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London Detective Mysteria is a fun game from start to finish with an engaging plot and equally engaging characters.
Kitty Love contains a fluffy cute story and nice character artwork, but all the kneading in the world won’t help the poor translation.
Iris School of Wizardry has a surprising story and beautiful character artwork, but the game is brought down by an inconsistent and poor translation.
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Ray’s route is nowhere near as frustrating as V’s but is all around just okay and the omission of an after ending leaves his route too open to feel satisfied.
What do you get when you put together a runaway, a group of seemingly random travelers, and a country of cat people?
Why, How to Fool a Liar King, a fantasy romance visual novel from roseVeRte, of course!
I had seen this game on Steam, drawn to its artwork, so when I was approached to review the game by the developer, I leaped on the chance to try out this game.
And, let me just say, it was a delight.
Arithmetic’s newest game might be for people who don’t like Arithmetic’s usually writing style Let’s just get this out of the way…
Those of you who have come to my site for a while might remember THE GREAT ARITHMETIC RAGE of 2015 that spilled into 2016. To say I have had an on-going falling out is an understatement. I’ve openly spouted my opinions about themes that I have seen repeated in their games that I personally do not like (and, it’s my site, I can opinion all I want).
So, when I received an email from them asking if I would be willing to review their newest game release on my site, it… was awkward. They know it was awkward. They also know that I’m going to give an honest opinion and they were very forth coming with that is what they want from me.
I was given 60 tickets, a handful of dolce raising items, as well as gacha tickets and a route switch item. I am telling you all this because it’s really important to be truthful about what I was given in exchange to review the game.
I went into this with as much of an open mind as I could despite all that I have said and experienced. Please, please don’t let this be what I’m expecting. Please…
Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t.
The third game release by CYBIRD Inc, I knew of this game’s popularity even before its release in English. It’s getting a port of Playstation Vita, it had stage plays, collaborations, there was an anime coming. Basically, in the two years the game had been out, it had BLOWN UP to become one of CYBIRD’s most popular properties. So, when they finally announced that we were getting the game in English, I was ready to see what the fuss was about.
At the same time, I was cautious. I didn’t want to hype up the game too much in my mind. There are many games that are really popular that I have played only to be disappointed with the game overall whether is be in writing, gameplay, main character, ect. So, I wanted to go into this game not expecting much at all and have it do the work to convince me that it deserves to be thought of as a great game.
And hoooo boi, has it convinced me.
Just in case you are not up-to-date on this massively popular otome series, the plot of Hakuoki is:
Chizuru Yukimura goes to Kyoto to attempt to find her father and, through a series of events, she ends up with the Shinsengumi. From there, and after revealing who she really is, she joins up with the men to help locate her father. And, at the same time, uncovers a dark secret the group are keeping as well as some secrets of her own.
Hakuoki is the grandpapa of otome internationally. Originally released in 2012 on the PSP, it help boost the otome landscape of what we have today. It’s a long game in its original form being 30~50 hours with six routes. It has spawn anime, stage plays, musicals, and many MANY versions of the game.
Are we all caught up? Good.
Once Kyoto Winds (the upgraded version of the original PSP) was announced, I spent December playing the original game on my stream to build hype for Kyoto Winds and we had a blast! After the stream, many people told me they were very excited for the new version of the game that was adding sixlove interests and expanding the shorter romance routes.
Then there is the merch.
When the Limited Edition was announced I was like a puppy who had seen its favorite toy. Bento Box? Sign me up! Furoshiki? I will be the most beautiful weeb-bushka! Artbook? OMG, are you trying to make me cry?! Soundtrack? I’m gonna take epic roadtrips! Reversible Cover Sleeve? When I get tired at looking at these handsomes, now I will look at these other handsomes!
So, when I was contacted by Idea Factory International to be sent a review copy of the Limited Edition, I was floored. Yes, a thousand times, yes.
So, we played this game on the stream last Saturday and then this weekend (well, Twitch was being an ass today).
At first, seeing as I’m always in mode for games on a level with a certain company, I was kinda shooing it off.
But, in the end, wow. I found myself actually having fun! The game is funny, the MC is naive, but there is a reason she is this way.
And, if you want to see an actual healthy sub-dom relationship in a high school fantasy game, Shiba’s route is where it’s at!
I don’t even know if that’s how the game was intended for the relationship to be viewed, but that is actually when they ended up depicting. A girl being dominate over a boy in a very healthy way. She was not forceful, she did not make him do things he didn’t want to do. I mean, just something I had really yet to see in an otome game. A nice breath of fresh air.
Forget your sadism game.
Let a purple haired werewolf beg a girl to pet him and is happy when he’s rewarded for being a good sub. LOL
Yeah, now I HAVE to try out the other routes. Ray is such an little shit. I can only hope that she ends up with him happy to lick her zombie shoes as well.
You can apparently read the game for free (I don’t know how this works), but after that play through, I have no regrets on shelling out $3.99 for the route and kinda wish I had bit the bullet and bought all four at a discount.
Shiba’s Romance Part: A