During a night of searching on Steam for something decent to purchase and play without regrets...I was able to find this little Indie game, I saw it before when it was released a while ago, and I thought it was different...but different I meant a dating simulator. I thought it was odd that Steam would release something like that, but after nothing else I decided to pick it up. Was it worth it, even the small $10 price?
Story: You begin with a small message at the beginning indicating your main objective: Find a ship that had a colony completely fade away without any knowledge of what happened. You're sent to find the logs of the ship and download them all and just return. After finding out the logs are password hidden, you're forced to interact with the AI, which is actually still working. She...well "it" is quite happy to see someone new and you dive right into what happened and who was on this ship. The tales of what's told can be emotional, heartbreaking, and completely gut-wrenching as you read about some of the events that occurred. Most of it being focused on a woman named the "Pale Princess" of course once you find the password you can simply just download and leave the game, lasting around 10-15 minutes. Of course that's not supposed to just be the game, exploring everything and every log is what you're mainly to do, and interacting with the AI can get you more info. I found myself trying to unlock every log or to see what happened after the horrible events that happened before. It twists with a different AI who seems to have a different take on the first, the name being *Hyun-ae, unlocking more events and different takes from different people and events that can leave you horrified, ending in multiple endings based on your choices.
Gameplay: The gameplay is based off of course, reading, as this is indeed a visual-novel style. As you find out more, the AI will give you more logs to read, unlocking more parts of the different stories of the families or notes they wrote, or the diary of the Pale Princess herself, explaining what's going on and how she's being treated. Along with reading you'll occasionally be able to click on a little chat box, bringing up the AI and her...ahem "its" take on the current log, and occasionally be asked a question, and since you can't answer with your own response it usually ends up in a "Yes" or "No" style of question, based on your response the AI will answer on how they feel of the topic as well. Usually being rude results in a rude reply, or even worse if you're too mean, an automatic disconnect from the server. Resulting in a game-over style of screen, there’s not much to it besides the slightly confusing terminal. But not like it takes away any of the game, since you'll be more interested in her- I mean it- screw it. I honestly feel like "it" is a, even though she's an AI, she's truly one that you'll be feeling for every step of the way.
In all honesty, this is probably the first Indie game that actually took me by surprise by how entertaining and good it was. As I was wrong and probably should have looked into it more before judging it to be a dating game. The only drawback I can think of it is the length, it's quite short and be able to finish it in an hour or two. For one play through, and probably won't have much reason to go and read-through it all again. Unless you're willing to just for the different endings, of course there are multiple saves, but it's honestly worth it to read through it again to hear about their lives and what Hyun-ae has actually been through. An amazing game for a small $10 price, even if it is a bit short. I still love it and can't wait for the sequel.
9.0/10 A near perfect title