"Feed me, or I'll reap your soul!" And with those ridiculous words, my whole life was turned upside down. Sakuraba Rie, aged nine, is a cynical and grumpy girl who cares little for her fellow classmates, and does not have a single friend.
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Release Date: Jan 5, 2016

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"Feed me, or I'll reap your soul!"
And with those ridiculous words, my whole life was turned upside down.

Sakuraba Rie, aged nine, is a cynical and grumpy girl who cares little for her fellow classmates, and does not have a single friend.
That is, until a self-proclaimed demon from the deepest, darkest pits of Hell suddenly appears in Rie's kitchen and steals a tray of cookies.
What will happen between these two young girls? Will friendship blossom between them, or perhaps something more?
That is up to the reader to decide - but rest assured, no matter what, there will lots and lots of delicious food!

From Ebi-Hime, creator of "Asphyxia" and "The Way We ALL GO" comes "Strawberry Vinegar" a slice-of-life story with food, cute demons, yuri, and more food.

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Mac OS X
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP+
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9 Compatible Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any audio output
    Minimum:
    • OS: x86/x86_64
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Positive (31 reviews)
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RisingSolarSoul
6.4 hrs
Posted: July 12
TLDR version: It's pretty good. Worth full price and definitely worth buying when cheaper especially compared to Ebi-Hime's previous work.

First off as background, I have been a fan of Ebi-Hime's work for years. I have played through Asphyxia, The Way We All Go, and The Sad Story of Emmeline Burns. I have played through various visual novels and have been an avid anime fan since my childhood. I also bought this game for 50% off a long time ago. As of my writing this review, I have read through four out of six endings.

If there's one thing that is particular that has always been a strength in Ebi-Hime's work, it is the writing. Whenever I read other visual novels, you could always tell they were translated not as well as they could have been. Whether there was a cultural joke that needed additional explanations, a phrase was not stated as eloquently, and etc... Ebi-Hime's work always feels like it's written by a native English speaker. Besides that, her characters are great as always. Each character has individual qualities that make them memorable. A lot of detail was put into each character, and even side characters have their own moments of glory.

Besides that, the animation is beautiful as you can see from the trailer. The music is stunning, and they match the scenes really really well. Props to the team!

Edit: I have been informed that Ebi-Hime is a native speaker. She's a good researcher for knowing so much about Japanese culture!
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ThreeLeggedFeline
6.7 hrs
Posted: July 11
This game is one of the cutest things I have seen.
The artwork is beautiful, and the writing is just as good. The story is as sweet as a strawberry sundae and truly satisfying.

There's multiple routes, so theres plenty of story. The writing is also some of the best I've seen in a VN. I didn't skim through any of the text, savouring all of it.

Did I mention it's cute...?
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tsupertsundere
45.1 hrs
Posted: July 9
Kazuki is the best anime husbando I've ever seen 10/10
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»ℓυиι*
3.9 hrs
Posted: June 26
Don't play this game if you're hungry !

Strawberry Vinegar is a cute, funny and sometimes even sad VN. I enjoyed every second of this game. I laughed a lot, got hungry (damn that artists knows how to draw food and cute girls o.o) and overall it was a pleasure to read it.
The VN includes 6 different endings, which are depending on your desiscions, rather short or longer. The once I played by now really impressed me. I played a lot of VN and this one is definetly one of my favourtie.

I'd give this game 10/10 it's really worth the money !
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Luv Yan
3.2 hrs
Posted: June 22
This game made me hungry and showed me cute lesbians. It was basically Koufuku Graffiti, which is cool I guess
9/10 would fail at cooking any of this ♥♥♥♥
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Marina
9.7 hrs
Posted: June 18
This is really a sweet story, art is well done and beautiful. (The food in this makes you seriously hungry >.<)
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Shorty ♡
11.8 hrs
Posted: June 16
Strawberry Vinegar is a very cute visual novel about a weeaboo demon girl coming to japan to eat lots of food and a 9 year old who is too responsible for her age.

