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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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