I Need Call Me Under, the 1950s Underwater Mystery With Hot Queer Romances

It has a couple of very famous voice actors, too.

More than ever, under quarantine I need to play games with cute people I can romance. Whether it’s enduring death in Hades for a crumb of attention from Megaera or replaying Dragon Age 2 to kiss Fenris for the umpteenth time, I’m out (in?) here trying to live vicariously since I can’t go outside. It’s partly why, from the moment I saw the gorgeous cast of the upcoming indie game Call Me Under, I kind of fell in love with it a little bit.

That only goes so far though, yeah? Thankfully, the rest of what we know of the game, which is 80% funded on Kickstarter as of the time of this article’s writing, is exactly my type of thing. You play as a faceless protagonist from The Surface who has traveled to the underwater city of Styx to leave behind their past and start anew. This, like all plans in life, isn’t meant to go smoothly, though. Instead, you’ll find yourself in the middle of “a brewing fight between the Shadows and the Light; two ancient, otherworldly entities embroiled in a centuries-long battle for power.” Basically: here you’ll find crimes, murder mysteries, and supernatural beings.

You’ll also find yourself in the midst of some really attractive people, who you can choose to romance and are sure to make uncovering dark secrets and facing eldritch horrors much easier. Reader, just look at them:

It’s a star-studded cast, too, which is all the more impressive considering that this is Lunaris Games’ first voiced game. Blue is voiced by Robbie Daymond, whom you’ll know from his roles as Prompto in Final Fantasy XV and Goro Akechi in Persona 5. Penny is voiced by Allegra Clark, who also voices Josephine in Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bloodhound in Apex Legends, and Dorothea and Shamir in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Alejandro Saab voices Yuri in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Jules in Final Fantasy VII Remake. Those are just a few examples, but they’re enough to let you know that this game will likely have terrific voice acting.

There’s so much more to this game already, and you can check out its Kickstarter page for teases on what awaits in this realm hidden in the depths of the ocean. Though the best way to learn about the visual novel is to play the demo that is currently available.

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I played Call Me Under‘s very short demo, which you can check out here. I found it enthralling, almost seductive β€” not just because the cast is stunning (although that certainly helps) but also because it’s teeming with mysteries waiting for me to uncover. In the demo’s small window, it’s captured me with the many story threads I can already see. How is Blue involved with his brother’s disappearance? What is Callie and Penny’s history? What was so unnerving about the protagonist to Eve? Why is Adrien so beautiful? I’m thrilled to learn more about these characters already and to see more of the game’s art, which is incredibly beautiful.

Lunaris Games, a small indie development team of LGBTQA+ and BIPOC developers, has developed games like When The Night Comes and Errant Kingdom. Call Me Under will be the studio’s first non-episodic game. In just one week, the project has acquired over $43,000 of the team’s funding goal, which is a little more than $53,000. The Kickstarter still has 22 days to go, so if you’d like to support this exciting and inclusive project, you can do so here. The team is aiming for release in the last quarter of 2021 on Steam, itch.io, and Nintendo Switch.

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.

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