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VN of the Month October 1997

kivandopulus

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Finally a month with several interesting titles. Swappers is a very fine game. There are two grands Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 2 and Sotsugyou Vacation also present. But I will be biased and give the title of VN of the Month October 1997 to a fairly unknown RPG Tales of the Nights because of the really fancy RPG/ADV system that it embodied.


1. Gekkou Kemono 月光獣 [Blue Gale] VNDB

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After the main character returned from school he was taking a nap at the bed in the room. At that time he dreamed that 

he was chasing someone familiar in a dark place. It was 8 o'clock in the evening when he woke up. The light of the pale moon was coming from the window. The hero rushed to city under the full moon. 

What fate awaits him?

Hero has excitement level of four levels. Every time he sees an ecchi scene, excitement rises by one point. Whenever he gets "four" in excitement, he becomes a "beast". He then attacks the first girl he sees or bumps into a game over. After the attack the excitement level gets back to normal. There are six endings overall. Game's akin to Classmate the way moving is done around the town. It's quite short. Needless to say it's a borderline eroge work.

 

2. Ikusa Miko -Vestal Virgin- 戦巫女 -Vestal virgin- [Alice Soft] VNDB

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You are a devil hunter. You became a hunter because your parents were killed by devils and so you went to learn how to kill those devils. To become a hunter you became a very lonely guy who wanders around looking for devils, until one day...

You came to a shrine chasing after the devil that killed your parents, but you couldn't use your "power" anymore. A miko (Chitose) suddenly appeared before your eyes. You transfered all your "power" to her and she beat that devil away. Since she saved your life, you began to teach her how to use her new "power" and let her be the one who kills the devil.

There is an English review of the game.


3. Magical Bunny まじかるバニー [Aquarium] VNDB

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Shimamura Yuji has been dating sweet Shizuka Kasai for three months now. At the end of today's date she dragged them into a game center where clerk is a "bunny". Shizuka-chan disappears and "bunny" says that Shimamura has to play a game in order to help her. And so the travel into mysterious games begins.

Er... it's actually a stripping tetris game with modified rules. 


4. Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 2 Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!2 [Cocktail Soft] VNDB

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Yusuke (from the first Pia Carrot series) returns as the manager with a whole new cast. So the new male lead is Maeda Koji. Despite being late after an "accident," Koji manages to get the job as the Carrot's waiter because he's very persistent. Included within the set are Azusa (the female lead who hates Koji for his perversion), Ryoko (the manager who's sweet on Koji by working him very hard), Aoi (the token alcoholic), Jun (the secret-hiding waitor), and Mina (Azusa's cute little sister).

Game has two English reviews.


5. Shiken Yasumi wa Mitsu no Aji 試験休みは密の味 [Candy Lip] VNDB

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Hero attends high school for a week during the time of holidays and familiar people are much more friendly during the holidays. 

There are five girls: childhood friend, sempai, swimming club kouhai, English teacher and nurse. There are four happy endings. There's dating, then confession, then H-scene. Poor answers make you appear in friend zone automatically. The graphics is done with QuickTime and is quite slow to load and ugly.


6. Sotsugyou Vacation 卒業VACATION [MYCOM] VNDB

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The player is on a southern island called Suzunari Jima. The 15 girls from Seika Joshi high school are also on the island for summer vacation.

The game starts as the master of the hotel tells a story of a hidden treasure on this island. Since many of the girls are pretty bored on the island, they decide to go look for the treasure.

Each day, the girls break up into several groups, and go looking for clues in finding the treasure. There are ten different locations on the island, and there are three times during the day (morning, noon, afternoon) that the player/girls can go to these locations. Then during dinner, everyone talks about what happened that day and makes plans for the next day.

There is enough information in English about this game.


7. Sweepers! Swapers! [Petit] VNDB

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Takuya Hayami  is an ordinary university first grader. However, his constitution allows him to easily invite spirits to his body. His childhood friend Mizuki Fuko has been in coma for a long time because she got involved into youkai extermination incident.

Now he goes to a spa resort with his lover Miyuki Kusuhara, but he hears Fuko words and there's going to be a new ghost riot.

Love comedy work. There are five short chapters with a bit of branching to determine who you end up with. Pacing is good and there is tension in the air even at final confrontation scene. Characters are quite charming. There are five heroines total, but game is mostly about love triangle. There are some inconsistencies like some events are mentioned in the wrong routes. There are some character and uniform models from Petit previous titles. But overall it's a good story that leaves a nice impression.


8. Sweet Days スウィートデイズ [Pearl Soft] VNDB

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The hero spent summer vacation of high school third grade without doing anything. The school side persuaded him to leave the advanced course because of lack of academic ability and motivation. 

 The mother of the protagonist is shocked by that. She asked revise that decision based on the results of forthcoming exams. She hired a neighbor Shinohara Aki who attends a famous national university as tutor. 

 Aki, who secretly had feelings for the hero, willingly accepted and for three weeks before the proficiency test she will tutor the hero.

Despite what synopsis might suggest, there are six heroines overall, but only Aki's route is somewhat well developed. And the other girls routes feel bad because you have to constantly skip studies and see grumpy Aki's face. It's quite a short game hardly reaching two hours length and most of that time is occupied by routine actions.  


9. Tactical Fighter [TamTam Co., Ltd.] VNDB

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One rainy day a daughter of the director of a company visited the hero. She said that the company was hijacked, director was missing. In order to help director the hero starts to train this 15-year old girl in  order to win in S-Grand Prix fighting competition in three years time.

Just previous month there was Metadoll Ai with almost the same story. This time there is raising SIM part and 2D fighting part where you do not participate at all, just watch. It's quite fun to learn new fighter moves and see how they are implemented so gameplay is good. You don't just train, there is a full-scale SIM part together with recreation, study and even part-time job activities. Still, three years period is a very long time and game gets repetitive. There are two kinds of endings - the true one and the scholar path if you lose the grand prix.


10. Tales of the Nights ~Yumekyou no Miko~ テイルスナイツ ~夢鏡の巫女~ [Tiare] VNDB

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There are a lot of worlds and it's possible to travel between the worlds in dreams. Iphilis is world of swords and magic, a peaceful world. However, the sealed witch Lamia broke free and summoned demons. Shrine maiden Elysia summons the hero from our world and asks for help. 

RPG where hero travels to Iphilis world each night and tries to cleanse it from evil and in the daytime he goes to school. What a poor lad! Real world part is played as an ADV, but actions during this phase will affect Iphilis RPG part. Defeat the witch and have a happy end with one of the five girls, easy as that.



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