Nameless ~The one thing you must recall~ is a visual novel game designed for female audiences. It was distributed by the publisher, Cheritz, in English, Korean, and Japanese on Nov. 11th, 2013 and now it is available on Steam.
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Release Date: Nov 11, 2013

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Nameless ~The one thing you must recall~ is a visual novel game designed for a female audience. It was released by, Cheritz; in English, Korean, and Japanese on Nov. 11th, 2013 and is now available on Steam.

Cheritz is a company located in South Korea that has been developing Otome games since 2012. The debut game, Dandelion ~Wishes brought to you~ is also available on Steam.

Genre : Visual Novel
Platform : Windows / Mac OS X
Voice : Full-Voiced (Korean)
Rating : 14+
Playtime : About 40 hrs

[Story]
"Eri"(The name is replacable) is a high school student and everything about her seems ordinary except she has a special hobby.

Eri is into collecting ball-jointed dolls made from the doll company, Crobidoll. Although she treats her dolls like her real family, she cannot talk about them to even her "normal" best friends.

With her parents living overseas, she was left all alone after her grandpa's death. She started to rely on her dolls to escape from her loneliness. Then, one day, she had a dream about feathers coming out of her diary and when she woke up, she heard strange sounds coming from her kitchen...

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB VRAM (Support Shader Model 2.0 +)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Please run the demo before purchasing the game
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB VRAM (Support Shader Model 2.0 +)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Please run the demo before purchasing the game
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6.6
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional Notes: Please run the demo before purchasing the game
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X Latest Version
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional Notes: Please run the demo before purchasing the game
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爱歌
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
My first review!

So I brought this game waaaaaayyy back even before they had it release on steam. Later I found out that they had it release on steam, so I thought, ah what the hell, might as well. Since I suspect Cheritz was merely promoting their games, I kinda doubt they had added any extra content to it. And I was right. Not that its a bad thing.

Artwork: 9/10
So I played through the game like normal, from Lance to the 'first doll you received'. First things first though. Lemme just squeel on the beautiful artwork. I mean, how could you not!? I'm talking about BEAUTIFUL. I'd rush to the nearest store if I ever find out they are selling Nameless posters and wallpaper. So there you go, superbly beautiful artwork.

Story: 3.5/10
Well, about this part, I have to say that it was kind of a let down. For almost half of the time, I think I nearly slept through some of the characters path (I'm looking at you, Red and Yeon Ho). And the main character's awfully bland personality didn't help spice up the story either. I mean sure, you got beautiful drawn characters and CG, but at the end of the day, its the story that counts. Look at Higurashi, Umineko and erm, Touhou? They both had crap artwork, but at the very least, story was fascinating enough for people to overlook that 'art'.

Soundtrack: 6/10
The soundtrack was comforting and relaxing, too bad the music is not my kind of taste. Still, I know beautiful music when I hear one, so hats off to Shinjou Hanabi for creating music that matched the game's atmosphere and 'school' theme.

Character: 5/10
I wasn't expecting much the moment I saw the female MC. At that instant I knew she is definitely going to be bland. Boy I was right. Not to mention she was SUPER DUPER dense. Holy Jesus and blessed Mary. I can't count the number of times I was screaming at the screen yelling "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU SENPAI NOTICED YOU STOP PLAYING DUMB". Being dense makes the situation hilarious, but TOO dense is the ultimate (okay, maybe not ultimate, but close enough) recipe for character disaster. Its a huge relieft to find out at least the boys have unique personalities from kuu-tsundere clingy playboy yandere naive yangire (I think?). Gotta admit that even Soi's dramatic comments made me laugh more than the boys did. Seriously, that's even the reason why the ratings are like bare-minimum pass.

Translation: 8/10
I've certainly seen better translated games in my life, but that's not to say Nameless isn't good. In fact I think they did a good job translating it, with a few minor hiccups here and there which can easily be overlooked since its mainly grammar problems. Language is easy to grasp so I doubt anyone would have even a single problem understanding any of the scripts.

Overall: 6/10
Since its only my opinion and I'm a little extremely biased AGAINST bland female MC, so there might be prejudice here and there. However, if you don't mind the female MC being of plain character, then you might enjoy the game more than I did. Hopefully.
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tionda_b
( 40.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game so far for me is very touching, emotional and most of all very hilarious. This is one of the most funniest otome games I have ever played in a while. Every character in this game is very well voice acted and I feel easily attached to each one of them. I seriouesly would love to be BFFs with Soi. There is never a moment in this game where I feel bored. The artwork is beautiful and the story is interesting so far. There is this huge mystery that you are trying to solve while going through each route pursing all the love interests which makes you want to keep playing to figure out WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON! From the other reviews that I read I do not understand why some people find this game to be difficult. So far I have only gotten 2 bad endings and one of them I did on purpose lol. Compared to Amensia Memories this game is a freaking cake walk. So far my only main complaint is the ton of spelling and grammer mistakes.


