Bakumatsu Jinchuu Houkoku Resshiden MiburoNot as good as Chusingura though it does some things better. The characters were far more interesting and developed. I wish some of the other major characters got more screen time considering how long this was. The fight scenes were hit and miss. Most were pretty dull aside from Hijikata's fights.
Raillore no RyakudatsushaHad high hopes after Sorcery Jokers, but ended up disappointing because of it. There were a lot more misses for characters compared to previous games. Even the ones that were initially appealing never developed and remained one note. About the best thing about this game was the BGM.
Tsuki no Kanata de AimashouThe messages from the future thing was done pretty poorly. It didn't really serve much of a role outside of Touka's route. The sub heroines were also far more interesting than the main ones.
Boku no Mirai wa, Koi to Kakin to. ~Charge To The Future~Having a gacha game inside an eroge was pretty amusing. There wasn't any currency so the pulls weren't as exciting as they could've been. The routes themselves were all right. It looked like they were trying to deal with problems involving gacha games but later tailed off to more normal stuff.
Kotonoha Maichiru Natsu no KoeAfter a while, the voice acting scenes became repetitive and boring. Kotonoha was clearly the main heroine and the best one as well, though the others weren't bad. The writing was just uninteresting and they recycled the same jokes over and over again. Just a boring read throughout.
Fuukan no GrasestaGameplay was pretty good because it used a similar system to Iuksa Megami. There was also no grinding necessary since enemies scaled to your level. The story had an interesting premise, but it became boring down the stretch. The heroines are pretty boring as well, but they at least have nice designs.
Shin Koihime † Musou -Kakumei- Souten no HaouKarin is probably the best main heroine of the series since Ryuubi is lame and the Songo heroine isn't as obvious. The sub heroines in this faction are probably the weakest of the bunch though. They're not very interesting so Karin really carries the group. It was nice to see Kazuto being useful and given an important role in this faction.
Mirai Radio to Jinkou-batoAn interesting concept and the twist was pretty well executed. Characters are likable and the art is gorgeous. This was a lot shorter than i thought it would be. And it seems like only Tsubaki's and Kaguya's route were important. The other 2 were just fluff.
Sengoku † Koihime ~Otome Kenran ☆ Sengoku Emaki~There's way too many characters, but they all seem to get enough screen time to give them justice. A lot of them are pretty likable too. The only issue is the harem aspect got a tlittle tiring after the 3rd wife. Some heroines clearly had more chemistry with the protagonist than the others. Also, this was unnecessarily long. Each house had a lot of time devoted to it.
Kami-sama no Game -Kankinsareta 6nin no Danjo-There are lots of comparisons to Euphoria, but this is different other than the setting. It is more of a thriller and battle of wits rather than dark guro and fetishes that Euphoria encompasses. The ending sets up the next game since matters are not resolved at all. The art is inconsistent and some characters are completely unlikable. Will probably read the 2nd game since this one was interesting enough
Nama LoveDecent art with a pretty chill protagonist and cute heroines. So this seemingly should be good, but the scenario was half assed. The premise itself is actually fine, but there was not much effort put into the writing. All the routes are pretty short and don't have interesting dialogue or anything else to keep my attention.
Kyonyuu Fantasy 3 if -Artemis no Ya - Medusa no Negai-Disappointingly short and lacking of much substance. It continues from Athena's route. Artemis is a cool heroine but surprisingly doesn't even get a route devoted to her. There's just a harem route. Medusa's story is pretty bad. It was better for her to remain just a friend.
Kyonyuu Fantasy 2 ifRuin is a cool protagonist just as you'd expect from the kyonyuu fantasy ones. The heroines were either hit or miss. The antagonists, especially the archbishop did a good job of being annoying as fuck.
Momoiro ClosetThis was so lazily written that I'm starting not to mind that it was so short. It also only has routes for Alice even after teasing us with some pretty interesting sub heroines. Also, the "spicy" route is cmoplete and utter garbage. It's basically only there for fetishes. The love was cute at times, but it was too simple and had no meaningful development at all. Would be a huge waste of time if it wasn't so short and unsatisfying.
