Loved playing through this! The characters were great, my favorite was Alexei, I especially loved the scene before the party with everyone getting dressed. Hilarious xD My only comment for improvement would be I felt like a lot of the romantic development happened after the story, years later. The trials everyone was dealing with absolutely should have been the forefront, so I understand this, and the endings were very cute, so I can't complain much. Anyway great job!
The Blind Griffin
A downloadable game for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
The Blind Griffin is an otome game developed by Asphodel Quartet for NaNoRenO 2015. Our team is made up of artists Auro-Cyanide and Rins, writer/programmer Lorelei, and composer/musician Noyemi K. The game features three different character routes (Giovanni, Alexei, and Emilio) and has 10 different endings. The game is free with a pay-what-you-want system in place for people who'd like to leave a tip.
Trigger/content warnings for mentions and/or depictions of: death, execution, suicide, drug use/abuse, alcohol. We recommend that players be at least 13 years of age to play this game.
S T O R Y
It's the roaring 20's. Alcohol-loving Americans are chafing underneath the restrictions of Prohibition, but speakeasies have thankfully risen to fill the void with ill-begotten booze. The Blind Griffin is one such speakeasy in San Francisco, California, but it's about to go out of business...because its employees are a den of magicians who are more concerned with their magical studies and experiments than moonshine! Desperate not to lose the building that has become their haven, they hire the first streetsmart guttersnipe they find with some experience to help turn things around, but could she perhaps turn out to be the strongest magician of them all?
C H A R A C T E R S
GIOVANNI (GIO) // The speakeasy's premier violinist. He moonlights as a saxophone player but he's awful at it (nobody tells him). The laid-back older brother of the group and widely regarded to be the strongest magician of the coven, Gio takes the safety of the group as a whole very seriously. Specializes in earth magic.
MARIE // The owner of the Blind Griffin. She was disowned by her high-class family because of her gender identity, but is allowed to keep the building provided the business turns a profit. Cultured and delicate, Marie is unfortunately a busybody for whom money seems like it's water. Do NOT make comments about her height.
ALEXEI // The displaced nobleman. He and his family were part of the Russian imperial court, but had to emigrate to America after the revolution. Though he acts cold towards people he's unfamiliar with and comes off as blunt and awkward at first, he is actually kind at heart and easily flustered. Specializes in water/ice magic.
EMILIO // The working class baby of the group. Emilio is the most junior member of the coven until the heroine arrives. His family runs a small bistro, but they barely make ends meet. His bad experiences with non-mages have put a chip on his shoulder and added fuel to his already hot-tempered, megalomaniacal tendencies. Specializes in fire magic.
??? // The heroine. The youngest child of a large Chinese family, she had to make herself useful from a young age and thus never received any formal education. She is practical, street-smart, and no nonsense. For some reason, she hates her actual name so she goes by a nickname (that the player sets). The extent of her powers is unknown.
VIVIENNE (VIVI) // The songstress. A city slicker originally from New York, she saw Bessie Smith performing live once and was so totally star-struck that she decided right then and there that she would put her all into becoming a singer. Vivi is bubbly and sweet-natured, but also quite headstrong. Specializes in air magic.
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This game was really great, I must admit. I felt compelled to it because I love this team's work (well, I already know other games made by some of them) and because I'm in dire need of games that take place in the 20's up to the 60's. It was a very enjoyable experience, with gorgeous art and interesting characters. I loved Emilio's route, and both his good and bad endings were awesome, even if I must say his bad ending was one of the most horrid endings I've ever seen in an otome game. I've read the booklet (these booklets are always so cool!) and I agree with the fact his bad ending CG is the hardest to stand of the three - it breaks my heart, really. But on a brighter note, his good ending CG was ALSO the sweetest and prettiest in my opinion.
I must say I really love the MC here - she's a really cool character, and she's so damn pretty - I love androgynous heroines!
So yeah, thank you for making such a lovely little game!
I got Alexei's good ending which was endearing.
Amazing game, very well made. Characters are diverse and interesting. Plot is nicely defined. The artwork is simply amazing. I really enjoyed playing this.
At first glance, I thought this game would be dull, boring, and something I would not be interested in. I was wrong just by playing this game once. This game is very well developed. The Blind Griffin is by far my favorite visual novel. I wanted to replay this game many times just to play all the endings because they were all different and interesting from each other. The character development was just phenomenal! I loved how diverse and distinct each character was. My favorite character has got to be the protagonist or Vivienne <3. I become attach to all the characters and getting attach to these characters did not help with my emotions at the end of the 'bad' endings. The ending 'Cycle of Revenge' was the worst and best 'bad' ending there was. I teared up by how sad it was. My favorite routes to play were Alexei or Emilio. All the 'neutral' and 'true' endings were great as well. They were very hearfelt. I felt as it I was in the game itself. The art was beautiful. I loved the CG's, sprites, and backgrounds. The writing was compelling and I wanted to read every single word.
Since the game takes place in the 1920's, I didn't really know what to expect because usually the visual novels I read take place in modern era or in a fantasy world. It was a great experience to learn what it was like during the 20's. From speakeasies to slang used during the time and to the way they dress, I kind of wish I was alive during that time.
I know a lot of time, hard work, and dedication went into this game. Hopefully a sequel or another game comes out soon! This was a great game to experience and read!
I'm not able to play Blind Griffin. I've downloaded the zip file for windows several times and each time I try to open the app my computer says that BlindGriffin.exe is missing. Can somebody help me. I'm really excited about this game.
Loved this game! So far I've unlocked 5 endings and they've all be either pleasantly surprising or shockingly sad. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone that's on the fence about it. The characters are unique and have great personalities and the dialogue is light and easy to follow while the art is wonderful. Also, the hotkey and glossary are pretty useful too. Only problem is that I can't seem to access the 'Characters' page in Extras and I noticed a few others were having this problem also. Thanks for creating such a great game! :)
I can't access the "Characters" portion of the "Extras"-menu.
Is it only accessable when you have found all endings?
Edit: It seems I was correct about the Characters, would be nice if there was a note informing the player.
I really enjoyed playing all the endings of this game, and loved how there was such a range of endings— from very very dark, to, of course, happy and lovey-dovey. Also, I really do enjoy how you made all the characters so unique and multi-ethnic. Definitely characterized America :)
This game was lots of fun! The alternate endings were a really cool addition!
This game was amazing. I loved the different endings. I got the MUTUAL RESPECT ending. It was a lot of fun, great art and music. This was a joy to watch/play.
Honest to God, I expected the first Giovanni ending. But Cycle of Revenge and Burned Out Hope killed me. ;n;