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I have previously reviewed the DBS 1/3 body (larger doll body). And demonstrated how it can be used with a Dollfie Dream Head. The DBS 1/3 body is only available in a pale white color and is best suited for hybriding with the Dollfie Dream Semi White heads.
The problem was I had a lot of Dollfie Dream Fresh (or Flesh) (Normal Color) Heads… and not enough bodies for them… So one Fresh head was always on a pale body and just didn’t look right.
Most recently it’s been my DDP Ribbon head on the 1/3 DBS body because I had a custom Fresh head that looked cute on the DDP body. The DDP body is really floppy but that’s a review for another day lol.
So today my order from Aliexpress finally arrived. I purchased one full 1/4 doll with rooted hair, an outfit (with cats on it) and all of her accessories, even shoes. The one full doll cost about $40-50 depending (Prices change often on Aliexpress with sales and promotions).
I thought at the time I just wanted the doll because I would put her outfit on one of my other dolls – because CATS ARE CUTE lol.
But… once she arrived… I loved everything about her – her face doesn’t look cheap at all… and came with alternate hand poses too – perfect.
In the SAME order – I had also ordered a spare 1/4 body because I noticed in the photos it has the same neckpiece as the 1/3 body and knew it could be used with dollfie dream heads already.
No modding or anything is required. BUT the neckpiece is wider than dollfie dream and it CAN crack the area around the hole in the head where it slides over the neck – I want you to be aware of this “problem” To me its not a big deal because it doesn’t show even if it does crack.
To my surprise – the 1/4 body is a more pinky/flesh color than the 1/3 body… PERFECT – I thought maybe Ribbon would just look better on smaller body – even if it was still too pale — I had NO IDEA it was a darker color – the perfect color for FRESH/FLESH Dollfie Dream Heads.
So remember this:
1/3 DBS Dream Fairy Bodies = color match with Volks Semi White
1/4 DBS Dream Fairy Bodies = color match with Volks Fresh/Flesh (normal)
And with this you are good to go!
The spare body price ranges from $15-30 at times on Aliexpress.
Shipping took FOREVER – especially because of the pandemic. I ordered these in February and It’s mid June and they just arrived.
I think Pandemic aside, they’d arrive within 30-40 days usually. Seems to be my experience ordering anything from Aliexpress – but the pandemic has impacted factory workers and shipping carriers… so I had to wait 5-6 months for my order… ugh.
Totally worth it though….
I won’t be buying volks bodies and/or full dolls anymore.
I like to use Buyee – a japanese proxy to buy beautiful custom heads from Japan Yahoo Auctions. – you can often find a head for around $100 – although prices range wildly from $60 – thousands of dollars. Such is the nature of an auction site.
Etsy also has some lovely artist heads. A few are on my wishlist right now.
I’ll be hunting for a semi-white head for my headless horseman now (that Ribbon is on a much better body).
So in comparrison – Volks bodies without heads cost $300-400, and for 1/10th of that I can get a 1/3 or 1/4 body with the same or similar neckpiece – and a head for $100 (or $40 for a blank head if I wanted to paint it myself) – you can have a complete hybrid doll for $140 – $250.
They are made of ABS – as opposed to Volks that are made of Vinyl. ABS is a hard plastic. It’s also very lightweight… It can buckle when trying to move or pose it — but the DDP Volks official body is rubbish at posing too! Mine is so floppy. Move her and her arms and legs move like a rag doll – it’s almost as bad as this cheap DBS body honestly! – The MDD body doesn’t have this problem (by Volks) – it’s a lovely body – much nicer than the cheap DBS Dream Fairy Body — but is it $200 nicer? Well that’s for you to decide!!
Also if you like your dolls to be more slim and petite or have more mature figures/breasts, you will appreciate the DBS Dream Fairy 1/4 body more than the DDP or MDD or new upcoming Mochi body. This Dream Fairy Body is about the same height, but much slimmer waist/arms/legs – but the bust makes up for the difference, mine is wearing an MDD (custom Etsy) outfit in these images. It also fits on my official volks MDD and DDP bodies fine. So they can share clothes.
Photo left to right: DDP – MDD – DBS
Overall I give this 5 stars and am definitely buying more in the future. I am extremely happy and satisfied with both the 1/3 and 1/4 DBS Dream Fairy Bodies, especially when used to hybrid with Volks Dollfie Dream heads.
I purchased the lavender Fitbit Inspire HR Smartwatch a few days ago at Best Buy. This is not a sponsored post. I just thought my readers may be interested in learning more about Fitbit Inspire HR Smartwatch too.
I chose the Fitbit Inspire HR Smartwatch for the following reasons:
I mainly just wanted a watch that could count my steps. Yes a phone does that too, but my phone might not always be with me.
When looking at prices of such Smartwatches online, the black version of Fitbit Inspire HR seemed super reasonable, about $65.
My lavender version however was significantly more expensive at $99. The black version just happened to be on sale, might still be on sale too. And as you may or may not know, you can at any time purchase and swap the bands out for a cuter colored one. I think my watch face edges and back MAY be SLIGHTLY purple, but maybe it’s just my imagination or the reflection of the band.
For $30 more I thought the cuter band was worth it for me, I would’ve ended up paying at least 10-15 before shipping and handling for a 3rd party band anyways so what the hell right? might as well splurge and get a “kawaii” color. It looks nice 🙂 Black is too basic for me – granted black matches a hell of a lot more outfits lol. I may eventually buy a sailor moon or anime style band at a later date…
Anyways so not only was the price attractive but the features too. I like that it does the basics that I wanted, tracking my steps. I’ve been using walking for weight loss lately. I’ve already gone from the 240s to the 220s, still big AF, I know lol. But if you walk 10,000 steps every day, you will lose 1 lb a week or so they keep telling me. I’m in rubbish shape though, both due to lack of exercise, poor diet, and physical illnesses and disabilities that limit my activities.But losing 20 lbs just by walking just in the past 3-4 months is OK with me.
Having the watch on me reminds me to get up and get steps, and motivates me when I see oh wow I got X amount of steps already – I can do this – it’s easy – lets get those steps!
The Fitbit Inspire HR is also waterproof and SWIM PROOF – you can shower or swim with it. I dunno yet if you can go in the ocean, I assume so? I mean chlorine in a pool is probably just as bad – or worse than the sea salt in the ocean.
I LOVE Swimming – I haven’t been swimming yet this summer because of covid closing down the pools – and also because of my aforementioned disabilities – my dr advised me not to swim, because if I have a seizure, I can drown, but I love swimming, so I dunno… I hope eventually I will be able to swim. I also can’t drive right now, for the same reason, dangers of having a seizure, which means I can’t travel far for now.
