Command your minions to solve mysteries and cover up scandals in a high-class boarding school, where the competition is cut-throat and image is everything. But be careful - one of your minions is a traitor.
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Release Date: Sep 16, 2015

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August 23

Yuri Bundle Discount

We recently created a bundle discount option for our two lesbian-themed games, to make it easier to get one if you already own the other.

Any future yuri-only titles we release will hopefully be added to the same pack. Enjoy!

(This was announced earlier on the other game but hadn't been posted to people only following Black Closet before, so.)

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July 1

Minor stability update (June 2016)

Patch 1.2.39 has been moved to stable - for details on this and other patches please check the changelog thread here:

No new content, just fixing some crashes.

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“Black Closet offers the fantasy of being a police chief, with tension derived from choices that matter mechanically and narratively.”

“There are games that get into what it means to be in a position of power. Democracy 3 has you leading a country. Hanako's previous title, Long Live the Queen, tasks players with keeping a young monarch alive. But it's rare to see one handle the issue of corruption, and why someone might turn to it. After making clear the severity of the situation, Black Closet gives people the chance to see how easy it is to succumb to such temptations.”

“I can only imagine the reaction of a school girl when two members of the student council show up at her room with a riding crop, a pair of high heels, some candy, and a small animal decoy.”

About This Game

A game of boardroom politics, lesbian romance, and schoolgirl noir.

9 AM Monday morning. A report lands on your desk: Jeanette's monogrammed silver locket has gone missing. The last time she definitely remembers having it, she was walking in the Field with her friend Susan. Shifty hallmate Ashley had also been admiring the locket recently.
Do you:

Drag Ashley in for interrogation?
Comb the Field for clues?
Try to stimulate Jeanette's memory?
Put Susan under surveillance?

Solve the case quickly, and everyone will applaud your leadership. Be too heavy-handed in your approach, and public opinion will turn against you. Let a thief slip through your fingers to strike again, and the whole school's reputation will suffer.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1366x768
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • OS: 10.4 or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1366x768
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • OS: x86 or compatible
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1366x768
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Note: 32-bit compatibility libraries required on AMD64 and x86-64
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86 of 88 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
One of my personal Games of the Year! Black Closet is developed by Hanako Games, which you may know from another game of theirs, Long Live the Queen. Black Closet packs intense and tactical gameplay with great storytelling, and I have yet to see a balance like this in other games. A heads up though, you may enjoy this game differently if the game play, as described below, isn't really your thing. The game also isn't easy (but there are options for that!) so there is definitely a learning curve.

Thoughts, game play wise:
In Black Closet, you play as the student council president of a prestigious girls' boarding school. If solving mysteries and power is your thing, this probably already sounds interesting. Naturally, you have a lot of obligations and work to do though. The game play aspect of the game focuses on solving mysteries - if you succeed, you maintain your position, but if you fail, there are consequences, often long lasting. The game is a lovely combination of stats raising, resource management, and you must use a good combination of your skills versus your "enemies".

Each case is randomly generated - if you play the game long enough you can kind of figure out some approaches to solve the cases, but they will not be the exact same. I loved how this game kept me on my toes the entire time, and it was the greatest feeling whenever I was able to solve a case on my own (felt lucky, oftentimes). Like real life, sometimes you will have a large amount of work dumped on you, but often there's actual scandal or dark intrigue involved (hopefully unlike your real life job).

Overall you will need to keep track of your "minions'", which in this game means other student council members under you, and their stats as well as their loyalty. You then send them on different missions, which often don't take just one turn to solve, as you will have to gradually unravel mysteries, and battle using stats and dice rolls. So you'll really need to think tactically as there are all sorts of constraints against you, making the game really exhilarating to play. By the way, you could die as student council prez. You could die a lot.

