In 2018, I wrote a regular column about interactive fiction and visual novels.
Laura Shigihara is a composer whose music has appeared in dozens of games, including To the Moon. Shigihara’s 2017 game Rakuen tells a completely new story of her own using RPG Maker as the game engine. Writing Novel Ties is such a pleasure, because I love the kinds of games I get to write about. They’re well written and charming, but they’re also generally lower cost and less reliant on hardware and flashy graphics. And their creators are as varied as you’d expect from comparable genres of wri