I’m almost up to another holiday – this has been a light otome game month for me, mostly because Vamwolf Cross got pushed back and so my whole monthly shipment hasn’t come yet (urrghghghhgh). But it’s not like I have a shortage of games to play, so here’s a few I’m trying:
Possession Magenta – this is the new game from Comfort, the same team that did Arcana Famiglia. The art’s great, much more colourful than AF. It starts off with a mildly boring intro (sorry, I’m so impatient) and then comes a shock plot point of having a student’s extremely weird death (it’s not proved as a murder but it totally is) happen. There’s a lot that reminds me of Persona 4 (not as well-done though), but the pacing is still pretty slow so far. And it has some gameplay but I’ve only used it once so far in about 5 hours…meh. Still, it’s early.
Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen – I’d roughly translate this as Absolute Hierarchy Campus, and that’s a pretty accurate description. It’s set in one of those ‘children of the rich’ high schools where it’s all about status, but there’s a bunch of differences – it’s set in a somewhat dystopian future, and there is something seriously wrong going on in this school. Pretty good so far, I’m probably going to do a comparison post between this and…
Walpurga no Uta – I got this a few months ago, and was SO excited about it, but didn’t have time. It’s by the writer and artist from Sangokuren Senki, which I love. I can’t make a final judgment on this one yet either, but I’m writing a post as I go. Very pretty art, the music is done well but chosen poorly for each scene. More to come!
Phoenix Wright vs. Professor Layton (or vice versa) – I finished this a while ago but discovered the special episodes, so I played through them all over a couple days. Lots of fun, Barnham is pretty cute in these.
It’s taking me longer and longer to finish otome games these days – besides feeling a bit burned out on them, I’m busy with Chromatic and my normal job. But I do still find time to do some gaming, often casual gaming or just mucking around in Skyrim or Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Sometimes I look for reviews for casual games, but a lot of people have different preferences than mine, so I’m going to start posting my thoughts on some of these as I play them. What I like are historical and/or fantasy-based settings, and no horror or thriller stuff. There’s a ton that are set in old hospitals, serial killers, etc., and I don’t enjoy them. My favourite series is the Dark Parables titles from Blue Tea Games they have a bunch of titles based on fairy tales. The first one is the Curse of Briar Rose. It’s very pretty, which is another preference of mine – I have no desire to play games with ugly/boring backgrounds and items.
The last week I’ve been playing the following:
Wanderland (Big Fish Games): This is a free to play hidden object adventure game, which means that after your first hour or so, you have to wait for your energy to recharge before doing much more. These can be annoying because the quests have tons of steps, all of which require several objects that may or may not drop when you do a HO scene, but they’re good to get a quick hit of gaming which you can’t draw out too long. This one is up my alley, being fantasy-based, with various characters walking around to get quests and items from, and portals to fairy tale worlds where you’re trying to solve the problems within (is it even possible to get to the end of these? I don’t know). It also has a twist in that enemies walk around too, and you can fight them and get different items.
So far I’m kind of enjoying this, but my experiences with Awakening Kingdoms and Midnight Castle (I got tired of them after my data and levels, items, everything got ‘lost’ a couple times) mean that my expectations are pretty low.
I’ve also finished a couple regular HO games, Mythic Wonders: Child of Prophecy and The Secret Order – can’t remember which one, which were ok. I usually buy any HO games set in locations or time periods which aren’t used often – I thought Mythic Wonders was set in China but it was Japan. It had bad ‘Asian’ accents in the voiceovers but the setting, plot and minigames etc. felt pretty Japanese.
Now I’m trying Dark Romance: Heart of the Beast which is a modified Beauty and the Beast story. So far I like it, you take turns being the heroine and the hero, and the games etc. are fairly easy but interesting.
I’ll probably be adding more posts like these on a sporadic basis, they’re much faster than a regular otome review (still working on Harutoki 6, eheh).