Thursday, April 24, 2014

Love Blossom Extended


Miyu is happily living a normal life with her normal best friends - both guys - when her mother asks her a question. "Who do you like more?" Such a simple question to ask, but it is one that turns Miyu's life upside down as she just might start looking at one of her friends as 'more than friends'.

The plot line, such as it was, was basically nonexistent. If it didn't have romance, it wouldn't even have a story. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just mentioning it so I can say that this was a very hard game to write a synopsis for. The plot just wasn't really there and that left us with a short, cute, fluffy game.

And this game was all three of those.

While the game appears to be just a choice between two guys (the aforementioned friends) there is also an unlockable character that was a wonderful addition. Each of the guys were unique from each other but pretty much stereotypes. Just check out the games main page at the official website if you don't believe me. The creator left us with a three word description of the two main guys. Each one is pretty typical for these types of stories. (Bet you couldn't have guessed Shinichi was my favorite. Yes, that was sarcastic.)

Anyway, this game wasn't trying to be groundbreaking but what it was worked really well. No, it's not the type of game that you'll be thinking about long after you finish - but for cute fluff, I've played games that were less entertaining.

Oh, final note, I also really liked the fact that - except for the unlockable character - you can pretty much get the right answers without a walkthrough.

I would like to note that this is from ABABO - which is the same group that brought us School Festival. (Actually, this was their first project, and it's easy to see how much they've improved.)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Signed X


When Marty arrives at school early, she finds Matt, a boy way out of her league, leaving flowers on her desk. Having read too many shojo romance manga's, Marty is resolute: she will have her romantic scene. No matter what. Enlisted only half-unwillingly in her madcap scheme for an event worthy of a manga page is her best friend Warren. Will Marty succeed? Will she find love?

This game, from the creator of Summer Found Me, was so funny. You've got this girl who is determined to have her 'meet cute' moment. (If you don't know what I mean, search for 'meet cute trope' on a search engine.) She does things that no one in their right mind would think was appropriate or safe.

And her best friend Warren? Yeah, he helps her - but he's not particularly helpful. He makes it clear that he thinks she's crazy for all these scenarios she cooks up and goes through with. It's obvious that the only reason he sticks around (even if he does have a bit of a crush on her) is because he likes to make fun of her when her romantic attempt fails. As it invariably does. Yup, best friends for you.

The conversations - especially those between Marty and Warren - were laugh worthy. This creator totally gets my sense of humor. I love those snarky lines that are delivered with deadpan precision. Bonus points for not being cruel in any way - as snark becomes so easily.

The game is rather short with not a lot of replaying searching for all the endings going on - as there is only four, per the extras screen. The game is moderately short, but is very cute and entertaining.

Favorite guy? No surprise here. Warren. I will admit though that after playing through his ending, I did think Matt was rather cute also.

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