- System: PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
- Publisher: Sekai Project
- Developer: NEKO WORKs
- Release Date: November 26, 2020 (December 2020 on PS4, Switch)
- Pricing: $8.99
- Rating: T (+18 DLC available)
- Genre: Visual Novel, Eroge
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://nekopara.com/vol/vol04.html
ネコぱらvol.4～ネコとパティシエのノエル～ OPムービー NEKOPARA vol.4
Who it Caters to
In this story, a man called Kashou Minaduki runs a patisserie that's well-known not only because of how good their cakes look and taste but also because everyone loves to go there to spend some time with Kashou's employees, six beautiful cat-girls. That's right; in this world, neko-girls exist, and these cuties will do anything for their Master!
As you can see, NEKOPARA's theme is quite specific, and only those who like cat-waifus and cloying stories will truly understand this masterpiece.
What to Expect
To be honest with you, NEKOPARA Vol. 4 is a short yet really well-crafted story that can be enjoyed by almost anyone, even if this is your first NEKOPARA game. In fact, you could even enjoy it regardless of the ecchi/hentai content, so believe us when we say this is way more than just an erotic visual novel.
A clean UI always helps you focus on what's actually important, so that's another golden star for NEKOPARA Vol. 4. Frankly, there's nothing bad to say about how this game looks, and we're sure seeing all these cuties dressed in sexy Christmas outfits will put you in the mood... the seasonal mood, of course.
Although there are several chapters, we can easily divide NEKOPARA Vol. 4 into four acts: first, we have Kaishou's mother's birthday, where we learn a little more about the fight between Kashou and his father (the latter doesn't seem to accept the fact that his son ditched his legacy and instead decided to pursue a career related to Western cakes and sweets). Then, we have a mandatory visit to an onsen (because why not? It's an eroge, after all...) shortly followed by a 3 day trip to France. Finally, there's a Christmas meeting at the Minaduki residence, where Kashou confronts his father for the second time.
We loved discovering the true origin of Japan's La Soleil, mostly because this is proof that the NEKOPARA series can be more than just fanservice. There's a story here, and it's worth telling. While everything that happens in France is wrapped in an aura of melancholy and sweetness, all scenes at the Minaduki's are a mix of heartwarming moments and awkward fights... just like every other Christmas party, right?
Since it's a visual novel, there's not much we can say about the gameplay... but NEKOPARA Vol. 4 is worth every dollar!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
If you want some "replay value," just buy the +18 DLC, and we're sure you'll come back to this game every now and then, like a true NEKOPARA fan. If you know what we mean...
- Sayori's art is always a pleasure to see.
- Great voice acting!
- Simple yet interesting plot that adds depth to several characters in the NEKOPARA universe.
- Only a few hours long, with no alternate routes.
Honey's Final Verdict:
NEKOPARA Vol. 4 (clean version) is already available on Steam. It will arrive on PlayStation and Switch next month.