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Plot type: Linear.
Ending type: Single ending.
Length estimation: 27k words.
Graphics: Lacking in amount,questionable polish,but not horrible.
Voice acting: no.
Source: Official blog post
In a nutshell: How much are you willing to endure in the name of love?
Download(67mb): Win+Mac+Linux Android
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If it interests anyone,this visual novel's OST can be found here.
Ambre is a visual novel that tries to put everything on the plot. While it does achieve a good story,this caused it to suffer from being poorly polished in other aspects. My guess is that as a game worked on and released in a month,time wasn't managed well,which caused the change from a not spectacular but respectable art at the start of the visual novel(even menu art) to Ambre being in the same torn dress in the whole after-twist part. Speaking of which,I think that it would be better to end the game sooner,right after the loop is fully revealed,rather than go over the key events again. Once the point was made,the rest of novel felt like it was dragged on that point with no actual contribution. It was too rushed to have any emphasizing effect.
A lot depended on the writing,as it had to present a story that would make sense after-twist using the same words without giving away anything about the twist before it happens. I think that it succeeded quite marvelously in this aspect; My only complaint is that with her small figure and childish altitude I honestly thought Ambre was a child,which caused me to be quite startled when Tristan accepts her as his wife,wondering what exactly I got myself into. I blame the art.
Is the feels strong in this one?
Not strong enough for my personal taste,but it definitely has some near the end.
I remember playing this! At first I was like ick but then the ending floored me. I actually didn't see it coming.
Speaking of Visual Novels, Narcissu is free
is free forever
Ya, just found that out after posting.
Great! I was looking for Android VNs, because to be rather honest, I can't help but be distracted with other games when I'm on the PC. I can read these whenever, so that's real nice. Please point us to more!
Katawa Shoujo was recently completely ported to Android. Visual novels were traditionally made for home computers and sometimes portable consoles; Since most android phones feature touch-based interaction rather than keypress-based,it requires modifications that usually only the developers can do. Along with the odd resolutions,small text size(big standard aspect ratio screens are still new) and lacking support for various file formats android is not a very comfortable platform to develop to.
Well,right now we have ren'py that supports android if you install RAPT; New games can be ported with not a lot of difficulty,so we're seeing more android support in new releases. Technically speaking,I think it might be possible to force older ren'py games to run on android with RAPT,if they only use basic file formats and structure,and if they are not custom-encrypted. It should be able to do most basic features(progressing the text,saving,loading) without any modification.
I know that Sekai project's new engine should support Android once it's fully released.
Curious, do you have a favorite VN?
I've only ever played Clannad. x:
I guess Narcissu,as it was one of my first visual novels and the story is very emotional.
Ah, then I should go grab that. Thanks.
Ambre is a very sad story. I'm not acquainted with any mentally ill people and cannot say if Ambre accurately depicts a real existing psychological disorder or it was completely made up for dramatic effect. However, the message this game conveys is entirely relatable: mentally ill people are not scary or dangerous, they're suffering and need help from friends and family.
I don't want focus too much on negative aspects of Ambre like sloppy sprites and not very good English translation because it managed to get to me regardless of these.
I don't want to end my comment on a sad note so I'll share the first guess I had about the twist: I thought that Ambre was actually a robot created by Tristan to replace his wife; anyone else had this idea?
While that would make the story a little less sad,it would also make it a lot more pitiful.