Sunday, October 11, 2015

Closed GAME: A Quick and Dirty Review of the latest game by the creator of Bible Black

Perkenalkan, kami Empress.

Empress の名前はタロットカードの「女帝」に由来します。
Nama Empress berasal dari kartu tarot The Empress.

Dalam posisi normal kartu empress berarti: kebahagiaan, kestabilan, keindahan, kemakmuran, keibuan, panen, asmara.

Tetapi dalam posisi terbalik artinya menjadi: nafsu, kecemburuan, posesif, belenggu, egois, ketamakan.

Menurut kami kedua sisi itu menggambarkan pesona dari mahluk yang bernama wanita.

Menawan, tetapi juga menyesatkan. Terjal, tetapi juga fana.

Dua sisi pesona wanita yang saling bertolak belakang itulah yang menggambarkan konsep dari brand kami.

Tujuan kami ialah membuat karya dengan eros dan fetishism, dan juga cerita yang berkualitas. 
Terimakasih atas dukungannya.

Diambil dari bagian "about" situs Empress.

OBVIOUS WARNING:  This post contains NSFW/adult material.

15 tahun berlalu sejak eroge fenomenal karya Sei Shoujo yang mengguncang jagad perhentaian (istilah apa ini lmao) dengan judul "Bible Black" dirilis. Hingga saat ini, bagi saya Bible Black masih memegang peringkat tertinggi untuk eroge dengan sensasi yang menyeluruh. Baik dari sisi cerita dengan unsur horror, thriller, mistik, tragedy dan survivalnya, maupun dari sisi erotika dengan segala euforia, fetish dan kebejatan moralnya. Ini mungkin sebuah opini yang sangat bias, mengingat Bible Black adalah eroge dengan cerita gelap pertama yang saya mainkan, setelah saya muak memainkan eroge love sims karena merasa dibodohi dengan kisah-kisah yang sama sekali berbeda dengan realita romantika dunia nyata. Fuck you, vanila galge.

Setelah Bible Black, Sei berpartisipasi dalam karya-karya lain yang, meskipun bisa dibilang memuaskan namun tidak ada yang sampai menyamai level BB. Tetapi itu mungkin karena beliau tidak menghandle bagian ceritanya. Nama Sei Shoujo tertera pada bagian skenario hanya di game Starless (ini menjelaskan banyak hal, terutama kenapa saya bisa mendapat sensasi merinding yang sama saat main Starless dibanding judul-judul yang lain, dan juga pemilihan nama judulnya yang jika digabung menjadi judul lagu King Crimson; Starless and Bible Black) sementara di judul-judul lain seperti Cleavage, Lewdness, DominancE dan P/A, nama Sei Shoujo ditulis pada bagian art saja, jadi saya menyimpulkan Sei hanya membuat cerita untuk Starless and Bible Black. Dan satu judul lagi, yaitu Discipline, yang seperti bisa kalian tebak, diambil dari judul album King Crimson.

Meskipun begitu, eroge-eroge karya Empress mempunyai aroma yang sama, ditulis oleh Sei ataupun tidak. Seperti yang bisa anda baca di awal post ini, konsep dan tema yang diangkat biasanya berkisar pada dua sisi pesona wanita dan godaan yang menyertainya. Dan guilty pleasure yang anda dapat jika menerima godaan tersebut. Its always about the guilty pleasure. Dipadu dengan atmosfer yang glamor, sex, and drugs, and death (well that escalates quickly doesnt it), if I have to describe Sei's game in one line, it would be "A deadly yet glamorous game of pleasure and power".

And with all of that as prologue, lets get down to the meat of this post; review of the latest Empress' game: Closed GAME.

In the future, earth has lost most of its resource, turning its environment into deserts and ruins of cityscape. People are divided into two, those who live in the abandoned, dying earth and those who live up above the ground, in "Caelum Urbs", a floating land protected by sphere (Caelum: chisel, Urbs: walled city). Those who lives in Caelum Urbs comes into possession of everything. Their civilization is so advanced that people said that they have found a way to stop aging. The land people called them "the heavenly people". 

You play as Tougo Magnaaten, your typical seishoujo protagonist (by typical seishoujo protagonist I mean an average guy with no sexual experience but high libido and high potential, from nearly unlimited stamina to totally unrealistic amount of cum :v) Since Sei's game is about power play, this trademark trait is one of the best story's element that I always find it enjoyable, where you always starts from rookie and gradually make your way to be expert and eventually outstrenght the villain in their own game. The thrill you get on the early part is electrfying and the satisfaction you get on the later part is fantastic. Anyway, having interest and skill in so called old technology (cant get any more hipster than this), you choose not to give much damn with the wilderness outside, while your childhood friend, the spunky hot headed Celicia "Double Full The Trigger" Lockhart, is hype for her career as bounty hunter.

Biarpun tampilan anda kayak om-om botak gendut di doujin-doujin, tapi di gamenya Empress, anda bisa jadi bishounen berkacamata!

It's all started on one lazy day when you were having lunch in a bar with Celicia and another best friend of yours, George Mitchell, the current sheriff, when suddenly the bar exploded. Yep. The building got destroyed while you're still inside (kinda remind me to the opening scene in DominancE where the story begin with your starship crushed).

You find yourself awake in a spotless white room wearing nothing. A woman who introduce herself as Michiko Verxina appear via holographic monitor, telling you to wear the clothes prepared in the room (classy scifi suit) and gather at the hall. There, you meet Celicia and George, along with 3 other women. A holographic projection pops up again, this time showing a blonde, twin drill oujosama, who introduce herself as Celine, much to Celicia surprised because she used to have little sister with the same name but is currently missing. Celine call Celicia with onee-sama and tell her that she's now belong to Verxina family, which quickly objected by Celicia because the Celine she knew is not that slutty *cough*I mean, arrogant. But Celine quickly swipe that discussion away with a briefing that you are currently in Caelum Urbs and that the 6 of you are lucky because you will be given a chance to become a denizen of the celestial city and having one wish granted, but only if you survive the Closed GAME.

 And that's the gist of this eroge. So, what is Closed GAME? basically a survival game that span for 4 days. Each day, you will be deployed to a random stage where you have to find a spot called Safety Zone that will teleport you back to the main base (the one with white rooms) before the time limit reach zero. To help the task, each person will be given bangle or bracelet (Starless, everyone?) with 3 led light on it; when the blue light blinks, that means there's a friend/team member nearby, red light means enemy and green light mean safety zone. Each time the led blink, a loud sound will come out, you can tell how near the enemy/friend/safety zone is based on the volume of the sound. So yeah, the bangle is somekind like a radar. And speaking about enemy, of course there's also enemy in each zone, they ranged from meat doll (human in rubber suit and gask mask, yes there's also a female version but knowing seishoujo you can already guess what kind of female they are), pig-men, slime monster, giant bee, somekind of I dont know what is that thing that looks like a giant worm, and lizard men. I'm actually not too fond of fantasy creatures (ugh) but oh well. By now, you must be able to deduce the story by yourself. Yes, you and your team deployed to a place, got attacked, survived, found the safety zone, went to the next day, repeat until the last day, ending. But of course, there are twists. But I'll save that for the spoiler section, now lets meet the girls of your team that one of them will eventually have affection for you as you crawl out of hell that is Closed GAME as survivor. No, this game does not have harem ending.

Celicia Lockhart

Your rough and reckless, tomboy osananajimi. If you're familiar with Sei/Empress, having this girl-next-door kind of character as your main heroine is not that unusual, like Imari in Bible Black or Otokawa in Discipline. But Closed GAME is taking this one level beyond by having a super brash girl as the main heroine. At first, I cant stand her character at all. She's constantly speaking, loud mouthed brat with no brake and feminine charm, not to mention she loves to use violence as the first resort and the way she speaks make her more fitting to be casted in Crows Zero rather than an Empress' game. 

But, when I played her route and spent the time in the survival game together, I have to take back what I said and find that she actually has soft side too (not THAT SOFT SIDE). From all the heroine of this game, I find her dialogue is the most natural and enjoyable to listen to. Its like talking with an old pal, then I realize why does the conversation runs smooth, its because the main character (Tougo) sees Celicia as her little sister so they both never have an awkward moment when converse. Its only at the later part that Tougo will feel romantic attraction to her, if you play her route, but at that time, when that happen.. (continue to spoiler part)

Cocona Stemper

The most moeh moeh kyooooooonnn of all the heroine of this game, or perhaps, of all the sei shoujo game in history. Cocona always use her name when she refer to herself; "umm.. cocona doesnt know, she never think about that" <- something like this. She's also the most naive and air headed of the team (shooo kyooootttt HHNNNGGGHHHHH KOKONAAAAA). She said that she sells lemonade for living because thats the only thing she can do (cocona can't do difficult thing UwU) when suddenly white light came upon her and she find herself in Caelum Urbs. She seems like has no interest with the game and just want to return to home.
Cocona is easily my most favorite heroine in this game. Have you ever heard a saying "face like angel with body like devil"? that perfect combination combined with her Latifa Fleuranza trait made her becomes the most adorable yet sexiest character ever. UNTIL I realize that I'm so stupid for believing everything she said because.. (continue to spoiler part)

Funny trivia: since she has the smallest figure compared to the other woman in this game, the other girls treat her like a child. When you take her route, Celine will even call you a lolicon and I was like, wtf? sure, in sei's world she might be considered small but put her in any other series especially those moe loli show and Cocona will be an oneesan character there.

