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Transfer Student
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 04/22/2003

Description:
You are a hot-blooded teenage guy who loves fantasizing about different girls. However, you have one ultimate dream girl... and her name is Shiho. Shiho exists purely in your imagination, until she actually transfers to your school and becomes your classmate. Just who or what is Shiho? Is it all a dream or is it real? It's up to you to find out.

Review:
I've heard a lot of bad things about Transfer Student prior to playing, but I didn't want to pass judgment before I actually played it myself. The first thing that struck me about Transfer Student was how archaic the visuals were, which was not at all what I was expecting from Jast USA's most recent release. As it turns out, this is the least of the game's problems.

Transfer Student begins normally enough. You're the usual guy who's looking for love. Of course, you already have an ideal girl in mind in the person of Shiho, but since she is supposed to be imaginary, you can't help but consider the other girls around you as well. There's Terumi, the sexy upperclassman that you constantly flirt with; and Motoka, the cute kid sister who's not related to you by blood. Astonishingly enough, you meet Shiho live in the flesh when she transfers to your school. Although there are hordes of other girls you can encounter in the game, you can only get real endings with Terumi, Motoka, or Shiho.

Your quest for true love consists mainly of repeating the exact same routine almost every single gaming day, with very little variation. In the morning, you basically choose which girl to go to school with. When in school, all you do is sleep and roam around during the short intervals that you are awake. You choose which part of the school to visit, and it's always the same places and the same people that you encounter... with a specific event thrown in a few times (and I do mean very few times). Even the dialogues are more or less the same every time you encounter a character. It gets really tedious trying to win your girl because the game is too repetitive for its own good. It doesn't help that there are no clear indications, or flags (as most bishoujo gamers would call them) that would indicate just where you stand with a particular girl.

To its credit though Transfer Student does have a bit of innovation to offer. There is an excitement meter on the left side of the screen, and whenever you come across a pretty girl you are asked to choose which part of her to ogle. It could be her breasts, thighs, butt, or even her collarbone. Whichever part you choose determines how excited you get, and you have to release some of your excitement via masturbation before you reach the limit -- or else you get a nosebleed and faint. The more excited you are, the more hentai CGs you get when you fantasize and masturbate.

As I've mentioned earlier, Transfer Student's visuals look very dated, especially if you've been playing the newer wave of bishoujo games that have been released by Peach Princess or G-Collections. Several of the girls (there are a total of ten) were rather pretty though, and things didn't look that bad once I got used to the artwork. Sex is depicted graphically, with no qualms about showing the lower genital areas. There were a couple of scenes where the male organ was rendered invisibly, but other than that Transfer Student is generally uncensored. After you complete one whole game, you are given access to a CG gallery which contains all the CGs of every single female character -- whether you've encountered them or not. That about kills the replay value since you would be able to get 100% of the CGs no matter how lousily you play.

All in all, Transfer Student falls a bit below the average bishoujo game. Aside from the repetitiveness, all four story endings felt rushed and lacked closure. Transfer Student had great potential, it just wasn't done right.

Miscellanies:
There is a Quick Mode which lets you fast-forward through the dialogues. The game doesn't quite go up to par visually with newer bishoujo game releases because it took Jast USA three years to release it. The parent company in Japan, Jast, went bankrupt... thus causing the delay of the project.

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Review Title:
Transfer Student
Alternative Titles:
Tenshitachi no Gogo ~Tenkousei~
Released:
1995
Approximate Length:
10-30 Hours
Suitable For:
Adults Only
General Rating:
2 out of 5 stars
Hentai Rating:
2 out of 5 stars
Genres:
Fantasy, School, Normal Sex
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