From the author of Spice and Wolf, Isuna Hasekura, comes WORLD END ECONOMiCA. This is the first episode out of three part sci-fi/economic thriller visual novel set on the moon.
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Despre acest joc

From the author of Spice and Wolf, Isuna Hasekura, comes WORLD END ECONOMiCA. The opening video features music by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets, known for the opening songs for High School of the Dead and Strike the Blood.

A three part visual novel set in the far future on the moon, 16 years after humans have begun to colonize it. A young boy named Haru has been chasing his wildest dream. His dream is to stand where no man has stood before, and in order to do so he needs capital, a ludicrous amount of capital. What better place to get that amount of capital by using the stock market? There are two key rules that govern the stock market.

  • The first rule: Never take a loss.
  • The second rule: Never forget the first.

Only those who follow these rules are able to obtain enormous wealth...

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VanillaSandvich
( 8.8 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 3 mai
What in the ever loving ♥♥♥♥ was that ending.

What the ♥♥♥♥.

WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥.

Damn now I need to read the sequel... please tell me it gets better for the protagonist...
Pupupupupu! :D
( 16.3 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 3 mai
The story is a 10/10 for me.
I really enjoyed the development of the story and the characters are well written. I never felt that one person was doing something only to progress in the story but it was what fits their pattern.
Also the setting on the moon and the economic view points were well set and explained.

But the overall rating for this VN would be 6.5/10 since the VN lacks on illustration and sometimes the sound was just cut off or there was no music at all.
Due to the limitation in pictures they often got reused even though it didn't really fit the situation.
I think that could have been easily improved and I hope this will be better in EP 2 and 3.

I can recommend this novel to anyone who might enjoy an economical setting in a future world with a great set of characters and a well thought plotline. But if you like your novels to have different endings and were you can chose your path, you should step back since this has a straight plotline with no choices.

gabru
( 0.6 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 29 aprilie
From who writted Spice and Wolf... nothing more to say. <3
Helena
( 11.3 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 19 aprilie
Amazing kinetic VN! Storyline was really good, full of details; characters had their own personalities (MC ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off a bit but it’s ok, that’s their personality. It was nicely written, it’s not that the character isn’t good — they can be quite annoying when they want, just that. And to be honest, I also disliked their weird thoughts/behavior towards Hagana at the beginning of the game). This is one of the best VNs on Steam, without a doubt.

The art style was good, BG was nicely done, BGM was awesome as well. The only little complaint that I have is that sometimes during the narration, the BG/sprites are not there… It’s a black screen. I don’t know if that was the author’s intention, but I thought that kinda “broke” the climax during certain parts. Despite that, it’s a wonderful work totally worth paying the full price since it’s quite of a long story for a kinetic VN. I can’t wait to play the next chapters!

8/10, because like I said, MC annoyed me. But well, it’s worth checking this VN if you wish to read a more complex story. The ending might ♥♥♥♥ you off tho, since it was quite different…
Roshless
( 0.1 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 16 aprilie
I was waiting to fix my review if they relesed port of second episode, still nothing.

You know, it's really fu.ki.n depressing when you can't play second part of the game. I didn't want o start before everything is up. I guess I won't be playing it at all.
Top  Nep
( 8.8 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 11 aprilie
Is money enough to live a good life?


WORLD END ECONOMiCA is a kinetic Visual Novel made by Isuna Hasekura, which is known for being the author of the renowned Light Novel, Spice & Wolf.

Like the author's previous work, this kinetic Visual Novel has the economical drive within it's repository, joining in the mix of tragedy and love. Isuna Hasekura's previous work, Spice & Wolf, revolves around trading. This time, WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01, revolves around Stocks and it's Market. I am amazed at how the author succinctly mixes different genres in this Visual Novel, much like Spice & Wolf.

WORLD END ECONOMiCA has three games, namely episode.01/02/03.

However, one should not compare Isuna Hasekura's Spice & Wolf and WORLD END ECONOMiCA, as the former is a Light Novel and the latter being a Visual Novel. Of course the manner of telling the story is significally different, as a Visual Novel introduces music and accompanying CG to maximize the tone of the current atmosphere and situation but with less words to further balance the narration of story by giving the personality to the CGs and sprites, while the words supply the story itself, unlike a Light Novel where the artworks are introduced at the start of reading, but it just introduces the setting and vibe of the story being told, with the descriptive narrative giving most of a Light Novel's shine. Nonetheless, one should not underestimate Isuna Hasekura, and one should know that the author would definitely give a story that is rich and fantastic.



PROS:
- Fantastic setting and atmosphere
- Rich character development
- Character personalities are well-developed, and makes them stand out at each other
- Nice soundtrack that optimizes the tone of the current situation
- Cute and well-drawn character art and CG
- Length of the Visual Novel is enough to deliver the story
- Made by Isuna Hasekura!

