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  1. I was often being told in school that I'm going to change. Twenty years later I'm still the same with only change that I take less interest in western games. Back in high school and university I read everything that could interest me from philosophy and social studies - and got disillusioned by them. It's my rational choice based on experience of prior generations to be a weaboo. That's why these beliefs are so hard to budge.
  2. 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 recurring characters from that game. The story follows the thieves Serge, Kid, and Magil as they sneak into a large and foreboding mansion to find the Frozen Flame. Game has an overwhelming number of English reviews. 2. Gakuen King -Hidehiko Gakkou o Tsukuru- 学園KING -日出彦 学校をつくる- [960607] Alice Soft 1 In the year 30 of the Meiji era in Japan (end of 19th century), a powerful family of Japanese oligarchs (zaibatsu) known as "Amatsukami" has constructed an artificial island and ruled over it, basically creating a state within a state. They had high hopes of building the "Japan of the future" and educating the young ones: the central place on the island was dedicated to a high school. But years have passed, and the youngsters rebelled against the oligarchs. Chaos reigned on the island, and even terrorist attacks were not uncommon. Amatsukami Hidehiko, the last (and youngest) of the oligarchs, decides to change the way of things. Using his charisma, but also more violent tactics, he goes to the troubled school to deal personally with anyone who dares oppose him. The synopsis hardly matters here since it's a bakage. Weird text and a lot of colorful characters made it enjoyable to play. RPG part here is quite irregular with random battles for leveling up. The difficulty level is also high. It's more a game for those who got tired of fantasy RPG of similar systems and want just to have fun. 3. Grounseed グランシード [960607] Studio Twinkle 1 2 Akira Ichijou is an ordinary Japanese high-school student. One fine Sunday, he goes out to meet his lovely girlfriend Kanami. Suddenly they see a strange glowing ball. When they touch it, they enter a portal that leads to a parallel dimension named Grounseed. It is a medieval world with spirits and magic. Naturally, it was no coincidence that Akira ended up there: the balance of both worlds is in danger, and only a person from our dimension can restore it. To do that, Akira has to travel to the spirit kings of the five elements, and complete a magical ritual that would prevent both universes from collapsing. There's a good English review of this game. 4. Kakyuusei 下級生 [960607] Elf 1 2 3 4 In Kakyūsei, the player takes the role of a young Japanese high-school student named Kentarou. During the summer break, Kentarou has been working in a restaurant, run by a relative of his family. Now the summer is over, so Kentarou can finally get his salary and prepare for the school season that is about to begin. With some money in his pocket, and plenty of interest towards representatives of the fairer sex, the boy is determined to make this school year memorable... There's an English review but it's quite short. It's sister series of Classmate featuring last year of middle school instead of graduating high school year. Game period is one year, that's already quite different since Classmate only covered summer vacation or winter vacation. Some elements have changed like map is chosen now instead of backtracking on feet. Middle school is a stage which means one thing - lots of young and loli-like cute characters. Add Elf's astonishing graphics and you'll see what launched the moe revolution. Another memorable tsundere character is featured to push the trend further. Since events take a full year there are longer periods between dates and some periods lack events. Overall satisfaction is lower than of Classmate 2, but the freshness of experimental system and its characters made this game shine. And I saw the game after I watched the anime, so I loved the characters already. 5. Ura Mansion Hakkin 裏マンション発禁 [960607] Illusion 1 The protagonist of the game is an ordinary Japanese man who lives together with his pretty wife Harunako. Two years after their marriage, they decided to move into a mansion in the suburbs. Everything seems normal when the couple arrives. But very quickly they both become involved in sexual intrigues, and witness strange events - mostly of sexual nature - that occur in the presence of their neighbors. Looks like the quiet family life they were hoping for will never become reality... It's an Illusion game, so the plot part can be fully omitted. And it's one of the pioneers of NTR fetish. 6. Bunkasai 文化祭 [960614] Ucom 1 Bunkasai puts the player in the role of a male Japanese high-school student. One day his teacher tells him about the upcoming culture festival, giving him the assignment to help his lovely classmate Mia in the preparations. Naturally, the young man's mind is more directed towards... err... other aspects of Mia's personality. But what starts as a simple collaboration between high-school students soon turns into a drama full of violence and difficult decisions to make... Multiple incidents occur in the course of festival preparation and you are to solve each one of them before the event actually starts. It's still command selection here, mostly to cover the volume shortage. There is a happy end only with Mia although there are some H-events with two more girls. There are just couple CGs of Mia which is not even remotely enough. It's really hard to find an appeal point for this game. 7. Hankou Shashin ~Shibarareta Shoujo-tachi no Mita Mono wa?~ 犯行写真 ~縛られた少女たちの見たモノは?~ [960614] Imagineer Co., Ltd. 1 Mystery goings on in this adventure game with a title translating as Crime Scene Photo and young ladies in danger. Plenty of real photographs to help as clues to solving the mystery. The detective must also review footage of them frolicking in their underwear and in the hot spring before a mystery man appears. A murder occurs at the same building where protagonist is sent to take photos of three idols. It's a kusoge. There is hardly any mystery, there's nothing to do with the photos. But it shows the tendency to try and make live-action games which will show up multiple times in the future games. 8. Re-No Stayin' Alive Re-No Stayin' Alive [960614] Software House Parsley Ryo is a private detective. His girlfriend works in a music industry and requests that he escorted singer girls. A chain of incidents happens one by one with many of them of uncomprehendable nature. Ryo needs to get to the truth behind them. Suspense mystery story. The tempo is especially good here since the tension rises persistently. The development is abrupt close to the final but the final mystery is satisfying. Since it's so dense on events, protagonist looks ill-developed as it seems that he does not think, just follows events. Female characters fail at showing their appeal points. The evaluation depends of what you seek. If action movie is what's desired, then it's definitely a masterpiece. If you're looking for developed protagonist and girls characters, look elsewhere. 9. Delicious Lunch Pack デリシャスらんちぱっく [960621] Scoop 1 Delicious Lunch Pack has nothing to do with lunches (or anything delicious, for that matter); but it is indeed a "pack", since the game consists of three separate games/stories that are unrelated to each other and can be accessed directly from the main menu. The first story stars a young man named Kouichi, who inspects a newly opened department store; his goal is to make acquaintance with the young and pretty salesgirls, eventually seducing them. The second story follows the sexual adventures of an innocent young school girl named Kyouko. She is being introduced - by teachers, a nurse, male and female classmates, even family members - to various kinds of sexual experiences. The third story is set in a fantasy world. A young huntress named Chiroru is looking for food and water in a forest, encountering various fantasy creatures and having sex with them. I'm no fan of short purely erotic stories. 10. Rabyni ラブィーニ [960621] C's Ware 1 2 Reiji is a loser high school student. He likes to peek after girls and girls detest him for that. He only has one childhood friend Misaki who brings him to school and helps him with studies. But everything changes after Reiji is caught by the teacher red-handed taking camera shots in girls' changing room... I've got a full review prepared. 11. Carrot Time キャロットタイム [960628] Aquarium This is a story of two lovers - bunny girl Carrot and fox boy Tail - who live in a small village at the corner of a fantasy world. Game's quite ugly and no wonder it's forgotten. Still game art style is inherited in further games of Aquarium and game's important as its origin. 12. Es no Houteishiki Esの方程式 [960628] Abogado Powers 1 2 Es no Hōteishiki is the second game in the Detective Suzusaki series. The events described in the previous game, The Literary Fragment, led to a series of suicides, but the case was believed to be closed. But Kusanagi, the young brilliant psychologist and assistant of the famous detective Suzusaki, has now to face his own past. The traces lead to a remote village, which has seen nine mysterious, unsolved murders in eleven years. Soon, Kusanagi discovers a strange religious cult, that might shed some light on his past... The two works are loosely connected. If first one focused on Cthulhu myths, this second one has quantum theory / psychological motive in center. Es is chaos or suppressed urges in Freud's theory and it's one of the psyche parts alongside with ego and super ego. It's hidden behind a tall wall usually, but at times it may break loose. This point and click adventure is quite easy to progress and it's over in under 10 hours. The story is not too complex but narration constantly shifts from present to past scenes which makes it difficult to track. The final route leading to game's end may seem a bit hasty. I've a full review prepared. 13. Fortune Lover フォーチュンラヴァー [960628] Interheart Shuu is high school student. He was late for his date with Reiko and got dumped for that reason. A shady merchants sells him fortune charm that's supposed to fix their relations instantly. Upon showing the necklace to the Reiko she forces her on Shuu right in the school. At the same time other girls start to behave excited around Shuu. Quite a lively work. There are lots of endings here with most of them being bad ones. But each good ending branch is also short, about 20 minutes long. 14. Kokuu Hyouryuu Nirgends 虚空漂流ニルゲンツ [960628] Micro Cabin 1 Kokuu Hyouryuu Nirgends tells the story of a young man named Dünn Bit, who was just recruited for a special military unit called "Windmühle". Led by the young and pretty captain Eis Schwarz, this unit specializes in unique airplanes that can transform into giant combat robots called "Divers". They have recently began operation in the country of Vidar, where enemy activity has been spotted. Dünn has to prove himself as a capable pilot and fighter, and perhaps also to make impression on the gorgeous captain or other people in his team, most of which are pretty girls... Exclusive PC FX game and one of the highest peaks of quality for this platform. Game widely uses anime motion for scene. Battles are actual real-time simulator stuff, so difficulty is very high, although with enough training can do even without high reflexes. Since PC FX is bad with polygon rendering it uses pseudo 3D which is fine, but not an actual 3D of course. Game's hard to get now, but those who managed to get through the combat rate this game as a masterpiece. 15. Manguri まんぐり [960628] Illusion In a strange world, you can tell girls how to have fun. You get to watch the animated results. Afterward, your batgirl guide will say what kind of person you are. No plot, just weird animated scenes. 16. Travel Junction トラベル★ジャンクション [960628] Cocktail Soft Hero fails to find a job in a major tour company. Eventually, he gets a job in a very small tour company on the verge of bankruptcy only containing four people with him. Their last hope is barely known southern island that no big tourist company holds. Hero and company president's daughter go there as guides alongside a tourist group of six women. It is a galge, but it's refreshing that it does not take place at school nor with a student as protagonist. It actually is hardly romantic as well. It's a resort adventure with lots of sun, sea, alcohol and opportunities to know each other better. Game uses point and click system and has multiple endings. I tried to play it but stopped when realized that it's a resort type galge with six random women. There might be a side plot line, so let me tell you about first part impressions. Game starts as hero attends the big tourist company. He is looking for toilet and goes to a wrong room. That's the room of big company president's daughter. She mistreats the urge for toilet for passion and seduces protagonist, so he misses the interview. The next day he's not allowed past the receptionist. So the side plot is in that the big company president gets to know about small company secret tourist tour and sends his daughter to ruin those plans. And presidents of small and big tourist company started out together and rivaled over the same woman, so the competition is bitter. So the number of girls is 8: six plus small and big company presidents daughters. It's a light comedy with nice humor and graphics. 17. Twilight Hotel トワイライトホテル [960628] ZyX A guy got into a car accident(fell down a cliff) and woke up in the Twilight Hotel unharmed but can't remember much except his job. This hotel is run by 4 sisters, 1 maid, 2 manservant and has 3 guests. The bridge door to the outside world is locked, so he explores this hotel and its people. What he finds is that the 4 girls' father want them to be immortal, but what they got was 3 demons that stop time for them and totally used them. It is up to the guy to either free the girls or join in the fun. Museum type game. Point and click is introduced poorly as clicking is difficult and it's needed to click on multiple objects to trigger dialogue. Atmosphere is quite alien with all the otherworldly stuff. 18. Moderate Party モダレイトパーティ [960628] Ice Soft Shibuya is full of girl chatter. It's easy to find a girl to one's liking here. But every girl demands individual approach during initial meeting and further on. Will you use find the right words to attract the girl and save lovely personality in her?     Nanpa was one of the main topics for PC-98, so it's natural that first Windows games with better graphics would want to prey on its success.
  3. Of course I'm a weaboo. But when I'm asked whether I'd want to live in Japan I say "No way!". Too many faults in its society : it's still isolationist one kraoushi (overwork) tiny flats expensive life huge time waste in transport horrible tv wit its variety shows and ads, ads, ads weird "rituals" both at home and at work But I can't feel appeal of western culture anymore. A bunch of well-off professional studios are making high-quality content for the whole world. And I'd rather see variety than quality. Among western movies, tv series, cartoons and games there's only couple of new things that get to interest me each year. But hey, there are indie works now with much variety - I can't stand both indie and doujin works somehow. On the other hand Japanese culture has been almost a bottomless source of inspiration. I'm no big fan of manga and light novels, but dorama is much more natural than any western series. My favorite game genre is RPG/SRPG/TBS and I've seen every western game of those genres, number is just not enough. Then I look at japanese works in those genres... a vast ocean that I fail to see the end of. Visual novels are mysterious for me as it can be virtually anything and its best species are breathtaking. As for anime, I'm absolutely assured that it's going to abolish crimes, because nothing can really outweigh missing new season works. I feel a definite cultural shift towards East in the air.
  4. There aren't masterpieces this month, but I like Rouge no Densetsu the most this month. 1. Onna no Ko no Shikumi 女の子の仕組み [960501] Libido Three sisters Miyu, Shoko and Mirei tell the stories where they confess their secrets. Short ero-centered loli stories. 2. Rouge no Densetsu ルージュの伝説 [960510] D.O. 1 2 3 Long time ago, a legendary hero defeated an evil dragon. He wore a magical bracelet that protected him during the battle. years passed, and the memories of his heroic deeds, even his name, have faded away from people's minds. But a young girl named Rouge, who trains regularly in the art of sword-fighting, still dreams about a real hero - more precisely, imagines that she will marry one. There is a great English review and long polish review for this game. 3. Hanafuda Graffiti Koikoi Monogatari 花札グラフィティー 恋々物語 [960510] HAMSTER Corporation 1 Hanafuda Graffiti Koikoi Monogatari is a hanafuda game (a type of Japanese playing cards) that features a story mode and a free versus mode. In story mode, the game starts with the main character taking on different challenges in order to become the successor of a prestigious school of hanafuda. Player can enjoy lots of typical gameplay features for adventure game, such as moving around in the town, searching the room for special items and triggering off love story events. In free versus mode, two hanafuda games, Koi-Koi and Hana Awase, are playable. Game instruction can be displayed anytime during gameplay so even beginners can easily enjoy the fun of hanafuda. To fuel up the game further, characters with plenty of personalities and unique reactions will be appearing in the game. Seasoned players can also maximize their hanafuda experience by customizing their game with detailed settings. There is a free battle mode and a story mode. In story mode we protect the dignity of clan... and go through a series of hanafuda battles all the same. 4. Janki ~Ladies Mahjong League~ 雀姫 ~レディース・マージャン・リーグ~ [960515] Succubus 1 This is an adult Mahjong game with hentai images. The heroine was a well renown singer who's part of a performing troupe. She'd grown up with the troupe, and to her the troupe was her family. One day a royal summon arrived, requesting for her to be the kingdom's royal singer... and with the troupe's encouragement, she accepted the summon and was taken away to the castle. She was told that she was summoned because the King had once heard her voice and wanted her to be his royal singer, that it couldn’t be anyone but her, but when she arrived the King didn't show any sign of this. In fact, he barely acknowledged her arrival, and no one else in the castle seemed to have the need for a royal singer. So why, exactly, was she invited to stay in the castle...? There are two openings and an ending, but besides that nothing special. 5. File:0 Ghost Killer Kamimura Rei FILE:0 ゴーストキラー・神村 麗 [960524] Colossus Kamimura Rei is a ghost killer. She is assisted by shrine maiden Shirui Mika who can listen to the spirits of the deceased. Together they solve thee spirit-related cases. The three cases are straightforward and rather short. There is enough yuri element in the game. It's nice to see that Miki hobby is BL manga and she can be considered the first visual novel fujoshi. Game starts strong with detailed main heroines profiles and interaction between the heroines is fun, but game ends right after the three short cases and there's no feeling of complete work. 6. Suki! 好き! [960524] Nikukyuu Hero's mother and father have gone overseas leaving him with his older sister. A new school year starts today and it's time for new opportunities and new love. Game's not hookable, but the content is a generic SIM with day planning and looking for girls. 7. Oh! Kitsune-sama Oh!きつねさま☆ [960531] Curott 1 The protagonist of the game is a young boy who is about to graduate high school and is looking for a job to support himself during the upcoming college years. However, fate intervened and arranged a bike accident, which resulted in a meeting with a creature from another world - a cute fox-girl named Sharan. She needs nothing else but to be together with the hero; but a mysterious voice tells him: "one wish has been fulfilled, two more to go"... Game from the studio that was probably the first one to specialize in loli. One way story with the meaningful choice only at the end. The appeal points are cuteness, loli and animal-girl. Nothing much besides that. 8. Paparazzo パパラッチ [960531] Ume Soft 1 In Paparazzo the player takes control of a young Japanese male journalist who works for an agency that primarily covers sports events. Dissatisfied with his position, the young man considers becoming a paparazzo, working on his own to get pictures of celebrities. From that point on the plot branches depending on the player's decisions, as the protagonist encounters various women and may pursue relationships with them. There as many as 11 girls in here. There are bad endings and the decisions determining the ending are done early in game. The game starts as a journalist story but goes on mostly like a love affair story with many H-events. Game's perfectly hookable, but I forgot to enlarge the border while capturing. 9. Sound Novel Tsukuru サウンドノベルツクール [960531] ASCII Corporation Sound Novel Tsukuru is a Super Famicom graphic novel game where players can either read or create interactive fiction on their own console systems. Stories can be saved either on a battery or through a satellite connection. The game comes with a previously created graphic novel about exploring an old house. Due to the limitations in the game's engine, it can only show shadows of non-player characters that the player meets on his journey. Settings can range from a modern day train to a rural house and even wilderness can be included in various stages of wildness. A constructor for creating sound novels. Not even sure if it has premade stories or the videos are based on created stories. 10. Strange World ストレンジ・ワールド [960531] Sorciere Hero is a college student. To earn his living he participates in hospital brainwaves study tests. He dreams of appearing in a castle as a new employee. Multiple route and multiple ending adventure with 14 bad endings and only 3 happy ones. So capture is really difficult and the best ending is only achievable with 100% CG. The atmosphere is good, but content is ero-centered.
