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I have one aquarium with a very large fish in it. I didn’t expect him to get so big… Or live so long. Sheeshh. (50g Brackish - Violet Goby, 5 years old.)
August 2020 report
I beat another huge game in my library, which was pretty awesome. In the past two months I’ve only added one new game to my library and I finally hit 300 games, so I’m pretty pleased with myself. Currently fostering a litter of great dane puppies and their mom, I’ve only had them for two days but man they are vicious with each other. It’s hard to wean the puppies off the mom (They are 6 weeks old!) and keep them separated because she keeps jumping over the play pen to feed them and check up on them. I hope she gets adopted soon!
One of the puppies unfortunately is a Double Merle - if you don’t know what that is, you should read up on them - So I was really worried about her, but she’s not blind or deaf so I’m pretty happy. She is the smallest of the litter though, one of her siblings is twice her weight. She makes me anxious when she starts to wrestle with her littermates!
You play as Aya. Your mother passed away a year ago and on the night of the anniversary of her death, you wake up startled to your father screaming! Aya must navigate her way through her childhood manor filled with her father’s evil experiments to rescue him!
Mad Father is a light horror game with a few jump-scares. Explore and collect/use items to further your progress. I’m not much of a fan of horror games but I did enjoy Mad Father and I recommend it to anyone who is just getting into horror games or to someone who plays the genre often. I didn’t have any difficulties playing and there are plenty of guides if you get lost or can’t figure out how to get that one achievement.
The Crown of Leaves
Roui left his homeland, Latori, to become a respected jeweler, but fell in love with cyphers and the mysticism of the world Instead. In the ten years he left his country, he became a recognized and popular author, and wrote articles for the Paranormal Patrolman’s Papers. After he got in some hot water with the Mafia, he returned home to his country and got a commission from The Baron to carve a wedding gift for his fiancé, a bracelet made of sacred wood. Strange things start happening after that.
The Crown of Leaves is a rather impressive kinetic novel/point and click adventure made by only two people. The updates are not frequent and as of now the game is unfinished, (should be an update late 2020 with chapter 2/3!!!) But I am very impressed with all the characters, art, and the storyline is intriguing. Absolutely recommend!
In a land far, far away - in a mmorpg, and to be more specific, Asaph Online - Viole the dark witch is the strongest, most fearsome and terrifying foe in all the lands. Offline however, she’s Kotone, a hard-working Lawyer who just wants a vacation from the mundane. Her wish granted by an unknown power, she falls asleep, and awakens inside the world of Asaph! Meet and flirt with Neve, the Darkling Maid! Fion, the puppy thief! Eleri, the righteous (and surprisingly cruel) knight!
I give Sakura MMO a solid “Meh.” The cutscenes are nice and I think it’s well written, even if whoever wrote this does seem to have a limited vocabulary. The MC Viole is a sadistic person but whenever she acts on it, she immediately regrets which is a bit silly for a personality. Neve is really cute and I like her dark character, Fion was a bit too soft and innocent for a thief, and I honestly just hate Eleri. Eleri is the morally good character who is a bit too stuck on her high horse and fancy’s herself as the Judge and Jury.
Although something tells me you don’t want to play this for the plot. Yes, there is a R18+ patch.)
Hopefully Sakura MMO 2 and 3 will be better!
Sakura MMO 2
You play as Kotone, a Lawyer from modern day Japan who wakes up as her character Viola, a dark and powerful witch from Asaph Online! It’s been a couple months since a mysterious otherworldly power transferred you over to this new world, and now that you’ve had your fun exploring, it’s time to get serious and find some answers! Your Darkling Maid Neve, puppy thief Fion, and surprisingly-cruel-knight-that-also-came-from-Japan guard dog Eleri, come with you to help shine a light on this mystery. Can you make it back home? Do you even want to?
Compared to the first MMO Violas personality has come a long way, and she’s not as apologetic which shows character growth. What really made me mad about this though was that whoever you romanced in the first game completely forgets in the second one. Why?!?! Should have had an option in the beginning where you picked who you romanced, Neve, Fion, Eleri, or all instead of dismissing it and making everyone forget it happened.
