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An abbreviated account of Hiiro no Kakera DS: Part 4

By Jenni . June 18, 2008 . 2:29pm

So we’ve skipped ahead in Hiiro no Kakera DS, since for a while the game just has some tension building conversations and interactions. In our last entry, the members of Logos easily triumphed over the five demon fighting guardians Takuma, Mahiro, Yuuichi, Tsuguru and Shinji, and then took off. Since then, the five guys and Tamaki have had a number of discussions about dealing with Logos and the monster appearances.

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An abbreviated account of Hiiro no Kakera DS: Part 3

By Jenni . June 17, 2008 . 12:30pm

When we last left poor princess descendent Tamaki in Hiiro no Kakera DS, she had run into (literally) Shinji, the fifth of the six guardians who will assist her in sealing the demon sword. She also discovered that her unusually adorable fox Foxie was more than just a supernaturally cute pet – that he had special abilities of his own and wouldn’t hesitate to use them to defend her.

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An abbreviated account of Hiiro no Kakera DS: Part 1

By Jenni . June 12, 2008 . 12:50pm

Hiiro no Kakera starts with quite a bit of exposition. It begins with a detailed explanation of why our heroine, Tamaki, is suddenly living with her grandmother in a rural mountain town. (Her parents decided to focus on their careers and ditch her.)

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The men of Hiiro no Kakera DS

By Jenni . June 11, 2008 . 12:35pm

Since kanji is abundant Hiiro no Kakera, the latest DS dating sim for girls’, it may be difficult for those with mediocre Japanese reading skills to get to know the eligible bachelors. So hopefully this short primer will help players get to know the men looking to win Tamaki’s heart.

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Navigating Hiiro no Kakera’s main menu

By Jenni . June 3, 2008 . 3:32pm

Since most of the main menu in Hiiro no Kakera is in kanji (like much of the actual game), figuring out what each button does can be a bit confusing. Especially since one option in the options menu can erase data. So after watching the beautiful introduction movie and tapping the introduction button (and being greated with a happy “Ohayo!”), a menu with six options comes up.

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Hiiro no Kakera DS touch screen guide

By Jenni . May 30, 2008 . 10:32am

Hiiro no Kakera DS is the latest visual novel/life sim/otome game for the Nintendo DS. Like other recent titles (Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 2nd Season and Vitamin X Evolution) it is a port of a PS2 game with DS exclusive features and full voice acting. It also happens to be more of a visual novel dating sim, like Vitamin X Evolution and Duel Love, as opposed to the life sim style games like Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 2nd Season or Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo DS!!.

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That’s QT Fashion Battles

By Jenni . May 23, 2008 . 7:21am

“It’s a walk-off.”

That Zoolander quote is an incredibly appropriate way to describe the Fashion Battles in That’s QT. About every other month in game time, the anthropomorphic mailbox character will pop up and deliver a challenge to the player from one of the designers. You can either accept or decline (the first option is accept), and after that you are whisked to the event hall.

Post 13008

Picking a handheld Itadaki Street

By Jenni . May 20, 2008 . 2:01pm

While the Itadaki Street games are all practically identical in terms of gameplay, that doesn’t mean that each game is identical. Each features different aspects to create unique playing experiences. The two portable Itadaki Street games, Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable and Itadaki Street DS, are a great example of this. Each title seems to be geared towards a different audiences, despite being similar games.

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Yume Neko DS Day 6: Random Yume Neko DS observations

By Jenni . May 17, 2008 . 7:49pm

Yume Neko DS is really an adorable little game. Its a fun way to spend time, and I enjoy leaving the DS open while I work on other things. Since Reno can take care of a lot of his needs on his own, I don’t have to worry about feeding him or anything really going wrong. Its a soothing distraction, and is very realistic. Many of Reno’s actions and reactions are identical to my real cat’s.

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Yume Neko DS Day 5: Reno’s status

By Jenni . May 16, 2008 . 12:07pm

I knew cats were complicated, but I had no idea just how tricky it was to keep them happy until Yume Neko DS came along. During the game, the upper screen displays a series of bars that each cover a certain aspect of Reno’s well-being. Since there wasn’t much to do before the shopping trip, most of the bars are either entirely empty, or in the red.

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Yume Neko DS Day 4: Shopping for Reno

By Jenni . May 15, 2008 . 11:42am

I was tired of sitting inside all day, catering to a cat – especially since there wasn’t much to do with him yet. I decided to explore the town and find new items for Reno. There was 50,000 burning a hole in my pocket.

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Yume Neko DS Day 3: Making things pretty for Reno

By Jenni . May 14, 2008 . 11:57am

The home started out pretty bare. Only the cat essentials were present – food and water dishes and a litterbox. It was no way to live. Plus it couldn’t be comfortable or interesting for Reno. So my next mission was to do some interior decorating.

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Yume Neko DS Day 2: Interacting with Reno

By Jenni . May 13, 2008 . 12:29pm

I wanted to start things out right, so I decided to first engage in some basic interactions with Reno. After all, he is a virtual animal who requires virtual love and care. So I decided that, before exploring or analyzing Yume Neko DS, I’d try and cover my new cat’s basic needs.

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Yume Neko DS Day 1: Getting Started

By Jenni . May 12, 2008 . 10:58am

Yume Neko DS (aka Dream Cats DS) is essentially Nintendogs with felines. It’s an incredibly polished and well executed pet sim, which should come as no surprise since it is from Sega. My copy arrived the other day, and I eagerly created a kitty.

Post 12589

Chasing bad boy Taro in Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 2nd Season

By Jenni . May 8, 2008 . 12:51pm

Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 2nd Season had two special guys added into the game by Konami for the DS release. One, Taku Komori, was an adorably easy to win sweetheart. Then there’s Taro Majima. Taro’s harder to win over, and to be perfectly frank – he’s a jerk. He’s one of those guys who thinks he’s perfect (even though he’s not attractive) and he is going to spend the entire game screwing you over.

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That’s QT is definitely a cutie

By Jenni . May 6, 2008 . 4:13pm

That’s QT is a curious blend of fashion design and business management. It looks simple and, as the title suggests, cute, but in reality is a complex and surprisingly deep game. It is so good, and so much fun, that I hope Koei decides to release it in North America. If it doesn’t, well, That’s QT is import friendly and can be played even if you don’t speak Japanese.

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