Marielle Clemens

Marielle is a girl with a gloomy looks and permanent unamused expression that I dont have any interest in, EVEN WITH HER WEARING GLASSES. She's the weakest among the team and basically can do nothing except sobbing and cowering in fear and is afraid to be left alone.

But of course my judgement toward her changes when I play her route. Turn out she suffers a sickness so chronic that she only have one year to live. Her almost permanent :( expression came from her tired emotion and hopelessness of having to deal with her condition. She came to Caelum Urbs willingly to join the Game as her last gamble, that if she won she'd wish for her health to recover by using Caelum Urbs' technology. But turned out the game is too hard for her level to handle and, knowing that she might lose she wouldn't mind to die here than waiting for a year. "Its not like there's anyone that still care for me anyway". *cue sad music from Shigatsu BGM*

So, yeah, this is what happen when Empress suddenly make a tear jerker story that sounds like Narcissu or one of those korean movie. But hey, it works! I feel bad for Marielle and her sex scene is the sweetest in this game, with cheesy line here and there and healing the emotional wound and I was like oh woow am I playing nukige or otome game?. So, does this make Marielle's story does not have any twist? lolnope, there's still a twist in the ending, but I saved it for (the spoiler part).

Lacey Mallet

The diva (because idol is too mainstream). Lacey is a famous singer that Tougo like to hear her songs back in the earth. Because Tougo sees himself as a fan, there are awkward scenes at the beginning and she seems distant. But if you play her route, she will gradually open up (guess what else is opened up, huehuehue). Eventually she will tell you the reason why she joined the game, she came to Caelum Urbs in order to look for her missing mother, Cindy Mallet, a legendary singer that once visit Caelum Urbs and never be heard again.
If the sex scene with Marielle is the sweetest, then the one with Lacey is the hottest. Of course this is to be expected since there is a lot of delusion fuel involved. Imagine you make love with your favorite idol/actress/singer/cosplayer/whatever (for me that'd be, lets see, Minhee from Stellar maybe? huehue) not as a fan but as a person that she has affection for. Because you both know each other and help each other during hard times. And she will finally take off her professional mask when she no longer see you as a fan or stranger. And then you cant help but feel that even a famous person that you idolize is actually a human too, that they can experience various emotion, from angry to sad to fear and joy. D'aaawww. Empress sure know where they have to present delusion and when to give a nice touch of reality so it doesnt taste too much of a bullshit. So yeah, Lacey is my most favorite heroine in this game (I'm sorry Cocona for being ladoer). I didn't intend to play her route as the last but I'm so glad I did. Maybe because it has a vibe of having something that seems unreachable, or maybe because when she drops her mask and be honest, she becomes much more down to earth and you can trust her completely (this game has a lot of female trolls). Oh, and she has her own ending song which sounds sooooo goooooooood it gives you eargasm while orgasm (lmao the pun).

The Villain
For when you want to go asshole to the girls in your team and choose to play the antagonist route instead because hey, live is about making choices rite.

Michiko Verxina

The Marie (Starless) or Kimiko (DominancE) of Closed GAME. Just like any other empress in Empress game, she's a lawful evil at its finest. She and her step daughter run the Closed Game for enjoyment. But she also stick to her rules and never betray her promises (though you have to listen to her wording VERY carefully). In the true ending, she also accepts her lose in a dignified manner and showing that she really cares for Celine despite her being a step daughter.

Celine Verxina

Your typical Empress' snotty princess. You can say she's the Leona (Discipline) or Marisa (Starless) of Closed GAME. Celicia's little sister who has become Michiko's step daughter, making him a legit citizen of Caelum Urbs. Despite being the cruelest character in this game, you have to admit that most of her sex scenes are top notch (Hey, you can still do it again, right? I'm still not satisfied~~) beware of the stray bullets though, since she has a hobby of shooting gun when orgasm (did I just hear you say 'what the fuck?').

And there you have it, my review and impression toward the game and its characters. Before I move to the spoiler (ending) part, I'll conclude the review by writing what is good and bad from Closed GAME compared to other Sei Shoujo games:

(+) Plot is waaay better and more complex than expected. I thought that its just a quick and dirty survival game story. Turn out each heroine has her own agenda.
(+) So many twist and surprises I lost count how many times I said 'what the fuck'.
(+) The thrill of Sei Shoujo/Empress' game is there. And with the many twist above, you will be on your guard everytime. The good old, ohshiiiiiit-- and unease sensation you get when you feel like something is not right is going to happen, when earlier everything seems fine, is there.
(+) You died a lot. Which is good. And most of the times unexpectedly. And why is that? because..
(+) ..some choice are unpredictable. I mean its not always an obvious questions like 'with whom you want to go? (choose 1 girl from your team)' but more like 'what are you going to do? (keep move forward/back to earlier place)' or 'what strategy will you use to search the safety zone? (search as one group/divide team into smaller groups), and sometimes BOTH ANSWER are corrects, making you more confused when aiming for good end.
(+) Interesting concept to get good ending in regard of the choice above, I'll explain this in the spoiler part.
(+) Crazy chicks everywhere. Even the most serious girl (Marielle) unintentionally did crazy thing (gives you viagra when you tell her that you feel tired after defeating enemy, because she thought it will recover your stamina).
(+) Cocona you crazy bitch lmaoooo
(+) Dem cool meganes
(+) Hot twintail blonde oujo-sama as your villain. Its like Discipline. With gun.
(+) Chillin' jazz BGM as you can expect from Sei's game.
(+) Badass Guilty Gear-ish rock BGM.
(+) Other BGM are also good. Srsly this game has a lot of good track from country to blues to persona-ish music, and the cheesy 90's love sims BGM.
(+) Damn awesome Lacey's ending song, slow jazz with correct English lyric and correct English pronunciation (I wonder where did they get the vocalist).
(+) Stand gallery (no, it has no relation with Jojo) is back just like in P/A. Basically its a mode where you can make screenshot using various character sprite and background. Quite cool. You can use it to create wallpaper like the one I put on this post despite there's no such scene in the game.
(+) Celicia's "Love and Penis" tattoo because "Love and Peace" is too mainstream.

(-) Plot took waaaay to long to get the juicy part (no, not that juicy part). Compared to Starless that got intense after few introductory scenes and escalates, I almost fell asleep when reading the early part of this game.
(-) The entire game is too short. I mean, come on, Starless got two weeks worth of story while this one only has four days. 
(-) Because of that shortness, the heroine doesnt get a lot of exposure and development. Sure, the 'heroine actually has their own plan and not just being there to get screwed' part is great, but it actually happen in day 2 and with 2 days worth of scenes (day 4 is for conclusion scene) it feels not enough.
(-) Even the sex scene is too short :v mostly just one shot (literally lmao) and has no post-scene if you know what I mean. Whats wrong, Empress? where's the epic line of "mada tarinaii~~" "manzoku dekinaii" and something along that.
(-) Overall the entire game feels too short and rushed. I wonder if they can't meet the deadline.
(-) No ending archive mode. Sure you can see the ending scenes from the scene mode but it doesnt give a feeling of satisfaction each time you get a good ending, as well as telling you the info of just how many ending in this game and how many you get by now.
(-) Menu and interface is still ugly. I wonder why after Starless every Sei's game menu visual quality dropped significantly. Seriously even I can make something like that.
(-) This is probably on purpose (so that people would buy the ost cd) but the music box mode dont have repeat button so you have no choice except to listen one track after another. You could record it manually on your own if you're dedicated enough though.

Oh and of course

(+/- depend on your fetish) scat

Final thought:

As this game isn't written by Sei Shoujo, I didn't expect for the plot to be at the interstellar level, or at least on par with DominancE, but turn out its slightly above my expectation. So, yeah, Closed GAME is good. It just that it could be longer. I'm definitely looking forward to the next E\\\dmpress' game, hopefully Sei could back as the scenario writer.

And now, for the spoiler section for you guys out there who doesnt have any plan to play this game but curious to know how the endings are.


