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  • Summary: Arrive in New Sieg, a beautiful fictional town. Step into the shoes of a strong, smart and gifted journalist in this romantic adventure. You play the part of a young woman with the ability to leap in the past for a very short period in the bodies of others, which you use for data collection Arrive in New Sieg, a beautiful fictional town. Step into the shoes of a strong, smart and gifted journalist in this romantic adventure. You play the part of a young woman with the ability to leap in the past for a very short period in the bodies of others, which you use for data collection and helping people. After witnessing the murder of a crooked lawyer – she goes back in time in an attempt to save him. Thus, the journey begins as our protagonist goes back in time in the body of another person and tries to warn Limbo. It's up to you to figure out how to save him. Expand
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  1. 100
    Bustafellows is part crime caper and part otome romance, and those are common enough things, but it's the quality of the writing and the strong thematic core that helps to set this one apart. It might be perhaps a little too long for its own good, and so some of the impact of it is softened via desensitisation, but even then, there's no real lull in the storytelling, and it's one of those rare lengthy games that isn't simply throwing content at players. The best crime fiction stories are page-turners, filled with excitement and drama. Bustafellows adds several proverbial tonnes of charm, humour and panache into the mix, and thanks to all of that, it is one of the most dynamic and exciting visual novels you can find.
  2. Aug 2, 2021
    With so much to love about BUSTAFELLOWS, it’s an easy recommendation for all otome visual novel fans. It’s not perfect; the inability to save at dialogue choices is annoying for completionists, but that’s a small complaint in the grand scheme of things. Excellent characters, storytelling, localization, voice acting, art and more make this one of the best releases this year. Here’s hoping BUSTAFELLOWS is just the start of PQube’s otome localization career. Give it a look if you want a taste of the criminal underworld alongside delectable romance.
  3. Jul 26, 2021
    Bustafellows is a great representative of the fascinating stories visual novels can tell. The narrative features a strong lead and a cast of handsome boys with dark pasts that create this endearing tale. Still, it’s a story on society’s shortcomings, which makes it relatable in many ways as we ask ourselves what would cause us to take matters into our own hands. While some design choices seem odd in this release, this otome is an easy recommendation from me.
  4. Sep 21, 2021
    I don’t think Bustafellows is perfect, but it nails most of what it aims for. The story is engaging, but the character drama and hilarious dialogue are what sell the experience. The production value makes it a visual treat, and it was so nice to play an Otome that never dropped my attention. Previously I’d considered Collar X Malice to be the best introductory Otome, but that’s now been dethroned. I still like that game, but this was such a wonderful experience. Apparently a “Second Season” is in the works that claims to be more than the traditional Otome fandisk. I honestly can’t wait, I hope for both a localization of that game after it comes out and more Otome games from PQube.
  5. Aug 13, 2021
    Bustafellows wants to be the complete package: an otome sweet enough to melt your mouth with cavities, as well as a dangerous and dark visual novel. But it leans too far in one direction to allow the other its chance to emerge seamlessly from the depths.
  6. Aug 4, 2021
    If you’re an otome fan, you most likely will already have pre-ordered a copy, and you will not regret your purchase. For those on the fence, I can’t recommend it enough.
  7. Jul 30, 2021
    The glitches with text and voice-acting are pretty minor, but if you’re like me and this is a pet peeve, it might take a toll on you eventually. If you don’t care, then you’ll have an even better time. Overall, the characters were not for me this time around, but I did enjoy getting to try out Bu$stafellows and look forward to more future releases from this studio.
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  1. Sep 9, 2021
    Best visual novel I have played. Hands down. There are just too many positives to put here.

    The voice acting is phenomenal. I usually
    Best visual novel I have played. Hands down. There are just too many positives to put here.

    The voice acting is phenomenal. I usually advance at reading pace, regularly cutting voice actors off, but found myself waiting on every single line of this game before moving on. The delivery of the actors felt like it really added an entire new depth to the story at multiple parts - especially when Teuta was speaking. Her voice actor is absolutely brilliant.

    The story was fantastic. Sure, there may be some suspension of disbelief, or a few moments of plot holes - but I honestly don’t remember any of them at the end of the day. I loved the fact that this game continually took you to dark places and serious topics - it didn’t shy away from real life conflicts and I couldn’t love that more. The blend of humor, heartwarming, and thought provoking content was an intense breath of fresh air from the other games I’ve played in this genre.

    The characters - oh my god. I literally love every member of this cast. Each one feels like an important member of this team, and the game would be lesser without any of them. I went in expecting helvetica to be my least favorite, but even he grew on me by the end of the second or third chapter. They’re all flawed, but in relatable and great ways that make learning about them a pleasure.

    Finally, the protagonist. Teuta may be one of my favorite heroines in a video game for the past few years. She is strong-willed, but not stereotypically so. Hearing her put forth very mature, and sometimes vulnerable, replies was fantastic. I loved how she was so well rounded by the end, I honestly felt like you could guess her responses to things before they happened. Other VN have this nasty habit of having the protagonist be this weak, submissive, doorstop that just sits and watches the problems be fixed for them. Teuta is not one of those protagonists. She felt like a true member - and a valuable one at that - by the end. She earned her spot through determination and her own morals, and I love her so much for that.

