I haven't played a game that made me feel this way since Code Realize. I hold these to the same standard which is incredible seeing as this is free. I wish i could have donated to the kickstarter. I'm very excited to purchase the fandisc. Absolutely incredible. All your hard work really shines thru. Thank you.
A downloadable Visual novel for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android
Four years after the end of the Great War and the loss of her mother, Crown Princess Lucette of Angielle is still struggling to come to terms with her new life and step-family. Cold-hearted and bitter, Lucette fails to recognize the suffering of those around her as she is consumed by grief and resentment. But Lucette's life is once again turned upside down when she becomes a victim of the Fairytale Curse.
Join Lucette as she goes from riches to rags and journeys to regain her life and break her curse.
- Heroine's name can be changed.
- 5 routes, each with a unique storyline.
- 10+ side characters, each with their own backstories.
- 10 endings.
- 250,000 to 300,000 words.
- Original BGs.
- 60+ CGs.
- Opening Video.
- Original theme song.
- Fritz's and Waltz's routes are locked at the start of the game. You will need to complete two of the three routes available at the beginning of the game to unlock them.
- If you would like a recommended playing order in terms of the build-up of plot, here is our recommendation:
- The game has the right choice indicator (rci) feature that tells you if you made the right choice. It appears as a crystal on the right upper corner of the screen followed by a magical sfx. It may show up belatedly so be sure to watch for it!
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- Digital Artbook now available!Jun 13, 2017
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I hate almost everything I read, I've only ever liked completely liked two books in my entire life and those were Mary Shelley's original "Frankenstein" and Albert Camus "The Stranger" and I've read a shit ton of books including those books that everyone loves and those that are considered classics. This VN came really darn close to passing my extreme criticism. (To further prove my point on how critical I am of writing, I once told my friend to restart her paper the night before it was due).
Anyway, this is definitely my favorite VN ever. I loved Fritz's and Karma's routes and I liked Waltz's but I definitely feel it could have been better.
A big thing I liked about this VN overall is the twist on fairytales it had, especially the twisted endings, the endings were mostly happily ever after but still had a lot of authenticity, except for in Waltz's route. And I suppose Rumpel's, but his character seemed a little misplaced anyway since he was the only one that didn't have some kind of prior connection or logical connection to Lucette
(in Karma's case there was a logical connection since they were both royalty).
Some of Waltz's route was too staged, like one or two really cliche scenes is good but I feel like there were too many in Waltz's route. Especially since the order suggested in terms of plot was to do Fritz first then Waltz; doing Fritz's path first made Waltz's path feel less realistic. Waltz's route a couple errors in the writing actually, I believe it was Parfait's line when she was talking to Hildyr and she said something like "violence does not beget violence", which isn't the correct use of the word beget. Waltz's strife did not feel all that real to me either, I would like to have known more about his family and his past with Hildyr, and his past with Lucette, I think that would have made it easier to connect with his character. Also more on exactly how he betrayed Hildyr. There were just a lot of unanswered questions in his route and I can't list them all because I'd like to reread Karma's route tonight. Waltz just had so much potential and I feel like he fell really short of that potential. I understand that it would have been a TON more work to really make his story but also like he could have been such a great character. He lost some of his depth in the fact that his personality was so constant and his responses were pretty much the same to everything. I feel like he should have had more than one trait, like his childlike optimism could have shown through a lot more or his love of fun. What's the point of his curse if isn't a part of who he is? That was the whole basis for everyone else's curses and, yeah, Waltz had a different situation but in his case the point of his specific curse was overlooked. If he was supposed to be the grand finale, he should have blown every reader away, even the most critical of readers.
I would suggest reading Fritz's story last, rather than Walt'z.
I haven't played Varg because I needed an emotional break from his storyline.
