From Dischan Media, creators of the highly acclaimed Juniper's Knot, comes Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos. Dysfunctional Systems is a visual novel series featuring Winter Harrison, a student mediator from a utopian world. Learning to Manage Chaos is the first entry in the series. What is a mediator?
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“Learning to Manage Chaos is driven by an engaging story and lively dialogue.”
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“Extraordinary story, writing, art, characters, and music. What more could you ask for?”
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From Dischan Media, creators of the highly acclaimed Juniper's Knot, comes Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos.

Dysfunctional Systems is a visual novel series featuring Winter Harrison, a student mediator from a utopian world. Learning to Manage Chaos is the first entry in the series.

What is a mediator? A mediator is someone who travels to chaotic worlds, attempting to resolve the issues plaguing them. The first entry in the series follows Winter's second mediation, where she shadows the experienced and aloof mediator: Cyrus Addington.

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos features two distinct endings, unlockable bonus art, an animated opening video, and a jukebox of in-game music.

What is a visual novel?


A visual novel is a mix of choose your own adventure books, comics and manga, music, and animation. Play through the story and make choices for the main character to change the outcome of the episode and the events of future episodes!

Soundtrack Included


All Steam purchases of Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos include the official soundtrack absolutely free! Enjoy a total of 18 tracks, including a full rendition of the Dysfunctional Systems opening theme, in both MP3 and FLAC. The album is included with the game files. To access, right click the "Dysfunctional Systems" entry in your library, click "properties", then go to the "local files" tab, and click the "browse local files" button.

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    Minimalne:
    • System operacyjny: Windows XP
    • Procesor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Pamięć: 1 GB RAM
    • Karta graficzna: Integrated Graphics
    • Miejsce na dysku: 500 MB dostępnej przestrzeni
    Zalecane:
    • System operacyjny: Windows 7 or higher
    • Procesor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core
    • Pamięć: 3 GB RAM
    • Karta graficzna: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Miejsce na dysku: 500 MB dostępnej przestrzeni
    Minimalne:
    • System operacyjny: OS X 10.6
    • Procesor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Pamięć: 1 GB RAM
    • Karta graficzna: Integrated Graphics
    • Miejsce na dysku: 500 MB dostępnej przestrzeni
    Zalecane:
    • System operacyjny: OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Procesor: 2.0 GHz+ Dual-Core
    • Pamięć: 3 GB RAM
    • Karta graficzna: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Miejsce na dysku: 500 MB dostępnej przestrzeni
    Minimalne:
    • Procesor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Pamięć: 1 GB RAM
    • Karta graficzna: Integrated Graphics
    • Miejsce na dysku: 500 MB dostępnej przestrzeni
    • Dodatkowe uwagi: "ia32-libs" package required for 64-bit Linux users
    Zalecane:
    • Procesor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core
    • Pamięć: 3 GB RAM
    • Karta graficzna: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Miejsce na dysku: 500 MB dostępnej przestrzeni
    • Dodatkowe uwagi: "ia32-libs" package required for 64-bit Linux users
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Luicusa
( 2.4 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 1 maja
Spoiler
85 minutes in I already screwed a planet to the point of desolation
HISlawyer
( 0.8 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 25 kwietnia
Drink bear, play as a named female protagonist, and travel demensions fighting to keep the Chaos Gods at bay (Or at least in check, as the name implies) as a member of His Holy Order of the Inquisition.

I may have skewed the last part slightly, you get the idea.

An excelent VN with both an engaging plot, AND no explicit content. Sadly, there won't be a sequel considering it didn't sell well and has since been canceled. Dispite this, It is well worth a playthrough, even if there are some plot holes and loose ends.

