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Girls on iPhone

November 12th, 2009, by zalas
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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.


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  1. Minimoto714 Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Dang, what a time to not have an Iphone. The only app I would buy, too bad it’s not for the pc.

  2. dork at large Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I didn’t expect to see a translated visual novel in English on the iPhone, or any similar mobile device. Right now I’m somewhat enthusiastic.

    I’m curious whether this was an authorized translation of “Gift.” Moonstone and Circus are related companies. Mangagamer has released a few of Circus’s products in English, but when I browsed its site a moment ago, I didn’t see any mention of “Gift” in its news section or its products section.

    It’s encouraging to see that visual novels in English are getting a chance on mobile devices. This media form has struggled on Windows, and it’s still rare to see official translations of any a console game which has VN elements.

    I don’t know if iPhone content can be updated. It would be nice if the group releasing “Gift” in English were able to release patches and translation corrections.

    But even if that’s impossible, then I still might consider purchasing “Gift” for $10. Why? Because relatively few VNs in English — especially ones that are worth talking about — currently cost $10. And if the groups planning a release of “Kira Kira” in English can produce a high quality translation, then I’ll gladly pay $10 for it on iPhone, rather than the $55 (36.95 Euro) which Mangagamer currently charges for the PC version.

    Stuff I’m still hoping for: 1) VN content for other mobile devices, such as ones which use the Android OS. 2) Galge-style content which doesn’t just use a visual novel format, such as dating/raising simulations. 3) Visual novels and similar games for mobile platforms which fall outside the boy x girls genre. For instance, I’d probably be the first person to purchase otome games on an iPhone, whether it would be “Otometeki” or a visual novel.

    All this news might compel me to purchase an iPod Touch, since I hear that device doesn’t require an expensive subscription plan.

  3. Iris Says:
    November 14th, 2009 at 3:57 am

    @dork at large: Yeah, the applications you downloaded on your iPhone/ iPod touch can be updated via app store, and you will be notified if the developers released an update to any of the apps you have.

    Oh, and if they ever release kira-kira for $10 on iPhone, I’d buy it. definetely.

  4. DaFool Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Oh wow.

    And here I was about to put my ipod touch back into its plastic case since I’ve practically exhausted the ‘anime’ section (you know, all those ‘moe clocks’, moe match-3’s and whatever).

    Just what was I doing last Friday? Thanks for the heads-up.

  5. dork at large Says:
    November 17th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Thanks for correcting me, Iris. I learned that iPhone apps can be updated after browsing Appshopper.

    My experience so far with Gift has been disappointing. Fortunately, it’s possible to pause the game and resume at the same point. And even after charging up my iPod Touch, I was able to continue where I left off. Unfortunately, almost every line of dialogue reads as if it were translated through Babelfish by a non-native English speaker. Additionally, the text is slow. Worse yet, it’s not clear if the player can create multiple save slots.

    I don’t know if Mtrix is willing to update and improve its content. If an improved version of Gift becomes available, that’ll be nice. But until then, I’ll be watching for news about the planned Kira Kira translation.

  6. snd Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Just downloaded both free versions, and the differences are marked. Basically, Gift’s translation is so poor as to make it unplayable. Avoid. However, KiraKira, despite the occassional typo here and there, is very smooth. Definitely worth a play through the free version. Will likely purchase the full version soon.

  7. Animefanboy Says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Well, I know I might be a little late, but I thought I could add this almost as an update;
    Kirakira is currently $9.99 exactly on the Canadian app store, and personally, I enjoy gift quite a bit, despite the utterly horrible translations, I found it very interesting. Maybe these VN’s will make me learn Japanese.

  8. Animefanboy Says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Oops, sorry, don’t mean to spam or anything, bit I forgot to mention I bought Kira Kira and was very satisfied. I’d pay more than $10 if I knew it was this good

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