Fated is a free visual novel game available on Mac computers developed by VOWTogether. The game incorporates some Shakespearean ideas; you’re also introduced to Shakespearean characters as you progress in the game. Fated also has themes of LGBTQIA throughout, with the main characters all expressing their pronouns. This brings an inclusive and progressive feel to the game.
The storyline of Fated is simple and lets you choose your own destiny, in every sense of the word. You’re a postgraduate student who's recently gotten a job at the high-end ‘Cafe Milan’. You need to team up with a love interest of your choosing to find out what's really going on. If you like visual novels, you can also try Wednesday and Haikyuu Otome.
The first character is Juliet, who identifies as she/her. Juliet initially comes across as a serious character. However, her more gentle and playful side shines through in the way she cares for her friends at the cafe. You’ll attempt to successfully remove her from an unwanted relationship.
The next character goes by the name Oberon (he/him). Oberon doesn't shy away from making his intention with you very clear. Your relationship with him gets off to a great start but goes downhill quickly as he consistently pairs up with his wife and boyfriend. Is Oberon the one or is he too good to be true?
Next up is Ophelia, a character in her mid-20s who uses the pronouns they/them/she/her. When you first meet, you seem to steal her heart, but she has a complicated history with love. Can you be the one to make her love again?
The fourth and final character on the list is the oldest character by the name of Richard, who’s in his mid-30s. Richard identifies as he/him and is bisexual. He’s highly intelligent and classy but is considered incredibly arrogant. He swears to excel in his architecture career. You win him over easily, but could he bring you both to a rapid demise?
A soothing visual novel game
Fated is a free game, yet brings with it quality and many pleasing characteristics. The characters and storyline can be complex at times due to the Shakespearean elements, but overall, it’s a joy to play and an overall great user experience.