Played Titles for the 2019 Year
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The Fruitless Flower 雾雨中的徒花 (Flower in the Fog)
This is a heart wrenching tale of two young girls living in a war torn land of ethnic hatred and distrust. The developers took a hug risk with the topics that are presented in this game and made a very enjoyable experience that allows the players to learn about the darker sides of human nature.
This was the first major project for the translator and I think they did a fairly good job for what experience they have and their limitations. There are quite a lot of grammar issues and some text issues that will confuse players and non-English speakers. It is usually hard to translate things from most languages to another language, so this is not a huge issue, but there will be some who may find the issues a little daunting or annoying. I had to think a few times about some of the issues, but I was able to figure them out after a bit. They definitely put forth an effort to translate and did not just use a translation program to do the job for them. I give the translator some props for trying.
The story is very heart wrenching and actually made me feel like a horrible person. The scenarios that the girls struggle through are very hard to understand unless you have lived in a similar way. They are treated so poorly and it can sometimes be hard to play the game when you see what these girls go through. It is not an easy subject to put into any kind of media, yet the developers did a great job with it.
There is some horrible symbolism presented in the game that may be discriminatory. This is a game about internment camps, gulags, working camps that use some of the real life symbols presented in the game. If you are not very accepting of these kinds of symbols, then you may wish to avoid the game at all. However, if you think you can look past those things, it would be worth giving a try.
There are many subjects that are usually not portrayed in media. This game deals with racism, internment camps and slavery all in one package. These are usually things frowned upon by most people today and it is usually kept away from most media because of how serious these issues can be. However, the developers of the game decided to take a huge risk with this game and they did an amazing job explaining the situations, ideas and experiences of these topics in a fair and gentle way. They do not push these topics too far, but are willing to touch that borderline of acceptance. I really enjoyed all they tried to do and how well it came out in the end.
There is some amazing artwork and music done for this game. They picked an art style and stuck with it the whole way. They did their best to make the characters look close to human, but also allow some cartoon aspects to make sure the readers understand that this is a game and not reality. This allows the player to connect with the characters, but also distance themselves a little when the tough spots hit. The music is also very well done and works perfect for each situation. They picked songs that worked for each situation and make the player feel more immersed in the game while listening.
While Yuri may be one of the main ideas connected to the game, there are actually quite a few females hooking up together, which is the main focus of the game. It does give fans some Yuri connection and allows players to enjoy some Yuri moments, but then goes back to being serious about the situation the characters are stuck in. So it is not what most Yuri fans may be looking for, but it is a very good story that does give female x female fans a chance to experience some new kinds of interactions.
All in all, this is one of the most heart wrenching and heartwarming tales I have every played through and I would gladly recommend to others who may be willing to try it out. Sure there are some issues with translations, the Chinese version is probably better, and there can be some symbolism that may be a little touching. But if you are willing to fight through these issues, just as the characters struggled through their life, you may enjoy the game a whole lot. I would gladly love to see more work from this developer and team and hope that they will give more chances to translating their work. It also gives me a reason to learn Chinese so that I can actually play their game. Amazing Game.
Twin Blue Moons
A small project Visual Novel that has some Yuri interest but the relationships are not the key part of the story.
It is a small project which means that the story is not going to be very long, but I kind of wish the story was a little longer. It does actually have some interesting side paths that helps add to the content that you are getting. Though these side paths may confuse the reader a little more if you do not understand what is actually going on. It seems to be a dimensional story that involves mental states and dreams to create a story of past, present and future.
The translation can be a little off for most readers and may be a hindrance if you want to really enjoy this story. It is readable and you can understand it most of the time. It seems to follow a different structure than the English format which is why you may find word order to be a little out of place. I am use to translation issues and different word orders; however other readers may find it a little awkward to figure out what the author was trying to express.
The art style is very unique and has some wonderful color to liven up the environments and atmosphere of the story. I really enjoy the unique style and I actually kind of wish I could live in such a beautiful place. I have always had a thing for forest areas and this visual novel has one of the most beautiful forest areas I have seen.
The music is from free lancers who are providing their music for free and fits very well with the visual novel. The different songs give you a sense of actually being in a calm forest area or in a dangerous situation or even a fun and enjoyable location. The author picked a very good set of songs for this visual novel that express the characters moods, atmosphere of the story and fits well with the environment.
While they do have some moments of Yuri in the story, they did not over indulge in the relationship aspects. Sure characters become closer and become friends, but the story is more about working with each other to solve the mysteries of the forest. There are many elements of magic involved in the story that may interest readers who like that kind of genera. It is a fairly decent story that would create some imagination for many readers.
Twin Blue Moons is a fairly short and enjoyable Yuri/Mystery/Magical story that has some minor flaws but would still be enjoyable for readers who may want to pick up this Visual Novel. This VN provides a variety of interesting ideas into a single package. The minor translation issues and the slightly confusing story may be a minor turn off, but I would gladly recommend people give it a try.