VN of the Month June 1991 - ELLE


ELLE is my favorite in June 1991.


1. Cobra II: Densetsu no Otoko コブラII―伝説の男― 寺沢武 [910607] Hudson Soft 1 2 3 4
Badass space pirate Cobra is here again. This time he's accompanied by sexy bounty hunter Jane who turns out to chase after his own head. But all the conflicts are forgotten when Cobra's archenemy Crystal Boy shows up. And both of space adventurers have valid enough reasons to join forces and hunt for Crystal Boy.
I darn love this atmosphere. City Hunter, Dirty Pair, Cobra, Captain Harlock, 009-1 are all fantastic sci-fi series that stand at the fundamentals of anime. Action and fast pace is what keeps interest as well as fine humor in there. VN format for them might look inappropriate to many. There are a lot of English reviews for this game here and most of authors blame lack of action gameplay (which is nonsense for a VN work).

2. Kyou mo Campus Hana Ranman 今日もキャンパス花乱満 [910610] Computer Brain
A school trip on an airplane can bring lots of unexpected events!
Game is obscure, but its H nature does not raise any doubts. Just random and semi-random H events.

3. Crystal Chaser: Tenkuu no Mashoukyuu クリスタルチェイサー 天空の魔晶球 [910615] Wolf Team 1

For a long time, five magical crystal orbs have been protecting our universe. One of them was hidden on the Earth. But there was a young woman who desired too much power, and she came to the Earth in order to harvest the power of its crystal for her selfish purposes. The only ones who can stop her are Takanoshin, the son of a samurai warrior, and the young girl Noichigo, who teaches little children. Together, they embark on a long and perilous journey through the land of Japan...
Game looks like an RPG, but the only battle that happens here is singing battle. A cheerful game, but with a lot of interaction, including freedom of movement and inventory use.

4. ELLE エル [910623] Elf 1 2
Postnuclear world last survivors dome city. "Black Widow" organization is trying to obstruct plans for human survival while anti-terror organization along with lady sniper Elle oppose them.
First japanese point-and-click adventure, just like western quests when you move cursor and it changes shape depending on object. But unlike western games it's 1st person perspective which is really original. Judging from the plot synopsis alone it's well seen that Hiruda wrote the scenario. And post-apocalypses and sci-fi themes make it even more desirable. Story has a good pace since incidents occur one after another and don't leave much time to get bored. Point and click is also fun since at some clicks objects start moving with animation so it's not just comments. Details are in my review.

5. Tsukune-chan no Daibouken Dotou no Karimenkyo Hen つくねちゃんの大冒険 怒涛の仮免許編 [910628] Game Technopolis
Tsukune is a 16-year old girl who works as a witch's apprentice. Today is the test day for becoming a witch and she forgot her magic pants!
Ugh, this work is ugly for 1991. And it has enormous number of commands which make gameplay lacking as never before. The number of commands needed to select can easily surpass a hundred. I'm not joking. Game feels like it was abandoned since the start of 80s and then forced to production.

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