Illusion Soft @HomeMate First Impression

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So for the past day or so, I have been playing the newest 3D cellshading game from Illusion Soft @HomeMate, after the disappointment from Hako and SchoolMate Sweets! the general gaming community has taken @HomeMate rather cautiously.  But Illusion did not disappoint us this time, @HomeMate is probably their best attempt in combining the successful elements from Artifical Girl 3 and SchoolMate and turn it into some 3D cellshading, simulation and dating game!

Illusion @Homemate

I have played with AG3 for a while, but I always thought the sex simulator and the ability to roam the environment was cool but the game  would get dull without any story element attached to it (and I did get bored of it after a few days), SchoolMate has a decent story to it but it’s more like a story book you just read and lacked the “dating” aspect.  Illusion soft has answered our call and combined the elements from both games and turn it into @HomeMate.  I am really excited about this game and I am relutantly taking my time off from the game to blog about my first impression of the game!

Illusion @Homemate

Oh and did I mentioned that the good folks at Hongfire has already done a partial English translation of the game?  Partial translation only though :P

The story began with you, Inuzuka Nanao has been put in charge of a villa, and the owner of the villa has 3 daughters and you have been notified that they will be spending the summer holiday at the villa.  The three sisters are like childhood friends to you since you have known them since you were young so it’s like reunion of old friends of some sort.  Ok, let’s meet the three sisters, shall we?

Illusion @Homemate

Older sister Yunagi Nanoha, she is more mature and older than the main character, has a protective personality towards her young sisters, act like a tease sometimes.

Illusion @Homemate

Middle sister Yunagi Noa, she is about the same age as the main character, is a tsundere.  She has immense musical talent and has been studying music for sometime now.

Illusion @Homemate

Younger sister Yunagi Yakumo, a very quiet and gentle younger sister.  She really treat you as a real older brother, but she seems to be a bit spaced out and not aware of what she is doing at times.

Alright, enough for introduction, let’s get down to the gameplay elements.

Illusion @Homemate

Each day is divided into Morning, Daytime, Night and Late Night, there are also events that happen once certain conditions are met.  In the Map Mode, you can see the locations of the 3 sisters and you can choose to go to that location and interact with them.  You can also call them out for a Date but they will only accept your invitation once their affection for you is high enough.

Once you chose a detination, it will look like this

Illusion @Homemate

The girl will be in free roam mode and depending on their mood they might respond to you if you call out to them.  You can also choose to interact with the environment like this

Illusion @Homemate

You can also pick up items while interacting with the environment, you can give some items to the girls to raise their affection to you and some of the items are actually material which you can make new dress for them to wear.

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

And some screen shots of the fixed events…

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

And some event screen shots…

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

Dialogue screen, if you choose the appropiate answer, you can raise the girls affection towards you.

Illusion @Homemate

Once the affection level is high enough, you can initiate ecchi action just about anywhere on the map…

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

The Save/Load screen keep track of your performance statisic …

Illusion @Homemate

And various screen shots…

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

Illusion @Homemate

The game is a lot of fun, quite possibly one of the most fun 3D cellshading dating simulation game I have ever played.  On top of all these, the modding community has already started working on the game for over a week so various game mod are already available, want to turn one of these sisters into your favorite anime chacter? No problem, the chances is someone is already working on that!  You think Noa is cute but her breast size is too small?  No problem, someone has already written a plugin to permanently increase her size :P .  Oh did I mention I like Noa the most :P , I have a weakness towards tsundere.  I haven’t quite finished the game yet, as you can see I am only on the 3rd day of the game, but I am quite confident that this game will not disappoint me based on my experience so far!

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