September 2014 Eroge Releases

September 1, 2014 at 12:01 am 20 comments

Have you ever wanted to build a rocket? Become a hero in a fantasy world? Soar in the sky like a bird? There are endless possibilities in eroge and you’ll always be surrounded by bishoujos while doing it. So, enjoy the much-awaited Minamijuujisei Renka by Studio Ryokucha, or sprite’s sky-high drama Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm. The imoutos in Galette’s Onii-chan, Migite no Shiyou o Kinshi Shimasu! will gladly accompany you.

Have you ever deleted spam mail? Played an RPG? Rode in a plane? There may be infinite possibilities limited only by how far our imagination can go, but eroge are determined to convince you that boobs are all anyone needs to imagine, boobs of all sizes, shapes, colors, and covers. Maybe one day the people in charge of writing these games will imagine that there may be something beyond school boobs, fantasy boobs, drama boobs, tragedy boobs, etc. boobs, and actually give us background and development to support their boobs.

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Bunny Paradise ~Koibito Zenin Bunny-ka Keikaku~

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Company: SkyFish poco
Game site: Bunny Paradise ばにぱら ~恋人全員バニー化計画~
Release date: September 26, 2014 Delayed to November 28, 2014
Comments:
The prestigious girls’ school Usagino Gakuen is rumoured to be full of cute girls. Shinsuke graduated from a top-tier university and was expected to be the heir of his father’s zaibatsu, which is one of the directors of the school. However, he loves bunny girls more than anyone should. The school’s prestige has taken a hit in recent times and he decided to become a teacher there to help rebuild it and prove his worthiness as the zaibatsu’s successor at the same time. He proclaimed that the cause was a lack of etiquette, shyness and desire to serve among the girls. His perfect plan was to create a ‘bunny club’ at the school and train all the students as bunny girls, who exemplify all these positive traits.

From Pochi to Nyan Cafe to Bunny Paradise. The first two didn’t have a good story and this most likely won’t buck the trend. The girls are all well-stacked and mimic the Playboy bunnies (complete with the bunny dip). These aren’t the bunnies I ordered! Where’s my refund?

Hugh Hefner Sim.

Considering there’s a goat sim, there’s likely an audience for this as well.

Rather, this may as well be called “Eroge best friend fantasy sim”, so all those who feel sorry for the poor guys make for a good audience.

Ano Harewataru Sora yori Takaku

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Company: チュアブルソフト (Chuable Soft)
Game site: あの晴れわたる空より高く
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
Otoya lives far south of the mainland on the island of Amanoshima, where space research is extremely popular. Many aspiring rocket engineers from countries all over the world gather at Amanoshima Gakuen to take courses there and build rockets together. Since he was only in the general education curriculum (and even acknowledges that he is also quite an idiot), he was surprised when Arisa asked him to join her club ‘Byakko’ and build a rocket with her. He was moved by her eyes of conviction and agreed to help her.

However, Kaho, the deputy leader of the largest rocket club at the school (ARC), informed them that Byakko will be disbanded unless they win the rocket competition before the end of the second term. With pyromaniac senpai Nazuna, mischievous osananajimi Honoka, and even their rival Kaho in tow, they attempt to build a rocket from scratch with neither the budget, the facilities nor the technology. Everyone tells them that it is impossible, but they will not give up! Their goal is the grand prize at the competition and the continuation of Byakko!

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This is the 10th anniversary work by Chuable Soft, written by first-time writer Hanno Shuusei, who had previously only worked on light novels. There’s more lines than in past games, but I felt hard to get into the story with more technical terms being tossed around. Not everyone’s a rocket maniac. Luckily, they realized this and added a glossary in the second trial. The pacing seemed fine.

Stripping away the rocket motif, we essentially have a club in danger of being abolished and they have to show their worth against a rival that is seemingly better than them in every regard. However, I just can’t convince myself that a ragtag group of high schoolers can build a rocket. Especially one that has a total idiot of a protagonist. In terms of the heroines, their personalities are decent and they each have some innate skill that will help them with their seemingly impossible task. I like Kaho and Honoka. Oh, and he has an imouto too, Yui, who betrayed him and joined the dark side (ARC).

It’s okay Otoya you can overcome your small rocket handicap and let your dreams soar proudly upon the wings of the biggest rocket in the sky after you get the HCG love treatment from your fellow club members. Just remember it’s not the size of your rocket that matters, it’s how well it flies, and how long it lasts. So yeah, rocket enlargement and dysfunction spam in eroge form, I am satisfied with the length, girth, and functionality of my rocket so, pass.

