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Magic, Time, Artifacts… Review of [120727]&[130125] Tokeijigake no Leyline Series

Foreword: Well, this was one short game! I don’t know if it was just me or if the game was stunningly good, but I felt this game was waaaay too short. It’s actually probably the former because I didn’t really think this game was that good as people stated on various websites…

All in all, Leyline was definitely superior when it comes to the story department, but when it comes to character design, it seems to fall quite a bit. This still doesn’t mean that the story was perfect either, so overall, the game was greatly a disappointment.

Despite this, don’t let it scare you away! Similar to eden*, the game may be short, but it’s filled with heartwarming and colorful characters. The protagonist is definitely one of them, and I thoroughly enjoyed his design. While I must agree with some reviews that the game ended too early without explaining many things, I hope to see the sequel reveal and answer all those questions.

For now though, let’s get to the review of Leyline!

So after playing the first game and in the process of writing up this review, I went ahead and finished the second game, in a mere 18 hours (which includes me sleeping and eating!). I will be writing up some parts in relation to the second game for this reason, and contrary to the first game, the second game was MUCH better. Please refer to the long-ass review below!

(For the reference, I’ll try to separate the information and ratings with a line. I’ve also marked both games in either RED for the first title, and BLUE for the second. I hope it won’t be too confusing >.<)

Despite how the second game was obviously better than the first, I’m going to focus on the first. This is because of my great desire for players to try out the second title regardless of their experience with this game.

Title: 時計仕掛けのレイライン -黄昏時の境界線- (Tokeijikake no Leyline -tasogaredoki no kyoukaisen-) [Lit. Trans: Leyline of Clockwork – the Borderline of the Time of Sunset –
Producers: Unisonshift Blossom
Release Date: July 27, 2012 | January 25, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10016 | http://vndb.org/v11093
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=762104 | http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=753497
Game Type: Fantasy Novel with themes of Magic, Artifacts, and Alternate Worlds

Summary: Michiru receives an invitation one day. Inside the package are admission forms as well as a note: What is your wish…? He wishes for something so simple, but so strong that suddenly, blue birds soar from the package he is holding and into the sky.

The Blue Birds, which is a symbol for something…

A few months later, he arrives at the school. Arriving slightly earlier than expected, Michiru decides to look around, until he sees a boy who falls off an elevated platform! Rushing to his help, the two are ultimately safe, but at a sacrifice of a seemingly-valuable statue.

Michiru and this boy he saves, affectionately called Omaru (if you know what this means, kudos), is soon “half-blackmailed” into joining the Special Research Team, and given a map to its room.

As the night falls, and the Disciplinary Committee starts to force the students to return, but strangely do not interfere with Michiru and Omaru, mentioning that they are “them”. Michiru and Omaru will soon find out that there’s a reason why they were chosen for this task, and perhaps find out more truths about themselves that they had no idea about.

If only that was a bishoujo, right Michiru?
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“Doll of Wishes”: Review [140228] Koisuru shoujo to Omoi no Kiseki

Foreword: I’m going to be an eroge machine this Spring Break! With only one week, I’ll be playing games like crazy and enjoy while it lasts. Obviously, I didn’t get the chance to do this over the school year, so there you have it.

Second review for the day, this is a game I finished within 24 hours of starting–this was actually THAT good. Unlike the previous Sugar Pot game, this was a great title–hence finishing it even when I was in the progress of Sugar + Spice (Yes, I’m playing it because of you, gangrelion! xD)

Remember how in the previous Sugar Pot game, Tsukumo no Tsuki, I was mostly complaining about how everything seemed so slow in the middle of the story, and the protagonist seemed really weak. This time around, Sugar Pot got rid of both and created a very good game that I’ll be saving for the future.

I’ll stop blabbing and get with the review!

Title: 恋する少女(どーる)と想いのキセキ~Poupee de souhaits~  (Koi suru shoujo (do-ru) to omoi no kiseki) [Lit. Trans: A Girl (Doll) that loves and the miracle of feeling — Poupee de souhaits = “Doll of Wishes” in French
Producers: Sugar Pot
Release Date: February 28, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v12987
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=776567
Game Type: Romance Novel with themes of “Puppetry”

Summary: Tomoki is a dollmaker who is actually quite famous. The beginning scenes involve him being “harassed” by his manager, who delivers his works to the company for production and sale. Perhaps because of this, he attends an art school and is in a club designed for creating dolls.

After a day when he “runs” away from his upperclassman (who also happens to be the student council president), he is suddenly attacked by strange wooden doll! As any normal human would do in such a situation, he runs away and into a mansion that he knows of. As he is soon cornered and waiting for his death, a girl flies out of nowhere and tears the wooden (?!) doll into pieces, gracefully taking the time to crush its head beneath her foot.

This is the meeting of Tomoki and a strange doll named Towa (as well as another doll named Ena). Well, not really… Towa and Tomoki had met before, when he was young. They promised to meet, and the next time they met, Tomoki had promised Towa that he would be her master. Towa simply came to fulfill that promise.

Towa and Ena are special dolls entrusted with a certain “wish”, which gave them the life and personality they hold today. Dolls infused with this “wish” will live with the goal of fulfilling this wish, and Puppeteers like Asuha, who is Tomoki’s Role-Model, are people who lead them on the right path.

Then there are exterminators like Amane, who specialize in sealing away such emotions if they become too negative. With her partner Shuri, she holds great pride in her family’s long heritage for protecting people from dolls that run out of control, and find doll-makers like Tomoki an eyesore.

Or you can be like Mitomo–a cool-beauty, except for the fact that she’s also an otaku who loves cute things: like dolls. She enjoys creating and simply collecting dolls, and perhaps this is the reason why she is close to Tomoki in the first place.

Switch spots with me, Tomoki OwO
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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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