Backstage Pass is a visual novel/sim about love, life, and working in the entertainment industry. You play as makeup artist Sian Goodin as she navigates the world of showbiz. And there are lots of decisions to be made.
Work with upcoming talent, or established pros? Focus on your schoolwork, or use your industry connections to climb the ladder and land a job as a high-ranking producer? Date a famous actor, cultivate romance with a fresh-faced pop star, or strike out on your own? The choices are yours!
There's a lot to love about this game. It features 15 unique endings (so a TON of replayability), a fully voiced English cast, and opening/ending scenes that are animated by Studio DEEN. You can also switch up your character's look with over 80 items -- definitely an endless supply of customization options.
Dating sims featuring a female protagonist are becoming more prevalent in the genre, and it's nice to see this happening in an otherwise male protagonist dominated field.
With a unique and exciting setting, a few RPG elements mixed in, as well as the many differing personalities of the characters, this a great addition to the genre. And it features a female protagonist -- a nice change from the usual fare in this niche.