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!
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Release Date: Oct 16, 2008

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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.

FEATURES

  • 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!

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
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    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
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Taebrythn
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
this has a decent story and the artwork is a bit unusual but i've seen worse. its not very long even doing all of the endings.
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chiconinja_XD
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Pretty much mediocre is the way to describe something like this...

The dialogues are so bad and awkward (looks like someone with problems or in a delirium would write), quite every character is a joke, the art is pretty bad, the only thing that could rescue it´s his soundtrack and I never listen something that good while playing.

Maybe this would be somehow pleasant for someone who likes cheap histories or began to play visual novels, looks like a whole weird try to bring climax to the history, without an end and much less a significance.

I give it 2/10, sorry but it feels like a really bad joke that it got 2 more chapters. (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ

Sigh, it is hard to recommend it, this is bad, but I hope you could find something hilarious on it or enjoy it in some way, this is the only excuse it has or that I could find. (¬_¬)
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woosk
( 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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Schinigami
( 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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Mongoloid Mike
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 10
garbage
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Maje
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
Heileen 1: Sail Away is a good game. Not too short, not too long, with a nice plot, nice characters, and nice visuals. The music is good too.
I dont really know what else to say about this game - its good, but not something out of ordinary or something id walk around telling my friends about, you know? If you like otome games, or visual novels in general, id definitely give this a shot, but if youre not sure, i wouldnt start with this game.
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Helena
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
This is the first Heileen game I’ve ever played, meaning I have no references about the other two games.

If you want a quick experience with this early Winter Wolves game, I guess it’s worth a try (but only on sale — ain’t worth paying the full price to be totally honest). The story is dull, predictable; the main character, at least on this first game, feels empty and rather annoying since it seems that all that matters to her are how good looking some people are. I found that simply atrocious, especially on a particular scene involving her friend Marie…

The art is okay. Some of the backgrounds are good, others are just bad. The background music is kinda weird: it plays sometimes, REALLY LOUD, scaring the f*ck out of me. Most of times there are some sad scenes and the songs are just all… happy. Makes no sense.

Another thing that annoys me on this game is the lack of expressions: Heileen always has a) her dumb face on or b) her dumb embarrassed face on. Same with all the other characters. And speaking of them… Just awful. John makes me so mad I wish I could hit his face with one of Marco’s pans.

I know this is an old game, but I’m being really honest. I hope the second and third games are better.

4/10. I don’t recommend this game unless it’s on sale, you get it as a gift, or if you want to play this mess by yourself.
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tqwert14
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
God awful
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aarona493
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 10, 2015
It's just ok at best. Not really worth the time. It only took an hour. The branching doesn't always make sense.
3/10
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minet
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 22, 2015
A 17 year old britain is obliged to sail away with her father merchant and mistress.
It’s a girly game with mere dialogue, you make choices on how to react/ what to say to people, you’ll work on seducing a handsome man or your best friend. You have straight/gay romances. It’s nice to make acquaintance with the characters you’ll live adventures with in the sequel.
The characters aren't develeoped for now but, from seeing the trailer a very long time ago, I felt the developer would improve in future games. And Heileen is part of it.
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linnlb96
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 6, 2015
I gave it a chance even if most people didn't recomend it... Big mistake.
This game is by far one of the worst I have played. The story was just confusing and the main character (Heileen) is the most narcissistic and shallow person I have ever come across in a game.
The second game is better, but still I would not recomend that either.
I do own the third game, but I have yet to make myself wanna play it.
I bought all three as a bundle and thankfully they where on sale, so I didn't have to pay much.
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Usagi
( 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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MalaGaa
( 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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Wereboar
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13, 2015
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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curseyourichards
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16, 2015
Whooo boy what a hot mess this game is.

I actually quite like Winter Wolves as a developer and have bought a few of their games; there's a visible committment to doing better with each release and that's aces in my book, so I'll probably continue to buy from them in the future despite this negative review. That said, this is one of the company's older offerings (from 2008!), and it...shows.