I have a pool at my apartment but because of covid and regulations it’s not yet open. There are lifeguards and I have friends and family I can go with, so I might maybe try swimming. And the Fitbit Inspire HR can track calories burned by swimming which is as far as I know the only Smartwatch that can do this. Swimming is definitely my most preferred form of exercise. I’m a literal mermaid. I can stay in water allllll day everrrrry dayyy LOL.
Back to the watch… It syncs with your smart phone to provide details about your health through an interactive Fitbit App.
I like the app – I use the Iphone version. I can do all kinds of things with the app. There’s a free premium trial – which I have not tried yet. Premium has even more neat things. But the free version is more than enough. Which is good cuz for almost $100 I don’t want a monthly subscription too on top of an already expensive purchase.
Here are a few of the neat things that the app on the phone can do.
It tracks your steps
It tracks your heartrate
It tracks when you’re in cardio mode or fat burning mode
It tracks your sleep – It gives you a sleep score, showing you how much REM, light, and/or deep sleep you got, and how many times you woke up and how much of your sleep time was spent awake.
As a woman it can track your cycle – so you know when to expect your monthly visitor – which is helpful to me when wanting to make big plans/trips/parties/reservations etc – no one wants to go to the beach or a cruise and be cramping to death LOL – For other women looking to start a family, the cycle tracking can help you figure out your ovulation window so you can maximize your chances of becoming pregnant.
You can log your food on the app, to see how many calories you ate – and it tracks how many calories you burn each day. So as long as you create a deficit of negative calories each day, you’re gonna lose weight. It’s that simple!
The Fitbit Inspire HR is smaller and slimmer than most other Smart Watches. This makes it not great for doing apps and things directly on the watch itself. But that’s not what I wanted to watch for.
You can receive notifications, texts, etc from your smart phone to your Fitbit.
There’s some other things you can do on the watch itself, like time your workout, see the time, see your steps, check the battery life, etc.
Speaking of battery life there is one teensy weensy flaw – but an important one – If your fitbit won’t charge – it’s very likely defective and you should return it for a replacement.
I took back my first one after one day, because it didn’t charge.
The Fitbit Inspire HR is plagued with a charging problem, research online clearly shows many people with this problem. It seems to be hit or miss – maybe a bad batch was released or who knows…
The Fitbit comes with a magnetic charging cable – it’s VERY short – like 2-3 inches maybe max.
It doesn’t come with the actual part that goes into the wall – but it will work with any Wall/USB charger.
To charge the fitbit, remove the Fitbit from your wrist, line up the ports on the back of the Fitbit with the prongs on the charger. It will buzz as it snaps on and show a battery on the screen with remaining battery life percentage.
If it doesn’t show this battery icon – it’s likely not charging – it may be due to dust or grime or other things – but my first Fit Bit was brand new, only had it for 5-6 hours and I tried it EVERY where, in the car, in the house, in my laptop, multiple outlets in the house, multiple outlets in the car. I cleaned the back of the watch and the charging cable with a dry cloth, and neither were wet or damaged.
I took it back to Best Buy and they just swapped it out for a brand new one, and this new one which I got yesterday so far has no charging problems at all. It works flawlessly…
I’m really impressed with everything that this little smartwatch can do!
And the battery life is fantastic. I had an old Fitbit AND also the VERY first every Apple Smart Watch – YEARRRRRRRRRRRRRS ago – and they could not even make it a full day on a full battery….
You know what the FitBit Inspire HR Battery Life is Advertised as? 5 Days… 5 Days between charges! That’s awesome! I usually let it charge while I’m sitting – like right now while I’m writing this blog post. Because you will want to wear it while you sleep to track your sleep score and you’ll want to wear it while you’re doing anything active to track your steps. So charge it when you’re sitting watching a movie, playing a video game, etc. 🙂 It gets full battery life after maybe an hour or two, and you’re good to go for another 5 days.
I would recommend Fitbit Inspire HR to anyone – especially if you like to swim or workout in the pool :).
I took a video unboxing review of the rose which you can see here:
I took another second video outside on my balcony in the sunlight – It is truly beautiful! Just like the website. Amazing.
A few things I like about the rose:
It’s beautiful, it reflects the light
It comes with a stand to stand it up right
A few things I dislike about the rose:
It’s very light weight – I highly highly highly highly doubt it’s plated in gold
I even doubt if it’s a real rose, the petals kinda feels like paper to be honest
It said fast shipping from California – I waited about a month and it came from China, had that strong China factory smell, had some cheap Chinese packaging – had a “test result” card trying to claim it was real gold – it’s mostly in Chinese so I can’t read this results card and it says 999% gold LOL wtf… maybe 0.999% gold…. MAYBE… I think it’s plastic… Paper and Plastic…
I’m hoping it’s maybe a real frozen rose – because at least THAT part would still be cool! I don’t care if it’s dipped in gold lol. The thought of each one being unique and a real rose is pretty awesome, but I just dunno. I can’t really say with certainty that it is a real rose…
I had/have an emerald dipped gold rose from a jewelry store many many many years ago and it’s very heavy and feels very different than this… In comparison, this feels cheap/fake/light….
But ultimately… Don’t care? I think it’s still really pretty! I’m still happy with my Galaxy Rose… fake or legit – who cares? I think when I purchased it, it was on sale like $14.99. I think it’s gone up a few dollars now, but I would say it’s still worth it if you find it pretty. I do find it pretty even if it’s just made of foil paper lol.
Overall, Aesthetically I give it 5 stars, but quality like 2 stars maybe, and that’s being generous LOL.
The Galaxy Rose from Dose of Roses is extremely beautiful – but extremely low quality feeling – so if we split it down the middle, it’s probably like 3 or 3 and a half stars – It has merit as a pretty piece of home decor – but not sure if their claims of being real frozen roses and/or dipped in gold are believable.
Would I buy from Dose of Roses again? Maybe – I think for the quality the price should only be maybe $10-12. I wouldn’t pay over that because I’m pretty sure it’s fake and mass produced in China lol.
The website Dose of Roses does have other pretty colors/kinds of roses.
There are in fact real frozen roses and real gold plated roses – but I suspect that the ones sold at Dose of Roses are made of really pretty foil paper and plastic… I’m not a jeweler or appraiser – I’m not an expert, I am just saying they feel cheap and fake and the Chinese “test results” aren’t very convincing lol.
They are still amazingly beautiful and I love the way the color changes in the light, sometimes it looks white, yellow, or even pink or blue, depending on its environment and how it catches the light.
Dose of Roses also offers discounts if you buy multiple roses at one time (for example to create a bouquet.
