Well it’s been a while but here is an overview of 2 doujin games I did last month
One day a highschool student, Kyouya, wakes up in some ruins his body bound making it impossible for him to move. Suddenly a being enter the room and immediately drop dead just to stand up to repeat the process of dying and reviving again and again while Kyouya can do nothing but watch. After finishing this strange repetition of death and rebirth the being go away. Days, weeks, months pass and Kyouya is still bound and for some reason still alive despite not having eaten or drunk anything since his first awakening.
The being come back one day just to die another time, this time by decapitation, just when it was going to leave again Kyouya who had been stuck alone for more than 100 days decide to talk to it and ask it to take him outside, the being complies but outside only a desert extends being horizon.
The being is actually a girl who call herself Human.
She and now Kyouya are the only living animal on the planet.
The girl has been tasked by God to relive the death of every mammal who died on the planet due a great war who was the cause of the extinction of humanity, the girl being the proxy who was created by God to atone for humanity’s sins.
Kyouya who is still unable to move decides that his best bet is to rely on the girl, this is how their strange travel across the ruined world begin while Kyouya has to keep watching the girl, who is named Asagiri, dies again and again and again
Anyways it’s quite a strange game.
5 chapters, about 4 hours long. Definitely longer than I expected, especially for a 300 yens game. 56 CGs who is quite a bit for the length, a dozen tracks, Asagiri is fully voiced and there is even an animated (only a bit) ending theme. The art itself is uneven but there is a lot of cgs and variations for Asagiri’s tachi-e
The core of the game itself is found in Asagiri’s growth, a girl who has nothing but death on her mind but by meeting Kyouya she grows as a human being. Quite basic but it works. Asagiri is the essence of the game and her very growth make her deaths that happen many many times during the entirety of the game go from being simply “something that has to happen” to becoming something much more unbearable and cruel. The writer did a good job there, the many deaths themselves are written in a pretty brutal and vivid way. Kyouya the protagonist also isn’t simply an observer and go from simply using her for his needs to becoming a teacher, friend and finally someone who want to share her burden. The game is composed of nothing but the very long travel of these 2 in a desolate world
To be a bit critical now
I already said the game was about 3-4 hours long and honestly it could have been a bit shorter, there is no downright unneeded or boring scenes but it probably could have been shorter by 1 hour without losing much. The game itself is mostly composed of dialogues and unfortunately it can feel a bit preachy but I guess that may be unavoidable since most of the game is spent on Kyouya “educating” Asagiri. The setting itself isn’t very well developed and a lot of questions aren’t answered though I guess the game wasn’t about that.
The various climaxes are pretty nice however with a good CG usages, some of the most important scenes use up to 7-8 CGs one after the other with many variations. It’s easy to guess where Asagiri and Kyouya’s travel will go and how her growth will happen but the writer manages to still make you care about these 2 so in the end it’s a nice little success.
Anyways for a 300 yens tag it’s definitely worth playing, probably closer to being a nakige than anything that were released in the past few years which actually felt kind of fresh
Nice little game, final rating 79/100
Area city. A city run by a conglomerate where every citizens work for the same group of companies. The city is the peak of technology world wide thanks to an invention that has become the banner of that conglomerate, U.R: The ability to manipulate the perception of anyone under the area of effect of that invention. The symbol of Area city, the tri-tower being the proof of the power of U.R, anyone living inside the city can only perceive the giant towers in the middle of the city but outside of it only one giant black tower can be observed. And in the same way U.R can only be recognized outside of the city, anyone living inside cannot perceive in any way its existence. An exception exists, 82 people chosen randomly in the city possess the power to manipulate the U.R and therefore manipulate reality with nothing but a thought, though of course some restrictions exist.
The game begins with 7 people called for the Imitation Game, an event that happen every 2 years. That even exists to shuffle the U.R users and find new appropriate users. The game is simple, among the 7 participants there is 2 “fakes”, new U.R users who learned of the existence of that power only recently, 3 true U.R users and one judge. The game takes place during a period of 10 days, during that period the players are forced to take part of a text meeting 3 players at a time to interact with the other players, the players of course don’t know who is a true user, a fake one or even who is the judge. At the end of the 10 days the judge had to decide who among the 5 other players are the 3 true ones, if a fake player manage to go through he will become a real U.R user and anyone deemed fake will loser their power, if the judge make both fakes go through he will lose his power. The seventh and last participant is only an observer used to guide the players through the text meeting.
But actually there is a second reality to that game, the true goal of the seventh participant is to find out who among the players is actually an A.I
The game itself consist of going through the POVs of every players one after the other before their text meetings that take place between 3 players. There is 20 meetings so 3 pov characters by meetings for 20 chapters. The game itself is pretty long, about 20 hours, and has absolutely no CGs, the tachi-e themselves are shown in a sidescrolling way that is… pretty strange but I guess the effect wanted was to put the reader into the shoes of seventh participant only. The game has 5 endings, the choices happen at the end of every chapter, the seventh participant has to give an advice to the 3 players who participated to the text meeting, the final goal being to find who is the A.I
The text meeting
Anyways as a SF story I was immediately attracted by the setting, and the writing is good enough to carry it. The writer in term of actually introducing the world and giving form to his ideas has a lot of quality, all the characters have their one goal and various web of relationship so the overall cast is quite massive.
Unfortunately after a strong beginning this game just can’t make the cut and the reason is simple, the writer introduces pretty early a goal and the game never stray from that even an instant. That may sound like a good thing but it also keep things far too simple. As interesting as the setting sound it means nothing if the span of the story is so small. By the first hour you can see how it will end so waiting 20 hours to see the characters slowly slowly get their clues just to end up exactly where you thought they would end up with no twist or turn is just…. unfortunate.
The writer is good but unfortunately he couldn’t make anything interesting with this game, in the end only one character had a satisfying arc of sort. The worst thing about it is that the writer still managed to keep me reading, the script is very consistent and despite being so slow the game managed to never bore me which is quite a feat.
But really when you have a setting like this you need a bit more ambition.
Final rating 76/100