Guide Mairu through idyllic Cherry Tree Town as she makes new friends and endeavors to persuade them to join her high school comedy club.
User reviews: Very Positive (439 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 8, 2012

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About This Game

Comedy fanatic and high school student Mairu Hibisu has decided to set up a comedy club in her school, but her nemesis and the head of the student council, Chitose Karasuyama, isn’t about to make things easy… The school rules require a minimum of 5 students to set up a new club and Mairu is 3 people short! Spring break has just started and Mairu has until the end of April to recruit the 3 new members she needs to start the club or Chitose will have the last laugh!

Guide Mairu through idyllic Cherry Tree Town as she makes new friends and endeavors to persuade them to join her high school comedy club in this anime-style comic adventure game.

Explore the town and level up Mairu’s repertoire of conversational topics by reading books, watching TV, etc. then apply them to persuade potential recruits to join your new club. Some topics require money to build up, so you will need to find part time work such as cleaning the local temple and making jewelry accessories.

Developer 773’s game features a host of quirky characters, catchy music, and is a must-play for fans of anime and manga. Laugh and the world laughs with you!

Key Features:

  • 6 characters to recruit and many more NPCs
  • 12 conversational topics to polish and upgrade, such as video games, romance, news, cooking, sports
  • All original, high quality graphics and catchy music
  • Fun dialogue and memorable characters
  • Colorful, warm anime-style tone and accessible game mechanics
  • Japanese setting AND westernized localizations available!
    * Trailer and screenshots above are from the westernized version

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Pentium 3 or better
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:95 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Pentium 3 or better
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:95 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
39 of 60 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
A shrine maiden asked me "Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?"

10/10 almost died laughing
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Mairu is a mischief hyperactive senior high school girl who has an ambition to rebuild the legendary comedy club. We will follow her commuting around town to talk with people, build relationship, and making friends - Persona player surely already familiar with this game play. Overall the game play is pretty basic but every characters have their own background and life, and the conversations change everyday, so although the routine can be repetitive after a few weeks, we will be entertained with a lot of funny dialogue, light but enjoyable story, and moe characters portrayal - if you into that thing (even the bad ♥♥♥ Kaoruko is cute!)

Recommended if you're looking into relaxing and laid back game play, especially if you enjoy Persona date-sim aspect.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I am Miley; the overly enthusiastic type of anime protagonist.

My goal is to stalk 6 people who don't really want to join and nag them to join my Comedy Club while they deal with some actual issues. I have a friend called Harriet who I have decided to sign up to my club despite her lack of interesting and her having a part time job because I am more important.

First was Sara; she is the quiet one who I follow about while she deals with her psychological issues; I got her to open up by knowing a lot about mystery novels which I had spent all night reading.

Next was May; she is the cute little one who wants to develop a chest and is dealing with some serious choices about her families future; she decided to resolve them and join my club after I played some video games and stopped being such a NOOB.

Next was my friend Cindy who was following her dream; through a combination of guilt playing and following her she finally gives in and joins me.

My next target was Vivian, the hockey star who gets ill from people bothering her; I continue to bother her until she joins me through Stockholm Syndrome, ironic as she is Swedish.

Tyler was stalking my friend; I give a potentially dangerous stranger my friends number without her permission and use Harriet to effectively trick him into joining. That's okay though, because I am too selfish to care.

Then there is Male Student. He has a name, but you are supposed to talk to his father, hunt down his name through school and then ignore him not wanting to talk to me by threatening his social life until he joins my club.

By doing all of this, I got the good ending.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
It... It's a trap!
It's JAPANESE PROPAGANDA!
I...I can't fight it no more!
Don't buy it while you can!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Pro
-Good Story.
-Replayability (NG+ that carries conversation stats over).
-Funny jokes and really stupid moments
-Variety (What you can do each day)

Con
-Repetition
-No Skip Function
-Homework
-F12 is Reset (Also requires manual creation of "screenshots" and "thumbnails" folder)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
I made more friends here than in real life.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
i spoke to a dog

and it said "woof woof"

so mairu said "that gave me paws for thought"


10/10
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Pros:
- Cute and charming characters and art
- Overall I found the writing cute and amusing
- A visual novel that's about making friends instead of getting a date with hot anime grills
- You have control over where you visit, who you talk to, and when

Cons:
- Native 480 resolution, I found it hard to get immersed this way
- You cannot click to interact / select options, only arrow keys and space / enter
- The timing is bad on dialogue progression and causes you to accidentally re-trigger the conversation sometimes
- The mechancis of the game are complicated and not well-explained. I thought I was doing stuff right then didn't get any recruits at the end so apparently I am missing something. I would recommend looking up a guide before playing if you don't want to play the game over and over to figure out how to actually recruit people.

