Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos
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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Veröffentlichung: 4. Apr. 2013

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“Learning to Manage Chaos is driven by an engaging story and lively dialogue.”
4/5 – Gamezebo

“Extraordinary story, writing, art, characters, and music. What more could you ask for?”
8.5/10 – Game Podunk

Über dieses Spiel

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.

Systemanforderungen

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Mac OS X
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    Minimum:
    • Betriebssystem: Windows XP
    • Prozessor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 1 GB RAM
    • Grafik: Integrated Graphics
    • Speicherplatz: 500 MB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    Empfohlen:
    • Betriebssystem: Windows 7 or higher
    • Prozessor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 3 GB RAM
    • Grafik: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Speicherplatz: 500 MB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    Minimum:
    • Betriebssystem: OS X 10.6
    • Prozessor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 1 GB RAM
    • Grafik: Integrated Graphics
    • Speicherplatz: 500 MB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    Empfohlen:
    • Betriebssystem: OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Prozessor: 2.0 GHz+ Dual-Core
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 3 GB RAM
    • Grafik: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Speicherplatz: 500 MB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    Minimum:
    • Prozessor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 1 GB RAM
    • Grafik: Integrated Graphics
    • Speicherplatz: 500 MB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    • Zusätzliche Anmerkungen: "ia32-libs" package required for 64-bit Linux users
    Empfohlen:
    • Prozessor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 3 GB RAM
    • Grafik: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Speicherplatz: 500 MB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    • Zusätzliche Anmerkungen: "ia32-libs" package required for 64-bit Linux users
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Luicusa
( 2.4 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 1. Mai
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85 minutes in I already screwed a planet to the point of desolation
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HISlawyer
( 0.8 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 25. April
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.
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Lyonesse
( 6.0 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 20. April
[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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golyalpha
( 5.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 15. April
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!)
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Chibben
( 1.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 11. April
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.
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Helena
( 2.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 1. April
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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Dansh*ku?
( 19.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 28. März
what lol no
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faust.twi
( 1.6 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 19. März
sound doesn't work in linux. they just don't care enough to fix it in few years.
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Hemmels
( 2.0 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 19. März
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.
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Haru Chan~ ON MOBILE
( 2.2 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 10. März
The art is beautifully drawn. There are some parts I'm confused about but overall it has a good story plot
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birdsaround
( 9.4 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 7. März
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.
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Bombolz
( 4.9 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 3. März
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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Rocko "Rocko" Boaty
( 15.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 23. Februar
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?
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Tombi
( 2.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 20. Februar
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.
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Moonlight Bomber
( 4.4 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 19. Februar
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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YaklyExactly
( 2.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 14. Februar
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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Khagedays
( 15.9 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 4. Februar
A short visual novel with great soundtrack and an interesting world.
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Claudistine
( 21.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 27. Januar
I can't recommend this game now that the developers are never going to write up the remaining chapters.
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Rickey Skizzels
( 0.2 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 20. Januar
Some kind of chinese cartoon...
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Payne990
( 0.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 19. Januar
it has a great storyline and shows that sometimes it helps to pick right choices then others.
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6.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 20. April
[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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2.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 1. April
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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3 von 3 Personen (100 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
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2.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 14. Februar
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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4.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. März
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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4.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 19. Februar
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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0.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 29. Dezember 2015
Bei diesem Spiel muss ich mich ausnahmsweise einmal dagegen aussprechen.

Es handelt sich bei Dysfunctional Systems um ein in meheren Episoden geplantes... Spiel... nein... ich würde es tatsächlich eher als englischsprachiges digitales Comic bezeichnen, welches einem an einer einzigen Stelle einige wenige Auswahlmöglichkeiten für den Fortgang der Handlung gibt, wobei die erste Wahl bereits alle folgenden Auswahlmöglichkeiten komplett eliminieren kann.

