Curse of Slate Rock Manor “Truly Terrifying”

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Curse of Slate Rock Manor, an independently produced English language doujin mystery visual novel, has been released, and is proving to be quite well received.

The game itself takes the form of a branching supernatural mystery yarn, with the protagonist being tasked with retrieving her missing boyfriend from a foreboding manor; the story has been praised for its atmosphere, and production values are, for a doujin title, quite good.

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It also has both a cat and a maid as major characters.

This, coupled with its low price and the sheer rarity of natively produced English language visual novels, may recommend the game to fans of the genre – the game is available now.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 19/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Anyone saw the Pokeball on the top of the house...? O_o

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    Comment by Ken
    08:03 19/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's part of the mystery...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:33 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Generic indeed

    NO DEAL

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    Comment by gangetsu
    10:30 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Must've be the abandoned mansion in cinnabar island her boyfriend is lost in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:13 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Pokémon Mansion in Cinnabar Island doesn't have a Poké Ball sculped on its roof. Just look at its exterior design in FireRed and LeafGreen. But what you said still makes some sense in terms of comparison, though :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:45 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ruin the fun why don't you with your FACTS

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 19/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    A cat is fine too?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 19/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.9)

    i dont really understand why trent is half naked
    shit the house is haunted i need to take my clothes off

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    09:28 19/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It cant possibly be explained, other than paranormal activity.

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    Comment by Diemeow23

    *Terrorist Voice(loli preferably)*

    Mongrels what did I tell you, the first strike was Miku being accepted into some >random<:3 car company, now the Americans have begun to experiment with visual novels *laughs* Moe shall REIGN SUPREME!!!

    Nice art btw, like I said it's only the start start, all according to keikaku! Soon the world will just be one big Japan *laughs maniacally and coughs*

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    18:53 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow we really need more title like Higurashi and Fate cause hopefully in the future when we think visual novel we don't just think of the porn <.<

    I porn is Good but Plot is better this could be another good way for new authors(outside of Japan) to sell their work (a little something in between a movie and novel or something like that) anyway good news is good

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ummm... GOOD Visual novels can still have porn and not bring to mind the porn.

    Fuck, Sengoku Rance is almost completely porn, but the GAMEPLAY is fantastic, and the story isn't bad either. Not to say that the porn part isn't fantastic, but I actually think that the game itself outshines it's pornyness. /shrug

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    Comment by Andices
    20:13 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you just found out why Grey-sama in FairyTail always half naked?

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    Comment by Stoopid Narb
    12:16 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You see he was scared shitless so in order to prevent getting possessed he took off his shirt in hopes that they will posses his shirt instead of him!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 19/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    He was scared shirtless

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    Comment by Arya
    12:40 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    *rimshot*

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    Comment by Hatsune Miku
    11:09 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly, good haunting games like Fatal Frame really makes you shiver sometimes. But this... is... truly terrifying...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 19/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    boring~
    Needs more loli and shouta!

    Comment by Anonymous

    if thats all you have to say, then you can go jump off a cliff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:04 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    a triangle?
    a maid?
    a detective?
    a murder?
    faith and logic?
    a mystery?

    sounds like something i just read....it was Episode 8 something, uhm can't remember...yeah there's cat too there! but they are marine cats!

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    Comment by Myballz
    07:18 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Were is the action?

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    Comment by Fronzel
    12:56 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    With exactly who is this game "well received"?

    The voice acting is shit, the art is generic and they sometimes can't keep the proportions straight, the writing is bad (it includes stage directions like "gets interrupted"), it can't keep its tone straight (if it's a horror game, why the comedy Jewish stereotype accent and talk about hemorrhoids?), and merely boils down to Choose Your Own Adventure.

    And they want MONEY for this?

    This is cheap crap compared to something like Katawa Shoujo.

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    Comment by Artefact

    It's a doujin title so expectations should be adjusted accordingly.

    Even Higurashi, in the top 1% of a relatively large niche, is flaky in parts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:47 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Katawa Shoujo exists; your opinion is invalid.

    Also doujin, but a million times better and won't be asking $20 for it.

    The people who did this one don't even seem to know how to program. I had to look at their website to find out how to turn off the godawful voice-acting because there isn't an "options" menu. And doing so also muted sound effects like the phone ringing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:36 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well received? This game hasn't even gotten a single vote on vndb so far. Maybe it's been well-received in the circlejerk OELVN community, but this is the first time I've heard of the title.

    It doesn't have 'good production values for a doujin game', there are plenty of doujin games with art as good as this one, and even plenty of doujin games with much better art.

