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10:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Get robots drunk in VA-11 HALL-A's cyberpunk bar

OK, I'll admit it right now: The main reason I'm posting about VA-11 HALL-A, a indie bartending game, is because of its website, located at a domain called (and I'm not kidding) Waifubartending.com. These people know wh...

Josh Tolentino


Mistwalker Announces Upcoming Terra Battle Concert

Terra Battle concert planning is now underway as the popular mobile-RPG surpasses 1 million downloads in less than a month. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.

12:00 PM on 08.15.2014

Behold the glory of Comiket 86's doujin games

It's time for this year's Summer Comiket, and besides immense lines, hordes of otaku, and treasure troves of the greatest and latest in Japan's indie creation scene, there are also...videogames. Of course, in keeping with Co...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 07.19.2014

Report: Power Rangers co. Saban sues indie Sentai game

I love the story of Chroma Squad, a little indie game from Brazilian outfit Behold Studios. They took something they loved - tokusatsu and Super Sentai - and made it into a unique game concept - putting players in the shoes o...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 06.10.2014

Pigeon-date sim Hatoful Boyfriend getting English remake

Forget Danganronpa. Ignore Hakuoki. Trash Katawa Shoujo. If there was ever any proof that visual novels and their ilk are real, actual things that might just matter outside Japan, this is it. Hatoful Boyfriend, the Japan...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 02.04.2014

The doujinshi fanzine industry is worth a lot of money

I suppose it should go without saying for some more savvy otaku, but the fan-comic industry (aka doujinshi) is pretty big in Japan. That said, not everyone knows just how big it is. Until now. A representative from Comitia, a...

Josh Tolentino

4:30 PM on 12.16.2013

Help fund a Moe-themed guide for headphone enthusiasts

Audiophiles and headphone enthusiasts may be interested in helping kick-start this interesting project we've stumbled across -- Lunatic Joker's Moe Headphone Guidebook 2013. The doujinshi guide will reportedly featu...

Tim Sheehy

Review: ARMED SEVEN photo
by Elliot Gay

Fans of Japanese indie games are no strangers to shooters. To be honest, the market is probably a bit oversaturated by these kinds of games, but the reality is that they don't require massive budgets to make.

That being said, overpopulation or not, there's a ton of quality gaming time to be had if you know where to look. This is much easier said than done of course, which is why I welcome companies like Playism and Nyu Media; they're going out of their way to make these Japanese indies easier to find.

Enter ARMED SEVEN, a horizontally scrolling shooter by indie developers ASTRO PORT.

Does this mech shooter have what it takes to stand out in a crowd of similar titles?

It just might.

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11:00 AM on 11.01.2013

Doujin fighter Vanguard Princess coming to Steam

Publisher eigoMANGA has announced that Vanguard Princess, a doujin fighting game, will be hitting Steam this winter. After appearing on Steam Greenlight, it took nine days for the game to get voted in by a fairly whopping 39,...

Elliot Gay

11:00 PM on 10.14.2013

Get ready for Nyu Media's third wave of Doujin games

It's been a good while since Nyu Media unleashed for their second wave of doujin titles, and the company's next cataclysmic attack is even greater than before. Speaking of which, the first game to enter the tsunami is Yataga...

Salvador GRodiles

11:00 AM on 09.16.2013

Analogue: A Hate Story coming to iOS, Japan

Visual novels are cool games, but if there's a pet peeve I've developed with the genre lately, it's that most of them are PC-based. Visual Novels, dating sims, and the like are the perfect type of game to play on mobile and t...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 08.26.2013

Watashi Wa is not a Japanese game

English-speaking folks might read the title for the new indie game Watashi wa Hijo ni Yoku Nihongo Hanasenai, and think it sounds sounds foreign and exotic. But, since you're reading this on Japanator, I'd be willi...

Josh Tolentino

Import Review: Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient Chapter 01 photo
Import Review: Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient Chapter 01
by Elliot Gay

Corpse Party has been on something of a roll lately. With an anime OVA in the works, multiple successful manga series, and a new Vita game scheduled to hit later this year, there looks to be no end in sight for the horror franchise.

Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient is the first numbered sequel in the entire franchise. The studio behind it, Team Grindhouse, is primarily made up of the people who put together the first Corpse Party. Being an indie circle, they're releasing Dead Patient in an episodic format. As of this writing, chapter one is the only portion available.

With the original creators back behind the wheel and a story that takes place at the far end of the series timeline, does Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient live up to the excellent original game?

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