A crying shame this didn't get the attention it deserved.
Lyonesse
( 6.0 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 20 kwietnia
[Neutral Review]

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos is a well-written Visual Novel with a solid plot and gorgeus artwork/soundtrack. Unfortunately, it's incomplete: the game was intended to be episodic and, for that reason, it ends on a cliffhanger. Sadly, the development team dropped the "Dysfunctional Systems" project and we won't see it's sequels. That being said, I still think this episode alone is worth it. I just can't fully recommend it (and it pains me) because the plot will never be complete. Otherwise, I would,

If you like a good sci-fi tale and enjoy visual novels with real substance, this is one you might consider trying anyway.
golyalpha
( 5.5 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 15 kwietnia
I started the game, and after a while, nicely designed menu showed up. My mouse pointer was hovering above the "New Game" button, but I waited for the song, and hell was it amazing. With newly built up excitement, I pressed the button, and have been thrown straight into the story. I was curious what codex was so I opened it up, and "no records found" popped up on me. Nice touch, I thought, I closed it, and started with the story, I couldn't stop untill I got through it, it was written very well, and took me around two and half an hour to get through and the end showed something like "profiles", that will enable next parts to access my choices from previous parts.

All in all, this was the second most awesome Visual Novel I've ever played, the first being Katawa Shoujo. (Don't judge me guys!)
Chibben
( 1.7 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 11 kwietnia
Alas, this Visual Novel with most likely never been finished, as the stuido shut down, but I will do my part in this review.

Dysfunctional Systems is a visual novel that has you playing through the perspective of a young mediator in training. Mediators are people from a highly advanced civilization that use technology to go to other realitys and such, changing things as they see fit, and nudging the other civilizations in a way that would be benificial to the home-reality.
The story was fun to play through, decisions felt impactful and the dialogue was very compelling. The soundtrack for this game is also stellar, never seemed out of place. I would recommend getting this on the inevitable steam sale to lesson the cost just a mite, but definately worth it if you need something short to chill and be immersed for a short while.
Helena
( 2.7 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 1 kwietnia
It saddens me to know that this project has been cancelled. The first episode was quite good (awesome art style, BG, BGM.. And of course, the concept is really good and Winter is an interesting MC), even tho that the ending left a ton of questions in the air, and we probably won’t be getting the answers… I still recommend this VN. It’s worth the full price (even if it’s one chapter or whatever, it was GOOD and I had fun). But sadly, there’s no ending; I guess that’s left to our own imagination for now…

This could have been an amazing series. Maybe, one day, we will have a second chapter… I can still dream, I guess.

6/10.
Dansh*ku?
( 19.5 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 28 marca
what lol no
faust.twi
( 1.6 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 19 marca
sound doesn't work in linux. they just don't care enough to fix it in few years.
Hemmels
( 2.0 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 19 marca
Mostly clicking while reading a story. When a choice comes, you are led down a path with no way to change path or get out. Horrible "game", waste of time, despite the positives the story might have.
Haru Chan~ ON MOBILE
( 2.2 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 10 marca
The art is beautifully drawn. There are some parts I'm confused about but overall it has a good story plot
birdsaround
( 9.4 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 7 marca
Technically it's just a book with a few illustrations. You just click to pass to next phrase (really lot of clicks to read a short story). Also there's only one episode, so the story is pretty short and unfinished. While playing I met a choice buttons only once, although there's info on the internet that should i choose another option there would be several more choices later.
Bombolz
( 4.9 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 3 marca
Dysfunctional systems is no longer being developed. The game will never be completed, which is a shame as it's a very interesting one. However, you can now get this game for free at:

https://dischan.co/downloads/
Rocko "Rocko" Boaty
( 15.5 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 23 lutego
You can literally download this game for free from the creators' webpage. Just google it, since Steam Reviews don't allow links.

Dischan no longer exists as a company after a botched kickstarter, and Episode 2 & 3 are never going to be released, making Episode 1 a good start to an unfinished story.
Don't get me wrong, I love the game. Love the characters and the art and the music and it's all lovely. But it's a bit better for free, yeah?
Tombi
( 2.5 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 20 lutego
This is hardly a game. You'll basically spend all your time clicking 'next' as endless dialogue scrolls across the screen. User interaction is hardly present in any form, and where it is, doesn;t seem to matter much.
This may be enjoyable if you like emotional pulp manga with that constant power struggle between the young upstart and the aloof master, but seriously, I wouldn't call this a game.
Moonlight Bomber
( 4.4 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 19 lutego
It sucks that further development on the series is put to an end, as the plot had so much potential. But as a standalone VN, it shines.
YaklyExactly
( 2.7 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 14 lutego
The company went bankrupt and no further episodes will be made. The creative team even offered to complete episode 2 for free, but the director shut the whole project down.

