Foreword: Wow, this game was fairly long too! It’s either that or I was too caught up in playing MMOs recently that took me so long to finish it, and becomes my excuse for not being active in this community in a while.
Let’s get right to the review! With a title which doesn’t even mean anything in a different language, I don’t even know what the heck the reasoning is for naming this game “Hapymaher”. Nonetheless, it’s pretty unique and ya’know…
I’ll be honest: I think they named it because of the term “Happy Nightmare” (はぴーないとめあ), and the first two/last two letters were taken to form “Hapymaher” (はぴめあ)
So apparently, there are a lot of good ratings for this game, but I can’t really see it as such: it was average (5/10) at best, and full of weird psychology that doesn’t make sense. For the reference, I do plan on including spoilers on this review, because that’ll help me explain myself a bit better. (So sucks for you if you don’t want them *evil laugh here*)
And sorry that I’ve been inactive recently! I’ve gotten back into playing MMOs recently, and right now I’m in Tennessee for a family vacation. I’ll be back on August 4th or 5th, so see you then!
Please note that the following review contains INTENTIONAL spoilers! Read at your own risk!
Title: Hapymaher (ハピメア)
Producers: Purple Software
Release Date: February 28, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10957
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=753262
Game Type: Psychological Novel with themes of Dreams and Reality
Summary: Tooru is a student who has a problem of seeing a lucid dream whenever he sleeps. This dream is often staged a long time ago when he was unable to bring his younger sister out of the forest, and always resulted him coming out of the forest alone with no one behind him, even when he was holding his sister’s hand tightly.
Now this dream is repeated so many times that Tooru becomes tired of it. Being able to remember every single detail of his dream, along with the fact that Lucid Dreams are dreams where the user has conscience within it, this kind of problem has gotten him into hospitals, consultations, and even to the point of taking drugs when he sleeps.
Nonetheless, one day, a dream becomes different. Instead of the usual forest, he is placed into a fancy room with snacks on the table and tea in a pot. A girl appears to him and calls herself “Alice”, who claims that she will save him from his nightmares. This, however, won’t happen until three people around Tooru becomes involved…
What is Maia planning? Will Tooru ever get to rest in peace? But most of all, is this a dream or reality? Such questions haunt all the characters as they are dragged one after another into dreams.
Story Length: Moderately Long (30 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderate
Comments: So the game is split up into various parts with differing stories depending on the heroine. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim for the three heroines first, and then Alice, then Maia… which is really short anyways (this is the order I finished the game in, without a walkthrough)