What I love about this VN,
is how different the story is, the twist on old fairytales is genius and this VN could easily become huge, like HUGE with more work. As with anything truly iconic, it takes years of work but this totally has the potential. There were so many unique things to each character and those things were so carefully thought of, some more than others but still. I would love to read more about Karma just in general because he had so many layers and, in my opinion, had the most depth of all the characters. Fritz had depth because of Varg, but Varg's existence could definitely have been explained more/explored more,
like how there was enough to create Varg. As well as why Fritz loved Lucette in the first place, like more flashbacks to his past with her because how Lucette is written at first doesn't really support the reason Fritz gives for loving her before she was cursed, it does to an extent but it needs more support. Either way the stories were beautiful, original, and clearly had a ton of work put into them. It is incredible that this is free to download but I am so glad it is otherwise I would never have gotten to read this enchanting story. It reminded me that life is hard but worth it when you have people that love you, even if they are not always with you. Living away from home for the first time in my life, I definitely needed that reminder.
Does anybody know how to "reset" the game in order to experience it like the very first time?? I played it more than 2 years ago but when I re-downloaded yesterday it it still had the achievements and gallery unlocked from my previous play :((
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I finally got to fritz... and even though it was the good ending i played i sobbed so much at the loss of the characters i had grown so familiar with and loved through the other character routes. The plot really opened up and became so complex and layered during his route and it was a hell of a journey all throughout - the feeling of constantly being in danger and knowing that anything could go wrong because of the nearby threat of the evil characters made the story that much more compelling. I just... i was crying so much. I wanted to say though... the way in which the story was told and carried through was really mindblowing. I was so emotionally invested in the entire world that i didn't take a break from playing this route. This really transformed the way i imagined regular storytelling. I still have to do the bad ending for Fritz and I have yet to do Waltz's route but i need to recover emotionally before i do those. I wanted to leave a comment though because im fEELiNG so many emotions and im awe-struck at just how brilliant this story is. Thank you guys for creating it and sharing it with the us.
ADORE this game!!! played it front to back over and over by far the best dating sim ive played ! cant wait for sequal
y'all made a F R E E game that's this good??? absolute power move, love you guys
It's a damn shame that this game is free.
I hope you will make or games having to do with other worldly story if you are planning to design another one like cinderella Phenomenon I will support and if t cost any money I will buy it no matter how much it is you have my support PLEASE RESPOND I WANT ANOTHER ONE OF THESE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
theyre making a sequal!!! look at their tumblr for updates :)
I think it's safe to say we need more games with ideas like this.
The best otome game ever. I love Karma, Rod and Waltz route!. I haven't played Rumpel and Fritz. Thanks for this beautiful game. Love the Op! Hoping to see a new otome games from u guys!
I only got the bad rod route! WTF??? How???
Hello! It can be really difficult to get good endings so here's a guide: https://otomedreamworld.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/cinderella-phenomenon-rod-route... It will help you get the good ending!
I also got bad ending at first. Learning that to choose carefully each choice was enjoyable. gudluck !
This is by far the best visual novel I've ever played! No errors, bugs or glitches, the artwork is beautiful and the characters are unique. Story line is interesting and each route is fun to play and makes you think. Would definitely recommend!
I can't download it via my itchio app, does anyone know how to fix this?
I think this game needs a Lil bit fixing😅 the text is always out of place I usually click on the log to see what the characters are saying and for some reason when I getting the good ending their is an error I don't get that error with the bad endings tho. I am on Rumpels route and I have done both good and bad ending and still he doesn't appear on the the start menu and the achievement of good ending I havent got it and fritz and waltz routes are not unlocked. I didn't have this problem with karma's route even when that error appeared karma pic was on the start menu and I got both achievements . I hope when I play Rod route I will unlock fritz and waltz but it would be nice if you guys could fix this cuz I love this game the art the music and the plot the stories are truly beautiful and I really want to play waltz and fritz routes😍❤️ thank you for your time.
Hello! We're sorry to hear about the error you have encountered. We've looked into the matter and it seems it's an error that happens when playing the ending animation. You may try to play the game on Steam. Your save files couldn't be carried over but the endings you have unlocked and the dialogue you have already read will. If you could not skip the text, you could open the Settings and change the Skip settings to All, instead of Seen. Let us know if you there is anything else we could assist you with. Please and thank you!
I hope you will make or games having to do with other worldly story if you are planning to design another one like cinderella Phenomenon I will support and if t cost any money I will buy it no matter how much it is you have my support PLEASE RESPOND I WANT ANOTHER ONE OF THESE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i tried TEN times to not get the bad end in Rod's story and never got a good ending... is there even one?
