Non-adult games that I recommend
Hello everyone watching ren_ai. I joined this community a few days ago, and I figured since things are quiet, I should post something personal and useful.
Just within the last week on the Megatokyo forums, there have been three or four people asking for good non-adult bishoujo games in English. So I figured I should create a list that covers the worthwhile ones I've seen. They're often R rated, but many of them are quite good.
1. The Wind Breath of Heart demo, available from No Name Losers at http://atocha.mit.edu/nnl
. Not bad... I was worried that this might be a game that didn't live up to its hype, but the demo told a fairly good story. Once I have the ability to buy it, I may track down the full game with Celga or some similar auction service, since Eroshift is still working on it.
2. Black Pencil - http://www.manga.sk/atp/index.html
. An even better homemade game. The person has a small b-game encyclopedia too.
3. Tales of Lemma - http://www.lemmasoft.net
. Still watching the creator's other projects, which could be even better. There is a very promising second game in the works as of late July 2004.
4. The beta translation of Princess Maker 2 can be downloaded from http://www.the-underdogs.org
. Just watch out for those popups, and read the site instructions. Not everyone will like this complex simulation, but after taking some time to get used to it, I found it intriguing.
5. Http://www.RightStuf.com has the R-rated game Graduation in stock for $8. Again, a niche game - but one that some people will find addicting.
6. Thousand Arms and Harvest Moon, especially the Playstation translation of the latter game.
7. It may be hard to find even in Japanese auctions, and hard to use with an emulator, but you might be able to find a copy of Bloody Bride for the Japanese Playstation. There is a fan translation for this one.
8. Muto Anime's games. The demo downloads don't always work, but I hope to get both Together and Together Forever soon.
9. For more bishoujo spinoffs, look for the Ai Yori Aoshi, To Heart, and Comic Party manga titles. Ai Yori is just as bishoujo-like as Love Hina though slightly more serious, and it's not bad. And To Heart is just pleasant fun. The Comic Party manga absolutely *rocked*, and the Party Time spinoff might be good. Also looking forward to the upcoming Tsukihime Lunar Legend and Sentimental Graffiti anime DVDs.
10. My most recent discovery - Kasuka. Thanks to another topic here, I found it at http://www.darkpathways.co.uk/hosted/Kasuka.zip
. It's low key, funny, and it has its own amusing mini-arcade game.
And finally, many people have mentioned there are many more good non-adult ren'ai titles in Japanese. After hearing so much, I'm inclined to believe them. Going from the reviews, one would think the partially fan-translated Kanon (which has its own all-ages version at Himeya Shop) would be the bishoujo equivalent of a Miyazaki movie. For me, the comparison is accurate - I heard so many positive things that every second would've had to be impossibly good. (For example, the movie Laputa was not not perfect, but it's the best one I've seen so far.) As I said before, in Kanon it took until the "Ayu runs into a tree" bit for me to find the game more than vaguely amusing. Still, ten or a hundred ren'ai game fans can't be wrong.
Anyway, thanks for listening. Just thought I should add my thoughts to this topic. When I'm not broke someday soon, I might look for Air or some of the other games that have a fan translation on the way. I encourage others to do the same.
For example, Revolve Translations might be able to get Vagrants into completion. These could be very good games.
-the Taiyaki Fan
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