Pros;
-Beautiful art work
-A mystery plot mixed in with the various romance plot lines
-Serious issues dealing with loneliness in plot lines
-Great voice acting
-Humour
-The boys are good looking which is super important for me
-Well balanced difficulty
-Music

Cons
-Spelling and grammer mistakes
-contains yanderes )this can be good or bad depending on you)
-sometimes the writing at times is repetitive like, for example = *He is strange. I dont talk to him because he is strange.*

Overall despite the flaws I love this game and I don:t regret purchasing it despite my hatred for yanderes lol.
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Roxzaney
( 45.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I have a played a lot of otome games (otoge). I must say that thus far, this is the best one in terms of character development, individual character stories, and overarching plot. Each playthrough of a route gives the game a different feeling while still reminding you of the overall undertone. One tip that I must mention is that after you finish a character, start a new game. I am one of those people who usually start from where the common route branches (because I keep a save from that point), but you will experience the story more fully if you play from the start again; even if you have to skip the already read text.

Also, a big recommendation would be to play the characters in the suggested route order (and of course to play all the characters). The order is as follows: Lance, Yeonho, Yuri, Tei, and then Red. It is already suggested in the way that the routes are locked anyway, but I highly recommend it.

Nameless is really fantastic! I would say that the game is near perfect. The reason I say ‘near’ is because the downfall to Nameless is its translation/proofreading. As I played, I saw quite a few typos or slight grammatical errors. It’s a bit disappointing to see that they had people proofread the translations but they had still missed so many errors. It’s a bit distracting, but overall, I would say that it doesn’t take away from the story at all.

All in all, I would say that if you are a otoge fan (or are interested in it), this is a must-read. This may become my go-to otoge to recommend when people are interested in getting into the genre.
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Vitamin H
( 132.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Full Review on YouTube

A stylish, evocative, and surprisingly dark otome game marred by a few glaring faults.

Pros:

- Gorgeous artwork
- Full Voice Acting
- Charming characters
- A dark and inventive supernatural mystery


Cons:

- Drawn-out, repetitive routes comprised mainly of cheesy slice-of-life high school drama
- Punishing trial-and-error gameplay where a single incorrect choice can lead to a near-instant "Bad End"
- Numerous typos, text errors, and bizarre translation quirks


If you can ignore it's flaws, Nameless is an enthralling, emotional game filled with dramatic twists, psychologically complex characters, and stunningly beautiful art.
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simplymad
( 58.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
One of my favorite Otome's that I've played on steam so far. Great characters, and each story has it's own bit of variety and crazy twists and turns. 10/10 would play again!
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Samtoinette
( 61.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I started this game with really low expectations. When I began, in the Common Route, I only liked 2 out of the 5 guys. I didn't think that would change.

I've just finished the game, and I was pleasently surprised. Once I got to know them, I loved every guy in his own way. Some more than others, but either way I loved them.
I enjoyed the game so much, I want to completely reset it and start over. Plus I missed a few things. Of course, if you're looking for something realistic-- This isn't it. Dolls come to life, have souls, and emotions. While I greatly wish that was possible, it's unrealistic. However, the story was quite heartwarming to me.
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Squeetimes
( 52.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
There aren't that many options for otome games that have been translated to English. Overall this game is very well done, but there are some minor art details that I personally find a bit distracting (that being said, I'm actually a video game artist, so it might just be me being picky.)

I'd probably give this game a solid 7/10.

Storyline: Interesting, new concept I haven't seen done before in Otome. I personally love how each storyline intertwines with others, and has influences on other characters you aren't with. The world feels solid and real, and not like a random mess of stories.
Game Mechanics: Doesn't have any of the junk tactics used in mobile (Ie: nothing based on luck or ingame purchases). There are also aren't any "plan your day" activities, which I also find annoying. It would be nice to have some sort of guide for players who just start the game, as it was intially confusing for me.
Character Development: All of the characters seem to have distinct personalities, although Tei and Yeonho blend a bit to me.
Sound & Voice Acting: Done incredibly well. Yuri and Lance's voice in particular fit very well.
Art: The character designs are solid. My initial gripe with the art is that the boys do not look incredibly similar to their doll counterparts. Especially for me, Yeonho hardly looks the same, except from one angle ingame that is hardly used. There are also some CGS that could've been done from a slightly different angle to show off more of the heroine/guy.