Yes, there is a good ending. Just try all the "right" choices (they ususally lead to CGs), when the flower appears on the screen. Sometimes the flower appears after the scene is ended, not right after the choice. So you'll have to restart it. That's how I did it :)
Also, you can look for a walkthrough in the internet.
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Good. Now that I got that out of the way, it's time to gush about how much I adore this game. I've never been much into Japanese culture, anime, manga, or anything like that ever...but I stumbled across this. I've always liked the anime style art (and most of my friends draw that way) so I was like: Hm. Okay. I'm a big literature fan so when I saw that you only had to read and pick choices, I was down for it. And it has fluffy romance, which I'm also a big fan of. So I played it off Steam. And holy crap, I've been obsessed with it ever since I started playing.
Again, I never had any interest in stuff like this, so this was my first ever visual novel (I hope I got that right). You guys really left a good impression :D
LET"S START WITH THE PRAISES
First of all, I absolutely adore the art and the music. Like, the music is so beautiful and gorgeous. I love the main character since in literature, you don't see main characters like Lucette. She's different; unique. And the way you guys slowly thaw her icy heart is admirable. Love her. When I was playing, I was like: "Wow. You could really learn a lesson or two playing this."
I love the storyline. I've always been a fan of fairytale retellings so you guys really hit the bull's eye. The twist with the fairies and witches working together was surprising (a good one) since most fantasy novels have them at each other's throats.
I love the different movements each character has (Even sidecharacter) and I love when they blush. It's adorable. The scenes where it's like a picture (sorry, I dunno what they're called. I'm not much of a computer person) are gorgeous and stunning. Even the main menu is beautiful. I love how after you finish a character's route, their picture replaces the crystal.
The fast-forward option is really useful when I'm going back to see the ending I didn't get so thanks for that!
Now I'm going to talk about the different routes in the order I played them in.
1. ROD - The Little Mermaid - Honestly, this route is one of my favorites and not because I played it first. Characters that have a similar personality to him have always appealed to me. Oh! And yes, I do know that they're step-siblings but you guys did such a great job of handling it that it didn't feel gross...or weird. The good ending was honestly kind of dark. Yes, they're happy together, but they can't really be together since they're considered siblings and that literally made me cry since they're so cute together. His bad end was just terrible. Like terrible. It was heartbreaking and depressing and I really can't say anything anymore or I'll break out in tears. But he's my favorite (I really can't choose between him and Waltz tbh) AND SEBBY IS SO CUTE.
2. KARMA - Beauty and the Beast - I'll be straightforward about this. It was actually different to play his route at first 'cause I kept choosing the wrong choices. But he was really unique and I liked that. His curse was really unique as well, twisting the fairytale so there was a good side and a bad side. At first, I thought he was that stereotypical flirty character (no, that's Rumpel) but I was wrong. In fact, I really can't find a stereotype for him at all. His good ending was so nice. I was screaming with joy when I got it. But his bad ending was also heartwrenching. It was even worse than Rod's and since I played this second, I was like: O_O. Does this meant the other bad endings were darker? Aside from that, he's a great character and I can understand why so many people like him.
3. RUMPEL - Rumpelstiltskin - Unfortunately, his route was my least favorite and the one I was least excited to play although I did it before Fritz and Waltz's because it was recommended. Flirty characters just never appealed to me and I didn't really like the thought of someone with Lucette's personality with someone with Rumpel's personality. But that's my opinion and I tend to have unpopular opinions. His good ending wasn't all that interesting to me so I'll just say that it's...meh. However, his bad ending got me crying too. Lucette didn't kill him like she did with Karma, but he still died. And even though, I didn't like his personality, his death got me crying too. AND PARFAIT. Her death...smh.
4. FRITZ - The Little Red Riding Hood - This route is definitely more different than the other routes because you're technically romancing with two different guys although they're the same person. I took this one before Waltz's because 1. a lot of people online recommend it and 2. Fritz's personality is appealing. Even though Lucette was so cruel to him, he remained loyal to he. I was shocked when Varg came into the picture, I did not expect that. But as I played on, I warmed up to Varg and started to like him a bit more. The good ending to this was also dark and kinda sad. Varg erases himself so that Fritz could be with Lucette even though he loved her himself. It was sad. And his bad ending...well, it can kind of be a good ending for the Varg lovers. I dunno. But Varg ends up "killing" Fritz. It's also sad because he loves Lucette even though Lucette loves Fritz. However, this one had so much more deaths than the other ones: Garlan, Delora (OMG) and Parfait (OMG) I definitely did not see the two character thing coming and congrats! You surprised me!
