As if following in line with growing popularity of eBooks on the iPhone, an English version of MOONSTONE’s Gift is now available for $9.99 on the App Store. Furthermore, according to the iPhone port’s developer’s site, Japanese and English versions of OVERDRIVE’s KIRAKIRA will also be available separately on the iPhone starting November 20. Of course, being on iPhone means that most of the sexual content will be removed.
Gift is MOONSTONE’s fourth release and their first release featuring positive themes. Some of the staff who worked on Gift were actually also members of CIRCUS — the main scenario writer for Gift also wrote part of Suika, and one of the artists, Yuka Kayura, also worked on many other CIRCUS titles as well. MOONSTONE was actually one of the game makers who blocked overseas access to their website for a period of time this summer, but now their website is open to all visitors.
Gift is a romance game, set in a seaside town with two distinct characteristics — a rainbow that persists year round, and a magical ability known as “Gift,” which lets people who grew up in this town to grant a single wish to someone. The events in the story start with the main character meeting his step-sister for the first time in years. The game spawned an animated series, as well as comics and drama CDs. It was also touted as the first galge to hit the iPhone. The Japanese version and a trial version of the Japanese version have been available on the iPhone App Store for roughly a year now. The English version is currently available for $9.99 and comes in at a little bit over a gigabyte in size. The translation has typos and is not very smooth, although it is not terribly difficult to understand for the most part. For example:
“You feel most shameful in your life that you have never put on bra till you were in the second year class of senior middle school.” Don’t you?”
There are also parts where the narrative switches from third person to first person, which can be quite confusing. Lastly, there are many times when the wording is very clumsy.
Although it was known for some time that KIRAKIRA was receiving an iPhone port, it wasn’t apparent that this was a dual release — one version in Japanese and one version in English. Judging from the pictures on the developer’s site, they will be using MangaGamer’s translation of KIRAKIRA for this port. The current projected release date is November 20, although release dates have been pushed back two times already.
Thanks to izmos for the heads-up.
UPDATE: KIRAKIRA is now available in English for $9.99. There are also trial versions of KIRAKIRA and Gift in English available on the iPhone App Store as free downloads. The Japanese version of KIRAKIRA on the App Store is apparently $15.99.