Conquering the Queen – Review

This is a title that is definitely outside of my comfort zone, as ‘surprise sex’ is not usually on my list of favorite things. Liquid games are widely known for their mastery of the non-consensual, which is definitely a put-off. But you know, they say a wise man once said “Don’t knock it till you try it”. I’m not sure this phrase was intended for sexual assault, but what can I say. When Kouryuu of Mangagamer announced that “Rape is now on sale! Get your rape now!”, I knew that I had to at least give it a shot.

(For the record, I do feel some guilt for playing and reviewing this game!)

Title Conquering the Queen
Original Title: 魔将の贄 (Mashou no Nie / Sacrifice to the Demon General)
Original Release November 2004
English Release October 2011
Studio Liquid (Nexton)
Localization Mangagamer
Genre Visual Novel (Dark Fantasy Rape Adventure)
Rating Adult Only (18+)
Availability Download Version @ Mangagamer € 19.95 ($28 USD Approx)

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Kira Kira Review

High off my recent visual novel binge and having had a good time with Edelweiss, I decided to move onto Overdrive’s and Mangagamer’s next big title, Kira Kira.  It’s not a new release by any stretch, but I bought the game a while ago and never really had a chance to play it.  The game has quite a reputation as one of the best the English market has to offer, and I’ve been pretty eager to see how it lives up.

Kira Kira
Original Release November 2007
English Release June 2009
Studio Over-Drive
Localization Mangagamer
Genre Visual Novel (Young Love Rock ‘n Roll Novel)
Rating Adult Version is Adult Only (18+), All-Ages Version removes sexual content.
Availability Digital Adult Version: 29.95€ (Approx. $41 US)
Digital Bundle w/ Curtain Call: 39.95€ (Approx. $49 US)
Digital All-Ages Version: 24.95€ (Approx. $34 US)
Package All-Ages Version: $19.95 US
Apple iPhone AppStore All-Ages Version: $9.99 US
Trial Available at Mangagamer.com

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Edelweiss + Eiden Fantasia Review

Edelweiss Eiden Fantasia

Early September Mangagamer released an updated translation for the OverDrive title ‘Edelweiss’. Edelweiss was one of Mangagamer’s launch titles back when it opened summer 2008, but the translations were rather poor and reflected badly on the company. Fast forward a couple years, Mangagamer is making right on their promise to fix things up for their fans with a complete re-translation of the game.  This was more than enough reason for me to get off my lazy butt and play it.

Edelweiss also has an expansion or fandisc called Edelweiss Eiden Fantasia, that provides stories for the two side characters that did not get their own stories in the original, Sakura and Rin. Eiden Fantasia is a standalone game in that you don’t need to have the original, but since it ties seamlessly together and requires you to play the original to get the best out of it, it’s in your best interest to play both.  I picked up both through the Mangagamer website.

Edelweiss Edelweiss Eiden Fantasia
Original Release December 2006 August 2008
English Release July 2008
September 2011 (Re-translation)
March 2010
Studio Over-Drive
Localization Mangagamer
Genre Visual Novel (School Love Adventure)
Rating Adult Only (18+)
Availability Edelweiss Digital Version: 24.95€ (Approx. $34 US)
Eiden Fantasia Digital Version: 15.95€ (Approx. $21 US)
Edelweiss + Eiden Fantasia Bundle: 30.95€ (Approx. $42 US)

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