Pros

-Very Very nice visuals
-Character Development is pretty good
-Characters are relatable
-Pretty cheap
-Different endings to explore
-Got a couple laughs out
-Nice Badges/Backgrounds
-Got me back into baking
-♥♥♥♥ Weeaboos

Cons

-Can be Cheesy
-Makes me Hungry
-Can also be Cringy
-The music is pretty annoying

8.5/10

If you're going through the reviews to make a decision like I did get its ♥♥♥♥ing awesome
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Eggsalad
2.8 hrs
Posted: June 11
This game is so beautiful and cute <3
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Jellyfish Brains
5.1 hrs
Posted: June 8
Man, this game would have been so much less cringeworthy if the two mains weren't nine for some unfathomable reason.

FYI: Awkward sexual under/overtones. Everywhere. squikk
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Niceratops
9.1 hrs
Posted: May 24
A wonderful game, very light hearted story, very funny at points.
The artwork is wonderful along with the badges and cards.
Would highly recomend~
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
38 of 39 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
A review copy of this game was provided by the developer, but has not and will not, in any way, affect this review.

Overview:
Strawberry Vinegar is a lighthearted visual novel, with lots of mouthwatering food and fluffy scenes between two girls and family. I personally really enjoyed this visual novel with its cheerful tone! For those familiar with ebi-hime's previous works, which are generally more dark in tone, this VN may seem quite different in terms of style but I was not disappointed for sure. I'd sum this VN up as silly cuteness, food scenes making me very hungry, and fluffiness that made me melt~

Thoughts, story wise:
Strawberry Vinegar follows the life of Rie, a young girl that is quite sarcastic, cynical, and sassy as we can see throughout the VN. (At age 9, she's read The Capitalist Manifesto, Adler and Kelso, 1958.) One day she finds an intruder in her house stealing her cookies, who is none other than the young demon, Licia. Through some strange circumstances Licia ends up staying with Rie's family for a week, learning about human customs and eating lots of food, described in exquisite detail, accompanied with amazing artwork by Silly Selly.

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Rie's parents are a very endearing couple, and we see the four of them (Rie, Licia, Parents) interact in their daily life. Rie and Licia get to know each other better, and depending on Rie's choices during the game, there may be romantic feelings between Rie and Licia. You can even die in this game though, if you anger some other demons... Overall the story is lighthearted and gave me quite a lot of laughs, with some extra cute fluffy scenes, and made me very hungry during the food scenes.

Thoughts, game play wise:
This visual novel features 5 endings (or 6?) with multiple branching storylines - I finished one route and went for another and was pleasantly surprised that they did indeed quite branch out with lots of content I hadn't seem in the other route. Overall this isn't a very long game, about 5 hours for my first route (romance), There are quite a few extras, such as author's notes and music, as well as CGs (FOOD screenshots!)

One thing I think worth mentioning though is that the light coloured font and the also light coloured text box made it a bit difficult to read initially, so I had to take some time to get used to it and it was better after reading for some time.

Final thoughts:
I enjoyed this visual novel, between the cuteness and food, Strawberry Vinegar brought a smile to my face. For those that came to this game from Ebi-hime's previous works such as Asphyxia, just a heads up though this game is much different in tone. Ebi-hime is an excellent writer, so reading this visual novel was a pleasure and the artwork is gorgeous, perfectly bringing out the personalities of the characters. If you enjoy VNs in general, or lighthearted, cute ones in particular do check this title out.
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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Finished this VN after about four and a half hours, which I'd say is a decent amount of time for the price.
The writing is cute yet clever, there are also several fun references weaved into it.

Only thing I missed were more CGs that focused on the girls instead of the food, (this game focuses on food a lot, so you may find your mouth watering at times).
That said, I haven't unlocked all the CGs yet, so I may be judging it unfairly in this aspect.

The route I found myself going through had a very satisfying ending.