5. WALTZ - Peter Pan - Here we are. The one I was most excited to play after unlocking him. A lot of people say his good ending is the "true ending" and I'm not surprised why. The plot and conflicts are similar to those of a high fantasy novel (Oh, I promised to stop talking about books...oops.) and the climax is so tense. I couldn't find a stereotype for Waltz, but his personality is literally amazing. He is SO sweet! However, his route is definitely one of the more darker routes and his bad ending is probably the darkest one of them all. I hated it but loved it so much. His good ending thoughhhhhh. OH MY GOD that moonlight dance thing was just STUNNING. And I loved the scenes with the children. So cute! I hated how Parfait had to die thoughhhh. And the bond between Lucette and her father had me in tears. They were going to make up but stupid Hildyr ruined it by killing him! Nevertheless, Waltz's route is definitely one of the best and I loved it!
Yeah, so I can't choose between Rod and Waltz...They're both so good. I especially liked Rod and Emelaigne's bond. It shows that he can be caring :) I hated how Parfait had to die in almost every route though.
I would recommend this game 100%. The characters (Even the side ones) are so unique and lovable. This game definitely left a good impression on me in terms of visual novels and the Japanese culture. 100% going to replay it. I literally finished the game in two days...you could say I'm addicted. I heard there was going to be a fandisk that's like an epilogue to Cinderella Phenomenon and I'm excited for that. Although I heard you have to buy it. I'm still quite young, so I don't have my own credit card and I doubt my mother's going to allow me to spend money on games so I'll try to get it through a friend. I'm really excited for it either way!
Sorry to every else for this long comment. I bet y'all didn't expect it to be like a review :)
Thanks Dicesuki for giving me this wonderful experience!
awe man I love you guyssss
or should i say
how exactly do I allow pop ads to be able to download the game on windows 10?
Hello! We're sorry to hear about the inconvenience. Here is the link to the main file: http://www.mediafire.com/file/ghzeikqyxx6a3p9/CinderellaPhenomenon-1.1-pc.zip Let us know if you're able to download it.
I have a question :
I want the player to open the two-character love-loving way and finish them up to the end of the good-ending. And after that, open a way for a secret character. What code should I do in RENPY?
Hi I made a video with your game
Thanks for making it
Does anyone know why I can't install the game? It just starts loading then cancels it and now it's just sitting in my downloads :c
Are you using the Itch app? If so, try downloading it using your browser instead. It may work then.
I can't download this :(
Are you using the itch client? I've found that it works 99.9999999998% of the time for me (the 0.0000000002% is when my WiFi isn't working).
This game I 100% recommend to anyone. The art work is absolutely flawless, and all the characters story lines make you hungry for more. My favorite route was Waltz. And i do also recommend playing it in order it really does help for a better understanding. My favorite part about this game has to be the creativity when it comes to these characters curses. Who would of thought to even use a fairy tale as a curse, i most defiantly wouldn't. That's why this game is truly a work of art. Defiantly a 10/10.
Alrighty. So this post might (will probably) get a big long but ONLY because of how passionate I am about this game after 100% completing it.
THE GOOD STUFF FIRST:
There is so much praise that I can give to this game. First of all, for a game that is completely free to play, it is a great game and I am so thankful to everyone behind the game for it. It was a very enjoyable experience.
The visuals and the music were well made and everything was very clean and well put together. I especially love the fast foward button, it makes getting the other endings more enjoyable and less tedious.
The story and the characters. Now, I can't really choose a favorite character because they're all well written and I like all of them for different reasons. Obviously, some of the characters have more plot (the over-arching story) in them, but that's to be expected with this style of game. The story is also very well made. There are plenty of fairytale retellings but this one is unique and is a bit unforgettable. It's wonderfully distinct. I also love how it is not a pain to replay the game over and over again. Each time you play the story expands upon the world and the plot in different ways that makes it seem like you're playing for the first time again. Even with the knowledge from other routes, it's genuinely fun to play all the routes and go through all the options. By the end of completing the game, you really do have some attachment to the characters and by the time you reach some of the more intense moments, it really does hurt haha.
