Bad Apple Wars Review

2018-08-26-081058

BAD APPLE WARS

Release Date: October 13, 2017
Developers: Idea Factory, Otomate
Publishers: Idea Factory, Aksys Games
Platforms:  PS VITA
ESRB Rating: M(Mature)

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Bad Apple Wars was originally first released in November 19, 2015, Japan. Aksys Games, who’s known for localizing a few Otomate titles in the West initially announced Bad Apple Wars during their panel in 2017’s Anime Expo. The game was supposed to release September 29, 2017 (North America and Europe), but was later pushed to October 13, 2017 due to some delays.

I have to admit, it took me a while to pick up BAW from my backlog library. I acquired the game’s Limited Edition last year, from my Gamestop store and while I’ve heard a lot of intriguing mixed reviews regarding this game, I was pretty much pre-occupied finishing my other otoges, I keep putting off playing this one a few times. 

 

Read the game’s synopsis here.

 

Walkthroughs:

1)Higa
2)Shikishima
3)Alma
4)Satoru
5)White Mask

 

ART AND MUSIC
The game’s artwork had a quite unique approach compared to the usual otome art, and its one of the reasons why I’m absolutely fascinated at this artist’s style. The character design was done by Japanese illustrator, “Suou” スオウ who’s also famous for her other works, such as “ALICE-ALICE” aka  Alice in the Forbidden World. You can find the artist’s official pixiv site here.

Another highlight of Bad Appe Wars is the game’s solid soundtrack. While the OP track “Mirror, Mirror” was rather catchy, I found the game’s bgms even more jammin’Listen to my fav track below!

 

Voice Acting

Sakurai Takahiro  “Alma” – Astrum (Period Cube), Uruki (Genbu Kaiden Kagami no Miko), Mejojo von (Black Wolves Saga), Ruki (Diabolik Lovers),  Rui Sagisawa (Nil Admirari)

Akira Ishida Shikishima” – Kent (Amnesia Memories), Zara Skeens (Black Wolves Saga), Tokita Shuya (Clock Zero), Unknown Guy (Period Cube)

Junichi Suwabe “Higa”Van Helsing (Code Realize), Ren (Utapri), Jae-ha (Akatsuki No Yona), Nobushige Sanada (Kurenai)

Hanae Natsuki “Satoru” – Libera (Period Cube), Sera Akito (Collar x Malice), Yuki (Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku), Shirota (Possession Magenta)

Shinnosuke Tachibana “White Mask” – Louis Howard (Midnight Cinderella), Kousei (Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku), Tomoe (Kamisama Kiss), Suruga Akito (KLAP)

Shin’ichirou Miki “Bucket-head sensei” – Toshizo Hijikata (Hakuoki)Nesso Galland (Black Wolves Saga), Yuzuki Murakumo (7’scarlet)

Kouji Yusa “Gas-mask sensei” – Sanosuke Harada (Hakuoki),  Itsuki Kagami (Norn9),  Bernardo (Luckydog1)

Tomokazu Sugita “Rabbit head” – Takuma (Hiro no Kakera), Gin (Gintama), Ron Muroboshi (Norn9), Nobunaga (Ikesen), Reine des Fluers (Hubert), Sasuke Sarutobi (Kurenai)

 

MAIN CHARACTERS (Spoiler Free)

BAD APPLE WARS (1)

At the start of the Common Route, you are prompted to choose a side; The Good Apples or The Bad Apples. For a more engaged gameplay, I strongly recommend to pick the Bad Apple’s side first, and do the Good Apples routes last. For a specific route order, I suggest playing: Higa — Shikishima — Alma — Satoru — White Mask.

 

HIGA

  • Soul Totem: Baseball
  • tsundere
  • those abs doe

Higa is the tall bad boy from the Bad Apples faction. He carries with him a white baseball (as his soul totem), that can explode as a bomb and can sometimes transform into a baseball bat. He greatly respects Alma, calls him “aniki” (brother) and acts as Alma’s right hand.

