- System: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: PQUBE
- Developer: Art Co. Ltd.
- Release Date: June 4, 2019
- Rating: RP
- Genre: Adventure, Visual Novel, Puzzle
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://pqube.co.uk/kotodama/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
The idea of Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa is pretty simple. Players assume the role of a protagonist—whose gender can be chosen upon the beginning of the game—who has made a pact with a demon fox allowing them a special power called Kotodama. They will need this power as the school they’re attending is filled with a dark mystery that lies not only in the school itself but those attending as well. We won’t spoil something big about Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa, but we will tell you now, it’s not as cute as you might initially think. Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa almost has a theme similar to Higurashi or Doki Doki Literature Club as things get dark…quickly. Let us digress though and talk about what you really want to know about, the gameplay.
Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa plays like a visual novel fused with themes found in HuniePop. As you progress through Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa, you’ll read through dialogue and make choices, but you’ll also be using your Kotodama power. Thanks to your spirit pact with a fox demon, you can invade into the minds/hearts of others and unveil their hidden secrets by stripping them down, literally. The puzzle elements involves matching just three colored icons—or more—to make combos that raise an affection gauge with the character you’re invading. Based on their attitude and style, some colored gems—which each represent various attributes—raise the gauge faster. You have a specific number of turns to get to each level—the levels are represented by clothing coming off—with extra turns added upon passing a threshold. It’s a very simple set up, but there’s a lot of fun to be had trying for big combos. Plus, you can play through the puzzle game part of Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa in the main menu and choose from different underwear for the characters and raise the difficulty as you progress through the story.
The beauty of Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa is that—like most visual novels—replay is a must. There’s a lot of mystery elements to Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa and only beating the game several times will lead you to a true ending. You’ll want that true ending as well seeing as how Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa is truly a captivating mystery tale with some truly big twists that you won’t see coming! Again, no spoilers, but be prepared for plot twists you wouldn’t have guessed coming.
Another element we really enjoyed about Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa is the art style. While Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa clearly is going for an anime theme, there’s almost a western influence in some of the character design which makes for some truly unique designs. Some characters don’t look that impressive—the side characters look terrible compared to the mains—but it’s not enough to ruin the overall look to Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa. Equally, some of the CGs in Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa are truly creepy and powerful.
If we had any complaints about Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa it would come in two forms. The first is the voice acting from some of the characters. For whatever reason, some voice overs sound like they were phoned in or done in very echo filled rooms degrading the feel to Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa. Our other minor gripe is the puzzle games themselves aren’t too difficult. While you can up the difficulty of the puzzle game outside the main story, during the story, the puzzles rarely are difficult. There is some luck involved with occasional moments where no moves could be made, but often that wasn’t enough to make us lose.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Puzzle gameplay mixed with visual novel themes makes for a fun VN that doesn’t get boring or repetitive
- Unique art style that feels like an anime and an American themed drama at the same time
- Great story with a rewarding narrative
- Multiple playthroughs reveal a grander story that truly hits some solid notes
- Solid OST with decent voice acting
- Sometimes some of the voice acting seems phoned in
- Isn’t a particularly hard puzzle game