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Souta is a voice acting student at a technical school in Japan. He aspires to be a great voice actor one day, but it's turning out to be a lot more complicated than he planned. Girls, festivals, plays - aliens?? Lead Souta to his destiny! Your choices change the story. Seven love interests and multiple endings. Where will you go? Koenchu! is a dating sim from the Japanese circle Zero Zigen. It is a dual language game completely voiced in both Japanese and English with excellent visuals. 20+ hours for one storyline.
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"Koenchu! Full Game Review"
Version: Koenchu 1.0
Great storyline for all the routes; Japanese & English Voices; Excellent Music; 16 different endings - including 1 True End; Only 6-7 U.S. Dollars for the Full Game
"Dummy" texts (untranslated texts); Grammatical errors; In-game errors
Wow, I really love this game! My first play-through took about 8 hours, and many others after that took only a few hours since I skipped over many of the already read texts, and reloaded previous save files where I thought all I had to do was a make a few changes in my choices to get a different ending, and it worked on quite a few occasions. I actually got all 16 endings! I also managed to get almost all of the "Extra" goodies: "Tips"; "Event CGs"; "Radio" songs; & "Achievements". And aside from the 4 "typing" mini-game "Achievements", I'm only missing 3 more "Achievements".By the way, I was serious about wanting to play that "Typing" mini-game! If u know how to unlock it, or play it, please send me an e-mail or make a comment here explaining how! Thanks!
Where the game really shines is in the personalities of each of the characters. Each person is quite distinct, and with the inclusion of voices, whether it be in Japanese or in English, it only further helps to set each character apart from one another. It is a bit disappointing, though, that there is generally only one in-game stance for each of the characters when Souta, the main male protagonist, is around them. However, they do have a myriad of different facial expressions, as well as eyes that actually blink, which I must say is pretty cool! My favorite character is without a doubt Mikoto! She's the childhood friend of Souta. With her bright smile and cheerful disposition, I knew that she was someone that I would grow to really care for in the game, and I did, very much so! I was easily engrossed with her storyline the most. I was glad, too, that ZeroZigen gave her 2 good endings (and 2 bad ones!). In fact, she is the only one with more than 1 kind of ending. I also really liked Honoka's and Himeno's story, too, but the other characters have pretty good storylines as well.
The music for the game is simply fantastic! Each musical piece, I thought, did an excellent job in complementing the mood and atmosphere of each scene. In fact, the sound test boasts a whopping 90 tracks! For a doujin game, that's simply amazing, especially since many of them, in my opinion, are very good, too!
One of the things that disappointed me though was that all the "Tips" were either in Japanese or "Dummy" texts (since they weren't translated oustide of Japanese). Honoka's epilogue was the same way so I couldn't quite understand it - and believe me, I'd love to know how much their relationship had progressed! Also, every once in a while, too, there were "Dummy" texts that would show up in some of the routes, but generally, it wouldn't be during any real important scene from what I can remember, aside from Honoka's epilogue. However, the "True Ending" though (there's only 1 of them from what I can tell), is actually the 3rd to last "Tip", and the real disappointing thing is that it's also only in Japanese (or "Dummy" texts).
Also, I did want to mention the mysterious "errors" that would occur sometimes after viewing one of the "Tips" or "Endings" (from the Ending list). This error would cause the program to close, so that was a bit irritating, especially since it seemed like u lost everything that u had achieved in the "Extra" categories prior to your last save. In addition, on Month 7, Week 1, when Souta goes to the cave to search for Kiri, sometimes it'll error out (and the program will close) when you choose the option "Return". Furthermore, there was one time, I believe after an error occurred, that one of the files needed to properly run the Koenchu! program got corrupted which caused the game to no longer run!! Whenever I tried to run the Koenchu! executable, an error would immediately occur and the program would close! It took a while, but I tracked it down to a corrupt file called "datasc.ksd" in the "savedata" folder. I just replaced that file with a new one and that took care of the "error". Unfortunately, though, this particular save file was for keeping track of ALL the things in the "Extra" category like the "Achievements", "Tips", "Event CGs", "Radio" songs, mini-games, mini-games scores, etc. So I lost all of that and had to earn them all again... So now what I do after I finish playing for the day, or if I'm ready to take a 5 minute break from playing the game, etc., I make a copy of the "savedata" folder just in case something like this happens again where I'll need to replace one of the files... and believe me, I'm afraid it might happen again! Every time one of those "errors" occur now, I feel a little nervous that it may have corrupted one of the files. O_O
Another issue that I noticed is that once u close the program out (or if it errors out), it resets the text language back to Japanese. What I mean by that is if u were to open the Koenchu! program, and view one of the "Endings" from the Ending list or play the Quiz Mini-game, it would be in Japanese. And the only way to fix that is to start a new game in the "English" language or re-load one of your save files that use the "English" language. However, if you were to start a new game with the "Spanish" language, and view the mini-game, it would still be in Japanese! But at least the "Endings" from the ending list would be in Spanish.
One last issue that I noticed is that it seems that if you use the "Skip" feature, it seems like it sometimes skips parts that u haven't "read" before. So caution really needs to be utilized here when using that feature.
Now I do have a question for anyone else that has played this game? How do you unlock the secret "Typing" mini-game? The strange thing is, I haven't even played this mini-game yet!!! I'm honestly really baffled as to how everyone else seems to have. Thus, any help would be greatly appreciated on how to unlock this mini-game, let alone play it! I've done almost everything in this game, but play that mini-game!
Overall, if a person is into visual novel games and character-driven stories, they should at least give the demo a shot. It's free, after all! The full version will be more of the same, and then-some! And at the price it's currently selling for, around 6-7 U.S. dollars, it's totally worth it!
Final Score: A- (The Dummy texts, grammatical errors and random in-game errors are why I didn't grade it an A+)
Updated on Jul 1, 2013
"great game for guys who are bored with RPG"
Version: Koenchu 1.0
a game with 20 hours of story line with 7 storylines that's 140 hours of gameplay
nothing to worry about
great game with great amount of playtime