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Adventure. Gunslingers. Outlaws. Shoot-outs. War.

You’ll find none of those things in the one-horse town of Cow Stone Bell, as Jo will be the first to tell you. Raised by her slob of an uncle on the far edge of the Wild West, she suffers from endless boredom and longs for the action and excitement on display in the “dime novels” she spends so much time reading.

But after a letter arrives from the President addressed to her no-good and nowhere to be found father, fate conspires to give her exactly what she wished for—wrapped up in a journey that will take her further from home than she ever expected. Unfortunately, Jo is about to learn that a life of adventure may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Being set primarily in an alternate universe version of the Wild West, Dead End Junction hits on themes relevant to the setting, such as treatment of the Native American population and the scars left by the Civil War (represented in-universe by the Fuuro and the Border War respectively); many of which are applicable to life in the world today.

The soundtrack is heavily influenced by music of the era as well, with a mix of original tunes and arrangements of classics like "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "Home on the Range."

Dead End Junction was written and directed by Hidume, the sole member of 773, creator of the acclaimed Cherry Tree High series and fan of old Westerns like The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Their sharp sense of humor is on full display here, though they do an excellent job proving they can write a serious story with this title as well.

To be localized by the start-up publisher Culture Select, Dead End Junction is a kinetic novel that captures the aura of the Wild West while addressing social issues that are relevant to contemporary society.

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Culture Select Summer Sale!


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Culture Select Summer Sale is here! Now's your chance to get some great anime indie titles at a sweet price. We've got four unique games for a summer full of fun!

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Moékuri: Adorable & Tactical SRPG - ($8.39/30%) - Hardcore strategy x tons of cute girls! Keep a cool head and beat down your enemies in this adorable and tactical SRPG!

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Dead End Junction - ($6.29/30%) - Hit the trails on a thrilling Wild West adventure! The life-changing journey you’ve been looking for. A complete package, containing all 4 episodes of 773's unique frontier visual novel!

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One Small Fire at a Time - ($5.99/40%) - Invigorate your mind with madhouse therapy! Welcome to a whimsical world where those without magic are cast aside. A visual novel by Kidalang, and the standalone prequel to An Octave Higher.

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Wish -tale of the sixteenth night of lunar month- - ($4.79/40%) - Our very first title that started it all! Test your courage in this kinetic visual novel. The mysteries of the Kuromiya shrine run deep...

Sale runs from June 22nd till July 5th.

Be sure to invite all your friends to our online beach party! Let’s spread love and cuteness all across Steam this summer!

Dead End Junction - Released!

Dead End Junction - Released!


Saddle up with Dead End Junction, a "digital dime novel" featuring strong character driven narrative set in a Japanese author's take on the Wild West!


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