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'''Voltage, Inc.''' is a Japanese developer of RomanceGame VisualNovels for [[MobilePhoneGame mobile phone]]. The company originated in 1999, based in Tokyo, and began to expand to English-speaking audiences in 2011, releasing English-language versions of their games through the Apple Store and Google Play. Expanded versions of several of their games were previously released through GREE, a social gaming network which provides the games FreeToPlay on a limited daily basis with the option of further advancement via {{Microtransactions}}. Support for the GREE versions of the games ceased in 2014, replaced by the similar free-to-play/social media "Party" versions of ''Be My Princess'' and ''My Forged Wedding''.

Voltage's American subsidiary, Voltage Entertainment USA, releases adaptations of existing Voltage, Inc. games which have been heavily localized to appeal to Western audiences, including replacing the anime-style character sprites and [=CGs=] with new artwork in a more Western style. Beginning in 2013 with ''Speakeasy Tonight'', the subsidiary has begun producing original games marketed directly to their English-speaking audience.

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!!!Games developed:
[[index]]
* ''VisualNovel/PiratesInLove''
* ''VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding''
** ''White Lies & Sweet Nothings'' (Voltage USA)
** ''My Forged Wedding PARTY'' (Social/Free-to-Play)
* ''VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity''
** ''Glass Stilettos in Manhattan'' (Voltage USA)
** ''Sleepless Cinderella'' (Social/Free-to-Play)
* ''VisualNovel/InYourArmsTonight'' and ''In Your Arms Tonight 2''
* ''VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess'' and ''Be My Princess 2''
** ''A Prince's Proposal'' (Voltage USA)
** ''Be My Princess PARTY'' (Social/Free-to-Play)
* ''VisualNovel/LoveLetterFromThiefX''
** ''My Lover's a Thief'' (Voltage USA)
* ''VisualNovel/MySweetBodyguard''
** ''To Love and Protect'' (Voltage USA)
* ''[[VisualNovel/AKnightsDevotion A Knight's Devotion]]''
** ''Knight of My Heart'' (Voltage USA)
* ''VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets''
** ''Intimate Business'' (Voltage USA)
* ''VisualNovel/TenDaysWithMyDevil''
** ''My Killer Romance'' (Voltage USA)
* ''VisualNovel/KissOfRevenge''
* ''VisualNovel/DreamyDaysInWestTokyo''
* ''VisualNovel/ClassTripCrush''
* ''VisualNovel/OurTwoBedroomStory''
* ''VisualNovel/KissedByTheBaddestBidder''
* ''VisualNovel/SerendipityNextDoor''
* ''VisualNovel/MetroPDCloseToYou''
* ''VisualNovel/EnchantedInTheMoonlight''
* ''First Love Diaries - A Kiss on the Beach''
* ''VisualNovel/FinallyInLoveAgain''
* ''True Love Sweet Lies''
* ''VisualNovel/HerLoveInTheForce''
* ''VisualNovel/StarCrossedMyth''
* ''VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight''
* ''My Wedding and 7 Rings''
* ''Celebrity Darling'' (only available in English through the GREE app)
* ''Speakeasy Tonight'' (Voltage USA original)
* ''Queen's Gambit'' (Voltage USA original)
[[/index]]

!!!Tropes common to the games of Voltage, Inc. and Voltage USA:
* AllegedlyFreeGame: The GREE/Party versions of the games are free to play, and with effort and patience it's possible to complete everything without resorting to microtransactions. However, the player's ability to progress through the game is limited by day, and progress requires some social networking and a lot of grinding for points if you're not buying your way through.
* AllMenArePerverts: Expect to hear the "all men are wolves" adage at least once per game.
* BigEater: The standard Voltage game protagonist enjoys good food, and is often teased by her love interests about her enthusiasm for meals.
* ButThouMust: A standard feature of Voltage games, which present choices to the player at various points. The choices determine [[MultipleEndings the way the story ends]], but any immediate effect is minimal, typically only influencing a few lines of dialogue before events proceed along a single track. The few aversions (in ''Kiss of Revenge'', ''True Love Sweet Lies'', and the original Japanese version of ''In Your Arms Tonight'') thus stand out enough to be noteworthy
* ButNotTooForeign: Across all their games set in Japan, you can count on one hand the foreign characters who aren't half-Japanese. Including the ones who aren't love interests. Given Japan's demographics, this makes sense.