CONS:
- The opening to the story is a bit bland in my opinion
- The Main Character has an unlikeable personality, and makes rash cynical decisions (but this will be remedied later on)
- The explanation about Stocks are long and a bit confusing if not understood clearly (Seeing the Visual Novel is about Stocks, I'd recommend anyone to have atleast a very basic information about Stocks and its workaround)
- There are very few soundtracks to begin with. And a few of these are incorrectly looped.
- This Visual Novel does not yet support Steam Overlay, and its current engine does not yet support Achievements and Trading Cards (However, this will be also remedied later on)
- Sadly, there is no Holo
- THAT ♥♥♥♥ING CLIFFHANGER!!!



Overall, I would recommend WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01 to those people who likes Light Novels and Kinetic Novels in general. Please be reminded that there will be an update that makes it compatible with Steam Overlay, Steam Achievements and Trading Cards, though. The stories are long, too. I'd advise you to wait for Sekai Project to release all the episodes, because then they would patch them to a different engine.
Xirele
( 6.5 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 25 martie
Worth the read. NIce music. Only thing that I disliked was the somewhat slow start. 7/10
LeeK|No Weeb No Life
( 15.3 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 13 martie
This visual novel is beyond amazing, it legit had me feeling things I never felt before for a couple of days. I highly recommend it. Good characters, good explanations of economics, and lots of heart pounding moments. The tale of two runaways under the same roof with very different paths taken in life as well as the dream of becoming the most richest MC through the means of investing is quite intriguing.

The only downside is if you are not interested in economics, it will bore you more then anything and you'll find yourself not wanting to continue after ep.1

7/7 Oranges
ghuemail
( 10.6 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 12 martie
Positives
  • Great OST
  • Excellent Characters
  • Story is Well Written

Neutrals
  • Occassional Black Backgrounds
  • Sometimes No Music Plays
  • Story Starts Slow

Negatives
  • None

Overall, the story took a while to get exciting, but when it did I was fully invested (no pun intended). It is worth all your mools to buy this "game." My rating is 8.5/10.
Mega Posbert
( 6.9 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 9 martie
Characters:
Main - Sexually repressed violent hobo
Love Intrest - Autistic goth girl
Caretaker - Pink-haired missionary

Story:
Something about e-trading, religion, the moon's gravity, and faults in the legal system. Told mostly in endless exposition

Music:
Complete ♥♥♥♥ and doesn't loop properly

Translation:
Also complete ♥♥♥♥

Choices:

Overall:
Complete waste of money, plus it's split up into three parts so they can charge even more. Did you know they released part 1 and then made people kickstart the other two episodes. ♥♥♥♥ you Sekkei Proj suck my taint!
SF Phoenix
( 14.3 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 3 martie
When I read that this game was from the author of Spice and Wolf, I had to give it a shot, and was not disappointed. The story starts slow with lots of world building, but as characters are introduced, they gain depth rather quickly and the world gets extremely complex with each new character with an underlying theme of economics and stock trading.

This is a kinetic novel, where you don't have choices and basically just enjoy the story. There are some points where there will be no backgrounds or music, and though these were probably used to have some sort of effect on the reader, they felt out of place to me. There are also a few typing errors. Overall though, I still very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to playing/reading it's sequel (it is part of a three part series).
Come0nAndSlam
( 12.2 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 28 februarie
It's written by the guy who wrote Spice & Wolf. It's pretty heavy on economics, so a basic understanding or interest in economics would probably be required for you to understand it. It's good though, and not yet more ecchi dating sim ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that seem to make up most Visual Novels on Steam.

On another note, a lot of people don't like the main character, which concerns me because I identified pretty strongly with him the whole way through.
Black Hat
( 6.0 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 18 februarie
For the record, I have not finished the game yet. My opinion may change when I do.

BG Artwork and character design is pretty good.

Story is boring and most of the stuff looks like filtered wikipedia research (eg. let's throw in some moon facts since the story takes place on the moon). Choice of setting as the moon is really unnecessary. It just gives the writer an excuse to throw in future techs and talk about gravity and make references to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Characters are also flat (so far). MC Yoshiharu is bratty like many have mentioned but is also uninteresting to pick at. A typical teenage rebel who thinks he is a level above everyone else. I don't mind the misogynist part of him as much as how dull he is. The other characters whose names I can't even remember are boring as well. Makes reference to the Bible but what does that have to do with anything?

I also don't see how the economic theme factors in. It plays a role in Yoshiharu trading stocks to strike it rich but could they have taken a more dull subject and made it even more dull?

Maybe its the poor English translating that puts me off or just the fact that whatever was written in Japanese didn't carry over so well in English. The writing style is awful and pretentious kind of like some manuscript I wrote when I was in high school. Maybe I just have a higher standard for writing.

I feel like I've wasted too much time trying to read this but I want to see the ending. For people looking for a visual novel to read, this is not the one.
Archintyeron
( 15.2 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 18 februarie
Although it's a bit slow to get through things, there is a great Kinectic Novel.

I'm starting to become a big fan of Isuna Hasekura, and I'm barely resisting the urge to buy the second episode right now, but I'll wait for the third one to be released.

