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…
Took me awhile, but I finally finished work on my anime and video game recommendations…sort of. While the video game one is more or less the way I envisioned (yes, it will be more than RPG’s added), the anime one is still lacking…a lot. In the future, I will try to change the format of the latter (when time allows), but the contents will remain the same. Until then, you are free to check it out. I haven’t started on visual novels, but that will be next after I am completely satisfied with the anime one. The review archive is also come along swimmingly, yet need more time on that front. Have a lot of cleaning to get done in two days for company this weekend, so maybe once it is here, more time will fly into my lap and I can work on it. Anyway, you can find the anime and video game pages below or use the menus above. You are free to suggest things for either, but probably haven’t added it yet.
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.
It’s the thrill of the hunt, bringing out the skills to kill, exploring the vast locales, and having a blast doing it – or die trying. This in an inadvertent nutshell is Monster Hunter. After several days of research that includes: watching videos and reading wiki explanations, I made purchase of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate back in early April – my very first foray into the series. Admittedly, I was picking this up to see why so many people were fawning over it, but part of me was genuinely interested. And after putting in 2 months of on and off play sessions, I’m glad to say that have gotten a small taste of the game’s charm. It might not be for the same reason why many harden vets and enthusiast like it, but as someone coming in as a newcomer with relatively little knowledge of previous titles or this one, I think I can see the appeal from my own experience.
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.