Hey guys, duo here with my second Tester’s Corner for Mangagamers. My first contact with Edelweiss was when I tested the trial version (available for download). I came to like it a lot so I was expecting quite a bit from the full version… and I must say my expectations were well met! Edelweiss was a really enjoyable game, with an interesting setting, good music, pretty character designs, and a varied cast of characters. The story setting is a remote island where a once all-girls boarding school turns co-ed and invites a number of males to, oh, join them. Kazushi – the protagonist – and his friends somehow land themselves a ticket to this paradise… The reality doesn’t quite match up to what they expected (mostly due to their own idiocy). Hilarity ensues. The game focuses mostly on the interactions between the slightly (well, more than slightly) sex-crazed guys and the resident gals, and the troubles the guys’ tendencies lead them to. A pretty fun ride overall. The story does get a bit more depressing once you enter the individual routes, though. I won’t write much about the support characters, since I think Kouryuu did a pretty good job introducing them in The Guys and The Girls posts. Edelweiss has a really strong side-cast, with Kazushi’s friends being pretty bro when they’re not too occupied by thinking about sex and the girls adding a lot of dynamics to the events. As for the heroines… they’re pretty varied (in size, age and character traits) and, well, likeable. I actually found it pretty hard to find my favorite – if I had to choose, Mei would win (by a small margin) in the MEIn game and Sakura (by a slightly larger margin) in the expansion. OVERDRIVE is totally justified in my eyes for making an expansion just for Rin and Sakura. I found Edelweiss very pleasing visually – the backgrounds were pretty and the vibrant colors were definitely the right choice for this setting. Somewhat ironic though, since real edelweiss are tiny greyish-white flowers blooming in fairly barren places high in the mountains (that is, in areas that are also pretty grey). Also, I confirmed yet again that I really like the character designs by Katakura Shinji – they’re cute, and, well, fitting for this type of story. Shame he didn’t do Edelweiss shikishis at this year’s AX… The BGM was overall pretty average – the only track that I really liked was Natsume’s theme. The vocal songs, however, were just awesome! The instrumental version of Ashberry (OP, by NANA) on the start menu kind of left me confused whether to start the game or hang around to listen to it some more. And the vocal version is even better. I swear I spent too much time in the vocal songs part of the Extra menu. Also lost track of how many times I listened to Hareta Hi no Gogo ni (ED, by UR@N, who now goes by AiRi). yozuka*’s song (I forget the title) was pretty good too, but not as great as the tracks she sang forDa Capo. To sum up, go buy it and play it if you’re in for quite a bit of comedy, summer theme, and some great vocals. Oh, and some ero, but no one here would mind, right?
Tester’s Corner: Edelweiss Ed. Vol 1.