I think a wedding bouquet from Dose of Roses would be AMAZING! I might do that if I ever get to marry my boyfriend – not only are they BLINGY and BEAUTIFUL – but they last FOREVER – and from a distance they do in fact look like real roses – but more importantly, you could display your bouqet in your home keeping it as a treasured keepsake of your wedding day and it’s cheaper and more affordable than a real rose bouquet that’s going to wilt and die and be thrown away like garbage.
Today I am sharing yet another Horse Simulation game – this time it is a mobile game called My Horse Stories. I am not very far yet into this one. I just started playing it late last night. I haven’t even bred my own horse yet, just still using the first horse I purchased at the market.
I might not have all the right information to give a super accurate review, but I just want to give like an early impression review.
My favorite thing about My Horse Stories is well it actually has a story. It is a little bit of a visual novel – a little – although I think it just gives the illusion of choice and not actual meaningful choice – it’s still a nice touch.
The story is pretty good – totally bringing back Wildfire feels! I just purchased Wildfire on DVD – it was an old TV series from the 90s/early2ks about a “bad girl” who avoids jail time by instead agreeing to help out on a horse ranch. There on the horse ranch she finds love, friendship, family, and a love of horses and a love of riding.
I’m thinking the creators of My Horse Stories are definitely Wildfire fans too! Because the story is super similar! If you’re a 90s/early2ks kid like me, and loved Wildfire, then you’ll enjoy My Horse Stories too! The stories are almost identical really.
Ok enough about the story – the gameplay is quite similar to Horse Haven so far. You do hurdle jumping but unlike Horse Haven, which is 2D, My Horse Stories is 3D so it’s a bit more challenging than Horse Haven.
I can’t speak about breeding because I haven’t gotten far enough yet, so I dunno if it has a genetics system like Rival Stars Racing or if its more like Horse Haven, where x parent and y parent can result in a b or c foal.
And when it comes to graphics, My Horse Stories is very similar to Horse Haven. Very cutesy/cartoony. I haven’t seen fantasy races or colors yet, but like I said I just started playing.
You can dressup your jockey and your horse, and the horses come in various colors and have varying stats which help in the races and dressage shows.
You can also help rebuild the fallen farm by using money from your winnings to help construct or upgrade new buildings on the farm. Unlike Horse Haven there doesn’t seem to be much freedom in how to layout or design your farm. Every building in My Horse Stories seems to have its own space already reserved where it will automatically be built
Many features do not unlock until higher level so I cannot comment on other features but it does seem to offer a lot of ways to train, dress, race, feed, groom, and care for your horse.
Overall: 50/70 72% C- “Good Game For Girls”
Geeky: 3/5 – Slightly more advanced controls and gameplay due to the 3D elements. Lacks the freedom to build your farm the way you want/place buildings on a grid, etc.
Sweetie: 5/5 – Great Story – If you’ve ever watched Wildfire this is like playing a Wildfire visual novel. The horses are cute and cartoony and the human characters are much cuter than the humans in Horse Haven.
Gameplay: 7/10 – This gameplay feels similar so far to Horse Haven – I’m thinking the breeding will be similar to it too. I gave it highish marks here because it adds a 3D element making gameplay much more challenging than the 2D side scrolling of Horse Haven. It also adds in a visual novel component which is nice. But it can’t receive full marks because it loses the farm building creativity/freedom aspects without a grid like system to allow you to decorate and create the farm to your likes.
Story: 8/10 – Actually pretty good story – very similar to Wildfire – and out of the 3 Horse Games I’ve played this week – this by far has the best story. But I mean out of all my games I play – this still wouldn’t be my first choice for a deep story – but it’s fun – it’s a romance/drama about a bad girl teen who learns a tough lesson by having to move to a farm. She has a mother who passed away and a father who has little presence in her life. She struggles to adjust to life on the farm. She comes to care about the people on the farm and finds a love of horses and for racing. She falls in love, and there’s a lot of teenage angst/drama – like Wildfire. – I keep saying that but it’s true lol.
Characters: 8/10 – again see above about the story – same thing, basically Wildfire cute/paste – not super original – but makes for a fun romance drama with some interesting characters. The characters do have dreams/hopes/fears/emotions and feel real – I like this aspect of the game. None of the other Horse games are doing this right now – they should sit up and take notice!
Graphics: 7/10 – Not the best graphics – but my preference is for cartoon graphics like this – and the actual races are in 3D making things fun and challenging. I think the horses and characters are well drawn. I am enjoying it.
Music: 7/10 – I’m not gonna say its the best music I’ve ever heard in a video game, but it is darn catchy – I like both the ranch theme and the race music, although the race music fades to audience cheering – and the cheers intensify as you complete more successful jumps, the audience really gets pumped up! lol. You also hear a lot of nature sound effects back on the ranch. The music does get repetitive but out of the 3 horse games so far, I prefer this one’s music the most.
Replay Value: 5/10 – I’m not sure yet – I can’t accurately judge this yet because I’m not far enough into the game, so I give it a middle of the road score for now until I see more. I think once you play through the story, it may lose a great deal of its appeal. But that’s just speculation at this point.
Rival Stars Racing is another similar, yet different, horse breeding, raising, and racing game. I just also learned that it is soon coming to Mac and PC so if you’re the type who doesn’t enjoy mobile games, you might be interested in the PC version with enhanced graphics and additional features.
What makes Rival Stars Racing so great? The first thing that really stands out is the genetic system, allowing for stats and colors/markings to be passed down from parents to foals.
Another thing that makes Rival Stars Racing unique is the random name generator. You can also rename your horses, but if you use the random name generator you can hear your horse’s name being called by the race announcer, adding an element of realism and surprise.
The names are quite funny too in some cases. I always just let the random generator do its thing. I just started playing the game yesterday so I’m still pretty new to the whole thing but loving it so far.
I mentioned in my Horse Haven review, that I used to play games like Pony Island, which was like neopets but with real genetics. Another example is Wajas. These breeding games, and Tamagotchi – especially the new Tamagotchi, have all these “genetic” systems, which lets you create a pet that’s pretty unique, from thousands, or even millions of possible combinations.
That is a huge plus to me, and big draw into this game. When compared to Horse Haven, where breeding X with Y will always result in one of 3 or 4 exactly same looking horses, with maybe 1-2 alternate colorations, but in Rival Stars Racing the possibilities are almost endless!
I’m very into this game right now! The gameplay is a bit more challenging than Horse Haven. The racing mechanisms are more dependent on skill and not just on luck or your horses stats (although stats definitely help too.)
While racing your horse, you can choose to take the inside or outside track, and choose to run in front, mid, or back of the pack, and your horse will have preferences for his preferred position, and the type of surface, firm, or soft, etc that he will perform better upon. When racing in his preferred position his Sprint gauge will power up. Then in the final stretch, you can hold the sprint button to charge ahead of the pack.
