• Publisher: PQube
  • Release Date: Feb 12, 2019
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  • Summary: Arcade Spirits is a romantic visual novel that follows an alternative timeline where the 1983 video game crash never occurred. It's 20XX and you've just started a new job at the Funplex game arcade. Who will you meet along the way? Will you find the romance you're seeking?
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 11, 2019
    90
    A great visual novel, with intricate and interesting writing, a distinct and detailed artstyle and a catchy soundtrack. Well worth picking up for fans of the genre and newcomers alike.
  2. Feb 5, 2019
    90
    Arcade Spirits is well worth the price of admission for those seeking something a bit different but made with love to give the player a story to remember. It has a great soundtrack that matches the style of the neon glitz of the arcade and might just give you the feels.
  3. 80
    The story and characters that Arcade Spirits presents are wonderful and days after beating it are still floating around in my head. Arcade Spirits packages a lot in its six hour journey and is an example of how a game designed to be inclusive game can be done right.
  4. May 6, 2019
    80
    I went in believing this would just be a very cheesy, cliche romance story about nostalgia, and while I did get a lot of that, it also came with a lot of love and heart. I came away from my various replays with a smile on my face and immediately wanting to jump back in and try the next character. Even though it could do with a bit of polish, this is a visual novel for everyone — one that will accept you regardless of who you are with open arms.
  5. Mar 4, 2019
    75
    What drew me to Arcade Spirits is the aesthetic and the story. The characters are cute and easy to like, and I love being able to track my status instead of guessing where I stand. Arcade Spirits has an enjoyable story and I will be playing it again until I’ve romanced everyone. It doesn’t really bring any innovation into dating sim world but it is one I can easily recommend.
  6. Feb 26, 2019
    70
    Arcade Spirits is a successful experiment in creating an inclusive and immersive visual novel experience, it just needs to nail the "novel" part of that experience. Yet, for as flawed as the line-to-line writing of Arcade Spirits can be, I still found myself really enjoying the overall story of the game. Arcade Spirits already won a lot of points with me for being a relatively bite-sized adventure, but I also loved the cast of characters and the casual nature of the entire experience. Unfortunately, a lot of rough writing and dialogue in the game keeps me from truly loving it.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Mar 8, 2019
    10
    if you are looking for lewds, you will be disappointed.

    If you are looking for adorable (and dateable) characters, excellent worldbuilding,
    if you are looking for lewds, you will be disappointed.

    If you are looking for adorable (and dateable) characters, excellent worldbuilding, and player decisions that have a meaningful impact on the story however you're definitely in the right place. The music and UI add to the atmosphere, the story is well written, and the main complaint I have is that act 7 could have been a little longer, letting you savor the fruit of your endeavor a little more before heading into the finale.
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  2. Feb 24, 2019
    9
    Visual novels aren’t for everyone - but those of you that enjoy a good story and the many choices that a good visual novel has to offer, thenVisual novels aren’t for everyone - but those of you that enjoy a good story and the many choices that a good visual novel has to offer, then this is a good game for you. The story is straight out of 80's film with a ragtag group of characters each having their own aspirations and dreams, and with your help they can fulfill those dreams...or not. It’s all up to you based on who you interact with and how you interact with them. The story is solid and a lot of work was put into the creation of the characters, the options you have, and the outcomes of each possible choice. Even those that aren’t fans of visual novels can appreciate hard work and good art when they see it, and Arcade Spirits exudes passion that the creators put into it. Expand