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Eden, or Labyrinth? Review of [150130]Natsu no Iro no Nostalgia

Foreword: Well, we have here a relatively hyped game from Moonstone. I remember this company mainly from the game “Clear” which started out nicely, but had crappy-ass endings. WHAT DO YOU KNOW?! THIS GAME FOLLOWS THE SAME PATTERN!

It seriously does. From the beginning, I was hooked onto this game’s settings of the sibling’s family dying and the protagonist having some strange power. In addition to the introduction of this “Sunflower Eden”, I was hoping something good. You really don’t see much plotline like this, right? It’s mostly about a protagonist being normal as fuck and going to school and all that bullshit.

Well, I read a couple of reviews before trying this game myself, which effectively spoiled the game to a certain extent, but it wasn’t TOO bad. I’m mostly disappointed in the fact that I should’ve expected something like this from Moonstone: a game that makes no fucking sense and inserts its own logic without trying to help the reader understand it. Hmm, sounds like that one shit-game Astral Air.

For the reason that the previous reviews aren’t exactly the most descriptive about this game, I’m writing my own.

 Warning: This game will include intentional spoilers! Read at your own risk!

Title: 夏の色のノスタルジア
Producers: Moonstone
Release Date: January 30th, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16069
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=828809
Game Type: A fantasy novel that TRIES to tell a story and TRIES to hold morals with APPARENT themes of psychology. Capitalized, bolded words are emphasized for a reason.

Summary: Ryouto has a strange ability of being able to see people in various “colors” of a jewel–this represents their emotions. Perhaps because of this, he was able to get by with relatives that he wasn’t even close to, after his parents died. Now, with Miu by his side, he returns to the country side where the accident happened three years ago and changed his life forever.

After the siblings spend the night at a makeshift house that was left as it is 3 years ago, they pack their belongings and head to the school where they were accepted to, and are invited by a gorgeous plain of sunflowers.

This sunflower brings back many memories, which includes how one of Ryouto’s childhood friends may be a murderer. However, shaking that thought aside, Ryouto follows Miu’s calls into a forested area with a strange gate that looks funny to him.

Soon, the siblings find themselves trapped in a place in time where you can’t leave no matter how hard they try. Time is stopped, and this area only repeats May 5th endlessly. Some characters call this “Eden” while others call this a “Labyrinth”. How does Ryouto see this mysterious place?

The sunflower field that greets the siblings

The Eternal Song of a Lonely Elf: Review of [140725]Astral Air


Wow, it was a long month of trying to wade my way out of all this sticky mess that I purposely dived into (I chose this game on my own accord and refused to drop it no matter how horrible it was), and the most sad thing is that I’ll probably do this again; purposely choose a game that looks really bad then refuse to drop it for the sake of bashing it in the end and ultimately wasting hours and hours of my time.

I just realized that I’m a dumbfuck, as much as the people giving this game scores above a 5.

Well, since there’s only one November game I’m interested in, here I come, October releases! :D

Oh, and since I know that most of you won’t have time to read this long-ass rant, I’ll bold my main points that I want to make with this game. Hopefully, this saves you even more time and frustration from playing this game.

WARNING: Please note that this review contains intentional spoilers and
an increased frequency of crude language/ranting. 
Do NOT read if you know
you’ll be offended by someone bashing this game!

Title: アストラエアの白き永遠 (Astral Air no Shiroki towa) [Lit. Trans: The Eternal White Astral Air]
Producers: Favorite
Release Date: July 25, 2014
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v12984
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=779719
Game Type: Sci-fi novel (?) that doesn’t make fucking sense and mixed with overdose of convenience.

Summary: Riku is an orphan of the Chronos Group, who are actually agents in disguise and known as “Elfin”, or individuals with supernatural powers. With this power, Riku as well as his group consisting of Rinne and Hinata are deployed in the mysterious town Tsukigasaki with one main mission: Protect the Leader’s daughters: Hazuki and Ochiba.

In this town full of mysteries, including the “gentle snow that never piles up”, Riku is ironically assigned to live with two girls in their own home. With a bit of misunderstanding, but ultimately enough sacrifices on both parties liberates Riku from having to sleep on the streets.

The group also have one more mission: to secure and protect anyone who also “awaken” into an Elfin, aka, someone with superpowers. This strange phenomenon is unexplained and occurs rather frequently…

Things start to get complicated as a rival group with similar motives named “Valhalla” join the fray, and its powerful member, Kotori may block the progress of the team.

Then there is the mysterious girl named Yuki… What exactly is she?

Riku is in for some surprises at his old hometown, in the Eternal White Astral Air.