You can also customize your horse at higher levels with new saddles, blankets, etc. You even get to customize your jockey from many different styles and colors.
Overall: 65/80 81% B- “Very Good Game For Girls”
Geeky: 5/5 – The more challenging gameplay, ultra-realistic graphics, voice acting and full genetics system make this a game with a lot of meat for a free mobile game.
Sweetie: 4/5 – No fantasy breeds, and no cartoon graphics here – but the horse breeding element rocks. It also has a deeper story than Horse Haven.
Gameplay: 10/10 – I mentioned above the benefits of this game’s gameplay, but the biggest highlights are the genetics system and the more complex racing mechanics.
Story: 5/10 – mm, well there’s more story here than Horse Haven for sure, you’re following in your deceased father’s footsteps who was also a famous jockey… The NPCs constantly reference about your father’s legacy, and there is a prologue in the beginning about this… but overall of course, games like this are still pretty light overall with story. Much better though than Horse Haven here.
Characters: 6/10 – I like the diversity here, black, asian, females, males, etc. And like I said it feels like they are part of the story, and the ultra realism, makes them seem more real… But overall the characters and story are still pretty weak.
Graphics: 10/10 – Really nice graphics – ultra realistic – it’s not my preferred style – but I gotta say it looks nice. And the genetics system lets you create millions of ultra unique one of a kind looking horses.
Music: 5/10 – Average – sometimes at times, annoying – but there are some good tracks, especially back on the farm, some nice peaceful tranquil relaxing songs
Voice Acting: 10/10 – ok the voice acting isn’t amazing or great – but it is so much fun to hear the announcer pronouncing all the goofy randomly generated horse names and it’s exciting especially when you hear your own horse’s name being called especially that you’ve taken the lead 🙂
Replay Value: 10/10 – the genetics system makes it so that you’ll never breed the same horse twice. There’s also live events and special events to keep you coming back each day.
I picked up Animal Crossing New Horizons on its launch day, and I’m still playing it today. I don’t care how you play or choose to enjoy Animal Crossing but this is my little Animal Crossing story… It’s a deeply personal story actually…
I have played every Animal Crossing game ever since the first one – at least those that were brought over for American Gamers stateside that is.
I like the relaxing gameplay, and I play many similar games such as Harvest Moon, Atelier, and Rune Factory, just to name a few. Other similar games include the Sims, “Tycoon” type games, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Sim City, Zoo Tycoon, and indie games like Terraria or Stardew Valley, or taking it back old school style with Azure Dreams. Or Zelda Breath of the Wild other open world PC games like Elder Scrolls or Fallout Or Red Dead Or … Basically any type of semi open world game that allows you to craft or farm or build a village or customize things in kinda a never ending kinda almost aimless type of gameplay…
Now the problem with all of these games is that after awhile, inevitably, they all become tiresome, and dull, and boring, no exceptions. And the rate at which such boredom sets in is dependent upon 2 things, one the game itself, how large the world is, how much there is to do, etc, and 2 being how much time you spend playing said game… And adding a 3rd, being who you have to play it with.
Now in the case of animal crossing new horizons… here’s where my story gets personal and different from your story… so your experiences may vary…
The game had just come out, and I was so excited, I had the game for maybe 3 or 4 days… when tragedy struck… I became seriously ill. I don’t get personal on this blog very often… and I’ll spare you the details in what is meant to be a game review… but I was diagnosed with Epilepsy, which happened while I was playing the game one morning… I began having grand mal seizures and was hospitalized. Eventually the seizures lessened and are more controlled but only due to medication which has other side effects in and of itself. And when you are sick… not only does your health change but so does your mental state, and I was shocked, depressed, scared, and had about a million questions… Even now… almost 3 months later… I’m sitting here as I type this while wearing a heart monitor as tests are being done still to determine the cause of my seizures.
Now not all Epilepsy is caused by flashy lights, in fact, only a small percent of Epilepsy is caused by “photo sensitivity” – but it was still advised that I limit my screen time accordingly until tests have been able to rule out that cause. I’ve had MRI, EEG, ECG, you name it, I’ve had it these past 3 months. Being in and out of hospitals, and because of Covid19, also having to do testing at home as well.
Needless to say, between doctor visits, hospital stays, medical testings, procedures, my depression, and health factors, I didn’t have a lot of time for animal crossing… so much so to the point where I didn’t play it for over a month after about 3 days into it after release…
While everyone else online was time traveling and had the perfect islands and perfect villagers already, I was just beginning my life in Animal Crossing.
For many, Animal Crossing was a way to connect during the Pandemic when you couldn’t go outside or see friends or family or do anything in real life, Animal Crossing was dubbed as the game everyone needed right now.
And because of the Pandemic and Unemployment and no school for the kiddos, people were playing it hours and hours on end… That’s never been how I like to play these games… I feel like they aren’t meant to be played that way… They’re meant to be spent maybe an hour at the most. Some days I only spend 15-20 minutes.
I find this keeps me wanting to play every day…. No wonder so many other players are burnt out and have either left the game completely, or taking a long break now 3 months after release…
Meanwhile overhere, I just built my Campsite 2 days ago, and just opened Able Sisters Tailors today, and still haven’t filled my Museum, and only have maybe 5 animals living on my island currently.
So for me, personally, the game is still fresh, and yes, I know eventually, inevitably, I too will grow tired of the game… move on to other more interesting games, games with objectives, games with story, games with combat, games with more meat and more depth…. but for now… I’m still enjoying Animal Crossing New Horizons….
I started the game with Flo and Lyman, I later learned everyone starts with one Uchi (Caring) Female and One Jock Male character. My island has grown a tiny bit now with Drago, Rodney (I know everyone hates him, but uhm I kinda like the teal color – honestly lol.), and Olive. I might eventually kick Drago, Rodney, and/or Flo out for more cute, pink, pastel, kawaii looking characters, but for now, there’s room for everyone still.
I still only have one bridge in my village, and I just have wild trees, flowers, and shrubs everywhere.
I’ve downloaded some QR code custom outfits, and feel cute in the game. I also feel it looks a little bit like me. I appreciate the customization aspects. I like the ability to design an island and fish or catch bugs (although bugs creep me out irl – I feel ya Blathers lol). I love though to go look at the museum, the bug section is so calming, the trees and sunlight, and the aquarium section, and the massive dinosaurs. I like going to museums in real life too, so that’s not a surprise.
There are some things already that I don’t like about the game.
The rapid rate of progression, I was advised that after building the campsite and getting KK Slider to visit the island, the game is basically over. There’s nothing new to strive for or achieve, except for just redesigning your island, moving buildings around, expanding your house, deepening your friendships with the villagers, enjoying in-game events, and collecting items, or fishing, or whatever you like to do in the game.
