The PC is an open platform with tons of great development tools, making it ideal for small indie developers to target.Steam on the other hand, has made digital distribution cost-effective, efficient, and accessible to a massive audience.In the first game and its various remakes, the protagonist is a 17-year-old girl named Angelique Limoges who has been chosen by the current Queen and her aide Dia as one of two candidates from the Royal Smallney Girls' Academy to become the next Queen.She is transported to the Flying City to begin her final examination.
Riviera also contains dating sim elements, as the hero can achieve multiple endings with the supporting characters through decisions made throughout the game.
By balancing elemental forces with the help of nine Guardians, she keeps the various planets in her domain stable and her people content.
However, the powers of the Queen and the Guardians fade over time, and successors must be appointed.
All this is a huge boon for visual novels and dating simulation games, which would have lingered in obscurity outside of Japan, otherwise.
A bevy of 2D hotties are waiting for us to make the right move.