June 2, 2010 5:00 AM | Tim W.
Grace's Diary is a visual novel made by Hima and Piti for submission to the Life. Love. Game Design Challenge Contest, an annual competition sponsored by the Jennifer Ann's Group to spread awareness about the dangers of teen dating violence. The story is about a student named Grace and her best friend Natalie, whom she thinks might be involved in an abusive relationship. You must help Grace search for memories inside that can be used to convince Natalie to review her situation and seek professional help for her troubles before it is too late.
The game features three different endings to find in total. Grace's Diary delivers the message quite well as an edutainment effort, and the conversation skip button comes in really handy when you just want to explore the consequences arising from your other decisions. A walkthrough for the game can be found here, and an interview with Drew Crecente (founder of Jennifer Ann's Group) is located here.