Your worn boots grit against the dry ground.
You’ve been walking for hours now, in dire need of finding new, fresh, hunting grounds.
You fall to your knees. On the brink of despair, you see a light flicker in the distance.
Feeling a tinge of excitement, you urge yourself back to your feet, and sprint towards the light (normally we don’t do this, but…).
Could it be…?
You find yourself standing in front of four stone gates. If you put your hand out, you can hear a voice talking to you… The voice sounds like a guide.
You raise your hand to the first gate.
Genre: Dating sim – Geared towards guys (But don’t let that stop you from playing it, ladies!).
Summary: You play as an otaku living in the hailed holy land Akibahara. But, なんと！ You find yourself sheltering an underground (homeless) idol, and back in the life of an old middle school friend, (who now works at a maid café)!
Gameplay: Make the right choice to make her maiden heart go ドキドキ！
Who I think will enjoy it: People who have a general interest in アキバ, identify themselves as an otaku, and love those cute アイドル girls or ever wanted to move from being called ご主人様 to あたしの彼氏！
This game also comes with voice acting for both the girl candidates; if you’re the type who learns best with text read aloud, while you have the text in front of you, this one’s for you!
Thoughts: The storyline was enjoyable. It wasn’t too over the top to where it was unbearable. The game is pretty straight forward in which choices will lead to whose ending. The art is cute.
I was so pleasantly surprised to find the game had voice acting! And the game is free! やった！
Lines from the game:
So my lovely otaku(s?) out there! If you can’t wait to delve into a virtual Akibahara and hear the sweet voice of your soon-to-be honey, what’re ya waiting for!?
Gate to アキバクロニクル! Enter!
Summary: A boy and a group of three friends have decided to come check out a high school which supposedly houses an entity called, 人喰いさん (The People Eater). But as soon as they step into the school, they find themselves trapped inside.
Can you solve the mystery of 人喰いさん？Or will you end up as just another one of its victims?
Gameplay: Roam the school, and search for items to solve whatever problems you may face, while trying to avoid a (usually) bloody death. Try and unlock all the endings!
Who I think will enjoy it: Anyone who has played and liked Ib, or Mad Father may enjoy this game. (If you haven’t played those games, I definitely recommend them!) Pixel junkies may enjoy this 2-D game. But, if you don’t enjoy just having sprites to look at, almost all of the characters have nice, clean. dialogue portraits.
There are a few other characters from popular Japanese horror stories who make appearances in this game. Those who like to read horror stories often, may find it fun to try and see how many characters you can recognize. (And post back here on how many you did. I only recognized one other character. orz…)
And, if you’re the person who doesn’t come just for scares, this game has a solid, enjoyable story with it.
Thoughts: The puzzles for the most part were simple. I think on one or two puzzles I needed to see someone else solve. One involved chemistry…but! If you’re stuck on a puzzle, don’t forget you can search up, 人喰いさん 実況プレイ and watch the player solve it!
Save often! Whenever you feel like you’re going to make an important decision soon and you want to unlock all the endings, make multiple save files. (The game comes with 15 empty slots.)
Scariness level(to me): “Will you follow me to the bathroom? ;-;”
The creepy atmosphere of the game is well-done, and it didn’t feel like they were trying too hard to scare me.
Lines from the game:
「 …You stand in front of the dilapidated building. Will you enter? 」
Publisher: SEGA corp
Summary: Play as a hero of destiny as you travel through across the land to fight back the legions of demons encroaching upon the world of light. As commander of your army, you choose who will fight for you on the front lines; or choose to fight alongside them yourself! As you travel on your journey, you will find many who hold the same cause in their hearts, and will fight alongside you.
Come! Rise against the army of darkness!
Gameplay: Fight with a party of 5 (one party member being from another player’s party), on a 6×3 grid. Exterminate the oncoming waves, making sure none make it behind your troops (this boundary indicated by a highlighted strip on the screen).
You can acquire new troops by spinning the gacha. The normal gacha (uses in-game currency, or the special gacha (uses currency acquired by iTunes credit in yen or by clearing lines of quests, or log-in bonuses).
Who I think will enjoy it: People who have soft spots for the “demons-invading-the-land-let-us-rally” stories.
People who love colorful characters. There are characters ranging from short fluffy warriors (yordles!) to old men powered by good old sake in this game.
People who love SEGA and their games.
Thoughts: This game puts a good emphasis on story. If the story was taken away from the game, half the game would be gone.
The main story line is interesting, but there’s also mountains of side story quests centered on the new characters which join your army. Once a new character joins your army, and you’ve unlocked the area where their quest takes place, TA-DA! You may now mosey on over to do their story quest.
There’s also a really important feature of this game.Too caught up in the story to write down what sentences/words you wanted to add to your Anki? No worries! Any scenario you’ve went over in the game, you can access and read again and again through the overworld menu!
Lines from the game:
Definitely, definitely try this game out If you love RPG stories. Tons of interesting characters, simple yet fun game-play, and you could go for a really long time with this game.
Exterminate the demon plague, enter the Gates to Chain Chronicle!
iPhone wielders, enter!
Android wielders, enter!
You let your hand down.
The lighted gates hum quietly to themselves. But inside you know a whole new adventure is waiting for you. You look over the four stone gates.
You take a breath and step forward…
…Which adventure will you choose?
If you plan to play any Japanese games that have been made in RPG maker(人喰いさん, I believe, was made in RPG maker), you will probably need to download the runtime package for RPGツクールVX Ace. Found here. (I downloaded it, so far have had no problems with my computer.)
How to download off freem.ne.jp:
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Warning: Always be careful whenever you download files from the internet. I personally have had no problems with the computer games mentioned in this article, but, when downloading files over the internet, always make sure you have a good anti-virus software, scan often, and keep in mind, better safe than sorry! If you feel a program may put your computer at risk, do not download it.
I take no responsibility for any damage caused to your systems by these programs/downloads. Enter the gates at your own risk.
Hoping to become a teacher one day. Maybe I’ll incorporate games into my curriculum?