Eqqo tells the story of a mother, her son… and an egg? Drawing inspiration from the architecture, traditions and legends of Ethiopia, Eqqo is a unique game unlike anything I’ve ever played before. Eqqo, our titular character is a blind boy lead by the voice of his mother, the narrator. His is on a journey through lands he can’t see, given the responsibility of caring for a sacred egg which is sought after by mysterious dark forces. As the player, it’s your job to guide Eqqo over obstacles, help him solve puzzles and avoid traps as he makes his journey.
I’ve never played a dating simulator before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But Kitty helps you set up a profile and guides you through your first date experience, showing you how to pick a date for your client, how to run the conversation and how to make your couple fall in love. After that first date, you’re on your own. Kitty takes off the training wheels, and it’s up to you to improve your reputation and get more clients to their happily ever after.
This was one of the slower visual novel games I’ve ever played, but that’s not necessarily always a bad thing. It has an interesting, reflective story that I found enjoyable and I found I could play it before bed without getting too hyped up to sleep. But on the other hand, it wasn’t a story I was excited to pick up every day and never felt really compelled to learn more about the characters.