Welcome to the halls of Latin House! Either way, you're invited along with either Max or Anne as they make their way through the first year of their college experience. They'll share their dorm life with four other tenants as they pick their class load, pick their jobs, and maybe even pick someone to have a little extra curricular fun...
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Mostly Positive (146 reviews) - 78% of the 146 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 12, 2014

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“Not only is Roommates the best dating sim Winter Wolves has published, it’s one of the best dating sims available from any indie developer.”
Techzwn

“Though its stories aren't as complex or dramatic as others, Roommates is certainly my favourite Winter Wolves visual novel to date, and maybe one of my favourites in the genre, period.”
4.5 – Jayisgames

About This Game

Welcome to the halls of Latin House!

The best dorm (that you can afford) at the greatest college (that would accept you) in the entire country (Not counting the parts that aren't here). Okay, maybe we're overselling it.

Either way, you're invited along with either Max or Anne as they make their way through the first year of their college experience.

They'll share their dorm life with four other tenants as they pick their class load, pick their jobs, and maybe even pick someone to have a little extra curricular fun with.

Neither of them can get through college without you, so who will you help? Rock god Max or Book-smart Anne? Between bitter tenured professors and a ridiculously distracting student body, it's going to take everything they've got just to make it to year two.

GAME FEATURES

  • Play as Anne and romance Dominic, Rakesh, Max and Isabella
  • Play as Max and romance Sally, Anne, Isabella and Rakesh
  • Hilarious light comedy writing guaranteed to make you laugh
  • Life simulation gameplay with full scheduler and stats raising
  • OST by Leetstreet Boys including the main theme "Name In Lights"

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.4
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
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Mostly Positive (146 reviews)
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Sarkoth
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Way too expensive visual novel dating sim. But one of the best ones, if you're into that.
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Kyra Beth
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
I had very high hopes for this game. It popped up in my queue and I added it to my wishlist when I saw it was $25, not wanting to spend that much on it. I bought it when it was on sale for $15, figuring it was worth it if it was so expensive for a visual novel. Unfortunately, I was not all that impressed with the game. The characters were okay; their personalities were pretty shallow and they all fit into a stereotype. It is impossible to romance the person you want on your first play through because you spend so much time figuring the scheduler out before realizing how to utilize it to gain enough points in the right fields to romance the character you want (or I suppose I could just be a dumbass). The story isn't very interesting in my opinion and there's not much variability in it, unless you just skip every event.

Outside of that, the replay value is decent because there are so many routes you can take, but the story doesn't really differ much in each one, so it sort of ruins the point of it.

I would not spend more than $5 on this game. It was not worth what you're being charged for just to get a mediocre story with little variability in it between the different romance options.
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Vic Meng
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Highly not recommend.

The game crash on start. Now can't figure out the cause it. If fix this problem. I will change this review.
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gohan34zaraki27
( 25.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
i love this one i want to play.
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Aerius
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Not sure it is worth $20, but a decent VN game with nice art and interesting time management system. If you are looking for a VN with a deep story this is not the game you are looking for; consider roommates a dating sim with VN elements.

Ultimately I think the game is passable and a good casual time killer. I liked how the objectives were very clear compared to some games where there are hidden criteria and weird metrics that are not obvious. I would have liked it more if some of the characters were more likable and less cliched - for instance, the main male protagonist comes across as your typical "rebel," "bad boy," "too cool for school" doucebag and some parts were downright cringe-worthy. Fortunately, the female protagonist was much better.

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Luke
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
This was an ok game, there were things that weren't really explained and I wish there was, because I wouldn't have had to play through it again. I will explain what new players should know.

First, make sure your energy stays above 70%, or you get depleted stat gains, which can effect end-game things.

Make sure to get 600(total of the 2 stats combined) of the stats required for the girl/guy you want,

Also, use the scroller on the mouse to reverse bad decisions, because the choices are confusing at times, and do not make sense.

There is a TON of spelling/grammar mistakes, this drove me insane at times.

Ths music in the background loops, over, and over, and over, and over, and over... and over. It get's annoying, so I'd recommend muting the background music after you listen to it for a bit.

Over all, I'd give it a 8/10. And I do recommend the game if you can get it cheap. (50%-75% off)
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Fotini
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Okay.... I've played this a bit. It's an okay game. It's nothing spectacular or awesome, in my opinion. Perhaps it's just me, but it feels a bit "shallow" and the characters seem a bit flat too. I didn't see that I have to click on "Stat" at first to see what kind of requirements each person has, so the first playthrough I just ended up alone :P It also feels a bit strange to not have a first-person view of things... One more gripe I have is that the "Play Event" option was not clear! Sometimes it did the opposite of what I would expect. I would not recommend this game at the original price. Wait for a sale (I got it through Humble Bundle). It generally left something to be desired.
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Helena
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
To be honest, I didn’t liked this game so much. It’s REALLY expensive, the writing and characters are cliche, and it gets quite boring after one or two playthroughs. But I have to give it some credit for the fact that you can play as a male or a female MC. I found that interesting, and also the fact that there are two bisexual characters. Overall, I only recommend this game on a good sale and for players who are already used to Winter Wolves games. If you don’t like status raising system in VNs, don’t get this.