First thing first, CLosed GAME has a clever methods to screw your logic when you aim for good ending, that is you can't apply THE EXACT FORMULA to every heroine. This means that, for example, if the correct choice for Marielle's good ending is "A - B - B - Go with Marielle - B - A - Go with Marielle again - and so on", don't expect that if you choose "A - B - B - Go with Cocona - B - A - Go with Cocona again - and so on" you will get Cocona's good ending. I was trolled hard by this one. Since A - B - B made good result (survived) I thought I have to choose the same answer when I replayed the game. turns out choosing something that made you dead in heroine A's route can result in you survive if you choose it in other heroine's route. I finally gave up figuring out the combination since there's no right and wrong answer so you have to go trial and error, and went with the walkthrough instead. But if you like some extra frustration then I suggest you to just play and try the combination one by one.

Second spoiler, remember your old pal, George Mitchell the sheriff? that guy is dead on day 1, killed by monster. This seems like just an ass pull to make a reason so you can have a harem party as your survival team, but turn out it will play a big role in the true end route. Before you get to the true end, it would seems that Mitchell is just an unimportant side character.

And speaking about true end, which is actually Celicia's good end, you can not access true end route if you haven't get all the other ending. So yeah, you CAN NOT ESCAPE from getting Celicia's bad end on the first playtru, which involved tragedy and NTRRRRRR.

Now for the ending. As I write before, in this game you can die a lot and the game will ended abruptly. Obviously I wont list that, I will write the ending of each female character. Lets starts from the villains first.

Michiko Verxina

Michiko's route is quite easy, because it is also literally the easiest way to win the Closed GAME. You get into her route if you choose to go alone rather than with another girl in your team EVERYTIME you have to venture the stage. Michiko will appear to you in person (rather than via holographic projection) and ask you for an offer; she will guarantee everyone's survival till the end of the game and sent them back to earth IF you agree to become her sex slave. To which you accept. 

So in the end of the game, everyone survived and returned to earth, including Celicia, after a dramatic parting, and you begin your life as the mistress' plaything. That is, until she grow bored of you and send you to be transformed into meat doll (men with gask mask and rubber suit that you encountered during the game as enemy). Welp, at least the bondage scene was hot.

Celine Verxina

Celine's route has a connection with Celicia's, obviously, since both of them are sisters. Celine being the younger sister. So I will also write about Celicia here. Tougo, Celicia and Celine were close friends back then in the orphanage. The three of them grew up together. Celicia, being the older sister and a tomboy, always played a prank to her little sister. Those pranks actually weren't serious one but Celine, being a shy and quiet girl, actually can't take that, but she can't say it to her big sister and Celicia being Celicia, completely oblivious with that (must be suck being Celine at that time). But the secret is not only that, back then Celine actually like Tougo, but again, she can't say it because Celicia also like Tougo and they look compatible (though actually its just because Celicia is more outgoing and behave like boys and Tougo see her as little BROTHER). Thats why when Michiko came to her and asked if she want to leave the orphanage and live with her to Caelum Urbs as her step daughter, she quickly agreed. 

Years after living in the floating city, the high class life style has changed little Celine from the shy and quiet village girl into a crazy badass urban nympho who wouldnt hesitate to pull the trigger of Witch Hammer, her gun's name, to people she despises. So this is more or less like Surti and Tedjo but in reverse lmao. But deep in her heart, she still couldn't forget her first love, Tougo Magnaaten. That's why when Michiko held Closed GAME, she quickly took the Master of Ceremony role and pick Tougo and Celicia as the contestant. Its time for her to make them pay and she made sure she'd put Tougo in more than enough shitty situation to deal with (quite literally).

Both Celine and Celicia's route has the same final scene, a duel between those two. In Celine's route, she succesfully shot Celicia. Celine says that it wasnt a fatal shot and that Celicia will be taken to recovery place (though knowing the chaotic nature of her, there's a chance that Celicia will be transformed into meat doll too). You spend your life waiting for Celicia to return (which probably will never happen) as Celine's sex slave. Just like in Michiko's route, only luckier, because Celine is in love with you so there's no way she will dump you and transform you into niku ningyou. Time passed and finally there come a chance for you to avenge for what she did (the infamous drug back the villain moment in Empress' game) but after all those revenge sex has been done, as you look at Celine's messy condition, you realize that after all this time, you might now grow fond of that sexy little devil's ass and decide to let go of Celicia.

Celicia Verxina (bad end)

At the duel scene, maybe realizing that she is no match for Celicia's bounty hunter skill, Celine decides to shot Tougo instead. Celicia snaps, but before she shots again, Michiko tells Celicia that Tougo still can be saved if she wished for that as the winner of Closed GAME. Celicia agrees. Michiko then summons the meat dolls to take Tougo to the recovery place. 

Time passed, Celine tells Celicia that Tougo is finally recovered and she can met him today.. only to find a meat doll in the room. Celine says that because the wound is too fatal, the only way to save Tougo is by transforming him into niku ningyou. As Celicia having sex with the silent doll (meat doll can't speak) with tears of joy, Celine leaves the room and laughing loudly, knowing that the real Tougo Magnaaten is being held captive in Michiko's place as Michiko's sex slave.

Marielle Clemens

You survived the game but at a heavy cost. You use your wish to save the other contestant but the system only capable of saving only one girl. So you choose the byoujoku meganekko, Marielle Clemens. That means the others wouldn't make it and died. But its alright, because you decided that Marielle is the girl that you love and she loves you back. Crying with tears of joy, Marielle use her wish to ask for a treatment for her sickness. The system grants it.

Its been some time since you both living together as citizen of Caelum Urbs. Marielle has completely recover. Life is good. No, its way too good. Now that Marielle Clemens is no longer sick and having her body enhanced by nano machines (lmaoooo finally we have nano machines in sei shoujo game! NANOMACHINES, SON!) she shows her true potential. Welp, you might already able to guess it. Yes, turns out she's actually a closet pervert and now that she doesn't need to hold back, the caterpillar evolves to full fledged nympho. And not only that, because she's been living surrounded by medicine, she decided to study medicine using you as guinnea pig. Oh well, at least now you can fuck her brain out without worrying of breaking her fragile body or weak stamina. NYMPHO MEGANE BANZAI.

Cocona Stemper

"Cocona lies", Cocona said, "all of the thing she said to you is actually made up, tee-hee"

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WTF IS THIS EKSDE EKSDE EKSDE Yes, this is the most hilarious route in Closed GAME. Cocona is actually a pro spy of earth resistance group or something, sent to Caelum Urbs to get a crucial data about its technology that will benefit for the civilization of low earth. Of course this scene only revealed when you go into her route. If you didnt play her route at all, you'll probably see Cocona as an innocent lemonade selling girl till the end. In Cocona's route, you will be helping her to accomplished her mission, using your knowledge and skill in old technology. Anyway her spy mode is completely different it made me laugh for a good few second while posing /:v\ what the fuuuu lmaooo. And it's only when you go with Cocona's route that you begin to notice she likes to curse in foul word when thing happen not the way she liked, which is very contrast with her cute image.

Cocona: ah, shit
Tougou: ?, Did you said something?
Cocona: oh no, its nothing ^_^

Cocona also does a lot of wtf trolling, like killing the monster (she's actually skillful in battle) and pretending to get sting, and telling lies that to heal the sting, you have to do something involves with spraying ammonia (get it? lmao wtf girl). When asked what happen with the monster, of course she would play dumb and act as if she didnt know anything.

Anyway, Cocona's route involves you helping her mission which is stealing data from Caelum Urbs. This made the game that suppose to be thrilling and intense story becomes funny since basically when you decide to join Cocona's secret mission you become so OP and know many things, including what's going to happen, how to act when you become the winner, planning how to borrow time when making a wish so Cocona can prepare her final act of her mission and so on. Finally, after everything went success, everyone returned to earth, everything back to the way it was, happy end. Plus, you and Cocona are now a legit couple. So when you're not busy with your work and Cocona with her organisation's activity, you two meet in secret. TO FUCK. Until one day, Cocona said that she's pregnant. But you two keep fucking anyway. But one night, after a hot sex with Cocona (fresh milk on the house aww yeaah) you heard a familiar step approaching. Why does this remind me to that one in Bible Black? The one with Imari went to Minase's home when he's with Rika? Huh, is that Celicia? what's your problem girl? uh-oh, wait, is that a gun? hey hey, lets-


Yea, Cecilia shots you and you died. Unfortunately, the ending for this route is just as hilarious as the story. I don't know how to react, its just seems so surreal, I mean is this for real? I hope this is a joke. Oh well, time to replay that pregnant sex scene again from the replay mode.

