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.”
4/5 – Gamezebo

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

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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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    Мінімальні:
    • ОС: Windows XP
    • Процесор: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 1 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: Integrated Graphics
    • Місце на диску: 500 MB доступного місця
    Рекомендовані:
    • ОС: Windows 7 or higher
    • Процесор: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 3 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Місце на диску: 500 MB доступного місця
    Мінімальні:
    • ОС: OS X 10.6
    • Процесор: Any 64 bit processor
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 1 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: Integrated Graphics
    • Місце на диску: 500 MB доступного місця
    Рекомендовані:
    • ОС: OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Процесор: 2.0 GHz+ Dual-Core
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 3 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Місце на диску: 500 MB доступного місця
    Мінімальні:
    • Процесор: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 1 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: Integrated Graphics
    • Місце на диску: 500 MB доступного місця
    • Додаткові примітки: "ia32-libs" package required for 64-bit Linux users
    Рекомендовані:
    • Процесор: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 3 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Місце на диску: 500 MB доступного місця
    • Додаткові примітки: "ia32-libs" package required for 64-bit Linux users
Корисні рецензії покупців
71 з 76 людей (93%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
2 людей вважають цю рецензію кумедною
3.6 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 3 січня
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. 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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Чи була ця рецензія слушною? Так Ні Кумедна
35 з 36 людей (97%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
5.1 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 27 листопада 2015 р.
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. :'[
Чи була ця рецензія слушною? Так Ні Кумедна
39 з 43 людей (91%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
4 людей вважають цю рецензію кумедною
4.5 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 5 грудня 2015 р.
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.
Чи була ця рецензія слушною? Так Ні Кумедна
19 з 24 людей (79%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
1 людина вважає цю рецензію кумедною
1.9 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 6 листопада 2015 р.
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.
Чи була ця рецензія слушною? Так Ні Кумедна
10 з 10 людей (100%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
4.4 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 24 жовтня 2015 р.
Unfortunately this game ends feeling rather hollow and there will not be any episodes left to follow it. There's good things in here, but I suppose if you're willing to play for a visual novel you best put your dollars in a more finished project.
Чи була ця рецензія слушною? Так Ні Кумедна