Mystery game review: SHINRAI – Broken Beyond Despair

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I was actually thinking about my first mystery game review being of Ace Attorney but I finally decided to choose Shinrai, a game that was recently released. I won a copy of it together with the OST and was very happy about it, I very rarely win stuff so it was awesome and am very grateful; thank you GosatsuVNs! Anywho, let’s get on with it, shall we?

Shinrai takes place in a secluded mountain resort, where a group of ten classmates reunite to celebrate a Halloween party. The protagonist is Raiko, a quiet and reserved girl who was somehow forced to go to the party because of her best friend, Nobara, who’s a real scaredy cat. When they arrive at the resort, they chat a little with their classmates and start enjoying (sort of  😆 ) the party. However, at a certain point in time, one of the party’s attendants is found dead. Will Raiko solve the mystery?

Note: This review contains HUGE spoilers (culprit is revealed!) so read at your own risk. If you want to avoid them, though, just jump to “conclusive thoughts”.

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Recommended Mobile Otome Routes

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Hello, hello! It’s been a while since I last posted, huh? I’ve been quite busy with my finals but, luckily, I’m done with them so I’m more free now!! Well, truth is I also didn’t know what I should post next; this blog’s main focus is about otome AND mysteries but I haven’t posted any mystery-related content yet. I definitely will, though, it’s a promise!!

Ok, putting that aside, I made a post before about the worst mobile otome routes I’ve ever played, right? So, this time, I wanted to make a post about the ones I actually enjoyed!! I won’t really make a top 10 or anything; this’ll be more of a recommendation post but I may do a top 10 or top 5 or top something someday 😛 Ahem! By the way, I won’t talk about mobile games that are actually brought from PSP (like Demon’s Bond or Eternal Vows) since they’re not really mobile games. Also won’t be talking about Mystic Messenger, despite it actually BEING a mobile game because that one is a whole new category in itself. It doesn’t have the quality you can expect from a mobile otome game, it’s much much better so I don’t think it’s fair to put it on this list; I’ll just make a full review on Mystic Messenger after I finish it. I’ll also structure this post by game and tell you which routes I recommend the most from them (I hope this makes sense 😆 ). As for East Tower, it’s also a mobile game but I’ll cover it on a full review too since I want to ramble about a lot of good things the game has to offer yet sometimes is ignored for the not so great art. In the case of Voltage games, I might add things about their sequels and such but this will be mostly about the main routes.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these recommendations ♡ And tell me what you think, I’d love to read your comments! Also, remember these recommendations are my personal opinion so that doesn’t mean everyone has to agree with me 😛 . This post has mild spoilers so it should be alright to read 🙂 But WARNING, it’s a bit long 😆 Let’s start!

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RPG review: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

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Odin Sphere is a frame story that begins with a little girl called Alice, who reads a series of books in the attic from her house (with the company of her cat Socrates). Each book has a different character as the protagonist and, thus, tells a different story but set in the same world. What world, you may ask? Well, an RPG wouldn’t be and RPG if it didn’t take place in a fantasy world, right? And what’s better than that fantasy world (called Erion) containing a lot of Norse mythology! Be prepared to immerse yourself in the world of Alice’s books!

Note: This review contains mild spoilers but if you still want to avoid them just jump to “conclusive thoughts”.

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Otome game review: Hustle Cat

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Love cats? Love Cafes? Love fantasy? Love cute characters? Then Hustle Cat is the game for you! Set in a quiet part of the city, Hustle Cat tells the story of Avery Grey, a scruffy 19-year-old youngster and owner of a persian cat named Mochi, who’s looking for a job while taking care of their Aunt’s apartment. After giving up the internet search, Avery seeks for a change of pace so they go out for a walk. In the middle of the stroll, they come upon a cafe called “A Cat’s Paw” which is currently hiring new employees. After passing a very strange interview, Avery celebrates their new situation. However, they soon realize that the odd Cafe they’re now working for is afflicted with a curse that turns their coworkers into cats! Can Avery break the curse? And who’s the one behind it?

Note: This review contains spoilers so read at your own risk. If you want to avoid them, though, just jump to “conclusive thoughts”. I’ll also refer to Avery as a she, since I chose to use that pronoun.

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RPG review: Fire Emblem Fates (Revelation)

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We’ve finally come to the last part of this loooong game: the third path. While you can side with either Hoshido or Nohr in the other games, Revelation gives you a third option where you side with neither kingdom. Will this be the best choice in order to achieve peace? Maybe for Corrin, but not so much for me, and this review will tell you why.

Note: This review contains spoilers so read at your own risk (it contains spoilers of Fire Emblem: Awakening and Fates Xenologue: Invisible History too). If you want to avoid them, though, just jump to “conclusive thoughts”. Also, since I played as a female, I’ll be referring to Corrin as a she.

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RPG review: Fire Emblem Fates (Conquest)

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Hello, there! Here comes my second review of this fantabulous game. But now, we’ll be travelling through the path of Nohr! Or, as others call it, the path of the darkness. Since I’ve already talked about my disappointment of certain aspects of the localization, this time, I’ll solely refer to the game itself.

Note: This review contains spoilers so read at your own risk (it contains spoilers of Fire Emblem: Awakening too). If you want to avoid them, though, just jump to “conclusive thoughts”. Also, since I played as a female, I’ll be referring to Corrin as a she.

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RPG review: Fire Emblem Fates (Birthright)

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Whew, this game has been getting so many polemical comments throughout the last couple of months, eh? Before I could finish off Code:Realize (just missing Lupin’s route), I wanted to share my opinion on this tactical role-playing adventure. I’ve been waiting to play this game since last year and it was only around a month before release that controversy came about.

First of all, a certain support between the male avatar and a character named Soleil (from Conquest), which made several people cringe, was changed to avoid trouble. Secondly, the amie element, where you could pet the characters, was removed, only leaving the dialogues that came afterwards. And last, but not least, dual audio was not included, unlike it’s predecessor Fire Emblem: Awakening.

So, what’s the plot behind this story? The avatar (Kamui in japanese, Corrin in USA), a prince/princess living in the kingdom of Nohr, has finally become of age and is now allowed to go on missions against Hoshido, the neighbor kingdom they are in bad terms with. During one of these missions, the avatar founds himself/herself wandering near Hoshido’s entrance. He/She is recognized as part of the Hoshido royal family and brought to meet her blood relatives at the capital city, along with the mysterious songstress Azura. Nohr soldiers then invade the city and the avatar is forced to choose who to side with. Will he/she choose the family he/she grew up with in Nohr, or the newly found one in Hoshido?

Note: This review contains spoilers so read at your own risk (it contains spoilers of Fire Emblem: Awakening too). If you want to avoid them, though, just jump to “conclusive thoughts”. Also, since I played as a female, I’ll be referring to Corrin as a she.

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