VN of the Month May 1995 - Koihime

There aren't masterpieces this month, but Koihime has my sincere sympathy.

1. Monzetsu Fighter 悶絶ファイター [950512] Trush 1 2
Long ago, there was an evil king who loved nothing more than to rape and torture beautiful women. He was so evil that it became taboo to even speak his name. He was slain by a woman that killed him through sex, but 300 years later he is reborn. In order to defeat this ancient evil, the greatest female warriors in the world face off to see who is worthy of fighting and defeating this terror.
Monzetsu Fighter is a card battle game where you play as a female warrior fighting other female warriors and occasionally a boss. Battles simulate rape fights and cards represent different ways of sexually attacking an opponent. As health decreases, characters get cuts, bruises, and lose clothes. The fight ends when one of the combatants passes out, of as the title says, faints in anguish.
There is an English review.

2. Sexpress セクスプレス [950512] Ange 1
The protagonist of the game is a young Japanese man who is lucky enough to win a ride on the S-Express, a miraculous train connecting Australia with Canada and going through almost the entire world with stops in Singapore, Japan, China, India, Israel, Russia, France, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Panama, and USA. Nearly the whole game is set on the train itself, with only a few locations accessible within.
There is a concept of time and each character acts according to his timetable like in Classmate. This is the most difficult type of visual novels and only masterpieces can survive here. And sexpress is very close to it. Heroines are very cute and charming, inspiring to clear the game despite the high difficulty.

3. Kankin 監禁 [950518] Illusion 1
The year is 2197. In order to be able to compete with the leading powers of the world, Japan was urbanized, huge city areas covering the entire country. In these huge, soulless cities, crime thrives. Violence is part of everyday life. Female police agents Sagoto, Kikuno, and Chisame are sent to Koube City to arrest drug dealers. But all goes wrong in the very beginning, and the young women fall victims to vicious criminals.
It's an Illusion game so it takes mere minutes for a spree of H events to begin.

4. Amy to Yobanaide エイミーと呼ばないでっ [950519] C's Ware 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
This is a story about a high-school girl named Emi, who fell in love with her younger step-brother. Finally, on her eighteenth birthday, she decides to tell him about her feelings. But suddenly, debt collectors arrive and confiscate everything your father possessed. Tomomi, Emi's step-brother, disappears. Now Emi must find him, her only true love, and to confess to him her feelings.
But on her journey, Emi discovers a different personality inside herself. This other person is called Amy. While the true Emi is a shy, modest girl, her Amy part cares mostly about one thing: to make real her wildest sexual fantasies...
Game is localized and has lots of English reviews.

5. Ballade for Maria マリアに捧げるバラード [950526] FAIRYTALE HARDCOVER 1
In "Ballade For Maria", you control Jake Spikes, a detective from New York. Recently, terrible murders have been happening in Boston. An unknown killer seeks out women and brutally murders them, cutting their hands off. Jake travels to Boston to unravel the mystery, finding out who is responsible for the murders.
It's from the same developer as Necronomicon, so you should know what to expect. Point and click shifted back to command selection with troublesome flags to find (way too many characters having way too many useless dialogue lines and topics to discuss). Game's main feature is depressive atmosphere so unlike Necronomicon it's a full-scale utsuge. Same as Necronomicon there are two endings - bad and very bad. As an experimental game, it has a lot of gore, but almost no nudity thus continuing Koroshi no Dress trend.

6. Koihime 恋姫 [950526] Silky's 1 2 3
Musashi returns to the remote country village where his grandmother lives after being away for 15 years. However, once he gets there, he finds that he has somehow forgotten four different girls whom he had promised to marry when he was a child.
There are two English reviews of this Elf game, but I'd wish to sum it up. Game is set in traditional japanese countryside and has vertical text display to underline this atmosphere. Text is good and full of gags and emotions. So is the tempo. But the volume is small so story is forced like all the girls are in love with the hero from the start. There are 14 good endings even though the story has no branches. By the end there are several battle sequences, but they are ok to loose. So this is a melancholy rural story with a touch of folklore mystics that was notable in 1995, but today there are hundreds of such works, it's not memorable enough to stand out even though both characters and drawing are very cute.

7. Mujintou Monogatari 2 無人島物語2 [950526] KSS Inc. 1
Mujintō Monogatari 2 is a follow-up to Mujintō Monogatari. Like its predecessor, it simulates survival of a group of people on a deserted island - this time, following a ship accident. The basic gameplay is very similar to that of the previous game. The player has to make schedules for the survivors, sending teams to procure necessary supplies such as water, food, light sources, building materials, etc. Only a small part of the island is accessible in the beginning: the player gradually explores it by arranging expeditions. It is possible to manage up to three parties of people, giving each an assignment, which unfolds automatically as the player chooses to complete a day. The survivors' attributes will change depending on the activities chosen by the player.
This time there are finally unique characters and dialogues on events. The basic gameplay stays the same - gather resources, synthesize them and use them to develop and survive. But that also sets the biggest problem - system has to be changed if unique characters and stories are introduced. You can't just leave it as survival strategy with just naming the characters and adding event dialogues. It's definitely more enjoyable than prequel, but still far from masterpiece level.

8. X -Ekkusu- X -エックス- [950526] Studio Mebius
Erika is a 16 year-old high-school student who receives lots of love letters from other girl students. One night space tax collector Seri lands on Erika killing her. In order to regain the body Erika needs to help Seri save the world in the next 500 hours by participating in various interstellar sex events.
In reality after the opening player is thrown to selection between 10 scenes at once. Yuri love in exotic space locations makes he gist of the game.

9. Himitsu Chouhou Buin - 00Nanako-chan 3 秘密諜報部員00ななこちゃんIII [9512] Overture

Parents of Nanako-chan go on a trip. At this time monsters attacks start to happen. Nanako-chan will need to solve this case together with her sister and childhood friend!
Third game did not get a Windows version and thus remains obscure.

10. Sailor Bunny Daibakuhatsu セーラーバニー大縛発 [9512] Minto Club
Game is about training a bunny girl in exchange for pocket money.
An ero-centered doujin game.

11. Sinkha [9512] Marco Patrito 1 2 3 4
Sinkha tells the fascinating story of Hyleyn, a bold girl who lives in the mysterious city of Thalissar. This gigantic and gloomy agglomeration of howling metal, located on the hostile planet Ogon, proves to be of great interest to the Sinkha, a race of immortals who send their living starship Darcron to investigate.
There are many English reviews of this game, but what matters to me is that this is the first West originated visual novel and the first windows visual novel.

12. Virgin Angel ヴァージンエンジェル [9512] Crystal Soft 1
In 2080, Tokyo, the capital of Japan, became a center for daring scientific experiments, newest research in space ship technology, and organized crime. A new deadly drug was developed, that enhanced sexual experiences of human beings, eventually subduing their will and turning them into slaves of whoever possessed the drug. A special unit of the police force was assigned to investigate the crimes committed under the influence of the drug, and to find the criminals that distributed it. The player controls the young female investigator Amano Murakumo. Will she be able to survive in this hostile and terrifying world?..
Despite being a doujin game, it has some stunning visuals. There should be at least 4 endings since I saw 1st and 4th one but only 1st one is good while others being ero-centered bad endings.

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