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Pickup!An entertaining VN with an unfinished english translation

Jul/19/2012   By Chris Legai

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English Ver.
Koenchu! The Tale of the Voice Actress - You, the Sky, and that Summer
ZeroZigen
$6.71 / 756 JPY | 70pt (10% back)
A powered up love ADV game on the theme of voice acting school. 7 heroines, bilingual audio, over 10,000 voiced words!
GameAdventureEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. AnimeTrial
  • Release: Dec/15/2011
  • DL: 103
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  • (10)

Koenchu! The Tale of the Voice Actress is a rather good visual novel with some flaws to it. On the plus side of things, the art in the game is very well done. Environments are pretty and characters look fantastic, but all emotion is portrayed in the face as their bodies have only one pose and remain static. The story is also rather engaging, and has several different paths to it to keep replayability up. There are also unlockable quiz and typing mini games to add in a nice occasional change of pace.

However, english players have to deal with an incomplete translation. There is a side story section that is completely untranslated, and in the main game the text occasionally slips into what appears to be quick machine translation. Thankfully, those parts tend to be at unimportant parts of the game, such as when about to go to sleep. More serious than that, however, is that in certain parts of the story for some character paths, you run into more untranslated parts. (I went through one characters story with no missing parts, but on a second playthrough with a different girls story, near the end the text suddenly had a lot of parts where it said "DUMMY" instead of the lines, and for the final scene with her literally every line was simply the "DUMMY" line, leaving me wondering how it ended.)

All in all, I did enjoy my time with the game and will likely play more to get more endings, and I recommend purchasing it. Just make sure you're okay with having some missing parts in your game (if you don't understand Japanese) before you purchase.

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Pickup!Awesome Game + Hilarious Comedy

Jul/12/2012   By GrowcianReviewer Rank: Top 50

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TOMOYO FIGHTER -Stories-
chinchillasofthouse
$9.59 / 1,080 JPY | 100pt (10% back)
Violence and comedy - a cute Cl*nnad themed belt-scrolling action game, in the spirit of Streets of R*ge!
GameActionEXEInc. VoiceInc. Music
  • Release: Jul/07/2012
  • DL: 19
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  • (5)

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This is a two-pack game collection, and they're both worth more than the price of download. As *GAMES*, they're very well made and fun to play beat-em-ups. The value of the games aren't limited to how good the playability is. There are bits of hilarious comedy sprinkled between the game's levels and tell a coherent story. There's even an appearance by the Y*r*n*ik*? guy, who actually serves several purposes in the game.

If you want games with cute, attractive characters, this is the collection for you. If you want beat-em-up games with solid fundamental game mechanics, this collection is for you. If you want to burst out laughing, finish a stage to experience the game's story and you'll have your fun.

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Pretty good versus puzzle game with fairly confusing rules

Jun/18/2012   By AlsagozReviewer Rank: Top 50

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PuzzSinker.
CAT'S WHISPER
$9.59 / 1,080 JPY | 100pt (10% back)
A shooting puzzle based on a combination of Radio Z*nde and H*llSinker.
GamePuzzleEXEInc. MusicTrial
  • Release: Jul/04/2010
  • DL: 5
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It's quite rare to see versus puzzle games apart from the infamous Puyo Puyo, Puzzle Fighter, and Panel de Pon. Puzzsinker is another "Doujin" game released by Cat's Whisper that have fairly unique mechanics. Color blocks are not falling down like a usual puzzle game, you can swap (x button) and drop (z button) blocks at anytime but the blocks are not normally clear by just matching color. You can connect blocks of the same color and setup combo as big as you want that you can activate the block clearance by drop the blocks with c button, preferably to its matching colors. Only time pressure comes from an attack that drop timed blocks similar to Puzzle Fighter. There are many characters which could be familiar for those who play the original game and every of them have different characteristic ranging from the block appearances to special mechanics. However, like the original, Puzzsinker uses cryptic messages to describe the messages in game which could pull up the learning curve considerably and the fact that manual is in Japanese doesn't help understand the game much apart from guessing the pictures in the manual. It's still a pretty good game with hidden potential for those to whom the rules are understandable.