I also love the writing of the main character, Lucette. Her progression towards learning how to be good seems very natural and her cold nature doesn't become annoying either. You can emphasize with her easily and even though I guess Lucette is supposed to be a blank for people to insert themselves into, I can really love Lucette as her own character as well. Her relationships with all of the other love interests too flow naturally and their romance seems solid and real.
Now as much as I could go on about the great things about this game, there are some things that irked me a little. These are all just my personal opinions and I truly don't have any negative feelings towards this game.
My main issue is with the choice system. Obviously, there is a good choice and a bad choice which will lead to their respective endings. However, it is a bit tedious that, as far as I can tell, you need to select ALL of the good choices to get the good ending. Therefore, in all of my playthroughs, I got the bad endings first then went back for the good ending. The fast foward button relives this issue a lot, but still, possibly basing the results of the choices on the number of right or wrong choices would've been better?
Another gripe with the choice system is that the choices don't necessarily feel like they matter. In terms of the game, of course they do matter, they determine the end of the story. But, in plot terms, they don't matter. In the story, it doesn't matter if you buy the right item or run in the right direction because no matter what option you choose, they both lead to the same dialogue. The story progresses in the same way, the characters still fall in love, everything is the exact same from Chapters 3-9 no matter your choice. This is why for me at least, the endings can be a bit jarring. There is no sign that you not choosing the right choice would lead you to noe recognize your love interest or run in the wrong direction. Even if you chose all of the right choices, you could give it the bad ending and it wouldn't seem off. When going back for the good endings, I sometimes thought, "These actions are competely independent of Lucette's relationship and could've easily happened whether you chose the right choices or not".
That is much more of a nitpick however, because adding additional dialogue, CGs, and story would've made it a much bigger project and maybe wouldn't be so generously free. And for the choose your own adventure story this game is, this choice system is not bad at all. This is just a comment if hypothetically the game were to be expanded upon; to possibly have Lucette and the romantic interest to not fall in love or to have a strained relationship.
I really did love playing this game. I fell in love with the characters, plot, and the world. Each route was well written and made sure you weren't bored with the story. The good far outweighs the bad. This is a great visual novel and I am still amazed that it is all for free. I definitely recommend for others to play this.
Usually, I am not really into fairytale retells but this one here is so creative, there is not any book you could compare to this interesting story. I downloaded it for free a few days ago and completed it last night. Absolutely fell in love with the creative really different stories.
I enjoyed that even it all had the same goal, each story really was independent and strong on its own and you never felt like you really just picked the love interest but also got five really different stories. So for me, it was fun to actually go back and play it again. After completing it I just really wanted to get the artbook as a memory and also having one of th pics now as my phone screen.
This game is clearly one I would play and read again as it's a beautiful story with interesting characters.
played it for free and came back to donate, cuz i'm pretty sure this is gonna be my favorite otome game, forever. loved the mc for being more than just another naive sweetheart, and loved even more the variety and uniqueness of all the romancable characters. awesome story and art, too. rare i have no complaints about a game, but there it is :P
The game won't download for me?? Like, I'll click Install and then it'll start installing before cancelling. Right now it's just sitting there in my Downloads. :/ I'm not getting any messages from Ad blocker or Malware or whatever so I doubt it's that. I really wanted to try this game out!!
This was absolutely utterly amazing! I've currently played 4/5 of the routes, my favourite was rod at first .. but waltz aaaaah <3
I'm also quite blown away by the piano music, "Forgotten" especially takes a toll on my heart :') Is there any sheet music available for it? I play the piano and I'd love to learn it so much :')
Thank you so much for creating this game, it probably ruined all other otome games for me since i'll never find one this good again, but who cares! I'll always have it in my heart <3
Any chance you could make the android version downloadable here, as an APK file? I know it's buggy, but I've already played the game all the way through, it's just more convenient to have on mobile and this is definitely a game worth replaying. I found it available on a couple other sites, just with a google search, but TBH I'd feel much better downloading it from here.
