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VN of the Month April 2016 - Island


I have difficult history with Island and its anime, but it was still a memorable event in VN history worth discussing, so I give it its due. Clephas chose Wagamama High Spec which I placed to February for formal reasons as it was a partial release and not demo back then. Micchi in addition obviously chooses D.S. -Dal Segno- , Natsu Uso -Ahead of the reminiscence- , Wizards Complex and a nukige.

 

1. Campus Notes - Forget Me Not. Campus Notes - Forget Me Not. [160406] 4th cluster 1 2
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"Campus Notes - Forget Me Not." is a visual novel set in the University of Tsukuba, created by 4th cluster, an indie game studio established from the same university.
The University of Tsukuba is a National university that is the focus of Tsukuba Science City, a town 50km east of Tokyo. The city has a unique culture, as the area is heavily populated by students.
The story is placed in true-to-life settings of Tsukuba city. Come and enjoy a slice of campus life. Meet our heroes and heroines and set out on a strange adventure, and maybe even fall in love...
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

2. Natsu Uso -Ahead of the Reminiscence- ナツウソ -Ahead of the reminiscence- [160422] Campus 1 2 3 
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There are many types of lies and everyone has their own reasons to lie. It could be to protect, to deny, to misrepresent, or to keep things unchanged. Souichirou can tell if someone is lying, even if he doesn’t know the specific reason. He gained this ability from a magician one day after wishing to know ‘true feelings’. In exchange, he requires magic power from fulfilling magic contracts, under the guise of the ‘Neko no Te Bu’ (cat’s hand club) at Mahoshi Gakuen. As a result, he became known as the school’s top troublemaker.
Souichirou first met his kouhai Aoi last summer when she was dispatched to inspect his ‘Neko no Te Bu’ club and she watched him with hostile eyes. In the year since then, they had gotten closer and then moved apart from one another. Now, after many twists and turns, the club has got a new member and the days were rambunctious as ever.
Then one day, he woke up and found himself in a room which he had visited once a year ago. When he tried to recall what happened the night before, he got an intense headache. Sleeping next to him was the girl who always verbally abused him. Moreover, she was totally naked for some reason.
There are English reviews

 

3. Anata o Otoko ni Shite Ageru! あなたをオトコにしてあげる! [160428] ChuableSoft 1
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Toushirou found himself in Nanohana Gakuen’s best couple contest even though he didn’t have a girlfriend. It was so that the name of their “Wednesday club” would be etched in the school’s history on the winner’s trophy displayed in the showcase at the school entrance. The four girls in the club decide to train him to become a better man, while also advancing their relationship with him to improve their chances of becoming his partner. Will they be able to win the contest and who will he choose as his ‘girlfriend’?
There is an English impression

 

4. D.S. -Dal Segno- [160428] Circus 1 2 3 4 5
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Kazana Island... A cozy, cool paradise where summer never ends.
The protagonist finds himself stepping foot into this island paradise as a transfer student, greeted by a mysteriously glittering sky, as well as the energetic island caretaker Ame, a girl-type AI.
After a bit of a rocky start, he settles at the dorms where a handful of new female friendships await.
She's a tomboyish beauty, but a bit of a loner: Himari Asamiya.
The manifestation of brains and beauty, and also student leader: Hazuki Murasaki.
The self-proclaimed "Daughter of Darkness", with a normal side too: Io Kouzuki.
Always trying to act the grown-up, but still a tease (your cousin): Noeri Fujishiro.
And the girl who embraces her role of making everyone happy: Ame.
How will you sculpt your everlasting happiness here in paradise?
A new love is about to begin...
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

5. Island [160428] Frontwing 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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Urashima is a small island, far from mainland Japan. It’s a true utopia, blessed with rich natural beauty. But the island harbors a difficult past, and it’s about to be erased, silently, from history.
Soot blight syndrome, an endemic disease, has brought about a rift between the island and the mainland. An offshore platform intended for marine research has long been left abandoned; five years ago, three separate incidents brought the once influential Three Families of Urashima to near ruin. Rumors about children being spirited away have become part of the local folklore, alongside another legend, one that has been repeated on the island since time immemorial...
“Let me tell you the legend of this island: it’s a story of tragic love...”
The key to saving the island lies with three girls, each of whom belongs to one of the Three Families. These girls aren’t able to change the fate of the island by themselves, but might they succeed with the help of the young man who’s just washed ashore? Claiming that he’s traveled back in time, the man immediately sets out on a lonely path, challenging the longstanding traditions of the island, and seeking to change the future. But those aren’t his only goals...
How will his presence transform the lives of these three girls, the future of the island, and the fate of the world...?
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

