- System: PlayStation Vita
- Developer: Idea Factory
- Publisher: Aksys Games
- Release Date: April 27, 2018
- Rating: T for Teens
- Genre: Visual Novel, Otome Game, Adventure,
- Players: Single Player
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Like many visual novels, be prepared for a text heavy game, although there is some actual gameplay involved outside of just making choices. Variously throughout Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, you will get to fight against the black butterflies, too. If you are tired of the usual visual novel that only has text and a somewhat linear story, then Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly might be a refreshing breath of air for you.
Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly Trailer
A lot of the story really revolves around trying to unlock your memories and building relationships with those around Ai (you). You actually do not have to make choices for a good part of the beginning, and even then, your meddling is minimal. The story is quite interesting as certain things are hinted at, but nothing is outright revealed right away. You just have to keep playing to see if your guesses are right. Like we stated in the previous paragraph, you will use the points you earn from the shooting mini game to unlock memories and side stories. If you haven’t bothered unlocking them, the game will make you unlock them. You aren’t even forced to unlock particular ones, but you will have to play through a few of them to progress the story at certain parts, and they are generally really cute. You may think the side stories are inconsequential, but the characters will reference certain stories from time to time and they will provide some clarity as to the importance of some things. Some of the side stories will also unlock a CG!
Storywise, Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly contains a lot more plot than actual romance compared to other otome games. There’s no way to track your romance with other characters, but it’s clear that they all have some sort of attachment to you regardless of what route you are on. Being the only girl, Ai gets a lot of attention on all sides. All the same, though, the focus of the game is on you attaining your memories and trying to form bonds with these people you find yourself with.
The game itself is reminiscent of The Nonary Games where you are attempting to break yourself free while finding out about the people around you, but story-wise, it reminds us a lot of Sweet Fuse: At Your Side, which had some of the best story telling in localized otome games. As you find out more about the boys around you, you really feel for them and not in a trope-moe way. While the characters follow very set tropes in otome games, they feel very real with extremely realistic problems and complications in their lives, which made each of the stories rather enjoyable as they unlock more and more of the plot. Even the main character, Ai, who follows that rather overdone otome game perfect-in-every-way character does not get boring. It actually works well with the setting and we can see why the boys fall in love with her. Unlike other otome game main characters, Ai can actually take care of herself and even when she is lacking in some skill, she works hard with very minimal interference from the boys. Often times, we found ourselves empathizing with her as we understood some of the emotional struggles she was dealing with.
Probably one of the most surprising features outside of the shooting mini game has to be the fact that Minato Ai is fully voiced, which doesn’t occur too often. Of course, if you prefer your main character to be bland without any real presence, you can turn off her voice, but that’s up to you. It’s a bit stranger, too, that the other characters will call out her name Ai in flashbacks when the name can be changed, but we stuck with the default name so we’re not sure how this will affect others.
One thing that is advertised really heavily has to be the artwork, and upon playing Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, we’d really have to agree. The bright colors appear even more vivid against the dull backgrounds making CGs and gameplay beautiful to look at. It’s very clear why they are so proud of it. We even really appreciate the character designs as there is a lot of detail involved in everyone’s design. There is no place in which this falters. However, we think that something that Aksys Games should have advertised was the soundtrack. While we wouldn’t say it’s one of those ones you want to jam to, the music in Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly was perfect for setting the mood at certain parts of the game and helps to evoke the right type of emotion that the game is trying to get from you.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- The focus is on plot with romance being a subtle side dish
- Beautiful graphics
- Almost no grammatical or spelling errors
- Great soundtrack
- Well-developed plot
- Fun characters that really outdo others in the same tropes
- Likeable main character with personality
- Well throughout and organized flow chart
- Fun mini game
- Low on romance