10. Hatoful Boyfriend
Have you ever walked down the street and saw the most beautiful pigeon ever, and just wondered what it would feel like to date it? Do you often fantasise about romantic dinners with mesmerising Rock Doves? If your answer is yes, then this is the game for you. Developed by PigeoNation Inc., Hatoful Boyfriend is a game basically about dating pigeons and different birds. You play as a high school girl, who is a hunter/gatherer and lives in a cave in the wilderness. The game takes place in St. PigeoNation's Institute, a high school where all the students are, well, birds. You can choose one from amongst 8 different bird-men, including a creepy partridge playing the role of the school nurse and very much resembles an undead pedophile. And if that isn't already making every one of us uncomfortable, the game has to include some puns like using 'everybirdie' instead of 'everybody'. Really, thank you, Japan, for making me more confident in my pun skills.
9. Creature To Koi Shiyo!
Creature to Koi Shiyo ! (Let's Be in Love With Creatures!) is an excellent example that love can come in any shape, form or species. In this game by Triplethreat, you play as Ichitarou, the protagonist of the game, whose parents are abroad for work, leaving him alone with his sister. A pretty decent set for a romance to spark, huh? That's where the role of the beautiful childhood friend Kokoro comes in. Except that, Kokoro is actually a cricket. Not only that, but Ichitarou's lovely sister is actually a bat -not a baseball one, thankfully. Throughout the game, probably every character is a creature of some sort. The game has three endings, and like every other Visual Novel, the ending you get is based on the choices you make throughout the whole hours of gameplay. This game taught me one important thing: If you reached the age of thirty and are still single, you might want to consider searching for your soul mate in a cornfield.
8. Doki Doki Majo Shinpan!
Witch alert! Witch alert! Who's going to save us? Not Ghostbusters, but you. Doki Doki is a DS game developed by SNK Playmore. In this game, you play as Akuji, a high school guy -funny how they're all in high school- who is 'laidback'. Laidback here meaning a dude who absolutely does nothing, cares about nothing and wears that 'too cool to be true' attitude. Only then, he's approached by Lulu, a spirit which tells him that there are witches in the school and he needs to 'expose' them. So, our great protagonist decides to stop being a couch potato and get some witches caught. Wait, but how is he going to do that? Here comes the fun part. Apparently both Lulu and Akuji here have some pent up emotions from late puberty, thus Akuji's only way of exposing these witches is tickling, rubbing and groping them in the right spots. He also needs to confront them with some of their own belongings to make them even more 'flustered'. Summing it up, Akuji is a sexual harasser in the body of a high school student, Lulu is actually a perverted 850-year old spirit and this game should only be played in a closet away from any form of life.
Reading the title of the game for the first time, it makes you think it's a game about sea adventures or even the tale of a fisherman searching for his lost water bottle. Yet, Japan will never make anything easy for us. This game, developed by Vivarium and Jellyvision, is a lot closer to My Talking Angela than you think. In the game, you are a pet owner of a very special species -the Seaman. The seaman is something resembling a fish, which later turns into a toad for some reason. The only difference is that it has a human face, it talks, and apparently it insults you. Of course, it is your role as a professional seaman owner to tame the wild mouth of this fish. Still, even after it's fairly tame, it will still insult you. The seaman follows 5 steps of development: a Mushroomer, a Gillman, a Podfish, a Tadman and a Frogman. Personally speaking, the face of that fish haunted me ever since I played this game, so basically it's a success.
A man in his thirties afraid of commitment? Check. His girlfriend who actually wants commitment? Check. Another woman, hotter than the girlfriend and a hard-core Yandere? Check. Sheep? Quadruple check. Although this game, developed by Atlus, has probably one of the best plots ever, it really is mind crushing. This game focuses on commitment issues, nightmares and sheep, with sheep popping up everywhere you'd start doubting they were the protagonists of the game. In this game, you play as Vincent, a man leading a pretty normal life with his girlfriend, Katherine. Now, we all notice here that Katherine is the Kim K. way of writing Catherine. Mind crushed. Then, he wakes up finding Catherine beside him, naked at that, with those luscious ringlets of hair she has. He feels regret for cheating on Kim K. Katherine, but again, he is filled with a sense of attraction towards Catherine. Throughout all that, he is having constant nightmares. These nightmares are mainly about climbing block-like staircases, with claws chasing him, again, sheep threatening to materialise in real life in order to kill him and after a little gameplay, bosses to fight. He even looks like a sheep, with those beautiful horns. This game is really unique, with morals and all. But after all, sheep?