* CampGay: Whenever a gay man shows up, expect him to be one of these. Indeed, "screamingly flamboyant" is pretty much shorthand for "gay" in any of the games, as showcased in a rather cringeworthy declaration from the ''VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity'' protagonist: Fashion designer Trevor Konno cannot possibly be gay -- he has masculine interests! Later games adopt a (comparatively) more sensitive and nuanced approach.
* CentralTheme: Each Voltage RomanceGame tends to hang on a single trope as a theme for the game's love story.
** For ''{{Pirate}}s in Love'', it's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin right there in the title]].
** ''My Forged Wedding'': [[TheBeard a faked relationship]].
** ''In Your Arms Tonight'': [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]].
** ''Be My Princess'', ''Be My Princess 2'', and ''Seduced in the Sleepless City'': InterClassRomance involving royalty or [[TheBeautifulElite celebrity]].
** ''Love Letter from Thief X'': [[PhantomThief Phantom Thieves]] who are JustLikeRobinHood.
** ''My Sweet Bodyguard'': a BodyguardCrush.
** ''A Knight's Devotion'': LadyAndKnight.
** ''Office Secrets'': OfficeRomance.
** ''10 Days With My Devil'': ParanormalRomance.
** ''Kiss of Revenge'': [[BestServedCold revenge]] in a setting full of {{Hospital Hottie}}s.
** ''Dreamy Days in West Tokyo'': ChildhoodFriendRomance.
** ''Class Trip Crush'': high school romance on a ClassTrip.
** ''Our Two Bedroom Story'': OfficeRomance again, this time crossed with InnocentCohabitation.
** ''Kissed By the Baddest Bidder'': PropertyOfLove, with a side of UnequalPairing.
** ''Serendipity Next Door'': LiterallyLovingThyNeighbor.
** ''Metro PD: Close to You'' and ''Her Love in the Force'': A team of [[FairCop hot police detectives]].
** ''Enchanted in the Moonlight'': ParanormalRomance again, this time with a {{Youkai}} theme.
** ''Finally, in Love Again'': A ChristmasCake forming a relationship with a younger man.
** ''Star-Crossed Myth'': A DivineDate with the WesternZodiac.
* ChocolateOfRomance: Most of Voltage Inc's romance games get a ValentinesDayEpisode side story sooner or later, and the protagonist's efforts to present her love interest with handmade chocolate for the holiday feature prominently in all of them. Drama caused by lost, stolen, or damaged chocolate is also common, as are various other obstacles ranging from cross-cultural confusion to angst when the guy in question seems to have accepted chocolate from another girl. See the page for some specific examples.
* ChristmasEpisode: Most games have a Christmas-themed side story for the holiday season sooner or later.
* {{Crossover}}:
** ''Seduced in the Sleepless City'' and ''Love Letter from Thief X'' have two crossover stories, "Thieves vs. Celebrities" and "Ryoichi vs. Takuto/Takuto vs. Ryoichi." In addition, although there has not yet been an official crossover story, ''My Forged Wedding'' has referenced characters from ''Seduced'' and the clothing brand Infinite, which is the workplace in which ''Office Secrets'' is set.
** The ''Pirates in Love'' side story "Pirates vs. Bodyguards" crosses over with ''My Sweet Bodyguard''.
** The ''My Forged Wedding'' side story "My Wedding Knight" crosses over with ''A Knight's Devotion''... sort of.
** ''10 Days With My Devil'' crosses over with ''My Sweet Bodyguard'' in the "My Devilish Bodyguard" side story.
** ''Kissed by the Baddest Bidder'' and ''Love Letter From Thief X'' have three crossover side stories per game, for a grand total of six.
** ''Sweet Cafe'' has a few crossover themed stories that are ''far'' from anything resembling canon, mostly in that it has to do with several different guys from completely different games living under one roof with the protagonist.
* EarnYourBadEnding: Most Voltage games don't even ''have'' bad endings, but even so, it's generally not too difficult to end up with the best ending unless you're actively making an effort to fail.
* ExpansionPack: New content is released for existing games on a regular basis, including epilogues, sequels, side stories, and new characters.