Thoughts, story wise:
Yes, there is very rich story in this game. Everything is a mystery that you have to unravel - the cases you solve are mini stories in themselves, but there is also lots of main story line, which is about the school, your minions, your past and present, and other secrets. There are character routes for each of your minions, with multiple endings for each. I've played two whole routes and some partial ones, and each one had me emotionally invested as well as hooked. Each girl has their own past, sometimes intertwined with yours/ Elsa's, and the writing is amazing. I was playing Vonne's route, and felt emotions that I rarely feel in real life... It's very rare that I see a game that has such good story but also mind blowing game play, so this combination definitely earned Black Closet a games of the year spot for me.

Other things to know:
The replayability is very high for this game - apart from trying to get each character route which takes many playthoughs, you can also start custom and random modes. You can amp up the difficulty, and choose to focus on just solving mysteries if you so wish. You can even upload custom character pictures! If you can think of something to do in this game, Hanako Games really got our backs for this title. The game ran flawlessly for me, and I didn't experience any performance issues at all.

Ending remarks:
I highly recommend this game, for the game play as well as the story. I personally found nothing bad to say about it, which is quite rare. There's very high replayability, deep, tactical gameplay, and lots of customization.

~If you enjoyed this review, please check out the Completing the Backlog curator page, for other nice reviews by me and others!~
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83 of 89 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Black Closet is a game about solving mysteries. But not just one or two mysteries; Dozens of tiny mysteries in each playthrough. Every week new cases hit your desk, and using your wits and skills of your faithful council members you must put together the clues and solve the cases before something terrible happens... or maybe it's all a red herring. Only by solving it will you be able to tell. Along the way you can make friends with your classmates, find romance, and uncover the darkest mysteries of the school.

Quick Look:
+Wide variety of case variants mean it's possible to play an entire game without repeating a case outcome
+Solid writing and diverse and interesting characters
+Easy to understand pass/fail check mechanics
+-Art is usually great, but some assets are a bit rough

Each case is a tiny story within itself with it's own cast of randomly generated charaters. While there are a set number of case types there are a large number of variations in the solutions to each case, so that you canplay an entire game without seeing a case variant repeat. Even once you've managed to learn all the different case variants there is no way to tell which variant youre dealing with until you begin investigating, making each case a race against the clock to solve it.

The cast is diverse and interesting and each route is different from the last. Each of the characters come with their own motivations and desires and the plots never fall into the predictable or cliche. There's hours of gameplay to be found in exploring all the different story paths. Once you've done that, there's also an unlockable freeplay mode where you can create a custom council of your very own and solve cases without the distractions of the plot.

Overall, Hanako has delivered a solid and enjoyable game yet again and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys tabletop inspired mechanics with a good story and enjoyable writing.
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81 of 99 people (82%) found this review helpful
173 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
Maybe you are happy with space marines, psychotic criminals, or one-eyed cyber soldiers. For me, the only thing I've ever wanted to be was a tyrannical student president, ruling over a girl's school full of lesbians with an iron fist. Black Closet made that dream come true.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
I feel like writing another review. I'm lazy enough to not write much so go figure, friends that read my reviews know I'll just write whatever comes to my head which can be either a lot or not much.

This game comes from Hanako Games, the makers of Long Live The Queen. I have a lot more than 8.5 hrs in the game, it should be at least a few days worth- I owned the game before it was on Steam, so that's just my steam play-time.

Black Closet is an interesting, logical investigation game. The mechanics are good and the game is fun. There's an achievement checklist and a decent amount of replay value. Investigations have different branches so they're not always the same, one of the core mechanics: who the Traitor is, changes each game, and there are at least six different storyline branches based on who you choose as Harvest Queen after the first major part of the story.

The game has different difficulty settings, and is challenging the first time around on default settings. Oh and this one is just a personal preference: I like the background musics on this one, they're relaxing to listen to and suit the theme well too.

Check out the screenshots and the video, if it seems like your kind of thing, I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Check Hanako Games if they like these too- they have more games that didn't come to Steam:

Update: I forget there's a custom campaign mode too, which was added after I beat the game the first few times. Quoting the dev:

"Normal campaign mode ends at the end of the school year, if you've made it that far. There are several ways it can end early.

