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KARAKARA
Developed by: calme
Published by: Sekai Project
Release date: June 27, 2016
Available on: Windows
Genre: Visual novel
Number of players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Not rated
Price: $9.99

Thank you Sekai Project for sending us this visual novel to review!

A great calamity wiped away three quarters of the human population and the ones that remained experienced reproductive difficulties.  By merging traits with cats, dogs, and even vampires, humans began to thrive again on the hot and dry earth.  Persecution took place among the various forms of humans, but in some areas like the village of Sagami Francisco they all manage to live peacefully.

Sagami Francisco has a population of two thousand and on a lonely desert road is a café run by Leon and his live-in employee Lucia.  Leon and Lucia are close like family though they are not related.  Since Leon’s parents passed away they have been running the café and have been desperately seeking more help to ease their workloads a bit.

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Highlights:

Strong Points: Great artwork and expressive (Japanese) voice acting
Weak Points: Game is only two hours long
Moral Warnings: While there are no sex scenes in the Steam version, an 18+ patch is available; some sexual situations; minor language (d*mn)

On a drive to the city, Leon and Lucia encounter Aisia on the side of the road and offer her a ride to their café. They take pity on her and offer her a job and a place to live.  At first Aisia is klutzy, but she learns quickly and becomes quite helpful.  

Cullen, the resident police officer (who wears a skimpy uniform) often reminds Leon that bigamy is permitted in their state.  Though Leon and Lucia were not romantically involved, their relationship changes once Aisia comes into their lives.  Lucia takes on a maternal role and guides her while Leon fears that she will become jealous of Aisia.  

Since this game is only two hours long I won’t divulge too much information about the story.  There is a demo available and I’m curious how much of the story is revealed in that.  I enjoyed playing this visual novel and liked the characters and their silly banter.  

Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 74%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 81%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 7/10
Sexual Content - 6.5/10
Occult/Supernatural - 7/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

Unfortunately, some of the events in this game are sexual in nature, but nothing too sensuous takes place.  There is some fan service with bust shots as the two main female characters debate on who is more endowed and ask Leon to be the judge and settle the matter.  There is also a scene where Aisia inadvertently shows off her rear end and skimpy underwear while hunched over and cleaning the floor.  Both Lucia and Leon take notice and Leon gets called out for doing so. Last but not least is a scene where the girls get to see Leon’s guy parts.  Fortunately, this scene is described, but not shown.  There is an adult patch for this game and I have no idea what it adds visually or story wise as I was not interested in it.

In the end, KARAKARA is a short and entertaining visual novel.  Because of its length I would not recommend paying full price for it.  It may be worth picking up on sale as long as the fan service and mild language doesn’t bother you.  Be sure to browse through the Steam screenshots before purchasing this title.

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