I don't have the problem with the graphic novel game concept, but this game's story is just a ripoff of the cube and saw combined. The story is hideously bad and just drags on and on and on....Literally, the game is a wall of text that is over-descriptive, and has tons of pointless text in it. It feels like an author, failed at writing real books, so he needed to package it into a video game to keep people interested.
The puzzles are actually pretty good, fairly clever, fun to work through...even if the characters do a little too much hand-holding, and like to make a lengthy unnecessary comment on EVERY little thing you investigate.
If you don't like reading bad books or over-descriptive books, this game will wear your patience thin quickly, very quickly.
Bottom line for me: Story: 2, not engaging, could've been, but bored you with useless extra text Puzzles:7, Fun, challenging, but not super difficult Graphics:7, good for the ds, not enough to really be a "graphic novel"
I'm a fairly patient person, but this was just too much for me to handle....4.0 out of 10
The story and characters of this game are incredible. It's easy to drift right into the world of the game and get involved with what's going on. The puzzles are pretty clever and crafted well enough that you always kind of have a sense of what's going on even if you're not entirely sure. That being said, the game is essentially 2 hours of puzzles per playthrough and 4 hours of scrolling text. Sure, it is labeled as a visual novel, but some cutscenes simply aren't engrossing enough to forgive their length. Fortunately, the game is short enough to encourage multiple playthroughs to encourage obtaining the multiple endings, and it does allow you to speed through previously seen dialogue. If the game had an option to skip previously played puzzles in new playthroughs, I may have bumped it up a point. As it stands though, it is something I definitely recommend to people who are fans of the visual novel genre.
I enjoyed this game very much. Took me awhile, though.
(5/10) Gameplay: There isn't just an overabundance of gameplay. It's not a super long game, but it takes time, as there's a lot of reading. It's rather like playing a graphic novel with a few puzzles in between chapters. I didn't find most of the puzzle levels to be very difficult. If you were left on your own to play them, it would probably get old quickly. Fortunately, the story and characters make up for that, which leads me to...
(9/10) Story: The story may take a little while to get going, I know I wasn't digging it during the first 15 minutes or so, but after the first little hurdle, things start getting interesting quickly. There are six endings, do yourself a favor and play them all. After your first ending you'll be doing a lot of fast forwarding, but the extra plot you uncover across the various endings is very fun. Lemme tell you, the last ending is AWESOME.
The characters a great, and each one seems to become more endearing as you play through all the endings, as you learn things about them that you hadn't known in the ending before.
Overall, it's definitely worth a look. Not for everyone, but definitely for those who like a good story.