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VN of the Month March 1999 - Captain Love

Captain Love is the only masterpiece of the month 1. 19:03 Ueno Hatsu Yakou Ressha 19時03分 上野発夜光列車 [990304] Visit A freelance photographer and a middle school teacher take the night train that goes from Tokyo's Ueno to Sapporo, but what started as a normal train trip soon will become a little more complicated since they will be involved in murders, assassinations and other dangerous situations. Depending on the player's choices his character may or m

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VN of the Month November 1995 - Eve: Burst Error

Youjuu Senki 2 -Reimei no Senshi-tachi- and Eve: Burst Error are the masterpieces of the month, but the upper hand is naturally with the legendary Eve: Burst Error   1. Moon Gate ムーンゲート [951102] Fairytale 1 Zion is an adventurer who lives with girl Lina. One day a mysterious person brings him a shining gem and calls it a present to his excellency Zion from his majesty. His best friend Tolland appears from th

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VN of the Month August 1995 - Isaku

Isaku and Ryouki no Ori are masterpieces of the month, but the winner is Isaku since it's more traditional visual novel. 1. Gakkou de Atta Kowai Hanashi 学校であった怖い話 [950804] Pandora Box 1 2   Sakagami Shuuichi, a member of the school newspaper, is asked to gather information about the school's seven mysteries. He meets with six other students after school to listen to their stories. There is an Englis

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VN of the Year 1985 - Shiro to Kuro no Densetsu ~Hyakki Hen~

So there are very few VNs in 1985 and even fewer account for masterpieces. Karuizawa Yuukai Annai was obviously a favorite after Horii Yuji won the previous two years, but the game lacks the mystery and fills it with lots of fanservice. El Dorado Denki gets a pretty devastating review. Tenshi-tachi no Gogo is an eroge that I would strike out if it weren't in the 80s. Abyss II and Dezeni World still use text parser. So why not Shiro to Kuro no Densetsu first title? The story is fresh and serious.

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VN of the Month February 2000 - Phantom of Inferno

The only masterpiece of February 2000 is Phantom of Inferno and thus it's the VN of the Month. I already made full video walkthrough of the game, but it got wiped with the channel, and I'm not doing it again. 1. Uzumaki ~Denshi Kaiki Hen~ うずまき ~電視怪奇篇~ [000203] Dall A visual novel adaptation of Junji Ito's 1998 horror manga, Uzumaki, for the Bandai Wonderswan. So platform is WonderSwan...ok...   2. Metamorphose ~Fifth En

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DiaboLiQuE / -デアボリカ- [Alice Soft]

Foreword: I don't believe Alice Soft - they can only make eroge and bakage. But this game was highly praised overseas. Who knows, maybe it's the game that can overcome my aversion.   Title: Diabolique Developer: Alice Soft Date: 1998-05-28 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v2261  Synopsis: In this world, here are two kinds of intelligent beings. One are humans and the other are Diaboliques. Diaboliques possess power, violence, intelligence, and eternal life. Their l

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VN of the Month September 1996 - Sakura Taisen

Ma Doll and Sakura Taisen are the masterpieces of the month, but I prefer Sakura Taisen as VN of the Month 1. Heartbeat Scramble ハートビートスクランブル [960906] Imagineer Co., Ltd. Game reproduces events of graduating school year, such as attending part-time job, participating in clubs and school festivals as well as getting along with the girls and inviting them on a date and maybe even spending vacations together with one of them.

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VN of the Month November 1996 - Mashou no Kao

After starry October nothing really shines this month. If we narrow down the candidates I'd have to choose from Mashou no Kao, High School Days, Sotsugyou Shashin 2 ~Raspberry Dream~, Tsuiokuand Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Hihoushima Arata Naru Sangeki. Last one is out as PS1 exclusive (win version nowhere to be found). Sotsugyou Shashin 2 is out as a difficult type of game for modern players. Tsuioku is way too obscure. High School Days is a really nice game, but even warm vanilla school game

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VN of the Month September 1993 - Youjuu Senki -A.D. 2048-

