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Our Love is always Connected! [150529] Review of Pure x Connect

Foreword: I lied. Despite starting to write the review for Oretsuba first, I felt inclined to finish and publish this review as soon as I can, so here it is.

Yep, I’m gonna have to say that this was a miss from the start.
Pure x Connect, which is SMEE’s “3rd” game (I exclude fandisks) was pretty much hyped by me and a lot others, but it was simply not good. It has the same atmosphere as the previous SMEE games, but has a considerably weaker story as I’ll explain. Plus, the company even got lazy and copy-pasted some things too, which was a huge let-down.

I may have had higher standards for this game, I was actually quite disappointed even aside those expectations. Let’s get on with the review for Pure Connect.

Title: ピュアxコネクト (Pure x Connect)
Producers: SMEE
Release Date: May 29, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16166
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=832646
Game Type: Dating-sim romance novel

Summary: Usami Hayato is a college student who hates “kuso-onna”, or pretty much girls who take advantage of their sexuality against guys. His previous “girlfriend” was similar to this, and since he’s so tired and fed up with these kinds of girls, he goes around shouting “I hate kuso-onna!” all over the place.

The thing is, though, he still wants a girlfriend. He’s obviously lonely by himself and without any friends in college and working part-time jobs whenever he has time, there really wasn’t a chance for him to get to know anyone.

This is when his cousin named Ayumi is added to the story, as well as his new job at the Cafe Pivoine, a fancy bakery which doubles as a restaurant.

Story Length: Moderate (20 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Easy
Comments: As ironic as it is, none of the choices really seem to matter except for when you’re texting a girl at certain points in the story. Even after choosing your heroine, you’re asked to make several ‘replies’ as you did in Lover Able, but that only affects how early the heroine pretty much calls you, which was pointless to the story.
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I’ll see you again, in the future: Review of [140131]12 no Tsuki no Eve

Foreword: ALL ABOARD THE 12TSUKI HYPE-BOAT

Well, I think there’s one… right?
Pretty much what you would expect as you start the story, this game is from (insert trumpet horns here) minori! Yep! The awesome company who wrote up one of the best titles known to the English community: the ef series!

Frankly, their design is amazing. With all the character design and story aside, music is brilliant, clear, and bold. Art is at its highest quality and very detailed, and even the CG count is stunningly high.

minori is flat out one of the best companies when it comes to designing the UI or the systems of games: some of the other companies really need to follow their example.

Now, when it comes to story… maybe the following review might help you understand how I feel.

Please Note: The following review may contain unintentional but very mild spoilers! While there is little chance that the story will be spoiled, I warn readers ahead of time for the possible slip-of-the-tongue on my part. 

Title: 12の月のイヴ (jyuuni no tsuki no ibu) [Lit. Trans: Eve of the Twelve Moons… Obviously, the “moons” refer to months, but that’s simply how it’s written]
Producers: minori
Release Date: January 31, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v12562
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=784949
Game Type: Sci-Fi Drama Novel with the theme of Christmas Eve

Summary: The story starts with Naoto being order to pick up a cake on Christmas Eve. As he does so, he complains to his childhood friend Anzu about how he doesn’t have any family nor a girlfriend on Christmas. As they end the conversation, Naoto is passed by a girl who he thinks he saw somewhere. As he turns around, he sees the girl glaring at him from a distance, and say one phrase that will stay with him forever: “I’ll see you again, in the future“…

Naoto gets up in the morning and starts to head out. However, on the way, he wonders about the word “destiny”. As he does so, he bumps into his childhood friend Mizuka who falls down due to her lack of physical endurance. This is a normal day for the childhood friend trio, who were together since they can remember.

This group then soon includes Yuki, an energetic transfer student with nothing much known about her.

However, as “destiny” ravels out, Yuki is related to Naoto some way…
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