6. Kono Koi, Seishun ni Yori. この恋、青春により。 [160428] More
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Spring has come once more to Sakuraba Gakuen and the students pass through the school gates with new hopes.
Ace pitcher Tatsuya wishes to make the nationals after falling short last year.
Class rep Chiharu wishes to change herself by revealing her hidden feelings.
Osananajimi and manager Kyouko wishes to go to the nationals together with him.
Loafing classmate Nao wishes to graduate as soon as possible.
Top student Rin shoulders the expectations of everyone around her.
As third year students, it was their final year at the school. What lies ahead for them? There will probably be both moments of happiness and sadness, but they will be able to one day look back fondly at their youth.
System flaws and bugs made a huge dent in evaluation from game's release. Overall, it's a a nice school romcom with Kyouko route being really strong as love triangle story, but the other routes stay half-baked and similar to each other. Actually, may be a good choice if you can still tolerate school romance.

 

7. Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!! りりくる Rainbow Stage!!! [160428] PARTICLE 1 2
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Yuno loves Tamaki’s smile, and wants her to witness her dreams coming true.... though having not seen much of Tamaki lately, Yuno’s been feeling somewhat down. She depends on Saeka a lot, and since the latter always comforts her in times of need, Yuno can feels as though she can talk about her problems without a care in the world.
Tamaki wishes with all her might that she could keep watching over Yuno, who’s always been number one in her heart... but the circumstances around her are changing, little by little. It's not only one girl she has to keep watch over now, after all. Saeka has always been dependable and supportive, and Tamaki's has begun to feel confused...
“Sigh... Looks like she always needs someone by her side too...”
Saeka still has a crush on Yuno, but has been enraptured by Tamaki's aura, and finds that she can’t leave her alone. Recently, she's been mulling over whether or not she wants to try and change the way she is...
As they chat, grow closer, become jealous, get embarrassed, and laugh...
The crisscrossing emotions of these three girls allow this warm yet slightly bitter story to unfold...
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

8. Nama Love なまラブ [160428] Oct Works 1 
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Sayohama private school was created a few years ago through the merge of a boys’ school and a girls’ school. Carrying on the tradition from when only young ladies attended the school, it was forbidden to have relationships with the opposite sex.
At the end of October, Shouta’s osananajimi and student council president Mafuyu addressed the students at the closing ceremony of the school festival and declared that from that moment on, they were free to fall in love.
Earnest but slightly clumsy Mafuyu, who isn’t as close to Shouta as before.
Cool pianist Saya, who is adored by all students and loves cute things a lot.
Meddlesome tsundere imouto Mio, who dotes on him only when she’s at home.
Timid literature girl Kotoha, who became friends with him while skipping class.
No longer bound by the school’s rules, their hidden feelings began to overflow in this new season of love.
Game is close to a moege as short scenario is followed by thick H part. There is an English impression.

 

9. Punch Line パンチライン [160428] MAGES. GAME  1 2 3
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If he sees underwear, humanity will be destroyed! Punch Line is the newest visual novel adventure from the creators of Zero Escape and the Science Adventure series! Play as Yuuta Iridatsu, a high school student who faints at the sight of panties. After being stuck in ghost form, it’s up to you to help Yuuta get back into his body and solve the mystery of *why* he causes an asteroid to destroy the earth every time he gets too excited by his underwear-sighting!
Anime Spin-Off is localized and has English reviews

 

10. Purely x Cation [160428] Hibiki Works 1
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Spring is in full bloom in Asahama, a town reminiscent of old Japan. Hibiki found himself moving here due to his parents’ transfer for work. While it was his first time living alone, he was able to make friends and get familiar with his surroundings pretty quickly. Everything was smooth sailing, but he felt like there was something missing in his life. In the middle of his youth which only comes once in a lifetime, his first love may be just around the corner.
Looks like it's the final nail in the coffin of Cation animated H SIM series. Visuals has always been its main and probably even sole attraction.