  5. Foreword: I erroneously marked this game as eroge and now it's the time to check out what it's really about. Title: Ushinawareta Rakuen Developer: Silky's Date: 1995-04-14 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v9147 Synopsis: College student Kojima Kousaku is promised a high payment for assistance in scientific expedition on a southern island. However, a storm breaks out and the ship suffers a shipwreck. The crew gets separated and they start to search first for bed and food and then find a strange temple in the jungle. Structure: Pretty much one route with minor branching. Length: 4 hours Game type: Mysterious island adventure. Difficulty: Moderate. Several saves will lead you to some happy ending, although getting all happy endings will probably require a guide. Character Design rating: 7/10 Protagonist rating: 4/10 Story rating: 7/10 Game quality: 7/10 Overall rating: 6/10 Rating comments: Game is thrilling and something constantly happening keeping you glued to the chair. So while playing it's totally fascinating, but the aftertaste is bitterish due to several shortcomings. Protagonist: Usual college student, nothing really outstanding. Characters: If we count only happy endings, they're only for the three girls. If count possible H-events, there are six characters. Characters seemed quite cliche to me - an active red-haired Ayano, a shy megane Yumi, professor young wife Shiori fills ojousama role, there's a blond american origin girl Monica and sexy mature professor secretary and partner Reiko, there's also the ingenious shaman girl Lira. They all share the same one-road story with minor branching leading to different girls happy ends - like go along the coast and that somehow means a happy end for Ayano, go by the forest and get the Shiori happy end. No meaning at all in that choice. Character design is great for all of them, but without voicing and with such small volume it's hard to start to feel sympathy. Story: The story is depicted quite shallowly. First acquaintance is with the local flora that can cause various effects on eating and fauna presented by tentacle monster beasts, who rape some girl, but never harm anyone leaving peacefully afterwards. Then we discover the jungle village where professor holds supremacy. He throws the crew in prison and makes them to participate in a ritual ending being trapped in a cave with tentacle monsters. Professor boasts that three years ago he made the first contact with the villagers of this island and they agreed to assist him if he can keep the tentacle monsters away. Somehow he managed to lock most of tentacle monsters in a cave. But most important are special fruits that grow in this location and turn humans into beasts - professor is going to use them militarily later. The crew manages to find a way to the inner temple of the cave with some high technology ancient device inside as well as a mutated monster to oppose. And couple events later the end. CG: The CG here are great but not too many for not a long game. Sound: Music was actually great. Lots of memorable tracks. What was especially cool is some midi sound that resembles a cry a lot and it's used in all the situations when a girl is in danger and she screams loudly. At that time music stops and after that some dangerous music starts playing - really good sound support. Overall comments: So game is thrilling, good-looking and memorable which is a lot. So here are the shortcomings the game is blamed for: 1. Heroines happy ends depend on quite a random looking choice and are difficult to get without guide. And those happy ends are a short talk and couple of HCG, not really satisfying. 2. The story is too short if all the 11 bad endings are cast away. So game has bad endings chasing in mind. 3. Repetitiveness of actions is big since heroines "routes" branch quite early. To sum it up, game is short so it tries substitute volume with repetitiveness, fake happy endings, lots of bad endings and artificial rise in difficulty. Read it once to the end and get some happy ending and you're going to get a very good impression. But get all of three endings and your evaluation might fall as you get close to nothing for much additional effort.
  6. The only masterpiece of the Month is Harlem Blade ~The Greatest of All Time.~ 1. Blue Ruins ~Harukanaru Bibanon no Hihou~ BLUE RUINS ~遥かなるビバノンの秘宝~ [960405] ViVian Rusty is an archaeologist who travels with his magician sister Wiki. Together they arrive to the town Nimrud in search of information about blue ruins and its treasures. Game is really difficult as there are 8 commands to pick manually with a mouse and those commands also have options or need to target an object on the screen. The same command needs to be pressed over and over and outcome lines come often in single sentences. There are some gags scattered around, but it's nothing but pain to disover them as they require the options to be exhausted. Game also has RPG elements with the party size being three persons. 2. GLO-RI-A ~Kindan no Ketsuzoku~ GLO・RI・A ~禁断の血族~ [960405] C's Ware 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 You are Kira Akishino, an ace student from one of the best universities in Boston. You are offered a tutoring job at the illustrious Gloria mansion, along with your friend Georg. The Gloria family has long been one of the wealthiest and most prominent empires, and they need you and Georg to tutor one of the five daughters. Georg is immediately taken with the eldest daughter -- the strong-willed Etana Gloria, which leaves you with four others to choose from. There's Sicile, who has the worst grades of them all; Mary, the naive golden-haired angel; Naomi, who cares about nothing else but drinking; and Charme, the most brilliant one of the Glorias. But there's something more to it all... the Glorias are hiding some things, and it's up to you to find out what they are. Will you be able unlock the family secrets? Or will you just be a good tutor? Who knows, you may even end up marrying one of the Glorias... Game is localized and has many English reviews. 3. Kusuriyubi no Kyoukasho くすり指の教科書 [960405] Active 1 Toshio is an eighteen-year-old young man who has attended a special school, and now has quite a bit of free time on his hands. He has been raised by his single father, and has enjoyed a careless life in a wealthy environment. Now, his thoughts are directed at his pretty ex-schoolmates. Not everything is as simple as it may seem - Toshio has to plan his moves carefully, otherwise he might fail in his amorous endeavors. Game's an ordinary moege. That we would say today, but it was around 1996 when such games started showing up as a response to the public demand. Volume is small as there's only fast single day capturing of all the girls and a short afterstory of each girl. 4. Ring of Sias Ring of Sias [960412] Athena Evil witch Beatrice that was created from a combination of technology and magic tried to invade the holy city as the first step to conquer the World, but even as she encounters an aggressive resistance she destroyed it, got some prisoners and she also succeed in separated the spirit of the magician Sias from his body. One of the prisoner's was Sias girlfriend Radia (a female warrior that was caught in a trap made by Beatrice), so he decided to go to infiltrate inside Beatrice's castle and try to free her and the other hostages. Sias is the hero of the story, he got his spirit separated from the body and his spirit is sealed in a ring. The main goal of the game is to defeat Beatrice. Yet another "sound novel". And since it's for ps1, it has more or less sufficient volume. As in every horror sound novel, story is not as significant as visuals, sound and atmosphere. 5. Daraku no Kuni no Angie ~Kyoukai no Mesu Dorei-tachi~ 堕落の国のアンジー ~狂界の牝奴隷達~ [960419] PIL 1 Angie and Ruby are two ordinary young girls: they like spending time together, talking about fashion, men, and all the usual stuff. But one day, they see a very strange man - dressed in a rabbit costume, with a gigantic erected penis... The two girls try to flee, but instead end up in an alternate dimension - a bizarre world called Decadence Land. This world is populated by grotesque characters with only sex in mind. Now Angie and Ruby have to figure out a way to escape from this dangerous world and to return home... The level of craziness in this game goes beyond every limit. The genre can be described as hentai scatology SM comedy. 6. Kotetsu no Daibouken 小鉄の大冒険 [960419] T2 Co., Ltd. 1 2 3 Kotetsu no Daibōken is based on the anime The Adventures of Kotetsu. The titular heroine (real name Lynn Suzuki, nicknamed Kotetsu, which means Little Iron) is a young apprentice of martial arts who flees her cruel master and is accepted by the kind lady Miho Kuon, who runs a detective agency in Tokyo. The game can be perceived as a sequel to the anime, since it begins roughly where the original story ended, with the former "nerdy" spy Tatsuya Mikado already turned good and living by Miho Kuon along with Kotetsu and other heroes. Like the original anime, the game mixes modern setting with bizarre and supernatural elements. Unlike the anime, this game contains many explicit sexual scenes. There are two reviews in European languages and it's a good anime spin-off. Actually, the scenario is written by manga author so quality is on a high level. There are cool characters and dialogues. Kyoto dialect of Kotetsu alone makes the game shine. The small RPG-like battles are very simple and don't ruin the fun. It's close to a bakage, but at least it's fun. 7. Love Phantom ラブ・ファントム [960419] Love Gun 1 "Love Phantom" is a story about Akira Izayoi, a healer with supernatural powers, able to cure curses and demonic diseases, who also happens to be a big admirer of the opposite sex. This time, he finds out that the spirit of Lucretia, a French witch from 16th century, still exists, and must find and deal with it, aided by his pretty assistant and (also pretty) female witches, before an evil demonic organization beats him to it. I could hardly understand what was going on when was swarmed with H events. It's Love Gun, after all, only erotic bakagames in its profile. 8. School Days ~Yuri Rika Kaori~ スクールデイズ ~友里 理佳 かおり~ [960419] Misty A collection of three short erotic stories: 1. 英語教師の課外授業 2. 家庭教師の課外授業 3. 保健室より Stupid short stories with hardly any introduction. 9. X-Girl [960419] Red Zone 1 2 3 In the near future, Japan became involved in a war against the most powerful states of the world. As a result, it was nearly devastated. 30% of its population became immigrants. Tokyo became center of military organizations at war with each other. In such a world lives a highly trained Japanese female soldier named Kiyomi. But everything changes when the military brings Kiyomi to a mysterious woman, who requires a trained agent like her to capture four female prisoners who had just escaped... I like cyberpunk stories and I enjoyed Silky's Reira slave doll, but Red zone clearly only uses violent cyberpunk setting to molest girls harshly. There is a Russian review available with machine translation. 10. Akumu ~Aoi Kajitsu no Sanka~ 悪夢 ~青い果実の散花~ [960426] Studio Mebius 1 2 The protagonist of this game is a young man from a rich family, who has lost his parents when he was a child. Lately, he has been haunted by nightmares, in which objects of his sexual desires were appearing to him in dark, demonic forms. Using his money and influence, he captures the female students of the St. Excellent Girls High School, with only one goal in mind - rape them. There is an English review. 11. Angel Night ~Yamiyo o Kakeru Tenshi-tachi no Monogatari~ えんじぇる☆ないと ~闇夜を翔ける天使たちの物語~ [960426] Four-Nine 1 In the miraculous World of Demons, there lived a vampiric count. One day, standing near the statue of the Goddess of Time, the count thought with sadness of everyone's mortal fate; at this moment the God of Death appeared, telling the count he has a visitor in his castle. The visitor turns out to be a succubus named Karuru, who suggests that the count trains two young female demons, Tiris and Emalis, and sends them to the other worlds... Strange raising sim mix. There are 31 endings here. And more of that, H scenes with the two succubus trainees aren't considered good endings. The best possible result is achieved if three sacrificial lambs are caught, angel captured, pandora box acquired and girls stats are sky high. There is a substantial adventure part on top of the sim, so you'll have to run around the world quite a lot wisely using inventory items. There's a limit of 50 days till forced game over. A nice experimental work. 12. Harlem Blade ~The Greatest of All Time.~ ハーレムブレイド~The Greatest of All Time.~ [960426] Giga 1 2 3 4 Cain is a perverted young boy who is supposed to be a warrior. His ancestors killed an evil demon called Gargantuan. Cain's brother, Abel, wants him to take his role as a warrior seriously, but Cain is more interested in ogling the village ladies. Things take a different turn when Abel disappears and Cain is visited in his dreams by The Goddess of Time. She tells Cain that Gargantuan has come back and that it's up to him to stop it. What follows as a very long journey for Cain to save the world from Gargantuan and develop a harem of beautiful women, though not necessarily in that order. There's a good English review on the game. My only comment is that this game is so vast, so well-thought and complex that I rate it as masterpiece. Maybe it's just because I always play at the highest possible difficulty that I like its spirit. 13. Kanojo-tachi no Jijou 彼女達の事情 [960426] J-Box Main character is a student detective. He pursues a beautiful girl kidnapping case and wanders around looking for clues and talking to different girls. Can he solve this case? Detective... not my thing. 14. Sakura no Kisetsu さくらの季節 [960426] Tiare 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 It's April. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, exploding with beautiful shades of pink and red and white like they do every year. Their fleeting existence will end soon enough, but for now the Season of the Sakura has come again to Japan. I turn to her, standing at my side, and speak. "The sakura were in bloom the day we first met. Do you remember?" She smiles at me. I know that she is happy. I look up at the sakura once more, and speak again... "That's right. That was the beginning of it all..." Game is localized and has numerous English reviews. 15. Sei Shoujo Sentai Lakers III 聖少女戦隊レイカーズ III [960426] Apple Pie 1 2 3 In the sequel to Sei Shōjo Sentai Lakers II Akira and his team have successfully fended off Rayott's assault and are enjoying a brief peaceful time. However, an enigmatic masked enemy known as Neos Bullard appears on the stage. Aiming to capture the power of Laker crystals, Neos Bullard and his minions invade Earth, taking the Lakers by surprise. Final part of the trilogy. Battles are great and difficult more than ever, but I just can't approve this setting that it's kind of slice of life, but at times another monstrous general arrives - we fight him back and return to everyday life. The same plot in all the parts. Story lacks epicness and enemies are too cartoonish and unserious. It's like they were making tactical Sailor Moon and failed at every aspect. 16. Kyouhaku 脅迫 [960427] Ail 1 Asuka Akiyama has been an ordinary, innocent Japanese schoolgirl, until a fateful moment changed her life forever. One day, after talking to a nice-looking boy named Ryosuke, Asuka came home and masturbated in the shower. The next day, she found out that someone has taken photos of her during that intimate moment. From that point on, Asuka becomes involved in a violent chain of events. Will she be able to retain her purity and be together with Ryosuke, or put in danger everyone she cares for and become a willing sex slave? Game's just one huge insult scene with varying patterns. From this game starts AIL career as hardcore game producer.
  7. Foreword: Cyberpunk erotic action police story made me really curious. I was very skeptical of the Sammies review since he spent too much money to get windows version and turned to hate this work. And so I went to check it out myself... Title: Merry Go Round Developer: Mischief Date: 1996-03-08 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v8807 Synopsis: Merry Go Round is set in Yokohama, in year 2197. The city has turned into an international megalopolis, where crime prospers, and where justice is pursued by lone vigilante fighters. The hero of the story is a private detective named Brian. The first case is about an assault on a prostitute in the brothel "John Wayne". Further investigation reveals that the assault is connected to other cases, some of which involve dangerous biological experiments. With the help of the policewoman Akane, the bounty hunter Ridley, and others, Brian begins to gradually see the whole picture... Structure: All the choices are meaningless, one road story, almost kinetic novel. Length: 4 hours Game type: SF detective investigation Difficulty: Easy. Character Design rating: 3/10 Protagonist rating: 5/10 Story rating: 5/10 Game quality: 4/10 Overall rating: 4/10 Rating comments: Wow, I ended up rating lower than the Sammies. Game shines about nothing. It's got great visuals and some great CG, but that's it, actual game does not develop on that great basis. Protagonist: Brian was supposed to tough bastard, but the cool CG with the gun that inspired me was actually the only good one. The other CG with the gun are just plain bad. Story: The story can be told in mere seven CG. And that's basically it. In-between the events there are numerous H-scenes while gathering information. Theme: Prostitutes. That's the real theme of the game. They are everywhere. They are the victims, they are the friends, they are the job givers, they are the only visitors of bars. Between the few action scenes it's the daily routine to lie on the sofa and go searching for information while finding nothing and triggering two H-scenes out of the blue. CG: All the cool CGs are presented, besides that there's little to look on. Female characters have mostly ugly character designs and CG. There was just a few good shots and then back to ugliness. I could not tell police woman Akane and bounty hunter Ridley apart, it's like the same face, really. And those are two main female cast characters. So unless you read names attentively it gets into a mess. Sound: I had zero sound. None of the emulators was able to reproduce that. Technical difficulties: They were too numerous. No music. Then Neko project emulator by the middle just split the screen on three screens and kept on broken as that so I had to shift to anex86 and click it to the middle again. I've wasted 5 hours debugging anex86 to find the text hexes and I found the huge pile of texts that contained all the texts all right but there was no thread to actively upload speech by speech. And that was strange considering that ITH was able to give out half of kanji for each line. So in the end I had to use screenshot reader OCR and that was very painful since there were just three lines for text and at times three screens were required to hold the full speech line. Overall comments: Game leaves a poor impression. Investigation takes not much time. Ending is abrupt since as soon as we kill Mardalene demihuman (girl on last CG), there is a brief talk with the professor hologram and abrupt game over. The CG accessible from menu afterwards are only HCG, which already reveals how the developers saw this game. Cut all the H-scenes and the game will drop to some two-hours length which is unacceptable for a story game. What I actually liked that all the H-scenes happen with random characters, not plot ones. There is just one scene with Ridley in the middle (when u save her from the dungeon which is ok) and behind the credits. Akane and Miku (Miku is actually a palm-size assistant) are left alone, so at least plot moves apart of H-scenes. So only the atmosphere of the game was good to some point, but frequently reused CG ruined even that small illusion and it ended up into a too small world to produce a significant impact story.
