Heileen 3: New Horizons (Winterwolves.com)
Heileen is shipwrecked on a mysterious island with Robert and Ebele. They are saved by a ship called the Morning Star led by the pirates Morgan and Juliet. Not only does Heileen use this opportunity to find her friends, she also needs to discover her destiny. Will Heileen find love or will she find her true calling?
At first, the story is about Heileen searching for her missing friends and family. After everyone’s found, the story changes depending on which character you pursue or which colony activity you partake in. In the original game, Heileen can choose between Morgan, John, Jonathan and Sebastian. Purchasing the female romance expansion extends her choices to Lora, Marie, Juliet and Ebele. My favorite of the guys is Sebastian (though I hate to admit it) and my favorite of the girls is Juliet. With Sebastian it might be more out of relief that Elias was going to be the romance option but he was voted out by Celso Riva‘s followers. He also had no intention of adding Juliet to the mix but popular demand changed his mind. I much prefer the plots where Heileen partakes in colony activities because at first she’s clueless about what she wants to do with her life. As she continues, she realizes that she found her true calling.
While the first two games were pure visual novels, this one is a dating/raising sim. During the game, you can do basic activities on the ship or colony activities on land. You have to raise attributes from the former in order to participate in the latter. You can invite one of the characters to do the colony activity with you and if you raise your stat high enough, you can qualify for the profession attached to it as long as you have the right sin or virtue. There will be some cut scenes in the game where you have to make a choice that affects your alignment with good and evil. It also affects your relationships with certain characters. Some cutscenes are story-driven while others are just you inviting someone out or vice versa.
This is definitely my favorite of the Heileen series. I give it 8 out of 10; it ended with a bang.