Totsugeki Masui Shoujo Alice [PC-98] – Needle on the path

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A lot of medical tools tend to look pretty grotesque and disturbing. The mere sight of them tend to fuel our imagination with excess ideas of an outcome that would cause us an unimaginable amount of pain, once said tool is put into use. However, in reality, the actual case usually ends up being that you feel little to nothing… I’ve recently had a really messy visit at the dentist, where it took a while for my tooth to get pulled out. For how bloody and unusually painful it was, it still didn’t reach THAT point of uncomfortable experience that my mind fantasized about earlier, before the visit. Perhaps medicine has advanced to a point where one can be always at ease regardless of how extreme the situation is… or maybe I just grew up? … [?]

“Totsugeki Masui Shoujo Alice” is one of the best “Pipe Dream” clones that I’ve ever played!

Still, RNG can screw you up majorly if the game doesn’t decide to give you the proper pieces, especially in later stages where the field is already filled with paths and there are few empty spots where you can discard.

While the game doesn’t have a direct answer to this issue, it offers others that makes things a bit more tolerable. One of them is the addition of 1- ups that you can collect. While they require a bit of additional work for you to collect them, a stage containing one usually means that you don’t have to worry about failing it, as long as you collect the extra life beforehand. Another thing is that instead of having to deal with a flow of liquid that slowly fills up the space and the path that you created, your only concern here is the main character Alice, who can move freely as long as there is a proper path set for her. Backtracking is an option and in some stages a key element for success. You can also make Alice move faster, which is pretty important for stages with tight time limit, which are usually the result of the player being forced to place path pieces on one another, as the game is forcing the lose time intentionally. These stages are the only pain in the butt, but there are things that you can do to prevent consecutive losses. Trying to discard as less pieces as possible is a no- brainer, yet again, it is still quite affected by the RNG. Don’t place pieces that would drain the timer near the goal if Alice has still a way to go! Wait for her to get closer, then after placing the piece, just fire her up to go as fast as possible. There are items that can refill your time meter, but they also require some additional path building to be obtained… usually.

( I really like how the level designer/s put items out of reach to tease the player. You don’t see that kind of design usually, but I still find it quite charming when I do, even if the joke does not have that much of a high impact.)

The game has a decent difficulty curve. It paces between throwing hard and easy levels at you, but in general, it’s quite low in difficulty overall. There is a save and stage select feature as well! If you are looking for a great adult content, this one offers only nudity, with one of the girls being on a plain, boring black background for some reason. Either there was a blackout or she was hiding in a basement, one can only wonder as to why that is as it is.

Personally, I am quite satisfied with this game. If you are wondering what do syringes have to do with this game, I guess it’s the main character’s weapon of choice, which she uses against a guy/s…? [?] You do have to collect one before finishing every 5th stage or else… you just can’t enter the house and a life is lost instead if you try to do so.

Don’t ignore a need for a syringe! Vaccinate today!

🍇 Nanoha Snake 🍇

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I remember watching the Nanoha series around… a decade ago or so. I also remember dropping the show for a while halfway through the first season, because I found it to be incredibly boring. Then I came back to it an year later to finish it, along with the other seasons, only to be left completely unsatisfied in the end. Around that time I’ve seen many other series in the magical girl genre and I’ve come to realize that if it’s not a parody or has a high substance of comedy bits, it just doesn’t appeal to me whatsoever.

But the thing with the magical girl shows is that they have pretty memorable characters, usually due to their colorful and detailed design. It’s quite common for one to end up liking the characters without much care for the quality of the actual franchise. I’ve met once with a person who said that they’ve watched all of Nanoha’s seasons and the conversation never went beyond that. They did liked Nanoha’s character because of her being a cute magical girl and… that’s it. Leave to the cute appeal to cover for the blandness!

Here we have “Nanoha Snake”, a flash game, clone of the classic “Snake” . As far as those go, I think this one is kind of alright. There are two modes – The first one is a bit slower in terms of progress and it requires a good snake management in terms of your overall increasing size. In the second one the snake moves a bit faster and you also progress so as well, but it’s nothing all too complicated. I was at the age of three when I played my first snake clone on the highest speed, which was faster than what you have in this mode. God bless bootleg handhelds… The speed in the first mode increases as well, but not all that much. It’s generous enough in consideration to the fact that you have to manage a snake that grows almost half the screen size.

After eating enough grapes, a bar fills up and Nanoha loses her clothes gradually. Once you fill the bar on any of the two modes, a CG mode can be accessed where Fate makes appearance as well, though she cannot be undressed… [?]