Higa is one of my favorite characters in BAW, maybe because I started with his route first or perhaps I’m just totally biased when it comes to Suwabe’s voice acting? lol. His route on the other hand was a little lacking as far as how his story was presented. Although I enjoyed his cute little moments with the heroine in NEVAEH Academy, I think his happy ending was a little rushed? I actually, had to re-read his epilogue just to make sure I understood what was going on. lol I liked his backstory though and Higa in general, was a great character in the game and it would’ve been nice if his ending was given more thought and was explained better. ( ̄□ ̄」)

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SHIKISHIMA

  • Soul Totem: Sketchbook and paint brush
  • the frustrated artist
  • Why so emo?

Shikishima neither belongs to the Good Apples nor the Bad Apples’ faction. Rather, he is considered an “Odd Apple” in NEVAEH Academy. He does his own thing and rarely participates in breaking the school rules but does not care for them at all either.  He speaks in a friendly but slightly formal tone and is prone to nature-based metaphors.

I didn’t really understood this character until the last chapters of his story… He is just soooo abstract, it’s hard to figure him out. Shikishima is also a very reserved (and very emo) character it is almost impossible to get a connection with him, making his romance with the heroine very dry and nearly forced. It’s a shame since Shikishima seemed like a really potential deep character to boot, and it could’ve worked if not for a gang amount of plot holes in his story. I like that Shikishima was a curious persona in the game but his character development, not to mention is “happy” ending” – was poorly executed ruining the entirety of his route (for me anyway).  ┐(︶▽︶)┌

BAD APPLE WARS (8)

 

ALMA

  • Soul Totem: Red thread
  • poker faced
  • the leader of the band

Alma is the leader and brains of the Bad Apples. He garners great respect from everyone in the their faction because he’d always come up with a plan in mind whenever their group decides to break the 7 Unbreakable Rules of NEVAEH Academy.  Although he possess an emotionless poker face, he is a man of great charisma – one of the many reasons why everyone deeply trust him and his leadership.

Alma’s route was a longer one compared to the other two previous Bad Apple routes (Higa and Shikishima).  TBH, I wanted to like his route as much as I like his character but perhaps his story just didn’t appeal to me as much??? There were a lot of fluff contents to enjoy, E.g ~ him spending time with the heroine Rinka, in NEVAEH Academy. But it didn’t have anything new to reveal that would explained more about BAW’s overall story – and this was such a let down as I was expecting some sort of plot twist in this route – BUT IT NEVER HAPPENED. (*°ー°)ノ  I guess the best part of Alma’s story (which I enjoyed so much) was his ending, YES, his good ending! Plus the CG!!! It was so fluffy that I forgot all about the plot holes and just snickered happily all through out the end credits. lol

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SATORU

  • Soul Totem: Reference Book
  • naive
  • ❤ “choco banana!”

Satoru is the younger student who was admitted to NEVAEH Academy at the same time as the heroine. He is very obsessed with studying and would frantically spend all his time reading his guide book as if his life depends on it. He is very naive and is unaware of his surroundings but at the same time couldn’t care less about it either. His soul totem is a reference book which seems to have vast information on unlimited number of things, ranging from vocabulary to world history.

Satoru’s route was my favorite in BAW. His story had good pacing, great character development for both him and the heroine, and contains the best fluff  and drama scenes to keep you entertained. To be perfectly honest I never really deemed Satoru’s character interesting until I played his route. His romance with Rinka however, is more of like a “nakama” compared to a lover’s relationship, I guess this is because he’s a few years younger than the her. I also wanted to commend Hanae Natsuki for doing an amazing job portraying Satoru, I probably sobbed a few times, during his monologues. ha! This route was definitely fun, it hit the nail right in the head as far as stirring up your emotions go.

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WHITE MASK

  • Weapon of choice: Prefect’s Ruler
  • Soul Totem: Beads (necklace)
  • true route???