On another note… This VN was completely irrelevant plot wise and ends in a weird spot. Viola and Eleri try to find out who transported them into Asaph online by… taking a bunch of useless side quests? What do they honestly expect to learn from a gathering quest or “go kill x of these.” Quests? This whole VN was them taking a quest to find a missing diamond necklace for a wedding, but they took it on the assumption that “maybe they would find out why they came here.” When they could have done something productive like “go ask another witch.” (which is what they end up doing in the last 5 min of this which finally advanced the main quest.)
Yes, there is an 18+ patch you weirdos.
Sakura MMO 3
The Dark Witch Viola and Eleri finally figured out why and how they came from modern day Japan to Asaph Online! The reason it however, is not a good one. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the world is now ending in two weeks and only those not from Asaph have a chance of saving it! No chance to back out now!
I LOVED this ending to Sakura MMO! A surprising twist and a satisfying ending that I was happy with! The translations are better and the characters showed a lot of growth compared to 1 and 2. Viola is no longer as shy and apologetic and Eleri, the-actually-noble-and-more-respectable-now knight has gotten stronger and shows more confidence in herself! Fion, the-puppy-thief, is still laid back, but she pays more attention now to the important stuff. An overall excellent way to end the series!! Yes, there is an 18+ patch.
AAAAAAAA I MARRIED NEVE!!!
July 2020 report!
This month had been very hard on me and my family and honestly i’m not doing too good. Lot’s of free time lately and tried my best to get my mind off things, which resulted in these VN’s being completed. This year has been pretty bad.
EDIT: At least I didn’t increase my backlog at all this month. Small things.
The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya
The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya has pretty cutscenes and characters, but that’s all it has going for it. The backgrounds are horribly drawn and there is only about 5 of them between all the characters, and the music tracks are few and forgettable.
The storyline is a mess, and unlikely scenarios happen one after the other, Misao, the girl you play as, her personality changes with every route and the writing is cringy. It honestly feels like one person wrote all the text because all the characters, aside from when you first meet them, act the same - aggressive and crude.
Hayabusa – Your childhood friend, starts off well and likely is the best route in the game. Which is saying something.
Kagerou – A Tsundere who’s not actually cute.
Tokiwa – A handsome man who is remarkably childish and self- centered.
Kagura - Cool and collected when you first interact with him, but halfway through his personality flips and he becomes reckless, aggressive, and crude.
Takao – The most bipolar man I’ve ever seen in a VN.
Iroha – Starts off unromantic and cringy, somehow ends worse.
I spent $8 on Kikuya and it was not worth it. I also purchased the second season, Ohgiya and despite being past the two week purchase date, I actually got a refund. THANK YOU, DEREK! WHOEVER YOU ARE!
Warning: Violence and light cursing.
You play as Ashley Chu, a high school student who just wants to be a successful Digital Artist so he can break away from his abusive parents and find his own freedom! He may need the help of his childhood sweetheart, Daisy, and maybe his beautiful and mysterious new classmate??
The backgrounds and characters are absolutely gorgeous, although the English translation probably came off Google translate. It’s approximately 30 hours per route. Unlike what I did, I recommend picking whoever you fancy first, finishing her route, then restarting and set the skip to “skip all text you have already seen." And then do the last route.
Also, I can’t believe that this VN is $2, it typically goes on sale for $0.79 and that is an absolute steal for this kind of content. Also, to give you exactly how amazing this VN is, I want to mention again, it's about 30 hours per route, 1 million words, and each character has about 450 different expressions, and 35 music tracks. Also, you can mute all voices or just specific ones if they get on your last nerve.
Lucy -The Eternity She Wished For-
You are the MC. While taking a shortcut home you stumble upon a broken and rather High-Tec Android about to be demolished. So, what do you do? You take her home and try to re-activate her, of course.
Lucy -The Eternity She Wished For- is a rather emotional VN that features Lucy, an Android with emotions in a human society hellbent on destroying her. This VN also features voice acting, for Lucy only, in Korean and Japanese. While playing, I couldn’t help but be reminded of The Turing Test, a test to see if a human could tell the difference between another human and a machine. If the human could not tell the difference, then it is said that the machine could think. That it was intelligent. If Lucy didn’t have the aspects of her that showed she was an Android, she could have passed as a human, perfectly.
There are 2 routes in this game chosen by your final choice, a True Route and an Alternate Route. After the True Route more extras are unlocked. This VN can take anywhere from 3-5 hours to finish.
If you liked this game, you may also like TACOMA and The Turing Test on Steam.
