In NEKOPARA Vol. 0, the first fandisk for NEKO WORKs’ original doujin game, you’re invited to spend a day together with the catgirls (and their owner) from Volume 1. Although short, it retains the gorgeous art, cute characters, and polished production of the first game, and is just enough to tide us over until the release of Volume 2, supposedly coming in December of this year. Nyaaaan~
While the game is short, clocking in at only around one hour’s playtime, it’s still the kind of high-quality experience we’ve come to expect from NEKO WORKs.
The story follows a day in the life of the neko girls of the Minaduki residence. Each mini-chapter opens with two of the characters introducing the time and activity in adorably out of sync voices.
And so the day goes on with the nekos managing to get up to all sorts of mischief even when doing the most mundane of tasks.
There’s no real plot here to speak of, but it’s enjoyable just being able to spend time with all the different characters and get to know their personalities a bit better. Personally Chocola and Vanilla are actually my least favourite characters of the bunch, so I was very happy to see all the others getting just about equal screen time here.
In terms of time frame, it’s set as a prequel to Volume 1 while Kashou is still living at home and, while we never see him, there are mentions made of how busy he is baking all the time that tie the two volumes together.
The art and voice acting are all excellent and on a par with the original game. The sprites still make use of E-mote technology, and I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that they haven’t done away with the all-important boob jiggle settings. The backgrounds are also really vibrant and detailed and really help you to feel like you’re there in the Minaduki’s home.
Interestingly, neither the package edition nor the Steam version are rated 18+. I wouldn’t go so far as to call them all-ages titles (see the images below), but there is no overtly sexual content. Whether or not this was a business decision doesn’t really matter, since such scenes would have felt out of place in this slice-of-life tale anyway.
There is, however, the fun addition of a “petting mode” where you can run your mouse over the girls and have them purr for you. It’s just a small thing, but it adds to the interactivity of the game and is another of those little features that elevates the quality of this doujin title.
If you’re a fan of the original game then you really can’t go wrong with this fandisk. For those who haven’t played Volume 1 then this can also serve as a short, sweet, and cheap introduction to the (planned) series. I really enjoyed this visual novel, and I’m looking forward to the promised Volume 2.
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