But the fact that the progression ends in what has maybe taken me 2-3 weeks, is a tad disapointing.
The island also seems small… It’s been years since I last played animal crossing and I can’t recall how large former islands in previous installments of Animal Crossing series were, but this one feels really small, and can only hold a max of 10 villagers…
Some people dislike that it’s one village per switch console, but I’m really the only one who plays so it isn’t too bothersome to me.
I do like that you can play co-op with other people – I’ve tried to get my boyfriend into it but he just isn’t into games much, especially not “anime” type ones like Animal Crossing. He still lives in a tent in my game even lol. He played it one time on launch day with me and that was it.
I would like us to be able to just fish or walk or explore together, but the small island and the awkward sometimes co-op kinda is a buzz-kill. Why don’t they make split screen games any more? I know maybe having 2 switch consoles or switch lites or something could solve that problem, but I’m not paying hundreds just to have more screen space or more freedom.
I hear horror stories about people robbing your island on internet play, but I haven’t even tried it yet. I added hundreds of people from facebook in a community set up just for the game, but then I got sick, and then just never did anything to visit or invite them to visit me
The communication tools and keyboard also aren’t the best/fastest way to communicate. I dunno if it uses voice too or not. I remember one of the older games used a headset and I find that preferable over the chunky keyboard components.
When it comes to single player, one of the worst flaws is lack of story which for me personally kills my interest in a game faster than anything. I play games 98% just for story alone.
The other major flaw is that most of the items are just for looks or for show. You can’t interact with the vast majority of items on your island. The game would be more fun if the world was more life like and interactive. Like seeing little animations for example using a stove, roasting a marshmallow, playing a guitar, using a vending machine, whatever, just something, to make the world more dynamic.
Still flaws aside, Animal Crossing stands the test of time, for being cute, colorful, pure, peaceful, and being about anything YOU want to do with it. Your game, and your story, and your experiences in animal crossing – or similar games like it – are your own! What you do is up to you. That’s the best thing about it. The cute colorful animal characters are just a plus.
Overall: 61/90 68% D+ “Average Game For Girls”
Geeky: 1/5 – Not much to do, small island, few residents at one time, 1 island per console, gets repetitive fast, some weird co-op controls/experiences, difficult online communication tools, definite room for improvement here.
Sweetie: 5/5 – Cute colorful animal residents, customization, and relaxing enjoyable gameplay, wholesome, pure, cute moments with real or online friends or computer controlled animal characters
Gameplay 5/10 – I put it right in the middle, it has its moments, because in the beginning it’s fresh and fun, but gets tiresome and dull, and the small island and other limitations I’ve mentioned throughout the article put some snags in the gameplay for sure.
Story: 0/10 – Non-existent unless you create your own in your head or with your friends.
Graphics: 10/10 – totally cute – totally my aesthetic
Characters: 6/10 – Cute as they are – they are also empty hollow shells and not very interesting at all, due to lack of story, lack of any character development, story or character progression or growth, I can’t give full marks, but there are lots of them (around 320 of em), and most, if not all, are cute. So they have that going for them at least.
Music: 6/10 – cute/catchy but a little repetitive, you can change your island tune, as you can customize just about everything about this game
Customization: 10/10 – gotta give some extra points her for that above mentioned remark, you can create any kind of house, with any kind of decor, any kind of character with any kind of outfit, any kind of outdoor or indoor furniture, gardens, plants, etc… even customize the music in the game. You craft and create a lot of stuff and gather materials, that’s the main objective. And if that’s what you find fun, this game is boss.
Cuteness: 10/10 – in a world filled with pandemics and violence and fear, Animal Crossing is the light this world needs right now…
Replay Value: 8/10 – Although it does get boring, you could endlessly keep wiping your island, changing in/out villagers, moving houses, landscaping, creating not just gardens, but waterfalls, rivers, whatever you wanted, planting various plants, and partaking in limited time events which often reward new rare and limited items.
I recently purchased my first Smart Doll, via a product called Smart Doll Fortuitous. I have owned similar dolls from other manufacturers such as Dollfie Dream by Volks, Hujoo, and Resin Balljointed Dolls, just to name a few. So I already had a good idea what to expect.
This blog post features a video of my unboxing below, and is sprinkled with photos I’ve taken of my new doll. In the video I mention that I thought I’d received her default wig, but someone kindly pointed out to me, that it was actually Crimson’s default wig, which is no longer available on the site, and I’ve had a ton of compliments/offers to buy the wig – but I’m waiting to hopefully get a boy – maybe Gemini – or maybe a custom Dollfie Dream like a tan dollpoint akihabara boy :). So I think I’ll hang onto the wig for now. I do like how the wig is all choppy/shaggy in the back/kinda spikey, I just think it will suit a boy better :). I like my girls to be all girly-girls. lol.
Fortuitous is unique in that it is similar to the concept of “blind boxes” in that you don’t actually know what you’re going to receive until you open the box. Fortuitous comes with a bra and panties set, a random pair of eyes already inserted, and a random wig. Fortuitous comes in a few different types, including completely random, or allowing you to select if you prefer semi-realistic or anime style dolls.
I used to be into more realistic dolls, but for the last 3-4 years I’ve gone almost completely anime. I’ve been in the balljoint doll hobby for over 15 years now, with my first being Dollzone Demi which they no longer make. I have all different sizes, shapes, brands, and both legit and recast dolls.
Lately for the last 2 years I’ve mostly been buying exclusively Dollfie Dreams by Volks – and also found out that they can fit onto Dream Fairy bodies (which to my knowledge are not recast). And the Dream Fairy body is a perfect match for Volks Semi-White – they currently don’t offer anything that matches Volks normal skin though.
I recently began branching out into other doll brands. I’ve wanted a Smart Doll forever, I’ve been following the brand since day 1, when the talk of having an actual “Smart Doll” with artificial intelligence was the primary goal of the company. – I dunno if that will ever happen, but that’s what garnered my attention because I’m really fascinated by Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. I want to live in a world like Chobits :).
But as of right now, the company only manufactures regular jointed dolls, similar to Volks, Obitsu, Dream Fairy, or Azone. – But that’s still fine for me, because I collect all these types of “jointed” dolls, whether they’re mechanical joints, or ball joints, or strung together, or have an internal frame, vinyl, resin, abs… whatever. lol.
The first Smart Doll I purchased, actually wasn’t fortuitous. I actually have a Smart Doll Chitose Multiverse on layaway with fabric and friends dolls – a US reseller of Smart Doll products. But I’m only about halfway through my 6 month layaway and so – since I purchased Fortuitous outright directly from the manufacturer, it naturally arrived first.
