X-note is an interesting blend of mystery, visual adventure and dating simulation game. The game was released in Mar 2011 and includes a playable demo on the official website.
The game follows Essi as she attempts to discover the truth to her past. The game is set 10 years after the death of her mother in a mysterious accident, an accident that Essi never accepted as the truth. Soon after her death Essi discovered that her mother had left her a vital piece of information on a USB within a locked folder named X-note.
Unable to access the file Essi continued on with her life. Essi is quite the oddity in the game with her own mysterious power inside her. She’s also quite the shy and timid girl as a side effect of her mother’s passing.
When a young boy by the name of Yuon extends an offer to Essi in regards to a murder case at their school (the Xen Institute) she simply can’t resist which encourages her to explore her own history and her mother’s death.
In terms of gameplay the game is heavily inspired by visual novels so players will play through the game while making various decisions that change the flow of the gameplay. X-note also combines mini games and even mechanics from dating sim games to mix up the core gameplay elements.
Each game takes place over 30 in game days where players will improve their psychic abilities, explore the school and collect information.
X-note offers a great blend of genres and is very well presented. While the cost for the game is on the higher side X-note is one of the few visual novels out there that has a good amount of content available for the price.
- Mixture of visual novel and dating sim.
- Interesting story and setting.
- Plenty of character development and an impressive main character.
- Free demo available.
- Great replay value.
Review Platform: PC