- System: PC, PS Vita
- Publisher: Idea Factory, Intragames Co..Ltd.
- Developer: Otomate, Idea Factory, TOYBOX
- Release Date: March 12, 2019
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Visual Novel
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.otomate.jp/7scarlet/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
In case you haven’t played 7’scarlet before, here’s what to expect. 7’scarlet starts off with an interesting set up. Players assume the role of a young woman—her name can be changed but her default name is Ichiko Hanamaki—who goes to the town of Okunezato to find her missing brother who disappeared there a while ago. It doesn’t take too long to notice the town is far from normal and seems to be plagued with strange occurrences and even stranger locals. Ichiko will ultimately run into various men who are in the town for varying reasons and will have to make choices to get closer to her brother’s whereabouts as well as solve the mystery of the town. At first glance, 7’scarlet seems to be yet another otome game with a focus on attractive men all being in love with Ichiko for the mere reason that she’s a female. However, 7’scarlet has a few tricks up its sleeve from keeping the narrative too trope-like.
As with most VNs, you will be reading and making choices that alter the path of 7’scarlet’s tale. Will you help the childhood friend get closer to his desire—aka you—or will you help the seemingly cold mystery man because you feel he’s got this appealing aura? Each choice will guide you along toward one of the male routes and in turn change how 7’scarlet plays out. Okay, so 7’scarlet doesn’t do much different than the usual otome game setup, but where it excels greatly is the narrative that plays out as you progress. While these characters all share the usual male themes—childhood friend, young-looking boy and so on—their involvement in the town differs greatly and often can be quite surprising. Plus, if you want 7’scarlet’s true ending, you’ll need to get each of the character’s routes done before you can unlock it. This can take you quite some time as each character—there are several—has three possible outcomes from normal, good and bad endings. 7’scarlet is pretty lengthy but each tale is intriguing enough to warrant repeated playthroughs.
Outside of the simple gameplay style—which you know to expect with a majority of VNs—7’scarlet other great strengths lie in the visuals, soundtrack and impressive vocal performances. 7’scarlet looks incredible for a VN with a lot of emphasis on background imagery and character designs. While the characters themselves can be seen in a slew of other visual novels or reverse harem series—we swear some of these characters look straight out of Diabolik Lovers—they still are well drawn and unique enough to go with any girl’s taste. The CGI and pseudo-real video segments also look great giving 7’scarlet a truly creepy feeling occasionally. The opening cinematic alone felt like it could have been from a horror series which really roped us in from the gate. Lastly, the vocal work is excellent with characters all sounding distinct and accurate to their appearances. We did love that if you keep Ichiko’s name default, then others will respond to our heroine by her name and not just be silent when they say something that revolves around her.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Wonderful visuals with a nice roster of guys to choose from
- Voice acting nails the performances of these characters
- The story will pull you in from the moment you begin and make you want to play through all the character’s routes for the true ending
- Menu/path system isn’t explained very well
- Doesn’t do much from other otome games