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Zwei Worter [Clock Up team Dyo]

Foreword: Clock Up team Dyo creates pretty conventional SF games unlike its older brother, so  Zwei Worter is a good time to get acquainted with it to get ready for Rune Lord. Synopsis:  In 2005, a group of meteors deals a big blow to humanity. But thanks to advanced science and technology, mankind overcomes extinction by creating new intellectual living creatures called "Dissolve". In 2007, incredibly powerful outer space creatures called Elcid launch their onslaug
 

Yuuhi no Mukougawa 夕緋ノ向コウ側 [BaseSon]

Foreword: I'm quite curious about BaseSon state before they rode the Koihime theme. Title: Yuuhi no Mukougawa Developer: BaseSon Date: 2004-10-01 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v1213 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaPkM9uZLZM&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9P6w6Jmc3aamggcIEP8eAZ Synopsis: Moriguchi Kazuto is just the ordinary high school student who attends a private school. He spends his days relaxing, regularly attending school and also enjoying time

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Yatohime Zankikou 夜刀姫斬鬼行 [Terios]

Foreword: Yatohime Zankikou has an absolutely starry staff, great chuni story, astonishing visuals and lots of fighting girls. Everything promises the ultimate score, but why average scores are just between 7 and 8 then? Synopsis: A god called Yatonokami who is worshiped by men is now sleeping. Or is he? Somewhere, somewhat, something arose and its manifestations are possessing people and turning them into 'oni'... You're Nagamine Yuuma, an ordinary student, the one who is woken

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Xvain エクスヴァイン ~Devil Out~ [Studio e.go!]

Foreword: Why is there only like two Japanese reviews for a game with this classy setting? The Japanese must have overlooked another great game, and I'm restoring it to due glory. Or so I thought. Synopsis:  There is a city filled with crime. The police can do nothing, and a big conspiracy is now being planned. To protect his beloved, Rex rises up... He has a secret that he is actually a battle hero, Xvain. His decision to use his power is triggered by meeting with
 

Xenon ~Mugen no Shitai~ / XENON ~夢幻の肢体~ (C's Ware)

Foreword: This is Keno-san's scenario. He did not have much experience when we was thrown to produce scenario of the game that we know as Love Potion in two months time. Critics buried the game and that's why there was much more care in producing next game scenario - that was DESIRE, the game that I can't praise enough. The next year Keno wrote scenario for EVE burst error and on the wave of popularity moved to legendary Elf company where he kept working on EVE franchise and created another mast

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VNDB.REVIEW on hiatus and free webhostings rant

It's going to be pretty much my first off-topic post, but I feel the need to inform on the matter why all the links are inaccessible. My free hosting (http://tigrimigri.com/) died on me on November 6th and I've been waiting for it to show up ever since. I can't do monthly overviews without it since I initially fill in data through the wiki. I don't really have any backups save for very early crude version so I felt reluctant searching for a new home. But it's finally the time and I've

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VN of the Year 2007 and POLL for EXTRA review

Year 2007 is great for bringing two full 10/10 masterpieces Draculius and Dies irae and many more very nice visual novels. You all know that winner is Dies irae as it's probably main visual novel of all times. First version from 2007 was quite raw, and there are some funny negative reviews from 2007-2008, but light found inner strength to polish this version and even freely give away it to original buyers. New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2007 with songs. My list of masterpieces in 20
 

VN of the Year 2006 and POLL for EXTRA review

Year 2006 did not bring any full 10/10 masterpieces, sadly. There were few chunige as well. I already see that year 2007 offers a much wider diversity, so placing great hopes on it. New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2006 with songs. My list of masterpieces in 2006: D.C. II ~Da Capo II~ ef - a fairy tale of the two. Eve ~New Generation~ Fragments Blue H2O -Footprints in the Sand- Hidamari I/O KimiKiss Kimi no Koe ga Kikoeru

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VN of the Year 2005 and POLL for EXTRA review

Year 2005 was awesome. It's the golden age for plotge. Plots have become so diverse and complex that a lot more time is required to crack them up. My new approach to pick up all the titles I like doesn't help to move faster either. In addition, my base corresponds VNDB base of 2017, and it's time to synchronize. There are 230 new titles to add from 1980 till 2005, plus a dozen of old titles that I found out over time and finally can describe properly, let alone the need to refresh openings links

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VN of the Year 2004 and POLL for EXTRA review

Year 2004 pleasantly surprised me with the number and especially quality of visual novels. New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2004 with songs. My list of masterpieces in 2004: 3days ~Michiteyuku Toki no Kanata de~ Akai Ito Carnival  Dear My Friend Eigou Kaiki Fate/Stay Night Forest Paradise Lost Peace@Pieces Realize  Remember11 -The Age of Infinity- Sorairo no Shizuku Sorauta Symph

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VN of the Year 2003 and POLL for EXTRA review

Year 2003 proved to be profound in every way. Great variety of masterpieces suiting everyone's taste. New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2003 with songs. My list of masterpieces in 2003: Ashita Deatta Shoujo  Clover Heart's Cross†Channel  Eien no Aselia -The Spirit of Eternity Sword- Gin no Hebi Kuro no Tsuki Interlude  Konata yori Kanata made Kurenai Lovers ~Koi ni Ochitara... My Merry Maybe Moekan 

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VN of the Year 2002 and POLL for Extra review 2002

Year 2002 was quite curious. A lot of heavy weight candidates finally entered the scene.  New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2002 with songs. My list of masterpieces in 2002: Baldr Force  Bokura ga Koko ni Iru Fushigi. D.U.O. ~Song for All~  Ever17 -The Out of Infinity- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hotosenaru Uta Chitosenaru Shirushi Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer  Kusarihime ~Euthanasia~ Masaru: Ashita no Yukinojo

