“Seven Sins” – Re:Set, Chapter 1 (Visual Novel) – 8/10 Sunflowers

Genre: Romance/Supernatural/Spiritual/Action

Review Status: Complete

Licensed: Yes, this VN is licensed and available for download at Ren’Py (free).

Art/Animation: This stands out with some lovely backgrounds that were made to look like paintings. They look very good. While the character designs are fine, they are a bit rough, style-wise. This VN stands out because it’s the first one I’ve come across with opening animation, and it’s done very well, with a great background song. The dialogue screens were also really unique, though the various colors and switches between POV during the game made it hard to tell who was saying what on occasion.

Summary: Two kids show up in town looking for something. Their paths cross with a girl who’s boyfriend disappeared last night.

Review: This is almost as much of a kinetic novel as a visual novel, with lots of exposition-based scenes and story to it. Chapter 1 is mainly a prologue, as explained in the scenes in the ending credits, and introduces you to the two characters that you’ll be following through their adventures trying to recapture the demons representing the Seven Sins.

This is a little trickier to play than some other VNs. You need to make very specific choices to end up with the ending where you see everything through to the end. There aren’t that many different endings to get, and aren’t that many choices, so if you pay attention on your runs through it, then you should figure it out pretty quickly. What’s nice is that for the incomplete endings, the creator added in little clues to how you can get the main one in the ending credits. And the ending credits aren’t that boring, to boot- they interspersed little scenes to keep you going through them! I was very impressed.

The story isn’t half-bad, either. Some of the dialogue was a little cheesy at times, and to be honest I wasn’t that impressed with the showdown with the demon. It was written well, but it was a prolonged scene with a background and character image that didn’t change at all, making it feel less dynamic than it probably should have been. Factoring in the fact that they were facing off against Lust and there really wasn’t any sign of it other than boys disappearing, you could have replaced her with Random Demon #1 and not have lost any of the story.

Even so, the characters were interesting, and there was an interesting twist on the two newcomers to town. It left you with little hints to who they were and why they were travelling around. And even better was how the story and the exposition was decently written, something that’s hard to do skillfully.

Overall, while the story had its weak points, the way this is put together makes this a top-tier free VN. Definitely check it out!

Recommended: 13+. This story might deal with lust, but there really isn’t any lust dealt with. All that’s *told* is that she ‘stole their hearts’ and made them slaves. The thing that might cause issue is Gerald fights with Lust (the demon, not the emotion >.>) and smashes her head with his boot. There are one or two instances of the d-word.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kokoro Hane
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 14:50:58

    How awesome that you played ReSet! I myself am going through that one (haven’t completed it yet, but LOVE it so far). I believe Chapter 2 is already out. azurextwilight is a pretty good visual novelist (the first VN I played by her was Fantasia: The Realm of Thanos, which is excellent, and has a sequel. I am working on the opening theme for the Kinetic prequel to the sequel, Before Requim *ecstatic honor*). I look forward to your review of the next ReSet chapter!

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    • sweetpea616
      Aug 09, 2012 @ 18:19:15

      I’ve already started on the second chapter, but getting through it is…. Well, it’s not as easy as the first chapter was ^.^” I did enjoy it, so I will definitely be looking for her other ones!

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      • Kokoro Hane
        Aug 13, 2012 @ 16:57:43

        She DOES have a horror one, but it is unfinished. However, a demo of it is out, and from what I played, it’s interesting.

      • sweetpea616
        Aug 13, 2012 @ 23:29:10

        ^.^” What I meant was that I’ll be keeping an eye out for her future chapters in this series. But I think I might have to check out that demo for the horror one – that sounds fascinating!

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