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Tall Tail Studios have made the first act of their visual novel adventure Winds of Change free so you can properly try before you buy.

Winds of Change is a 2D Adventure game set in a living, breathing fantasy world. Embark on the journey of a lifetime! Join The Rebellion, amass an army, and liberate the world! Fully voice acted, with romance options, side quests, and optional content! Inspired by Dragon Age and Mass Effect. A huge amount of dialogue choices let you role play exactly as you want! Huge conversational trees! A game-changing 2D adventure project!

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While not something I'm usually interested in, I have to admit Winds of Change actually seems quite good and I'm always open to different experiences. It has some nice art, surprisingly good voice acting and an interesting story to follow if the opening act is anything to go by. I found myself somewhat engrossed in it, certainly keen to find out more so once the full game is finished it might be work a thorough play-through.

One issue I did encounter, is it claiming it was using software rendering while in windowed mode by default and it was a little sluggish. Sticking it into fullscreen and restarting, enabled it to work perfectly.

Features:

  • Open world with a non-linear narrative: Players are empowered to choose where they travel and who they talk with as they adventure across Alestia, expanding upon visual novel narrative stylings with a living, breathing fantasy world that encourages exploration.
  • Phase into parallel stories: You’re not the only one inhabiting the land of Alestia. Using your powerful seer abilities, transport yourself into the bodies of others in order to get a glimpse of stories unfolding all over the world.
  • Unleash your inner romantic: Whether you’re interested in friendship or something more, Winds of Change approaches relationships with fluidity, offering players the option of polyamory and allowing relationships to develop naturally, feeling less like a binary gameplay system.
  • Fully-voiced narrative: Tapping into a stellar cast featuring talent from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Mob Psycho 100, and Danganronpa, get to know the inhabitants of Alestia with full voice support (at full launch), brought together by a development team of one.
  • Embark on side quests: Filling the open world, players can take on a wealth of side quests which not only serve to expand on the world’s lore, but also flesh out the many characters players will meet and travel with.

Thanks to the first part now being free, you too can see if you will enjoy it. The full game has, so far, managed to gain a "Very Positive" user rating on Steam so it seems like they're onto something good.

You can find Winds of Change - The Opening Act free on Steam, the full game is here which is currently in Early Access.

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6 comments

Swiftpaw 3 Jun, 2019
A furry visual novel without yiff? Criminal!

Great to see more, though! <3


Last edited by Swiftpaw on 3 June 2019 at 3:29 pm UTC
ST34MF0X 3 Jun, 2019
Wow. A visual novel with some real depth to it. I like that the characters have some realistic personality and that there is weight to some of the choices. Too many visual novels are just collections of gratuitous sexual content, bad writing, boring characters, and no sense of direction. This looks like a nice change of pace, and a step in the right direction.
Liam Dawe 3 Jun, 2019
Quoting: aFoxNamedMorrisWow. A visual novel with some real depth to it. I like that the characters have some realistic personality and that there is weight to some of the choices. Too many visual novels are just collections of gratuitous sexual content, bad writing, boring characters, and no sense of direction. This looks like a nice change of pace, and a step in the right direction.
I think all of that is likely why even I, who usually hates them, actually found myself interested in the world.
Swiftpaw 3 Jun, 2019
Perfect combo is an actual fun deep game, but with yiff too. Pun intended. There aren't enough fun good games out there which also have sex, sadly.
doomiebaby 3 Jun, 2019
Oo0o0oo, hell, I might actually bite on this one. I like that theory for a mechanic that lets you change focus, kinda reminds me of Final Fantasy 8. The claims of not feeling stuck in a binary system are pretty big... if they manage any of this at all though, I'll be very impressed.

Quoting: SwiftpawPerfect combo is an actual fun deep game, but with yiff too. Pun intended. There aren't enough fun good games out there which also have sex, sadly.

Idk, Swift, I don't personally think these plots have to contain everything in the human *cough* experience; rather just put it there if it's solid and serves a meaningful purpose, and don't if it doesn't... wish more devs would take that approach to cast and char design...
Swiftpaw 3 Jun, 2019
Quoting: doomiebabyOo0o0oo, hell, I might actually bite on this one. I like that theory for a mechanic that lets you change focus, kinda reminds me of Final Fantasy 8. The claims of not feeling stuck in a binary system are pretty big... if they manage any of this at all though, I'll be very impressed.

Quoting: SwiftpawPerfect combo is an actual fun deep game, but with yiff too. Pun intended. There aren't enough fun good games out there which also have sex, sadly.

Idk, Swift, I don't personally think these plots have to contain everything in the human *cough* experience; rather just put it there if it's solid and serves a meaningful purpose, and don't if it doesn't... wish more devs would take that approach to cast and char design...

Yiff always serves a meaningful purpose: to help everyone orgasm! I'm just saying that there can be a deep fun game as well as yiff/sex too!


Last edited by Swiftpaw on 3 June 2019 at 6:10 pm UTC
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