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A Story of a Sweet and Happy Nightmare: Review of [130228]Hapymaher

Foreword: Wow, this game was fairly long too! It’s either that or I was too caught up in playing MMOs recently that took me so long to finish it, and becomes my excuse for not being active in this community in a while.

Let’s get right to the review! With a title which doesn’t even mean anything in a different language, I don’t even know what the heck the reasoning is for naming this game “Hapymaher”. Nonetheless, it’s pretty unique and ya’know…
I’ll be honest: I think they named it because of the term “Happy Nightmare” (はぴーないとめあ), and the first two/last two letters were taken to form “Hapymaher” (はぴめあ)

So apparently, there are a lot of good ratings for this game, but I can’t really see it as such: it was average (5/10) at best, and full of weird psychology that doesn’t make sense. For the reference, I do plan on including spoilers on this review, because that’ll help me explain myself a bit better. (So sucks for you if you don’t want them *evil laugh here*)

And sorry that I’ve been inactive recently! I’ve gotten back into playing MMOs recently, and right now I’m in Tennessee for a family vacation. I’ll be back on August 4th or 5th, so see you then!

Please note that the following review contains INTENTIONAL spoilers! Read at your own risk!

Title: Hapymaher (ハピメア)
Producers: Purple Software
Release Date: February 28, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10957
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=753262
Game Type: Psychological Novel with themes of Dreams and Reality

Summary: Tooru is a student who has a problem of seeing a lucid dream whenever he sleeps. This dream is often staged a long time ago when he was unable to bring his younger sister out of the forest, and always resulted him coming out of the forest alone with no one behind him, even when he was holding his sister’s hand tightly.

Now this dream is repeated so many times that Tooru becomes tired of it. Being able to remember every single detail of his dream, along with the fact that Lucid Dreams are dreams where the user has conscience within it, this kind of problem has gotten him into hospitals, consultations, and even to the point of taking drugs when he sleeps.

Nonetheless, one day, a dream becomes different. Instead of the usual forest, he is placed into a fancy room with snacks on the table and tea in a pot. A girl appears to him and calls herself “Alice”, who claims that she will save him from his nightmares. This, however, won’t happen until three people around Tooru becomes involved…

What is Maia planning? Will Tooru ever get to rest in peace? But most of all, is this a dream or reality? Such questions haunt all the characters as they are dragged one after another into dreams.

Story Length: Moderately Long (30 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderate
Comments: So the game is split up into various parts with differing stories depending on the heroine. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim for the three heroines first, and then Alice, then Maia… which is really short anyways (this is the order I finished the game in, without a walkthrough)

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Childhood’s Innocence and Dreams: Review of [100929]Kisaragi Gold Star

Foreword: Another game from Saga Planets finished! This was, again, another title I’ve been eye’ing for a very long time (since it’s release!) but haven’t gotten to playing it until now.

As my second game from Saga Planets, I’m actually going to admit that this game was superior to Hatsuyuki Sakura despite being an earlier work, AND despite the fact that other players tend to rate the latter title better than this one.

So there you have it folks–this one deserves its “Best Game” tag, while the other may not.
Despite this, Kisaragi GS wasn’t a kamige. It had its parts that make it superior to its successor, but it wasn’t quite enough… Perhaps I might be able to get to it in this review.

Title: キサラギGOLD★STAR (Kisaragi)
Producers: Saga Planets
Release Date: September 29, 2010
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v4851
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=673738
Game Type: Slice of Life Romance Novel with themes of Childhood and Friendship

Summary: Futami is one of the group of friends who spend their days together. Including his little sister Ichika, Miss Popular Tsubasa, Quiet and Solemn Mikoto, Friendly Saya, and Jokester Hitomi, their days include two of them riding on a single bike to school (which isn’t allowed), and while being in different “Special Curriculum”, eating lunch together and being similar to a family.

This year’s Moon Festival will be different, however, when Futami hears the news that if they live as they are right now, the friends may have to split up. Hating this kind of event, Futami decides to help the friends around him with all his strength–so they will not be expelled.

And thus creates the story of Kisaragi Gold Star, where the protagonist works hard to fulfill everyone’s dream, but may not realize that the person who’s actually in need is…
Himself.

Double-riding on a bicycle! This actually makes it harder for the pedal to be turned, so I guess that’s the reason for Futami’s agonized look?
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