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LoveKami Healing Harem - Review

PULLTOP and MoeNovel has released the fourth title of the LoveKami series as the third title on Steam. It is a cute, funny and heartwarming fairytale romantic comedy with fanservice in a modern Japanese setting. The game features a kannushi Akira Manase who recently inherited a shrine in a rural town of Kamimori, and three goddesses Yukari Amatsu, Shion Misono and Kaede Shizumori who spread misfortune as Tatarigami. Yukari, Shion and Kaede have fallen in love with Akira where he is immune to a Tatarigami's effects, and he is the only human who is willing to take in each goddess of misfortune to prevent them from spreading their misfortune on others.

Having played the earlier two titles of the LoveKami series, LoveKami -Divinity Stage- and LoveKami -Useless Goddess-, this visual novel is similar to the earlier titles with the same animated sprites, great voice acting, plenty of attractive artwork in the game, free included wallpapers, Steam badges, emoticons, achievements and profile backgrounds. The visual novel also has a great opening movie and theme song to match the comedic and upbeat themes in the visual novel. Hope a soundtrack with the full theme song DLC will be released in future.

As with the earlier titles of the LoveKami series, there is only one choice in the entire game which determines the route and ending with Yukari, Shion or Kaede. Again, only one character is given more emphasis in the form of having hearts on eyes and Tatari emitting from the goddess in the form of black clouds with hissing noises. I would have liked to see more unique and interesting expressions on each goddess. The visual novel retains its comical storyline and fan service as a short visual novel where all routes can be completed in less than 10 hours.

Gameplay videos with author narration and commentary on YouTube by Bosskwar and the Weebathon

Yukari having hearts on eyes at 0:41 in video #3 above

Yukari emitting Tatari at 8:04 and 43:50 in video #1 above

Overall, LoveKami -Healing Harem- is a short romantic comedy with funny light-hearted moments, attractive CGs with fanservice, and Steam achievements that can be unlocked and showcased on profile easily. The game doesn't change much from its similarities with the previous titles by featuring one choice leading to three different endings, ecchi fanservice, a theme song and set of BGM, and a short and simplistic storyline. As such, this game is recommended only when it's at a good discount or bundle offer due to the short playing time and simple storyline.

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