Release Date: August 19th, 2014
Developer: Magenta Factory
Publisher: Ju Cai
Format: PC Game
First playthrough time: 1.5 hours
- Good story which ties in both folklore and history
- Calming nature backgrounds with excellent use of color
- New voice acting
- Fan service is amusing
- No replay value
- No “action” or strong plot
- No user interaction
- Unnecessary artistic focus on main character’s breasts will bother some players
I first want to say that I did enjoy the peaceful scenes, setting, and story of Shan Gui. Given the fairy-tale setting the characters were believable enough and each rather sweet in their own way. The cast was limited but that felt fitting and the new voice acting was a huge improvement over the old. The fan service moments were amusing and done in good taste, even if I well that main character’s breasts were over accentuated in just about all the art she appeared in. If a player is ready to sit down and experience a story instead of interacting with the novel, then they’re in for a treat.
That said, the lack of player interaction leads to two main problems. First is that there’s absolutely no replay value whatsoever unless you want to hear the exact same story and character interactions again. Second is that since the game is pixel for pixel the same experience for every player you could just look up someone else playing the whole game on YouTube instead of buying the game, which would save you the money and still give you virtually the same experience. The only reason to buy it is for the “vanity” of having it and its play time in your library and also getting the achievements and trading card drops if that’s your thing. Overall I think it’s a good experience and definitely recommend it, but I don’t think most players will benefit from purchasing a copy themselves.