Nicole is thrilled that she managed to get into her first choice school and is looking forward to experiencing college life there. However, as soon as she moves into the university dorms, she finds out that there’s been a series of mysterious disappearances going on around the campus!
User reviews: Mixed (54 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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April 5

Linux achievements and cloud save enabled

I've added the new Ren'Py Steam API, so achievements should also work under Linux. In addition I've also enabled the cloud saves. They're cross-platform so you can save and load from / to any OS! :)

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About This Game

Nicole is thrilled that she managed to get into her first choice school and is looking forward to experiencing college life there. However, as soon as she moves into the university dorms, she finds out that there’s been a series of mysterious disappearances going on around the campus! So far, three girls have already gone missing and Nicole could be next if she’s not too careful – not quite the ideal college experience Nicole had in mind.

Nicole is a dating sim that revolves around your day-to-day life as a college student. You can take up part-time jobs to earn money, explore various locations, do recreational and extra-curricular activities, and meet intriguing characters like Darren, Kurt, Jeff and Ted. You might even get to date the culprit!

Choose which actions to perform each day with a simple and intuitive interface. Improve Nicole's skills and keep her morale and energy well balanced, otherwise she won't be able to perform well in her daily activities.

The game features four male romance options and an additional four female romance options which will be released in a separate game version within a few months. You may focus solely on dating, or gather enough clues and solve the mystery to unlock an extra ending for each of the datable characters!

You can use items that can be bought from the in-game online shop or visit various locations within the game to perform certain actions, which can improve your stats and your relationship with the characters. At the end of the day, you’ll get a summary of your progress.

What are you waiting for?


  • Four different boys to date: Jeff, Ted, Darren & Kurt with 10 different endings
  • Discover the true identity of the culprit. Careful, you could be dating him!
  • Life simulation gameplay with several places to visit and activities to choose from
  • Deluxe version with wallpapers, chibi and full game soundtrack in mp3
  • Classic dating sim with several statistics and items to buy

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS 10.4
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
I'm a big fan of the developers of this game, Winters wolves, so I had no doubts when buying Nicole. Undeniably it has great graphics, regular soundtrack, not caught my attention, but fits well to the climate of the game. The scenarios are beautiful, despite having few backgrounds ...

I was wondering whether I should recommend this game or not, because it is extremely monotonous. You basically spend all the time choosing between tedious activities, which are summarized in you click, get some points and goes to the next day, while waiting an event appear. This system has appeared in some of them games like Heileen 3, but it was not something boring like in Nicole, because if you invested in one of the jobs, you earned one ending with it.

Now about the characters ... My God, Nicole is a pain in the ♥♥♥. She is too stupid, I could name several dialogues that I stopped and stared at the screen without understanding how she could be so stupid. And futile. It was to theoretically I identify with her? I dont see how anyone would identify with that dumb character.

As the romance options ... I did not like Kurt, Ted was passable, but the pleasant surprises came with Jeff and Darren. Initially I had found Jeff boring, but his personality change gave a new breeze in this tedious game. Darren started very well for me, but then entered fully into the shy scholar boy stereotype, and lost what made him be interesting, ceasing to be a pleasant surprise. And I was investing my points for all romance with him, unfortunately.

I thought I would have to investigate to discover the mystery, but its only you raising the Clue status over and over, choosing the options to "Look for clues", get some events and done. That was disappointing. I have not finished playing, and probably will not be able, I am striving to continue, but Nicole's personality keep me from liking minimally game.
So it pains me to give a bad review for a game of Winters Wolves, but unfortunately I did not like Nicole (and I struggled to try).
This is my opinion, and games of Winter wolves tend to be very good, so if you are interested in the game's premise (assuming the mystery part basically does not exist in the game), it may be that different from me, you like it, then try giving it a chance.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
The plot is miniscule and the writing is nothing special. I only played Kurt route because I wanted to see how they'll make him toleratable. Omg I cringed so hard at that ending. I think I passed out briefly from the sheer embarassment.
And don't get me start on the non-existant mystery, It’s so obvious who's the freakin' culprit. I thought by investigating crime I’ll get to talk with people to get clues and going places. Nope.
The artwork is pretty good though.

All in all, you'll probably enjoy this game If you like sappy love stories with pretty boys (and nothing else) and don't mind dumb heroines.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Nicole is a game which first draws you in with it's beautiful art and then gives you the task of unraveling the main mystery of the game. Of course like most VN it does have some of the stereotypical character personalities and plot devices but that didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the story. I do wish the game was a bit longer and that the characters could of been fleshed out a bit more since it feels like a waste to have a pretty solid story and not use it to the fullest since so much more could of been added to extend the length in a meaningful way.

My only real complaint is that when you get towards end of the game after you max out the stats you need there's nothing else for you to really do so it can get a bit boring until you reach the last day and see the final part of the story.

Overall I enjoyed the time that I played Nicole and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good VN that has great art and music and doesn't mind that story has a few issues but nothing that should make you not want to play.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
More or less a text-based dating sim with a few pictures.

The writing is pretty decent at parts, but then cringe-worthy awful in others.

Not really my thing so I'm choosing to leave a recommendation and scoring out of this review in fairness.

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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
That's right, I play some Otome games :l
(I'm waiting for the one with the female interests to come out, as well).


- Generic characters
- Odd introductions
- Protagonist isn't very... relateable.
- Reviews state "culprit is predictable", and I am starting to believe they're right... :l
- No depth to story, really. It's just... yes.


- Great visuals
- Very well animated character sprites
- Enjoyable banter and conversational options
- Lots to do!
- Allows focus on dating-sim + studies, or mystery solving, or all of the above!
- I get the feeling that there is some replay value to be had here... :p

Do I recommend?
Yes, I do.

Buy it on sale, though, I'd say.
It's a fun, intriguing way to pass time.

Guys, if you're not comfortable with your sexuality, wait until the one with female interests comes out.
I know I am :)
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