A wonderful Digital Novel adventure game
Legend of Fairies and Fairy Knights are visual novels, also called
digital novels, with a big twist. Instead of the normal types
of magic and sorcery, your magic stems from being able to play
at majohng. You put your life-energies into the game and, should
you win, you can take command of creatures of Fay. It's a neat
twist to the normal way magic is used in stories.
The graphics are okay, and erotic, but are bit dated. Still,
I found them to be well drawn, and enjoyable to look at.
It doesn't have much gameplay as it's a visual story, and not
a game. But, if you were to qualify it as a game, it'd be an adventure
game. It does have the advantage that you can scroll forward and
backwards in conversions, in case you missed a clue. In addition
to this, the graphics change with the story, so the visual novel
effect is well timed.
I enjoyed the fairy story. I like how both scenarios are complete
on their own, but how, together, they tell a complete story. And,
I also liked how it was a more oriental telling of fairies and
the supernatural. In addition to having the story well translated,
it also adds a bit of immersion for the player by adding in cultural
elements, so the player feels more like a character in the tale,
then a fly on the wall.
The extras are well thought out too. As well as having a memory
room, and a music room, they both contain additional mini-games
with more artwork. The CD comes with teasers of other JastUSA
games and artwork.
On the downside, I did have some trouble with the game not booting
up correctly, freezing, or booting out of the game to the menu
screen. I attribute this more to a poor mastering, than a game
bug. Still, be advised that this might happen.
Overall, an interesting story that has a lot of cultural, and
mystic symbolisms in it. If you're looking for something different,
that's more like a manga or graphic novel, visit JastUSA, and
pick up these two games.
Mike's Note: This is a 2 for 1 review. Both
games have a continuing story that's introduced in Legend
of Fairies, and concluded in Fairy Knights.