Embark with Heileen in a unforgettable voyage to the New World! Met with old friends, and make new ones. Find romance, avoid dangers and life your life to the fullest!
User reviews: Mixed (80 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2008

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Includes 4 items: Heileen 1: Sail Away, Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate, Heileen 3 Bonus Content, Heileen 3: New Horizons


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"Female protagonist, another girl likes you, there is subtext"

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March 28

New beta with full Linux support!

Hi all,
the new Ren'Py (the tool I use to make all my games) is still in beta but stable enough for me to upload a beta version of this game, if anyone using Linux could confirm that the achievement works would be great.

If they work on this game I can update all the other games (including Loren The Amazon Princess for example).

To play the beta, right click on the game in library, then properties and finally the "BETAS" tab. You can pick from the drop-down menu the "beta" branch and then the game will update itself and you can try the new version.

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About This Game

Heileen, cute 18 years old english girl.

She has a quiet life, without any real problems. But one day, her uncle Otto, a famous english merchant, decides that it is time for a change, and forces her to follow him on a journey to the New World.

During the voyage, she'll meet old and new friends and discover lots of secrets, and ultimately find what really wants for herself.


  • Lots of unique characters to interact with and three different endings!
  • Quest system: get points when you discover new quests and when you solve them
  • Get a final rating based on your score at the end of the game!

The story continues with Heileen 2, also available on Steam!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Hard Drive: 40 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS 10.4
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 40 MB available space
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 40 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I'm not a huge fan of the genre, so keep that in mind when reading my review.

I've done a few of these visual novels, but this was only my second completed 'otome' style novel, if Shan Gui can be considered otome. I've seen alot of feedback about how this is the least popular and detailed of the Heileen series, and I am hopeful that this is the case. I found the game to have all the plot of an adult movie without almost any of the parts of an adult movie that get people to watch. Not that I wanted a hentai game or anything, I just mean the plot was thin, the clothes on the ladies 4 sizes too small, and the characters uninteresting. I also had some of the women in my life give the game a try and they were likewise unimpressed. The quests seemed unimportant and I don't think I even resolved half of them, with little seeming consequence. Once dialogue was seen the first time (you will see it 2-3 times to get the achievements), you can hold down the space bar to go through all the dialogue and you barely miss anything. The artwork is okay, and if you are familiar with these jrpg style visual novels, this won't be much of a surprise, except the only song was a slightly less than a full ripoff of Styx' 'come sail away' modifed and muzak'd to try and perhaps avoid royalties...

I think this was on sale for me for $1.49 and was not worth it. I think in a $1 bundle with 6-8 other games it might be worth your while to get the 100% achievement, or to somehow get you into the Heileen series which is supposed to be better in 2 and 3. I haven't tried them, and likely won't, for a while anyway...

1/10 at full price
3/10 in an inexpensive bundle
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Heileen episode 1 is not a too bad of an Novel, the drawing/animating is clunky and there are barely backgroundsounds that is, but the dialogue story is actually quite interesting and makes you wish to play the other 2 games (which are said to be way better than the 1st one)

You play Heileen, she lives with her uncle as her parents die, she gets forced to sail to america with him, she doesnt want to at first, her vegetarian childhoodfriend comes with her, theres a sailor shes interested in, she doesn't like her uncles matresse, but can get a somewhat love relationship with her.
Basically thats it. All things happen on the travel route to America.

- Not only hetero "love" relationships (Women x Women 2, Male x Woman 1, although they are not realy that of romantic)
- Many choices
- quite nice backgrounds
- 3 Routes that alter the ending a bit
- "Quest" system, whichis kinda nice i gues
- Tradingcards
- Achievements
- Playtime/€ (~1h per route = 3hours)

- barely any backgroundmusic (mostly only in the beginning of a new chapter, not repeating over the game)
- Realy cluncky character design, they do not look 100% ugly, but are not pretty either
- Most choices dont do anything
- Not realy 100% all ages, as there are sexual jokes (smaller kids might not notice though) as well as barely dresses scenes (with this cluncy style not too bad) and some torn clothes ones in the end. Might be okay for 12/13/14+ or so, parents have to think it themselves.

All in all i can say: Not the worst i have read and i will try the other 2 titles later on when i have the time (owning them anyway already)

~ 6.5/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Easy 100%, hilariously racist undertones and cheesy dialogue, but it's been bundled or put on sale a million times.

It's not a waste of the time you'll spend playing it, but wait for a steep discount or another bundle.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
A Love Story, going interactive...

Visual Novels, not to be confused with Interactive Novels, are kind of a no go genre for me. Still I do have some of them on my account. And I am always disgusted about how careless and without any compassion those stories are often told. Heileen is no excetption to this. Sure it's nice to play, somehow cute... But... Well... It's missing a lot of the stuff which a novell should have, namely a story that holds enough suspense to bind it's reader to the screen.

Since Heileen one is only a Prelude to the other parts, which seem to be more elaborate I'll try to be a bit more positive about this game and even though I dislike the genre will try to give it some credentials by dividing pros and cons:

- Pro
Cute characters, some of them are quite believable while others might have jumped out of some childhood books.
Well done Graphics, not the best in the world but they are like the standard in Visual Novells.
Decent soundtrack, I had games with far worse sound.

- Cons
Limited Replayability, the game get's boring very fast even during the first run.
Strange storyline, this is some kind of romancing game, ok, but why do I feel like in a cheap version of a romance, where everyone is easy?
No challenge, the game has no difficulty to mention, you play it and either you get one solution or the other but you aren't really challenged.
COYA mindset of the developer, you feel the whole time like you are on the rails of somebody else...

Conditional Recomendation:

This game might be for you if you are new to the genre to try it out. It has no challenges to tell about and you can get your achivements like some free candy. Being a completionist, this game might give you an easy satisfaction. Even if you read the whole story, it's played through in less than one hour. The graphics and soundtrack are standard of the time the game was created, the story is somewhat substandard... more like an devolved fairytale, which might also be a fine thing for youth to adolescent players. The game is full of hinted innuendo, which might frustrate more direct players who like to evolve their fantasies about the main characters...

So it is a recomendation, but only slightly so - if you are not a fan of the genre visual novell, or romance games, dating sims etc... don't even dare to touch it - you might as well be frustrated like hell because of the game.
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117 of 147 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
A heartwarming tale of a barely legal settler girl discovering the sleeping lesbian within herself.
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