This game had an interesting premise, nice characters, and beautiful art. It really deserves a thumbs up. But I can't recommend buying it since it's essentially just the prologue of a longer work. The company does have another novel which is free, Juniper's Knot. It's not on Steam, but you can see what you're missing.
Khagedays
( 15.9 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 4 lutego
A short visual novel with great soundtrack and an interesting world.
Claudistine
( 21.7 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 27 stycznia
I can't recommend this game now that the developers are never going to write up the remaining chapters.
Rickey Skizzels
( 0.2 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 20 stycznia
Some kind of chinese cartoon...
Payne990
( 0.7 godz. łącznie )
Zamieszczono: 19 stycznia
it has a great storyline and shows that sometimes it helps to pick right choices then others.
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[Neutral Review]

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos is a well-written Visual Novel with a solid plot and gorgeus artwork/soundtrack. Unfortunately, it's incomplete: the game was intended to be episodic and, for that reason, it ends on a cliffhanger. Sadly, the development team dropped the "Dysfunctional Systems" project and we won't see it's sequels. That being said, I still think this episode alone is worth it. I just can't fully recommend it (and it pains me) because the plot will never be complete. Otherwise, I would,

If you like a good sci-fi tale and enjoy visual novels with real substance, this is one you might consider trying anyway.
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It saddens me to know that this project has been cancelled. The first episode was quite good (awesome art style, BG, BGM.. And of course, the concept is really good and Winter is an interesting MC), even tho that the ending left a ton of questions in the air, and we probably won’t be getting the answers… I still recommend this VN. It’s worth the full price (even if it’s one chapter or whatever, it was GOOD and I had fun). But sadly, there’s no ending; I guess that’s left to our own imagination for now…

This could have been an amazing series. Maybe, one day, we will have a second chapter… I can still dream, I guess.

6/10.
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The company went bankrupt and no further episodes will be made. The creative team even offered to complete episode 2 for free, but the director shut the whole project down.

This game had an interesting premise, nice characters, and beautiful art. It really deserves a thumbs up. But I can't recommend buying it since it's essentially just the prologue of a longer work. The company does have another novel which is free, Juniper's Knot. It's not on Steam, but you can see what you're missing.
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Dysfunctional systems is no longer being developed. The game will never be completed, which is a shame as it's a very interesting one. However, you can now get this game for free at:

https://dischan.co/downloads/
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It sucks that further development on the series is put to an end, as the plot had so much potential. But as a standalone VN, it shines.
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AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Genre Tags: Visual Novel; Sci-Fi; Anime; Story Rich; Great Soundtrack
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 2-5 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Aesthetes; Strong narrative advocates; Visual novel buffs

REVIEW
Visual novels are not for everyone, and that is fair. Even fans of the genre can admit that some of them are boring and disinteresting. That said, Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos is one of the best visual novels I have “played” to date. Instead of relying on cartoon drawings of “waifus” in underwear to keep your interest, it actually has a very interesting and well-told story. (But don't worry, there are still some cartoon drawings of "waifus" in underwear). The artwork is high quality and the soundtrack is one my personal favorites in the realm of video games. In fact, it’s one of my favorite music albums in general, but I also like that genre of music a lot. Anyway, if you like a good sci-fi tale, and enjoy visual novels with real substance, this is one you probably want to consider trying.

Unfortunately, the game was intended to be episodic and it does end on a cliffhanger; and at this time it seems unlikely the development team is going to be able to produce more installments. Such is life. There is still a very interesting and self-contained story within the game that I think most sci-fi fans will find interesting. You can just ignore the epilogue and still enjoy the primary narrative. If you think you would like this game, but only don’t want to try it because of the open ending, then that is your choice. But I think you will be missing out.

The universe created and the primary storyline are both products of premiere sci-fi writing. I was enthralled the entire time. The soundtrack is comprised of amazing songs, and each one perfectly captures the emotion of the game at the time it is played. The art style is mostly traditional and nothing overtly special, but it also is pleasantly not overloaded with stereotypical anime cringe and unnecessary sexuality. It is a nice, well-produced visual novel that can be taken seriously.

