IFReviewed by James Hall
on 2006-09-25 12:47
Now this is one game that is takes campness to a whole new level. It off starts with you, Miki Maeda, a fifteen year old student attending the bizzarely named "Peak of Ripeness Orthodox Highschool", ploting to overthrow the robot dictatorship that has ruled your city for as long as you can remember. Sounds interesting, but how I'm supposed to overthrow this dictatorship is a mystery, as I don't have any plans drawn up and I don't seem to have any kind of weaponry or superpowers at my disposal. Unfortunately, the goal of the game isn't the only thing that's vague either. Walk around Kurusu City proper and there's a noticable lack of implemented scenery:-
-You don't see any people here.
-You don't see any buildings here.
-You don't see any road here.
-You don't see any robots here.
Sorry, too many "don't see that here"s for my liking, which I don't want when I'm exploring an unfamiliar city, expecially not one in a (presumably) futuristic setting. The biggest problem, though, had to be how easy it was to render the game unwinnable- often without warning and sometimes without ever knowing the game has become unwinnable. One such situation is when you've be captured by a robot for skipping school and thrown into a maths class which you cannot escape from. Several turns later, another robot comes into the classroom and zaps you to death. Another is where you can skip school but forget to take an all-important object. You can't go back and get it without being captured, and you can't win the game without the object, so you'd might as well start over. Many of the puzzles are obscure too and completion of the game requires either psychic powers or a walkthrough to achieve.
Problems such as these are pervasive and severely detract from what at first appeared to be a promising game. But despite these flaws, the game itself is mostly free from spelling and gramatical errors and the parser behaves itself most of the time, too. Kurusu City had a strange charm about it, so playing it wasn't an entirely awful experience, even if the ending was less than satisfying and left me feeling more than a little cheated.