Kanojo * StepOnly read Shiina's and Kuon's routes because the other heroines seemed boring. This was not as good as Making Lovers or Pure x Connect. The comedy is similar, but the other 2 still did it better. Though I guess it's not surprising since this came out first. In fact, you can see how the writer improved with each new work.
Zombie no Afureta Sekai de Ore Dake ga Osowarenai vol.3I heard that the WN was never finished so I didn't expect an ending here either. It did end at a good point though so I won't complain about an unfinished story. However, this part itself had a lot of problems from a story perspective. I did not like how They wrote Makiura out of the story completely. Her presence would've complicated matters with Mitsuki, but the story pretty much tossed her aside for a bullshit reason. Same deal with Mitsuki's childhood friend. He pretty much disappeared with no mention of him after a certain point. Would've liked to see that resolved.
Zombie no Afureta Sekai de Ore Dake ga Osowarenai vol.2Continuation of the previous game and introduces a new heroine. Makiura is a great addition to the cast and I may like her even more than Mitsuki who got phased out during this chapter. This installment was a lot shorter than the first one and it was a surprise that it even came out. I doubt that there will be a conclusion considering the state of the WN, but hopefully the material that is out ends up being good.
Rance 10The finale for Rance is a great one. It was nice seeing almost the entire cast in this game though it meant that they didn't get much screen time. There were a ton of different choices you could make that changed the outcome of the story. The game was just massive that it felt overwhelming at times. The classic Rance comedy is present like always and it's great. Reset is adorable in every scene she's in.
Hataraku Otona no Ren'ai Jijou 2Follows the same formula as the first game and even shares the same setting. The protagonist from the first game is the boss of this game's protagonist. Pretty much all the major characters from the previous game are side characters now. The heroines for this game are really bland with only a couple being mildly interesting. It made me appreciate the last game's heroines more since they were charming and conitniued to be in this game.
Kyonyuu Fantasy Gaiden 2The new heroines are all pretty cute, but the old ones feel like yesterday's news. Lute continues to be awesome and the conquest is pretty interesting. Though it felt a little too easy for Lute.
Kyonyuu Fantasy 3 ifThis is my favorite of the Kyonyuu Fantasy series mainly because it deals with Greek Mythology. Many of the big name gods and goddesses play a prominent role here so that helped make the story much more interesting. The protagonist is also a pretty cool guy like in all the other games in the series. This also reinforces that Athena is my favorite goddess in mythology.
Making＊LoversThe comedy in Smee games continue to be top notch. Most of the routes were hilarious and the protagonist is the same type as in the other Smee games. Personal favorite was Saki as she was quite funny on her own as well. My only complaint is probably how short the routes were.
Ojou-sama wa Sunao ni NarenaiEnsemble using a non-trap protagonist is rare so I wanted to try this out. The heroines are attractive as usual from Ensemble games. I can't believe it, but I actually liked the childhood friend the most(Natsuki). It helped that she was voiced by Tachibana Mao though. Miku was the other heroine that stood out, but her route was pretty garbage. I wish I liked the main girl since her route would probably be a lot better than the others considering the storyline.
Golden HourA romance focused eroge with decent drama was very welcome. Surprisingly, I found the true route to be one of the worst ones. It had a twist that I didn't like very much despite having the best heroine. After playing both this and Shoujo Minority, I see a lot of potential but they haven't been able to make it come together yet. Hopefully, they iron out some of their problems in future games.
Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~Glad to say that it lived up to the hype. I definitely have not read anything like this before and all the preparation with the various outside pieces of literature made me appreciate it even more. The Jabberwocky chapters were absolutely amazing. Tomosane and Yuki are a great pair of characters. This makes me even more excited about starting Sakura no Uta right after it.
Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no KoukiThe spiritual successor to Eustia. Unfortunately, I wasn't anywhere as good as its predecessor. It follows the same episodic format, but the setting is hardly unique or special. Akari is a pretty cool heroine, but Soujin kinda falls flat as a protagonist after we got to experience Caim in Eustia. It's an interesting story, but nothing that would leave much of an impression. It is simply decent.
Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai - Under the Innocent Sky.There's really nothing like this in this medium. The dialogue is so unique that almost every character left an impression. My only complaint would be that the plot is pretty much nonsense. However, there was a lot of humor to make up for it.
ChronoBoxThis is something that makes a lot more sense playing it the 2nd time. However, it didn't seem worth it so I just got all the endings and left it at that. The twist was interesting even if predictable. None of the characters got much time in the spotlight, but I suppose it was designed that way. I probably would've preferred a smaller cast with more time to develop the major characters.
Noroi no Maken ni Yamitsuki OtomeYou know a game has shitty gameplay when it's better to let the computer control all the battling and movement. The computer is able to react preemptively to attacks so it dodges much better than any human player would. Outside of gameplay problems, the story has a time limit so the player is unable to go about it at their own pace. Unlocking specific requirements for a heroine's route was annoying and difficult due to the limited amount of time you got. I liked the art a lot, but everything else about the game made it such a chore to play.
Ninki Seiyuu no TsukurikataRead Itsumi's and Yukako's route. Didn't bother with Chinatsu since it looked to be pretty boring. I was originally interested in this because of the seiyuu industry aspect of it, but it didn't really go into much depth about it. I think it was a huge missed opportunity. Itsumi's route was much better than Yukako's. The art wasn't too good either so this ended up being a pretty average charage.
Baldr HeartFollows the same formula as Sky, but not as successfully. This game is a lot shorter which I didn't mind since Sky was a little too long. The problem with this game is that all routes other than Nagi's felt completely worthless. They give some background information, but I probably would've just jumped into Nagi's route from the start if knew better. Combat was great as expected and Nagi's route was really good so it definitely felt worth it in the end. I really liked Nagi as a heroine as well so her being the main was great.
Tokyo NecroThe production values on this are insane. The action scenes were very fun to watch because they were animated. The story itself was interesting as well, though I did get a little tired of it during the 3rd and 4th time around. Ilya was unexpectedly cute and I enjoyed the scenes that involved her. I don't think the romance was done that well, but I can't complain since I consider this an action oriented eroge anyways.
Gin'iro, HarukaIt's impressive and satisfying that the story started at junior high and went all the way to adulthood and marriage. The best route was Mizuha's, but the others were all decent as well. I guess my only complaint would be that there wasn't much conflict in the relationships. Everything went too smoothly.
Unionism Quartet A3-DaysDoesn't really expand on the previous game. All it did was add 2 new heroines and gave all the previous characters a route. I guess if you only wanted H-scenes with all the characters, this game serves its purpose.
Utawarerumono: Futari no HakuoroContinues off from Itsuwari no Kamen. Everything remains the same so basically just judging it off story and battle difficulty which were both excellent. The ending was satisfying, but there was a lot of things I wish they had explored in the first half of the game. There probably won't be a 4th game though since everything was wrapped up.
Amakano ~Second Season~This was a decent read, but had a couple big problems that prevent it from scoring higher. First, I thought the art was atrocious. Some people happen to like the art for the Amakano games, but I'm not a fan at all. Second, the relationship develops way too slowly. I suppose if you sped up the pace of the relationship, this would only be 10 hours long, but I don't want to sit through 20-30 hours of the friend stage.
Shoujo Minority -Nagusame no Ai-There's not as much drama here as you're lead to believe. It becomes apparent very quickly that this eroge is about the sex. Problems are resolved either quickly or half-assed. Even the endings are simple and unsatisfying. The only reason to read this would be the art.
