VN of the Month June 1995 - True Love ~Jun'ai Monogatari~


True Love ~Jun'ai Monogatari~ , Romance wa Tsurugi no Kagayaki - The Last Crusader- and Tokyo Twilight Busters ~Kindan no Ikenie Teito Jigokuhen~ are masterpieces for me, but only True Love ~Jun'ai Monogatari~ is a traditional visual novel and it's the most accessible to general public.

1. Trouble Chaser Dai 3 Wa - 2 Do Aru Trouble 3 Do Aru トラぶるCHASER 第3話 2度あるトラブル3度ある [950601] Nihon Create

New chaser girl Ridia flands near Daisuke house. How will Rudy and Rena react? And what's the truth behind the identity of a mysterious person Ridia was chasing?
This 3rd game is nowhere to be found already and can be considered a lost piece.

2. Hana no Kioku 花の記憶 [950609] Foster 1
Hana no Kioku consists of five episodes, all of which can be accessed from the main menu, in no particular order:
The young school girl Chiko is taking a subway train and is sexually molested by what she thinks is a chihan (a person with the popular Japanese "hobby" of touching young girls on the trains). However, the chihan turns out to be a young girl named Kiko, who wears a rather elaborate disguise.
An episode dedicated to another popular Japanese theme: tentacle sex. A young girl named Mei thinks about anime stories and brave heroes who defeat monsters; at that moment, she is sexually assaulted by a horribly-looking giant squid monster.
Mei is back in school, but this time she is not the player-controlled character; the latter is now a female teacher named Sumi, who has ordered Mei to stay in the classroom after the lesson, in order to have sex with her.
A school girl named Saki is sick and is lying on the bed in the school hospital. From that point, the story can branch two different ways: either she is being raped by Sumi, or seduced by the nurse Aki.
Back to Kiko from the first story; she is the playable character now, and, depending on the story branch, she either waits for her boyfriend and has sex with him, or goes outside in a disguise already seen in the first episode mentioned.
Foster did not bother to present a coherent story this time, but picture is as good as ever.

3. True Love ~Jun'ai Monogatari~ TRUE LOVE ~純愛物語~ [950609] Software House Parsley 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
True Love's genre is considered to be a mixture of a dating sim and visual novel. The player controls a college student looking for his true love. The goal of the game is to win the girls' hearts before the last summer of freedom is over. Every day, when the main character wakes up, the player can plan the schedule for morning, afternoon, and evening. The choices (such as pleasure, sports, study, etc.) determine what events will occur during the day (if any), and also raise the character's skills in the selected category. Different girls in the game (there are ten of them) have different interests, goals, and preferences. If the character's skills in the category that the girl finds most important are high enough, he has a chance to become her boyfriend and the player is rewarded with erotic images of the girl.
Probably the best known old visual novel game. The number of English reviews is excessive.

4. Kekkou Kamen 2 ~Oshioki Densetsu no Maki~ けっこう仮面2 ~おしおき伝説の巻~ [950615] Dynamic Production 1
In the sequel to to the first Kekkō Kamen, the player is no longer required to control the satanic protagonist of the previous game. Instead, the protagonist is a young substitute teacher (default name Ryusuke) who is perplexed at his discoveries in the high school he is invited to work for. As the title implies (shioki means "corporal punishment"), some teachers and students engage in bizarre sadistic activities. It's up to the player to decide how the new guy will fit in.
An ero-centered game, but at least you can take sides in this one and the start of the game is totally normal till you're brought to the basement.

5. Tenshi-tachi no Gogo ~Tenkousei~ 天使たちの午後 ~転校生~ [950616] JAST 1 2
In this installment of the Tenshitachi no Gogo series, the protagonist is a male high-school student named Hayato. He was recently transferred to a new school, far away from his home. As in most other Tenshitachi no Gogo games, the story mainly depicts various encounters and conversations with female schoolmates and other girls Hayato meets in the city; the "goal" is to have sex with as many as possible.
Quite a normal JAST game, easy to read, but not too interesting.

6. Yakouchuu 夜光虫 [950616] Athena
Hero is the captain of a cargo ship "Diana" that's been in sail for half a year. He faces three mysteries with new one opening up after each playthrough.
Kamitachi no Yoru was a big hit and competitors hurried to produce more content in the same vein. The peculiarity of this work is that it's the first sound novel produced not by Chunsoft. The content of the stories is usual for such format horror, but it's the only such game in the closed ship environment.

7. Chikudenya Toubee Hiroku Chigyaku no Yakata 逐電屋藤兵衛 秘録恥虐乃館 [950623] Wendy Magazine 1
Matsuo Basho, famous haiku poet is presented here as master ninja of Fuji clan during Edo period. Story focuses on several days of his life.
Last work of Wendy Magazine and a very rare one. Game has picturesque views of Edo, lots of bad ends and some violent scenes. There is one English review of it.

8. Hoshi no Suna Monogatari 3 星の砂物語3 [950623] D.O. 1
The third entry in the Hoshi no Suna Monogatari series is also the first one not to have Gengorou Imai as the protagonist (although he does have a cameo appearance in the game). The playable character this time is the 23-year-old Mine Takaishi. He dropped out of college because of opinion difference with a teacher; now he is poor and can only have jobs as a tutor. Luckily, one of the girls he teaches has a rich family, which sends her on a vacation at the fashionable boarding house on the sea shore, owned by a relative named Uminoya; the private teacher accompanies her. Several relatives also stay at the boarding house, and all goes well until one of them, the owner's younger brother, suddenly feels very sick after having dinner... He is taken to the hospital, and Mine begins to investigate the boarding house and its surrounding, suspecting foul play...
Game was shocking for including voicing CD. Again a murder case and again it's still mostly about picture and girls.