Lacey Mallet (bad end)

Despite not being main heroine, Lacey has two endings, though one of the ending is bad end. The main branch of her ending is when you gives her your opinion that she should a) Continue searching for what happened of her mom, or b) Gave up and choose to live as what she is in the present. Choosing (a) will gives you bad ending, stuck as the verxina's family sex slaves, for that is what Lacey's mother become. This is the most guilty pleasure ending because you get to fuck Lacey everyday in various fetish play, but at the sacrifice of her dream to become a singer. She has become a bird locked in the golden cage, along with your bird (huehue).

Lacey Mallet (good end)

Having to let go of her motive, Lacey decides to come back to her stage and finally become not just a popular singer in earth but also in Caelum Urbs. Of course this also mean that you return to just a fan of her. The gap between her world and your feels so far apart. The days of times when you and her fighting together in crazy survival game seems just like a distant memories. 

One day, a small packet arrived at your place. Its content are two tickets, those are tickets for Lacey's concert in Caelum Urbs. But there's more to that. Inside the packet, there's a small letter from Lacey contains information of the time and place you can meet  her after concert. And a free pass to backstage. Luckily for you, Celicia doesn't have any interest with such concert, so you ended up going alone. The concert was of course amazing. But what happen after that is even more amazing.

After knocking the door with a combination knocks that described clearly in the letter, you hear a familiar voice that you haven't hear in a long time from behind the door. You entered the room and there she is. Lacey Mallet, still in her concert costume, with make up and sweats and everything. Thing happens so fast, without plan, without thought, only mutual desire. Knowing that this is probably the last time you can hold her, and she probably think so too, you made love to her as if the world would end tomorrow. This is, without a doubt, the sweetest yet saddest ending in Closed Game. THE FEELING SO STRONK WERE LASTING FOR SOO LOOOOONG. By: Michael Learns To Rock.

But hey, who knows, its maybe possible after she retired from the entertainment spotlight she will return to you, though by that time, you two would already becomes old. Or you're both would have already married anyway. This is also the only ending that has a special ending song, a slow jazz with english lyric titled "The Path", which quite possibly is suppose to be Lacey's song, sung by herself (in concert?). ITS.DAMN.GOOOD. Do me a favor and listen to it (sorry for the low quality audio, I records it in game with my half ass recording skill).


Celicia Verxina (good end)

The main heroine's good end, which, for me, is pale in comparison to Lacey's good ending. In this ending, when the game is almost over, suddenly it's interrupted by a call from someone with the higher rank in Caelum Urbs, concerning a person that's killed during the game (George). Turn out that act was deemed illegal (I forgot whether it was the game, or the killing or both that considered illegal) and eventough Michiko tried to act innocent but there was the video as proof. As a result both Michiko and Celine were kicked out from Caelum Urbs and have to live down to earth (pun intended). But that's seems not quite a big deal, since both of them still keepin it fine with enjoying orgies on earth and the likes. 

An interesting trivia, Celine's gun name, Witch's Hammer seems originating from this.

And that's all I can write about this game. Last time I checked Empress' site, there still no news about their upcoming game, which is to be expected since its usually come in january, maybe so they can boost sales of Closed Game in winter comiket(?). But there's another interesting news, apparently Sei draws a character for merchandise (tapestry and dakimakura), a high school metal girl.

As expected from Sei, she's got a wild and dangerous feel combined with the innocent charm of teenage high school girl. I wonder is she listens to King Crimson. You can check the website for more information, including the price.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Your Waifu Maybe A Ship, But Uchi No Hime-sama Ga Ichiban Kawaii!

For the past few months (or years?) dunia pervvibuan dijangkiti oleh virus mematikan bernama Kancolee, or like some people prefer to call it, waifu kapal-kapalan bukan kapal biasa. Fenomena ini, diikuti dengan munculnya banyak varian sejenis seperti alatberatcole, kastilcole, pedangcole dan coli coli yang lain (typo tidak disengaja) menunjukkan bahwa moecolle mobage bukan sesuatu yang bisa dianggap remeh. Tapi jika dilihat dari sudut pandang blog ini, apakah sebuah game yang menjual premis "koleksilah (gambar) vvaifumu sebanyak mungkin" itu sedemikian hebatnya? Terakhir kali saya terpesona dengan sebuah game karena kemoeannya adalah ketika idol m@ster pertama kali dirilis long long ago twenty century (check out my super ultra vvibu review here).

I rarely play any game these days, mostly due to my busy schedule, akhir-akhir ini game yang saya mainkan adalah type yang tidak menyita waktu dan konsentrasi pikiran. Gone are the days where I can sit for hours in front of tv grinding level so I could continue reading the plot of an edgy or sodeep RPG. Gone are the days where I can sit for hours in front of the monitor clicking tru wall of text of a depressing visual novels. What is left now are hours of sleepless night from work stress and social pressure (I lied. Most of my sleepless night usually came from me chatting or stalking in FESbook :v) but back to mobage, of course I play some of them. When I change my phone into the smart one last year, the first game I installed is this game of BUDIDAYA JAMUR OR SOMETHING THAT SUPPOSED TO LOOKS LIKE JAMUR BUT ACTUALLY IT LOOKS LIKE P0N0S.

It was a simple, undemanding game where you only need to check it once in a while to feed your JAMURS, or, if you're happen to be so busy that day, you could use a relatively cheap item that makes you only need to check it once in 12 hours, though doing so will decrease the rate for rare JAMUR to appear. Well, long story short, I finally managed to complete all the tasks in that JAMURCOLLE game, but while I'm idling waiting for the next update, shit happened. My phone drowned. Not drowned in the past memories like its owner, but literally drowned in water. And so I have to change my phone. Obviously my game data are also gone. No more JAMUR again. But then, a new hype came up. THE MOLA.

Mola Mola is a fun game, and not as static as Budidaya P0N0S, erhm I mean, JAMUR. You have to tap the food that is swimming around and the Mola will eat the-  ! ! S U D D E N  D E A T H ! ! !

Yeah, your Mola died. A LOT. This is a game where in order to grow, you have to suffer failures. SO DEEP (literally, since this game is about ocean sunfish), but the next time you starts, your Mola will have higher resistance/chance of survival to the same failure so you could continue your way.. only to die again by a new cause. Kind of annoying at first but after you play for amount of time you'll feel that you're getting better and faster to level up than your previous incarnation and that all your failures before really paid off. And just like budidaya JAMUR, Mola Mola is not demanding, it's also easy to play and effective for filling a short break between your activities and actually if you have enough patience, EVENTUALLY, your Mola will survive tru all this huurt and paaaiin and grow into ultimate Mola. And thats what my Mola currently is. After reaching the ultimate form and completing all quest/food and et cetera, I am now back to idle with nothing to do whenever I want to kill some time.

But then, I found- Ah that's right, before I continue to the main dish, while we're talking about games, I feel obligated to talk about this particular game that I just recently played, or more like, recently read. It's the second reason I'm installing Steam (after Dead or Alive of course :v). You might already know the game if you're keeping up with my Facebook post. It's called Analogue: A Hateful Story. Along with its sequel, Hateplus, I bought those two game as a bundle at Steam sale (based Gaben) and those two game are really, really SUPERB! Its not your usual VN, as a lot of reviewer says, and I have to agree. In fact, I actually plan to write a review about it, even long before I write this post, but I have this bad habit of being too perfectionist when it comes to making an in-depth review, resulted in draft post that may never be published orz. Its the mediocre, short to medium length review that usually get written until finished and posted.

It's the kind of game that would make my face went like this

Both Analogue and Hateplus is actually more like a HUUUUUGE digital, interactive, epistolary novel. What is an epistolary novel? it's a novel that is written in the form of documents, like reports, diaries or letters. So yeah, instead of interacting with 2D chicks in in your galgeish VN, you'll have to read a looooooooooooooot of text in the form of diaries and letters. But its not as boring as you think, since your reading will be accompanied by two AIs in the form of 2D chicks that will make a clever, witty, sarcastic, funny, and many more kind of comments and remarks every time you finished reading each document.

Just in case you start developing those creepy love for 2D characters.

The story begin with a simple premise. You are some kind of space mercenary tasked to investigate a colony where everyone died mysteriously hundred years ago. The only clue are their huge communication database (think of it like Facebook where people could write diary and private messages). As you venture deeper into lots and lots of personal writing of various people who used to live in that ship, you'll find many kind of love stories that intricately interconnected like some kind of fated events that eventually escalated into a grandiose MASS MURDER OF DESIRE AND MADNESS that wipes out every single living being in that space ship. A beautiful, tragic yet comforting, definitely a recommended read if you're enjoying a skeptical look about love and romance.

And you'll say something like this. A LOT.

Just in case you start having those delusion that every girls are pure and single.


In the second game, which took place right after the first game but telling us the story about time before the first game take place (I'm confused, should this kind of thing be considered as sequel or prequel?) you will learn about various events that, just like Analogue, at first didn't seem to have a relation with each other but eventually interconnected and spiraling out of control CAUSE I FEEEEEEEEEEL.

