December 2009 Eroge Releases

December 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm 24 comments

There’s an avalanche warning in effect this winter. There’s around two dozen new titles coming out this month and roughly the same amount next month. I hope you’re all in a festive mood and ready to enjoy some games during the holiday break. If not, you can check out Shirokuma Bell Stars. Christmas comes early for me with D.C.II Fall in Love coming out in mid-December. And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the Grinch. Oh look, here he is.

An avalanche could not be an avalanche without the accumulation of lonely and insignificant snowflakes, just like this months releases. It appears christmas will come early, late, anything but on time this year.  Thus December has become a vow of chastity for me. At the very least this month my heart won’t have to grow three sizes, leaving me free to ruin everyone’s christmas.

School Love! 3 ~Mirai e no Allegretto~

Company: DisAbel
Game site: すくぅ~るらぶっ!3~未来へのアレグレット~
Release date: December 4, 2009
Comments:
Haruka can’t take his eyes off the new transfer student, Arisu. There’s something strange about her. Then she came to him and announced that he’s the one that caused all of this and dragged him with her. After waking up, he’s in the same place… but it seems that a time slip happened and now he’s 20 years in the past. A time without cell phones, digital cameras or e-mail. How will he get back to the present? Well, this is pretty much a nostalgia game. I remember the times before the internet; I watched so much TV and cassettes and VHS were all the rage. However, DisAbel doesn’t have good stories, so passing on this.

Well I am not one to hold anything against a company I have not personally played a game from before (We saw how well that worked out with KissMaou), actually I never really pay attention to other people’s opinions period. However this game really does seem sub par story wise, the concept really needs a delorian and an orange vest for the protagonist. At least then we could believe in time travel during the 1980s. Err wait I mean I have no idea whatsoever what the 80s were like, could someone tell me what Micchi is talking about, how did people communicate without the internet, and what the HELL is a VHS?

.– …. .- –  -.. —  -.– — ..-  — . .- -. ..–..

.– …. .- – ..  — . .- -. .. …  *cough*I mean, what did you say? I am sorry but I cannot understand you old people and your dotty-dashy gibberish.

Soukai no Valkyria ~Kokou no Oujo Luzia~

Company: アナスタシア (Anastasia)
Game site: 蒼海のヴァルキュリア~孤高の皇女ルツィア~
Release date: December 4, 2009
Comments:
This game takes place during the same time as Anastasia’s previous game Soukai no Oujotachi and will focus more on the battle aspect. The crew of the submarine Nereidia were abandoned by their allies after falling in the hands of the enemy. However, they believed that one day they will be able to return to their homeland. If you like games in a war setting, with fighting and betrayals, this should be decent. My guess is that there’ll probably be a bunch of rape scenes. Come to think of it, why is the crew entirely female?

As Micchi already so keenly observed, this cannot possibly be a setup. An all female crew is perfectly normal for submarine crews, and has been for the last hundred years. With the popular misconceptions out of the way, one can tell from a glance at the cover this game is quite serious about the story. A half naked captain screams a grounded, realistic story that accurately portrays the hardships of an all female group of POWs. I for one expect there to be a lot of well thought out romantic drama involving the nature of the setting, complete with scenes that touch the heart as star crossed lovers are brought together by the misfortunes of war.

Shirokuma Bell Stars

Company: PULLTOP
Game site: しろくまベルスターズ♪
Release date: December 11, 2009
Comments:
New release date after being pushed back from November. I still think they should’ve just released it on Christmas. It’s cute artwork, is full of magic and has holiday spirit, so it’ll be on my ‘good’ list.

I would rather have a lump of coal.

You’re not even going to get that. You’ve been too bad this year. Like every year.

I don’t need anything save the crushed dreams of imoutos.

Hidamari Basket

Company: eufonie(ユーフォニー)
Game site: ひだまりバスケット
Release date: December 11, 2009
Comments:
New release date after being pushed back from October. Hiroto’s little sister Kasuga comes back from Vienna and suddenly declares her love for him and kisses him! Basically this is an imouto-ge. The story digest doesn’t even try to hide this at all; Kasuga is extremely open with her feelings. Onii-chan LOVE all day! Every day! The artwork in simplistic and the story probably is too. But I know I’ll like it a lot! Kasugaaaaaaaaa~!!! Oh, and the OP is quite catchy.

Oh right this plot makes perfect sense in every way conceivable. Yup I am completely drawn in by the compelling plot that amounts to a random fetish throwing itself at you. The great thing about this game is you can just change the fetish and release a series, gives you something for everyone. Expect the focus to be on your typical clingly and desperate imouto, with other characters being what amounts to minor side stories by comparison.

