If you love visual novels, otome games, or the Code: Realize anime, Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ may be a great game for you. As the third installment in a romantic visual novel series, Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ does have heavy romantic notes, but there is still a story to tell, especially in the side story featuring a new girl, Cantarella. It’s a text heavy visual novel, so be forewarned if you hate reading. If you have not played the previous games, we recommend playing Code: Realize ~Bouquet of Rainbows~ so that you can get all caught up on the story, or else a few things will be amiss. Now, let’s see how worthwhile Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ is!
What to Expect
If you have played the other Code: Realize games, you know that these games are text based, but like the previous game, Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~, Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ allows you to dive right in to your story of choice without having to playout a main story with branching storylines.
Will you continue the storyline from ~Future Blessings~ or go on a two-on-one date as heads clash? Or perhaps you’ll want to discover other stories that have yet to be told. Who exactly will hold the key to your heart in this visual novel? You’ll have to play to find out.
If you choose to purchase the Limited Edition version of Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~, it includes 6 acrylic figurines in chibi design that are about 3 inches in height, 8 character cards, and a collectible box for all of your goodies!
Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ Trailer
We’re continuing on with the adventures of Cardia, a girl whose skin is extremely poisonous and lacks a human heart but has plenty of love. In Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~, Cardia is in for more adventure this winter as crime and excitement are afoot in the steel city of London. From dates with someone from the cast to finding trouble with her new friend Cantarella, there is no end to the type of fun that is in store for Cardia this season.
If you have never played a visual novel before, as we said earlier, you need to be prepared for text heavy gameplay. On the plus side, unlike games like Nekopara, you get to contribute to the story by making choices that can raise your affection level with your intended bachelor. Of course, unlike most visual novels, you are allowed to just dive right into the story of your choosing in Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ since this is the third installment in the game, but this is consistent with its predecessor ~Future Blessings~.
So for the first part of the gameplay, you get to go on two-on-one dates with bachelors from the main cast (Impey, Lupin, Victor, Van, Saint-Germain). You can just mix and match your favorite bachelors and then a different scenario will play out. The game also features additional scenarios should you unlock them by pressing a sequence of buttons as shown on the screen. These characters are not customizable, but they feature bonus characters like Watson, Gretel, and Nemo. The two-on-one dates are cute and fun for anyone who wants to see the characters fighting over them!
Then there are the other stories. One mode lets you continue the story with one of the five main cast. You just choose your bachelor and continue on from where you left off in ~Future Blessings~. The stories are rather cute and show both sides of the romance between Cardia and whoever you pick.
On top of those stories, you can also further the stories of Herlock Sholmes and Finis! Then there’s an additional side story featuring a new character named Cantarella, which was a treat. I actually greatly enjoyed Cantarella’s story, including her CGs, and appreciated how it added to the story without feeling like it was forced into the main story. It also solidified my belief that Code: Realize is centered around father-daughter like relationships, which can be great. I like them as it’s really subtle!
There’s a lot of thought put into Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ when it comes down to the other details like the CGs and the soundtrack. The winter motifs are well down as well taking the CGs up a notch compared to the other games. Winter is nothing but beautiful, no? Now, will there be another game set in spring? Guess we’ll have to see.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ is the latest addition to the Code: Realize series and it’s a fun addition with lots of romance and other side stories. Your favorite seiyuu are back voicing all of the characters, and the character designs are as beautiful as ever with the winter motif. While I happen to think it’s a bit overpriced for what you get compared to the very first game, you’ll still manage to keep busy playing Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~. It’s a great third installment and we love how it really adds to what we love the most out of otome games, romance!
Beautiful CGs and great character designs using the winter motifs (especially Cantarella)
Great new story involving Cantarella
Fun two-on-one dates with the main cast with 3 additional stories involving other side characters
All of your favorite seiyuu come back to revoice the characters
Continue to include characters like Herlock Sholmes and Watson as included in the 2nd game
Some stories are slower than others
There is less in the way of actual plot compared to the first game
Rather expensive game for the content that you receive (especially the Limited Edition version of the game)
Honey's Final Verdict:
Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ was a fun game to play and we are so thankful to have gotten our hands on this game. It’s not exactly surpassing the first game, but it’s a nice additional with more of the romance we love. What do you readers out there think? Is Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ on your list? Do you want to play the game? Or perhaps you’re still debating on it. Share all of your thoughts below!
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