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This week on Thursday (April 8th) Musicus! the final game of the VN developer Overdrive is going to release. So I thought we could need a new thread with all information in one place.

You can find the Mangagamer version here (NSFW!)

https://www.mangagamer.com/r18/detail.php?product_code=1221&af=3a123f6214695bfacaa881bd3117c693

And the Steam version can be found here:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1418180/

 

And here is the official Japanese website: (Where the translation of the game was originally "leaked" long before Mangagamer officially announced the title. ^^)

https://musicus.over-drive.jp/

 

The Steam version will be censored and the 18+ scenes removed. And there won't be any replacement scenes like there are sometimes with console All-Age releases. From what I heard it is going to be a fade to black with a sentence telling the player what happened.  But you can find a patch for the Steam version on the Mangagamer store page for Musicus.

 

And on the Mangagamer Blog we got the first character introduction for the main protagonist. There should be more of those posts hopefully before the release.

And if you want to listen to OST of this music themed VN you can get a taste on YouTube:

The same channel has more of the soundtrack uploaded.

 

Walkthrough:

And for those that are looking for a walkthrough I have some general information from SSparks31 of the QA team for Musicus from the Discord. Although you could consider them a minor spoiler, so take a look at them on your own risk. The route structure doesn't seem to be too complicated so a blind playthrough shouldn't be a problem.

Spoiler

Personally I'd say the order you reach them, plus Mikazuki last
So Yako -> Meguru -> Sumi -> Mikazuki
(For the love of god don't do Sumi last)

For Yako you have to focus on school rather than the band
For Meguru you have to mostly agree with Meguru
For Mikazuki you have to mostly agree with Mikazuki
For Sumi you have to not do any of those

Comment: I consider these only a spoiler since Sumi is not listed on either VNDB or the official website, so could argue that her(?) route is a secret.

 

And here is a the full english walkthrough/guide courtesy of threepwood007:

Spoiler

Common route:

Choice 1:
I've been studying hard to get into college, but to be honest, I've started to entertain other avenues

Choice 2:
“I'm actually a little jealous.”

Choice 3:
“I'm gonna do both.”

Choice 4:
“You might be right.”

Choice 5:
"Tell Ozaki-san about what happened over summer, including joining a band."

Choice 6:
“I can't know what the future holds, but that's a possible path.”

Choice 7:
“I don't care what anyone thinks. I'll choose my own path through my own values.”

Choice 8:
“I still don't know, but part of me wants to know exactly what he saw.”

### SAVE 1 ###

Yako/School route:
Choice 9:
“Whatever form it takes, there's no way I can gamble on my life.”

Choice A1:
"Take his hand." - CG, no effect on route
"No way I'm spying on them." - skip CG, no effect on route

### reload SAVE 1 ###

Choice 9:
“I don't want to bring sorrow. But it's definitely possible to bet it all on something in life.”

Choice 10:
“I haven't thought of it. I just wanna be up on stage again, and figured I need to make a band to do that.”

Choice 11:
“If we can have fun playing, that's plenty for me.”

Choice 12:
“Because it's cool. Is that not reason enough?"

Choice 13:
“You're right. It might be good input for later.”

Choice 14:
“No, I think I'm more like you on this one.”

### SAVE 2 ###

Meguru Route:
Choice 15:
“I think I'm on Kosaka-san's side. Expressiveness aside, I want to enjoy music as music.”

### reload SAVE 2 ###

Choice 15:
“I'm basically closer to Mikazuki. I think through music, and performing it, I want to transmit something to people.”

Choice 16:
“I'm fine with just the people who understand.”

Choice 17:
“No, this wouldn't cut it. Our live shows had to be perfect every time.”

### SAVE 3 ###
 - this choice has a third option in the script that's not present 1st time through

Choice 18:
“We'll say it's a song Hanai-san wrote, and announce it at the anniversary of his death.”
 - route is the same, but select this for a new song in the gallery

### reload SAVE 3 ###

Choice 18:
“We'll announce it as a new song. But we're not saying that Hanai-san made it.”

### SAVE 4 ###

Choice 19:
“Think about the band later. You should do this.”
-Leads to Sumi route

### reload SAVE 4 ###

Choice 19:
“I can't agree to this. We're getting busier, and you won't be able to balance both.”
-Leads to Mikazuki route

### For Choice 18, if you deviate from the guide consistently then you will get a third choice. There isn't any benefit to choosing it over entering the Sumi route intentionally.

And finally there is the Japanese Seiya-Saiga walkthrough: (Altough I would recommend the english walkthrough above for those that read the english translation!)