I don't want to be forced to stop reading this awesome novel again.
King Saber
( 27.9 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 16 februarie
Even though I'm recommending this I'm wondering if that's really what I should be doing. After all, I enjoyed this whole thing thoroughly. Truly a beautiful kinetic novel, even though it may be a bit lacking for backgrounds, I enjoyed it right up to the end. It's just that afterwards, having fully looked at the big picture, I feel like I've been punched in the gut and reversed over by a sixteen-wheeler. No spoilers, but damn... you'll just have to read it I guess
Flor
( 8.7 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 25 ianuarie
Characters and story: A+
Art: A-
Sound: B?
Production quality etc: C

There are no choices to be made: this is just a story to read about some very different and believable characters and their interactions in a well constructed and interesting setting, with a focus on economics (specifically stock trading) as a topic to bring them together (everyone has to have some relation to money in such a capitalist extreme).

Isuna Hasekura's writing style (even outside of VNs) is very dialog + monologue driven: I knew it would work great in a VN and was not disappointed. I got the Isuna Hasekura book I wanted to read, along with some pretty nice art. The story was well researched and impressivly not full of holes: there were lots of times where I expected a plot hole, but for every one of them it ended up getting pointed out and involved in the plot. WORLD END ECONOMiCA did this even better than Spice and Wolf in my opinion, which is really quite impressive (Spice and Wolf pulled it off once or twice a book for me, which is still rather amazing). I really wish more authors had his talent for not filling the world with plot holes, which he somehow manages to do even in areas like economics where its so easy to screw it up.

I got what I wanted here: another great book written by Isuna Hasekura. I didn't get a very well put together VN (Lots of free ones have better quality control...), but personally I don't care: I'm here for the characters and story, and that was very well done.

The editing of the text seemed fine, as did the translation from what I could tell.

Personally I don't find the main character very likable (who would like a 16 year old bratty boy really: I identify more with Hagane), but it doesn't detract from the entertainment value, and the character is very believable. (Note: Having read several of his stories, I feel better knowing the author is writing a sexist character on purpose: this is clear when comparing it to his other works works. If you want a nice example of his skills writing stories from different perspectives, take a look at book 7 from Spice and Wolf: there is a story from Holo's perspective which is a good read and has a quite different feel to it).

My complaints below:

While the art was pretty nice, it needed more of it, or to at least show it more (too much black screen without even character sprites).

The audio balance was a mess (even after trying to correct it with the settings). Large sections (and sometimes little bits in the middle) were missing music and ambient sounds and felt out of place. Not all of the music looped smoothly, the background sound effects were mostly too quite for me to even notice compared to the music. None of it was particularly bad (in-fact it was good content), but it was just inconsistently put together: often well done and often distracting.

Several scenes for which they already had character sprites did not show any of them, or even any background, just black (and at least once a lighting effect on the black). Its bad when in the middle of an emotional scene I'm googling around to try and sort out if something is just randomly missing or if its a bug and my game is broken.

At least for me a lot of the animations were glitchy (often one frame with a sprite out if place, and many times the text disappeared for a moment while an animation played). There were tons of momentary screen shakes like if you had been hit at totally incorrect moments: either it was a bunch of software bugs, or a flaky job porting to Ren'Py and/or Linux (at least some of the bugs if not all persisted in the Windows build when I tried it wondering it it might work better). Saves did not sync over steam. Most games on this engine (Ren'Py) work far better than this for me (I've never seen any of these issues before).
Squid Girl
( 5.9 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 14 ianuarie
TLDR: An enjoyable story with flawed characters that can grow on you over its course. By the writer of Spice and Wolf.

My only reason for buying this visual novel was that Isuna Hasekura (writer of the Spice and Wolf light novels) wrote this. Upon immersing myself in it, I was surprised to see that there were no choices to be made. As it turns out, WEE is a kinetic visual novel, a VN without choices that is more of a book with music and pictures. Despite that, I continued on. The entire story took me only about 4.5 hours to read, although this is heavily dependant on your reading speed/settings.

Art: The art of the game was average, nothing particurlary standing out to me as being below or above the norms of Japanese visual novels. Character design was also relatively simple, with the typical array of colorfuly designed characters.

Characters: The characters of WEE part 1 are a varied bunch of people, each with their own issues that are revealed over the course of the story. Unfortunately, the VN suffers from having its entire story set up to lead into parts 2 and 3. The main character begins as an insufferable ♥♥♥♥, which unfortunately can turn off a lot of people. I would suggest sticking through as (and I hate to say this) it does get better.

Story: The story is well thought out and centers predominantly on the issues of its main character as he interacts with the cast of other characters. Stock markets plays an integral role in the story and there is a fair amount of exposition involving them. For those who care, the ending does end in a rather strong cliff hanger that leads into part 2, so don't expect any resolution.

Sound: Music was your typical VN fair with electronic tunes to match the futristic setting of the story. I was a fan of the songs used in the opening sequence and the ending credits. The story has no voice acting, so buyer beware if you're expecting to avoid having to read (or like to listen to Japanese people talk in anime speak).