You are Lin Yang, you finished college and you finally have that degree that you worked so hard for! Except one thing. You can’t get a job. At all. It really sucks. Practically broke, you decide to head back to your small hometown and take over your late grandfather’s convenience store. Digging through your grandfathers’ things, you discover a mystical wind chime! You ring it, and three animal girls appear before you! Meet Cherry the fox, Purin the Rabbit, and Puff the Bear! You decide to hire them as employees in your shop! Except one problem, the girls are bound to the wind chime and can’t stray too far from it, and they have no recollection as to who they are! You decide to be a good example of the human race, and help them out.
This VN is very cute and well written! Also, a surprisingly dark story? I noticed that during the gameplay, Cherry’s and Purin’s backstory is revealed and they get their memories back, but Puff doesn’t so it feels unfinished.
Pastry Lovers is a sweet and wholesome game about a girl, Sakura, who was abandoned by her family and raised at an orphanage in the West Isle. Her former family left nothing to her except a note with her name on it and a notebook filled with pastry recipes that was her fathers. Using this book, she aspires to be a famous pastry chef! She will have to go to the main continent of Carseland Kingdom and enroll in the prestigious St. Patras College to pursue her dream! During her time there, will she find clues to her hidden past?
While in the College, she meets Prince William, Christopher DM, Henry Yin, and Hannan Ye! Will she find her fated partner?!? There is another character you can date, Henin the art teacher, he is a hidden character.
This was a surprisingly enjoyable stat management VN, and for the $5 price tag is an absolute steal. It took me about 9 hours to do everything the game has to offer. I want to note that while some people complain about needing to repeat the game to get the other routes, if you get everyone’s affection to 110 and get your status up (and with 9999 gold, you better.) All of their routes are available to you if you simply save on THE DAY BEFORE (To lower/increase your “Blackening” stat via eating at the restaurant.) when you need to pick which route you want to complete.
Haha I’ve added 11 games from the steam sale onto my backlog, I’m now at 299 games. I forgot the summer sale was a thing and I was completely blindsided!!! ahhh more stuff to do. ;w;
Flower is a relaxing and peaceful experience in which you play as the wind. You collect petals and bring beauty into an otherwise bleak and grey world. Playtime ranges from 2–6 hours and there are some bugs to be noted but nothing game-breaking.
When entering another dream (level.) Sound may be unavailable. This is fixed with a simple restart. Sometimes when you are flying you get stuck after interacting with things, this can be fixed by accelerating or changing directions.
All in all this is a very wholesome and tranquil game and I do recommend it.
Our world has not decayed
“Our world has not decayed” Is a surprisingly wholesome game that’s very bittersweet. You are Coru! An Adventurer who somehow survived the end of the world. While looking for more people and trying to figure out what happened exactly to make the world end, you find Nasu instead! She has amnesia! She is also a zombie! Both of you set off together to find more people and bring Nasu home!
Having Chinese voice acting instead of Japanese is a bit unusual for me but it quickly grew on me. This VN is more like a story than anything, seeing as you only really have 2-3 choices in the entire game. This story can be finished in 2.5-5 hours.
The English translation is truly terrible! However, if you are a native English speaker or you feel confident in your skills, it’s not really any trouble. Some confusion here or there but you have a general understanding of what’s going on.
The Orchard of Stray Sheep
You play as the protagonist Ichirou! You are hired as a teacher to teach at an amazing Island academy with only 4 students! You work with the beautiful principle Matsuri and two other teachers, Liang and Tsuji, to keep the students happy at all costs!
The four students are Peeler, Mincer, Oros zester and your own assigned student, Casserole! It is your duty to make sure that Casserole is ready for her ‘graduation’ from the academy! Will you really be able to do it, though?
The Orchard of Stray Sheep is a surprisingly dark and yet incredibly interesting kinetic novel. I say Kinetic, but there are only 3 choices that lead to 3 endings, 2 bad endings and 1 true ending, and it’s kind of obvious what the bad choices are. The art style is phenomenal and the music is just exceptional! The only downside is that there is no sequel!
Fox Hime Zero
Fox Hime Zero is the story of a boy named Yan who is sent into the forest to live there for a year and collect data and specimens on the flora and fauna in the mountain. On his first week, he finds and rescues a fox who has fallen into the river. Later the fox returns, but instead of being a fox she has transformed into a beautiful and mysterious girl named Mori!
