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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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The Labyrinth of Grisaia review

What is the concept? Following The Fruit of Grisaia’s (Gurizaia no Kajitsu) 2011 release in Japan, Sekai Project mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising nearly half a million dollars to fund an English localization for ...

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Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma review

Here’s the irony surrounding a discussion of Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma- revealing even the slightest detail threatens to diminish the experience. So, if you were a fan of 2009’s Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors or ...

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Corpse Party (PC) Review

Few countries feature as rich a gaming heritage as Japan. Known for crafting unique experiences, several genres as we know them today was either created or inspired by titles hailing from the rising sun. Yet, ...

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Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault review

Protecting the planet from marauding monsters is a mainstay of gaming. Ever since Tomohiro Nishikado’s Space Invaders besieged arcades on both sides of the Pacific, gamers have been tasked with the role of protector, across ...

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XBlaze Code: Embryo (PC) review

Not long along, its was rather difficult for Westerners to play a localized visual novel. As former Nippon Ichi Software president (and now CEO of Idea Factory International) Haru Akenaga once explained, Sony Computer Entertainment ...

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Nekopara Vol. 2 review

What is the concept? 2014’s Nekopara Vol. 1 introduced readers to Kashou Minaduki, an aspiring chef born into a long line of confectioners. Hoping to cultivate his own brand of success, he moves out of ...

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