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Omniscience is not always a good thing… Review of [101217] Hello, Good-bye

Foreword: Well, I finally decided to get on with the Lump of Sugar games that I’ve been pretty much holding back because I’m a lazy butt like that.

And now I bring you their 6th game, “Hello, Good-bye”! Strange title as it is, I was immediately pulled in with its opening movie, and I definitely knew I was in it for a treat when I finished the prologue and moved into the main story.

It’s so strange… How a game that’s over 3 years old can be such a great quality in terms of both gameplay, scenario, and art while other games currently fall greatly inferior. Looks like I’ll be playing some older games while I don’t keep too high-hopes of other recent releases.

Enough chatting. Finished in literally two days, it just shows the quality of this game! I’m very proud to present you my review of “Hello, Good-bye”!

This is the end, and also the beginning…

Title: Hello, Good-bye
Producers: Lump of Sugar
Release Date: December 17, 2010
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v5316
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=686380
Game Type: Sci-Fi Mystery Novel with themes of Remembrance and Memory

Summary: He woke up due to the trembling of the monorail, and this was actually quite fortunate since the next stop was his destination. He takes a look at his fake identity he’ll be using to infiltrate the school: “Tobu Kaito”, and wonders if this would go well.

As soon as he arrives, he finishes up the preparations for transfer, and decide to get a good view of the town, since it’s the place he’ll be living here until his superiors order otherwise.

As he climbs a hill, he sees the entire town glittering in the sunset. He stares blankly into space, as he is suddenly greeted by a girl who was taking care of the lilies that bloomed on that hill.

“Don’t Forget”… That quote will continuously haunt him as he manages his life in Morino with the help of this girl, May.

Story Length: Moderate (20 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: N/A
Comments: Quite an easy story to clear, all you need to do for the first three heroines is watch what “scenes” are being presented with each choice. The scenes you haven’t seen dive into each heroine’s route, while choosing the dialogue with the scenes you’ve already seen are leading to the ‘completion’ of the game.

Last route for Koharu opens only if you start from the beginning and skip all the way past the prologue to the message “Don’t Forget”.

Black-haired character + goth-loli outfit = Very much win.
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