Ripple~The First Drop

A drop of water will not make difference
A person will not be able to change the world

That’s what Koda firmly believes. Living his life being a total skeptic and pessimist, Koda’s only refuge is his camera and the only thing he loves in the world: photography. One day he meets a girl who insists that even a drop of water will create ripples.

The story is just beginning.

Kuu

Brought to you by sakevisual, known for their short but emotional VNs, Ripples is a promising tale. For now only the first part is released, but it has received rave reviews. It’s actually a remake of the first VN Ayu Sakata created. Growing from its simple first incarnations, Ripples is now a full-fledged kinetic novel with fully voiced dialogues, CGs, and compelling BGMs. Ayu managed to gather talented people in this heartwarming project. The voice dub is much better than most localized anime and games.

If you don’t know, Kinetic Novel is a Visual Novel without branching paths. You’ll proceed through the story just like reading a picture book.

I’m interested to delve more into the world of Ripples, especially the potential of characters’ growth. Who is Kuu? Will Koda recover his faith on humanity? The whole episode is just a prologue. What will be in the second drop? Currently the project has been stalled for two years but since it’s now on vNovel Interactive, I think further installment is in progress.

Available for Windows, Mac, Linux,online reading, ┬áiPhone, and iPad, but I recommend to read it online because it’s so short.

Dear Prince of Nigeria

From:Me@whatevermail.com
To:You@whatevermail.com
Subject: Re: That game I mentioned earlier

Dear You,
It’s a great pleasure for me to introduce you to this game, made by Soyasushi productions. Surely you have known about the famous Nigerian prince, yes? It has become such a popular joke that someone made this for this year’s April Fools.

What if someone actually believes the email? A naive and delusional girl buys the tearjerking story of the prince, and replies his email. In Hayate no Gotoku the story opens with Nagi mistaking Hayate’s kidnapping declaration as love confession. Here, the girl thinks the prince is wooing her by asking for her help with such determination. That’s the premise, and this game just runs away with it.

Dear my trusty friend, if you’re interested, download it here. If you’re not, you better try it at least once. I promise you will crack a smile or two. It will only take 15-20 minutes of your time. There are only two endings with mere total of six options. Your mileage may vary as to consider whether the good ending is really good, but I warranty the utter crack (is that the correct term?). Oh, and the art is too good for this parody, really.

Once you’ve finished the game once, you’ll unlock a bonus menu, where you can find the epilogue, which explains everything but make the game less humorous, media gallery, and author’s notes (have you seen such an interesting author’s notes?).

Attached are screenshots from the game. I am sorry if I sound a bit dry, because doing this review after playing [text] is quite a mood whiplash.

Try the game. I hope you will not betray my trust for the mutual benefit of our sanity.

Signed,

ME