NEKOPARA Vol. 1

NEKOPARA Vol. 1

If you are looking for something cute, lighthearted, polished and filled to the brim with catgirls then NEKOPARA Vol. 1 is the obvious choice. Even without the h-scenes, the Steam version is an enjoyable, albeit slightly short, romp. The E-mote system works quite well and the artwork by Sayori is absolutely gorgeous. It is not as long or as involving as some other kinetic novels, but serves as a very polished and enjoyable introduction to the genre.

Gameplay: NEKOPARA Vol. 1 is a kinetic novel, so gameplay is restricted to simply clicking through the story.

Graphics: Beautiful artwork by Sayori and the animation is a lot livelier than what is the norm for the genre thanks to the E-mote system.

Sound: Full Japanese voice acting for the catgirls, plenty of sound effects and some very nice tunes

Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque: Editio Perfecta

Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque: Editio Perfecta

Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque: Editio Perfecta is absolutely the definitive edition of this great game and an essential purchase for fans of the raising sim/visual novel genre. The plot might not be very epic, but it makes up for it with wonderful characters and gameplay that is a bit more involved than simply clicking through lines of dialogue. With titles such as this and the equally superb Steins;Gate JAST USA is really on a roll.

Gameplay: Some great scenes, characters and a very addictive dice mini-game.

Graphics: Excellent artwork from the very talented Oyari Ashito.

Sound: Great tunes, sound effects and the original Japanese voice acting

The MangaGamer 72 hour XXXmas flash sale has begun! -Now Over-

The MangaGamer 72 hour XXXmas flash sale has begun! -Now Over-

The MangaGamer Winter Sale is still in full swing, but for something a little extra naughty over the festive period they now also have an XXXmas flash sale. Between now and December 26 2014 you can grab some of their nukige titles at a discounted price. Check out the links below for more information about these titles (obviously VERY NSFW!)

Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque News Update

Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque News Update

Visual novel fans will recall that a while back we reported on Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque almost being ready to ship. In case it doesn’t ring any bells check out the preview HERE for more information. Unfortunately, the game suffered a few delays in production and will now be going out a week later than originally planned. While this means players won’t have the physical copy in their hands yet, JAST USA promised that the download codes for everyone who pre-ordered the package version will be sent out on Monday, the 22nd of December

Check Out What The MangaGamer Winter Sale Has To Offer (-Over-)

Check Out What The MangaGamer Winter Sale Has To Offer (-Over-)

Anyone with English translated visual novels on their holiday wish list might want to check out MangaGamer over the next two weeks. The site, which is one of the first legal options for downloading English titles in this genre is having a Winter Sale. With 25% or more discount on selected titles it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up. Since the sale includes hardcopies of certain titles you can also treat the visual novel loving friends in your life with something special this festive season. Check out the full list of titles below and then head over to the MangaGamer site for more information

MangaGamer Now Shipping Limited Edition Hard Copies of Cho Dengeki Stryker

MangaGamer Now Shipping Limited Edition Hard Copies of Cho Dengeki Stryker

After announcing the limited edition hard copies of EF – The Fairy Tale of the Two last month, MangaGamer is back with some more great news for visual novel fans. This time it is Chou Dengeki Stryker that is getting the limited edition treatment. Although the all ages version of the game is already available on Steam, this hard copy comes complete with the full adult version of the game along with some other physical goodies

Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque Has Gone “Golden Master”

Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque Has Gone “Golden Master”

Great news for fans of bishōjo games as the tongue twisting Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque has gone “golden master” and is in the process of being duplicated. This means that genre devotees will soon be able to get their hands on the “Editio Perfecta” (perfect edition) of the game

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate started off quite interesting, and had me hooked with its unique story, but by the end I was literally on the edge of my seat. Although it is quite a long game, there is literally never a dull moment. The use of a mobile phone to make choices, and branch the story is a stroke of genius, and with six different endings there is a lot of replay value. If you want to experience a visual novel with plenty of action, drama, suspense and outstanding characters, then don’t miss out on Steins;Gate.

Gameplay: Not only is the story excellent, but there is actually a surprising amount of choices for a visual novel.

Graphics: The artwork and character designs are beautiful.

Sound: The original Japanese voice acting is very good, and the music is equally great

MangaGamer announces Limited Edition hardcopies of ef – the fairy tale of the two

MangaGamer announces Limited Edition hardcopies of ef – the fairy tale of the two

Fans of the visual novel genre should be familiar with ef – the first tale and ef – the latter tale by minori. These two titles are already available in digital format from MangaGamer, but they have something special up their sleeve this winter with the recently announced Limited Edition of ef – the fairy tale of the two

Ef: The First Tale

Ef: The First Tale

As far as visual novels go, Ef: The First Tale is one of the best that I have played to date. There isn’t much in the way of choices but the story is engrossing and kept me hooked until the end. Ef is also one of the longer titles I have played in the genre but remains polished and charming throughout. For a feel-good story with likeable characters and some great dialogue you can do far worse than Ef.

Gameplay: A visual novel with very little choices but a touching story.

Graphics: Beautiful artwork and plenty of scenes.

Sound: Original Japanese voice acting and an amazing soundtrack