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 (81 reviews) - 59% of the 81 user reviews for this game are positive.
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"

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
5 of 6 people (83%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
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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6 of 11 people (55%) 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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118 of 148 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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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
I really wanted to be able to recommend this game due to its mixed reviews.
Heileen falls short of other romance based Visual Novels. It does not really have a large amount of character development, and none of those sweet sentimental touching moments, that I have come to love from games of this genre.

On my first play though, I barely spoke to the person I ended up with, and my character showed no really inkling that she liked him, nor did he to her. In fact, he seemed like an awful person the entire time, and my character seemed to despise him.

I played through to get all three endings, and each relationship seems equally forced.

In other Visual Novels I have played, the protagonist gets closer to the person you wish to romance, and you learn more about them and you see a relationship forming. This just did not happen.

There also seems to be a huge anti-male sentiment within the game. The male characters are arrogant, sexist, womanizers and violent. The result of this is that 2 out of 3 game endings involve the protagonist concluding that she hates men.

If you really enjoy Visual Novels, and you have run out of games to play, you may enjoy this game. However, do not buy it at full price.
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