Onii-chan, Migite no Shiyou o Kinshi Shimasu!

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Company: Galette
Game site: お兄ちゃん、右手の使用を禁止します!
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
Hiroto is a student who lives by himself. One day, he injured his right hand while protecting his imoutos. Luckily it was not serious, but they mistakenly thought it was the opposite!? He was excused from school until it healed, and his imoutos forbade him from using it. Of course, it would be quite inconvenient, so they suggested that they will always be by his side, as his ‘right hand’. From that day on, everything that he did with his right hand was left to his imoutos: eating, taking a bath, doing groceries, going to the washroom, masturbating…. “Leave everything to us, oniichan!”

Yes! More imoutos! I thoroughly enjoyed Onishare, so I’m really hyped up for Onikin! I don’t know how they did it, but somehow they made the imoutos even more appealing! They all have different personalities (and different blood types… somehow that’s possible) and I love them all! 100% hinnyuu!! 100% blood related!! Friendly but meddlesome Tsugumi, kind and proper Ayuka, playful but rebellious Kaede, and the pure angel Yuki… I wanna take them all home! Hau~ omochikaeri~!

Man I feel sorry for this guys left hand, apparently even after the right was shot dead no one thought to give it any loving, poor lefty.

禁止します!禁止します!

Doushite, Sonna ni Kuroi Kami ga Suki nano?

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Company: ファイヤワークス (FIRE WORKS)
Game site: どうして、そんなに黒い髪が好きなの?
Release date: September 26, 2014 Delayed to October 31, 2014
Comments:
This is the first title by FIRE WORKS. Why does the protagonist like black hair so much? Well, there’s no need to have a reason, but it might have had something to do with his surroundings during childhood. As the heir to a shrine, he had been surrounded by black-haired women for as long as he could remember. You could say it was in his blood.

Thus, it’s only natural that a beautiful black-haired girl would appear before him when he was about to freeze to death. He was captivated by her beauty and thought to himself that if he was going to die, he would marry a black-haired bishoujo like her. So, he proposed to her on the spot.

Many months later after he had miraculously survived, the girl Ichou, who was one of the gods of marriage, returned to become his bride. His miko osananajimi Urara would not accept their relationship, but he could not turn down a request from a black-haired lady, especially one who had saved his life. Afterwards, they were joined by Ichou’s imouto Sakuya and the self-proclaimed shinigami-possessed (chuuni) Mizuha. Surrounded by black-haired girls, the odds of his wish being fulfilled look bright.

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Their hair doesn’t look black! They look like dark blue or purple! I find it interesting that while hair colour can usually hint at a character’s personality, just their hairstyle alone can have the same effect. Maybe I’m just partial to twintails. Other than the hair colour difference, it is your typical shuraba comedy. Scenario writer Touta worked on ensemble’s Ojonana. I’ll have to play the trial when it comes out to decide whether or not this is worth getting. I like the OP song.

Okay, so I like black hair, it is my favorite hair color, but is there a need to even make that a central focus, a driving point for the protagonist? Let us for example say the protagonist did not have or at least express any sort of sexual fetish for hair color, and the heroines remained as they are. Does anything actually need to change to suit this? Nope, not a thing save the protagonist and game itself would feel more likable and easier to identify with, all while the heroines are less about mannequins with wigs that make him high and horny, instead just characters who simply have, heaven forbid, a common Asian hair color. If people happen to like black hair on heroines, I would assume they are not blind and are able to see that elegant, luscious, silky, shimmering black hair features quite prominently with a single glance at the cover.

I prefer Skittles.

Dark chocolate is way better than the diabetes rainbow.

Nanairo Reincarnation

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Company: シルキーズプラス WASABI (SILKY’S PLUS WASABI)
Game site: なないろリンカネーション
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
This is the debut title for SILKY’S PLUS WASABI. Makoto was in his third year at university when his grandfather passed away and transferred his property entirely to him. He was ready to start living alone, but when he moved in, he was greeted by the zashikiwarashi Iyo and the oni Kikyou. They were only visible to him since he had inherited a special power which allowed him to see spirits. He had also inherited the ‘duty’ of the Kagami family, which had been passed on from generation to generation. With the support of the oni, he must use his power to appease the wandering souls in the town and help them rest at peace.