Overall very cute, and one of the better options out there.
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Dark Dreamer
( 28.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
I've played a few dating sims, but this was by far one of the best I have ever seen. Sure, there are some translation errors, but they're minor and don't affect the story at all. Without spoiling anything, I was trying not to cry towards the end of the game, and I view that as a hallmark of a well made game. I whole heartedly reccomend this if you're a fan of dating sims.
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Angel1876
( 46.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
In my opinion, Nameless is one of the best, repeat, the best, dating sims out there. Anyone who enjoys dating sims, and anyone who's never played but would like to try, this is the game I would reccomend, hands down.
The storyline starts off pretty basic and almost cliche, a group of dolls just coming to life out of nowhere, but it grows to be so much more than that. This isn't one of those fantastical otome games like what you find on mobile where two dimesnional guys just fall in love with the heroine for no reason. This game is very, very well written and very plot heavy.

So plot heavy, in fact, that the prologe itself takes at least a good hour or two to get through.

Yes, it's one of the priceier games out there, but it's also one of the best. The writing is phenominal, the characters are their own people as opposed to cookie cutter troups, and the voice acting. Oh, boy, the voice acting is simply beautiful.

10/10. If I could give it 100/10 I would. I simply adore this game.
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Raesha
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
I'm a fan of these type of game and I didn't get into it at all. The ''cliche'' story didn't bother me ... but the price VS the content bothered me a lot. The game was not greatly made. Many bug, voices don't seem to fit well with character ( my opinion) the prologue is way to long. Go get Dandelion, it was better than this.
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45.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I have a played a lot of otome games (otoge). I must say that thus far, this is the best one in terms of character development, individual character stories, and overarching plot. Each playthrough of a route gives the game a different feeling while still reminding you of the overall undertone. One tip that I must mention is that after you finish a character, start a new game. I am one of those people who usually start from where the common route branches (because I keep a save from that point), but you will experience the story more fully if you play from the start again; even if you have to skip the already read text.

Also, a big recommendation would be to play the characters in the suggested route order (and of course to play all the characters). The order is as follows: Lance, Yeonho, Yuri, Tei, and then Red. It is already suggested in the way that the routes are locked anyway, but I highly recommend it.

Nameless is really fantastic! I would say that the game is near perfect. The reason I say ‘near’ is because the downfall to Nameless is its translation/proofreading. As I played, I saw quite a few typos or slight grammatical errors. It’s a bit disappointing to see that they had people proofread the translations but they had still missed so many errors. It’s a bit distracting, but overall, I would say that it doesn’t take away from the story at all.

All in all, I would say that if you are a otoge fan (or are interested in it), this is a must-read. This may become my go-to otoge to recommend when people are interested in getting into the genre.
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221 of 229 people (97%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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59.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
Nameless ~the one thing you must recall~ is the second game by indie developer Cheritz, widely known for their very popular otome dating sim, Dandelion ~wishes brought to you~. Unlike Dandelion, however, Nameless is a straight visual novel with very little game play outside of making decisions at key points in the story. There is a LOT of reading, so anyone expecting a similar experience to Dandelion may want to do a little more research before purchasing. For those who enjoy well crafted visual novels, this is just the title for you.

Our story begins with the protagonist, 16 year-old Eri, living alone since her grandfather passed away nearly a year ago. Her parents have worked abroad her entire life, and even now at this critical time of loss, they leave her to manage alone save for the benevolent, although slightly oblivious, school principal who keeps casual watch over her as he resides in the same building. But life goes on... until Eri wakes one morning to find her treasured ball-joint dolls, the only beings who have kept her company these many lonely months, have magically come to life. Now she must figure out how to work her new "family" into her daily life without drawing suspicion from those who know her best.

At its heart, Nameless is a tale of loss and abandonment, but it's also one of hope and renewal. And despite it's very romantic narrative, the underlying themes elevate it to something more than your standard "feel-filled" dating sim. The premise may seem a bit odd, but it works, albeit slowly. The novel's greatest strength is in how every thread ties together the fabric of the overall story, but in a sense it is also its greatest weakness. It is only through reading and experiencing everything the novel has to offer, including the multitude of bad endings, that one can fully grasp the scope of the story and realize just how closely every event is intertwined and how damaged each character truly is. And it's only by reading the final hidden chapters that it's revealed how deeply our protagonist is scarred by the neglect she's dealt with her entire life. These revelations breathe new life and meaning into the characters and will have you examining the story long after you've closed it for the final time. Unfortunately, some may lose interest well before those threads begin coming together, especially considering how slow the reveals prove to be.

