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If Darkest Dungeon was an anime dating sim, it’d be this Steam game

Take the turn-based combat of Darkest Dungeon, and combine it with a sparkly dating sim and you get Nova Hearts, this cutesy new Steam game.

If Darkest Dungeon was an anime dating sim, it'd be this Steam game: An anime character with blue skin and green eyes releases a laser beam from her chest reaching her hand out to the camera

There are some things I don’t expect to see at the start of a random week in December. The Day Before has shuttered, E3 is officially dead, and there’s a new “turn-based combat dating sim” called Nova Hearts coming to Steam. Safe to say, it’s set to be a pretty weird week.

All of the zombie-ridden chaos aside, Nova Hearts is a brand new dating sim from Lightbulb Crew, the creators of Othercide, an absolutely stunning turn-based RPG that currently sits at 9/10 on Steam, boasting a slew of stellar reviews.

Trading out the gorgeous black, white, and red visuals of Othercide for a sparkly, Final Fantasy X-2 world, you’re thrust into the shoes of Luce and her merry band of misfits, who have been tasked with saving the world from a new, mysterious otherworldly force.

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Both your squad and several of your enemies – all sexy singles in your area, of course – have been gifted an array of powerful superhero-style talents, meaning you’ll be facing off against myriad different supervillains and their hordes of ravenous minions. Combat channels Darkest Dungeon’s turn-based strategy, and sees you work together with your friends to unleash devastating combos on your foes.

But, in the background, you’ll also have to successfully woo your chosen companions. You can text, chat, and even go on dates with your colleagues – or even your new arch-nemeses. I know which I’ll be picking.

But, bear in mind that, to quote good ol’ Uncle Ben (or Voltaire, if you prefer 17th-century French literature like me): “With great power comes great responsibility.” Your actions will dictate the outcome of the story, and could potentially land you in some pretty hot water. Will I still romance the bad guy? Absolutely, but I’m just giving you a bit of warning.

A character fires a blue laser beam in a botanical garden, as a robotic character flies alongside it

So if you fancy channelling your inner superhero (or villain), Nova Hearts will release the first part of its story, Nova Hearts: The Spark on January 17, 2024. The rest of the game will follow in summer, 2024.

As a League of Legends player and support main, the entire game is giving me Lux vibes (especially the image above), and I absolutely adore it. Having sunk hours into Doomsday Paradise (imagine Slay the Spire, if it was a dating sim), I can’t wait to try out Nova Hearts for myself – the Lady of Luminosity would be so proud.

Until then, we have a list of all the best superhero games to get you in the crime-fighting mood, as well as a collection of free Steam games so that you can save some cash during the holiday season.

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