Visual Novel Review: Hustle Cat

In this review, I’ll be using some screenshots in the gallery since I’m too lazy to screencap them while I was playing. 

To start things first, I should say the game was pretty laggy. I almost raged quit. I even have to restart my PC since the skip button won’t work and I’m running out of patience and it’s a paid game too. So I am expecting something for something I paid for.

Plot-wise, the story is pretty neat though with all this rantings I just mentioned above. The characters grew on me. I can’t make a character by character review since it will be spoiling the fun but this game reminds me a lot of story format of: Natsuzora no Monologue of Otomate, My Magical Cosplay Cafe and Cafe 0: Drowned Mermaid by roseVerte. It is a type wherein the protagonist is forced to go back in time to interact with every key characters of the story to create a resolution in the end since the main cause of the time leaping scenario will appear. It’s not a new concept anyway but Hustle Cafe gives an a different air around it.

(A little spoiler in this paragraph, I’m sorry. You can guess what’s next)

The protagonist of this game is named “Avery”, I find Avery a very girly name so I am convinced that she is a she from the start. No Fujoshi can ever change my mind with this. It’s a good thing that you can actually change her gender if you want to and her skin color. It is one of the factors I liked in this game since it is not discriminatory, it let’s you enjoy the game in your own way (appearance). But for me, Avery’s a female. I can’t convince myself otherwise. But I did change her gender when I was pursuing the two female characters. I think Avery’s cute when he’s male, very shota-ish. And she blends well with every character. I can say it’s a good job creating the chemistry thingy between the characters.

It’s just me or Avery reminds me of Tachibana Hotaru from Aoharu X Kikanjuu when she has this longer hair, and Aoba of Dramatical Murder when (s)he has the short hair? Do you? Do you not?

This is kinda short for a review but I really enjoyed it a lot! My favorite would be Hayes. I don’t know when but I thought he’s kinda moe. I thought Landry was the main route since he appeared first so I kinda convinced myself that he is Avery’s soulmate from start to end haha. I think everyone would agree that Graves has the best route. After playing the game, I realize he reminds me of Levi from SNK. I don’t know I feel a lot of nostalgia in this game.

For someone who loves animals like me, seeing cats around is a plus. Though the plot is nothing new, it is still good for an indie game, and I still loved the story despite having some technical difficulties beforehand.

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Post Author: Zhaie Yuemn

Zhaie is a huge otome gamer who plays otome games, create otome games and blogs about otome games. She also likes playing weird games and being weird as some of her favorite past times.

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