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos isn’t for everyone, but I think it will appeal to fans of good sci-fi and fans of the standard visual novel paradigm. Yes, it is unfortunate that we (probably) won’t get any more installments set in this universe, but this visual novel is still very highly enjoyable. Some things will be left unanswered, but that happens all the time in storytelling.

And, honestly, if you can find it for a good price, I would recommend it for the soundtrack alone. I know music tastes are highly subjective, but damn do I love these tunes.

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It pains me a little not recommending this novel, cause i really liked it.
But since it's project got cancelled, i don't think it's worth buying it now.

If you're really interested:
+The story is really interesting.
+The protagonist is charismatic.
+The artwork is pretty.
-Didn't had enough time to develop/present the other characters due the little time.
-The story ends up with too much holes and unanswered questions.
-A continuation is improbable, or should i say impossible? Sadly. :'[
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Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1: Learning to Manage Chaos is a Western-made visual novel from Dischan Media available on Steam it features features two distinct endings, unlock able bonus art, an animated opening video, and a jukebox of in-game music.

I stand on a neutral ground for this visual novel. Meaning yes i do recommend it but to a certain extent. (Go to the bottom for reason of standing on a neutral ground)

The Story
Dysfunctional Systems is a visual novel series featuring Winter Harrison, a student mediator from a utopian world. Learning to Manage Chaos is the first entry in the series.

What is a mediator? A mediator is someone who travels to chaotic worlds, attempting to resolve the issues plaguing them. The first entry in the series follows Winter's second mediation, where she shadows the experienced and aloof mediator: Cyrus Addington.

Audio and Visual elements
Character sprites are used in the standard visual novel style, but sometimes characters are integrated into the backgrounds which really brought the images to life. I loved the detailed background work. The color palette was extremely "muted" which suited the world they are on, gloomy and dark.

The music in Dysfunctional Systems is beautiful, especially ‘Terminus’, the theme track. Sound effects are well used too overall really a good job of fitting into the Visual Novel's environment.

Reasons for a neutral stand
Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1: Learning to Manage Chaos is in an episodic format providing episode by episode is satisfying, while still leaving you wanting more. Unfortunately this isn’t the case with Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1: Learning to Manage Chaos, which serves as little more than a teaser for a story that could be potentially interesting. Meaning if you do get this there will be no continuation of Episode 2 because it is confirmed by Dischan Media there will not be Episode 2 at all. [I honestly wish there is Episode 2 because I liked it overall]

To sum up
Yes I do recommend this Visual Novel but be warned there will not be an episode 2 forever[as off now] so take this visual novel as just something to be read when you have nothing to do.
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It's too bad that the project is discontinued because this game was a good premise to a complex universe.

You're Winter, a teen learning to be a mediator, whose mentor Cyrus seems to be kinda blased by everything. You arrive in Brighton, a country that is depending of the good will of another one. Your goal? To protect peace. But what will you do?

The problem with this game is that you're only making a choice in the middle of the story and it's the only action you can do. After that, you have to see the consequences of your actions. There are two major endings (although these endings are only affecting your own character and Cyrus).

There are so much to read, thank god, a codex is included, with facts about the world you're visiting. But the best about this game is the art and the music.

And given the fact that to reach the endings, you're not stuck with one path, the achievements are also exciting to do.

For the price, you're not robbed. But you'll never learn more about Dysfunctional Systems. The rest is cancelled, left in the dust because of mismanagement that wasn't intended. I don't know where the money will go but if anything, if it's still on Steam and still on sale, you can still give it a try.
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Just a routine training exercise where nothing could possibly go wrong... isn't that how it always is?

Take the role of an intergalactic cadet taking her first field trip with a senior officer. What was supposed to be just a boring lesson in interplanetary politics ends up twisting and turning into a morally gray catastrophe. Before you know it you're completely in over your head as you realize that neither you nor your mentor are properly prepared to deal with the situation at hand. Go through the mind of a 13 year old girl who struggles to deal with events that are completely out of control. Learn what it means to manage chaos.

With all that out of the way I feel I need to point out that this game was planned as a trilogy and at the time of this review the developers have been shutdown and future episodes have been put on hiatus.

