In Your Arms Tonight was the first Voltage game I tried – and I very nearly didn’t. After nearly a week of trying to get over the presentation (super-pink, covered in hearts, cheesy taglines), I bought it as a distraction from a long illness. And have been reading their stories every since.
Like all Voltage games, the individual stories are very different. Therefore each route in In Your Arms Tonight will get its own little review. But first, the comments that apply to all the routes: I enjoyed playing an MC who’s over 25 and has real-world problems. I also liked having so many fleshed-out secondary characters; it’s not just the MC and her potential beaus.
Now, on to the individual routes.
- *update* Ritsu Main Story: one of my favorites; full review found here.
- *update* Koichi Sequel: good; full review found here.
- *update* Koichi POV: good; full review found here.
- *update* Ginnosuke Sequel: not recommended; full review found here.
- *update* Shohei Sequel: not recommended; full review found here.
- Kippei Main Story: good; he felt like a believable person, not an archetype.
- Kiyoto Main Story: interesting, but not for the sensitive; Kiyoto makes many unwanted physical advances, and while the MC always defends herself well, it made me nervous.
- Shohei Main Story: I’m conflicted on this one; I like Shohei himself, but the story itself makes me want to scream; the MC has no backbone, and the antagonist characters act so dastardly I expected mustaches to appear just so they could twirl them.
- Genji Main Story: ugh; I PAID to watch this presumptuous, conceited jerk insult the MC while she spends all her time falling apart? He calls her too fat, too skinny, and stupid all within five minutes. Screw you, Genji, and not in the fun way.
- Soji Main Story: one of my favorites; the MC has initiative and brains, and Soji himself is more complex than most of the other guys; Genji is more attractive here than in his main story.
- Ginnosuke Main Story: oddly enough, I like this story more for how Koichi’s portrayed and his interactions with the MC than Ginnosuke himself; the back-story you gain on Kippei is also good; unfortunately, the MC has some nearly unbearable stupid moments.
- Kiyoto Another Story: love it; Kiyoto’s personality is the same as his main story, but the undercurrent of anger is gone; the MC is a whole lot of fun too.
- Kiyoto Sequel: like it; the MC’s father is over-the-top, but other than that it’s really good.
- Koichi Another Story: I really like this one; both he and the MC feel like distinct, realistic individuals.
- Shohei Another Story: meh; the scenes with Koichi’s mother were very good but the rest bored me.
- Kippei Another Story: meh.
- A Day with Him: zzzzzz; no secondary characters, no choices, no real narrative
Before writing this post, I downloaded the app to be sure I didn’t forget any routes and saw two new characters listed. I’ll update the review as they are released.