e’tude prologue! Way old but fun

April 29th, 2009

Yeah, so I’m taking a break on VitaminZ for a little while (it has SO much content!), and have started e’tude prologue portable – since it’s on the PSP I play it in bed :P The graphics are the same (same backgrounds and, for common characters, same designs) as Little Aid. The game itself is one of the few boy-or-girl lead character games that came out in the 90’s. You pick which one you want to be, and if you’re a girl, you can go for the guy characters, and vice versa if you’re the guy.
The two title characters, Hitomi and Tatsuya, have a history together – they dated for a while before the game’s timeframe. You can choose to ‘still like’ the other one and try to get back together, or go for one of the other 4 or 5 prospects. When picking Hitomi, you get a little prologue of how she was the tennis team’s ace, but got beaten by someone and quit the team. Now she’s studying to get into a really hard university and wondering if it’s the right choice.
There’s a lot of dialogue in the game, and frankly some of it is pretty boring. Since there are all the possible female love interests as well as the male ones around, you get introduced and can have scenes with them a lot. However, after the long intro (which you can skip after the first time), you really only have to play through two weeks to Valentine’s Day.
There are a few minigames, including a blackjack one and an ‘identify that book’ one where you get the title and have to work out where a certain book is in the library, but honestly I have no idea what they do. I only did them when the guy I was interested in wasn’t on the map (you choose where to go and can see character icons of who’s in that scene). I really don’t know how it affects the outcome – same with how you choose to do an activity at your part-time job – I have no idea how this affects things either.

I’ve only finished one route so far but it was pretty simple to complete. It’s obvious that this is an early game – the epilogue is about three sentences long, and during the whole route I think I got about 3 CG’s. However, the seiyuu are definitely recognizable (Ono Daisuke is, of course, the be-fuku’ed Sawatou-kun) and it’s enjoyable. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this, but if you really like the characters in Little Aid you might want to play this and see their earlier years.

Now I’ll try to go and finish some more of VitaminZ…I dunno why I feel like I can’t write a review of that till I finish almost everything, but I write about this after playing only one route, heh.

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5 Responses to “e’tude prologue! Way old but fun”

  1. Rita says:

    I think I have that game…..somewhere…maybe. Or was that little aid? Darn, I can’t remember. Well, it was an old game either way so the chances of being able to dig it out again are…unlikely XD

    By the way, it’s unrelated, but I was wondering, if we want to ask you a question, do you have some way we can contact you? It’s just, since you know a lot about otome games, I had a couple of release date and port over questions I wanted to ask but never really figured out how I should go about doing it >_> I kinda feel rude just posting something completely unrelated on a random topic just to ask a question…which is what I’m doing now >_<

  2. Stef says:

    I remember Etude, it is quite old and I haven’t played it before, but after reading your review, I may give it a try if I have the chance since I quite like Little Aid ^^. Good luck with playing Vitamin Z! Still haven’t got time to play it yet but heard that it’s as enjoyable as Vitamin X! I can’t wait (Twins love~)

    Not sure whether this is the right place to ask ;;^^… Would you mind swapping links with me? I have opened a blog recently, which focus on Otome games and Shoujo manga and such. Please let me know, thanks!

  3. admin says:

    Hi! Sure, I’ll add you to my blogroll :D I’ll check out your blog ASAP too!

  4. admin says:

    Oh, and you can always email me at admin at lijaka.com (replace the at with the sign) and it will get to me! If you have any questions or games you’d like me to review let me know!

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