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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
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The Judgment of Good and Evil: Review of [140627]Semiramis no Tenbin

Foreword: So with Finals coming up, I think this might be one of the last games for a while. Even during Thanksgiving, I’ll have to study Contraception, Pregnancy, Erectile Dysfunction, Menopause, and various other weird shit that my school makes me learn on my way to my degree.

It’s also been really stressful for me outside of school, with my landlord being a real asshole and things not going well with work… I’ve been playing quite a bit of nukige recently which was probably just to relieve my stress, lol. Sorry if I sound really bitchy like a girl on her periods because that’s pretty much similar to what I’m going through right now

Let’s get right to the review! I’m going to shamelessly post this review without permission because most of his points match up with my own thoughts… Except I have different views than him (of course).

Title: セミらミスの天秤 (Semiramis no Tenbin) [Lit Trans: The Heavenly scales of Semiramis]
Producers: Caramel Box
Release Date: June 27, 2014
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v14760
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=801607
Game Type: Dark Reality-based mystery novel with psychology themes

Summary: Reiji would be a normal guy if it wasn’t for his mental condition where he hears voices in his head. This often causes people who don’t know about the disease to think he’s actually talking to himself, but in reality, minus this trait, he is a nice person who is well-known in class and has a few friends.

This soon changes with the introduction of a girl named “Ami”. With red hair that becomes a lasting impression for our protagonist, the voice in his head warn him about this girl to be “dangerous”. Ami, however, seems to get along with the rest of the classmates and quickly becomes popular. Reiji thought he wouldn’t have anything to deal with this girl… Or he thought…

However, as fate unwinds, Reiji soon meets Ami on his way back, and she tells him that she lost her keys to her apartment. Being the nice guy Reiji is, he invites her over. As the two relax and chat, Ami suddenly asks Reiji to take her virginity, because otherwise, she’ll lose it to her uncle whom she hates with a passion.

Reiji obliges, and soon finds that this was a trap for Ami: she records photos of them having sex and will spread the rumor as Reiji raping her if he doesn’t let her stay with him. This begins the story of Reiji and Ami, and the members of the Fortune-telling research club.

I genuinely thought Hibiki would be the heroine of a “true route” or at least associated with Reiji’s “voices in the head” after she accidentally pushes him down the stairs, but nope.
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A Story of a Sweet and Happy Nightmare: Review of [130228]Hapymaher

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)

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