The game features traditional turn-based combat with real-time execution of moves: blocking, countering and timing your attacks carefully as well as predicting your foes' moves is essential to succeed in Virgos twisted and unforgiving cosmic quest to bring back the Golden Age, a period of peace, symmetry and balance, or so she thinks.
In this galaxy where every action means a reaction, youll play as Virgo, the Holy Queen, often called Dreadful Queen by heretics, bringing mayhem to the Zodiac Realms and leaving a trail of stardust on the way, all to fit her excessively righteous worldview.
Tropes present in this work:
- But Thou Must!: A lot of the story decisions have a way of converging back to the same outcomes, regardless of what the player chooses to do. The first early example, Deneb Algedi, can be killed by Virgo or spared after defeating her, only for Algol to kill her anyways.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Scorpio makes it clear that anyone who she feels threatens her relationship with Taurus is in for a very bad time.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Spica enjoys getting hit, both in battle and by his lady Virgo.
- Crapsaccharine World: A lot of the environments and characters are superficially very cute and saccharine, but have a very dark undertone. Hammered home early on in Chapter 1: After defeating the first boss, Deneb Algedi, Virgo herself has the option to murder her, and if she doesn't, Algol will anyways.
- Duel Boss: Against Mirror Virgo, in order to get the Virgo Crown.
- Downer Ending: In the Fixed Ending, your party except for Ginger betrays you, only to fall and Ginger to sacrifice themselves for Virgo to forge the Golden Crown. However, it's revealed that Scorpio has killed Pisces, and after killing her, Virgo finally brings back the Golden Age. However, the grief of losing her love causes her to go crazy and fly out into the cosmos in a vain attempt to find her, refusing to believe that she's dead.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In The Cardinal Ending, Virgo revives to Golden Age with her allies, but instead of ruling, she abolishes the Zodiac System, allowing the citizens of Zodiac Realms to live as equals to their former rulers, while Virgo is forced to sacrifice Algol's Golden Alpaca Khrysomallo to save Pisces. While she loses her dream, she no longer cares, now having friends and her love at her side.
- MacGuffin: The Zodiac's Crowns, necessary for the revival of the Golden Age.
- Multiple Endings: What you do in the game determines the ending of the game.
- Nintendo Hard: Don't let the comedic story and colorful graphics fool you. This game can be absolutely brutal to newcomers. Getting the timing down of the attacks and blocks is pretty much required to survive.
- Pyrrhic Victory: In the Fixed Ending, Virgo achieves her goal of becoming the ruler of the new Golden Age, but her victory cost her her friends and her beloved Pisces.
- Resurrective Immortality: Scorpio revives every time her HP is reduced to zero. She's not called "The Phoenix" for nothing.
- The Reveal: The Mutable Ending reveals that the Milky Way is in fact doomed to be swallowed by a super black hole called "The Black Sun," and Gemini, with Capricorn, have been resetting the universe, with Gemini manipulating memories to make sure no one realizes it, to fix everything.
- Versus Title
- Villain Protagonist: Virgo, the Holy Queen, often called Dreadful Queen by "heretics," bringing mayhem to the Zodiac Realms and leaving a trail of stardust on the way, all to fit her excessively righteous worldview and bring back the Golden Age, a period of peace, symmetry and balance.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Virgo, insane about what's right and wrong she may be, but she wants to restore the Zodiac Realms back to the Golden Age. Jury's still out whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
- Western Zodiac: The game's theme, as seen in the title. The game also features an alignment system based on the sign qualities (cardinal, fixed and mutable).
- You Monster!: In the Fixed Ending, Algol calls Virgo insane when she discovers the latter means to sacrifice Ginger in order to forge the Golden Crown.