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We Humans are Powerless, Yet So Strong. Review of [170331] Trinoline

Foreword: Okay so I’ve been procrastinating this title for quite a bit so I felt that I should probably complete this before I move onto some other titles I have planned for myself (like Golden Hour). Before I start though, with all due respect to minori, MangaGamer, and all its readers, this is the type of the game that gets a shitload of excessive “hype” purely because of its setting or art when it’s not that great in the first place. Sure it can definitely be seen as good in many portions, but one thing I hate with a burning passion are stupid players who rate games like this as the absolute best and completely throw out everything else that was bad about it out the window. I’d say it’s fair if you thought this game was good, but I’m going to think you’re an idiot if you try to brush the bad parts under the rug.

I’m pretty sure some players only rate it good because others say so and/or they’re too dumb to understand the symbolism/analogies presented in the game. I know they’re out there. Kinda makes it really fucking sad some of these players have minds of 15 year olds when this game’s supposed to be for adults the age of 18 and up.

Enough of my ranting because I’ll be doing it anyways in my review. Let’s get started.

Due to various personal bias this review may be much more critical. Players who genuinely liked this game are discouraged from reading further.
It also contains various spoilers in order to prove my points properly.

Title: トリノライン (Trinoline)
Producers: minori
Release Date: March 31, 2017
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v19644
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=916829
Game Type: Fantasy novel dealing with taboo of artificial intelligence

Summary: The word for “forget” (忘) in Japanese is written with the combination of “heart” (心) and “to die” (亡), meaning memories can be compared to one’s life or their reason to live. At least for Shun, this quote meant everything after his younger sister Shirone’s death where her memories in him was everything he had. Even after years pass after her death he still holds dear anything and everything he remembers of her.

However, this will change one day when he wakes up and finds the exact resemblance of his younger sister playing the piano. Extremely startled, Shun soon realizes that this is not actually his younger sister, but instead an android made in her image with her memories with the exact same name “Shirone”. While reluctant at first Shun becomes accustomed to this android who is almost like his younger sister.

However, their happiness won’t last for long as Shirone’s existence did not come without a heavy price. It comes with the separation of Shun and his mother along with his memories which now needs to be recovered by his childhood friends and his new younger sister.

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Sin, Corruption, and Revenge: Review of [170728] Bishoujo Mangekyou – Tsumi to Batsu no Shoujo

Foreword: I remember I was introduced to the Mangekyou series by a good friend named “gangrelion” (Not sure what he’s up to nowadays. Probably playing galge on other mediums like PS Vita or something). I remember getting some really good impressions from it along with the game itself being fun, so I’ve essentially played the entire Bishoujo Mangekyou series–this recent one wouldn’t really be an exception.

One of the biggest things with the Mangekyou series is that it has some serious shit going on. Regardless of whether or not that “shit” makes sense in the context of the original story or not, all of these games have extreme impact which makes these games highly memorable and also enjoyable.

Please note as a rather short game, mild spoilers are included in certain portions!

Title: 美少女万華鏡 -罪と罰の少女-
Producers: ωstar
Release Date: July 28, 2017
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v19182
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=903609
Game Type: Kinetic Nukige novel revolving around incest

Summary: Yuuma is a boy who’s been hospitalized for some mental illness by his father, who hates him with everything he has. His days in the hospital wasn’t anything special as one day his twin sister Yuuri came to pick him up to take him home. Despite his father still being present, Yuuri is protective of Yuuma and takes care of him well.

Yuuma does have some trouble getting used to his new environment and his father who torments him to no end, but with Yuuri’s suggestion to crossdress and attend her school, perhaps Yuuma might find what he wants to do with his life outside of the hospital.

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Criminally Heartwarming: [Various] Yorunohitsuji’s Loliita Series + Extras

Foreword: One of the major reasons why I’m so headstrong on trying out doujin titles (even if they’re made with engines like RPGVX) is because while it provides the new environment of a different engine (aside from the ADV we’re used to seeing with VNs), some also provide gameplay which entertains me for a while or as with this particular series, it’s very thought-provoking.

With my bias for lolita aside, these titles are extremely well made (as you can see one of the titles not containing that niche element). The reason being that the writers were able to keep most things like the environment simple, but make the character themselves much more complex. As I’ll discuss in the main body of the review, this is really how games should be written and created, so I actually feel bad right now I’m lumping all of these 5 titles into one (4 plus a sequel); it almost feels like I’m disrespecting the game which is the last thing I want to do.

