Our Hometown in the Alley is a visual novel that uses Google Maps

Our Hometown in the Alley is a visual novel that uses Google Maps

Google Maps and Street View are being used in a new Japanese visual novel. The game was released on Steam on October 14, 2022. The player and heroine may see real-life pictures as background locations.

The teams website revealed that (), a series of visual novels that Hudson Soft released for Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 between 1999 and 2004, sparked interest for this title. Like the series, it will take place in Japan''s Hokkaido prefecture, but with a particular focus on Hakodate. The player and the game''s heroine will attempt to see as many landmarks throughout Hakodate for a weekend, with the average playthrough time ranging from two to five hours.

While these books had the photos included in their standalone designs, it distinguishes itself by using Google Maps and Street View.

After showing descriptions of the real-life amenities, the game will play a scene with the heroine, which often features quick event response choices. Rojimaga also cautioned that the browser-based visual novel may be unplayable if there are too many player sessions during the day.

The Steam version of is now available worldwide at this writing with a price tag of $4.99 in the United States, but the visual novel currently only supports the Japanese language. Outside of Steam, Rojimaga sells the game for 500 yen. The game was initially released for free on September 27, 2022, before it switched to paid sales and sent public press releases.

Rojimaga will go on Android and iOS devices later in October 2022. The developer team has also announced plans to develop additional games and services that utilize Google Street View.

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