Mobile Game Review: Yotsumegami, a Mystery VN (Android/IOS)

「 “Unwanted children” will be taken away by the Yotsumegami 」

Yotsumegami is a puzzle-solving, escape room styled game produced by SEEC. I picked this up on a whim while looking for mobile games that were more than just management or rhythm and this surprised me with its compelling storyline and moving themes. It’s also completely free-to-play with a total of thirteen different endings.

Saihara Mai is a young schoolgirl who’s returned to the village of her birth to pay respects to her late grandmother, accompanied by her single-dad Makoto. Having been raised in the city, she has never been to the village her whole life. While waiting for Makoto and her uncle to return to their shared room, Mai encounters two young children calling for help – their mother is in pain, she’s suffering. Mai is led to a shrine in the nearby hills – Yotsumegami Shrine, where the local deity (Yotsumegami, ‘Four-eyed God’) is worshipped. There, she finds herself unable to leave, returning to the same location over and over again no matter how many times she attempts to leave. Mai meets Imigo, a strange boy who’s so annoyed by her presence that he offers to help Mai find her way back to her family.

Structured like a visual novel, you progress through the story chapters each time you solve a puzzle. Along the way, there are numerous opportunities to learn more about the game universe and its mysterious, eerie inhabitants. This is a spoiler-free review.

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Otome Game Review: Love Heaven

Schoolwork strikes back… _(´ཀ`」 ∠)_ Exams steal away the time I have to write things up, but they’re nearly over! I’ve been playing a few things on and off, I’ll be updating with Jewelic Nightmare (Alen’s route), Houkago Colorful Step (both sides), and Shinobi Koi Utsutsu. Anyway:

Love Heaven is an otome game application for both iOS and Android. ‘You’ are walking home one day when ‘you’ encounter a strange black cat. Following its lead, ‘you’ fall into a world overrun with strange creatures with nary a soul in sight. This Alice in Wonderland setting is blown to smithereens when the cat opens its mouth and graciously informs ‘you’ that it’s time to bust out the chops. ‘You’ are tasked with gathering a posse of famous historical/fictional figures that have slipped in too, journeying around this strange new world in order to find ‘your’ way out – and romancing them while we’re at it. The game is said to contain over 200 obtainable characters.

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