VN of the Month February 2006 - Muv-Luv Alternative


Muv-Luv Alternative definitely makes the winner of this month and, despite my worries, I enjoy it a lot so far, somewhere between 9 and 10. The only other game that can be called a masterpiece this month is Moshimo Ashita ga Harenaraba . I'm choosing AR ~Wasurerareta Natsu~ for review just in order to reveal its very vaguely described plot.

1. Dra†KoI 竜†恋 [060203] Nitroplus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

A boy-meets-girl story in a world under attack by dragons.     
Game is translated and with lots of English reviews.                                                                                     

2. Musunde, Hiraite むすんで、ひらいて [060203] Tiger Soft

There is a big stone in a schoolyard. This stone has a legend of love. One day, the stone is broken accidentally and a girl comes out of it. Is she the Goddess of love or...?
There are four heroines including superficial one. The composition is serious with mystery approached by several scenarios in the middle, but gags are fired repeatedly becoming the main advantage of this mediocre work. Fixed route capture makes sense for mystery of this work.

3. Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! G.O. ~Grand Open~ Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!!G.O. ~グランドオープン~ [060203] Cocktail Soft

Jun'ichi falls in love with a restaurant waitress. He starts working there to become close with her. One day, he meets Ayano, his old friend, by chance and tells her that he works at a restaurant. A few days later, when he goes to the restaurant, he meets Ayano again. It seems she starts working there as well...
There are fifteen heroines to capture, so individual routes are smashed in favor of cosplay eroge part. Difficult is average as there are icons of the girls seen everywhere.

4. Re: [060203] FlyingShine 1

One day Morikawa's mother tells him that they're moving to live in America with his father in ten days. The protagonist doesn't want to move, but has a little choice in this matter. What can he do during the remaining time? Play with his friends? Have a farewell party?
"I wish I had a girlfriend. But only ten days... it's hopeless". At the moment he doesn't know that a certain deity is already setting his life on a new course...
There is an English review.

5. Yamiyo ni Sasayaku ~Tantei Sagara Kyouichirou~ 闇夜にささやく ~探偵 相楽恭一郎~ [060208] Design Factory Co., Ltd. 1

Anya ni Sasayaku: Tantei Sagara Kyouichirou (Eng. "Whisper in the Night: Detective Kyouichirou Sagara") is a mystery adventure game featuring detective Kyouichirou Sagara, and a sequel to Tsuki wa Kirisaku: Tantei Sagara Kyouichirou. This time, the mystery takes place on a luxury liner, when you are trying to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of girls on board the ship.
Unlike the typical visual novel style, you will have a bundle of new commands you will be able to use to search the locations more thoroughly. You can look around, talk to NPCs, check the items in your inventory, check the location map, or manually use cursor to look at interesting places and objects you can interact with while searching for clues.
Game becomes interesting only after entering individual routes, and its main feature is final day mystery which is played out quite good. But overall it's hardly a detective work, more like adventure and romance mix.

6. Costume Player こすちゅーむ☆ぷれいやー [060217] Art

There’s both a male and female perspective to play in this game.
The guy is very much the otaku, but his social rank is elevated very much so when he finds a girl looking for a place to live. He agrees to help her out and the two of them start living together (much to dismay of his other--few--lady acquaintances).
On the girl’s side; she’s trying to escape from a not-so-desired family situation. She finds a nice guy who lets her stay at his place. Perhaps out of compensation (or curiosity), she decides to help him out by cos-playing for him at the various conventions and stores he goes to. She doesn’t mind, she aspires to be a net-idol.
The whole zapping system looks redundant here. First, zapping is fixed by the means of the story. Next, it has no sense since the story is absolutely the same from these two "different" perspectives, a lot of events are shared, so needed to be watched twice. Narration ends in a poor way, and cosplay is utilized only be the end of the game, so it's a very strange game not suiting even for H purposes due to small number of such events.