There's also a custom campaign mode where you set how many weeks you want to play for and how many cases you want to handle every week. In that mode, you also get to use your own characters instead of the default ones, and can set yourself extra challenges like starting with a smaller team."
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Black Closet is an intriguing game that piqued my interest because in addition to solving mini-mysteries throughout the week you have one major overall case to solve in order to figure out who is sabotaging your Senior year. The characters are well-written. Your minions may seem like game tools at first (you use their special skills to question, harass, stalk, inspect witnesses, suspects and locations), but each one really has a background story with depth. You can romance them to flesh out their full story line or just stay friends.

There's also a secret society and your college applications to worry about along with your love life.

Like "Long Live the Queen", it did take me several play throughs before I successfully graduated and found out the saboteur. There can be a lot of things to juggle at one time which can be overwhelming at first. And like LLTQ I was interested in the story line enough to want to replay to get all the CGs and achievements.

There are 2 art modes to choose between. There are 3 difficulty levels. After completing the game once you can choose a more customized game or play a shortened version of the game solving cases with random minions.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
So, solving mysteries is fun but eventually you realize it's the same 13 or so mysteries (Luckily, the solutions vary). But this game is more than just that: it's totally 100% a lesbian dating sim. Definitely, that's the main point I think. And it's a good one at that. I enjoyed it. All the characters are fun and interesting. If you like dating sims, this is a potential one, though it's hard until you learn how to play properly.
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2015
What this game is not: a weird, creepy, quasi-hentai game.

What this game is: An opportunity to lord over a boarding school with a bunch of lackeys. Solve mysteries, fight petty crime, and protect the school's reputation from scandal. (and maybe an eldritch cult)
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
This is unlike anything else I've played. Ignore the setting and premise if you have to and give this a go. Mechanics-wise, it's rock solid. The balance is tight and procedurally generated; two great tastes that rarely go great together. I barely felt like I could catch my breath between cases, and every time I managed to get the upper hand on an issue, I felt like I had triumphed over something I wasn't meant to beat.

But perhaps I should go back and explain.

Black Closet is about running the FBI from your position as class president in a probably Cthulhu-infested girls' school. Every week new cases are assigned to you and you dispatch a team of well-dressed mooks to solve them in a way that does not look unfavorably on your alma mater.

On the surface that seems pretty straightforward, but each twist in the plot is a torpedo aimed directly at your success so far and the cases range in intensity from "two girls spent a night together and now each is convinced the other has an unwanted crush on her" to "actual black magic is being performed" and "girls are being deliberately poisoned."

There's less murder and horrible death in Black Closet than in Hanako's princesses-in-pink-dresses simulator, but the stakes feel just as high. Furthermore, the routes that this game takes are convoluted and twisty, making for a lot more replay value than I would have expected.

The visual novel format isn't too intrusive in Black Closet, and I felt more like I was playing a game than reading one, so folks who would be scared away by any of the steam tags are advised to give this title a closer look.

I'd impulse-buy it at $15, which is way higher than I'd usually go for something I was this on-the-fence about, and I'd say $30 would be a very reasonable price for this game.

Unless your portfolio of games is pretty much just COD and things that look like COD, Black Closet is worth checking out.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2015
This game is great. I feel I am understating.
This game is epic. I feel I am understating.
This game is the most awesome, best, game of the year. I feel I am understating.

This game is full of mystery, darkness, wonderfulness, and intrigue.

It plays out as a board game. Resource management, sending out your minions to solve cases within the school. It's also got a lot of VN segments, where you get to talk to your minions, possibly date them, and also work out which of them is a traitor. Then there is some further mystery which I am not going to talk about at all because spoilers.

But let me tell you; the girls are a mystery too. Over your playthroughs you will get to unravel their personailities. And more! It is delicious.

Is there replayability? Yes. Every time you play, the traitor is different, and the cases within the board game are different. Plus, there are so many choices you can make in the VN side of the game, and find out more what's going on, what you can do about it, and about the girls and romancing them... and you can walk yourself into a lot of different outcomes. There are a lot of layers to work out, and it's a ton of fun to do so.

