Sherlock Holmes Gintama

17 07 2013

I’m waiting for this doujin game!! Chapter 1: “Case 1: A Study in Sugar” will be out at August.

I’m a big fan of Gintama(nothing else can describe how awesome this manga/anime)
Not to say I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I like mystery and there is a cute Sherlock Holmes doujin I translated before, so I’m always interested in it.

Here are some points I found about the game:
-This game is really pretty and well made from looking at screenshots and videos(yes, the video captured my total interest)
-This game has Gintama ‘essence’ and ‘love'(manage to get all the iconic faces of the characters and feel of the real story(because the story is crack^^)
-surprisingly it has voice actors(in Chinese of course, not something I’m looking forward to in a visual novel, since it is not the most important thing in vn, but I appreciate the efforts and the voice acting is not bad imho, I do look forward to the rest of the voice acting(only 3 ppl now). On another note, I listen to Chinese drama cds of quite a few BL novels. Although all of them are fan-made, there are good ones.)

You can watch the video here(so funny!)(The narrator is Toshi/Watson, and he said it’s the worst first meeting with that guy, he is facing a corpse while licking a lolipop! If want to lick, then lick mayonnaise instead! XDD):
http://www.bilibili.tv/video/av527343/
Another video(the serious side of it, love it):
http://www.bilibili.tv/video/av549820/

Official website(It is a website, you can click on the words!):
http://www.yetuavg.com/

Here is the publicity pic:





Neko Takaya Room web game(Mirage of Blaze)

10 09 2012

Warning: Doujin BL Japanese web game. But a really interesting one if you have patience to log in everyday especially special days like Valentine, Christmas or the characters bday and your bday. I think I have come across other Pet Rooms(Japanese also) like this one but I can’t seem to find it anymore.

I only try MSN3 prequel for a bit and not much free time to finish it at least once yet. Review have to be next week. But I can say that it is an RPG that I’ve never played before and has unique battle features which need good strategy(I die a lot so…) but there are a lot of endings which need to mix and match the affections between the 7(I think) characters. The non-beta game will be out soon this week.

I played this game a long time ago, back in 2007-2008 and I played it for around 2 years actively.  For this post, I’ll repost one of my experience on a Valentine Day that I managed to get back on the days when I was actively playing.

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Quick Getting started:
1. Go here:
http://park12.wakwak.com/~akino/cgi-bin/pet001/pet.cgi
2. Enter a username and two different passwords in the blanks(I think same password don’t work), please don’t post any passwords that you use for other important accounts as the pw is viewable(not secure). You automatically register after that and every time you only have to do the same to log in(It’ll save your login info, if you want to manually type in every time, you can uncheck the box below).
3. For the next screen, select month and date of your birthday. Try not to set on Feb 29 because you’ll only get the event every 4 years…You cannot change this so pick carefully.
4. You start the game and you’ll be presented with a random picture of Takaya doing random stuff and you’ll need to choose a response to him like Feed him, scare him etc.
5. Affection will increase or decrease which you’ll see after you click “OK!”(You need to search your username in the list)
6. You can come to the room every 30mins to do an action.
7. 性別:男の子 means he’s male. 年齢:生後3784日: Age. 最後に食事した日: Last day you feed him. 最後に訪問した人: The last person who visit him.(I remember there is an event where you’ll be competing with the last person who visit, I forgot exactly how since it’s a long time ago but it really does matter), [好感度ランキング] :You can see the affection rank. [終了]: Exit game
8. If you do not log in for 15 days after you fist log in, your account will be automatically deleted and you’ll need to start over. I think if you get to the 1st next rank tier(you get your cat to love you), your account will not be deleted after that. My account from 4 years ago never got deleted but I was already at the 1st tier rank at the affection rank list so I’m not sure which tier you have to be to not get your account deleted.
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This is a repost of my record of when I play it on Valentines Day in the past. I find it funny so I put my own captions. There are multiple endings(OMG many selections to go through, before Valentines Day(I think it is the day before, don’t remember), the game will ask you(Naoe) where you want to go, what you’re going to buy for Takaya so the result will be drastically different):

Make up Dialogues^^;;
Feb 14
Oh look it’s Valentine’s Day, sorry Choco Day.

