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Eden, or Labyrinth? Review of [150130]Natsu no Iro no Nostalgia

Foreword: Well, we have here a relatively hyped game from Moonstone. I remember this company mainly from the game “Clear” which started out nicely, but had crappy-ass endings. WHAT DO YOU KNOW?! THIS GAME FOLLOWS THE SAME PATTERN!

It seriously does. From the beginning, I was hooked onto this game’s settings of the sibling’s family dying and the protagonist having some strange power. In addition to the introduction of this “Sunflower Eden”, I was hoping something good. You really don’t see much plotline like this, right? It’s mostly about a protagonist being normal as fuck and going to school and all that bullshit.

Well, I read a couple of reviews before trying this game myself, which effectively spoiled the game to a certain extent, but it wasn’t TOO bad. I’m mostly disappointed in the fact that I should’ve expected something like this from Moonstone: a game that makes no fucking sense and inserts its own logic without trying to help the reader understand it. Hmm, sounds like that one shit-game Astral Air.

For the reason that the previous reviews aren’t exactly the most descriptive about this game, I’m writing my own.

 Warning: This game will include intentional spoilers! Read at your own risk!

Title: 夏の色のノスタルジア
Producers: Moonstone
Release Date: January 30th, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16069
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=828809
Game Type: A fantasy novel that TRIES to tell a story and TRIES to hold morals with APPARENT themes of psychology. Capitalized, bolded words are emphasized for a reason.

Summary: Ryouto has a strange ability of being able to see people in various “colors” of a jewel–this represents their emotions. Perhaps because of this, he was able to get by with relatives that he wasn’t even close to, after his parents died. Now, with Miu by his side, he returns to the country side where the accident happened three years ago and changed his life forever.

After the siblings spend the night at a makeshift house that was left as it is 3 years ago, they pack their belongings and head to the school where they were accepted to, and are invited by a gorgeous plain of sunflowers.

This sunflower brings back many memories, which includes how one of Ryouto’s childhood friends may be a murderer. However, shaking that thought aside, Ryouto follows Miu’s calls into a forested area with a strange gate that looks funny to him.

Soon, the siblings find themselves trapped in a place in time where you can’t leave no matter how hard they try. Time is stopped, and this area only repeats May 5th endlessly. Some characters call this “Eden” while others call this a “Labyrinth”. How does Ryouto see this mysterious place?

The sunflower field that greets the siblings
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Meaning of Life and Death: Review of NOeSIS Series

Foreword: WOW. just WOW.

Holy smokes this game was awesome. Yes, this isn’t the typical “charage” you might be looking for, but this game is literally where I hit the jackpot as I search for a game “with a meaning”.
Dark themes encompass this title, but there is definitely some high-quality humor within the entire title; it’s even better than many of the commercial games out there (like the ones I’ve been playing recently), so this entitles this game to have a far higher score than other games.

Fair warning, however, that this game’s theme IS horror and suspense. Completely unfit for the weak of heart, I would rate this game 17+ despite not containing any form of sexual content because of its traumatic elements and psychological factors. In addition to this, that age range is probably necessary to even understand the storyline anyways…

According to Wikipedia, “Noesis” means “perception of the mind” in Greek. How fitting for this game!

Titles:
First Title– NOeSIS~嘘を吐いた記憶の物語~ (Usowo tsuita kioku no monogatari) [Lit. Trans: The story of lie-filled memories)
Second Title– NOeSIS02 ~羽化~ (Uka, translated into “Emergence”)
(Planned Release: Fall 2013) Third Title– NOeSIS03 -歌う影の戯曲- (Utau kage no gikyoku) [Lit. Trans: Requiem of the Singing Shadow]
Producers: cutlass
Release Date: October 30, 2011
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v11029 / http://vndb.org/v11858
Getchu Link: N/A
Game Type: Suspense Mystery Novel with dark themes of psychology and philosophy

NOeSIS Summary: Shigure is a student at an academy where a person commits suicide once a week. This rumor spreads so much that everyone just… accepts it for how it is.
However, he meets someone who doesn’t think it’s just a suicide; she has enough evidence to believe that this is murder, and is determined to find out the end of it.

With this student council president who can read people’s hearts just by looking at their eyes…
With a childhood friend whose family problems may be more serious than a normal person’s…
With an extremely intelligent younger sister who seems to be hiding something…

Shigure will delve into this mystery to its roots, and stop this chain of suicide in any way possible.
Why…?



He doesn’t even know himself…

NOeSIS02 Summary: Shigure suddenly wakes up to find his annoying classmate Nayuta poking him in the back and trying to get closer to him as always. This damn girl has been annoying me fo… … …

…?


Who is this…? Why do I have memories of her?

Damnit! Who’s been playing with my memory?!
Shigure shouts this as he runs to the student council office to find the person who can explain this madness.

But he will soon realize that he’s not the mad one, it’s someone else… and she might be closer to him than he thinks…



But is she, really, crazy?

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Mini Review: Leviathan the Last Day of the Decade

Foreword: Invited by Mark R., I didn’t get to this game until very recently, so I’m not sure if I can give a good review or not…

Nonetheless, I actually had some hope for this game, because most indie creators are pretty good at making games, in one way or another.
Turns out, this wasn’t the most thrilling game, both in its graphics or content. I’m very disappointed that besides some animations, this was your average kusoge (trashy game), which (sorry, Lostwood Games) is not worth the money.

Unless the game has some huge element that connects everything and performs a good resolution in a single last episode (or they can choose to extend it… either way, I don’t have good impressions on this game), this game will not interest me, and I’ll make sure it doesn’t fool anyone to fork over unnecessary cash just because it’s in English.

Title: Leviathan -the Last Day of the Decade-
Producers: Lostwood Games
Release Date: August 10, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v13124
Getchu Link: N/A
Game Type: Interactive Adventure Game with cyberpunk theme

Summary: Oliver is the only son of a relatively wealthy family. Because of this, he is sent to school like other kids, and has a “relatively” normal life…

That is, until his mom started to act strange and he starts to be bullied just because he hangs out with the school bully victim, Kael.

One day, Kael invites Oliver to perform a demon summoning magic, and provides him with the necessary materials. Oliver successfully casts the magic, but the demon starts attacking him instead!!
Finally calming the demon with soothing words, Oliver will now have the demon serving him as a master. However, this awesomeness doesn’t last for long; the demon informs that Oliver’s mother is lying to him about something… and Oliver sticks his neck into the problem too deeply.

Although he’s released with a scold from his mother, he will definitely regret it–His mother is killed the very same night by an intruder.

Years pass by, and Oliver is now a healthy teenager. Although he cannot prove it, he knows who his murderer is; the very foster father that adopted him after his mother’s murder. However, he can’t do anything against one of the most powerful man in the area, and spends every day trying to find evidence that his guardian is a sham; he is evil at heart.

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