I’ma just copy-paste a post of mine from the Slept-on Titles thread because I guess it’s more relevant here:
Toko The Reject Demon is a cute romance with a whole lot more going on to boot. The first chapter is all there is right now, but it’s got a VO patch imminent, and the makers are just finishing up on their current, much bigger project Mutiny(which is a much more, uh, risque undertaking, NSFW to say the least) and are getting down to business with the rest right about now, so good time to jump on board. plus it looks lovely. Ace soundtrack too.
Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos is an ill-fated thing, the first part of a planned series that will unfortunately never be continued. The devs got over ambitious and eventually cancelled, which is a shame, because it’s one Hell of a premise, hella beautiful and has a brilliant ending for a first episode. Well worth checking out on cheap if you can stand not seeing more. Also, again, amazing soundtrack and art.
Highway Blossoms is a brilliant romance with some of the best, most down-to-earth writing I’ve experienced in a long time. Besides some awkward exposition at the begining about the treasure hunt that drives the protagonists for the bulk of the story, it’s incredibly natural and brilliantly observed. And, as is a bit of a theme, it’s got a great soundtrack and lovely art. I don’t know if I can do this justice without way more words, but it’s really something special.
And finally, on mobile devices there’s Juniper’s Knot, by the same people that did Dysfunctional Systems. It’s a very short, but also free thing with only two characters and it’s well worth a look. Again, gorgeous music and art. Particularly here I think, the style really lends itself to the setting.
I’d also add World End Economica too, though the first episode is very slow and I haven’t read the second yet. It’ll last you a while and if you’re into what it offers then you’ll be set I think. Gotta get to re-reading it and starting the second someday.
Oh, and Katawa Shoujo of course. Less obscure, unless it’s become less well known as of late, but personally I think it’s held up really well. Ear arc being written by different people is cool and makes each very distinctive, and the way the structure of each reflects the character it focuses on is really cool. Plus I still love that they hid a multidimensional time traveling story across the routes by sheer accident.
Also I don’t know if recent years have made Kenji more hilarious or more unnerving.