What I find a bit funny: When I click on the game page, the "You may like these products" selection recommends Outlast 2 for some reason. Is this showing for anyone else? lol
Same for me. And Batman Arkham Asylum. I guess if kids come here to buy a cheap, flash-looking dating sim at least they'll get recommended an actual good game too :D
That might be my fault. The game sounded weird enough, so.... and I actually took the plunge and played it too. You can thank me later...
- I actually like the art style, but it should have been drawn in higher resolutions. So it's either a window, or blurry. Also it could have used... well more of it. Like, there aren't too many locations, number of characters are fine, but more expression portraits would have been nice.
- There's only a handful of music tracks, they're ok and fitting, but could have used more variety.
- Now for the most important thing - the writing. Really on the fence here. There's a lot of lines and situation that are written spot-on. Having a kid of that age (and remembering my own childhood), I was really impressed. There's also quite a few choices to make - if they matter much is left to be seen. It seems pretty reactive to some of the choices though.
On the downside the game is trying too hard in two areas: being LGBTQ+ friendly, and being "charming and positive".
Don't get me wrong, IMO there is nothing wrong with being LGBTQ+ friendly in general. But in some dialogues they really want to make sure to get their "lesson" across. I feels rather forces and weird.
As for the "too charming" - the game deals with serious topics like bullying, friendship, first love (or rather, crush) and feeling misunderstood, awkward, alien and generally confused, things that are heavy stuff with deep emotional impact at this age. And it glosses over the downsides, like feeling like an outsider, or being heartbroken way too quickly and easily. I guess that's intentional, but that's where I thought "this is not how it works - wish it were that easy". Allowing a little more "darkness" (and ways out of it, something more than a pat on the back and ice cream) would made the story more impactful. I mean, I do have that kind of drama "live", so those parts felt a bit of a let-down.