* TheFaceless: As is common in visual novels, the protagonist's face is never fully shown. [=CGs=] in which she appears usually show her with her face hidden or turned away from the camera; failing that, her eyes are obscured by her hair or simply not drawn in.
* FlowerMotifs: Many games have at least one guy versed in ''hanakotoba'' ([[VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity Satsuki]], [[VisualNovel/InYourArmsTonight Ebihara]], [[VisualNovel/LoveLetterFromThiefX Riki]], and many more), and the narrative will usually explain to protagonist and player alike what the various flowers mean.
* HelloInsertNameHere: The protagonist of each game is named by the player.
* InsecureLoveInterest: The protagonist in many a route, sequel, sub-story.... Usually, [[InformedFlaw she has absolutely no reason for feeling so]].
* InterfaceSpoiler / TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Given the effort that needs to be put into the character pictures, it's obvious when someone is going to be important to the plot, or at the very least a re-occurring character. Not only will they have a name, they'll have character art.
* {{Microtransactions}}: In addition to the GREE model described above, the standard versions of the games involve downloading a free prologue and then purchasing the stories you're interested in playing individually.
* MultipleEndings: Another standard feature of Voltage games, usually involving a "Good Ending" and a "[[GoldenEnding Happy Ending]]."
* PerspectiveFlip: Beginning with ''In Your Arms Tonight,'' many Voltage games include "His POV" side stories which show events of the main routes from the guy's point of view.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Since a mundane version of CurtainsMatchTheWindow is in effect for most characters, this comes into play as shorthand for "Westerner, or Western-influenced person". Thus, [[VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity Noel]], [[VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding Ren]], [[VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets Shota]], and virtually ''all'' foreign characters with their own sprites are indeed blond with blue or green eyes.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Title screens, menus, and splash screens for almost all Voltage games up to ''Kiss of Revenge'' invariably use a pink color scheme. Beginning with [=KoR=], and especially following the change in game format that began with ''Our Two Bedroom Story'', this has become much less of a rule.
* RomanceGame: Voltage's bread and butter.
* StockFootage: Expect recycled backgrounds, not necessarily within the games themselves, but amongst the different Voltage games. For example, the storage room in ''PiratesInLove'' is used in Zain's route in ''BeMyPrincess'', and the nobleman's bedroom from the former game is the guest room in Nobel Michel in the latter. Usually the backgrounds will either be exactly the same, have some minor change, or just have a PaletteSwap.
* StrictlyFormula: In any given Voltage romance game, you can expect the cast of potential love interests to be composed of some combination of the following:
** The confident alpha male and/or {{Tsundere}} whose relationship with the protagonist is characterized heavily by BelligerentSexualTension. Often redheaded, usually a good cook, and almost always featured more prominently than the rest of the cast in the game's prologue and promotional material. ([[VisualNovel/PiratesInLove Russell]], [[VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding Yamato]], [[VisualNovel/InYourArmsTonight Genji]], [[VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess Keith and Kevin]], [[VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity Yuzuki]], [[VisualNovel/LoveLetterFromThiefX Riki]], [[VisualNovel/MySweetBodyguard Subaru]], [[VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets Toranosuke]], [[VisualNovel/TenDaysWithMyDevil Kakeru]], [[VisualNovel/DreamyDaysInWestTokyo Ichigo]], [[VisualNovel/ClassTripCrush Taketo]], [[VisualNovel/OurTwoBedroomStory Minato]], [[VisualNovel/KissedByTheBaddestBidder Eisuke]], [[VisualNovel/SerendipityNextDoor Jinpachi]], [[VisualNovel/MetroPDCloseToYou Hanai and Tennoji]], [[VisualNovel/EnchantedInTheMoonlight Miyabi]], [[VisualNovel/FinallyInLoveAgain Momoi]], [[VisualNovel/HerLoveInTheForce Kaga]], [[VisualNovel/StarCrossedMyth Leon]], [[VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight Kyohei]].)
