The first novel looks kind of cute. I understand it may be just considered “hentai anime trash” by some people, but it doesn’t look like that. If there’s plot, characters etc., I don’t see a problem. It’s a visual novel, so what it offers to the players is the combination of text and pictures. Now that Shuffle and other classic romantic visual novels are available on Steam, I don’t really see reasons for cheaper indie titles not to come to play.
I also checked out Funbag Fantasy and there are two things I’d like to share:
- It is understandable why the game is expensive. That’s because these are visual novels with lots of graphical content. Anime pictures like these cost quite a lot. There are plenty of original CGs, and the good artists tend to ask reasonable price for their work; it’s actually much more expensive to produce a visual novel packed with original graphics for every situation than to make a 3d hentai game.
- I’ve never seen Steam offer me this game in recommendations, or in sales block. AFAIR I don’t have adult filter on, or I wouldn’t see certain other lewd games as suggestions. I wonder if Steam has some way of telling that I just prefer moe ._. If their algorithms are advanced enough, maybe Steam could just create a safe bubble of preferences for everybody and allow all kind of games in the shop while not displeasing anyone.
Also, concerning what @eishiya, @Fraggles and others are discussing. I don’t know about USA and Europe, but in Russia, “trap” is a transphobic slur. There’s no need for second-guessing, or reviewing the history of the term to get the meaning correct, because it IS used as hate speech, a lot. Pronounced as [trup] instead of [træp], to make it sound more degrading. If the term was gone for good from Russian language, I think that would be for the best. But i don’t think that “trap” characters like the ones in anime and visual novels are the problem. They are often kind, clever, attractive and overall great. The problem is clearly the attitude of real people, and it doesn’t seem like it’s formed by anime and games. On the contrary, people in Russia use their transphobia to trash totally good characters.