You do receive a small discount if you purchase Fortuitous and leave it up to fate which doll you receive. The discount (at time of when I purchased my Fortuitous) was 10% off completely random, or 5% off if you wanted to specify either Semi-Real or Anime. I chose to go for the Anime one since that’s all I’m really interested in these days. My more realistic dolls are packed away and I only display about 6 of my anime dolls right now.
I just purchased 3 Azone dolls, which is a “new brand” (to me, but they’ve been around for decades in Japan). I purchased 2 Azone Ex Cute Pure Neemo Dolls (small barbie size dolls) and a 50 cm using the Obitsu body – I am currently waiting on all 3 to arrive, with the first coming next week. But that’s a blog post for another day.
Someone on instagram asked me to compare and contrast the Dollfie Dream and Smart Doll body – but that’s also a blog post for another day lol.
Overall this is what I have to say about Smart Doll:
They have really cute knees – some dolls like Dream Fairy have such ugly knees. What I like about Smart Doll Knees is that it has a natural look hiding the joints kinda when it sits or stands, etc.
The cinnamon skin tone is gorgeous. I thought for sure 100% that I would prefer Milk skin tone (I still haven’t seen it in person) – from the pictures on the site. But I also know that cinnamon dolls are still using the milk skeleton/frame system. You can see it in the joints of the wrists for example.
Someone told me that the skeleton is actually even darker than the milk outer shell – and that wrist joint is already pale, almost a greyish color.
But I like Dollfie Dream Semi White a lot – maybe even more than natural – and I assumed Milk Smart Doll to be similar to Dollfie Dream Semi White – but I read somewhere that it was actually closer to Dollfie Dream natural.
Personally I think the decision to change to cinnamon was to increase profits so people couldn’t mix and match heads/bodies from other companies, having to buy both the head and body from Smart Doll – which is a pretty smart business decision.
The cinnamon skin tone is very unique. It has a very nice “healthy glow” to it, It is a warm and pretty almost “sun kissed” color. It is not a “tan” – for that, Smart Doll has “Tea” color dolls – And Summer is the next doll I plan to purchase – she was the first Smart Doll I ever wanted and she is Tea so soon I’ll be able to show comparative photos of the two skin tones.
The cinnamon skin tone, has a hint of peach or pink, and in person it looks really nice! Just judging by the wrist joint which I know to be milk – even if it’s a slightly deeper shade of milk – I still really prefer cinnamon – comparing that cinnamon outer shell to that milk wrist joint.
I do wish they would make a cinnamon skeleton because the difference in the wrist joint does bother me a little – but not enough to prevent me from purchasing more cinnamon dolls in the future. It’s just like one of those little things – that they could improve maybe in the future. Really you could place a bracelet or something over the wrist joints if it bothers you too much. The wrist is really about the only place that it shows badly.
Smart Doll aren’t the only company to cut corners to save costs and keep prices “low” in this fashion. Volks did the same thing with their US exclusive Dollfie Dream Icons – which is why I didn’t want one. These dolls have purple, green, or deep tan outer shells, but using the flesh color dollfie dream frames, and their joints look WEIRD AF…. Especially since in the case of the Volks dolls, the skin colors are soooo different. Like with Smart Doll, cinnamon and milk are maybe 2 shades different, but a green doll or purple doll with “pinkish” joints – uhhh no thanks? lol. That was really off putting to me – but a lot of people liked those dolls. Maybe I’m weird that I notice all of these little details.
Smart Dolls are very sturdy and stable. Their stability can be enhanced with the free included telescopic stand that slides into a hole in their back, giving them a “tripod” for balancing on. This is a unique feature only found in Smart Doll and gives them a strong advantage over the competition. Smart Dolls can still stand without the tripod piece. But by using the tripod you can capture poses and photos that are impossible with other doll companies, such as standing on one foot, kicking up their heels, dancing, or jumping or other difficult and challenging photo shoots. – I haven’t tried these kinds of poses myself yet – I will soon – so if you’d like to follow me on Instagram you’ll see these kinds of poses in the future. (@Xenokitten)
The Smart Doll neck joint also seems to have more flexibility than the competition, with ability to look up, down, and sideways with more ease.
The Smart Doll faceups are very detailed and beautiful. I know that they use a mask and machine type system which is different to how many of their competitors design their dolls – many are still doing hand painted faceups. But honestly, I don’t mind the machine painted faceups.
The doll I received has a very slightly open mouth, with a little pouting expression. The eyelashes and eyebrows and other details are also meticulously detailed.
By now you can probably see the doll I received is Chitose :).
Some people who purchase Fortuitous are able to receive one-of a kind dolls, or dolls that are no longer in production. Cinnamon Chitose is one of the dolls that is soon to be discontinued (you can see a list of soon to be discontinued dolls on the Smart Doll website.). But some special people receive prototypes that never will become available for purchase, making them unique one-of-a-kind dolls. Other people will receive dolls that are currently being manufactured but not released to anyone yet – I saw a lot of people receiving Moment and Clarity and I really want both of those dolls and am a little bit jealous lol.
But other people (the majority of people in fact) will just receive run of the mill standard Smart Dolls – and there’s nothing wrong with that – they’re all lovely.
I really don’t care much for Prowess or Valiant but that’s merely because I don’t like the faceups. You could always send it out for a new faceup. I like the more natural faceups. Prowess has cat whiskers painted on, and Valiant has a large red birthmark. I later learned Valiant was based on a real woman with a similar birthmark. Valiant’s story is inspiring, as is the real woman’s. She doesn’t want to cover up her birth mark and although she might get teased or bullied, she has learned to embrace it as part of herself. I also have a birthmark, but mine isn’t bright red, mine used to be very dark brown, and like Jem’s (80s cartoons) makeup lol, a “little” lightning bolt on my right cheek right below my eye. But my birthmark has faded a lot. I also have rosacea, and other skin issues.. So I’m not trying to put anyone down who has unique features like that too. I understand. But I use dolls in a way as escapism, I like that they are beautiful and unrealistic and that’s why I kinda am grateful I didn’t receive Valiant or Prowess lol. But a lot of people love both Valiant and Prowess. They are actually 2 of the most popular models from what I see on Facebook or Instagram, but they’re just not my tastes. If I had received one of those two I would have probably sent the head off for repaint by an artist :). Which is one of the funnest things about this hobby. I wish I had talent to do faceups myself lol. I’ve tried a few times and it’s not good lol.
Overall, I’d definitely do Fortuitous again in the future:
I liked the excitement of not knowing what I’d receive.
If I did receive one of the two I don’t like as much – I could always send it out for a faceup and then have a one of a kind doll :).
I appreciate the discount.
I like the randomness of getting random wig and eyes – which makes the dolls more unqiue than just off-the-shelf Smart Dolls.