Wer Spaß an rudimentären und minimal animierten Zeichnungen hat, welche von einer schier endlosen Masse englischsprachiger Dialoge begleitet werden, der kann auf jeden Fall mal reinschauen (besonders bei dem derzeit günstigen Preis). Wer mit Visual Novels oder E-Books aber nichts anfangen kann, der lässt hier lieber die Finger davon.
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3.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. Januar
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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5.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. November 2015
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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4.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 5. Dezember 2015
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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1.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 6. November 2015
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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7.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 15. November 2015
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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2.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 15. November 2015
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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2 von 2 Personen (100 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
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11.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 19. November 2015
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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2.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 28. November 2015
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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3.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. November 2015
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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2.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 25. November 2015
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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6.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 25. November 2013
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Dieses Spiel werden sicher nur Leute mögen die auf "Visual Novels" stehen und/oder gerne und viel Lesen (auf Englisch) !


Wer sich darauf einlässt bekommt eine kleine und feine erzählte, sehr emotionale Story. Man erfährt die Geschichte rund um "Winter Harrison", einem 14-Jährigen Mädchen von der Erde. Sie ist eine sog. "Mediatorin", d.h. sie klärt "Chaotic Situations" auf anderen Welten. Sie und ihr Lehrer reisen auf den Planeten "Sule" um einen Konflikt zwischen den sozial benachteiligten "Brighton" gegen die elitäre Gesellschaft der "Gabrea" zu schlichten. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Spielen hat man hier keine Hauptfigur im eigentlichen Sinne. Die einzige Möglichkeit aktiv mit der Figur in das Spielgeschehen einzugreifen erhält man nach ca. 1 Stunde Spielzeit in dem man zwischen zwei Möglichen Storyverläufen wählen kann:

"Follow" oder "Rebel"

Interessant daran ist das sich das Ende im Prinzip nicht verändert, sondern nur wie die Entscheidung die man getroffen hat, sich auf die Figuren jeweils auswirkt. Das Spiel versucht einem zu vermitteln welche Konsequenzen es hat, seine Meinung mit aller Macht durchzusetzen oder jemanden Blind zu folgen ohne seine Meinung zu sagen. Dysfunctional Systems hebt dabei nur die negativen Seiten beider Entscheidungen raus und die daraus resultierenden Probleme der beteiligten Personen. Vor allem beschäftigt einem die Frage nach dem Ende, wie man sich selbst in dieser Situation entschieden hätte.

Hervorzuheben ist noch der atmospährische Soundtrack der nie aufdringlich wirkt und perfekt zum Spiel passt.


Wer gerne mal eine etwas andere Spielerfahrung machen möchte und sich nicht scheut viele viele englische Texte zu lesen und zu verstehen sollte dem Spiele eine Chance geben. Es ist mal eine andere, emotionale und depressive Erfahrung zu den ganzen anderen "Mainstream"-Storys.
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5.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 31. Januar 2015
Hallo allerseits,
Dies ist eigentlich ein wirlich schönes Spiel, aber ich empfehle es trotzdem nciht zu kaufen.

Im allgemeinen ist es eine einführung in eine Welt für eine große Geschichte,
eine gute Geschichte mit komplexen Elementen, aber leider nur eine EInführung.

Und daher ist mein Punkt vom Kauf abzuraten, da der Entwicker die Entwicklung es 2. teils eingestellt hat.
So wie es jetzt ist, ist es leider eine recht kurze Geschichte welche einem mit einem bösen Kliffhänger und
einem uneingelösten Versprechen liegen lässt, worüber man nur heulen kann wenn man es getan hat.

Im Endeffekt ist es als wenn man euch das Erste Kapitel eures lieblingsbuchs gegeben hätte und den rest einfach weg lässt.
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5.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 13. Mai 2014
Zuerst muss ich sagen, dass ich das Spiel bewusst als eine Visual Novel kaufte und mir durchaus bewusst war, dass damit viel Text und wenig Interaktion einhergeht, aber ich muss sagen, das Spiel hat mich alles in allem enttäucht, soweit zumindest, dass ich es nichteinmal ein Spiel nennen würde. Und das ist schon das ganze Problem.

