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Let me just say, this game is terrifying. It's scary in all the right ways and combines some of my favorite genres (Meta horror and Romance Game gone wrong) to make something truly remarkable, all without having to pay a dime. It feels almost wrong for me to have problems with it for that fact. After all, what can you complain about if it's free?
That being said, while all of the horror in this game is great, it feels inconsistent. It's like they didn't know whether or not to make a surrealist Junji Ito style manga horror or a glitchy, meta game gone wrong due to a broken script and a meddling side character. It feels like it wants to be the latter for the most part, but then you find Natsuki's secret scare where her neck snaps like the crooked man and she charges at the screen, and it just throws you off.
And while I found Monika's monologue in act three to be insightful at the time, now that I reflect on it it just feels really out of place. She either sounds like a mouthpiece for the developer or an attempt to shoehorn depth into her character at the last minute to show the dynamic between her and the other girls. Then again, maybe none of it was meant to be taken at face value. It's always hard to tell sometimes.
Still, for the low price of absolutely nothing, it's absolutely worth a play if you enjoy this type of genre.
I can agree with that, it\'s a \"decent\" VN. I definitely agree on the criticism of Act 3 in particular - the amount of complaining about just about anything coming out of Monika\'s mouth sounds just like an impotent, Anvilicious Author Tract. The kind of thing were you just think \"Shut up, if you don\'t like genre x on principle, go watch something else. Some people LIKE this stuff, ok!?\" It really annoyed me and the VN really could have done without it.
Given the secrets that have been found datamining, it was intentional. [spoiler] The girls seem to originally from a much more complex horror game, Monika tampering with the data lets this slip through.
I took it the opposite. Given that the point is to make Monika feel like a complex and rounded being, I thought of it as just her own personality, views, tastes, etc. which weren\'t suppose to reflect the developers.
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