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Review: The Sad Story of Emmeline Burns

The Sad Story of Emmeline Burns is a short, sweet and slightly gothic shoujo-ai visual novel available for free on Steam.

This story is a sad one, but it’s also sweet, touching, and uplifting all at once. Toma Andrews is a teenage girl with an affinity for graveyards, and while hanging out at one of her usual haunts she encounters another girl who may or may not be a ghost. The girl tells her a story about someone called Emmeline Burns who died back in 1851, but what does this all have to do with Toma?

While the story itself is fairly straightforward, it’s extremely well-written. I did spot a few typos here and there but they weren’t anything major, and it’s clearly written by someone with a good grasp of the English language, something I unfortunately find lacking in many visual novels. Occasionally bordering on saccharine, this tale of love between teenage girls has heart to it and fleshes out its characters well. At around one hour of playtime it cuts out any fluff, making sure every line is relevant, and the emotional tale brought a lump to my throat without veering into overly depressing territory.


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