  8. Mujintou Monogatari 3 - A.D. 1999 Tokyo is the only masterpiece of the month. 1. Sex 2 [960301] 1 2 Sex 2 has the same basic premise as its predecessor, which is easy to deduce from the game's title. It's all about engaging in the titular pleasurable activity, and doing it in various "creative" ways. Unlike the first Sex, there is only one girl in Sex 2: Ayaka, the cute flower-raising character from Satyr, another game by the same company. Comments are excessive. 2. Tsukikomori 晦 [960301] Banpresto A follow-up of sorts to Gakkou de atta Kowai Hanashi. The protagonist (default name Yoko Maeda) is currently not in school due to spring break. Her grandmother's seventh death anniversary (a uniquely eastern custom which is celebrated on the day of an individual's passing) has come, and several members of the family have gathered. In observance of the day, six of the family members each tell a different horror story. In addition, there is also an introductory scenario which can change based upon choices selected. Not hookable so did not even try it. 3. Ginga Ojou-sama Densetsu Yuna FX ~Kanashimi no Siren~ 銀河お嬢様伝説ユナFX ~哀しみのセイレーン~ [960308] Hudson Soft 1 2 3 4 The third game in the Galaxy Fräulein Yuna series, Kanashimi no Sirene picks up where the last game ended. After having successfully saved the Earth, Yuna and her new friend, the ever-hungry female android Yuri Cube, return to their normal high school life - or so they think. Because her old enemies will do anything to destroy her, including wrongly accusing her of world domination plans. This draws the attention of a highly ranked female intelligence officer of the Galaxy Alliance, who operated under codename "Sirene" and who pretends to be an exchange student in the Shiraokadai High School, while her true goal is to arrest Yuna... Luckily there is a good English review 4. Merry Go Round メリーゴーランド [960308] Mischief 1 2 3 Merry Go Round is set in Yokohama, in year 2197. The city has turned into an international megalopolis, where crime prospers, and where justice is pursued by lone vigilante fighters. The hero of the story is a private detective named Brian. The first case is about an assault on a prostitute in the brothel "John Wayne". Further investigation reveals that the assault is connected to other cases, some of which involve dangerous biological experiments. With the help of the policewoman Akane, the bounty hunter Ridley, and others, Brian begins to gradually see the whole picture... There are two English reviews including mine. 5. Night Slave ナイト・スレイブ [960308] Melody 1 2 3 4 5 6 A terrorist organization known as Slave Dog poses a threat to the entire world. Steel Fox is the name of an all-female special squad, highly trained in counter-terrorist combat. Assisting them is the independent, state-unbound corporation Neo Logic, which produces assault suits -basically giant robots with their own heavy weaponry, which can be navigated by a skillful pilot. The young female pilot Rei from the Steel Fox is sent on a decisive mission, codenamed "Night Slave" - an assault on the terrorist base. Game has multiple English reviews. 6. Mahou Shoujo B-ko 魔法少女B子 [960315] Scoop 1 2 B-Ko is a princess from a magical dimension, who is having a vacation on the earth, masquerading as a student in the Catholic St. Rapahel High School. This peaceful (and pleasant) time-passing ends when the evil witch Saprinu appears in our dimension and attacks B-Ko. Saprinu's demonic plan is to steal precious energy from female virgins. Now it's time for B-Ko's faithful servant, a young man known as Alpha, to "intercept" the poor virgins (using his own methods), before they fall prey to Saprinu... There is an English review. 7. Mujintou Monogatari 3 - A.D. 1999 Tokyo 無人島物語3 A.D.1999 TOKYO [960315] KSS Inc. 1 Mujintō Monogatari 3: A.D.1999 Tokyo is similar in concept to the two previous entries in the series, being a "survival life" simulation game. However, its setting is quite different: rather than getting stranded on a deserted tropical island, the protagonist travels in subway when a terrible earthquake occurs. Climbing out of the underground tunnels, the hero discovers, to his horror, that Tokyo has been nearly destroyed and deserted. Teaming up with other survivors, the protagonist has to explore the ruins and stay alive. The masterpiece of the series trilogy. The game does not disappoint its fans as gameplay part got even more difficult. Shifting events from generic some island to post-apocalyptic Tokyo created much more opportunities for story development and heroes empathy. It's a long, serious and eventful game aimed at hardcore players. 8. Wedding Peach ウェディングピーチ [960315] KSS Inc. 1 2 Story based on anime series depicts the battle with the devils. There is an interactive adventure part and card battles with the opponents. Another obscure all-age anime spin-off. 9. Banana Club Mania バナナ倶楽部まにあ [960316] Xing Entertainment During Christmas, a virgin guy got a free ticket to the Banana Club. Once there, he can choose from 3 girls for custom play with him. Depending on how he plays, the girls might become his steady girlfriend. Nothing elaborate. 10. Chrome Paradise クロムパラダイス 銀白色の楽園 [960319] Acid Plan Space colony 30th century. High school student Shin Kanzaki has to pay for studies himself and he's constantly looking for well-paying part-time jobs. He applies to participate in experimental colony simulation program that simulates the life in the second half on 20th century. What a shock - there people have to carry their luggage themselves! And the hero becomes the delivery boy. Just from the setting you can guess what this game is going to be. Developing such a complex setting just to show everyday life and quite forget everything about the space stuff. The whole game is like that. 70% of it are gags that have zero meaning for the story. So there are 6 transport companies and we deliver stuff with occasional events on the way. There are girls from each of the company and to gain their attention you need first to work hard for the said company... The number of sub-characters in this game is among the highest. So if you can't stand coherent stories and just love to meet dozens of weird people while making deliveries and waste time on not funny gags then you're in the 0,0000001% of humankind and this game is just for you. 11. Liena Crystal - Adventure of Liena リィナ☆クリスタル [960322] Colossus Europe, 1895. Heroine Lina and Pes were on the way back home from the spring festival when a strong light hit both of them. Pes became a dog and Lina became a futanari. Shall they succeed in getting back to original form? Keenetic novel focusing on humor. This work hardly makes it to two hours, maybe for a slow reader. This is one of the litmus works that marked the transition from high and moderate difficulty to extremely easy relaxation ones. 1996 year was the time when moe games came to fashion and this work is seen as an odd one out and it was a brave move. In the end it's a fun little story with vivid sub-characters and the only drawback of volume. 12. Shinpi no Sekai El-Hazard 神秘の世界エルハザード [960322] TamTam Co., Ltd. 1 2 3 4 Hi, I'm Makoto Mizuhara, a normal High School Student from Shinonome High School. I've been working on a special science project for the upcoming annual school festival! It's a device that supposedly can transfer living matter through a dimensional gate... sorry, not that you'd probably understand what that means! I built it based on a theory I read, and I hoped it could move other people through time and space! The night before the festival, I completed the machine and took it for a test run. Very excited, I hoped for any kind of sign that the machine was going to perform the experiment correctly (I've tried this three times already). What I got was something I did not expect at all... I saw... a woman? Game is localized and has English reviews. 13. Sotsugyou Ryokou 卒業旅行 [960322] Apollon Create A guy went on a graduation trip to a ski resort with three of his friends. Once there, he has four quick days to chase after 7 girls and 1 guy. 3 nights and 4 days are given to win someone's heart. There's some comedy and decision making in first part and the chosen person H events in the second part. For me game's mostly notable for an ability to pursue a guy - that does not make the game yaoi since it's of totally normal style, but places a landmine. 14. Akai Suishou no Hitomi 赤い水晶の瞳 [960329] Fairy Dust Hero is a detective, but he has so few requests that his main occupation is a part time work at sports accessories store. In a gym equipment room he discovers a hanging mummified corpse. According to victim's older sister Makoto, her brother was alive just a while ago. Together with Makoto you are to discover the truth behind this suspicious case. Quite a light ADV detective work more about girls than about mystery. Hero investigates hand by hand with a partner girl and it's possible to choose between two assistant girls. There are many other girls on the way as well. There's also strong NTR presence. 15. Horror Tour ホラーツアー [960329] OCC 1 2 3 4 "Dare You Match Wits With the King of Demons?< IN A MURKY CASTLE, IN A HIDDEN WOOD, A HOST OF DIABOLICAL MYSTERY AWAITS YOU. Long ago, Rodvydel Castle fell into the evil grasp of Zeddas, who worked his foul spells upon the place to hide it from mortal eyes. Now you must walk these same haunted halls, trying to undo the harm this demon has wrought. Can you restore the castle? You must pit your own cunning against the fiend's treachery to unravel the sinister mysteries of this place. But beware - the King of Demons keeps a warm place ready for those who would meddle in his affairs! ABANDON HOPE, ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE! EXPLORE the labyrinthine corridors of the woeful castle DISCOVER clues to the whereabouts of keys and other mystical items that can help you in your quest SOLVE the nefarious obstacles created by Zeddas to foil would-be heroes SEE this interactive tale of horror unfold before your eyes in QuickTime movies and fully-rendered 3D graphics HEAR the eerie CD-quality music and sound effects that set the mood for this haunting adventure. FEEL the dread only Zeddas can inspire!" There are multiple English reviews.
  9. There aren't masterpieces this month. My personal favorite is San Shimai due to it being my first visual novel, but I rate DIES IRAE even higher and nominate it for VN of the Month. 1. Exciting Milk Dai 1 Wa エキサイティングみるく第1話 [960201] Silence 22nd century. Humanity is prospering through the expansion of the Earth's development, but natural destruction has also become extreme. One day Amon, a scientist who opposed the destruction of nature, decided to return to the Earth 150 years earlier via time machine and protect nature. Police opposed that as it could bring unknown changes and followed Amon. In the 20th century school girl Kurumi heard from a classmate that an aircraft landed in the forest and went alone to the forest out of curiosity. Milk is a police officer from future who landed in the forest colliding with Kurumi. As a result of the collision Kurumi body was seriously hurt and her soul was placed into Milk body until full recovery. Now Kurumi transforms to Milk at wilk and back by wearing glasses. Will she find Amon? Game's fully animated as other Silence works. But it's even shorter than previous animated games barely exceeding 10 minutes time. There's just one fighting scene and it all ends with Amon coming to Kurumi class as transfer student. Looking forward to part 2. 2. Angel Crysis エンジェルクライシス [960209] ZyX 1 You're part of an all female crew on a ship exploring some planet and the crew picks up a mysterious cargo crate from an underwater ruin. There's an English review that tells us all that we need to know about this borderline work. And there was exactly a tentacle monster in the crate... 3. Guernica ゲルニカ [960209] Backspin 1 2 3 Long time ago, human passions caused the appearance of a monster tribe that has since become unwelcome in the human society. Years of bitter antagonism and violence followed as humans settled in the land of Galesnia. A thousand years later, a simple warrior named Grog enters a forest inhabited by monsters, and becomes gradually involved in a struggle that puts him in the forefront of the defense of Galesnia. Fish shop holder to the rescue of the world! The guy was sleeping peacefully when at night the "Apostle of Salvation" child appeared before him saying that the barrier started to weaken and will be destroyed in 13 days and only Grog can prevent that! Quite a simple rpg with only 13 lvls and basic stats. You can hold up to 10 recovery items and you get one every time you visit an inn or hitting a bed. Game is linear. So it's not the brightest species of RPG breed. 4. Persona ~Ingyaku no Kamen~ ペルソナ ~淫虐の仮面~ [960209] Sorciere 1 A series of gruesome murders shocks Japan. Young women are kidnapped, tortured, and killed under mysterious circumstances... The protagonist wakes up in what looks like a hospital, but is in fact a special psychiatric facility on a space station. The hero doesn't remember anything, not even his name. Three young women - Shelly, Elisa, and Aoka - will help him to find his memory, and he will gradually realize who he is and what is his mission. You need to regain your memory within 38 hours or the space station explodes. What's the best way to regain memories? I guess Japanese have their unique opinion on that. There are parameters of the hero and depending on numbers one of five protagonist personalities show up. Yes, he has a deep personality disorder and can be anything from a good guy to a sadist. Time also ticking so it's a nice rush factor. There are basically just three rooms on the spaceship. So it's an original system and is not necessarily an eroge if you play out as a good guy and aim for the happy ending that does not even have a H-scene. 5. Valentine Kiss: Birthdays 2 バレンタインキッス ~バースデイズ2~ [960209] Silky's 1 Valentine Kiss is a dating simulation game, very similar to Birthdays, only instead of "conquering" a girl as a birthday present, the goal here is to "score" on Valentine's Day Second installation of a difficult sim that's memorable to me mostly by the fact that it's Silky's game and not a full-scale eroge. UI is still charming but it came from the prequel with minor changes. Quite few things changed actually and some even degenerated like the number of heroines dropped from 8 to 4. Main difference though is that while prequel was just hard everyday work to earn love, this work has events in ADV mode and all your hard work is useless unless you flag events properly. Still the freshness is lost since it has been two years since the prequel and not much changed. 6. DIES IRAE DIES IRAE [960215] Family Soft 1 2 Heroines Kim and her side partners Kris and Lee are professional detectives and they have very opposite personalities. Kim on one hand is very cheerful and lively all the time, Kris is very serious and quiet. They are investigating a murder case that ends up being a much bigger issue, revolving gang members, the mafia and later on some sci-fi elements. There's a nice English review that sheds light on this curious game. 7. Kanako 香奈子 [960223] Red Zone 1 Kanako is a young woman who has just graduated from college and is in a desperate need of a job. Finally, she is invited to a job interview in a large and successful company. However, the boss seems to ask too many personal questions and generally looks at Kanako in a weird way. After she has been introduced to her duties at the new place, Kanako decides to get to know the employees better, and in process learns their most intimate secrets... Red Zone inevitably means ero-centered work. But graphics are nice and win version is fully voiced, even the thoughts of the heroine - that was unexpected and captivating. Her thoughts is the most funny part in the game as she comments emotionally on many occasions. 8. Magical Girl Pretty Sammy Kouhen 魔法少女プリティサミー 後編 [960223] AIC Spirits Game includes two remaining episodes: Episode 3. Friends Episode 4. Leave it to Sammy! A direct continuation of the first part, but not hookable 9. Shadowrun シャドウラン [960223] Compile Co., Ltd. 1 2 3 4 5 6 It is twenty-first century, and the humanity faces a difficult period that follows devastating wars and other disasters. Magic and technology co-exist, supernatural powers, mythical creatures, ghosts, cyberspace, where hackers meet and fight each other, street deckers which can be hired to do the dirty work, anarchy and struggle between mighty and corrupt corporations - this is the world of Shadowrun. Unlike the two other Shadowrun games which are set in Seattle, according to tradition, Shadowrun for Sega CD is set in the futuristic city of Neo Tokyo. The player controls a party of characters with different backgrounds: the street samurai Rikudo, the shaman girl Mao, the decker (a hired mercenary) D-Head (who also happens to be an elf), and Shiun, a former member of a mighty corporation. Their first assignment is to hunt down a ghostly warrior who has been disturbing a segment of the city for quite some time. As the player begins their investigation they plunge deeper into the dark world of intrigues and find themselves fighting on different fronts. There are several great English reviews and there even might be a fan English translation according to some materials. 10. Escape! エスケイプ! [960229] May-Be Soft 1 In Escape, the player assumes the role of an ordinary teenager named Root. He is returning from a long journey, and just beyond the mountain, he can see his house. But fate had other plans for the boy: one step on the wrong stone, and Root falls through a dark pit into the underground world. Looks like it won't be simple for him to find the way home, because this world is populated by girls, each one of which wants something from him... I've only seen Windows version and it's very simplified and plays like a normal visual novel with only occasionally choosing locations on the map. Characters are nice, but the story lacks excitement and all the time is spent underground. A fine game, but far from masterpiece level. 11. Kara no Naka no Kotori 殻の中の小鳥 [960229] Black Package 1 Foster, formerly a trainer of high-class prostitutes for a secret political group that used these girls to exert power over politicians, has has long been out of the game, as he and his cohorts were busted years back. However, Foster couldn't help himself and soon returned to his old profession. He began training new maidens, though this time with a distinctly evil bent, drawing the recruits into a sordid ring of discipline and bondage. Maid slave training SIM. Main difference is that training is done in the form of a card game in an attempt to simplify SIM part. 12. San Shimai 三姉妹 [960229] JAST 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 The one that started it all! I was just a boy when my father threw himself under the tracks of an oncoming train on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. He had been the president of a powerful trading company, but had been under siege by an enemy in a power struggle that I didn't understand at the time. With my father gone, it fell upon my mother to lead the family and try to pay off Father's debts. She wasn't up to the task, and was buried next to my father less than a year later. My older brother Eiichi and I were separated, then, passed around the family like unwanted guests. We had lost everything. Last summer Eiichi appeared again on my doorstep. He had prospered in the years since I'd seen him, and had built a successful trading company. "Koichi," he said to me, "I found out who was responsible for our father's death: the current head of father's old company, Shoji Okamura." When he asked me, "Will you help me avenge mother and father?" I agreed immediately. So I became his hatchet man. My job was to approach the Okamura family, especially the three Okamura sisters -- sexy, grown-up Yuki, short-tempered but sensitive Emi and the innocent Risa -- and gather information on the Okamuras for my brother. After six months, I had gotten to where I was eating dinner at their house regularly. This allowed me to bug Shoji's office take documents out of his trash, and copy files off his computer. I reported everything to my brother faithfully. I was never sure if the information I was providing was doing any good, but gradually, it became apparent that Shoji Okamura's business was failing. He grew more and more desperate, and one day he disappeared completely. The happiness of the Okamura family, who had taken so much from us, had been stolen piece by piece. My brother swore he wouldn't stop until Shoji Okamura was driven to the point of taking his own life, even if it meant pushing the Three Sisters into lives of prostitution and worse. The only problem is, I had fallen in love with those same three sisters... Game has many English reviews
  10. True, it's more of multi-ending adventure game than an eroge, but since I never played it I'd have to rely on Japanese reviews and those reviews are totally annihilating. If only there was a praising English review... Quite many nice games got blocked by formal attributes this year: Jealousy, Dangel, Viper-16, but those three don't really have a comeback chance. And I still can't believe I decided not to include Branmarker 2 to masterpieces...
  11. 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", unrelated to each other story-wise. The first one is set in medieval times and tells about the adventures of two female treasure hunters in an ancient tomb; the second begins with two young girls being kidnapped by a mysterious secret society; the third deals with three school girls being assaulted by a thief. Ero-centered omnibus collection with bondage as theme. 2. Yaku ~Yuujou Dangi~ 厄 ~友情談疑~ [960113] Idea Factory Co., Ltd. 1 2 3 Five adults return to the elementary school they attended as children only to find that it has been closed up. They trespass into the closed-down building in order to dig up a time capsule they had buried at its courtyard. However, this turns out to be a mistake as bizarre monsters are waiting inside. There are five scenarios available, each one telling a different character's story, but only the protagonist's story is initially available. It's actually close to a "sound novel", but it was released for ps1 so the volume is bigger than usual. There are couple European languages articles that show the glimpse of this weird weird horror game. 3. Reijuu - Twin Road 麗獣 ツインロード [960119] Apple Pie 1 2 The town of Jester is located near a spring, which is used both by humans from the town and the beast people from their forest village. For years, the two races co-existed in peace. But one day, somebody sets the Jester tavern on fire. The authorities arrest a young beast girl who happened to be in the town at that time. Outraged by the injustice, a young orphan boy named Kein, who was raised by Tyrone, one of the town knights, convinces him to help the girl escape. But that act draws the ire of the town authorities, and the heroes realize that they have to flee... Some genre experiment here since it's more tactical than usual SRPG, but also definitely not a full strategy or rpg. 4. Snow Memory スノーメモリー [960123] Birdy Soft Four girls pass the casting to work in a Western mansion. You choose one of the girls and watch the forecoming events from her point of view. We know it well that even at the time of Cal 3 the staff of Birdy Soft left the company and the director had to hastily finish it himself. And Snow Memory comes years after that as an attempt to play on the brand name. Game's more than average with lots of fanservice and unnatural looking art. 5. Ryuuki Denshou Dragoon 竜機伝承 -ドラグーン- [960126] KSS Inc. 1 Gods created humans in a paradise-like world. But as time passed they started to hate each other and fight among themselves. Gods sent a blue start that turned into a blue dragon on the ground. For three days and nights the dragon was burning out everything with a cleansing fire. As the flames disappeared, a huge lake was born. Dragon entered the lake with the words "I shall raise again when foolish struggle arises anew". However, as time passed, this dreadful event erased little by little from human memory. North-East frontier, Northon. Young soldier Cedy meets a mysterious girl Miu and decides to help her get to her hometown on the other side of the world. At the same time stripping the barriers of time Gods make their move again... It's a SRPG with only event battles. First part is particularly difficult with the constant demand of restoration magic. Dangerous events happen one by one and we constantly need to escape so pace is good. In the second part the party gets scattered and our primary goal is to find Miu... but we kinda only find other party members and as the war with the empire breaks out Miu gets totally abandoned. Another inconsistency is that the empire villain minister after defeat jumps out with the cries "I've actually come from the future and I've half of my body mechanically modified!" and it was a pure magic fantasy world this far. Another irritating aspect is the inventory menu as first it's needed to pick an item from the full list of garments and then try to apply it to a character only to find out that it won't suit him. So it's a good game with a nice epic story, but some elements of it leave a sour aftertaste. 6. Shizuku 雫 [960126] Leaf 1 2 3 4 When one of his classmates suddenly goes mad in the middle of the class, the protagonists uncle, one of the teachers in the school asks him to investigate this matter after school. He starts the investigation with the help of one of the girls from his class, an investigation that will lead them to many horrors... With my review there are three English reviews. 7. Star Trap スタートラップ [960126] Fairy Dust 1 A space ship was sent to the planet Neptune, to investigate strange disturbances spotted on the planet's surface. Some time later, the nearest space station picked up a SOS signal from the ship. An agent named Takuya, in command of an elite team of female fighters, is sent to Neptune. But their ship crashes, and Takuya must fight for his life and the lives of the girls, which are threatened by Neptune's fearsome monsters. Alternative version of ancient Cream Lemon - Start Trap back in 1986. Game's short hardly reaching 2 hours. There are two routes, but routes are mainly made to distinguish between H events. The number of endings is 5, there is an ending for each of two girls and some neutral ones. So there's hardly a story, but at least it has the craziness of 80s games and beautiful CG. 8. Time Stripper Mako-chan タイムストリッパー真子ちゃん [960126] Foster 1 2 3 4 5 6 You play the character Shinji Nakayama a high school student who has a bad reputation of cheating on his girlfriend, Michiyo Sakagami. The story starts when your "habit" is eventually found out (again) by your girlfriend, of which you start to fight and end up breaking up. In the middle of your 'sobbing', a girl pops up out of nowhere in your room. It appears she's from the future, with personal reasons that has to do with your present love-life situation. After that, the story is in your hands... Game is localized and has many English reviews. 9. Yume no Sei 夢の精 [960126] 13cm 1 A collection of three stories. 1.『ONE』is about main character sneaking into the dressing room of cat ear idols. 2.『ミンキーキャット』is an abduction story. 3.『ミッションエイジ』is an RPG game to infiltrate enemy hideout and rescue a girl Stories differ in styles greatly, but are all short erotic stories that are possible to click through in just 10 minutes. 10. Ningyo -Tsutako- 人魚-蘿子- [96] Alicesoft A boy and a girl run away with a mysterious stone and hide in a cave. But pursuers are nearby already. Game was shipped only for subscription fans and thus is obscure. PC-98 version is not hookable, so I won't be presenting the synopsis. Game is all HCG fest after first couple normal CG.
