Okay, probably not what you were expecting to see, but hear me out.
Brass Restoration is a Visual Novel by Japanese based Twincle Drop and translated by Yandere Translations. Unlike a lot of Visual Novels however this was released as a free game, so the translation installer actually includes the full game in its entirety.
The story surrounds a young musician who suffers a cruel accident that robs him of his arm. This leaves you making the occasional choice which slowly affect his life after the accident. Will he be able to mend the connection he had with music now that he can’t create as he used to, or will he instead forge new relationships as a result?
You’ve already left haven’t you? Bugger…
Well if you are still reading, here’s why you should care.
Though it is a free title the art and music aren’t actually that bad. They aren’t as accomplished as maybe Tsukihime or others of its genre but it would be cruel to expect that. What it does have as a well written (and well translated) story, which exemplifies both the bitter-sweet drama and ridiculous humour that this media is famous for. When a choice between a “Good morning kiss” and a “Good morning forehead crusher” (which is every bit as painful as it sounds) is present in a game, even the most cynical critics of the genre must surely crack a wry smile.
It isn’t the greatest game of its kind, but its a free title which really gives the player a crash course in what this style of game is all about. And at only 50MB you could do far worse than give it a go. If you don’t enjoy it then at least you’ve tried something new, and if you do then it only really gets better from here.