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Average but solid.

Jun/24/2014  

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The 1000 Prayer Paradox
Ray[rei]
$17.68 / 1,944 JPY  >> $14.14 20% OFF  / 1,555 JPY
"That day, I was killed by the hands of destiny." A looping Otome Love ADV. Relive today, to make it to tomorrow. [Full Voice]
AdventureEXEGirlsInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. AnimeTrialProtectedComike85
  • Release: Feb/01/2014
  • DL: 3
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I played the trial/free version, which unlocks all of Matsumoto's route, and liked it enough to buy the full version. Each route was independent of each other, which I liked, but they were too short; the writing could be expanded, though all the mysteries were clarified and answered.

System is excellent; you can comment on your save files, Tweet from the game, and adjust the volume levels for every character (which I had to make use of, since several characters were more quiet than others). I was comfortable with the art style, though some CGs were better than others. Soundtrack is excellent and fit all the scenes. The voices were actually quite good, and having the heroine voiced was a major plus for me.

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Pickup!Short and sweet, no corners cut.

Jun/18/2014  

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Sakuya
TetraScope
$7.86 / 864 JPY  >> $6.28 20% OFF  / 691 JPY
The otome R-18 love adventure game from TetraScope.
X-ratedAdventureEXEGirlsInc. MusicTrial
  • Release: Jan/22/2013
  • DL: 29
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KPon's review did a good job highlighting "Sakuya." I'll try to add more details without overlapping.

"Sakuya" is short relative to other commercial releases (even doujin ones), but it means TetraScope could maintain a narrow focus and invest quality effort in here. It shows. The system runs smoothly and it even has its own visual design. The CGs have great visual variety, high in number for a work of this length, and the soft color scheme reflects the overall peaceful atmosphere throughout the story. TetraScope's collective graphics skills are something to be reckoned with.

What impressed me about the story was the effective contextualization of the sci-fi setting while still grounding the focus on Sakuya's personal emotions, and making those relatable yet unique of his situation. The writing is simple with an easy tempo that makes the hours fly by with ease. I liked that all 6 endings were uniquely different and well-developed outcomes. (A word of advice: don't leave Ending 6 for last like I did.)

"Sakuya" is very complete and doesn't end prematurely, but I wish it was longer because of how good it was. If you play the trial/free version and like it at all, do get this full version. Also, don't miss a short freeware spin-off about Shin's birthday on TetraScope's website.

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Pickup!Very dark, but very human

Aug/22/2013  

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Dark Sunday - Sombre Dimanche -
ZIGZAG
$8.84 / 972 JPY  >> $7.07 20% OFF  / 777 JPY
A visual novel about a serious killer.
R-ratedAdventureEXEGirlsInc. MusicTrial
  • Release: Oct/22/2009
  • DL: 6

The only people I wouldn't recommend this to would be the faint-hearted (and for the moment, those who can't read Japanese). When ZigZag warns about "violent and grotesque scenes," they don't pull punches. At least it's only in writing; if those scenes were complete with explicit visuals and hyper-realistic sound effects, brr.

If you have the stomach for it, though, there's a truly compelling story to be found, and it's worth the time and energy (and ~$10). (Note: The work has slight BL undertones, but there is no explicit yaoi.)

Sombre Dimanche's strengths lie in the music and the writing. Though the music is free resource, ZigZag picks a variety of extremely befitting tracks that help create the mystery, horror, suspense, and (much later) poignancy that characterize the story. The trial demonstrates that excellently. (They couldn't include the titular song, unfortunately, probably due to copyright or royalty.)

The writing is compact, and lyrical. I love the writing. The text box displays four lines maximum, and that's all the space it needs even during the most emotional moments. Details matter so much in the writing that many of the bad ends actually expand on scenes or information only mentioned in passing, sometimes even in other bad ends. This is one VN where the bad ends are worth exploring.

The premise is dark, and so is the core story, fundamentally about humanity. The psychological exploration of why the protagonist sees the world the way he does might be morbid, but it's sympathetic. The story and the writing makes getting acquainted with the cast a very smooth process, which easily sets you up for some truly sad endings.

If you can persist to the one happy ending, though, it's well worth it. It's not even hammy or heavy-handed—just a moving resolution to a grim story of a struggling boy. Have I spoiled it by saying it's a happy ending? Nah. You’ll be surprised by how the details and the execution make it a touching experience.

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