Collage: That Nice Little VN

“Three ordinary people are thrown together, and each retells events in his or her own voice in this unconventionally told, uniquely presented, and ultimately very human novella.

Sparked from a Twitter conversation on VNs with wah and ToastCrust, I eventually got linked to some translated doujin VN called Collage. It’s a free download over at this site, so please check it out.

It would be an injustice to spoil any of the story here beyond the summary, but hear me out: this VN is awesome. Take my word for it: the story is cleverly written, the characters are believable and not caricatures, and the prose is very easy to read, with nary a paragraph of boring exposition. There isn’t a shade of anime art to be found in here–Collage makes effective use of stock photos instead for visuals, giving the VN a very realistic feel.

The window screen layout is stylish and creative. It even has this faux radio display that tells you which music track is playing. And as for the music itself, it’s very catchy! I find myself slowing down my reading just to dwell on the music a little longer.

All in all, it’s a neat little package that ultimately brings out the strengths of the VN medium, without being plagued by stagnant tropes. I read the whole thing in just under 2 hours. Give it a try!

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8 Responses to Collage: That Nice Little VN

  1. wah says:

    Just make it a book.

    • schneider says:

      The story is definitely well-written, but it shines more in a multimedia format. It turns what’s already good into something great.

      Not to mention it’ll be a very short novella…

  2. ToastCrust says:

    Glad you liked it. Most of the stuff from al|together’s pretty interesting, but Collage is definitely a stand out in my memories. Very slick presentation and a well-built story.

  3. DoctorBaronvonEvilSatan says:

    I didn’t realize this was just under 2 hours of reading time.
    I spent way too much time back tracking and rereading bits of writing that I thought were brilliant. Then reviewing how the scenes flowed into that and how the next one went. The music too.

    I pretty much treated it like a case study hence 6-8 hours play through for me…

    Also, A Dream of Summer and Resonance made me cry little girl tears.

    • schneider says:

      I plan to replay the game again, just to enjoy the experience a few more times. And pick up some of the tunes on bass. So good.

      I don’t like crying games, so it’s going to be hard for me to try those other games you mentioned.

  4. eternal says:

    Hmm, I remember reading this way back when. I know it was one of my favourite al|together games although I don’t remember much from it. Due for a re-read, I’d say.

    Over the years I’ve come to hate traditional forms of text display (moreso in RPGs, but it applies to VNs too), so I give the game credit for coming up with something more interesting than the default GUI in KiriKiri or whatever engine most Japanese doujin devs use.

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