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 (18 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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October 4

Nicole updated to 1.0.6 beta

Hi all,
in addition of having the game in a 33% discount this week, I've also uploaded a beta version for anyone wanting to test it.
It uses new libraries of my framework, so should run faster and resolve some compatibility problems.
The game itself wasn't changed, so if was working fine for you before, no need to try the beta.

To test the beta you need to right-click on the game name in library and then in the BETAS tab choose to opt-in for the beta version.

If anyone tries it I'm interested to know if the achievements on the Windows/Mac version still works :) thanks

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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?

GAME FEATURES


  • 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

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.4
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
I had high expectations for Nicole after reading the positive reviews on it. However, I was highly disappointed within the first 5 minutes of playing it. The writing is extremely cheesy, like a middle-school girl writing fanfiction. I did my best to overlook it and continued playing through 3 of the 4 character routes. It's very obvious in the beginning who the culprit is, and each character has a stereotypical personality. The only one I particularly liked throughout the progression was Ted and maybe Darren. It was very difficult to find Jeff or Kurt appealing. The story is brief and non-engaging, and I felt like there wasn't much to explore, even with the dialogue options. It was very linear and tedious, what with the last month having nothing to do but gather clues and randomly clicking activities just to get the days over with. It was such a pain to go through that since there were no more stories or events going on for that whole month. Even the ending was quick and unsatisfying. Another problem was that the characters all pretty much looked the same aside from Darren. And Nicole? She's really pretty but her personality just made me cringe half the time.

Aside from that, I found myself enjoying it when I went through Darren's route and Ted's. I was just irritated that the story halted for that month as if they ran out of ideas. The game seemed very half-♥♥♥♥♥, and the after school "activities" were horribly boring.

On a good note, I enjoyed the art, and the story wasn't too bad. The music was nice and set up a pleasant ambience, though I don't particulary pay any attention to that for more than a few seconds. All in all, Nicole is a very lacking game that is definitely not worth $20. I have quite a bit of regret spending that much on such a short game with little to do aside from clicking what stat you want to raise. Over. And over. And over.

If it ever drops to at most 10 bucks, I'd recommend it then.
Posted: October 8
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Overall I found this game charming. I didn't think the stat gain/drain was too unbalanced (though I did notice morale plummeted 2x as fast as energy when on my Jeff playthrough) and the men started out as typical cliches (the jock, the nerd, shy guy, and country bumpkin) and then they were expanded upon. There were a few typos but they were easily overlooked because of ho far apart and few there was. My biggest complaint would have to be that sometimes the memes slipped in were eyerollers. Like, there's a pop culture reference/meme reference slipped in just about every other text block. Like, chill out you "Rollr" nerds.

I do want to say kudos though, as this is the first otome I have played where I actually liked the protagonist. I thought she was cute, if a little illogical at times. The music in the game was not bad but I found if you muted the music volume then try to put it back up you'd think it was on mute. But it doesn't seem to play the music again until there is another actual cue for the music in the Ren'Py script (my guess at least).

I am definitely going to buy the ladies segment when it comes out. Though considering there are maybe only 3 noteworthy females other than the room mate (Bethany only being mentioned in Jeff's route) I am not quite sure on how the devs will do that. Unless there are like 20 females hiding in the Ted or Darren route, I have not done either of those yet.

Also, the fct that during triggered scenes with one character you could have another boy there and raise both stats at once was a nice addition that made it feel more realistic. The boys didn't live in worlds completely independent of one another.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
If you're into otome/dating games, like a bit of fluff, and don't want to think too hard, this is the game for you. It's not a perfect game, but it's fun and charming if you're willing to enjoy it without over analyzing it.

The mechanics can be a little challenging at first, only because it doesn't clearly explain that in order to get the best 'true' endings, you have to really balance the order in which you max your stats by a certain time frame, and not before, or the game won't give you the 'true' ending, much to my chagrin. There's a lot of walk-throughs and guides out there for the game, but most of them fail to mention that first you work your guy's correlating stat, but not to maximum, then spam the clues stat to full, then complete your guy's stat, all before November. It's pretty simple to do on 'easy' and seriously, there's no negatives to changing the setting to easy, seriously, it'll save you a lot of headaches if you do, in case the random stat generator isn't kind to you and you put in all that work just to get the bad or normal endings.

