As most American otaku probably already know, 4Chan‘s original ero game Katawa Shoujo‘s demo just got released a few days (or weeks) ago. The demo contains the first act of the game, and doesn’t have any ero scenes in it.
Katawa Shoujo is a bishoujo-style visual novel set in the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located somewhere in modern Japan. Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has his life turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to move to a new school after a long hospitalization. Despite his difficulties, Hisao is able to find friends—and perhaps love, if he plays his cards right. There are five main paths corresponding to the 5 main female characters, each path following the storyline pertaining to that character.
The story is told through the perspective of the main character, using a first person narrative. This game uses a traditional text and sprite-based visual novel model with an ADV text box. Katawa Shoujo contains adult content, and is created using the Ren’Py scripting system.
Katawa Shoujo is under development by an international team of amateur developers, and will be released free of charge under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License. There is currently no release date set.
I download it on the first day it came out, but decided it would probably be better to write about it when I’m finished with the game, which is today.
I didn’t manage to get all the scenes though… I just can’t get the last scene for some reason, and I replayed it at least ten times too! (while my finals are coming up =__=) Anyone know how I can get it?
But despise the difficulties for the last scenes, the game was really enjoyable. I had a blast playing even though there weren’t any ero scenes.
The title Katawa Shoujo, which mean Cripple Girl or Disability Girl, probably didn’t sound appealing at first, but the story was so great that it would be stupid not to play.
The New Year of 2007 was bound to be business as usual for the /a/ board of 4chan until on 4th of January, Anonymous posted an omake page from the doujin Schuppen Harnische by Raita of doujin circle Zettai Shoujo, detailing character art for a dating sim he dubbed “Katawa Shoujo.” For reasons we will never know, someone’s genius idea of actually realizing Raita’s idea of the game caught on like wildfire and soon suggestions ranging from tender love stories to depraved sex fantasies were running amok in the thread. The insane idea of creating an actual original game, based on nothing but a single picture and the sparse ideas Raita had written in the margins titillated the imaginations of Anonymous so much that people became truly serious about the fledgling project.
Soon, there were development forums and for the next months, ideas and suggestions were flying around, with people trying to flesh out their ideas, drawing sample art, writing sample text, trying to control the chaos of dozens of people arguing and bickering about the direction of the game. From there, the most active people began the actual game development as a working group named Four Leaf Studios and the project truly took off in the summer ’07.
My favor character from the game are probably Rin and Shizune.
In the scene where the main character first walked into the class, the students who were sitting there looked really familiar…lol, how many character can you name?
Is that the guy from Family Guy in the back (O-o”)
The only thing I think they could do better on are instead of using photographs, they should actually try to draw the backgrounds for each scenes. That would probably take a lot of times, but it would make the game better as a whole.
The other scenes where they use photos as background was acceptable…but the bed was a bit over the top…at least that is what I think.
Nevertheless, I give this game a 10/10 so far. I Can’t wait for the full release!!!!!!