7. Kougeki Shoujo Falselion ~Tsundere no Theory~ 光撃少女ファルセリオン ~ツンデレのセオリー~ [060217] Ja no Michi wa Hebi Soft

An officer of Galaxy Force, Len is back to the earth to get back "Hajimari no Sho". However, "Hajimari no Sho" is already into the criminal's hands. Galaxy Force has to take it back before they use it to change the world. Exciting transformation scenes and battle scenes arouse the story! Also, don't miss a large variety of erotic scenes.
Game is mostly about rich transformation scenes and insult scenes on defeats. There are a lot of scenes with clothes damage as well. Main heroine is a tsundere, so there is a little bit of humor in the game.

8. Separate Hearts セパレイトハーツ [060223] KID 1 2

Released from the hospital after an accident, Junichi struggles to reclaim his lost memories as he returns to school, only to be told that his girlfriend Hikari has gone missing. Now Junichi must piece together his fragmented memories as he faces everything from a forgotten promise with a childhood friend, to a mysterious shadow that seems to target his friends, in order to solve the mystery behind Hikari's disappearance.
There is an English mini-review.

9. Alto あると [060224] Purple Software

Masato is an average student. One day, his parents go abroad on business for a month. Like this, he suddenly starts living alone. It is relaxing and comfortable at first, but.... He unexpectedly loses most of the money his parents left to cover his living expenses.
Following advice from one of his buddies, Masato applies for a part-time catering job at a family restaurant. There, he happens to meet one of his classmates, Megumi, who happens to be a popular figure at school and someone Masato admires from afar. Her sister Saori also works at the same place.
At the same time, Masato receives an unforeseen sollicitation from student council vice-president and classmate Miharu to help in various tasks, in exchange for free meals.
Thus, Masato's uneventful school life begins to move...
It's a simple content work, but there a lot of poorly described or explained parts making development look strange. There are a lot of heroines, and conversations with them take up most of the time leaving next to no time for events. Basically it's a kusoge with too big emphasis on drawing chests and with even small H element - just 2-3 scenes at the end.

10. Angel Breath [060224] Giga

Magic is used to heal not only wounds but people as well. Takashi is a student at a magic therapy school. One day, a loud explosion strikes at a dormitory and he finds two strange women lying there...
First disc contains, as bonus, fighting mini-game "Angel Savior" (エンジェルセイヴァー) with characters from "Angel Breath".
World view is inherited from Duel Savior, and there are even several same names figuring in both games. School setting with magic, and two of five heroines are candidates to avatars of destruction. There is zero excitement in the setting of living together in the dormitory and there is serious lack of excitement even in the True route that reveals all mysteries.

11. AR ~Wasurerareta Natsu~ AR~忘れられた夏~ [060224] Circus

The memory that was forgotten somewhere, the feelings that were sealed in it ...
The memory of green, wandering eyes. 
I forgot summer sky refection in the puddle, drops of tears, small lips and whispering voice.
This world is beautiful - gentle fragrance, soft warmth, protected sleep, gentle embrace, innocent smile.
All of these things are waiting for me as pieces of memories. All for just one wish.
I absolutely hate Circus works, but this time they don't even bother to give any meaningful synopsis, and Japanese reviews aren't eager to touch plot either only telling that four stories have intersections, and whole picture is hard to grasp. I'm sick of these games, so I'm reviewing this game to bring it to clear water.

12. Boy Meets Girl ボーイミーツガール [060224] Frontwing 1

The player takes the role of Inoue Yuuta, a boy who returns to the town of Tokimori after ten years of living elsewhere. Seeing that his parents had gone out of the country on job assignments, Yuuta found himself sent to live with his aunt and uncle. Of course, things do not go as planned, since his own aunt and uncle had also gone on a business trip to Brazil, leaving his cousin Chizuru in charge of the house until they returned.
Yuuta's return to Tokimori is filled with numerous reunions. Aside from his former-tomboy cousin, he meets again with Kasugano Haruna, a girl that he used to know ten years ago. The sudden arrival of a girl named Tsubasa Miu sets the story in motion as Yuuta gets reacquainted with his past, the memories of his childhood, feelings of forgotten love, and the mystery associated with the town's local attraction, the stone spire known as the "Spire of Memories".
There is an English review.