Both Analogue and Hateplus is still available on Steam. If you're the type that appreciates the kind of story where everything seems fine in the surface but a lot of fucked up shit going on in the underneath, I heavily recommend both of this game. Jangan lupa sediakan Wedang Jahe Kalengan untuk menemani anda membaca VN ini.

Back to mobage. Setelah mengamati berbagai macam game yang ada di playstore akhirnya saya mulai paham kenapa mobage bisa sedemikian populer. Seperti membandingkan warteg dengan maid cafe, tentu saja warteg akan lebih rame dan punya lebih banyak jumlah pengunjung. Ingat Flappy Bird? atau Angry Bird? I bet the reason many common people, even non gamer girl play them aren't because it has the word BIRD on it. But anyway, setelah Mola Mola, saya mencari game ringan yang bisa dimainkan untuk mengisi waktu istirahat jika butuh cooling down. And that is when I find, what? Uchihime? noo, the prologue part of this post is still far from over :v. "Game" yang saya temukan, kalau itu bisa dibilang game, adalah sebuah program disc clean up dari sebuah artikel di ANN, Memory-chan. Memory-chan adalah program untuk membersihkan HP anda dari memory (not that memories) yang tidak terpakai sehingga kinerja telepon pintar anda menjadi ringan kembali. Sebenarnya saya pernah punya program yang mirip dengan ini (versi non moe tentu saja) di HP yang lama tapi belum ada di HP yang baru, talk about nice timing.

Dengan menyentuh Nona Memori, anda akan mengisi meteran yang besar progressnya ditentukan dari seberapa besar memory yang anda bebaskan (beda persentase sebelum dan sesudah dibersihkan). Jadi jika anda mengabuse Nona Memori, usaha anda akan sia-sia saja karena setelah dibersihkan otomatis persentasenya kembali naik dan jika anda melakukan clean up, besar memori yang dibebaskan tidak banyak atau bahkan hampir tidak ada. Setiap satu meteran terisi penuh, Memori-chan akan mendapat kostum baru, tentunya beserta set suara baru yang sesuai dengan pakaiannya. JOI also write an article for this. And you should definitely check the comments section at ANN for good dosage of LOL. Nice gimmick anyway, but not what I'm truly looking for. Karena terhitung aplikasi gratis, tentunya Memory-chan penuh dengan iklan, tapi untungnya karena Memori-chan adalah program moemoe untuk vvibu, iklan-iklan yang muncul pun aplikasi yang masih punya hubungan darah. Salah satunya adalah Girlfriend yang beberapa waktu lalu diangkat menjadi tv series animu (tapi sepertinya tidak begitu populer di kalangan circle saya dilihat dari minimnya postingan dan screenshots di Facebook, mungkin karena harus main gamenya dulu baru bisa mendalami feel animenya?) dan iklan yang lain adalah, you guess it, Uchihime.

Buuut, its still not the time to start talking about Uchihime, gotta safe the best part for the last you know orgasm denial is one of the best fetish out there, after all. Yes, at that time I tried to click the ads, it brought me to Playstore page with a "SORRY MARIO BUT YOUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER MAN'S EMBRACE  BUT THIS APP IS NOT FOR YOUR COUNTRY" text written on it. Merasa asin (feeling salty :v) sayapun melupakan apps tersebut dan mencari game lain. Since I was attracted to Uchihime because of the word "hime" on it, I got an idea to search for game that contains the word "hime", which eventually brought me to "Kerihime" (also known as "Princess Punt" in the English version).

W-wait, ojou-sama, what are you going to do? whats with that creepy grin? don't tell me.. no- wait- aaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Kicking my hero my ass! (pun intended) Kerihime is basically Angry Birds with Ikemasen, Ojousama! taste. So instead of making BIRDS flying using catapult, you send knights flying into the battle field and land their attack on their enemies by making the princess kicks that poor vassal's butt. Quite hot. If you're into that.

Dan tidak seperti Angry Birds yang simple, di game ini anda bisa mengkostumisasi senjata dan skill para ksatria malang tersebut, bahkan hingga tampilan sang ojou-sama. So if you want to see a blonde, drill hair ojou-sama kicking some ass (literally), I recommended you to play this one. In fact, I still play this game, despite I'm into Uchihime in my free time (you'll know why later).

And with all that's been said and written, finally, we're moving from the long opening into the main dish, yes,

✿ ❀ ❤ ♥ ♥ **~~UCHI NO HIME-SAMA GA 

(you'll hear this word A LOT)

Disclaimer: please note that I can only read few moonrune, so this post is more about impression than guide. I myself haven't play that far and there's still so many sections and stuff I dont understand in this game. If you have any knowledge to share regarding this game, feel free to share it in the comment section.

Saya baru mulai main game ini ketika ada teman saya yang memberi informasi soal QooApp, aplikasi android yang bisa dipakai untuk menginstall (dan juga mengupdate) aplikasi yang aslinya tidak bisa diinstal karena masalah region. Jadi jika anda ingin menjadi ouji-sama dan mulai berpetualang bersama para tuan putri, hal pertama yang perlu anda lakukan adalah membuka website di atas dari hape anda, menginstall aplikasinya lalu memasukkan kata "姫" ke dalam kotak pencarian, cari icon dengan tulisan Uchi no Hime-sama ga Ichiban Kawaii (kalau anda tidak bisa membaca hiragana pada judulnya sebaikanya lupakan saja niat untuk main game ini) dan voila!! anda bisa menginstalnya tanpa kena region c0ckblock. Pastikan anda menonaktifkan setting disable install from unknown source saat akan menginstal, baik untuk qoo app maupun uchi hime.

Being A Prince

Di Uchihime, anda adalah seorang (ekor?) pangeran kodok bernama Kaeru ouji (anda bisa mengganti namanya dengan nama pangeran versi chooneebyoo anda). 

Nooooooo, not this frog!!

Yes, this one.

Tidak dijelaskan kenapa anda adalah seekor kodok (atau mungkin saya melewatkannya) dan apakah anda akan menjadi pangeran tampan jika dicium oleh seorang putri. Tapi setidaknya lebih baik menjadi pangeran kodok yang ugly daripada pangeran cowok yang ugly amirite. Sepanjang perjalanan anda akan ditemani oleh seorang peri moe bernama Pfil, eh salah, maksud saya Anna (yang nantinya juga bisa anda rekrut untuk ikut battle dengan title information princess).

Di awal kisah, anda akan menyelamatkan putri pertama, Riina-himesama, the love princess (semua hime-sama di game ini punya title blabla hime or princess of something, mulai dari yang utsukushii sampai yang lolwut). Dan dimulailah perjalanan anda bersama sang putri, atau lebih tepatnya, para putri, melawan monster-monster dan bertemu putri lain yang akhirnya bergabung ke dalam rombongan anda.

UWOOOGH RIINA HIME-SAMAAAAA *mimisan 5cm cubic per second.

Seperti game lain pada umumnya, di awal-awal permainan anda akan diberikan tutorial. Secara garis besar tiap quest dalam game ini terbagi ke dalam segment pertarungan, 4 atau lebih (ada yang sampai 10) beberapa diantaranya berakhir dengan boss battle di battle terakhir (anda bisa melihat dari daftar quest apakah quest tersebut diakhiri dengan boss battle atau tidak), dan beberapa diantaranya dilanjutkan dengan rare boss battle (yang cukup BIKIN TEGANG). The fight scene would looks like this.

Mou.. dame da.. hime-sama.. chikara ga.. *cough blood dramatically


Seperti yang bisa anda lihat, sistem battle game ini mirip dengan karambol, billiard atau arcanoid, game lawas yang dulu saya mainkan di komputer kantor ayah saya waktu jaman SD. Tapi tentu saja tidak sesimple itu. Ada banyak element yang punya pengaruh di dalam pertarungan; the stage, the prince, the enemy and the princesses.

Setiap lokasi quest mempunyai elemen, ada 5 elemen dalam game ini; api, angin, air, cahaya dan kegelapan (chooneebyoo). Stage dengan elemen api, seperti gua bawah tanah misalnya, memiliki monster-monster dengan element api juga (you don't seey). Setiap hime-sama juga memiliki elemen, dan elemen serangan anda bergantung pada hime-sama yang aktif/mensupport pada giliran itu. Pada gambar di atas turn yang aktif adalah giliran Emily hime-sama (rambut hitam) yang berelemen cahaya, sehingga PEDANG saya BERSINAR, ditambah ability Emily hime-sama yang membuat PEDANG jadi lebih PANJANG DAN BESAR.