There is one more game from this doujin group. The problem is that title is MUCH darker and is actually an NTR title, making it somewhat unfitting to be placed in this review.

Titles:

  • ゆびきり婚約ロリータ (Pinky-promise engagement Lolita)
  • お泊り恋人ロリータ (Sleep-over lover Lolita)
  • 相思相愛ロリータ+生活 (Love each other Lolita + Living together)
  • 彼女、甘い彼女 (Girlfriend, sweet girlfriend)

Producer: 夜のひつじ
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/php/search.phtml?search_brand_id=74929
Game Type: Reality-set kinetic novel revolving around stigma of “lolita”  and socialism

General Explanation: Each title is actually quite short and thus giving a summary would essentially spoil the game. While the last title do not follow the same theme of “lolita”, it is well made, displaying an ideal form of romantic relationships as well as displaying some sociology viewpoints. Each of the other titles displays a young man in his 20s coincidentally meeting a young girl and after interacting for a bit they find something within each other which allows them to fall in love.

Mako from the first series, and also the only one currently with a sequel

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Summer is a Season of Fun and Happiness! Review of [130830]Aozora Stripe

Foreword: A long time without a review! Most of my life is filled with MMOs nowadays, considering I’ve spent 60 bucks to purchase the Founder’s Pack for a game called “Revelation Online”, so that’s going to occupy me for quite a while. Newer releases haven’t really been tickling my fancy either, and I’m really just going through backlog unless there’s a request for a review for a specific game.

I actually thought quite hard about what I should do with Irotoridori Sekai, and ultimately decided to drop the game. I’ve already finished Kana’s story and thought it was deep and complex, but was put off with the excessive ambiguity, length, and inability to become immersed in the story. I MAY come back to it when I have time in the future (which I don’t see happening, quite unfortunately), but considering the bone-carving pain I’ve had with Astral Air in the past, all Irotori is giving me is that same impression which is biasing me anyways.

On to the review of this title! Quite a fun and light-hearted charage, it was on my backlog for quite a while and something I really needed since it was suitable to be played alongside my MMOs. Story was surprisingly well written as a charage, which threw me off in the beginning, but I’ll make sure to explain both the goods and bads of this game in the review.

Title: あおぞらストライプ (Aozora Stripe)
Producers: Astronauts
Release Date: August 30, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v12604
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=773551
Game Type: Fanservice Harem Charage

Summary: Shinya is an assistant cook at a hidden restaurant called “dens”, where he was pursuing his dream as a chef by learning from his master. One day, he is informed that his master’s friend has been injured and was unable to operate her own restaurant over by the beach called “Aqua”, and as a test for his skills, Shinya is sent to that restaurant to work as a chef and see how much he has improved.

Heading over, he immediately meets Kotone, the daughter of the restaurant owner who creates a lasting impression on him, and his new relationships will include Misato, Sakura, Sumire, as well as Satsuki who follows him to this new environment.

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Even Ponkotsu Needs some Love! Review of [150925]Boku to koisuru ponkotsu akuma

Foreword: I lied. I guess I’ll be playing a lot more galge/eroge now that I have time since MMOs have officially sickened me. It’s really sad that some of the MMO community is absolutely retarded to the point that I’ve decided to come back to galge.

On with this title, while it’s technically more of a nukige than anything else, I actually found myself enjoying this game for its occasional references, humor revolving around the characters, the colorful characters themselves, and something else I’ll probably mention a bit further down below. It was at least good enough to warrant a fandisc which is being released on the 27th (So next week!), so there’s that.

