Dharker Studio Visual Novel Threesome on Kickstarter

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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Dharker Studio threesome

Can you handle all three?

With less than a week away until the end of their Kickstarter, Dharker Studio has already raised 600% of their goal for their three adult visual novels Army Gals, Summer Fling and Battle Girls 2140. While most campaigns would be happy to just get one game backed, this British studio is miraculously pushing for a fourth game, My Girlfriend, to be funded as their final stretch goal.

The first visual novel, Army Gals, has a survival reality show vibe as the protagonist is left in wilderness to survive with three attractive girls. However, this is a ‘camp’ for delinquents with disappearing counselors so Andrea, Raen and Edda might not be that easy to win over. Can you survive the wild and the feminine wiles of the army gals to unlock the good endings? Backers might be able to find out soon since Dharker Studio is looking to get a beta ready for an April testing period.

Army Gals

I guess they look like delinquents.

The second game is called Summer Fling so it not surprisingly contains a summer fling. You play as Kasumi who has gone to his parents’ lake house in order to study for his entrance exams for college. However your friends Yuuki and Saeki are there with you and might just provide the right kind of distraction against your cramming. This is a short adult visual novel with multiple endings that is being work on by an internal team within Dharker Studio so it can be developed at the same time as Army Gals.

Summer Fling

The many fashions of the fling-ers.

If neither of these titles is scifi enough for you, then Battle Girls 2140 has you covered. Seemingly taking inspiration from Pacific Rim, you play as a mech pilot that needs a co-pilot in order to operate the giant robots. Of course these potential partners are your sexy colleagues Shien, Maika and Akiko. Through the power of friendship (and maybe even romance) you and your co-pilot will be able to win the mech tournament and find yourselves in some interesting end game scenarios. While Battle Girls has it’s own dedicated artist and writer there’s no release date yet but Dharker Studio hopes to have it out by the end of the year.

Dharker Studio Battle Girls

Not sure if this is proper attire for mech piloting.

Finally the fourth potential game with the -hopefully placeholder- name of My Girlfriend is the standard tale of finding love at the workplace. The only difference here is that unlike the other three games the protagonist is female. While this will be a short visual novel and Dharker Studio is using assets from one of their unreleased games, there is no release date for this title. As stated before, this game will not be part of the Kickstarter package unless the campaign raises just a little more before the week is up.

Dharker Studio My Girlfriend

Will these four make it?

To get all 3 games you must pledge at least £30 (roughly $43 USD) and to get the possible 4th game you must pledge £55 (roughly $80 USD). While it might seem amazing to get a 3 for 1 deal, it’s good to keep in mind that some of these games will be short and they won’t all come out at once. Dharker Studio currently has another visual novel, Echo Tokyo: Intro, available now on Steam for less than 4 bucks. If you’re wondering about the quality of this studio’s products it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give that game a spin. Research and discrimination are always the friend of the interested Kickstarter backer.

Dharker Studio’s campaign ends on February 21st at 6:04am EST. The games have a range of estimated release dates from April 2016 to November 2016 and all the titles will be available on PC. You can find their release schedule (which includes titles not on the Kickstarter here) Whether or not you choose to support these games, it’s nice to see a threesome of adult visual novels being funded and I wish the studio the best of luck after their campaign.

About Leif Conti-Groome

Leif Conti-Groome is a writer/playwright/video game journalist whose work has appeared on websites such as NextGen Player, Video Game Geek and DriveinTales. His poem Ritual won the 2015 Broadside Contest organized by the Bear Review. While he grew up playing titles such as Final Fantasy VI and Super Double Dragon, he doesn’t really have a preference for genre these days except for Country; that’s a game genre right? Leif’s attention has been more focused on the burgeoning communities of niche Japanese titles, eSports and speedruns. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and makes a living as a copywriter.