 

11. Sankai Ou no Yubiwa 珊海王の円環 [160428] Eushully 1 2
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In the west-central region of Lunoche of the Raulbhach continent, there’s a legend of a great pirate who hoarded up many treasures, defeated demons by himself, vanquished other pirates and established a nation. His name was Gautherio Bonezzi, the greatest ruler of the seas who achieved everything that he desired. However, that was not the end of the tale about the “King of the Coral Sea”. Several hundred years later, he appeared once more on a ghost ship, proclaiming that he would grant an audience to the one who gathered all six rings to prove their worthiness and fulfill their wishes.
It seemed like just an old tale that could be passed off as a bedtime story, but then there were reported sightings of a ghost ship out at sea. Excited that the legend is indeed true, people began to battle with one another to collect the rings before the great king disappears again.
Strategy

 

12. Wizards Complex ウィザーズコンプレックス [160428] Windmill Oasis 1
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It’s already been several years since it was confirmed that witches existed around the world. Magic has become part of everyday life, and it was common knowledge that only women can use magic.
However, this no longer held true when a single boy was found to possess magic abilities. This boy, Aoi, was invited to attend the Mikuni Academy for Witches. It was a peculiar school where the students were separated into two groups: the East Tower housed domestic students, while the international students occupied the West Tower. Each tower was governed by its own student council.
He was initially nervous being the only male student, but he quickly got along with the others. He was expecting a bright and enjoyable school life. Then, he and his classmates were forcefully enlisted as the new student council members for the east tower, and were thrust into a series of magic competitions between the two student councils. They must protect the honor of their tower, but there was one problem: he couldn’t use magic at all.
There is an English review

 

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1. Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! A-5 真剣で私に恋しなさい!A-5 [160426] Minato Soft 1 2
A fandisc featuring routes for Yoshitsune and Takae, as well as an after story for Margit.
Fandisc

 

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Island is the worst game Front Wing has ever made, including its nukige.

Wizards Complex is a low-mediocre charage.

Natsu Uso is the second game in the Uso series, and it is essentially Aoi's path.  Like all four games in the Uso series, it has a decent story, good romance, and is entirely a kinetic novel.

Dal Segno is a medium quality moege based in the Da Capo universe.  Honestly, if you don't like the DC series, don't bother playing this.

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On 6/28/2021 at 11:12 AM, Clephas said:

Island is the worst game Front Wing has ever made, including its nukige.

You seem to stretch it a little bit too much, in all honesty. Have you tried to look at it from the perspective of a love story, instead of a sci-fi work? I know it's cheesy, but it's exactly what it is and I've seen numerous people having issues to come to terms with that.

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Sometimes I’m glad I’m an utter filthy casual so I can enjoy a dev’s worst VN of all time :makina:

Though based on Narcy’s post seems that judgment of Clephy’s was made more based on Island’s sci-fi elements(?)

In which, I totally went into Island thinking it’d just be like a Koisuru Natsu no Last Resort except with Grisaia no Kajitsu psychologically troubled heroines and so the sci-fi actually hit me out of nowhere and made me enjoy it so much more, as ‘flawed’ as it might’ve been.

As a pure love story, *Mwah*, the tale of SetsunaxRinne is gonna stay with me for a looong time.

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Island - Well it's fine if mod Clephas didn't like it if he looks from science fiction idea instead of love story idea. That aside, Island here is all age VN so don't bother to ask for uncensor patch lol. It also has anime adaptation, and it did implement a certain outcome a bit more compared to the VN. In the end, I suppose just toned down the expectation when it come to Island and enjoy the story. Frontwing themselves did localize this, so you can play this in English.

Dal Segno - Da Capo in tropical setting, and I admit that the place setting is quite unique with the heroines wore summer uniform even though the timeline is supposed to be at winter. Like Da Capo, just expect some light hearted character routes although in this case the true route did subvert that idea to a degree.

Lilycle - GL VNs that has Hatsune Miku's VA (Fujita Saki) and other than her the other VAs are also quite well known for anime fans. No much that I can say on Lilycle here.

Majikoi A-5 - Another Majikoi milking, so whatever.

Sankai Ou no Yubiwa - An infamous Eushully VN that apparently got bad reputation, so much that there's no interface patch for this. The common critic is something like lack of differences between MCs stories along with hard to understand gameplay if I remember. Oh yes in here Eushully did try to use pirate story, so at least we should give them some praise for willing to experiment on new formula a bit.

That's all for my comments in regard of April 2016 releases.

 

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