The story is written by Kazuki Fumi, who won the scenario award in the 2013 Moe Game Awards for GunKnight Girl. The artists from that game, Sumeragi Kohaku, is also on board for this title. I felt that the trial had a good pace to it, with a nice balance of comedic and dramatic moments. Sure, having sex with an oni to make more oni sounds like an excuse to have an H scene, but we got a catgirl for our troubles (GJ Makoto!). And we still haven’t met the Fujisaki Usa-voiced Iris yet! I don’t have an idea of where the story will go from here on, so I think this might be worth picking up. I just hope they take out the watermarks in the CGs… >_>

If it’s not parents being offed to throw our protagonist to the busty starving wolves, it’s grandparents. Sadly though the foundation of the game is lacking, focusing entirely on the concept “Hey look cute girls here, they have built in head accessories too, great value for your money!”. So I wouldn’t expect anything from the story, be it common route or the individual heroine routes. If however girls that come standard with headgear is enough to tickle your ero bone, then at least the game isn’t absolutely atrocious, probably.

Isekai Lovers! ~Kyonyuu no Yuusha-tachi wa Choro-in~

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Company: ApRicoT
Game site: イセカイ・ラヴァーズ! ~巨乳の勇者達はちょろいん~
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
Isamu was a heavily-devoted FPS player who hated fantasy stories. He got a call-up notice as a reward for placing first in the world, but when he arrived at the designated gathering spot, he was brought to another world. The knight Rina, magician Kachua and elf Aida stood before him in a world that looked like a fantasy game. Kachua had summoned a hero to fight the monsters and save the world, but it seemed like he was useless. However, he was able to defeat them using a handgun which had been summoned with him, by striking at the vital points using his limited knowledge of fantasy games. He was treated as a hero and joined the girls on their journey. Maybe fantasy games aren’t so bad after all!

I don’t get it. How can plate mail bounce?

Would this game kindly rocket jump itself in the face? Please?

Tropical VACATION

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Company: TWINKLE
Game site: トロピカルVACATION
Release date: September 26, 2014 Delayed to October 31, 2014
Comments:
New release date after being pushed back from July. The giant spa resort ALOHA has been a popular spot ever since its opening, with an endless line of customers. Then an even bigger spa resort COCKTAIL OCEAN opened up next door, with better facilities than ALOHA. However, it was not able to attract people away from the established ALOHA. In order to turn the tide and beat ALOHA, they asked the service-oriented Yakumo to help rebuild C.O..

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So this is a spinoff of Tropical KISS, with the previous girls being the rivals. I wonder if we’ll see some cameos. The first game was decent due to its comedy and relaxed atmosphere, so I hope they won’t dwell too much on the business side. You’re at a resort! Check out the girls!

Changing the cast and setting to rivals from a previous game is both a good and bad thing. It is good to see things from another angle, but bad when you may like the other side you already know of better. This puts the game in a difficult position which may be more accessible to people who have not played the first game, as they can play it without feeling a little guilty over ruining what was built up the first time around. Unlike Micchi though, I would appreciate more focus on the business side, it allows for greater depth in the writing and character development, as well as offering a much needed break from the standard eroge antics. By mixing in other aspects to the setting such as the business, the moments the characters spend forming bonds become all the more poignant.

Passage! ~passage of life~

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Company: 戯画 (GIGA)
Game site: パサージュ! ~passage of life~
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
Yuuya grew up on the Myoujin shopping arcade alongside his four childhood friends, Nana, Risa, Mio and Ayako. One day, he joined the graduation album production committee. He felt growing uneasiness as the preparations made him think of his future. What dream does he wish to pursue? What will happen to his unchanging days with his osananajimis? He wasn’t the only one who fretted about this.

The future is still a long ways away. They look to make memories at the school festivals and other events during the last year before their graduation. Along the way, their relationship begins to change: from childhood friends to lovers. This is their own special story for something that could happen to anyone in any place.

I love the osananajimi motif as I believe that the bonds between two people grow stronger the longer they are together. That’s one reason why I adore imouto and osananajimi characters. If GIGA can write up a good slice of life story, then I’m definitely on board. However, looking at the résumés for the writers, I’m worried that there’s not much non-nukige titles of note… Easily flustered Mio might be just enough to make me try the game.

Ah, good times, looking back at all those memories back when eroge used to be all pure and innocent, about quality and simplicity, when your yen went further and every panty shot was a wonderful oasis in a desert. Back beyond yesteryear when Giga was able to consider making good games, and didn’t have to rely on their flagship series while stumbling around like a blind toddler in a room filled with pitfalls and pedophiles in their painful attempts at making any other game. The only slice of this life I want anything to do with is the tragic bad end where the girls kill each other and the protagonist runs off with the trap.