13. Gurobura ~Grow up Bride~ ぐろぶら~Grow up Bride~ [060224] Bonbee!

Main character is director of a super-large company. He aims to become president, but father denies this possibility till son finds a wife. But it's difficult to find a suitable woman with high ideals, so protagonist decides to raise an ideal bride himself.
Raising SIM

14. Moshimo Ashita ga Harenaraba もしも明日が晴れならば [060224] Palette 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

To Hatoba Kazuki, Nonosaki Akiho had been an irreplaceable being. For as far as when she and her sister, after the loss of their parents, were taken in long ago, she had taken the role of his big sister, his mother, his sweetheart. To him, the loss of her figure meant the world had crumbled down, for him who had managed to gather up courage and confess, days before summer break.
A couple of months later, as the pain of parting still remained vivid, the ghost of Akiho appears before his eyes, save little for warning. "I still had memories left here", she said softly, a soft smile attached to her face.
There are English reviews.

15. Muv-Luv Alternative マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ [060224] Age 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

"A destiny tossed about, in an insane world---
A flame of life blazing forth, in a dying world---
And now, one more future that is spun---
This is the alternative ending unable to be told before:
A very great, a very tiny, a very precious...
Tale of love and courage."
Muv-Luv Alternative continues the story of Shirogane Takeru after the events of the original Muv-Luv. This is a tale of a love so deep it breaks all barriers; about courage in the face of adversity and overcoming hardships. Takeru encounters insurmountable odds while his entire world is turned upside down around him.
There are English reviews.

16. Neko Kawaigari! ~Crane Inuneko Byouin Shinsatsuchuu~ ネコっかわいがり! ~クレインイヌネコ病院診察中~ [060224] 13cm 1 2

In this world, humans with dog or cat ears are commonplace.
Jack, the protagonist, is a dog-man of a large, gentle breed. He works as the assistant for Dr. Crane, the head doctor of a secluded animal clinic where various cat-girls are being treated. Jack has no memory of his life before coming to the clinic, and he works for Dr. Crane to repay her kindness after she took him in. While working hard with the doctor and enjoying his life with the patients, Jack lives a calm life.
With the exception of having to treat said patients, that is...
The method of treatment is mainly sexual conduct with the patients. Jack has no choice but to obey Dr. Crane's orders and do these things...
Doing this over and over for days, Jack begins to have his doubts. But he has to remind himself it's all for the wellbeing of his patients.
And of course, even he can't resist his urges sometimes...
For this man with an unknown past, the clinic is his everything.
There are English reviews.

17. Ragna☆彡Science らぐな☆彡サイエンス [060224] Ail

Main characters wakes up with the sound of alarm clock ... or rather a time bomb that sets off in 30 seconds. After the blow he goes to his friend Dr. Laguna who invented the clock. But there's a new great invention ready - glasses that can see through clothes! And protagonist's cooperation is required to test these glasses.
We know that Ail is a nukige maker, and synopsis is right from another nukige. But actually it's closer to pure love slapstick comedy turning into bakage with the use of different stupid inventions, not just glasses. It's still a step forward from nukige to baka moege for Ail.

18. Space Trouble すぺーす☆とらぶる [060224] Gash

At a common high school, there is a strange club called "Nerima Aikoukai". Utena, a delicate man, is forced to join this club. However since he finds a meteorite on the road, he gets involved in a space war.
Alien parasites protagonist's body, so he struggles between helping aliens and fighting them. There is a number of fights with the aliens with only the last one being moderate in difficulty. H events start to bloom from the common route and bloom in individual routes with the use of Zyx character design and animation in H scenes. Overall game feels like a kusoge.

