Foreword: Uwah….. This was really weak. A lot of players from Japanese review sites commented that this game was considerably inferior to other Lump of Sugar games, but I thought they were crazy. Well, they were right…. Continue onto the review to find out more!
Producers: Lump of Sugar
Release Date: October 26th, 2012
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10415
Game Type: Novel
Summary: Hisaya lives in Tokyo, but started to have strange dreams. Believing that these dreams were because of his homesickness of the countryside, he consulted with his parents to return to Goshiki-mura. Here, he meets his childhood friend Tamami, as well as other people who has a special trait of their own. While strolling one day with a strange writer, he spies a girl wearing a kimono. The strange thing about her was that she had strangely shaped ears! As a train passed by, the girl disappeared into thin air, and chasing after her resulted in nothing. It was only a short time after that he found out Tamami, as well as Izuki and Mao, the school headmaster, were involved in a team called “Heptagram” whose goal was to eliminate Ark Abnormalities (troubles caused by various gods) using supernatural abilities called “Anti-Ark”. Hisaya is easily tricked into joining this club, and if this wasn’t enough, the group will soon find that a popular idol, Asuka, will join in the fray as well!
Story Length: Moderately Long (25-30 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderate
Comments: The story has two “splits”, despite having 5 main heroines. One split will force you to decide between Tamami and Asuka, while the other split will force you to decide on Mao or Izuki. The last route for Miyuri can only be achieved by clearing all the other routes.
My daily dose of Loli: Check.
Character Design Rating: 4/10
Story Rating: 6/10
Game Quality: Moderate
Overall Rating: 5/10
Rating Comments: This is actually a REALLY low score considering that this is Lump of Sugar we’re talking about here; they’re one of my favorite companies, because of their innocent stories mixed in with fantasy material that brings spice and unpredictability within the entire story. However, with this particular game, while the theme of “fantasy” remained intact, it was very insignificant in contributing to the story. In addition, the humor within this story was far inferior to some other games.
Sexual Content: Moderate
Comments: One of the major problems (aka, complaints) I have about games is the term called “static characters”. In literature, these characters are defined by “characters that lack change within the story”. The opposite of this term is called a “dynamic character”, and as you could probably predict, dynamic characters are crucial in a story to be considered “good”. In addition, the character splits are very sudden; there is very little plot between the prologue and the splits. Seriously, if you fail to capture your tsundere childhood friend because you comment on her “suggestive” body twice (Look at most walkthroughs), I think I’d just /life
Affection for the Characters: Low
CG Quality: Moderately High. Even without animated sprites/CG/Backgrounds Lump of Sugar’s CG is always a feast for the eyes (…in an artist way… Get your mind of out the gutter). For Heptagram, the SDCG for this game is freaking cute.
Music Quality: Moderate
On 3: 1, 2, 3! DAAWWWWWWWWW~
Addictiveness: Very Low
Conclusion: A very inferior LoS (Lump of Sugar) Game. If you’ve already played other older games like Tayutama, or even Nursery Rhyme, you’ll probably be disappointed.