White Mask is the head of the prefects in NEVAEH Academy. He is a mysterious character who’s obsessed with correcting the Bad Apples. His weapon of choice is a (electric?) ruler that zaps students causing them to be in a complete depressed state.  He wears a prefect’s uniform & a faceless white mask and he possess a very strict attitude.

BAD APPLE WARS (010)

While White Mask was hinted to be the true route of Bad Apple Wars, I find it very hard to comprehend that his story was indeed the grand finale of the entire game because it gave me so many questions left unanswered. Just like Alma’s route, his story was lengthier than the others. He had a longer backstory and he gets to spend a lot of time with the heroine for that needed relationship boost. Maybe as a stand alone route, his story  can be considered really good for what it is, but I wouldn’t dare call it the true ending of BAW. I like White Mask as a character regardless, and I may have shed some tears when I read his backstory. lol I just wished there was more to his ending than angst and romance.

 

rinkaRINKA
(Main Heroine)

Perhaps one of the dullest protagonist I’ve ever played. Rinka has no kind of background, characteristics, personality or anything of the sort. This was also made clear several times in the game, during her monologues of being really “empty”. So this makes me wonder… Does the MC for Bad Apple Wars designed as  some sort of personification of the reader or player?  Putting yourself in the protagonist’s shoes is somehow common in dating sims, (especially in mobile games) and although sometimes this set up may work for some, more times than not, IT DOESN’T when it comes to visual novels. It technically kills the likability of a character making the game experience less enjoyable. With Rinka, I wouldn’t say she’s a bad heroine altogether, she is however very boring to play because of the “self-insert factor” the developers made her to be.

 

TRAILER / OPENING MOVIE

 

 

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS? ( ° ∀ ° )ノ゙
Playing Bad Apple Wars was a love-hate kind of experience for me. I really liked how the game started. How the NEAVEH universe was introduced and how the main and side characters were uniquely presented in the story. These aspects alone piqued my interest in the game. However, my excitement sort of died down in the middle of the repetitive playthroughs and the open ended routes.

The fun play of the “afterlife story” in BAW really had potential and I think it would’ve been so much better if the endings were coherently explained well instead of leaving ’em hanging in the dark for curious readers. For the most part, I think the game is still enjoyable If you’e able to find a character that interests you and are willing to overlook some plot inconsistencies of the story, not to mentioned the blandness of the main protagonist.

Overall, I wouldn’t consider Bad Apple Wars a substandard for an otome game / visual novel in general. In fact, I would still recommend it to players that aren’t picky with their otoges and just wants a good visual novel to pass the time. Story wise, this game may not be perfect but it certainly still has some redeemable qualities to look forward to such as its outstanding art style, soundtrack,  and really fun characters that’ll bring you angst and romance all in one gameplay. So…by all means, pick this game up and give it a chance~!
♡( ◡‿◡ )

Chlo’s Rating: 7/10

 

Bad Apple Wars – White Mask Walkthrough

BAD APPLE WARS (09)

WHITE MASK

 

COMMON ROUTE

CHAPTER 1 (Them Apples)
-Choose Good Apples Side
-Gangway Bridge
-Library

 

CHAPTER 2 (Reaper Game)
-Gangway Bridge
-Touch his LEFT HAND (twice) – SHOULDER (twice) – NECK
-Classroom
-Touch his LEFT SHOULDER (twice) – STOMACH (twice) – RULER

 

CHAPTER 3 (Vexam)
-Touch his MASK (twice) – EAR (twice) – CHEST

 

CHAPTER 4 (Wall of Limits)
-Behind School
-Touch his MASK (twice) – SYMBOL ON COLLAR (twice) – HAND

 

CHAPTER 5 (Heart Festival)
-Select All Courtyard
-Gymnasium
-School Grounds
-Touch his MASK (twice) – HANDS (twice) – SHOULDER

 

GOOD ENDING

CHAPTER 6

Create a Save File 1 here

-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
Touch ONLY the NECKLACE on Rinka’s neck (multiple times)

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
Touch ONLY the CHAINS on his wrist (multiple times)

 

