Katawa Shoujo, the “4chan developed” English language visual novel so long in production, has finally been released after a mere 5 years of development, much to the delight of cripple fanciers the world over.
Four Leaf Studios describe the game’s storyline succinctly enough themselves:
Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel set in the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located in modern Japan.
Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has his life turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to move to a new school after a long hospitalization. Despite his difficulties, Hisao is able to find friends — and perhaps love, if he plays his cards right.
There are five main paths corresponding to the 5 main female characters, each path following the storyline pertaining to that character. The story is told through the perspective of the main character, using a first person narrative. The game uses a traditional text and sprite-based visual novel model with an ADV text box.
As might be expected, online there is some astonishment that anything good has come out of 4chan, let alone a complete game – although the fact that the game revolves around seducing maimed schoolgirls rather makes up for this.