The characters are pretty enjoyable and the pixel art is lovely, but the clunkiness of the game was too detracting for me. After I finished my playthrough and getting "closer" to a bunch of characters many times, I got 0/5 recruits I am very confused on how I was expected to play this game.

I think if you're looking to try out a visual novel game there are better ones out there. However, if you really love visual novels and play them all the time you could very well still enjoy this one.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
A silly little game where you run around leveling skills and hoping that your efforts will be enough to succeed at recruiting 3 NPC's into a school comedy club. The gameplay can be a little frustrating in this regard because there is little to no room for error. But the characters are decent, their interactions are amusing, and the game isn't terribly long (2-3 hours) so if you screw up there isn't too much to replay. In short, it is a short silly little game that can amuse you for an evening or afternoon. Just don't go in expecting a great deal of depth and replayability, because you won't find that here. Still, it succeeds in what it sets out to do, and that's really all that is needed. :3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
A nice visual novel and relationship (friend-based, no Careless Whisper stuff here) sim. It can get hard at times balancing all tasks at once, but the payoff is worth it. If you plan on buying this game at full price, purchase the bundle, because the 2nd game is just as good as this one, and considering how good CTHCC is, you'll definitely want I! My! Girls! as a follow up. I recommend playing the Dewesternized version as I! My! Girls! can only be played in Dewesternized.

Only real cons are the lack of windowed sizes and how the "true" ending doesn't really add much besides more dialogue.

9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
A VN-ese game with time management to achieve the goal.

To make it simple, Take the battle from persona 4 and wham, you got Cherry Tree High Comedy Club.

CTHCC is a good story game to pass the time because the story is enjoyable and fun. But to play it, you must manage what you will do wisely. Bcs the story of the game is you want to make a new club in your school and you have to recruit at least 3 people from 6 available in the deadline of 1 month + 1 week.

It got good repetion if you want to get all 6 recruit as you can play New Game+ once you finish the game and it will continue your skill from the previous save game.

I really recommended this game to all of you who like a light story or just want to pass time. Definitely you must try this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Recommended for anyone who wants to read + play a relaxing and comical adventure. I loved to visit the various characters in the town or at school every day to discover what funny or cute things they are going to tell this time (they also provide plenty of background information by the way!).
This is a no-drama, slice-of-life interactive VN, with charming characters to meet; building up your various communication skills/stats to befriend them; there are different background music themes to set the mood in this colourful world. Did I mention the whacky shrine maiden?

There are 2 modes to play this game in. I played the Japanese localisation version which I wholeheartedly recommend if you know and appreciate at least a few things about Japanese terms and culture. If you're not really well known with it, then perhaps the Westernized localisation is more suited to you.

If you're not sure wether you'd enjoy this game, why not try out the demo ;)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Nyu Media has learned the error of their ways. This work of art is no longer marred by a patronizing "localized transation" that goes as far as changing the setting from Japan to the United States. Now you can finally experience this game the way the original developers truly intended. I suggest you pick this game up if you have any respect for video games as an art form.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
If you ever played P3 or P4 it's basiclly the social link parts only rolled into a game. It's quite alrite.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
My impression of this game is when you're about to sneeze and the sneeze goes away so you stick a crayon up your nose to get the sneeze out, 10/10 I would recommend but also not recommend
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Cute, but ultimately kind of lacking and unsatisfying, Cherry Tree High Comedy Club (or CTHCC) is simultaneously too short, yet too padded out. The stat raising system and the exploration of the city is actually quite charming in its own way, but ultimately only serves to needlessly lengthen the play time of a visual novel that, quite frankly, doesn't have much to read in it. The story builds up, but ends where it feels like it's only getting started.

It never really managed to make me laugh; chuckle, at best, I'm afraid. Rather than think of it as a comedy, I'd more describe it as silly, light hearted slice of life... that said, in that regard, I've seen better media. Ultimately, though the writing and characters never especially moved me or captured my heart (they're a little bit generic, as if hodge podged together from familiar tropes and little else) I think that I'm only left with that impression because the game isn't long enough to give anyone a character arc of satisfying length.

Ultimately, it's kind of like playing a single month of Persona 3 or 4, minus the dungeon crawling JRPG side of things, but the fact that the stats never seem to matter for much and the scenes you unlock with characters never allows you to make any dialogue or action choices leaves the player feeling much more like an outsider to the experience. While that's fine for a visual novel, in this case it only contributed to the feeling that this VN was merely half done.

