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The theme for this review bundle is ‘summer’. ‘Cuttlebone’ (trip to the beach to gather pet food), ‘Summer House’ (a tale involving alcohol and murder), ‘Sophie’ (holidays and bad endings) and ‘The Dandelion Girl’ (the girl from the future) all feature.


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Inami: This way we get to go to the beach and also get free cuttlebone. Win-win.

Title: Cuttlebone

Developer: Kuroonehalf

Length: 20 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Slice of Life

Relative Rating: 2/5

Overall Rating: 4/10

Key Positive Points: Backgrounds, interface design

Key Negative Points: Filler episode plot


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The Other Girl… why does that sound so familiar?

Title: Summer House

Developer: Carrollesque

Length: 20 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Relative Rating: 2/5

Overall Rating: 3/10

Key Positive Points: Dark story

Key Negative Points: No sprites, crashes, some parts not fully explained


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I think my summer is ending here. As well as my life.

Title: Sophie

Developer: Didules

Length: 10 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: French

Version Language: English

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life

Relative Rating: 1/5

Overall Rating: 2/10

Key Positive Points: A number of CGs

Key Negative Points: Too many bad endings, choice outcomes unconnected, plot goes nowhere


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You know, the day before yesterday I saw a rabbit, and yesterday a deer, and today, you.

Title: The Dandelion Girl

Developer: /jp/ project

Length: 30 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Drama, Romance

Relative Rating: 3/5

Overall Rating: 6/10

Key Positive Points: Good story, large extras section

Key Negative Points: More time needed to associate with characters


Time to talk about instant bad end choices. Sophie featured a number of choices. They were as simple as, for example, choosing to go to the supermarket or not. However, the outcomes are absurd. In one instance, saying something slightly different to one character caused a completely unknown man to appear and stab the protagonist to death. If these bad ends are to be included, it must be obvious as to why a certain choice led to the end. Warnings and hints should also be presented in the preceeding story to guide towards the correct decision. Most of the time, it is not even worth including an alternative ending if they are not of a reasonable length; the choice point can just be made to progress as a natural part of the story.

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Returning to my reviews after a two-year absence and with the recent review of ‘The Way We ALL GO’, the theme of this bundle is ‘looking back at the work of developers I reviewed previously’. We have ‘The Lockdown of Shinsou Elementary’ (scary school happenings), ‘Of Valkyries and Life’ (girls with wings, in different places and different eras), Yanderella (love triangles and killer cuddly rabbits) and Crimson Rafflesia (Hanachirasu with superpower children).


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???: I wonder… what kind of performance this school has for me…

Title: The Lockdown of Shinsou Elementary

Developer: TwinTurtle Games

Length: 1 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Comedy, Thriller

Relative Rating: 1/5

Overall Rating: 2/10

Key Positive Points: Idea could potentially produce a good story

Key Negative Points: Idea was not built upon, far too short


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Still, the girl herself had no idea of her origin or for what purpose her wings existed.

Title: Of Valkyries and Life

Developer: Desulishor

Length: 20 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Drama, Supernatural

Relative Rating: 2/5

Overall Rating: 4/10

Key Positive Points: Good artwork

Key Negative Points: Should focus on one story, text too wide to read easily


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Now, no matter how it turns out in the end, I’m sure… I’m sure the three of us won’t be able to stay together anymore.

Title: Yanderella

Developer: CHARON

Length: 1 hour 20 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: Japanese

Version Language: English

Genres: Horror, Romance, Slice of Life

Relative Rating: 2/5

Overall Rating: 6/10

Key Positive Points: H-scenes averted, pixel artwork fits

Key Negative Points: Some generic plot points, text pace of engine far too slow


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Even after putrefying two men to death and leaving their bodies in the most disgusting-looking state of decomposition ever, Sho Reilen feels neither regret nor guilt.

Title: Crimson Rafflesia (Full Demo 1.0)

Developer: Soyasushi Productions

Length: 1 hour 20 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Drama, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller

Relative Rating: 3/5

Overall Rating: 5/10

Key Positive Points: Some good character work, some promising plot, secret content

Key Negative Points: Too many plot points copied from Hanachirasu


By chance, I happen to have picked two visual novels which are somewhat similar to Nitroplus works. Playing Crimson Rafflesia, almost every event that happens before the opening is copied from Hanachirasu; some effort is made to develop the following plot differently but there are still too many connections. Yanderella has some links to Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi. but these are more subtle; the story is developed differently and it may merely be due to similar themes. Basing work on other visual novels is fine but at least some changes are needed, lest it seem as though ideas are being directly replicated. With a few tweaks, Crimson Rafflesia could become independent enough for the final release.

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This compilation serves to transfer my previous reviews over to the new system. Some of the timings may be slightly out so I rounded up to the highest value previously stated. If you wish to read the old reviews on which these were based, you can find them in the following links.

Of Dinosaurs and Pineapples

The adventure of Bacon

Stupid Script Novel

Yandere-Chan

More than Forever: A Tragic Love Story

Schoolgirl x Squid

Project Dualis


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Unicycle-riding donkeys juggling flaming midget accountants interns: Hey why weren’t we in the game.

Title: Of Dinosaurs and Pineapples

Developer: Envisage Games

Length: 10 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Comedy

Relative Rating: 1/5

Overall Rating: 1/10

Key Positive Points: Tuna-can battles

Key Negative Points: Nonsense plot, poor artwork


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Because everybody knows that the red monster hunts in the dark outside the farm.

Title: The adventure of Bacon

Developer: Unknown (KebecMaslow)

Length: 10 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: Spanish

Version Language: English

Genres: Childrens

Relative Rating: 1/5

Overall Rating: 2/10

Key Positive Points: Works well as a children’s story

Key Negative Points: Too simplistic, needs polishing


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You go to school, only to find out that it was blown up by a meteor. THE END

Title: Stupid Script Novel

Developer: Unknown (foxhead128)

Length: 10 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Comedy

Relative Rating: 1/5

Overall Rating: 1/10

Key Positive Points: Maybe you have a little sister

Key Negative Points: Nonsense plot, poor artwork


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Mia: Compensate with more blood.

Title: Yandere-Chan

Developer: Nyodude

Length: 60 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Horror, Slice of Life

Relative Rating: 3/5

Overall Rating: 5/10

Key Positive Points: Yandere and bad endings

Key Negative Points: Lack of backstory and reason for actions


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Shirley: Will you love me forever?

Title: More than Forever: A Tragic Love Story

Developer: TwinTurtle Games

Length: 10 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Comedy

Relative Rating: 2/5

Overall Rating: 4/10

Key Positive Points: Book commentary

Key Negative Points: Story stopped short, relies on reader knowledge


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He’s not a large, hulking, disgusting squid like you’d see in some kind of weird hentai. Instead, he is very small and cute, with tiny little tentacles and large, inquisitive eyes.

Title: Schoolgirl x Squid

Developer: Ebi-hime

Length: 60 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life

Relative Rating: 3/5

Overall Rating: 5/10

Key Positive Points: Squid

Key Negative Points: Generic scenes, polish required


Project Dualis

She was suddenly acting like a completely different person…

Title: Project Dualis

Developer: Desulishor

Length: 60 min

Price: Free

Adult Content: None

Original Language: English

Version Language: English

Genres: Mystery, Romance, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Relative Rating: 3/5

Overall Rating: 5/10

Key Positive Points: Voice acting

Key Negative Points: Generic scenes, predictable outcome

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