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VN of the Month May 2017 - ChronoBox


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Kinda forgot to post May. ChronoBox made the day for me with Ojou-sama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu!  and Newton to Ringo no Ki as other masterpieces. Clephas had the second one in mind for the winner. Micchi adds such titles as Anata ni Koisuru Ren’ai Recette and Nekopara nukige

 

1. Amayui Castle Meister 天結いキャッスルマイスター [170526] Eushully 1 
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“Magesmiths” are wizards that specialize in labyrinth construction and restoration. Avaro, one of them, sought to one day run his own workshop. To realize this dream, he accepted a job in Influse Kingdom of investigating some ruins. Unfortunately, he got caught in a cave-in and ended up lost. As he wandered, he came across a girl, sleeping inside a magic stone, Fia.
After waking up, Fia told him that she has no memory of herself; however, she knows that she is unmistakably a Goddess. Continuing, she tells Avaro that she could, if she wanted to, move the entirety of the ruins with her Godly powers, and she points out that she has to, no matter what, make it to the closed-off holy ground of the Kingdom. The "Mist Corridor of the Sacred Sound."
Fia, who has said nothing but what could only be nonsense so far, invites Avaro to join her on her journey, saying that he can use these ruins as his workshop however he likes if he does. Although doubtful, Avaro accepts her conditions and becomes the apostle of the self-proclaimed Goddess, and while using the moving ruins as his atelier, they head north.
Before long, rumors of the ‘Gualacuna Fortress’ are spread across the country, and while fighting anyone who comes after the fortress, thinking that it has valuables or is a threat, Avaro searches for the truth related to the Goddess’ memories.
Along with the Goddess of Marriage, “The Story That Weaves Bonds” marks the beginning..
RPG

 

2. Anata ni Koi Suru Ren'ai Recette あなたに恋する恋愛ルセット [170526] Unison Shift 1
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The recently-founded Rokkasei Gakuen doesn’t have a rich history. One of its notable features is that students will select their specialization during the second term of their first year. Haruma decided to pursue the confectionery course that had been added this school year for the simple reason that he loves sweet a lot.
Nonoka, who loves both eating and making sweets
Yuzuki, who looks to be perfect at everything, but is actually quite clumsy
Fuuka, who possess maternal instincts and fortitude behind her quiet demeanour
Miel, who has a discerning palate, despite her lack of motivation and energy
Haruma’s meetings with these unique girls in his class draws him further not only into the charm of sweets, but also sweet sweet love...
There is an English review

 

3. ChronoBox クロノボックス [170526] No Brand 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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Nayuta was one of many students who attended “EDEN” on a small solitary island called “Angel Island”. The enjoyable time that he spent together with his friends was put to an end by a sole black box and a “girl in black”.
Surely, it will be all right. It’s best to keep forgetting the past which should not be remembered and continuing living their lives with their angel-like friends who have gathered in EDEN. The nightmare on which the girl leads them has yet to end...
There are English reviews

 

4. Hanidebi! Honey & Devil はにデビ! Honey & Devil [170526] Eufonie 1 
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Yuuto was returning home after finishing up his part-time job when some men in black suddenly appeared and forced him into a car.
“Hurry up and take off your pants! I can’t take it anymore!!”
Without given a choice, he was sexually assaulted inside by a girl named Ouka, who had become possessed by a succubus after carelessly touching a sealed book. It caused her to become aroused indiscriminately. She had desperately searched for a way to drive away the succubus and targeted him since he was the descendant of an exorcist. While Yuuto didn’t know anything about exorcisms, she would be able to withstand the succubus’ powers for a short time by having sex with him.
He was at a loss after such an unexpected first meeting, but it didn’t end there. She arranged for his immediate transfer to her school, the prestigious Ten’ouji Gakuen.
“Please have sex with us and drive out the succubi!”
It wasn’t just Ouka who was possessed by a succubus, but three other girls as well: the pretty book girl Ruri, the strict monitor Aoi, and the student council president Kaoruko who is his childhood friend. Will he be able to expel the succubi and what will become of their relationships which started off with sex?
There is an English review

 

5. Newton to Ringo no Ki ニュートンと林檎の樹 [170526] Laplacian 1 2 3 4
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"'Newton' was actually the pen name of a brilliant-minded girl!?"
Protagonist Syuji Asanaga and his childhood friend Yotsuko Utakane, whilst tracking down Syuji's missing grandfather, unexpectedly ended up travelling through time.
What they witnessed upon their arrival was the presence of a single girl right in front of them.
This particular girl would go on to be dubbed as the father of modern-day science, Sir Isaac Newton!
That's correct, Newton turned out to be a small, flat-chested girl!
Unaware of this, Syuji loudly crashed into the apple tree right in front of the girl.
"Just now... I came up with something that might be incredibly ground-breaking, you know!?"
It was at the moment our main couple travelled through time, right then and there, that Newton discovered universal gravitation!
And just like that, through Syuji's witless conduct, the great scientific discoveries of that century had all crumbled to ashes.
What's more, like the domino effect, this would gradually end up altering key points in history.
It is now sometime during the 17th century!
The story is set at a prestigious English university called "Tenbridge University",
named for the fact that it spans a total of ten bridges!
Will Syuji ever be able to rectify history and return to the present!?
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

6. Ojou-sama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu! お嬢様の半分は恋愛で出来ています! [170526] Luxury Tiara 1 2
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The pretty boy Hajime is an agent of a large secret organization, who was asked by the boss one day to do the impossible. His mission was to infiltrate Houshou Girl’s Academy, where only pure maidens are allowed, and to claim the title of the greatest lady: ‘Highness’. Thus, he traded in his weapon for lipstick to become an agent of matchless beauty. What is the purpose of this strange mission?
There is an English review