Caucausus – Nanatsuki no Nie

Company: Innocent Grey
Game site: クロウカシス 七憑キノ贄
Release date: December 11, 2009
Comments:
In typical Innocent Grey fashion, Caucausus is a chic and moody mystery game – a closed circle ADV. The protagonist is invited to a dark mansion in a remote village Nanagatsu-mura. The Nanagatsu family has a strange wedding tradition: the bride is placed in a coffin for a night and if nothing happens overnight, then the wedding is validated. However, this time someone objected and murdered her. It is up to him to solve the murder mystery. Innocent Grey’s games are well designed and this is no exception. In addition to the standard ADV part, you can move about the mansion to collect clues. Using keywords with certain characters at the right time will bring you closer to solving the mystery. Beware that there is plenty of suspense and bloody scenes. I can hear a bunch of you salivating already.


As much as I absolutely adore anything to make me think, even more so when it is well written, I have a profound problem with closed circle plotlines. With the whole situation being manipulated I find it difficult to be interesting or careworthy. Really it all comes down to the same reason I feel Higurashi and Umineko are overhyped garbage, the author dictates the entire universe to revolve around their story rather than visa versa. This I find excessively bothersome due to there being less to think about or figure out. After all the whole point of a closed circle style of writing is that you change your setting around your story, instead of your story around your setting. I find that during those “AH HA!” moments, when you find out they simply changed the way things work in order to surprise you, it really saps my desire to know, as you cannot find out without knowing they are going to change the rules ahead of time. A closed circle brings this about by creating a small system completely in the authors hands, even when done well the isolation makes everything far too simple to be of any interest. It really is just lazy and well boring to me, I cannot even find myself CARING to know when the whole story is just a setup. With as a result there being nothing to intrigue me about the plot I will spurn this title with extreme prejudice as the hackneyed, trite, and unoriginal work it is.

Kurogane no Tsubasa -The Alchemist’s Story-

Company: White Cyc
Game site: クロガネの翼~THE ALCHEMIST’S STORY~
Release date: December 11, 2009
Comments:
Natsuki is different from others; he posesses a special ability. But he wishes to live a peaceful life instead. A new little sister Haruna joins him from his father’s remarriage. They enjoy the days together with his childhood friend Nanami and transfer students Lilith and Nadia. However, the illusion soon ends and reality begins. This game seems to be a mix of school ADV and battle. I’m not familiar with the scenario writer (由希), but I’m glad it’s not the same as the one who wrote Natsuiro Straight, since that sucked. Haruna’s cute (although not as much as Hidaba‘s Kasuga) ^^

To start with the primary girl is the complete antithesis of everything I find attractive or interesting. To end with I have two words to completely clarify my stance on this game, mahou shoujo.

Iyasare Gohoushi ~Yume no Yakata de Kenja Time~

Company: C.C. CLOCKUP
Game site: 癒されご奉仕~夢の館で賢者タイム!~
Release date: December 11, 2009
Comments:
In the near future, due to pressure from extreme human rights groups, the adult industry in Japan is on the verge of collapse. This led to an increase in crime, which coupled with the global recession, brings Japan to an unprecedented crisis. Don’t lose hope though since there are now artificial beings called Fareido, who are only female and have personalities like regular humans. This story takes place 30 years after their creation in a mansion called the House of Dreams, where Fareido do their best to serve the guests.

For a nukige, this has a remarkably thought-out backstory. Realistic too, considering what has happened in the eroge world the past half year. Love the apocalyptic-esque tongue-in-cheek vision. Anyways, it’s still a nukige. Cute chars, but IchaPri! wins me over if I have to play one of these.

I must say I was struck by the completely believable backstory that was most likely thought up as a way to poke fun at the recent events which mirror the plot. Premise aside though there is not much to this game, in fact with the plot revealed only the CG is left to bring value to the game. So that said if this style of art appeals to you and your ctrl key is working perfectly, this would be a great CG set to invest in this month.

Introduction:

Fake Azure Arcology

Company: あっぷりけ-妹- (Applique Imouto)
Game site: フェイクアズール・アーコロジー
Release date: December 17, 2009
Comments:
The Earth was hit by 5 meteors 500 years, sending humans underground, underwater or in buildings called “arcology”. However, humans soon forgot how things were like outside of the utopia they lived in. Chihiro lives in Amahara, an arcology built on the land previously known as Japan. He had a passion for ‘flight’ motorsports and trained hard to be like his idol. But his idol died in an accident, and he lost his goal in life. Then one day, a ‘flight’ broke the walls surrounding Amahara, crashed to the ground in front of him and out stepped a golden-haired girl.

