It took me 3 nights to complete this game and those are nights well spent. Lilly is definitely the best Katawa Shoujo girl in my opinion and I’m actually glad that I played through Rin’s route last. Damn, I can’t find a good Hisao x Lilly fanfic! I’m just rambling already here so here it is, I present to you my Katawa Shoujo review.
I’m going to review this game according to three points, as this will make my life easier.
The gameplay is pretty much what you’d expect from a text based dating sim game where in you click through dialogues on the text box and as with all text based dating sims, there comes a point that it gets tedious and you just want to end the damn route really fast, thankfully this game has the skip dialogue function (which I think is a must for all text based visual novels) through the spacebar. Each route is actually takes a bit of considerable time to finish, even when skipping through all the nonsense dialogues, which I think is a good thing depending on the game and most great VN’s have long routes per heroine. I really like how Act 1 is a web when it comes to mapping out to a route of your choice which means Act 1 is quite long which I think is a good thing. I really liked how well the Act 2 intros subtly introduce the characters and the ordeals that they have to face in order to give you a peak of what you should expect. The ero scenes are very plain and aren’t exactly stellar, so if you ever don’t like the ero scenes, you can just turn it off at the options menu and you are on your way to aquatic life appreciation during the ero scenes.
God, I love the BGM of this game because it is very relaxing to listen to. I really liked the skilled use of mostly acoustic instruments and percussion instruments in music pieces to convey a wide range of emotion depending on the scene. Taking the the context of Katawa Shoujo out, I could listen to the BGM just for the pure purpose of easy listening. The BGM of the game felt mostly organic.
This is the strongest suit of the game as this is where the replay value of the game comes in. It handles the subject matter of “romance with girls with disabilities” in a very mature and tasteful manner. I really like how act 1 introduces you to the characters and sets in motion the story of the heroine that you may choose in just one chapter. Each heroine is unique and has her own character and the story does a good job of roping the player in to discover more of a heroine’s character, trials and tribulations. The story also does a great job of not being stagnant and main character’s growth is evident as the story goes on and its execution kinda subtly differs according to the route chosen. Character development is done at a very good pace, not too slow, not too fast.