Despite the absurdity of the situation, by outward appearances this is a slice of life tale. As such, the narrative pace is slow but nuanced with details that build upon another painting a portrait of Eri and the world she lives in which is explored through each additional story route. It takes well over half of the game to see the inklings of an overarching narrative, however, but patience is handsomely rewarded. Your second and third readings of the common route will reveal new dialogues with characters whose routes you've previously finished, further developing their personalities now that we understand them a bit better. And once you unlock the final two characters, things get quite a bit more interesting when darker undertones surface as you piece together just what has been going on all along. I found it incredibly intriguing how precarious the entire situation is, with tragedy often arising from the most innocent of decisions. Make no mistake these darker aspects of the story will hook you like nothing else.

Nameless is indeed much darker than it first appears. Themes of abuse, obsession and abandonment play prominently throughout the character routes and are most apparent in the numerous bad endings. Some scenes made me incredibly uncomfortable while others had me close to tears. There's also quite a bit of sexual innuendo and suggestive language as well as some mature situations. Although nothing explicit takes place on screen, I feel at times the narrative may be inappropriate for younger readers.

For the romantics, there is no shortage of romance here. The story will play at your heart, twist it into knots, break it in two, and when the final confession of feelings plays out, race faster than it ever has as you wait with bated breath for that first lovely kiss between Eri and her chosen beau. By the time the credits roll, you'll have fallen in love with each of the boys along with her, even the ones you couldn't stand from the start.

The presentation is phenomenal with artwork that is both detailed and emotive. Each character is creatively designed and drawn over beautiful backgrounds. Gorgeous CG's highlight important story points while the pastel palette paints a soft picture of youth and innocence with sepia undertones lending a nostalgic lens to the scenery. Delicately crafted acoustic music selections complement the imagery with romantic, yet somber, melodies. Most themes have multiple versions that intensify at key moments enhancing the emotional resonance of the story to great effect.

As one who normally turns voices off in these types of games, I found myself spellbound by the incredible performances. After turning them briefly on to get a feel for the quality, I couldn't bring myself to shut them off again. The actors do an incredible job of bringing each character to life with top notch performances that fit their personalities perfectly. Every piece of dialogue is Korean voiced including all minor characters, something that is altogether uncommon for non-Japanese visual novels.

If I had to complain about one thing it would be the typos and awkward phrasings that are sprinkled throughout. Most are rather minor and do not disrupt the narrative flow much, if at all, but they can be a bit jarring when they pop up during important emotional scenes, briefly pulling you out of the experience. Odd phrasings (most likely due to sticking to the original Korean meanings a little too closely) can take a bit of getting used to as well, but everything is coherent and understandable, even if in a slightly roundabout way.

And now the nitty gritty, the price. $33 is a hefty sum for any game, and considering Cheritz has never been known to offer a discount on their titles, you're unlikely to pick up it up for less than that. So then, is it truly worth it? In my opinion, having played at least a good 10-15 visual novels on Steam, and pretty much all of the otome available here (and elsewhere), you're not going to find better value for your dollar when it comes to the genre, at least not unless we start getting official Japanese localizations. Fast readers generally log around 30 hours to completion while slower ones may take upwards of 50, assuming they're letting the voice actors play out their dialogue. Given the high quality of every aspect from the artwork to the voice acting and music, Cheritz probably could have asked for more and I would maintain it's still worth the price. There are some who feel that no matter how high the quality, visual novels should never ask as much due to the nature of the genre itself. In that case, perhaps this game isn't for you. But for anyone else, do yourself a favor, save up that $30 and buy this gem. Every penny is worth it as long as you allow Nameless the time it needs to win you over.

Bottom Line: Highly recommended for both otoge and visal novel fans as well as anyone who enjoys a complex and well-written narrative.
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113 of 117 people (97%) found this review helpful
77 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
I'm a straight male

played and Loved this game

No regrets
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92 of 100 people (92%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
60.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” ― Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice

This "review" that I will be trying to write shall be a genuine blabber gathered from my jumbled up thoughts and still strained heart, as this astonishing visual novel left me stranded and stole all and any coherent words that I may use in an alternative situation. For a girl who grew up as a wise loner with working parents and only a kindly grandmother to attend to her, Nameless was a game too close to home for me.