I still recommend this though because it's a very thought provoking and emotional journey of a little girl who just wasn't prepared.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=247881130
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So apparently there will be no more episodes for this series, which is definitely a bummer and a cause for lots of negative reviews of episode 1. But judging EP1 on its own - it definitely gets passing marks from me.

Right from the start we're thrown into story which quickly unveils it's details and draws the reader in. Our main character is 14 years old girl learning to manage chaos as title states, which in practice tuns out to be solving of worldly problems of various kinds to manage order in the worlds. Yes, 'world' in plural because the story involves travel between distant worlds in the universe. Sounds awesome, no? Episode 1 tells story about one such trip to a world on a verge of conflict and will test our girl in her ability to help resolve the issue at hand.

What's the most important for me in giving this VN a positive review is that the episode have a conclusions. Not a definitive one, but it doesn't end in steep cliffhanger without resolving any part of given story. Which lets episode 1 stand firm as a standalone work. Although of course there is a lot of things that could be continued, explained, extended into the next episodes.
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This is one of my all time favorite games. I loved the music, story, and art. Unfortunately it has been discontinued and this entire game is one big intro so playing it sets everything up for nothing. I sadly can't recomend this game because it will only dissappoint knowing there isn't a continuation to what you have played.
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Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos is one of the sad cases where an early entry shows very promising result, yet does not come to fruition. It’s very short, and in essence only an introductory episode of a longer tale. Yet it’s one of the better but less known visual novels currently on Steam.

Now, to answer the question whether this vn worth $5 it’s asking… Maybe, maybe not. I got it half price ($2.5) as it is on sale now. Consider other ways I could have spent $2.5 to $5, I’d say it’s definitely worthwhile to give this vn a try. The art style is excellent, and is quite more creative and cinematic than some budget vn where majority of the scenes are just a background image and two character sprites. Music is atmospheric; it doesn’t stand in the way though does its job well to enhance the mood at key moments.

Many may be concerned about reading only a starting excerpt of a story where the rest of chapters are confirmed canceled. I had similar issues when I learned about the fate of the studio and this franchise… but don’t let that discourage you. The current “episode” mostly is self-contained. While it definitely points to continuation, I think the central plot is independent and doesn’t prevent readers to enjoy it just by itself.

That being said, the only complain I really have is about the structure of this vn. For this episode, there are at least two distinct endings (one is arguably a “better” ending than the other). There is no way in the game to actually check how many endings there are and if they’ve been reached. It is also not clear which of these two endings are “true” ending, and how they matter to the rest of the tale… mainly, I presume, due to unfortunate fact of the franchise’s cancellation.

Final verdict: Add this game to your watchlist and buy it when it’s on any kind of discount. Even though there is no sequel episodes, the story of Learning to Manage Chaos is quite entertaining, and along with the good art and bgm, it’s a 2-hour experience worth having.
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7.75/10

I honestly really struggle with rating this game. To be more precise, I struggle with recommending, not rating. This visual novel is an absolute beauty. I honestly loved the story and love how it was handled from beginning to end. That alone should make me want to recommend it. However, the series was officially brought to a halt. Knowing there is no continuation of the series I am deeply saddened and it is because it is so good that I fear others suffering as I have, thus I am afraid to recommend it. I played this game, knowing the series was cancelled, but I love well done visual novels. If you share this passion for a well done visual novel, I would highly recommend this series... if this series existed... Damned if you do, damned if you don't. If you've played this, you understand.
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Dysfunctional Systems is a short but enjoyable visual novel. There are a couple endings, and the world-building is really interesting. Unfortunately, it was supposed to be part of a series, and I doubt we'll ever see anything beyond part one. I think it's still worth reading, but it's pretty clear that there was more to come.
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Zamieszczono: 5 stycznia, 2014
PLAY JUNIPER'S KNOT BEFORE YOU BUY THIS GAME!
Juniper's Knot is another game created by the same people that made Dysfunctional Systems, and is legally free to download for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS at Dischan's website. It's pretty short, and should give you a good idea whether or not you'll actually enjoy this game.

