PixelFade is a relatively new developer that decided to enter the market with no less than two visual novels. They hit the market with their full versions at around the same time. If you are looking for extra comedy, try ACE Academy, but in this review, we will focus on Crystalline. This game wants to tell you about intricate relationships and allow you to choose your destiny in the fantasy world of Terra.
What Am I Doing Here?
The crucial thing of any visual novel is the story, which is what we focused on in our Crystalline review. Although it has all the elements of traditional Japanese VN, this one is made by a Canadian-based studio, but the guys from Pixelfade did many things ride. The plot is classic Isekai, which means that the game will transport you to a fantasy world. You will find yourself in Terra, a realm where magical crystals have great power. A Mage-Knight called Leanna will soon inform you that you are emanating a huge amount of concentrated energy. You join forces in discovering why you were transported to Terra and how to return home.
The characters you will encounter are unique and well-written. You will get the chance to interact with several of them and form different types of relationships. When it comes to romance, you are destined for one particular person (hint: she is blonde), which is just like love should work. Overall, the plot is intriguing enough and you will quickly get sucked into the in-game world of Crystalline.
You Get to Make Decisions Often
The crucial difference compared to traditional visual novels is that you will often get the chance to make a choice. Keep in mind that the main quest is pretty streamlined, but the decisions will shape your relationships and affect the ending. It feels nice to participate in the novel as the developers tried to make you much more than just a viewer.
When it comes to graphics, everything was done flawlessly and there are no glitches. The level of detail is impressive and the characters are beautifully designed. The creators used a so-called Live2D technology to animate body language and facial expressions that contribute to the plot. The quality of the voiceover is admirable and the cast did a phenomenal job. It is a nice touch that even less important side characters have their own voices. If we could discuss the downsides, one of them would probably be the lack of more romantic options to choose from. You will probably like the one you are meant to be with, but in case you don’t, it might affect your in-game experience.