I actually played this game and well I am not completely writing a review as of yet. But here’s some basic stuff. This is STILL SPOILER HEAVY.
In this interactive novel and game you can have like 4 types of changes to the main character. They are a baseline from which all other achievements are unlocked. The 4 bases are (not in order): Cartesian Mind: This one was not at all that interesting. It only depends on how many types you get the “globe” and “blue sun” together. In this Daphne is happy that she has become a more matured and adult person. She gets the glasses and the fringe, puts her hair up in a bun. Also, she keeps her job at the school and is no longer a substitute but a full time teacher. This ending means you must not be believing in your magical legacy and so you are nice but as the title goes you act scientific. This is also one of the endings you can get back with your ex-lover, Frank. It just shows you settled in your position and life. In some form of responsibility. Though it is the most boring ending. You can have Stan in this ending. You can end up by yourself if you want as with ALL THE CHOICES. Eulogist of Progress: This is a better version of the earlier base. You actually get further in your career in the school. You become its director of the school; though this means you won’t be in good terms with Jean Chastenet the previous director whom you are replacing. Though, personally it is not so much of a big deal. This base depends on the “globe” and the “red moon” markers. It means you are steadfast, aggressive and have passion. Which apparently doesn’t work for Frank. Even if you are together with him he says pretty irrelevant things to break up with you. But even by the end you can choose to be with Stan. This is one of the routes where you can a fling with Stan right away and wake up in the morning and talk. These options are regardless if you are with Frank or not. And trust me if you are going this route and did a lot to avoid Frank as in show no interest the dude still gets hostile (as I said he gets intimidated). This base gets you the short, blonde hair. Heart of Darkness: This is when you choose the magical path but also a path of mostly aggression (sometimes just plain personal ambition). This requires more “Star” and “Red Moon” markers. You will eventually get black hair. You will know you are going this route when you see Daphne start to side-part her hair (same for the previous base too). This is also the one where you get silver highlights initially for a reason. In this path you don’t get with Frank and he criticises you choosing magic over him (like a bitch ass he is). You can get Stan and he things you look good. The problem in this path is not so big; it just meant you choose some aggressive options you get the magic path. Like you are also at times a bit cocky and arrogant (less so than Frank).This is also the oath where you can have a fling with Stan right away and be a bit mean to others with your witch status. Though personally this is considered a dark ending like Eulogist of Progress I didn’t necessarily feel so. I mean if you saw how some people acted with Daphne you would probably think why she didn’t just hex them right away. Prodigal Daughter: This is also the magical path. To be honest despite the game boasting there is no “good” and “bad” to the decisions in their storyline you can see that this is possibly the best ending for Daphne in the story. You get the platinum white hair, you also get silver hair highlights before that. No side parted mean face (though I love that style of Daphne) apparently for Cartesian Mind and this ending you need Daphne still having a hairstyle where her falls on both her shoulders (like the picture of her wearing a brown jacket and black blouse). You need to get the “star” and “Blue Sun” markers in this one more than the rest. This is one of the endings where Daphne can patch things up with Frank (why someone would want to beyond achievements is kinda testy as I said he is a bitch). You can as usual get with Stan too. It is not much different from Heart of Darkness it just means you were using the magic for both yourself and have interest also the community. Which is important. You inherit your magical legacy and the people of the village respect you. Like Heart of Darkness this is one of the endings where Yves Malterre can officially make up with one of the people you also love.
YOU CAN STAY SINGLE IN ALL OF THEM. IN ALL OF THEM YOU CAN HAVE THE CHOICE TO PURSUE BOTH STAN AND FRANK. IN ALL OF THEM YOU CAN ALSO BECOME BEST FRIENDS WITH SOLENE MALTERRE, STAN’S SISTER AND YVES’S DAUGHTER. IN ALL OF THEM YOU CAN UNVEIL YVES FOR HIS ABUSIVE AND DICTATOR LIKE BEHAVIOUR IN THE VILLAGE OR MAKE AMENDS WITH HIM. YOU CAN ALSO IF FOLLOWING MAGIC ROUTE TAKE REVENGE
. I AM USING the PRONOUN YOU AS YOU PLAYING AS DAPHNE hehehehe
Stan is available as your new love no matter what route you take.
