I’ve written a number of articles in the past concerning visual novels. Some may be thinking right now “Oh boy, another post about non-games!” in a nice sarcastic tone. I’ve always stood by the “don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it” mentality when it comes to these kind of games. After all, I was never interested in them myself until I gave them a shot.
A few months back I wrote a Black Sheep Gaming entry on the visual novel Ever17, part of the Infinity Series of visual novels and the only part of the series officially released in English. As mentioned in that article, Ever17 is hailed by many in the West as the best game of its genre that we’ve seen, and one of the writers of the game, Kotaro Uchikoshi, went on to author 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward, both of which are cult hits in America.
A couple of days ago, the website Magino Drive, a digital game distribution website in Japan, announced a promotion for the Infinity Series. They posted a coupon code to download one of the games for free, and after receiving 200 retweets of the original tweet, they posted a second code. The codes are usable until June 9th, and can be used to download two of the three games at Magino Drive’s website. All you have to do is sign up on the site and select the non-credit card option when it asks for payment method. The site is in Japanese, so you may need to use a translator to navigate it. The codes, originally from Magino Drive’s Twitter, are infinity-pc and N7E17R11-PC.
Like I said before, though, only Ever17 received an official English release. However, fan translations for the other two games, Never7 and Remember11 can be found here and here respectively. There is no fan translation for Ever17 since it did get an official release.
If you have any kind of passing interest in visual novels, I highly recommend giving these games a shot.