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Root Letter review

In Japan, the expression seichi junrei (literally translated as ‘holy pilgrimage’), is becoming increasingly prevalent. Referring to the visitation of prominent locations across manga, anime, games, and visual novels, the term speaks just as much ...

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Enigma: review

For decades, the interactive entertainment industry has entranced us with action games. From the phosphorescent glow of Phoenix’s belligerent birds and Dig Dug’s feisty Fygars to the thrill of a long-range, un-scoped head shot in ...

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Sakura Nova review

Whether it’s Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4’s Social Links or Hyperdimension Neptunia’s Link Rank system, representations of camaraderie are common in gaming. With the release of Winged Cloud’s Sakura Nova, these interpersonal bonds become the ...

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Steins;Gate (PC) review

Time travel is a popular premise across almost every medium. But like most high-concept narratives, it’s often used as a catalyst for engaging human interaction rather than an opportunity for scientific speculation. From the comical ...

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Critical Hit review

Little is what it initially seems in Critical Hit, TsukiWare’s inaugural eroge. Following completion of the half-gigabyte download and a potential layover on the novel’s option screen, players are introduced to Akira, the game’s protagonist. ...

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Just Deserts review

What is the concept? With a single protagonist able to simultaneously woo several perpetually eager characters, it’s understandable that dating sims are often dismissed as male fantasy. Recent Steam release Just Deserts does little to ...

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Muv-Luv review

Delve into the recent Steam release of Muv-Luv and you won’t immediately understand why the 2003 visual novel is often considered one of the medium’s most prodigious efforts. Split into two parts, this Steam release ...

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Karakara review

Often it’s the attractive full-screen images known as CGs (for Computer Graphics) which attracts an audience toward a visual novel. But arguably, it’s the narrative that faces a tougher job- with exposition and dialog tasked ...

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Highway Blossoms Review

Visual novels tend to be a hit-or-miss affair for most, with gamers being drawn to the strong narrative which often accompanies these titles or turned off by a lack of player input. Highway Blossoms takes ...

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