    Overall, this is a truly fantastic visual novel in my opinion. If you’re looking for serious romance, you will be disappointed - full stop. The most that is in this is chaste kissing in most routes. However, if you want a fantastic cast of loveable characters, I cannot recommend this VN enough.
  2. Jan 4, 2022
    I was really astonished at the quality writing of this otome! My favorite love interest is Scarecrow!
  3. Aug 24, 2021
    If you liked Collar x Malice then you will like this game. It is very action-packed and deals with things like gangs, corruption, drugs, etcIf you liked Collar x Malice then you will like this game. It is very action-packed and deals with things like gangs, corruption, drugs, etc but at the same time it has a lot of lovable moments. I love the interaction between all the main guys and I really like how they all get a chance to shine.

    One bad thing about the game is that it can be kind of glitchy near the start. You hear people talking but you don't see text. This didn't take away from the experience and only happened near the beginning. Overall a great game
  4. Nov 3, 2021
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. To preface this, this is the first otome game I have ever played. I picked it up because I liked the noir heist vibes, and proceeded to 100 percent the game. For what it's worth, I am also a straight guy, so take all elements of perspective into account in reading this review. Heavy Spoilers ahead, as this is a very thorough review. To start, let me get the generic praise out of the way. The music is good, the art is amazing- though a bit misplaced (will elaborate later), and the vibes are spectacular. The New York city vibes is nailed, and the immersion and world building of New Sieg is fantastic. So to start, the game is structured with 4 common chapters, the choices then decide which route you are on, do 2 chapter routes dedicated to specific characters. Repeat and skip through the common route, with really useful and helpful tools added by the game, and do all 5 character routes. This unlocks a final route, Full Circle, which beating unlocks Auld Lang Syne which I will explain later. Common route is great, it establishes characters, tells fun shorter stories and leads well into the rest of the game. The character specific routes are all pretty good, Shu's is phenomenal with Crow and Mozu's following pretty close. Limbo and Helveticas are nice. The character's themselves are all phenomenal. They have great and unique personalities, yet none of them feel especially fake. Their backstories, which often tie strongly into the stories of the routes, are all great. The protagonist, Teuta, is amazing. She is also very defined as a character, and thus is able to have well written and honest relationships with each love interest. The relationships between every character are all great, and this is really boosted by the FULL Japanese voice acting for EVERY CHARACTER AND LINE, including Teuta. This is an amazing bonus. Not every character, however, is great. The antagonists of each route are all pretty bad, often due to poor motivation, illogical actions, or just straight up poor writing. The game suffers in its antagonist department. The main villain of the whole game is barely seen, and the secondary twist villain is said to be a villain like a paragraph before the game ends. More on this later. So, Full Circle. Full Circle is alright, but the things introduced feel like they come out of no where, and the plot is so weird at this point I think it's bad overall. I could write an entire review on Full Circle itself, but I am already running out of characters. The pacing of Bustafellows suffers due to it's structure. Full Circle picks up where chapter 4 left off, but the player will have gone through all 10 romance chapters in between that. This makes the pacing a nightmare and the player probably has forgotten the exact events of the common route. The archives system is nice, but a rundown and summary would have been nice. Alright, now it's time for Auld Lang Syne. To start with praise, the use of perspective is phenomenal. The blur effects are a bit annoying, but the way the zoom outs and the car scene with Teuta are handled are amazing. Everything with Zora and the cuts between reality are great. That aside.. come on. They drop major bombshells like 3 in a row, do some vague sequel bait that just leaves a ton of questions, and then just end the game. This feels extremely rushed, and the pointless sequel bait really hurts the story and writing of the game. There's an overarching lack of conclusion because of it. The twist villain is stupid and unexplained. The final scenes of the novel might have been nice. I don't know. I literally couldn't read it. There aren't any subtitles on it. This is a problem the game suffers from through its entirety- many scenes just don't have subtitles making them incomprehensible unless you know Japanese. Normal scenes you can open the log afterwards to read, but the ending- which looked really sad but I couldn't understand- has no log. You can not read the ending. This is the main reason I gave the game an 8/10 instead of a 9 or 10. This is also true for the bonus features such as trailers/interviews, they have no subtitles and are audio only making them impossible to read for English audiences. Alright running out of time, now random topics I want to mention- the art. The art is amazing but feels a bit misplaced. Several important characters don't even have sprites, and some random scenes get CGs while important ones don't. All romance routes have bad endings, they are devastating- this game can make you cry. The topics and themes throughout the VN are good, they can be very deep but are handled well. I LOVE Shu's route, Yang is my favorite character. Writing can be a bit repetitive- on Shu's route we faked someone's death 4 times. The gallery is great, memorabilia is nice. Choices can unlock short stories which are fun. The vibe is great, the characters are amazing, the writing is good most of the time. This is a great otome, I highly recommend it. Expand
  5. Dec 17, 2021
    Right out of the gate I’ll admit I’m a bit lost in trying to summarize the Bustafellows experience, but regardless I won’t deny it has styleRight out of the gate I’ll admit I’m a bit lost in trying to summarize the Bustafellows experience, but regardless I won’t deny it has style and attitude to burn. Mixing together a somewhat motley (but I’m sure intended to be quite cute) crew of criminals with your main character who is a female journalist in search of a big story (but who has an ability move back time just a bit and inhabit others), it opens the door to fleshing out the game’s characters and motivations in unexpected and unique ways. With your choices feeling like they have greater consequence than the average visual novel the level of engagement is pretty impressive, but ultimately whether it’s a game for you really rests on how much you like the unusual premise and whether it sounds like an experience you can just enjoy the ride with or whether it may be a bit too odd for your tastes.