Visual Novel Review: The Elevator

3/22/2013

I don't know when or where I got this visual novel. All I know is that I found its installer earlier today in my laptop, with no memory of how I even acquired this. And truth be told, I'm glad I found this.

the elevator visual novel review

It's called The Elevator.

I was actually expecting a horror visual novel, but it turned out to be a mystery crime-solving type of story. You won't really solve a crime and stuff, and it's more like a kinetic novel with a few choices peppered within, but the story involves detectives and... aww, just play it, okay? :)

Now, since I don't really have a background for this, let's just move on to my list of likes and dislikes, for a change.

Likes
- The genre. It seems to be a mystery/thriller game, and it kinda reminded me of CSI. I'm a sucker for these kinds of stories.
- The graphics. They weren't anime style, and they made a fresh sight for my eyes. I especially loved the "3D" effect in one background. It was the hologram. Yeah, I guess it was pretty simple, but... it kinda amazed me.
the elevator visual novel review

- The story. Love love love it. Kinda morbid, but very nicely written. And it progressed really smoothly as well. It's one of the best stories I've read in visual novels so far.
- The script! Again, super love.
- The soundtracks were chilly and they certainly fitted the scenes.

Dislikes
- For once... I can genuinely say that I really don't have any objections in this one.

Notes
- At first, I thought that I was playing as Jonathan because he had no sprite underneath his name. That's how it usually is, right? Turns out I was actually playing as David though, the guy he was talking to.

- I'm not sure about this, but I'm thinking that perhaps, this story was set in the future. In the game, Elena, the "Elevator girl" did not get what David meant when he said, "the pot is calling the kettle black" and the latter said that the younger generation do not understand those phrases anymore. I'm fifteen years old, but I still do get that saying.

- The story was well-thought and written professionally. I don't know if it's just me, but I really found the story interesting and brimming with life. Sounds weird for a crime story, but... ehh, that's how it was for me. :) Whoever did the story and the script did a very good job. I can't help but wish there was a sequel though... :(

-The plot twist took me by surprise! I totally didn't see it coming. Seriously, my heartbeat sped up in the last few minutes of the game.

Will I recommend this?
Yes. Yes, yes, yes. It's not an otome game, nor is it a romance-centered visual novel, but the plot is good, the graphics are nice, and the overall reading experience would pretty much satisfy you. Especially if you are a fan of detective stories, this novel is worth a try. I give this a 9/10 for this genre, and as a visual novel in general.

P.S. I don't have download links yet, or even links to its website, but I'll do a bit of research and update this post. :D If you have played it already and have something to say, or have an idea where to find it, then please, feel free to comment below! :)

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