Putri dengan elemen api dapat membuat PEDANG anda DISELIMUTI BARA API (HOLY SHIET!), putri dengan elemen angin dapat membuat PEDANG anda MENGELUARKAN TOPAN BADAI (MOTHER OF GOD!) dan seterusnya. Sayang sekali tidak ada elemen listrik di sini. Air mengalahkan api, api mengalahkan angin, angin mengalahkan air. You get the idea. Light and darkness banish each other. 

Stage tidak hanya memiliki dua sisi yang bisa dipakai untuk memantulkan anda, tapi juga batu penghalang (bahkan ada yang bisa bergerak), jebakan, tombol dan lain-lain yang harus anda pikirkan baik-baik saat menentukan alur serangan. Beberapa jenis penghalang bisa dirobohkan jika serangan anda kuat dan menghantamnya berkali-kali, tapi tentu saja serangan paling efektif adalah dengan memanfaatkan celah diantara penghalang dan mengukur sudut pantulan.

Contoh stage dengan elemen yang cukup kompleks (yes, this one is from event collaboration quest with To Aru series). Selain penghalang ada juga item yang berguna seperti obat dan peti harta. Anda akan tetap bisa memantul selama meteran berbentuk PEDANG masih terisi, jika sudah kosong anda akan kembali ke posisi awal dan memulai giliran serangan berikutnya, atau giliran monster lawan anda yang menyerang jika angka dalam lingkaran yang menunjukkan turn mereka menjadi 0. Lingkaran yang ada dalam lingkaran yang menunjukkan turn  lawan adalah meteran HP lawan.

Monster yang lemah bisa dikalahkan hanya dalam sekali tabrak. Monster yang lebih kuat tentu saja butuh berkali-kali tergantung kekuatan serangan anda. Efek tiap serangan bergantung pada elemen dan ability putri yang aktif pada giliran itu. Soal pertarungan ini sebenarnya akan lebih jelas jika anda menonton videonya sendiri di youtube, just search "uchi hime" and you'll get a lot.

Knowing Your Princesses

Para tuan putri tidak akan ikut bertarung di lini depan (jangan bercanda, memangnya anda mau tangan mereka tergores dan dandanan mereka luntur?). They will stand behind, helping the fight indirectly using their spells and ability like a princess they are.

Beberapa (namun belum semua karena masih ada yang tidak mudeng) parameter yang ada di setiap hime-sama adalah:

Title: seperti yang ditulis di atas, setiap putri memiliki title seperti the blabla princes, yang kadang kanjinya tidak bisa diartikan sebagai satu kata seperti contoh di atas yang titlenya terdiri dari 2 kanji; malam dan glamour.

Nama: cukup jelas, nama seorang princess biasanya terdiri dari 2 nama, nama depan yang so graceful and feminine elegant desuwa macam Isabella atau Sophie, dan nama belakang yang kebanyakan Engrish seperti Banker dan Holstein.

Nenek moyang keluarga Holstein dulunya pasti gembala sapi yang ikut dari belakang ketika sapi pulang ke kandang bila hari sudah petang.

Level: cukup jelas. Exp untuk menaikkan level hime-sama didapat dengan cara mengkanibal mengorbankan hime-sama yang lain untuk diserap. Anda hanya bisa membawa maksimal 30 hime-sama (jumlah rata-rata murid dalam satu kelas) jadi hal ini memang tidak dapat dihindari (jumlah ini nantinya bisa diupgrade).

Kelangkaan: code N berarti hime-sama tersebut mudah dijumpai di mana saja. Hime-sama dengan tingkat rarity lebih tinggi mempunyai kode R, HR dan SR. Hal ini membuktikan bahwa bahkan di antara para hime-samapun ada kasta. Meskipun demikian, harap diingat bahwa ini adalah game waifu, dimana cinta anda terhadap hime-sama tertentu bisa membutakan mata dan membuat anda memasukkan hime-sama biasa ke dalam party dan tidak memakai atau malah mengorbankan yang rare :v Ini adalah bukti dari teori bahwa rarity dan uniqueness of a person bukan satu-satunya parameter utama yang perlu anda pikirkan dalam mencari seorang hime-sama.

HP: jumlah total HP para putri dalam 1 party menentukan HP anda. Jadi jika anda bertarung bersama putri-putri yang cupu, nyawa anda akan menjadi pendek dan sebaliknya. Hal ini membuktikan teori bahwa mempunyai pendamping yang berkualitas dapat membuat umur anda lebih panjang. This game is just 2deep4u.

Elemen: sudah dijelaskan di atas. Jika saya harus mengeDEEPkan bagian ini, bisa dianalogikan elemen adalah karakter atau personality dari seorang putri. Hime-sama yang berelemen cahaya cenderung punya kepribadian yang ramah dan terbuka. Elemen api bersemangat dan enerjik, air cenderung kalem dan tenang, dan seterusnya. Tidak ada elemen yang paling kuat, setiap elemen punya kelebihan dan kekurangan, terimalah dia apa adanya.

Daya serang: besarnya attack point yang anda miliki di setiap giliran menyerang bergantung pada nilai parameter ini, jadi bukan hal yang aneh kalau di satu serangan anda berhasil membuat damage 50 point dan di serangan berikutnya damage yang anda hasilkan hanya 15 karena perbedaan level hime-sama.

Biaya: Anda tidak bisa membawa semua hime-sama yang imba ke medan laga. Level kepangeranan anda menentukan berapa biaya maksimal yang bisa anda afford. Setiap putri memiliki biaya yang umumnya berbanding lurus dengan rarity mereka. Jika anda hanya bisa menanggung maksimal 30 point, maka anda tidak akan bisa membawa 4 hime-sama dengan cost masing-masing 10 point ke dalam 1 party.

Skill: Ada 3 macam kekuatan yang dimiliki seorang hime-sama yang bisa anda jadikan pertimbangan jika ingin membawanya ke medan pertempuran. Tidak semua hime-sama mempunyai ini, hime-sama yang tidak mempunyai skill biasanya memiliki HP atau attack power tinggi sebagai penyeimbang. Atau menyediakan exp dalam jumlah besar jika diserap. Atau termasuk hime-sama yang dibutuhkan untuk menaikkan status Rarity menjadi status Rarity+ 

Skill yang pertama adalah magic spell: ada bermacam-macam jenis, mulai dari yang common seperti healing, menaikkan attack selama sekian turn, memperbanyak diri seperti ninja, atau offensive spell yang menyerang langsung ke semua lawan.

This is how a princess' multiple shadows spell technique looks like when used in a battle (TO FIGHT A DRAGON! pasti wujud asli naga itu adalah orang lebay).

And this is another use of a princess' multiple shadows spell technique that the game didn't show you :^)

Tiap spell membutuhkan lama charge/cooling down yang berbeda-beda. Jika gambar hime-sama yang bersangkutan bersinar berarti spell yang dia miliki sudah siap dan anda bisa memakainya kapan saja. Asiknya, dalam satu turn anda tidak dibatasi berapa spell yang bisa dipakai sehingga anda bisa menggunakan sesukanya untuk menghasilkan stacking effect yang membuat serangan makin imba. Tentunya jika anda menyuruh semua putri untuk mengeksekusi magic spell dalam turn yang bersamaan, anda harus menunggu lama sampai spell berikutnya bisa dipakai kembali.

Yang kedua adalah ability: ini adalah passive skill yang aktif ketika giliran putri yang bersangkutan. Misalnya ability yang membuat PEDANG anda LEBIH BESAR DAN PANJANG sehingga SERANGAN ANDA TAHAN LEBIH LAMA seperti di atas (literally, karena meteran PEDANG tambah panjang, durasi serangan anda bakal jadi lebih lama). Ability ada yang sudah dimiliki oleh putri yang bersangkutan (biasanya dapat ketika terupgrade menjadi rarity plus), ada juga yang bisa anda pasang sendiri (tentu saja proses pemasangannya wani piro?). 

Yang ketiga adalah leader skill: skill ini hanya aktif jika putri yang bersangkutan dipasang sebagai ketua team (di kotak pertama). 

Managing your princesses

Dengan memilih dan mengatur urutan para hime-sama, anda bisa membuat party yang cocok dan efektif untuk situasi tertentu. Game ini menyediakan 6 party slot sehingga untuk tiap quest anda tidak perlu menata ulang party, cukup pilih yang paling cocok dengan kondisi medan perang yang akan dihadapai (kind of like a deck). Atau jika anda pangeran pemalas, anda bisa membuat party secara otomatis dengan menentukan fokus/tema party (element based, strengh based, HP based ect). Rombongan hime-tachi yang harmonis, dikombinasikan dengan skill main karambol yang bagus akan membuat anda menjadi the most swaggin, badass ouji-sama evar! (even if you're just a frog).