Other than that, it's a pretty cute game. It's nothing groundbreaking, but I found it very addicting, I played through all the characters and endings in a few days. Once you get the hang of the stat system, it's easy to grind and enjoy the cut-scenes (even though it is, yes, a little grindy). The artwork is pretty and the story and character development is vastly superior to other games by the same developer.

If you can get this game on sale or discount, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up. Just make a lot of saves, have a walk-through open to help you if you don't want to waste your time making 'wrong' choices, and enjoy the ride.
Posted: October 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
I recommend this, This is very boring at the beginning, but when you start getting a part-time job, money and start getting boyfriends.. It gets interesting
Posted: October 16
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Not nearly enough content for the price, it's only three months long.

If you don't do everything perfectly (and very early) you get nothing but the basic ending. Your relationship meter, clue and associated stat all have to be fully capped to get any ending whatsoever, and that's only if you did everything early enough.

The art was good, and the characters actually had personality.

I regret paying even the sale price, though. Wasn't worth it.
Posted: October 3
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
I actually flipped a coin about whether to reccomend this game or not. On one hand, the characters are almost all interesting (I could have done without Kurt, as there's more than enough sexual harrassment going on in real life for me to tolerate it in my games). On the other hand, the story line is fairly boring. Partially this is because, despite the tags and the teaser, Nicole is NOT (I repeat NOT) a mystery game. In fact, the game basically tells you who the culprit is in week two (I spent the rest of the game on my first playthrough hoping desperately that was a red herring... to no avail). So, Nicoe is 90% dating sim and 10% mystery which, okay, would've been fine if it weren't for the part where even the 90% dating sim relied on completing activities and waiting for stuff to happen. You get about 8 actual cut scenes throughout the game and the rest of the game is mindlessly clicking buttons until you can generate one of those cut scenes. Worse, the autoskip feature becomes next to useless as you have to stop to mindlessly click activity buttons for "dawn, day, afternoon, dusk, and night.'

Despite the game play mechanics being annoyingly boring and the overarching mystery being, well, silly (I could go on and on and on about exactly how silly but this would involve spoilers), I found myself enjoying the interactions with Darren, Jeff, and Ted enough that I don't feel as if I wasted the money per se. I'd still recommend, if you're interested, grabbing the game when it's on sale.

(For the record, tails -- don't recommend -- won the coin toss.)
Posted: October 3
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1 of 16 people (6%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Game4Girlz - very boring
Posted: October 17
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16.6 hrs on record
If only I could've given this a neutral rating, then it would've been better.

At the beginning, I did enjoy the game though that could be a result of my favorite kinds of characters being in it, but it all went downhill after that. Well... Let's just start with pros and cons.

Pros:
-Good art for the price
-Music is suitable for the changes in mood
-The stereotypes actually worked out rather well for the characters

Cons:
-The story felt incredibly rushed. Especially in Jeff's route. Not only that, but I feel like things were just thrown in to fix inconsistencies in the storyline
-Finding out who the killer is was way too easy. It made it feel like there was no point in collecting clues in the first place.

If you like playing a game more heavily leaning towards the dating sim side than the mystery side, then yes, this game would be good for you. Otherwise, I'd can't really say that I'd recommend it. I find the story to be equally important for dating sims or for visual novels, so I was a bit disappointed.

Storyline: 4.5/10
Art: 8/10
Music: 8/10

Play the game when it's on sale is pretty much all I have to say. Would I play it again? Probably not, but I still recommend this game with a thumbs up for the art and music.
Posted: October 4
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48.3 hrs on record
Its a good game however know it's
too expensive
not enough choices to make
relationships are short and shallow

the plot is there but the execution is not
good art though

Posted: October 25
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92 of 107 people (86%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
I would say this is probably my second favorite dating sim from Winter Wolves at the moment (the top one being Roommates).