Thanks for the great game!
Hi! Sorry I'm not part of the team or anything, but I'm pretty sure they said at some point the android port was unofficial, so they didn't actually make it.
I loved this game, this is one of my favorite visual novel I played so far and I play a lot of them!!! x3 I loved how the game made the character grow, Lucette was my favorit of them all which which is rare, since I feel most of the female protagonist are lacking or just not strong.
Lucette is none of that and she is one of the character that grew the most through this game. You can really understand why she is how she is and I will feel attached to her. Of course all the other characters are really well developped too. :)
Exploring the story was really fun and there wasn't a time where I got bored of it. ^^ The art is beautiful and the story is as rich or even more then very expensive otome games.
All the interactions between the character were natural and really made the story even more interesting. I also like how it's not some game where everything go well and is all happy go round.
I really love and admired this master piece frome Dicesuki!!! <3
I really recommand it to any fan of visual novel! ;)
This is a great name, beautifully done. There is actual character growth through out the entire game. My favorite thing about each route is that your character is learning to love, while at the same time teaching the guy she's pursuing how to love too. It held my interest the entire time. Props to everyone involved in this, but particularly the writers. Great job!
This, is hands down my favorite otome game.
I really, really love how every routes has their own unique story and doesn't only copy paste. I really adore all the characters, they are all so precious and I especially admire Lucette and her character growth throughout all the routes. The art is really stunning and the plot is just worth playing over and over again. I'll never get bored.
I really admire how, despite this game being free-to-play it feels like an expensive commercial game. I thank you so much for making this game and I'm terribly sorry for not being able to pay because I'm still a student that lives in a country that doesn't allow students to work so, yeah...
I'm looking forward to your next games and hopefully I can buy it with my own money next time. Cheers!
This game was amazing it was one of my first pc otome games I downloaded it ealier this year. Sorry I had much going on and couldn't comment about this wonderful game. The forbidden love between you and your step brother. The twists of the beast. Your handsome loyal guard who seems like a dog but is more a wolf. The twists of an amesiac man with a sly devilish tongue. The curse of the man who can't age....it was all a wonderful tale. I would look forward to another one if you ever make one. The game is full of surprises. I play it again when I'm bored or when I can't remember some of the scenes. I love how the female protagonist is not some weak pathetic little gir who is looking for a love story. She had a rough life and has her own demons and while curing her demons she helps those around her!!!! The bad endings were not predictable which was even more amazing. Hoping you come out with a new game soon!!!
I love this game - from the artwork to the characters to the plot - I never got tired replaying this, trying to get the different endings, and it wasn't a copypasta either.
I'm so happy this game is free but it's such good quality I wish I paid for it. I look forward to more games from your company!!! And I'm gonna be playing this one over and over.
Wow, what a beautiful game! It's polished and gorgeous and lovely. Thanks for making it!
Hi, i really want to play the game but itch won't let me download it. I press install, and it starts to download- but the flickers back to saying 'install' and stops downloading.
Hi, I had the same problem when trying to download the game but i found a work around. You can download it from the itchio when its opened in your browser, it will take a while but it will eventually download. After that open your downloads and right click on the Cinderella Phenomenon and then select Extract all. This is just because the game is a compressed file format. Thats how I got it to work for me at least. Hope it works for you too!
Edit: Also you will have to open it directly from your computers downloads, somewhat inconvienient but a small price to pay to enjoy this wonderful game.
This game made me cry so many times because it kept punching me relentlessly right in the feelings, but it was worth it. ;-;
I may or may not have been binge-playing for two days straight.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS VIRTUAL NOVEL. It's my absolute favorite that I've ever played. The characters, the music, the artwork, the script... I would honestly rate everything a 10/10. There are very few games where I fall in love with every single romantic option, but this is one of them. <3 I enjoyed playing every route equally and it was an AMAZING experience because of that.
You're amazing at what you do!
I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH THIS GAME!!!!!
i had been playing this game for 3 days and all the time i spent completing those routes was worth it. i can't even begin to explain how good and well-made this is. every little detail that was spent into this game didn't go unnoticed. the efforts of the creators to make a game possessing high quality graphics and an incredible story definitely paid off as i am certain that everyone who decided to download and play this game was not disappointed. i don't even know how i'm forming sentences right now. i just finished the 5 routes and am in complete spazz mode over how amazing that experience was, so forgive me if i sound repetitive or as if i'm spouting incoherent sentences.
