Yesterday, I finished up True Remembrance, a short little freeware visual novel. True Remembrance is pretty old, and like I already said: its short, it has one ending and no decision points, and the graphics are clearly low-budget. However, it has a nice story (complete with a happy ending!) and is translated extremely well. I mean it, if I hadn’t known before hand I would have thought it was originally written in English.
My one complaint, well not really a complaint, just an observation:
For the majority of the visual novel, nothing really happened. Well, lots of things happened, but nothing that actually affected the main plot. The real conflict didn’t even begin until the second to last chapter, but to be fair, the epilogue wasn’t really an epilogue, just the ending. If the epilogue was omitted, I would have been very, very mad. For the most part, the first few chapters (over half of the visual novel) simply existed to describe the nature of the city and mnemocides as well as to give depth to the characters, even though only Blackiris and La really got any attention. I understand that letting the reader get to know the characters is important, but filler, even if its well-written, is still filler, and should not take up the majority of a visual novel. Basically, trying to not give any spoilers, here is a breakdown of the visual novel:
Chapters I-V : Blackiris and La are introduced, other characters are introduced, other than Rook, the rest don’t really do anything
Chapter VI : Something happens!
Chapter VII: Flashback
Epilogue : Ending
I understand there was reasoning behind, and I kind of liked it (perhaps more because I wasn’t really looking for a plot), but in my opinion, the ending could have been a little longer and started a little sooner. However, it made for an enjoyable read, and in my opinion, would make a good first visual novel, as its freeware, short, lacks decision points and multiple routes, and is very well translated.
And it has a happy ending!
You can get True Remembrance from here. Like I said, it makes a pretty good first visual novel, and you might as well try it out.