9. Romance wa Tsurugi no Kagayaki - The Last Crusader- ロマンスは剣の輝き -THE LAST CRUSADER- [950623] Fairytale 1 2 3
A young swordsman named Rune is strolling in the woods when he notices a lake. And bathing in the lake is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Suddenly, a wolf leaps from the woods and attacks the girl. Rune swiftly defeats the beast. The girl he saved turned out to be Cecil, the princess of Barran! Watching how the princess was taken back to the castle by a zealous knight, Rune swears that he will do anything to become worthy of her love. And his friends (all of whom happen to be girls) have no choice but to help him!
SRPG with branches for each of the heroine. SRPG is a rare find already, feels like Utawarerumono. Since it's Fairy Tale title, the CG and character design are outstanding. Maybe the story lacks epicness, but it's a well rounded game with many likable characters and thus is worthy to be called a masterpiece.

10. Sela セーラ [950623] Harvest 1
The aim is to bring up the captain's only daughter as an ideal girl.
Raising sim where you mostly busy with making money and then spending money on education. Side goal is to collect crown stones since perfect ending is only available with all the parameters above 150 and while having 5 crown stones. So it's more like an adult version of Princess Maker with some ADV elements incorporated since you live with the daughter at the same house.

11. Tokyo Twilight Busters ~Kindan no Ikenie Teito Jigokuhen~ 東京トワイライトバスターズ ~禁断の生贄帝都地獄変~ [950623] Wolf Team 1 2 3
1923, Tokyo – The Taishou era – Whilst studying abroad in England, Sho Kusanagi receives news that his father - Professor Takuma Kusanagi of the Imperial University - has been reported missing. Sho returns to Japan to uncover the truth behind his father’s disappearance, and is quickly involved with a series of mysterious incidents that have appeared in the capital.
Game has two nice English reviews. Truly a unique game.

12. Sotsugyou Shashin ~Naked Color~ 卒業写真 ~ネイキッドカラー~ [950624] Apollon Create
Keisuke is a high school student. He has a girlfriend Kyouko attending the same class. This is the best time of their youth and time to make memories.
Difficult to follow, but quite easy to read scenario. Very difficult to empathize with the main hero. Balanced and average content.

13. Gir l ガール [950629] Juice
Three girls stories about sexual experiences.
Les ero-centered narration without wasting much time for talking.

14. Ginga Ojou-sama Densetsu Yuna 2: Eien no Princess 銀河お嬢様伝説ユナ2 永遠のプリンセス [950630] Hudson Soft 1 2
This is the second game in the series about the school girl Yuna Kagurazaka, who fights crime in cosmic battles. Eien no Princess continues the story of the first game. Yuna has defeated the 13 Servants of Darkness, and their leader Lia has become a friend, fighting crime on her own in a superhero TV show. Life seems to continue normally, the only trouble being Erika, a snotty high school girl who sees herself as Yuna's biggest rival. She challenges Yuna to a fight, but both are spotted by the titular starship "Eternal Princess", commanded by the pretty Princess Mirage, whose task is to stop violence in the whole galaxy. What begins as a misunderstanding ends as a serious threat to the Earth...
There's a nice English review out there.


15. Kotohigaoka Monogatari 琴緋ヶ丘物語 [950630] Miamisoft
Aoi are students of Kotohigaoka high school. They are secretly in love with the heroine Saeki Yuna, but can't confess to her due to constant attention and clinging of their cousin Ayaka and younger student Maiko. Events start to unwind after Aoi is recruited as a substitute basketball team member to replace an injured player.
Graphics and character designs are very unusual for pc-98 era, it's more like what we have in contemporary games. Perspective was also strange as characters jump out of the picture as are show as half the torso while picture takes less space. At the beginning we need to choose the main character out of two heroes - one is attractive, reach, but rude and the other one is pure brainless muscle. There are total of 8 endings, 4 for each character. Game's not particularly interesting as stories are done just to give all the possible variants of each hero to end up with each heroine. Hetare protagonists don't help either. Game has some unique features, but that's it. It was fun enough to get to some girl ending once just to see where the game is going, but repeating it some 7 more times to see all 4 girls endings for both protagonists does not sound appealing.

16. Mobius Roid メビウスロイド [950630] Silky's 1
The main protagonist of Möbius Roid is a young man named Masa Taniyama, who lives alone in a mansion in a quiet district, and dedicates most of his time to one activity: sex. He also has a partner to his sexual escapades, a very "active" young girl named Chie. But another young girl is raped somewhere in the neighborhood, and this changes Masa's life...
Composition of the story is good and there are 8 endings. The number of H events is quite large totally some 70 HCG.

17. YES! HG - Hi-Grade, Hyper Graphics A.V.G. YES! HG - Hi-Grade, Hyper Graphics A.V.G. [950630] Himeya Soft
A collection of eight short stories
Number of stories jumped to 8 from just 3 in prequel. The degree of H element varies strongly by the stories. There is not nearly enough time for each story, so the game is for enjoying picture in extravagant settings.

18. Yumemizaka 夢見坂 [950630] Ume Soft 1
This game is a story about the adventures of a pizza delivery guy. He meets and have fun with his female customers and friends. His store advertising campaign brings him to a house of three sisters. There he is treated to some interesting stuff...
Ero-centered work without any plot burden. Basically you're invited everywhere with total number of girls being 11.

19. Kiboujima no Satsujin 希望島の殺人 [9506] Chirorin House
A good company has gathered on an isolated island, but one by one murders occur out of revenge. You need to find the culprit and do it fast.
Doujin work. It's actually a sequel to another detective story. It's a one way road and any variants lead to the same ending.

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