The plot is actually somewhat captivating. With the outside world being barren of life, I wonder where the girl (Ryne) came from. Artwork is cute and… there’s a talking cat. Well, at least this seems better than their previous title SaiSai (it’s too long to write in full).

While I do agree about the plot being interesting, 500 years is a long time for there to be no to little changes in the environment. It is all well and good to say the people forgot, but I don’t buy it really. Even assuming the current generation did forget, the first generation would have still made plans to change the environment, this is just human nature. That said with humanity being spread to islands built upon fragments of civilization and technology there is room for an intriguing story and even social commentary. As long as the protagonist is not overly dramatic, emotional, and whiny as protagonists with a passion for anything tend to be, I will consider picking this game up.

I’m mostly interested in how the idea of the arcologies as ‘heaven’ will be shattered by this mysterious girl. You can’t expect heavens to be something that has walls.

D.C.II Fall in Love

Company: CIRCUS
Game site: D.C.II Fall in Love~ダ・カーポII~フォーリンラブ
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S HERE~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the final chapter of the D.C.II story (Note: not of the D.C. franchise. Sorry to disappoint some out there). There’s a lot of mini-stories, most notably the after stories for the characters added in D.C.II P.S./D.C.II P.C. (Mahiru, Aisia, Erika, Akane, Mayuki, Maya). There’s also a wide variety of plays by the Kazemi Gakuen drama club. Then there’s even more after stories in Ultimate Battle. This is a D.C. fan’s dream come true ^_________^

Of course, this is my top game of this month. More Mahiru!!! ^o^  Now we can finally see the double date scene with Miki! There needs to be more happy times with the nicest girl that lived! Mahiru~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!! Hau~ omochikaeri~!!!!!

Circus proves the value in beating a dead horse with the DC franchise and its rabid following of loyal consumer zombie slaves. Expect half a normal game, with plenty of been there done that feeling lightly sprinkled with a few new CGs and a few paragraphs of extra dialogue. I would imagine with the DCII horse being beaten into dust there are only a few crumbs of entertainment left to pick apart. Especially when you consider the gleam in the eyes of Circus as they bring in a fresh new horse ripe for beatings, quickly forgetting to properly clean up the remains of their poor old horse in their enthusiasm. So if you are the poor old masochistic horse who just loves a good beating, think about the future of fresh, tender meat that is DCIII before you shove your money into an old, rancid, repackaged horse shaped pinata.

I really would not have too much of a problem with Circus if everything really did not feel so deliberate. It is as though they purposely leave bits out of their games just for the sole purpose of making a new game to cover that later, forcing each game into being an advertisement for the following game, thus making people pay twice as much for the story they want. Although by this point it is more like twenty times as much instead of two times…

Valid point on them purposely leaving out parts of the story, but I still love it ^o^

I rest my case.

OP

After Stories OP

Kazami Gakuen Autumn Performance OP

Ultimate Battle OP

Eternal Sky ~Yuukyuu no Sora no Kanata~

Company: TSUKASA
Game site: EternalSky~悠久の空の彼方~
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
This is TSUKASA’s debut work. Kei is a cheerful and slightly dense guy who has many friends. One day he noticed something white in the sky. It was a paper airplane and more and more of them were appearing in the sky, truly a sight to behold almost like an illusion. His curiosity peaked, he headed towards the roof where in the midst of the paper airplanes stood a black-haired girl. She turned to him and asked him if he believed if paper airplanes can carry feelings from one person to another.

Paper airplanes remind me of ef. Ok, now that that’s off my chest, I think this story shows promise. The soft illustrations remind me a bit of Natsu no Ame. All the characters seem to have interesting backstories, so I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a light drama.

I must admit to being a bit intrigued by the possibilities of this game. Being a new company I am eager to see what they come up with, and while the whole carrying feelings on paper airplanes bit does give the impressive of needless drama and cheesy romance, there is still the potential for it to be presented reasonably. I will be watching out for this game and may even decide to play it!

Oh god ef.. please never mention that again, ef makes me want to rip my hair out at the pointlessly contrived drama dripping from every pore. If this game is anything like ef I would drop it faster than a hot potato.

IchaPri! ~Ojousama to Icharabu Ecchi na Mainichi~

Company: MOONSTONE Cherry
Game site: いちゃぷり!~お嬢さまとイチャラブえっちな毎日~
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
Masaki was told by his father that he must marry one of the Tenjouin sisters: tsundere Yuzuna, tennen Sakura or pettanko Koyuri. And there’s also a maid who’s his osananajimi, a bracon imouto and a loli nurse. There’s not really any story. If you want your fill of H for this month, this is it. I’d say forget about the sisters and go after imouto Tsubaki. ^^ The OP is really catchy.