Where to start? Well, the writing ain't great, but it's mostly just a bit weak rather than flat out bad. The real problems come from character interactions and some less than stellar narrative choices. Depending on how your playthrough goes, and the dialogue choices you make, you may be treated to any of the following erm...not-so-great plot points and chatty bits:


***SPOILERS***



*The main character's best friend tries to commit suicide as a means of either a.) getting attention from her love interest or b.) because she's so afraid of being without her love interest; this character is a possible romance for the player character and the suicide attempt is basically laughed off as ~oh you wacky friend, don't go doing that again now!~ errr.....

(And just a thought, but maybe dating the woman with 'potential posessive stalker' written all over her isn't such a hot idea?)

*The main character is the victim of an attempted sexual assult--out of three playthroughs, this happened to me twice, with two different guys.

*There's some racism, which seems utterly untintentional but is still quite unfortunate. One of the possible love interests basically adopted a couple of slaves when they were children, raised them in England and is taking them back to America because she thinks they'll have a better life there, working on a plantation. In the seventeenth century. Because the plantation owner promises to treat them better than the other slaves. Um.

*The main character has a few 'but I can't like women, that'll give me cooties' moments during romances with female love interests, which can be explained by this taking place in the seventeenth century, I suppose, but it was still disappointing to encounter.

*♥♥♥♥ shaming. EVERYWHERE. Though the game tries very hard for an Aesop about not judging a book by its cover, it doesn't quite pull it off. If Lora is on screen, you can guarantee that at least half the time someone will have something negative and judgmental to say about her sexual promiscuity and/or her history of sex work. If this sort of thing bothers you, this game is sooooo not for you.



****END SPOILERS***

On a purely personal pet-peeve note, the game is outrageously anachronistic in too many ways to count. If a filmy bra-and-panties lingerie set is seventeenth century sleeping attire, I'm the Queen of Prussia's Court Jester.

Is the game worth buying? As an intro to the characters and if you get it in a bundle with the others for super cheap or otherwise on deep discount and are a completionist (like me!), go for it. On its own? I'm afraid the answer is no. It's super short and as I understand, the sequels play fast and loose with the continuity presented in this one, even going so far as to retcon some of it, so you may not even be missing much.

5/10
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coldstone101
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11, 2015
loved this game
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Nеutrаlnу
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3, 2015
I should have stayed in bed for 3 hours longer instead of playing this game.
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Aliased
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3, 2015
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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Redwing
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2, 2015
I had bought Heileen before it was available on steam, to be honest I was not overly impressed by the story nor the characters. Though the Spirtes are fairly well done. I do enjoy Winter Wolves other games however, Roommates, Nicole and Planet Stronghold have been quite fun. If you're a VN, steam card, badge or achievement collector and want to support the english VN commuinty purchase it while it's on sale. Otherwise I would avoid it.
3/10
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Crazy Cat Lady
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27, 2015
If you're a fan of dating Sims Heileen is worth picking up on sale or as a part of the bundle. The II and III games are much better, but the first game acts as an introduction to the characters and sets the stage for the rest of the series. There is a lot of over the top melodrama, so don't take the game too seriously and you'll have fun!

There are only 3 romance options and 2 of them are women, so I hesitate to reccomend it as an otome game, but if you like otome you'll probably have fun here. The relationships aren't very deep, so if you're looking for touching moments and swoon-worthy suitors this is not the game for you.

It's not a terriby long game. It took me 4 play throughs to get all 3 endings (I messed up on Lora and had to play a 2nd time...)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Pretty much mediocre is the way to describe something like this...

The dialogues are so bad and awkward (looks like someone with problems or in a delirium would write), quite every character is a joke, the art is pretty bad, the only thing that could rescue it´s his soundtrack and I never listen something that good while playing.

Maybe this would be somehow pleasant for someone who likes cheap histories or began to play visual novels, looks like a whole weird try to bring climax to the history, without an end and much less a significance.