You'll probably notice that there was no sort of interactivity involved in playing Juniper's Knot, aside from clicking to progress to the next line of text. This is more or less how Dysfunctional Systems plays, except this game actually has moments where you get to choose from a short list of options what you (Winter) should do. However, there aren't many times you actually get to do this, and it is actually possible to play through the entire story by only making a single decision. All of the choice moments in the game are placed together around half-way through the game, and they only lead to two endings. The ending you get is determined entirely by whether or not you can convince your mentor (Cyrus) to listen to what you have to say, and not do what he initially decides he should do in order to solve the problem he's given. I wouldn't consider either ending to be a "good ending", but I suppose that's why this is only the first episode in the series.

As for how the game looks and sounds, the artstyle is similar to Juniper's Knot's, and you can listen to the ost on YouTube, so you can decide for yourself if you like those parts before you buy the game. If you really like the sountrack, you can find all 18 tracks in both flac and mp3 format in the game's files.

This game is short. I'm not a fast reader, but I played through this the first time in only about two and a half hours, then about another hour to get the second ending. You can get more playtime by going through all the routes for the achievements for a little extra replayability, but there's a guide on the game's community hub that'll tell you exactly what routes you need to go through to unlock all the achievements.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, episode 2 of Dysfunctional Systems is planned to be released by September later this year, and episode 3 by March 2015. Until these episodes are finished and released to the public, the story in this game is incomplete. If you're looking for a complete story, then you should at least wait until the next two episodes come out.

EDIT: Yeah, Dysfunctional Systems is dead. Basically, a bunch of stuff happened that caused the devs to stop working on episodes 2 and 3. The prequel will be released, but other than that, it's not certain if we will ever see more from this series. Because of this, if you're going to buy this game, know that you probably will never be able to get the full story that was planned out for this game, and what is available isn't all that much.
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Zamieszczono: 12 stycznia, 2015
TL;DR: Since the developer has abandoned the project and the remaining episodes will not be made/released in the foreseeable future I wouldn't spend your money on this. Its story is incomplete and will probably never be completed. In the end by paying $5 for this you'll have 1.5 hours of prologue that is, in itself, not nearly enough to leave you satisfied.

Update: As of July 14th, 2015 Dischan Media has officially shut down. Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos will not be reinvigorated.

Game review:

Dysfunctional Systems is a visual novel about, as the title inclines, the managing of chaos. The premise of dysfunctional systems revolves around an organisation in some technological utopia that sends meddlers to other worlds to solve their problems and reclaim order. It's an interesting concept, but it's not too different from what we've seen before. That said, it doesn't mean dysfunctional systems has no potential, in fact it has loads of potential. Too bad none of that really matters.

The story is basically an introduction to the universe and it's characters. We get to see the main characters do their jobs as meddlers in a world that is having diplomatic problems. Things escalate, I won't spoil anything, I'll just say that: it's way too short to develop anything outside of a prologue to the other episodes. Yes, there is a story in it, no you're probably not going to cry over it. It isn't insanely good and it isn't bad. At best this will leave you wanting more, where the problem of an abandoned project reels in again.

Even if an incomplete story wouldn't bother you, this first episode leaves too much to be desired and too many questions to be asked. The game is way too short to accomplish any real world building, something that is so important when your game is literally about travelling and meddling in the affairs of other worlds.

The characters, focusing on the two main ones, consist of your basic grumpy teacher and stubborn student. That's not to say the characters aren't enjoyable or not well written, they share some funny and touching moments. It's just that the game is simply way too short to develop any character properly. Thus we are left with... again, nothing special.

Then there are the choices, which are very important to get right when you make something in this medium. It is unfortunately something dysfunctional functions had a serious lack of. The entire game basically has 1 choice. 1 choice in the entire thing. After this one choice dysfunctional systems might (depending on what you choose) present you 2-or so more rather confusing choices. Too bad none of these matter. At all. The only difference is that you'll be getting a different achievement.

Something I can praise dysfunctional systems about is it's amazing art and music.
The art, although perhaps a bit repetitive at times, looks amazing, there isn't a whole lot of animation but that's alright, in the end I wasn't expecting there to be any. The UI is really good, everything fits together nicely and I actually enjoyed reading the few codex entries there were, as bland as they may be. As for the music, it was very nicely done. You won't have the same track looping every other sequence or anything like that here. Good stuff, Ill probably end up listening to it more in the future.

