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Humans Live Today Possibly Dying Tomorrow: Review of [160729] Floral Flowlove

Foreword: Okay, so this review was slightly delayed because I (like I do always) completely forgot I had a 6-day work week which obviously is going to crush my playtime of galge or MMOs. Apologies in advance for the delay!

Let’s get into the review anyways. As you know, my previous games with Saga Planets (or Sagi “Scammer” Planets as some Korean players might call them xD) involved Hatsuyuki Sakura and Kisaragi Gold Star, which I believe are both written by the dreaded Nijima Yuu. It’s going to be a little different this time, with different writers and a different setting; Getchu labels this game as a 恋愛ADV (Romance Adventure) which means it’s pretty much your normal galge.

However, I should definitely mention that I’m really getting sick of all these “Romance Adventure” games that skimp out on romance the most. Don’t get the wrong idea though; story-wise, this game was extremely well planned and highly intricate, while also being fun in some portions, but as it’s advertised as a ROMANCE ADVENTURE game, I’m going to have to criticize the living daylights out of this game because the romance portion was pretty much the worst thing that this game had to offer. Like seriously. Just take out the damned romance and you have such a great game! Why ruin it, SP??

You might also be surprised to hear from me that this game was also quite depressing, at least in my opinion. I’m going to explain my reasoning for this as well as other elements that contributed to this game within the review below, so let’s begin!

In order to properly prove my points, spoilers are included in this review. Please read at your own risk! 

Title: フローラルフローラブ (Floral Flowlove)
Producers: Saga Planets
Release Date: July 29, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v18842
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=895714
Game Type: School-life Romance Game

Summary: “I met an Angel that day”

That’s the quote that Masataka states even as he does not believe that God exists or angels for that matter, and this is already on top of how he can see white or black feathers emanating from a person’s back depending on whether or not the person has a good or bad motives. Aside from this special ability called a “Gift”, Masataka is mostly apathetic about various things and refuses to get involved with anyone, including his childhood friend Kano, her best friend Nanao, or anyone around him for that matter.

He was always searching for what happened to him in the past since he couldn’t remember anything, and for the most part, seems do not care that much. It’s not until long, however, a girl named Adelheid who seems to know something about the “accident” a long time ago that catches his attention, and he then finds the motivation to find out everything he can to learn about himself.

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The Race to be the World’s Ruler! Review of [160226]World Election

Foreword: If you followed me and my eroge career so far, you’d know that I’ve played every single Whirlpool game with the exception of a game called “Ina Koi” which is their very first game and probably not that great (I say this based on 3rd-party reviews). I planned on keeping this “streak of completion” throughout, so it’s only natural that World Election, their 10th anniversary game, is next on my list. Honestly, I actually planned on writing this review MUCH sooner, but stuff happens and I’m currently in Orlando, Florida, so there’s that.

Oh well, right into the game. Long story short, World Election was unexpectedly good at least compared with the relatively lower expectations I had for the game. While obviously not up to par with older titles like Suzukaze no Melt, this game did have a colorful character design which I hope to discuss. As expected from a “10th anniversary game”, World Election did have more effort placed into creating a serious charage, which includes the presence of a “True Route”

I’ll try to go through with what I thought about the game overall!

Title: ワールド・エレクション (World Election)
Producers: Whirlpool
Release Date: February 26, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v18141
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=875507
Game Type: Fantasy Charage Novel

Summary: One day, five different worlds all with very different paradigms and thoughts, as well as the population all collapsed into one. This resulted in utter chaos as each world’s leaders struggled to find a good balance of each of their cultures as to not clash with others. As things settled down, a school was created for the bright youngsters of each of these five worlds to participate and learn about each other’s differences.

Kei is said student who actually has very little friends. His scary looks and his abilities as a a “Dummy Maker” placed fear in the hearts of all the students in the very first day of his school, and while he doesn’t like the school per se, he also doesn’t want to be dragged back home to his strict father.

This is why when his father does call and finds out that Kei wasn’t really getting anything from attending school, he enforces Kei’s return. Upon desperation, Kei promises his dad that he’ll become the next Student Council President to show him his passion!

Go ahead. Kururu is watching
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Wishing upon… a sheep? Review of [140425]Soratobu hitsuji to manatsu no hana

Foreword: Holy shat this game was long.

Because I’m a perfectionist in the most stupidest ways, I have a tendency to have an obligation to complete games created by companies that I know very well. Navel is one of them, and while this game was produced under a different name, Navel Honeybell, I still wanted to get with it because I kinda had a good vibe with it.

Well, in reality, there’s probably a reason why I stick with these producers at all, right?

Turns out, it’s not that great: it’s actually pretty good when it comes to the story, but the characters are actually annoying! Want to know what I found to be annoying? You should definitely read on!

It’s also pretty sad how my 100th post on this site is a relatively negative and critical review… OTL

Title: 空飛ぶ羊と真夏の花 (soratobu hitsuji to manatsu no hana) [Lit. Trans: Sheep that flies in the sky and midsummer’s flower]
Producers: Navel Honeybell
Release Date: April 25, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v14061
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=793436
Game Type: Romance Novel with mixed themes of Fantasy

Summary: Keisuke is an orphan who was abandoned by both his mother and father. Despite this, he doesn’t hate them, nor have any negative emotions. Instead, all he can feel is pure and genuine loyalty to the girl who not only saved his life, but gave him a meaning to live. Now, after training vigorously in Europe, he returns to Japan in order to serve the girl who was his first love and now his Master: Konohanamiya Kotoya.

As he becomes accustomed to his school life, he then meets various people who he knows, as well as some who will change his story. However, none of the characters, including Keisuke himself, would be prepared for the shocking truth about the protagonist that starts from a simple letter that looks like a love letter…

Which is actually sent by an Angel, who states that Keisuke is a God and he and his younger sister were playing a game, where Keisuke was challenged to find the younger sister among the humans on Earth. Her descendance to Earth resulted in her memories being spread as “Fragments”, which Keisuke has to collect in order to bring his sister back.

However, these fragments are then implanted in various girls, who are already using its power for a special wish…

Story Length: Relatively Long (35 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderate
Comments: Your typical Navel game system, where there ARE a few ambiguous choices determine which heroine you are going to meet up with, and you need to keep a close eye on the story flow if you wish to not use a walkthrough. (Personally, this kind of system is the best for me: not too difficult to the point you’re ripping your hair out, but not too easy to the point it seems like there’s no interaction)
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