Otome game reviews.
Today's review is a little different from the usual, since it's not a Visual Novel per se, but more so a cute otome-like application.
It gives you the choice of three friendly, supportive male characters who listen to your problems, and would offer encouragement to try and cheer you up. They basically play the role of a sensitive and thoughtful boyfriend, but of course — without the whole 'getting to know each other' phase, since they're already there for you to select.
It's quite a fun application that helps relieve your stress throughout the day, and raise your self esteem and morale. It's available for purchase from the appstore for $1.99 USD.
After the success of Pirates in Love and My Forged Wedding, I was on the prowl once again for more iPhone Visual Novels - since the platform itself was so much more promising than what I had originally anticipated. I managed to stumble across another popular Visual Novel called the "Shall we date?" series. Basically, it's a series of standalone Visual Novels from the same company "NTT Solmare", each with different bachelors and themes (actors, ninjas, butlers, princes etc). For more information, feel free to check out their appstore archive :)
I can honestly say that out of all the Visual Novels that I’ve played, Cinders (demo is available here) definitely took the cake for the strongest first impression. And the thing that really blew me away was the absolutely breath taking graphics. Although it wasn’t my usual type of art whatsoever, it was beautiful nonetheless. The art was just so impressive from the character designs, to the colouring and the drawings themselves. They were extraordinarily unique, and that was what made Cinders stand out to me. Overall, then it really lived up to my expectations and I was not disappointed.
I am always on the prowl for new English otome games within the appstore market, since I feel that Visual Novels are just so much more entertaining and convenient on handheld consoles. You can play it anytime and anywhere on the go, and I can really see why Japan chooses the PSP platform as the general medium/staple for Visual Novels. I had rather high hopes for KEITAI Guardian, since the art looked fantastic, and for the first time ever on iPhone - it included VOICE ACTING.
Duplicity ~ Beyond The Lies~ is a stat-raising dating sim by the Visual Novel group "rOseVeRte". In all honesty, I would not have picked up this game and purchased it if I hadn't played and enjoyed their other release, Cafe 0 - The Drowned Mermaid. Although the previous title is not an otome game (but rather, a mystery/supernatural Visual Novel) I was surprisingly rather impressed with it. So when I heard another VN was being released by the same group, I was practically sold already.
When I initially read the summary/synopsis of this however, I was somewhat confused since it seemed rather scattered and left out far too many details for my liking. When purchasing Visual Novels, I like to have a better idea of what I'm going to be playing. I decided to give it a try anyways (despite my better judgement), since I absolutely loved Cafe 0. I wasn't very surprised when I finished the Visual Novel feeling quite impressed and satisfied.