Gyakuten Kenji 2 (逆転検事 2)

逆転検事 2 | Gyakuten Kenji 2

Company: Capcom

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Smartphone (iOS, Android) JAPAN ONLY

Category: Visual Novel

Release Date: February 3, 2011 (DS)

Walkthrough used: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/ds/605817-gyakuten-kenji-2/faqs/67912

What it is

Basically, Miles Edgeworth struggles to find meaning in his job as a Prosecutor. As Miles figures out his life choices, he becomes entangled in a series of cases where he meets new and old characters alike. Every character he meets and cases he handles test his resolve to continue his path towards finding the truth.


Just so we’re clear, this is not an official English release. Unfortunately, Capcom doesn’t have any plans of releasing Gyakuten Kenji 2 overseas. But luckily, there’s a fan translation to allow us, players, to play this game.

I think I only mentioned it briefly in my previous Ace Attorney post years ago, but I did play the 1st game. It’s been a while so I already forgot most of it, but I think I have a good impression of the series (other than ogling Miles lol) at the very least. So why only play this now? Thanks to playing the demo of AI Somnium Files, I feel like playing something that involves investigations and crimes and all that shizz. And there’s only one game that comes to mind.


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


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Dark Nights

Dark Nights

Developer: Pinlin

Platform: PC

Category: Mystery, Horror, Supernatural, Romance

Official Site: http://darknights-time.weebly.com/

Available at: Itch.io

Walkthrough used: https://souldimension.tumblr.com/post/189630916146/dark-nights-walkthrough

What it is (from the official site)

You live in a small, peaceful village. Every day is the same as any other; boring. Right when you wish for something exciting to happen, strange things start to occur, stemming from the nearby forest. If that isn’t enough, the locals have begun disappearing. At the same time you meet four mysterious guys. Will you discover the truth before becoming the next target?


Heya folks!

The developer, Pinlin, reached out to me last year about their new game. Dark Nights is a passion project that took a whopping six years in development with Pinlin as the only one who worked on this in all those years. Talk about dedication!

Dark Nights is a name-your-price indie game that you can get on their Itch.io website. It is a medium-length game with each route spanning over 5-7 hours. I thought it’s an interesting game based on the visuals and its premise so I thought why not give it a try.


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


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Paws & Effect: My dogs are human!

Developer: Shimmersoft

Platform: PC

Category: Comedy, Slice of Life

Official Site: http://shimmersoft.com/paws-effect

Available at: Itch.io, Gamejolt, Steam (to be released on Feb 14!)

What it is (from the site):

Paws & Effect: My Dogs Are Human! is a quirky romp that seeks to answer an age-old question: What would happen if your pets suddenly became people?

Chaos. Naturally.

Assume the role of Sadie (name customizable), a young woman with aspirations of being a lawyer, as she grapples with perhaps the greatest legal challenge of her life: Keeping her two dogs out of jail after they mysteriously transform into humans, somehow capable of speech and eager to abuse the newfound power of thumbs. What will Sadie teach them about the human condition? What will she discover about herself? And who is behind all this nonsense? You’ll have to play to find out!


The devs contacted me about their new game so I checked out the game’s website, and I thought it looked cute and fun. To try out their game, they sent me their presskit which included 3 versions (Win, Mac, and browser) of the game and a very helpful fact sheet. While I did try the browser one a bit, I played most of the game using the Win version.

So here are my thoughts about it~!

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One Night Stand

Developer: Kinmoku

Publisher: Ratalaika Games

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch

Category: Slice of life

Guide used: https://www.trueachievements.com/game/One-Night-Stand/walkthrough/3

From Nintendo Site:

You’ve just woken up next to a stranger. What do you do?

In One Night Stand, explore the stranger’s bedroom and seek out clues to identify who she is and what brought you both together.

You may resort to some unusual methods to find the answers you’re looking for, but try not to prod and pry too much – a nosy guest quickly becomes an unwanted one!

Will you stay and explore your relationship with this stranger, or will you escape when the opportunity presents itself? With 12 unique endings to discover, can you keep up the act long enough to find out what really happened?

You know, One Night Stand is the kind of game that I wouldn’t normally play. I’d probably judged the title, but still secretly dying to know what it is about. The first time I’ve seen this game was during a Nintendo Eshop sale sometime late last year. The title is, as you might have noticed, is eye-catching and intriguing. My first thought was, “wtf is this game? Why would they name it like that?”

Luckily, a friend gave me a free code because as it turned out, One Night Stand is indeed an engrossing game.

✭Verdict✭

Interesting take on a single life event

Recommended for: Everyone

Because why not? It is short and cheap, and the story and gameplay are good. It is a win-win for all.

Continue reading below to find out why you should or should not play One Night Stand.

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Hashihime of the Old Book Town Walkthrough

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I created this as a personal reference, and after I finished the game, I thought, why not post this too. This, I believe, is a spoiler-free guide so you don’t have to worry about anything that might spoil the story for you.

Unlike most VNs, the only branching point in Hashihime is when you choose which guy you should go after. There is only 1 end for each character. Whether those ends are good or bad, depends on you, as I thought all the ends are good and fitting to the circumstances and personalities of the characters.

