Welcome to Literature Club, where four beautiful girls awaits protago- you. They happen to like poems, so whip up one to impress girl that prot- you like most! Hang out with Sayori, spend weekend reading books with Yuri or playfully banter with Natsuke.
Ahahaha. Who I am kidding. Since you read about it here, you already know there is more to this story, if multiple warnings on website and in game itself weren’t sufficient hint. Totally “fantastic, fun and wholesome slice of life visual novel”, that. Riiight.
Well. There is problem with certain kind of games that I like. They are inherently hard to discuss without spoilering it. So let me just say that cliche beginning is just that, beginning. You will end in very different place, both literally, mentally and metaphorically.
I found poetry minigame original and intuitive – I had no problem with selecting appropriate words (from rather… eclectic set), especially when you got to know girls better. Except Monika with her enigmatic smile that never leaves her face no matter what. She is special case. Oh so very, very special.
Girls’ poems also are worth serious treatment. They speak to you and will be very familiar to anyone that dealt with problems that this visual novel touches.
This game is pretty short and free – certainly worth your time. Play it. And remember, game does not end until credits roll.
Hell is right-clicking to save an image, accidentally clicking “email image” and having to wait forty years for some email program you didn’t even existed to rise from its slumber like some lovecraftian ancient god, meanwhile the fans on your laptop are preparing for takeoff and you stare dead-eyed as the rainbow spirals, spirals, spirals. You wait and suffer this cosmic karma. Days pass. “Just a few more seconds”, you slur. Your laptop freeezes and the concept of time is no longer comprehensible. Your family and friends forget your name and you fade from existence.
– wise words of internet
There was one nice, moody mod for Doom called Unloved. I enjoyed it greatly. It was survival horror, despite apperrances.
You see, there are many kinds of horrors and even two kinds of survival horror. First one is known from Silent Hill or Alien Isolation – hide and seek game with minimum amount of ammunition and rare, powerful and often unkillable enemies that you can only run away from or delay them.
Other kind is closer to FPS roots – you rarely run out of either ammo or enemies, action is fast paced, yet game is still filled with suppressing atmosphere.
New Unloved from same author – completely reimagined in Unreal engine and heavily inspired not only by Doom, but also other great works like Silent Hill – proves again it is possible.
The gates weaken.
This incarnation takes form of randomly-generated levels separated into many rooms, starting with elevator area marked green on minimap. You have to run around, find keys and use items necessary to survival. At end after fulfilling your task you have to return to elevator. On your way you will kill seemingly endless waves of various horrific enemies, from lowly servants to morbidly obese faceless.
Rinse, wash in blood and repeat in endless variations, difficulty options, game modes and additional challenges.
It wants you dead – now.
Be careful about picking items – every ammo pack, every weapon, every artifact brings you closer to doom. Even merely opening doors can wake It.
Entire game is pretty atmospheric with oppressive feeling. From incredible degradation and rusted environment to sinister messages, everything screams that you are in Bad Place. And if that is not enough, then deranged clowns and emaciated witches will convince you in pretty permanent way.
Unfortunately I do have some words of critique. After some time game gets pretty grindy. Graphics is pretty rough on edges, but I actually do not mind it (with certain exception). There are some bugs and netcode is painful.
In my opinion, game is still worth it, but to be really, really honest… buy it with discounts – author issues them regularly during major updates of game.
If you find your progress slowing, play with friends in co-op. Multiplayer done right is meaty, fast affair with enemies pouring from every corner. It is certainly more fun than playing alone. Just respect local rules and do not grab everything without host permission.
Abyss stares back.
Play. Get a endless elevator ride straight down to Hell in your head. It is what The Goat wants, after all.
Oh, they look like monsters to you?
There is one little, deranged reality out there.
We all are in.
As usual, when back from real (even if time-stopped) world, gather plants from garden, see Gulinello and Tiska and all of that.
Tiska is busying himself with tinkering around some black box. His comment is slightly more helpful.
Are you geting any new skills? If you want better skills, try using the old ones more.
Whatever you say, pretty boy. I’ve talked to him just to hear his voice…
No need to rush. It’s totally fine if you take this at your own pace.
*ahem* Enough distractions.
Pit beyond Town
Time to enter last door!
– Farewell to a Broken World –
Wellll. Is this what I think it is?
Before we jump down – again – let’s review monsters here.
Tactics: You should know already by now.
Skills: Guard, Supersonic wave (Dizzy), Bloodway, ?
Tactics: Only thing to do.
Skills: Trip Up (Invert), Shock, Charge, Whirlwind (Invert)
Tactics: La le doo…
Skills: Spirit Thorn, Deadly Venom (Weak), Nervous Breakdown, Earthquake (Invert)
Tactics: Derp herp derp.
Skills: Guard, Evil Flame, Nightmare, Dark Mist (Blind)
Tactics: Self-Holocaust Self-HolocaustSelf-Holocaustselfholocaustselfhosloacusyttttttt
Skills: Concentration, Angelight (Dizzy), Stray Sheep, Anti-Pain
As you can see, at this stage combat with enemies is pretty much reduced to endless spam of Self-Holocausts. While obviously fitting for mood of entire game, it is just… boring. Use Circlet, there is not much need for Alluring Perfume and we will have to grind. As usual, pump AGL up until you always start first without Perfume with any monster here (around 120).
First deal with green cog. Maybe this will be your reward?
- Tree Necklace: [Dread] AGL+50%. Well, ain’t that decent artifact.
There is nothing else to do except jumping down in marked place. Except something, or rather someone, does that for you, pushing Alice down.
Alice falls down and stands up to discover there is no way up. Ask shadeling below what gives.
What’s the matter, Alice? Tripped and fell? I can take you back to the Land of Time if you want.
