Written by: Cassie
Developers: TeaCup Productions
Platforms: PC, Mac and Linux
Genre: Slice of life, Fantasy, Otome
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Critique: it sounds like such a harsh word sometimes. As reviewers it is our job to point out both what we believe to be good and bad in a game. Therefore, critique will almost always be part of a review. It can help people progress, can help them learn. However, if you’re too brutally honest and harsh, it may seem more like you’re tearing someone down instead of helping them. Criticism can hurt, if it just seems like you’re analyzing every little detail, just searching for something to complain about. It can come across as just plain meanness, if you’re just being negative without giving any constructive commentary. On the other hand, sugar-coating something isn't the way to go either. Believing some aspects of you’re work are good, because no one has pointed out your mistakes, will only stunt your growth as a creator. It’s a delicate balance.
So, why all this navel gazing? Mostly because I felt a bit uncomfortable writing this review. Which is also one of the reasons it took me so long. You see, the creator of this game has had some trouble with overly harsh criticism. She even stopped creating visual novels. I’m not going to claim that this negative commentary is the cause, tough. I honestly don’t know her reasons.
Anyway, where does that leave me? Am I going to be harsh? Well, I’m not trying to be. Am I going to sugar-coat anything? I’m not planning to do that either. I’m just going to be honest, because I still think that that is primordial in a review
I rarely talk about my professional life here but on today that will change. For those who didn't know I am very active in public policy in my home state of Georgia and one of the organizations I just joined and am proud to advocate for is the ALS Association of Georgia. The ALS Association provides counseling and medical support to the people of my state who have been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Currently there is no known cause or cure for this terrible disorder and most who are diagnosed have a three to five year life expectancy. But, there are thousands of people in Georgia and millions in the United States working towards the day we will cure it.
Until then, we must do everything we can to help those among us who have to suffer with Lou Gehrig's Disease. November 13th is Georgia Gives Day: a time when everyone is encouraged to donate to a statewide charity. I do not ask the readers of this site for much, but if you do live in the State of Georgia with me I would be honored if you could donate a little to this great cause. You can visit the GA Gives site here for more information and of course to donate! And of course I would encourage everyone to find a non-profit group where they live to either volunteer at or donate regularly to. We are all in this together after all and we
On behalf of everyone fighting on behalf of those suffering with ALS, I thank you for your attention and your support!
Our Hero Everyone!
Solstice is split between two different main characters: Galen and Yani. Both have their own personal secrets and motives for coming to the North, but of the two Galen could have the bigger personal experiences while Yani has to most to accomplish with the larger world. Er, perhaps I should explain.
Greetings everyone, this is Will reporting for VNs Now! I hate to break it to everyone, but I do not have a newsman fedora. What I do have however, is a healthy compilation of things that we should expect to see before this year is over. I will also be talking about the status of some Steam Greenlights and new platforms for older titles. I do not expect future news updates to be as much of a list as this, nor do I expect them to deal with topics that go back as far. My main purpose in bringing up older information while discussing new releases is to try and get people up to speed on the story so far, as it were. My secondary purpose is to create a launch pad for what will in the future be up to date news from around the EVN world. So let us get started.
First off are projects that are entering or are currently in beta, and should hopefully be released before the end of the year, or perhaps even next month. Nicole, by Winter Wolves is available as a demo with pre-orders available and is considered to be in the open beta phase. Nicole is part dating sim, life simulator, and mystery story all in one. Sake Visual's Backstage Pass is entering a closed beta phase now. Backstage Pass is an otome dating sim where you take on the role of a character who is both makeup artist and student. Last on the beta list is Break Chance Memento over at Cyanide Tea. Break Chance Memento had been in development for awhile, but should be entering beta soon. In the mean time you can download the demo from the Break Chance Memento page and check it out.
UPDATE (10/23/2013): Thank you for your consideration. This position has been filled!
Hello all! I'm JP the 3rd: Editor for VNs Now! (Along with many other roles) I am glad to know that you are here and interested in our (Cassie and I's) opinions on a genre of gaming we all love: visual novels! But I know I can do a better job for you; I just can't do it alone. That is why I'm asking for one more volunteer to join our team! This volunteer would fill the much needed roll of a reporter. 'What would a report do on an EVN review site?'you ask?
Excellent question my friend!
Our reporter would keep an eye on all of the EVN sites and blogs as well as community forums (Lemmasoft, etc.) on the latest updates for commercial EVN as well as promising free EVNs. They would also keep an eye on areas of interests to readers such as original animation (like RWBY) and other news from the gaming world that could impact us. That person would then bring it all here for your quick and easy viewing along with the best reviews and features we can provide!
Now that seems like a lot of work, but as I've said in the past I am mostly open to the schedule of the volunteer. Ideally it would only be weekly, but if you think you can do news day-to-day or would rather do biweekly or every month, we can negotiate! If this position interests you, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll discuss you helping our team out!
Thank You All!
There seems to be an irrevocable connection between this site and Moacube.
For those of you familiar with VNs Now lore (do we even have lore yet?) my first interview for the site was with Tom Grochowiak: the founder of Moacube. After that, as the development of Cinders continued I released my first actual visual novel feature on its inspiration; Cinderella. My first actual video on something actually related to visual novels was about what I was looking forward to for Cinders. And on the very first episode of VNs Now! TV, the release of Cinders was squarely in the spotlight.
So, we’re pretty much a crime family at this point yeah? With Cinders successfully under their belt, the group has been busy with two games: Bonfire which doesn’t fall under my purview but is still insanely enjoyable. So if you haven’t picked up a copy, I’d recommend at least checking it out. The second title is Solstice which shows that this group has more going for it than just a fairy tale. First, let’s start with the world we are preparing to enter!
....Clearly I have no shame....
Well folks: here we are. We've tried to avoid the coming of it, but the Otomacolypse has finally arrived. The Four Bishonen are on their horses, the seas have been split, cats and dogs are sleeping together, MASS HYSTERIA!
Or I just may be doing a week of otome gaming in order to convince folks I am not the Devil...really it can be either or.
So in a few weeks (still trying to narrow down a date) I will spend seven days talking about the genre I apparently despise: otome of both the Eastern and Western variety. There will be videos, features, weeping and gnashing of teeth; everything you'd expect from this site I'm sure! But before that happens, some have asked me a very honest question: why do I care? So what if otome fangirls don't like what I say, why does that bother me enough to capitulate to the wishes of a minority?
Well, in the words of Jules Winnfield, allow me to retort!
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Volume 1 COMPLETE!