|Developed by Alienworks, Highway Blossoms is a short yuri story set in the American Southwest. After an old gold rush miner's journal is discovered, a nationwide craze begins as would-be prospectors try to solve the cryptic clues it contains and discover the miner's hidden treasure. Amber, couldn't care less. Wandering the Midwest in an inherited motorhome, she mourns the loss of her grandfather, totally unaware of the hunt taking place around her. It's not until she meets Marina, a young hitchhiker wandering through the deserts of New Mexico, that things start to look up.|
|Highway Blossoms is a very well-made kinetic novel. In a lot of ways, despite the anime art style, it's very American, from the setting (the Southwest), Americana-influenced soundtrack, and even the story itself: protagonist Amber and her love interest Marina find their road trip swept up in a modern-day gold rush echoing the one that brought settlers west in the first place. Luckily, nobody dies of dysentery.|
The romantic plot is realistic and hits all the emotional beats it needs to in order to provide a satisfying reading experience. The staging is excellent, the CGs feature simple animations that give the VN a bit of extra sheen, and the full voice acting (even for extremely minor characters) helps bring the story to life. Any complaints I have are minor and barely detract from the VN.
As a bonus, there's a hilarious "Goofball Mode" unlocked when you finish the VN once which adds new silly content to the story. I'll never look at that campfire scene the same way again.
|lunaterra - 28 August 2018|
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