4/10.
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sam.d.rose.92
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I'll say this up front, this game is not for anyone. If you're looking for deep characters or story, don't bother. However, if you're looking for some laughs and just some feel goods, then I highly recomend it.

The characters are mainly stereotypical college students. You've got the studious bookworm Anne. The rocker/troublemaker Max. The tightwad dormrep Dominic. The sexy party girl Isabela. The artist Rakesh. and the "friend of the earth" Sally. And while they are mostly stereotypes, they do have just enough depth to keep them from getting annoying. Also, one bonus for this game, is that when/if you romance some one, the rest don't disappear. All through the game you are given MANY chances to interact with your roommates. However, if you don't like one of them, you can just skip their interactions. Also, all members of Latin House are romaceable, though not all at once. For both potential main characters has four romance options(yes that includes the other potential protag.)

The gameplay, while having your traditional visual novel choice making, also has some stat. management where you plan out your character's week. In this you need to balance your grades, social life, and rest(kinda like the real thing). you also need to build certain stats associated with your chosen romance option. Each has two, a primary and a secondary. Get the stats to certain levels at certain checkpoints in the game and you get the full romance. Also, one thing that isn't completely explained in the game, is that both Anne and Max have a goal that they want to acheive by the end of the year. While the game does tell you when you need to start working towards it, you need to figure out the details on your own.

As for the music, if you don't like the song in the trailer, either don't buy the game or play it on mute. Cause they play the song in the game alot. And the rest of the music is along the same lines.

Hope this all helped/made sense.
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puppyfurlove
( 30.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
The price tag may be a bit much for some(luckily I caught it on sale) but after playing through every route and getting all the endings I'd say it's still a great game with interesting characters who I wouldn't mind sharing a space with in college, the song is catchy and by now I know the lyrics, although after a while I can see it getting annoying as it is repetitive plus it loops when it plays. Since Max(the male character you can play) is in a band you'd think they'd put in more than one song but whatever it's not too big a deal since I found the story to be entertaining enough, all in all I'd say it's a solid 8/10 game and worth playing :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this quirky dating sim! I'll break down what I consider to be the pros and cons of the game (seriously though, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.)

Pros:
+ Sometimes visual novels/dating sims suffer from an excess of boring, mononous text. Thankfully, this one does NOT! The writing is fun and engaging, and the scenes aren't unnecessarily long.
+ The characters are unique and pretty realistic, each with their positive and negative traits. I thought they all added flavor to the story.
+ Options for queer romance!!! <3 For my first playthrough, I played as Anne and romanced Isabella... the storyline was simultaneously adorable and sultry.
+ Playing on normal difficulty, the game felt well-balanced. The stats DO matter and you definitely have to think about how you plan your week. The choices make a huge difference too. However, I never felt completely overwhelmed. Basically, the game is not *that* hard, but it isn't a cakewalk, either.
+ The animation is very cute and the game is aesthetically-pleasing overall.
+ Replay value definitely is there, since there are two characters to play and four romance paths for each.

Cons:
- Sometimes that guitar theme song that plays in the background gets really annoying. I think it's a song that's too loud/overwhelming to be playing on loop during some of the scenes.
- I would have liked more art. The only scenes you see drawn out are the two BIG romance scenes you earn (one during spring break and one at the end of the game). There are plenty of other romantic/funny scenes during the game that would have been amazing to actually see instead of just imagine.
- I wish there were more queer romance options (No Anne x Sally!?!?! *pouts*)

If you like dating sims, I encourage you to give this game a whirl! It is sure to entertain!
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64 of 77 people (83%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Ok so here goes nothing. I bought this game mostly for some fun and nothing serious, but holy ♥♥♥♥ this game is actually good. So where to start, When i first started playing it i wasent taking choices serious but after a while u realize that the choices actually matter. There is also alot of choices which makes it feel like its your journey . I got drawn into the story and really enjoyed it. Another plus is that there are some funny jokes here and there. Ive gotten every ending with both of the characters and i love all the endings. I just hope another game like Roommates comes out.

I would say this game is a 9/10 if u like visual novels and dating sims.
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76 of 96 people (79%) found this review helpful
63 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2015
I'll review this game with one simple question:

Is it worth money to live out your fantasy of being a shy, sexually confused college girl and allow yourself to be taken advantage of emotionally by a promiscuous party girl latina?

