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Review: Always The Same Blue Sky…

This bittersweet romance set beside the blue, blue sea is a lovely experience, but its stunted length really lets it down in the end.

This short game is the debut visual novel from a Western indie developer, in which you meet a beautiful and mysterious girl with a secret in a charming town beside the sea. The story is interesting, the writing is good enough, if a little purple-prosey at times, the art is lovely, and the music is sweet. The recipe for success is all there, but it’s just way too short for it to have any real impact. While there are a relatively high number of decisions to make in a game this short and two distinct endings to reach, it took me no more than 45 minutes to complete the game in its entirety.

One of the main things I enjoyed was the atmosphere of the town beside the sea. It made a really nice backdrop to the story and I would have liked to have spent more time in the setting. The use of lots of different backgrounds further brings the location to life, and all of them are very pretty with great use of colour.

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