VN of the Month April 1996 - Harlem Blade ~The Greatest of All Time.~

The only masterpiece of the Month is Harlem Blade ~The Greatest of All Time.~

1. Blue Ruins ~Harukanaru Bibanon no Hihou~ BLUE RUINS ~遥かなるビバノンの秘宝~ [960405] ViVian
Rusty is an archaeologist who travels with his magician sister Wiki. Together they arrive to the town Nimrud in search of information about blue ruins and its treasures.
Game is really difficult as there are 8 commands to pick manually with a mouse and those commands also have options or need to target an object on the screen. The same command needs to be pressed over and over and outcome lines come often in single sentences. There are some gags scattered around, but it's nothing but pain to disover them as they require the options to be exhausted. Game also has RPG elements with the party size being three persons.

2. GLO-RI-A ~Kindan no Ketsuzoku~ GLO・RI・A ~禁断の血族~ [960405] C's Ware 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
You are Kira Akishino, an ace student from one of the best universities in Boston. You are offered a tutoring job at the illustrious Gloria mansion, along with your friend Georg. The Gloria family has long been one of the wealthiest and most prominent empires, and they need you and Georg to tutor one of the five daughters. Georg is immediately taken with the eldest daughter -- the strong-willed Etana Gloria, which leaves you with four others to choose from. There's Sicile, who has the worst grades of them all; Mary, the naive golden-haired angel; Naomi, who cares about nothing else but drinking; and Charme, the most brilliant one of the Glorias. But there's something more to it all... the Glorias are hiding some things, and it's up to you to find out what they are. Will you be able unlock the family secrets? Or will you just be a good tutor? Who knows, you may even end up marrying one of the Glorias...
Game is localized and has many English reviews.

3. Kusuriyubi no Kyoukasho くすり指の教科書 [960405] Active 1
Toshio is an eighteen-year-old young man who has attended a special school, and now has quite a bit of free time on his hands. He has been raised by his single father, and has enjoyed a careless life in a wealthy environment. Now, his thoughts are directed at his pretty ex-schoolmates. Not everything is as simple as it may seem - Toshio has to plan his moves carefully, otherwise he might fail in his amorous endeavors.
Game's an ordinary moege. That we would say today, but it was around 1996 when such games started showing up as a response to the public demand. Volume is small as there's only fast single day capturing of all the girls and a short afterstory of each girl.

4. Ring of Sias Ring of Sias [960412] Athena
Evil witch Beatrice that was created from a combination of technology and magic tried to invade the holy city as the first step to conquer the World, but even as she encounters an aggressive resistance she destroyed it, got some prisoners and she also succeed in separated the spirit of the magician Sias from his body. One of the prisoner's was Sias girlfriend Radia (a female warrior that was caught in a trap made by Beatrice), so he decided to go to infiltrate inside Beatrice's castle and try to free her and the other hostages.
Sias is the hero of the story, he got his spirit separated from the body and his spirit is sealed in a ring. The main goal of the game is to defeat Beatrice.
Yet another "sound novel". And since it's for ps1, it has more or less sufficient volume. As in every horror sound novel, story is not as significant as visuals, sound and atmosphere.

5. Daraku no Kuni no Angie ~Kyoukai no Mesu Dorei-tachi~ 堕落の国のアンジー ~狂界の牝奴隷達~ [960419] PIL 1
Angie and Ruby are two ordinary young girls: they like spending time together, talking about fashion, men, and all the usual stuff. But one day, they see a very strange man - dressed in a rabbit costume, with a gigantic erected penis... The two girls try to flee, but instead end up in an alternate dimension - a bizarre world called Decadence Land. This world is populated by grotesque characters with only sex in mind. Now Angie and Ruby have to figure out a way to escape from this dangerous world and to return home...
The level of craziness in this game goes beyond every limit. The genre can be described as hentai scatology SM comedy.

6. Kotetsu no Daibouken 小鉄の大冒険 [960419] T2 Co., Ltd. 1 2 3
Kotetsu no Daibōken is based on the anime The Adventures of Kotetsu. The titular heroine (real name Lynn Suzuki, nicknamed Kotetsu, which means Little Iron) is a young apprentice of martial arts who flees her cruel master and is accepted by the kind lady Miho Kuon, who runs a detective agency in Tokyo. The game can be perceived as a sequel to the anime, since it begins roughly where the original story ended, with the former "nerdy" spy Tatsuya Mikado already turned good and living by Miho Kuon along with Kotetsu and other heroes. Like the original anime, the game mixes modern setting with bizarre and supernatural elements. Unlike the anime, this game contains many explicit sexual scenes.
There are two reviews in European languages and it's a good anime spin-off. Actually, the scenario is written by manga author so quality is on a high level. There are cool characters and dialogues. Kyoto dialect of Kotetsu alone makes the game shine. The small RPG-like battles are very simple and don't ruin the fun. It's close to a bakage, but at least it's fun.

7. Love Phantom ラブ・ファントム [960419] Love Gun 1
"Love Phantom" is a story about Akira Izayoi, a healer with supernatural powers, able to cure curses and demonic diseases, who also happens to be a big admirer of the opposite sex. This time, he finds out that the spirit of Lucretia, a French witch from 16th century, still exists, and must find and deal with it, aided by his pretty assistant and (also pretty) female witches, before an evil demonic organization beats him to it.
I could hardly understand what was going on when was swarmed with H events. It's Love Gun, after all, only erotic bakagames in its profile.

