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 (417 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 8, 2012

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"Familiar to the last two Persona games in gameplay, minus the combat and greater plot. Manage your time as a HS moeblob and get some laughs."

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November 26, 2014

Now Updated with 'Dewesternized' Version!

Apologies for the late announcement, but let's make this official!

Due to popular demand, we have released a 'dewesternized' localization of Cherry Tree High Comedy Club which uses the original Japanese setting, Japanese character names / place names, etc.

This new localization is now the ‘official version’ (the Japanese continuity is preserved in the sequel Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls!) and is immediately available to anyone who already owns Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, but we have kept the original ‘westernized’ version available for anyone who owns or purchases the game in future.

Following this update, when CTHCC launches, you'll be prompted to select between 'Play Cherry Tree High Comedy Club' (the dewesternized version) and "Play Westernized Localization" - just pick the one you'd like and you're good to go! (Save games carry over between both versions!)

We hope you enjoy the new CTHCC!

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November 20, 2014

Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls! is Available NOW!

Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls! is now available on Steam as a standalone game priced $3.99, and together with the original game Cherry Tree High Comedy Club in the Cherry Tree High Complete Pack, priced $9.99.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/333220


As promised, the new, 'dewesternized' localization of the original Cherry Tree High Comedy Club that uses the original Japanese setting, Japanese character names / place names, etc. is now available. This new localization is now the 'official version' (the Japanese continuity carries over to CTHIMG) and both the new and original ‘westernized’ versions are now available to anyone who already owns Cherry Tree High Comedy Club on Steam and to anyone who purchases the game in future. (& for the record, save games carry over between both versions.)

Once again, thank you to everyone who has supported CTHIMG on Greenlight and THANK YOU for supporting us and developer 773 by purchasing the game!

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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
41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
First off; I am going to say it is like a dating sim, in that you build relationships and meet people.

The game is simple and doesn't try to be anything else, it doesn't shoe-horn in mini games to pass time, it tells a story and introduces you to interesting and funny characters; the more you learn of, the more you discover how deep they all are.

The game can be tough, you play a highschool student and have to maintain homework, limit fatigue and all while also trying to maintain knowledge of various topics to discuss with potential friends and peers.

If you want a visual novel type story with plenty of interaction and decent length of gameplay, pick this game up
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
EDIT: In the last few weeks since I played this game a dewesternised version has come out, which I have yet to play. I will update this review once I've played the new version, but I think most of my points are still valid.

+ Free demo!
+ No bugs whatsoever!
+ You can transfer your Repertoire plus Targets' likes and dislikes to the next save file.
+ ...So if you didn't make it the first time, you'll definitely get a good ending with the next playthrough.
+ There is a sequel, which is out now!

+/- 2 hours per playthrough.
+/- Sugary sweet story, very innocent.
+/- Perfect for kids.
+/- In the westernised version, the translation is aimed at Americans who don't (necessarily) know anything about Japanese culture, even though there are shrines and cherry blossoms - but it works nonetheless.
+/- In the westernised version, there are lots of references to (American) pop culture.
+/- Simple art style, quite nice but not eye poppingly awesome.

- Repetitive gameplay.
- Not very original in its genre, both with gameplay and characters.
- 2.5 playthroughs needed for full completion and no way to skip the last week or two (which is annoying if you've finished both your Repertoire and your Target list halfway through April).


Conclusion: not very original, but still enjoyable. Get it on sale.


(I played it while offline, so Steam didn't register my gaming time. :< )
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Warning: Lengthy review incoming!


Cherry Tree High Comedy Club is an interactive visual novel with the gameplay of a dating simulator.

Before I get into the review, I want you to know, that I played the westernized localization of the game. I’m going to talk about this in a little bit more detail at a later point of this review.

You play as Miley Verisse, a young comedy fanatic, who’s planning on forming her very own Comedy Club in her school. Miley’s roommate has already been compelled to join the club, but the problem is that school clubs have a minimum number of required members, which means that Miley has to find three more people to join her club until the end of the club trial period. That means you’ve got two months to manipulate and befriend as many people as possible.

This is where the dating simulator gameplay comes in.
There are six different characters that can be recruited and you befriend them by talking to them about different topics. You raise your skill levels by reading magazines or visiting places and occasionally you can also find random stuff on the ground that raises your skills as well. The higher your skill for “fashion” for example is, the more the friendship level of a character will be raised when talking to them about this topic.

This type of gameplay can get a bit repetitive, since you do the same thing every day. You get up, talk to a character, talk to another character, watch some TV and the day is over. Repeat until some special event happens or until the friendship level of a character rises.

To get a character to join your club you have to get them to friendship level 5, which is pretty much impossible to do for all 6 characters in the first playthrough. Fortunately there is a new game+, which allows you to keep all your skills and only resets your friendship levels.

The whole game has a lot of jokes, because, you know… Miley’s a comedy enthusiast and stuff.
There were some jokes that are right up my alley that I found really amusing and then there were some others that just fell flat for me.

The characters are rather diverse and even though some of them seem pretty spineless in the beginning, you find out that they have a really interesting background story after befriending them. On the other hand, there are also some characters that still seem rather spineless after you convince them to join your club and their background story is by far not as interesting as you’d expect.

A big problem I had with the game is, that it only supports a resolution of 640x480 and if you want to play it in fullscreen mode, the game window gets stretched to fit the height of your screen and you get two beautiful black bars next to the game to fill your screen. The settings of the game are also pretty limited, but hey, it’s a visual novel and not some fancy AAA game title, so I guess that’s expectable.

At the time I bought this game, no original version was available in English, only the westernized version, with different names and locations.

With the release of the sequel of Cherry Tree High Comedy Club on Steam we finally get to play the game in English with the original names and the same places as in the Japanese version of the game.

For example, Miley turns into Mairu and Cindy suddenly is called Haru. Also, chilli dogs turn into rice omelets, because, you know, western people only know chilly dogs and can’t comprehend rice omelets or something.

All those extremely western sounding names feel a bit out of place, because everything feels so Japanese and all those cherry trees in the background for example definitely don’t make me feel like I’m in the US either.


I’m going to be completely honest with you: Cherry Tree High Comedy Club was the first visual novel I ever played, so I might judge this game a lot differently than some of you visual novel veterans out there but for someone new to this type of medium, this game was a really good entry point and even if you’re usually not a big fan of those type of games, you might still enjoy all those cute characters and the nice setting.

The multiple endings and the new game+ give the rather short game some replayability, since you will not be satisfied with only knowing the background story of for example 3 of the characters but you will want to know the background story of all of them, even though they might not be as interesting as you’d expect.

All in all, Cherry Tree High Comedy Club is a pretty decent visual novel for veterans and casuals in this medium. It might have its flaws but it is still a really enjoyable game to waste some time with.

If you’re a diehard action fan who needs explosions, headshots and a lot of gore to enjoy a video game, or someone who detests reading and dislikes games that heavily rely on text in general, you might want to sit this one out.

Everybody else:

Should you play Cherry Tree High Comedy Club?

Yes. Yes you should.
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31 of 46 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.6 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.8 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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Great!
This game has lot of fun!
+Pros:
The story
Artwork,i love it
-Cons:
Music need more variation
Too short,you can clear this game in about 1-2 hours
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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9 of 15 people (60%) 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 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 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Worlds unfunniest girl tries to create a comedy club. Hilarity doesn't ensue.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
watch anime high school girls do anime high school girl things

fun
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