Foreword: Quite a hyped game for me, I’m not even going to lie that this was quite the weird game that was slightly off from what I expected. Despite being hyped due to being favorable in many aspects, that high standards made this game look much worse than it may have been, so that was quite a disappointment. I also even thought at one point that this game was pulling a “Favorite” on me, by presenting an enormous amount of fantasy elements and leaving them vague only to be utilized later (kek). So that admittedly made me a bit more salty than usual.
Generally, I found this game to be heavily lacking… in many more areas than I wanted.
Let’s just get to reviewing of the title. Because I have nukige on my backlog begging to be played
Summary: The world that’s about to end and the seven-colored flower that oversees that conclusion… This world is a sad place where the hardest working individuals are the very ones to suffer the most.
Shou is a boy who has returned to this beautiful and peaceful town where he has a promise to fulfill. A promise made so long ago he’s sure that his opponent has already forgotten. On his way, a mysterious girl who he already knows accompanies him, and giving her the name “Ren”, the two somewhat mismatched couple travels down the road to this town, where they depend on the kindness of its people to survive.
Just a reminder that you also need loli to survive
Foreword: What the hell, August Releases?! is this month some kind of an event to give Jason a chain of awesome games?! I’m completely fine with that! Bring on the great games! Oh, and this one was definitely one of them!
As proof, look who’s frantically writing up a review when he has something important to do tomorrow!
Pharmaceutics exam? Is that delicious?
Truth be told, I would’ve loved to call this a kamige, because it really has those desirable elements. However, I actually found a critical factor that prevents it from being called “Godly”, and I’ll definitely get into more of that as I go on.
Maybe I have a bias for any form of a time-warping themed game, but that’s because there’s a very difficult factor to overcome called a “time paradox”. I hope I can present how the game handled this element with the review!
WARNING: This review may contain UNINTENTIONAL spoilers! Please read at your own risk!
Summary: “Just like how you can’t change my heart, you won’t be able to change the future”
That phrase is what Ren said to Riku, as she handed him a clock that can turn back time. That was five years ago, and Riku is now a full-fledged adult who is traveling all over Japan to “help” the people in need with this strange artifact. Despite Ren’s words that he cannot “change what has already happened”, Riku was determined to prove her wrong, and used the power of the clock for years… with no success.
As he arrived in another town looking for a place to stay while he works to “help others”, an apple rolls down from the hill. He is only able to catch one as many others passes him by, and even if he uses the clock to wind back time to see if he can catch any more than one, the apples defy physics and he ends up only being able to catch just one apple.
The owner of the apples, Shino, then comes to thank him for his help. To Riku’s surprise, the girl is stunningly similar to the person who once Riku loved, and hiding his surprise, he somehow receives the girl’s help to get used to the new town.
Riku will never be able to guess that this encounter will change his viewpoint of everything
And thus starts the story of Riku in this small town with a strange girl named Shino.
Shino is extremely skilled at peeling apples!
(Which reminds me… If anyone else realized what the symbolism for the apples were, please tell me) (more…)
Summary: Ryou recently got assigned to the Research Facility 703, a location not even marked on a map in an ocean in the middle of nowhere. He was assigned with a girl named Lavinia with the same age and rank as him, and they started to work together in protecting the genius “Felix” named Sion.
Work seemed boring, really, since this was a location that wasn’t even on a map, and there was very little threat… But something was going to definitely change. Ryou’s first encounter with Sion will be its trigger, and through a series of events, he will finally find what he wants to use the rest of his life for.
A “Maid” that serves this research facility, Elica.
Story Length: Very Short (<10 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: N/A (kinetic novel)
Comments: I actually have a bias: that kinetic novels are much more higher in quality than not when it comes to story flow and consistency. Obviously, this is because there’s only one flow and one “route”, but it’s really sad when “single route” games are much better than your typical “eroge”.
That actually says something, you stupid Japanese eroge companies =_=;
Character Design Rating: 9/10
Story Rating: 7/10
Game Quality: Moderately High
Overall Rating: 8/10
Subcharacter and Ryou’s superior, Inaba. The story presents him to be an antagonist, but he might become of help to Ryou…
Rating Comments: We have a “superior” (8/10) game, which is very surprising. There’s only a few characters that interact over a period of 5-10 hours, but the relationships are so clearly defined, and there’s so many conflicts within those short hours that story rating is still considered “good”. (I’ll be honest. I took off a few points because it was TOO short)
Similar with Character Design, except this time, the backgrounds of characters are so clearly defined, it almost seems as if the game is challenging the reader to predict what will happen at each and every scene. “Hey, here’s how the character is: see if you can guess what’ll happen next.”
Oh shit. What happens next? O_O;
This is definitely a plus.
Plus+Mosaic Patch (PM Patch): this is an extra feature available for this game, where the game adds four H-scenes for the characters: Sion, Elica, Lavi, and Maya. It also adds some bloody and “ecchi” CG. Without this patch, you get an “all-ages” version of the game safe for everyone.
Sexual Content: None (without the PM patch), Low (with the PM patch)
Comments: I’ll be honest. I saw the ending coming. It was pretty much in your face about it, and it even hints it in the beginning scenes.
I still cried.
I don’t know. I just felt so much affection for Sion which is really strange because I can’t understand what’s so unique about Sion to hundreds or thousands of other characters I’ve encountered in my eroge career so far.
Well, her CV was kinda awkward, but it was Chikotam that worked on her visual design. This actually kinda threw me off a bit. If you remember Chikotam, that’s the artist who’s famous for the “loli-design” prevalent in Parasol games, which is known to be rather crappy.
Plenty of foreshadowing in this game, and small bits of humor to keep things interesting while it introduces one conflict after another, minori did a splendid job with presenting the story, character, and even the morals that it might have tried to convey.
The one thing I do complain about, however, is that it becomes very ambiguous. Here you have two characters and their story together, but what does it mean? It seems that if there was even a slight bit of “morals” that the game tried to convey, it was ambiguous: to the point the game was asking the readers for the analysis instead of making one itself.
Affection for the Characters: Very High
CG Score: 9/10. Not much to say in this department, except for the fact the CGs are numerous in number and is absolutely gorgeous. Remember that this game is called “eden*” for a reason.
Simple, but bold and beautiful. That’s how I like my CGs.
Wow, this is one nice place that I’d like to go to
Music Score: 10/10. Again, the same thing with the CG except I absolutely fell in love with the music. I dug several hours on the internet to find the lossless OST, finally found it, and now I’m crying in joy that all the beautiful melody is on my hard drive.
Yearning to the Sky:
Addictiveness: Moderately High. Despite being a 5 hour story which you know what will happen, this seems like a game that I’ll be willing to replay just to see if there’s any “small bits” I may have missed: it is entirely possible, after all…
Conclusion: A very good game from minori for which I kick myself for not starting earlier. I’m still waiting for the release on Friday (as with everyone else), and hopefully, that turns out good… This is a game, hands down, worth trying. It’s only 5-10 hours of your time, right?