I wonder if there is even a need for Micchi to recommend the little sister…? By this point anyone who has read just about anything Micchi has written even once before would be able to safely assume her recommendation. As long as a game HAS a little sister it gets the Micchi seal of approval, extra points when you can get said little sister into bed. Uh… right I forgot I was supposed to comment on the game, not Micchi’s imouto fetish. Well … that about covers the game, back to what really matters, providing examples to existing and future parents as to why single children are best in order to do my part at curbing population growth. If eroge are to be believed, the overpopulation of Japan is a direct result of horny little sisters latching onto their nearest male counterpart. Do the right thing, the moral thing, the GREEN thing, stop loving imoutos.

The Green Party never wins.

No wonder you wanted me to use green text, you tyrant!

Love Death 4 ~ ν Realtime Lovers ~

Company: TEATIME
Game site: らぶデス4~ν-Realtime Lovers~
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
The latest game in the Love Death series incorporates use of the T-CAM which follows where you look. Welcome to PS1 backgrounds, clipping issues and extremely bad FPS unless you have high specs. I give it points for the berets, cute characters, and hilarity that ensues when the guy whips out his thing in a flash of light. That never gets old. It’s fun for an hour fooling around, but you’d get bored of it quick (or extremely annoyed at the system).

About as interesting to me as a lobotomy. Of course that is just what I would need in order to play this game.

Alice 2010

Company: ALICESOFT
Game site: アリス2010
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
This is AliceSoft’s fandisk encompassing games from the past 20 years. They’ve sure been around a long time. Featured series include Sengoku Rance, Beat Blades Haruka, Vanish! and Toushin Toshi 3. I don’t really have an attachment to AliceSoft titles, but I’m sure Hemi-tan is interested.

Not much of a fan of the company myself either, as I cannot recall playing any game made by them. I do however like the idea of placing a bunch of games on one fandisk, for two reasons. First off there is more value in bothering to purchase the fandisk, you get more than a few minor add-ons, side stories, and new CG since you get that for each game instead of only one. The second is they may give you an idea of other games you may enjoy playing from the same company that you have not yet noticed or had time / considered worth playing. Then again I suppose it does come down to how the various games are implemented as a single unit.

Sugarcoat Freaks

Company: リトルウィッチ (little witch)
Game site: シュガーコートフリークス
Release date: December 18, 2009 Delayed to January 29, 2010
Comments:
Haru is a second year student at the prestigious Ruritania Royal College. One day, a small girl appears and issues him an order. She is Tamahime, a princess from the distant Oukoku, who wanted to try living the life of a commoner. To this end, she pretends to be Haru’s little sister Tamako and transfers into Ruritania. The other heroines are also princesses or knights. Seiken no Faeries had tricked me, so I really don’t want to fall for another trap. Tamahime is really cute though… >

This would almost be interesting if not for the complete setup that is the plot and the pointlessly loli cute characters. So really it comes down to there being nothing interesting here as far as I am concerned, the plot is lazy, the characters have little to no appeal other than acting and looking cute, and finally Micchi finds it cute so the game really can’t be any good.

On a side note to Micchi;  Seiken no Faeries hardly tricked you,  it was more the conflict between the cute characters and ridiculous plot that tripped you up. Just goes to show how much you like em loli.

It was fine until that tentacle monster showed up…

Manaka de Ikuno!! ~Leaf Amusement Soft Vol.5~

Company: Leaf
Game site: 愛佳でいくの!!~Leaf Amusement Soft Vol.5~
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
Manaka de Ikuno!! is mainly a fandisk for ToHeart2, consisting of 4 games: old-school dungeon RPG Final Dragon Chronicle, 2D action game Magical Fight!, card game Princess Collection and 3D ADV Mananatsu. I’m very interested in the RPG since it features the TH2 cast as typical classes. I’m gonna make a team composed of Konomi, Nanako, Maaryan-senpai and Iincho. Lots of iincho cuteness!


A bit late for ToHeart2 fandisks I would think but I am never one to complain about more Tamaki. I also agree about being most interested in the RPG. However I have to question the use of Manaka… does anyone even like her? Manaka was an incredibly boring character to me, maybe that is just me though.

I like Iincho’s shy and soft spoken-ness. What I don’t understand is why Tama-nee is so loved… Oh… wait… never mind.

Who wants a lost puppy when you could have someone who is caring yet still manages to have a firm personality?

