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Pickup!AGO MANIA

Jun/14/2012   By TatersReviewer Rank: Top 50

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GAKUEN HANDSOME
Team YokkyuFuman
$6.66 / 756JPY
A school themed BL adventure game. Roam the halls of this private school of pretty boys.
GirlsInc. VoiceInc. MusicTrial
SchoolBoys Love
  • Release: Dec/08/2011
  • Purchased: 28x
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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 Kenji9000Reviewer Rank: Top 50

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Exclusive English Ver.
Water Leaves - Big tree of Mizugami - (Language: English)
FoxEye
$14.28 / 1,620JPY
An action game where you go off on adventures in the water.
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GirlFantasy
  • Release: Mar/08/2010
  • Purchased: 167x
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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

2 user(s) found this review helpful.

The Bells Sing The Future's Timbre
Supplement Time
$9.52 / 1,080JPY
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.
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TsundereComedyHeartwarming
  • Release: Sep/16/2008
  • Purchased: 83x
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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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Til Feb. 4, noon (JST)
Copyright-free sound collection Vol.2 (MP3/59+ tracks)
RP-MUSIC
$2.28 $11.4280% OFF / 259JPY1,296JPY
The tracks are made for background music use.
Inc. MusicTrial
  • Release: Dec/25/2009
  • Purchased: 39x
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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

3 user(s) found this review helpful.

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Hatoful Boyfriend -Hatoful complete edition-
MIST[PSI]PRESS
$3.80 / 432JPY
The full version of the world's greatest pigeon dating visual novel, in English.
Girls
SchoolComedySF
  • Release: Feb/15/2012
  • Purchased: 7286x
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  • (122)

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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Pickup!A good visual novel

May/25/2012   By Sekai's Review

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Koenchu! The Tale of the Voice Actress - You, the Sky, and that Summer
ZeroZigen
$6.66 / 756JPY
A powered up love ADV game on the theme of voice acting school. 7 heroines, bilingual audio, over 10,000 voiced words!
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MoeWholesomeEmotional/TouchingSchoolDrama/Daily Living
  • Release: Dec/15/2011
  • Purchased: 105x
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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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I thought they were okay.

May/22/2012   By redpandagamesReviewer Rank: 3

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Copyright-free background CG set vol.12
QQQnoQnoQ
$16.19 / 1,836JPY
A set of copyright-free material which can be used for novel games, adventure games, etc.
  • Release: Feb/16/2010
  • Purchased: 24x
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I downloaded this set of backgrounds because I really needed a pool for my summer scene.

There are nine different backgrounds, but really there are only about 7 unique ones because the 2 pool and 2 telephone backgrounds are very similar to each other.

There are a bathroom, classroom, station, two pools, two telephone poles, a school or office building, and an "ivory tower" which just looks like a school.

I was a little disappointed because the texture qualities varied, and I bought the set for the pool, but the pool looked like it came straight out of a 3D modeling program.

The station, office building, and classroom are really nice though, so it's still worth it for under $20.00.

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Pickup!Squash the competition!

May/11/2012   By Sutorippu

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Til Feb. 4, noon (JST)
Tomboy Princess Lidel's Adventure
Tsurupeta Kenkyujo
$3.80 $7.6150% OFF / 432JPY864JPY
Little princess Lidel sets off to test her valor! Hilarious & exciting action puzzle game. Suitable for all ages.
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LoliQueen/PrincessUniformMaidHeartwarmingFantasy
  • Release: May/30/2011
  • Purchased: 9x
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First and foremost: don't let this game's all-ages rating fool you! Tomboy Princess Lidel's Adventure is in fact a slightly ecchi revival of a classic arcade game with a cosplay and moe touch! Heroine Princess Lidel is asked by her father to make her way across the land to challenge opponents, mostly members of the clandestine Tsurupeta Clan, and prove her bravery and womanhood. When she meets an opponent along the way, she is put to the test in a field of blocks and a number of cute female enemies. She must defeat her enemies by pushing the blocks and squashing the girls between them, while avoiding touching enemies or getting smashed herself. Enemies aren't squashed as such, however; instead, being pressed between blocks renders the enemies totally naked. If Lidel is touched by an enemy, she is stripped to her underwear. A second touch or being squashed by a block will cause her to lose a life. The stage is cleared when you have squashed all the enemies, and you move on to the next, though despite there being a number of enemies to face, there isn't much variance in their strategy. Although there are many stages to the game, you're given the option to save once you've completed a stage so that you don't have to start from the beginning if you lose.

With the current craze of moe-love among otaku, I'm amazed this game isn't more popular. The artwork is astounding and adorable, and the game is fun and incredibly humorous as well as challenging. As to the nudity in the game, it isn't explicit and seems to be done more for comedic effect. Still, the age rating is a tad deceptive since there are a few perverted jokes and situations in the cutscenes, although there is nothing sexual. Even so, for lovers of loli and moe and off-color humor set amongst a familiar playstyle in a game that's extremely easy to get into, here is your game.

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Pickup!One of the best games ever made. No, really.

Apr/27/2012   By Kjorteo

4 user(s) found this review helpful.

English Ver.
Hatoful Boyfriend -Hatoful complete edition-
MIST[PSI]PRESS
$3.80 / 432JPY
The full version of the world's greatest pigeon dating visual novel, in English.
Girls
SchoolComedySF
  • Release: Feb/15/2012
  • Purchased: 7286x
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First off, a warning: the G rating given by DLSite is a filthy lie. It's true that nothing is ever actually visually depicted (it just relies on text and well-timed fading to red,) but that's kind of like saying Thomas Harris novels should be rated G because nothing is ever actually visually depicted. If you possess the ability to read and any imagination whatsoever, any scene with Doctor Iwamine in it alone pushes the game into a fairly solid R.

However, that aside, this game is a lot, and I mean *a lot* better than it has any right to be. It starts off as an otome-style dating sim/visual novel with cutout photographs of birds, primarily pigeons. It sounds like the most bizarre thing ever, and for the first couple of playthroughs, it is. You'll laugh at the madness, the implausible scenarios (just how do pigeons use those desks from the classroom background, anyway?) and the goofy dialogue, as if the whole thing were some sort of twisted parody.

But then ... something happens, and you acclimate yourself to the weird world of pigeon dating, and all the sudden the cast reveals itself as the well-developed, sympathetic, and strong characters they all actually secretly are. Certain endings start to break your heart instead of your brain, and if you get all the standard endings, it unlocks a final route with a sudden turn into a dark, deeply emotional horror/mystery that completely defies description.

In short, you laugh at the very premise of this game, and you are right to do so. However, it is secretly one of the greatest visual novels, if not one of the greatest games ever made. I'm serious. So is the game, eventually.

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Great :)

Apr/25/2012   By seawolf03Reviewer Rank: Top 50

1 user(s) found this review helpful.

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BLUE PORT J - Summer Sky Prelude
FoxEye
$18.09 / 2,052JPY
Dive into the beautiful blue waters and explore the 3D island au naturale. Full 3D ADV game + HD illustrations + accessories
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GirlLoliSwimwearSchool Swimwear
  • Release: Apr/18/2012
  • Purchased: 231x
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  • (35)

As usual, a wonderful game from FoxEye. The graphics are wonderful. The controls are very good. The only problem I had was a personal one, the camera doesn't sync well with the right analog stick on my game pad. The translation from Japanese is very good. I also like being able to switch between characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. A must buy for any fan of aquaphilia. Can't wait for the next work.

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