  12. 1995 did not bring as many masterpieces as previous years while increasing the total number of visual novels significantly First of all, let's prolong the chart VN per year Year Total 1991 75 1992 80 1993 121 1994 155 1995 180 There's been a steady increase in total number VNs by 16% compared to year 1994. The aftertaste is bitter as if I witness an overall decline in quality. So let's see what year 1995 brought: The number of VNs with high difficulties and genre mixes increased steeply Command selection gets almost extinct being substituted with either point and click or ADV Moe first focused on in Classmates 2 started its victorious march through the time Conception of time showed up in several games at once after success of Classmates 1 and 2 First Windows VN - Sinkha Let's count the masterpiece level games of 1995: 1. Bunny Hunter Zero 2. Eve: Burst Error 3. Isaku 4. Kuro no Danshou: The Literary Fragment 5. Lilith 6. Mime 7. Mugen Yasoukyoku 8. Ryouki no Ori 9. Romance wa Tsurugi no Kagayaki - The Last Crusader- 10. Tokyo Twilight Busters ~Kindan no Ikenie Teito Jigokuhen~ 11. True Love ~Jun'ai Monogatari~ 12. Youjuu Senki 2 -Reimei no Senshi-tachi- Just twelve works? That's a definite decline from 1994. Eve: Burst Error is an unbeatable giant this year. It is the best known old game that has not lost a grain of its charm to our days. It has all the rights to be the VN of the Year 1995. Oh, and some final words. The era of pc-98 is actually almost gone. Year 1996 will the transition one and 1997 will have only some leftover slowpokes on pc-98 systems. So let's say thanks to the magnificent beautiful world of pc-98 and dive into... very crude and ugly works of beginning of windows era...
  13. After Clephas well-rounded review on the game I just could not believe those two are the same games.
  14. Surprisingly poor for masterpieces December, so my grey horse Lilith is the winner this time. 1. Houkago wa Betsu no Kao 放課後は別の顔 [951201] Ucom A collection of four short stories featuring sexual experiences of school girls: 1. 「通学電車」 2. 「先輩・・・・・・」 3. 「進路指導」 4. 「非行少女」 A distinguishing feature of the work is the presence of narrator girl who also appears in the stories. But overall it's a very specialized content. 2. Momoko-chan for Me ももこちゃんfor Me [951201] Ume Soft 1 2 Momoko-chan for Me: Minarai Kangofu-hen is a visual novel focusing on a young male aspiring physician, the son of a famous doctor who has left on a vacation and entrusted the son with the management of certain hospital-related affairs. The game focuses exclusively on the relationship between the protagonist and a nurse-in-training named Momoko. Remastered version heroines look much cuter. The difficulty of the game is high since there are over 10 endings - most of them depend on ecstasy level between the characters. 3. Moonlight Energy 2 ムーンライトエナジー2 [951201] Interheart 1 Moonlight Energy 2 is a sequel to Moon Light Enegy. The game's premise is nearly identical to that of the predecessor: the player controls a high school student named Maki, participating in her lesbian escapades with other students or personnel. The infamous les chikan is back. So it's a normal Interheart work with many H events. 4. Rance 4.1 ~Okusuri Koujou o Sukue!~ ランス4.1 ~お薬工場を救え!~ [951201] Alice Soft 1 2 3 This is a side-story in Rance series, released shortly after the fourth game, but dedicated to an entirely different quest. All kinds of troubles are happening to a factory where a new Happiness Medicine is being developed. The mercenary Rance is hired by the manager to investigate the source of these troubles. First task: clear the factory of the monsters... 4.1 looks more like introduction to more longer 4.2. Battle system is simplified and few known heroines take part here. The quality is very good for a bonus game given away for free. 5. Reverse リバース [951201] Gloria Takumi died in a traffic accident when he was young, but his spirit continued to live in his fraternal twin and gained ability to read other peoples hearts. Using that ability he helps people around him to solve their problems. It's really difficult to comprehend what's going on on the screen since Takumi and his twin change spots all the time. The contents is quite dull and sad. 6. Super Erect Taisen S・EX スーパーエレクト大戦S・EX [951201] Dynamic Production Hero was watching a pop idol live performance when the skies tore apart and idols got sucked inside the demon-faced black whirlwind together with his favorite Ichigo-chan. After than an angel descended from the skies and offered cooperation to defeat demon king and return the girls. Each enemy turn takes so much time that I did not have enough patience to wait. 7. Ace of Spades Ace of Spades [951207] Love Gun 1 2 Ace of Spades is a casino game with a gruesome twist. The player competes against female opponents in poker or blackjack; every victory leads to an explicit scene of sexual torture. The main mode includes a series of matches and subsequent sadistic scenes against various women. A primitive stripping card game. 8. Custom Mate 3 カスタムメイト3 [951208] Cocktail Soft 1 2 3 It's Christmas. Hayashi Ryuusuke is walking through the crowded city, feeling sad that he is alone on such a day. Suddenly, he spots a neon sign: Custom Mate. He enters and sees a strange receptionist with elf-like ears and a magic symbol on the forehead. She creates the girl of his dreams and they get married! But this is just the beginning, and Ryuusuke realizes that marriage is not all about the honeymoon... After the honeymoon, the couple returns to daily routine. The player can make daily or monthly schedule. The wife's behavior is determined by character creation, but also by the choices the player makes. The wife would often ask questions, make suggestions, etc.; the player's reaction determines future interactions and the overall development of the relationship. The couple has various parameters, from love level to monetary wealth. First two parts were blocked as eroge, but this one is much more "fun". There's a good thorough mechanics English review. 9. Magical Girl Pretty Sammy Zenpen 魔法少女プリティサミー 前編 [951208] AIC Spirits Mahō Shōjo Pretty Sammy: Part 1 - In the Earth is based on Magical Girl Pretty Sammy (魔法少女プリティサミー) anime TV series which focus on magically transformed Sasami character from Tenchi Muyo! universe. This is a visual novel featuring Sasami as the protagonist. For reasons unknown, she has been chosen as a champion by Tsunami, the next queen of Juraihelm, to fight in her name. But there are people bent on seeing Sasami fail in her endeavors and her tasks will soon prove much more challenging as she fights her way with Misao, her best friend who was chosen as a magical girl by Tsunami's opponent, Ramia. Anime was pretty popular since there are at least four different visual novels about Pretty Sammy. Game is issued with CG for PC-9821 consoles and thus is not well known. 10. Miwaku no Chousho 魅惑の調書 [951208] Black Package 1 The protagonist, a young man named Shinnosuke, discovers a beautiful mansion, in which apparently a large-scale party is taking place. Determined to meet and enchant some beautiful women, he ventures into the mansion. The core of the game is nanpa, but atmosphere and girls are luxurious. The pictures using the full screen contribute to its charm. But don't expect much plot here as after targeting three women an ending happens. To get the rest a new game is needed. 11. Never Land Never Land ~ネバーランド~ [951208] Tips 1 You are Jimmy, a child of Never Land which is an island of magic and fantasy. You are always accompanied by May ,a small nymph, and you can fly in the air. Never Land is a world of children who can dream. One day a boss of pirates gets a magic wand that has power to transform anything. You set out to restore status quo. There's an English review that gives a rough outline of what to expect. 12. Rance 4.2 ~Angelgumi~ ランス4.2 ~エンジェル組~ [951208] Alice Soft 1 2 3 Rance 4.2: Angel-gumi is the second part of the story that began in Rance 4.1: O-Kusuri Koujou o Sukue! rather than an all-new Rance adventure. The hero continues to investigate the weird occurrences connected to the Happiness Medicine Factory. Since the story picks up directly where it ended in the sequel, Rance begins his adventure already commanding an all-female squad called the Angel Team. There is an English review. 13. Toushin Toshi 2 - Soshite, Sorekara... 闘神都市II そして、それから・・・ [951208] Alice Soft Returning from the goddess tournament, Sid is reduced to level 1 by the Demon King. His dojo sent him to a training journey, but Hazuki was so worried about him that she followed Sid and got into trouble herself. A kinetic novel with rare pictures - mostly it's just clicking through walls of text. Since hero is weak again there is little excitement. But the story is good and well worth reading for the fans of the original game or if there is sympathy to Hazuki. 14. 2 Shot Diary 2 ツーショットDiary2 [951209] Mink 1 This is the first of the four episodic games that constitute the sequel to first 2 Shot Diary game. Unlike the first game with its 12 different scenarios, it only contains 2, and both are very short; however (also unlike the first game), most of the scenes here are animated. Both scenarios consist entirely of depictions of explicit sex. One of the scenarios is about a girl named Yukari; after her father died, she had to look for a job, and finally became a maid in a mansion of a rich oligarch, who molests her sexually. The other scenario is dedicated to a very young girl named Emi, who goes with her friends to the beach. Once she finds herself in a secluded place, a young boy approaches, and the two have sex. Ero-centered short work. 15. Hiiro no Shimai 緋色の姉妹 [951215] Apollon Create 1 The protagonist of the game is a college student named Shunsuke. His mother died when he was five years old. Now his father is marrying again. He and his new wife have departed on a honeymoon; while he is waiting for them to come home, Shunsuke discovers that he doesn't live alone any more: three young sisters of his stepmother have moved in. Shunsuke now tries to get to know them better (in every possible way..), at the same time gradually discovering dark secrets about his father's intimate life. Command selection hurts the pace a lot. There are several branches, but all the sisters turn out to be M and their stories aren't that different. Characters are quite cute, though. 16. Kekkon Marriage 結婚Marriage [951215] Westone 1 Shizuka, Mika, Kiyomi, Reiko and Mami are all grown up and have one thing on their mind: finding the ultimate husband! From the workplace to automated dating services, there's wedding bells to be heard and love to be acted on, all for the ultimate goal: marriage! With biological clocks ticking and youth slipping away, these girls will do whatever it takes to snag a man, love or not! A dating SIM with 5 girl candidates. There are some parameters used. The flow is talking - telephone talk - date - proposal - engagement - marriage. 17. Lilith リリス [951216] Four-Nine 1 An intense night battle between kunoichi clan leader and evil biblical spirit Lilith ends with kunoichi falling into coma state. A cat gets into an ordinary student Koketsu room, transforms into a girl and claims that Koketsu got her master kunoichi spirit and must help her master and defeat Lilith. The problem is that nothing is known about Lilith but the name and together they set to uncover its secrets. I have a full review prepared. 18. Clone Doll Kagai Jugyou クローンドール 課外授業 [951221] Space Project 1 2 In Clone Doll, the protagonist is a rather "geeky" teenager who is actually a genius: he invented a machine that can make clones of human beings! After he gets a hold on a few hairs that belong to Kimika, his schoolmate and object of his passionate desires, the young scientist creates a clone of her, a young girl who has no other knowledge and wishes but satisfy the hero sexually... There is an English review of the game. And Space Project confirms his fame as kusoge creator. 19. Fermion ~Mirai kara no Houmonsha~ フェルミオン ~未来からの訪問者~ [951222] Silky's 1 2 3 In the year 2296, world-wide pollution has led to drastic changes in the natural order of things. Human organism, unable to withstand the pollution, was slowly mutating. In the huge city Megalopolis, a group of young female scientists designed a time machine. One of them, a blue-haired girl named Connie, who can mutate into a cat, is sent to the past, to year 1996, to find a way to change the future... I have a full review prepared. 20. Getsumen no Anubis 月面のアヌビス [951222] Multimedia Intelligence Transfer 1 The protagonist (default name Keisuke) and heroine (default name Kaori) are astronauts living in a laboratory set on the moon. A group of American soldiers are also stationed there. Mysterious incidents begin to occur that threaten the lives of everyone there - there are multiple scenarios, but only one is explicitly horror-themed. Said scenario involves a race of mysterious space parasites that can take possession of anyone, leading the protagonist (and thus the player) to grow distrustful of the other characters. Yet another NVL "sound novel". Short and horror one, of course. 21. Idol Project 2 アイドル・プロジェクト2 [951222] KSS Inc. 1 Unlike the first Idol Project, the story of the sequel is directly related to to the anime series Idol Project, starring the same characters, with the young and ambitious Mimu Emilton as the protagonist. Mimu finds herself on a tropical island, where she must rise to fame by winning contests and promoting her singing skills. Like in the previous game, the majority of gameplay is dedicated to exploring the top-down city, visiting various places, searching for necessary people and raising the protagonist's parameters. Mimu has a much more detailed set of parameters than the hero of the previous game, including physical attributes as well as popularity rankings. The RPG element has been further enhanced by introducing random character (crazed fans and alike) who would sometimes attack Mimu on the city map and other locations. Now is an ADV with a lot of town exploration. Still the use of parameters alienated me. 22. Ikazuchi no Senshi Raidy 2 雷の戦士ライディ2 [951222] ZyX 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Ugh... desert travel is terrible on the skin, let me tell you! Why did I ever choose to come this way... If I don't find water soon it's going to be troublesome. Wait, what's that in the distance - an oasis?! And a town next to it! Civilization at last..." I am Raidy, wandering the continent of Else as a swordfighter. I can freely bend the power of thunder to my will, so people have taken to calling me the "Lightning Warrior". I'm traveling far and wide to improve my fighting skills and search for clues about my past, and my mysterious power over lightning. After defeating the monsters in the Cubust tower in my last adventure, I left the village of Sadd behind and continued on my journey. My travels have taken me across the desert to the oasis town of Lake Blue. Looking forward to a break after the long and dusty journey, I settled in for the night at the local inn... only to have its peace shattered by the cries of the young, beautiful innkeeper! I rescued her from her mysterious assailant, to learn that the town was living under constant fear of attack from a gang of marauding bandits led by a cruel woman called Jammy. It seems my vacation won't be so uneventful after all! I set out to find information on the gang's hideout, and a new adventure begins... Game's localized and has several English reviews. 23. Meisou Toshi 迷走都市 [951222] Tiare 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Runaway City tells the story of Hiroaki, a boy with a mysterious power of Good Luck. It's almost as it some power makes women do whatever he wants. At first it's a great power to have, then as time goes by it scares him more and more. Unchecked, this power will be the destruction of all Japan. Can you find out the nature of your power and find a way to stop it before it goes too far? Game's one of the first localized ones and has many English reviews. 24. Mesuneko Hishoshitsu 牝猫秘書室 [951222] Melody 1 2 Kurou works in a company that specializes in "headhunting", finding and recruiting capable employees for big companies. A new client representing a company that has recently concluded a trade with an American software firm needs a new secretary. Problem: the last headhunter who was given a similar request has gone missing. So Kurou's boss wants him to get to the bottom of things, teaming him up with the resourceful and pretty headhuntress Tomoko. Naturally, as the partners begin the investigation, dark erotic secrets of the employees become gradually revealed... An ero-centered work where you need to chase the same character to get to her ending. Game's notable for all the target characters being mature women. 25. Metamor Panic Doki Doki Youma Busters メタモル・パニック DOKIDOKI妖魔バスターズ [951222] Family Soft 1 Hero is a high school student who secretly went camping in the mountains with his childhood friend Yuki and cousin Ai. They found a suspicious cave and occasionally lifted the curse laid on demon king. The curse shifted to the two girls with Yuki spontaneously occasionally turning into a kitten and Ai into a parrot. Youkai appear in the city and start rampaging. The three heroes stand up to the demon threat. This playstation game feels more like an ADV novel with light RPG elements rather than a serious RPG. The start is very harsh and punishing for a player. The second part when you learn to control the transformation is easy, so the balance is not good. Graphics are excellent, but game's only partially voiced. The tempo is slow and bgm quite monotonous. Some affinity to RPG genre is required to enjoy, but game absolutely can be enjoyed. 26. Paradise Call パラダイスコール [951222] At a place where girls phone in, a guy waits. When a girl calls in, he talks with her. If he respond right, he will meet the girl and have fun. This game is a simpler version of Virtuacall 1. Very primitive ero-centered game. 27. Viper-V16 [951222] Sogna 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 The final game in the V series and arguably the most recognizable. VIPER-V16 breaks with tradition and provides only two stories, instead of three, but both are longer, more complicated, and contain many more options than the prior V series stories, resembling games more than visual novels for the first time. The widely popular Rise story describes the kidnapping and escape attempt of three waitresses, while the lesser known Imagine tells the story of a young technical college student's attempts to attract the interests of three girls. Game is localized and has multiple reviews. 28. Virtua Call 2 バーチャコール2 [951222] Fairytale 1 Emily has had a crush on Hasegawa for quite some time. A fellow resident of her building, Hasegawa has always been there for her as a friend, though she would like something more than friendship. When Hasegawa starts confiding his woman troubles to Emily, she introduces him to Virtuacall, a service that lets you interact with the girl of your dreams just as you wish you could. Unfortunately, Hasegawa becomes more interested in Virtuacall than her as a result. On the verge of leaving the country for her homeland, Emily is so overcome by emotion that she can neither tell Hasegawa about her feeling or tell him that she is leaving. Nampage with outstanding difficulty. You really need to make memos during the talks all the time to get by without guide. Game got more user friendly since the prequel and even cuter girls. It's just too difficult to empathize with the nampage nowadays since the genre feels inferior to galge and there are thousands of galge today. 29. Zakuro no Aji ざくろの味 [951222] Imagineer Co., Ltd. 1 The story is set in a five-story office building on a cold winter evening. The protagonist (default name Domon) is working on a story for a monthly science fiction serial. As he goes to visit the editorial department, a series of earthquakes cause the building to collapse and trap everybody inside. Attempting to find an escape, Domon heads into the basement, and depending upon a decision made early in the game, he may run into anything from zombies to demons. Yet another sound novel. It's released at the same day as Getsumen no Anubis and has references to it. Short horror story again. 