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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May 9

Feature Update (May 2016)

A new patch has been pushed out with a handful of changes.

The menu should now make it more obvious that "Save and Quit" is an option, if you need to save mid-week.

A bug preventing the scene where Althea pulls out of the council has been corrected. The scene has also been updated so that you can make her return skill-training points that have been spent on her, and adds a hint that you should be focusing your training on your most loyal minions.

Some minor crash bugs have been fixed.

More detail on the most recent update can be found in this thread:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/400580/discussions/0/361787186421906510/

Please use that thread to report any problems.

Thanks!

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April 11

Small update - New Case Type (Apr 2016)

A few minor bugfixes and a new mystery type, involving the fire alarm being set off.

More details available at http://steamcommunity.com/app/400580/discussions/0/385428943463546365/

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Reviews

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

“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.”
SyFyGames

“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.”
TechZwn

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1366x768
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.4 or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1366x768
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • 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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Very Positive (74 reviews)
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yndi
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
This is nice, I like it.
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lancelot2001ca
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Original game that puts you into the shoes of a student president and you need to find out who is the traitor in your group at the same time as solving problems and keeping your group's karma and the school's reputation high... not an easy task.

If you like investigation games, this might be your game.
If you like unique and original game, this might be your game.

I strongly recommend this game for anyone like both.
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fri_freeman
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
I always want to be the leader of an absurdly powerful student council and doing tent-hand in front of my secret elite cabal of minions for the supposedly greater good of society. It's everything I've ever imagined and more. Chance to romancing my minion is a bonus as welll. Thanks for making that dream comes true, Hanako Games.
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WeatheredPeach
( 61.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
I love this game to pieces. I love the setting, I love the art, I love the characters, I love the writing...

This game is set in a high class boarding school for girls. The main character is the president of the student council, who delegates her council to complete covert missions to keep the students in check. The characters on the council are as trope-tastic as the setting, but the writing works really well for someone like me who loves these tropes. Here you will find the playgirl, the quiet one and the diva, amongst others. And yet I found myself interested in every single one of these characters, even though they felt kind of familiar from the start. I think this might be because I really, really enjoy the tropes the characters have been based around, but the writing of the individual characters really is strong. I also suspect that the great visual design helped. Every last one has an interesting look that is distinguished from the rest of the cast.

And the game has a few flaws. There is a bit of a draught of scenes towards the end of the game, giving a pacing that slows down towards the end of the game. (A greater build up to the climax would probably have made this game even better.) Some parts of the writing can also get a little bit awkward. Examples could be how the writing handles the main character being black, which sometimes works well and sometimes really feels strange and/or awkward.

If you want a "covert detective/extortion simulator" game set in an all girls high school featuring a cast of interesting, albeit tropey characters, this game might be for you.
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Venatius
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
The PC classic government conspiracy sim "Floor 13" meets schoolgirl yuri anime - and the two mesh far better than one might expect! Putting you in the role of the new leader of a shadowy, excessively powerful student council in a prestigious girls' academy, Black Closet tasks you with juggling the various goings-on at St. Claudine's, as well as among your henchwomen. One great strength of the game is its use of randomization. In most games of this sort (if there were very many of this sort), you could safely bet anything that crosses your desk represents a time-bomb waiting to be defused. But that isn't necessarily the case! Some situations can be conclusively proven to have been nothing after all - and other, more ambiguous ones may leave you wondering if you need to keep digging to get to the truth, or stop picking at the "problem" and focus your resources elsewhere while it sorts itself out. Even of those that really do represent some kind of skullduggery that warrants your intervention, the same (apparent) situations may have wildly different causes and solutions. The characters aren't earthshattering, but they're well-written and reasonably nuanced. The replay value isn't fantastic, but some major random variables (like exactly who - if anyone? - in your organization is actually a mole) keep some curveballs coming your way. All told, if you've ever had any fondness for the archetypal "shadowy student council" in some school-setting anime/manga, this will probably suit you nicely.
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CaiusCaligula
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Do you like Floor 13? Yes? Good, then play that. It's free.

Do you not like Floor 13? Then don't play this anyway. It's basically the same game with a beyond terrible random number generator and romance plotlines tacked on.