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1. Days of Memories 2 ~Boku no Ichiban Taisetsu na Kimi e~ Days of Memories 2 〜僕の一番大切な君へ〜 [060201] SNK Playmore 1
The second game takes place three years after the first installment, where the player character Amaki Yuu is a university student in Kiyomine University. There are no particular storyline to follow since your story with the girls are complete up to you to decide.
Console exclusive

2. Himemiko 姫巫女 [060203] Rasen
Returning home after having studied late into the night at the library, Honoka is suddenly attacked by demonic creatures. Forced to fight back to survive, she's pulled into a violent war between maidens and demons.
Nukige

3. Kaigen Seito 戒厳聖都 [060203] Nitroplus
The sequel of an alternate/parallel ending of Hanachirasu.
Gameplay is in NVL/RPG minigame format.
Fandisc

4. Shinobue Renka 偲笛恋華-しのぶえれんか- [060203] An*tique
Yuzuru and Wakoto are good brother and sister. Suddenly their father dies and their life is changed dramatically. Following his will, they go back to his hometown and visit their grand father. According to his will, he has to choose his bride from maids working at grand father's house. Yuzuru wants to marry Wakoto however he knows it is unacceptable. Wakoto decides to work as a maid here to marry Yuzuru.
Nukige

5. Douraku Yuusha 道楽勇者 [060208] Digital Mimesis
The strategy that the hero comes up with is to increase the number of hero to fight back the army of demons. Make the girls pregnant by Mahobote, a magic of conception!!
Doujin

6. Meine Liebe II ~Hokori to Seigi to Ai~ マイネリーベII ~誇りと正義と愛~ [060209] Konami
The year is 1937, the place, a European island country, the Kingdom of Kuchen.
The protagonist transfers into the high class boarding school, Rosenstolz Academy.
But with the shadow of war approaching, maybe more than just a normal school life will be awaiting her.
Otomege

7. Mamotte Agechau! 守ってあげちゃう! [060210] Poashara
Main character returns from a part-time job by train when he sees a drunk bounded woman alongside a shady man. Protagonist steps up for the woman, and after a fight shady man jumps out of the wagon when train stops. Girl turns out to be his former sempai at school. She invites boy to a meal in gratitude for help. During the dinner old feelings bloom, and and absolutely drunk life begins in a nearby hotel.
Nukige

8. Rape! Rape! Rape! レイプ!レイプ!レイプ! [060210] Valkyria
Your childhood friend, girl who you have feelings for, elder sister, mom, police officer, nurse, twin sisters, class president, pregnant woman, bad girl, bride, camera nerd, homeless woman, a member of rhythmic gymnastics club, female teacher, blind girl........! Rape them all! It is your mission!!!
Nukige

9. Hanshokuki 繁殖期 [060210] SKY ACROSS
A girl is humiliated by multiple men, and cummed a lot of cum inside... The sex feast has just begun!
Doujin Nukige

10. Otsukai no Kaerimichi おつかいのかえりみち [060212] Sanso Dousotai Sha
On the way home one loli girl meets another loli girls who turns out to be hermaphrodite pervert.
Doujin

11. Ayasato-ke no Ichizoku 綾里家の一族 [060213] Trinitron CG
An h-parody of "Phoenix Wright" games.
Doujin Nukige

12. Kare to Kare no Hazama De Saikon Kazoku Hen カレと彼の間で 再婚家族編 [060213] Amedeo
One night, Mizuho had a dream where she was a child and two kids made for her a clover ring and a flower headband. She didn't care about it, but at school she crashed into two boys and got her hair stuck into their uniform buttons. After this incident, she got back home... to discover her widow mother married their father! Mizuho decides to deal with it, but maybe they'll get closer than she thinks...
Otomege

13. Kiwi's Valentine [060213] mangokiwi
In this short and surreal game, you try to help Kiwi find that special someone.
EVN

14. Ikusei Nikki 育成日記 [060214] Water colors -games-
In a certain laboratory research to create an artificial lifeform which has abilities far surpassing most people is being conducted. That research is finally beginning to bear fruit, however...
The protagonist who works there is being forced by the other researchers on her team to see to the lifeforms raising.
Called a genius from childhood, with no memories of being treated like a child, the protagonist who doesn't really know a parents love feels uneasy at this so called child raising research. However...
Doujin Otomege

