Review – Genkai Tokki Moero Chronicle

8 / 10 Banzai!s The Game: Like Tamsoft, Compile Heart is a minor Japanese developer that enjoys creating games outside the norm – and usually in the hentai circle.  Genkai Tokki Moero Chronicle (限界凸記 モエロクロニクル) is no exception. In a nutshell, the game plays like an old-school RPG, where players move through and explore “dungeons” across a grid-like pattern, battling random enemies, discovering hidden treasures, leveling-up the characters in the party, and fighting bosses.  Moero Chronicle can also be compared to the Pokemon series, in which defeating a boss enables you to place that character in your party and use …

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Review – Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus

7.5 / 10 Banzai!s The Game: According to rumour, Kenichiro Takaki, game producer for the wacky Tamsoft developer that brought such hentai games as Dream Club and The OneeChanbara, had decided to create a game for the Nintendo 3DS.  But what?  As Takaki thought about what he’d like to see in 3D, it took him only a few seconds to realize…boobs!  Hence, in 2011, Senran Kagura was released for the 3DS, followed by a sequel in 2012, Senran Kagura Burst. The third installment of the series, Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (閃乱カグラ SHINOVI VERSUS) is the first to be released on …

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Review – Umineko No Naku Koro Ni

8 / 10 Banzai!s The Game:Translated as When the Seagulls Cry, Umineko No Naku Koro Ni isn’t exactly a game, any more than Plastic’s Linger in Shadows.  Though still classified as a Japanese “visual novel,” the player does not make choices, such as in titles like To Heart 2 DX or L@ve Once: Mermaid’s Tears.  Rather than obtaining a “good ending” and avoiding a “bad ending,” the player simply hits play and “watches” the story from beginning to end. Developed by 07th Expansion, Umineko No Naku Koro Ni was first released on the PC in August of 2007 with its …

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Review – Afrika

7.5 / 10 Banzai!s The Game: In Japan, Afrika was released in the summer of 2008 when the Playstation 3 was still shy of its second year anniversary.  Its library of games were slowly growing, though many of which were just older Xbox 360 titles ported over.  Afrika was one of the few new games that were exclusive to the PS3, and Sony took advantage of that fact – as console sales weren’t reaching their targets – by deciding to go all out on their advertising.  Afrika became known for its humorous commercials of a father and son falling asleep …

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Review – Aquanaut’s Holiday: Kakusareta Kiroku

8 / 10 Banzai!s The Game: Translated as Aquanaut’s Holiday: Hidden Memories, the game was released in Japan in September of 2008, and never saw an international release.  Though there exists a Hong Kong and Korean version which contains “Engrish” subtitles, Hidden Memories is relatively non-existant in the West. The title is a sequel to Aquanaut’s Holiday released for the Playstation One back in 1995, which DID see an international release.  So why not Hidden Memories?  Who knows.  Artdink, the game’s developer, perhaps felt this title wouldn’t sell overseas.  Or, since big titles like Grand Theft Auto IV were just …

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