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Pickup!AGO MANIA

Jun/14/2012   By TatersReviewer Rank: Top 50

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GAKUEN HANDSOME
Team YokkyuFuman
$6.71 / 756 JPY | 70pt (10% back)
A school themed BL adventure game. Roam the halls of this private school of pretty boys.
GameAdventureEXEGirlsInc. VoiceInc. MusicTrialBoys' Love
  • Release: Dec/08/2011
  • DL: 23
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Don't be thrown off by the art, this game is amazing!

Any fan of the BL genre will tell you that there are some stereotypes that are simply the backbone of these kinds of games. The dangerous playboy, the lone wolf, the childhood friend; these stereotypes were just begging to be made fun of. Gakuen Handsome not only pokes fun at the stereotypes, but also reminds a community of BL fans that there is more to a good game than fancy art and voice acting.

Gakuen Handsome refuses to take itself seriously, and every scene produces chuckles! So, get your buddies and maybe some drinks, 'cause this game should be played by everyone.

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Pickup!Must have

Jun/11/2012   By Kenji321Reviewer Rank: Top 50

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English Ver.
Water Leaves - Big tree of Mizugami - (Language: English)
FoxEye
$14.38 / 1,620 JPY | 150pt (10% back)
An action game where you go off on adventures in the water.
GameActionEXEInc. VoiceInc. Music3DCGTrialProtected
  • Release: Mar/08/2010
  • DL: 149
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  • (37)

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I thoroughly enjoyed the game. It's challenging enough to keep you engaged. The translation could have been better, but heck I'm just glad it got translated so that I could understand what was going on.
The game took some getting use to for me but after an hour you (anyone) can get use to it.
If you enjoyed any other FOXEYE game, you'll definitely will enjoy this one. Well that's all I can say without spoiling too much.

PURCHASE THIS GAME!!!

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Pickup!Rin fans will not be dissapointed

Jun/11/2012   By gaanboReviewer Rank: Top 50

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The Bells Sing The Future's Timbre
Supplement Time
$9.59 / 1,080 JPY | 100pt (10% back)
The girl who continues to sing and the boy always beside her, and the story afterward. A desire to want to get it all through the viewfinder.
GameAdventureEXEInc. Music
  • Release: Sep/16/2008
  • DL: 82
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  • (7)

This is a fantastic VN with in my opinion a story on par with that of its predecessor. The interaction between your character and Rin has you laughing one minute, then another time leaves you feeling sad and quite emotional. Personally I thought the VN was incredibly rewarding. Like the previous VN there are no dialogue choices required, just enjoy the story. Also included is a seperate bonus story with Hatsune Miku so she is also featured quite a lot here. Thanks to Zoom909 for releasing a translation patch for english speaking Vocaloid fans.

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Pickup!Really awesome price/posibilities!

Jun/05/2012   By Lust3DReviewer Rank: Top 50

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Copyright-free sound collection Vol.2 (MP3/59+ tracks)
RP-MUSIC
$11.50 / 1,296 JPY | 120pt (10% back)
The tracks are made for background music use.
SoftwareMusicMP3Inc. MusicTrial
  • Release: Dec/25/2009
  • DL: 31
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  • (12)

There is not much free copyright music in the net, and the possibility of find music for backgrounds in this amount and price, and having the security of being used with the artist permission, is really a must have.

There is some fanfare and another type of music all very dedicated to the classical medieval rpg background music. The best thing is the TRIAL, you can hear every song for a few seconds and get a much better idea of the product before you seal the deal.

For the price and possibilities it is really a must have if you are an amateur game/movie/youtube maker.

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Pickup!I'm in love with pigeons!

May/29/2012   By TatersReviewer Rank: Top 50

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English Ver.
Hatoful Boyfriend -Hatoful complete edition-
MIST[PSI]PRESS
$3.83 / 432 JPY | 40pt (10% back)
The full version of the world's greatest pigeon dating visual novel, in English.
GameAdventureEXEGirlsOtome Game
  • Release: Feb/15/2012
  • DL: 7277
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  • (121)

It took me a long time to decide how I wanted to write this review. The largest problem is explaining how you can actually end up having feelings for pigeons, as you would a human. I don't just mean love either, I mean rage and fear as well. The key I believe is in the writing.

