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Criminally Heartwarming: [Various] Yorunohitsuji’s Loliita Series + Extras

Foreword: One of the major reasons why I’m so headstrong on trying out doujin titles (even if they’re made with engines like RPGVX) is because while it provides the new environment of a different engine (aside from the ADV we’re used to seeing with VNs), some also provide gameplay which entertains me for a while or as with this particular series, it’s very thought-provoking.

With my bias for lolita aside, these titles are extremely well made (as you can see one of the titles not containing that niche element). The reason being that the writers were able to keep most things like the environment simple, but make the character themselves much more complex. As I’ll discuss in the main body of the review, this is really how games should be written and created, so I actually feel bad right now I’m lumping all of these 5 titles into one (4 plus a sequel); it almost feels like I’m disrespecting the game which is the last thing I want to do.

There is one more game from this doujin group. The problem is that title is MUCH darker and is actually an NTR title, making it somewhat unfitting to be placed in this review.

Titles:

  • ゆびきり婚約ロリータ (Pinky-promise engagement Lolita)
  • お泊り恋人ロリータ (Sleep-over lover Lolita)
  • 相思相愛ロリータ+生活 (Love each other Lolita + Living together)
  • 彼女、甘い彼女 (Girlfriend, sweet girlfriend)

Producer: 夜のひつじ
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/php/search.phtml?search_brand_id=74929
Game Type: Reality-set kinetic novel revolving around stigma of “lolita”  and socialism

General Explanation: Each title is actually quite short and thus giving a summary would essentially spoil the game. While the last title do not follow the same theme of “lolita”, it is well made, displaying an ideal form of romantic relationships as well as displaying some sociology viewpoints. Each of the other titles displays a young man in his 20s coincidentally meeting a young girl and after interacting for a bit they find something within each other which allows them to fall in love.

Mako from the first series, and also the only one currently with a sequel

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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!
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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.
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