Thursday, January 5

'Katawa Shoujo', An Unusual Linux Game About Romancing Girls with Disabilities

Katawa Shoujo is an unusual yet interesting dating sim game for Linux. The main character in game get transferred to a school for special children and has to date five girls with different disabilities. 

The game has been developed by a group of 21 people who came together on message boards of popular online community 4chan. The story of the game got developed on these message boards over many years and they formed a new game studio: Four Leaf Studios. 

Story of the Game

Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel set in the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located in modern Japan. Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has his life turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to move to a new school after a long hospitalization. Despite his difficulties, Hisao is able to find friends — and perhaps love, if he plays his cards right. There are five main paths corresponding to the 5 main female characters, each path following the storyline pertaining to that character. The story is told through the perspective of the main character, using a first person narrative. 

Katawa in Japanese means 'Disabled' or 'Imperfect' while Shoujo means 'Girls'. The game is an erotic dating sim so it is strictly for over 18 (however, the erotic content can be turned off from game options)

Though the game have erotic and sexual themes and explores a rather sensitive issue of sexuality of disabled people, its not about perversion. The game may feel offensive and extreme sometimes but the story and narrations are well thought of and are much more engrossing, sincere and thought provoking. 

The game is out now after being in development for 4+ years. The official website seems to have crashed by huge increase in traffic as the game was long awaited by many people all over the world.

You can directly download Linux version torrent from here.


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