Making Choco
I’ll make choco for my dear cat(lover)
*singing* kitty kitty, chocolate for my lovely kitty =D

Chocobo Choco
What kind of choco I want to make?
Oh right I’ll make a choco chocobo(hey it rhymes XDD), cats like to eat birds right?
(I choose the option that he ask Takaya or something, not sure what it said)

Surprise!
Naoe: The face he make is so cute, want to eat him up now! XDDD
Takaya: Oh a present *squee squee*

Framing
Takaya: My trophy for owning Naoe’s heart *framing up*
Naoe: 8D *Act Smug*

Lvl UP!
Boom!! Affection Lvl UP!! (I got 10 points and enter the next tier lvl)
Too extreme for Naoe that he got Nosebleed.

Under cut is some of my old notes which may or may not help you to play the game. Read the rest of this entry »





The Magic

14 08 2012

I’ve waited for this free Otome game(?)(This is not really an Otome game…but you still get 1 ending with each of the 3 guys) since around 2 years ago when it was announced because I like the magic drawing system.
Actually, I downloaded this game almost the same time as the last game I reviewed but I only get to play it recently(busy). I didn’t finish all the possible endings yet though but I finish the normal ending by winning all the encountered battles. It is really hard to win the last few battles for me! Needs lots of experiment to get all endings.

This game unique feature is during battle, your foe will come towards you and you have to kill him by drawing magic symbol with mouse on the screen. Once a learned magic symbol is successfully drawn, you’ll unleash magic towards the foe. When a foe manages to attack you, the screen will shake which interferes with your magic drawing. Pics from the official site because I’m lazy.

draw magic

Draw magic with mouse to attack

The bad is, I’ve encountered at least 2 bugs in the game. One is attacking the guild owner, the other is the magic circle sticking halfway on the screen when battle ends and it move upwards but you’re still drawing. It got stuck there halfway and interfere with your game playing. I’ve encounter it like 3 times. The other bug is attacking the guild head when you first met him. The game will error and crash. The other bad thing for me because I have a pentium 4 old pc is the game lags a lot when you are performing a magic which interferes with the next magic drawing. Also, you need to get used to the magic drawing because sometimes it seem like there is nothing wrong with the magic I drawn but it still view it as invalid for some reason, after playing for a while you’ll get to know the exact way how to draw it properly.

I discovered this by accident because it wasn’t said in the game at all. But it did said in the website which I didn’t read at first ^^; Did you see the magic symbol beside the dialog? The one that has blue or purple colour? When it turn blue, you can right click anywhere and sneak attack the person/monster. This is really funny and handy at the same time because you can attack ANYONE you see XD Some attacks will lead you to a straight game over though but I think this is the key to the various other endings you can get in the game.

sneak attack

Sneak attack someone when light is blue

There are 19 endings(16 bad endings that only has one line text as ending). The other 3 endings are the 3 guy characters each.

Story, you are a female magician who travels with the fragment of the Green Demon God. Money is very important to you. One day, you saved a girl from a fat guy and gotten a mysterious stone. That stone however brings you calamity when you’re playing the game where 2 parties sought after it. The sick and perverted dark magician group and the valiant knight group. In the middle of the chaos, the Green Demon God that you’re always with vanished. It seems the stone has something to do with him.

