Sunday, June 25, 2017

Splish Splash! || Mermaid Splash (PC)


Hello everyone! Thanks to my birthday, and also because this is LGBTQ+ PRIDE month, we’re looking at some special LGBTQ+ friend games. Today the game we’re looking at is a sweet yuri/GxG romancey story. So without any further delay, let’s get to the cuteness!

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Mermaid Splash is an adorable visual novel romance created by Sofdelux Studio. You play as CiCi, a mermaid that dreams of entering the Passion Festival and showcasing a special talent. However, CiCi has never had the focus required to specialize in just one area. She loves all her hobbies! This time, though, CiCi is going to do it! She’s going to pick a skill and master it!

This game progresses with the use of time management. It’s up to you to help CiCi plan her weeks wisely so that she can master one of her hobbies to show off at the Passion Festival. You’ll also get to choose a friend to spend time with on the weekends. You only have 4 weeks before the festival, so choose wisely.

In my playthrough I threw my all my time at Bea, the cuttlefish. Cause she’s adorable, and the tentacles reminded me of an octopus(my favorite animal). This meant I also chose fighting as CiCi’s hobby.  I enjoyed the play through, and the characters are super adorable. 


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Besides Bea, there are 3 other characters you can also spend your time with, Angie the Angler, Delora the Sea Slug and Maka the Shark. There are also 23 endings in total, according to the Itch.io Page, so the game seems to have some replayability—especially if you’re a completionist. 

The game graphics are very nice, the characters sprites, in particular, are too cute for words X3 . The backgrounds and environments are also well done, and I love the soft look of the coloring. The music and sounds are fitting for the game, as well as the adorable story and cute dialogue. 


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Overall, I feel the game is worth the multiple playthroughs to get to know the other characters, which is what I plan to do! If you’d like to try the game for yourself, I encourage you to download the game free from Itch.io *here*. You won't be sorry.

Thanks for sharing some time with me today. Be sure to leave some feedback for the developers, and happy gaming!

Bell

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Magical PonPon! || Seiyuu Danshi 18+ yaoi/BL [Extended Demo]

What's up, everyone? It's my birthday today! Plus, it's Pride Month! So we'll get into some LGBTQ+ games if we can. We can start with one now~!

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The first game we're going to look at, and probably my most looked forward to game, is Seiyuu Dashi. Seiyuu Danshi is an 18+ BL/Yaoi game created by the wonderful folks at Meyaoi Games. You play as Haato (or whatever you choose to name the MC) and you're a budding voice actor, working for a company. However, it seems you've been slacking off lately so it's up to Tocchan to whip you into shape!

Seiyuu Danshi has a lot of elements to it, so we'll take them one by one. First is the time management system, which is always my worst enemy in any game. You have morning, afternoon, and night to work with, and depending on the day of the week and any event going on, you usually have afternoon to work with, and then at night you have options in your room to choose from. Most mornings you'll be at the VA(voice acting) school.

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There is a wide array of clothing to choose from, including different underwear and accessories, however I'm not good at matching so I wish there were some better outfit options available(but this is still just a demo after all). Besides decoration yourself, you can also buy furniture for your apartment. Many pieces of furniture also serve a function, such as the computer, or bookshelves.

Since you're a voice actor, it makes sense for there to be some sort of work for you to do. You've got bills to pay, after all! I really liked the voice acting system used in the game. You're given lines and you have to choose the appropriate emotion to give the line when Haato says it. The better you choose, the higher your score. In order to get the job, you have to get so many points, which is marked on a bar at the bottom of the screen.

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One of my favorite aspects of the game is the wide variety of characters to meet in the game. You have the stern and adulty Toshiyuki, the shy Kazu, the fun Shiba, the enigmatic Shuu, and the superstar Hikaru. So you can take your pick! I wish this demo was longer so I had more time to seduce the men in Haato's life.

In any case, this game is one that I am really looking forward to getting (I pre-ordered some time ago, so now we wait) and it's really looking like it'll deliver. I look forward to more progress and a completed game to share with you all! GO download the extended demo on Itch.io *here*.

Thanks for sharing your time with me, once again! Happy Gaming~!

Bell

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow || After Dreams (PC)



"Missing you isn't the problem... it's knowing you're never coming back that's killing me." --Unknown

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After Dreams is an emotional tale of a game created by Hungry Kilobyte Studios. You play as Jessica, who has just been in a car accident and is dead. In a bizarre world, you can explore and find tapes left to you by your brother, with messages and updates of what happens in the aftermath of your death. 

This game was quite the emotional roller coaster, and is pretty when written. The area you must explore to find the tapes is jagged and creates a feeling of unease. I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the game, so I almost expected there to be monsters lurking around. 

The music and SFX are done very well, and really add to the feelings of tension and panic when appropriate. The voice actor of Jessica’s brother also did well. The graphics are alright, they aren’t top notch, BUT in the case of this game… I almost feel that the lower poly graphics added more to the game. The jagged edges and uneven terrain added a little something more to the overall feeling of the game. 

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I loved the story this game follows, to think that once we are gone we might, in some way, hear the thoughts of our loved ones is interesting. The story is a roller coaster, it left me feeling happy, then mad, and left me feeling sad. It’s true that when we are gone, those close around us are left to suffer.
The only issue that I encountered was that the settings menu didn’t seem to work. I clicked on “settings” on the main screen but nothing happened. 

I would recommend giving the game a try for yourself. You can download the game free from Itch.io *here*. Be sure you leave you r feedback for the developers and let me know what you thought down below. 

Thanks for sharing some time with me, and happy gaming!

Bell

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What Does this Button Do?! || Alchemy Garden [Pre-Alpha] (PC)



“The secrets of alchemy exist to transform mortals from a state of suffering and ignorance, to a state of enlightenment and bliss.” –Deepak Chopra

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Alchemy Garden is a crafting and exploration game in development by Impoqo Games. This game is still in pre-alpha, so while I may list the issues or bugs I encountered in the game, keep that in mind. I also love crafting games. There’s something satisfying about being able to create new items by combining others. 

As far as gameplay goes, it’s pretty simple.  W A S D to move, and you use your mouse buttons to interact. You can use items in your alchemy machines to create new items, and you can travel outside to forage for a wider variety. I did have some issues as far as controls—particularly when picking up flowers. It would say to press ‘E’ to pick up, but that wouldn’t work. I would have to press ‘E’ to turn the flower into a seed, then use the mouse button to pick them up. 

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I’m also not sure how the mechanics are meant to work, but when I placed the seeds into my garden, they would automatically grow, without watering—which the sign outside the garden tells me to do.
As for the environment, it looks good so far, even if it is sort of low poly. The colors are bright and vibrant, which I like, and the map is big enough to leave a good deal of exploration room, or additional activities. There is currently a cave with a beautiful glowing lotus like flower inside, but I’m not sure what to do with it. 

Some other things I would have liked were an inventory, first and foremost. It was agonizing to pick up one piece of wood at a time, after you had to drop your axe to pick it up in the first place.  It was also very time consuming. 

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Overall, I feel like this game has a lot of potential for those who enjoy a slower paced crafting/exploration type of game—like me. There are certainly some bugs to work out, and some polishing and refinement that needs done, but the bones are there, and that’s a good start!

You can download and try the pre-alpha of Alchemy Garden from Itch.io *here*. Be sure to leave your feedback for the developer, and let me know what you thought in the comments below.
Thanks for sharing some of your time with me, and happy gaming!

Bell