American visual novel “Shira Oka” is attracting attention amongst Japanese gamers as much for its deficiencies as its strengths.
In summary, it is an American developed visual novel patterned on a Tokimeki Memorial-style branching scenario, with mediocre artwork, no sex and an “all-star” voice cast whom the developers fail to name:
A demo and purchasing information ($25) are available on the game’s official site.
2ch is less than impressed:
It looks pretty good, for something by Americans. I thought it was Chinese at first though.
Could pass muster, if it were a Flash game.
This is DLSite level alright.
It’s a real pity there’s no sex.
The art looks about 25 years old.
Maybe it would be useful for learning English.
Looks like a 1995-level game… how nostalgic.
What’s with them following Japan… I was hoping for something more American, like massive and stuff.
It’s like a doujin-game.
I thought it would be something like this:
America is sprouting [moe-teiru].
For most observers, much apparently depends on whether the game is considered a commercial game or doujin soft.
Considering they face off against the established might of JAST, MangaGamer and DLSite.com, the developers do at least deserve praise for their boldness.