Slade
( 11.2 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 9 ianuarie
WEE (World End Economica) is Visual Novel that takes place on the moon and deals with Economics of the Stock Market. Writen by the same author who made "Spice and Wolf" this VN is once again about trading and Economics (at least from what i watched of the animation of S&W)

I enjoyed reading this volume of the three part series, and would rate it so far to be the best VN on steam.

The Plot (story) is well writen and follows a Single Route path (Linear) that is slow to start but picks up later on and its well rewarding to pass over that wall. however there are no Choices to make so the reader just follows along to the dialouge.

Pros:
An well writen Single Route Story (Rated 2nd of all Single Routes overall - my rating)
Music is fairly enjoyable
Characters are well defined

Cons:
The Music loop is terrible (you could tell a song was restarting and it would skip)
There were minor errors (not going to hold it aganist this)

So if you like well written stories then you will enjoy this. although i dont know if you could use the infomation gathered from this to try the real stock market.

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Amazing kinetic VN! Storyline was really good, full of details; characters had their own personalities (MC ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off a bit but it’s ok, that’s their personality. It was nicely written, it’s not that the character isn’t good — they can be quite annoying when they want, just that. And to be honest, I also disliked their weird thoughts/behavior towards Hagana at the beginning of the game). This is one of the best VNs on Steam, without a doubt.

The art style was good, BG was nicely done, BGM was awesome as well. The only little complaint that I have is that sometimes during the narration, the BG/sprites are not there… It’s a black screen. I don’t know if that was the author’s intention, but I thought that kinda “broke” the climax during certain parts. Despite that, it’s a wonderful work totally worth paying the full price since it’s quite of a long story for a kinetic VN. I can’t wait to play the next chapters!

8/10, because like I said, MC annoyed me. But well, it’s worth checking this VN if you wish to read a more complex story. The ending might ♥♥♥♥ you off tho, since it was quite different…
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The story is a 10/10 for me.
I really enjoyed the development of the story and the characters are well written. I never felt that one person was doing something only to progress in the story but it was what fits their pattern.
Also the setting on the moon and the economic view points were well set and explained.

But the overall rating for this VN would be 6.5/10 since the VN lacks on illustration and sometimes the sound was just cut off or there was no music at all.
Due to the limitation in pictures they often got reused even though it didn't really fit the situation.
I think that could have been easily improved and I hope this will be better in EP 2 and 3.

I can recommend this novel to anyone who might enjoy an economical setting in a future world with a great set of characters and a well thought plotline. But if you like your novels to have different endings and were you can chose your path, you should step back since this has a straight plotline with no choices.

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Is money enough to live a good life?


WORLD END ECONOMiCA is a kinetic Visual Novel made by Isuna Hasekura, which is known for being the author of the renowned Light Novel, Spice & Wolf.

Like the author's previous work, this kinetic Visual Novel has the economical drive within it's repository, joining in the mix of tragedy and love. Isuna Hasekura's previous work, Spice & Wolf, revolves around trading. This time, WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01, revolves around Stocks and it's Market. I am amazed at how the author succinctly mixes different genres in this Visual Novel, much like Spice & Wolf.

WORLD END ECONOMiCA has three games, namely episode.01/02/03.

However, one should not compare Isuna Hasekura's Spice & Wolf and WORLD END ECONOMiCA, as the former is a Light Novel and the latter being a Visual Novel. Of course the manner of telling the story is significally different, as a Visual Novel introduces music and accompanying CG to maximize the tone of the current atmosphere and situation but with less words to further balance the narration of story by giving the personality to the CGs and sprites, while the words supply the story itself, unlike a Light Novel where the artworks are introduced at the start of reading, but it just introduces the setting and vibe of the story being told, with the descriptive narrative giving most of a Light Novel's shine. Nonetheless, one should not underestimate Isuna Hasekura, and one should know that the author would definitely give a story that is rich and fantastic.



PROS:
- Fantastic setting and atmosphere
- Rich character development
- Character personalities are well-developed, and makes them stand out at each other
- Nice soundtrack that optimizes the tone of the current situation
- Cute and well-drawn character art and CG
- Length of the Visual Novel is enough to deliver the story
- Made by Isuna Hasekura!

CONS:
- The opening to the story is a bit bland in my opinion
- The Main Character has an unlikeable personality, and makes rash cynical decisions (but this will be remedied later on)
- The explanation about Stocks are long and a bit confusing if not understood clearly (Seeing the Visual Novel is about Stocks, I'd recommend anyone to have atleast a very basic information about Stocks and its workaround)
- There are very few soundtracks to begin with. And a few of these are incorrectly looped.
- This Visual Novel does not yet support Steam Overlay, and its current engine does not yet support Achievements and Trading Cards (However, this will be also remedied later on)
- Sadly, there is no Holo
- THAT ♥♥♥♥ING CLIFFHANGER!!!



Overall, I would recommend WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01 to those people who likes Light Novels and Kinetic Novels in general. Please be reminded that there will be an update that makes it compatible with Steam Overlay, Steam Achievements and Trading Cards, though. The stories are long, too. I'd advise you to wait for Sekai Project to release all the episodes, because then they would patch them to a different engine.
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Although it's a bit slow to get through things, there is a great Kinectic Novel.