30. Doki Doki Pretty League EX DokiDokiぷりてぃリーグ EX [951223] Xing Entertainment Ayaka and Remy are members of time police "Chronopolis" in the near future. This time they investigate a case of a professional beauty wrestler of the 20th century who got missing. Game has nothing to do with tennis this time, but has lots of H content. Several more former members of Doki Doki Pretty League make an appearance here. There are some mini-games available. Original creators of pretty league were absolutely against such game with erotic content. Female wrestling organization condemned this game as well. But the sales were ok, so franchise got resurrected at PS with time. 31. Kousoku Chojin 拘束超人 [951224] Foster 1 Haruki is a student at the prestigious private Morino High School, which he attends together with his beautiful sister, and where he leads the drama class. One day, Haruki discovers a strange toupee that transforms his body. Unbeknownst to him, he has gained special powers and comes into contact with a strange violent world that is hidden inside the school. Now he must understand what's truly going on there, at the same time trying to "score" with every girl he meets - be it student or teacher... A crazy erotic baka-game. H events happen quite randomly. A cheerful Foster game. 32. Dangel - Special Disk Dangel スペシャルディスク [9512] Mink Contains a parodying story set in the universe of Dangel, which happens at the same time as when Anduke starts his own adventure. Game has the same intro as original Dangel, but this Plum hero is a mere parody worried about washing his pants more than saving the world. Text is quite good, but I guess playing through the original needed to appreciate the most of it. 33. Only You -Seikimatsu no Juliette-tachi- Only You -世紀末のジュリエット達- [9512] Alice Soft 1 2 3 4 A Japanese teenager named Hiroki is interested in martial arts, and has to take care of his little sister. Their older brother Yoichi had gone abroad; just when he announced that he was coming back he disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Hiroki and his friends eventually find out that an international supernatural criminal syndicate is in cohorts with an even darker power that is about to bring the apocalypse onto Earth. Another RPG hybrid. First part is quite an ordinary ADV where you get humiliated over and over till the flame of vengeance embraces you, and the second part is a whirlpool of battles. Pure love is promoted in the game as each of seven girls has their own route with own boss and a happy ending while trying to get several girls brings a not so happy one. There are as many as 4 usual strikes and 4 special actions, but strikes deal random amount of dmg and should only be chosen with caution when fighting flying enemies. Special actions are only available on bosses and when at the same time the apocalypse timer is close to expiration. The game was initially made only for subscription fans and included lots of materials from previous works, but had great acclaim and had to be redone into an alternative version with all the legal issues fixed. So it is probably the first normal game of Alice Soft without dark fetishes. Good riddance! 34. Shikimi 樒 [95] Raisin Land Two girl classmates stay at school after classes. But they aren't going to study. They are in love with each other and dedicate this time only to themselves. Doujin school love story quickly turns into SM play. 35. Rinn-chan no Tensei Hakusho ~Meido no Miyagebanashi~ Rinn's転生白書~冥土のみやげばなし~ [95] Wanpaku Family Rinn-chan is a 14-year-old junior high school student who suddenly dies before confessing to her love interest. At the heavens she meets an angel and three other girls. Angel agrees to return Rinn-chan to the Earth due to unnatural cause of her death. She may choose one of the three girls to reincarnate and confess to her love or choose no one and go back as herself. Choosing other girls leads to inevitable H-scene and death afterwards. Reincarnating as herself gives H-scene with a better ending. 36. Momoiro Sankaku ~Riko & Hikaru Hen~ もも色さんかく~理子&ひかる篇~ [95] T&H Projects Riko and Hikaru and normal girls who live normal lives. One attends kendo club, the other is a fan of reading. But one day their wolds coincide in one. Just another short doujin H-game, this time with horrible quality. 37. Hotaru HO・TA・RU -ほたる- [95] Misono Soft Hotaru gets molested on the train, but to her surprise the culprit is a man she knows very well. Yet another unremarkable doujin H-tilt game. 38. Asuka Ayako-chan to Hokenshitsu あすか ~綾子ちゃんと保健室~ [95] B.T.B software Ayako-chan feels bad at a gym and goes to school's health room right in her sportswear. There she meets her classmate who she likes. A very short doujin game about a sudden passion of two young people. 39. Tantei Imasato Misa Jikenbo Tanpenshuu: Romance wa Shiroku Kiken na Kaori 探偵今里美沙事件簿 短編集 ロマンスは白く危険な香り [95] Maimai Tokyo, 1960s. Amateur detective Misa takes up a case in secret from her father detective. It starts as a romance request, but soon plot starts to thicken. A detective work, so no-no for me
  15. I really hope you mean YU-NO since I don't think I played any other Kanno Hiroyuki stories. Personally I don't rate it too high as two side-branches were quite depressive to my taste. And the no-save but time warp system was cruel, even with the guide I misstep somewhere and did not get 100% CG. Anyway, I hoped to avoid discussing well known works. So it would not have anything but "there are many English reviews" there, hehe. Fixed Eve link, so far not even rereading so all kind of typos possible.
  16. Micchi blog mostly, some others. Whenever Giga comes out, Baldr series is praised, everything else rigorously lashed. Maybe my luck. Since Giga spawned as many as 80 works, I'll definitely have a chance to know it better.
  17. 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 the stone and requests to go to imperial capital and revive the Agarta Empire together. Tolland restores a part of Zion's power, burns down the village to cut off the road back and disappears in a flash. A rare RTS fiend in visual novel row. Game's not very friendly with emulators not launching on ntkp and eventually hanging on anex. 2. D.P.S. Zenbu D.P.S.全部 [951110] Alice Soft 1 2 3 D.P.S. Zenbu, is, as the name implies, a complete collection of scenarios (total of 15) from all the previous D.P.S./Dream Program System series entries: D.P.S. D.P.S. SG D.P.S. SG Set 2 D.P.S. SG Set 3 Super D.P.S. No changes have been made to graphics or gameplay in any of the scenarios. As a bonus, the game also contains the 16th scenario, entitled Megumi's Story. The scenario is non-interactive (the player simply has to press a button to scroll the text) and depicts the first sexual experiences (some of them violent) of an innocent teenage girl. There is an English review. 3. Hare Nochi Munasawagi 晴れのち胸さわぎ [951110] Cocktail Soft 1 2 The story of Harenochi Munasawagi does not start in a very original way: the protagonist is a high-school boy named Kazuhiko, who is - surprise! - permanently horny, displaying his "affections" at any given opportunity to anyone young and female, including even his childhood friend Chihiro. But while the focus on the story is on Kazuhiko and his quest for physical intimacy (which often results in girls getting angry and beating him up), there are other rather disturbing elements that come into play later - in particular, bunny-like demons who share Kazuhiko's passion for the opposite sex... There is an English review. 4. Youjuu Senki 2 -Reimei no Senshi-tachi- 妖獣戦記2 -黎明の戦士たち- [951110] D.O. 1 Over 10 months has passed since fierce battle with the beasts. They should have been weakened by A.S.S.P. by now, but a new threat rose again... Is there a future for mankind? The battle with the stakes of A.S.S.P. and humankind existence starts now! The final chapter in the strangebeasts confrontation story. Gameplay-wise it's the most refined in the series with all the irritation factors eliminated. Events happen one after another and story develops in a very severe and tough fashion. Interaction with your subordinates now also brings important implications, they aren't just bio soldiers anymore, they are your battle buddies that followed you to the end of the world. The deployment is realistic and final battle can have a big impact if you got attached to the girls. 5. Eve: Burst Error Eve: Burst Error [951122] C's Ware 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 A Bizarre Serial Murder Mystery. There's A Serial Killer Close By. A Prohibited Psychothriller. The Multi-Sight System Reveals Surprising Truth! In this game there are two heroes, Kojiroh and Marina, who are each called to solve their own cases. This game allows you to switch characters at any time to solve the mysteries these heroes encounter. This "Multi-Sight Adventure" allows you to view what's happening behind-the-scenes from the other character's perspective, bump into each other, and sometimes even help each other out. Together, they come closer and closer to the shocking truth through their combined actions and skills of deduction. Marina's Episode: Marina is a national intelligence agent with a 99% success rate. Her new assignment is to protect the daughter of a Japanese embassy official stationed abroad. As you encounter numerous attackers, you become aware of a dangerous government dispute that is the root of all these attacks. Kojiroh's Episode: A seemingly down-on-his-luck private investigator finally gets a break, as he is hired to locate some mysterious piece of art. Even though he feels a little weird about this case, the pay is huge! Yet he may be drawn into an unexpected nightmare involving a string of bizarre murders. Probably the best known old game. Lots of English reviews. 6. Messenger from Dark Night メッセンジャー フロム ダークナイト [951123] TopCat Hero is half-demon who has his demon part "dark night" awake every evening. Such person transfers to a new school that accepts half-humans as students. The game can be called an adult sound novel. There are multiple branches and new branches open up after main branches clearance totaling 80 endings. Some of those endings have only slight differences, but just dig the number. The content is different for various branches, but it's not lovey-lovey, on the contrary it's rather dark and has multiple confrontations prepared. If it came out a bit later and was a bit more like a visual novel and not like a book, it would have all the chances to take away the pedestal of originator of visual novels from Leaf. 7. Koukan Nikki Dai 2 Shou ~Seiya o Anata to~ こうかん日記 第2章 ~聖夜をあなたと~ [951124] Fairy Dust New love adventure takes place during winter. While at part-time job hero gets acquainted to different girls and by the Christmas Eve he can confess his feelings to one of them. Characters are lively and overall mood is bright. There is an ending for each heroine. 8. Majo-tachi no Nemuri 魔女たちの眠り [951124] Pack In Video 1 2 The protagonist (default name Toshio) is working at his office one day when he receives a call asking for help from a girl he knew as a child (default name Yoriko). The next day he discovers that this same girl apparently killed herself by way of self-immolation. He decides to go investigate the girl's mountain village, and depending upon the choices the player makes, may uncover the truth of the matter... Literary adaptation of famous horror writer. Year 1995 was a boom for so called "sound novels" which are NVL novels with walls of text on some background with music. It's the closest thing to a book and these are usually short horror stories and I've blocked previous such games since they had multiple stories. This one is the first one with long and more or less long coherent story. There are four parts presented as trials and after completion a true story opens up. 9. OL Sousamou OL操作網 [951129] Witch's 1 Akizuki is an ordinary Japanese man who works in an office. One day his boss asks him to discreetly investigate a case of stolen prospects that could damage the company's reputation. Akizuki must talk to the female co-workers and find out the truth. However, his mind is more occupied with his own personal expectations from these attractive ladies... The most fun feature of the game is an ability to roleplay either a serious co-worker or a full-scale playboy. 10. Coming Heart [951130] May-Be Soft 1 The hero of this game is a teenage boy who failed his high-school examination; as a result, his parents decided to transfer him to a special school in another city. The young hero is at first sad and depressed, but soon discovers that the situation might not be so bad after all: the mansion in which he is going to leave is not empty, and his neighbors are all young pretty girls... Story itself is a commonplace, but with an addition of torments over university entrance. Character designs are quite good and atmosphere is bright. 11. Jack ~Haitoku no Megami~ JACK ~背徳の女神~ [951130] Silky's 1 2 3 Jack Martin is a private detective. Long time ago, a terrible accident has left deep scars on his psyche, and he tries to atone for what he has done. On board of the space shuttle Gold Mary, Jack joins an organization that fights interstellar terrorism, employing people with psychic abilities. Soon thereafter, the captain of the shuttle is found murdered. Have terrorists infiltrated the shuttle, or is one of Jack's comrades a double agent? Jack must solve the mystery, at the same time discovering his own special abilities... whatever they might be. There is an English review and also my review now. Protagonist is actually quite elaborate. He accidentally shot a child in the past and suffers from this trauma trying to find ties to that child murder and being depressed about it. 12. Mahou no Tenshi Creamy Mami - Futatsu no Sekai no Monogatari 魔法の天使クリィミーマミ 二つの世界の物語 [951130] Wishbone 1 Based on the anime Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel. The original tells the story of a 10-year-old girl named Yuu Morisawa, who gains a magical ability to transform into a grown-up young woman, eventually becoming a pop star and acquainting the inhabitants of the Earth with the rest of the galaxy. Yuu appears in the game, but is not the protagonist; the player controls four young women in four different scenarios: two of them, Yuri and Aya, on the Earth, and the other two, Ora and Sita, in an alien world, mixture of sci-fi and medieval fantasy. The story goes beyond the original anime by introducing a magical, sacred land known as Finality, populated by fantasy being, and calling the guardians (the four girl protagonist) to bring peace to the galaxy. There are so many early games about ability to transform into grown-up woman that they all start to look the same. But here there are four distinct stories targeted at girls, naturally. 13. Memories ~Shiroi Yozora ni Mau Tenshi~ メモリーズ ~白い夜空に舞う天使~ [9511] Petit 1 Memories is a dating-oriented game that can be describe as a light simulation with elements of a visual novel. The game's story premise is abstract: the player character explores a small town, hoping to meet and eventually date young women. The game world consists of photorealistic still pictures of locations; the player's only interaction with the game consists of choosing to travel to these locations and advance the time. Female characters will appear in specific locations at specific times of the day. Several meetings are usually needed to initiate a date. Presents and money can be given to the girls as well. A very generic dating sim from a fresh company. And very exhausting since girls can appear any minute anywhere so need to basically stay at the same location and advance time all the time and create chart of when someone appears.
  18. There aren't masterpieces this month, but among more traditional visual novels Trouble Chaser Dai 4 Wa - Saishuukai definitely stands out, it's also the most interesting episode in the series being the final one. 1. A Hard Day's Night 吉永サユリがやってくる ヤァ!ヤァ!ヤァ! A Hard Day's Night [951006] Hard Teacher instructs the class that at summer vacation textbooks are prohibited and only erotic journals are ok to read. And then he visits students at various locations to check if they follow instructions properly. Game is made like a parody, but things go ecchi very fast. 2. Manami ~Ai to Koukan no Hibi~ 真奈美 ~愛と交換の日々~ [951006] Red Zone Manami sex life with her partner has become dull, but everything changes with meeting a swinger couple at dancing lessons course. The most weird thing in the game is that Manami whose name is in the title does not have much action during the game after the opening sequence. The focus is on her partner and different swinger club wives. 3. Trouble Chaser Dai 4 Wa - Saishuukai トラぶるCHASER 第4話 最終回 [951006] Nihon Create In the final episode Daisuke gets kidnapped and it's revealed why he's been hunted for this whole time. All the mysteries get uncovered and we get to look at villain point of view. There's of course a grand battle involved. Since 3rd episode of the game is a lost piece we also meet some new girl pilot for the first time here. 4. Majo Gari no Yoru ni 魔女狩りの夜に [951013] Ail 1 2 Majo-gari means "witch-hunt"; indeed, that is the only thing the protagonist of the game, a young priest living in an unspecified European-like town, thinks about. According to his own words, he believes neither in God nor in the devil; his life is dedicated to one horrifying passion: torturing innocent women... There is an English review. 5. Gakuen Bakuretsu Tenkousei ! 学園爆裂転校生! [951020] ZyX A fighting girl transfers to a girls school. Rules and student council are very strict there. After the girl refuses to dress normally and give away her gloves and kneel-pads the student council kidnaps her roommate. There are several endings with some being bad ones. The aim is to go around the school, trigger events and beat enemies which leads to les scenes. The overall playtime and the number of CG are small. 6. Immoral Study Scenario 3: Asakura Manami インモラルスタディ シナリオ3 朝倉まなみ [951020] Scoop 1 2 3 The third scenario of Immoral Study describes yet another somewhat unusual teaching experience in the life of Mr. Hitosuji, a young and handsome private tutor. This time, the victim... err... pupil is Asakura Manami, a shy, quiet girl who lives together with her mother. Hitosuji is supposed to make Manami a better student - but instead he chooses to participate in S&M relationship between mother and daughter... Game is localized and has impressions in English. 7. Koko wa Rakuensou 2 ここは楽園荘2 [951020] Foster 1 2 3 4 5 The Paradise Heights apartment has changed after half of your uncle's company got liquidated. After the money went, so did some of the tenants. Now Keigo Nakadai (You) works for a toy making company (but still stays at Paradise Heights). Rumor has it that a competiting company is stealing your brilliant ideas...and the source of the leak is someone with high rank in your company! Fortunately, the new tenants also work at the company as you join forces with them to find out who is conducting industrial espionage behind your back...as well as some entertainment on the side... There are English reviews. 8. Briganty ~The Roots of Darkness~ ブリガンティ ~The Roots of Darkness~ [951027] Giga 1 2 3 4 Gady is a black magician and a skillful martial artist who travels around with his personal fairy Leena. Gady is more interested in sexy girls than in anything else, and Leena calls him "the pervert of the century". One day the two of them find a girl in the woods who begs for help. After Gady agrees to help her, she robs all his money and disappears. Before long Gady and Leena meet a sword master girl named Sephina, who explains that her sister started acting strangely after finding a mysterious sword. This is where Gady's adventure begins. One of the most hated VN creators Giga makes it appearance on the visual novel scene! But they are praised for action game and their first game is actually an action, or rather a platformer. There's a good English review for this game. 9. Charade [951027] Apple Pie 1 Charade describes the daily high-school routine of a girl named Kazumi. The game proceeds from one school day to another, putting Kazumi in the same situations, facing the same choices. Those choices, as well as random events and meetings with other characters, schoolmates and teachers (only female), change Kazumi's viewpoints as well as relationships with the other girls. Yuri school ADV. The weirdness of this game is that you set the setting yourself, like this girl will be in the theater and arts clubs and we'll start to pay her attention. And at any time in the morning we can choose - forget it all and get a new setting. Characters aren't cute enough to empathize as well. Game is fully voiced, but making a setting yourself and participating in constant loops just in hope to find an action that would lead to some branching is not the most exciting occupation if you're expecting a story to be told. 10. Leap Toki ni Sarawareta Shoujo LEAP 時にさらわれた少女 [951027] Ange Hero has finally confessed and made love to his childhood friend Ai. But as he wakes up in unfamiliar place, he can't find Ai anywhere. He begins his search. Hero needs to travel through the time by having sex with school nurse and find traces of Ai in different time segments. There are multiple endings depending on whether he chooses some local girl or keep on his search. There are a lot of selections and branches in addiction to already confusing time travel. It's an experimental work with a lot of edges, oh well, and it's not hookable. 11. Power Slave パワースレイブ [951027] Umitsuki Production 1 Tetsuya is a rather ordinary Japanese teenager, who prefers hanging out with his sweetheart Rika than going to school. His passion are 3D video games. The newest game machine which allows the player to completely submerge into the virtual world, modeled according to his desires, has captured his heart. But one thing is strange: lately, Tetsuya keeps seeing himself as a killer and rapist. Dreams begin to haunt him. Is this just a side-effect of the game, or does he have a dark side he knows nothing about? Or maybe the game took him to another world, which will from now on become part of his life?.. Quite an unusual mix of genres and with animated scenes on top of that. The first work of the company we all know as Jellyfish for being the only ardent adept of fully animated eroge. A merry game, but not hookable and rather short.
