I’m going to clarify that I am reviewing this game off of memory from playing it back during the summer, and my memory is not entirely clear. The reason for this is not just because of how long it has been, but also because this game is only fifteen minutes long. As such, it is naturally tough to remember all of it. On top of that, I got a refund for this game after playing it and I’d rather not buy it again just for the purpose of trashing it so I’m going to go based off of memory. Anyway yeah, Midnight Carnival is pretty shit.
I know, when an article of mine is prefaced with “Steam Greenlight Landfill,” that is usually an indicator of the overall quality. I use this title because I don’t usually think about these games that much. That is also because these games are also shallow and lacking in depth or content. A number of games I reviewed on GameFAQs definitely fit the “Steam Greenlight Landfill” category and I currently of a library of over 500 Steam titles, a lot of which are highly obscure and low in price. Of course, I do usually feel the need to review these games for a few reasons, and no it isn’t because “le edgy gamer rage.”
Update: Sales over guys.
Steam is at it again with their infamous sales that extend to a majority of their catalogue. However, given how vast this catalogue is, how will one know where to look? That’s what I am here for; to provide my readers with a list of recommended games for purchase along with their sale price. Additionally, there will be Amazon links in place of direct Steam links when possible cause I gotta make some money somehow, but they will only be there if the code costs the same on Amazon as it does on Steam (IE is also discounted). Anyway, let’s begin.
I decided I am going to start posting the links to my Brash Games and Oprainfall reviews. However, I want to give each review its own post because it would be more organized, and I am unsure if linking directly to them on my Curator Page would violate some kind of copyright.
Anyway yeah, this was the first of seven reviews put on that site. I actually bought this game on my own and have not received a review code, so this was just up there cause I thought it would be seen by more people that way. Dunno if it was but whatever.
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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.
If one has been hanging around gaming circles a lot recently, one may have noticed the term “backlog” thrown around a lot, a term is used to refer to the amount of games one owns but has not completed. The fact that many gamers nowadays have backlogs that consist of hundreds of games has almost become somewhat of a meme in and of itself, and is often compared to how girls will buy large amounts of clothes that greatly exceed the amount they need.
I am not going to pad things out by pretending the reader thinks all games are new AAA releases that cost $60, and the first word that likely popped into any experienced gamer’s mind is likely “Steam.” However, one would think that even Steam sales would have their limits, and they would be right. So I decide that the best way to demonstrate would be to take you throw this step by step and show you how this was done.
Nekopara Vol. 0 should not really be looked at as its own game since it is only a fan disk of Vol. 1. A fan disk is an added scenario to games, mostly visual novels, that is released after the successful launch of a game. It is similar to added DLC chapters released for more popular titles. As such, one’s enjoyment of Nekopara Vol. 0 would largely be based on how much they enjoyed the first game, and that it is highly suggested that one would play Vol 1 first if there is any interest in this one.
Alpha’s Adventures is an eroge, meaning that some pics will be NSFW. Additional TW for mentions of rape and incest.
I pretty much fell in love with Alpha’s Adventures at first sight. I don’t just mean upon playing the demo, I mean upon first discovering its existence. I remember that my first exposure to this game was through the creator’s Twitter account, but I cannot remember how I came into contact with said account. My twitter account is occasionally followed by small indie developers who may be trying to promote their game. I do not know if she followed my account or if I came across her game from somewhere else. I do know that she did temporarily follow me since I linked the Greenlight page for this game, but I don’t remember the specifics.
Nekopara is certainly interesting. Despite me generally being a fan of a lot of ecchi titles, Nekopara was the first full blown eroge I have played. For those unaware, eroge is the official term for hentai game. Eroge are not always strictly pornographic though. An eroge, quite simply, is any game that features an uncensored sex scene. However, most of these games will still try to focus on having a storyline or decent gameplay mechanics in addition to erotic content (although Nekopara is a visual novel so gameplay may not really be the right word for it). As such, eroge are not intended solely as masturbation fuel, even if it may be an element of it. The term for something that IS intended solely for pornographic purposes is Nukige. So it should be noted that Nekopara’s storyline can still be enjoyable without its sexual content.
Disclaimer: Some versions of Nekopara Vol.1 are pornographic, and should not be played by anyone under 18 or their countries legal age. Additionally, some images in this review may be considered NSFW.
I must admit that I have a fair bit of interest in the indie visual novel scene. I often have a difficult time getting into the larger visual novels made by more professional teams for a variety of reasons. These reasons are oftentimes due to their length and the fact that they tend to be paced very slowly. Indie visual novels, on the other hand, are usually about the same length of a movie so they are easier to digest, and are more likely to get straight to the point.
Also there is the fact that you are more likely to see raw creator expression that is not hampered by corporate interests, although the same could be said of most indie products. Unfortunately, Sturgeon’s law greatly applies to a lot of these visual novels. For every brilliant gem like My Name Is Addiction, you have about twelve mediocre, poorly written and drawn visual novels that are just not interesting. Darconika: The Cube of Soul fits into the latter category. Read more
This is the last review of mine written for Brash Games so every new review from here on out will be written and edited for this site, unless I get hired by a site with actual pay.
Also since the person who edited the review for Brash forgot to include a picture of the glitched screen (even though I left a note specifically asking them to include it and the fact that they left a line referring to “the screenshot below” in the published version), I will include it here.
Yes, that’s an actual in game screenshot. “[erka:es],” “Active Gaming”, whoever was in charge of the Steam port, please test Freudenstachel more thoroughly for Steam. I am greatly looking forward to it, but I also don’t want to have the same complaints when I inevitably review it.
Update: The screenshot has now been edited into the review.
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