Sword Daughter, must be the shortest Visual Novel I’ve ever played.

Sword Daughter_2015-02-14_17-51-37So, while exploring the website to The Royal Trap, I found this game and instantly fell in love with the artwork and the elven man. It says on the site that it is a “licensed adaptation of an original 1980s fantasy gamebook” and I just had to try that.

Around 5 min after I’ve started the game, I get an ending screen and my jaw just drops. Wait, what just happened? I lived happily ever after before the game even started? I assumed it was some sort of “death” screen as I got hurt just before but as I tried it again, the game didn’t take me long before the next ending slide. No wonder the art was so ambitious.

I suppose for such a short game, getting all the endings is the way to go. I managed to find 7 endings before I gave up, it wasn’t to much fun. It’s not really a game to recommend.


The Royal Trap, a Otome game where the heroine is a badass.

So, last night I finished The Royal Trap: The Confines Of The Crown and I have to say that I enjoyed it greatly. It is one of those Otome games where there’s actually an interesting story to play through, and not just a bunch of guys who randomly wants you for any reason.

The story entails intrigues, royal plots and murder. The heroine, Madeleine Valois, is a cunning, strong, agile and beautiful female that, for once, knows how to speak and when to take action.

The artwork is nice in those special scenes, otherwise it looks a lot like Princess of Ruin which is another really nice Otome Visual Novel.

It is maybe a few hours long to play through, and a well worth Visual Novel to read.
The Royal Trap website

The Second Reproduction, a visual novel about romance beyond lies.

So, I just played Queen of Darkness 2: The Second Reproduction on PC. Yay, I finally found another Otome game and I have to say that it has a rather interesting story and a small twist where you think the game will end or at least I thought it would. The men in the story might be a bit cliché but at least you aren’t stuck with a stupid damsel main heroine.

Christina or Chris is a “Champion”, a high ranked soldier in the army against the demons and also the third princess of Almenan, tasked by her mother, the Queen, to go and end the threat once and for all, she walks into enemy territory believing in all the wrong things.

The art style is beautiful and it’s well written. The type of writing in this game is one that I most appreciate. The level of description and detail is almost poetic but not overly done. It always tugs at my own inspiration strings to wanna write as well.

The story is written in an Otome game fashion as mentioned before, meaning it’s directed to females where you can pick and choose between a few different men to romance. Some stories does this right, while some does not. This is a game that, in my opinion, does it right.

This story involved three men, one human; Lezette, and two demons; Gardis and Jin. For my first playthrough I chose to go with Gardis as I always seem to have a weak spot for those dark haired, mystical guys, especially if he has knife-shaped ears.

I got a good ending with Gardis, and I can’t wait to play it again. It is a game well worth to try out, and it exists in both English and Japanese among a few other languages.

The Second Reproduction on VNDB

Princess of Ruin, a Visual Novel aimed for females.

So, I just finished this Visual Novel game that lets you take the role of a girl that has been been locked in time and released along with two others. They have all lost their memories and the story will take you on their quest to regain them. Things happen along the way that thickens the plot and introduces a lot of romance options as well as a nicely written story.

I did like the story very much and it didn’t feel all to much like a dating sim. Your character is interesting and not a pure damsel that could be the case in many games of the same genre.

If you’re interested, you can read more about it here.

Swan Song

“It is a snowing Christmas Eve… Everything seems so peaceful when a huge earthquake occurs. The earthquake causes the city to be in ruin, and the surviving people need to find ways to stay alive. Some go crazy and rob others, some cling onto God, some gather to live together. The 6 main characters meet at a church while they were trying to find shelter from the snow. What will they see and experience in this extreme situation…?”

This is a erotic visual novel that I recently played that let you see the world from the eyes of a man that experiences an devastating earthquake. The point of view changes from time to time between a few characters and there are many roads to take through the story. If you take one choice, some new might come up further ahead and some might not and vise versa. Most of the town is completely destroyed and during his travel to find shelter, he is going to meet many interesting characters.

The story is terribly sad, realistic, romantic and lots of other things. It revolves around how people handle a catastrophe by themselves and in small groups. Who takes lead? What can everyone do? and so on. It has some sex scenes in it but it is really fitting for the story.

I played the English version of this game and it is really well written and the art in the game is beautiful. I felt like I should write about this as it gets one thinking, what would really happen if a giant catastrophe struck? What do you think?

Hakuoki: Demon of the fleeting blossom

So, I just finished a visual novel that I played on a PSP emulator to my my Galaxy SII.
I finished it in around 23 hours but I’ll replay it again as the characters are all so interesting. It’s called Hakuoki: Demon of the fleeting blossom, and is a sort of romantic historical visual novel with wars, samurai, blood and demons. It’s one of the only games in its kind to be directed to females, as the romantic story is from a female perspective.

Japan’s Edo Period was drawing to a close. The shogunate, who’d held power in the country for more than 200 years, found itself challenged by the imperial court, and by several domains who had chaffed under shogunal rule. In this midst of this political unrest, an organization rose to prominence: The Shinsengumi. Originally formed to protect the streets of Kyoto from masterless samurai, they came to represent the last, tragic bastion of the honor-bound samurai culture that had defined much of Japan’s history.” – quote from the game site

The story is about a young girl that comes to Kyoto, dressed like a boy to protect herself better or so she think, to search for her father that has gone missing. She’ll realize that the Shinsengumi is looking for her father as well, and she’ll be put as a sort of hostage in their care until they find him with her help. But what she also encounters that first night when she get there is beyond what she ever imagined she’d see in her life.

You’ll start by naming your female character, but her last name is set already. As it is a visual novel, the game is built up by pictures and text. The story however is really nice and well written, the art is so beautiful but sadly the game has some stereotypes. The damsel part of the protagonist, the need to rescue and care for her by the boys and such.

The game gives you choices throughout  and certain options gives plus with the men, other do not. There are five men to choose from and if you haven’t flirted with them at all, another candidate will show that might not be expected.
I couldn’t help to get special feelings for Hajime Saito and Souji Okita, but the other people in the game are just as sweet and awesome. I would have wished though that Chikage Kazama and his fellow men would have a bit more story and interaction.

The romance story in the game however pulled in my heartstrings and I couldn’t help but to smile when such moments came, even though I picked the silent, brooding man as my first, the only truly romantic thing that happened, was towards the end. But I must say that after my second playthrough with Toshizo Hijikata, I actually started crying at some points, the writing is actually so good, so romantic.

The game changes paths depending on what you choose, but it still keeps to the same events just from different angles. It’s a game well worth playing, and I don’t know what else to say really to not spoil the entire game so go play it, now!

– The game site http://www.hakuoki.com/demon/