VN of the Month November 1998 - Exodus Guilty

Castle Fantasia ~Seima Taisen~ and Exodus Guilty are the masterpieces of the month and the winner is Exodus Guilty for being the more traditional VN type.

1. Hatsukoi Valentine Special 初恋ばれんたいん SPECIAL [981105] Family Soft
In Hatsukoi Valentine Special the game features a new character, a new menu, a small improvement in the gameplay, new sequences, etc.
Story same as original game.

2. Situation しちゅえ~しょん [981105] Berserker 1
The game starts with a sex scene and finishes with a sex scene! Actually, there's no story. Just sit back and enjoy erotic scenes to the fullest!
Multiple short H stories.

3. Neko na Kankei  猫なカ・ン・ケ・イ [981105] Victor Interactive Software 1 2

A visual novel adventure game focusing on a player who is a regular high school student who one day stumbles upon a special stone that grants him the ability to turn into a cat at will. Using it for evil things or stopping to use it at all will invite bad luck into his life, so he decides to use for getting to know girls he would be too shy to approach as a regular boy. Which girl wouldn't find a little kitty cute and not want to pet it or hold it close to her breasts. It's a win-win situation for our hero, and he is resolved to put it to best use... for him. The game is split into 10 weeks time and plays as a regular dating simulation visual novel romance adventure.
And one more dating SIM

4. Fuyajou ~Hikisakareta Junketsu~ 不夜城 ~引き裂かれた純潔~ [981106] Desire
Many girls are invited to a party inside the mansion. It's a perfect environment for a new acquaintance.
There are four heroines and lots of map movement around the mansion. Basically it's hunting for girl - she keeps escaping and hero keeps finding her spot with H event following. There are also bad endings.

5. Okiraku Heaven おきらくHEAVEN [981106] May-Be Soft
I'm dead. But I do not want to die as a virgin! Luckily, I'm given 30 more days to finish my earthly business!
H work, but with a comedy touch. There are 6 heroines to capture. Typical May-Be-Soft stuff.

6. Yasashii Ame ~Hitotsu no Kasa ni wa Futari Made Shika Hairenai~ やさしい雨 ~ひとつの傘にはふたりまでしか入れない~ [981106] Juice
Hero was a promising cameraman three years ago, but he lost in the harsh profession competition. One day he was delivering photos to a magazine as assistant photographer when the rain suddenly started. He saw a girl hiding from the rain and his dulled vision started to shine as brightly as ever.
It's a low-price work from a small developer so it lacks voicing and polishing. There are four heroines and as long as you deliver attention to one of them you get that route. Still, there is a normal end and a bad end for each heroine and true ending is really worth some sweat.

7. Gasshuku Monogatari 合宿物語 [981110] J-Box
Swim club school training camp of summer 1995. Boys and girls occupy inn rooms, break into three groups and start everyday physical exercises and swimming practice. Who knows, maybe a new strong feeling is born out of small breaks and joint exercise.
Genre is best described as romance comedy. Every day we make choices who to speak to during breaks and gradually form sympathy. Drawing is not refined, but the mood of the game and BGM is bright.

8. Another Mind アナザー・マインド [981112] Square Co. 1 2 3 4 5
A 16 year-old girl named Hitomi Hayama is involved in a car accident and admitted to a hospital. Upon waking, she realizes that another being, albeit a mind, has taken residence in her head. The player takes on the role on this separate consciousness.
Game has an English review.

9. Iinazuke 許嫁 [981113] Zero
Shoichiro Takase is a usual high school student who attends kendo club. One day his grandfather tells him that they are from very ancient family and that Shoichiro must marry Kiyoshihana Shizukawa and from now on they should live under the same roof.
Will Shoichiro accept his fate or make his own decisions in life?
Story tries to be serious only at the beginning of it. On the day 2 it's forgotten that he needs to train as a warrior and absurd school life begins. It's a good tempo fun bakage. There are many choices (lots of fake ones too) and many branches. There are some questions to the scenario, so best just consider it a bakage and pardon it all. Graphics are quite rough and there is no keyboard operability, but overall the story can be enjoyed if one has mood for it.

10. Ikenie Michiru Tsuki no Sangeki 生贄 満ちる月の惨劇 [981113] Artemis
12 female students are confined inside the ward and hunted by the player who wishes to sacrifice their souls in order to reincarnate as a demon.
There's a lot of walking around, fighting and collecting items, so it really looks more like an RPG. Hero is a bullied kid who wanted to commit suicide but was rescued by incubus. Game is short, but difficult as there is time limit and concept of time introduced.

11. Kurayami 2 ~Tozasareta Meikyuu~ 暗闇2 ~閉ざされた迷宮~ [981113] Melody
Hero and a heroines are trapped in closed space of the subway. What happens to them? There are five heroines each telling a unique story.
It's more like an omnibus type since stories are only connected by entrapment in a closed space. Stories vary greatly in pace and quality.

