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 (92 reviews) - 57% of the 92 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 16, 2008

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Buy Heileen Bundle

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


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
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS 10.4
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
Oh Heileen...

This first installment in Heileen's adventures is pretty cut and dry. You play a rather generic main character with rather generic romantic options and a generic story to follow. This game is very middle of the road all around. No voice acting, rather bland music and decent enough artwork, at first it might not even catch your eye at all.

To me what made it worth playing was the romantic path with Marie, your childhood best friend. It seemed to have the most depth story wise and the most drama, though even at the end I'm still iffy is Heileen really returned that same kind of love. You can also pursue an ending with Lora, your uncle's out going mistress but this was the weakest arch with barely any interactions and a vague ending. The default ending is with John, the only male option. Sadly, I found him to be a complete jerk as did Heileen but yet she still fell in love with him.

With only three endings to go after, the game is good for achievement hunters but not so good for anyone wanting a solid visual novel experience. The story is a bit dull, though they try to add mystery and drama to it just not enough for me. The characters aren't all bad and some are interesting, just could use more development. It's a sale purchase at best, but there are two more games in the series so if you really want to find out what happens next you may be tempted to purchase all three.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
This first visual novel release on Steam by Winter Wolves (Celso Riva) feature a female protagonist Heileen who is brought on a trip to sail to the New World by her uncle Otto. While on board the ship, Heileen will get to meet and interact with John, Marie, Lora, Otto and other minor characters. Achievements involve reaching a special romance ending with John, a sailor working on the ship, Heileen's childhood best friend Marie or with Heileen's aunt Lora. The game has plenty of save slots to enable quicker replays to reach a different romance ending, a tell-all relationship meter with any of the three main characters that goes up or down depending on your dialogue or option choices and the option to skip and fast-forward already read sections.

Soundtracks and overall game presentation are decent. Recommended when at sale or in a bundle offer as all endings can be reached and game can be completed in less than 10 hours.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
An early Winter Wolves visual novel with 3 romance options (2 female + 1 male), an ok story with some mystery thrown in and decent characters (however this may be acquired taste, as always - personally, I'm not fond of John, who appears to be "default" game romance). There is no trace of hentai there, although there are some mildly suggestive scenes that may not be appropriate for younger audience.

The main flaw is game length - I managed to complete all 3 patches in just below 2 hours. It's really short, but on a positive side - even little choices matter, and many answers lead to different branches (and sometimes unlocking or solving a quest).

There are no RPG elements, no stats building or daily routine planning, just going through the scenes and making choices - so what you get here is a steamlined experience - without tedious grinding element - which also may be seen as a plus.

All in all, "Heileen 1: Sail Away" is an enjoyable little visual novel, which serves as an introduction to bigger (and generally better received) follow-ups. While "Sail Away" alone may be not worth it's price point, if you can get it cheap and you plan to play through the whole series, it's an easy recommendation.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
God awful
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Well it's not long story, but... there's multiple endings and even side quests...
Drawings seem to be ok, music fine. Witnessing the end of this novel takes something about an hour+, but there's continuation of this story, so if You will get interested in this story, You can find it's continuation on Steam...
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