Amaterasu Blog

20Nov/107

-atled- Review

Basically just a nice, fun doujin game. There was absolutely nothing exceptional about it, but also nothing bad, so it was still a decently enjoyable read.

Let's get the bad stuff out of the way. Most of it falls into the category of feeling like the game was indeed made by amateurs. For instance: blatant scripting errors, a handful of very badly drawn cgs, some sprites or cgs that don't fit the scene as well as they should, a persistent tendency for the main plot to get sidetracked, and a few developments which were made far too obvious in advance.

Still, I never once felt like ctrling any of it (unless you count skipping old text in alt endings), because despite all the flaws, it's really not bad at all. While half the plot is raw cliche, the other half is actually reasonably clever and not terribly easy to guess until very shortly before it happens. It also does a surprisingly good job of making all the details (including minor characters who appeared for about ten lines) come together plausibly at the end. While all of the characters are a bit too simple, they all show believable growth by the end of the story, and said growth is plot-relevant in each case, which is quite nice. Finally, although some scenes drag on longer than they should, it's never by much and there's no unnecessary text to speak of.

Score: 7/10

Polarization: Mild (+1/-1.5)

Reasons here should be pretty obvious. Either you don't care about the predictable stuff and really like it, or the laundry list of flaws mentioned above irritate the hell out of you.

Routes/Endings Played: All Three Endings

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  1. I think you might be a bit too anti-spoilerish with your reviews. Honestly, I have no idea what many of the games you play are about at all.

  2. It’s not anti-spoiler, it’s anti-plot summary. I consider summarizing plots in reviews to be a waste of time and completely missing the point of what a review is supposed to do.

    And maybe I’m weird, but when I have read plot summaries they’ve been of no use whatsoever, and I almost always prefer completely blind playthroughs with no prior knowledge other than maybe genre and length.

  3. If you want a summary, go look on vndb.

  4. Just mentioning that neither your Ludesia or Planetarian scores are on vndb

  5. “I almost always prefer completely blind playthroughs with no prior knowledge other than maybe genre and length”

    I’m with you on this. It’s much more fun to dive straight into a new world and discover things for yourself.

  6. Too bad the translation project for this is dead..


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