12. Mayu まゆ [981113] Bell-Da
Hero visits his sister-in-law Mayu who missed him a lot and calls him "Onii-chan". She's so charming that it's difficult not to fall in love with her.
It's a point-and-click game without any scenario at all. Point-and-click is shabby here and not comfortable for a good number of players. There are choices to be made as well. Basically this is a moege as everyone notices Mayu cuteness and awesome voicing. Period is two weeks.

13. Sensei せ・ん・せ・い [981113] D.O.
Sekimoto Akihiko is a private academy second grader descendant of powerful Sekimoto Heavy Industries. As new semester starts, he begins to feel a strong desire for the beauty of a female teacher who takes care of his class.
Typical insult ADV with 6 heroines (including main teacher heroine). The number of H events is large, but each capture is short and text is quite bad.

14. The Hustle ザ・ハッスル [981113] h.m.p
Business simulation game of adult video maker. The job is to scout the city in search of future actresses and manage their careers: participation in contests, performance on TV, scandals and other events.
hmp specializes in 3D games and that allows experimenting with genres. This game is of isomentic 2D view. Game actually has no HCG even though it tackles adult video production. So it's fully gameplay-driven SIM that is of little value for visual novels history.

15. Castle Fantasia ~Seima Taisen~ キャッスルファンタジア ~聖魔大戦~ [981120] Studio e.go! 1 2 3 4 5
The 200 year long war between Lushiera and Injiera continues. This is the story of a hero who changes the course of this neverending war and the lives of people around him.
In Castle Fantasia 2 you play as Hewie, commander of the seventh holy knight corps. He has a keen mind for strategy and tactics, seeing through and predicting enemy plans. However, his laid-back attitude causes him to be kept in a low regard by his commanding officers, friends and even his subordinates.
Game is localized and has many English reviews.

16. Palette [981120] F&C Co., Ltd. 1
Last summer school vacation. It's your last chance to experience school romance!                              
Game has an English review

17. SSS ~Three S~ SSS ~スリーエス~ [981120] Triangle
Hero is a prince of a certain country, but he studies in Japan with an actual aim of finding a bride. Can he find his love in just a month from the end of November to December 24th?
Each day is divided into three time zones when you can visit locations in search of girls. Getting to a happy ending is easy, but in order to see H event a special event with the girl must be triggered, which can be tricky. In addition to heroines it's possible to do H with servants. One playtime is between 3 and 4 hours.

18. Abunai Hyakkaten 危ない百貨店 [981120] Penguin Works

Main character's parents die, and he inherits a department store. He does not know how to run the company, but he is very interested in female employees. No one can stop him playing with these girls now.
H oriented crap

19. Exodus Guilty エクソダスギルティー [981126] Abel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The year 2000. Kasumi Shindo is at first glance a run-of-the-mill high school student in modern-day Japan. However, beneath his normal appearance, Kasumi is in fact a top-notch treasure hunter. This time, Kasumi is aiming to seek out the lost 11th Commandment of Moses. Kasumi discovers that his childhood friend, Reina Tachibana is in southern Europe participating in an archeological dig. Pretending to be a tourist, he visits the excavation area and manages to get put on the excavation staff. But he is not the only treasure hunter looking for the Eleventh Commandment of Moses and before he knows it, he's embroiled in a dangerous adventure.
Game is localized and has many English reviews. I'm still reviewing it since it's Kenno-san scenario and does not have video playthrough.

20  Fluorite ~Hotaruishi~ Fluorite ~ほたる石~ [981126] Air Plants 1
The story revolves around a hotel, a strange glowing stone, the ghost of a young girl who is haunting the main character and there are six heroines.
Game has an English review.

21. Gakuen King Bangai Hen -Hidehiko Curry o Tsukuru- 学園KING番外編 -日出彦 カレーをつくる- [981126] Alice Soft
Several months after collapse of Kunlun island the school building was moved to the mainland and students enjoyed their school lives. It looked like the lawless state of the school was over. However a new trial awaits the students.
Free follow-up game packed with Alice CD. It's reported to last only 20 minutes or so, but I'm not familiar enough with the main game to play this one.

22. Pastel Chime -Koi no Skill Up- ぱすてるチャイム-恋のスキルアップ- [981126] Alice Soft 1
In a High school of a fantasy world, students spend their time learning magic and sword fighting, training to be adventurers.
At the botton of the school there's a special dungeon to test their skills.
The protagonist is one of these students who want to become someday a great hero.
There is an English review of the game.

23. Seventh Rush [981126] [K]rimzon Fake
Hero looses a girlfriend and tries to find salvation in hard labor work. At the same time he starts to see attractive girls while at work and in his neighborhood.
Game's not hookable and there aren't normal reviews. Nothing too fancy according to the footage.