I just worked out how to resolve things in a certain way last night, and I felt like "this is epic! I am a genius!" even though in reality all I've managed to do is take several playthroughs to put 2 + 2 together.

This game is so great!

Oh btw - this game works fine on desktop PC but I also found that it works magnificently if you try to play it on a tablet PC. Yes. I know what you're thinking. "You mean, this game.... I can take it to bed?". That is exactly what I am saying. Have fun! :D
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
99.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2015
Are you good enough to get into a prestigious college?

Well, you better hope you are, because that's your ultimate goal as Black Closet's main character Elsa Jackson. Actually achieving that goal requires a successful term as president of your school's student council, and achieving that goal requires putting the lid on several potential scandals without damaging your own credibility too badly. Let me tell you, there are a lot of potential scandals, and other forces at work may end up making your life more difficult. But first you need to identify and neutralize the traitor within your ranks...

Black Closet is about solving the mysteries in your school. A few times a week, one or two new cases will be brought before you, and it's up to you to get the bottom of them before they erupt into a scandal that could damage the school's reputation (maybe). Each of your minions has their own stats (which can be raised with point from successfully solved cases), and picking the right minion for the right job is critical to your success. Your targets have their own stats, and your minion can only get the right results if their stats are higher than their target's. Complicating this is chance itself - a twenty-sided die that adds a random number of points to each participant in a confrontation. Failed encounters during harsher actions like harassment or detention will make you look bad, as will targeting an innocent person. You have two bars measuring your success - School Reputation and Council Karma (measuring the student body's opinion of the council itself). Letting either fall to zero is a game over, as the higher-ups of your school will be all too happy to sacrifice you to save their own skins.

There's definitely replay value in Black Closet. The most obvious is the romance paths with each of your five minions (two of which have an a path and a b path), and it's only through these that you can completely unravel your minion's characters. Cases are randomly generated except for the big storyline ones (which can still have variations between them), and many cases start out similarly but have very different solutions. The traitor is also randomly chosen (though players who have beaten the game have the option of selecting the traitor herself), so targeting the same person in every playthrough will rarely work. And of course, if you just want to solve mysteries free of plot-involvement, there's a custom campaign mode that allows you to create your own minions and work on cases alone for a set number of weeks (though careful! That mode has its own special challenges).

Music and graphics set the mood (and please don't ignore art style 1 when it comes to CGs).The writing is solid, as it needs to be for a game like this and as it typically is for a Hanako Games product. Characters may seem like simple at first, but each have their own personalities and motivations which become clear in their own routes (and makes how any of your minions could be the traitor feel natural). And of course not everything's serious - sometimes humor is found where one least expects it.

Highly recommended.
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18.1 hrs
Posted: October 25
Play the free demo first and understand that you've seen 95% of the game mechanics.

Nothing else really changes, and the story (lol) is not... that... great; an average story with your standard tropes.

If you like it, then definitely buy it when it's on sale :) -- decent replayability for a few runs.
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10.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
This game lets you assume the Gendo Pose, and there are pretty girls in frilly outfits. What else do you need?
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Andy P
23.2 hrs
Posted: September 2
A superb game of politics and intrigue. It's challenging, it's fun, and it's actually kinda sexy. But don't go thinking it's smut. There's a really interesting game here, with really interesting choices to make. The difficulty fades once you figure out the mechanics, but that takes long enough for you to be really entertained.

