A blog for reviews… that's really not much of a blog

Posts tagged ‘imouto’

Destiny and the Power of the Word: Review of [141031]Unmei Senjou no Phi

Foreword: Back when I was still a boring weeaboo, (which happens to be quite a long time ago), the name “Lump of Sugar” immediately corresponded to a great game called “Tayutama”, a heart-warming story about accepting each other’s differences and even finding love across those differences that one would normally be prejudiced for.

Fast forward to today, and their newest game, Unmei Senjou no Phi, is actually… (brace yourselves) a nonsense game. It is directly contradicting with their previous styles (including how it’s completely opposite to their world-famous kamige), and most of this game was focused on the “nonsense routes” that were emphasized more explicitly than the heroines themselves. If you remember Girls in Black from Whirlpool, it’s safe to say that this game is resembling this.

However, unlike the former title, this game was hilarious. Despite being a nonsense game, I also want to say it’s a well-made charage due to its great design of characters, including heroines and protagonists. In addition, some of these “nonsense routes” were the very elements that added to the game’s humor, and while I understand that most of you have different standards of humor than I do, but I’m sure you’ll crack a grin at least at some of the silliness that the characters present.

Unfortunately, those things don’t necessary make up a “good game”. Here goes the review for Unmei Senjou no Phi!

P.S. As I write this, I have started four nukige titles, two of them decent, but the other two so horrible that I can’t even find the desire to fap to them. Don’t expect a review for these, and it might take me a while to finish these and move on to some other games

Please note that this review contains intentional minor spoilers. Read at your own risk!

Title: 運命戦場のΦ (Unmei Senjou no Phi) [Lit. Trans: The Destiny Line of Phi]
Producers: Lump of Sugar
Release Date: October 31, 2014
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v15281
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=812830
Game Type: Interactive Nonsense game with several different “character arcs”

Summary: “Kotodama”, a spiritual and mysterious energy contained in the words of humans is present in some of the selected humans, and Iori is definitely one who has such powers as well as he arrives at the Shintenjima, a mysterious island thought to be just an illusion and not even present on maps.

Through various reasons he makes this visit, one thing is clear; and it’s that his lost memory from 5 years ago has something to do with this island, and its residents. Little does he know, however, that him nosing into this “Kotodama” business will make him go into the depths of the truth, and help him realize about his lost past, relationships, powers, and destiny.

Kotodama, 言霊, literally means “Word Spirit” and is equivalent to a super power related to the “word” that the individual possesses. For Iori, the word is “Zan” (斬) or to “cut and throw away”. However, the usage of this superpower also induces a side-effect…

Nagisa used Neko-Charm! It’s Super Effective!
(more…)

Fried Rice Cakes…? Wait no! Review of [140926]Yakimochi Stream

Foreword: Wow… It’s been nearly a month without a review! That’s probably because I finished Amekoi and the fandisc for Tayutama (which was on my Backlog for the longest freaking time), and I’m not really planning on writing up a review for those two because they’re… well… pretty self explanatory. (It’s a Noesis game and a fandisc. What is there to write about? QQ)

I also realized a week ago that my grades were slipping, so I kinda see that I need to cut back on eroge for a while. It’s really sad because my MMO hobbies are near extinct… I sometimes feel like a robot =__=;;
I’ve actually also started AstralAir, but that title’s been rather… boring. It’s actually my first Favorite game too, and people have been saying so many great things about it, but I guess that pumped my expectations too much. Kinda getting slow with it because of how slow it is… I’m hoping it picks up the pace soon…

Well, with my complaints aside, let’s get right onto the review. Yakimochi Stream! I had this title targeted when Getchu changed its banner advertising this, and well, let’s just say that I know the artist, Syroh, pretty well back from Softhouse-seal’s games. Syroh recently seems to have less of an activity in my favorite nukige company, so I was picking this title with hopes that my tissue box will be depleted. (Why didn’t I play Namaiki Delation, you ask? … I don’t know ._.;)

The game itself wasn’t really that good, but oh man, I learned a lesson with this one; that’s why I’m writing this review, and I sincerely hope that this title will also teach YOU a lesson as well.

Title: ヤキモチストリーム (Yakimochi Stream, or “Jealousy Stream”. However, a pun can be made with the word “yakimochi”, into “fried rice cake”, which is what I did with this post’s title)
Producers: Madosoft
Release Date: September 26, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v14888
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=805383
Game Type: Borderline Charage/Nukige with humorous theme of jealousy

Summary: Takumi is a student studying in England, when he receives a message: “Sister serious. Come back immediately”
Being the worrywort brother he is, Takumi immediately catches the next flight he can to return as fast as possible to his hometown. His mom worriedly greets him with an uneasy frown on her face:

“She’s… become a hikkikomori (someone who refuses to come out of their room except for absolute needs)”

Takumi doesn’t believe this: his cute and cheerful younger sister wouldn’t have any reason to become so depressed and reserved, and determined to restore her smile, he enters her room armed with a bag of potato chips.

Through some conflict solving and kunkakunka (?!?!), Sana finally comes out of her room. Although this does mean that Takumi will have to transfer back to the school in Japan, he feels that such is enough of a sacrifice for his younger sister. Meanwhile, he will have no idea that three other girls will brazenly approach him, with their own side of Jealousy.

This CG is absolutely adorable. Period.
(more…)

Aliens Everywhere! Review of [140725]Girls in Black

Foreword: Wow! It feels like I haven’t posted in literally forever! I guess I was playing too much MMORPGs recently, but I also had a period when I went to Tennessee for a family vacation too… Well, I’m back now with another review! Titled “Girls in Black”, or GIB for short, this was the most recent Whirlpool game that well… Kinda… okay fine. Pretty crappy. This is weird though, since Whirlpool was able to produce really great titles… I guess they’re also being exposed to the “degradation of quality” as time passes D: In short, the game didn’t really live up to its title “girls in black”, because there was only one heroine who fits that description… out of the 3 available. Despite this, you should read this review fully, because you’ll never guess what this game was meant to be until you do…

Title: ガールズインブラック (Girls in Black)
Producers: Whirlpool
Release Date: July 25, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v14889
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=808111
Game Type: Sci-Fi Comedy Novel with themes of Alien Coexistence

Some of the outrageous paradigms that our alien heroine possesses

Summary: Subaru is your normal, average student who doesn’t really have too many friends. He would rather play games in his room instead of hanging out with others, and occasionally watch his younger sister Sorami pretend getting abducted by aliens. One day, when returning home from teaching a strange person with bunny ears directions, he suddenly can’t move, and finds himself slowly rising! Looking above, he sees that there’s a UFO that’s raining light directly at him! He screams for help, and just in time, a girl shoots the UFO and saves him. As he and the unknown girl fight off the UFO, he realizes this girl who was holding a futuristic gun was none other than his classmate! She, on the other hand, is now forced to erase Subaru’s memory. As fate would have it, Subaru is instead recruited into the organization that is called MIB (Men in Black), which is an organization to support the aliens who currently coexist with humans on Earth. The other options was to get his memory erased, and… Subaru didn’t really want that. Joining MIB, he’ll realize that his life has become a lot more exciting.

Subaru, run! (more…)