CHAPTER 8
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 9
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 10
(Happy Ending)

 

 

NEVAEH ENDING

Load Save File 1

CHAPTER 6
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch ANYWHERE (multiple times) **Except the NECKLACE on Rinka’s neck**

 

CHAPTER 7 
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch ANYWHERE (multiple times) **Except the CHAINS on his wrist**

(Nevaeh Ending)

Bad Apple Wars – Satoru Walkthrough

BAD APPLE WARS (08)

SATORU

 

COMMON ROUTE

CHAPTER 1 (Them Apples)
-Choose Good Apples Side
-Library

 

CHAPTER 2 (Reaper Game)
-Library
-Touch his FACE (twice) – FOREHEAD (twice) – BOOK
-Touch his HEAD (twice) – BOOK (twice) – HAND (twice)

 

CHAPTER 3 (Vexam)
-Touch his CHEST (twice) – HEAD (twice) – FACE

 

CHAPTER 4 (Wall of Limits)
-Classroom
-Touch his SHOULDER (twice) – HEAD (twice) – BACK
-Touch his HEAD (twice) – SHOULDERS (twice) – NECK

 

CHAPTER 5 (Festival of Hearts)
-(Sellect All) Hallway
-Gymnasium
-Courtyard

 

GOOD ENDING

CHAPTER 6 

Create a Save File 1 here

-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his FACE (multiple times) **Do not touch his HAIR or HEAD**

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his HAND (multiple times) **Do not touch his BACK**

 

CHAPTER 8
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 9
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 10
(Happy Ending)

 

 

NEVAEH ENDING:

Load Save File 1

CHAPTER 6
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his HEAD (multiple times)

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his BACK (multiple times)

(Nevaeh Ending)

 

Bad Apple Wars – Alma Walkthrough

BAD APPLE WARS (18)

ALMA

 

COMMON ROUTE

CHAPTER 1 (Them Apples)
-Choose Bad Apples Side
-Roof
-Club Area

 

CHAPTER 2 (Reaper Game)
-Roof
-Touch his FACE (twice) – SHOULDER (twice) – HAIR
-(Select All) Stairway
Art Room
Music Room
Library
-Touch his FACE (twice) – SHOULDER (twice) – RIGHT HAND

 

CHAPTER 3 (Vexam)
-Touch his CHEST (twice) – HAIR (twice) – FACE

 

CHAPTER 4 (Wall of Limits)
-Band Room
-Touch his FACE (twice) – EYES (twice) – HAND
-Touch his FACE (twice) – HAND (twice) – MOUTH

 

CHAPTER 5 (Heart Festival)
-No Choices

 

GOOD ENDING

CHAPTER 6
-No choices

Create a Save File 1 here

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch ANYWHERE (multiple times) **Except his LEFT HAND**

-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch ANYWHERE (multiple times) **Except his TATTOO**

 

CHAPTER 8
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 9
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 10
(Happy Ending)

 

 

NEVAEH ENDING

Load Save File 1

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his LEFT HAND (multiple times)

-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his TATTOO (multiple times)

(Nevaeh Ending)

Bad Apple Wars – Shikishima Walkthrough

BAD APPLE WARS (10)

SHIKISHIMA

 

COMMON ROUTE

CHAPTER 1 (Them Apples)
-Choose Bad Apples Side
-Main Entrance
-Club Area

 

CHAPTER 2 (Reaper Game)
-Behind the School
-Touch his SCARF (twice) – FACE (twice) – HAND
-(Select All) Art Room
-Classroom
Entryway
-Touch his FACE (twice) – SCARF (twice) – LEFT HAND

 

CHAPTER 3 (Vexam)
-Touch his COAT OVER RINKA’S SHOULDER (twice) – FACE (twice) – SHOULDER

 

CHAPTER 4 (Wall of Limits)
-Meeting Room
-Touch his FACE (twice) – HAND – SCARF (twice)

 

CHAPTER 5 (Heart Festival)
-No Choices

 

