Call me Hitomi...
"Good gawd, he's hot!" was the first thing that
came out of my mouth when the opening theme of Chain rolled
in. Anyone who's been exposed to Hentai Neko long enough would
know I'm usually thankful for not being born a hentai anime
Now I have erotic dreams of being in Hitomi's shoes, making
love to Takeshi Shinonome until the wee hours of the morning.
I swear, waking up has never been so frustrating. If I were
a guy, I'd have blue balls.
Artwork is only one of Chain's most impressive characteristics.
Men and women alike would probably agree with me when I say
that Chain has arguably the most beautiful people ever to
grace a bishoujo game. The bonus comes in the form of voice
actors and animated hentai scenes, which could further your
titillation to such a degree that you'd be envying all the
characters in the game. You will either wish you were Takeshi
Shinonome or any one of the girls he fools around with.
The story is another defining factor. You are tasked to solve
different cases that later converge into one big roller coaster
ridea chain of intricately woven incidents. You start
out investigating a friend's husband's extramarital affairs
before you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a massive
drug scandal. Skeletons in the closet come out and you find
yourself unsure of the connections you normally trust. Workaholic
Hitomi and free-spirited Akira are just a few of the solid
walls you find yourself relying on.
The characters aren't too bad, either. None of them are the
trademark oversexed nitwits you normally encounter in Hentaidom.
In fact, I find myself relating to some of them, most especially
Hitomi. Married to her work, no normal guy has ever asked
her out. She seems to only attract perverted losers, whom
she enjoys pummeling to the ground. Nevertheless, the end
works out well for her. Yep, I can definitely relate to her
from start to finish. The rest of the cast, on the other hand,
are cute without being juvenile. The characters are closer
to my age and have more realistic views regarding sexual relationships.
I find this a fresh change from all that kiddie high school
As for the gameplay, I'm afraid there are no multiple endings.
You only end up with one girl, which isn't necessarily so
bad. Chain is an extensive clickathon so I'm quite happy with
it being linear. Gawd forbid that I go through all that again.
And I don't have to. Once you finish the game, an Appendix
will appear in the title screen. This lets you view all the
CGs, the animated sex sequences, and your favorite situations.
Since I have a fixation for Hitomi, all I do is replay her
intimate details with Takeshi and I'm satisfied. The best
part of it is that you don't have to worry that you missed
some action. You get to sow your oats with nearly all the
females before finally settling down.
Right-clicking your mouse will open up the settings window.
Here, you can adjust the message speed, play with the voice
options, save and load data, and skip dialogues. The best
feature this has to offer is the Hands-Free Mode. This prevents
your index and forefingers from figuratively bleeding. If
you're a speed-reader, you can adjust the message speed, combine
that with the hands-free mode and you'll feel like you're
just reading a novel. Pretty nifty, eh?
My verdict? I like this game. I find it well-balanced and
involving. Worthy of being translated into anime. Now, if
I could only get back to that dream