Not exactly new and not even slightly related but this is what I’ve sunk a few good hours into this week and much to my surprise both were highly enjoyable in their own ways.
Now I get that Katawa Shoujo is about disabled girls but that stuff doesn’t even faze me in the slightest, as far as I’m concerned it’s just a normal dating sim which is something I usually don’t touch even with the longest stick but for reason I’m not bothering to explain I started playing it and aside from the fact that completely irrelevant decisions can drastically alter the outcome (I used a spoiler free guide) of the story I really enjoyed my time with the game. I chose Rin (Take note ladies) and her story is challenge a real challenge, it was nice and her absolutely random personality had me laughing nonstop as I pondered how it was even possible to get her into a relationship with the protagonist. After months of grueling bus rides and minor heart attacks Hisao swooned the lovely lady and a cute story unfolds. I felt kind of bad but after that I targeted Emi and well put bluntly she was a whole lot easier, maybe even too easy and I didn’t get any satisfaction from her typical love story at all which kind of killed the mood after Rin’s story.
Her lack of attachment to clothing become apparent very early on which shocked me as I felt like the story gave Hisao Emi whilst he had to struggle to even befriend Rin. This form of giving love so so easily was a bit of a stab at me personally as I like a gradual process of love in a story but that’s just me.
Juniper’s Knot is a perfectly crafted story which only took an hour or so to read but I’ll remember it for a long time, as a writer this kind of game is very inspirational for me. The entire thing focuses on just one conversation which last a day, a very important day which ultimately changes the fate of both the characters. As the conversation progresses it becomes more and more apparent just what hinges on every word and ultimately it reaches an ending I was not expecting, a very satisfying ending which left me craving more. What hooked me most about this story is that it poses a question right from the get go which leaves you always wondering about the answer.
Some details also remain unanswered which in a short story like this is very important.
Have any of you played these games or want to try them now? Let me know what you think about them.