As lovely as the art is, I can’t really recommend it. It’s cute, but there is no real plot, no story, and the MC Yan is kind of creepy. He keeps “accidently” touching her and he kisses her on accident which leads to an incredibly uncomfortable make out session. As the story goes on, he get’s incredibly obsessive of her and abandons his work to be with her.
No story, no plot, just two cute characters and a creepy MC. I recommend you skip.
My May report~
Finished one of my biggest games in my backlog, which i’m pretty pleased with myself about. I need to reorganize what games I need to do next though because I looked at my list and quite frankly I kinda feel overwhelmed.
Welp, I say I did pretty bad this April. Added a bunch of fun looking games to my game list (rip, backlog?) and only finished 2.
I did managed to edit that massive fanfic though I mentioned in my previous post. Pleased to announce I kept a log of all my edits that I made, and it turned out to be 31 pages long. and took me a month. Nailed it.
ANYWAY, here is the thing you came to read!
Thanks to the quarantine i’ve gotten a bit more done before the end of the month, look at me; being productive. Also somehow I ended up agreeing to edit a 125,000 word fanfic. 3 chapters down, 41 to go.
Been 6 months since I posted something, here is just some stuff I finished in the meantime. Click on the boxes for the review, thank you and have a good day!
I somehow got Sunrider Academy in 2016. I don’t know where and I don’t know why. I set it on the backburner until my group picked the game out for me to play it. When I realized most the game was garbage it was too late for me to toss it, and since I’ve already gotten most of the achievements my pride as a completionist could not let me set it aside.
Before we begin, I would like to mention this game has cheats, such as achievement.grant(“X”). If you plan on getting all the achievements, I recommend you use this command to skip one of the routes. I wish I did. This game also features an 18+ patch for steam should you choose to do so.
I picked my routes based on how much of a first impression I had of the characters; saving the best for last. Asaga > Ava > Sola > Chigara.
Asaga – A huge perverted moron, who somehow against all odds, never managed to get kicked out of school. There was nothing remarkable or anything even worth mentioning about her route other than in the beginning it was a bit enjoyable, and snowballed down from there. Her route, without spoiling the story, was incredibly annoying to finish and at the end I was thanking a god I don’t believe in that it was over. I would like to mention that she has an exhibitionist streak a mile wide and the entire time I was very uncomfortable.
Ava – At first your opinion of the Student Council president is very high and she is very much likeable, until the very. Moment. You. Start. Her. Route. The entire time she is very frigid toward you and hostile. She treats everyone like slave labor and eight months in you still feel like nothing has changed at all. She is very bullheaded and difficult to work with, and I ended up hating her more than Asaga. She goes out of her way to ruin everyone’s mood and to run them into the ground. (including herself because on top of being a gigantic *** she has huge self-esteem issues.) She is incredibly Bipolar and I am most certain that she is a closet sadist.
I would also like to mention that this route has family violence, which FOR SOME REASON, the developers just brushed off. This is 100% not ok. Ava’s father ties her up (literally.) and it is strongly implied that he beats her regularly. And at the end of the game, I kid you not, the MC says “I guess he wasn’t a bad guy after all!” I STRONGLY suggest skipping Ava’s route.
Sola – Her route was strangely unremarkable. While there were some interesting factors that made it more fun playing (compared to the last two.) I couldn’t help but feel like it was incomplete. Most of her route was shadowing what happened in the original game (Sunrider Liberation Day; SR Academy is a spinoff.) and it felt like I was encouraged mostly into trying that game, rather than playing her route. In short – it felt like an advertisement.
Chigara – The best route in the game. I can say with 100% confidence that not only did her route have the most content, it was also the most rewarding playthrough in the entire game. While she is unusually shy, her reactions were relatively normal and sane compared to the last three routes. While it did get a bit bumpy around month 7-8, It was much more fulfilling than all the previous endings combined.
Ending thoughts: I would not recommend this game. Compared to other visual novels out there this one is garbage. It’s insensitive and in some cases, extreme. Only one route was worth playing out of the four available, and while this is a spinoff of the original game, is very disappointing. I do intend to play the original game but using this as an experience, I have a feeling it will not be enjoyable.
This is my first post all year and I will try to be more active on BLAEO. Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.
So it’s been two months since my last post. Black Desert kinda took up a lot of my time. Just a bit.
Anyway lets get on with the show.
