Foreword: Okay! Another old game finished! My first game from the company “White Cyc”, I’m not sure why I was attracted by this title, but it’s definitely one that I’ve been eye’ing for a while. Nonetheless, I got around to finishing it.
Holy shit it’s long.
Seriously. It’s a decent story and all that good stuff, but it’s so freaking long! The game repeats every 20 lines in SOME different way, using a different kanji that ultimately mean the same thing. This is the best definition of what players (and readers) might call a “filler”.
Well, I’ll try to get into this more with the Comments Section. Otherwise, this was really… normal o_e;;
WARNING: This review contains intentional spoilers that reveal the story. Read at your own Risk.
Title: クロガネの翼 -The Alchemist’s Story- (Kurogane no Tsubasa) [Lit. Trans: Iron Wing or Wing of Black Gold]
Producers: White Cyc
Release Date: December 11, 2009
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v2918
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=666888 (Caution: Getchu Page contains spoilers)
Game Type: Fantasy Novel with themes of self-identity
Summary: Natsuki was suddenly informed by his father that he is getting remarried. While being awkward at first, his new mother and younger sister are very friendly, and the new family get along very well. One day, as Natsuki goes out to play with his friend Masamune and Nanami, they come across a fortune teller who informs Natsuki that he will be “forced to make a crucial decision”. As they ponder about what that meant, they also come across a girl confronting a few delinquents who are infamous for their violence. As she kicks the sidekicks (icwutididthar), the leader pulls out a knife. Natsuki then instinctively covers the girl, while Masamune disables the leader easily. The trio runs away as police sirens fill the air, with the girl staring blankly.
Turns out, both this fortune teller and the girl that Natsuki covers will transfer into their school.
Even as Natsuki has strange powers of alchemy, which allows him to turn rock into shiny marble, he despises this power, and has learned to live a normal life. He becomes so headstrong about being “normal” that some of the people around him find him strange. Despite his ideals, Natsuki soon finds out that what the fortune teller told him comes true–he will be forced into a series of events which will destroy his “normal” life.
Story Length: Moderately Long (25 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Difficult
Comments: Apparently, this game features a storyline where you have to completely clear Lilith and Nadia’s story first, then start over to reach Nanami’s route, and then finish off with Haruna’s route. Despite this sophisticated engine design, there’s really no meaning within each route, except for the fact that they rise in quality and description.
The siblings are a bit… too close