Visual Novel: Fatal Hearts

March 7, 2015 – 09:08 am
Fatal Hearts is a visual novel from Hanako Games, an independent American group of small time game makers.Fatal Hearts is a heartrendingly sad and romantic coming of age story about Christina, a bored teenager wasting her summer with her friend Lucy. When young women begin to turn up murdered in abandoned areas, and Christina happens across one of them, her life is changed forever as she is drawn into a strange world of vampire cults and werewolf clans. If the player makes the right choices, Christina can pair up with (almost) anyone, but if you play your hand wrong, you might just be killed by your former allies.Crazy cultists, immortal vampires, cuddly (or deadly) werewolves, and it's way too easy to kill off your character. Seriously.

Tropes:

  • All There in the Manual: Some of the puzzles have no background information for them, which the manual/gameguide gives. Also, the 'secrets' section at the end reveals how Sebastien became a vampire and who Christina and Katie really are.
  • Arranged Marriage: But played much less seriously than the usual examples of this trope. Early on, Lucy's parents try to set her up with a really rich guy. It doesn't go as planned since the really rich guy also happens to be nice, so he turns it down for Lucy's sake. You learn all this after the fact when Lucy explains why she was grounded last night. It's rather fortunate for Lucy that this trope was played more humorously in this game, considering the rich man turns out to have been Bastien, who's looking for his reincarnated bride.
  • Badass Normal: Jeremy.
  • Subverted when it's revealed that he's actually a pretty competent magic user.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The vampires and werewolves. Justified; it's a visual novel where the player-as-Christina can end up being romantically involved with either vampires or werewolves, so Fatal Hearts goes out of its way to give the player reasons why one might be sympathetic to either side. The vampires have a point in that there is value in art and education and that the werewolves are too violent to appreciate that, and the werewolves have a point in that the vampires are insensitive and tend to look down on and mistreat the "little people".
  • Source: tvtropes.org

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