I'm starting to become a big fan of Isuna Hasekura, and I'm barely resisting the urge to buy the second episode right now, but I'll wait for the third one to be released.

I don't want to be forced to stop reading this awesome novel again.
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Postat: 24 noiembrie, 2015
This is probably the best Visual Novel (VN) on Steam, it's about a really good storyline, not kawaii and moe things, also it has very nice calming soundtrack that helps concentrate reading it. It's about a guy who is very good at stock trades, who lives in more future time than we, when humanity achieved fully reaching the Moon and even made city there that uses Solar power with Solar Panels to maintain itself, and it located inside a dome where even rain is simulated, so there lives our protagonist.

This VN is written by Isuna Hasekura the writer of Spice & Wolf series, there is even anime and manga of it besides more than 11 books. Because of this you can see World End Economica is written more professionally than other VNs, she describes small details very well, engages different moments with explanations of secondary things that gives a more deep feel to the story, characters and the surrounding world of the City in the Moon, I also really like the characters personality, the Moon and their citizens and different places there are described in multiple details making you feel more the world of the story.

I totally recommend getting World End Economica, if you like VNs with good more serious stories where even the anime style is a secondary thing, anime style is nice it gives characters their personality and look, but it doesn't really affect the actual story, so even if you are not into anime you would probably still like it, Isuna Hasekura is a really good writer, she won't disappoint you.
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Postat: 7 decembrie, 2015
Well that..... was a interesting VN to read.

Pros
  • Beginning is slow (almost fell asleep a few times) but it pays off towards the end.
  • Big emphasis on economics and the stock market (felt like having an Economics 101 crash course).
  • Characters are interesting enough to keep the reader interested.
  • Was not expecting that type of ending.
  • The music is relaxing and nice to listen to.

Cons
  • A few written mistakes here and there but it is no big deal.
  • Could of used a bit more background art in some scenes.

This will probably make me wanna watch or read Spice and Wolf.

7.5/10
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Postat: 7 decembrie, 2015
I recommend this novel, because I enjoyed it. May not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the previous series of Spice and Wolf and I enjoyed this novel as well.

I got it when it was on sale at half price in a holiday sale, so there is that. Good value for the price I paid.
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I wouldn't have thought a drama about stock trading could be anything but dull, but I'm glad to say my expectations were greatly exceeded. Despite all the exposition about how stock trading works and a cast of mostly unlikable characters (who do have redeeming backstories and show development toward the end), I found myself getting invested (if you'll pardon the pun) in this lengthy tale of a pair of runaways trying to play the market and strike it rich in a beautiful domed city on the moon. Those who pay attention to the details will need to excuse the occasional unintentional retcon as the author misremembers what he had previously established, but apart from that, the writing and art are both excellent. I'm looking forward to parts 2 and 3.
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Postat: 26 decembrie, 2015
Well, this is a tricky one. Being that it is part of a three part series, its true ending depends on the ending of the third part (since it's one cohesive work). However...the fact that it's separated means it should be able to stand on its own, right?

And, well, yeah, it does, for the most part. The plot in the VN is self contained, and isn't actually too shabby. We follow a boy name Hal on his endeavors to basically use the stock market to get rich quick (as quick as you can with stocks). He lives on the Moon, known for being a huge financial district (think of Wall Street...but ON THE MOON!). Through a series of events, he comes to live with Lisa and Hagana, and forms relationships with them as well as the rest of the poorer denizens of the street. Stocks are made exciting, and there's a climax at the end that I think plays pretty well into the story. The double eged sword I have with this VN was the economic jargon that is pretty much rampant throughout the VN, as I found it added authenticity and made stocks interesting, but at the same time was an incredible chore to slough through (only because I am not THAT huge of a fan of econ).

The characters all fall into specific roles, and the problem with this VN is that the development is almost nonexistent. Well, it's actually unfair to say it's not there. It's there, but it goes by in increments. Thus, change can seem to be missing in their character developments. I would argue, however, that the end and the fact there are two other parts means that what you see are their characters on the cusp of their development, and that to truly see how far they've come it's best to read the entire work.

Writing wise, there were a few awkward word choices, and art wise the art is OK but definitely improved later. The characters all speak in different ways, making it easy to distinguish characters, which I love. There is romance, but it isn't a big overblown affair and is actually subtle and sweet, though a bit too subtle if you ask me.

If you are looking for stories about ambitious, driven main characters with a big ol' helping of Economics and some sci-fi then I definitely recommend this. Just keep in mind: This is the first of three parts!
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Postat: 9 noiembrie, 2015
Originally, I hated it. The translation is amateurish and practically unreadable in some places. There are rampant misspellings, grammatical errors, and tons of overly literal translations with no regard toward how people actually speak in English. It's very clearly a novel translated to English from Japanese. The translation does get better by the end, and, strangely, becomes very clear during some - though not all - explanations of the stock market and investment banking, but it was a slog. I really had to force myself to read it at the beginning. Betweem the slow story and the poor quality of the translation, it was all I could do to stick with it.