Muv-luv Alternative Total Eclipse

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Company: アージュ (âge)
Game site: マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ トータル・イクリプス
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
New release date after being pushed back from July. This is the all-ages PC port for the 2013 PS3/Xbox360 game Total Eclipse, which started as a light novel and also had an anime. It focuses on the soldiers at the Yukon Base in the same timeframe as Muv-Luv Alternative. The visuals have been improved and a background story for Yui has been added. Basically there’s not much new content from the console version. Not interested.

I am kind of impressed at how well this series is following the example set by Da Capo.

Yakimochi Stream

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Company: まどそふと (MadoSoft)
Game site: ヤキモチストリーム
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
Takumi had been studying abroad in England for a year when he received a telegram from home: “Imouto, serious condition, come back immediately”. He didn’t know what happened, but he rushed home to find his imouto Sana in a hikikomori state. She was also singing a song bashing England and streaming it online. How did his cute and pleasant imouto, who loved him so much, become like this?

He couldn’t leave her like this and decided to stop his studies abroad and transfer into the same school as her, Seishin Gakuen. However, he was soon reunited with other girls who loved him just as much. His new school life full of jealousy and icharabu has just begun!

This imouto is absolutely nuts! It must be a rule that all imoutos named Sana are extreme bracons. This is pretty much a baka-ge (Takumi’s a total donkan) and oppai-ge. The trial was pretty short, so it’s hard to say if the story by first-timers Tsubaki Mata and Mojasupi is any good, but at least it was entertaining while it lasted. I found no problems with the cast selection. There’s plenty of H scenes and variation as well, with focus on paizuri and breast fondling.

The only serious condition here is the little sister disease, now if he only had prepared an emergency cure, something along the lines of a shotgun behind glass that reads “In case of imouto break glass”. As far as the other heroines, they should come with instructions on how to be used as floatation devices in the event of an emergency.

Unmei Senjou no φ

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Company: Lump of Sugar
Game site: 運命線上のφ
Release date: September 26, 2014 Delayed to October 31, 2014
Comments:
The solitary island of Shintenjima is said to be an island of illusion, only mentioned in occult-like rumours. It does not fall under Japanese territory, nor is it owned by anyone else. No one knows who lives there, nor what lives they lead. It is an island shrouded completely in mystery.

Iori is a young man who doesn’t remember anything more than five years ago, but he has a link to the island. He received a letter summoning him to Shintenjima. He was greeted by the maid Linja and brought to the mansion Hourinkan. There he met the owner Karin, as well as the fellow guests, many of whom were around his age.

Surrounded by bishoujos in a suspicious mansion on a secluded island…. He had a feeling that something was going to happen.

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Lump of Sugar’s latest work is written by the team that worked on Magicha. The game is compatible with tablets running Windows 8. It features two new systems: the ‘Fortune Divide System’ where you could use a sword in the interface to ‘cut’ the screen and reveal new choices (swipe the screen for tablets), and the ‘Detective Mode’ where you search for clues to solve a task (although you could always right click for the answers). There’s also a ‘touching mode’ where you um… touch girls and you can hear their reactions (dokidoki!). At first, it feels that this gameplay is a throwaway, but the use of the sword is actually vital to the progress of the story. There’s also a secret notebook and flowchart to help you along the way.

Just how important is the new system? It’s like night and day! If you’re playing the trial, don’t stop after completing the detective side! There’s another side of the story which is completely different. Start the game again from the very beginning and change your destiny! I thought the blademaster side was much more fun to read than the detective side, but there’s still many questions to be answered. The characters’ personalities don’t differ too much between the two sides. Karin is still a playful master and Nagisa is still an angel. I think this will be worth trying out!

Lump of Sugar games are all pretty much the same thing, so if you just want to replay their past games with a new and rather silly gimmick added on to use when making choices instead of just clicking along, but with a renaming of the same setting and plot elements I suppose this would be the game for you. I wish the eroge industry would stop and look at itself so that maybe, just maybe they might realize that it is not about how you tell the story, but about whether the story is worth telling in the first place.

Josou Gakuen (Nin)

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Company: 脳内彼女 (Nounai Kanojo)
Game site: 女装学園(妊)
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
It was a sudden confession. Kento’s classmate Aoi was like an unattainable flower whom he could only watch from afar. Now, Aoi stood in front of him in the classroom at night. “I love you! Please go out with me!” He couldn’t imagine that it would finally be his turn to get a girlfriend. He was convinced that he wasn’t that popular and it must be a punishment game, he ran away in confusion.

The next morning, the principal made an abrupt revelation: the school was actually a boys’ school! The cute kouhai in his club. The pretty, but delinquent-like senpai. Yes, that ‘girl’ who confessed to him last night too. They’re all guys!

