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VN of the Month May 1999 - Comic party

There should be no two opinions about this, Comic party rocked May 1999. It's very difficult for a SIM to gain my approval, but all the elements fit here perfectly. So far there have not been more than a couple of doujin games released, but this game has woken the devil of 2000s. 1. Girl Doll Toy Gaiden Azami Girl Doll Toy 外伝 AZAMI [990514] Uran Protagonist is a Treasure Hunter who comes to a foreign land to get Miron 's treasure, but is reported and arrested by archaeologist Yuki

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VN of the Month July 1995 - Kuro no Danshou: The Literary Fragment

Kuro no Danshou: The Literary Fragment is the only masterpiece of the month 1. Jinmon Yuugi 尋問遊戯 [950707] Red Zone Main hero who is an amateur detective is invited to drink in the bar with a beautiful woman while on a voyage. They move to her room and... the next thing he remembers is her dead body on the floor. Hero is the main suspect, but famous British detective agrees to allow him freedom of movement till the end of voyage as an op

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VN of the Month January 1996 - Ryuuki Denshou Dragoon

There are no masterpieces this month. I would not like to nominate bakage a winner and I have a bad aftertaste from Start Trap and Shizuku, so VN of January 1996 is Ryuuki Denshou Dragoon 1. Bind ~Kinbaku Jinmon Densetsu~ Bind ~緊縛尋問伝説~ [960112] Outou Shobou In Side 1 The content of the game can be easily deduced from its title ("Kinbaku Jinmon Densetsu" means the legend of bondage interrogation). The game contains three "episodes", unre

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VN of the Month December 2003 - Saya no Uta

December equals flood of visual novels, and for once in a while of good quality. Saya no Uta is unrivaled VN of the month. Konata yori Kanata made makes for another masterpiece. I'm reviewing the mysterious Gin no Hebi Kuro no Tsuki 1. Colorful Box カラフルBOX [031205] Sound Tail A "comical story" set in a school. You play as main character Narumi Morizuki who's been selected to work on the school festival committee. The game takes place over a one month period and has you

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Exodus Guilty エクソダスギルティー [Abel]

Foreword: This is Kanno-san's scenario and I could not miss on it. There are a lot of good English reviews on the game so I'll try to just add some additional thoughts I have on top of those reviews. Title: Exodus Guilty Developer: Abel Date: 1998-07-31 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v172  Synopsis:The year 2000. Kasumi Shindo is at first glance a run-of-the-mill high school student in modern-day Japan. However, beneath his normal appearance, Kasumi is in fact a top-n

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VN of the Month December 1992 - Koroshi no Dress 3

Doukyuusei and Koroshi no Dress 3 are the masterpieces of December 1992, but I just can't rate a good story game lower than a very good, but still nanpa game. Koroshi no Dress 3 is the VN of December 1992. 1. Chikyuu Bouei Shoujo Iko-chan ~UFO Daisakusen~ 地球防衛少女イコちゃん ~UFO大作戦~ [921204] Chime Defender of the Earth girl Iko-chan defends the planet against alien monsters. This is a part of media franchise that by 1992 counted three OVAs, TV

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Phobos フォボス [Himeya Soft]

Foreword: Himeya Soft and C's Ware are basically the same people, so it would really be a shame to miss their first cyberpunk game, father of Xenon ~Mugen no Shitai~ and grandfather of luv wave. How deep is the story? How much torture does it imply on players? Does it already have mind-screw elements? I'll try to answer all those questions. Title: Phobos Developer: Himeya Soft Date: 1992-07-16 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v9006 Length: 4 hours. Game ty

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VN of the Month July 1994 - DESIRE - Haitoku no Rasen

Crystal Rinal - Ouma No Meikyuu , DESIRE - Haitoku no Rasen and Policenauts are the masterpieces of the month, but in my heart nothing can substitute DESIRE - Haitoku no Rasen. 1. Ash. Ash. [940708] Himeya Soft Hero is a warrior who enters a normal fantasy setting town and ... player choices determine the rest. There are about 40 endings in the game, so routes take mere minutes. It can be quite enjoyable if looked upo

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VN of the Month June 2001 - No Reality

No Reality and Chain Ushinawareta Ashiato are masterpieces of the month, but No Reality is the best. 1. Records of Silfade [010608] SmokingWOLF The story revolves around Eshutā who wishes to be a doctor. He managed to enter the renowned Nōma Academy, and then he starts an extraordinary school life, in which he is surrounded by weird characters and peculiar events thanks to his misfortune and hard luck... Not sure what it's doing here. Just an RPG Maker...