But I did stick with it.

And I was not disappointed.

It's a slow buildup, but the payoff is pretty damn good. The character development is very real and very defined, and that's something I really appreciate. The characters start off pretty archetypal. You have the protagonist, an angsty, elitist, misanthropic, sociopathic punk, the ojousama character who is totally aloof and doesn't know how the world works, the overly kind caretaker woman whose only real purpose in life seems to just be to be unreasonably kind to strangers, and a smattering of other characters. By the end of the novel, though, you've learned all about their complications, hopes, dreams, and fears, you've seen their true colors and watched them show unexpected sides of themselves, and you've seen each of them, but the protagonist especially, change noticeably.

And of course, there's the investment banking aspect. Who knew trading stocks could be so tense and exciting? There are a few moments near the end where you really are on the edge of your seat, and the outcomes do tend to be very unexpected. The end of the novel, where the reader's patience really starts paying off, is an emotional roller coaster as full of as many highs and lows as a graph of the stock market, and while not all of it has to do with day trading, the parts that do are far from boring - and I say that as someone who can barely do multiplication in his head. True, some of the concepts were over my head, and I totally got lost in some explanations and events, but ultimately, I enjoyed it.

Personally, I think the payoff is worth it. Under other circumstances, I wouldn't have read past the first few hours, but in the end, I'm glad I did. If you're willing to sit through the first 2-4 hours of boring exposition (Yeah, I know, not exactly a bullish proposal, hurrhurrhurr), you'll be rewarded by the end if you like stories with good plot and character development.
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Postat: 9 ianuarie
WEE (World End Economica) is Visual Novel that takes place on the moon and deals with Economics of the Stock Market. Writen by the same author who made "Spice and Wolf" this VN is once again about trading and Economics (at least from what i watched of the animation of S&W)

I enjoyed reading this volume of the three part series, and would rate it so far to be the best VN on steam.

The Plot (story) is well writen and follows a Single Route path (Linear) that is slow to start but picks up later on and its well rewarding to pass over that wall. however there are no Choices to make so the reader just follows along to the dialouge.

Pros:
An well writen Single Route Story (Rated 2nd of all Single Routes overall - my rating)
Music is fairly enjoyable
Characters are well defined

Cons:
The Music loop is terrible (you could tell a song was restarting and it would skip)
There were minor errors (not going to hold it aganist this)

So if you like well written stories then you will enjoy this. although i dont know if you could use the infomation gathered from this to try the real stock market.

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TLDR: An enjoyable story with flawed characters that can grow on you over its course. By the writer of Spice and Wolf.

My only reason for buying this visual novel was that Isuna Hasekura (writer of the Spice and Wolf light novels) wrote this. Upon immersing myself in it, I was surprised to see that there were no choices to be made. As it turns out, WEE is a kinetic visual novel, a VN without choices that is more of a book with music and pictures. Despite that, I continued on. The entire story took me only about 4.5 hours to read, although this is heavily dependant on your reading speed/settings.

Art: The art of the game was average, nothing particurlary standing out to me as being below or above the norms of Japanese visual novels. Character design was also relatively simple, with the typical array of colorfuly designed characters.

Characters: The characters of WEE part 1 are a varied bunch of people, each with their own issues that are revealed over the course of the story. Unfortunately, the VN suffers from having its entire story set up to lead into parts 2 and 3. The main character begins as an insufferable ♥♥♥♥, which unfortunately can turn off a lot of people. I would suggest sticking through as (and I hate to say this) it does get better.

Story: The story is well thought out and centers predominantly on the issues of its main character as he interacts with the cast of other characters. Stock markets plays an integral role in the story and there is a fair amount of exposition involving them. For those who care, the ending does end in a rather strong cliff hanger that leads into part 2, so don't expect any resolution.

Sound: Music was your typical VN fair with electronic tunes to match the futristic setting of the story. I was a fan of the songs used in the opening sequence and the ending credits. The story has no voice acting, so buyer beware if you're expecting to avoid having to read (or like to listen to Japanese people talk in anime speak).

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Postat: 27 decembrie, 2015
This game has a very intresting storyline although u must be able to understand stocks because this story has a lot to do with stocks and what not. i give this game a 7.5 cause not everyone will be able to understand the full story without understanding a bit about stocks and stuff but the ending was such a shocker, you wouldn't even believe it. It was a good story and i would reccomend this game when it goes on sale.




~Kyouie
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Postat: 3 decembrie, 2015
I'm looking for great story. Granted I got it in this Visual Novel.

For me, the characters are well developed. The story takes it times to introduce parts of the character which make me feel sympathized with them.
The theme for the story itself, stock market, incorporated really well to the development of the story and the characters. Though, sometimes kinda felt too forced. It's what story revolved in.

The amount of information is kinda overwhelming. Not something to read in one seat to fully enjoyed it. But, fortunately, no need understanding hi technical things in stock market, the characters' reactions can give us clue as to what happened in the stock market. It might something that not everyone will enjoy, cause the stock market scene happened on daily basis. (numbers, numbers, formula, etc.)