** The cynical guy who resists serious emotional entanglement. Sometimes TheGadfly, pushing the heroine's comfort zones to get a rise out of her, but is more often a TallDarkAndSnarky [[DefrostingIceQueen ice queen in need of defrosting]]. Almost always dark-haired. ([[VisualNovel/PiratesInLove Eduardo]], [[VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding Kyoichi]], [[VisualNovel/InYourArmsTonight Koichi]], [[VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess Joshua and Seig]], [[VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity Ryoichi]], [[VisualNovel/MySweetBodyguard Ishigami]] ([[VisualNovel/HerLoveInTheForce twice]]), [[VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets Ryoma]], [[VisualNovel/TenDaysWithMyDevil Satoru]], [[VisualNovel/ClassTripCrush Homare]], [[VisualNovel/EnchantedInTheMoonlight Chikage]], [[VisualNovel/StarCrossedMyth Scorpio]], [[VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight Iori]].)
** The quiet introvert who is either a lazy DeadpanSnarker, a [[TheStoic Stoic]] SugarAndIcePersonality whose withdrawn nature makes him hard to read, or both. Most likely to be blond in earlier games, more likely dark-haired in later ones. If the alpha male isn't the promotional "face" of the game, this guy probably is. ([[VisualNovel/PiratesInLove Nathan]], [[VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding Ren]], [[VisualNovel/InYourArmsTonight Soji]], [[VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess Wilfred and Hayden]], [[VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity Noel]], [[VisualNovel/LoveLetterFromThiefX Takuto]], [[VisualNovel/MySweetBodyguard Goto]] ([[VisualNovel/HerLoveInTheForce twice]]), [[VisualNovel/AKnightsDevotion Shion]], [[VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets Shingo]], [[VisualNovel/TenDaysWithMyDevil Shiki]], [[VisualNovel/KissOfRevenge Issei]], [[VisualNovel/DreamyDaysInWestTokyo Takeshi]], [[VisualNovel/OurTwoBedroomStory Kaoru]], [[VisualNovel/KissedByTheBaddestBidder Soryu]], [[VisualNovel/SerendipityNextDoor Masaomi]], [[VisualNovel/MetroPDCloseToYou Asano]], [[VisualNovel/FinallyInLoveAgain Sosuke]], [[VisualNovel/StarCrossedMyth Huedhaut]], [[VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight Kota]].)
** The flirty guy: friendly, outgoing, and always ready to put the moves on any reasonably attractive female in the vicinity. The trouble is knowing when it's safe to take him seriously. Even more likely than the cynical guy to be TheGadfly. ([[VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding Saeki]], [[VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess Roberto and Oliver]], [[VisualNovel/InYourArmsTonight Kiyoto]], [[VisualNovel/InYourArmsTonight Ginnosuke]], [[VisualNovel/AKnightsDevotion Haku]], [[VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets Junya]], [[VisualNovel/KissOfRevenge Kyosuke]], [[VisualNovel/DreamyDaysInWestTokyo Rihito]], [[VisualNovel/KissedByTheBaddestBidder Baba]], [[VisualNovel/MetroPDCloseToYou Kyobashi]], [[VisualNovel/EnchantedInTheMoonlight Kyouga]], [[VisualNovel/FinallyInLoveAgain Yuto]], [[VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight Nagito]].)
** The younger guy. Typically he's an upbeat and energetic {{Keet}} (and thus often combined into the "flirty guy" role in smaller casts) or a puppyish NiceGuy; occasionally presents a prickly {{Tsundere}} front when his youth causes others to not take him seriously. The most likely to [[DisguisedInDrag cross-dress]]. ([[VisualNovel/PiratesInLove Thomas]], [[VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding Yuta]], [[VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess Glenn]], [[VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity Mirai]], [[VisualNovel/LoveLetterFromThiefX Hiro]], [[VisualNovel/MySweetBodyguard Sora]], [[VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets Shota]], [[VisualNovel/TenDaysWithMyDevil Meguru]], [[VisualNovel/ClassTripCrush Kanji]], [[VisualNovel/SerendipityNextDoor Izumi]], [[VisualNovel/MetroPDCloseToYou Eiki]], [[VisualNovel/FinallyInLoveAgain Yoh]].)