Frank is only available for Cartesian Mind and Prodigal Daughter. Frankly, pun intended, he is the WORST character in the game and I wished in all of the options I could make threats at him. Even when you don’t pursue a relationship with him he starts acting bitchy and putting accusations on you. Even if you accept them and wanna work things out he wants to leave. Even if you chose Prodigal Daughter or Cartesian Mind he cordially makes an exit but well he still tries to propose to you (this depends if with Stan you ask to wait and break things with him). And if you genuinely tell him there is someone else he still bitches and I am seriously thinking how passive aggressive and trying to act domineering this asshole is. Even when you choose magic he doesn’t wanna believe in it and seems to think it’s great you are finally following family history. Not to mention from the get -go if you choose him he immediately tries to make your inheritance like his cosy place. Not to mention he may be happy you just “became occult” to stop your Phd in Mathematics or became a small-time teacher for it. If you become involved in your person quest to become a witch or become your way to director he become intimidated and starts acting awful. Like BS on some of the things he says. Frank is an awful piece of shit in this game and I wished I could punch his face. Frank also talks badly about Stan without knowing him and implies jealousy that Stan seems rich
Stan is the BEST. STAN IS THE BEST CHARACTER. The guy helps you. Acts a bit cocky but he is playful and dedicated to you as Daphne. You can easily become dedicated to him. Stan is already wealthy enough. Even if you start a fling/relationship with him and end it he doesn’t get pissed off. In fact, he gets unhappy and a bit sharp but never unpleasant. In fact, he respects that you may wanna take time if he senses or sees Frank in the picture. When you choose magic or even confrontation with Yves Malterre he actually supports and encourages you. Stan knows his father is a douchebag. In fact, he also is miffed at him, rightfully so, for ruining his sister Solene’s life to an extent. Though he wants to him her recover. He actually is a good supporter though he is unemployed takes care of his nephew and is a good parental role model. How he talks to you and others is never negative. Even with Daphne’s other family members. Stan is happy when you as choose him. Trust me. In all paths you wanna choose a guy like this. Best part is Stan also gives you the impetus to understand and even lets you cry on his shoulder when he knows you are overwhelmed and really in a bad place. He doesn’t take advantage of it either. He actually flirts with you, is playful and seductive but he also does these things in the good and best nature of actually liking you. If you want you can tell him to wait and he will even if you break up with him. This is because he saw or knew Frank maybe still around. In fact, the only reason you may postpone things is because that stupido ex hangs about like a leech. Get this the other douche also at one point gets into your house even if you say no. Stan doesn’t stay the night if you show hesitation or even you say hey can we take this slow. Yeah, he gets disappointed and acts a bit blunt but he never said ANYTHING DISRESPECTFUL TO YOU. Stan is one of the best characters in this game. One of the most decent, familial and seductive ones. You love him for his beautiful heart and looks. Yeah, he is the wealthy guy but it seems you are in a better position than him. Unlike, Frank you seemingly is interested in also your cash (it kinda is implied) Stan isn’t. Stan just loves to be with you and you genuinely, as Daphne, wanna be with him.
