December 8, 2011

Game review: Bouyoku no Fortisimo

Made by: Utsukiyo
Genre: Yaoi, doujinshi, Tiger and Bunny
Summary: Kotetsu and Barnaby don't get along. Simple as that.
When their boss suddenly announce that they will be living together from now on or else they'll be fired, Kotetsu got 20 days to make the tsundere warm up to him.

A quick introduction to those who haven't watched Tiger & Bunny: 
Sternbild City is home to people called "Next," who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. The story mainly focuses on veteran hero Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (Wild Tiger) who is assigned a partner, a strict young man named Barnaby Brooks Jr. However, Barnaby and Kotetsu have trouble working together as they have different opinions on how a superhero should act while at the same time trying to crack the mystery of the murder of Barnaby's parents. 

Utsukiyo is a pretty famous group known for their look-alike doujin game of the butler anime/manga Kuroshitsuji.  Bouyoku no Fortisimo is their first try at the Tiger and Bunny series and just some weeks after it got released they announced a sequel.

The game starts out with Kotetsu walking in on Barnaby taking a shower. Unlike most VNs where you get a list of choices what to say,  Bouyoku no Fortisimo gives you a list of choices what to spend the day doing.

As I mentioned above, you only got 20 days to get closer to Barnaby. Choices like "Talk", "Go out" and "Play a prank" are the usual options. There is also a mini-game where you get to poke at your heroes, see their reaction and eventually take their clothes off.
 Bouyoku no Fortisimo might be a doujin game, but you can tell the creators actually put some effort into trying to tie the game with the anime storyline. Aside from that, the game is mostly you trying to seduce the tsundere Bunny, going on dates and eventually hooking it up.

The art is nice and the coloring/shading is what makes it come together. One complaint is how Kotetsu looks 10 years younger than he should. Another is how the only character beside Kotetsu and Barnaby appear in the game is Ivan (Origami Cyclone). I know it's a fan-made game, but I think they could have squeezed in one more.
The music can become annoying and I started to turn it off towards the last route and end of the game, which is nothing trivial, but still drags down the experience.

In the end I would say that if you like the pairing, give it a try, otherwise this is probably not for you.
Oh Bunny, you and your fried rice


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