If you answered yes to this question, you should buy the game.

Oh also you can play as some bonehead alcoholic garage band punk guy but nobody gives a ♥♥♥♥ about him.
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53 of 67 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
As a visual novel dating simulation with a $25.00 price tag, Roommates had high expectations to live up to when I started it. There are definitely a couple of things it does right: the diversity of the cast of characters (in terms of ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender) is well done. It's also nice to see a dating game where players have a choice between playing as a male or female protagonist (each of which can romance both male and female love interests).
However, I found it to be severely lacking for the following reasons:

- I only found two of the characters (Dominic and Isabella) worth pursuing. The others were either boring or downright unappealing to me (particularly Rakesh, who constantly seemed out to get the straight-laced protagonist in trouble).

- The male protagonist is so outlandishly obnoxious that after playing as the female main character (during which you're able to romance him), I had absolutely no interest in playing as him.

- The romances end with the characters going their separate ways. The only way to get a happy ending is to achieve a set of frustratingly hidden goals in addition to successfully wooing your character of choice. This was intriguingly realistic, but also severely disappointing.

I found myself losing interest in it after completing only a couple of playthroughs and then struggling my way (via a guide) to one of the happy endings. The thought of going back to play it again fills me with a sense of exhausted boredom—which is exactly how you shouldn't feel when you're thinking about a good dating sim.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2015
Pros:
+ Funny/silly dialog
+ Rather clever story (like working in a murder mystery and a prisoner's dilemma)
+ Balancing immediate feedback with delayed results
+ Nice drawing, decend sound
+ Hetero- and homosexual pairings

Cons:
- Somewhat immature at times
- All girls are huge breasted creatures
- Some choices are unintuitive (You would never expect the ensuing dialog from the selection label)
- Most choices are beyond obvious (Choose X if you want X to like you)
- "Victory Conditions" and some gameplay dependencies are not particularly well explained.

But overall I enjoyed my time with the game. I might even return to it one day and try to get some of the other pairings.

If you decide to give the game a try keep these things in mind and you'll have an even better experience. They are not story spoilers, just gameplay clarifications that I would have appreciated. But in case you want to figure everything out yourself I've put them in spoiler tags anyway:
Most activities give you bonus points when more than 75% rested.
You can't romance more than one character per playthrough. Focus on them.
To romance a character you need 100 romance points as well as the necessary stat points as described in game BEFORE spring break.
To get a characters true ending, there's an additional criteria. You really have to focus to get that.
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Pretty good, lighthearted VN. It has pretty cliche characters, but each one has a different side to them if you get to know them better. It's nothing mindblowing, you won't find a lot of earthshaking literature here but it's entertaining and stays entertaining.

There's two playable characters, one male and one female with four romance paths each for a total of eight paths. Two of those paths are same-sex paths. The stat system and picking your schedule is very gamey and doesn't do much except artificially close off the "good" endings if you do it wrong. Basically you pick out a character you want to romance and only pick activities that are associated with the stats they apparently like. There's no consequences for never raising any of the other stats except the two you need. I guess you can care about grades too, but you can just study in the time blocks where your chosen stat activities aren't available. The so-called bad boy I played that wanted to drop out of college was a top student, while still getting the girl and finding time between the sexual tension to front a band.

It's a neat little story, but like I said it's not going to be an intellectual roller-coaster and it's not meant to be. Roommates is a VN about light comedy, light romance and sweet character interaction. You won't find a lot of philosophy, but you'll find some nifty references, a few laughs and enough sweet/cute scenes to give you diabetes.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Personally this game isn't for me; I didn't like the art style, the writing didn't keep me engaged and I found myself just wanting to get it over and done with. It just really seemed like the minimal amount of effort possible went into the story and I found myself cringing at how bad it was at times.

This game also includes you picking what you do during the week regarding studying and extra-curricular acitivities to make sure you have the right skills for whoever you're wanting to romance, during the week events also happen which you can skip or take part in depending on whether it'll get the right person to like you more or not. Be warned though, there is a lot of reading and as I didn't find it engaging it made the game have a very slow pace to it.

Also if you're looking for a game featuring nudity this isn't for you, and when the naughtier scenes do start happening there is only ~2 risque images with nsfw text which does the whole fade to black/30 minutes later thing before anything really happens. This isn't a downside for myself but I bet it would be for others.

However there are some things I did like about it.
PROS:
- being able to play as female or male
- being able to romance female or male
- diversity of characters
- diversity of sexual orientations (holy ♥♥♥♥ pansexual is actually used!)
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2015
Roommates is a dating sim/visual novel where you play as either a guy or a girl who starts at college. Like other games in the genre you decide for each part of the day what you want to do, which increases or decreases certain statistics.

