TheThe Chaos Head Noah and Chaos Child Double Pack recently arrived on the Nintendo Switch, and given how little is always said about the genre, we thought we’d give you this dedicated review: It’s not going to be easy, but we’re trying anyway.
If we talk about the visual novel, Writing a review is definitely difficult. The first reason is the most obvious: they are titles based almost entirely on narrative, so writing one word too much risks slipping the article into the realm of wild spoilers. The second, and perhaps most obvious, is the extent to which these titles target a particular niche, and it is difficult to explain their essence to those who, perhaps, know absolutely … nothing about the genre. Third, more realistic: playing a visual novel requires a significant amount of hours. Not to mention playing two.
Let’s face it: the Nintendo Switch is a literal playground for visual novel fans. Titles that require particularly high-performance hardware to run aren’t, even if some of them have larger gameplay elements, such as the Danganronpa series (we’re thrilled by RAIN CODE), being able to experience these experiences in portability is a godsend. Recently, Chaos Head Noah and Chaos also arrived in Nintendo’s hybrid baby double pack, Two of the titles that can also be purchased are separately published by Spike Chunsoft and date back to 2008 (Chaos Head) and 2016 (Chaos Child), which we’ll talk about in more detail in this dedicated review. It won’t be easy, but we’ll try.
If Spike Chunsoft is interested in publishing, then for the development of Chaos Head and Chaos Child we find Mages, Nitrpolus and Chiyomaru Studio. The two titles are in fact part of an expanded universe (the Science Adventure series), in which we also find more popular visual novels, such as the famous Steins portal and less known to Western audiences Robotics Notes. Among the various episodes, completely separate from each other In terms of the plot and often thematic as well, one can find different points of contact and allusions, but there are no particular connections.
All things considered, if you are a fan of the genre, you can easily start experiencing the Science Adventure series by playing Chaos Head, the progenitor of all, this time suggested by Spike Chunsoft in their Noah version, A kind of Director’s Cut that includes alternate routes and a lot of new content. Both chapters, in fact, are not, as they are called in technical terminology, from Kinetic visual novels, that is, VNs that define one storyline and do not allow any kind of interaction with it by the player, and thus he finds himself living what the developers thought of and that’s it. In both Chaos Head and Chaos Child, your choices will have important consequences, even if you realize it too late.
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Chaos Head Noah is about a young otaku, Nichigo TakumiWe can’t identify him as a hikikomori just because he goes to school. On predetermined days in the calendar he prepares, which allows him to accumulate the necessary hours so as not to lose the opportunity to graduate, thus fulfilling the requests of his parents. For the rest, Takumi spends his days locked away in the container he calls home, Between hentai, an alternate life as a hero in his favorite MMORPG and lots and lots of inner discomfort.
His complete inability to communicate with the outside world and people, even his sister, permeates a life of confinement and exclusion. Takumi is alone, terribly, and he doesn’t mind it at all. Being the center of attention of his classmates terrifies him, so he does his best to be, literally, invisible. The few relationships he has are very superficial, and in any case, he tries to avoid them in every possible way.
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In this wonderful context of peace and serenity, there is also a series of strange crimes that occur in the Giga-Shibuya area. A group of boys commit suicide by clasping their hands and throwing themselves off a building, a dead body of a man and a child inside his stomach, and so on. Ah, yes: if it is not understoodObviously, both visual novels were designed for an adult audience.
This crime track, especially because of its spectacular viewing, became “popular” in public opinion under the name New Generation Madness, which was later shortened to NewGen. Takumi’s life changes vertically when, due to a series of unfortunate events, He finds himself witnessing one of these crimes closelyAnd the degree of his psychosis and social phobia rose to new and unknown heights. We don’t want to reveal more, we may have already done a lot, but we assure you that Chaos Head Noah’s script works, and it works a lot.
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Of course, you’ll inevitably have to come to terms with the fact that it’s a typical Japanese product, so there are some nuances to the animation and some terribly stereotypical characters. However, Takumi’s role, as well as his constantly evolving and involuntary personality, makes it all very interesting to followalthough in some situations the protagonist proves terribly unbearable.
As we mentioned from the beginning, the choices made in Chaos Head will greatly affect the narrative, leading to very different endings. Illusions encountered throughout the story allow you to select one of two options, positive or negative: The fusion of these choices will lead to completely different eventsfar in time and different between the different characters that we will have links with throughout the game.
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Chaos Child, on the other hand, tells of a completely different protagonist than Nishijo Takumi, in every respect. The background to the adventure is always the famous Shibuya and takes place six years after the events of Chaos Head. We will live like Miyashiro Takerua keen journalism enthusiast and member of the related school club, who finds himself mixed up, also in this case, in a series of rather strange crimes.
The themes are very different from Chaos Head, also due to the protagonist being very far from Takumi. Although Takuru is still passionate about the magical world of anime, he is not an antisocial loner and aloof from the outside world, quite the opposite. The boy is well integrated into society, he is alert and active And this remarkable difference between the two visual novels allows not to get bored and not to have a constant sense of Dejà Vu. The narrative of Chaos Child also remains at very high levels, but we found it at times slower and more tedious than a slice of life items and moments, not found in Chaos Head, which in our opinion is superfluous.
A new mechanic has also been added in Chaos Child, where you will be instructed to be a real detective (instead of a journalist) which will put a strain on your attention span. At certain moments in the narrative, in fact, You will be called to arrange the clues you gotto try to make sense of the unsolved crimes that haunt the neighborhood.
Here we conclude our quick review of the Chaos Head Noah and Chaos Child Double Pack. The problems with trying titles like this are many, which is why it is suitable for a small circle of gamers. Despite the choices, despite the moments of investigation, in both Chaos Head and Chaos Child you’ll spend most of your time reading walls of English-language texts. Certainly not a simple matter, if you are not passionate about thrillers and do not have a good knowledge of the language. Nevertheless, they are both excellent visual novels for fans of the genre, who will find themselves faced with well-told stories and unexpected twists. For everyone else: there are much easier titles to get you started!
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