Top 10 English Yuri Gameson November 3, 2016 by Holly Williams
After bringing you a list of the top 10 yaoi games you can play in English, it’s only fair to bring you the top 10 English yuri games! As before, some of these games contain mature content, but there are some lighter games on this list too.
10. Sugar’s Delight
Ichigo dreams of owning and running her own bakery, but her parents don’t approve of her ambitions. Determined to prove she’s serious, Ichigo moves out to make her own way in the world. She lands a job at the Sugar’s Delight bakery, owned by the attractive and outgoing Chocoa, who becomes Ichigo’s mentor in business and more…
Sugar’s Delight is a short game, and there aren’t any decisions to be made to change the plot. Still, if you like cake and you like hardcore yuri, then you should check it out. It’s an original English visual novel, and is available free for PC and mobile devices.
9. A Kiss for the Petals – Remembering How We Met
A Kiss for the Petals, also called Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o or SonoHana, is a well-known yuri series that follows the relationships between different girls at St. Michael’s Academy. The only game in the series officially released in English is Remembering How We Met, which is one of the later games in the franchise.
Some of the charm may be lost on those not familiar with the other games involving its central couple, Risa and Miya, but Remembering How We Met is a prequel, so it still makes sense on its own. Besides, it’s a cute story and enough to pique your interest in the the rest of the series. Hopefully, we’ll see some more of the games released in English following its success. If you have discs for other games, however, there are some English patches floating around. A Kiss for the Petals – Remembering How We Met is available for purchase on Steam.
Dahlia is a lesser-known yuri game, but it deserves a mention. It has a unique setting, taking place in Paris at the end of the 19th century. Émilie La Fontaine is a wealthy young girl who has lost everything. Torn from her parents and her home, she does all she can to survive, while hoping to be reunited with her family. This leads her to a mysterious mansion, where she finds shelter and companionship from the enchanting Dahlia Louissier. Will their love be enough to see them through in a time of hardship?
Dahlia‘s historical backdrop is a breath of fresh air, and means there are some pretty character designs too! Dahlia can be purchased from the Kawa Soft website – at a very reasonable price!
7. Lonely Yuri
Lonely Yuri is a very short little visual novel about the relationship between schoolgirls Fusa and Seri. Seri is a shut-in who has stopped attending school, and Fusa is asked by a teacher to drop by and give her some handouts. After being invited inside Seri’s apartment, however, Fusa falls asleep and is woken up with a kiss! The rest of the game follows the development of this short but sweet love story.
There isn’t much music, and there aren’t many CGs, – it really is quite a stripped back, simple game. However, Lonely Yuri‘s cute art style and well-written and likable couple make it a title worthy of a place on the list.
6. Highway Blossoms
The discovery of an old journal belonging to a gold rush miner sparks a race to find the treasure. Mourning her grandfather’s death, Amber has no knowledge of it, and sets out on the road to attend a music festival they had planned to go to together. She picks up the stranded Marina and ends up being pulled into the adventure herself.
Highway Blossoms is a story of two lost individuals who find strength in each other during their time on the road. There is only one love interest, and no choices to make – just pure emotional and engaging story. There’s also ‘EZ mode’ available once you’ve completed the story is a minute-long rundown of the game, which is amusing. Highway Blossoms is available for purchase on Steam.
5. Sacrament of the Zodiac: The Confused Sheep and the Tamed Wolf
Sacrament of the Zodiac takes place in a all-girls school with special rituals. One of these is the Sacrament, where girls pray to the Goddess and get baptised. If a girl manifests on of the twelve zodiac stigmata during this process, it is rumoured that she will bring happiness all. Arissa has developed the stigma of Aries, so she is declared the Princess of the White Sheep. Aloof transfer student Hitsuji stumbles upon Arissa in the church and confesses her love to her straight away! Surprisingly, Arissa accepts her feelings, and the two become a couple. Can this mismatched pair maintain their secret relationship?
I love the premise of Sacrament of the Zodiac, and I thought it had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the unique lore of the game isn’t developed very much, which is a real shame. There aren’t any decisions to be made in the usual sense, but the player can switch perspective between the two main girls to view extra scenes and experience the story from their side. This is a really interesting mechanic, but can get a little tedious as you try to determine when to switch between girls in order to unlock the best ending. For the lovely character sprites, cute designs, and interesting concept though, Sacrament of the Zodiac deserves a place on the list. Sacrament of the Zodiac: The Confused Sheep and the Tamed Wolf is available for purchase from the Denpasoft website.
