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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nowhere Safe: Unintended Silence


            Nowhere Safe: Unintended Silence is developed by redpandastudios or VisualNovelGames. com. This is not an otome game but meh, whatever. Once again, I'll let their site do the talking: complete info here.  Maybe it was just my glitchy internet connection but I can't seem to connect to their site. Looks like it's back now ヾ(´・ ・`。)ノ”

         Kimiko Yui has been unable to leave her house for over ten years. When her daughter comes down with a mysterious mental illness that requires a chaperone at school, Kimiko finds herself more desperate than ever to conquer her agoraphobia once and for all.

- 5 different endings- One bonus ending- Lots of choices- Robust soundtrack

TITLE: Nowhere Safe: Unintended Silence
DEVELOPERS: Red Panda Studios /
GAME LENGTH: Short (2 - 10 hours)


           Target Audience: Once again, they present us a 16+ game. Be careful in playing this. This really isn't meant for innocent ones. I mean, if I was a newbie to a visual novel game and I chanced upon this immediately, I would probably be scarred. It's not an innocent vn for an innocent reader. 

           Story: Too dark. It's a short visual novel full of heavy drama and psychology. I have nothing against dark plots. On the contrary, I love them. However, this visual novel needs a comic relief to balance the heavy plot. If it's too heavy, there would be no emotional climate for the readers to enjoy since the tone is pretty deep already and just gets deeper without something in the script to pull it up. On the other hand, I commend the use of psychology in the plot. It's a new taste in the visual novel stories we get. It's very emotional and realistic. I really love it since it had me on the edge of my seat during the whole playing!

           Characters: I don't like the characters. Except for Naoki. I mean, let's face it. All of them are pretty messed up in their own ways. Kimiko (main protagonist) is too damaged, paranoid/lashing and weak-willed to be a decent protagonist. I mean, sure, she had a pretty bad experience but it's been ten years. Buck up, woman! Kento is a bit blank at times. Like, there's really no significance in him being there. Yes, it's nice meeting you there but we can live without you.  ( ´_ゝ`) Aya the friend is pathetic. If you and another female's chest bump while talking, you wouldn't find it immediately strange or take notice of anything that resembles sexual harassment. Get your mind out of the gutter, girl. Kazumi is just evil. There's no hope for her. Dr. Hamasaki is just too asdfghjkl to describe. Dr. Bento (or whatever) is just plain stupid. Who the hell spanks a child with problems in a therapeutic session? You still have the guts to ask for the bill? Argh. I could sue you for child abuse! Naoki is the only normal here. (●´∀`●)

           CG/Art: Of course, it's cute. Lightly colored for a dark plot. I laughed a lot when Kento is down to his boxers. What? He looks cute for a prickly guy. I lol'ed when Naoki decided to visit Kimiko in boxers and singlet too. Kimiko was like, "Wow, I can't help but think that's a really intense outfit...". Are you freaking serious, woman? Naoki just showed up in his underwear and that's your reaction? Seriously, woman, you're like a hermit. Unfortunately, we don't have CG which would surely make things more interesting.

           Music: A nice soundtrack to accompany the story. It's high quality with no noise to grate your ears! Unfortunately, we always get to hear the dark and suspicious music. The light-hearted ones are just used to the neutral scenes, just something to keep the scene from being in mute mode.  

           Setting: Because our heroine is agoraphobic, we just went around the house. Which is the probably the point of the novel. 

           Difficulty Level/Gameplay: The options are really hard to choose from because they absolutely feel the same. It's not a type of difficult that is really puzzling but for me, it's because there's just not enough clues for me to get by. The plot is one of a kind and unpredictable since it tackles a human mind. Hell knows how random their minds get. The options are a wild jump in the lake. To get through this, you need to think of a particular approach. This is not an otome game wherein you have to understand the obtainable guy's attitude or personality. In here, you have to think about your action and the consequences it will cause the people around you since this is quite the psychology game. If you blindly choose, you're really lost.

Welcome onna. Let's meet in Canberra. Just make it in four days. 
I'm about to leave here (*´・v・)

Should I give you some hardcore BL (Boys' Love) visual novel made by Nitro+chiral like Togainu no Chi? I'm sure you'll change your mind. (=`〜´=)

Woah, Kazumi. What happened to you? You were a loli not so long ago! 
Hella growth ( ꒪Д꒪)ノ

Really, Kimiko, really? He turned up in his underwear! ( ̄□ ̄;)

Oh so that's how Kimiko looks like. ヽ(・_・;)ノ

All in all, it's a nice game worth trying. If you're looking for a silly otome game, wrong place. This is too mature for that. If you're in for a psycho-deep story, ride on board!


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  1. LOL! What a fun review. I enjoyed reading it. I will just say that Naoki is actually wearing Japanese boy exercise shorts which pretty much look like underwear. Also, the more info at the top of the review links to Host Holic, not Nowhere Safe.

    1. Oops, I'm so sorry about the link!
      Thanks for taking the time to read my review! (●´∀`●)



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