What would you do when faced with saving your best friend from an out of control vehicle heading directly at them? If you are Yamakazi Kusanagi, the star of Tears of Yggdrasil, you do your damnedest to save them. Even going as far as getting mortally wounded and finding yourself in another world. A world that is not exactly all that familiar to you. The problem is, you are told that you have a limited amount of time in this world to figure things out before it is too late.
In the world of Alfheim you are faced with stopping an assassin out to kill a royal family, find your way home to your previous life and maybe a bit of love along the way. Things get hairy quick.
Tears of Yggdrasil is a visual novel that has you picking choices after conversation points. One of the more popular visual novels that we saw released in North America is Snatcher on the Sega CD console back in the early 90’s. The visual novel genre never really took off until the last decade or so as independent developers have realized this is an untapped market (i.e., it is not oversaturated by “mainstream” publishers like First Person Shooters are).
With most visual novels, the quality of the artwork and the story is key to its success. Tears of Yggdrasil has both in spades. The story is close to the hearts of many people- what would YOU do faced with those circumstances? The artwork is clean and detailed without being “cheeky” or childish. Some scenes are more detailed, or realistic looking, than others which can bring a bit of jarring transition as the story progresses.
There is plenty of mystery in Tears of Yggdrasil, a mystery that could end with more than one death. The game is available on Itch.io in Windows, Macintosh and Linux downloads. Android and iOS versions are planned for future release. What is available at the moment is about half of the prologue so consider this a demo at best.