Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka?? Wonderful party! [Limited Edition]
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Wonderful party! is an Adventure game, developed and published by 5pb, which was released in Japan in 2016.
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First of all, there is very little English in the game at all apart from the options screens and main menu. You absolutely MUST have at least a basic understanding of Japanese. To put up a comparison, I know only around 700 kanji in total, and I would put my grammar in the upper basic, lower intermediate level. I feel like I can easily understand 70% of what is happening with little effort, though I try and get as much as I can out of the text without overburdening myself. The game is mostly voiced, so even though I can't read all of the text, having a dictionary app on my phone makes looking up words a cinch since I can listen to text boxes over and over until I get the proper pronunciation. Though there is a bit of unspoken dialogue, mostly coming from Cocoa's inner thoughts, so you will probably have to end up drawing out some kanji every now and again.
Story: It has been a while since I watched the show, but the game obviously takes place sometime during or shortly after the second season as the title of the game suggests with the double question marks. You are given some control over Cocoa as you learn about Chino's birthday and work your way through the days, building up your friendship rank with each of the characters; Rize, Chino, Syaro, Chiya, and Others (which consists of Maya, Megu, and Aoyama).
Throughout the main visual novel aspect of the game, you will be presented with three choices from Cocoa's Perspective, one option will give your friendship rank with the involved characters a way up, one a normal up, and the other option won't do anything. This will be based off of your knowledge of the characters, and some guessing on my part since my grammar is pretty bad.
I said main visual novel in the previous paragraph, because some days you are given a choice to hang out with certain characters, each one will have it's own little episode of sorts, with the three pronged choice ending up in raising (or not raising) the friend rank with that character. Some days you will be working as Cocoa at Rabbit House (more on that later). After the days when you work, you are given a choice of who to hand out advertisement fliers with to improve how many people come to the Rabbit House during work days. Upon choosing a character, you then get to choose an outfit for them. Each outfit hast two sets of 5 stars. From what I can tell, the bottom set is how much that outfit will raise your friendship rank with that character, and the top set of 5 stars is how many times that outfit has been used. The first time each outfit is used, it shows a generic little montage of, "here, have a flier," from both characters, but after the first use, each time you use that outfit afterwards adds to it's own little story arc. I haven't completed an arc yet, but I assume using an outfit five whole times unlocks a scene, like when choosing who to sleep with at the pyjama parties sprinkled throughout the game, but that is just speculation on my part.
Gameplay: The only real gameplay is the sections where you play as Cocoa working her shifts at the Rabbit House. At first, it isn't so bad, with only 4 or 5 people to start with, it is easy. But I haven't even gotten to Chino's birthday party yet, (and I believe there are 4 sections, one for each character other than Cocoa) and I am at 14 people. This is where the game hurts a little. You have to wait for Cocoa's animation to completely finish before you can order her to do something, and when you can have 3 customers enter at once, order something, and then you have to wait for her to pick up the order, then click on the far corner, wait for her to drop the order off, and walk back to the top, then click on another order, wait, then click on the corresponding customer...... it is way too slow for how fast paced the customers try and force you to go. As long as you don't get 5 failures in one day, you should be good, I haven't noticed any side effects from the one D rank I got, I just moved on. So it isn't so bad, just annoying.
Visuals: I mean.... it is super adorable. What else can I say.... The story bits and visuals combined have made me physically unable to not go, aaaa....aa.. nnn... AWWWWWWWWWW!" No matter how hard I try and hold what tiny shreds of manliness I have left to me.
DLC: The one DLC I noticed this game has came with the case, which is for an outfit in the game, and the outfit arc that comes with it. I haven't messed with it yet since it looks like pure fan service, and I ... well, you have your own opinion on that, you don't need me to say mine. Keep in mind, to use the DLC code, you need to be on a Japanese PSN, it isn't hard to do, but it is tedious and annoying if you don't have one set up already...
Audio: All the characters are voiced really well, just like the show, no issue there. The music definitely has it's charms, but I find a couple of tracks a little too repetitive just in one listen. Not bad, but not amazing. Overall, I would say I enjoy the music quite a bit though, just a couple of subjective complaints about a couple pieces.
Conclusion: If you liked the show, if you wan't your heart to melt and have a massive idiot grin on your face as you watch the stupid antics unfold, and you are willing to deal with using a dictionary a lot if you aren't that knowledgeable, this game is definitely worth a shot. I know I am enjoying every minute of it. Not to mention I am learning while having fun, the ultimate reward.
Cute, adorable, funny, adorable, hilarious, nonsensical, adorable, lovely, did I mention absolutely adorable? I don't think I stressed that point enough. Get it... Get it now....
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