Youjuu Senki -A.D. 2048- is not really a masterpiece at all, but without strong competitors I find it entertaining enough to be called VN of the September 1993. 1. Nurse Yuu no Muma Sensen ナースゆうの夢魔戦線 [930904] Wendy Magazine 1 2 "Nurse Yuu no Mumasensen" is an adventure game with a rather cryptic story. The player controls a young nurse named Yuu, who finds herself near a secluded military hospital, unable to understand whether she is dr

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VN of the Month April 1994 - AmbivalenZ -Niritsu Haihan-

Urusei Yatsura: Dear My Friends and AmbivalenZ -Niritsu Haihan- are the masterpieces of the month, but the VN of the month is AmbivalenZ -Niritsu Haihan- since it's original work and not just anime spin-off. 1. Injuu Genmu 2 ~Brain Burst 淫獣幻夢2 ~BRAIN BURST [940401] Ringerbell 1 There is no real story in Injū Genmu II: Brain Burst!!; the setting is a certain magical land where three young, pretty, female magical creatures hold a contest.

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VN of the Month March 1993 - Marine Philt

Marine Philt is the only masterpiece of March 1993. 1. Hatsukoi Monogatari 初恋物語 [930305] Game Technopolis 1 2 An ordinary Japanese student finds a floppy disk on the street; using his computer to load data from it, he miraculously summons Foltjunia, an intergalactic warrior who fights evil in her robotic armor with three companions. However, Foltjunia has lost her powers and as a result stays with the hero, giving him advice as to how t

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VN of the Month October 1997 - Sweepers!

I only rate Sweepers! as masterpiece in October and thus it's VN of the Month. 1. Find Love ファインドラブ [980612] Lyceen "Find Love" is part of the "Uniform Bishoujo Grand Prix" series. There are meetings prepared with 35 beautiful girls from all over Japan dressed in uniforms. All that's needed is solving a small puzzle each time. For PC version there is also erotic development involved. Puzzles followed by dialogues scenes.   2. Jigoku Seek 地獄S

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VN of the Month July 1991 - Nike

Nike is the VN of July 1991. I also value Cybernetic Hi-School Part 4 ~Ape Hunter J~ high, but in the end it's just a bakage with quiz mixes. 1. Nike ナイキ [910705] Cocktail Soft In 2526 pilot Nike (22) with co-pilot girl Miho (17) are participating in interstellar space race after winning the race the previous year. However the princess of the host planet Athena got kidnapped and Nike is going to search for Athena while participating in

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VN of the Month April 1998 - Love Escalator

Love Escalator, Kojin Kyouju: La Leçon Particulière and First Kiss☆Story are the masterpieces of the month, but Love Escalator is a more accessible and original story. 1. Oudou Yuusha 王道勇者 [980402] Alice Soft 1 2 You are awaken without any memory of your past. You don't know where you have come from, you don't even know your name. You are found by a kind-hearted little girl who brings you to the best swordsman on the Western Continent.

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VN of the Month January 1999 - Ikusa Megami

Refrain Love 2 and Ikusa Megami are masterpieces of the month, but my preference goes to Ikusa Megami 1. Another ONE [990101] APPLE Project Short story collection based on ONE visual novel. Stories depict feelings of girls after Kouhei Orihara leaves. Main feature of this work is a music cd disk and nice illustrations. Stories deal with depiction of feelings rather than events.   2. DEBAG GAME 1-2-3 DEBAG GAME 1-2-3 [99010

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VN of the Month October 1999 - Silver Jiken

The game of the October 1999 is Silver Jiken. I wanted to write in couple sentences why, but I failed at that miserably and I'd better post a non-structured review of it in order not to overburden this post. 1. Akuryou Gakuen Reiko 2 ~Himejima Tennyo Densetsu~ 悪霊学園レイコ・2 ~比目島天女伝説~ [991001] Trush Reiko Ashura is a girl born from psychic parents. For a long time Reiko has been using those powers to solve supernatural cases. The assignment given to Reiko this time is to infiltrate a p

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VN of the Month July 1996 - Kizuato

Kizuato, NOëL NOT DiGITAL and Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! ~We've Been Waiting for You~ are masterpieces of the month, but Kizuato is the most fundamental one and thus is VN of the Month 1. Viper-BTR ~Mahou no Tobakushi Totokaru Chomi~ VIPER-BTR ~魔法の賭博師トトカル☆チョミ~ [960705] Sogna 1 2 Ruri and her dice familiars, Sai and Coro, return in the sequel to the story presented in VIPER-V12. Ruri engages with another young girl given the power to become