How nice of him, but I’m fine. If you want to get back, though, use Please do.
Alright, hold onto my back. Oops, don’t have one…
Either way, while you are here, walk west all way to end and then south.
Found you– Four-handed evil being with mean attitude floating on some magical golden contraption. Pretty slow. Mainly useful as measurement of your power – you have to kill it with one Self-Holocaust shot (about 155 PSY, have a nice time grinding it), then you will be half way to be ready for boss.
Tactics: I don’t even care anymore, just kill it.
Skills: Spirit Thorn, Southern Cross, Lacrimosa, Summer Rain Strike, ?
Now backtrack a little to that cave entrance. Nothing interesting left here anyway.
Inside we find ladder leading to lower level.
Down there is another shadeling.
Looking for Fragments here too? Must be rough, Alice.
Go through bridge.
On your way you will encounter next blue cog. Do what you must do and continue journey to another cave entrance. Enter.
Go slightly north and east through bridge to get another green cog.
- Full Moon Necklace: [Hatred] PSY+50%. Another 50%, this time for PSY.
Later back on track to next cave entrance.
That would be like fourth or fifth level, right? Ask shadeling about it.
Feels like I’ve been here when time was stopped before…
Aren’t you ominious. That also confirms my suspicions that this kind of event already happened in past at least once. You cannot progress in west direction, as Alice apparently does not like to get wet.
Figures that people wouldn’t be comin’ down here.
Yep, I guess everyone noticed lack of people by now. Walk east to end, encountering another shadeling…
Some annoyin’ enemies can use strong attacks without even havin’ to guard first. But they’re sacrificing LP for it, so they’ll go down quick.
…and green cog.
- Beriner Vice: [Turnabout] 2xPSY/AGL when LP is less than 30%. May be helpful in boss battle, we will see.
Obviously, flip that switch. This will drain “pool” that you have seen before. Return there and get to other side. Surprise, secret green cog!
- Colorful Corset: [Price of Life] LP-20% Additional EC each turn. Another pretty powerful artifact.
Now return back to entrance. There is one more thing to do before finishing cave. Do you see something suspicious in this screenshot?
Tactics: Two Self-Holocausts should suffice. He is really slow.
Skills: Concentration, Element Wall, Bloodway, Evil Javelin, Dark Mist (Blind)
As prize for defeating him, he will give you one little skill.
- [Element Wall] EC-2 Blocks attack next turn. More useful than it sounds.
Also, this special. Me, teach you password. Lunatic “Diagnosis” Log. …You, remember it.
How to use password? Bring up menu and use fourth option from left (game help):
Now just hit Enter and select correct password “Diagnosis” using most annoying input interface ever. Who thought about that?! Well, it could be always worse…
Lunatic Diagnosis Log
Ageha Kajin: Hallucinations
Jihad Madri: Lethargy
These two deny treatment, so recovery is difficult. Permission to treat them at Farsdale. (Enter to go)
Farsdale? Sounds familiar… oh right, mental hospital at south border of Shadeville. click Enter.
It hurts a little sometimes, but… I know that this pain is so our baby can make its way out into the world. After this, the three of us will live a peaceful life together. So this level of pain is really nothing…
…Maybe that’s not quite true. But still, I’ll be fine. I’ll protect you, dear, and our baby… Hohoh…
Receptionist shadeling comments.
…That patient seems to have gone mad. Who is she even talking to…?
…Eh, guess it doesn’t matter.
After a while, you can hear strange sound, like a thud.
Mrs. Ageha Kajin? This way.
That was really unsettling. Exit help screen and go all way west and north until you see blue cog and cave entrance.
No, stop. I just wanted someone to love me, I don’t want to be someone’s replacement.
Welcome, Light Spanning the Sky. You are beautiful eyeless white dragon. And I am here to destroy you.
As with any boss, you’ll need to kill it ASAP. Fortunately, it is not as hard as previous ones.
Accessory: Alluring Perfume.
Skills: Guard, Self-Holocaust, Aura (just in case).
Tactics: You should be able to survive until you perform three Self-Holocausts.
Skills: Concentration, Spirit Thorn, Innocent Rain, Meltdown (Weak), Sky Drive (Invert)
After defeating Light Spanning the Sky, get out… there is nothing but darkness and pulsating, red pain.
Why won’t you face me?
You are doll made to accept my love.
From now until your life is exhausted, Silla, I will etch my love for you into your body.
you want, isn’t it?
Cruel red flash. Cruel sounds.
May the new love you find be genuine.
Bright flash. Unknown amount time later there is only Clock’s hand. But then, two familiar figures appear.
I-It’s a little brittle sometimes…
Tiska takes Hand.
Alright, we’re done.
Gulinello starts going back.
Let’z get it back quick.
Ticka apparently notices something. Or rather, someone.
What’z the matter?
There’s someone down below…
Tiska jumps down.
Gulinello jumps after Tiska.
Tiska starts casting some spell.
Save her and what? She took her life out of hate for the world.
She can live in the Land of Time. Lose her past, future, name.
That’s againzt the rules. You know what’ll happen if they find out you dizobeyed Order?
And didn’t you save me from death knowing the same, Gulinello?
…Fine. See if I care.
End of flashback. You are standing in last chamber. Clock’s Hand is before you.
My memories were sealed in the clock the very moment I found happiness.
So I’ve been waiting so long.
To know everything about myself…
About when I was Chronola, when I was Silla, when I was Alice.
Small girl gets closer to bigger girl.
And finally, I can be one with myself.
Don’t forget the hand that reached toward you on the brink of despair again.
Because there is where my greatest happiness lies.
Girl runs forward – and we are back in Land of Time.
I have bad feelings about it. Maybe we will see what happened next… in future, thats it. See you.