8. School Days ~Yuri Rika Kaori~ スクールデイズ ~友里 理佳 かおり~ [960419] Misty
A collection of three short erotic stories:
1. 英語教師の課外授業
2. 家庭教師の課外授業
3. 保健室より
Stupid short stories with hardly any introduction.

9. X-Girl [960419] Red Zone 1 2 3 4
In the near future, Japan became involved in a war against the most powerful states of the world. As a result, it was nearly devastated. 30% of its population became immigrants. Tokyo became center of military organizations at war with each other. In such a world lives a highly trained Japanese female soldier named Kiyomi. But everything changes when the military brings Kiyomi to a mysterious woman, who requires a trained agent like her to capture four female prisoners who had just escaped...
I like cyberpunk stories and I enjoyed Silky's Reira slave doll, but Red zone clearly only uses violent cyberpunk setting to molest girls harshly. There is a Russian review available with machine translation.

10. Akumu ~Aoi Kajitsu no Sanka~ 悪夢 ~青い果実の散花~ [960426] Studio Mebius 1 2
The protagonist of this game is a young man from a rich family, who has lost his parents when he was a child. Lately, he has been haunted by nightmares, in which objects of his sexual desires were appearing to him in dark, demonic forms. Using his money and influence, he captures the female students of the St. Excellent Girls High School, with only one goal in mind - rape them.
There is an English review.

11. Angel Night ~Yamiyo o Kakeru Tenshi-tachi no Monogatari~ えんじぇる☆ないと ~闇夜を翔ける天使たちの物語~ [960426] Four-Nine 1
In the miraculous World of Demons, there lived a vampiric count. One day, standing near the statue of the Goddess of Time, the count thought with sadness of everyone's mortal fate; at this moment the God of Death appeared, telling the count he has a visitor in his castle. The visitor turns out to be a succubus named Karuru, who suggests that the count trains two young female demons, Tiris and Emalis, and sends them to the other worlds...
Strange raising sim mix. There are 31 endings here. And more of that, H scenes with the two succubus trainees aren't considered good endings. The best possible result is achieved if three sacrificial lambs are caught, angel captured, pandora box acquired and girls stats are sky high. There is a substantial adventure part on top of the sim, so you'll have to run around the world quite a lot wisely using inventory items. There's a limit of 50 days till forced game over. A nice experimental work.

12. Harlem Blade ~The Greatest of All Time.~ ハーレムブレイド~The Greatest of All Time.~ [960426] Giga 1 2 3 4
Cain is a perverted young boy who is supposed to be a warrior. His ancestors killed an evil demon called Gargantuan. Cain's brother, Abel, wants him to take his role as a warrior seriously, but Cain is more interested in ogling the village ladies.
Things take a different turn when Abel disappears and Cain is visited in his dreams by The Goddess of Time. She tells Cain that Gargantuan has come back and that it's up to him to stop it. What follows as a very long journey for Cain to save the world from Gargantuan and develop a harem of beautiful women, though not necessarily in that order.
There's a good English review on the game. My only comment is that this game is so vast, so well-thought and complex that I rate it as masterpiece. Maybe it's just because I always play at the highest possible difficulty that I like its spirit.

13. Kanojo-tachi no Jijou 彼女達の事情 [960426] J-Box
Main character is a student detective. He pursues a beautiful girl kidnapping case and wanders around looking for clues and talking to different girls. Can he solve this case?
Detective... not my thing.

14. Sakura no Kisetsu さくらの季節 [960426] Tiare 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
It's April. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, exploding with beautiful shades of pink and red and white like they do every year. Their fleeting existence will end soon enough, but for now the Season of the Sakura has come again to Japan.
I turn to her, standing at my side, and speak. "The sakura were in bloom the day we first met. Do you remember?" She smiles at me. I know that she is happy. I look up at the sakura once more, and speak again...
"That's right. That was the beginning of it all..."
Game is localized and has numerous English reviews.

15. Sei Shoujo Sentai Lakers III 聖少女戦隊レイカーズ III [960426] Apple Pie 1 2 3
In the sequel to Sei Shōjo Sentai Lakers II Akira and his team have successfully fended off Rayott's assault and are enjoying a brief peaceful time. However, an enigmatic masked enemy known as Neos Bullard appears on the stage. Aiming to capture the power of Laker crystals, Neos Bullard and his minions invade Earth, taking the Lakers by surprise.
Final part of the trilogy. Battles are great and difficult more than ever, but I just can't approve this setting that it's kind of slice of life, but at times another monstrous general arrives - we fight him back and return to everyday life. The same plot in all the parts. Story lacks epicness and enemies are too cartoonish and unserious. It's like they were making tactical Sailor Moon and failed at every aspect.

16. Kyouhaku 脅迫 [960427] Ail 1
Asuka Akiyama has been an ordinary, innocent Japanese schoolgirl, until a fateful moment changed her life forever. One day, after talking to a nice-looking boy named Ryosuke, Asuka came home and masturbated in the shower. The next day, she found out that someone has taken photos of her during that intimate moment. From that point on, Asuka becomes involved in a violent chain of events. Will she be able to retain her purity and be together with Ryosuke, or put in danger everyone she cares for and become a willing sex slave?
Game's just one huge insult scene with varying patterns. From this game starts AIL career as hardcore game producer.

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