I’ve managed to play and beat one game off my massive backlog. Hurray for me! I beat Sweet Fuse: At Your Side on the PSP, an otome game that’s more like a visual novel. The premise is that Inafune Saki (the only female character of the game) is off to the grand opening of her uncle’s amusement park. The park is awesome because its theme is based off of video games. Unfortunately for her and her uncle, a crazy bloke named Count Hogstein takes over the park and many hostages. Saki and six guys are thrown into a game they have to beat in seven days. If they don’t beat the game, their lives and the hostages’ lives are on the line. So Saki and the guys play the game, and Saki can fall in love with any of the guys if the right answers are chosen. Here are my spoiler-free nitty gritties!
– THE PARK. I’d so go to a park like this. One of the exhibition is like Mario Kart meets Alice in Wonderland; another is a fighting game ala King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table. Seriously, considering that Saki’s uncle is INAFUNE KEIJI, the game-themed park is just brilliant.
– Of all the characters, Shidou Subaru was the only one I really liked. He was like the jack-of-all-trades!
– The character interactions and portrayals were decent (as a good visual novel should do!).
– Again, THE VIDEO GAME THEMED PARK. Seriously, this is video game nerdgasm.
– The premise of the plot was interesting, but in order to understand everything, you have to play through all seven endings. Which, I didn’t mind, but . . .
– The wackiness of the plot required a lot of suspension of disbelief on my part, and even then I wasn’t too keen on the plot.
– Saki’s Anger/Restraint bursts didn’t quite matter . . .
– Most of the character designs did not appeal to me. In fact, I was sorely wanting my Hakuouki boys over these guys.
– The Big Bad of Doom PISSED ME OFF. His backstory just didn’t cut it for me. Nuff said.
– The romance didn’t work for me either. Seven days and they are declaring eternal love for each other? NO.
It was a fun romp, but it was sort of a painful romp when I went through all seven endings. Blegh. If I liked the characters more, I’d probably have enjoyed it. And really, the backstory of Big Bad just made me feel let down. However, I am glad Aksys is bringing more otome game/visual novels to the west. I just wished they’d bring something other than this and the 329048923904 incarnation of the same Hakuouki game. I love Hakuouki, but I’m ready for like Hakuouki Reimeiroku or something!