Usodere!

Company: 脳内彼女 (Nounai Kanojo)
Game site: 嘘デレ!
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
After the unfortunate death of his parents, Yukihiro inherited a LOT of money. Also, for some reason, he ended up transferring to an all girls’ school and he’s the only guy there. So of course the girls are after him… for his money. As evident from the title of this game, all the girls are telling lies to hide their true intentions. However, in the end, we all know they’ll all fall for him in the end. Anyways, I prefer cute and pure games, so definitely passing.

Way too predictable to be of any interest. A game like this does have potential with the the concept but the feel of the game does not exude the proper emotions to develop the trust or lack there of issue. Too much of a focus on girls fighting each other over the main character for it to give the aura of a compelling story that makes great use of truth and lies as a plot element. There is also the issue of ending up at a girls school in a believable and convincing manner.. yeah, right.

Another problem I have is that the main character really needs to be an old perverted guy who runs the school and is looking for a young wife for this to be believable.

Kachou Fuugetsu ~Koi ni Ochitaru Hanazono no Hime~

Company: Silver Bullet
Game site: 花鳥風月~恋ニヲチタル花園ノ姫~
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
This is a spinoff from Hanafubuki, with Anzu as the main heroine. Kazunari lost his mother (those parents are dropping like flies) and ended up at the girls’ school (since it’s the ‘in’ thing to do). So he has to dress like a girl and… yeah, we’ve heard this plot before.

Games like this make me cringe. The story is so prefabricated it gives the impression of being made on an assembly line, as new CGs and names are slapped onto the standard cookie cutter story.

Shutsugeki!! Otome-tachi no Senjou

Company: unicorn-a / げーせん18 (gesen18)
Game site: 出撃!! 乙女たちの戦場~闇を切り裂く、にび色の徹甲弾~
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
Another military simulation ADV. I’ve never been a fan of them nor the 3D tanks that this game has. Pass.

Rather than military simulation ADV this should fall into military mockery ADV. As I am sure many will notice this game uses the military aspect as a means to add appeal to an otherwise sub par game. Following the mindset of car makers, where putting a good looking girl in front of, on, or around their car makes both look better and more appealing. Exchange cars for water guns and dress the girls up in clown costumes and you get an idea of the value of this game.

Shinobi Ryuu

Company: ソフトハウスキャラ (SofthouseChara)
Game site: 忍流
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
Set in the Sengoku era, Shinobi Ryuu is a SLG with a system similar to SofthouseChara’s previous games Daisounan and Wizard’s Climber. If strategy games are your kind of thing, you should already know about this company.

Never much of a fan of SLG, too much work to get at the story bits which are all I care about. While I love real strategy games the mix of eroge and strategy just never works. The gameplay for these games is just never as good as a real game, and thus becomes a hassle that gets in the way of reading the story. As a result of focusing on the aspect of gameplay as well the story suffers, so rather than complimenting each other there is a conflict between the two elements which leads me toward a general dislike of the genre. That aside I cannot say I find the characters particularly appealing either so unless I find out this has a story that would make me want to keep reading despite everything else…

Bishoujo

Company: たぬきそふと (Tanuki Soft)
Game site: 微少女
Release date: December 18, 2009
Comments:
I don’t even know why I’m including this game in the list. Basically, you’re a special instructor at a girls’ school since you want to get a young girlfriend. However, the principal will be conducting performance reviews soon and chances are you’ll be out of job soon. So it’s now or never! Oh, I remembered why I put it on here: the art is nice.

You included this game because IT IS A MAN’S ROMANCE to work in an all girls school, just think of all those delicious lolis, and they sure are loli this time! Which I am sure is why you find the art appealing, or something like that you Lolipedofin. Really this game is such a joke I don’t even have to say anything at it’s expense, so I thank you Bishoujo for making my life a little bit easier.

Dies irae ~Acta est Fabula~

Company: light
Game site: Dies irae(ディエス・イレ) ~Acta est Fabula~
Release date: December 25, 2009
Comments:
The latest game in the Dies irae series. I’m not familiar with the plot at all, so I don’t have much to comment on this.

I had a passing interest in this series, however given my interest never bore fruit I shall decline to even bother just as Micchi has. If you liked the previous games then go for it, if not skip.

Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 4

Company: カクテル・ソフト (Cocktail Soft)
Game site: Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!!4
Release date: December 25, 2009
Comments:
It’s the last summer vacation in Taichi’s school life. He got a call from his older sister Akemi inviting him to come to his hometown to play. She works at the Pia Carrot cafe and after being introduced to the manager Sayuri, he ended up helping out at the cafe. This will be an unforgettable summer vacation. There was a poll to decide what the new Pia Carrot uniform would look like and I wish that the cuter Ichigo Milk uniform won out over this blue/purple thing that reminds me of Maya from RO. F&C/Cocktail Soft’s artwork hasn’t changed much (aka improved) since the beginning of the series. On the plus side, there’s a lot of CGs though. You can check them out on the official site.

Pia Carrot eh? Been quite awhile since I have seen that name, can’t say I much like the generally lazy feeling of the writing, especially given every game is a rehash of the previous. I do have to give them credit for at least changing characters, which does make them better than Circus. However just for the fact it is a long running series and this month is really boring I may play it out of sheer curiosity if there is the unlikely event I have enough free time to do so.

I beg to differ. I’d rather have CIRCUS using the same cast to tell multiple stories that are interconnected, then F&C repeating the same cafe-themed stories with a different cast and uniforms.

You can only alter or add on bits to a story so many times before it becomes too diluted, leaving the characters feeling used and abused. On the other hand keeping a setting and theme gives meaning to the location, like the “Legendary tree” that brings people together type of superstitions.

PS. Maya was cute anyway.

Hoshi Uta ~Starlight Serenade~

Company: フロントウイング (FrontWing)
Game site: ほしうた~Starlight Serenade~
Release date: December 25, 2009
Comments:
The much awaited Hoshi Uta fandisk with after stories for the five heroines. The subheroines will also get side stories. In additional, there’ll be standard fandisk goodies like system voices and wallpapers.

Fandisk.

Gengetsu no Pandora

Company: Q-X
Game site: 幻月のパンドオラ
Release date: December 25, 2009
Comments:
New release date after being pushed back from October. I already wrote a plot summary back then. The game world bit is a bit mysterious, but the part about going about collecting people’s desires sounds sketchy. Fumiki’s imouto Shinorin has a mature body, but is childish in personality. I’m curious how the story will turn out.

Over the course of two months I lost all interest in this game. The plot has room for growth but I just don’t feel it will be interesting enough to be of value.

Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica After School

Company: ocelot
Game site: 神曲奏界ポリフォニカ アフタースクール
Release date: December 25, 2009
Comments:
Another all-ages kinetic novel from the Polyphonica series. It takes place in between the two previous games and the light novel.

A game that series fans will enjoy and those who are not fans will enjoy steering clear of.

Zettai Maou ~Boku no Mune Kyun Gakuen Saga~

Company: SCORE
Game site: 絶対★魔王~ボクの胸キュン学園サーガ~
Release date: December 25, 2009
Comments:
Mao transfers into a school… in another world! His father is now a maou and his mother is a hero. And there’s a horn growing out of his forehead, which hurts like hell. He then finds himself in the school infirmary and a long-eared girl says that she had been waiting for him, the maou.

What’s with guys suddenly turning into maou and a girl throwing herself at him? At least this guy is fine with drinking tea. SCORE is one of the Tactics sister companies, of which BaseSon is part of, so this game’s list of characters rivals that of Shin Koihime Musou. They touch on almost every type of mythical creature, from elves to nekomata, succubi to harpies. There’s the standard ADV parts, as well as simple dungeon fighting. Considering the extensive cast, I think the story won’t be that fleshed out, but there’ll be tons of CGs. This would be a nice comedy pickup this month.

All these games make me wish I was a maou, I sure wouldn’t mind cute girls throwing themselves at me for no reason at all. On the plus side this maou does not seem to be as silly or useless as some others *cough*.

Just goes to show how bad this month is when this ends up being one of my picks, I cannot imagine the story being too well developed, as Micchi has already pointed out the similarities with Koihime Musou. Nor the characters being all the well designed, although there should be enough personality choices to supply something for everyone. Still probably not a bad game from the looks of things, which during this month is good enough for me.

Ojou Ibun: Kare ga Shinanakereba Ikenakatta

Company: ABHAR Tronc
Game site: 鴎城異聞 第一聞 彼が死ななければいけなかった理由
Release date: December 29, 2009 (Comiket 77)
Comments:
ABHAR Tronc is a new division of the ABHAR brand and this is their first game. This is actually the first story of five in the Ojou Ibun series. Not much is known about the story yet, but the art is quite impressive.

I agree about the art though the feeling it gives does put me off a bit. Appears to be a bit dramatic for my tastes though I will hold off on detailed judgements untill I know more. On the other hand given the game is a five part series I am a little apprehensive to commit to such an ongoing story anyway.

