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The Shadows of Pygmalion

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Puppets lurk beneath the surface of human society, quietly manipulating the course of history. No one knows who creates them, however, or to what end they operate...

Hajiro Mina is an ordinary, first-year high-school girl who has taken to visiting a doll gallery she recently discovered.
She is particularly fond of a beautiful piece of work called Ruka on display deep within the gallery, and she often makes the trek simply to see it.

And then one day, Mina’s whole world changes.
She finds herself with the ability to see the inhuman entities hidden in the crowds.

Ruka is not merely a doll, but a being known as an Eidos with the power to shape the future. And because Mina unwittingly resonated with her, she attained the ability to see—and destroy—Puppets.

Upon awakening to these new powers, Mina is forcibly made a member of an organization that specializes in the eradication of Puppets.
Mina naturally resists, as she simply wants to be a normal high-school girl, but the world is not so kind, and she’s unable to escape from the Puppets.

Other members include Jessica, a genius elementary-school girl; Yang Li-Ling, a beautiful and affluent Chinese businesswoman; and Sumerami Riko, a student at Mina’s school. Together, they do battle against the Puppets, growing closer to one another each day.

However, between the appearance of the enigmatic Takachiho Sayo and the trouble Mina’s close friend Aizawa Makoto finds herself in, the situation rapidly grows more dire.

Are the Puppets truly her sole adversary?
Struggling with uncertainty about her fate, Mina continues to fight...
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  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: At least 1024x768 or 1280x720, High Color
  • DirectX: Version 8.1
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 7 or Better
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Full Color Compatible
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The shadows of Pygmalion is a Visual novel, so you have to expect everything you can find good and less good in this genre. The gameplay is limited to click to advance the story and you will only have the right to a few "choices" at any given time. The HD has not yet been discovered and the 1024 * 768 is your best friend, at the risk of making some shots blurry in full screen. The drawings are strange, some sprites, CG and backgrounds are successful, but from time to time you will be entitled to coarse Anatomy and perspective errors. The soundtrack is adapted and the different themes well used. Finally, even if it is little present you will not escape the fan service history to remind you who is the privileged target of this kind of reading. The story is focused on Hajiro Mina, a teenage girl rather quickly destined for much more than having only bad grades in mathematics. The characters discovered throughout history are made alive and complex by an actor's game and a writing at the top, I think I would never emphasize it enough. Even by actually only gravitating around the protagonist, they have qualities, flaws, secrets, fears and dreams, they are diably endeant and well integrated. The cultural references are numerous and sensible, the history uses literary, historical, scientific and religious bases that adequately support the arguments and themes addressed, giving them a welcome authenticity. These themes are mature and treated with enough fingering to have the impression that one is not taken for idiots. Special mention for the Japanese pride that surfaced at a time of history. Maybe that's what made this Visual novel so interesting to me. I was taken by the script, from the first questions he posed during his introduction to his final point before the epilogue of the tru3 ending. I found it well written despite its serious tone, its atmosphere is suffocating, its moments of lightness and tenderness being only stepping stones for the trials and dramas that await in the detour of a page. There is little mystery and unexpected, what the story offers for about thirty hours is to show you (with brilliantly and forceful details) the journey of its characters facing the inexorable and unalterable outcome. I will still descend the epilogue of the tru3 ending that I found forced and absolutely not in tune with the tone of this VN, as well as the addition of two additional sub-scenarios (one of which is.. How to say.. Bad, but really) in the main frame that still require to restart a read (Fortunately there is a key to pass the dialogues to the last unread segment) while you have already done it several times to unlock the real end. A choice that I find questionable, because it removes some of what wants to make the author feel by breaking the rhythm until then supported. The shadows of Pygmalion was good. What are you waiting for? Find the answer to these questions: "where do we come from? Where do we go? »
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