March 26, 2012

First impression: Hatsuyuki Sakura

Made by: Saga Planets
Eroge, School, Romance, Occult, Mystery
Summary: A girl in white wedding dress appears before Hatsuyuki, asking for his help to search for her rabbit. The next day the mysterious girl transfer to his class. In a town of humans, ghosts and well-hidden secrets, what will the future bring?

Note: First impression means I've only finished a few routes and not all the endings.

Final Score:
Story 8/10

Despite it's cute looks and moe character design, Hatsuyuki Sakura is a game with heavy plot and many tragic endings. If you can't handle bittersweet love, this probably isn't for you.

Tamaki Sakura
is the girl in white wedding dress who appeared before Hatsuyuki. She is a very sweet and innocent person, and together with her pet rabbit Nemu, makes a nice comedy-duo with silly jokes (even if they often don't impress the protagonist). She tells Hatsuyuki that she came to the town in search of something, and that once she finds it, she will know where her heart is.

Ice princess Azuma Yoru also becomes a friend of Hatsuyuki's in the game. She appears to be a rocker-chich and though girl at first, but soon softens up. Her route is about the mysterious fact that every one of her skating partners getting hurt when training with her. Because of this people spread rumor around school and they believe she is cursed with bad luck. I grew very fond of Azuma while reading and her endings are so sad, you can't help but feel bad for the poor girl (゜´Д`゜)

Shinonome Nozomu
is your typical clumsy big breasted student committee leader. I stopped reading her route half-way through since compared to the others, it lacks everything. Magic, good pace and Nozomu ends up being the most boring girl out of all of them.

The game also have a general route you need to play first, but in my opinion it's more of a "bad end". The story is further enhanced with forced play-routes, not something I'm a big fan of.

Music 9/10
Loved the OST! The theme of the snow slowly falling, combined with the soft piano piece really made an impression.

Art 7/10
Overall good, but at times very inconsistent. Some of the CGs (H-scenes especially) looked derpy and the eyes were too far away. The snow in the game is animated, which in my opinion really increased the atmosphere.

Voices 8/10
Nothing to complain about here.

Total: 8/10
Hatsuyuki Sakura is not just your regular moege. It's a story about dreams, hopes, magic and love. But before you start reading you should know that the road ahead isn't a easy one. With many bittersweet and sad endings, Hatsuyuki Sakura is a game you'll remember.


Anonymous said...

I definitely would remember this game... One of (If not) the best game ever... been a long time since i last cried

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