GOOD ENDING

Create a Save File 1 here

CHAPTER 6
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his FACE (multiple times) **Do not touch his CHEST**

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch ANYWHERE (multiple times) **Except his HAND**

 

CHAPTER 8
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 9
(Happy Ending)

 

 

NEVAEH ENDING

Load Save File 1

CHAPTER 6
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his CHEST (multiple times)

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his HAND (multiple times)

(Nevaeh Ending)

 

Bad Apple Wars – Higa Walkthrough

BAD APPLE WARS (22)

HIGA

 

COMMON ROUTE

CHAPTER 1 (Them Apples)
-Choose Bad Apples Side
-Behind School
-Club Area

 

CHAPTER 2 (Reaper Game)
-Stairway
-Touch his HEAD (twice) – ARM – RIGHT HAND
-(Select All) Gangway Bridge
Stairway
Cafeteria
Classroom
-Touch his HAND – ARM – EAR – EYE

 

CHAPTER 3 (Vexam)
-Touch his MOUTH (twice) – EAR (twice) – HAND

 

CHAPTER 4 (Wall of Limits)
-Handicraft Room
-Touch his LEFT EYE (twice) – MOUTH – LEFT COLLAR BONE

 

CHAPTER 5 (Heart Festival)
No Choices

 

GOOD ENDING

Create a Save File 1 Here

CHAPTER 6
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his HAND (multiple times) or HEAD **Do not touch his SHOULDER**

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
Touch his HEAD (multiple times) **Do not touch his EAR**

 

CHAPTER 8
No Choices

 

CHAPTER 9
No Choices

 

CHAPTER 10
(Happy Ending)

 

 

NEVAEH ENDING:

Load Save File 1

CHAPTER 6
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his LEFT SHOULDER (multiple times)

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his EAR (multiple times)

(Nevaeh Ending)

Otome Backlogs

PSSSP

image So many games so little time!

Can you imagine having to stress out frequently for not finishing a huge backlog in your game library?! Oh the horror!!! (sarcastic laugh) image

So I just recently got a new AC power adapter for my PSVITA (after countless of return dilemmas with amazon *cough*). Now I feel so pumped up to finally finish the games I’ve laid off for a while due to this stupid snag! image

 

imageBacklog list for VITA:
Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth (Currently finishing Lupin’s Route)
– Code Realize: Future Blessings
– Hakuoki Kyoto Winds
-Hakuoki Edo Blossoms
– Bad Apple Wars
– Norn9 (ikr! better late than never! nyan!) image
Hakuoki Edo Blossoms
Collar x Malice (finishing Aiji’s route)
– Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly
-7’Scarlet
-Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk
-Period Cube: Shackles of Amadeus
– Danganropa V3: Killing Harmony (not an otome game)

 

imageBacklog list for Nintendo Switch:
The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya (Currently finishing Tokiwa’s Route, then Hayabusa – last)
– The Men of Yoshiwara: Oghiya
– The Charming Empire
– Dragonball Z Xenoverse 2 (not an otome game but i still need to finish nevertheless! nyan!)
Detention (not an otome game)
– Oxenfree (not an otome game)
-Dandy Shot “Pub Encounter”

 

imageMobile Game Backlogs:
– MM Ray’s Route (Because Cheritz be like “f*ck your schedules!” nyan!)image
Ikemen Sengoku Toki wo Kakeru koi (Currently finishing Shingen’s dramatic route) image
– 
Ikemen Sengoku Toki wo Kakeru koi (I haven’t touched Hideyoshi’s Romantic and Dramatic)

 

 

imageGames I’m Keeping an Eye on (unreleased)
– 7’sCarlet (vita)
– Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk (vita)
– Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)

 

image I hope I get to finish one entire game this weekend so I can move on to the next one asap. I love to take my time and enjoy my precious lovely routes though image so there’s that…  but at the same time, I’m ecstatic to start another adventure on the next game in line.  imageAm I being impatient? nyan!? Wish me luck! nyan, nyan, nyaaaawn. Gambatteimage

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