~Laugh, and the world laughs with you~
Cherry Tree High is a much loved slice-of-life adventure game released on PC a few years ago. Its humorous characters & story, coupled with its simulation gameplay that allowed you to partake in activities, meant it was a hit amongst doujin fans in the west. Some folk though didn't appreciate how the release was westernised, and now we have the de-westernised release via Nyu Media with an added surprise. A short & sweet visual novel based sequel has launched alongside the re-release and that's what we are going to take a look at today.
As the Visual novel is a follow-up to the proceedings of the original, it picks up from where the story was left. Mairu and friends have successfully re-opened the club Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, and they actually need to act like a club as Mairu’s nemesis Chitose hasn't given up on closing them before they begin. Thats not all either as a rivals have emerged in the Classic Comedy club, headed by Mairu's self proclaimed rival in Imari Kobayashi (one of 3 new characters added to the cast) A new transfer student, Ai Fujino (another new character), takes an interest in the Comedy Club forms the main crux of the story alongside Mairu's efforts to keep the club running. Ai Fujino, an idol looking to attend normal school without causing a fuss, quickly takes interest in Mairu & its not long till they both form a new comedy duo. There is one more new character to mention, Utena Katakura, who was the supervisor for the original comedy club before it was closed and now supervises the club again. As this new release is a kinetic novel, there is only a singular path through the games 7 main story episodes unfortunately. Remember the short & sweet in the introduction? Thats how this game plays out. The 7 main episodes only run for about 10-15 minutes each, which leaves a running time of less than a couple of hours. The unlockable sub episodes help to beef out the playtime a little though, and as is usually the case with kinetic novels - a shorter runtime is usually best. The 'Sweet' comes from the games story & cast. Its as delightful as the original, chock full of jokes worthy of a chuckle and well written interactions between characters, and should definitely keep fans happy. Its still a little disheartening that the day-to-day activities of the original aren't included in this new release to add a little something extra.
Who Should Buy This?
- Cherry Tree High fans
- It features a cheerful story and humorous cast
- Your looking for something short & sweet
- It only costs £2.79
Who Should Avoid?
- If your expecting the originals gameplay, its not here.
- Kinetic novels don't do it for you.
- Runtime & replayablilty are key factors for your games
- You prefer VN stories that are a little more serious
Review Copy Provided by Nyu Media