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Listen to the Voices of Friendship

Voices of Friendship is a 2018 horror game in which we play ad a girl named Akana Amizade. Our alter ego Akana is in her apartment when she receives a call from her good friend Liling that informs her that Iblis is in possible danger.
And who is this Iblis? Well, Akana herself doea not remember at all (why she forgot her best friend?), but Liling claims that Iblis is a great friend, so Akana decides to call Iblis but the person who answer her is Bonne, the maid. And she asks Akana to visit Iblis as soon as she can...

Ok, don't fall asleep because this is when things suddenly change, starting from a creepy moment in which her dog seem possessed to visions that are just the beginning of a nightmarish journey.



Voices of Friendship is a classical horror game: expect exploration, fetch quests, chases sequences and mazes! Probably nothing new, like the plot, anyway I must admit that everything is really well done. There are also many surprises (like for example a section that seems taken out from a classical jrpg!), but I don't want to spoil the fun of the adventure, since uncovering the story is worth of it!

Akana is an interesting and likeable character (unlike Liling!) that develops realistically during the adventure and is a perfect as the protagonist. There are also some side characters, but what surprised me is that most characters have different outfits and that's a nice detail, rarely found in these games. What I liked a little less was maybe the use of portraits that look like dolls, anyway it's just a matter of personal taste (on the positive I must say that I appreciate that they show different expressions), at least they match perfectly the characters they represent! And since we are talking about aestetic, I must say that I found mapping pretty good despite using the usual rpg resources, with rooms filled with details, good use of lights, and many possible interactions (not limited to those needed to advance the game). It's also a coloful game, despite being an horror, and from this point of view I found everything spot on, including menu and title screens. Well done!
Sounds and music are pretty good too, even if I came to love some musics and hate some sounds, like for example Akana’s death scream, for example!



Now, the gameplay! What I liked was the diversity of activities, unfortunately not everything was good, and some parts were a bit frustrating (that mine cart chase!!!), but I cannot deny the satisfaction to solve some puzzles and riddles.

But failing and dying can also be fun (!) ... wait, let me explain: there is a recording of all deaths found during the game, that may be obtained running out of time in some part or failing some chases and some are instead much harder to find (and this clearly encourages exploration of every map of the game)... anyway find them all and you get a surprise prize!

Other things that can be collected are Iblis' diary pages, that are also needed to unlock some endings. Oh yes, there are different endings, some bad, some neutral, and a good one that hints at a sequel/continuation (that's a classic in horror movies), even if be assured that the story in the end is more or less resolved.
Luckily there is a guide and walkthrough to find all endings and all deaths, so if you are a completionist and have some issues getting everything... the developers of the game left something that will help!




Final Verdict
I have a mixed opinion of Voices of Friendship: I loved some parts and I hated others, but in the end I appreciated the game. It's of a decent lenght even if some parts dragged too long and I wished there were more save points, anyway no one can deny that the authors worked a lot on it and it shows!
Characters are interesting and I like when horror is mixed with humor (as in other games I reviewed in the past), jokes and references to other games/media when this is done well. But I know that this is not for everyone, like some parts of the gameplay that were a bit hard, even if never impossible to complete.

Voices of Friendship in a solid horror rpg game, it was however some flaws (even if the developers corrected most bugs and problems), it's not perfect but it's not terrible either and even if I don't think I will try to complete it 100% I enjoyed playing and completing it.

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author=rpghorrorfan
Nice review. :)


Thanks! Hope you will like the game too!
author=TheRpgmakerAddict
author=rpghorrorfan
Nice review. :)
Thanks! Hope you will like the game too!

i actually wrote one too lol
author=rpghorrorfan
author=TheRpgmakerAddict
author=rpghorrorfan
Nice review. :)
Thanks! Hope you will like the game too!
i actually wrote one too lol


Ahahah yes, now I saw that! I forgot that the game is pretty old! Anyway there are lots of nice horror game, sadly I found them only recently!
author=TheRpgmakerAddict
author=rpghorrorfan
author=TheRpgmakerAddict
author=rpghorrorfan
Nice review. :)
Thanks! Hope you will like the game too!
i actually wrote one too lol
Ahahah yes, now I saw that (I agree with the rating, maybe I will read it later)! I forgot that the game is pretty old! Anyway there are lots of nice horror game, sadly I found them only recently!
author=TheRpgmakerAddict
author=rpghorrorfan
author=TheRpgmakerAddict
author=rpghorrorfan
Nice review. :)
Thanks! Hope you will like the game too!
i actually wrote one too lol
Ahahah yes, now I saw that! I forgot that the game is pretty old! Anyway there are lots of nice horror game, sadly I found them only recently!

Thanks! It’s my first and only review as of now. Hopefully I can write more.
Your frequent reviews are always a delight to read :) and good for nostalgia on older games
author=rpghorrorfan
author=TheRpgmakerAddict
author=rpghorrorfan
author=TheRpgmakerAddict
author=rpghorrorfan
Nice review. :)
Thanks! Hope you will like the game too!
i actually wrote one too lol
Ahahah yes, now I saw that! I forgot that the game is pretty old! Anyway there are lots of nice horror game, sadly I found them only recently!
Thanks! It’s my first and only review as of now. Hopefully I can write more.
Your frequent reviews are always a delight to read :) and good for nostalgia on older games


Thanks (despite my terrible english lol!)! It's pretty fun reviewing some of these gems, it's a pity I found some of them so late!
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