Seduce me is a visual novel that's 'advertised' as an otome. To tell the truth it does not only have male romantic interests, but also female ones, which I personally think were better dealt with in the story. The plot is pretty simple and it's easy to get into it. Unfortunately, I felt that the overall route length was too short to start caring more about the characters and their stories. Moreover, the single routes were lacking in variety and by that I mean that many of them had the same copy-pasted dialogues over and over again, with just the names changed. The art style is nice enough but my problem lies within the textbox: sentences are up to two lines long so the whole majority of the textbox is always empty. The font used looks weird to me with odd spaces between letters, but maybe this is an issue I'm having with my computer and it may look better elsewhere.
For who's interested there are at least 10 (ten!!) free short spin-offs on the author's itch.io page, and a commercial sequel that is already out. While I am a little interested in the sequel's story, I don't think I'm willing to pay full price for it.
I've finally played Everlasting Summer after putting it off for so long. It's one of those stories where you have to experience many if not all routes to get closer to the core of the mystery. I can say I've enjoyed the story, even though I was a little bored during some of the routes. I also thought that some explanations during the ending felt almost random. The background images are beautiful, but unfortunately the art style quality gets dragged down by the ugly character sprites. Overall this ended up being a good project to be free. You won't miss anything important if you don't have the 18+ patch because it's useless: the shoehorned sex scenes consist in only two images with no description.
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This is the sequel to Serafina's Saga. This series is by Woodsy Studio, the same people who made Quantum Conscience, which I did not like at all because of the too complicated game mechanics. Surprisingly, the Serafina's series was to my liking because of the neat world-building. You have to play the prequel first, otherwise you will miss past happenings established in the lore that will make it difficult to fully understand the plot and family trees. The first title which is free and not on Steam is a pure visual novel and is just acceptable in my opinion. The sequel somehow manages to make a jump in quality also in its presentation. Unfortunately, this is not a pure visual novel but has a mini-game which seems complicated at first (it gets easier later). I just wish that these devs would stop adding such overtly elaborated mechanics in their games because they often feel unnecessary and getting all the endings becomes too grindy—its total length would only be short (2 - 10 hours) otherwise. It's interesting to note that in this second title Serafina is not the protagonist anymore and gets relegated to a main character.
No spoilers, don't worry! I'm not talking about the story but about the rest. This episode felt more bearable than the past one because it had ten little dots on the bottom side of the UI that indicate how far into the story you are.
Unfortunately, episode 2 has different names for the characters and that's because it was translated by a different company than the first one. Serrault is now Cerrow, Lisa becomes Risa, Hal becomes Haru. I'm now copy-pasting someone's message: "Jack Lunny (Barton's alias) is now Jack Rani. Mister Troche is Mister Lozenges (different word, same meaning) the company Platina Smith is now Platinum Smith, the company Hallard Bros. is now Harald Broth, and of course Earth is Terra and there may be more I haven't seen." To put it shortly, it's a mess. To me it's completely unacceptable for Sekai Project to have titles that belong in a same series with different romanization for the characters' names. Also, the new more sounding Japanese names clash with specific plot points.
And now a little bit of news: Sekai Project is planning to port (again) this series to a new engine and have it in HD at an higher resolution (2560×1440). The first episode should be ready this month, while the second and the third after a few months. I sure do hope that they plan to fix the translations' inconsistencies once and for all with this porting, but we'll have to wait and see.
To new readers: I have no idea whether to suggest waiting one year to read this series with the future HD edition, or not. I most certainly am not waiting for it, since they took more than 3 years to wait to fix it. There's a chance it's gonna suck and that the translation will not be corrected.
Rising Angels: Reborn
Orion: A Sci-Fi Visual Novel
True Lover's Knot
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden
The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times
Completed a lot, gotta go fast in removing stuff from my backlog, nothing astounding here. Karakara was cute and Hustle Cat was really cute, though.
Ask me if you want details on anything.
A couple of these (Sakura Spirit, Orion) had really nice background art, I found out the artist is this Badriel guy, I’m a fan now.