I give it 2/10, sorry but it feels like a really bad joke that it got 2 more chapters. (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ

Sigh, it is hard to recommend it, this is bad, but I hope you could find something hilarious on it or enjoy it in some way, this is the only excuse it has or that I could find. (¬_¬)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
this has a decent story and the artwork is a bit unusual but i've seen worse. its not very long even doing all of the endings.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This is the first Heileen game I’ve ever played, meaning I have no references about the other two games.

If you want a quick experience with this early Winter Wolves game, I guess it’s worth a try (but only on sale — ain’t worth paying the full price to be totally honest). The story is dull, predictable; the main character, at least on this first game, feels empty and rather annoying since it seems that all that matters to her are how good looking some people are. I found that simply atrocious, especially on a particular scene involving her friend Marie…

The art is okay. Some of the backgrounds are good, others are just bad. The background music is kinda weird: it plays sometimes, REALLY LOUD, scaring the f*ck out of me. Most of times there are some sad scenes and the songs are just all… happy. Makes no sense.

Another thing that annoys me on this game is the lack of expressions: Heileen always has a) her dumb face on or b) her dumb embarrassed face on. Same with all the other characters. And speaking of them… Just awful. John makes me so mad I wish I could hit his face with one of Marco’s pans.

I know this is an old game, but I’m being really honest. I hope the second and third games are better.

4/10. I don’t recommend this game unless it’s on sale, you get it as a gift, or if you want to play this mess by yourself.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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120 of 151 people (79%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Simple little VN. Cute stories and nice characters. Good if you need something not too deep to invest yourself in for an hour or so. The art is also very nice. :)
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40 of 56 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
This interactive novel was a truly lackluster effort in my opinion. It came as part of a bundle I bought, and for this I am glad, because if I had actually spent a few bucks for this game by itself, I would have been pretty upset with the content. The writing is pretty terrible, the voice acting is mediocre, and the story is completely lacking, and often doesn't make any sense.

For example, there are a pair of stowaway escaped slaves hiding in a room at the bottom of the ship. Somehow, nobody knows they are in there except the uncle, his wife, and the ship doctor. They have scurvy, but the doctor doesn't realize this until Heileen asks him about it, lol. Additionally, they are being taken to a slave owner who has promised the uncle and wife that the ex slaves would not be treated as slaves, lol. Fortunately for all parties involved, one of the passengers is vegan, and through her advocacy of eating only fruits and vegetables, the are able to stave off the slaves scurvy. Had she not been there, the slaves would have died from scurvy and presumably, many of the ship mates would have also, since prior to that revelation, only the weird people at fruits and veggies at all.

That is just the tip of the god awful writing spear.

Do NOT spend money on this game. If it ends up in a bundle you purchase, then go ahead and waste an hour playing it I guess, but that is all you will be doing...wasting an hour.

3 out of 10.

p.s. the menu screen music is pretty cool even though it's like a 30 second loop, and the graphics are decent (but not enough to save the game)
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I clicked 'Yes' to recommend, but in truth, I only recommend as an introduction to the characters for the 2nd and 3rd entries in this series. Heileen 1 is short, with limited input and very brief, shallow storyline. The endings are easy to get, and it is an easy game to get 100% on with only 3 achievements. It does contradict the second novel (the ending of this one, to the start of the 2nd) - so do play with the knowledge that they don't seamlessly merge together into one story.

I've completed this on android and steam. It is the weakest in the series, but I'm glad to have played it as groundwork for the later games. The 2nd is enjoyable, with a lot more interactivity and a lot more depth as an adventure visual novel. The third is a 'proper' dating visual novel, and highly enjoyable. So only buy/play this if you you intend to play the others - try to grab on sale or in a bundle.
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38 of 56 people (68%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
A gathering of animaes appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope and this is what they said
They said come sail away come sail away
Come sail away with me
Come sail away come sail away
Come sail away with me
And get card drops!

