A great horror-macabre game
Divi-Dead is a horror-suspense bishoujo game from Cs-Ware, ported
into english by Himeya Soft. Even though it's been out for a while,
the graphics, story, and gameplay are topnotch. You'll quickly
enjoy the art of the game, while it's subtle, suspense will pull
you in. Himeya picked a great game to port over into english.
Very good graphics, true 16-bit artwork. Sharp lines, great use
a shadow, and highly detailed. In a word: gorgeous. In addition
to this, the location pics (hallways, rooms, outdoors) all have
various times. What I mean is, they each have a morning, daytime,
afternoon, evening, and night pics; which add to the gameplay,
and to the immersion. One down side is the characters aren't animated.
Although they have different poses for what the characters are
feeling, the eyes and mouths don't move.
Very good story and gameplay what starts out as a simple mystery
suspense is well adapted into then evolving into a good, macabre,
horror game where you're not sure who is your friend, who is your
enemy... and who you are as well. One downside is that some of
the characters do die, and you're not able to save them. Though
this fits with the horror story, some players may not like the
fact that they cannot save everyone.
Very good voice acting, music, and sounds. The acting really
gets across what the people are like. Some are reserved, some
more outgoing, some with an agenda you just can't figure out.
The sound effects and music are great too. I have spent several
hours just listening to the music on my PCs midi player. The music
ranges from creepy, mood setting music when it's dark, and you're
alone; to more airy music when you're outside during the school
A ton of great extras, from a memory room (that lets you know
how much of the game you've uncovered), to a music room, to music
files you can use on your desktop, to extra art for the game.
Csware and Himeya Soft really packed in the extras.
Himeya Soft even has some related, high-quality, goods for the
game as well, such as mouse pads, posters, and key chains available
on their website to purchase.
Overall, a fantastic horror game that really pulls you in, and
won't let you go, till you figure out just what's going on at
the private school. I highly recommend you go to Himeya Soft,
or your local anime store, and buy this game. You won't be disappointed.
A warning though, Divi-Dead contains depiction's of rape, bondage,
violence, and gore. Nothing you couldn't see from a good Hollywood
movie like "Se7en", but this might disturb some gamers.