Tsukihime on Android (via VNDS)
Here’s some more Type-Moon Android goodness to enjoy on your tablets/phones. This time it’s the classic VN Tsukihime coming your way. This VN is notoriously snubbed due to the character art but — as many will tell you — don’t do it! It’s an amazing game, and the character art may just grow on you.
Requirements: You’ll need 5 things to get this game on your device:
- The VNDS Android App (Paid – recommended for saving!) (Free)
- Three ZIP Downloads from the VNDS Wiki – Please take this link to the VNDS Android Completed downloads page. Download instructions below.
- A program like 7-Zip to extract downloaded ZIP archives
- ~110 MB free space on Android memory or SD card
- An appropriate cable to transfer the data from your PC to your Android device (cloud services coupled with a storage manager app are also an option, but will not be covered in this tutorial)
There will be three sections to this installation process (don’t worry, they’re all easy):
- Downloading the game files
- Extracting and organizing the files
- Creating the Game Folder on your Android device / Transferring
1. Downloading the Game Files
- Please go to the VNDS Wiki completed Android projects page (link) and scroll down to “Tsukihime”
- On the far-right column of the wiki are the three ZIP files we need to download: one for High-Res images, one for Scripts, and one for “Other”. Click any ONE of the three links (Images, Sound/Other, Scripts) to be taken to the download page (you can download all three from the forthcoming page)
- Now you’re on a Google Doc downloads page. You should see three download links (tsukihime_hi-res_pack.zip, tsukihime-ogg_scripts.zip, tsukihime-other.zip) Open each of the three zip files in a new tab/window of your browser
- For each of the three ZIP’s pages, click “File” -> “Download” . Make sure you note where you’re saving these on your computer! We don’t want them to get lost.
- Once that’s done, check on your computer that you have all three ZIPs downloaded: 1) tsukihime_hi-res_pack.zip, 2) tsukihime-ogg_scripts.zip, 3) tsukihime-other.zip
2. Extracting the Files
- Using 7-Zip or a comparable software, unzip each of these ZIP files into the same folder (or into their own, and then copy and paste them into a common folder)
- NOTE: Either unzip or copy/paste the tsukihime-other.zip BEFORE the tsukihime_hi-res_pack.zip. When you’re unzipping/copying the High-Res pack, it will ask you whether or not you want to overwrite the “img.ini” file. Choose YES. (aka: you want to use the “img.ini” file bundled with the High Res Pack)
- You should now have eleven different files in the folder. Check to make sure you have each of them (no less, no more) for the next step:
Other File Types:
3. Transferring the Files
- Using a cable, connect your Android device to your PC. The two should recognize each other, and an “Android Device” should appear in your “My Computer” window.
- It’s your choice whether to install the game on your device’s internal memory, or on an external SD card. Navigate to either “Internal Memory” or “SD” (names may be slightly different depending on your device, but one or the other should be apparent when you first open the device from My Computer)
- Either create or naviagate to (if you’ve previously used VNDS) the following directory path: “Internal storage(orSD)vndsnovelstsukihime”
- Copy and paste the 11 files on your computer into the “tsukihime” folder you just created on your Android device
- Double check that all 11 files copied over (see list above)
As long as you have those 11 files, you should be able to boot up the VNDS app and start playing! Enjoy!
An Important Note about VNDS:
A big “Thank You” to reader neonism who made a few important points on an earlier Android Sunday Post about the limitations of the VNDS app: many scene transitions, any and all sprite movement, graphic effects, and some movies are incompatible with the VNDS app. This means that some of the game presentation is lost in the translation process. If you haven’t played a game before, it’s recommended that you play it first on a PC for the “full effect”. After that, you won’t be missing the polished touches in the VNDS edition.
That said, everybody has their own tastes: I, for example, prefer the minimized text display and am willing to trade the zooms/splashes/visual effects which are not rendered in the VNDS edition. It’s your call. In any case, I hope you enjoy this game. Thanks for reading!