Winter in Fairbrook is a fairly simple visual novel that you can do a quick play through and have a happy experience with when you just want to kill a few hours. The gist of the story is that you, a city girl, go to work at a flower shop during your winter break at your college. Your character is a rather blunt and quick to speak (and not think) kind of individual. She makes it no secret that shes not one for hard work. But she isn't so off putting that you cannot enjoy playing her. You end up working in a small town and having regular occurrences with four males that do various things in the town. If you plan your week right, you can grow your flowers and earn a decent profit while wooing the males and getting yourself a good ending.
While the story itself is rather simple, the characters are refreshing and not obviously cliche with their individual story lines. I didn't find the choices to be obvious as to what would get me brownie points with the guys. And I actually had a hard time getting a satisfying ending! The first two times I played I ended up getting the "Alone" ending. After doing a little research and experimentation, I found that you need to converse with the guys a lot during your week and that, while you may get their relationship bar all the way up, you wont get an ending with them unless you also have the two stats required with the male of choice at the least requirement. For example, the first male I went for was Steve and he required a stat level of 80 in intelligence, which you raise by visiting with Ryan. Hanging with one guy in order to woo another, a bit of an interesting change! His secondary stat I'm not sure of, but after looking a site, I figured it would be diligence, which only has to be raised to 60. So if you have trouble like I did, go to this link (http://sakevisual.friendhood.net/t37-winter-in-fairbrook
) to get a little more of an understanding of the correlation with the stats and your guy of choice.
All in all, I'd give this game a 8/10. It was enjoyable and I was happy spending the $7.49. But I probably wouldn't have payed $15 dollars for it since it wasn't the best visual novel I've ever played and I tend to be a little stingy with spending money on games. But the story was a good and cheerful, the art was very appealing, and the choices you were given weren't obnoxiously obvious. So I recommend it! Hopefully this will help anyone who was having a hard time deciding whether or not to buy this game like I was.