Itsuki’s heterochromia is tempting, but I know that it’s a trap. There’s even a yellow caution tape warning me. I’m staying far far away from this dangerous area.

Oh hot. Finally a game for me! I assume blue trap is uke while red is seme, and blonde traffic light can be both, I sure can’t wait to find out!

I’m holding you to your word here and making you play this when it comes out.

Please, have mercy on my pure soul!

OP song

Sekai o Sukuu Dake no Kantan na Oshigoto

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Company: ロゼブル (Rosebleu)
Game site: 世界を救うだけの簡単なお仕事
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
Arata is a hot-blooded guy who aims to become a hero and runs about every day helping others along with his osananajimi Akari. One day, he received a mail looking for heroes to save the world. He thought it was just spam, but it was actually a genuine contract mail. His room became a gate to another world Ragnagia and an epic adventure full of laughs and tears awaited them… or so he thought.

It took a mere day for him to defeat the maou and save the world. After hearing the ending theme play, seeing the credits roll by and a short epilogue, the gate to the other world shut and it was the end of this story.

However, when he returned to his room he received the same mail as before and the gates to Ragnagia opened once more. It seemed that the maou would reappear after a set period. When he arrived at the maou’s castle, he discovered that the new maou Ciel was useless. He helped her instead of attacking her and she fell in love with him at first sight.

When he and Akari returned victorious, they found out that they couldn’t return back to their original world. So, they continued their hero duties while looking for a way home. Will they be able to do so? And what is the meaning behind the respawning maou?

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This sounds like a meta fantasy game, similar to Futsuno Fantasy. It’s written by those that worked on Tiny Dungeon, so comedy should be no problem. However, I’m not really interested in the setting nor the characters. Pass.

While it is nice to see the Tiny Dungeon group back to work on something new and similar, the story just doesn’t hold water. While Tiny Dungeon itself was nothing special story wise at the very least there was more charm than a completely generic fantasy setting forcing itself upon the reader. Honestly this could have been improved a lot by letting it be simple. For example, the first trip could have been dropped entirely, the maou issue could have turned out to be misunderstood and maybe he wants to set things right or something generic along those lines. Furthermore the protagonist should have been a little less over the top good guy, just simple little changes like that would help the Tiny Dungeon lightning strike twice. When it comes right down to it these games are meant to be simple and fun, which is difficult to enjoy when matters are needlessly complicated.

I wonder if eroge writers need to meet a word quota?

If so, that may explain why the industry has gone to hell for the most part.

Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Hachimyoujin: Ten no Toki

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Company: light
Game site: 相州戦神館學園 八命陣 天之刻
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
This is the all-ages reverse port of the PSV title of the same name, which came out in July. It’s exactly the same, so there’s nothing new added. Unless you want to see what they replaced the H scenes with, there’s not really a point to play this.

Why anyone would want to play this is beyond me, what is the point in buying the same exact game twice, at least add on some fandisk stories on the end or something.

Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm

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Company: sprite
Game site: 蒼の彼方のフォーリズム
Release date: September 26, 2014 Delayed to November 28, 2014
Comments:
In Masaya’s world, flying is as simple as riding a bike; all you need to do is strap on a pair of anti-graviton shoes. He used to be considered a child prodigy of the popular sport ‘flying circus’, but he stopped after suffering a crushing defeat. However, he regained his passion for the sport while teaching the transfer student Asuka how to fly. So, he returns to the sky, this time while holding Asuka’s hand. How high can they fly together?

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I’ve played both of sprite/fairys’ games thanks to the great art and relaxing feel drawing me in, not to mention their OPs as well. As good as Imaimo was, it’s nice to see them make an 18+ title again. It’s a different set of writers from Koichoco, so I think the endings will turn out better this time. They’ve previously worked on Grisaia and Natsukumo. I’m not going to question how shoes can make you fly and take it at face value. I like sport themes, so I was really into Asuka’s first match against Reiko, cheering for her. The prodigy-turned-coach theme kinda reminds me of Sensuibu!, among others. The heroines are all really charming and I’m definitely going to play all the routes!

Canvas2 with booties instead of paintbrushes, and minus the tiresome and poorly written student council election of earth shattering importance from KoiChoco.

Perfect! I enjoyed Canvas2 a lot and didn’t care much for the election part in Koichoco.

Well… when you put it that way both apply to me as well, but my implication was how poorly written Canvas2 was. Sure it was better than games today, but it was painfully obvious they had zero understanding of their subject matter. In this case I expect a similar attempt for the protagonist, without the same quality of writing Canvas2 had.

