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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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Wishing upon… a sheep? Review of [140425]Soratobu hitsuji to manatsu no hana

Foreword: Holy shat this game was long.

Because I’m a perfectionist in the most stupidest ways, I have a tendency to have an obligation to complete games created by companies that I know very well. Navel is one of them, and while this game was produced under a different name, Navel Honeybell, I still wanted to get with it because I kinda had a good vibe with it.

Well, in reality, there’s probably a reason why I stick with these producers at all, right?

Turns out, it’s not that great: it’s actually pretty good when it comes to the story, but the characters are actually annoying! Want to know what I found to be annoying? You should definitely read on!

It’s also pretty sad how my 100th post on this site is a relatively negative and critical review… OTL

Title: 空飛ぶ羊と真夏の花 (soratobu hitsuji to manatsu no hana) [Lit. Trans: Sheep that flies in the sky and midsummer’s flower]
Producers: Navel Honeybell
Release Date: April 25, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v14061
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=793436
Game Type: Romance Novel with mixed themes of Fantasy

Summary: Keisuke is an orphan who was abandoned by both his mother and father. Despite this, he doesn’t hate them, nor have any negative emotions. Instead, all he can feel is pure and genuine loyalty to the girl who not only saved his life, but gave him a meaning to live. Now, after training vigorously in Europe, he returns to Japan in order to serve the girl who was his first love and now his Master: Konohanamiya Kotoya.

As he becomes accustomed to his school life, he then meets various people who he knows, as well as some who will change his story. However, none of the characters, including Keisuke himself, would be prepared for the shocking truth about the protagonist that starts from a simple letter that looks like a love letter…

Which is actually sent by an Angel, who states that Keisuke is a God and he and his younger sister were playing a game, where Keisuke was challenged to find the younger sister among the humans on Earth. Her descendance to Earth resulted in her memories being spread as “Fragments”, which Keisuke has to collect in order to bring his sister back.

However, these fragments are then implanted in various girls, who are already using its power for a special wish…

Story Length: Relatively Long (35 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderate
Comments: Your typical Navel game system, where there ARE a few ambiguous choices determine which heroine you are going to meet up with, and you need to keep a close eye on the story flow if you wish to not use a walkthrough. (Personally, this kind of system is the best for me: not too difficult to the point you’re ripping your hair out, but not too easy to the point it seems like there’s no interaction)
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Flying is the Best! Review of [131220] Magicalic Sky High

Foreword: I feel so dumb… I had this review all planned out, written, and just needed to add screenshots, and I completely forgot to do that and publish this review OTL

So there goes my New Year’s Resolution in just 4 days… *sigh*

Being depressed won’t help anything, though, so let’s get on with the review!
A surprisingly decent Whirlpool game, I’ll have to admit that for some reason, this game was more superior to the previous games I’ve seen from Whirlpool before (like Usomeru). Finding this strange, I decided to check Getchu and BAM! Daisangen “大三元” is one of the scenario writers. If anyone forgot already, Daisangen also wrote the scenario for Ryuuyoku and Suzukaze, both decent (scratch that… the latter is a kamige) titles from the same company, Whirlpool.

Along with Mamizou’s loli-like character design (although there was another artist), I enjoyed this game quite a bit… … … only its beginning parts though.

Turns out, this game starts well like any other games, but seem to lose track of the overall flow of the story line. The theme of “flying” is intact, but many of the routes are your cliche Whirlpool-style story.

Title: まじかりっく⇔スカイハイ ~空飛ぶホウキに想いをのせて~ (Magicalic Sky High ~ soratobu houki ni omoiwo nosete) [Lit. Trans: Putting your feelings on a sky-flying broom]
Producers: Whirlpool
Release Date: December 20, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v12983
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=782499
Game Type: Fantasy Romance Novel with themes of Magic and Flying

Summary: Hayato is really bad with magic, but he’s very good at one type of magic: Flying.

Second to none when it comes to flying around on a broom, he even boasts that he won several contests involving flying, and as expected from any other superior talent, he enjoys it greatly.
This is why, even after his homeroom teacher warned him about the disruption of the magical field near the forest, his attitude was “Challenge Accepted” and immediately flew out to the very area that was supposed to be dangerous.

Karma then comes into play, and Hayato is put to shame–he loses control and falls into the forest, luckily saved by the trees before he hit the ground; saving more than just a few hundred bones in his body.
Looking around, Hayato realizes the horrible truth that his favorite broom is broken in the process, and he is now trapped in a strange ruin located far beneath the forest floor. On an altar in front of him, there is…

A broom! Shining in the moonlight.
Seemingly oblivious to this situation, Hayato mindlessly pulls out the strange broom from the strange ruin, just so he can float back up to the surface and get back home. He does, however, notice that on his way back, he doesn’t lose control of his flight as he did a few minutes ago, and finds that his new broom is very efficient… MUCH better than his old one.

It would only be a matter of time until chaos arises, the MS-condition appears, and Hayato is the only one who can fly with his strange broom. He will be hated and hunted down by people who desire to have this magic item for themselves.

Hayato’s childhood friend, Yurika! For the reference, this is a scene where Yurika stands in front of Hayato’s “crash site”… I don’t think I really need to explain this scene any further xD

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