A great feature in this game is that you can schedule the week planner ahead of time, rather than needing to decide each day (part) again what you want to do next. And you can also change this at any time.

The daily routine is interrupted by events throughout the week, which mainly serve to advance the story and your relationship with the other characters.

The writing is hilarious at points and Roommates has a good rock soundtrack.

Some minor gripes I have are that there is very little animation other than characters sliding in and out, and that it isn't always clear what your chosen response will lead to. At times I picked what I thought was a flirting response only to have my character say something completely inappropriate, destroying their relationship with the character I was pursuing at the time.

Very unique to the genre, Roommates has both girl chasing boy, boy chasing boy, and homosexual relationships included. Because of this there are multiple endings and many choices in this game really matter.

Overall this is a highly impressive VN.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Roommates follows the wacky adventures of a college warband under one roof. You take the roll of either Max, or Anne catering their entire semester experience to what you see fit. Max takes the roll of the rocker scumbag who couldn't give a ♥♥♥♥ about how he performs in his classes. He self indulges in psychoactive drugs to pass his down time while sleeping with his guitar. Anne is the typical bookworm nerdy type, almost never leaving her room so she can read her kawaii desu fan fiction. Upon start of the game you become indoctrinated into your first college warband in preperation for the X games.

Stare into the dark abyss known as Dominc, the supreme commander of the dorm, and all around ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. His favorite past times include kicking dogs, MMO RPG's, and refusing to remove the stick in his anal cavity.

Soon after you meet Isabella, the not at all sexual innuendo laced character in the whole damn game. This expertly crafted character who wears very little clothing will slowly sneak right into your heart. She barely holds down her job at the campus coffee shop, because no matter what you order you'll get ♥♥♥♥ing candy.

And who could forget Sally, a devote follower to the Vegan lifestyle. Events around this character include:
Discussing the benefits of eating that one cow
Why Five Guys is a gift to all human kind
Experimenting on baby rabbits is for the betterment of mankind
Why am I still doing this

And the final boss, Rakesh. He is the right hand of darkness, and should be both feared and respected. You will be under his influence the moment you start the game. You will be convinced that every event played within the game should be catered to Rakesh. This is a noob trap. His end goals include getting you into an extremely erotic bunny suit, giving him a mayo sponge bath, and force feeding him paper. Rakesh is an evil in this game you must try to avoid at all costs

The game also includes many forgetable side characters such as Spinny Glasses guy, Roxanne the anti Anne character, kinda chubby girl who you can decide to bully if you so choose (If you do, you're kind of a ♥♥♥♥), and last but not least, Chad the hunk cake. He is the secret mini boss you must face if you decide to romance Isabella, and lets face it, you're all going to.

The core gameplay revolves around reading text while looking at still images in the background. The characters have a wide range of animation such as smiling, blushing, and opening and closing their mouth. If you're lucky you'll be treated with some amazing sound effects to go with the scenario. More gameplay mechanics include Lock Picking, Bunny Hopping, and an RPG inspired spreadsheet level up system. The game has three difficulties: Easy, Standard, and Nightmare. Upon extensive playtime, I have no idea what the difference between Easy and Normal is. Nightmare mode adds elements such as not being able to heal unless you drink a potion, and the only way to repair broken limbs is with a doctors bag, or visting a doctor.

The one major event in this game is Vladimir's gambit. You must complete some ridiculous class project with a chosen partner. You can either actually do the work, or betray your partner so you both get a guaranteed C. Vladimir will tempt you with promises of wealth and a seat of power. This is a trick, and you must give in to unlock the bonus artwork. The game will have one of two endings at this point: You and Anne will pass Vladimir's gambit, and you'll recieve the "Not Bronze Anymore" lovers ending. The other ending has you sacrificing Anne to solidify your rise to power. Rakesh will enter at this point, stating there can be only two, a master and apprentice. This nets you the "Whose Side Are You On?" achievement right as he slides the cerimonial dagger into your chest.

I would not recommend this game.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
The best dating simulator I've played so far!

The cast is very diverse, but the characters are all likeable and relatable. Seriously, I want a Dominic in my life XD you can choose to play as Anne or Max; each of them has four romance options.
The writing is legit good (only flaw I think is when Isabella and Max interact and use those cringey nicknames)! The romance and your college life intertwine well, and you can even influence how characters will do after college with your choices, which is great because they all matter.
The art has a nice crispy flare to it; the CGs are made by a different artist I think, but they still look cute (or sexy, wink wink).
The sountrack is great and conveys the mood perfectly. The Halloween track is my fave!
The simulation part I was afraid of is actually intuitive and pretty nice, with three levels of difficulty (if you suck at it like me just select the easy one and you'll be fine).

Final verdict: great for both seasoned fans and neophytes of the genre :)
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