Roommates Review – Part 1

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Intro: I really like Winter Wolves games, and they are having a sale till the 30th, so I bought one of their new games, Roommates. The otome version has you playing as Anne, but there is also a version where you play as Max and try to woo the girls (and one guy). I bought both since they were on sale. I’ve never played a game as the male character, so I thought it would be fun to do at some point in the future.

My Thoughts: I want to start off by saying this game is FUNNY. I laughed out loud so many times! Some scenes are just like watching a sitcom. And that is one of this games strengths. Besides being a comedy, it just felt like the group was really close. It was all very happy and feel good. Reminded me of an episode of Friends! It also reminded me of college! I’ve been out of college about six years now, so it was really great to relive some of the same moments I had. Especially where they all sit and play Circle of Death! So funny, especially a drunk Sally.

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Another plus was the main character Anne. You can really see how she changes over the course of the game. Not only from her experiences at college, but because of the people around her that she grows to care about. She’s super shy at the beginning, and towards the end she is still a little shy…but much more open and not as nervous. At the end of Max’s route, she even yelled at the bouncer! I was so impressed. So far I have only played Max and Dominic’s routes, so I’ll discuss Isabella and Rakesh at another time.

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Max: Anne and Max are the two main characters I guess, since that is who you can play as. Max was really entertaining, so I think I’ll have fun playing as him when I eventually do his game. It’ll be interesting to get inside his head. Anyways, I think Max and Anne are very cute together. They are both sweethearts, but beyond that, very much opposites. Anne really cares about school and is shy. Max is only at college temporarily till his band gets going, and he is a big partier. But somehow, they work. They are the good type of opposites, because they support each other. He brings her our of her shell, and she keeps him from getting too crazy. But I don’t think it would work if Max wasn’t actually a really good guy, despite his flashy exterior. He’s obviously more experienced, used to girls throwing themselves at him. He could easily take advantage of innocent Anne, but he never does. What a sweetheart. I do feel bad for poor Dominic though. You can tell he likes Anne, but she keeps picking Max. I like Max, but I was happy to move on to cute Dominic!

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Dominic: Dominic is the RA of the house, so he is a few years older. He’s very responsible and smart – he is already working on his master’s degree in Physics. He makes a good match for Anne from the beginning. As she says, he is just like a Prince Charming. But Dominic comes off as a very real, normal guy. You can tell from the very beginning he likes Anne. He is too cute around her. I love when he gets embarrassed and nervous. Dominic is also a TA for a few classes, and he really seems to care about everyone learning, and being a good teacher. He has a very admirable attitude about wanting everyone to do their best. But sometimes he gets frustrated with people like Isabella or Max who don’t seem to care about learning at all, and just want to have fun. I think this is one of the reasons he likes Anne from the start; she wants to grow as a person, but obviously is there to learn academically and get good grades as well. At one point he sets up a surprise date for her in one of the classrooms – SO SWEET! And he takes care of her when she is sick…adorable. Can you tell I really like Dominic?

Overall: So far, this game has been worth it, especially at the sale price. And I’ve only played two routes. Another plus is the music, which I really like. I actually bought the special edition with the soundtrack, since it was on sale too. I LOVED the soundtrack for Nicole, and regret not buying the special edition with the songs to this day! And the music for Roommates is done by the same people, so it’s good too.

I know some people will not be thrilled with the stat raising. It’s not my favorite either, but it’s very similar to Nicole or The Flower Shop, so if you’ve played those you should be familiar. Just make sure you know what stats you need, and you should have no problem getting them. Just throw the game on easy mode. After I figured out what I needed the first few weeks, I left everything pretty much the same and just made minor adjustments as I went along.

This is getting pretty long so I’ll finish up. I should hopefully have a short review for Rakesh and Isabella next week, and eventually play Max’s side of the game as well. And in case anyone is interested, Winter Wolves has an official walk through up here: http://www.winterwolves.net/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=3264

I had this open while I played and it was very helpful. If you are thinking of getting the game, get it soon! The sale lasts through the 30th, and you can get the game for under $8! So worth it.

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Be My Princess 2 – Sieg Lieben (Main Story)

Oh boy. I’m getting spoiled with the really good Voltage stories.

Intro: Prince Sieg throws his bouquet at you to choose you for a marriage interview, but MC can’t figure out why since he was pretty mean to her in the beginning. Then when MC is at the marriage interview dinner, Sieg is rude, insulting and laughing at MC. She figures he must not like her at all.

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Except he keeps showing up. Sieg continually shows up at her home and work, then takes her out to different places. Somehow through this, they kind of become friends. MC becomes tolerant of him, and even begins to like Prince Sieg as she learns more about him.

My Thoughts: MC learns that there is “Prince Sieg” which is a persona he uses for the public, and an actual Sieg that he shows to her. He really cares about his position and his country, so he shows them the face he thinks they want. But it’s not the real him. So this is why Sieg likes MC from the very beginning – because she treats him normal.