Get it!
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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Strawberry Vinegar is a sweet and lighthearted visual novel with yuri elements, featuring 6 endings and depending on your choices it will change the outcome of the story. Developed by ebi-hime and published by Sekai Project. The story is written by Ebi-hime, the creator of Asphyxia and The way we ALL GO.

The story
Sakuraba Rie, aged nine, is a cynical and grumpy girl who cares little for her fellow classmates, and does not have a single friend.
That is, until a self-proclaimed demon named, Licia, from the deepest, darkest pits of Hell suddenly appears in Rie’s kitchen and steals a tray of cookies Rie just baked! Through some “convincing” Lucia managed to get lodging in Rie’s home for 6-7 days. “Feed me, or I’ll reap your soul!” – Licia
What will happen between these two young girls? Will friendship blossom between them, or perhaps something more darker?
That is up to the reader to decide – but rest assured, no matter what, there will lots and lots of delicious food!

Audio and Visual elements
Visual Elements – Wow what do I say for this? The visual elements is provably the most distinctive feature in the particular visual novel I absolutely love the artwork and art style by Silly Selly the artist of Strawberry Vinegar the art is beautifully detailed, and it is very expressive which is very different that most visual novels out there. CGs, CGs of food and sprites are all extremely detailed detailed to the point where the CGs of food looks so delicious that I wish I was the one eating them instead of reading about them being eaten.[Warning – do not play when you are hungry.]

Audio - As you can see the music used in this visual novel [strawberry vinegar] are all named after food and my particular favorite is “chrysanthemum tea”. The audio is good all of them cue in at the right time fitting into the environment and mood of the visual novel

To sum up
I would definitely recommend this visual novel to anyone who is a fan of Ebi-Hime works and to people who loves yuri because hints of yuri [me] can be found in the visual novel here and there. Some things I noticed when playing through is that there are anime references that could be found in Strawberry vinegar which is really cool I found a few but I am sure that there are more and I have missed them these are what I have found. “I am the bone of my sword” and “Unlimited blushing works” both are referencing to the Fate franchise and Obviously comiket.

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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
If you like food and cute girls this is a VN for you. Nice amount of choices and couple different endings. Never had a game that made me crave food from home so much. I had to actually make Dango the other night thanks to this game I craved it so much from this VN.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Strawberry Vinegar is a very cute visual novel about a weeaboo demon girl coming to japan to eat lots of food and a 9 year old who is too responsible for her age.

Pros

-Very Very nice visuals
-Character Development is pretty good
-Characters are relatable
-Pretty cheap
-Different endings to explore
-Got a couple laughs out
-Nice Badges/Backgrounds
-Got me back into baking
-♥♥♥♥ Weeaboos

Cons

-Can be Cheesy
-Makes me Hungry
-Can also be Cringy
-The music is pretty annoying

8.5/10

If you're going through the reviews to make a decision like I did get its ♥♥♥♥ing awesome
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
If the adorable lesbians don't catch your attention then the delicious food will.

11/10 couldn't stop checking out that hot cookie baking action ❤
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Don't play this game if you're hungry !

Strawberry Vinegar is a cute, funny and sometimes even sad VN. I enjoyed every second of this game. I laughed a lot, got hungry (damn that artists knows how to draw food and cute girls o.o) and overall it was a pleasure to read it.
The VN includes 6 different endings, which are depending on your desiscions, rather short or longer. The once I played by now really impressed me. I played a lot of VN and this one is definetly one of my favourtie.

I'd give this game 10/10 it's really worth the money !
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
My full review can be found here.

Strawberry Vinegar follows the story of young Sakuraba Rie, a girl who has her life upturned after a demon shows up that will reap her soul if she doesn't feed this demon food. For the next week (6 days, because weeks don't have 7 days in Hell), Licia will be living with Rie and her family, and yes - there will be lots of food.

