With 2017 already fulfilling its unspoken promise of delivering a deluge of delectable games I will probably never be able to finish, it does become difficult to limit my commitment or even outright pass up on a particularly interesting find. Smaller projects especially seem to have this hold on me. Lionheart, a visual novel/RPG hybrid developed by doujin circle Shiisanmei is a fine example of one that is engaging, but a joy to come back to between play sessions. Players take on the role of Leon, a young man dreaming to be adventurer. After a chance meeting with a young woman named Maria, she enlisted his unique abilities to explore the Magic Labyrinth, “Libra Corridor.”
Developed by Complie Heart in collaboration with Sega, Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls is the latest spinoff in the HDN brand. And despite Neptune having top billing, IF takes the reins as protagonist alongside newcomer Segami for yet another time traveling misadventure. So how does it measure up?
Developed by Compile Heart, MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death or Death Under The Labyrinth is the 2nd entry in the companies “Makai Ichiban Kan” or “Number 1 House in Hell” franchise following Trillion: God of Destruction. Where that title has the goal of putting down an absurdly strong foe, MeiQ puts the player in the shoes of 5 girls known as “Machina Mages” on a quest to their world by performing a sacred ritual at the zenith of 4 towers. I can’t say that the outline shouts the most ambitious or even noteworthy of ideas being pitched, but behind the meager synopsis there is an okay product behind it. Sort of…
How in the Underworld do you defeat an evil deity with a trillion hit points? Level grind like there is no tomorrow? Get the best equipment money can buy? Participate in a bunch of random events that have no relevance whatsoever in getting tougher? Well, it appears that you have to do all of that and then some in Compile Heart’s newest endeavor and first entry in the “Number 1 House in Hell” or “Makai Ichiban Kan” series, Trillion: God of Destruction. Bringing together a surprising ensemble of talent like director and designer of Disgaea 4 – Masahiro Yamamoto and the series esteemed music composer Tenpei Sato, it’s certainly a far cry from the usual territory the company is used to traversing. However, for this title and entry in particular – I have to say that I’m mildly impressed of what it has to offer.
Not only is Stella Glow a beautiful swan song for the former company Imageepoch, but also a nice anthem and nod to its Nintendo DS progenitors spirit it clearly carries. Even so, does it manage to make for an engaging SRPG in a year dominated by the genre?
When it comes to the indie game front, Japanese doujin titles are probably my most favorite to observe. Usually known for putting together some harebrained ideas (like any creator) that should never seem to work out, I’m glad that they oddly do and really remind me why I like and play games in the first place. So why not make a game about growing plants? In an oversimplified nutshell that is the premise of Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden, a tale that follows a girl named Organa, that is working as an apprentice at her master Irene’s shop that specializes in growing plants…that produce organs instead of fruit? Yeah, told you it would be out there, but that is apart of its charm.
Omega Quintet is Compile Heart’s latest and premier RPG for the PlayStation 4 that features idol’s saving the world through the magic of song and dance. Although it looks like many of the developers past work such as Fairy Fencer F and Neptunia series, it definitely is a different beast with bunch of mechanics and features to wrap your mind around. So did I find these super-heroine idols performance satisfactory? Read on to find out.
Developed by Yakiniku Banzai, War of the Human Tanks is a hybrid of visual novel style storytelling and strategic gameplay as you join the conflict between the ruthless Kingdom of Japon (parody of Japan I suppose) and the tenacious Empire of Japon – both using an army of… human-like tanks to do battle? Or are the tanks personifications of humans? Confusing inquiry aside, don’t let the adorable and benign facade fool you, this is actually a very competent title…with a few caveats for consideration, of course.