But that's not the only fun part. Jika anda perhatikan jumlah putri yang ada dalam sebuah rombongan ada 5 orang, tetapi dari kelima putri tersebut, hanya 4 orang yang berasal dari rombongan anda. Yes, IMO this is the most fun part from Uchihime, setiap memulai quest anda diperbolehkan meminjam 1 putri milik pangeran lain, atau lebih spesifiknya, the leader princess dari pemain lain yang ada di list. Listnya memang acak, tapi proses ini bisa diulang dengan cara menekan tombol back and forth sampai anda melihat himesama dengan status yang imba atau elemen yang cocok dengan yang anda butuhkan (anda bisa mengklik tahan di gambar hime-sama nya untuk melihat detail statusnya). Itulah kenapa di gambar di atas HP saya bisa hampir 400 poin sedangkan himesama-tachi yang saya bawa serta masih di level belasan.

Ada 2 hal yang menarik sehubungan dengan fitur ini. Yang pertama, jelas, battle parameter anda akan naik secara imba (that escalates quickly) jadi untuk quest yang berhubungan dengan story dijamin anda tidak akan kalah. Tapi yang menantang adalah quest yang berhubungan dengan event. Anda bisa mengambil quest event yang cukup susah (meskipun tidak semua quest bisa diambil karena ada batasan yaruki/will power, akan saya jelaskan di bawah), dengan monster-monster dan boss yang tidak mungkin dimenangkan oleh para hime-sama yang anda punya, tapi karena ada tambahan 1 hime-sama yang imba sugiru, harapan untuk menang menjadi mungkin, meskipun tetap saja susah karena hanya 1 putri yang attacknya imba sementara yang lain masih cupu. Yang kedua, anda mendapat info dari putri yang pernah join rombongan anda, sehingga bisa dibilang rasanya hampir seperti mengunlock/mendapat hime-sama baru, karena infonya tetap masuk ke bagian Himecolle, tapi gambarnya tidak bisa dizoom/ditampilkan penuh, dan jika putri tersebut termasuk punya voice set anda tidak bisa mengakses koleksi suaranya. Tapi kalau hanya untuk melihat gambar versi fullnya, karena anda sudah tau namanya, yang perlu dilakukan hanya tinggal mengetikkan namanya di situs wiki uchihime.

Upgrading Your Princesses

So you're now having your favorite hime-sama, of course you want to see her growing into FULL BLOOM FAINARU FORM (what marriage? oh silly prince, you can't marry 2D characters, you know~). Seperti yang sudah dijelaskan di atas, dengan mendevour (to loan digital devil saga term) hime-sama lain, seorang hime-sama bisa mendapat exp dan naik level. Dan proses ini butuh duit (mungkin untuk menyewa pembunuh bayaran :v). Semakin tinggi level seorang putri yang hendak diupgrade, biayanya juga semakin mahal. Jika seorang hime-sama memakan hime-sama yang sejenis (mungkin doppelganger nya :v), maka selain levelnya naik dengan cepat, heart barnya juga akan naik (yang akan mengunlock slot untuk memasang ability), dan harga yang harus dibayar juga lebih rendah. 

Sedikit tips mengenai proses makan-memakan ini, karena memfusion hime-sama yang sejenis lebih efektif, maka biasanya saya menggabungkan hime yang dame dame yang jumlahnya cukup abundant karena bonus dari menyelesaikan quest. Dan setelah level up drastically ditambah adegan dramatic arigatou ouji karena heart bar nya naik, HAHA SURPRISE BEECHES I'M GONNA FEED YOU TO MY FAVORITE WOMAN and so I fuse her to my favorite hime-sama. Ini lebih efektif secara biaya daripada mengorbankan dame dame hime tersebut satu persatu, though I feel really bad every time I'm doing this. Ini membuktikan teori bahwa terkadang anda harus mengorbankan kebahagiaan wanita-wanita lain demi kebahagiaan wanita anda :'v

Normal hime-sama umumnya memiliki level maksimal di angka 20, sedangkan rare hime-sama di angka 30 dan membutuhkan exp yang jauh lebih banyak untuk naik level. Tapi menaikkan level hingga maksimal bukan target akhir untuk mendapatkan wujud evolusi terakhir seorang hime-sama. Beberapa hime-sama, kebanyakan yang rare tapi normal juga ada, memiliki versi plus dan plus plus yang bisa anda dapatkan dengan cara memfusion hime-sama tersebut dengan (lebih dari satu) hime-sama (dan beberapa adalah type rare) yang didapat dari event quest (bukan story quest) dan membayar harga cukup mahal. Selain itu hime-sama tersebut harus sudah mencapai level maximum. Versi plus memiliki batasan level di angka 50, skill yang terupgrade, ability baru serta tentu saja desain gambar baru yang lebih FABULOUSSS MAXXXX. Jika hime-sama yang anda upgrade ke versi plus adalah type rare, maka dia juga akan memiliki set suara baru (hime-sama type normal tidak punya suara).

Lihatlah dompet saya dan berapa harga yang harus dibayar untuk memoles putri Riina!

TAPI HASILNYA!!! UWOOOOGHHH *mimisan 5cm cubic per second. pangkat dua.

And that's all I know so far about this MY PRINCESS IS THE CUTEST game. Dengan info sepanjang ini IMO anda sudah bisa memainkan gamenya secara casual. As in taking quest, battling foes, collect hime-samas, upgrade hime-samas, collect more hime-samas. But if you want to go serious, try asking ppl who are advance in reading moonspeak, read the wiki, atau mungkin ada group untuk pemain game ini di FB? saya belum mencoba mencarinya.

Sebagai tambahan, berikut beberapa info lain yang tidak mendapat tempat untuk ditulis di atas:

Yaruki atau will power: setiap quest membutuhkan point ini dalam jumlah yang berbeda-beda, semakin susah questnya, makin tinggi juga jumlah will power yang dibutuhkan. Will power akan bertambah sendiri seiring waktu jadi anda hanya perlu menunggu. Jika anda tidak sabar, anda bisa mengisi meterannya sampai penuh kembali dengan membayar 1 kepingan bulan.

Kero: mata uang yang dipakai dalam game ini. Anda bisa mendapatkannya dengan berbagai cara, mulai dari menjalankan quest or just simply by login daily , sering-sering saja mengecek icon mission di halaman utama (yang gambarnya kastil).

Kepingan bulan/Tsuki no Kakera: dipakai untuk mengisi kembali yaruki meter secara instant, melanjutkan pertempuran jika anda kalah di tengah-tengah pertarungan, memainkan gacha dan mungkin ada kegunaan lain yang belum saya ketahui. Again, selain dari quest, anda bisa mendapatkan secara gratis dari misi seperti login harian.

Debu bintang/Hoshikudzu: sejauh ini yang saya tau item ini dipakai untuk gacha, tapi mungkin ada fungsi lain juga. Harus dibeli dengan yen/uang asli jika ingin punya dalam jumlah banyak.

League/Liga: setelah anda mencapai level 10, anda bisa mengikuti liga dimana anda berkompetisi dengan pangeran-pangeran lain dalam menyelesaikan stage yang sama. Pemenang dinilai berdasarkan skor. Saya belum mendalami bagian ini sampai jauh karena malas berlomba jadi tidak tahu banyak.

Gacha: sebagaimana game-game online vvibu pada umumnya, di uchihime juga ada gacha yang selain butuh biaya buat main, juga membutuhkan keberuntungan. Ada 3 macam gacha di game ini, yang paling murah bisa dimainkan cukup dengan membayar memakai gacha point, yang bisa didapat dari quest dan login. Tentunya hime-sama yang didapat dari gacha ini juga tidak spesial-spesial banget, type rarity N dan N+. Gacha kedua membutuhkan kepingan bulan dengan line up hime-sama yang lebih rare. Gacha paling mahal membutuhkan debu bintang. Ngomong-ngomong soal ini saya jadi ingat lagu yang diputar di Galau Jikan FM kemarin. Judulnya Figure dan Gacha. Liriknya kurang lebih seperti ini. Tak baik sering beli figure apalagi figure yang mahal. Ditambah lagi gacha membuatmu kereee. Figure lagii ahh~ gacha lagii~~

Hime no heya: kapasitas maksimal hime-sama yang bisa anda simpan (dalam kamar?) Awalnya anda hanya bisa menampung 30 hime-sama, tapi anda bisa mengupgradenya dengan membayar memakai kepingan bulan. Jika jumlah hime-sama yang ada di daftar melebihi kuota kamar, anda tidak bisa mengambil quest.

Parfum: so far benda ini saya masih belum tau apa gunanya dan cara belinya, kalau ada yang tau bisa tulis di komentar. Sepertinya memberikan efek yang sifatnya temporary tapi terhadap apa saya tidak tahu.