OK FIRST OFF: THE CHARACTERS. GOD I LOVE ALL OF THEM. and yes, when i say all, i mean all of them! even the villains and the side characters. THEY ARE ALL SO LOVABLE. i can tell how each character was not merely present to serve as plot device but each of them had their own complexities, their own insights, their own opinions and ideals that they wish to come true. even though this is fictional in every way, i found myself often feeling empathy for the characters.
SECOND OF ALL: THE SCRIPT. the way each setting and each action was described was so vivid and well-executed that i literally had to stop and pause the game several times, because i couldn't take in the beauty of the words being used. they were used so effectively in a way that really captures the emotions of the situation being presented in the game.
AND FINALLY: THE GRAPHICS. like how????? the special scenes were too beautiful that sometimes i felt like i didn't deserve to look at them iabdabdabuf. several times, i found myself gasping and just shaking my head at the magnificence of the graphics. this art style has won my heart so many times and i am so happy because it suited the story really well.
also, i suggest that you follow the recommended playing order, because there are some pieces of information about other routes that will be revealed to you which might decrease the suspense factor of the plot.
that being said, here's the list of the routes from my most favorite to least.
- i feel like this is inevitable since he is pretty much endgame just basing from the opening itself. the special scenes with waltz (ESPECIALLY THAT ONE IN THE FOREST OHMYLORD) are so precious that even though i promised to stay loyal to rod, i found myself swooning over him. also, i find that my character's relationship with him is the most adorable out of the others. also, this route has the best ending, because everything felt resolved and there was enough closure with each character. this is also the only route in which i get to actually experience an overdue confrontation with the king and that part made me bawl hard.
- was this expected too?? lol but this is less because of fritz himself and more because of varg. i got so attached to him (maybe because i'm naturally drawn to bad boy types idk) even though i tried to resist because i knew he was going to vanish in the end. :-( now i'm sad again. i legit cried over varg after finishing this route for like 10 minutes because he didn't deserve that ending ;-; this route probably has the worst ending imo but it was worth it. at least i got some special scenes with varg ;u;
- THOSE HATE-TURNS-TO-LOVE RELATIONSHIPS ALWAYS GET ME. and rod is so freaking cute!!! he's the type i always immediately get attracted to in otomes. (short, blonde hair, blue eyes, kinda looks like a shota, you get the picture) i don't like the ending tho. i hate it when the endings seem temporary and unsure :-(
- i thought he was going to be the playboy type at first but i was so wrong lol i love how overprotective he is (literally everyone in this game was but) and how much he cares for my character despite being selfish. as it was stated in the game itself, my character relates with him the most and they improved together which is so cute.
- ok this route was cute, but for some reason, i couldn't empathize with rumpel's character that much. i understood his ideals and his principles, but out of all the other relationships, i felt like this one was the most unnatural or misfitting. i just felt like they weren't suited for each other??? idk
OK FINALLY I'VE SPAZZED EVERYTHING OUT OF MY SYSTEM THANK GOD. and also, A BIG THANK YOU TO THE DEVELOPERS OF THIS GAME. you guys will be remembered as our otome saviors. but in all seriousness, i love you for making this amazing game and for being such skilled and talented people. please make more.
edit: i've left the game running for an hour in the background now, because i don't want to quit it. the game affected me this much.
edit 2: i'm still listening to the music in the background lol sfienfiewni
edit 3: how does one get over a game and move on with their life
I'll try to keep it short for everyone's benefit since I have a tendency to be too wordy... PHENOMENAL game. The story is very captivating and unique- it definitely sucks you in. Such a fantastic twist to the tales we've grown up with. I honestly can't get enough of it and wish there were more games/novels like it! My praise and thanks to the author/developer!
oh my gods, im just so smitten with this game. i followed the recommended play order (definitely well done, waltz to end it off was just so satisfying an ending) and as i was writing this the little credits cut scene that i won't spoil popped up and yeah, i'm just so happy that this game exists