[Beyond PlayStation] Yu-No: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World Review
Point and click adventure YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world from Spike Chunsoft is out on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world review!
YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world is a point and click adventure with visual novel elements that was originally released way back in 1996 for the PC-98, a home computer in Japan, as well as for the Sega Saturn. For its PC-98, it was a release that included content of a mature nature, and now we’re getting YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world as an HD remake that is now available on the Nintendo Switch – as well as on the PlayStation 4 – with an M for Mature rating.
The game’s story circles around Takuya, a student whose father, Dr. Koudai Arima, has seemingly died recently after a landslide buried him alive. It’s an unfortunate event, but Takuya doesn’t seem to have been affected by it since he wasn’t close to his father, as he was too busy studying the past to pay attention to the present. Dr. Arima had married six months prior to who would become Takuya’s stepmother, before tragically dying, so it’s just him and her who are left.
You’ll be moving around an on-screen cursor with the left analog stick, the right analog stick, or the D-Pad, interacting with the A button. Since this is one of those “there are many ways the story can play, and many paths you can travel through,” you can access the Story Branch Map by pressing the Y button. Since you’ll be taking on different sections more than once, you can set to start Skip Mode – thus skipping over text at a steady pace – by pressing the ZL or ZR buttons, deactivating it by pressing either button one more time.
As you can probably guess, since YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world is a point and click adventure that dives a bit into visual novel territory, you’ll be pointing your cursor at the screen and clicking as needed to investigate each area you visit, getting some extra information on the area itself and the items present in your immediate vicinity. Once you’ve collected some items to help you progress further in the story, you’ll be putting them to good use to solve the puzzles you find in your adventure.
The game features full voice acting in Japanese with plenty of text for you to read if you’re not someone who can understand Japanese. Reviewing point and click adventures is always hard, especially those with dating sim elements since one might end up revealing too much, thus ruining another player’s time with the game. What I will mention is that there are a couple of particularly interesting twists down the road that changes how you experience your time with YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world – you’ll know what I mean once you get there. OK, fine. I can’t take it anymore. Here’s something to keep you busy: there’s going to be time-traveling thanks to the Reflector Device, which will allow you to travel through different timelines.
Since this is a visual novel point and click adventure with a ton of story and plenty of text to go along with the voice acting, you can go into the configure menu to change how you experience YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. You can set the message speed, how fast auto mode presents messages, if you want to skip all messages or only messages you’ve already seen, if you want to use the original background music or the remake one, the volume for the background music, the effects, and the voices, and more.
YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world is an interesting remake of an old-school adventure visual novel that has been polished into and HD shape, giving us a huge journey to take on during the dozens of hours it will take you to complete this one. If you pick up the physical Day 1 Edition for YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world on Nintendo Switch, inside of the box, you will find a code you can redeem on the Nintendo Eshop. What this code will do is give you access to the download of 8-BIT YU-NO’S GREAT ADVENTURE. This is a minimalist 2D action platformer in which you’ll control Yu-No, who sets out on an adventure to defeat the evil Ryuuzoujiman in order to return peace to Dela Grante. It’s a nice bonus for buying a physical copy during the launch window – priced at $49.99 (same as the digital version) – so be sure to check back in a couple of days for our review for 8-BIT YU-NO’S GREAT ADVENTURE!
This YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Spike Chunsoft.