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If My Heart Had Wings

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Available on:PCJun 28, 2013
Nintendo SwitchSep 5, 2019

Developer: MoeNovel

After a bicycle accident shatters his dreams of becoming a racer, Aoi Minase returns to his hometown, depressed and defeated. With seemingly no hope left for the future and no idea what to do with himself from here on, Aoi meets Kotori Habane―a young girl stuck in a wheelchair with a flat tire. It is on that windmill-dotted hill that Aoi's somber yet touching story of youth, friendship, and flight begins. Upon witnessing a glider soar overhead, Aoi sets off on a journey to realize the dream everyone has as a child: the dream of flight. Working together with Aoi’s childhood friend, Ageha Himegi, the main characters of this visual novel begin rebuilding the Soaring Club, which is on the brink of disbandment at the hands of an uncaring school board. These beginners take hold of their passion, overcoming failures, obstacles, and interference from the school to put everything they have into building their own working glider. Their ultimate goal: to fly through the legendary "Morning Glory"―a rare and stunning weather phenomenon producing a special type of roll-shaped cloud that appears in the morning when the conditions are just right. Join Aoi on this journey as he learns about the sky, his new friends, and much more. Total Play Time: 20 to 30 hours Five character-specific story branches to play through Full voice-overs throughout the game for all characters

If My Heart Had Wings Critic Reviews

If My Heart Had Wings for the Nintendo Switch knows very well what it's doing. With its emotional, enveloping story and characters, this visual novel excels at transmitting feelings and its art style and soundtrack certainly help with this. It would be even better if the game allowed for touchscreen controls but as it is, If My Heart Had Wings deserves its praise and distinction as one of the best visual novels for Nintendo's console.

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6 / 10

If My Heart Had Wings is an entertaining, slice-of-life, light romance/comedy tale, which, strangely enough, also delves with the creation and flying of a glider plane, and even succeeds in making that part entertaining. That being said, this will probably only appeal to fans of the genre and no one else, as it's a somewhat generic choice for a visual novel. Even fans, however, should expect something that takes a bit too long for anything to get going. Prepare yourself for lots and lots of reading, which can eventually put you to sleep.

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If My Heart Has Wings does such a good job of being emotive and evocative in its nostalgia. It's just that beautiful, heartfelt, and well-written that I can't think of a better example of youthful drama across all of the visual novels that I have played over the years.

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