  19. Mime is the only masterpiece of September. 1. Mahou no Princess Minky Momo Fantastic World 魔法のプリンセス ミンキーモモ ファンタスティック・ワールド [950901] Wishbone 1 Momo is a princess of a magical world that has come to Earth together with three companions - a bird, a dog, and a monkey - to help humans regain their happiness and bring the two worlds together. She has the appearance of a pretty, cheerful teenage girl, and immediately attracts the attention of a young boy who lives in a quiet town with his biologist father. Together, the two must solve the mysteries of the town, and perhaps find happiness for themselves as well. "Mahou no Princess Minky Momo" is based on an anime of the same name. Almost kinetic novel based on anime. And I did not watch this kindergarten anime. 2. Virgin 2 Hana Hiraku Shoujo-tachi no AVG ヴァージン^2 花ひらく少女たちのAVG [950901] Fairy Dust Koji is caught at peeping after the tennis girls, so school girls committee stripped him and ridiculed his masculinity. In order to defend his pride school nurse advises him to be proactive with girls and prove his case. Quite a baka comedy with significant ero element. Game systems are quite shallow and it takes significant time for screen to draw. Saving is also limited to before each chapter. 3. Gakuen Sodom ~Kyoushitsu no Mesu Dorei-tachi~ 学園ソドム ~教室の牝奴隷達~ [950908] PIL 1 2 The protagonist of the game is a teacher in St. Marianna Girls High School, which his sister also attends. One day, a maniac breaks into the school, and, holding the protagonist and the students at gunpoint. He then holds them hostage and forces them to perform violent and humiliating sexual acts with each other. The whole story of the game is basically a long stretch of such acts, while the maniac (and the protagonist) have to deal with new situations, such as arrival of police, journalists, etc. Game starts as a more or less normal school game and then the criminal destroys the world as students knew it. It's a very specialized humiliation subgenre nukige. 4. Kinbaku no Yakata 緊縛の館 [950908] Xyz 1 Kinbaku no Yakata (meaning "Bondage Mansion") is a sadistic take on the "raising simulation" genre. Two brothers from a decayed nobility lineage live in a dark mansion, specializing in all things gruesome. The protagonist is one of the brothers, who wants to "prove himself" to the other one by kidnapping a young girl and turning her into his sex slave. The fame of SEEK laid the beginnings of a new bondage museum genre. Game is inferior to SEEK in completeness and thus can only be advised to those who had not enough of SEEK. 5. :Loop ~Izanahi no Kaikiten~ :LOOP ~いざなひの回帰点~ [950908] Grocer 1 The two young Kodama sisters, Nozomi and Hikari, decided to go for a drive in the countryside, to celebrate the end of Nozomi's brilliant high-school year. They get lost in the woods and are greeted by a handsome young man, who offers to bring them to the nearby mansion, known as the Deer Garden Temple, and to spend the night here. The exciting adventure soon turns into a nightmare, when the inhabitants of the mansion make Nozomi their sex slave... There are three branches and only slightly more endings with most of endings being sex slave bad ones. Still it's unusual to see girls treated normally, allowing them give birth to children and making plans for their future. 6. Dangel Dangel [950909] Mink 1 2 3 Long time ago, there was balance in the world. Three great tribes lived in peace with each other. Up in the sky, the Heavenly Tribe; down on the Earth, the Human Tribe; and between them, the Demon Tribe. But among the demons, there were some who wanted more power. The members of the Heavenly Tribe were forced to seal the rebellious demons in what they called "Path of Light". But one of them figured out how to break the seal. The demons were now free, and they attacked the Human Tribe. Horrible massacres, ruined cities and villages, exterminated nations - it looked like the End of Days had come to the humans... ...A boy named Anduke was raised in a secluded location by two female elves. It was clear that the boy possessed extraordinary powers: at the tender age of nine, he was already able to sexually satisfy his lovely nannies. But a mysterious force tore the boy away, knocking him unconscious. He awoke ten years later, in a human village. A promise given to a young girl led him to a fateful meeting that revealed his destiny: he had the blood of Heavenly Tribe in him, and was the only one able to save the Human Tribe from the demons... There is an English review. 7. Glass no Destiny ガラスの運命 [950914] FMC Main heroine Yuri enjoyed a happy childhood. Her father eventually remarries and two families start to live together while Yuri acquiring a new sister. But after Yuri's father death one by one disasters fall upon the family bringing it on the brink of despair. Game has a very special shojo manga atmosphere and drawing. It's quite shocking to see this cosy world gets buried to the basement. Then nudity comes to the scene and the impact gets even stronger. It's one of the first works oriented at women, but with unusual yuri genre and emphasis on the story. 8. Mahjong Gensoukyoku III 麻雀幻想曲III [950914] Active 1 2 The third installment of the Mahjong Fantasia series is not directly related story-wise to its predecessors. In the story mode, the player assumes the role of Chris, a guard in the city of Burgund. His mission is to protect the princess at all costs, but once the city is destroyed by members of a cult known as Valms, the two of them have to flee. Chris finds out that the only way to restore his homeland is by finding a sacred ring that had been kept in secret for many generations. There is an English review. 9. Tamago Ryouri たまご料理 [950914] Softhouse Bonbee Bonbon There 20 scenarios at locations to choose from. Stories mostly feature parodies to the media. Specialized ero-centered content. 10. Cyber Illusion サイバーイリュージョン [950922] Pearl Soft 1 Around the turn of the millennium, global warming has become a reality. Abusing energy and the Earth's resources, humanity has driven itself to a point where normal life on Earth could no longer exist. Drastic rise of temperatures caused planet-wide dehydration. The only way to keep existing was through the Cyber Net, a virtual reality system. But soon the Cyber Net began to suffer from continuous assaults by hackers, who programmed lethal viruses into it. Thus, the Cyber Police was born. The protagonist of the game is a high-ranked officer of Cyber Police. With the help of his team, he has to solve the hacker problem once and for all. SF icon selection type game. By 1995 icon selection was already morally old as it's needed to do two clicks to do anything and it's unnecessary barrier if the volume is big enough. We've got the time before the international summit is held to deal with the hacker. All the hacked characters are girls and they start to behave aggressively. Quite a good SF story with a satisfying true ending if you can get through the clunky "point and click" system. 11. Immoral Study Scenario 2: Iijima Yuka インモラルスタディ シナリオ2 飯嶋由佳 [950922] Scoop 1 2 3 4 You play "Professor" Hitosuji, well-known reputed tutor and teacher for his abilities in turning even the worst students into straight A stars...although it might be just a coincidence that all those girls happen to be very young and beautiful students. His "private tutoring skills" might be somewhat questionable, but it works. In Immoral Study 2, the task at hand is to tutor one Yuko Ijima, the only daughter of a big time factory CEO. She's been slipping in her grades lately and her father called you to put her back on the right track again. Oh, she has a major attitude problem. Nothing you can't handle though. Game is localized and has English impressions. 12. Shin Onryou Senki 真怨霊戦記 [950922] Fujicom 1 Hiroyuki Kitahara was leading a rather ordinary life in a quiet Japanese town, and decided one day to take a stroll at night, enjoying the picturesque landscape. All of a sudden, a horrifying monster appeared right in front of him. Kitahara wakes up in the hospital and tries to convince the doctors that he was not hallucinating. Teaming up with a young female journalist, Kitahara begins to explore the city, searching for clues to solve the mystery and seeking meeting with onryou - ghosts of people who were wronged in their lifetime and who are back for revenge. "Shin Onryou Senki" is a remake of "Onryou Senki". The story and most of the dialogues remain the same as in the original release. The differences lie mostly in visual presentation and technical quality of the music. A few locations have been added or made accessible at different moments during the course of the game. It's always good when classic works get a remastered version, but locking it for just one type of console is not that good. I tackled on original Soft Wing Studio work in 1988 year review. 13. Vanishing Point -Tenshi no Kieta Machi- Vanishing Point -天使の消えた街- [950922] Tiare Kusanagi is a high school student. Recently, girls started to disappear from the area he lives. A friend of his sister requests to search for one such person. Game has very primitive RPG system incorporated and there's the need to fight monsters all the time. Apart of that it's just wandering around the town and rescuing girls eventually finding the mastermind. 14. Figure ~Ubawareta Houkago~ フィギュア ~奪われた放課後~ [950929] Silky's 1 An oligarch named Takanashi has built a prestigious girl's high school, known as the Hanatsuki High. Mishima, a young man who has recently graduated high school, is approached by Isao, representative of the Hanatsuki High and his former schoolmate, with a part-time teaching job offer. Despite his dislike to certain school policies Mishima agrees - first, because he is broke, and second, because the perspective to teach the pretty daughters of the wealthiest people in Japan doesn't seem all that unpleasant... A lesser known Silky's game, perhaps because of ordinary school setting. The features are good psychological portrait depiction and depression as omnipotent theme. There are multiple endings prepared. 15. Marine Rouge マリンルージュ [950929] Discovery 1 A young man named Kenji decides to have a vacation on the beautiful island together with his sister Hiromi. Taking a break from work and worries, the two discover a tourist resort with lovely beaches and high-class hotels. Very soon Kenji finds out that many attractive young women either work on the island or have come there for various reasons. Soon the holiday turns into a never-ending string of sexual escapades - and perhaps one of them will turn into a true romance? Game branches early. In first branch a conspiracy plot is uncovered. In the second one you and you girlfriend decide to take over the island and subjugate everyone inside to you will. Pretty extreme and leads to harem ending. 16. Metal Fighter Miku メタルファイター MIKU [950929] Feycraft 1 In the year 2061 A.D., Neo Pro-Wrestling, a form of wrestling that allows for armour and other enhancements, is rapidly growing in popularity. In this, Miku, a young flighty girl is set to join her friends as the tag team known as the Pretty Four. However, the competition is fierce and their opponents are ready to do whatever it takes to win. Against this, the Four manage to obtain the services of an eccentric coach who trained their hero, Aquamarine. With his guidance, the four start on their fight for the top as they must train within almost inhuman discipline while their matches become more and more challenging as their opponents rise in the ranks. Another anime spin-off. There's a nice English impression saying that game's almost unplayable due to fighting element difficulty. There's a good dozen of possible actions during the fight and improper one results in defeat. Game features light yuri elements and full voice with a lot of animation during unskippable talking scenes, so game is targeted on anime fans mostly. 17. Mime 舞夢 [950929] Studio Twinkle 1 2 Once upon a time, there was harmony and balance in the world. Four kingdoms of humans have watched over the four elements. But then a traitor appeared, who has angered the Goddess with his selfish deeds. The balance was destroyed, the elements were no more in harmony, and the world plunged into chaos... Twelve thousand years later, a young knight named Eagle Windeed has been having a strange dream. Maybe there is still salvation for the human race. Maybe it is still possible to make peace with the higher beings. Eagle arrives at a tavern near the Tree Dungeon, determined to find out what his dream meant... The whole world in this dungeon crawler is set as a dungeon without open fields. Characters are cute enough, atmosphere is good and events on the road are nice. Four character team makes battles look solid. There aren't weak points, actually. A very solid RPG for RPG lovers. There is very little H element in the game and achieving favor of target heroine only brings a kiss scene. The difficulty curve is very steep as Eagle is very weak and alone at the start, but with a full party it gets to be a breeze. There is also a bonus dungeon just before the end boss and it has monsters that are even stronger than the boss, but there is little sense in exploring this dungeon.
  20. Great! I'm mostly just retelling Japanese reviews in short to find suitable games for me to play. Making conspectus is the only way to really understand and memorize information for me and I'm truly rejoiced if someone finds it useful.
  21. 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 English review. 2. Hyaku Monogatari ~Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi~ 百物語 ~ほんとにあった怖い話~ [950804] Hudson Soft 1 There is one hundred selectable candles. Each candle leads to a short story a few minutes long. There is one small English review. 3. Immoral Study Scenario 1: Shirakawa Reiko インモラルスタディ シナリオ1 白川玲子 [950811] Scoop 1 2 3 4 5 6 You are professor Hitosuji, a well-known teacher who possesses the remarkable gift of turning weak students into straight A ones. What's the secret of professor's method? As you might have suspected, the talented professor uses somewhat... ahem... unconventional means to attain this noble educational goal. This time, the "victim" is a young innocent girl named Reiko Shirakawa. She attends an all-girl and has never had any real contact with men. Controlling the cunning professor, you must seduce Reiko by selecting correct choices that are presented to you at almost any given point, avoiding disturbances such as the ugly housekeeper in Reiko's house. Game is localized and has English reviews. 4. Kirishima Shinryoushitsu no Gogo 霧島診療室の午後 [950811] May-Be Soft 1 Kyoko is a young woman who does some counseling in a high school; she must talk to people, listen to their problems, and try to solve them. Naturally, this being a hentai game, the problems are usually restricted to sexual fetishes, and the counseling often consists of helping the patients in such ways that new problems of a similar kind might arise... Quite a loose ero-centered story about counseling on sex problems. 5. Frontier フロンティア [950825] Frontier A collection of three stories: 1. 遠雷ワイバーン is about a bounty hunter who stays at the inn and is requested to rescue a kidnapped girl. 2. 快感空間「愛」is about a couple who get summoned to another world one day. The goddess there gives a test to make love to three her maids. 3. "Blood line" is about a an adult store owner Eleanor who supplies space ships with sex dolls. She learns about a suspicious disappearance of a space ship that is rumored to be hijacked by a terrorist group. It's a multi-site adventure that shows another point of view after initial playthrough. Stories are set in some desolate future and quite elaborately done. It might be the peak of multiple stories genre, but whatever complicated prelude is, it inevitably leads to multiple H events. 6. Isaku 遺作 [950825] Elf 1 2 3 4 Unlike the sequels that follows you take on the role of Kenta, a high school student trapped by Isaku, the eldest brother of the Itou Family on the fourth floor of an abandoned school building together with fellow classmates and a teacher. The main objective of the game is to have the player and his companions escape from a locked school building, and to avoid having your companions captured by Isaku. The only way out is through a stairwell, the doors of which are locked on every floor. The player must search the rooms on each floor for clues and items that will lead him to locate the keys that will open the stairwell doors and allow him to descend to the next level and ultimately to a final confrontation with Isaku himself. Famous rapist series of Elf, but this first game has an ordinary high school student as protagonist, so it can be enjoyed. There is one English review. First things first: this game has an amazing point and click system, probably ideal one. There are items to pick up at school, but if misuse some needed item, you won't be able to get a happy ending, cruel as that. There are few VNs with escape as main theme, so it's a nice treat. The graphics of Elf here are in its blossom and it's especially cool that the most attractive character is Kumiko-sensei and not those multiple girls. Game basically has no flaws and manages to have all the elements in sync, so it's a masterpiece, just not for everyone. 7. May Club 五月倶楽部 [950825] Desire 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 The year is 2023, and you play the role of Hajime Kudo, a young man who has just finished his studies at Jiyugaoka University. Hajime is enjoying some downtime after graduation before he is scheduled to start his training with a CAT company and enter the corporate world as a "wage-slave". One February afternoon you receive a flyer advertising a Virtual Reality Dating Simulator called May Club, apparently the most advanced human interface unit of this type to be developed. In May Club, you can supposedly act out any desire you wish with other May Club users, a world where "virtually" anything is possible and physically represented, and inhibitions are forgotten. Naturally, you're intrigued, and make it a point to spend your vacation time at May Club hoping to meet the woman of your dreams before starting your new life. One of the well known old dating sims. Has many English reviews. 8. Moratorium モラトリアム [950825] Gloria Your father remarries and you end up living together with three new grown-up sisters. This work has some gag situations in addition to H events. It can sometimes be seen as a unique comic book and it's easy to read. 9. Ryouki no Ori 猟奇の檻 [950825] Studio Polaris 1 2 A series of strange disappearances occurs in Zeroshiki Department Store, one of the largest shopping malls in Japan. The management is concerned and unwilling to involve the authorities. For an unknown reason they turn to one of their salesmen, a young man named Kuniharu Shitaku, requesting him to investigate the case and find out who or what is behind these disappearances. Kuniharu must explore the mall and gather information by talking to shop managers and staff, most of which are attractive young women who may not be what they seem at first glance. An ADV that incorporates time system. Every map movement takes some time. Suspense story about missing people that turns out to be about organs shipment. Even if you find the criminal, it's only the peak of the iceberg and the puppeteer remains unknown. Graphics is great. There are multiple endings and some of them are quite cheerful in contrast with the dark suspense mood of the game. Of course, there are a lot of bad endings as well, so a guide is almost a necessity in such time driven game. Very original game worthy of masterpiece title, but the modern remake of the game makes old version obsolete. 10. Sakura no Mori 櫻の杜 ~さくらのもり~ [950825] Active 1 Girls school recently started to adopt male students. There's an old urban legend about a ghost called "young lady" at school and three ghost study club members are set to investigate it. It's lesbian comedy. And it's more lesbian than a comedy. It's more or less fun through the middle, but don't expect to see any kind of story development here. Yet another bakage with emphasis on H-scenes. 11. Trigger 2 トリガー2 [950825] ZyX 1 Trigger 2 consists of three unrelated stories. The protagonist of the first one is Kerberos, the mythical guardian hellhound. Following a dispute with Lucifer, Kerberos was banned to Earth, where he assumed human form and eventually decided to battle monsters who had been sexually assaulting young women. In the second story, a seventeen-year-old modern-day girl named Ryoko is magically transferred to a parallel world known as Ryudo. There, she receives painful sexual "training" ans is send to battle machine enemies. The third story is set in American Old West and focuses on Marie, a female rogue who wants to pass for a young man. The rest of the plot depicts various sexual encounters of hers with men and women, consensual and non-consensual alike. Zyx continues the animated games race along with Sogna and Himeya Soft. But Trigger 2 is almost entirely committed to H events unlike his competitors. 12. Shin Youjuu Kyoushitsu Ecstasy Adventure 真・妖獣教室 エクスタシーアドベンチャー [950825] Dez Climax The Earth is under assault by aliens called beasts. They choose this green land as their breeding grounds. But in the Universe there is also an organization that opposes these beasts, and its agents are instantly sent to the Earth. A new round of confrontation starts now. It's basically an anime presented as a game. Great move, but difficult to justify such medium while anime presents a much more comfortable approach.