Our protagonist is a young girl named Eri - It's MC's default name, but you can give her any name that you wish. As our story opens its curtains for the first time, we learn that she's been living with her grandfather for a long while since her parents have been working abroad constantly. She isn't extraordinary, or even bright; but she is very kind and patient as any generic sob story anime heroine - remember Clannad? Seeing her parents once or twice in a year, Eri grew up as a lonesome child and picked up an odd hobby of collecting ball jointed dolls to relieve her from the burden of the deafening silence in her home after the passing of her grandpa. Her silent, routine and unremarkable little life was the same each and every day. She wakes up, goes to school, cleans and washes, talks to her dolls and bring the end of another day... until one morning she wakes up to find all her dolls magically turned into young boys! With this absurd event, the surreal becomes the new real for Eri as she tries to adapt to a new life of living with her new family.

Nameless is a visual novel at its core: an incredibly well-written psychoanalytical + mystical sob story with fable-ish character and environment design. Yes it is also a dating simulation, but you really shouldn't expect common cheesiness of a casual otome. The game carries a definite undertone with themes such as abandonment, innocence, self-image, memory, the otherness and personal growth. None of these themes are taken light heartedly. If you are to pick this one, you really should be warned:

1. You are in for a possibly heart and mind wrecking experience if you complete the game.
2. It is required for you to complete game more than once to accomplish different character paths, and all stories come together to paint the grand picture little by little.
3. There is a TRUCKLOAD of reading for a really slow pacing story and some well put choice options in dialogue or action now and then. So be ready to read big time.

As a personal note: I am genuinely speechless. The narration, the storyline, the atmosphere, thematic choices, the soundtrack, the character design, the in-depth character analysis and progression + background are the best that I've ever seen in this genre. As if the actual game wasn't overwhelming enough - with at least 4 different endings for each character - we are given the option of collecting diaries of different characters in game to have some insight on their personal train of thoughts. I've just completed the game and noticed that I have 61 hours of playtime. Sixty - ♥♥♥♥ing - one! And this is me using skip option for some dialogue that I've already seen in different game progressions. This was my first VN from Cheritz. Thank you Cheritz. You are an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. You ripped me a new tear duct.

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Recommended
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
WARNING: If you suffer from an intense fear of dolls, Nameless will justify every single one of your fears and manage to create many, many more.

How to review a game without a name? A game in which you read extensively rather than running around smacking things with a giant sword or building stuff out of blocks that definitely aren’t arranged in a way to suggest inappropriate aspects of human anatomy? By saying IT’S TOTALLY AWESOME, that’s how. You’d think I’d have far more sophisticated vocabulary after so many hours of visual novels, but no.

Yes, Nameless (if that is, in fact, its real name) is a visual novel, and unlike its predecessor, Dandelion, there’s absolutely no stat-raising at all. Some people weren’t fond of the excessive, sometimes tedious stat-raising in that game, but here there aren’t any stats to raise, part-time jobs to do, or gifts/power-ups to buy. That may be a plus (if you’re like me) or a minus if you enjoy some sort of “real” gameplay in your visual novels (and/or are a masochist—kidding!). Still, I’d wholeheartedly recommend playing Dandelion before Nameless if you can afford both, not just because it’s also awesome but because there are some lovely references sprinkled throughout Nameless—but they each can be enjoyed completely separately. There's a certain character you'll appreciate a LOT more if you've played Dandelion first, however.

You might have noticed the distinct lack of giant…bosoms featured in the art on the store page for this game. Yes, those are all guys, even if some of them are exceptionally pretty. No, this is NOT boy’s love/yaoi/dudesquared or whatever the proper term is. You play a lonely, secretly grieving high school girl, Eri (or whatever you choose to name her), who takes solace in her collection of ball-jointed dolls. (Google "Crobidolls" if you want to gaze upon their beautifully creepy splendor.) Thankfully, Eri's not your typical crybaby doormat “n-no it’s embarrassing” otome protagonist. Her “seriously unimpressed face” (you’ll know it when you see it—and you will see it often) alone has endeared her to me forever. Though, like many otome game protagonists, she does seem to have issues identifying basic human emotions and physical responses sometimes. Yes, why does one's heart beat faster when an especially hot guy is nearby?

Those pretty boys in the pictures--Eri's ball-jointed dolls who ~somehow~ turn into hot human guys and end up living in a house with her (potential band name: Dolls II Men)--are her romantic interests, and they all have interesting and varied personalities. The doll-guys aren't your usual one-note, wish-fulfilling otome game love interests, either, with some of them having serious psychological trauma that needs to be worked through in their specific routes--but they can all be extremely entertaining and heartwarming too. If you’re familiar with Dandelion, you may already be prepared for them to make you laugh, cry, and possibly curl up under your desk until the pain goes away.