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VN of the Month June 1994 - Necronomicon

There are no masterpieces this month, but story-wise Necronomicon is the closest thing to a masterpiece. 1. Libido 7 [940601] Libido 1 2 3 The main character of this game is a young girl Naru. She's trained in sisterly love by her sister. Game consists of short episodes about Naru and her friends. I'm very glad there's an English review since I was sure those are just random extreme H scenes with nameless heroines. An

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Shizuku 雫 [Leaf] VS Kizuato 痕 [Leaf]

Foreword: Who does not know of Leaf company? Who does not know that its games Shizuku and Kizuato are considered the first modern type visual novels? But how many of us actually played those? There are some good English reviews of those (1 2 3 4 5 6 7) and I initially only relied on those as well. But the historical significance of Kizuato made me change priorities. Throughout the rest of 90-s and the first half of 2000-s I encountered quite many story-focused visual novels that are described by

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VN of the Month April 1993 - Quintia Road 2

There aren't masterpieces this month, but I find Quintia Road 2 to be the most interesting story-wise and thus it's VN of the month. 1. Mahou no Shougakusei Clit-chan 魔法の小学生クリットちゃん [930491] Toukyou Club A letter comes to a man living alone. It's an invitation to a magic girl academy for a week with the freedom to do whatever he wishes there. It's just a lolicon doujin game.   2. Yougen Doumu 妖幻道夢 [930413] Ponytail S

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VN of the Month August 1997 - Kaeru nyo Panyon

Kaeru nyo Panyon is the only masterpiece game of August 1997. 1. Bishoujo Hanafuda Kikou Michinoku Hitou Koimonogatari 美少女花札紀行 みちのく秘湯恋物語 [970807] FOG A romance adventure game where you go around the sightseeing spots in the Tohoku region, make photos of heroines and play cards with them. All backgrounds are live-action capture with detailed commentary on various places added. This game is regarded as the origin of travelling games.

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VN of the Month October 1996 - Bounty Hunter Rudy

Star Platinum, Angel Halo, Stone Walkers and Bounty Hunter Rudy are masterpieces of the month. That's a difficult choice! I believe that Bounty Hunter Rudy is the worthiest for being VN of October 1996 1. Girl 2 ガール2 [961001] Juice Reiko is a female tutor of three young girls. Here are three stories of what happened at the lessons. Game is focused on H events and the feature of the series is small windows that show on

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VN of the Month June 1996 - Es no Houteishiki

Kakyuusei  and Es no Houteishiki are masterpieces of the month, but my favorite is Es no Houteishiki and furthermore it's played like a regular novel and can be enjoyed nowadays. 1. Radical Dreamers: Nusumenai Houseki RADICAL DREAMERS -盗めない宝石- [960601] Square Co. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Radical Dreamers is a text-based adventure game taking place after the SNES RPG Chrono Trigger. It aims to tie up a loose end from Chrono Trigger, and features two

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Gekkou no Carnevale 月光のカルネヴァーレ [Nitroplus]

Foreword: Year 2006 had like only three chunige, so I'm starved for any action by now. But there are great reviews out there (1 2 3 4), so I can give just personal impression and be done with it. Synopsis: The story is set in Belmonte Calabro in Italy. Belmonte is the city of filled with Automatas and boasts the biggest number of Automatas produced a year. Automatas are androids. Mechanical beings created from nothing. Most Automatas can be easily distinguished from humans due to t

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VN of the Month March 1994 - Mirage 2 - Torry x Neat x Roan no Daibouken

Mirage 2 - Torry x Neat x Roan no Daibouken is the only masterpiece of the month. 1. Mirage 2 - Torry x Neat x Roan no Daibouken ミラージュ2 トリーXニートXローンの大冒険 [940309] Discovery 1 2 The sequel to Mirage is set in the same world and features some recurrent characters, although the protagonist and the story are different. The main character is a young monster hunter named Etranze. He needs to slay a certain amount of monsters to reach a higher l

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