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Café Rouge Otome Visual Novel

Café Rouge follows the story of Isis Black, your typical American teenager who gets a job interview from the mysterious Café Rouge.

Café Rouge Otome Visual Novel

Café Rouge follows the story of Isis Black, your typical American teenager who gets a job interview from the mysterious Café Rouge.

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Online Demo: https://cloudnovel.net/Sonya/novel/cafe-rouge 

Download Demo: https://cloudnovel.itch.io/cafe-rouge

2012 Original Full Game: https://blog.cloudnovel.net/2018/08/01/download-cafe-rouge/ 




Isis, your average American teenager, happens upon a part time job opening at Café Rouge. During the day, it is a normal, quaint café and bakery. But when night takes over, it is transformed into a five star restaurant-theater-café, with live stage performances and mysterious customers arriving in the middle of the night.

As Isis delves deeper into this strange café, she becomes entangled in the mystery of its’ haunted world. Will she find friends, or enemies? Will she follow fate or make her own destiny? Will she find love? 

That is for you to decide.


Hello everybody! I'm so so excited to tell you guys that Café Rouge is coming back, on CloudNovel, as CloudNovel's first commercial game! That means it will be available online as a web browser game, with in game purchases, as well as Windows and Mac downloadable versions to be released on Steam and Itch.io. The artist for the Cafe Rouge reboot has worked for Rejet (creator of Diabolik Lovers) and  Otomate  (creators of Code: Realize, Amnesia, Hakuoki and many more), arguably the leaders in the industry.

So for those who don't know Cafe Rouge, Café Rouge is an online browser based game, that will also be available for download on Windows and Mac. It is an otome(Japanese word for "maiden" game in which you play as a female main character to pursue one of various male love interests) visual novel game.

I created the completed original visual novel series in 2012 in Adobe Flash, and I am now remaking it with brand new character designs and CG illustrations for a 2020 remake. It will be available on CloudNovel for free but with in game purchases such as saving progress of the game and other in app purchases, OR you can buy it from Steam or Itch.io for $20 to have every feature unlocked.  When I released it in 2012, it went viral with 250,000 plays in less than a week. In total, this visual novel game series amassed over 4 million plays. 

Here are some reviews from fans of the original 2012 Café Rouge game:

  "...made by the creator of café rouge (which was a master piece) one of my personal favorite otome games."  Tumblr("Let's Play Otome Games" an otome review blog) 

 "Wow, Candice's story was breathtakingly amazing and emotional. The writing for this chapter is so well done!"  -juliekaufmann on deviantart  

 "I definitely enjoy the Cafe Rouge series. It is truly astonishing and breath-taking, especially seeing as I'm not that type of person to actually get sucked right into the story so easily. It was an emotional roller coaster for me practically." - InhaleStrawberries on NewGrounds, 


  • 3 Pursue-able male love interests (might add more)
  • Customizable name for main character (default is Isis Black)
  • 8 Side characters (might add more)
  • Original art and story
  • Same beautiful original sound track like in the original 2012 game
  • 7+ Hours of gameplay
  • 40+ CG illustrations
  • No annoying cooking mini games (I'm taking them out of this remake)
  • Completely new character designs (Isis will no longer have green hair)



Sample of digital artbook


Sample of keychain


Sample of acrylic standee


Sonya - Developer, Writer, Background Artist (Also creator of the CloudNovel engine/platform)

【熊】42/ KUMA - Character Designs, Character Art, CG Illustration Artist

DAX - GUI and kickstarter graphics, big thanks to her!!!

So why kickstarter? Up until now I've been using up my personal savings to fund this game, and right now my budget is a little tight due to all the art that has to go into making this visual novel. Since I am using CloudNovel I have no need for a programmer, so I will be "programming" the game logic into the CloudNovel engine on my own. Still, considering the actual series is well over 300 pages of writing, this is still tedious because I have to copy and paste everything into the engine. 

I already paid for the music license, but it was also something that cost a lot and it's a little scary looking at my bank account at how much I have to dig into my personal savings. 

And to be honest, $2000 isn't enough to cover for the whole project, with $2000 along with my personal savings, I can pay my artist to finish all the character sprite art because I just don't have enough money to pay for the CG illustrations or new background art. The real goal that would get this project released on time in 2020 is $12000, that would cover all the art including the CG illustrations. For new background art, our stretch goal is $30000. If we don't reach this stretch goal, we will just use the old background art. 

With your funding, you will be lifting some of the financial burden I have to carry to pay for the gorgeous art, beautiful music, and the time taken for me to program the game logic and actually finish the game. 

If this kickstarter is not successful, that is OK. I will still finish the game, but it might be released 2025, or even 2030. It will just take me more time, I will just save up my own money slowly and sometime by 2025 I can finish paying my artist for the entire game. 

My Other Works

If you are interested in my other completed works, I have several completed and big otome visual novel game projects that I have created (you can play them for free):

High School Otome (on Steam and Itch.io) 

 Skights (on Hiatus, but my most critically acclaimed visual novel) 

Risks and challenges

I have completed this game before in 2012 will its full 300 pages of writing, all 7 episodes/chapters. I have other completed visual novels such as High School Otome and Skights (on hiatus).

Whether or not this kickstarter is successful I WILL finish the game, it might just take a few more years depending on how fast I can pay my artist and other people helping me make this game.

With that said, I also run my website CloudNovel and I'm very due diligent in sending out physical prizes to people who've won contests and prizes on my website. I will also do the same for the backers on this kickstarter, so please rest assured.

Thank you for reading, I truly appreciate any support you give to my projects.
-Sonya

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