[review] Mori no Monogatari

Mori no Monogatari
Mori no Monogatari screenshot
genre fantasy
creator devilevil & ken1171
summary "A furry interactive adventure"

Created as a silly side project, Mori no Monogatari ends up being a remarkably good example of what not to do in a short VN.

Let’s first get this out of the way: the furry shit. I blame deviantart for normalizing the sexualization of freaky animal people. Perving over a bunny girl’s underwear is a major plot point in this. I guess that’s what happens when you let a pack of cooky kids percolate on the unfiltered internet unsupervised.

Story

This… creature is apparently male

The bear and the maiden fair

This is the tale
of a bunny girl fair
with hot on her tail
a large black boy bear.

He wants to confess
but what can he do?
She’s wearing a dress,
he’s wearing one too.

The girl’s on a quest;
bringing lunch to her nan.
The bear does his best,
protects if he can.

A wolf’s on the prowl
threat’ning the lass.
That stalker bear’s scowl
scares off his ass.

Meanwhile her brother
is blowing a gasket.
It seems that his sister
did not take her basket.

Her brother seems nice,
the basket he’ll bear.
However his price
is the girl’s underwear.

Lusting for panties
is a kinda perverse.
The wolf is a dick
but her brother is worse.

At its heart, Mori no Monogatari is a gentle story about a bear lusting after an underage bunny girl. Mister bear is also wearing what appears to be a dress. The story is a little red riding hood parody — bunny girl is bringing food to her sick grandma, going through the wolf-infested woods.

So far, so mediocre, but aside from the furry nonsense not truly awful. There’s just this one little thing about the branching…

Make a list of everything you could possibly do wrong with regards to branching and this VN probably does it. Extremely long choice descriptions, nonsensical consequences and a shit-ton of bad ends. It even gets the choices wrong in a new and undiscovered way — you’re expected to make choices for a number of different characters and it’s sometimes unclear which character the choice is for. The choice tree is also very deep for a VN without rollback or a save function. Really, the only sane way to read this thing is by systematically following every branch in order and keeping notes. No save function, a million bad ends and a trillion choices — that’s terrible.

Presentation

White outlines around the sprites: yech. Backgrounds and music are stock and of pretty decent quality. There are event CG, but you’re unlikely to see them. You’re much more likely to have thrown yourself from a bridge out of frustration from all the random bad ends and lack of a save function.

The central theme of the custom Flash engine is things not working properly. The options tab opens with a glitched animation, text rewraps as it appears and the hotkeys make no sense. Speaking of hotkeys, you’ll only find out what they are by accessing the hidden help menu (press ‘H’).

What doesn’t help is the glitchy keyboard support. The keyboard just plain does not work at the beginning of the game (and again after each choice) until you advance the text using the mouse at least once.

Conclusion

9 thoughts on “[review] Mori no Monogatari

  1. Um, those characters are not furry.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_fandom

    I’m so bored of people reusing Little Reed Riding Hood and other fairytales that I doubt I’ll bother with this one.
    That poem thingy looks awful and why do people even use Flash engines?
    The protagonist of this game looks absolutely adorable though.

  2. >Thinking animal ears means furry.
    >Is a moron.

    Furry is Babs Bunny. Furry is Sherlock Hound. These are not furries. They’re little more than kenomimi, something very common in Japanese media. These are not counted as true furries. I know after mistakenly calling them such and having the furry community lose it’s shit on me. Do research. Get your facts right. You are a moron.

    • Creator makes animal versions of characters seemingly to pander to furries, calls it furry, warns people about furry content. I exaggerate to make a shitty furry -> world animal day joke, people lose their shit over me calling zoomorphism furry.

      >These are not counted as true furries. I know after mistakenly calling them such and having the furry community lose it’s shit on me.
      >You are a moron.
      Huh? Aren’t you calling yourself a moron with that line of thought?

      • Aren’t you just someone who can’t even make their own VN and yet makes horrible reviews on other people’s? It takes a lot of work to make one of these, and some are people’s first games.
        Dude. Grow up and stop hating on other people’s hard work.
        seriously. It gets old after about three reviews.

        • If he can make an engine for a visual novel, create an interpreter to read windows visual novels for both android and DS, and release a visual novel on his website, I think he can make a visual novel. (PS: check the downloads page) ok bye

  3. Geez people can be exceedingly rude. Personally, I think your reviews are very funny, and the games that get the bad treatment totally deserve it.

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