Imagine how people must have felt when Walt Disney first animated a mouse and showed it to a theatre full of people. They would have been amazed and confused that a drawing could move like that. Also, for those who had seen it, explaining that they had seen a drawing of a mouse walk like a man, would likely bring chuckles from those who had not seen the animation. Slowly though, as more and more people saw the animation and became excited to see more of the moving mouse, people began to rethink what the theatre experience could be.

While I don't want anyone to think I am expecting Hatoful Boyfriend to evolve into a huge dating game conglomerate in 50 years or so, I do believe that the author, Moa, has done something unexpectedly new. Initially an April Fool's joke, the idea of using pigeon photos as the love interests was laughable. What happened after that was what makes this game amazing. Most people depend on seeing a face with human-like features to determine emotions, but without any of those kinds of visual cues the player is forced to imagine those facial expressions. Much like when reading a novel, you are transported to another world in your imagination; Hatoful Boyfriend just takes it to the next level. The art doesn't dictate what the character is feeling, but the art still adds to the experience, filling in the blanks visually, for things that might be difficult for people to imagine (like what a partridge looks like, especially if you've never seen one). The emotional aspect of the characters remains up to the readers imagination, creating, in this reviewer's opinion, a richer experience.

Hatoful Boyfriend is a well-written game, which I can't suggest enough.

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Not bad...

May/25/2012   By Sekai's ReviewReviewer Rank: Top 50

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Nyaruko-san Live WallpaperSmartphone
soukyu.net
$1.91 / 216 JPY | 20pt (10% back)
The eponymous cutie of Haiy*re! Nyaruko-san as a live wallpaper for Android devices.
SoftwareUtilityAPKTrial
  • Release: Apr/24/2012
  • DL: 11
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If you are a fan of nyaruko's anime then this chibi is perfect for your phone.

She is pretty funny and funny to watch but it seems like like it doesn't support all the screen sizes so as the app maker suggests, I also suggest, first see the trial app. Other than that this app is really cute and you won't be dissapointed... you can always check the nicovideo with it so you will be sure if you are making the right choice.

But I assure you this isn't bad at all ^^ Nice work out there

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Pickup!A good visual novel

May/25/2012   By Sekai's ReviewReviewer Rank: Top 50

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English Ver.
Koenchu! The Tale of the Voice Actress - You, the Sky, and that Summer
ZeroZigen
$6.71 / 756 JPY | 70pt (10% back)
A powered up love ADV game on the theme of voice acting school. 7 heroines, bilingual audio, over 10,000 voiced words!
GameAdventureEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicInc. AnimeTrial
  • Release: Dec/15/2011
  • DL: 103
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  • (10)

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Art in visual novels can usually be broken down to background art, "paper doll" art, and fully illustrated event CGs.

In Koenchu!, all three are of high quality.

Backgrounds are photographs from location shoots that have had filters applied to them to soften and defamiliarize them. There's a good variety of natural, urban, and indoor scenes, and a several areas have both day and night versions. Paper doll art is detailed, with shading and blush effects. Characters have on average three different outfits, and around eight facial expressions. Many characters are given dynamic poses to prevent dull talking head situations. Each character keeps only this one pose throughout the game, so it's hard not to feel uncomfortable for a few of them. Poor Rino looks like she could use a nice deep tissue massage after the first playthrough. Regardless, the art is well done, with nice touches such as regularly blinking eyes. 

The music is pleasant and quietly complements the on screen text. There's a good variety, so you don't end up hearing the same tracks over and over as in some visual novels. Sound effects are excellent. Every time there's a reference to something, such as splashing water or crickets, there's an accompanying sound effect. One cool example is when the class splits up to rehearse lines, and you can hear the background chatter echo through the classroom. Japanese voice acting is well done. Performances vary, with definite A, B, C classes of performance, but most of the main characters have good voice work with voices that fit the characters. Incidental characters often sound somewhat awkward, however. Also of note in Koenchu is the estimated 10 hours of radio programming. Each night, before bed, you have the option of listening to the radio, which has both music and scripted shows.

If u love visual novels I really advice you to buy this :3

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