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VN of the Month May 1995 - Koihime

There aren't masterpieces this month, but Koihime has my sincere sympathy. 1. Monzetsu Fighter 悶絶ファイター [950512] Trush 1 2 Long ago, there was an evil king who loved nothing more than to rape and torture beautiful women. He was so evil that it became taboo to even speak his name. He was slain by a woman that killed him through sex, but 300 years later he is reborn. In order to defeat this ancient evil, the greatest female warriors in the

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VN of the Month October 1991 - Rance III - Leazas Kanraku

Rance III - Leazas Kanraku  finally gets solid mechanics and is worthy to be called VN of October 1991. 1. Sore Yuke Nanpa-kun それゆけナンパくん [911004] Virgin House 1 A young man named Hidetsugu dreams of having a girlfriend. One day he meets a girl on the street and tries to impress her. However, a rival appears unexpectedly and the girl is unable to choose between them. The two have a conversation and agree that the stronger men is the one

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Tenshi no Nichou Kenjuu 天使ノ二挺拳銃 -Angelos Armas- [Nitroplus]

Foreword: I could not ignore Nitroplus work, especially one without reviews. Date: 2005-01-28 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v429 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcC4Wki3bo8&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-rllhpCe9B1ueL5w0Uubdn Synopsis: When people die with hearts filled with negative feelings, they turn into 'ghosts', haunting the world. To send those souls to the other world, angels exist, using their guns to 'kill' them. You're playing one of such angels, Wim.

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VN of the Month April 1991 - Psychic Detective Series Vol. 4: Orgel

I put Psychic Detective Series Vol. 4: Orgel above other games in April 1991 even though there are also such masterpieces as CAL II  and Nostalgia 1907. 1. Sadistic Gamers Part 5 Burusera Play サディスティック・ゲーマーズ PART-5 -ブルセラ・プレイ- [910401] Sixteens Brucella issue of Sadistic Gamers doujin game. Same lesbian sadists, but nothing else is known about this game.   2. Nostalgia 1907 ノスタルジア1907 [910

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VN of the Month September 2002 - Masaru: Ashita no Yukinojou 2

Masaru: Ashita no Yukinojou 2 is the VN of the Month. Hotosenaru Uta Chitosenaru Shirushi is definitely a masterpiece as well. As for "Hello, world." with its great reviews, I'll tell you in next issue whether I consider it a masterpiece or not. 1. Hoshimatsuri no Uta ほしまつりのうた [020906] Softhouse Dew 1 Soichiro Sugimoto is a kind, quiet boy attending Yuigasaki High School. Students at this school like to throw festivals, and the upcoming festival, the Star Festival, is

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Be-Yond ~Kurodaishou ni Mirareteru~ / ビ・ ヨンド ~黒大将に見られてる~ [Silky's]

Foreword: I hate bakage. And yet I'm reviewing yet another bakage. Why? Mostly because together with YU-NO, these are the last two works of the Great Elf/Silky's team, after that Elf is going to loose too many staff members and is going to rerelease old works for Windows, stamp eroge works alongside with slice of life works. No more crazy adventure spirit afterwards. It's a historical moment to visual novels industry. Oh and I liked the two hentai OVAs of it immensely back then. I'll assume ever

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VN of the Month February 1999 - Campus ~Sakura no Mau Naka de~

There aren't masterpieces this month, but Campus ~Sakura no Mau Naka de~ is the only title worthy of being game of the month. 1. Hakidame 吐溜 [990205] Zero Main character needs to choose among three girls and insult the girl of his choice. Game is very short and has nothing but insult scenes. Sound might be the best feature here. Praise it all you want, but game won't stop being trash because of that.   2. Hako

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Ai Shimai ~Futari no Kajitsu~ 愛姉妹 ~二人の果実~ [Silky's]

Foreword: I never wanted to play this game, but got a request to make a playthrough recently, so agreed to do that since I was quite curious to see how much the original differs from the remake and why actually PC98 version is described as kamige by some reviewers (1) while remake being trampled to dirt. Title: Ai Shimai ~Futari no Kajitsu~ Developer: Silky's Date: 1994-09-30 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v1836 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_