Strawberry Vinegar is one of my favourite VN's I've read, despite how hungry it made me. The artwork is extremely charming, and the characters are very likeable. There are 6 endings to aim for in the game, and each is sure to make your mouth water with how much food you are shown. I did find some minor odd spelling issues (such as "parents" in place of "patients"), but they didn't detract from the story too much.

I highly suggest this game to anyone who loves food and/or good stories. There is some hint of female love, especially in some of the endings, but considering for the bulk of the game Rie and Licia are 9, don't expect much.

Disclaimer: I was provided a key by the publisher for review purposes.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This game is arounf 4-5 hours long. Depending on your reading speed, really. Also it doesn't have a serious plot but instead gives you a sweet, fluffy, heartwarming and charming story of two cute girls who gains friendship and eats lots of nice looking food.

Artwork is very nice, it gives you lots of CGs, although most of it focuses on the dishes itself as a warning. I definately recomend this for people who wants to read something lighthearted yet engaging.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Strawberry Vinegar Full Review
This VN is about a 9 year old girl Rie who meets a “demon” Licia who is about the same as her age and yes, she is also from a place called “Hell”. The demon says to stay at her home for 6 days (as apparently there is only 6 days in hell, not 7). They both get to know each other, first they start to hate each other, but later in the VN, they start to love each other and show affection to each other. I mean, it even gets to the point where you think a Yuri scene is about to pop up any moment….I mean there are some that do, so don’t be disappointed (I definitely bought this for the plot, right?)

Graphics: 9/10
If you have read the Visual Novels’ Asphyxia and/or The Sad Story of Emmeline Burns you might be familiar with the graphics, as they are made by the same people. The artwork really shows bright images of the girls and the environment they’re in, they did a great job in terms of the visuals in this novel. The drawing of the girls doesn’t really follow the same “anime-like” appearance as other VNs, which felt unique in its own way, but it also felt “out of place” for me as I wasn’t quite used to it at the beginning.

But overall it delivers a nice artwork for the characters and the environment, great job on this one.

Storyline: 8/10
I have already mentioned some of it above. But in terms of “in depth story” it doesn’t go far and long, in fact this VN has really fast pacing and really quick character development, so if you wanted a long, in depth story VN, sadly this is not for you. But for the others, it delivers a nice empathises on both of the girls as they go on about their day. Also, to mention Rie made her first friend EVER! In her life, that is of course the demon she met, who broke into her home and started eating cookies…well, I guess you can also make friends that way huh, who would’ve thought.

Overall, the novel shows us a story of two girls who show love and affection to each other as the VN progresses on and it portrays their everyday life and show their own personal character development.

Sound: 4/10
Nothing of the amazing to hear in this novel, there is only ever so many soundtracks until you start hearing the same ones that you heard 2-3 scenes ago. However, some are really nicely done, but I wouldn’t say all of them are of “high quality” though. Some of the soundtracks don’t even fit particular scenes, but eh, what can you do?

Overall, the soundtrack is quite a let-down. It doesn’t offer much for the reader as some don’t even match the scene.

Gameplay: 9/10
The VN offers the basic options in the menu which could alterate your VN experience. It at least has the SHIFT + TAB overlay support which I really liked, but it only worked when you had a high enough frame rate (Between 30-60 FPS), otherwise it wouldn’t function, or sometimes it would work, but it would lag the game or lag the overlay.

Overall, it only offers basic options and gameplay aspects. But this is enough for this kind of VN.

Price: 10/10
At £6.99 this is a great price for this VN. Any higher than £10 would not have been worth buying at all. This is great to see as many VNs of this length are overpriced despite offering the same features, I’ll give this VN full marks here.

Overall at the price, you get what you pay for, it’s not too low or too high. This is a great price point for this VN.

Conclusion
It is a decent VN with good artworks and a taste of Yuri. That is all I can say for that one. I can only recommend the VN if you are into fast paced stories, cute girls and VNs in general. This is NOT for the “serious” reader if you know what I mean.
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