The real reason you shouldn't buy this:

After all that I do feel the need to honestly say that Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos is not a bad visual novel at all, at least, as a prologue. Sure, it doesn't hit all the good spots and the lack of choices is pretty disappointing. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily bad. It does it's job as a prologue - it gets you excited for more whilst giving a basic introduction of the universe.

The real reason you shouldn't buy this is because the developer abandoned the two sequels that were originally planned. Reason? Financial problems and a lack of motivation. The development team did a poor job of financing the funds received from the kickstarter campaign. People have lost a lot of their trust for the developers, and righteously so, it was one big mistake after another for the dev team and the death of Dysfunctional Systems as a result of that. It's a real shame, I would have liked to see more from this.

So, in the end Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos gives us a 1.5 hour prologue of a story that will probably never be made. Whether you are willing to spend $5 on that is your choice, but I personally wouldn't recommend it.
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Zamieszczono: 10 października, 2013
The first of the few visual novels that'll eventually land on Steam through Greenlight, and one that IS NOT made by Japanese. It is important to know that this genre is less gameplay, and more of a narrative through combining visual design and audio work. The few gameplay options are that of "dialogue choices", which you might be more familiar with in case of Mass Effect, choose-your-own-adventure kind of novels, or point-and-click adventure games. Each episode will present dialogue choices that'll affect the story outcome for future episodes.

The game takes places in a utopian world, where you play as Winter Harrison, a young 14 year old girl who is pursueing the career of a mediator. But what is a mediator? A mediator takes the job of travelling to chaotic worlds and attempts to restore order by finding the root of the cause and remedy it through various methods. The first chapter follows Winter's second meditation, where she shadows an experienced mediator, Cyrus Addington, who will mentor her through the process of solving a poverty stricken country known as Brighton.

The game features beautiful artwork, an amazing soundtrack, and interesting writing style that can't help but draw me in. My only complaint is that it is unfortunately short, but being only $5 is more than worth the price (since it comes with an amazing soundtrack, did I mention its really good?) and definitely a cheap investment for a new interactive experience.

If you have any confusion or are sitting on the fence of investing the money to playing this game, I recommend trying out Juniper's Knot, its a free game that Dischan made that'll introduce you to either visual novels or their style of production a little bit better.
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100 z 107 osób (93%) uważa, że ta recenzja jest pomocna
Według 1 osoby ta recenzja jest zabawna
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3.2 godz. łącznie
Zamieszczono: 15 lutego, 2015
I just finished this first episode and I must say it was absolutely fantastic! It's been a long time since a VN I've played had a story that was so engaging and held my interest so much. I mean, the art is very well done, the music is excellent and the story itself is something that's rather unique and it was very well written to top everything off.

I could go on and on about how great this visual novel is. But like others, I can't, in good conscience, recommend anyone purchase this game.

You see, after finishing this first episode, I raced to the forums to see when I could expect the next installment to show up. Alas, I found the message, dated over a month ago, stating that Dysfunctional Systems was no more and that future episodes would most likely not see the light of day. I still hold a small hope for that one miracle to happen though.

So, while you may feel free to ignore my (and others') non-recommendation and purchase this game, you will still be receiving an excellent piece of writing and an excellent game in general. Just don't expect any more, at least for the time being.
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Według 26 osób ta recenzja jest zabawna
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2.8 godz. łącznie
Zamieszczono: 18 sierpnia, 2014
EXTREMELY SHORT
NOT ENOUGH CHOICES
ME3-ISH ENDING
PRETTY MUCH A TEASER FOR PART 2 AND 3

BUT
DAT ART
DAT MUSIC
DAT STORY
DAT ATMOSPHERE
OH GOD WHY ISN'T THERE MORE.
PLS I NEED IT.
SEQUELS NOW.
THIS IS WHY I HATE PLAYING EPISODIC GAMES.


BUY WHEN CHEAP.
VERY GOOD, BUT FIVE BUCKS STILL KINDA PRICY.
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