Thursday, 7 April 2016

Coming Soon



The 'Coming Soon' page for A Little Lily Princess is now available on Steam, so you can wishlist the title to be notified when it is released.

The game will launch first on the hanakogames website for the discounted beta-testing period. That’s the time to get in if you want the chance to make any suggestions for tweaks to the romances! All customers who buy on the hanakogames site will receive Steam keys when the game launches.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Stat Building, Simplified

or rather, "resource gathering", which might be more accurate in this case.

In A Little Lily Princess, you will encounter the familiar schedule-planner to set your activities for the week and boost those numbers on the side of the screen:


(You may notice that those bars don't go very high. There's a reason for that, which we'll get to in a moment...)

After you've selected all your activities and begin the week, the outcomes for each day's activity are determined:


And at the end of the week, those icons are totted up and added to your side stat total.

When the weekend rolls around, you have the opportunity to pursue extra scenes with various characters (common scenes happen every week regardless). To unlock a scene, you must meet the stat requirement. If you choose to play the scene, you spend the associated stats.


In this screenshot, Jessie has a free event available. Lottie's event requires 5 Belief, which the player doesn't have at the moment, so can't be played. Lavinia's event requires 3 Grace. If the player chooses to play Lavinia's event, the Grace stat will drop from 4 to 1.

That's why they're really more resources than they are character stats. They represent things that the PC has done recently, not changes in her overall skills. Having 10 Grace doesn't mean she's changed to become more graceful, and spending 10 Grace doesn't make her suddenly clumsy.

More importantly, the targets for any single event are always within reach. It can be a problem in some sim-style dating games where you're interacting happily with a character only to discover at the last minute that you needed 200 Wisdom in order to get their happy ending... and you need to back up several months and grind that stat in order to get it that high!

Here, you are constantly spending and regaining. It's worthwhile to build all your stats instead of just one, because you never know what might be needed for the next event. The low cap means that an event can't ask for more than 10 of a stat, so even if you have nothing in that stat and need to build it way up for your next event, it won't take too long to meet the requirement. The intent is to create a feeling of consistent progress - progress which requires a little effort, but not a huge amount of frustration!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

stats

Still working on A Little Lily Princess, thought it was worth mentioning since I almost never post on this poor old blog ever since Google broke the interface to make it more of a pain to use.



And now there's rumblings that twitter is intending to break itself so who knows where I'll be posting in the future!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas from Hanako Games


From now until Dec 31, 2015 you can save up to 50% on directly-purchased Hanako Games titles! No discount code needed, just add the games to your cart to receive the savings.
This discount covers the following games:
35% off Black Closet 
50% off Date Warp
50% off Magical Diary
50% off Science Girls
50% off Sword Daughter

Any game which is also available on Steam is eligible for a free Steam key if purchased directly.
The Steam winter sale is now on - the discounts are better for most games on direct purchases, but because of regional pricing differences, for some people the Steam prices may be better. Check both places to get the best deals!

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As for upcoming development, we recently announced that we are publishing A Little Lily Princess, which is a yuri game based on a beloved work of British children's literature.


It features six character routes, some of which are purely friendly and some of which are more clearly young romance, and a stat-building mechanic where you expend the stats you've built regularly instead of grinding for a far-distant goal.

This game is still in development and expected to release sometime in the first half of 2016.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Use your detective skills to find treasures...

Black Closet is now available on Steam:



If you already bought the game from the hanakogames website, information on redeeming your free Steam key is available here.



Trading cards are live, so claim your key and get idling to collect your loot. :)


And don't forget, you can unlock the custom campaign mode to turn all your friends into schoolgirl minions!

Friday, 11 September 2015

it is a mystery



We're running a contest to give away a free copy of Black Closet - to enter, submit your dream team of schoolgirl detectives on the forums here!