April Fools!

I’ve recently added new sections on the right sidebar of this blog of mine. The “Visual Novel Downloads” contain freeware which are relatively hard to find around the internet. And as of this post I’ve included a few Windows visual novels that were only available during April Fools’ Day.

For the galgamers:
Shakadou-san no Jun’ai Road (EN/JP)
Rojiura SATSUKI Chapter Heroine Sanctuary (JP)

For otome gamers:
Fate/Knight Rhapsody (EN/CH)
Psychic Rain (JP)

They can be found in the Windows section. Happy gaming!

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Enable Access to All Japanese Visual Novel Sites

Ever tried going to a website to check out a visual novel (such as Alicesoft) and ended up getting this?

hola 1

Here’s an easy solution to bypass that, using “hola!”

1. Go to hola.org using your preferred browser.

2. Download the program/extension and follow the installation instructions.

3. Once done, change your server to Japan, and visit the visual novel site again.

4. You’ll get something like this:

hola 2

Happy surfing!

Kirikiroid2 for Android

Kirikiroid2 is an emulator to run KiriKiri2 visual novels on your Android device.

Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.tvp.kirikiri2
http://pan.baidu.com/s/1bnF22bd#dir/path=%2FKirikiroid2

 

How to run the free version .apk from baidu.com
1. Install the .apk file.
2. Under your phone settings, change your language to 中文(简体) [Simplified Chinese].
3. Change your region to China time (GMT+8:00, 中国标准时间).
4. Now you can run the app without crashing.

 

Games tested so far:
Lonely Yuri – runs well.
Tokyo Alice – runs well.
Koi iro Chu! Lips – runs well. The only catch is that if you save the game during a choice, then the choice will NOT appear when you load, and you will just get stuck there.
G-senjou no Maou – runs well with specific patch.

Intro videos run nicely as well.

You can find patches to run certain visual novels that have protected archives or effects otherwise not supported by Kirikiroid2 here:

http://avgfun.net/

Looks very promising so far. Here’s a sample video.

Testing Out New Service

I’m currently trying out a new service where I can help with requests to order doujins/games/others through websites such as DLSite Japan and DL.Getchu.com, which are notoriously hard to register  for gaijins due to the heavy amount of moonspeak. If you’re interested in getting something from these websites then do check out this link here:

https://visuallyneko.wordpress.com/commission-for-buying-digital-doujins/

Visual Novels and Extraction Tools + Galge in My RPGs

Lately I’ve been collecting tools that can extract CGs and sprites from visual novels. So for the next couple of texts in here I’ll be talking about tools for the most common VN engines currently.

Onscripter
Popular among doujin circles in the early days, before it was phased out by KiriKiri2. Games that use this engine include Higurashi and Tsukihime.

KiriKiri2
The most widely used VN engine by doujin circles and even some commercial developers. Games such as G-Senjou no Maou and Dracu-Riot! use this engine.

Ren’Py
Very popular engine used most often by western VN developers. Games that utilize this engine include Katawa Shoujo and Sugar’s Delight.

 

On a side note, this script for RPG Maker VX Ace is really awesome for visual novel-style games: Saba Kan’s Galge Conversation System

Tomoyo After on Android

What you need:

1. Modified SEEN.txt file for Tomoyo After
2. The Japanese Tomoyo After PC game
3. XClannad app on your Android device

How to install:
1 – Install the XClannad app on your Android device.

2 – Create a folder in the root of your internal sdcard and name it “clannad”.

3 – Install the Tomoyo After PC game to your computer.

4 – Go to the install directory, and transfer the BGM, DAT, G00, GAN, KOE, MOV, SYS and WAV folders, plus the GAMEEXE.INI file to the “clannad” folder on your Android device.

5 – Then transfer the modified SEEN.txt into the “clannad” folder.

And that’s it! Now you can enjoy Tomoyo After on your Android device.

Credits go to Crysis99 for making a compatible SEEN.txt for Tomoyo After: http://forums.fuwanovel.org/

DraStic DS Emulator for Android

DraStic is a paid Nintendo DS Emulator that had just been released recently. I had seen earlier beta videos of it and was very impressed with the speed. So when it was finally released I bought it and tested out some visual novels. Here’s the results using my Galaxy Note 1:

1. 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors – Full speed.
2. Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo!! (English-patched) – Full speed. (Otome gamers will love this)
3. Fatal Relations DS (Homebrew) – BGM doesn’t work. Otherwise runs full-speed.
4. Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 2nd Season (English-patched) – Full speed (Otome gamers will love this too)
5. Really? Really! DS – Full speed.
6. Love Plus (English-patched) – Full speed.
7. Pokemon Ghost Black Retold (Homebrew) – Full speed.

Overall verdict: JUST BUY THIS.

Buy it here for US$7.99: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dsemu.drastic

New Android Visual Novels

The full version of Virtual Armored Unit Soragane is out on Google Play. It’s in dual English and Japanese languages. Get it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ponpoko.srgn

Also, Steins;Gate has also been released on Google Play. Japanese-only. Same treatment as Chaos;Head though: 1st chapter is free, the rest are in-app purchases. Grab it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mages.steinsgate

Hopefully Lolgc (who did the Steins;Gate iOS patch) would do the English patch for this as well~