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The arrival of spring signals the beginning of new relationships and plenty of love-oriented games, including the dating sim PRETTY×CATION from hibiki works and Niijima Yuu’s latest story in Qoobrand’s Majo Koi Nikki. RPG enthusiasts will enjoy a trio of works: Eushully’s Ikusa Megami remake Tenbin no La DEA., ALICESOFT’s Rance IX, and Astronauts Sirius’ Demonion 2. While I’m still saddened by the delays of Sakusaku and AstralAir, there still should be many games this month to choose from, whether you’re looking for yuri, a tragic story, your own harem, or a ‘slightly risky’ relationship.
Another month with games I will actually play? What is the world coming to!? It feels like this has not happened in years at this point. Thankfully there are plenty of attempts to fill the need to aspire to mediocrity and below that has plagued eroge for so long lingering around to make all other games appear so much better by comparison. While we may never be completely rid of the wingman eroge, I am thankful to see even a tiny handful of games worth paying attention to in any given month. One can only hope this trend continues, perhaps even serving to prod some companies to experiment beyond copying their neighbors homework.
This month is the best one we’ve seen in a long time, with 19 varied titles to choose from. I’ve been very excited for ALcot’s 10th anniversary work Clover Day’s and CIRCUS’ Da Capo III Platinum Partner, which returns to Hatsunejima. There’s also a few sequels and fandisks coming out: August’s Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai -Dreaming Sheep-, TENCO’s Eiyuu＊Senki GOLD, and GIGA’s BALDR SKY Zero 2. You can also meet your long lost twin in SORAHANE’s Haruka Kanata or change the world in Akatsuki Works’ Hello, Lady!. There’s so many to play and so little time (since April will be just as good!). Enjoy!
Quantity over quality is how I would describe the releases for this year’s March. In the rush to get the post done during the loli month I was left with the feeling that it’s almost as though March 2014 was made in homage to the Circus constellation of the eroge zodiac. Although my complaints aside Micchi is at least correct that compared to most months of late this does stand out as above the recent relative average. There are even a few games that may be worth reading, a pleasant surprise after several months where not a single game was appealing enough to even add it to the bottom of a backlog. Unfortunately they are still limited to potential rather than something to be actively endorsed, so there remains a very good chance that after the games are released this will be another month with nothing good to show for it. Just having some hope alone is good enough for me to feel a little better about things after so many months were not even a shred of hope for anything worth reading could be found.
Love comes in many different forms. It could be a battle like in Sugar House’s Otonari Koi Sensou! or the sweetest dream, similar to Purple Software’s HapyMaher Fragmentation Dream. It’s enough to make people form ‘love observation’ clubs, like in FLAT’s Hikoukigumo no Mukougawa, or undergo special love training classes, as shown in Glacé’s Koishiki Manual. What is love to you?
Sigh, I had some small hope for Light’s game to not be complete failure but sadly they chose to disappoint me more than a parent watching their child major in performance art. Other than that it feels like more of the usual, the same settings we have seen a hundred times before, the same characters, and the same lame reasoning to turn protagonists into schoolgirl chastity absorbing black holes.
Happy new eroge year! This year starts off with new company piriri’s Kimi to Boku to no Kishi no Hibi and a sequel in TENCO’s Eiyuu＊Senki GOLD. Akatsuki Works tries to promote the serious battle ADV genre with Bradyon Veda. It’s also Rakko-san’s last title, HOOKSOFT’s MeltyMoment. Don’t you love those tender moments?
So begins a new year, a Happy New Year to everyone, may we all hope for a better eroge year than last. Unfortunately for those of us who like a good game the year is off to a poor start with a set of games made more to copy the likeness whatever game from the previous years tickled the writers fancy. Sooner or later a new company will have to make something good, so good that it breaks the stale state of eroge these days.
Another Tsuyokiss and fortissimo game? Well, it’s not the only loop happening this month, as GLacé’s Timepiece Ensemble will feature that plot device prominently. Debo no Su has a rare real-time strategy SLG coming out: Senjou no Folklore. For those who are more interested in magic, check out Whirlpool’s Magicalic⇔Sky High and Lump of Sugar’s Sekai to Sekai to Mannaka de. I know I will.
Tis the season for coal in our eroge stockings it would seem. Not much released this month at all let alone much worth playing, a few games here and there may surprise readers but for the most part a bleak and dreary month, can only hope next month turns out better.