 

7. Ojou-sama to Aware na (Ko) Shitsuji お嬢様と憐れな(こ)執事 [170526] Carol Works
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Rikudou is pretty much homeless because of his freewheeling father. Fortunately, his uncle took him in and arranged everything for him with the sole condition that he serves as a bridge between him and his rebellious daughters. He readily agreed, thinking that it was a common worry for a father, and thus his days of suffering began.
Moege-ish game with a trap protagonist is contrary to my interests

 

8. LoveKami -Useless Goddess- [170529] Pulltop 1 2 3
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"I took in a goddess!"
It was after the descent of uncountable goddesses in Japan...
Most goddesses were able to blend in with humans, living peacefully and happily together. Some of those goddesses even went on to become idols.
However, there were others who simply refused to follow the rules. These goddesses prefer living freely and doing as they please, inadvertently causing all sorts of trouble for humans.
Goddesses who are naughty are called Aragami.
The protagonist, Sho Narumi, stumbles upon a goddess who collapses on the street and attempts to help her. Soon enough it is revealed that she's the Aragami who had been causing frequent power outages in one small-town area of Tokyo. Sho decides to protect his beloved hometown by helping the goddess to get rehabilitated!
"Rehabilitate the goddess!"
Wait...aren't goddesses supposed to help humans?
With the setting moving from Akihabara to a quiet small-town area of Tokyo, the story of one naughty goddess's rehabilitation begins now!
Game is released in English and has English reviews

 

9. Kangoku Shounen 監獄少年 [1705] SEEC
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It's at the end of Taisho era.
The main character, Tetsu Akatsuki witnesses an incident in 12-Story Prison which is one of hub of Secret Police…
The closer he gets to the truth, the more he finds that the dark of 12-Story Prison is deep.
Holding your own sense of justice in mind, solve the mysteries together with your partner!
The mystery novel adventure game about the justice and friendship between Tetsu and Nagi, who put their lives at risk.
Detective

 

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1. Omokage Railback - Episode Hachi: Deiki no Tsuki 面影レイルバック・エピソード捌 泥亀の月 [170502] Hiqo Soft 1 2
Prequel of Omokage Railback that tells the story eight years prior to Omokage Railback.
Demo/Fandisc has an English impression
 
2. Neko Para Vol.3 Neko-tachi no Aromatize ネコぱら Vol.3 ネコたちのアロマティゼ [170525] NEKO WORKs 1 2 3
Patisserie "La Soleil", run by Kashou Minazuki, is flourishing thanks to the help of two catgirls: Maple, full of pride and a little on the haughty side, and Cinnamon, an impulsive daydreamer.
These two are especially close among among the rest of the sisters. One day, Maple encounters something that shakes her belief in attaining her dream. Cinnamon, unwilling to see Maple suffer, wishes to help her in any way possible... but she can't figure out how. This story is a heartwarming cat comedy about their ambitions and the bonds between family members... with a little ecchi on the side, too.
Nukige listed for the sake of opening
 
3. Hime-sama Love Life! -Motto! Ichaicha ☆ Paradise!- 姫様LOVEライフ! -もーっと!イチャイチャ☆ぱらだいす!- [170526] Princess Sugar
Heroines' afterstories
Fandisc

 

 

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Nekopara 3 - Same as first two Nekopara in that it'll be focused on a pair of catgirl, and at least Sayori's art is still good.

Lovekami Useless Goddess - Another answer to Sakura series that Pulltop released, so whatever. Oh, and they obviously re-released this with sex scenes for Japanese only, so no translated sex scenes here (Nothing unusual with Pulltop).

ChronoBox - Mod Degonu's favorite VN and that it has disturbing sex scenes along with death game. Not my taste to say it lightly, but to each of their own if someone out there like it.

Newton - Well Lalacian did censor Aojashin for overseas release in that I didn't exactly support that kind of policy, but let's safe that story for another day. Newton here is Laplacian's attempt to write the story on what if Isaac Newton here is genderbent to become tsundere twin tailed girl called Alice Bedford, and that our MC from modern time accidentally burned the apple tree that supposed to be Newton's inspiration of gravitation theory thus causing some history became chaotic. Of course the MC must help Alice in order to fix the history, and so he tried his best to do that despite some obstacle. Back when Sol Press did release this at 2018, I did thought that they may be even better despite that they're quite late to deliver Sakusakura, only to have my hope was turned out false because Sol Press didn't have enough strong capital to keep going.

Amayui - Well this one is quite peculiar because while it has translation that technically readable, the translator did admit that he was used DeepL which is obviously MTL method so understandably people were very antsy of the translation (But really I would say that people should try to see it first before decided it instead of just directly rejected it without read the translation). That aside, Amayui here has same gameplay as Kamidori which mean that obviously Eushully did realize that their experiment on Kami no Rhapsody was not quite good, especially when mana system in both of Kamidori and Amayui are better. As for the story, well if you like Kamidori it should be good enough or perhaps you may find that the story is better compared to Kamidori.

That's all for what I can say in regard of May 2017 releases.

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Amayui Castle Meister is one of the middle-of-the-road quality Eushully games.  It isn't trash like Sankai Ou but it isn't on the higher end where Madou Koukaku or Fuukan no Grasesta sits.  It is one of the Meister games, so it does have some alchemy elements and shares the same battle system as Kamidori.  

Ojousama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu is a game I recently gave a review on why it is underrated and why it picks its audience, so I'll refrain from repeating myself.

Hanidebi is another kusoge by Eufonie... I don't understand why they bothered after they botched Koiken.

Newton was the first game by Laplacian that was actually worth playing.  That is not to say it is an 'awesome' game, but it is of decent quality, though even I think that is faint praise, lol.

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