Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Mar 012021
 

Romance month is over and the contest winner has been contacted, but now there’s one more visual novel we really need to talk about.

Originally, I intended The House in Fata Morgana to be the last review of February, but I didn’t finish it in time… in part because it gets so heavy at certain points that I needed to take a break, and in part because it’s the sort of story that deserves to be savored, not rushed.

Described as “a gothic suspense tale,” The House in Fata Morgana begins with you awakening in a strange mansion, where a mysterious maid tells you that you are the mansion’s Master and invites you to learn about its history.

It is a slow burn story, not in the sense that it takes a while to get interesting, but rather that it takes a long time before you truly understand what the story is about.

There will be times when you’ll question why I considered including it in February’s celebration at all, although you should understand by the end; I’ve described it here as a gothic romance, but at times it is horror or tragedy.

I don’t want to say too much about it, because the slow unfolding of its tale is part of this visual novel’s beauty.

The House in Fata Morgana is powerful and emotional, and it also plays a clever trick using its medium partway through that I assume most people only find accidentally, like I did.

Click for The House in Fata Morgana spoilers
If you’ve finished or gotten far enough to know the truth about the fourth door, go back to the fourth door’s story and check the backlog from time to time.

The backlog does not reflect the false story, but something else entirely.

There’s so much I want to say about The House in Fata Morgana, but most of it I don’t even want to include behind spoiler tags, in case someone would see it by mistake. Instead I’ll just say that if you like visual novels at all, I consider this one a must-play (as long as you’re okay with some seriously dark sections and sensitive topics), and it quickly rose to stand among my favorite visual novels.

Oh, and the soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous, which makes the emotional moments stand out even more.

The House in Fata Morgana has a prequel story as well, which I’ll definitely read, although I’m tempted to wait for the Switch version to be released in English, since the console versions bundle the two together with additional content. Anyway, go read The House in Fata Morgana!

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  4 Responses to “The House in Fata Morgana is an Emotional Gothic Romance”

  1. Sounds intriguing. And I managed to avoid clicking that spoiler tag 😛
    Looks like it is also bundled on the PS4 version, including an apparent sequel called Reincarnation?

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