This is by far one of the best visual novels out there. I got it for free during the giveaway a month ago, but after finishing ended up donating $25, something I've never done before. Thank you, Uzumeya, for this brilliant gem, and thank you, Fruitbat Factory, for bringing Enigma to the English-speaking market!
Enigma is most definitely worth it for fans of original epic fantasy, character-focused stories, well-done friendships, and handsome men blushing cutely while saying how happy they are to be friends.
The story premise is this: Chester, the main character, is dying. And the choices he makes will determine whether he will inspire those he leaves behind to grow and mature, taking strength from their memories together... or not.
For maximum impact, enter your real name when prompted at the start of the game. This does not affect Chester's name (he is very much his own person), but is used in a very original way at one point in the story (and no, it's not for cheap doki doki horror).
-Emotionally touching and heart-rending
-Very three-dimensional characters that go well beyond flat tropes
-Fleshed out platonic relationships
-Very well written and translated
-Good pacing throughout - no bloating or padding of the plot
-Great art that conveys both emotional and horrifying moments
-Endings that aren't compulsory to unlock more routes in no way feel tacked on (caveat, see cons). Some bad endings can be horrifying, but even at their worst, it never felt like they were there just for the sake of it (CAVEAT, SEE CONS), but rather to show the consequences of one's choices (e.g. route 1, end 4, route 2, end 6), and provide a different perspective.
-The ending's emotional impact definitely lived up to the rest of the visual novel.
-COLETTE. I seriously think the developers may have added her to trip up anyone expecting a waifu-dating vn.
.Which is why someone should really gift this game to a waifu-dating vn lover. Then watch them go through route 1, only to get end 6. (Or even worse, end 7.) Preferably filming the whole thing.
The developer, Uzumeya, has also released a series of 3 visual novels called Lost Friends. They seem to continue the main themes of friendships and sad deaths, and I am definitely willing to contribute to any Kickstarter trying to get them translated.
I have to ask though, who is the woman with the Envirio-like branches in the closing video? I kept wondering if she was a grown-up Envirio or something, but Envirio's at the bottom of the picture.
If anyone else has read this visual novel and wants to excitedly talk about how wonderful it is (is it just me?), or if you're thinking of buying this visual novel and have questions, feel free to comment below!