Also, it's a game with a beyond terrible random number generator and romance plotlines tacked on. Don't play this. You can do so many other things with your time. Better things. Like committing war atrocities.

Black Closet is overpriced and underdone, it's basically a version of a game you can get for free, but with unnecessary and poorly designed bits nailed all over it.
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heretic
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Really nice game, heard about it from RPS and added it to my wishlist - sale came by and picked it up, not disappointed!

+ procedurally generated problem solving
+ intriguing story
+ nice art
+ nice music
+ multiple storyline / character paths
- if your school reputation is too low it can be difficult to recover (RNG will screw you over!)

Well worth the time and money!
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A Fukin Necrophile
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
One of the best indie games I've ever played. Gameplay is quite unique, though there isn't much to say about it to be honest. Characters and story are where this game shines in my opinion, I haven't finished the main story yet, but it's not exceptionally great, but the characters are simply amazing, they're extremely appealing and all have a really nice story. One of the other great aspects of the game is the fact that the story changes a lot every time you play. If you like generated stuff and choices-matter kind of games like me, it's also a nice feature.

I'm actually a filthy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ who hunts for lesbian stuff in games but damn the characters were really nice
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Komaeda
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
This game is addicting and fairly simple to get into once you understand the mechanics. Love the RNG aspect.
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ChairmanK
( 22.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Tentative review:
A tense resource-management game attached to interesting mystery stories.

The gameplay is good enough to stand alone, and the story routes are also quite nice.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
I love this game to pieces. I love the setting, I love the art, I love the characters, I love the writing...

This game is set in a high class boarding school for girls. The main character is the president of the student council, who delegates her council to complete covert missions to keep the students in check. The characters on the council are as trope-tastic as the setting, but the writing works really well for someone like me who loves these tropes. Here you will find the playgirl, the quiet one and the diva, amongst others. And yet I found myself interested in every single one of these characters, even though they felt kind of familiar from the start. I think this might be because I really, really enjoy the tropes the characters have been based around, but the writing of the individual characters really is strong. I also suspect that the great visual design helped. Every last one has an interesting look that is distinguished from the rest of the cast.

And the game has a few flaws. There is a bit of a draught of scenes towards the end of the game, giving a pacing that slows down towards the end of the game. (A greater build up to the climax would probably have made this game even better.) Some parts of the writing can also get a little bit awkward. Examples could be how the writing handles the main character being black, which sometimes works well and sometimes really feels strange and/or awkward.

If you want a "covert detective/extortion simulator" game set in an all girls high school featuring a cast of interesting, albeit tropey characters, this game might be for you.
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132 of 148 people (89%) found this review helpful
137 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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74 of 75 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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80 of 85 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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:
http://www.hanakogames.com/


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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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Welcome my friends, to Loli Princess's Cooking Class
Today we will make Yuri VN Cake, with a pinch of roleplaying.
All ready, let's start then!
Imagine yourself as Sherlock Holmes.
Good, now, Imagine Sherlock Holmes as a Highschool girl.
Excellent, now, Imagine Watson and every other character as a Highschool girl.
Sounds good, no? Now, add a tablespoon of mysteries to solve
One tablespoon of drama, one of betrayal, one of action
And finally, ADD THE WHOLE FREAKIN' CAN OF YURI LOVE.
Mix with passion, the same passion that two young girls put when kissing.
We are looking for a good consistence. Once we achieve that, we pour our mix on a mold and into the oven we go.
Temperature? HOT, GOD AWFUL HOT, AS THE BURNING FLAMES OF YURI LOVE.
We let it bake for 45 mins and then we let it cool.
Now, this is where the magic happens. Decorations! To set this cake aside from plain and boring Yuri cakes, we need beautiful decorations. We add interesting characters, gorgeous art, the correct music for the situation and the element of Randomness of course. A little chaos is good once in a while.
There, it smells heavenly, isn't it?
This, my friends, is what a Gorgeous, magnificent and truly mouth watering Yuri VN is.
Hope you enjoyed this cooking class.
Next time, on Loli Princess's Cooking Class: How to NOT Ruin your VN.
See you next time!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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