Tengokuhime ~Shinsei Tairan Soukai no Hasha-tachi~

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Company: げーせん18 (Gesen18)
Game site: 天極姫 ~新世大乱・双界の覇者達~
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
This is the latest title in Gesen18’s heroine-laden Gokuhime series. It is a crossover work featuring heroines from their previous games Sengokuhime (set in the Sengoku period) and Sangokuhime (based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms).

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The main change is that the battle system is now real-time. As a result, you’ll have to note the movement speed of armies, in addition to their attack powers. This allows more strategies to be implemented by the player on the battlefield. Since this is meant to appeal to existing fans, I’ll be passing.

One day someone will make an eroge with gameplay worth playing. Maybe someone in Japan will play The Banner Saga and cringe at how a western game can outdo them at their own specialty. Hopefully leading them to decide to make games where the gameplay is worth playing, and the stories worth reading. Let us pray.

Minamijuujisei Renka

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Company: すたじお緑茶 (Studio Ryokucha)
Game site: 南十字星恋歌
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
Ryousuke’s twin imoutos Rena and Rina are geniuses who had already finished all their university courses and now work at the research facility at the southern island nation of Guinberne. He was worried about them, wondering if they would overwork themselves and fall down. So, he decided to transfer to a school in Guinberne, where he was put into the ‘special treatment’ class full of peculiar students.

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Four months ago I wrote: “I can’t wait for this to come out! Here’s hoping it won’t get delayed for many months just like Koisora and Koisora FD did! ><” Anyways…

The trial feels just like Koisora!! Well, it sure starts the same way with the protagonist being chased by a weapon-wielding blond-haired tsundere and ends up seeking refuge in a room with another girl. Actually, that’s not a bad thing. Ruchie art, animated SDs by Hirose Madoka, plenty of comedy. I expect a good common route, but hope that the individual routes will be much better this time. I like how the trial isn’t just the common route, but Studio Ryokucha took the extra effort to add some additional content.

Since this is a chara-ge, of course I need to talk about the characters! There’s the seemingly refined princess Kanori, the chibi ‘knight’ Elise, the loose senpai Mitsuki and the cool itoko Miyako. And of course the twin imoutos Rena and Rina who are adorable. However, the one that captured my heart is the cheerful and playful kouhai Sakuya who makes friends really easily, is extremely curious, loves pulling pranks and a super computer whiz! She’s basically my type and reminds me a lot of Aya from Koisora! With her around, I won’t ever have a boring moment! Hau~ omochikaeri~!

Suffers from the same problems that Koisora had, sort of decent comedic writing, poorly imagined and researched but well fleshed out setting, plus terrible story and character development. Following the same line, with nonsense sisters number 1 and 2 to replace nonsense assassin and the random weapon wielding power ranger wannabe menagerie of extended heroine cast. I had hoped this company would learn they have no talent for writing a plot beyond a high school romance comedy, anything and everything that includes elements foreign to this should be out of bounds as it becomes far too complicated for their feeble grey matter to comprehend. I am sure everyone reading this would have enough sense to not attempt running Crysis on a 286, why can’t they reach the same common sense conclusion? If they stopped even trying to add in extra junk to their stories, the games might actually be good from start to end, not simply fun for the early parts of the game then an utterly disappointing train wreck of awful for the latter parts. On that note, using similar openings kind of ruins it, and I henceforth remove all credit I gave them for having a more unique opening to introduce the various characters than the usual eroge with KoiSora.

Kanojo ga Ore ni Kureta Mono. Ore ga Kanojo ni Ageru Mono.

Monomono
Company: onomatope*
Game site: 彼女が俺にくれたもの。俺が彼女にあげるもの。
Release date: September 26, 2014
Comments:
Mikado is a normal guy who longs for a harem and bringing happiness to all the girls in the world. Since this requires lots of money, he spends every day and night doing part-time jobs. His mad scientist and hikikomori imouto Tsubasa was worried about her dear brother neglecting his studies. So, she created the ultimate sleep-studying device Pandora to help him, resulting in him having lots of information from the net downloaded into his brain.

At that time, a beautiful girl Carrot transferred into his class. After hearing her refined greeting, he knew from her name that she was the princess of a certain country. With her true identity suddenly made public, she became really close to him and his surroundings began to change.

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This is the third game in onomatope*’s harem-centric Mecha-kon! series. The concept is split into two parts: lovers and bride (family). It has a ‘family chat system’ WIRED (kinda like LINE), as well as a ‘girls talk scene’ (reminiscent of HOOKSOFT’s girly talking). Not only are the heroines available, but there’s routes for subheroines as well.

