Ascension is a free online visual novel game by Rinmaru.

Before I begin, what is a visual novel? It’s an interactive fiction game. It focuses on the story compared to the usual games that focus on battles/duels. It comprises mostly of dialogues and/or narration. It’s like reading a choose your own adventure book wherein every choice you make will affect how the story ends.

In Ascension, you will play as Aida, the bad ass protagonist of “Ascension.” Together with her best friend, Sky, they searched for the mysteries behind the journals of Sky’s mother. That is how their adventure began.

Perhaps what made this game likeable is the language. Rin used the modern English despite the game being set on the medieval age. This made the conversations lively and realistic.

Second is Aida as being the troublemaker. She constantly gets herself in trouble, typical for protagonists. She’s also mischievous which is not the usual attitude of protagonists. She has flaws and this is what makes her human… half-human.

Third, every choice you make develops your personality. Blue for good will, violet for cunning and red for rage. Aida’s default personality is “cunning.”

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There’s also a love interest option. Choose either the elven mage Zander or the drunkard knight Jace.

Just to give you an idea, Zander was an intelligent elf, a little too emotional for a man. He’s a sarcastic witty friend and a sweet protective lover. At first, Zander and Aida we’re like a married couple who were always ranting on each other. But seriously, you can’t help but like Zander.

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Jace on the other hand, seemed like an idiot. Yup. That’s the first adjective you’ll tag along with his name once you first met him. But Jace was also kind. He’s a funny friend, a good kick ass partner and somehow a playboy. But he’s sweet and caring as a lover, and he doesn’t want you to see him giggle/cry like a girl. He respects his own “manhood.”

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hidden coinsTip: Always hover your cursor all over the screen. There may be hidden coins around.

Tip #2: If you can, help the folks around so you can get extra coins. Also, help the blacksmith     reunite with his daughter so you’ll get yourself a nice pair of daggers as a reward.

Tip #3: Try playing using all personalities for every try. Aida acted like a drunk who’s mad at everything when I played in rage personality. Plus, be consistent with the personality you use in order to convince the blacksmith’s daughter to reunite with her father and you’ll get your daggers.

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