Pretty Girls Rivers

Pretty Girls Rivers

Pretty Girls Rivers stays true to the series tradition and features six different girls with a variety of outfits to unlock. This is done by playing Shisen-Sho, which is an easy to learn Mahjong-style tile-matching game. The addition of time limits keeps the pressure up, but the game also has an “easy” mode that is perfect for casual players. Overall, fans of the series will enjoy this game even if it doesn’t stray very far from the original formula.

Gameplay: The tile-matching gameplay is easy to grasp, but strict time limits can make later levels challenging.

Graphics: The usual assortment of beautiful 2D character sprites and colorful backgrounds.

Sound: The characters are voiced in Japanese, and the soundtrack isn’t bad either

Pretty Girls Rivers First Look Video

Pretty Girls Rivers First Look Video

Pretty Girls Rivers by Zoo Corporation is a puzzle game that challenges players to find and eliminate the paired Mahjong tiles on each level. Doing so within the time limits unlocks new costumes for each of the six girls in the game. Thanks to an “easy mode,” which eliminates the time limit and adds a hint function, Pretty Girls Rivers is also very beginner-friendly. Check out the video below to see a few rounds against the first girl, Riche, in action

Pretty Girls Breakout!

Pretty Girls Breakout!

Pretty Girls Breakout! is an anime-themed take on the popular Breakout genre and features a selection of girls, all with different costumes to unlock. The gameplay is essentially the same as traditional Breakout games, with the exception of not just moving a paddle left and right, but controlling a little character who can swing a paddle at incoming balls and projectiles. It’s not a very long game, but it is affordable and offers a relaxing way to kill some time.

Gameplay: Very straightforward, but later levels can be challenging.

Graphics: The character sprites are beautiful, and the visuals are very colorful overall.

Sound: A decent selection of tunes and sound effects

Pretty Girls Breakout! First Look Video

Pretty Girls Breakout! First Look Video

Pretty Girls Breakout! by Zoo Corporation is a breakout-style game featuring cute girls with animal features. Players must strike the ball at the right time to break the blocks and unlock costumes for the girls. There are more than 20 different character costumes and stages to choose from, but players must keep an eye on the time limit if they want to succeed. Check out the video below to see three levels from the game in action, as well as the “dressing room” where players can view unlocked costumes for the girls

Beat Souls

Beat Souls

Take control of a shrine maiden and dodge noise while collecting souls in this action-packed game by Zoo Corporation. The rhythm elements are not as pronounced as in other titles, but Beat Souls still features a selection of great tunes and over-the-top visuals to accompany the frantic action. The 45 stages that can be played on Normal or Hard difficulty will keep players challenged for a while, and unlocking additional characters or taking on the endless Hell Mode adds some longevity.

Gameplay: Not a “pure” rhythm game, but still action-packed and very enjoyable.

Graphics: Very colorful and over the top, but can be toned down a bit.

Sound: Lots of catchy tracks across different genres

Several New Titles Announced by Sekai Project At Anime EXPO Lite 2021

Several New Titles Announced by Sekai Project At Anime EXPO Lite 2021

Sekai Project has announced several new titles during Anime Expo Lite, the digital version of Anime Expo. During their industry panel, they revealed the new titles that they will be localizing and bringing to the West. Check out the summary of what to expect from the publisher in the upcoming months

Sumire

Sumire

Sumire is a magical narrative adventure starring a young girl and a talking flower. The duo embarks on a journey after Sumire promises the flower a special day in exchange for the opportunity to see her deceased grandmother one last time. What follows is a trip through a vibrant game world that is filled with fascinating creatures and characters. The game is not very long or challenging, but it oozes charm and features more than enough memorable experiences. The inclusion of a karma system adds some replay value, but your first journey through the game will always be the most unforgettable.

Gameplay: Simple, yet delightful to play.

Graphics: The painterly visuals add to the charm of the game.

Sound: The soundtrack is beautiful, and there’s plenty of atmospheric sound effects too

Sumire First Look Video

Sumire First Look Video

Sumire is a magical narrative adventure by GameTomo Team. It is all about choices made and dreams lost and found as players guide a young girl named Sumire through a mysterious journey. Filled with lush, beautiful environments and plenty to see and do, Sumire is a game where players must be extra mindful of words, choices, and actions taken. This first look video features the game’s opening moments as Sumire meets her strange new companion and sets out on her day-long adventure

Aquadine

Aquadine

Aquadine is a kinetic visual novel set in a picturesque town where gondolas are a common sight. It is a magical place that is rife with myths and legends. However, the protagonist has more pressing matters on his mind as he struggles to make ends meet as a gondolier to support his sick mother. As he grows closer to the people in his circle of friends, he also discovers that he is not the only one leading a double life.

Gameplay: An interesting and unique story with different routes to explore.

Graphics: Beautiful backgrounds and detailed character sprites.

Sound: Only partial voice acting, but the music and sound effects are very good

MAMIYA

MAMIYA

Mamiya is a visual novel that tackles themes that are pretty dark and disturbing. It can be confusing at first due to how it mixes the ordinary with the surreal, but once players are hooked, it is hard to stop reading. The beautiful CGs and incredible soundtrack also make it easy to get drawn into the twisted depths of the story. Mamiya is not for everyone, but thanks to the lengthy free demo, it is easy to find out whether or not you can stomach its bleak and oppressive story.

Gameplay: Although it is primarily a kinetic novel, there’s plenty of routes and different stories.

Graphics: The backgrounds are simple, but the sprites and CGs are outstanding.

Sound: No voice acting, and the sound effects are nothing special, but the soundtrack is incredible