So yeah. While the VN gets technical on the stock market, it didn't forget to tell story. Touching one even. As I said before, the characters get developed well and therefore make them memorable. Even if this VN set in the future when people can live on the moon, it still address problems we have with real world today.

Outside of the story, I don't have complain for the arts, they are good. The musics also complement the story well. But some problem lies on transitioning from some scenes to scenes were not so smooth, glitchy even. The music also looped at awkward point, kinda shame. But other than that, I have no complain.
Definitely worth to read

Gonna read the episode 02 now
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Postat: 23 octombrie, 2014
My god. My heart after playing this game. This is coming from a man who has watched & played multiple Urobochi works.

The story is about a kid who is attempting to enact his dream - to explore Mars - through rapid accumulation of wealth utilizing the stock market. At age 16 he ran away from home, earned 1,000 mools (appears to have 1/1 exchange rate with USD) working, then multiplied it to 72,000 mools through margin trading.

While starting off slow - perhaps even painfully so, the story moves towards a powerful, deeply moving (and terrible) conclusion. I don't want to spoil more, so I'll end by saying World's End Economica (in Volume 1, at least) is the definition of the Linear VN archtype, unlike Fate/Stay Night you don't even get to make choices.

For those who want some action in their VN, Sunrider (a free game, and on Steam) plays very much like Fire Emblem with a dash of Mass Effect style morality choices.

Although I am recommending World's End Economica, it is emotionally traumatizing. Definitely not for everyone.
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NO SPICE, NO WOLF
JUST FULL ON MOON ECONOMICS
IT'S THE STOCK MARKET ON THE MOON, MAN
IT'S A HIGH FLYING ROCKET TO THE COOLEST ECONOMIC STORY AROUND
BE INVOLVED IN SOME INTENSE TRADING
TALK TO GIRLS ABOUT STOCKS
IF YOU HAVEN'T INVESTED IN A COMPANY YET
WHAT ARE YOU EVEN WAITING FOR
PS: THE WORLD DOES NOT END
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NOTE: This review will only cover episode 01 and therefore contains no spoiler of later episodes. Spoiler of episode 01 is not guaranteed. This review is written from my experience playing the first English version of the game and after a quick technical test of the Steam version.

Quick story summary: In the far future, the Moon has been conquered and turned into a self-sustained colony. It quickly gathered wealth and became a capitalist haven. Haru/Hal wants to get rich quick in this Luna colony, so he does so by gaming the system through stock market trading, Episode 01 of this game follows his teenage years, accumulating his first successes at stock trading.

My view: The premise may make you think this story is gonna be like a boring Wall Street Journal article, but it really is not. This is really a drama. The game spends a lot more time with the relationships between Hal and the people around him, how they live their poor lives outside the center of wealth of the world, how capitalism affect their lives, how the pressure of a materialistic society pushes them into dark corners, and how the dream to get rich made Hal cynical of his circumstance. This is less Capitalism: A Love Story and more Wall Street (the Oliver Stone movie).

I like the character development a lot, although the game takes its time to play this out. I like the relationship between Hal and Hagana, they started out with a misunderstanding (to the point of physical violence) and remained hostile toward each other in the first part of the game. But as it goes along, both of them slowly softens up to each other, and it's pleasant to see this gradual shift in their relationship. I like how beneath the surface, our protagonist is not really greedy as the capitalist bosses that he resents so much. He actually has a noble purpose by getting rich which is revealed in the last part of episode 01. To many, money is their goal, to Hal, money is a tool to serve his higher purpose. I like Lisa and how she acted like a mother/older sister figure to the protagonist. I even like the money lender Toyama in this game, the game portrayed him as less of an one-dimensional loan shark, and more as just another victim of capitalism.

Another thing this game really succeeded at is how it engages you into stock market trading, which should have been dry and boring. Even if you don't understand any financial terms, the game explained all of them in a layman's language, from the basic terms to advanced trading and analyzing technique. And it goes really deep, explaining how the market is influenced, how the stock numbers form a pattern and how the common mentality is taken advantage of (the mentality to always bid at 10-rounded price marks, for instance). This game made me really get it, that thrill of trading stocks and taking risks that might give a big payoff. This is why people are obsessed with stock trading, I really get it now.

Yet despite indulging in the stock market theme, this game does not glamorize it. This is ultimately a cynical social commentary about capitalism. We have all seen this before in real life. The stock market ruins as much lives as the lives it paid off big. In this game, it ruins not only lives, but relationships as well. Without spoiling the specifics, episode 01 ends on a bitter note, prompting the next phase in Hal's life in his adult years in episode 02.

Graphics: The game runs in glorious 720p resolution by default, but you can resize the the window of the game on smaller screens. As a result, art assets in the game are made in native 1280x720 resolution. The backgrounds benefit from this the most. They look gorgeous, especially the views of Newton City, it's as much of a sight to behold as the narrative described it to be. There is not much variety in the scenes so you will end up getting the same backgrounds a lot of time, but considering this is an independent game, it's still quite impressive. The character sprites look okay if a bit lacking in poses, but they have some weird pencil sketch lines on their neck shadows. If you're bothered by this, do be noted that episode 02 onward no longer have these weird pencil sketches.