Not the kind of game I'd usually play, but having played it, I love it.
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Sisu Aika
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
Really original game with a great cast. Highly recommended if you like difficult stat management games.
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10.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
Not the most exciting Anime Game ever (Hanako Games itself has done better) but still interesting enough to deserve attention. The mechanics are quite original (if repetitive at times) and the story intriguing; there is also enough incentive to replay it in order to explore the different paths. Graphics is Manga-style at the point of self-parody sometimes, but really beautiful. The writing is good and the characters pretty interesting.
My main disappointment, the very encased structure so that you have your week of work and investigation, then in the weekend you meet one of the girls (with not many dialogue choices), then rinse and repeat, which feels quite artificial.
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22.4 hrs
Posted: July 19
This game is so much fun! It's a very strategic game, and I've really found that there's no 'best' way to playing it. The game puts you in the driver's seat; you're the one commanding your minions and telling them what to do, and the results of their investigations are always so suspenseful! At the same time that you're solving all these minor mysteries, there's a larger mystery overshadowing you; there's a traitor in your ranks, and you need to come up with a way to weed her out. While this game doesn't contain fast-paced action, anyone who enjoys strategies, mysteries, and suspense will find this game to be very enjoyable. In addition, the game is randomized every time you play through it, and it's also very customizable, so it's hard to run out of things to enjoy about it! I was really glad that I found this game and purchased it without having to hear about it elsewhere.
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Princess Zelda
8.1 hrs
Posted: July 8

The idea of the game I admit was pretty cool. I just constantly had issues with the logic, the general gameplay, and even the story fell flat. The first of many problems is that for the first part of the game when you need to spend time with your council members, all the cutscenes mean NOTHING. They will be the same cutscenes no matter who the traitor is so that bit of "finding out who the traitor is" is just lies. On top of that I actually thought the in-between cutscenes where you spoke to the teacher and other people was important....nope. No matter what choices you make, how you make them, and for what reason you make them, is completely irrelevant to the game. Also this whole "finding out the traitor" business is somewhat lied about too. They tell you in the beginning the EXACT way to find out who the traitor is. That is all good but when the 'middle' of that section of the game happens and you get the cutscene with the teacher asking you who you suspect at this point is very misleading(in my opinion). I knew for a fact based off the evidence I had seen who the traitor was but when I told the teacher she said I had ZERO EVIDENCE. Sadly this is only the first part of the game and for me it was extremely frustrating trying to cope with the crappy "cases" and trying to figure out what the purpose of the cutscenes were. The rest of the game afterward is 100% trial and error. You will NEVER be lucky enough to get through the entire game first time without some form of guide giving you tips or just flat out telling you what to do. Even when cases recycle(as they will because the students in this school are absolute devil children) they can't be solved with the same steps every time and there were MANY times where a case went cold, ended, and it turned out to be a scandal and I lost reputation and karma for it.....thanks game. Don't get me wrong either, I tried EVERYTHING the game gives you for options but it still doesn't progress at all leaving you with just a middle finger in your face. As mentioned previously: the game's story falls flat too. They seemed to try and make it edgey or something but it just comes off as...sorta desperate. It seemed like after the traitor incident they just kinda struggled to keep up good writing(what little there was). It just saddens me cause I felt like the idea had potential. Regardless of the artwork I still kinda pictured it in my head as you're the student council president at an anime school and you gotta solve the problems that come up....with ACTUAL problem solving...which was of course shattered the instant the game began :'c

Overall my experience with this game was very frustrating just like it was with Long Live the Queen...and how fitting that it be people who took part in the making of that "Little Girl Death Simulator" 2/10
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17.2 hrs
Posted: July 6
Extremely addictiing gameplay, with tactical portions (assigning skill heavy girls to specific tasks to not fail).

Yuri love (tasteful).

High quality art and very nice sound.

From the Devs who did "A Lily Princess" (which I also have).

Clever dialog not the usual tropes for a VN esq game.

You solve problems like (and I don't personally see this as a problem) one of the girls is posing nude and sending out her pic. (how do you stop the scandal?).

No hentai but I still played it 3 hours straight the other day.

Would Pay for Hentail (DLC).

Get it, and support the talent and the arts.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: July 4
Overall: 3/5
- Decent combination of mystery adventure, lesbian dating sim and card duel.

- Requires strategical thinking to achieve good results for each investigation.
- Sort of rogue-like in that each case is randomly generated.

- The variety of cases is limied. It starts to feel repetitive after 2-3 hours.
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