Originally posted on January 17th
Okay! Two more games off my list! This week, it was DoraKone and First Snow.
The first game, DoraKone, was a lovely little game that's like Pokemon Go but with dragons! It was a very casual read and it only took me two hours at most to get the desired routes. I romanced two of the girls (Honorée and Rayen), but ultimately favored Honorée's route more. It was just more romantic and gayer, imo. Rayen's was just very underwhelming to me, which was surprising because I thought she was the most relatable, whereas Honorée originally came off as a bit snooty. Funny how that works.
And then there's First Snow, which I felt really conflicted about. This game has excellent graphics and art, but I wasn't too impressed by the story itself. It was very "college freshman coming to terms with her sexuality," but I was more tired of the college experience than anything. I will say the romance was fairly sweet, and that combined with the fun art kept me going. It wasn't quite as light as DoraKone, but it was enough to get me through a rough week. This game was also fairly short (two hours), which seems to be a theme among a lot of free visual novels.
That said, I'm ready to tackle heavier stuff on my list. And by heavy, I mean longer. I've been circling the drain far too long with Gahkthun of the Golden Lightning, for example. Because the game starts to lag after a certain amount of time, it's hard to play outside of short bursts. Still, I've put in at least fifteen hours so far. It's a fairly meaty VN, as you could expect from the art quality and price tag; real visual novels get treated like AAA games in Japan, apparently.
I'm probably going to play some lighter VN's between it, cause I do like to mix it up a bit. I don't expect to post another by the end of the month, though.