Played through this Visual Novel around half a year ago. It became one of my favourite games ever (even if, as usual, it only barely qualifies as a game).
It has extremely attractive visuals, even if they are not very polished at times. The story itself is full of charm and lovely characters. I really enjoyed the bar where the action takes place, the people visiting, the slice of life VA-11 HALL-A offers. There is, as I mentioned before, little in the way of actual gameplay – but more than most Visual Novels offer: we mix drinks for the customers and our decisions sometimes push the story one way or another.
I cannot recommend this enough to all people who like videogames, anime, fantasy, cyberpunk, and all the internet-related subculture. It’s for nerds, but it’s extremely good.
Finally played this game. It didn’t take very long, which speaks volumes about how gripping the story is. It is not a conventional game at all – it is barely a game, if one thinks about it, as the player is essentially held by their hand through the plot. We do get to feel more immersed than with a movie, though. That is something to think about: even when the actual playability is kept to a minimum, the medium allows the spectator to visit the story in a very different way.
I’m not going to speak about the story or the characters. I think spoiler-free is where it’s at. It really is emotion-provoking though, that is for sure. I can totally recommend it, and would recommend it also as a cinematic experience. Play it even if you don’t normally play videogames, is what I mean.
Reading through this Visual Novel at the moment. I’m finding it very enjoyable, fun and interesting. Also, if I ever do write something, it’s going to be in this format. This is a great middle ground between comics and novels, and is easy to read. It also offers a slight amount of interaction between the reader and the media. I would probably not offer different storylines though; instead, there would be an optional depth to the story. The reader could access more information, or just go through the main plot. Only an idea in any case.