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Narcissu 1st & 2nd(May 15, 2007)
Developers: Stage-Nana Publishers: Sekai Project
Consoles: Steam
# Players: Single-Player,
Genre: Visual Novel, Drama, Indie,
Key Words: Illness, Free to play,
Tumblr Link: http://angelsreview.tumblr.com/post/165429751222/akumas-video-game-review-narcissu-1st-2nd


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My Thoughts: There are a couple types of Visual Novels out there that people love to play. The more popular games seem to be the dating style visual novels where there is a lot of romance and sometimes funny misunderstandings. This one however is very down to earth, having a very solemn storyline that could make you cry. Now it was a tiny bit confusing to me as the two stories are hard to follow, and I had to look up a little of the story on the wiki to help understand just what was going on. I will explain to the best of my ability.

In the first story, we (the character that has no name, we only know we are a boy) have been diagnosed with Lung Cancer after our 20th birthday and are placed into the 7th floor of a hospital in Mito, Ibaraki. The 7th floor is for those who are terminally ill or those that may never get better. There, we meet a young lady who is only two years older then us who is also terminally ill. This young girl is named Setsumi, and the two become rather good friends. They soon find that they have the same last wish, to not die within the hospital or at home with their families but with how the hospital is, would they be able to have their last wish?

Story two is actually a prequel to the first even if it was made after. Setsumi is only 15 years old at the time of this, and though she was sick, she was not bad enough to have to stay within the hospital. She made friends with Himeko, a young woman who used to be a volunteer on the 7th floor but ended up a patient herself. They become great friends, and Setsumi comes to visit her regularly, meeting others on the floor.

It’s hard to talk about these stories without spoiling the endings, but I do have to warn that if you do not want to cry, this is not the game for you. I found myself tearing up at many points weather they were sad or just plain cute.

The game play is simple, click to advance the text, and even that becomes unnecessary if you have the autoplay option on. Very simple, very straight forward.

The artwork is amazing, and though we barely see people in the art, we get amazing backgrounds full of life, the bright white of the walls of the hospital, the beautiful yellow of a daffodil in the field, the swooping arches of a church… They are just done so calming and almost like you’re in a dream. In some senses, I guess it could be a dream as though your reliving the few moments you were able to be happy.

The music is rather calming as well, fitting with the artwork. There is an amazing soundtrack out that would be great for meditation. The voices are all in Japanese, but I really didn’t mind much. The way they delivered the lines were as though they were part of the music which is a bit interesting. Japanese does not normally push certain words when they speak for the most part as we do here in America, but the emotions come out even still without understanding fully what they are saying. (Even with the subtitles, you can never really understand the full extent without knowing the language.)

Overall, this is an amazing visual novel and has a very beautiful story to tell, one that will make you think about what the meaning of life is and how short it can be.

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Link to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissu and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissu:_Side_2nd

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One Thousand Lies(Mar 28, 2016)
Developers: Keinart Lobre Publishers: Keinart Lobre
Consoles: Steam
# Players: Single-Player,
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Psychological,
Key Words: School, Free to Play,
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Ciaran Ednyein was a pretty normal guy, loved to play pranks, loved to hang with his friends, and didn’t like school all that much. But one day, his life seems to change when he gets a mysterious email and goes on a quest to find out who sent it, and for what reason?


My Thoughts: I am not going to lie; this visual novel bored me to death. I found it a chore to play through and that says something when it’s just reading and clicking. It made me very sad because if you know any of the other games and cartoons I have reviewed, you would know that I really love psychological storylines. Even when there isn’t really a deep underlining meaning to the show or game, I sometimes feel as though it is. In this case… its either way to preachy or way to unfocused for me to get any enjoyment out of it, I am not sure which it is.

We follow our main character, Ciaran Endyein, as he hangs out with friends at school. That’s pretty much all I really understood about him. He is as bland and dull as the rest of these characters it feels like, and there is nothing wrong with the main character being dull if the characters around him are actually interesting. His other two friends are Ziva, a hot girl that for some reason wears an outfit that would fit in well with a fantasy game, and Ausse, the jokester… Ya... that’s basically them. The only other defining personality that Ziva has is that she is really into psychology and overanalyzes things. It would have been a very cool concept if they actually implemented it well but they don’t.

I don’t know if the characters are just so boring or if the chapters were actually really long but I felt myself falling asleep every time I tried to play the game. In the end, I couldn’t finish it by reading it. I still got the achievement putting the game on auto because I felt it at least owed me that for how tired I was trying to read it but I can’t consider this one I would ever want to try to play again. I wonder what would have happened if they had just gone with the story they started the game with instead of bringing us into this slice of life stuff. The story in the beginning talked about three friends who had a spell cast on them that they could never leave each others side and while maybe they did something with that later on, It was so boring to try to get to that point.

As normal with visual novels, you play the game by reading and clicking, that’s it. There is no choosing which path to take, there is no way to put your own two cents into the game; it is just a book basically in game format.

The art style is interesting, the characters are drawn pretty nicely but they lacked badly on the background. They took real pictures and just put a filter on them to make them look sort of poster board-ish. It does not match the style of the characters at all. Some of them are even to busy so I find myself looking at the backgrounds more then the characters themselves. It also didn’t help that the characters, while looking like they were drawn by the same person, felt like they did not fit at all with the other characters.

The music is a bit lack luster. It was alright as background music but nothing really stood out to me as being the best song in the world. Again, it just seemed generic.

This game was a bore to me, but it doesn’t mean that it would be a bore for everyone. The game did have a very positive review on Steam which is why I picked up this free game so at least a lot of people seem to like it. As of this review, 90% of 672 people gave it a positive review. I guess I will give it a take a look at it rating because of that, but if you don’t like it, just put it on auto and sit back so you get the steam achievement I guess.

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Link to Wikipedia: https://vndb.org/v19014

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