Sousei Kitan AerialThis seems like a prequel to Artermis Blue since it's set in the same world but is 20 years earlier. However, there are some egregious inconsistencies that sort of destroy the prequel argument. Instead, same setting probably works a little better. The side characters are far better than the main ones and that's not a good thing. Shuu would've made a much better protagonist since Shin is a whiny little bitch. The best heroines oddly enough, were also side characters. Kate was pretty cool. Nagi was probably the best of the "main" heroines and yet didn't get a route. Too much repetition and the writer seemed to have forgotten about explaining some of the most important details.
Artemis BlueVery pleasantly surprised by this. It has a very likable cast along with good art. Haru is the main character which is unusual thing, but a welcome one. Allie is incredibly adorable and is by far my favorite character. There really need to be more cute daughter characters in eroge. The ending left some things open, but it was still satisfying. One regrettable thing was the tease of Rose's appearance at the end. I was hoping we'd finally get to meet her, but that was not the case. For some reason, she had a really great voice so I was hoping to see what she looked like. Her seiyuu isn't even listed in the credits so there's no way of knowing who voiced her either.
Umisora no FragmentsThe writing is pretty bad and there was really no reason to include time travel or any supernatural elements. The concept with the school closing down was incredibly boring so the slice of life scenes were somehow more interesting. Kisame and Haruka were the best heroines. The cast itself wasn't bad, but the writing really drags the entire game down.
Pure x ConnectI am very surprised by how much I liked this. I was just looking for something light hearted to pass the time and this impresesd me. This is also the only eroge that I can remember where the childhood friend was my favorite. It wasn't particularly close either. Sora's route was so much better than all the others that I kind of regret playing it first. Really cute and funny character just made it enjoyable to read. The protagonist was pretty humorous himself so they had plenty of funny exchanges.
Dungeon of Regalias ~Haitoku no Miyako Ishgalia~I've been noticing a trend with the protagonists in Astronauts' games. They're all exactly the same person and that gets old real fast when that particular person has no depth in their character. The RPG battle system was all right. Everything was pretty mediocre or bad so it became a drag to play as I stopped caring about the story and gameplay.
Hataraku Otona no Ren'ai JijouIt's not often that you see an eroge about love life after high school. Because of this, I was pretty excited about picking this up. However, it quickly became clear that this wasn't going to be anything special and was going to simply emphasize H-scenes. I'd say all of the heroines are pretty charming, but they never develop much in their routes. The game was all about the protagonist getting laid. In fact, there were even choices that enabled him to cheat on the heroine with no consequences. This had potential, but it was never intended to be anything more than a lot of H-scenes with some minor story.
Kikan Bakumatsu Ibun Last CavalierI already knew a decent amount about the Shinsengumi due to already reading Chusingura. Because of this, a lot of the events didn't come as a surprise to me. The writing was good enough to make up for this, so it was a little hard to get through. The fight scenes weren't that great either so I guess all this really had going for it was the art.
Hatsuru Koto Naki Mirai YoriFujisaki really loves military stuff, doesn't he? The protagonist is an incredibly intense military nut which leads to some funny scenes. The sub characters got a lot of screen time and development that I'm pretty disappointed that they didn't get their own routes. The common route is incredibly long and the individual routes aren't short either. Yukikaze's route is forced on the first playthrough and I didn't really see much of a reason to do the other ones. Game was just a little too long. A lot of funny scenes though and I especially loved any that involved Damon and Misuka.
Kenseiki Alpha RideThe writing felt like it was written by a 10 year old. Kai's route is full of awful cliche hero storylines. Shizuma's is not as bad, but it isn't good either. The combat is a little convoluted all the support skill phases makes the battle system a mess. It'd be better if it was more like Aselia when there is a designated person in each of 3 roles. Overall, a pretty bad game both in terms of writing and gameplay.
Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no KamenPicks off a few years after the first one. The first half of this was completely slice of life and I didn't mind one bit. It was a very entertaining read and succeeds in not being generic. The battle system is the same as the old one with some new tricks added in. The ending was incredible and hypes up the 3rd installment for me. Eagerly anticipating the final chapter.