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Feb 18, 2012 | 4:57 PM EST
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1. You can modify controls after dying to Lilly once.
2. You can press down+jump to slide
3. You can replay the game to find something more challenging

Katawa Shoujo is a bittersweet romance visual novel where the reader roleplays as Hisao Necktie: a highschooler who has become afflicted with a heart condition that forces him to enroll at Yamaku, a school designed for physically disabled students. Hisao eventually copes with his new condition and regains a new outlook in life with the help of one of the five possible romantic interest; all crippled in some way or form.

Katawa Shoujo: Symphony of the Feminists is something completely different.

Go download Katawa Shoujo and stop reading this

Music credits:
rockman Z4 OST - Power field
Konami - Dance of Illusions
Fist of the North Star - Kenshiro no Theme

Did I mention you guys gave awesome reviews? The praises were great but the criticisms were even better, it lets me know exactly what players liked and hated. All other reviews I've read elsewhere are one line spams that are shit, but this? this is pure gold. Thanks for putting time into this.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Fun and challenging,this game pissed me off as bad as when i had to find that last 1% of the Katawa Shoujo game and thats not fun when its at 99% btw pretty sure the name is Hisao "Nakai" not Necktie lol that might be something you might want to fix in your comments

p.s. Now we all know how the world looks to Kenji


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Ok game though i wish it was easy like the other 2 abilitys on lily to dodge the the raduis for the falling tacos is to big makes it very hard to dodge


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Okay, I'll just come out with it. I am shit at this. Seriously, I can't even beat the first boss. It's hard enough for me to just get to the point where she turns invisible (mainly because of that attack where she rains down flaming tacos or whatever they are and it's damn near impossible to dodge). Then when she does turn's kinda impossible to hit her unless she miraculously spawns right next to you. I tried about a dozen times then gave up because I was basically on the verge of throwing my computer monitor at the wall. I'll try again later.

What makes it worse was that a) when you click Options on the main Menu it launches straight into the game anyway, which feels stupid, and b) you said on the game screen that this is a visual novel. Not an anti-feminist Castlevania parody. I have no doubt that after I beat the first boss, there actually is a visual novel, I just don't see why I have to go through a stupidly hard boss fight just to get there. Must be part of the plot that I'll never get to see because I can't beat the first boss. And from what I've read in the other reviews, there's another boss that's EVEN HARDER. FML.

Well...yeah. You get the idea. I'm a bit peeved because I can't beat the first boss of what's supposed to be a romance visual novel. If this were five years ago, I'd be ranting and raving and give this a zero and call it a shit game. It isn't, it's just too difficult for me to be able to beat it. I'm giving it 4 stars based on what I assume the rest of the game is like, and because I'm coming back for more despite constant frustration. But I would like to request you tone down the difficulty of the first boss, just a bit, so I can actually play the rest of what I assume is a good game.

I hope I don't sound like a jerk or whatever. I'm just making a decent point.

ShadowWhoWalks responds:

keep going at it; the feeling of triumph washing over you as you defeat that boss is reported to be emotionally satisfying. Also, if you managed to leave the candles alone after that fight, she will be a bit easier to see when the lights go off. Be patient, keep your head cool, there are multiple ways to dodge every attack, find one that works for you and stick with it.

I'm also sorry about the first boss taking too long, there has been numerous complaints about this and I'll make sure not to make the same mistake again. There aren't too much to this game, just some quick boss simulation with some polish over the feels. Glad you're giving this game more chances and thanks for the review.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is manly. Like a manly picnic. No blankets, no food, just WHISKEY!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

A lot of fun, second boss took a few attempts, but I admire the fact it was hard without being stupid and ridiculous. My only complaint, which I won't knock you for it the stiff controls, preforming an action right after another often didn't work, even if the command was as simple as turning around after you land. Still though, I think if the controls were as responsive as I would've liked, the second boss would've been just a tad too easy then, hence why I still feel the need to give this a 5/5 rating.

I'd love it if you made another game with this Castlevania style and bosses with these kinds of move-sets and difficulty.

ShadowWhoWalks responds:

I'm glad the difficulty worked for you, I'm trying to grasp the fine line between frustration and challenging and it doesn't always work out too well for everywhere. I'll see what I can do about the stiff controls; you're not the first to complain, and I've plowed through the game too much and got numb from the inconveniences.