Crescendo Hentai Game Review
Crescendo - dating sex game

Crescendo is an ecchi dating sim developed by D.O. and localized for English by G-Collections. Famous for its beautiful graphics and intricate story, Crescendo is one of the most popular hentai games to date, in its country of birth, as well as around the world. If you are in the mood for a storyline that will play on your heart strings from minute one, Crescendo is the ideal choice. The roster of female characters is dreamy, the story gets convoluted and branches out in interesting directions as you advance and take decisions, and the sex scenes are beautifully drawn.

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Each of the girls is an unique and complex character, something we value a lot in a dating sim.

In this hentai game, you play the role of Ryo Sasaki, a guy in the last year of high school. With only a few days left until graduation, your mission becomes clear: not only you will have to graduate, but you will also have to decide which of the five girls you’ve been friends with until now is your true love. We loved how Ryo is not portrayed as the usual wimp not even dreaming to have a girlfriend as the male character is usually showed in hentai games. Actually, your character is complex, good looking and has a sophisticated mind.

Ryo’s parents died in an accident some time ago, leaving him in his sister’s care, who, in her infinite kindness, leaves school so she can work and become the real head of the family. Unfortunately, his misery also makes Ryo sort of a delinquent and he is not that good at getting passable grades. While he can devour philosophical books for breakfast, he has to take make up classes, just so he can graduate. His personality, however, has already drawn many beautiful girls around him, so besides school, he also needs to make up his mind about who he truly loves.

Crescendo’s popularity among gamers may have another explanation, besides the clean, beautiful artwork and complex storyline. It deals with a theme much appreciated in manga and anime, the nostalgia teenagers go through as high school reaches its end and they have to deal with real life. If there is one other game that brings the same memories of the anticipation, excitement and sadness experienced by anyone at the end of high school, that would be Yume Miru Kusuri: A Drug that Makes You Dream.

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Getting each girl is both a challenge and a pleasure, and the reward is well worth the work.

Since your character has only five days until the graduation, it may sound like a bit of a stretch for the characters and the storyline to become too complicated. This issue is solved gracefully by the creators of Crescendo, as Ryo has flashbacks of all the interactions he had with the girls, and you are even given the chance to intervene – with your decisions – in how these events play out.

Without getting too much into the intricate plot of Crescendo, as we do not want to ruin the run of playing it yourself, let’s talk a little about gameplay. Crescendo is a dating sim to the letter, in the sense that you are basically just clicking through dialogues and images, to reach points where you are given the possibility to follow a certain route, by taking a decision or another. However, there is one little aspect where this ecchi dating sim is a bit different than the rest. The text is showed on the entire screen, letting you get more engrossed in the story, without being distracted by the images in the background. While some may find this annoying, we think it helps getting more involved with the storyline. The same technique can be found in Kana: Little Sister, another gut wrenching story we highly recommend.

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This is one of the few games where hitting the replay button is a must.

While some of the scenarios in Crescendo can be quite dramatic, this hentai game is not as emotional as Kana: Little Sister. The so called bad endings are not really that bad, but you could follow all the girls’ routes without unlocking any sex scenes. From this point of view, Crescendo offers a bit of a challenge, since you will have to take the right decisions in order to get to the juicy parts. A nice touch from the creators is the ability to replay the adult scenes, once you unlock them.

The female cast in Crescendo is absolutely beautiful. While there are some stock characters present, this doesn’t take at all from the pleasure of uncovering each girl’s secrets. That being said, let’s get to know them better.

Kaho is a long haired beauty, head of the literary club – where she dragged you against your will some time ago – , and your best friend’s girlfriend. Of course, that makes the situation a bit difficult, but if she is your true love, you will have to find a way to make Kaho yours. She is in love with you and many players’ favorite. She is also considered the most powerful female character in the entire game.

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From childish to mature, each girl is worth the effort. The sad part is that you can only choose one.

Yuka is the high school slut, who always seems cheerful and carefree, but is actually quite the tragic heroine you’ve always dreamed saving from her wrong ways. Rumor has it that for 5000 yens (that’s about 50 dollars), she will do anything with any boy in school. Her route is one of the most emotional, and she is preferred by many and considered to be Ryo’s true love.

Ayame is your sister. Actually, your stepsister, but seeing that she sacrificed herself and her studies to take care of you, she is as close to a mother as she can be. She is two years older, and she dresses like Ryo’s late mother, which makes the amount of fetishes gathered in the same character too damned high, if you’re asking us.

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In the end, no matter what you choose you will not regret it one bit.

Kyoko reminded us of Risa from Lovely Complex. Because she is taller than everyone else, she often feels awkward and left out, despite others being friendly towards her. Kyoko is a member of the literary club, like Ryo and Kaho, so she’s the studious type. As the story goes, she fell in love with Ryo at first sight, but she’s afraid to confess, since she is so self conscious about her height.

Kaori is the school nurse, and one of Ryo’s close friends, as he loves skipping school just to take a nap in the infirmary. She is indulgent with your habits, and a good companion, since you often sneak out of classroom to go on the roof and smoke a cigarette with her. She is straightforward, honest and grounded, which is why we found her to be a very likeable character. She is also a sexy nurse, so there is no much need for extra explanations, right?

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With beautiful girls and a superb story line, Crescendo is one of the best dating sims we ever played.

Besides the five girls, there is a sixth, mysterious character, whose route you can unlock once you play with all the others, and reach the end of their routes. We will not disclose anything else, except that Miyu is a beautiful moe girl that you will definitely love playing with.

Crescendo stands out among other hentai games and dating sims because it has a story to go along with beautiful artwork. While it is not as long as other similar titles, it is great, nonetheless. Replayability value is high, it is worth pursuing all the girls and unlocking their routes and their hentai scenes, and the extra bonus character is a nice surprise. Plus, the game is uncensored, so you can play it without having the pesky mosaic ruining your fun.

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