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Air Pressure

rated 4.32 / 5 stars
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Mar 7, 2010 | 9:14 AM EST

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A game by Bentosmile (ported to Flash by Raitendo)

Bentosmile's comments:

Air Pressure is a visual novel game that I've been working on on-and-off for a while. It has only three different endings, but a lot of branches!

I hope you enjoy it. It is quite a serious game, I guess. :)



Rated 5 / 5 stars

I honestly fell a bit in love with this game.

So simplistic in its parts, yet with so much depth overall and every part being synergetic with the others.

Leigh's facial expressions are great and the music fits the story's hidden meaning in its atonality and drowsiness inducing quality. It lures you in and lulls you just as Leigh makes the protagonist feel (somewhat) content and "safe", but ultimately leaves him feeling unfulfilled which leads to self-loathing.

The total lack of any third person outside of the ending shows their intimacy, but also how much he relies on her to the point of shunning the world and everything else in it entirely. He lives in this small shadow of a world centered wholly around Leigh acting as his crutch to cope with things while nothing else seems to give things any sense of importance and the technical side with the empty backgrounds and lack of sound effects helps to drive this point home.

The off-color scheme with that melancholic, almost sick mood it sets is simply perfect, especially since at first you rather attribute that with the way the story starts with looking back into the past since myriads of movies trimmed us to think of that as those colors as the typical "monochrome flashback" trope, which works nicely to lure our eyes away from the true nature of Leigh for some time.

Sometimes less is simply more and unlocking the mystery and looking for the symbols is a lot of fun and fills with that sense of satisfaction no achievement or medal can compare to.

Every line of dialogue has a dual meaning, one part showing a stressed and unhealthy relationship, with Leigh`s supportive, yet demeaning way of looking out for the protagonist and the ways that fits the girl's real nature. Right at the start that line about her "clinging around his arm" is getting eerie and haunting once you realized things, making this a joy to replay and explore.

This really is a masterpiece of a short visual novel and you should be real proud of it.

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

i got the good ending!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow... The depth and narrative of this game are outstanding, I thought is was just about a boring, arguing couple but when I realized what it really about it hit my in the face like a brick! good job.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Absolutely an amazing game, the music fit the atmosphere of the game perfectly.
I couldn't comprehend the entire storyline of it, and I was completely dumbfounded at the ending. Still, it was very interesting.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Spoiler alert for this review!
Anywho, I thought this game was phenomenal. At first, I thought it was just about a relationship. I didn't see the tags, so I just assumed it was a failing couple. I got the bad ending, of being in the hospital. The next playthrough, I thought the narrator was schizophrenic, which would explain why Leigh glitches in and out a bit as if she were only a figment of imagination. This led me to a neutral ending. The last time I played it, I through Leigh out of my life completely. It was only then that I realized it was a man battling a drug addiction.
I think this is a very good game, with a very strong message. However, you definitely have to play it more than once to really understand it. That's not a problem, since it's relatively short, but it's necessary to getting the full meaning behind it.

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