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Visual Novel / RE: Prince of Nigeria

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"My heart began thumping furiously in my chest... like an apple core in a moving recycling truck..."

"Once upon a time, I met a prince... the Prince of Nigeria. Throughout his lovely poetry and wonderful serenades of emails, I couldn't help but fall in love with him. Too bad falling in love with a prince isn't all flowers and bunnies as fairytales claimed—we were playing a dangerous game of passion, wildfire and strife..."

Horai Owen is perhaps not the brightest girl, nor has she had the best luck with relationships. Fortunately, she and her ex-boyfriend Zak are still on good terms, thanks in part to the fact that Zak is actually her laptop. But Horai is about to enter a new relationship with a mysterious and charming prince who has contacted her by email. But being in love with a prince isn't easy, especially when money and politics get involved...

RE: Prince of Nigeria is a Ren'Py-based Comedy Visual Novel by Soyasushi Productions about a girl who falls for a 419 Scam, released on February 24, 2013.


The complete game can be downloaded here.

This visual novel provides examples of:

  • 419 Scam: The basis of the story.
  • Amicable Exes: Horai still gets along with her ex-boyfriend... uh... Zak.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: The real Horai.
  • Asian Airhead: Horai. Subverted.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Horai Owen. Also, Apara Kachingpopgorn.
  • Bland-Name Product: Gmail and Ymail become Hmail and Zmail respectively. Also Zak is a Hamsung brand laptop. becomes, and Light Yagami becomes Right Imagay.
  • Brainy Brunette: The real Horai.
  • Caps Lock: The Prince of Nigeria apparently forgot how to turn his off...
  • Cargo Ship: In-Universe, Horai x Zak (her laptop).
  • Content Warnings: The novel opens with a warning that it requires that you have prior knowledge of Nigerian scams to some extent and that it's only for those aged 0 and above, as it contains instances of deliberately horrible grammar and spelling, as well as capslock spam. "LIKE THIS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED."
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  • Deadpan Snarker: The real Horai.
  • Earn Your Bad Ending: The novel gives the player three chances to give in and give all account numbers to Prince Apara before proceeding with the bad ending.
  • Expy: Rich Hastley of Rick Astley, in the epilogue.
  • The Faceless: The Prince of Nigeria.
  • Genre Savvy: The real Horai Owen, who knows all about 419 scams and scambaiting and who turns Rich Hastley's scambot into entertainment for the readers of
  • Idiot Hair: Horai.
  • Metaphorgotten: Horai does this very often. Played for laughs.
  • Mood Whiplash: The main game and the epilogue.
  • Multiple Endings: Has a good ending and a bad ending. However, the epilogue suggests that the good ending is "canon" as the bit about Horai watching $5,000 being withdrawn from her bank account is shown as the ending of her article.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Horai, in all of her articles.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Horai in the Bad Ending.
  • Romance Game: Hilariously parodied.
  • Self-Deprecation: In the game, Soyasushi Productions appears as an ad on the right hand side and Horai said it might be an ad for gay porn or sushi recipes.
  • Shana Clone: The real Horai has some elements of this, but without the violent aspects.
  • Shout-Out: One of Horai's articles, "How to Prolong Your Life Against a Goddamn Psycho Girl" features a thumbnail image that looks like Sho Reilen.
  • Yandere: Horai, Played for Laughs in the Bad Ending.


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Re: Prince of Nigeria

A teenage girl, Horai Owen, replies to a 419 Scam e-mail from a "Nigerian prince." But far from wanting the money, she is interested only in the romantic possibilities communicating with a Nigerian prince has to offer.

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Main / FourOneNineScam

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