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Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 1.5 hrs on record (1.2 hrs at review time)
Posted: Mar 20, 2020 @ 4:00pm
Updated: Mar 21, 2020 @ 8:31pm

At a Glance
(Adult) Content
No.
Censorship
Not applicable.
Hours of Gameplay
Forty-five minutes (per ending).
Modding Support?
No.
Patch Available?
No.

Without A Voice is a short and sweet (or tragic) visual novel about a princess' encounter with a strange lady, who's more than meets the eye.

Gameplay
This game is a run of the mill visual novel. You smash through text boxes, and decide what the main character says (or doesn't say) here and there. Depending on your actions, the story will end in one (of eight) ways. The story is divided into seven chapters, or seven days. Each chapter kicks off with a poem of sorts, to allude and set the mood.

Story
Princess Cassidy lives deep in the woods, exiled from her kingdom. Following the death of the previous ruler, Cassidy was next in line to take the crown. Unfortunately, she was deemed unfit to rule, and her life was endangered. Her Brother Alexander exiled her, (supposedly) for her own safety. She subsists on regular deliveries for (from Alexander's agents). One morning, she finds herself without firewood. As the next shipment is days away. she leaves her cottage in search of firewood. Instead, she meets Elowen.

Cassidy immediately has the hots for Elowen.

She's infatuated by her looks, and years of exile have made Cassidy lustful for social interaction. Elowen is long time denizen of Cassidy's neck of the woods. She's in tune with nature, and helps Cassidy survive without taking more than she needs. Unlike Cassidy (who is naive and not-too-bright), Elowen is extremely blunt. She's a no-crap sort of person, and sees through Cassidy's every insecurity. Cassidy is lonely, and in love. Elowen appears to share the same sentiments, but something about her is. . . off.

What happens to Elowen is up to you.

Visuals
The titlescreen shows promise, with a pretty background and user interface. "Options" allows you to adjust a variety of resolution, sound and visual settings. "Extras" acts as a gallery (to review unlocked CGs) and houses a wide variety of bonus content. Unfortunately, the user interface cannot be hidden when viewing images in the gallery.

The artwork is great. It is very painterly and stylistic, a fresh breath of air from swaths of generic anime visual novels which release every other day. There were a few instances in-game where a portrait-styled image broke my immersion, but most of the artwork is designed to fill your screen (without ugly borders).

Verdict
Pick up the game (for free) and give it a go. If you didn't like it, boo hoo (it was free). Though the length and writing left something to be desired, it's otherwise a sweet (or tragic) tale fit for an afternoon indoors.

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