Micchi’s Top 5 for This Month

  1. D.C.II Fall in Love
  2. Hidamari Basket
  3. Manaka de Ikuno!! ~Leaf Amusement Soft Vol.5~
  4. Shirokuma Bell Stars
  5. Eternal Sky ~Yuukyuu no Sora no Kanata~

Zen’s Top 3 for This Month

  1. Fake Azure Arcology
  2. Eternal Sky ~Yuukyuu no Sora no Kanata~
  3. Zettai Maou ~Boku no Mune Kyun Gakuen Saga~

Does anyone else ever notice Micchi always changes the number of her top picks to suit the number of games she will never play anyway? Kind of makes the top picks meaningless…

Does anyone else ever notice Zen’s an ass?

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  • 1. Reikon  |  December 3, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I support your boycott of imouto, Zen. :P (Sorry, MIcchi) I still can’t find out what you like though.

    Nothing really interesting this month though. I think I’ll try the Shirokuma Bell Stars demo just because I kinda like the art.

    Reply
    • 2. m3rryweather  |  December 4, 2009 at 12:58 am

      I support the UNboycott of imoutos!

      Reply
      • 3. Kresnik  |  December 4, 2009 at 1:14 am

        I’m more inclined to the onee-san faction, though I got nothing against imouto itself.

        Reply
  • 4. Kresnik  |  December 4, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Short list this month for me..
    Guaranteed: Fake Azure Arcology
    Title that made me mad last time but I might still take a look if I got the time, and patience: Hoshiuta ~Starlight Serenade~

    Next month will be another blast.. XD

    Reply
  • 5. m3rryweather  |  December 4, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Also LOL Micchi. Impulsive much? XD

    Reply
  • 6. Accany  |  December 4, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Zen, you’re my hero. Give me a hug~ >_>;

    this month for me would be…
    Caucausus – Nanatsuki no Nie
    Fake Azure Arcology
    Eternal Sky ~Yuukyuu no Sora no Kanata~
    Sugarcoat Freaks

    and especially Ojou Ibun: Kare ga Shinanakereba Ikenakatta.
    After suiheisen, i’ve been an ABHAR fan…

    Reply
  • 7. uis  |  December 4, 2009 at 4:04 am

    “Circus proves the value in beating a dead horse with the DC franchise and its rabid following of loyal consumer zombie slaves.”

    Hmmm dunno to said but i really DC zombie slave XD~
    New DC VN is always welcome ^^

    Other than Da Capo Fall in Love that i will play:-

    1.Eternal Sky ~Yuukyuu no Sora no Kanata~
    2.Manaka de Ikuno!! ~Leaf Amusement Soft Vol.5~
    – So finally fandisk for my most fav To Heart 2 chara… must play~
    3.IchaPri! ~Ojousama to Icharabu Ecchi na Mainichi~
    4.Fake Azure Arcology
    5.Shirokuma Bell Stars
    6.Hoshi Uta ~Starlight Serenade~

    Reply
  • 8. Chrouya  |  December 4, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Hmm, I’m definitely going to take a look at those imouto-based games. Somehow they’re always kinda interesting, as long as it isn’t too hype for H. A nice plot is always accepted.

    IchaPri will be an exception though. Even though I’m quite against nukige, when I tried the demo I really got to like it. Aside from some chars having too huge melons, imho.

    Even though I’ve always been a huge fan of To Heart 2, I don’t feel like checking out Manaka de Ikuno. She was one of my favourite characters, but I’m not all too interested in playing fandisc games. Same for games like Love Death.

    Got a question though…I’m kinda puzzled with Da Capo. I kinda enjoyed the anime as long as it lasted, but I think I’m missing on a lot of stuff. Now I’m not really sure what to play, I think there are a lot of Da Capo games, sequels, spin-offs, whatever I can think of. Can anybody tell me what’s a good “start”?

    Reply
    • 9. uis  |  December 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

      Hmmm go for Da Capo Plus Communication and Da Capo II Plus Communication…

      Just play that two games if you lazy to play all Da Capo franchise…

      Reply
  • 10. dawningblue  |  December 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    1. Shirokuma Bell Stars – I’m glad it’s not being released Christmas Day, because then it wouldn’t arrive in time for me to play on Christmas.
    2. Sugarcoat Freaks – I just really like the OP. LittleWitch generally has good games, so I’ll try it out.
    3. Hidamari Basket – Nice art, sounds cute.

    Reply
  • 11. kgptzac  |  December 5, 2009 at 2:30 am

    1. Caucausus
    2. ojou ibun
    3. fake azure arcology

    and umineko ep6 :p can’t wait for the new year

    Reply
  • 12. warum  |  December 5, 2009 at 7:13 am

    always weird how these preview on the releases gives out so much more insight than actual synopsis of the game. I’m betting its the powerful writing and contrast of the two writers though.

