A Love Story, going interactive...
Visual Novels, not to be confused with Interactive Novels, are kind of a no go genre for me. Still I do have some of them on my account. And I am always disgusted about how careless and without any compassion those stories are often told. Heileen is no excetption to this. Sure it's nice to play, somehow cute... But... Well... It's missing a lot of the stuff which a novell should have, namely a story that holds enough suspense to bind it's reader to the screen.
Since Heileen one is only a Prelude to the other parts, which seem to be more elaborate I'll try to be a bit more positive about this game and even though I dislike the genre will try to give it some credentials by dividing pros and cons:
Cute characters, some of them are quite believable while others might have jumped out of some childhood books.
Well done Graphics, not the best in the world but they are like the standard in Visual Novells.
Decent soundtrack, I had games with far worse sound.
Limited Replayability, the game get's boring very fast even during the first run.
Strange storyline, this is some kind of romancing game, ok, but why do I feel like in a cheap version of a romance, where everyone is easy?
No challenge, the game has no difficulty to mention, you play it and either you get one solution or the other but you aren't really challenged.
COYA mindset of the developer, you feel the whole time like you are on the rails of somebody else...
This game might be for you if you are new to the genre to try it out. It has no challenges to tell about and you can get your achivements like some free candy. Being a completionist, this game might give you an easy satisfaction. Even if you read the whole story, it's played through in less than one hour. The graphics and soundtrack are standard of the time the game was created, the story is somewhat substandard... more like an devolved fairytale, which might also be a fine thing for youth to adolescent players. The game is full of hinted innuendo, which might frustrate more direct players who like to evolve their fantasies about the main characters...
So it is a recomendation, but only slightly so - if you are not a fan of the genre visual novell, or romance games, dating sims etc... don't even dare to touch it - you might as well be frustrated like hell because of the game.