A very lovely story. In this novel, you walk around and interact with objects and recover various pieces of information from desktops and from data left behind. Find out what happened to the Tacoma crew, and it’s AI, Odin.
I really enjoyed the whole story. It takes around 2 hours to complete, and you can get all the achievements in one run. The characters were interesting, and I am very, very happy on how it ended. You should seriously play it.
By the way, the intro song is “Find me” by Szjerdene. Your welcome.
2.) Sparkle 3:Genesis
This game is absolute garbage.
If your just playing for whatever and not achievements, go for it. It takes about 20 minutes to finish the game. 8 - 12 hours for all achievements. Achievement hunters - Beware.
1.) You can kill the leviathan from day 1 without upgrading. Upgrading your status does not make you faster, stronger, increase absorption range or speed. The only reason you would waste your time putting points in is for the four achievements. They literally do nothing.
2.) I have actively tried to kill myself. You cannot die in this game, at all. This makes all fights pointless.
3.) The tutorial is annoying. For some achievements, you need to make a completely red, blue or green sparkle. Problem is, you may need to repeat the tutorial 10 times to get 3 of the same colors. I often ended up with 2/2/2.
4.) You cannot make this game completely mute from in-game. You can set the volume to 0% and it still makes noise, you need to minimize the game and go to your volume settings to mute it.
5.) the music is mediocre, forgettable, and non-existent. I suggest muting it and using a playlist.
6.) When you go through a vortex to go to the next area, you need to fight with it because even when you use the wheel to move down a level, it may move up one so your in this annoying back and forth war every level.
7.) once you complete a quest, you cannot re-do it. This means for the absorption competition you need to completely restart the game to get the like a boss achievement. On the bar it should tell you the percentages so you can end the game early instead of completely resetting it and re-starting with a new character.
8.) the labyrinths are annoying. They are not fun, just annoying and stressful and when you need to repeat them constantly to get a chance at the absorption competition it’s just migraine inducing.
9.) The sparkles get WAY TOO BIG. Once they hit max level they literally take up half the screen. Good luck trying to get through a labyrinth or looking at your mini-map. It should be set so when you level you zoom out or something.
10.) While green is the easiest to move in the labyrinths, have fun trying to kill the leviathan with it. It’s too slow and doesn’t have the range to get the orbs on the tail-end of it. I gave up after 13 minutes. On a side note… blue is absolutely the way to go if you want to beat the leviathan in less than 2 minutes.
EDIT: I completely forgot to mention that I’m looking for people to add to my WL on Steamgifts. If you actually play the games you win and not a card idler.
1.) fault - milestone one
This, this was pretty good. The intro was nice and everything was just really well done. The characters had their own personality, and they were likable and intriguing. The story is pretty good and interesting, the music was wonderful. It took me about 3 hours to finish up, but it was fun.
2.) fault - milestone two side:above
This was hands down the best visual novel I have played. The beginning got me so EXCITED, as it showed me the best, and I do mean the BEST, “breaking the fourth wall moment” I thought possible. I didn’t even know a game could DO that, and I was just really excited. There are supposedly two more novels coming out to finish up the series, “Silence the Pendant” and “Fault: Side Below” and I am eager to get my hands on them. I also liked the second novel for the same reasons as the first.
Oh my god, this game is absolutely stunning. The art, is BEYOND lovely, and I enjoyed most of the characters as well. The story was pretty dang good, and It was a enjoyable experience. The only faults I have with it are a few things. One, you cant save. If you need to restart, you need to redo the entire chapter. I did this and it broke the game for me, as two chapters went together in the same scene and it was a huge confusing mess and I ended up deleting that file. Second, the achievements. I don’t know how on earth people got three particular achievements, but I just cannot get them, period. One you need to play through the entire game without skipping a text, which I’m pretty sure I did, twice. and the other two are to not use the hint tool, which I’m also certain I did, twice. and the other is to skip every mini game, in which I cannot for the life of me find the skip button. I even watched others play for a walk through, and I see the skip button show up on their screen, but I cant find it on mine on the exact same scenes. So I finished the game three times, but I cannot get those last three achievements, which breaks my heart as I still feel it’s incomplete. Apparently you can go into the save file whatever that means and get the achievements that way, but I haven’t ever done that before and I have no idea where to do that. (If you know how to do it please tell me.)
Other than that, it was a great game. But please, please follow a guide unless you want to replay the game four times.
finishes three games. Adds three games to my library. Screams internally.