Skattered Fragments - #1
The first of… who knows. I seem to have problems
writing about the games I play finding these fragments. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyway, hi there. I’m Skatr, some people might know me from discord, others might know me from that one little group, and most won’t know me at all :3<
I’ve been told about the Golden Month theme a.k.a the month where I realize I’m running low on visual novels worth reading - time to stock up this summer sale, I guess. so I figured I might as well make a post about it while I’m at it. It looked like a good time to go through some of the shorter games I’ve had installed since forever ago, so I ended up making some decent progress.
Anyway, enough blabbering - let’s get to the games.
Flowers -Le volume sur printemps-
20 hours, no achievements
Easily my favourite yuri vn as of now - heck, one of the better VNs I've read on steam, period. Gorgeous visuals, amazing voice acting (with talents such as Ayane Sakura and Kaori Nazuka), a decent OST (although admittedly, it does get a bit repetitive due to the low number of tracks and length of the game) and a fairly wholesome story. Would've bought the sequel straight away if summer sale wasn't so close (and the last 2 games actually had an English translation)
Noel The Mortal Fate
14 hours, no achievements
Not often do you see a mobile game ported to steam and sitting at 'Overwhelmingly Positive' reviews, but I'd say this one is justified. Although the gameplay itself is fairly simple (just move around for the most part - even combat is just "walk into the enemy" and sometimes avoid attacks), the story is worth playing for. I personally played it with keyboard, but you can play this with mouse-only as well (the downside is that the mouse behaves like a "touchscreen", so you'll see the "water ripple" effect with every click). However, the story isn't complete, so if you're not fine with cliffhangers, this game probably isn't for you.
20 hours, 31 of 31 achievements
Fatal Twelve - a game that has made its way in and out of my wishlist several times until someone decided I should maybe read this. The game was made by aiueoKompany, the same devs behind Sound of Drop, a game which I've never gotten around to finishing as I didn't really enjoy it all that much. Fatal Twelve, however, was a major improvement in pretty much every aspect compared to said previous title. Better visuals, well-written characters and story, with enough plot twists to keep you going (although most of them are rather predictable). If you enjoy mystery visual novels and want a 'battle royale' themed one, you should consider snagging this one.
Oh, also - since I know some people dislike this, do know that one character suffers from 'transparent hair syndrome'
7 hours, 20 of 20 achievements
While the game itself was pretty good (considering I expected, uh.. something else, when I started reading), I've probably been a lot more bothered by the English voice acting than I should. The characters are from the US, so it makes perfect sense - but I just can't get over not having japanese voice acting in my weeb content :')
At the same time, I couldn't get myself to actually disable voices either so… guess I'm just weird either way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru Part 2
5 hours, no achievements
A lighthearted, pure comedy-based spinoff of a much more serious vn (Grisaia no Kajitsu). While I was dying of laughter throughout the whole thing, I'm not sure if it would be as good for people that don't know the original characters/setting. Regardless, you should start with the first part if you do decide to read this.
3 hours, 9 of 9 achievements
I've been following InvertMouse ever since reading the first Without Within (which is free, btw). The Without Within games aren't exactly the best kinetic novels in the world, but the minor gimmicks added in the sequels turn something mediocre into something I personally enjoyed. Cursed Sight on the other hand, eh… not too sure about this one, honestly. Can't say I regret reading it, but it's not something you'll see me run around recommending either - then again, it does go on sale for a couple of bucks so there's not much to lose either way, I suppose ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 hours, 8 of 8 achievements
A fairly short "escape room" point-n-click with a counter-intuitive way to use items. The artstyle was nice, story was okay, but I'm glad it wasn't any longer than this personally.
Confess My Love
2 hours, 21 of 21 achievements
A game that doesn't really respect the player's time at all. Sure, you might think it's not that bad considering it takes less than 2 hours to get all the achievements - until you realize that most of that time is spent looking at the paint drying on the wall. Personally, I have no idea how this managed to get 94% rating out of almost 3.6k reviews but well, I guess I'm obviously in the minority here ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
3 hours, 7 of 7 achievements
2 hours, 6 of 6 achievements
Also no, but without voice acting.
Jigoku Kisetsukan: Sense of the Seasons
4 hours, 8 of 21 achievements
A surprisingly good f2p touhou clone, but apparently I'm too bad at these games to complete so I didn't bother playing much longer after beating it once.
Blade Kitten (Episode 1)
4 hours, 7 of 20 achievements
Another mediocre platformer. It wasn't that bad for the most part, but the final boss fight really showcases the wonky physics of the game - I ended up dying maybe 15-20 times, with most of the deaths resulting from sliding off a platform or just straight up teleporting off of it due to weird collision detection.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
10 hours, 5 of 47 achievements
Wanted to get a few achievements out of the way (no retries/concentration/damage taken) so the first chapter took much longer than expected, but this certainly started off… interesting, to say the least. I'll probably continue playing it this month.