For those that don’t know, a doujin game at it’s very basic core is the Japanese equivalent of an indie game. These games tend to rarely come out in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries, and when they do, even fewer will come out for Steam.
For gamers that prefer to stick to using Steam, they will rarely be able to get their hands on any doujin games. However, there are a few available for purchase from the Steam market, but many doujin fans may not even know they exist.
In this article, I will list the four best doujin games available on the Steam platform.
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Recettear is practically two games in one. Half-RPG Half-Item shop manager. Although it may not immediately look it, Recettear is a very in-depth game.
In Recettear you play as a young girl who finds herself having to run and manage an item shop built inside her house. You will be able to completely manage everything about the shop, from the stock to the interior design and everything in-between.
You will also find yourself exploring completely randomized dungeons, fight monsters, and collect items to sell in your shop.
Chantelise – A Tale of Two Sisters
Elise’s sister Chante was turned into a fairy by a witch’s curse and now they have to find a way to turn her back into a human.
Chantelise is a traditional RPG in which you play a girl named Elise during her journey to return her sister to normal. Along the way you’ll run into tons of other characters, fight a plethora of monsters and bosses, and collect various items and equipment.
Chantelise offers five full dungeons along with two bonus dungeons for a total of six dungeons to explore and fight in. You will also be able to partake in an in-depth fishing mini-game, which includes a plethora of fish to collect.
Analogue: A Hate Story
Although at first glance Analogue: A Hate Story may not seem much like a video game, especially to someone that doesn’t typically play doujin games, it very much is one.
Analogue: A Hate Story is what is known as a “graphic novel game” in which the game plays out similarly to a graphic novel/manga. In Analogue: A Hate Story you will uncover the mystery surrounding a spaceship that had been lost for thousands of years.
Analogue: A Hate Story has five different endings so the re-playability is very high.
Cherry Tree High Comedy Club
If you’re wanting something a little more light-hearted and quirky then look no further than Cherry Tree High Comedy Club.
High school student Miley Verisse, who has decided to set up a comedy club in her school. However, she needs a minimum of five people in order to start her club, and she’s three people short.
In Cherry Tree High Comedy Club you play as Miley as she tries to recruit more people for her comedy club. The gameplay in Cherry Tree High Comedy Club is similar to most graphic novel games, however there is a side-scroller adventure element to it as well.