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Love 365: Find Your Story is a portal app for the Visual Novel Romance Games produced by Voltage Inc, available for iOS and Android devices. It debuted in 2017 with two original titles, modern-day romantic comedy When Destiny Comes Knocking and Taisho-era historical romance Rose in the Embers. The company's earlier standalone romance game apps gradually transitioned into the Love 365 library over the course of the next year.

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Love 365 follows the same pay-to-play model as the previous standalone titles; each title offers a free prologue to introduce the premise and characters, with routes and side stories for each love interest available for individual purchase. The app also offers a montly subscription option, the Monthly Access Pass, which allows subscribers three stories per month as well as sneak peeks at upcoming titles and other new information through the app's "VIP room."

Its sister app Lovestruck: Choose Your Romance serves the same function for the original romance game titles developed by the company's North American subsidiary Voltage Entertainment USA, but uses a free-to-play format with optional microtransactions.

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Titles available through Love 365:

Fantasy

Supernatural:

Historical:

Royal:

Real

Mature:

Slice-of-Life:

Action:

School

Student Life:
  • First Love Diaries - A Kiss on the Beach
  • Bad Boys Do it Better
  • Diary of a Step-Sister

Coming of Age:

Teachers:

  • After School Affairs
  • Our Private Homeroom

Tropes applicable to the app as a whole or common to its titles:

  • All Men Are Perverts: Expect to hear the "all men are wolves" adage at least once per game.
  • Big Eater: The standard Voltage game protagonist enjoys good food, and is often teased by her love interests about her enthusiasm for meals.
  • But Not Too Foreign: 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.
  • But Thou Must!: A standard feature of all Love 365, which present choices to the player at various points. The choices determine 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.
  • Camp Gay: Whenever a gay man shows up, you can expect him to be one of these. Indeed, "screamingly flamboyant" is pretty much shorthand for "gay" in all of the earlier games, as showcased in a rather cringeworthy declaration from the protagonist in Seduced in the Sleepless City: Fashion designer Trevor Konno cannot possibly be gay — he has masculine interests! Later titles adopt a (comparatively) more sensitive and nuanced approach.
  • Crossover: There are quite a few side stories which cross over the casts of two separate titles, such as the "Thieves Vs. Celebrities" and "Celebrities vs. Thieves" stories crossing over Love Letter From Thief X and Seduced In The Sleepless City. Most of these are questionably canon at best.
  • Chocolate of Romance: Most of Voltage Inc's romance games get a Valentine's Day Episode 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.
  • Christmas Episode: Most titles have a Christmas-themed side story for the holiday season sooner or later.
  • Cut-and-Paste Environments: Background artwork is frequently repurposed from one setting to another. For example, the storage room in Pirates In Love is used in Zain's route in Be My Princess, 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 Palette Swap. It's most common amongst the earlier titles; newer titles tend to have more original background art, but some backgrounds continue to see re-use throughout the Love 365 library.
  • Earn Your Bad Ending: Most Voltage titles 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.
  • The Faceless: In earlier titles, as is often the case with romance games, 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. Later titles buck the trend and show the heroine's face clearly in CG artwork.
  • Flower Motifs: Many titles have at least one guy versed in hanakotoba (Satsuki, Ebihara, Riki, and many more), and the narrative will usually explain to protagonist and player alike what the various flowers mean.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The name the player enters in their profile is used for the player character of each title, and can be changed as the player likes.
  • Insecure Love Interest: The protagonist in many a route, sequel, sub-story.... Usually, she has absolutely no reason for feeling so. As an example, multiple male and female characters will gladly announce how beautiful the protagonist in Seduced In The Sleepless City is, but she will always be surprised to hear it and always deny it.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: 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: Stories are purchased with coins, the in-app currency. Coins can be earned via login bonuses and other special offers, but with each individual story costing between 100 to 400 coins per route, pay-to-play is the primary means for accessing content.
  • Multiple Endings: Another standard feature Love 365 titles, typically involving a "Good Ending" and a "Happy Ending."
  • Perspective Flip: Beginning with In Your Arms Tonight, many titles include "His POV" side stories which show events of the main routes from the guy's point of view.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Since a mundane version of Curtains Match the Window is in effect for most characters, this comes into play as shorthand for "Westerner, or Western-influenced person". Thus, Noel, Ren, Shota, and virtually all foreign characters with their own sprites are indeed blond with blue or green eyes.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The main color scheme of the Love 365 user interface is pink.
  • Strictly Formula: In most titles, the cast of love interest is composed of a recognizable set of character archetypes. This is especially true with earlier titles, which follow a very recognizable pattern of love interest types, but even in later games that adhere less completely to the formula still reflect its influence. As a result, in the majority of Love 365 titles you can expect the romanceable cast to be made up of some combination of the following:
    • The confident alpha male and/or Tsundere whose relationship with the protagonist is characterized heavily by Belligerent Sexual Tension. 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.
    • The cynical guy who resists serious emotional entanglement. Sometimes The Gadfly, pushing the heroine's comfort zones to get a rise out of her, but is more often a Tall, Dark, and Snarky ice queen in need of defrosting. Almost always dark-haired.
    • The quiet introvert who is either a lazy Deadpan Snarker, a Stoic Sugar-and-Ice Personality 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.
    • 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 The Gadfly.
    • 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 Nice Guy; occasionally presents a prickly Tsundere front when his youth causes others to not take him seriously. The most likely to cross-dress.
    • The considerate, kind-hearted Nice Guy. Usually down-to-earth, brotherly, and The Reliable One, but some versions have more of a romantic head-in-the-clouds bent.
    • The older guy. If he's not the mature, responsible Team Dad 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.
    • Around Kiss of Revenge and Our Two Bedroom Story the titles begin to trade in a new archetype: the angel-faced Stepford Smiler and/or Bitch in Sheep's Clothing 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. Usually wears glasses.
  • True Companions: 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.
  • Unmoving Plaid: How most games handle patterns on the sprites' clothing.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: As with Christmas, the Valentine's Day holiday provides a prime side story opportunity, and most of the games have one released for February.
  • The ’Verse: Crossover content and background references imply that the majority of the games set in the present day take place in the same world, though the details are mutable.
  • Welcome Episode: Titles start with a free prologue to introduce you to the Main Character, the situation/world they are in, and often include an Establishing Character Moment 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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