While not the type of visual novel I’m used to playing, I found that First Bite is really accessible and easy to get into. Upon starting, you’re given a few options to choose from. These include choices such as your name, your pronouns, and I felt like every time things got off track I was questioned regarding my interests and quickly steered back on track. This game tries to appeal to a wide audience, and I feel like it does a good job of that.
Easily noticeable upon starting is the art work and production value. For a game at this price point it looks really good. The background are (mostly) drawn very well, and the character art looks great. The music, while I won’t be adding it to any playlists, sets the mood well. The voice acting is top tier.
There are a lot of ways to die or get a bad end in this game. Save often, and don’t be afraid to make decisions. The game isn’t terribly long, so if you make a mistake you can load an old save or start again with the option of skipping read text. The main characters are romanceable, but since only one of them fit my taste I felt a bit limited. With various lifestyles being represented, at least 1 out of 3 isn’t bad. Apparently you can also choose to attempt a no-romance run, but I didn’t try myself.
My only complaint is that there weren’t many unique CGs. Again, the game is short and the price is right so it seems adequate keeping all of this in mind. On the flip side, the characters have so much personality its hard not to get absorbed in the story. The surrounding visuals (UI, backgrounds, etc) are so well done that I wasn’t bothered by my initial complaint as much as I thought I would.
The game can be completed in an afternoon, and despite its many endings it doesn’t have enormous replay value. Despite this, I have to give First Bite a solid recommendation as its presentation feels effortlessly unique. If you’re new to visual novels, this wouldn’t be a bad place to start.