Despite pretty boldly declaring what type of characters are in the game, it fails to go almost anywhere with it
This is really an odd bird for me on a couple of different levels, and I can’t help but feel that with the lack of real character development of any kind the game’s title feels like a bit of bait and switch. If you (briefly, its run time is extremely short) played the game not knowing its title you could perhaps pick up some suspicion on the sexual orientation of some of its characters but truly, since none of it is really explored at all, it could just be called Short Slice of Life Astronomers Club and it would probably be more accurate. While I have no real horse in the gender or sexual identity race, having played a few titles that either took it on directly, or at least spent far more time developing characters you could care about who happened to fall into non-traditional roles, this one is left feeling quite shallow. That’s before feeling like the experience is over before it even really started, which is also a pretty big issue, and the notion of going back into the game to experience ultimately only some small variations feels sloppy since the game fails to make a strong enough impression the first time to begin with. Whether you’re just looking for a story with compelling characters, or in search of something exploring non-traditional roles, unfortunately there’s just not enough substance here to be satisfied.
Justin Nation, Score: