Heart of the Woods is the first game from Studio Élan, a new studio primarily focused on yuri games, which obviously something I’m very excited about. The world of yuri VN can be varied but many still fall into the same tropes that sometimes makes yuri manga a little predictable. There’s nothing wrong with predictability, that can be a good way to escape for a few hours. I’m glad to see though that Studio Élan seems interested in reaching past those cliches into something more.
Most popular yuri series taking place at a school have a unique thing that sets them apart from the pack. Canno’s Cider and Crybaby has the focus on the girls in a paranormal club. Shinozaki-san Ki wo Ota Shika ni! by Saku Saku Tei has the story be a comedy about a girl becoming more of a nerd as she falls deeper into love. Hayashiya Shizuru’s A Lifeform in Puberty — Vega has one of the main girls as an alien that gets super powers from kissing and affection. People get creative with their hooks.
Citrus’ hook is that the main characters are step-sisters.