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It’s not the most uncommon love story, but it is so sweet and cute here. I really liked the MC in this story, because she can have quite an attitude, which was fun, and something that was really needed to deal with Prince Sieg in the beginning lol.

As they grow closer, Sieg becomes a real sweetheart, while still retaining some of his haughty attitude. He takes care of her when she is sick! Which was adorable. And since he likes cooking, the two of them in the kitchen together is heart warming.

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Another great thing in this story is the butler, Hans! He is a great support, and so cute crying when Sieg and MC finally got together!

What was not so great, was the second part of this story when they go to Dres Van. It’s kind of a weird plot, and I feel it’s solved too easily. But at least at the end Sieg’s father was a nice guy, because I really hated him in the beginning.

Overall: I really loved Sieg! He is funny and snarky, but can be romantic. And once you get past his harshness towards the beginning, he really gives off the image of a noble prince that loves his country. He is a great mix between a normal guy and royalty. And oh is he hot in his leather jacket!

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I greatly preferred the first half of the story, when they were getting to know each other and falling in love to the weird second half, but I loved Sieg so much, it didn’t bother me.

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SWOON!  I can’t wait for his sequel!

Kissed by the Baddest Bidder – Mamoru Kishi (Main Story)

Intro: I didn’t think Mamoru was that interesting of a character, but I was very curious as to what his route would be like. I wanted to learn more about him. He’s so lazy and uninterested in everything, it’s hard to imagine him falling in love, let alone carrying on a long conversation. Well, I was in for a surprise! A glorious, dramatic, amazing surprise! This was a GREAT story and Mamoru is awesome!

My Thoughts: Mamoru is not at all interested in taking care of you after the auction, and he ends up shipping you off to the AID, which is a weird religious cult involved with the auctions. The first couple chapters of this story were very strange. I was so confused as to why MC was here and what the heck was going on. Then Mamoru shows up. Turns out he is actually acting like a police detective for once, and is using you to get into the AID and do some undercover work. So, you are undercover agents. Pretty cool. And that’s only the first half!

One of the best things about this story is it’s so dramatic! There is a ton of action early on, and I could not put the game down. There were also a couple great plot twists! One I didn’t see coming at all. And since Mamo isn’t really a dangerous, scary character, MC is a little more snappy with him and has a bit of an attitude. I love it! They would bicker back and forth and it was great to see a Voltage MC be able to act that way, but also see Mamo get riled up. He’s normally so blah about everything. You also get to learn about his past, why he is the way he is today, and why he became a sponsor for the auctions.

Also, Mamo is adorable. I can’t believe he would be, but he is. He’s not super romantic like Baba, but him and MC are so cute together. One of my favorite scenes was when he called her for no reason, just to hear her voice. ADORABLE.

Overall: While Ota still wins out slightly as my favorite character, Mamo jumped right up there to the top, which I didn’t see happening at all. Also, I think his story is the best. It has action, drama, romance, plot twists, everything! After the first couple chapters, it’s such a great story. Am I gushing enough? I’ll leave you with A BLUSHING MAMO!!

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As a side note, the epilogue was good, but it kept referencing some events I don’t remember being in the main story. Something about Valentine’s Day and a bet? I don’t know if there was a problem with translation, or some sort of screw-up with the stories, but something was off. Anyone else notice this?

Kissed by the Baddest Bidder – Ota Kisaki (Sequel)

Oh. My. Goodness. If possible, I think this sequel made me love Ota even more.

Intro:  This story starts out with MC and Ota having a cute scene together. They’re being all adorable, and he tells MC she can call him anything she wants, because he will love her no matter what. Awww. Until…

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LOL! Of course. Because this is Ota we are talking about.

My Thoughts: This was a great story! I sat down planning to play a few chapters, then do something else, but I couldn’t stop. I forgot how much I love Ota, and this was also just a great sequel. I really wish I could post multiple conversations here for you, because they were just so funny! Ota no longer acts like MC is his pet, but he continues to tease her. Ota manages to treat MC as his entertainment, while also being a very special person to him. Somehow, it works out. He pulls it off. It’s funny, while being cute and romantic.

While I find Ota to be an eccentric, interesting character, this story reminded me just how cool and different he is. He’s so multi-talented. Besides being an accomplished artist in multiple mediums, he also has done jobs in the fields of architecture, interior design, fashion design, he’s even designing a garden! He’s so creative, I can easily see why MC falls for that side of him.

He also has great villains in his stories. Rin was just terrible, and now Kuboyama continues to harass them as well. He is so sleezy; I really hate him. And after he assaulted MC?? I can’t believe they didn’t report him to the police. But common sense isn’t always common in Voltage stories…

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Well said MC.

Overall: If you love Ota, you will love this story. If you weren’t sure about him after his first story, this one will probably make you love him. MC really helps him and makes him a better person, and it’s amazing to see the changes in him. I can’t wait for more Ota!!

Also, there was this great scene where Baba disguised himself as Ota for awhile and we got this…

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It IS amazing. And while I can’t help thinking how much trouble two Otas would be…oh it would be so much fun too!