IN ONE PART OF THE GAME HOW YOU BEHAVE WITH BOTH MEN DETERMINES IF YOU GET HEART OF DARKNESS OR EULOGIST OF PROGRESS DEPENDING IF YOU WELL KEEP STAN AND DON’T TELL FRANK. THOUGH THE DIFFICULTY OF THIS IS BASED ON IF YOU STARTED A RELATIONSHIP WITH FRANK AGAIN. YOU CAN BREAK UP WITH FRANK IF YOU ARE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER OR CARTESIAN MIND ROUTE BUT WELL THE THING IS HE WILL ACT LIKE A BITCH NO MATTER WHAT IF YOU TELL HIM TRUTHFULLY THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE. BUT IN THE OTHER TWO BASELINES FRANK BECOMES A MAJOR BITCH AND SAYS MEAN THINGS TO YOU SO YOU BREAK UP WITH HIM VIA A FIGHT WHERE HE SAYS MEAN ASS THINGS, ACCUSES YOU CHEATING (EVEN IF YOU DIDN’T) AND THEN TRIES TO ACT “GOOD” THOUGH HE GLARES AS A BITCH AND THEN LEAVES YOU ALONE. STAN ON THE OTHER HAND ALWAYS A QUIRKY COMMENT TO TELL ABOUT YOUR NEW HAIRSTYLE AND TAKES REJECTION WITH DIGNITY AND COMPLETELY ELATION IF YOU CHOOSE HIM. STAN WINS.
Some other characters (who might be main) and their purposes:
Yves Malterre: the primary villain in the novel/game. Yves is after you. The Malterres and Delatours have a feud which runs deep in the occult. You can make peace with him in the game or you can out him. However, when you out him he may still kill himself. It all depends what choices you make and how he actually takes them. Yves is also in a way responsible for a tragedy in your past. Yves is a bit of an asshole but he seemingly does at times seem genuinely repenting. You can agree to choose his apology or forgive him as well as a leeway to peace.
Clothilde Malterre: Yves wife. Shows animosity from the beginning. You can get “worked up” and get some info out of her but also if you want an aggressive pathway because some of that info is well revealed later. Clothilde hates you. But she is the person you negotiate with in the end if Yves is humiliated or dead. She proposes the arrange marriage option for you or a marriage option if you are already with Stan and that is important in gaining some game achievements. If you chose the skeptics option she actually tries to appeal to your as she calls it cartesian mind and tries to make peace. Though she will curtly state to allow Yves to use your magical inheritance. Sly bitch. Solene Malterre: She is Yves and Clothile’s daughter, she is Stan’s sister and has a son. If you decide to talk to her after knowing some things in the end you can become her best friend as someone who genuinely cares about her. Interaction with her is severely limited. You get to know she is recently widowed. That she cares and loves her brother Stan and her son. She also is manipulated a lot by Yves and Clothilde. She may show animosity from you in the middle when you select a choice which she may find disrespectful. Though by the end she may hate you unless you choose an option to talk to her and be her friend.
Jean Chastenet: The director of the teacher you work with. If you decide to stay you can either topple him which will make him go on a drunken rage rant on about how he used to like your mother wants. Even if you just become another teacher he will mention it. Jean Chastenet also is present in crucial parts of the story that determine if you are taking the magic route or not. One of them is with having a parent call you a pagan and also another time about the accident where he wants to ask if you were responsible for it that determines some of what/who you are becoming.
Mrs. Bourtine: Is your housekeeper. Tells you all about your legacy and about many important histories. Helps you when certain episodes happen. In the end she reveals a lot of helpful information. About your magical legacy and inheritance. She actually cares a lot about you as her husband. How to respond to her later on in the game also determines which path you are taking. I mean if you will be a skeptic and work on a new career or well follow your magical inheritance.
Mr. Bourtine: Mrs. Bourtine’s husband and groundskeeper. If Frank stays he and this guy get along well though Mr Bourtine is 100 time better than the douche. Mr Bourtine is old but strong and enjoys fishing and hunting. Carries a rifle for your protection and protects you and your property great. If you have a clash with Yves later on in the game when you are unveiling his treachery he will be there to support you and take on Yves. From the beginning, though he seems pleasant with Yves he does warn you about him and how you respond also determines your path.
The game does keep you occupied and you wanna learn things and do stuff. I hope they extend the storyline more. WHo knows allow you to date Frank even if you go those 2 routes and make him less bitchy and a complete non-asshole. Allow you to date someone new? Maybe even Solen. Some things you can get back or even do more stuff. I mean it has a lot more potential. I like this game. Sure, some things about it are kinda generic and stereotyping but other things are good.