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Black Closet

by Hanako Games

Mystery
2015

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(based on 1 rating)
3 reviews

About the Story

A game of boardroom politics, lesbian romance, and schoolgirl noir.

9 AM Monday morning. A report lands on your desk: Jeanette's monogrammed silver locket has gone missing. The last time she definitely remembers having it, she was walking in the Field with her friend Susan. Shifty hallmate Ashley had also been admiring the locket recently.
Do you:

Drag Ashley in for interrogation?
Comb the Field for clues?
Try to stimulate Jeanette's memory?
Put Susan under surveillance?

Solve the case quickly, and everyone will applaud your leadership. Be too heavy-handed in your approach, and public opinion will turn against you. Let a thief slip through your fingers to strike again, and the whole school's reputation will suffer.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: September 16, 2015
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: Ren'Py
Forgiveness Rating: Tough
IFID: Unknown
TUID: h8w15bqlswmyc2jw

Editorial Reviews

These Heterogenous Tasks
Hanako Games’ latest is a time-management game in which the student council at a posh girl’s school acts as a detective force, solving mysteries, intervening in conflicts between students, and preserving the school’s reputation. You play Elsa Jackson, student body president, assigning your minions on the council to deal with crises around the school. While it’s up-front about being a yuri (lesbian romance) piece, the sex content is mostly innuendo and fades to black. There’s a little bit of magic – a crystal ball that gives you a perception boost, a hint of Lovecraftian badness at the world’s edge – but Magic School is not what the story is about at all.
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Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling
Black Closet is a dating sim/resource-juggling sim from Hanako Games (Long Live the Queen, Date/Warp, and numerous others). In it, you are Elsa Jackson, the student council president at St. Claudine’s, an all-female Catholic boarding school.
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Rock Paper Shotgun
Into The Black Closet
As I send Alberta to detention and arm one of my subordinates with a baseball bat to ensure she’s maximally intimidating, a thought intrudes on the tightly focused stream of calculations and strategizing that defined my time with Black Closet [official site]: “Is this really what my ideal high school experience looks like?”
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