This is a rather short game but kind of interesting to play. Totally recommended.
Simplified Chinese only, download here(Be sure to download the patch.xp3 and put it together with the .exe file):
http://hydrozoa.sinaapp.com/themagic/index.html

You can also check out her other games, links at below the above link. All her games are rather interesting because she knows how to code so they are not just strictly visual novel. The Nightly Fog Mountain I listed at the side bar is also one of her work.
The ~Sleeping Lily~Mermaid Princess is also her coding(not free).
http://sleepinglily.blogbus.com/
The free sister game to it is the ~Red Rose~Beauty and the Beast.
http://hydrozoa.sinaapp.com/flamecardinal/index.html
The last one is Eynare which is an older game. Free now.
http://hydrozoa.sinaapp.com/eynaresp/index.html





Ah San’s Way of Survival

29 07 2012

Decide to write a review of a Chinese visual novel game I just played. There are actually quite a few numbers of free Chinese visual novels. I think I linked a visual novel game list somewhere in the past. I also have a post that has really nice games that I’ve tried/played or caught my interest.

I just played a great game. It’s an otome game where you can end up with different males but it actually plays like those adventure books. Maybe if you’re from the new generation of kids you may not know this kind of thing. Even from my generation I think most people don’t know. I’m lucky to get one of these because of my older brothers that are way older than me. Basically, the book is actually like a visual novel where you’re given choices and different choices lead to different pages of the book to continue the story. It also has RPG elements where you are supposed to start off with certain HP and luck value and weapons and stuff(don’t remember). You’ll be using 2 dices or make your own random number generator(pencil?). All of the events will depend on the dice for luck and subtract once you used a luck. You’ll also be getting items along the way where you have to write it down on the personal game sheet for the book(or write your own elsewhere.

Ok, this game is actually kind of like that. There is no RPG battle in this game. You just have a choices that affect your survival(this IS a survival otome game). You have HP, RP and Energy. There are also a lot of males that you can end up with I think. It seems there are 4 guys and 1 girl you can woo in this game. I just end up with a bitter game over(killed by the assassin you can woo actually you’re supposed to survive if your HP is over the deducted amount) because HP becomes zero so I haven’t progress much actually.

The story start with the main girl(which looks like a boy…I think some place in the game also commented that way)’s friend going to wake her up. Then she gets hit by the chair in her room and she goes into another world which looks like ancient China. She then was given a pill by an Assassin which almost killed her and ended up in the beggar association(another Wuxia element, the beggar fraction that has high martial arts skills) and started living there with the old man and two young man, 1 seems like a really nice guy that gets flustered easily, 1 seems to know a lot of things, too much. Then you meet the snobbish noble and his sister(the girl you can woo?) if you go to their place, if you did not, you won’t even see the girl for the whole game. Then at night, you always see a guy visiting you(looks like the assassin but Ah San seem to treat him as someone else?) The ending of this demo is you’re guessing WHO is the assassin. Drives me crazy because Ah San seems to talk like she know who is the assassin BUT leaves the player guessing. Oh yeah, if you’re not familiar, in Chinese ancient Wuxia stories, supernatural stuff like changing faces and bodies to a terrifying degree to spoof other people is a skill always portray in this kind of genre, and is always shown like how godly it is where one can become a fat man, a pretty girl, an ugly beggar etc. that no one can guess who you are.

Storywise, this game always breaks the 4th wall. The main chara will always refer to herself as heroine and will say stuff like as the main chara, it’s not so easy to die blablabla. She can also see the text box on your game screen and ‘chat’ with it etc. Anyway, it is made in a fun way so I think it’s really fun. Also, I actually did not play much Chinese visual novels that uses ancient China settings(or Wuxia setting). I think this is a unique thing that happens in Chinese stories and it should be taken advantage of in visual novels since it’s not a common theme. Although I think the OP is a bit cheesy as I read too many Chinese novels and watch too many Chinese dramas that has the telepot-to-the-past theme. It is considered a genre already. The story is actually quite interesting and has events happening that will lead you to clues as who is the assassin(although not enough for me). It is also very dramatic especially the dangerous scenes like where you are facing 5 tigers. I feel pretty nervous.

This game really describe every detail of the main chara’s feeling that I feel like I’m going to die after that event all the time… Anyway, I think this game is not going to be easy… It’s a demo though but I think it is longer than most demo I’ve seen and from what I’ve read, this demo has 1 ending which I played to that part. Probably not the real ending and it may be continued in the full game. At least it seems like it can be continued. So it’s actually quite a full fledged game already.

