Our Two Bedroom Story by Voltage, is an otome (female-focused) Japanese Dating Simulation game. It plays much like any visual novel you may have played on your PC and brings with it all the aspects of the genre that one would expect. From the beginning you’re free to choose the object of your romantic affections. This is rather beneficial instead of having to load save file after save file until you’ve managed to follow the story path that leads to your desired romantic interest.
Whether you’re drawn by the macho Minato Okouchi and his typical alpha male attitude or the aloof, but surprisingly buff, Kaoru Kirishima, you can simply choose their corresponding storylines by tapping their names in the events of the game’s opening sequence.
Fans of the Japanese Dating Sim genre might see this approach as cheap or lazy, but Voltage should be praised here for making the selection process so easy to navigate. With the widespread popularity of smartphones, this could be a great entry level game for those who are unfamiliar with the genre. Getting rid of the tedious loading and saving to achieve a desired outcome neatly eliminates one of my biggest complaints about visual novel games, and gives you a sense of control over how the story unfolds.
Even with that said, Our Two Bedroom Story is still not an easy game to breeze through. As one would expect, you’re still confronted with critical choices to make throughout the course of the game that determine whether you’ll receive the “Happy Ending” or the “Good Ending”. Sometimes, these choices will contradict with how you yourself feel, and so each decision brings with it a challenge of balancing how you would react with the actions that your character would likely choose. Thankfully, games like these are more about the journey to whichever ending you wind up with so either way it’s sure to be fun.
Our Two Bedroom Story is filled with very detailed character designs and backgrounds that compliment the the text-heavy nature of its storytelling. The soundtrack, while not ground breaking, has a nice variety and cycles between a broad range of tracks to suit the mood of the story as it progresses.
If you’re looking for a good romantic thrill to play on the go, you could certainly do worse than Our Two Bedroom Story. While the step-brother angle is a bit weird to me, there’s a certain undeniable allure to hiding a risque romance from your co-workers and family. Our Two Bedroom Story is available for free download in the link below.