- Developer: Idea Factory/Design Factory
- Publisher: Aksys Games
- Release Date: 23/04/2020
- Price: £35.99 / $39.99
- Review code provided by Aksys Games
Introducing: Code Realize Future Blessings Switch Review
Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ is a sequel to Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ which came out on Switch earlier this year. Both are visual novel dating sims set in a Steampunk London, with Cardia as the main protagonist. Future Blessings gives more closure to the various endings of the first game along with additional side stories. I’d definitely recommend playing the original first. While it’s possible to catch up to speed it’d be much less impactful and this spoils all the stories from Guardian of Rebirth.
Something Old, Something New
The main attractions are the After Story White Rose side stories. Each of the five bachelors from the first game have one. They are roughly one hour stories set shortly after their respective good endings in the first game. These are very sweet and mostly involve early relationship problems between the main character and her beau. Although, I feel like Victor got the short end of the stick with his story. Unfortunately the after stories contain no dialogue options.
There are two extra stories, which start within the midway point of the first game (after they encounter the underground lab). A new romance option with “Herlock Sholmes” is available and as a nice touch there is a non-romantic route with your sibling Finis (even if his style choices are a nightmare to look at). Both of these give you a couple choices per chapter that will determine if you get a bad, normal or good ending.
Just Gals Being Pals
Another Story ~ Lupins’s Gang~ is another large part of the package. This puts the full cast on new adventure to go on, involving mafias and a drug trade scheme. This narrative gives you more time with all of the main characters, plus new ones and some comedic moments to enjoy. It does not have dialogue prompts and is set somewhere early in the events of the first game. This is also a non-romantic route with Cardia getting a female friend for the first time.
The Life of a Vampire King
Like the original game there are unlockable CGs, background music and a glossary. Upon completing every one of the eight stories you’ll unlock a small chapter in Delly’s Room. These are roughly two minute short bits featuring Cardia and Delacroix II and their life in the mansion, which is pretty cute.
If The Clock Still Strikes
The same beautiful art style and characters are present. Since it’s still mostly set in Steel London a lot of backgrounds are reused, but you’ll soon realize there are a decent amount of new locations. There are also a few cute, new characters. Like the original, the action scenes look like they’re made with slide-show effects. A couple exceptions were Lupin’s after story which got a nice little petal animation at the end. As well as the Lupin’s gang extra story which had a couple small animations on characters during key scenes.
Again there is no English voice acting and it has the same sound effects. Most all of the music is from the original game, and it changes with the mood of conversation. Although, it’s not something that really needed fixing in the original game.
I had no technical or performance issues with the game. It looks just as good in either handheld or docked mode.
A Blessed Future
Future Blessings took me twelve hours to beat. While a bit shorter than the original, fans of the first game are unlikely to be disappointed. The only particular letdown is that most routes don’t allow for choices. The new content is largely in the stories but there is new art and characters to go with these. Having two (and a bit) non-romantic routes was an extremely nice addition. Rest assured, Impey is still the best boy.
- Cute, romantic continuations of the original story
- Non-romantic routes
- Gorgeous art
- Slightly shorter than the original
- Only a couple routes have dialogue choices
- No English dub
So long as your heart has room for more than one man from the first game, you’re sure to enjoy this just as much.