Having an imouto makes you more popular. It also makes this month a lot more interesting, but then again anything beats having only 7 releases like last month. ensemble presents their third title with a trap protagonist with Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo, while you can enjoy a period of popularity under your imouto’s watchful (and jealous) eyes in Hulotte’s Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai.. There’s also plenty of parenting guidance available in ALcot Honey Comb’s Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki and Chuable Soft’s Wagaya no Himegami-sama.
“Having an imouto makes you more popular.” seems to be the conclusion of most games this month. Just goes to show not all ideas are theory of relativity. In some ways I am kind of glad this month is so full of the sisterphile games, with so many sooner or later the industry will try another gimmick to avoid the constant competition. Just as a candle burns out faster the hotter it is, the more of these crappy siblings we get out of the way the sooner things can go back to normal with people making decent games for more than just a “Moe” child calling the protagonist onii-chan.
Are you ready for the Heart Link? PULLTOP’s Cocoro@Function! should be everyone’s top pick in this light month. Let’s hope that it will maintain the high quality from their previous award-winning game Konosora. LOSE makes everyone happy with more lolis in its sequel Monobeno -happy end-. Popular comedy Green Green gets a remake from OVERDRIVE, while Ricotta follows up the Walkure Romanze anime with its sequel, Walkure Romanze More&More. It may be a small list, but there’s some great games here.
Sad, sad month, not only are the games not just bland, but outright bad, on top of which there are so very few of them. It takes a month like this to appreciate all those months were nothing special comes out and the whole list feels generic. I know I tend to complain about how cookie cutter games are much of the time, but please bring that back before we see more months like this.
SAGA PLANETS’ Karumaruka＊Circle highlights this month’s releases, as they try to assure their fans that the quality of their stories will not decline following the departure of scenario writer Niijima Yuu. One thing that’s for sure though is that an oniichan will do anything for their imouto, including going to a girls’ school like in Chuable Soft’s Noblesse of Rouge, saving parallel worlds in Macaron Soft’s Imouto Spiral, or spending equal time with all ‘imoutos’ in Rosebleu’s Ichiban Ja Nakya Dame Desu ka? and Galette’s Oniichan Sharing. There’s also a remake of ALICESOFT’s Rance 01 -Hikari o Motomete- for those who weren’t into eroge back then… which is pretty much all of you.
A sad month for most who love to read a good eroge as it is full of swarms of rabid little siblings consuming all elder brothers in their path, rehashes of older games, and continuations of ongoing series. I wish only for a few games here and there that are not so identical to each other the feeling of them all being stamped from the same mold lingers throughout the game. Actually at this point I would go for some variance in the characters alone, not necessarily new but some less used designs at least would be nice to see now and again. Sadly each new month finds pleasure in betraying my innocent hopes and dreams by churning out prefabricated eroge content each more alike than the last.
All the eroge companies seem to be focusing on their Comiket merchandise as there’s not many games this month. It’s an all-ages game, but propeller’s Negai no Kakera to Hakugin no Agreement should be an exciting action-packed read. Liar-soft’s Ourai no N’gha-Kthun: Shining Night and Minato Carnival’s Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road are sure to please fans of the series. Other than those, there’s just some games about tentacles, bladder control, voyeurism and cosplay 4P.
A selection so poor I could piss on it. Maybe a bad decision as apparently that would get some people all hot and bothered, and maybe summoned by a loli to another world hoping I would piss on her too. Maybe it is just because of the complete drought of sanity this month, but it has been awhile since I have seen some of the horrible and insane ideas for games manage to find a slow enough month to make it into the list that usually tries to ignore worthless nukige.
It’s been a while since YuzuSoft has released a title and I’m sure most people are eager to get their hands on Amairo＊IsleNauts. The lighthearted setting on a floating island isn’t the only one for this month as Heart’s Koisaku Miyako ni Ai no Yakusoku o also has the same setting. If you’re looking for a promising story, check out COSMIC CUTE’s Gleamgarden no Shoujo about a society with witches able to bring disaster to the world. Navel’s sequel for Tsukioto, Otome Riron no Sono Shuuhen, focusing on the imouto Resona, also comes out this month. There’s an after story for Luna too, in case you’re wondering.
First I apologize for delaying the post an extra three days for being busy otherwise a dull month full of new companies and anti-gravity for things aside from girls chests. Even for the few games I will play I am not too hopeful this month sadly.