I find the first mode to be way more challenging and entertaining, but if you are too desperate to undress Nanoha, just do the second mode. I’m sure that will satisfy your nostalgic feelings of growing up with this bland- ass show, just as mine were satisfied with playing a decent game of snake.

Super Jack [PC-88] + Super Jack Pro 68K [X86000] – Flare learns how to play blackjack in less than a minute!

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I have no idea why I never bothered learning this game in the past! It takes no time whatsoever to learn and pick up! It’s way easier than poker, that’s for sure. Those are pretty much the only two card games that I know how to play now, honestly. That and Yu-Gi-Oh, the early years! Back when mages were mages and anime wasn’t a life style.

Speaking of anime, here’s a game with one that also involves playing blackjack – “Super Jack” for the PC-88.

Super Jack DONE!

Despite the monochrome graphics, this game is pretty decent and enjoyable. If anything, the graphics further set up one for a nice, quiet and comfy night of blackjack against the anime girl, who will discard her clothes upon losing a certain number of games. The progress counter goes higher the more you win and lower the more you lose. Pretty basic stuff. For each new level the quota goes higher, thus, you have to win more, but at the same time you are allowed to lose more as well. Getting a GAME OVER is quite unlikely once you progress further into the game. It happened to me once at the start of the game, due to unfavorable RNG. Well, in those types of games it is to be expected, no reason to be upset really.

I like the part towards the end where the girl begs you for one more game, a chance for her to potentially reclaim her clothes. It’s pretty cute and it kind of reminds me of when I used to play cards with others when I was younger. We’ve all went through a last chance moment, only to blew it in no time or turn the tables around, though it is usually the first case. A loser is a loser, one last chance or not. Sometimes it’s better to just accept the facts. It makes it easier for one to move on and become a better person overall!

This game is pretty generous as it counts the cards for you. It’s not a big deal if you can count, but I guess not everyone can be a professor from Harvard and count to twenty- one. This game taught me to not be afraid to go higher when I’m at 15 or 16 and my opponent has a 10 or a 9. A truly satisfying experience!

I should also mention the animated cutscenes! They are pretty smooth and neat-o! 10/10!

Super Jack Pro 68K DONE!

There is another version of this game for the X68000, named “Super Jack Pro 68K”. It features colorized graphics and voice acting. I like the voice acting, it’s pretty cute and alright, fits the anime girl well enough. The overall hud is also changed and the cards have been increased in size. Pretty small changes and additions, but the overall gameplay, cutscene animations and the A.I. were retained. Between this version and the PC-88, I guess it all comes to personal preferences, but I enjoyed both of them equally.

For some reason I got GAME OVER on both versions once. Also, the PC-88 version was translated, so if you feel threatened by moon runes, you can use the patch for it. I know I did! I take no extra chances…

Aya-chan World [PC-88] – Go Speed Racer Go!

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“Aya-chan World” is a pretty interesting entry for the PC-88. It’s a short game where you control a car and you must race on various tracks against a set timer. The timer itself is quite generous, so you can take your time searching for the finish line. As for the tracks themselves, they are a mess of colors, like some obscure art piece from a gallery made by baby that rolled over some paint and then took a nap on the canvas. It doesn’t look astonishing, but it’s quite interesting in it’s own way.

The first few tracks are a bit more straightforward, while the latter ones are a bit more maze – like. It’s nothing too complicated, but one might still feel a bit disoriented. The car itself controls alright, no complains about it whatsoever.

Aya Chan World 1.1 DONE!

After the completion of each track you are being rewarded with a lewd CG of an anime girl who goes by the name of Aya. The further you progress into the game, the less clothes will Aya wear. Are you racing to impress her? Is she racing and getting all hot and bothered by the INTENSE tracks? None of these questions matter really, as anime is a topic that’s beyond any reasoning…

Aya Chan World 1.2 DONE!

This is a game that you would play once and never again. There is no point in exploring the more complicated tracks as there is nothing really else to find besides the finish line. It’s not really a bad game in a sense that it doesn’t really do anything wrong, but on the other hand, it doesn’t bring much to the table as well.

Cars!!!

Invasion

Invasion

For too long have I’ve been mocked for my lack of driver’s license! I’ve suffered ages having to miss on dessert every Friday! When was the last time I even had good shoes?

Well, I will not stand for this no more! It is time to expand! To conquer new territories! Every Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be going through Retro Achievements library, looking for new potential entries that I can add to my vault. I will post and talk about both the games and the achievements sets. In case an entry takes too long or does not meet the requirements of LR19, I will also make sure to write about that as well.

I will probably invest more time in this once I’m done with older volumes, some of which have been dragging on for years now!

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