The game can get a bit grindy as well. You have to raise certain stats to garner the interest of one of the love interests, balancing it with keeping your rest up, and increasing the clue stat to uncover the mystery. It is a shame they didn't do more with the stats to affect the game.

First, I liked Nicole; she isn't a perfect character, and I appreciate this is a girl who will try to get things done on her own (one problem I had with Always Remember Me is the character seemed to cry more than anything else).

Be warned this game is definitely darker in tone than other Winter Wolves dating sims, especially if you decide to dig further into the mystery surrounding the missing girl. Without trying to give away any spoilers, while it is darker, don't expect any R rated violence and blood.

The male love interests are a bit of a mixed bag, some definitely hitting stereotypes like jock and nerd, though the writing for them is still well done.

As seems to be par for the course for Winter Wolves Games, some people may find the price a bit high. Be aware Winter Wolves does hold several sales throughout the year, and this includes to their Steam games.

One disappointment I have is that the GirlxGirl version still isn't ready yet, though it is definitely in the works.

Finally, if you are new to Winter Wolves games, I highly recommend trying the demo available on the developer's website. This will get you used to the game, and give a good idea whether this is the game for you.
Posted: July 25
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20 of 34 people (59%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
This game is rather boring. I mean, the characters are funny and it's nice to see the dynamic between them and Nicole, but I wish there was something more to the game than just choosing an activity to do and waiting for something to eventually happen. It gets old.

And I really do wish there was more to the mystery element, and that it felt more chilling. I can't be afraid of this mysterious person because they don't injure anyone. For all we know, they take the girl out on a date and it was just such a phenomenal date that they black out for three days.

It could happen...

That being said, It feels like they added the mystery on because they took a look at their game and thought, it's missing something. And instead of thinking about puzzles, or more male characters, or anything like that, they thought it would be a good idea to fabricate some false urgency to spice up the game.

This game reminded me of Fatal Hearts, which I greatly prefer, and I was hoping Nicole would live up to.
Posted: September 4
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Not gonna lie, I was bored at first and with all the parts without the mystery or the boys. However, once I met them and started interacting I found the game started to get fun. The game is basically an interactive with a soundtrack and no voice actors, but I believe that's common for a dating sims.

Alright, the good points; The boys are all fun and not just one-sided, the art and music are beautiful. Nicole's not bad to play and she's even fun at parts.

And here's the bad; the mystery isn't too engaging after the beginning and Nicole is a bloomin' IDIOT in how she deals with it. The replay can be boring when trying to romance the boys and if you'll probably spend your time doing some random clicking if you fill your needed stats early.

This is by no means a bad game, it's fun for what it is and very cute. While I wouldn't recommend paying 20 dollars for it, I do say give it a try. Again, the boys (the main reason we're here) are absolutely adorable and worth getting to know.

In other words, I recommend.
Posted: September 19
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14 of 28 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
This game is literal trash.
Don't spend $20 on a slow paced, badly written game.
The "mystery" is easily figured out within 20 minutes of gameplay but for some reason
I spent 6 hours STRAIGHT playing this crap. I has playability sure .. But I hated every second of it.

Main character is an unlovable ♥♥♥♥♥ and the characters you're supposed to romance are all
autistic ♥♥♥♥♥♥cs.

In particular Jeff.
This ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

The game tells you "Don't worry about clues just get you other stats up"
I had 966 clues on december 20th.
I got the ♥♥♥♥tiest ending.

I could have spent that $20 on a pack of cigs and it would be more enjoyable than this game was.
Slowly killing myself with tobacco is more enjoyable than this game.
Posted: September 14
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8 of 19 people (42%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
A Visual novel at its finest.

Great dialogue pace.
Awesome art.
Funny Characters.

And its actually fun to repeat the game.
Posted: August 12
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3 of 11 people (27%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
This was a very intriguing game, even though I got the very bad ending lol. I enjoyed every aspect of it!
Posted: August 10
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2 of 12 people (17%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
It is a very good game and I am enjoyng playing it :)
Posted: August 1
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5.8 hrs on record
I decided to buy this since I got a 50% off coupon for it. It is very enjoyed and has a nice story and characters. Except Kurt. ♥♥♥♥ Kurt
Posted: August 26
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