24. Umi ni Ochite... 蒼海に堕ちて… [981126] Alice Soft
Hero is sailing on his yacht when he finds a small plane crashed in the sea. Inside he finds a dead old man and a young girl who he brings home. Hero decides to sail the girl home to Hawaii and they start the voyage through the ocean.
Game is shipped with Alice CD for the fans. I could not find enjoyment in the story as the story is quite dark. Heroine used to be abused by her foster father and now abused by the hero. And even more depressive SM memories show up here and there. Game takes less than two hours and there are just two BGM. There's no even normal end - oh, we arrived, good bye. For me this work has zero meaning.

25. Yukiwari no Hana 雪割りの花 [981126] SCEI 1 2
Winter. I live in a small town by a port. My life is very ordinary, I just go to a nearby college on a daily basis. One winter afternoon, my friend invited me to a party, but I refused to go because of a girl, Kaori Sakuragi, who lived next to me, whom I had a big crush on. That particular afternoon, I witness her kissing a man. It hurts my feelings greatly. Following the incident, I hear a knock on the door. As I open the door, I see two policemen standing. They ask, "Do you happen to know a girl named Kaori Sakuragi?"
Yarudora vol.4. Atmosphere and drawing are unique, but game suffers from too many bad endings. The conflict is not developed good an no empathy is felt towards towards protagonist. In the second half his mental state gets unstable and only alienation is felt. Game lost its live-action nature and became just a novel with choices which was for the worse.

26. Bishoujo Dorei Club 美少女奴隷クラブ [981127] Guilty
Prestigious private school has become a nest for a gang of bad guys "SMACKS". One day a diligent female student visits this den voluntarily. What's her aim and why she's doing it out of free will?
One route H-focused game with no other selling point than visuals.

27. Fantastic Fortune ファンタスティックフォーチュン [981127] Fujitsu 1
The story is set in medieval times, in the planet Warand.
A raising sim where you take control of one of three protagonists over the space of a year.
Diana is the second Princess of the Kingdom of Klein (her hobby is collecting hats).
Mei is a regular high school student from the human world who was accidentally summoned to the Royal Academy of Magic.
Sylphis is a knight apprentice from a race that chooses their gender once they start puberty.
The player's character will spend a year at Klein to achieve the proper magic abilities.
Their fate is in the hands of the player.
Otomege. Fantasy dating SIM very similar to Eberouge. There's the need to raise parameters and each opponent requires at least two parameters of high level for capture.

28. Itazura ~Joushuusha-tachi no Utage~ 悪戯 ~常習者達の宴~ [981127] Interheart
Main character is an office worker who molests girls on a train. Point and click game to discover sensible zones.
Introduction is long, but actual gameplay small and monotonous.

29. July [981127] Fortyfive 1 2 3
July 7, 1999: Six years after a mysterious terrorist bombing, two Japanese youths start out on a bizarre quest to get to the bottom of a mystery that only begins with the mysterious bombing. Makoto Takamura, a bare-chested college student, lost his parents to the freakish bus bombing. Joshua, a rebellious youth often wanted by the law, uses his connections to Tokyo's seamy underbelly to track down the culprits behind that same bombing. As their paths cross, the two uncover a plot by an evil race of genderless beings to bring about the prophesied end of the world through their secretive puppet corporation, NAX.
Game has two English reviews.

30. Missing ~Itsuka Kitto~ Missing ~いつかきっと~ [981127] Pinpai
On the White Day February 14th Yuuki Masahiro received a bar of chocolate in the post. The next year he also gains a bar of chocolate and a message only saying "Missing". From that moment events starts to whirl around him.
Period is two weeks. There are 9 heroines total, but some are only available after clearing the game. Routes vary in quality greatly and evaluation greatly depends on chosen route as of any charage.

31. Motif ~Sepia-iro no Sobyou~ Motif ~セピア色の素描~ [981127] Speed
Shinya Kano opposed his father's will and for three months he needs to support himself. As he arrives home for the first time in four years he finds three smiling girls who call themselves "sisters" while there should have been noone there.
SIM about raising sisters. Period is 3 months and it's basically the same planning actions each day mixed with occasional events. Tempo is bad and picture is not for everyone's taste.

32. Pretty Crisis プリティ・クライシス [981127] Inspire
The king of the medieval setting country dies leaving a daughter as successor, but she is not qualified for ruling. That's why main hero is appointed to educate the princess and arrange her schedule with other teachers.
The setting is somewhat decadent, but characters are beautiful and well depicted as each has her own circumstances and emotions. The SIM part is easy. One playthrough is about 2 hours.

33. Radical ラディカル [981127] MBS Truth
Classmates urge Kazuya to insult a woman. After succeeding in that he goes down this path chasing other women.
It's the usual MBS Truth H-focused stuff apart of one thing. There is a competition between two company's writers and both the scenarios are presented in the game. The topic is the same, but writing differs a lot.

34. Re-leaf [981127] C's Ware 1
A demon and a shy high school girl change personalities, and deal with adapting to their new situations.
There is an English review of this game.What I have to add is that game has terrific art and sound support, but lack of voicing and shallow storyline are big minuses. Very uneven work, just like most of C's ware products.

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