Other tips: The Wiki and this site will help you a lot. informasi dasar tentang seorang hime-sama bisa dengan mudah dicek di wiki, termasuk gambar versi fullnya. Terlebih lagi karena nama-nama tuan putri di game ini adalah nama kebarat-baratan yang ditulis dengan katakana maka proses mencarinya menjadi jauh lebih mudah (bayangkan jika ini adalah kancolee yang nama-nama kapalnya pakai kanji dan hanya ada wiki dalam bahasa jepang). FYI Saya memakai Wakan untuk mengetik nama. Akurasi google translate untuk kalimat-kalimat pendek seperti keterangan magic dan abilty juga masih tinggi akurasinya.


In this section, I will post some of my favorite hime-samas yang ada di party so far (not in particular order). Ada lebih dari 1700 hime-sama di game ini dan saya baru dapat sekitar 50an, but I only play this game to reduce exhaustion and anxiety so its not a big deal.

My favorite himeeeee (along with princess Riina). The convicted princess, Gabriella!

I feel lucky getting her when I'm still on the low level. She got a thin yet can be seen vanity and melancholic aura. Her lines are full of GALAUNESS (I bet her facebook post is also full of updatean status galau jikan) and she's quite fashionable. In fact she has a lot of variant and all of her costumes are soo goood cute sexy and hot. She's like a combination between delicate angel and alluring demon. Her description and lines are full of word like fallen, heaven and trapped. I don't know if she's really an angel or just choonibyou but it suits her title well and you can make a pickup line out of that: Have you ever committed a sin? because you looks like an angel falling from heaven. AWWYEAAAAA  ...okay, I should stop here.

Her element is of course water. Her evolution cost a frigging amount of 125.000 keros (oh my gold! she's like a consumptive girlfriend) and not to mention instead of 30, she has 50 as her level limit so you have to get her to lv 50 when you want to upgrade her. But as expected her stats are of course amazing. Her magic spell which is called "Ijiwaru (ill tempered) Angel" gives all enemy heavy water damage. And if you put her as the team leader, she will give your team resistance to fire based monsters. 

By the way, this is one of her other costume and if you can just photoshop a pantsu hanging in her knees, the picture suddenly would become hundred times better :^)

An actually not that rare princess but she's got this ronery looks that catch my attention. Her hobby is ventriloquism and she loves to talk with her doll. Ability wise, she's can makes my SWORD grow BIGGER AND LONGER and her magic is healing spell. Too bad she doesn't have a plus version, I might have to leave her out when the quest demand stronger party *sobs*.

THE FABULOOUSSSSSS MAXXXXXXXX princess I got from rare boss battle against a dragon on a castle made of gold with falling rose petals (NANTE UTSUKUSHIEEEE DESUWAH). She comes with fixed stats and can't be leveled up (her stats is considerable high, for now since I'm still on low level) and no magic and leader ability. The three doves remind me of YPKBN logo so I think her as PRINCESS OF NTR :v

You'll get this Akane-himesama when you completed fire story arc. She looks like your standard princess in a moe anime, with twintails and frills and genki personality. I like her rose crown. I think her outfit is quite eye catching and intricate but still relatively easy to made, I wonder if a local cosplayer would do this character.

The bonus princess from quest and gacha that I usually gets are mostly lolis, so when I get this calm yet hot onee-san I was like UWOOOOGHHH. Also, DAT MONOCLE. CLASSY AS F MEGANEKKO. And I must be reading too many doujin because when I see that gloves and pose, the first time thing that comes to mind is that she's going to administer enema.

Another hime-sama I got from rare boss battle. MAN, LOOK AT DEM GOLD QUALITY (hint: it's not the one in the brackets or her hand).  Such fine gold, they are. It made me go further and decide to upgrade her into

Her PLUS VERSION. Holy sheet girl, what are you doing to that gold bar? DEM LUCKY GOLD BAR. This is why I love this game.

Catherine Banker. She's Jennifer Banker's (the DEM GOLD BAR GIRL above) little sister. Compared to her big sis' DEM GOLD BAR, her piggy bank is laughable. But its cute. Well, if the same Banker blood run on her, we can be sure that given enough time she will grow up into a DEM GOLD BAR SIZE.

The dame dame sleepy hime-sama. I got her a lot when playing fire arc story. I dont like lazy ass. And lolis. And she's an lazy ass loli. So I fusion em all in one go into level 11 then feed her to Riina-himesama. AHAHAH

I dont know whats wrong with me. I'm usually not into short haired tomboy girls but I went far as to upgrade this hime-sama (she even has ouji hime as her title) into plus version *scratch head in confusion. Maybe because when everyone else is hime-sama, a tomboy girl would stand out than the rest, giving her a distinct aura (I hope she's not a trap).

The vvibu-himesama!! I lol'd hard when reading her description. Apparently she is a princess in the west who loves Japanese things, hence the kimono she wear. Appearance wise, she looks like a perfect combination; blonde drill hair oujo-sama with Yamato Nadeshiko wannabe trait. Oh how graceful desuwah. Which is why (again) I spent my gold into a..

FABULOUS FASHION DISASTER HIME-SAMA. Though according to the description, her sense of unique East-West fusion finally became a state-of-the-art fashion. Maybe I just never understand fashion. But because of her arrogance, she's feeling unease. Oh vvibu-himesama, I woe for you.

Her title says MEDIOCRE PRINCESS, AHAHAHAH HIDOIIII. But yeah, she looks just like a random princess from a random hentai game (sorry, princess).  I feel bad for her but her stats and everything is also so-so. I guess if there's a shoujo manga for princesses she can be the main character (My name is Marry Ann, I'm just an ordinary princess and my father rules ordinary kingdom. This is my first day entering ordinary high school for princess, which in regular shoujo manga would be an extra super totally not ordinary elite high school for rich people).

Marry Ann's little sister. At first I didn't know who this princess is. She bears the title of Shade Princess and her description says that she is extremely shy and always live behind the shadow of her big sister, until one day her big sis is married and she's now confused and afraid. Huh? I wonder what kind of princess her big sister is and THEN I READ HER NAME AND OMG IT'S THAT NORMAL PRINCESS. DAMN NORMAL PRINCESS EVEN HER STORY HAD A NORMAL ENDING TOO :'v.... Seriously, this game never ceased to amaze me. By the way, if you're into this loli then congratulation because she think of you as her big sister lololol BIGSISTERZONED. But come to think of it, it is very rare for a man to get  big sister zoned right, I mean you usually get big brother zoned :v

And that ends the list. Now, after reading this far, I'll give you some short lines to considerate whether you have to play the game that successfully raise my mood and will to write a blog post again or not.

Pros (or why you should play it):
- Just like many other fetish/moe based game, if you're not that dedicated or click with the theme, you'll grow bored of this soon, seeing it as just another game featuring a lot of pictures of cute girls. It would be like playing kancolee without having interest in history or naval battle. Uchihime's theme is PRINCESS. So if you dont have enough love for DEM FRILLS AND CURLS, ROSES AND CROWNS, you'll grow weary of this game and leave soon as you get another game to play.
- You don't send cute girls into battlefield. You fight alone in the front line, but this game is not misogynous that it treats princesses as weak object that need to be saved. The princess fight with you, supporting and enhancing your attack. Both side are important, but it also needs to be placed in their correct place. This is what I call 'kodrat' and it fits with my belief.
- You love to hear girly yell when you fight instead of feeling annoyed. This game IS VERY CHEERY that I prefer not to play it on public (I don't like wearing head/earphone in public crowd) All those hime-samas would constantly say GANBAREE, OUJIII!! MAKENAIDEE!! IKE IKKEE!! not to mention some lines goes like SOKO! SOKO! UWAAA OUJII SUGOOIII! OUJI HAYASUGIII (kalau yang terakhir ini pasti karena nggak dikasih spell penambah STAMINA).
- You fight with PEDANG! surrounded by pretty hime-samas. Need I say more?
- You can still enjoy the game as casual game (if you don't mind losing chance of getting event only items, or not having items from paid gacha).
- You are a frog, but a funny swaggin gentlemen princess frog, and those princesses dig you. You don't have to feel like deceiving yourself if your face is also ugly as a frog.

Cons (or you shouldn't play it if):
- You're not into hime-samas/ojou-samas, obviously.
- Not having proper internet connection because this game REQUIRES INTERNET CONNECTION WHENEVER YOU PLAY orz this is why I can only play this game when I'm home. If I need to kill time outside, I switch to Kerihime instead. Btw the game still need to download data everytime its loading, I dont know how big but if you're the kind who use internet connection with qouta, better check how much this game eat your bandwidth.
- You already have your own princess. Instead of playing with 2D princesses, you should play with her. WITH YOUR PEDANG.

Finally, I'm going to close this post by showing you the reason why those princesses love frog prince to the point of kissing him.

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