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=https://seiya-saiga.com/game/overdrive/musicus.html

 

If there is anything I missed or that should be changed please let me know and I am going to edit this post.

And with that out of the way I wish everyone a good time with this VN.

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Musicus is now released, so if you want to read it now you can get it from Mangagamer. Have fun.

PS - I know that some of you are excited for this thanks to the good reviews that it gather, but I would say that just keep the expectation on this in check so that you won't be disappointed if Musicus here didn't meet your expectation. Not that I would say that it's wrong to expect much from this anyway.

PPS - Here's Mangagamer's post in regard of Route D (Also known as bad end route), and beware that it has some spoiler to a degree. And just in case you wonder who is Sumi, she's the heroine of Route D so don't expect bright ending for her (Well it's called bad end route after all).

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I've been excited for this due to liking the Overdrive band VNs and how surprisingly well received it is Japan. Hoping I like it as well.

If you want to post thoughts on Musicus as you read, or want to discuss the visual novel in general... feel free to join the Overdrive Discord: https://discord.gg/m8sGK4u 

We also talk about other Overdrive VNs like Kira Kira, Deardrops, Bokuten, etc but Im sure Musicus will be a big topic for a while due to its Japanese acclaim.

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5 minutes ago, alpacaman said:

For some reason the Steam version isn't available in Germany and as I don't have a credit card I can't get the game from Mangagamer itself either. So it seems like I'll have to put off reading it for the forseeable future...

Yeah Steam decided to tag the Steam version as Adult and with that it is out for german customers, even though the game is censored on Steam.

But there is the option to buy from Mangagamer without an creditcard. You can mail to support@mangagamer.com to ask for payment though PayPal. You just need a Mangagamer account and Paypal for this.

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  • Formlose Gestalt changed the title to Musicus! Discussion Thread [OUT NOW!]

Here's the full walkthrough used during the beta, courtesy of threepwood007, another tester. Feel free to copy this into the thread body if you want to. 

(Obviously even more mild spoilers ahead)

Spoiler

Common route:

Choice 1:
I've been studying hard to get into college, but to be honest, I've started to entertain other avenues

Choice 2:
“I'm actually a little jealous.”

Choice 3:
“I'm gonna do both.”

Choice 4:
“You might be right.”

Choice 5:
"Tell Ozaki-san about what happened over summer, including joining a band."

Choice 6:
“I can't know what the future holds, but that's a possible path.”

Choice 7:
“I don't care what anyone thinks. I'll choose my own path through my own values.”

Choice 8:
“I still don't know, but part of me wants to know exactly what he saw.”

### SAVE 1 ###

Yako/School route:
Choice 9:
“Whatever form it takes, there's no way I can gamble on my life.”

Choice A1:
"Take his hand." - CG, no effect on route
"No way I'm spying on them." - skip CG, no effect on route

### reload SAVE 1 ###

Choice 9:
“I don't want to bring sorrow. But it's definitely possible to bet it all on something in life.”

Choice 10:
“I haven't thought of it. I just wanna be up on stage again, and figured I need to make a band to do that.”

Choice 11:
“If we can have fun playing, that's plenty for me.”

Choice 12:
“Because it's cool. Is that not reason enough?"

Choice 13:
“You're right. It might be good input for later.”

Choice 14:
“No, I think I'm more like you on this one.”

### SAVE 2 ###

Meguru Route:
Choice 15:
“I think I'm on Kosaka-san's side. Expressiveness aside, I want to enjoy music as music.”

### reload SAVE 2 ###

Choice 15:
“I'm basically closer to Mikazuki. I think through music, and performing it, I want to transmit something to people.”

Choice 16:
“I'm fine with just the people who understand.”

Choice 17:
“No, this wouldn't cut it. Our live shows had to be perfect every time.”

### SAVE 3 ###
 - this choice has a third option in the script that's not present 1st time through

Choice 18:
“We'll say it's a song Hanai-san wrote, and announce it at the anniversary of his death.”
 - route is the same, but select this for a new song in the gallery

### reload SAVE 3 ###

Choice 18:
“We'll announce it as a new song. But we're not saying that Hanai-san made it.”

### SAVE 4 ###

Choice 19:
“Think about the band later. You should do this.”
-Leads to Sumi route

### reload SAVE 4 ###

Choice 19:
“I can't agree to this. We're getting busier, and you won't be able to balance both.”
-Leads to Mikazuki route

### For Choice 18, if you deviate from the guide consistently then you will get a third choice. There isn't any benefit to choosing it over entering the Sumi route intentionally.

Things have been said here and there about translation quality and while I do agree that it's probably not the same experience as the JP readers got with the spectacular writing, the game's story by itself is more than worth the investment

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