What’s a visual novel without choices? Probably something along the lines of a moving picture book. Luckily, that’s not the case in Nameless. To replace the stat-raising, dates, and stuff-buying of Dandelion, Nameless offers a lot of choices for the player to make. Sometimes it’s not entirely clear which choice leads to which outcome, which is exacerbated by the absence of some sort of “love meter” common in similar games—like Dandelion. I’d recommend Googling something along the lines of “nameless [doll dude’s name] walkthrough” if you want to make sure you’re on the right track the first time around.

Each character has a “happy” ending (relatively—the developer, Cheritz, is deliciously evil, as you will soon discover) as well as MULTIPLE bad endings. Yes. Multiple. Bad. Endings. ENJOY. They’re still worth seeing, however—the story and universe are fascinating and elaborate and it’s worth digging deeper, even if you have to spend a few hours crying under your desk afterward. If you encountered Jisoo's "bad end" in Dandelion...you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Others have mentioned the top-notch voice acting (in Korean), the gorgeous art and CGs, the lovely music, and the fleshed-out supporting cast of characters. One of my main criticisms of Dandelion (and various other otome games) was that once you choose your guy and start down his path (which doesn’t begin until after you finish the prologue and a small number of “common route” chapters in Nameless for the first three available routes), everyone else sort of fades into the background or disappears entirely. It’s just you and your man. Okay, looking at these men, that may be nice, but still. It's definitely not a problem in Nameless at all, since the story will keep the other guys and supporting cast around. Other people live in this world too, and they’re worth getting to know!

One last thing: please go easy on the super-enthusiastic reviews from people with very little playtime—as mentioned elsewhere, Nameless originally came out in November 2013 on Cheritz’s website, and is one of the VERY, VERY few (excuse me while I wipe away a tear) otome games made outside of English-speaking countries to have an English translation provided right off the bat. It was released on Steam on Christmas Eve, 2014. (A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!) Otome fans tend to be very eager to support future possible releases (like the next game Cheritz is working on...!) and are often overflowing with enthusiasm for their favorite games and game characters.
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87 of 104 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
My original review was too long it didn't fit, so I've cut parts.

Considering that
a) not many English translated otomes have been released (small target audience)
b) many otome prices regularly spike up to $60
c) you’re in for at least 25-30 hours of gameplay &
d) the effort put into this game by a small indie company as well as the efforts the company puts into listening to its fans & improving their products is amazing...the money spent on this is well worth the buy. Dandelion will forever be in my heart, but Nameless was an incredibly fun & thoughtful journey.

Unlike Dandelion, Nameless doesn't rely on interactive simulation stat-raising and instead is a traditional visual novel where the choices you make determine which ending you get. The prologue is long, don't worry over not getting to the OP right away. Most scenes appear in Eri's school, house, and the café Tei works at. The recommended playing order is Lance>Yeonho>Yuri>Tei>Red. Routes average 3-6 hours each.

Story/Characters
(THE MEAT. THE TURKEY. THE LETTUCE TO YOUR SALAD)
What’d happen if your dolls suddenly became human & lived with you in everyday life? I’m pretty sure they've done this already (coughLife-Sizecough) but now as a dating sim by Cheritz bounds are, things are going to be…interesting. Each of the dolls can, for the most part, function normally due to their doll concepts (interesting thing, as someone who is picky about typical tropes/illogics I found that any appearing worked well for the game because the guys were actually limited dolls with unconditional love). However, two have come from previous owners & ALL of them, being dolls-recently-become-human, are VERY MENTALLY FRAGILE/INSECURE. Every guy was fleshed out enough to be understandable and loveable. They all developed very nicely & EACH surprised me despite first impressions. I loved how character “opposites” ended up complementing each other in each other’s routes.
The routes are also tied to a deeper plot. It made playing them have meaning, which overall is a very smart thing, making the game end feel more complete & satisfying (well, it’s Cheritz, so...semi-satisfying & partly angry).

Ironically enough, in comparison, the actual human characters end up not being as human. The bonus diaries help, but I would’ve liked a little bit more meat (heh) with some of the side characters, ex. Shinbi. The ones worse off hands down, however, is Eri’s –incredibly shallow- schoolmates-cough-sheep. Oh my gosh. I get why they appear like this, but WHY. WHY DO THEY HAVE TO BE SO SUPERFICIAL
Another of the issues I have is with some of the bad endings. A few, though creepy, were unclear/unbelievable on how they might’ve unfolded. They also kinda overdid it with one of the characters & led me into believing that he knew more than he did, & it was really unclear what he was trying to do with some of the things he did in his route. The last problem is more of a nitpick, but is just questioning why the MC is many times described as “plain” when she’s friends with the 2 most beautiful girls in school. I know it’s a thing regularly used but…gah.