Also, please note that you can’t really choose your route order as there is a specific order you have to go through. Say, you can’t go to Hanazawa’s route unless you finish Minakami and Kawase’s. Also, you can’t force it since the choices only come up after finishing the required routes.

Here goes~

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Hashihime of the Old Book Town (古書店街の橋姫)

古書店街の橋姫 | Hashihime of Old Book Town

Company: ADELTA | MangaGamer

Platform: PC, PS Vita

Category: Boys Love, Mystery, Historical

Release Date: August 13, 2016

English Release Date: September 26, 2019

Official English Site: http://mangagamer.org/hashihime/

Summary: (from MangaGamer site)

Jinbochou, Tokyo

June 1922, Taisho Era

The Rainy Season

Tamamori came to Tokyo with his sights set on getting accepted to the Imperial University. However, he doesn’t pass the entrance exam, and is so undisciplined and wrapped up in endless fantasies that he’s kicked out of his boarding house after only two years. Through a stroke of luck, Tamamori begins to live and work at Umebachidou, a used book store. There, he enjoys whiling away his time as a “student preparing for entrance exams” and taking advantage of friends who are also from his hometown. But one right after the other, mysterious deaths befall those friends and, realizing he’s been repeating the same rainy three days over and over again, Tamamori finds himself racing throughout Jinbochou to save them.

In this pop-occult mystery that surrounds the deaths of his friends… What is real, and what is a hallucination?

✯Verdict✯

A MUST PLAY

Recommended for: Everyone

Obviously for BL fans, but also, for people who like a bit of mystery, a bit of thriller, a bit of drama, lots of bizarre events, and a damn good story littered with flawed but lovable characters.

Though, there are some fair warnings in the game which you should also need to check out after the cut.

Read below why you should or should not play this game.

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Awesome Possum 23

Time for another Awesome Possum!

Awesome Possum posts consist of random internet finds. Any blog posts, articles, videos, podcasts, anything under the sun will be included here. To be clear, this won’t only include games or manga. It will be anything and everything. Some posts may not be necessarily posted this week, but I’ve only discovered them this week.

Anyway, let’s get started.😋

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Awesome Possum 22

Time for another Awesome Possum!

Awesome Possum posts consist of random internet finds. Any blog posts, articles, videos, podcasts, anything under the sun will be included here. To be clear, this won’t only include games or manga. It will be anything and everything. Some posts may not be necessarily posted this week, but I’ve only discovered them this week.

Anyway, let’s get started.😋

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[Game] Kitty Love -Way to look for love- DEMO

にゃんらぶ~私の恋の見つけ方~ | Kitty Love -Way to look for love-

Publisher: DIGIMERCE

Developer: OperaHouse Corporation

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Category: Adventure, Otome Game

Release Date: October 31, 2018

Summary from the Nintendo page:

Flower shop clerk Honoka has been occupied with her work.

One night, when she visits the park that she normally goes to.

She’s been cursed by the odd-eyed black cat that she becomes a cat only at night.

There’s only one way to break the curse.

――To have a true love’s kiss.

In order to break the curse, she lives a double life as a human by day and cat by night……

Wow. I’m amazed by the amount of things included in this demo! I thought — expected even, that it would stop at the common route which in this case the prologue. But the creators are generous enough to give one chapter each guy which lasted for about 20 minutes each and also contains a CG. That’s plenty enough. 🤩

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[First Impressions] Hashihime of the Old Book Town

古書店街の橋姫 | Hashihime of Old Book Town

Company: ADELTA | MangaGamer

Platform: PC, PS Vita

Category: Boys Love, Mystery, Historical

Release Date: August 13, 2016

English Release Date: September 26, 2019

Official English Site: http://mangagamer.org/hashihime/

Summary: (from MangaGamer site)

Jinbochou, Tokyo

 

June 1922, Taisho Era

 

The Rainy Season

 

Tamamori came to Tokyo with his sights set on getting accepted to the Imperial University. However, he doesn’t pass the entrance exam, and is so undisciplined and wrapped up in endless fantasies that he’s kicked out of his boarding house after only two years. Through a stroke of luck, Tamamori begins to live and work at Umebachidou, a used book store. There, he enjoys whiling away his time as a “student preparing for entrance exams” and taking advantage of friends who are also from his hometown. But one right after the other, mysterious deaths befall those friends and, realizing he’s been repeating the same rainy three days over and over again, Tamamori finds himself racing throughout Jinbochou to save them.

In this pop-occult mystery that surrounds the deaths of his friends… What is real, and what is a hallucination?

Just a heads up before we continue. I’ve already played and finished a route in Japanese before. You can say that I’m already spoiled but it’s been almost two years already since the last time I played so my memory’s fuzzy so what I have is only the general idea of things.

I’m so so glad that this has been translated! I loved Hashihime but the characters used in the Japanese version where old given the time period, not to mention the literary titles and authors that popped out every now and then that makes my head 😵. I feel like I missed a lot of details and I couldn’t shake off that FOMO feels so I stopped playing this before. But now it’s finally here! Yasss!!

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