  22. 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 opportunity to search for a different culprit. Time is limited and hero will have to use all his wits and interrogation skills to get to the truth. Game is called interrogation play not occasionally. After elaborate introduction content is primarily interrogation. Game has multiple endings including lots of bad ones. 2. Mugen Houyou 夢幻泡影 [950707] Alice Soft 1 After a prolonged absence due to mental problems, Kuon, a young heir to a dynasty of powerful oligarchs, returns to his mansion. He is greeted by his wife, his associates, his servants, and other people who live in the huge family estate. Kuon has to continue the political work of his predecessors, but he is more interested in exploring sexual desires - his own and those of other people. But each "experiment" reveals more of Kuon's troubled past, and he will have to fight his childhood traumas and determine himself the limits of what he can allow himself to do... Kind of depressing story of Alice Soft tackling on how to spend last days before death from incurable disease. Hmm... what to do in those last days? Oh, right... another setting as an excuse to portray extreme H scenes. Game barely passed censorship thanks to the fact that incest with the sister is not portrayed in the positive manner. Each scenario is no longer than one hour, but there are numerous endings and even more bad endings that reader is supposed to explore. Game might have some charm for someone due to the fact that "events" take place at Taishou era, but I totally could not sympathize with the setting. 3. Inma Seifuku Gari 淫魔制服狩り [950714] Ail 1 For years, the days on the Earth belonged to human beings, while demonic creatures roamed the planet during the night. But humans have invented artificial illumination. In huge modern cities, nights became as bright as the days. Demons were deprived of their time on the Earth. So they decided to strike back. A powerful demonic warrior decides it's time to show the human who the bosses are... by having sex with young pretty girls in uniforms, of course! There's no much meaning. Just choose one of three girls and play with her. 4. Jealousy ジェラシー [950714] Interheart 1 An ordinary Japanese young man named Fujibayashi Kotarou was playing a computer game at his friend's house. Upon returning home at night, he was approached by mobsters, who demanded money. With debts everywhere and without real means to earn money, Kotarou opts to work for a dubious night club manager as a host. He finds it hard to adjust to the new life style, which brings not only danger and violence, but also sexual experiences he hasn't even dreamed of before... A host experience ADV, but unlike modern bright host otome novels atmosphere here is very gloomy, fishy and yakuza upper hand seen everywhere. Operability of the game is quite bad and animated H events make the gist of it. 5. Kuro no Danshou: The Literary Fragment 黒の断章 THE LITERARY FRAGMENT [950714] Abogado Powers 1 The Literary Fragment is the first game in Abogado's mystery/horror/adult Detective Suzusaki series. The story focuses on Satoshi Suzusaki, a private investigator with a tragic past, which has left a permanent scar on his life and mental abilities. The case that opens the game's story is a horrifying death of an entire family in their house, at the dining table; circumstances lead to an assumption of either a ritual suicide or murder. Suzusaki, his lovely secretary Asuka, and his young friend, psychologist extraordinaire Kusanagi, have to do everything in their powers to solve the case, while the hero's mysterious past continuous to haunt him... Suspense detective story with ties to Cthulhu myth. Story shifts into occult theme quickly. Stunning visuals, ever-deepening plot and point and click system make this game a masterpiece. Point and click is not as refined and friendly as in Elf games though. This is definitely a masterpiece, but need some guts to embrace the dark atmosphere and gore scenes. And there's even a sequel in 1996. It should have been a trilogy, but - alas - third part is never going to see the light. There is a good hentai anime that follows game events quite truthfully. 6. Shinsetsu Kamiya Ukyou 2 真説 神谷右京2 [950714] Altacia The theme of the story is "arbitrary arrangement" introduced with the 1988 law. Sarah is the debtor that appeals to arbitrary arrangement. Fourth installment of detective series, but actually a remake of older game. Another case based on real life case and again debt as main theme. This work has a much more user friendly systems. As usual, lots of specialized vocabulary and professional slang is used. Ukyo who takes the case is old-fashioned with some bearded jokes to tell, so it's hard to appeal to younger auditory. Case itself lacks excitement so may look boring. But if it does not scare you, it's actually the masterpiece level detective game with many endings, serious approach and story that takes priority over usual tedious detective works gameplay. 7. Doki Doki Pretty League Final DokiDokiぷりてぃリーグ Final [950720] Great Pink Angels who won the JPL league discover their trophy disappearance one day. Hero does not want publicity and wants to hire a private detective. But on his way there he attends a birthday party of one of team members and discovers the cup in one of the rooms... Mentioning anything else of the plot would be a spoiler. Enough to say that there is a happy end. This episode is "final" instead of a number meaning it's more of an extra episode after the whole baseball business. Episode is the longest and does not have a game included making it a nice final. 8. Dora Dora Emotion ~Seihaiden~ DORADORAエモーション ~聖牌伝~ [950721] Cocktail Soft 1 2 A young treasure hunter named Asuta travels together with his faithful companion, the cute angel-like creature Mink. One day, Mink tells her "master" about the floating continent Norland. Rumors say that a golden tablet of immense value is hidden somewhere on that continent. Asuta and Mink travel to Norland and try to enter the Queen's palace. However, it seems that the people of Norland only have respect to those who are proficient in the ancient game of mahjong. Mink quickly teaches Asuta how to play the game, and they challenge the famous people (read: young, pretty women) of the country to the bloodless battle! This time with a story. But it does not really help. The game is ordinary. 9. Lemon Angel レモンエンジェル [950721] Fairy Dust 1 2 The plot involves Tomo meeting her friends Erika and Miki, only to become trapped in a magical dimension with her friends gone. Tomo must travel to various worlds in order to find them; these worlds have varied themes and settings, including an alien attack on a spaceship, a country populated by giant sexually abusive mushrooms, a realm that changes Tomo's gender, etc. There is an English review. 10. Perfect Blue パーフェクトブルー [950725] Ucom Main character is a biker who has ample opportunities to have sex at home, at school and at his girlfriend's place. But as he rescues a girl from a group of men, his daily routine starts to change... Pretty horrible game as pretty much nothing happens, but H events follow one by one for eternity. Game is mostly remembered for an intercourse scene with imouto at the start. 11. Arbeit ~Futari no Omoi~ アルバイト ~二人の想い~ [950728] Ange A couple is preparing for a holiday together, and need money to do that. Both go for a part-time job. You get to see both the boyfriend's and girlfriend's points of view. There are six weekly jobs each with a different girl and possibility to confess on the friday. So it's quite close to our usual heroine routes. The multi-site system is still fresh and quite popular after C's Ware hit DESIRE. But the content is ordinary. 12. Branmarker 2 ブランマーカー2 [950728] D.O. 1 2 3 Branmarker 2 is a direct sequel to the first Branmarker. The heroine Shami has completed her quest, received the magical artifact known as "branmarker", and is returning home with her companion Viga. Alas, the evil sorceress Kara has other plans, so she steals the branmarker from Shami to use it for her own mysterious purposes. Shami and Viga have to find the thief and recover the artifact before hell is unleashed upon the world. There's a good English review out there. 13. De.FaNa デ・ファーナ [950728] Himeya Soft 1 A young boy with spiky purple hair lies on the ground, contemplating the clear sky. He enjoys the well-deserved rest. Life is good. The only problem is... he can't remember who he is. Finally, after some efforts, he recalls his name: Luck. Profession: adventurer. He was supposed to meet his partner, a sexy girl named Sue, but instead ended up in some sort of a magical land, with zombies and angry female warriors. Soon he will learn that the land is called De FaNa, is ruled by a queen, and contains plenty of dangerous quests for an adventurer... and pretty girls for a horny teenager! Himeya Soft accepts the Sogna challenge and issues another highly animated game. Tempo is a bit sluggish since you need to try all the variants before moving on. Characters and the story aren't too exciting, but overall a very nice work. 14. Kousoku ~Yorokobi no Juice~ 拘束 ~悦びの淫液~ [950728] Persian Soft 1 A young man named Keisuke falls asleep on a train and sees a dream: he is having sex with a beautiful woman whom he calls Miyuki, even though he doesn't know this woman in his real life. Afterwards, Keisuke misses the last train to the city and is stranded on a rainy day on a small, uninhabited station. Suddenly, he sees the woman from his dream, and finds out her name is really Miyuki. She tells him and her rich father has built for her and her sisters a European-style mansion nearby, and invites the young man to visit. Keisuke accepts and meets her family, which leads to unexpected and dark erotic adventures... Characters were mysterious enough to make me play to the end. But last quarter of the game has much disturbing content. It's still a good thing that Miyuki is not subject to the overall madness, well, maybe just a little. So it's mostly an ero-centered game, but with nice mystery and cute characters. 15. Kurumi-chan Ninja くるみちゃんにんじゃあ [950728] Studio Jikkenshitsu A legendary black ship arrives at Minato shore shipping suspicious black chests. A ninja girl is sent to investigate the contents of the chests. There aren't reviews and game process is just too dull. It's still nice to see as much as three attacking commands available to use at any time.
  23. True Love ~Jun'ai Monogatari~ , Romance wa Tsurugi no Kagayaki - The Last Crusader- and Tokyo Twilight Busters ~Kindan no Ikenie Teito Jigokuhen~ are masterpieces for me, but only True Love ~Jun'ai Monogatari~ is a traditional visual novel and it's the most accessible to general public. 1. Trouble Chaser Dai 3 Wa - 2 Do Aru Trouble 3 Do Aru トラぶるCHASER 第3話 2度あるトラブル3度ある [950601] Nihon Create New chaser girl Ridia flands near Daisuke house. How will Rudy and Rena react? And what's the truth behind the identity of a mysterious person Ridia was chasing? This 3rd game is nowhere to be found already and can be considered a lost piece. 2. Hana no Kioku 花の記憶 [950609] Foster 1 Hana no Kioku consists of five episodes, all of which can be accessed from the main menu, in no particular order: The young school girl Chiko is taking a subway train and is sexually molested by what she thinks is a chihan (a person with the popular Japanese "hobby" of touching young girls on the trains). However, the chihan turns out to be a young girl named Kiko, who wears a rather elaborate disguise. An episode dedicated to another popular Japanese theme: tentacle sex. A young girl named Mei thinks about anime stories and brave heroes who defeat monsters; at that moment, she is sexually assaulted by a horribly-looking giant squid monster. Mei is back in school, but this time she is not the player-controlled character; the latter is now a female teacher named Sumi, who has ordered Mei to stay in the classroom after the lesson, in order to have sex with her. A school girl named Saki is sick and is lying on the bed in the school hospital. From that point, the story can branch two different ways: either she is being raped by Sumi, or seduced by the nurse Aki. Back to Kiko from the first story; she is the playable character now, and, depending on the story branch, she either waits for her boyfriend and has sex with him, or goes outside in a disguise already seen in the first episode mentioned. Foster did not bother to present a coherent story this time, but picture is as good as ever. 3. True Love ~Jun'ai Monogatari~ TRUE LOVE ~純愛物語~ [950609] Software House Parsley 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 True Love's genre is considered to be a mixture of a dating sim and visual novel. The player controls a college student looking for his true love. The goal of the game is to win the girls' hearts before the last summer of freedom is over. Every day, when the main character wakes up, the player can plan the schedule for morning, afternoon, and evening. The choices (such as pleasure, sports, study, etc.) determine what events will occur during the day (if any), and also raise the character's skills in the selected category. Different girls in the game (there are ten of them) have different interests, goals, and preferences. If the character's skills in the category that the girl finds most important are high enough, he has a chance to become her boyfriend and the player is rewarded with erotic images of the girl. Probably the best known old visual novel game. The number of English reviews is excessive. 4. Kekkou Kamen 2 ~Oshioki Densetsu no Maki~ けっこう仮面2 ~おしおき伝説の巻~ [950615] Dynamic Production 1 In the sequel to to the first Kekkō Kamen, the player is no longer required to control the satanic protagonist of the previous game. Instead, the protagonist is a young substitute teacher (default name Ryusuke) who is perplexed at his discoveries in the high school he is invited to work for. As the title implies (shioki means "corporal punishment"), some teachers and students engage in bizarre sadistic activities. It's up to the player to decide how the new guy will fit in. An ero-centered game, but at least you can take sides in this one and the start of the game is totally normal till you're brought to the basement. 5. Tenshi-tachi no Gogo ~Tenkousei~ 天使たちの午後 ~転校生~ [950616] JAST 1 2 In this installment of the Tenshitachi no Gogo series, the protagonist is a male high-school student named Hayato. He was recently transferred to a new school, far away from his home. As in most other Tenshitachi no Gogo games, the story mainly depicts various encounters and conversations with female schoolmates and other girls Hayato meets in the city; the "goal" is to have sex with as many as possible. Quite a normal JAST game, easy to read, but not too interesting. 6. Yakouchuu 夜光虫 [950616] Athena Hero is the captain of a cargo ship "Diana" that's been in sail for half a year. He faces three mysteries with new one opening up after each playthrough. Kamitachi no Yoru was a big hit and competitors hurried to produce more content in the same vein. The peculiarity of this work is that it's the first sound novel produced not by Chunsoft. The content of the stories is usual for such format horror, but it's the only such game in the closed ship environment. 7. Chikudenya Toubee Hiroku Chigyaku no Yakata 逐電屋藤兵衛 秘録恥虐乃館 [950623] Wendy Magazine 1 Matsuo Basho, famous haiku poet is presented here as master ninja of Fuji clan during Edo period. Story focuses on several days of his life. Last work of Wendy Magazine and a very rare one. Game has picturesque views of Edo, lots of bad ends and some violent scenes. There is one English review of it. 8. Hoshi no Suna Monogatari 3 星の砂物語3 [950623] D.O. 1 The third entry in the Hoshi no Suna Monogatari series is also the first one not to have Gengorou Imai as the protagonist (although he does have a cameo appearance in the game). The playable character this time is the 23-year-old Mine Takaishi. He dropped out of college because of opinion difference with a teacher; now he is poor and can only have jobs as a tutor. Luckily, one of the girls he teaches has a rich family, which sends her on a vacation at the fashionable boarding house on the sea shore, owned by a relative named Uminoya; the private teacher accompanies her. Several relatives also stay at the boarding house, and all goes well until one of them, the owner's younger brother, suddenly feels very sick after having dinner... He is taken to the hospital, and Mine begins to investigate the boarding house and its surrounding, suspecting foul play... Game was shocking for including voicing CD. Again a murder case and again it's still mostly about picture and girls. 9. Romance wa Tsurugi no Kagayaki - The Last Crusader- ロマンスは剣の輝き -THE LAST CRUSADER- [950623] Fairytale 1 2 3 A young swordsman named Rune is strolling in the woods when he notices a lake. And bathing in the lake is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Suddenly, a wolf leaps from the woods and attacks the girl. Rune swiftly defeats the beast. The girl he saved turned out to be Cecil, the princess of Barran! Watching how the princess was taken back to the castle by a zealous knight, Rune swears that he will do anything to become worthy of her love. And his friends (all of whom happen to be girls) have no choice but to help him! SRPG with branches for each of the heroine. SRPG is a rare find already, feels like Utawarerumono. Since it's Fairy Tale title, the CG and character design are outstanding. Maybe the story lacks epicness, but it's a well rounded game with many likable characters and thus is worthy to be called a masterpiece. 10. Sela セーラ [950623] Harvest 1 The aim is to bring up the captain's only daughter as an ideal girl. Raising sim where you mostly busy with making money and then spending money on education. Side goal is to collect crown stones since perfect ending is only available with all the parameters above 150 and while having 5 crown stones. So it's more like an adult version of Princess Maker with some ADV elements incorporated since you live with the daughter at the same house. 11. Tokyo Twilight Busters ~Kindan no Ikenie Teito Jigokuhen~ 東京トワイライトバスターズ ~禁断の生贄帝都地獄変~ [950623] Wolf Team 1 2 3 1923, Tokyo – The Taishou era – Whilst studying abroad in England, Sho Kusanagi receives news that his father - Professor Takuma Kusanagi of the Imperial University - has been reported missing. Sho returns to Japan to uncover the truth behind his father’s disappearance, and is quickly involved with a series of mysterious incidents that have appeared in the capital. Game has two nice English reviews. Truly a unique game. 12. Sotsugyou Shashin ~Naked Color~ 卒業写真 ~ネイキッドカラー~ [950624] Apollon Create Keisuke is a high school student. He has a girlfriend Kyouko attending the same class. This is the best time of their youth and time to make memories. Difficult to follow, but quite easy to read scenario. Very difficult to empathize with the main hero. Balanced and average content. 13. Gir l ガール [950629] Juice Three girls stories about sexual experiences. Les ero-centered narration without wasting much time for talking. 14. Ginga Ojou-sama Densetsu Yuna 2: Eien no Princess 銀河お嬢様伝説ユナ2 永遠のプリンセス [950630] Hudson Soft 1 2 This is the second game in the series about the school girl Yuna Kagurazaka, who fights crime in cosmic battles. Eien no Princess continues the story of the first game. Yuna has defeated the 13 Servants of Darkness, and their leader Lia has become a friend, fighting crime on her own in a superhero TV show. Life seems to continue normally, the only trouble being Erika, a snotty high school girl who sees herself as Yuna's biggest rival. She challenges Yuna to a fight, but both are spotted by the titular starship "Eternal Princess", commanded by the pretty Princess Mirage, whose task is to stop violence in the whole galaxy. What begins as a misunderstanding ends as a serious threat to the Earth... There's a nice English review out there. 15. Kotohigaoka Monogatari 琴緋ヶ丘物語 [950630] Miamisoft Aoi are students of Kotohigaoka high school. They are secretly in love with the heroine Saeki Yuna, but can't confess to her due to constant attention and clinging of their cousin Ayaka and younger student Maiko. Events start to unwind after Aoi is recruited as a substitute basketball team member to replace an injured player. Graphics and character designs are very unusual for pc-98 era, it's more like what we have in contemporary games. Perspective was also strange as characters jump out of the picture as are show as half the torso while picture takes less space. At the beginning we need to choose the main character out of two heroes - one is attractive, reach, but rude and the other one is pure brainless muscle. There are total of 8 endings, 4 for each character. Game's not particularly interesting as stories are done just to give all the possible variants of each hero to end up with each heroine. Hetare protagonists don't help either. Game has some unique features, but that's it. It was fun enough to get to some girl ending once just to see where the game is going, but repeating it some 7 more times to see all 4 girls endings for both protagonists does not sound appealing. 16. Mobius Roid メビウスロイド [950630] Silky's 1 The main protagonist of Möbius Roid is a young man named Masa Taniyama, who lives alone in a mansion in a quiet district, and dedicates most of his time to one activity: sex. He also has a partner to his sexual escapades, a very "active" young girl named Chie. But another young girl is raped somewhere in the neighborhood, and this changes Masa's life... Composition of the story is good and there are 8 endings. The number of H events is quite large totally some 70 HCG. 17. YES! HG - Hi-Grade, Hyper Graphics A.V.G. YES! HG - Hi-Grade, Hyper Graphics A.V.G. [950630] Himeya Soft A collection of eight short stories Number of stories jumped to 8 from just 3 in prequel. The degree of H element varies strongly by the stories. There is not nearly enough time for each story, so the game is for enjoying picture in extravagant settings. 18. Yumemizaka 夢見坂 [950630] Ume Soft 1 This game is a story about the adventures of a pizza delivery guy. He meets and have fun with his female customers and friends. His store advertising campaign brings him to a house of three sisters. There he is treated to some interesting stuff... Ero-centered work without any plot burden. Basically you're invited everywhere with total number of girls being 11. 19. Kiboujima no Satsujin 希望島の殺人 [9506] Chirorin House A good company has gathered on an isolated island, but one by one murders occur out of revenge. You need to find the culprit and do it fast. Doujin work. It's actually a sequel to another detective story. It's a one way road and any variants lead to the same ending.