    Higurashi is only flaky in art, everything else is done well. Contrast this game, which like almost every single OELVN out there, does everything wrong. It doesn't even rise above the huge pile of crap known as OELVNs, let alone be any good as a VN in general.

    I wonder what the hell made you post this, Artefact. Did they pay you to advertise their game or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:04 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The idea of going easy on this hacked together thing because it's doujin looks pretty silly since Katawa Shoujo is also doujin but has vastly higher standards in all regards.

    And let's not forget they want money for this. If it were free, I still wouldn't like it, but I find the idea that they think that borrowed art high-school-level-voice-acted Choose Your Own Adventure on a freeware VN engine is worth $20 pretty annoying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:54 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    *ahem*
    Artefact said: "The biggest doujin game is Touhou, a game with awful graphics, no real story and questionable gameplay - under the circumstances I think we are justified in cutting these developers some slack."
    *ahem* #2
    I wish to know what YOU think is pretty graphics then because in the unlikely case you have ever played any of the actual shooter games instead of only watching shitty IOSYS videos on youtube, you should have noticed that unlike pretty much every other shmup EVER, Touhou is very pleasing to the eye. Questionable gameplay? Dude, it's a shmup. You shoot legions of enemies with whatever weapons you have. There is not much room to change that, apart from extra logics in the various games. As for story, if you don't bother to read the manuals and side material but, again, only watch shitty videos on youtube, then of course you know nothing about the story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://vndb.org/v/all?q=&fil=olang-en [http://vndb.org/v/all?q=&fil=olang-en]
    Plenty of OELVNs.
    In 2011 alone, 24 OELVNs were released that have been listed on vndb...and that's only the ones listed on vndb. Most OELVNs never get an entry there.
    Not counting Katawa Shoujo, the highest rated OELVN (Witches and Woodlands, an Umineko fanfic) has a 7.16. When sorting by rating, it takes 6 pages (of 50 VNs each) to reach such a low rating, and VNs with few votes (like most non-popular Japanese VNs) don't get in the top scores because of the bayesian rating system. You end up around the titles generally considered to be mediocre. And that's the very best of OELVNs.

    'Prejudice' is when you form an opinion about something without sufficient information. I have tried enough OELVNs to be able to judge that they are indeed shit, and many people agree with me. Just take a look at the Lemmasoft Forums to see where the problem lies. These people are carebears who praise eachother regardless of how shitty their productions are. Ambition is lacking entirely, and criticism is a foreign concept to them.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Because Katawa Shoujo exists and is free this is rubbish? I don't follow your logic.

    Nobody paid us anything - it should be plain the developers don't have the money to, even if they wanted. They tipped us about the game, we offered a short post, and I checked with those who had played it as to whether it was worth posting about. "OELVNs" are a sufficiently rare occurrence as to warrant an occasional post. I won't even comment on your seething prejudice against English language visual novels.

    The biggest doujin game is Touhou, a game with awful graphics, no real story and questionable gameplay - under the circumstances I think we are justified in cutting these developers some slack.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:12 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    it hasn't been 'well received' in the oelvn community, it only just came out and nobody's played it yet, and in THAT community they posted THIS thread as a sign that the game was being well received...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Katawa Shoujo was never released iirc. Technically his opinion isn't invalid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    where's the ero scenses?

    Comment by Tenno Seremel
    10:01 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some of these screenshots are truly terrifying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The voice-acting is quite shitty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:25 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    AND it can't be turned off. To hell with this thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Visual novels are a media for the sophisticated. Barbarians like you cant hope to understand :P

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    Comment by A
    14:33 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some reason the first thumbnail reminded me of 7th guest...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 05/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad no sexy scenes of the maid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh my god, PUT THAT ON STEAM!!! We'll be lucky if we get Team Fortress 2 promo hats based from THAT! :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rather this, I want a Full English Version of Corpse Party! Epic

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    Comment by yudhis
    15:54 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    corpse party starts very good
    but it waste its potential
    just put my hope in corpse party book of shadow

    SEIIIKOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!orz

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well good production values, i guess. The english names just DON'T FIT. What is this, Pokemon? They are not eating onigiri...it's porridge...yeaaaahhhh.

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    Comment by Shiroinoshishi
    01:44 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the only named characters are the two guys... is this yaoi?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The art style is a little meh, but the coloring is legit.

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    Comment by Y0k41
    07:36 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks decent enough to pay 10$ for.
    Hopefully if it sells well more will be inclined to release visual novels in the U.S.?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:25 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of a few games I played using the rempy engine gasp revealed too much hehe

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow horrible typography...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    let's see if you can make a same shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The trailer they have on their site is not very impressive, but I'll give the demo a shot.





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