2013 Review Index

NaNoRenO 2013 mini-reviews

[review] Hate Plus

Hate Plus
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genre sci-fi, drama
creator Love Conquers All Games
summary A more detailed look at the events leading up to those in Analogue: A Hate Story.

One important aspect of the story of Analogue was left unsolved by the end — what could possibly transform a modern society into a copy of Joseon era Korea? Hate Plus attempts to show how a series of seemingly reasonable political decisions could set this decline into motion. This review will be full of spoilers, so stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happens.

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[review] Rising Angels – Reborn

Rising Angels - Reborn
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genre sci-fi
creator IDHAS Studios
summary Natalie is in charge of a military investigation into a dangerous ancient artifact.

You may have heard of another VN sharing the name Rising Angels. Reborn is part sequel, part reboot — some characters return and previous events are hinted at, but no knowledge of the previous installment is necessary.

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[review] Nachtigal

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genre horror, otome
creator Cyanide Tea
summary A young woman accidentally walks into a Belgian castle inhabited by vampires.

Nachtigal is the latest release by Cyanide Tea, who are best known for not yet releasing Break Chance Memento. Where their earlier works were freeware and their delayed masterpiece will be a commercial work, Nachtigal falls in the awkward middle that is donation-ware. The way it’s set up is a pay-what-you-want system with a minimum price of $0.

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Demo Watch 1

I don’t usually talk about in-progress VNs on this site, but with so many VN Kickstarter projects being launched these days, the number of demos worth talking about has shot up to the point where I can no longer afford to ignore them. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll keep this exact format, but expect some more previews in the future.

  • Icebound
  • Destiny Fails Us
  • Sunrider
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[review] Princess Battles

Princess Battles
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genre digital card game, otome
creator Nekomura Games
summary Princess Lillian wants to prove herself by becoming the greatest card battler in the land.

Conceptually, Princess Battles is something I should love. The premise sounds fun and I really like (trading) card games. Heck, I even kinda liked the dumb card game in Princess Waltz.

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[review] Re:Set Ep 1: Thief of all Hearts

Re:Set Ep 1: Thief of all Hearts
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genre supernatural mystery
creator azureXtwilight
summary Michelle 'Mike' Vinson opens a box full of demons and only she can seal them back in.

Re:Set Ep 1 is kind of an odd release. It’s a remake of the first chapter of an episodic series that was put on hold after two episodes. I actually read the second episode back when it came out during NaNoRenO 2012, but never got around to reading the first part. This remake seems to make some major changes, adding in both investigation parts as well as SRPG gameplay.

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