Out of the games we picked from Otome/Josei Jam, Poetry in Purgatory is certainly the most curious. Created by Tymedust Games, this game fully released on June 30th 2023 on Itch.io entirely for free! It’s an otome mystery game with point & click elements, also featuring a special day-night cycle.
Poetry in Purgatory is a standalone sequel to their earlier 2022 project Pitstop in Purgatory, which you can purchase for $4.99 (reduced to $2.49) on Itch.io and Steam. The games are not connected, so you can play one without the other.
THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO TASTE
Isobel Salvie seems to have everything; youth, beauty, wealth… unfortunately, none of that matters much when you’re dead, poisoned by an unknown person for equally unknown reasons. Arriving in Heaven, Isobel is greeted by God herself. All seems well, because as it turns out, Paradise is wonderful.
However, the afterlife’s pleasures don’t come for free…
Poetry in Purgatory is a unique, ever-evolving story about what it means to live, love and make peace with things you can’t run away from… even when you may desperately want to.
Experience the prologue, full first act and the entire Bliss Alwes character route in version 0.1 of the game. And then be sure to check back regularly as the game receives frequent updates, adding new routes and story content for free! Don’t worry, there will be no need to replay old content for returning players.Itch.io description
Enter a truly memorable story currently consisting of 56k+ words, with a morality system that determines key traits of the main character, Isobel.
Explore the interactive world of Purgatory through a day-night cycle with four segments per day… lots of stuff to click on (or not, if you don’t want to).
Play your way! Commit fully to the story or partake in as many character routes as you desire, and watch as their outcomes change the main narrative in meaningful ways.
Twist your mind as you uncover a myriad of plot threads, all carried by an afterlife setting as rich in lore as it is in pure, unadulterated fun.
Marvel at sprites, backgrounds, special scenes and inventory items all drawn in a beautiful and unique style.
Unlock 50+ hidden items, including database entries and gallery images.
Bop your head to a dynamic soundtrack composed by popular YouTube artist Endigo.
There are more features to come, but you better check this on their itch.io page.
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Thumbnail from the game assets.