MORE is a company that made some games that never really drew my attention, but since I played the demo for this one on a whim and didn’t find it horrible, I decided to play the complete thing. How did that go? Coming up next…
Story & Characters
Motokura Yuu was a proactive young sportsman who had promising future as a soccer player, but for whatever reason, he just stopped practicing all together, abandoned the academic club and even harmed some of his friendships in the process.Currently, he developed a crush for Tsukinoura Ai, a sweet and innocent girl who has a refined atmosphere. Even though she is very gentle and delicate, she keeps insisting she is a delinquent. Taking all this into account, it is a bit difficult to become closer to her…It’s when Yuu makes an alliance with Ai’s friend, Oginohana Akane. They would help each other conquer their romantic interests. She has feelings for Hayato, one of Yuu’s old friends from his soccer days, who became kinda distant from Yuu after they stopped playing together, so he’s not up-to-date with the latest info about his friend. This naturally makes difficult to give support to Akane, leading her to complain and insult Yuu a lot. It’s during this chaotic relationship that he finds out Akane has an excellent singing voice.Mizuoshi Kana is another of Yuu’s classmate and a childhood friend who is in love with him since always. She commutes to Yuu’s house to cook for him and spends most of her time there like it was just natural for them to be together. She is also a bit of a prankster and loves to tease her beloved one. She treasures the time when they had a bigger group of friends and dreams to go back to that.Looks can deceive, and this applies to Hebita Shiori, who is Yuu’s classmate and not his junior. She is a weird one who doesn’t show interest in others, calling them “ghosts”. She usually stays all alone eating Pocky, but after Yuu attacks her with some “lucky-sukebe” (greeeeat…), they somehow develop a “friendly” relationship.
Routes & Themes
If you’re planning to get this game, here’s the first thing ever you need to do in order to be able to play it properly: Start the game→Select the option “system”→Go to the “sound” Tab on the lower part of the screen→Look for Akane’s face and give a click at the box beside the word “Mute”.There! I just saved you from hour and hours of frustration! Now you can just pretend Akane doesn’t exist in the story! It works, since she isn’t actually too helpful to Yuu’s relationships, either! Unless you’re into this kind of thing, I would never recommend playing throught her route or even listening to her lines! Even if you have a thing for tsudere, she doesn’t worth the pain, since she takes too long to go “dere”, and until then, she is a stupidly annoying bitch!Yes! She eventually falls in love with Yuu, which is to be expected, since she is one of the heroines, after all. However, her change of feelings is not the only predictable outcome in this game, and after a long time making lots of mystery and drama about it, the big reveals come out as nothing special. “Why is Ai so obsessed with becoming a delinquent?” Because she wants to rebels against her strict parents! Duh!Some elements are overly-used plot devices from other famous games. Like on Shiori’s route. If you know the climax of Tsukimiya Ayu’s route from Kanon, you already know exactly what will happen during the whole route of this character.Most routes end all of a sudden, giving you the distinct feeling of “What The Fuck?!”. It’s like the writers just didn’t know the right time to end the story, and they clearly don’t, because the last scenes never give a feeling of closure!
I like the art-style by Minamihama Yoriko with the assistance of Tsukuru, it’s the thing I most like about this game. It’s a simple style with a distinct color scheme that almost feels like it was done with pencil. The drawings are not extremely colorful like other Japanese artists, instead, the colors used on the hair and eyes can be surprisingly realistic, which means there’s no one with green hair and red eyes…However, some of the CGs look really awful! What the hell is the problem with this sudden drop in quality? I suppose the bad ones were drawn by this “Tsukuru” person alone…
Yes! There are some SDCGs as well. The heads are specially huge in this case, legs and arms are thin like sticks. I suppose they look cute and appealing for those who actually enjoy SDs, but since it’s me, I can’t say for sure…
The voice-acting represent perfectly the “half-of-a-good-game” nature of this title. Some voices can be surprisingly good, like Hayato’s seiyuu, who can actually give a convincing dramatic scene by screaming desperately and crying like a crazy person on the right moments. There’s also Akane! She is a truly skilled singer! It’s quite impressive! Although I believe all the credits should not be given to her seiyuu – Tachibana Mao, but for Yumeno Yuki instead, who sings her main theme: “First Love”.On the other hand, when the game wants to be awful, it manages to do so like it wasn’t anyone’s business! For instance, Kana’s voice (by Kisaka Rio) sounded pretty cute at first, but once I got through her route, she starts to sound more like a mother baby-talking her son, which was quite disturbing for me, giving this game’s genre. Sorry, Freud! I’m really not into this…Then, there’s this dude. He’s supposed to be a teacher and I think he is named “Sakamoto”, but I can’t say for sure, since he’s voice-actor suck so bad that he can’t even say his name properly (it sounds like “Sawamoto” but the kanji is clearly for “Sakamoto”). His skills and the quality of his voice is much worse than the rest. Maybe they really wanted to give a voice to this character, but since they run out of money, one of the writers decided to do it himself, unfortunately, since his name is not Ishiwatari Daisuke, the result was horrible!
Some of the vocal tracks are pretty decent! Credits for the vocalist and songwriter Duca and the aforementioned Yumeno Yuki. Too bad there’s nothing special when it comes to the background music. There are a lot of .midi-like digital instruments, which means most of the BGMs sound too artificial.
Why the Hell did I play this game? Maybe it was to let clear in my mind that the games by “MORE” are nothing to be bothered with. At least, the writing was just boring and predictable, instead of being painfully stupid, like most games that manage to piss me off…Wow! That was such a compliment!