** The considerate, kind-hearted NiceGuy. Usually down-to-earth, brotherly, and TheReliableOne, but some versions have more of a romantic head-in-the-clouds bent. ([[VisualNovel/PiratesInLove Christopher]], [[VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding Takao]], [[VisualNovel/InYourArmsTonight Aiba]], [[VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess Edward]], [[VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity Chihaya]], [[VisualNovel/LoveLetterFromThiefX Kenshi]], [[VisualNovel/MySweetBodyguard Mizuki]], [[VisualNovel/AKnightsDevotion Lute]], [[VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets Koji]], [[VisualNovel/TenDaysWithMyDevil Haruhito]], [[VisualNovel/KissOfRevenge Junpei]], [[VisualNovel/DreamyDaysInWestTokyo Haruki]], [[VisualNovel/ClassTripCrush Yasuto]], [[VisualNovel/OurTwoBedroomStory Shusei]], [[VisualNovel/FinallyInLoveAgain Aki]], [[VisualNovel/StarCrossedMyth Dui]].)
** The older guy. If he's not the mature, responsible TeamDad who keeps the other guys in line, he's a frequent butt of good-natured jokes thanks to his easygoing demeanor, immaturity, and offbeat hobbies. Occasionally he manages to be both. Often has facial hair and tends to wear his hair longer than the other guys. ([[VisualNovel/PiratesInLove Morgan]], [[VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding Kunihiko]], [[VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity Satsuki]], [[VisualNovel/LoveLetterFromThiefX Atsumu]], [[VisualNovel/MySweetBodyguard Katsuragi]], [[VisualNovel/AKnightsDevotion Gaia]], [[VisualNovel/OfficeSecrets Tamotsu]], [[VisualNovel/DreamyDaysInWestTokyo Johji]], [[VisualNovel/ClassTripCrush Shindo]], [[VisualNovel/OurTwoBedroomStory Akiyoshi]], [[VisualNovel/KissedByTheBaddestBidder Mamoru]], [[VisualNovel/MetroPDCloseToYou Kirisawa]], [[VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess Maximilien]].)
** Later games trade in a new archetype: the angel-faced StepfordSmiler and/or BitchInSheepsClothing who at first blush comes across as pleasant and polite, only for the protagonist to discover fairly quickly that it's all a front to cover his devious and jaded true personality. ([[VisualNovel/KissOfRevenge Irie]], [[VisualNovel/OurTwoBedroomStory Chiaki]], [[VisualNovel/KissedByTheBaddestBidder Ota]], [[VisualNovel/SerendipityNextDoor Shinobu]].)
* TrueCompanions: Most of Voltage's games feature most/all of the woo-able boys as a tight-knit group, either from the beginning of the game or becoming so over the course of the main routes. The exceptions are ''Kiss of Revenge'' (in which the guys have good professional relationships but don't necessarily consider each other close friends or spend much of their off time together) and ''In Your Arms Tonight'' (in which, with a very few exceptions, they are at best colleagues or distant acquaintances if they know one another at all).
* UnmovingPlaid: How most games handle patterns on the sprites' clothing.
* UpdatedRerelease: The games adapted for GREE generally have a good bit of content added, both to expand the storyline to better fit the GREE format and to improve on the weaker elements of the original plots. For just one example, the protagonist of the original version of ''Be My Princess'' is an exchange student who becomes involved with the princes through a string of coincidences, while in the GREE version she comes into contact with them after she gets a job working for a famous fashion designer.
* ValentinesDayEpisode: As with Christmas, the Valentine's Day holiday provides a prime side story opportunity, and most of the games have one released for February.
* TheVerse: Crossovers and shout-outs confirm that ''My Forged Wedding,'' ''Seduced in the Sleepless City'', ''Love Letter From Thief X'', ''Office Secrets'' all take place within a single continuity, with ''Dreamy Days in West Tokyo'' and ''Metro PD: Close To You'' probably also included. Whether or not any of the other games also fall within this continuity is mostly unconfirmed, but ''Our Two Bedroom Story'' and ''Kissed By The Baddest Bidder'' are excluded.[[note]]OTBS establishes ''Thief X'' as fiction within its setting; SITSC and KBTBB each feature different, mutually exclusive establishments identified as "Japan's first legal hotel and casino."[[/note]]
* WelcomeEpisode: Voltage games start with a free prologue to introduce you to the Main Character, the situation/world they are in, and often include an EstablishingCharacterMoment for the love interests. The first chapters often have elements of this as well, giving a reader a more in-depth look at the guy whose route is being taken, and usually ending on a cliffhanger.
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