I’ve also decided to now list the “pros” and “cons” of each game at the very end in the conclusions, so it really gives the people who want 20 second summary of the game the take-home message. Hopefully that’s enough to justify my rants or praises or extraordinarilyandunnecessarylongreviewsthataren’tevenhelpfulahahahahahahaha

Title: 僕と恋するポンコツアクマ (Boku to Koi suru ponkotsu akuma) [The ponkotsu demon who does love with me]
Producers: Sumire
Release Date: September 25, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v17515
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=889009
Game Type: Nonsense comedy nukige with fantasy themes

Summary: “ponkotsu” is an adjective used to describe something that’s “missing” something or unusual. It quite literally means “amateur” in some instances as well. At least for Ren and his younger sister Emili and their childhood friend Riria, this word was unrelated to them until they’re all kicked out by Riria’s mom who is also the school principle, for them being a “ponkotsu”. They’re placed in a special dormitory along with four different other people including three animals (?). This is when Ren finds out that each member of this dormitory isn’t actually human, and was brought here for some reason. Not being a ponkotsu himself, Ren had no place here, but was eventually accepted to be a manager whose household skills were invaluable to these groups of girls who needed guidance to graduate from being “ponkotsu”!

Tama-chan: Don’t call me a ponkotsu!
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Where Lolis Meet All Sorts of Fetishes: Review of [151225] Quintuple Splash

Foreword: Sometimes I just wonder… Why the living hell am I doing this to myself? It’s just so obvious what the results are going to be, but I end up still going through it anyways. I call myself an idiot for doing this and while that’s true to a certain extent, it’s just as sad that games are horrible to the point I can tell it’s shitty just by playing it for literally 5 minutes.

Just… don’t play this. Seriously, fucking don’t. I know we’ve all had good impressions on Parasol from this game but this game ruins everything. I’m laughing my ass off here at pure disgust at how different the two games are in quality. Like, even nukige has more story than this, and while I expected to be able to fap to my lolis, nope. That didn’t happen because I was so sick of all the bullshit that this game had to push on my face.

Parasol is one of the very few companies for which I’ve played all their released games. Trust me on this: This game is the worst one by far, evenmoreso than games like Koiimo (This game sucks just as much, but at least the characters are at least lovable).

More like, why the hell am I even writing a review for this?

P.S. The next review’s going to be a doujin “hentai” game, which I felt obligated to write a review for, because it was freaking amazing unlike this one. Gimme a fucking break, Japan: If Doujin Games are infinitely better than this cheap-ass nukige, it really says something.

This review contains INTENTIONAL spoilers because it’s really not worth playing by anyone, even the loli-loving fat-ass 30-year old weeaboos. If you want to fap to this be my guest. Just don’t play it for the story.

Please forgive me for being EXTREMELY vulgar and scarce with the information of this review. In reality, there’s nothing to write about except how bad it is.

Title: Quintuple Splash
Producers: Parasol
Release Date: December 25, 2015
Game Type: Borderline Nukige/Charage with no story with themes of swimming

Summary: Sakiomi is a student at a formerly all-girl’s school that’s announced to be fused with another all-girl’s school. This new environment creates more friends, who are mostly girls now! His harem of lolis have just begun!

(Note: This is a highly-satirical criticism at the lack of proper setting design on behalf of the producers. Please do note that I was not being serious with this Summary)
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The History of Life and Greed: Review of [150424]Evenicle

Foreword: And holy crap this game was long.

Evenicle, pronounced “Eve-nicle” is a game that two of my friends Aero and will recommended to me a couple of weeks ago, saying that it was the “currently best game of 2015”. I decided to give it a try and found that it was a “game” novel.

As surprising as it may be, I’m actually quite experienced with “game novels”. In fact, I absolutely love them because they add in player-interaction within the gameplay. Unfortunately, this also relates to poorer story design because it’s just that much harder to incorporate a good story inside a game.

Right, let’s get on with the review.

Due to the nature of this review, mild spoilers are intentionally included. Read at your own Risk!

Title: イブニクル (Evenicle)
Producers: Alicesoft
Release Date: April 24, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16640
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=843828
Game Type: RPG Adventure game with biblical and fantasy themes

Summary: Asterisk is a young boy who loves girls… almost a little too much. His dream is to take the two girls who was with him for as long as he can remember as wives, but unfortunately, the Saint Eve’s two rules of “Thy shalt not murder” and “Thy shalt not have more than one wife” taunts his current condition.

This is why he decides to become a Knight. If he becomes a Knight and climb the ranks, he will be granted more than one wife as an effort to “spread the strong seed”. He arrives near a small town called Abel and faints, to be saved by a girl named Riche. Little does he know, however, his adventure will soon take him across the continents to fight against the essence of human itself.

Ramius, Asterisk’s first wife. She is actually perverted contrary to her originally solemn impression.
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