Although the cast is younger, the script is more...perverted...heh...

Gameplay
Press CTRL to skip unread text, right-click to access menu. It'd be nice to have a little picture of a keyboard & mouse on the options screen showing keys you can press to do things. Would’ve LOVED to be able to go through text by pressing arrow buttons instead of clicking only. Changing the screen to the minimized “window” version also made it difficult to access the quick save/load buttons at the bottom of the screen.

A few minor spelling errors (the diary has a bit, also at some instances they mention a girl speaking when a male voice is used & I still can’t get over the phrase “He is my fist doll”), but these appear significantly less often than Dandelion’s. Yay for improvement! :D
A few other things:
- Texts on Eri’s phone that pop out on-screen during scenes have to be clicked again after in order to be recognized as being read.
- After some Bad End titles appear, & midway through the transition to the title screen, the bad end’s music plays again for a couple seconds.
- Some awkward white transitions
EDIT: Major issues have been fixed and I've removed them. Still some small spelling errors but not so many that the ones left are more of a nitpick. THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING QUICKLY <3

Extra features included Eri's texts and diary being readable in-game, and in the Special section being able to read other character diaries as well, which was great and added some more depth. Unfortunately there was no translation for the audio clips in the Bonus section, so I didn't look into this that much.

The gameplay expects you to start a new game completely after finishing one route in order to grab a few more tidbits. The problem with this setup, though, is that most people are tempted to just start over at a common route save file instead, because going through the entire thing again with not much new content is really t e d i o u s

Visuals
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, this is what many people are raving about. Lovely cell-shaded character designs, & soft hues of purples, reds, & greys. The character animation is done very well – I notice a lot more movement while characters talk to one another & it’s not sudden or awkward at all. A good variety of facial expressions & they blink, too!
The rain & snow animation is excellent, maybe a little too good, because the feather animation looks a little too cartoon-y in comparison. Backgrounds are nicely detailed. CGs are well-drawn. Personally I didn’t like the MC’s non-uniform outfits, but that is my own preference. Other people might find them very nice.
Opening & ending videos, for some reason, didn’t appear as high-def as the rest of the game. They were nice but a little grainy.
(also, there are VERY SUBTLE references to Dandelion, both in background, plot, & even once in casual script…”an orange, an apple, &…cat.”)

Sound
Soundtrack
I am someone who is a huge fan of game OSTS. This one did not disappoint, it's wonderful. Being someone who’s listened to quite a few drama/video game/anime OSTs, however, I was hard-pressed to find one that really stood out to me. Regardless I am still heavily considering buying the soundtrack.
In contrast to the mellow OST, the opening & ending songs are pop-py & upbeat. Like Dandelion's, the lyrics relate, something that I always look for. There are 3 regular end songs shared among the dolls, & all the songs are sung by the dolls’ voice actors which was A REALLY NEAT IDEA.
NOTE: The opening song is sung by Red’s & Tei’s voice actors. They also sing their shared ending song. Same goes for Yeonho & Lance, & Yuri's is with him &...the creepy doctor Yujin both…

Voice Acting
I became highly invested in Dandelion & its characters in large part due to its EXCELLENT voice acting, Nameless proves superb as well. It is very WELL. DONE. DO NOT TURN OFF THE VOICE ACTING. THIS IS THE THING THAT MAKES YOUR PURCHASE WORTH. SO WORTH. (I think one evilly laughing voice actor had way too much fun)
I also liked how the MC’s name appears in the script, & therefore –seemingly- appears in the voice acting, although it’s not actually mentioned.
The one problem I have with the voice acting, however, is that the MC has none. It also made it difficult sometimes to discern whether she was talking in her head or out loud. I guess this is to get players to “become” the MC themselves, but emotional voice acting on their part actually helps me identify with them more because then I can get how they feel in a situation. They feel more humane & realistic this way.

Due to a cut review I am pointing out issues/opinions more, but aside from these, this game is great. I cried a bit.
Play it.
Enjoy the ride.
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Recommended
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
This game is quite special.

The protagonist is a kind, lonely girl named Eri, whom has five dolls that she loves. One day, those dolls become humans!