Audio: There is no voice acting. The soundtrack have some scifi bleeps mixed in here and there. For the rest of the time, they are mostly calming and not very memorable.

Technical report: I'll be commenting on technical aspects of this particular version in this segment. This is the 2nd English version of the game. And here are the differences:
- Config menu and pop-up messages in the first English version was in Japanese. The whole interface is now in English.
- The game now allows you to pick a much wider range of text font. The default font (Times New Roman) looks quite unpleasant. I recommend the font Flamenco for this game, it looks really nice.
- The original version had some game crashing bugs that occur when you open the About window or try to play a track in the music mode. Also, the gallery and the music mode are bugged in the original version (no images and tracks unlocked when you finished the game). All of these bugs have been fixed in this version.
- A slightly new translation. I can't comment on the translation quality, but I can only hope it would be better then the first English script. My experience of the game was from before it received a translation patch and an edit pass by sekaiproject.
Also do note that the game is bilingual. The original Japanese script is included, a great resource for language students.

Early Access status: Steam integration is incomplete. Steam overlay is not working in windowed mode right now and features like Screenshot is not working either.
Release version status: Not much different from the Early Access version. The same issues are still here and the game still uses the same engine. A bit disappointing, but at least the meat of the game is still intact.

I hope my review helps you making a decision whether to purchase this game.
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World End Economica. Is a visual novel. And by that, the type of linear, no-choice novel. It is by all practical means a book. A digital book with music and linear storyline.
If you thought you'd get to play your hands on the stock exchange, or remembering the words:
"The first rule: Never take a loss.
The second rule: Never forget the first."
Then you'll be disappointed, there are no "Choices" for you to make.

So why do I recommend this?

Story - In keeping with Hasekura's arguably more famous work of Spice and Wolf which is a series of books and manga I wholeheartedly would recommend to you, the reader. It's as it says on the tin, about economy.
But in all the numbers and logics, there's a story. And what a story! It's in this sense, not a game. It is a story, a well-built story with its natural plot twists and moments where you'd want to cheer, and moments you'd be stuck in a well of sympathy or spite depending on your own evaluation.

Music - It's got music, and to me i do feel it quite surely fits to the whole setting. Sound really makes a scene deeper, if the music is quite right. This one Is just that. Quite right.

Graphics and visuals - As to be expected, there's CGI's which themselves are quite well made. The general playing scenes might be described as if ever so slightly bland. Stemming from the fact that the characters themselves seem a bit bereft of emotions for reasons i'll let you discover yourselves.
It is a book, and a quite fine book.
But as a game, no it's not so much a game, there's no interaction you do as the "player" You are the reader, so in this sense, advertising as a game might be misleading. But nontheless. I do recommend this game to you all, for those rainy days when you'd get a headache playing RTS or FPS games, don't feel like going outside, and just want to sit back and, read something. Good.
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This is easily one of the best visual novels I’ve played on Steam so far. Make no mistake though, it’s aimed at a tiny audience. The protagonist is a stock investor, and the writer went out of his way to make it authentic. It’s to the point where I imagine sections of the story will be impenetrable for those who haven’t read a course or two of economics. Terms like “short selling” are used without more than the briefest explanation.

It does a good job of portraying not just the appeal of the stock market, but also the absurdity, and the risks involved with it. Folks with modest aspirations have their dreams smashed by people in ivory towers, who view the economy as a game. The story conveys how stock trade happens, without dumbing it down in any way. Here’s where I think it’ll lose much of the audience. At the same time the story attempts to create a human connection to the people on the street. Those who just live their lives, making a meager wage, who have to go into debt just to pay for education and healthcare. It walked a precarious balance here. The two parts worked for me, but I’ve seen reviews that don’t agree at all. It revels in trading with such detail, that I can see all attachment being lost with many in the audience.

When I saw this was “Episode 1” I expected it to be 3-4 hours long or something. But instead it was around 8 hours long. It’s a complete story arc which stands on its own legs. I played it all in a single sitting without feeling the need to stop, which I can only take as a good sign. All the various story threads have good pay-offs in the end, and I felt the tug of wanting to see what happens next. My only problems with it were in the production values. The backgrounds were outstanding, and the music was good. But the engine was behaving strangely. The UI is way too big, and it often looped music incorrectly, and many image transitions were messed up. Apparently this was ported from one engine to another to allow cross platform support. Wouldn’t surprise me if this is the culprit, and that nobody has the will to patch it, as I’d guess it’s at least a hundred little polish problems littered across the game. These polishing issues didn’t ruin it for me or anything.

I’m impressed at the effort the author put into this. This was not aimed at a general audience. It’s definitely one of those stories that was written with no regard to mass market appeal at all. And that’s what makes it work! I’m kind of amazed it was made at all.
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