Pretty Girls Escape by Zoo Corporation is a puzzle game where players must eliminate blocks of the same color. As an added twist, players must also lead character blocks to the exit while avoiding all types of obstacles. The game features a stage mode with six stages for each of the eight characters, as well as a 20-stage challenge mode. Check out the video below to see Pretty Girls Escape in action
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 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! 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
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
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
Pale Cachexia is a kinetic novel with Gothic undertones featuring two young women who meet under strange circumstances. One suffers from a life-leeching plague called the Pale Cachexia, while the other lives on her own in the middle of a forgotten forest. Despite the differences in their backgrounds and personalities, the two girls become friends, but there are outside forces that will put their bond to the test. The unique story, setting, and characters make Pale Cachexia an interesting read and the gorgeous visuals, as well as the haunting soundtrack, certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Gameplay: This is a kinetic novel, but the lack of choices doesn’t hamper the compelling story.
Graphics: Beautiful character sprites and CGs as well as detailed backgrounds.
Sound: No voice acting, but the soundtrack is excellent
9-Nine-: Episode 4 returns players once more to the college town of Shiromitsugawa where Kakeru Niimi and his gang of artifact users battle a threat from a different dimension. This episode upholds the same high standards as the rest of the series and the story really is an emotional rollercoaster. It’s not the best place to get started with the series, but fans of the previous episodes won’t want to miss out on this one.
Gameplay: Very engrossing and packed with humor, action, and drama.
Graphics: The character sprites and CGs are still some of the best in the genre.
Sound: Great voice acting and a solid soundtrack
The protagonist of Your Smile Beyond Twilight, Yunshan, returns to his small hometown for the first time in six years. A lot has happened in the meantime, but Yunshan still has some unresolved issues from his past that he has to deal with. However, upon arrival with his girlfriend Jingxuan in tow, Yunshan encounters a mysterious maiden who only he can see. This short kinetic novel can be completed in very little time, but the story is good enough to leave a lasting impact.
Gameplay: Short, but well written and engrossing.
Graphics: Only a few sprites and backgrounds, but they are all beautiful.
Sounds: Chinese voice acting and a beautiful soundtrack
Help a sword-wielding princess take on the skeletal enemies and traps of the sky tower in this third-person title by Animu Game. The visuals and audio are decent, but the game is just way too short and simple. It can be completed in less than two hours and most of it will be spent solving some basic puzzles along with the occasional bit of combat. With a bit more polish and a few more levels Forward to the Sky could have been great, but as it is there are much better options available.
Gameplay: The controls could definitely have been tighter and the overall experience is very short.
Graphics: Bright and colorful, but not much in terms of variety.
Sound: Passable background music and voice acting