So I just finished the game and ahhh!!! My goodness I hadn't expected to enjoy it so much?!?!
I booted up the game and I ended up using up half of my day on it before I even realized! This has definitely been one of the best visual novels I've ever played!!
First off, I really liked the diversity of the characters in the story!
[SPOILERS WILL BE DISCUSSED]
I played Kylan's route first (by accident) and then Lyall and lastly Everea's. It might've been better to do Everea's route before Lyall's since their route is right in the heart of the matter but it's always best to start of with Kylan's since the introduction to the plot of the story is smooth in his route. While I'm not saying the other routes weren't smooth about it, it's just that in the order I did it in, Kylan introduced the start of the problem while Lyall finished piecing everything else together. So when I started Everea's route I was curious on how the story was going to involve her (especially since she's barely there for Kylan's route and basically disappears in Lyall's) but I was delighted to find out how the route involved her in the problem of the story and it was a very interesting, new perspective to view the problem from!
That being said, I'd say I'm biased towards Lyall because he's my favorite (and I have a thing for blondes //SHOT) but I really enjoyed all of the characters!
I loved the way Kylan and Lyall's routes were loosely connected to each other, like how you do one route after finishing the other and you can actually get a feeling of when these things took place in the other route! For example, for the majority that Lyall is missing in Kylan's route, you get to know what they were doing the whole time they were gone in Kylan's route and vice versa for Lyall's.
As I've said before, Everea was a completely different perspective and it was amazing. Though I found a few bugs. In Everea's secret route, in the part where everyone gathers in the guild and gives speeches, when Everea leaves and returns to your group, her art covers Lyall's but this moves back to its original position in the middle when they leave. Another bug is in the third route's ending where Teddy's picture is very big and way out of proportion for the screen. The picture goes back to the usual size when Everea enters the scene though, but at the cost of Everea's picture being the one that's too big.
I have to say I really enjoyed all the routes and the endings! While I found Kylan and Lyall's second endings to be the happiest, I'd have to say that Everea's first ending is the happiest.
That being said, the route I enjoyed the most was Lyall's. You were closer to the source of the problem and you could have a better feel of its magnitude, the problems of the king, why Lyall is so loyal to the monarchy even in other routes, what the humans were planning to do, etc. I greatly enjoyed the interactions between Aliya and Lyall (since I share the same humor and feelings as well) and the conversations were deep and philosophical, and boy am I a nerd for both of those things.
Out of all the endings, I have to say I enjoyed Lyall's the most because of how down to earth it all seemed. In how Lyall expressed that they wished they could've helped the king and wondered if they could've done something, but always knowing in the end that they're insignificant and wouldn't really change anything. Up until now I didn't understand the logic behind that philosophy, cause every action we do has a consequence, right? But strangely enough, I was finally able to understand it through this game and I believe that just made me more fond of it cause I learned something from it.
All in all, I apologize for the long comment, but I really really enjoyed this game and I would like to thank all of you for creating it but also say what a great job all of you did?? A game that has a deep, involving plot, interesting and diverse characters, and definitely gives you something to think about all done under one month.
All the routes were well written and the CG's were all very nice! (though some had, in my opinion, better CG's than others or had more than the other routes)
Thank you to the awesome team of Ebullience games for creating such an amazing game! I'll definitely be replaying it some time in the future hahaha
P.S. Is there any way for people to send in fan art? Not that I might have any, nooo, heheh..