Smart Dolls themselves are very well constructed and beautiful dolls that I would highly recommend the brand to anyone who collects jointed dolls or anime figures.
There’s always a chance to receive a retired, soon to be retired, soon to be released, or completely one-of-a-kind prototype doll – which makes it even more exciting.
Even the basic most common Smart Dolls are still adorable. – You really can’t go wrong!
I don’t think I’ll be able to afford to jump on the next Fortuitous launch, but I definitely think I will buy more Fortuitous dolls in the near future. I think I want to buy Summer – and hopefully Gemini – first – and I want that Sailor Jupiter from Volks – and a dollpoint Akihabara custom dollfie dream – and I’ve bought too many dolls lately to be buying anyone – like 4 of which aren’t even here yet lol. I was supposed to go to Japan (for the first time ever) next month but because of this Coronavirus stuff that all got cancelled (and refunded luckily). I was then going to go to Disney (before Corona hit over in the USA and was still just an Asian disease), and then Corona blew up over here, and that got cancelled too – Disney refunded me – but the airlines I chose that time – did not – and now my job – and my health (not covid related) are all kinda topsy turvy / uncertain – and I don’t think I can travel – or make too many more big purchases – and not even sure if I can work or if I’ll be disabled – and not 100% sure yet if my work will take me back or if I’ll be job hunting – or what will happen – these are uncertain times – so I think I need to cool off the doll shopping sprees – and just pay off the layaway and wait for my others to arrive.
Speaking of dolls getting here – Smart Doll ships very fast – If it is your first time ordering – your order will be held a few days while they verify your address – but after being verified – it ships out the same or next day, and arrived from Japan to USA in about 5-6 days – it would have been about 3-4 days but DHL doesn’t deliver on weekends in the USA. (Not Smart Doll’s fault). 5-6 days for an international parcel is still pretty great! It took them about 3-4 days to verify me since it was my first purchase, making total turn around time from purchase to arrival about 9-10 days, still really not bad honestly, but now future purchases will ship same or next day 🙂 making the travel time less than 4 days usually. They ship much faster than any of the competitors – that’s one big plus!
I recently started playing Dragon Raja, a full featured MMORPG on smart mobile devices.
Overall Score: 75/90 83% B “Very Good Game For Girls”
Overview: 10/10 Dragon Raja is a beautiful game with amazing character customization and open world environment. Play as one of four starting classes and three “races” (male human, female human, or a kawaii lolita race (all of my characters are loli because they’re sooo cute!!) The character customization is the highlight of this game to me. Story, Gameplay, and Music are all pretty great though really.
Geeky: 5/5 The character customization, combat, graphics, and gameplay earn high marks.
Sweetie: 5/5 The cute anime style graphics and Lolita race and visual novel style choice system as well as very advanced character customization highlight this game’s sweetness factor.
Gameplay: 8/10 The game plays like any MMORPG. Take on quests, level up your character, fight monsters, get loot and equipment for your character and explore the world as you progress through the story.
Dragon Raja has great gameplay but it can suffer from lag depending on your device or connection. This game really pushes the limits of mobile games in both gameplay and graphics so you need a powerful device and high speed connection. If you’re home on WiFi it’s not a problem but in some more rural areas, like where I live where 5G isn’t available, he’ll sometimes 4G isn’t even available, it can be difficult to play on 3G and laggy AF.
There’s also the ability to click the quest to auto path to the next step in the quest. Gameplay especially combat though is quite fun and action packed. Each class plays a little differently and makes the game fun to replay as different classes.
Character Customization:10/10 Not only can you really get unique with your physical appearance, but in almost visual novel style you’ll be prompted at times to answer NPC story dialogue by selecting from multiple responses which changes your character’s personality type and may impact the story. (I say may because I’m not far enough in yet to know for sure)
Story: 7/10 The story is pretty good so far, and like mentioned above you will be prompted at times to respond to the NPCs which makes it more than just reading but the auto path feature makes it all too easy to skip the story almost entirely. I’ve also seen a fair number of typos or grammar errors.
Community: 5/10 An MMORPG is only as great as the players who play. The players here seem more isolated and community takes a large back seat until perhaps later in the game. They also seem immature from what chats I’ve seen so far.
Graphics: 10/10 Love how cute this game is and really enjoy making my characters who you can see throughout this blog post.
Music: 5/10 Just kinda average. Most the time I play mobile games muted anyways.
Replay value: 10/10. With multiple classes and visual novel branching plot elements, this game will keep players coming back.
Overall Score: 75/90 83% B “Very Good Game For Girls”
The sequel to KLab’s smash hit Love Live School Idol Festival, Love Live All Stars takes it to the next level with fully animated Live2D characters that dance around on the screen.
Like its predecessor, Love Live School Idol Festival, Love Live All Stars is a card collecting rhythm game with cute anime girls to collect.
The new installment in Love Live has a few key differences from the original, most notably is the animation. There’s also costumes you can unlock for your girls to wear and a new voltage gameplay system that allows you to score more points.
The key elements are the same with perhaps more focus on story this time around. You play through the story to unlock new songs. You train your girls and level them up and unlock new skills with a branching skill path for each character.
The girls are back and cuter than ever with the addition of the full body animated dance routines and new cards to collect.
As always the game is fully voiced and the focus is on singing. I could be wrong but I think each voice actress records each song because it sounds like the vocals changed when I had different girls in the center, especially on solo songs. That’s a lot of dedication if that’s correct and it adds some new variation on some of our favorite love live songs. Again could be wrong but sounded that way to me unless it’s my imagination.
The enhanced visuals and enhanced voice acting and addition of costumes and a skill tree for your characters really adds a lot to the new game.
Who’s your favorite waifu? Mine is still Kotori but my best card right now is Mari.
Overall Score: 82/90 91% A- Excellent Game For Girls
Geeky: 5/5 – geeks will love the enhanced visuals and more challenging game play with additions like skill unlocking and branching skill trees
Sweetie: 5/5 – Girls will love the adorable characters and colorful graphics and enhanced focus on story
Overview: 10/10 – All stars retains much of what made LLSIF such a success and enhances it with all new animation and gameplay elements.
Story: 4/10 – Although there is more focus on the story, it’s still not really very interesting – I read the first 2 chapters and now just skip through all of the stories.
Characters: 10/10 – all of your favorite idols from U’s and Aquours return joined by an all new group of girls from Nijigasaki High School. And now they’re cuter than ever
Gameplay: 8/10 – Gameplay is enhanced by letting you train your idols in new ways, with special ability slots that force you to pick and choose which skills to allow your girls to lean, and a branching skill tree that allows you to control how your girls grow. There’s also new dressup elements and a few new gameplay elements within the live shows, like the new voltage gauge. Gameplay however at times does still become very repetitive. I go through phases of wanting to play every day and then not touching it for weeks.
