I'm a big fan of the developers of this game, Winters wolves, so I had no doubts when buying Nicole. Undeniably it has great graphics, regular soundtrack, not caught my attention, but fits well to the climate of the game. The scenarios are beautiful, despite having few backgrounds ...
I was wondering whether I should recommend this game or not, because it is extremely monotonous. You basically spend all the time choosing between tedious activities, which are summarized in you click, get some points and goes to the next day, while waiting an event appear. This system has appeared in some of them games like Heileen 3, but it was not something boring like in Nicole, because if you invested in one of the jobs, you earned one ending with it.
Now about the characters ... My God, Nicole is a pain in the ♥♥♥. She is too stupid, I could name several dialogues that I stopped and stared at the screen without understanding how she could be so stupid. And futile. It was to theoretically I identify with her? I dont see how anyone would identify with that dumb character.
As the romance options ... I did not like Kurt, Ted was passable, but the pleasant surprises came with Jeff and Darren. Initially I had found Jeff boring, but his personality change gave a new breeze in this tedious game. Darren started very well for me, but then entered fully into the shy scholar boy stereotype, and lost what made him be interesting, ceasing to be a pleasant surprise. And I was investing my points for all romance with him, unfortunately.
I thought I would have to investigate to discover the mystery, but its only you raising the Clue status over and over, choosing the options to "Look for clues", get some events and done. That was disappointing. I have not finished playing, and probably will not be able, I am striving to continue, but Nicole's personality keep me from liking minimally game.
So it pains me to give a bad review for a game of Winters Wolves, but unfortunately I did not like Nicole (and I struggled to try).
This is my opinion, and games of Winter wolves tend to be very good, so if you are interested in the game's premise (assuming the mystery part basically does not exist in the game), it may be that different from me, you like it, then try giving it a chance.