Das gesammte Artwork, der Soundtrack und das Storytelling sind sehr atmosphärisch und für sich wirklich unglaublich gut. Für meinen Geschmack wäre für diesen Preis und in Anbetracht der Länge der Geschichte ein paar mehr Charackterbilder drin gewesen, weil deren Abwesenheit vor allem gegen Ende ein wenig unangenehm auffällt. Die Geschichte selbst hat wirklich Potetial und ich würde schwören, wäre es ein Anime ich würde es lieben. Auch die Charaktere finde ich gut erklärt und dargestellt, jeden einzelnen konnte ich recht schnell schätzen und ihre Geschichte mitfühlen. Im Grunde hatte das Spiel an Grundvorraussetzungen alles, was ich mir von einer VN wünschen würde... nur das was eine solche als 'Spiel' meiner Meinung nach braucht fehlt.

Entscheidungen.

Man kann mit dem 'Spiel' 2 Stunden verbringen und in dieser Zeit genau eine einzige Entscheidung treffen, was im Grunde dazu führt, dass man sich einfach nur endlose Dialoge, Monologe und Textpassagen über die Hintergrundgeschichte durchließt ohne eine Chance auf Interaktion und das ist eigentlich, was ich doch in einem gewissen Maße von einer Visual Novel, die als Spiel angepriesen wird erwartet.

Hinzu kommt, dass das hier nur die erste von biser drei geplanten Episoden ist. Und soweit von den Entwicklern auf der Kickstarterseite bekannt gegeben ist geplant das Episode 2 weitere ~10€ und Episode 3 ~15€ kosten soll. Angenommen die Spielzeit der Episoden ist etwa die gleiche wie bei Episode 1 kommt man auf 6-7 Stunden für 30 € und das ist meiner Meinung nach zu Viel für das was das Spiel bietet. Alles in allem Schade um ein vielversprechendes Grundgerüst, aber ich würde das Spiel niemandem empfehlen, der mit ähnlichen Erwartungen, wie ich an sie herantritt.
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2.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 14. August 2014
Für Leute wie mich, die einen Visual Novel durchaus schätzen können und gerne in ihrer Freizeit lesen, das perfekte Erlebnis.
Dieses Spiel hat so eine tolle Atmosphäre, die einen wünschen lässt es gäbe einen Anime hiervon oder noch mehr Episoden (-> siehe hierzu : Der Novel wird als Episode 1 bezeichnet, Edit 14.04.2015: Bist jetzt kein weiterer Teil erschienen.).
Die Charaktere lernt man sehr zu schätzen und die Geschichte, von einer studierenden Weltenwandererin, die mitten in einen Atomkrieg gerät ist wunderschön rübergebracht!
Es ist alles wunderschön gezeichnet und das ganze wird gekrönt durch ein abschliessendes Filmchen, welches wie das Opening des perfekten Animes aussieht.
Die Artwork Gallerie ist sehr gut ausgestattet und die Errungenschaften ( die ich mittlerweile nach langem Offline Spielen alle erreicht habe [ Ich habe alle möglichen Handlungsmöglichkeiten "gelesen]) sind sehr anregend zu erledigen!

Ein weiterer Pluspunkt ist die Musik und das generelle Design und Layout: Die Musik dudelt zwar nur im Hintergrund vor sich hin, ist aber nicht so wie bei z.B. dem Goat-Simulator nach einer Weile nervtötend [! Das ist kein Hate gegenüber dem Goat-Simulator, da ich diesen auch mit freuden komplett durchgespielt habe!], sondern trägt überraschend zur Atmosphäre bei und bringt weder aus dem Lesefluss noch gibt einen "Lesetakt " an.
Das Menü-Design ist sehr schön und handlich gemeistert und es gibt alle Funktionen die ein Visual Novel braucht!

FAZIT:
Achtung: Dieses "Spiel" ist von meiner Seite aus eine absolute Kaufempfehlung, da es durch seine Story, sein Layout, seinen Sound und seine Handhabung bis jetzt unschlagbar in meiner Erfahrung bezüglich Visual Novels auf Steam ist, jedoch sollten Leute die keinen Visual Novels mögen tunichts die Hände von diesem Prachtexemplar lassen, da man eine gewisse Einstellung braucht um solch ein Programm zu schätzen!

9.75/10 Punkten
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