Music: 10/10 – many of your favorite songs return plus a few new songs have been added as well.
Voice acting 10/10 – all of the girls voices are so cute, and I think that perhaps the vocals of the songs change depending who you have equipped in your center stage. Or it seemed that way to me. If true, that’s a lot of time spent recording different versions of each song, plus all of the story dialogue.
Kawaii 10/10: Love Live is one of the cutest games/anime out there and my personal favorite game characters to cosplay as because they’re just so cute
Replay Value: 10/10 – There are many events with limited release cards and really no end to this game which gives it great replay value.
Overall Score: 82/90 91% A- Excellent Game For Girls
I received this copy of Maitetsu Pure Station in exchange for a review. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Title: Maitetsu Pure Station
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: January 2020
Genre: Visual Novel
Overall Score: 87/100 87% Very Good Game For Girls
Geeky: 5/5 This game is educational and full of both history and sci-fi elements.
Sweetie: 5/5 This game also has adorable cute anime characters and stunning graphics. The story is good with a lot of emotional and cute scenes. The production values are high and the music and voice acting are all well above average.
Overview: 8/10 Maitetsu Pure Station is a somewhat older Eroge game from 2016. However, for its North American release all hentai content has been removed.
Even with heavy censorship, this game still bothers some people I guess because the only other review I found online points out that it is creepy because of the perceived age of the romanceable characters.
I do not share that person’s opinion. Maybe because I collect Dollfie Dream and Pure Neemo and similar dolls… when playing Maitetsu I’m not creeped out, instead I’m reminded of Danny Choo’s SmartDoll prototype and the possible future of dolls, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
I have long been fascinated by artificial intelligence and robotics and now it is just packaged in cute anime doll form. That’s because some of the characters in Maitetsu Pure Station are robotic dolls and not human but capable of very human like expression.
So let’s talk about the game itself. If you don’t know what a visual novel is, it’s like an interactive book with graphics, music, and voice overs to help draw you into the story. Anyone remember the old choose your own adventure Goosebumps books from the 90s? This is kinda similar to that.
But now for some “bad news”… Choices are few and far between… in fact each route only offers one choice… and each route takes over ten hours to complete…
If you don’t like reading this game isn’t for you. Even if you do like reading, this game isn’t perfect. It’s riddled with far to many typos and grammar mistakes.
I’ve included a few in the screenshots I took spread throughout this post. And there were dozens and dozens Maybe even hundreds more that I didn’t photograph.
But yet on the other hand, there were choices made with this translation that I like very, very much, such as leaving in all of the honorifics and nick names.
And if you want to read even MORE, you can look at TIPS when a yellow word appears on the screen. – There’s a lot of detail – a lot of text – and so some typos are expected, but I just think there’s still too many, even for the amount of text. They needed to proofread and get playtesters playing this ahead of release instead of after. And it seems there’s no plans to fix any typos because it’s been out for 3 months and no patch yet.
Due to lack of choices and many typos I deducted two points from overall score.
Gameplay: 2/10 The story is interesting but long and without (m)any choices all you do is keep pressing A over and over. This might work better in the game’s native language because then instead of reading you can just watch and listen since it is almost fully voiced.
But the reading and lack of interaction frankly makes me sleepy. I’ve put in over 8 hours and have yet to get to a choice. There are ten endings including one final ending that ties everything up together but I can’t make it through even one of them right now and actually just archived it to make room for Animal Crossing in two weeks. (And I’m well versed in visual novels with fifty or more of them under my belt). This one’s (almost complete) lack of interaction is the reason for my limited interest in completing the game at this time.
Story: 8/10 Taking off a few points for way too many typos and the slow pacing of the story. That aside, the game is charming and relaxing. It is full of heart, mystery, charm, and undeniable cuteness.
Spoiler free recap of the story thus far. You play as Setsuo Migata, adopted son to a family of sake brewers living in a rural and remote area of Japan.
You were taken in after a terrible train wreck caused you to become an orphan. The man you were taken in by had two young granddaughters who you view as family now.
You are grown and have left home to join what basically amounts to a futuristic Air Force of semi-self aware aircraft. You return to your rural home town to oppose the opening of a new manufacturing facility of such aircraft because you worry about it disrupting the peaceful country life and clean air and clean water of your quaint little town.
Yet despite this you also seem highly fascinated by the technology within your own aircraft. You feel as though the artificial intelligence is capable of much more human like thought than it admits.
When returning home the only space for you to stay is your Grandfather’s old room. While tidying up, you find a strange but beautiful doll in a glass case.
The doll is later revealed to be a Raillord a computerized system that was able to communicate over a network with other Raillords for the safety and efficiency of operating the national railroad system.
Now long since a thing of the past, only a few railways remain in use across Japan, and the locomotive attached to this raillord is in disrepair.
You push aside your fear of railroads (remember the crash that killed your family?) and choose to help this doll like being whose artificial intelligence is greater than that of even your aircraft by restoring her engine and trying to bring back Japan’s love of railway travel.
As you draw closer to everyone in the story you get closer to unraveling the mystery of what really happened on the night of the crash.
Characters: 10/10 I have no complaints about the characters. They’re all so cute and remind me so much of my Dollfie Dream dolls and make me wish my dolls had artificial intelligence too! And they are well voiced and well written. I feel a strong emotional connection and deep interest in the characters.
Graphics: 10/10 This game is beautiful, cute, and highly detailed. The characters use live2D and are fully animated from breathing to blinking to soft strands of hair or fabric swaying. They are given numerous expressions and animations of both face and body.
I do have a complaint about the graphics – more specifically the text – although I did not deduct a point for it. My complaint is that depending on the size of your TV and distance from your chair, the text can be hard to read. There is no way to change the font size, although you can select different type-faces. I think being able to increase font size would help reduce eye-strain and help combat that sleepiness I feel after playing the game more than 3-4 hours in one sitting.
Music: 10/10 The music is calming, maybe a little sad, and tinged with suspense.
Voice Acting: 10/10 I really like that the game is fully voiced, even the protagonist and all of the voices seem to fit the characters.
Replay Value: 9/10 – with 10 different endings and one grand route at the end this game has incredible replay value for a total completion time of more than 60 hours. But I dunno who will play it to completion because of the lack of (almost any) interaction required by the player.
As an adult with little time, lots of games, a full time job, and other hobbies and interests too, I won’t be completing this game for a long time. I am grateful I can archive the software which is over 6gb and not lose the save data on my Nintendo Switch.
Kawaii: 10/10 To balance out some of the negative areas I added this area because the game is so cute!
Overall Score: 87/100 87% Very Good Game For Girls