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VN of the Month August 2002 - Ever17 -The Out of Infinity-

Ever17 -The Out of Infinity- is undoubtedly the game of the month. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni makes the second masterpiece. But the world does not need yet another review of either of it, so I'll review Bokura ga Koko ni Iru Fushigi. which I also consider a masterpiece. 1. Beast 21 ~Ryoujoku no Yakata~ BEAST21 ~凌辱の館~ [020802] Birdy Soft 10 years ago the hero suddenly became plagued by strange nightmares.  He remember something about a strange woman in an o

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VN of the Month December 2006 - Kimi no Koe ga Kikoeru

Kimi no Koe ga Kikoeru is the VN of the Month, and I'll state my position in the review of it. ef - a fairy tale of the two. makes the second masterpiece. And no, Edelweiss is NOT a masterpiece - it's one of the most stupid games I ever played. 1. Kimi no Koe ga Kikoeru キミの声がきこえる [061201] AXL 1 Naoya fails the university entrance examination, and starts to study at a preparatory school. He meets Sakura, Miyuki and Ouka there and enjoys his life. On the other hand, his fathe

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VN of the Month November 1993 - Ooedo Tantei Kamiya Ukyou Vol. 2

Ooedo Tantei Kamiya Ukyou Vol. 2 is the only masterpiece of November 1993. 1. Ooedo Tantei Kamiya Ukyou Vol. 2 大江戸探偵 神谷右京 Vol2 [931105] Altacia Ukyo was introduced to a client, but that client was found dead hanging on a rope. Moreover, Ukyo was attacked by someone shortly. Now it's his duty to investigate the truth behind the incidents. This time the story is about the debtor. New girl character is introduced and she

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Updated

Finished updating old posts. Nothing really interesting is added, so added games comments are very scarce. Main changes are mostly about descriptions for games that did not have one, over 500 new descriptions. Some review/opening/image links changed. Finally, I can move on now. This is the early draft of changes, stopped updating it midway.  VN of the Month December 2005 - Aekanaru Sekai no Owari ni https://vndb.org/v22685 - Power Pro Kun Pocket 8 https://vndb.org/v23599 - The Nor

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VN of the Month January 1998 - Machi - Doukoku Soshite...

There are no masterpieces this month. My subjective choice for VN of the Month January 1998 is Machi - maybe it's the impact of 428 sequel. I've very difficult history with Divi-Dead as both times I tried it I fell asleep. No true ending is worth such boring gameplay. And I just can't appreciate dating SIMs without impact on story to evaluate Sentimental Graffiti properly. 1. Blood Seed 2 ブラッドシード2 [980114] Arkham Products 1 Space cruise

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VN of the Month August 1993 - Houma Hunter Lime Dai 03 Wa

A very weak month. But if choosing among ero-centered games, a mahjong game and an animated little masterpiece, I'd choose the last one. Houma Hunter Lime Dai 03 Wa is VN of August 1993. 1. Houma Hunter Lime Dai 03 Wa 宝魔ハンターライム 第03話 [930806] Silence1 In this episode a fit of jealousy on Lime's side sends Bass to the hospital. Upon arrival, however, the two discover a very strange hospital manager and begin to suspect yet another BEM inf

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VN of the Month October 2003 - Lovers ~Koi ni Ochitara...

Most of the candidates already got an English review, so I'm choosing the one with the most swordplay Ochiba no Mau Koro . I guess Lovers ~Koi ni Ochitara... is the only game worthy of masterpiece status this month. 1. Chocolate Days ちょこれ~とDays [031003] Xuse The protagonist is Mogami Takuya, your basic cliche average high school student, whose mother is passed away and father is away on business. There are five very cliche women in his life: an older friend from childhood w

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VN of the Month March 2008 - 12Riven -The Ψcliminal of Integral-

12Riven -The Ψcliminal of Integral- is VN of the Month. I'll also call Princess Frontier and Tri☆Stars masterpieces. Reviewing all these . As for Akatsuki no Goei , it does not bear much value in isolation, just an incomplete story leaving mostly disappointment feelings. 1. Naraku no Shiro Ichiyanagi Nagomu, Nidome no Junan 奈落の城 一柳和、2度目の受難 [080306] FOG 1 After solving the Amagoushi no Yakata case, Ichiyanagi Nagomu receives an invitation from his friend Hiori to go to the R

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