All that said, I realize there's a sequel, and, since I did get it in a bundle with the original, I may change my opinion after playing that. Both are fairly cheap, so if I think of them as a bundle it may end up worth it. Nevertheless, CTHCC2 has a lot to make up for, and it's going to have to tremendously exceed the quality of experience the first game gave me if there's any chance I'm going to turn around my opinion on the series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Definitely a guilty pleasure game. It is terrible 10/10 would recommend to ruin your life playing this.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
The social link part of Persona 3 with a little bit of Recettear.

You don't have problems making friends, do you?
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
*sigh*
Well I beat the game. I didn't enjoy it but I completed it.
I didn't think it was possible to mess up a visual novel but I guess it is.

"Oh but x2Madda, this isn't a visual novel--" Then what is it? Because I'll tell you what it isn't, fun!
Cherry Tree is the tale of a girl trying to open a comedy club at school however she needs 5 members to be able to do so and her with her best friend are only 2 people. Recruit 3 more members out of a pool of 6 while finishing all your homework and balancing your fatigue or else you may collapse or fail class!

That's what the advertising blurb said anyway. You get to move left and right on various screens and talk to NPCs but this isn't a platform game and the walking only serves to give the illusion of gameplay or to pick up various objects scattered around. The "homework" just serves to waste days and fatigue can be balanced very easily by just not wasting time working jobs. You see you have 40 days broken down into 3 time slots per day in order to make the potential recruits like you. However the only way to make them like you is to impress them with your various diplomatic actions which are influenced by your diplomatic skills which you increase by choosing a skill to level up, thus also eating into those precious time slots.

This sounds like a game and it sounds like it could be good but the problem is that you can easily increase all your skills very high very quickly and recruit everyone with time to spare. You can also fail miserably if you try to actually engage with people instead of leveling up your skills so it reminds me of 'Long Live the Queen' but without the good writing. Or the fun.

Speaking of writing, this is one of the most boring non-visual novels I have ever read. How do you even mess up a visual novel with a comedy setting? Well it has little jokes relying more on puns and memes and oh ho, before you accuse me of playing the westernized version, I am playing the Japanese translated version.

I didn't enjoy playing the game. The music doesn't create any atmosphere, the story is sweet at its core but lacks any charm and the characters are believable but as soon as they joined I didn't feel any connection or want to engage with them further. Lastly the sound effects are from an open source sound bank so if you reconize some of them from other games (100% Oranage Juice) that would be the reason why.
Really, the graphics are very good and I like the ideas that went into the game but it suffers poor execution
Hopefully the sequel which is a straight up visual novel, will remedy the issues I experienced here.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Cherry Tree High Comedy Club (CTHCC) is a light VN with 2D side-scrolling exploration that applies traditional dating sim mechanics to non-romance subject matter. This approach to dating sims has only been notably applied in Persona 3 and 4, so naturally it draws a lot of comparisons.

The dating-sim-esque format works a whole lot better here than it did in Persona. Mairu (or Miley, if you're a weirdo and chose the westernized version) is an actual character with her own personality, motives and ways of interacting with other characters (beyond being dead silent while other characters monologue to themselves for the entire game). Scenes where Mairu is strongarming people to bow to her own ulterior motives or genuinely relating to people with her own life experiences is infinitely more compelling than standing around while people sort out their own problems and attribute it to your intervention.

Gameplay-wise, the 2D side-scrolling helps enforce the illusion of an explorable, breathing, homely town a hell of a lot more than the usual VN affair of disconnected backgrounds, and while the locales are noticeably limited the walking/running and interactions with optional NPCs is welcome.

Generally, interacting with other recruitable NPCs involves finding them and opting to spend a block of the limited time you have with them, talking about one of 12 topics. The topics grey out after one use, and the NPCs reactions to each topic differ from person to person. Mairu can improve her knowledge on each topic by either spending a block of time performing an activity or by finding collectables around the time, that differ from day to day. Guessing which topics NPCs like involves a lot of gauging their character, and that's appreciated.

There's six recruitable NPCs, and you only need three to finish the game. While there's ample time to get three, getting six is impossible on a first playthrough, and there's a slightly different ending for nabbing all six through the NG+ mode, which encourages multiple playthroughs.

I wouldn't recommend this VN.

Despite taking place in the formation of a Comedy Club, and revolving around Comedy, there's almost no comedy in CTHCC. What little there is, is safe, sterile, clean and tasteless. A few puns and light insults thrown into an otherwise unremarkable conversation, or nothing at all. It's some of the weakest comedy they could have possibly gone for, and unless you've never heard a joke before, or are incredibly amused by "cute girls doing cute things" it'll do nothing for you.

Beyond that there's just no substance to it. Even after two playthroughs there's no memorable moments. Even if the light dating-sim mechanics "work" a whole lot better than it did in Persona, it's got no punch, no bite and no gall to back it up.

This is an incredibly boring game that with all it's talk about making you laugh, won't even put in an effort to make you smile.
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