Aokana - Four Rhythms Across the Blue
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Aokana is a wholesome underdog story ruined by panty shots and sudden nudity. This being said, if you can see past the fan service, the distinctly unlikeable protagonist and one note characters – OK, that's a lot to look past – this actually comes together to create an engaging tale of overcoming fears and the power of friendship, and you can't help but root for them.
Aokana is an entertaining Sci-Fi Sports Fiction story, that is ultimately hard to stomach due to a plethora of lewd and toxic moments packed throughout.
Aokana – Four Rhythms Across the Blue is the type of game you can recommend to someone who is interested in dipping their toe into the world of visual novels.
I adore Aokana. From its characters, to its visuals, to its made up sport, I thoroughly love it all. It's the kind of story that will captivate you while saying and ultimately doing little. For visual novel fans on the Switch it's another triumphant port, and one that has me eager to see what PQube decide to bring us next.
Aokana took me over twenty hours to complete. It seems that Misaki has the longest route while the others are much shorter in comparison. Though I wish there were more meaningful dialogue options, presentation wise Aokana shows just what you can do with a visual novel. The story is a nice change of pace with a good blend of sporting action, comedy and romance. It’s also made me really really wish I could fly.
Aokana is one of the prettiest visual novels I’ve seen. It has a surprising amount of depth to a sport that could’ve easily been a background excuse for the events to occur, and instead, we get techniques of flight and details explanations about the sport with diagrams. The game has a great story that unfortunately falls a bit with each heroine’s route, with some of them having potential for much much more. As a statement for Aokana’s quality, despite the flaws, the game is still highly recommended for anyone who enjoys visual novels.
Aokana: Four Rhythms Across the Blue is an excellent visual novel, whose charismatic characters and personal dramas are deeply engaging. By developing its story around a fictional sport and also offering good moments of comic relief, it is able to explore a variety of emotions, masterfully demonstrating the necessary qualities for the genre.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Aokana - Four Rhythm Across the Blue is a romantic visual novel with erogue overtones. This game tells us a sport’s school story through a world where people can fly thanks to antigravity shoes. It has a beautiful illustration stands out on the plot and the soundtrack, two points are already excellent. We will have four routes to choose with very well created characters and many CG images. I consider it an ideal game for anyone who wants to enter otomes or gives them a chance. Likewise, people are already used to playing these games, they will enjoy it very much.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Overall, Aokana is a really engaging story with characters that truly grow on you the more you see them. While there may be a few hiccups with some finicky controller options, there isn't any other issues "gameplay" wise. The story is entertaining and rather fresh as it has no gimmicks used as a fall back, there are tons of graphics for displaying both the sport matches as well as characters, and the vast majority of the cast are truly interesting to watch interact with other people. While these types of stories are generally pretty subjective, if you even have an inkling of picking this title up, at the very least you shouldn't come out disappointed.
Surely one of the best visual novels nowadays, not just for the great history that they explain, it's because they make you feel so much inside of it. Also, it has a great design of characters and world with a very good soundtrack.
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