All aboard!
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2015
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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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Short Verdict: Heileen 1: Sail Away is an under-par girly visual novel about a girl travelling by ship centuries ago from England to the New World. The game is probably isn't worth your time. It's not absolutely terrible, but it's a lot more on the bad side. Here's why:

Pros:
  • 3 different endings, so there's some replayability
  • It's possible to skip seen dialogues
  • To be honest, I can't really think of anything else--the things that aren't bad are just ok

Cons:
  • The story should be the main thing in the game, but there's nothing interesting about--not much besides a girl with a crush, a girlfriend, an uncle and his mistress
  • The characters are really annoying, boring, and shallow--nothing special about any of them and the dialogues are bland
  • It completely fails on the "quests" (completing quests without an RPG's freedom of movement is lame), that are the game's only differential
  • The options are really awkward (making me want to create my own) and most of them don't matter much
  • It's short. Got the 3 endings in 3.5 hours

Bought on / for: I got it on TG (that website Steam hates) mostly because of the trading cards. Yeah, it served that purpose. But I wouldn't choose to buy this kind of game to play. I played it only because I already had it. The only value this game really has are the cards.

Similar games: I'm not the greatest fan of VNs, but I kinda enjoyed playing Cinders, which is also girly, so you might wanna check that one out.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2014
This is the first installment in a three part series, I quite enjoyed playing each one and hope the rest of the series makes it to steam. Its a very simple yet fun visual novel, well worth getting. I already had the game before it made it to steam but plan to unlock the achievements for it. Art is very nice and story gives a small taste of the ones to come.
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25 of 39 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
A casual visual novel, with a story that has charm.

The story has a thinly veiled anti-men theme going on and while it didn't bother me, I apprechiate it might be a hard pill to swallow for some. Especially since the story beats you over the head with it!

I honestly wonder who wrote the characters and thought 'yeah they seem true to life' as the story seems to assume that all women like the big muscular man and that all men are ♥♥♥♥♥♥ weirdo horndogs.

The secondary characters are flat and the primary characters hardly fare much better but despite that the game has a charm to it that makes it a game you can play once and when you are done, you will smile.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
This is one of WInterWolves earlier games, and the newer games are definately better. The game is a pure visual novel/dating sim/ You play as an 18 year old girl named Heileen, who is going on a journey from England to the New World with her uncle, Otto, her uncle's mistress, Lora, her best friend, Marie, and the crew on the ship. By the end of the game you can end up with a sailor named John, Marie or Lora. The game is pretty short and the three achievements are easy to get. For the price, you might as well pick up this game if only to give support to WinterWolves. I'm waiting for Heileen 3 to get released in July, and it looks like it will be much better than the first 2.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
I enjoyed playing this visual novel. The beginning is kind of quirky with some fun elements, but it does develop the characters very well. The game doesn't require any grinding, instead your choices with the other characters decides what will happen next. I prefer this over grinding points to unlock points (which unfortunately is present in some Winter Wolves games), as it feels like you truly develop a loving relationship with the other person.

Positives

  • The female characters feel well done, especially Lora, who at first glance appears as very shallow and just a man pleaser, but if you take the right path, she develops tremendously as a character. Heileen herself is cute, ending up in some typical anime awkward scenes.
  • Openminded romancing, with being able to pair up with a man or a woman.
  • The story develops well and is interesting. Deeper issues being explored and characters experiencing both happiness and pain.
  • The game is choice based, you get access to different dialog and development depending on what you want to do. Even though the story ties into the same end, the story feels very different depending on what character you develop with.


Neutral

  • The game is very short. Even though I have three hours clocked on it at the time of the review, the actual game takes about 30 minutes to "complete" on one run. So as you can tell, I enjoy the story a lot.
  • You get some side quests to complete, but it doesn't seem to matter if you fail them. Some of the quests weren't really worth completing, as the story provided more interesting plot elements.

Negatives

  • The male characters were mostly bland. The only reason anyone falls in love with John is because he has abs. His personality is flat like paper. The chef were one of the few that felt somewhat real, but unfortunately you can't develop much of a character with him, as he is one of the background characters. The father is your typical fat and greedy person.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
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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