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VN of the Year 2001 - Eve: The Fatal Attraction

Year 2001 is a year of lost opportunities for visual novels, at least for chunige. The matured industry failed to produce breakthrough works. Of course there are lots of new cool openings Visual Novel Openings 2001 with songs.  My list of masterpieces in 2001: Renaissance  Yougen Tennyo  Vampirdzhija Vjedogonia Silent Hill: Play Novel  Gensou Suikogaiden Vol. 2: Crystal Valley no Kettou Mizuiro No Reality  Chain Ushinawareta Ashiato

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VN of the Year 2000 Nijuei + POLL for full playthrough

It took a huge amount of time to finish year 2000, but it's over. The industry has matured to contemporary state, so there's no need to search for novelties this year. First of all, here's the collection of Visual Novel Openings 2000 with songs. In 2000 I've made a number of videos with only 1-2 routes, so now is the chance for you to choose one of those games to make playthrough of the rest of the routes. Less than 10 votes in 2 weeks time will mean that noone needs that, an

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VN of the Year 1999

1990s are over. And to commemorate that I've made a video playlist of all the openings/demo/endings with singing/energetic instrumental from 1990s here    I'll be making such playlists for each new year starting with 2000 since each year is going to have over 100 such opening/ending/demo themes. Second Windows era year is behind. It failed to bring such a game that I'd announce Vn of the year 1999 right away. Instead, it brought a number of quality galge and some quirky crypt

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VN of the Year 1998 - luv wave

Year 1998 has become a year of hope for me. After very devastating transition year 1997 there are so many joys and wonderful games at last. Running a bit ahead, there is a 50% increase both in total number of games and in number of listed games resulting in the record number of masterpieces this year. Let's prolong the chart. VN per year Year    Total         1991    75     1992    80         1993    121     1994    155     1995    180     1996    183     1997 

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VN of the Year 1997 - Canaan ~Yakusoku no Chi~

What a tiresome year. First Windows year had too many obscure games with tiny bits of information to get. Crude graphics, bland plotlines, typical dating sim gameplay. But all in due time. Let's prolong the chart. VN per year Year    Total         1991    75     1992    80     1993    121     1994    155     1995    180     1996    183     1997    202     Numbers don't show anything extraordinary - a very mild logical increase in numbers. Shift to Windows has

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VN of the Year 1996

The best year so far, actually. I really hope that I'll be able to say the same about every forthcoming year. 84 works during the year amounts for an average of 7 works each month - a very saturated year. Let's prolong the chart. VN per year Year Total     1991 75     1992

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VN of the Year 1995

1995 did not bring as many masterpieces as previous years while increasing the total number of visual novels significantly First of all, let's prolong the chart VN per year Year Total     1991 75     1992 80  

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VN of the Year 1994

First, some statistics. Here's the chart of total number of VNs, number of listed VNs in this blog and number of blocked VNs for the years 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994. Number won't change significantly since for the moment these are all the VNs that vndb.org has for the noted periods. VN per year Year Total Listed Blocked 1991 75  

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VN of the Year 1993

Year 1993 was... strange. Most of praised games of the year were blocked by me due to nukige nature of the games. Those games include Kawarazaki-ke no Ichizoku, Rance 4, Viper series, NOVA, Ayumi-chan Monogatari, Kindan no Ketsuzoku. And a lot of quality representatives that I don't even want to mention here are purest brainless nukige. It really looked to me as if the world got mad after the strict censorship of 1992. The number of VNs that made into my list slightly decreased from 4.08 in 1992

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VN of the Year 1992 - Phobos

Year 1992 was much to my liking with few eroge and a great number of elaborate plots.    The notable features of year 1992 included: - Implemented censorship rules resulted in private parts censored and at some cases companies set self-censorship to a degree when no private parts were ever on a screen or sometimes even to no nudity at all - Regulations led to bigger emphasis on the story and experiments with the genres - Horror mysteries with gore pictures started

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VN of the Year 1991 - ELLE

Year 1991 was the first with monthly issues and for that reason the hardest. Let's first try to determine its prominent features for VNs: - Number of adult games increased greately to some 100 titles overall - PC-98 era arrives with mouse support and the older systems finally lose support - RPG percentage remains high at some 20% while ADV grows significantly to  some 50% - New sub-genres appear - point-and-click, quiz, board game. - Some games start to use action icons

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VN of the year 1990 - De-Ja

My masterpieces list:1. Can Can Bunny Superior2. De-Ja3. Illumina!4. Misty Blue5. Sekai de Ichiban Kimi ga Suki!6. Slope 7. Suijaku Sakusen 2 Moeyo Dragon8. The 4th Unit - Merry Go Round9. Toushin Toshi10. Yami no Ketsuzoku11. Urotsukidouji12. Urusei Yatsura: Stay With You 1990 is the year of RPG. Their number and diversity put interactive adventures VNs to shame. 1990 is a revolutionary year in many aspects. First doujin works, first nsfw covers, first explicit sex scenes, first lgbt game, firs

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VN of the year 1989 - Imitation wa Aisenai

Year 1989 masterpieces:1. Burning Point2. Dororo ~Jigoku Emaki no Shou~3. Dual Targets - The 4th Unit Act.34. Paragon Sexa Doll5. Tawhid6. 38 Man Kilo no Kokuu7. Dragon Knight8. Twilight Zone 3 Nagakute Amai Yoru9. Hare Nochi Oosawagi!10. Imitation wa Aisenai11. Nishimura Kyoutarou Mystery: Blue Train Satsujin Jiken12. Asoko no Koufuku13. Psychic Detective Series Vol. 1: Invitation - Kage kara no Shoutaijou14. Psychic Detective Series Vol. 2: Memories The two main candidates for VN of the year f

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