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Ideals… Do not Exist Here: Review of [150327] Arcadia of November

Foreword: Two reviews on consecutive days! Let’s do this! F’yeah!

So when there’s a new company with a decent looking game, my usual policy is to go through with it just to see if it’s going to be a gold-mine within a pile of coal. Generally, speaking, that really hasn’t really worked out to my benefit, and quite unfortunately, this game was the same.

It’s really disappointing and perhaps even more frustrating to see a game with amazing potentials turn out crappy than to actually play a bad game in the first place. Let’s get through the first game by Levol, Arcadia of November.

Please be warned that this review will contain INTENTIONAL SPOILERS! Please read at your own risk!

Title: 11月のアルカディア (Jyuuichigatsu no Arcadia)
Producers: Levol
Release Date: March 27, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16342
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=836907
Game Type: Fantasy Novel with themes of jumping through time

Summary: Takuto is part of the “November” team who is responsible for making sure that the school property housing the all-powerful “Orb” is secured during the festival of Halloween. He enjoys working with his teammates on this project, and despite being relatively peaceful, it’s quickly shown that his mind is the only exception to this.

Takuto is aiming to steal the Orb. His powers are that he can return through time, and as he knows that the Orb will be displayed on October 31st, he makes plans and finally, on his 3rd and final year at this academy, his wish of stealing the orb and reviving his dead sister will be put into full effect.

Although this means that he’ll betray all his comrades of November and the school, Takuto doesn’t care. As long as Sion comes back alive, nothing else matters to him, and he’ll stop at nothing to take the Orb.

Story Length: Moderately Short (15 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Very Easy
Comments: Nothing big here; choices split off with obvious wording that pushes you either into the heroine route or continue with the story which eventually leads to the “Final True Route”. Afterstory for each heroine opens after clearing her respective route, but as expected, it’s just an additional H-scene.
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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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