  24. 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 world face off to see who is worthy of fighting and defeating this terror. Monzetsu Fighter is a card battle game where you play as a female warrior fighting other female warriors and occasionally a boss. Battles simulate rape fights and cards represent different ways of sexually attacking an opponent. As health decreases, characters get cuts, bruises, and lose clothes. The fight ends when one of the combatants passes out, of as the title says, faints in anguish. There is an English review. 2. Sexpress セクスプレス [950512] Ange 1 The protagonist of the game is a young Japanese man who is lucky enough to win a ride on the S-Express, a miraculous train connecting Australia with Canada and going through almost the entire world with stops in Singapore, Japan, China, India, Israel, Russia, France, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Panama, and USA. Nearly the whole game is set on the train itself, with only a few locations accessible within. There is a concept of time and each character acts according to his timetable like in Classmate. This is the most difficult type of visual novels and only masterpieces can survive here. And sexpress is very close to it. Heroines are very cute and charming, inspiring to clear the game despite the high difficulty. 3. Kankin 監禁 [950518] Illusion 1 The year is 2197. In order to be able to compete with the leading powers of the world, Japan was urbanized, huge city areas covering the entire country. In these huge, soulless cities, crime thrives. Violence is part of everyday life. Female police agents Sagoto, Kikuno, and Chisame are sent to Koube City to arrest drug dealers. But all goes wrong in the very beginning, and the young women fall victims to vicious criminals. It's an Illusion game so it takes mere minutes for a spree of H events to begin. 4. Amy to Yobanaide エイミーと呼ばないでっ [950519] C's Ware 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 This is a story about a high-school girl named Emi, who fell in love with her younger step-brother. Finally, on her eighteenth birthday, she decides to tell him about her feelings. But suddenly, debt collectors arrive and confiscate everything your father possessed. Tomomi, Emi's step-brother, disappears. Now Emi must find him, her only true love, and to confess to him her feelings. But on her journey, Emi discovers a different personality inside herself. This other person is called Amy. While the true Emi is a shy, modest girl, her Amy part cares mostly about one thing: to make real her wildest sexual fantasies... Game is localized and has lots of English reviews. 5. Ballade for Maria マリアに捧げるバラード [950526] FAIRYTALE HARDCOVER 1 In "Ballade For Maria", you control Jake Spikes, a detective from New York. Recently, terrible murders have been happening in Boston. An unknown killer seeks out women and brutally murders them, cutting their hands off. Jake travels to Boston to unravel the mystery, finding out who is responsible for the murders. It's from the same developer as Necronomicon, so you should know what to expect. Point and click shifted back to command selection with troublesome flags to find (way too many characters having way too many useless dialogue lines and topics to discuss). Game's main feature is depressive atmosphere so unlike Necronomicon it's a full-scale utsuge. Same as Necronomicon there are two endings - bad and very bad. As an experimental game, it has a lot of gore, but almost no nudity thus continuing Koroshi no Dress trend. 6. Koihime 恋姫 [950526] Silky's 1 2 3 Musashi returns to the remote country village where his grandmother lives after being away for 15 years. However, once he gets there, he finds that he has somehow forgotten four different girls whom he had promised to marry when he was a child. There are two English reviews of this Elf game, but I'd wish to sum it up. Game is set in traditional japanese countryside and has vertical text display to underline this atmosphere. Text is good and full of gags and emotions. So is the tempo. But the volume is small so story is forced like all the girls are in love with the hero from the start. There are 14 good endings even though the story has no branches. By the end there are several battle sequences, but they are ok to loose. So this is a melancholy rural story with a touch of folklore mystics that was notable in 1995, but today there are hundreds of such works, it's not memorable enough to stand out even though both characters and drawing are very cute. 7. Mujintou Monogatari 2 無人島物語2 [950526] KSS Inc. 1 Mujintō Monogatari 2 is a follow-up to Mujintō Monogatari. Like its predecessor, it simulates survival of a group of people on a deserted island - this time, following a ship accident. The basic gameplay is very similar to that of the previous game. The player has to make schedules for the survivors, sending teams to procure necessary supplies such as water, food, light sources, building materials, etc. Only a small part of the island is accessible in the beginning: the player gradually explores it by arranging expeditions. It is possible to manage up to three parties of people, giving each an assignment, which unfolds automatically as the player chooses to complete a day. The survivors' attributes will change depending on the activities chosen by the player. This time there are finally unique characters and dialogues on events. The basic gameplay stays the same - gather resources, synthesize them and use them to develop and survive. But that also sets the biggest problem - system has to be changed if unique characters and stories are introduced. You can't just leave it as survival strategy with just naming the characters and adding event dialogues. It's definitely more enjoyable than prequel, but still far from masterpiece level. 8. X -Ekkusu- X -エックス- [950526] Studio Mebius Erika is a 16 year-old high-school student who receives lots of love letters from other girl students. One night space tax collector Seri lands on Erika killing her. In order to regain the body Erika needs to help Seri save the world in the next 500 hours by participating in various interstellar sex events. In reality after the opening player is thrown to selection between 10 scenes at once. Yuri love in exotic space locations makes he gist of the game. 9. Himitsu Chouhou Buin - 00Nanako-chan 3 秘密諜報部員00ななこちゃんIII [9512] Overture Parents of Nanako-chan go on a trip. At this time monsters attacks start to happen. Nanako-chan will need to solve this case together with her sister and childhood friend! Third game did not get a Windows version and thus remains obscure. 10. Sailor Bunny Daibakuhatsu セーラーバニー大縛発 [9512] Minto Club Game is about training a bunny girl in exchange for pocket money. An ero-centered doujin game. 11. Sinkha [9512] Marco Patrito 1 2 3 4 Sinkha tells the fascinating story of Hyleyn, a bold girl who lives in the mysterious city of Thalissar. This gigantic and gloomy agglomeration of howling metal, located on the hostile planet Ogon, proves to be of great interest to the Sinkha, a race of immortals who send their living starship Darcron to investigate. There are many English reviews of this game, but what matters to me is that this is the first West originated visual novel and the first windows visual novel. 12. Virgin Angel ヴァージンエンジェル [9512] Crystal Soft 1 In 2080, Tokyo, the capital of Japan, became a center for daring scientific experiments, newest research in space ship technology, and organized crime. A new deadly drug was developed, that enhanced sexual experiences of human beings, eventually subduing their will and turning them into slaves of whoever possessed the drug. A special unit of the police force was assigned to investigate the crimes committed under the influence of the drug, and to find the criminals that distributed it. The player controls the young female investigator Amano Murakumo. Will she be able to survive in this hostile and terrifying world?.. Despite being a doujin game, it has some stunning visuals. There should be at least 4 endings since I saw 1st and 4th one but only 1st one is good while others being ero-centered bad endings.
  25. Mugen Yasoukyoku and Bunny Hunter Zero are masterpieces of the month, but bakage would always be inferior for me, so Mugen Yasoukyoku is the winner of the month 1. Alice no Yakata 3 ALICEの館3 [950401] Alice Soft 1 A collection of five mini-games with Alice from the Rance series. The first two games in this series were only available on Japanese computers. It includes a quiz game "TokuSakari quiz Rerorero", fighting Prince Patton, a female teacher in agony hell visual novel with two endings - one good and a darker one. As usual, game contains lots of short H stories and some additional materials. 2. Setsujuu ~Yuganda Kioku~ 雪猫 ~ゆがんだ記憶~ [950405] JAST A guy went on a graduation ski trip with his friend and their girlfriends. Before and during the trip, he met and had fun with a bunch of females. In some places, you can choose which girl he have fun with by going to one place or another. Scenario is a single road with branching close to the end. There are 10 girls overall for capture. Content is quite poor. 3. 5 Jikanme no Venus 5時間目のヴィーナス [950407] Fairy Dust 1 Shimeji attends the Touyama High School. She has a best friend there, is successful in studies, and also has a part-time job as a waitress. Yet she is not happy. One day, her friends find her on the floor, unconscious. They bring her to the young school doctor, who also happens to be the protagonist of this game. The hero is impressed by Shimeji's beauty, but he is also determined to find the cause of her depression. Piece by piece he uncovers the truth about Shimeji's life... Basically a hentai anime episode made into a game. Game is straight-forward and features Shimeji secrets one by one, can't see here any value over the anime. 4. Noushuku Angel 120% 濃縮ANGEL・120% [950414] Cocktail Soft Heroine starts to have erotic dreams in broad daylight and starts to loose the grip with reality. There are no reviews on the game, but there were way too many H scenes at the start to go on. 5. School Girls スクールガールズ [950414] Scoop 1 School Girls tells the story of Shinsuke, a young man looking for a teaching job. His uncle is the principal of a prestigious girls' high school, and he assigns to his nephew the job of a substitute art teacher. The rest of the plot is mostly dedicated to Shinsuke's relationships (sexual and otherwise) with the various female students and co-workers. The game starts with a mystery of which girls wears the strawberry pants, but very soon forgets about it and turns into H events parade. 6. Ushinawareta Rakuen 失われた楽園 [950414] Silky's 1 2 College student Kojima Kousaku is promised a high payment for assistance in scientific expedition on a southern island. However, a storm breaks out and the ship suffers a shipwreck. The crew gets separated and they start to search first for bed and food and then find a strange temple in the jungle. I've prepared a full review of the game. 7. Yuuwaku 誘惑 [950414] T2 Co., Ltd. One day a young woman comes to the detective office and asks to find a picture that was left by her father. Hero rejects the request at first, but decides to look into it eventually. He starts to gather information about client's family with the neighborhood. Game is based on adult manga work and all information gathering happens through the sex. 8. Doki Doki Pretty League Dai 5 Wa - Saraba Pink Angels-tachi DokiDokiぷりてぃリーグ 第5話 さらばピンクエンジェルス達 [950415] Great Nanase is promised by her grandfather to do as she likes if she wins the finals. And then the final match against Green Hornets begins. I was partly confused by the fact that I actually had to lose in the finals to get a good ending. I knew some Pink Angel girl started to play for Green Hornets, but don't think it was Nanase. 9. Dual Soul デュアルソウル [950415] Ail Gush is a treasure hunter. He is searching for the Gomalie ruins at the request of Evonos Church with tree friends. As he was leaving the ruins he got caught in the trap had had multiple spear piercing wounds. He should have died but he awoke at the bed. His appearance changed drastically as he took the form of Edner who fell from the roof at the same time. He is sentenced to live as Edner by the church bishop. Then suspicious events start to happen one by one... It was fully story driven but had poor sales. so next Ail games were of fanservice character and they sold much better. There is a huge sudden shift between first half of the work that's more of a gag comedy with Gush rejoiced about his survival and the second part that's full of drama and emotions. So the scenario felt unprofessional and left a sour aftertaste. 10. Ring Out!! リングアウト!! [950421] ZyX 1 2 3 4 5 Somewhere in Tokyo is an underground club where important political and social figures gather to watch an unusual sport. Two women are put in a caged ring, in revealing clothes, and grope each other while wrestling. Whoever comes first, loses. No holds barred, and the loser has to endure any humiliation the winner asks. Into this ring comes a young girl named Aya, forced into slavery by people to whom she is nothing. There are English reviews. 11. Viper-V12 [950421] Sogna 1 2 Yet another entry in the Viper series, Viper V-12 exploits the same format all the previous entries followed: there are three unrelated short stories which mostly consist of animated sex scenes, with some interaction here and there. Here are the stories: Future Investigator Bravan: Bravan is a powerful warrior clad in power armor, who fights for human beings in and has only one weakness: his pretty female comrades. A group of demons called "Donar", led by the mischievous female doppelganger Colonel Gel, decide to use the shape-shifting powers of the commander to lure Bravan to their lair. Angel Dust: Kate and Julia, two cosmic rangers, attack a space pirate ship and board it, hoping to steal treasures and to become rich. But they were not careful enough when they entered the ship without any precautions: the space pirates had other plans for the young girls... Magical Gambler: A young child has a dream which becomes reality: two cute flying creatures appear in front of her and give her a magic rod. However, when the girl uses the rod, she miraculously turns into a young and sexy woman. She decides to use the powers of the rod for her own greed, and becomes Chiyomi - the Queen of Gambling... There is an English review. 12. Mugen Yasoukyoku 夢幻夜想曲 [950422] Apricot (old) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Nocturnal Illusions' genre is a mixture of a dating sim and visual novel. In this game the main character decides to get away from it all during his spring break and stay in the mountains. While staying in the mountains a massive storm causes the main character to faint. A mysterious woman saves him and uses sexual pleasure to keep him warm. It turns out that he is now in a strange old mansion. The woman who saved the main character is the mistress in charge of the place. The main character decides to explore and while there meets many women as the story unfolds... Game is localized and has overwhelming number of English reviews. I've seen it to the end and can't say it's a game for everyone. It has good text and mysterious characters, but don't expect much plot here. It has its unique charm, but can't say I got a good impression out of it. 13. Bunny Hunter Zero ばにぃはんたぁ零 [950428] Studio Jikkenshitsu 1 Hero is a salary man and he investigates disappearance of his father with the employees salary. The lead takes him to the "Neo Bunny" organization which members are dressed like bunnies. Hero gets attacked by a group of bunny girls on the street. As he wraps himself in matador suit, he feels that he now has power to oppose them as he becomes now "Bunny Hunter Zero". The only English review is from someone who does not understand Japanese. Synopsis looks weird... only because that's a weird bakage with little sense to be found. Game features card battles to keep players from getting bored. Another strong side is graphics as the characters were cute and attractive. Card game is also cool, not just another mahjong. The gameplay is quite fun, so game was actually quite popular... not for long, of course. 14. Itsuka Dokoka de. いつかどこかで。 [950428] Cocktail Soft 1 The follower-up to the first Erotic Baka Novel game is similar to it in structure: it is a visual novel with multiple story lines, which take place according to the decisions made by the player during the game. The protagonist is once again a regular Japanese male; this time, the initial "trigger event" is a message on his pager. Three different choices regarding his reaction to the beeper's sound lead to three very different story arcs, each involving its own sub-branches. There are three branches from the start and new branches open up after seeing consequent endings. There are also bad endings as before, but overall there are much less choices than in prequel. Stories are quite interesting involving third world war and other planets among others. 15. Oushuu Yuukai Yuugi Pink Tiger 欧州誘拐遊戯 PINK☆TIGER [950428] Peppermint Kids Pink Tigers is a secret criminal organization composed only of women dealing with kidnappings and robbery mostly. Protagonist gets a request to rescue one kidnapped child. An ero-centered les work. 16. Reijou Monogatari 令嬢物語  ~れいじょうものがたり~ [950428] Interheart 1 2 Three sisters of the Saijō family - Michie, Saki, and Erika - lived together peacefully in a quiet house. Their parents have died but left them a very large fortune, which evoked jealousy in people surrounding them. On Michie's twentieth birthday their greedy and corrupt uncle, who recently lost a vast amount of money due to failed business transactions, sent his goons to extort from the young women the fortune they rightfully possessed. There is an English review. 17. Ribbon リボン [950428] Softhouse Bonbee Bonbon 1 Keisuke Murakawa is a teenager who used to have tender feelings towards his childhood friend Makoto Aizawa. However, they grew apart as each was busy with their own school life. Now, when both begin to attend the same high school, Keisuke is unsure whether she or any of the older attractive schoolmates is the love of his life. First part is nampage with all the girls. Second part is pure love story with the main heroine. Third part is H bonus. Quite an ordinary work, but characters aren't based on archetypes and thus feel realistic. Notably, it's not I-ADV, but just ADV with only conversation choices to matter, but structure still suffers from I-ADV heritage, so a mismatch is felt. Game's got good sound support, but it does not make this work special and second part is not long enough to save it. 18. Rondo ロンド [950428] Frontier Protagonists sees a mysterious girl in his dreams who reminds him one of the girls in the class. This is a story of his relations with several class girls over a few days. Game was interesting enough for me to see it through the end. The coolest part is confrontation between his childhood friend Fujiwara (descendant from Fujiwara clan) and mysterious girl Hojo Miyuki (descendant from Hojo clan). And the protagonist turns out to be descendant of Yoshimoto. On top of historic parallels there is enough mystics involved to keep interest all the time.
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