Nekopara

Beginning life as little more than a collection of artwork and erotic comics, Sayori and Nekoworks’ Nekopara has subsequently become a worldwide phenomenon and a successful series of comedic slice of life visual novels, showing no signs of slowing down. Particularly noteworthy for its stunning “E-Mote” system, which brings 2D character sprites to life with natural-looking animations and body language.


Developer: Nekoworks
Publisher: Sekai Project, Denpasoft
Available on: Windows PC (all-ages), Windows PC (18+): vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3. Vol. 0 is all-ages only.


Cover Game Articles

Nekopara: Introduction - Nekopara (or “Cat’s Paradise”, if you prefer) is a series of catgirl-centric visual novels that has become a genuine worldwide phenomenon since its launch in 2014. Since the release of first game Nekopara vol. 1, developer Nekoworks has brought out roughly one new installment a year, beginning with the short fandisc prequel Nekopara vol. 0 … Continue reading Nekopara: Introduction
Nekopara: The Story Begins - And so we come to Nekopara vol. 1, the first of this series of popular eroge, and the beginning of a worldwide phenomenon. Except that’s not quite accurate; while Nekopara vol. 1 was indeed the first place that many fans came across this series — particularly in the West — it’s far from the beginning of the … Continue reading Nekopara: The Story Begins
Nekopara: A Day in the Life of Some Cats - The concept of the “fandisc” is a curiously Japanese phenomenon that allows fans to engage with their favourite works in alternative ways, and for creators to celebrate the success of a work without making a full-blown sequel. The closest equivalent we probably have here in the West is downloadable story DLC or expansion packs for … Continue reading Nekopara: A Day in the Life of Some Cats
Nekopara: Honesty is the Best Policy - Honesty is the best policy, as the idiom has it. And the further you delve into the Nekopara series, the more it becomes clear that this enjoyable series of visual novels is designed with this philosophy at their core. Several of the Minaduki catgirls describe themselves as inherently honest (albeit whimsical) creatures, preferring to rely … Continue reading Nekopara: Honesty is the Best Policy
Nekopara: Staying True to Yourself - As the Nekopara series has progressed, it’s clear that Sayori and the rest of the team at Nekoworks have become more comfortable and confident with these characters. With each new installment, the series steps further away from the admittedly appealing initial novelty value of the main cast being catgirls, and further into stronger characterisation, including … Continue reading Nekopara: Staying True to Yourself

Other Articles about Nekopara

The Three Ages of Visual Novels - With this month’s Cover Game being one of the most influential, well-regarded visual novels of all time, it seems only right and proper to take a look at the history of the medium as a whole. To date, there have been three main “eras” of visual novels that can be clearly distinguished through a combination … Continue reading The Three Ages of Visual Novels

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28 thoughts on “Nekopara”

    1. Big fan, Pete! Played through quite a few visual novels, Steins Gate and Sweet Home being a couple of my favorites. Just curious enough about this one to give it a shot. Cheers!

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    1. Big fan, Pete! Played through quite a few visual novels, Steins Gate and Sweet Home being a couple of my favorites. Just curious enough about this one to give it a shot. Cheers!

      Like

    1. I actually have Song of Saya in my disk drive at the moment. Your story of the origins of Nekopara reminds me a bit of what C3 Systems has been doing with their Cthulhu Mythos inspired characters (particularly the Mythos girls characters and art I’ve seen lately). No VN from them yet, but it’s been interesting watching them develop the characters.

      Of course, we already have a perfectly acceptable Mythos VN in the form of Demonbane.

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  1. I already have Vol.1 & 0, but during the last sale i forgot to buy anything, this might be the perfect opportunity to finally play all of them in one go.

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