15. For the Peaceful Sleep [060215] Brave Esprit
The story began when a man visit to grave. He met a grave keeper Yua in midnight. Through they move together, the man tell a history about the grave. It's tragic and cruel fact. A girl who was sacrificed to the conflict. Finally, it's bring the truth Yua didn't know.
Doujin

16. Nee x Nee Everyday ~Boku wa Omocha?~ 姉×姉えぶりでい~ボクはおもちゃ?~ [060217] Lilith Soft
Main character Tomomi is very kind and quiet, but he has two older sisters who are a little bullish and hate men except for their beloved young brother. Protagonist is forcibly put into the farthest room in the house, and the only way out of it is through two sisters' rooms. However, sisters require different horny services to pass through their rooms. So, which of two doors will he choose?
Nukige

17. Yadorimushi ~Boku ga Shokushu de Shokushu ga Boku de~ 宿り蟲 ~僕が触手で触手が僕で~ [060217] West Vision
Quiet main character has always been a target of bullying. One day he picks up a tentacle seed fallen from the sky. Next day he is visited by devil girl Lilim who makes a mistake so that tentacle merges with protagonist. The only way to get rid of the tentacle now is to attack women to create enough energy for a new seed to emerge...
Nukige

18. Kuraku Nattara Kyoushitsu de 暗くなったら教室で [060220] Labrusse
Two beautiful girl sneak into school building at night as a part of courage test. But they get into a trap and face severe punishment.
Doujin Nukige

19. Full House Kiss 2 フルハウスキス 2 [060223] Tenky
After finding her missing little sister Suzuhara Mugi is able to return to her peaceful school life.
Even so, suddenly she is chosen to work as the secretary to the Academy Chairman of the Board.
From now on being a secretary in the day and a maid at night, once again every day passes busily.
Otomege

20. Hani x Bani はに×ばに [060224] Stellar
When Yoshiharu is broken hearted, his brother pushes him two rabbits. One day these rabbits turn into bunny girls. Slapstick love comedy starts with a man and two bunny girls.
Nukige

21. Hush-a-bye, baby [060224] anxious
The protagonist Nagai Kihiro is an idol that pretends to be so pure and innocent. Her outside may seem nice but she is actually a rough girl with a bad mouth who is always besieging her manager with selfish requests.
One day a Shinigami girl called Mori suddenly appears before Kihiro. Apparently she was supposed to die four years ago in an accident Mori told her, but because of Mori's mistake Kihiro was allowed to keep living.
Kihiro insists that she doesn't want to die so Mori makes a proposal, If Kihiro can get a boyfriend in seven days she will be allowed to live. Mori laughs and says it should be easy, right? But because of some trauma in the past Kihiro is bad at dealing with love.
After that Kihiro gets a new job where she has to act together with a new talent. So she presses herself to try and get a boyfriend among the noisy people around her, but it's more complicated then she thought.
With an exceedingly strange and dishonest motive the pretending to be pure girl starts her clumsy love strategy.
Otomege

22. Maho Tama Series - Sukumizu Hen まほ☆たまシリーズ スク水編 [060224]
 Erogos
Main character goes to take a shower one day and faces a half-naked girl there! She claims to be a witch invited by his father. The next day all encountered girls surprisingly wear only swimsuits. Witches banzai! Swimsuits banzai!
Nukige

23. Mama! Tsuma? ママ!つま? [060224] Complet's
I am Makoto Sakurai is a high school student. After moving I have been getting close to my neighbor, Atsushi Uchiyama. One day when I visited his house I saw him and his mother having sex. Since then I have been looking at my own mother strangely.
Nukige

24. Nao -Joshuu Ryoujoku Bou- ナオ -女囚凌辱房- [060224] Red Zone
A Far East prison is built during the war. Female prisoners there are forced to work hard every day. Nao Kamijo is a former secretary-general who sentenced to jail for attempted murder and brought to this facility. It begins with the physical examination of shame, but various sexual harassments repeat over and over under pretext of what officers call "prison work". Her spirit gradually wanes till a certain encounter that changes her mind.
Nukige

