Nekopara Vol.1 was a game that I found engaging and intriguing when I read it, despite the fact that it was primarily a fan service game. The reason that I found it engaging was because it put such an emphasis on background information as to why a world with catgirls exists and how such a world works. Furthermore, it had a strong backstory for both our main character and portrayed a strong and well developed relationship between him and his two catgirls Chocola and Vanilla.
Disclaimer: Some versions of Nekopara Vol. 2 contain pornographic content that is not intended for anyone under the age of 18 or whatever the legal age in one’s country is. Additionally, there is an image that will likely be considered NSFW.
Nekopara Vol. 2 on the other hand, feels like a step down from Vol. 1. While it contains what most people came for, those being cute catgirls and sex scenes with said catgirls, it really is not as strong plot wise. Now I understand that most will say that “if you are coming to Nekopara for a deep story line then you’re in the wrong place.” However, it is my job as a critic to point out the strengths and weaknesses of each game, and Nekopara Vol. 2 is simply a weaker game. That is not to say that it is a bad game though, as it still is entertaining in its own right; it’s just simply a step down.
Furthermore, I simply found Nekopara Vol. 1 to be a more interesting game most of the time. This can be easily noticed in relation to the amount of time spent on each game on my Steam page. My time listed for Nekopara Vol. 1 is about 11 hours, while the time for Vol. 2 is four hours. However, the time for both games on “How Long to beat dot com” says they are both about the same length. That must mean that I took my time more with Vol. 1 and simply enjoyed it more (either that or I just left it idle too much while waiting for my family members to leave the room during sex scenes).
The story of Nekopara Vol. 2 takes place after Vol. 1 when Kashou’s other four catgirls arrived at his bakery to help him out with the work. As a result, the bakery becomes more successful given that it has a bunch of catgirls working there to help out. The main conflict of this Volume revolves around the catgirls named Coconut and Azuki. Coconut is a large breasted catgirl that looks like she would be the oldest in appearance yet is actually one of the middle children of the six, and is a bit of a klutz. Azuki is the oldest of the catgirls but looks like she is one of the younger ones, and is the mature one when she isn’t butting heads with Coconut.
This episode focuses on both of their strengths and flaws, as well as how they develop and become more comfortable in Kashou’s family. They also both culminate in sex scenes with Kashou. What I need to praise this game for is how they flesh out Coconut and Azuki’s character, and how it makes them more endearing. Unfortunately, this also means that the approach to Vol.3 will be more predictable.
It is quite obvious that they plan to have Vol. 3 contain sequences that flesh out the two remaining catgirls, Maple and Cinnamon, and have the focus be on them instead of on the other six catgirls. Granted Nekopara Vol. 2 did do a decent job at implementing the other characters into the plot, at least at first. Unfortunately, by the time the game ended, I realized that they did not have anything happen for the remaining two catgirls, and that a bit of a hole was left in the story.
Thankfully though, most of the positives from the first game are kept in Nekopara Vol. 2. Some things such as the game’s sense of humor and likable characters are still here. The animation is also still notably high tech by visual novel standards and is animated very fluidly. The music is still catchy and there are a few added songs. Lastly, the sex scenes are still arousing and sexy.
There is not much for me to say about Nekopara Vol. 2 overall other than that it’s a solid read despite not being as good as the first. While there is a lack of significant depth to this game, it is more than likely that if you enjoyed the first game that you will still enjoy this one. The only remaining complain I have is that another 10 dollars are charged for the patch to uncensor the game, which brings the full game up to $20.00 when you only have about five hours of content. Otherwise I can still recommend this one if you enjoyed the first, but lower your expectations slightly.
This review was submitted to GameFAQs on the 13th of May in 2016, and has been re-edited with enhanced presentation.
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