Shiratama’s one of my fav artists, so that makes me want to play onomatope*’s games no matter how ridiculous the plots are. I still need to get around to playing Sakura NoReply… The SDs by Hoshikuzu no Yoru are also pretty good. Imouto Tsubasa and hamster-like osananajimi Arisu are my heroines of choice. What is that fish that she’s holding!?

Carrot. Yes, Carrot. I suppose if Mr. Italian plumber has his fruity princess, Mikado can have a vegetable princess. Probably rather descriptive of her attraction and intelligence anyway, as the sole reason for her existence is to be plucked by this Sugisaki wannabe. If I didn’t know any better, I would think Japan was growing princesses with how often they show up in eroge, at this point it is nearing a one in five chance that anything female is the princess of some European country I have for some reason never heard of. This princess game however is about as useful as a square watermelon, all gimmick and no substance.

WTF THERE ARE SQUARE WATERMELONS!?

Ask Japan, not me, I mean they managed to make a girl shaped carrot, why not a square watermelon?

Mayoeru Futari to Sekai no Subete

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Company: Lass
Game site: 迷える2人とセカイのすべて
Release date: September 26, 2014 Delayed to October 31, 2014
Comments:
For the last ten-plus years, Kazuma has been seeing a repeated dream. In this dream, his younger self met a beautiful elf in the forest, who put the pendant that she was wearing in his hand and wished for him to save her daughter in the future. Even though it felt like just a dream, the pendant which he held was indeed real. However, he had never met the elf nor her daughter, and now continues to spend his days as a normal student in the boarding school Kuondai Gakuen.

One time, he noticed a blonde girl staggering about at the top of the stairs. She fainted, but he was able to catch her in the nick of time. It appeared that he was the only one who could see her. Then, he remembered one of the school’s seven mysteries: “There is an invisible girl wandering about the school.”

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Not only can Kazuma see the small elven girl Vier, but one can also see her using a special smartphone which can see spirits. She takes a liking to him and always stays by his side, calling him ‘papa’. Then, he also has an imouto-like osananajimi Otoha (CV: Ogura Yui). Youta’s art is pretty, but hopefully the story by first timer Shimokitazawa Daisuke won’t leave a bitter aftertaste like in Shoujo∞Shoujo. Kazuma looks like a typical chuuni protagonist and there’s some tarot card battles involved. I’ll keep my eye on it, but won’t have too high expectations. The OP is one of the best I’ve seen this year though.

While it should be obvious to anyone familiar with my preferences, I cannot help but feel completely ambivalent towards loli elf girl. Aside from the pointless loli aspect, there is no reason for the reader to care, no investment or attachment beyond what the game tells you to feel. Part of it stems from binding the story to a school yet choosing a contrasting theme such as elves, what made them think that was a good idea is beyond me. Maybe if they chose some remote village in a fantasy setting there may not have been the need to suspend disbelief to the extent one must question the authors intelligence. As is however there is no need for the loli to be an elf save for fetish appeal. She could just as easily have been a space monster from mars, or a cell phone app AI for preemptively arresting pedophiles. Just throwing a random theme at a game to spice things up shows how little care has been put into writing quality characters along with the story and settings to surround them.

Micchi’s Top 7 for This Month

  1. Minamijuujisei Renka
  2. Onii-chan, Migite no Shiyou o Kinshi Shimasu!
  3. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
  4. Nanairo Reincarnation
  5. Unmei Senjou no φ
  6. Yakimochi Stream
  7. Mayoeru Futari to Sekai no Subete

Zen’s Top 3 for This Month

  1. Josou Gakuen (Nin)
  2. Josou Gakuen (Nin)
  3. Josou Gakuen (Nin)

Bring on Minakoi!! I’m more than ready for it~

I’ll just go back to playing Banner Saga, thanks September for disappointing my frail and innocent heart.

I’ll let you know when Josou Gakuen (Nin) is out.

Gee thanks, whatever would I do without you onii-chan.

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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rc Akira  |  September 1, 2014 at 1:00 am

    only rpgs this month them

    Reply
  • 2. gustave154  |  September 1, 2014 at 1:01 am

    wow so many good games this month sigh 25 more days to go xD

    Reply
  • 3. takumi  |  September 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

    wow so many interesting games this month

    Reply
  • 4. Touch the rainbow  |  September 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    not a bad month

    Reply
  • 5. Newprimus  |  September 2, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I spot a Maouyuu character setup, and a Shiro from NGNL lookalike!

