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|Release date(s)||July 17, 2009|
Bionic Heart is a visual novel video game for the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms. The game was developed and published by Winter Wolves and was released on July 17, 2009. On November 4, 2011 an updated version of the game was released and also a version without voice acting. On April 9, 2012 an Android version was released.
The game is set in London, 2099. The earth is not what it used to be anymore. Incredible climate changes have corrupted the weather, causing a permanent rain on most of the Earth's surface. Luke Black is a 36-year-old bio-informatic engineer and he is one of the lead programmers at Nanotech, a big nanotechnology research company. But one night, his life is changed forever when he encounters Tanya, an experimental gynoid with memories of the 21st century and no idea why she would have them. Luke soon finds himself protecting Tanya from her creator, Richard, who has bribed the police into helping him search for her.
The game offers a mix of classic visual novel gameplay, with dialogues and many choices to make, with some interactive scenes typical of old-time adventure games. A series of actions are shown at the bottom of the screen, along with several location the player can move to. The game features 24 unique endings, a relationship system, and it's fully voiced offering 4h of dialogues.
- Dan Conlin - Luke Black, Richard Meier IV
- Danielle Kogan (credited as Ellie) - Helen Hughes, Tanya Vanic, Tina Gomez
- Brandon Baus (credited as Brandon Habowski) - Tom Sparks, Robert “Roby” Carson
- Steven Mane - Professor Mark Krysztofiak
- Ayu Sakata (credited as Ayu) - Julia Storm
The sequel Bionic Heart 2 was released on April 14, 2013. It continues the story of the main cast from Bionic Heart and introduces new characters.
The game received a score of 90/100 on Gamertell, with reviewer Jenni Lada writing "Tycoon Games’ best visual novel so far. Bionic Heart is a really enjoyable game with an intriguing story to it, something that’s appealing to both visual novel and adventure fans of any gender. It’s fun and easy to play, and the 24 endings in the commercial version guarantee plenty of retail value. If you give Bionic Heart a try, even just the demo version, you won’t be disappointed."
Bionic Heart 2 received an A- on TechnologyTell, with reviewer Jonathan Gronli writing: "Bionic Heart 2 is a game worth experiencing. If you’re a sci-fi, noir, neo-noir, crime, or visual novel fan, chances are you’ll find something to latch onto and get a lot of enjoyment out of the game."
Bionic Heart 2 received high praise on R.P.G Ratings per game, with the reviewer Quintega, as she broke down the games mechanics and story. The only real complaints being how difficult some of the battles where, pre hint patch
- "Bionic Heart - Android Apps on Google Play". Google Play. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
- Jenni Lancaster (2009-08-10). "Bionic Heart". Gamertell. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
- Jonathan Gronli (2013-05-02). "Review: Bionic Heart 2 for PC". TechnologyTell. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
- "R.P.G". Review. Quintega. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
- Official website
- Bionic Heart at Winter Wolves
- "Bionic Heart". The Visual Novel Database.
- "Bionic Heart 2". The Visual Novel Database.
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- Game Review at Game Tunnel