gets unfolded as you progress. Regardless of music, art or writing, everything is very well put together and creates a nice brooding mood. It's the kind of game that makes you pick at your brain as you try to figure out each person's character and intentions, slowly realising there's more to them than it appears. You will also be required to do several playthroughs and achieve different endings before you get a perspective of the truth. For visual novels, characters are of utmost importance, and I'd say this game scores pretty high on character development with not one person being too much of a saint or devil to be believable. The only minor setback is that the protagonist has a relatively strong personality, and it tends to reflect that in the choices available.

There's an overall faint, drawn out tension that will keep haunting at the back of your mind, which pans out for a solid gameplay without making you feel queasy or uncomfortable the way some panic-driven games do. All things considered, this is definitely worth a try and if you enjoy reading, mysteries or "choose your own adventure" novels, all the more you shouldn't miss it.

PS. In case anyone is wondering about my playtime, I had purchased the original non-Steam download (which I've clocked in almost a full day of playtime) and have only recently asked for the Steam keys. I'm currently replaying this game so right now I've only completed one route :)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2015
So in this VN you play a girl on a blind date with a (possibly) crazy sports guy when the two of you suddenly end up trapped in a house with a sad rich guy, an angry loner guest, a perverted mad scientist, and his meek pretty assistant. Obviously nothing is really as it seems, but it is sorta interesting finding out what is actually going on. And in the end, someone dies (possibly you). Fun!

More seriously, this VN is pretty neat, but it is also really short. It took little more than an hour to go through it, and while there are multiple endings those won't take too long to see either. The puzzle gimmick you go through as you are making a choice in this game adds nothing but making those decisions take a little longer. Overall, it's hardly the best VN i've ever played (far from it), but it isn't bad either. I'd call it competent and a nice way to spend an evening. So if you are looking for a short little mystery with odd characters and a story that tends to kill someone before it is over, then this may be worth checking out. :o
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2015
This game was surprisingly fun to play through. I bought it only because it was made by Hanako Games and because some of the reviews on Steam intrigued me a bit, but i really liked the idea of the game, and just when it starts to get cliche, it turns everything around and makes it new again. A lot could have been done better, and the puzzle sections seemed fairly useless, but it's worth a look if it's your kind of game. It keeps you playing until you've reached all the endings!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
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.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
So it is a bit short but the game takes place over the course of 5 days so the pacing actually feels really good for the time span that's covered.

I've seen better artwork, I've also seen a lot worse in games that are priced higher.
The static character models and backgrounds look the best, the cut scenes are hit and miss, some are great, some are ehhhh

Worth playing through to get all the endings, the puzzle element is interesting but not really challenging.

Good story, decent art and music, better than some VN's $5~$10 more that I've played
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27 of 49 people (55%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
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.
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