And so we have our love interests:

Lance- Eri's first doll. He's a cleanly, uptight...tsunkuudere? Is very good at throwing.
Yuri- A successful, if somewhat cheesy, ladies' maaan. Has good taste in television.
Yeonho- A stupidly cute guy, (Cheerful, big watery eyes, clings to Eri.) Also a cookie monster.
Tei- A friendly, smart guy. He does the ♥♥♥♥ nobody else likes (ex: waiting tables and doing the laundry.) Quite naggy.
Red- The SENTAI ACTION HERO AND DEFENDER OF JUSTICE. His smile and singing skills can heal souls.

After Eri copes with the fact that they've seen her naked as dolls, she decides to let them live in her house. (Whilst her parents are working thousands of miles away, "researching." ) Hooray!

Your story choices affect the route you go on, though some routes are locked until certain requirements are met. The recommended order is Lance>Yeonho>Yuri>Tei>Red. ~Yeonho and Yuri have some bad ends that show a plot point rather early on, which may lessen the impact of later scenes for the reader. I recommend getting them after finishing Red's route.~

One thing about the writing I'm not fond of were the guys' fans at the academy. They're jealous of anybody getting too close to them and mob them every day. It was featured in every route, so it got tiring to read about, and said fans weren't very interesting.

HOWEVER, the game's side characters are cool, especially Eri's best friends. Them, along with the Banjul workers and Yujin, give the game world a more lively feel. Aaand they're important!

The game's backgrounds aren't super special, but the character sprites are beautiful. The coloring and art style give a nice "fairy tale" feel that is easy on the eyes. A few CGs looked awkward (those noses), but not enough to "take me out" of the game.

The music adds a lot to the atmosphere and helped me connect with the mood of the story. The morning theme tells of shiny, refreshing new days. The song that plays in the bad ends is like a voice shouting in your head, "You ♥♥♥♥ed up dude!" Soi's theme is adorable, and Red's theme makes mundane ♥♥♥♥ like running to a bus stop awesome. I can't think of a track that I dislike!

I'd put this game somewhere in my top 5 favorite Steam games. So unless you dislike some shoujo cliches or romance, you should check this out. It's given me quite a bit to think about.

(P.S. I recommend leaving the voice acting on.)
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Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2015
Five dolls, Five butts to touch, Five times more tears shed.
What's there not to like?
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Recommended
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
threw my childhood teddy bear in the fireplace out of emotional trauma rooting from this game 10/10
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Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
If you came looking for a light, sweet, casual otome game, you might be in for a big surprise!

Nameless tells the story of Eri, a young female high schooler with a very lonely life. Ever since she was little, her grandfather has been taking care of her because her parents are too busy with research and are often out of the country. Eri's grandfather does his best to raise her but eventually, he passes away (about a year before the game starts). To combat her loneliness, Eri starts to collect ball-jointed-dolls of different types, talking to them as if they're really alive. It helps her deal with the sad reality that she's lost her beloved grandfather and that her parents rarely have time for her. But then one day... Eri wakes up to five strange, bickering boys in her living room -- her dolls have suddenly come alive!

Nameless deals with heavy themes, from abandonment and loneliness to obsession and identity. Eri herself struggles with her lonely life, but her five now-human-dolls also struggle with their own existence -- some have to deal with issues left by their previous owners, others are unsure about their own self-worth and identity. Through each doll's romance path, Eri helps her dolls deal with these issues. There are also a few bad endings that are definitely 100% creepy, occasionally violent, and very dark.

Pros
+ A tremendous amount of character development for both Eri and the five guys
+ A deep & profound psychological background for all characters
+ Fully voiced with high quality voice acting
+ Gorgeous art and CG
+ A mysterious, dark overarching storyline
+ The "game" is aware of how far you have progressed and changes accordingly
+ Nice soundtrack with custom songs for every doll/guy
+ Lots of save slots and a skip option (though you won't need it often)
+ Two close female friends who play a role in every part of the game & are very supportive of Eri!

Cons
- A few grammar mistakes & typos, but not many
- In order to finish the game, you will have to play through ALL the romance routes
- Some of the CG pieces are a tiny bit awkward proportion-wise (especially Tei's)
- More of an actual visual novel; lots & lots of reading with not too many choices
- Some of the bad endings might be too disturbing for some (though nothing is explicitly shown)

This is just a really, REALLY good game. I'm all about character development and psychological backgrounds that actually make sense, and this game gave me all that. I had a lot of feelings. I cried a little. I would recommend this 110% if you like visual novels and if the themes of this game appeal to you. It's better than any visual novel + otome game I've played so far.
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