    Reply
  • 6. Morricane  |  September 2, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Good. Nothing remotely worth reading this month, again.
    “cell phone app AI for preemptively arresting pedophiles” <- this was good though :) – and let me guess, Papa will take "good" care of her…*sigh*

    Reply
  • 7. kjacket09  |  September 2, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Where have you been Micchi, square watermelons have been around for at least over 10 years ago, they even have heart shaped ones now etc.

    Reply
  • 8. bismaenggarsetyanugro  |  September 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    after 1 year hearing zen comment in this blog I suspect that zen actually is fujoshi girl since only girl that don’t like girl in beautiful CG except she is yuri.

    Reply
  • 9. Kien  |  September 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Sigh* Lass really disappointed me on this one. Compared to their previous titles, I feel like they just decided to cop out on this one. I really enjoyed The Fifth Garden of Zoa. It was probably the best vn tried out that year.
    That being said, Mayoeru Futari was the only title I was actually looking foward too, so w/e we’ll see how it goes.

    Question for Zen: What if the elf loli had black Hair? ( ◐ω◐ )

    Reply
  • 10. joyjason  |  September 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I only see a couple of games worth going through, and while the count is higher than what it has been for a few months, it’s still not “alot”.

    Bitch please. Half of the games worth going into this month are nukige. My Tissue Box is ready.

    Reply
  • 11. akerou  |  September 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I don’t get what LoS is doing. Tayutama was good. And while there are people who disagree, HGB was also amazing and I even consider it as one of my favourite titles due to various reasons.

    But everything that came after HGB? wtf. It really IS 1:1 the same shitty stuff with renamed places and persons. Why did they start advancing in such a direction…

    Aokana was just about the only title that got me interested based on the trials and now that the release date was pushed back… I guess I’ll have to resort to old titles again this month *sigh*

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    • 12. Aero  |  September 5, 2014 at 9:11 am

      I had you going as a more flexible gamer given how much you said you liked Sakusaku, but I guess I may I been a bit too hasty with my judgement ^^.

      I like sprite’s art, but their new game looks pretty chuuni >___>.

      Reply
      • 13. akerou  |  September 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

        Hm let’s just say that my overall impression of a game heavily depends on the stronger routes of a game. In rare cases like Otome Riron I even deny the existence of other routes except Risona’s.

        In SakuSaku there are 2 routes that are arguably well written which results in my overall more or less good impression which doesn’t mean that I’m unaware of the flaws.

        Recent LoS games however are like… watery rice porridge. No matter what route you play, it’s basically as tasteless as everything else.

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    • 14. joyjason  |  September 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Wait, who the fuck are these retards who think HGB was bad?

      Damn, the eroge community is more messed up than I thought

      Reply
  • 15. Aero  |  September 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Put me up for Yakimochi stream ^^. Yeah the boobs are a bit oversized, but the trial was very solid. The game’s wacky comedy is something that I haven’t really seen much as of late, and the heroines all are quite interesting.

    Giga’s new game, Passage, has a very nice opening. I might consider playing if it doesn’t fall in giga’s curse of every game they make being crap except for Baldr Sky.

    Reply
  • 16. blueskydreams  |  September 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm’s just got delayed to 11/28 and I was super excited to read it at the end of this month too. I hate it when VN’s get delayed like this.

    Reply
  • 17. 俊 (Jun) (@EroJunko)  |  September 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I actually thought Onikin! seemed pretty funny to try when everyone was talking about it.. but upon watching the OP I’m not sure if I’d be able to handle the guilt. X’D

    Reply
  • 18. Micchi  |  September 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    @kjacket09: I haven’t seen one :< I wanna eat one… (probably tastes the same)

    @bismaenggarsetyanugro: I can't confirm or deny this. All I know is he's green.

    @Kien: Playing the trial right now and it's not bad. But I do agree that Shoujo Shoujo was a more interesting set-up.

    @joyjason: Don’t use your right hand.

    @Akerou: I liked HGB mainly for Koharu. Koharu is the best! Magicha was different, but the others are kinda similar.

    @Aero: SANA IS BRACON.

    @blueskydreams: You’ll have to make do with the three trials. I’m pretty excited for it too.

    @Jun: GUILT? WHAT GUILT? They’re so kind as to help you in times of need. What a great heartwarming story!

    Reply
    • 19. joyjason  |  September 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Don’t worry. I’m ambidextrous, unlike our protagonist.

      Reply
  • 20. Trinity  |  September 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    This month is shit again… Only decent VNs I played recently are re-releases (kazoku keikaku re-release and white album on pc).

    Reply

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