Genre: Visual Novel, Fantasy
Airi wakes up in her room in the middle of the night, wearing her new school uniform instead of her pajama. Before she can wonder about that, a young man appears, introducing himself as the White Knight, the one who will protect her. He calls her Alice and wants her to follow him to school. The girl doesn’t get what he’s talking about and why he’s wearing weird clothes and all but she decides to listen to the stranger.
Arriving at their destination, she’s introduced to a bunch of other weirdos who are, apparently, all trapped in some kind of dreamworld…including Airi herself. Airi finds out that this is all part of a game, she got dragged into, and as her role as Alice, it’s her mission to kill the Queen.
This is another Alice in Wonderland themed Visual Novel because we clearly don’t have enough of them. Well, I don’t really mind. This one takes place in a dreamworld, created by the Queen, where wishes come true and the impossible becomes possible. The Queen hosts a killing game, inviting participants over to her world. I’m not sure if that holds true for all characters, but the heroine, Airi, doesn’t know anything about the situation and isn’t happy about being chosen as Alice, the most important person in this game. All she wants is going back home.
Unfortunately, the trial version’s very short and confusing so I don’t really know what to think about it. They introduce some of the characters which are more or less based on Alice in Wonderland, like The White Knight, March Hare, Hatter, Tweedle,…
All of them come across as pretty weird/random and instead of explaining the situation to ‘Alice’ they prefer to fool around and having a tea party and stuff. Even the White Knight, who says he’s something like Alice’s protector, doesn’t do much (but at least he seems more normal than the rest).
The Hatter’s a woman who likes sewing, preferably cute dresses and accessories for March Hare and the March Hare looks like a little girl. You can usually find her baking sweets in the school’s home economics room. They are both friends with the Dormouse, a guy who’s usually sleeping and in a pretty bad mood after waking up. If you dare to disturb his sleep he will kill you (according to Hatter and March Hare). There’s also the Chesire Cat who’s known for making questionable medicine with various effects and Tweedle, a man who rarely shows any emotions and is dressed like some sort of soldier.
I’m not sure how exactly the killing game works but seems like ‘Alice’ has to gather allies to fight the queen and her henchmen. Since most things are left in the dark in the trial version and some character’s are only briefly introduced or not shown at all (I wanted to meet Pat…), it’s difficult to tell if the Visual Novel’s worth getting. I didn’t dislike what I’ve played of Alice in Dreamworld, it left me confused but also wanting to know more. Well, 1,000 yen isn’t much for a fully voiced, 6-7 hours long Visual Novel including ten different outcomes and the art style and character designs are quite nice.
If I ever decide to buy it I’ll definitely write another blog post about this game.
btw this seems to be the second round of the killing game with the first one being told in form of a Drama CD.