    Does look like a uneventful month though, maybe I will get lucky and proceed to finish backlogs :S.

    Reply
  • 13. Enthousiaste  |  December 5, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    ROFL’d at Iyasare Gohoushi’s premise.

    Reply
  • 14. Micchi  |  December 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    @Reikon: If you figure it out, tell me, since I still haven’t. All I know he likes characters with long black hair.

    @m3rry: Way to go, brother! And impulsive? I do not know what you mean.

    @Kresnik: I don’t have a problem with onee-san types either. The ones that say stuff like もう~お姉ちゃんの話を聞いてる? Next month will be VERY exciting.

    @Accany: I’d like to see your review for Ojou Ibun; it probably will be short.

    @uis: *highfives fellow DC follower*

    @Chrouya: I’d agree with uis that DCPC or DCIIPC would be the best starting points. Then if you like the story and want to read more, check out DCAS and DCIISC/DCIIFL.

    @dawningblue: Good point on the shipping time. Although I’ll probably be busy with holiday stuff over that week.

    @kgptzac: I wonder what direction Ryukishi07 will go with Umineko ep6… Will a certain someone from ep5 return? Also, I want Siesta 556 to appear!

    @warum: Haha ya, our opinions and writing styles differ. It’s better than just me writing boring stuff. :P

    @Enthousiaste: It’s pretty hilarious XD

    Reply
  • 15. Zen  |  December 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Figured I would pull a Micchi and wait for the comments to die down and just comment on everything at once to avoid the need to keep checking.

    @Reikon : Well adjusted members of society unite! That said I have to point out I also prefer older to younger sisters.

    As far as what I like… well I don’t really have a set like or dislike. While I do prefer long black hair as a physical trait, that more or less comes about as a trait embodied by the characters I prefer personality wise. So for me I like everything and dislike everything, it all comes down to the overall impression of the individual character rather than a distinct preference of a single trait.

    @Accany : *hugs* SHIINNNNYUUUUUUUUUUUU!

    @uis : Slave or not, what you like is what you like, there are no problems there. In the end I just have a problem with Circus abusing their fans rather than with the people who enjoy the stories.

    @warum : Thanks, it is nice to know that our contradictions have a use other than comedy. Though I am always glad to hear when people understand the way I write things. Almost every month there are a few I wonder wether I should tone it down a bit so people clearly understand the purpose.

    Reply
  • 16. Reikon  |  December 7, 2009 at 2:37 am

    You know what’d be awesome? If they had Soukai no Valkyria with the gameplay from Silent Hunter. I’d buy it in a heartbeat. I really want to try Silent Hunter anyway. Put some eroge elements in it and I can’t refuse.

    @Zen: I do prefer older sisters to younger sisters too. But I also don’t like the older body types. There’s some balancing act that works out for me.

    Reply
  • 17. m3rryweather  |  December 7, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    @Micchi: I was referring to Zen’s comment about your constant shuffling with your top five list. I usually don’t even bother with placing them in order.

    @Reikon: Oneesan=cow? 0_o

    Reply
  • 18. Silver  |  December 9, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Hell yeah!

    Polyphonica without a second thought to me. Now got to go through the list again and start picking out the other games as well.

    Reply
  • 19. blacksaber  |  December 9, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    choose all, except the da capo D=

    OH NOEESS MY BANDWITHH!!

    Reply
  • 20. GarethXL  |  December 12, 2009 at 7:40 am

    hmm was originally planing to skip this month releases since the lack luster titles and the delay of 精霊天翔 ~壊れゆく世界の少女たち~ to jan, but zettai maou story looks interesting.

    and ahhh… why do titles like D.C. and pia keep getting resurrected T.T

    and now back to finishing mashiroiro, yumina, and skyprythem so that i could make space and start playing nega0 and my October backlog T.T

    Reply
  • 21. Arioch  |  December 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Zenyou are my hero, you always say everything I think, and the games I will be taking this month are exactly the same as yours

    Reply
  • 22. hurr  |  January 4, 2010 at 12:28 am

    THE GREEN PARTY NEVER WINS HHOOOOO MY GOD I LAUGHED SO HARD

    Reply
  • 23. Hadee  |  January 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    The morse code says:

    WHAT DO YOU OEAN?

    Reply
    • 24. Micchi  |  January 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      WordPress auto-combines dashes together, so the M and O look the same. In editor form, it looks fine to me. Oh well.

      Reply

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