Nicole is a relationship simulator with a mysterious twist from WinterWolves Video games. You play as Nicole throughout her first semester in school, which has been the house for 3 mysterious kidnappings. Except for that, there are 4 completely different boys for Nicole to get to know.
There’s numerous mechanics to this sport. It’s arrange as a visible novel with a plethora of locations to attend out and in of campus. You’ll be able to go to the lecture rooms, the pharmacy, the park, the library, cafeteria, the movie show, and plenty of different locations. You are able to do completely different actions in every space. For instance, you’ll be able to go jogging, loosen up with nature, or observe individuals on the park. Every exercise offers you sure stat factors.
Except for making an attempt to woo a particular character and resolve a thriller, time administration performs an enormous function on this sport, and your stats have an enormous hand in that.
Nicole has power and morale that may go up and down primarily based on how busy she is together with her actions. You’ll be able to at all times head again to her dorm and take a nap, although, which can replenish these stats a bit bit. She additionally has zeal, amity, diligence, wit, and clues. It’s tougher to spice up these stats than you’ll suppose.
Stat-boosting is the place time administration is available in and makes the sport a bit unattainable to beat. The sport begins on September 1st and ends on December twenty first. Every day is damaged up into six occasions, comparable to daybreak, morning, afternoon, night, nightfall, and evening. You’ll be able to’t do something throughout daybreak as Nicole is simply waking up. You’ll be able to’t do something at evening both, since Nicole is sleeping and that’s when the day ends. So, you might have 4 probabilities to do an exercise. After all, some actions comparable to your part-time job (when that unlocks) or going to class (which is automated on some days) take up about 2-3 time slots. Primarily, you might have little time to do something.
The timing makes the gameplay unfair. Whereas the sport doesn’t clarify this (I really seemed it up after my first playthrough), you should max out a particular stat along with growing your relationship degree to 100% with a sure man. If you wish to resolve the thriller on the identical time, you additionally should max out your clues stat.
By “max out”, I imply bringing these stats to 999 factors when some actions solely provide you with as little as 3-5 factors typically.
For sure, the story was bland, principally as a result of I couldn’t resolve the thriller myself and had a tough time getting the reply. Nicole might increase her clues stat however no info could be given, solely factors. The upper a sure stat, a brand new cutscene would unlock with one of many characters or one thing else to maneuver the thriller ahead but it surely solely defined what was happening. There wasn’t a lot so that you can determine your self.
There are ten completely different endings, and because of the stats, some appear unattainable to get. I by no means did get the true ending after quite a few playthroughs – a minimum of, not alone. Fortunately, you’ll be able to play the sport in a visible novel mode the place the stats don’t come into play. You may also select which ending you need to go for in that mode.
The visible novel mode isn’t too dangerous, however the selections your character must make are few and much between. So, primarily, you’re studying and nonetheless not in a position to determine the thriller your self. My hunch concerning the offender was appropriate, however solely as a result of the best way the character acted made it apparent. I solely discovered it out by way of the visible novel mode.
I take pleasure in visible novels, however this took away a lot of the satisfaction of really strategically boosting your stats and fixing the thriller myself.
Additionally, I didn’t care about any of the characters. Nicole was whiney and annoying, and not one of the guys had redeeming qualities. Most of them had been sexist. However Nicole at all times laughed it off as a result of the fellows had been cute. After enjoying by way of the sport a couple of occasions, I grew bored of the story and making an attempt to unravel the thriller, and had the sport on auto simply so I might see a couple of of the completely different endings.
Nicole is an effective wanting sport, although. I’d say it’s saving grace is that the artwork model was stunning. The characters seemed nice, and the backgrounds had been pretty to take a look at. The music was effectively composed as effectively. Nevertheless, more often than not, the music didn’t match the temper on display. For instance, the candy, generic theme performed for many scenes, even when a few the characters had been combating. Throughout a suspenseful half, the music performed sounded as if Nicole was heading right into a boxing match to brawl. So, the music was good, but it surely threw me out of the sport.
The controls had been clean, and the general sport performed effectively. I did benefit from the time administration mechanics blended with a visible novel. It was a good suggestion, simply not executed effectively.
There’s numerous replay worth right here if you wish to get all ten endings, however the identical story will get boring after some time. It felt as if the sport was forcing you to replay this one a number of occasions – greater than ten occasions simply to get the ten completely different endings.