Last month, Nochi Studios released a free demo for their game Sweetcore Brews alongside the launch of its Kickstarter campaign. Since going live last June 28th, the campaign hit both its funding goal and its first stretch goal before its closure a month later.
Currently, Sweetcore Brews is slated for a November 2023 release and will be available on iOS, Android, and Steam (Windows/Mac).
Millennium “Milly” Blythe is the bewitching new girl in town working hard at her new apprenticeship at Sweetcore Brews, a bustling tea shop managed by a shopkeeper who chats by cauldron, and where all teas aren’t just made with love… but with magic.
As Milly seizes her chance to make her mark in the art of teacrafting, her aspirations lure her to serve more than just a cupful of happiness to her customers, as she manages to capture the attention of popular idol astrologer Zero, who knows a thing or two about serving fantasies and is set on giving Milly hers, as well as Raine Kingsley, a prestigious cursebreaker who never fails to stir more than just Milly’s antics.
With the cauldrons bubbling and the customers lining up, it’s truly up to Milly to brew her way towards her dreams while stirring up plenty of romance along the way.Full description can be found at Nochi Studios’ website.
Sweetcore Brews is Nochi Studios’ latest foray into otome games. It is being marketed as a “witchy sitcom theme” visual novel with mini-games. Consistent with their mission of building romance anime games that serve as unique experiences, the game boasts an AR (augmented reality) feature that can spawn characters into real life environments to interact with players the way they want to.
Many players – including a few of us on the team! – bring anime characters to real life events in various ways, such as taking pictures with plushies or figures to commemorate a moment. Now, players can spawn our romanceable characters and hear them speak in settings like at a coffee shop or even before going to bed if they want to be cheered up with a lovely voiced line about how amazing our players are! While this AR technology is basic right now, this game is our testing ground to develop this so that our future titles can have even more interactive AR elements with romanceable characters in the future.Natalie Fang, director of Sweetcore Brews
The developers promise that the game will have 28+ hours of gameplay, 72 chapters of story content, and entertaining minigames that players play to unlock in-game content. Exclusive content is planned for Dorian, an interactive storytelling platform that hosts choose-your-own-adventure games. Current details on the collaboration can be viewed here.
As this post is being written, the demo is still available for play on PC browsers. It features four episodes’ worth of content that is unlockable via minigames.