4. Flowers – Le volume sur printemps –
Saint Angraecum Academy is a prestigious all-girls school with a special ‘Amitié’ programme to help new students create lasting friendships. Suoh Shirohane is a painfully shy girl drawn to the school for this reason. While Suoh seeks to solve the mysteries of the school, her friendship with her two Amitié partners begins to develop into something more. Will Suoh find acceptance and love as well as answers?
Flowers – Le volume sur printemps – is the first in a series of yuri visual novels following different girls in the Saint Angraecum Academy. The art for this game is etheral and lovely, and the music is beautiful. It’s a game brimming with tremulous tenderness. I love the depth to which the flower motif runs too. For one thing, each character’s name references a flower with a meaning appropriate to their personality in the language of flowers. There’s also a lily in the corner of the text boxes that lets you measure your progress by seeing how well it’s blooming. There’s a bit of extra player participation in the ‘thinking’ sections, where you have to answer some multiple choice questions as part of Suoh’s way of piecing things together. There aren’t many of these sections, but it makes for a nice change of pace. Flowers – Le volume sur printemps – is available on Steam or from the official website, flowersgame.com.
3. A Little Lily Princess
A Little Lily Princess is a light yuri re-imagining of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s book, A Little Princess. As such, it is a sad and sweet game with just enough innocent girl-love to toe the line. The story follows young Sara Crewe, who has been enjoying a life of luxury raised by her father, and must now go overseas to attend boarding school. Most of the story deals with her daily life, which often takes the form of philosophical conversations with the other girls. Sections of the game’s text are lifted from the book, and others are new content, but the fanciful Victorian prose style doesn’t falter, which is great.
As far as options go, there are six potential love interests (if they can all be called love interests). You can unlock scenes with your girl of choice by raising stats with a basic activity-choosing mechanic. Don’t worry if you’re not good at stat-raising though, this isn’t a game that will punish you for just stumbling through it. The art is adorable, and the backgrounds and lovely music create a great feel for the time period. Overall, it’s a lovely little game that’s appropriate for everyone.
And if anyone wants to make a moe visual novel of The Secret Garden, I’m 100% ready. A Little Lily Princess is available for purchase on Steam.
2. Nurse Love Addiction
Osaka Asuka is a ditzy girl who has not really thought seriously about her future. As her carefree time at high school draws to a close, she must decide on what she wants to aim for in life. Spurred on by finding a note she wrote as a child, yet somehow doesn’t remember, Asuka enters nursing school. What follows is Asuka’s story as she learns not only about nursing but about friendship and about love.
The art for this game has a soft, cute style that is really pretty. It looks like a nice, sweet game about Asuka growing up. It’s not. Well, it is, but Nurse Love Addiction is definitely notable as yuri games go in that it has multiple bad (very bad) endings. You can probably tell I don’t mean ‘I didn’t hook up with the person I was aiming for’ bad endings. The story is full of twists, and I think the revelations and often dark turns of the plot help make this game particularly exciting. Nurse Love Addiction is available for purchase on Steam.
1. Kindred Spirits on the Roof
Enoki Sachi and Nagatani Megumi are two girls who died 50 years apart and have since fallen in love as spirits haunting the school roof. Solitary Yuna is the only one who can see them, so they ask her to help them move on to the afterlife. This help involves giving all the potential yuri ships in the school a bit of encouragement so that Sachi and Megumi can learn how to go about their first time… While the premise may be perverted, Kindred Spirits is not focused on the sexual side of the relationships as much as it is on the development and emotion that goes into them.
Kindred Spirits has 5 different couples you have to play yuri cupid for, and I think that’s one of the things that makes it so interesting. It’s nice to see a range of different relationships all in one game, with all their own highs and lows. These couples look quite stereotypical at first, but each one follows its own heartfelt story, and the characters have surprising depths and opportunities to grow throughout. In particular, the extra scenes that become available after finishing the main story once through are a neat way to give a bit more insight into each couple without slowing the story down on the first run. There’s a lot of them too, so they definitely add replay value.
Lastly, I have to praise the Planner interface as a really interesting mechanic. This is done as a calendar which lets you jump between scenes as you like, providing additional player interaction to the decisions and letting you take some control over how you progress. I think this is a fun, unique mechanic, and a really useful way of helping you keep tracks of the different couples and perspective changes in the narrative. Funny, touching, and just really enjoyable to play, Kindred Spirits is a must for yuri fans and fully deserves the number one spot. Kindred Spirits is available for purchase on Steam.
There have been a lot of great yuri titles this year alone, and we’re not done yet! Undying Love and Ne no Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto are both yuri visual novels due for 2016 release. If you like yuri, I recommend you keep an eye on them – they look great!
For a more in-depth look at some of the titles on the list, check out our Visual Novel Spotlights for Lonely Yuri and A Kiss for the Petals – Remembering How We Met, or our Kindred Spirits on the Roof review.