25. Nurse No Obenkyou Nyuumon Hen ~Yasashiku Wakaru Kiso Kango Gijutsu~ ナースのお勉強 入門編~やさしくわかる基礎看護技術~ [060224] Atelier D
Tateyasu joins a nurse training school and starts living at school dormitory. He is one and only male student there, so this means he is surrounded by girls all the time!
Nukige

26. Omana 2: Omaenchi Moeteruzo おまな2 おまえんち萌えてるぞ [060224] FlyingShine Black
This is a sequel of "Omae no Natsuyasumi". In this story, the keyword is "idol and the world of show business". Will Corona be able to become an idol?
Nukige

27. Onesuku! ~Onee-san Scramble~ おねすく!~おねえさんすくらんぶる~ [060224] Blue Gale Hybrid
After a long story, Masashi starts to live with his old friend, Sumika. Two women get together with them and one man and three women begin to live together. Masashi's life turns to a paradise but actually no woman sees him as a man. Can he be a real man and win their hearts?
Nukige

28. Oshikake Scramble "Ano Ko to Watashi, Docchi o Erabu no...?" おしかけスクランブル「あの子とわたし、どっちを選ぶの…?」 [060224] Marine
Main character moves to a rural area after poverty life in the city. One day he bumps into a cheeky girl who looks for some person. The next day this girl waits for him at his house together with another girl who claims to be protagonist's marriage partner. In such way a quiet life turns into vigorous one in co-habitation with two girls.
Nukige

29. Tsuki no Nai Michi 2 月のない路2 [060225] Suisen
Main character is appointed to executive committee for the culture festival. When preparations get ruined, he starts investigation to catch the criminal. But is it really a prank? What awaits him?
Doujin

30. Athrun Soudatsu! Surechigau Tsubasa アスラン争奪!すれ違う翼 [060226] PROJECT.S
A*lan who had been kept under restraint in AA eventually gets to see S*in again. But there is Ki** Yamato standing next to him......
Doujin Boys Love

31. Hajimete Naita Hi 初めて泣いた日 [060227] Hanemine
Being alone is ok for main character, but he does not really want to be alone. Two girls appear in his life. Both of them feel hurt and lost. That's a similar, but also a very different environment. How will they affect the boy? And what can he do for them?
Doujin

32. Misshitsu no Wakatsuma Choukyou ~Ryoujoku Kanrinin~ 密室の若妻調教~凌辱管理人~ [060227] Cybele
Koike Tetsuo is the superintendent of the apartment, always seeking someone to satisfy his sexual desire. One day, he meets a woman who is married, recent moved into one of the rooms. Hardcore sex story!!
Sex with a beautiful married woman with big breast! Rape, outdoor sex, group bukkake, and she ends up pregnant? Over 60 images of hard sex of a young wife and middle-aged pervert!!
Nukige

33. Sakurazaka Icchoume Ichiban Chi 桜坂一丁目一番地 [060227] Unicorn-B
Motoki was under the care of a kind old lady and an "onii-san" after his parents passed away. However, he was forced to separate from them and taken away to live with his relatives.
A few years passed. One day, Motoki is visited by an estate manager (who looks strangely familiar). It seems that the old lady had passed away and he has inherited the boarding house she used to own. However, she was the housekeeper, and there are 3 tenants still living there.
As the new owner/housekeeper, he has to either take care of the tenants or sell the house. Problem is that, Motoki doesn't want to keep the house, and the tenants do not want to leave.....
Boys Love

34. Shuudan Kyousei Ninshin ~Hitozuma Nakadashi Nikubenki~ 集団強制妊娠~人妻膣内出し肉便器~ [060227] Bishamon
Gangbang adventure game. A big-breasted young married woman is humiliated by a group of men on the way home from work.
Doujin Nukige

35. Kikai no Gokan 機械の五感 [060228] Tsuki no Sora
Main character awakens with amnesia in a room with machines and a man in a white coat. Another main in the neighboring room announces that this is his research institute for artificial intelligence. But current is totally different - it's about mounting human brain on an android and observing how it fares with controlling the machine. And protagonist is the first successful android with cloned human brain implanted.
Doujin Boys Love

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