Continuing on from last time, I am now looking at YMK. A game by Ruf. English translation and poorly edited by Peach Princess. I’ll mention again that I picked this up mainly because of a funny screen shot from the 4chan image boards. Many people were saying it was good so I decided to give it a shot out of pure curiosity.
What can be said about this game that hasn’t been mentioned by junkies. Features three girls each suffering from unique dilemmas. It deals with big issues that is happening in Japan and the rest of the world. Everyone should know how a visual novel plays so I won’t bother going with the mechanics of it.
The main protagonist is Kouhei. Sort of a loner. Talks to a few people in his class but is generally rather dull. No real ambitions in life. That’s pretty much sums up his whole character. There’s a little more about him but I’m one to try and avoid spoilers at all costs.
The three heroines in the game are Aeka, Mizuki, and Neneko. By looking at the introduction movie, you can quickly guess what problems they face. Aeka, a transfer student, being bullied at school. Mizuki, a student council president, trying to find a reason for her existence. Neneko, a strange catgirl, who has a problem with drugs. Pretty much giving you the whole premise of the story and you can easily find out the ending at wikipedia.
Like all games, there are supporting characters. But there are only two worth mentioning. Aya, the younger sister. Often getting into fights with Kouhei but is rather supportive through out the game. The other supporting character worth mentioning is Hirofumi. Happens to be a homosexual often hitting on Kouhei and giving him advice and sharing is wisdom. He serves as the comic relief.
The character artwork is rather average in my opinion, but you can judge that on your own. Each character designed to fit their personality. And the HCG was rather hot too. Music… whatever. Don’t really have much to say about the quality. I’m more for story.
The main thing about this game, unlike the current one I’m playing, is that you grow very fond of each girl. It is like an emotional roller coaster. Getting a bad ending isn’t as bad as that of School Days but it still is rather sad and not something you wish the wimpy main character, Kouhei, to get. Although getting the good one isn’t that hard itself. Two out of three isn’t bad for first tries.
I don’t have much more to say. I’m not a critic so I don’t feel like putting that much time and effort into a detailed review of this game. I’ll say this, I’m rather satisfied with the game. Getting immersed in the story is what makes a game good. Many hours pass without even realizing. Although, I have a tendency to get too absorbed in games so I don’t know. It just has to be good!
Maybe I should explore the Tsukihime game. I’ve been a fan of the series so learning more about everything should be nice. Poor Kohaku. :(