Oh, I have one minor thing about the game. The title page new game, load game etc. selection has words that is very hard to read.

The game download page did not say it’s going to be commercial or free. But it looks like commercial graphics. And the demo is not done like to promote a commercial whole game. Rather, the demo is made based on the progress.

Game here (Chinese Traditional but play on Chinese Simplified windows environment):
http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_78de087c01013rec.html
The zip file has password which is the long red line below the download link(copy only 1 line!).

the suiters

What is the Weird Assasin and Snobbish Noble plotting for Ah San?

background

Lots of nice looking backgrounds

the suiters

Map, there's a city map too





Help? & I talked a lot about “Opps! My Prince” in the end

26 06 2012

Can someone go and fix the Prince Maker Braveness page at VNDB and post a reply to TVTropes if you have an account there?

I don’t know what is wrong with the site and it is really frustrating. I tried to register VNDB and did not get a registration email. I tried to register again and it said cannot register within the same IP in 24 hours. TVTropes you need to wait 24 hours to post after register ;_; It’s very discouraging when both sites do this to me. So to do anything I have to wait for more than 1 day.

TVTropes page:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13384593280A99109100&page=0

VNDB page:
http://vndb.org/v1424

There is some serious misinformed information and from that post I realized it is quite serious misconception.
1. Alfagame is NOT a company. They don’t sell any games. They have their own work or some new members still study.

I’m not even sure they are amateur game group or not, not sure how the term is used because I saw that games sold commercially but small like “Oops! My Prince” is considered an amateur game. Btw, if you know Korean and like BL, you can play “Oops! My Prince”. I don’t know how you can buy the game legally as their official site is down and I search around and there is no new site or anything. There’s an English walkthrough if you still want to play it even though you don’t know Korean. It is a raising sim game where you raise a boy to marry the guys(a totally BL game). I did not play the game and probably won’t play it as I don’t play commercial visual novels at all(I’m a cheapskate and I mostly play free games only but I always look at pictures and videos of various games though) but the art looks nice and I heard it is a very funny game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PNhduIYkCE

Uhh, we get back to topic…
2. All of their games are free.
3. All the prequels, sequels and minigames etc. are all out and available for download at the download category above. They can seriously release games without fail every year and gives previews of games every few months. They are a respectable bunch unlike me who gets tired of stuff easily and a lot of abandoned projects.
4. The alfagame.net itself is blank page. But the domain is working fine. People just go straight to the forum and not alfagame.net itself:
http://www.alfagame.net/newbbs/?fromuid=1232





Updated Past Current Finds

22 03 2012

I updated this list as a lot of pictures/links are broken, updated current news about the games too.

*Note: I’ll try find the tryout of the full games to provide download here since some of the main sites doesn’t provide the downloads anymore.

Note: Only Chinese Games For Download Here!

You can see past current finds here(new–>old):
::夜雾山::Nightly Fog Mountain:: (Otome Game/Free)

One of the most interesting small games I played(Demo is small but the whole game isn’t). I knew this game for quite a long time but I was waiting for a longer demo. But it seems have to wait until finished.
Summary:
You are a thousand year Female Demon that has just woken up. You go around a map battling Demons to subdue them and collect more and more male Demons to be your slaves! (Ok, I probably overdone my text.) You battle by finding energy in the body of enemy(erasing parts of the enemy image) and absorb their power. It plays a bit like a fun casual game using the mouse. Anyway, it is kind of like a harem game. XD
Download Demo v0.2 (79mb):
http://www.mediafire.com/?w2c7k5ja06k7790
http://www.4shared.com/rar/46pkpZHG/file.html
http://ul.to/i6oak1m1
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Chinese Game List

22 02 2010

I’ve finished the translation so actually I have nothing to do now, might as well update this not so active blog. There is actually not much things to post about Prince Maker so I’m posting something that might be of interest. Tell me if you don’t prefer these kind of posts and only want relevant ones. Read the rest of this entry »