After garnering a following on Windows, Xbox 360 and the PSP, CHAOS;HEAD NOAH is finally here for Android. The original Windows version was released in 2008, which then went on to become an anime on TV, got turned into a series, and was followed up by the internationally-minded Steins;Gate. As such, a number of you might have played this game before.
If you haven't, though, now's the time, as ROBOTICS;NOTES is scheduled for a spring release for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
The game's story involves the main character, a lonely high school student, getting wrapped up in a series of mysterious and bizarre incidents.
This was my first time playing the game, so I'll review it while adding a general overview of the game for people like me who haven't played before. Before starting, however, is one important point. When you first get the game, you have to download an enormous amount of data, and you should be careful because errors due to server or connection problems are not uncommon.
This game, along with its successor Steins;Gate, has been designated as a "science adventure," and follows the style of advancing the story through text. Yet, through excellent voice acting, beautiful graphics, and deep characters, this game is on par with some visual novels.
This is as you'd expect from 5pb. and Nitroplus, veterans in the arena of quality game experiences. The game is nothing less than magnificent.
The game essentially progresses in a linear path, but it also features a "delusional trigger system," a feature unique to CHAOS;HEAD NOAH. When the trigger appears on screen (green for a positive delusion, red for negative), you can let loose a special delusion and change the current event (well, it's actually only a delusion).
I'll show you what happens when both the positive and negative delusions are chosen for one of these trigger points.
Whoa...the difference between good and bad is pretty extreme... The main character has quite a strong imagination...
This guy's delusions are powerful enough that he's able to talk to dolls as well...
Anyway, while you spend your time weaving back and forth between delusion and reality, the story of the bizarre "New Generation" incidents unfolds. You'll meet a number of cute young ladies along the way, and the story is successful at pulling you in through numerous twists and thrills. This game will hook you.
And just as you've been sucked into the world of CHAOS;HEAD NOAH...
Yep, the Android version has 10 chapters, and only the first one is free. You can buy the rest of the chapters as in-app purchases. Aw man, and it was just starting to get interesting!
But I think you'll buy it. Once I finish this review, I'm gonna buy it too! Each chapter, from Chapter 2 to Chapter 10, costs ￥350, or ￥3000 for all of the chapters. This is a bit expensive when compared to the prices other Android games usually go for. But if you think of this as a PC game, it's not too bad.
Actually, it might be hard to justify spending that kind of money when you factor in the download problems I mentioned before and some occasional strange voice recordings. Yet the gameplay itself has been adapted well to touchscreens, and if you've never played this game before, you'll definitely get sucked in by the first chapter.
Time played: about 3 hours (not including install time)
Device used: EVO WiMAX ISW11HT
Last updated: 1/30/2012
Price: Chapter 1: free, Chapters 2-10: ￥350 each, ￥3000 for all chapters
Compatibility: Android 2.2 and higher
Translation by Jason Morgan