Simulations, by their nature, can be a varied and sometimes interesting bunch. In the case of Ciel Fledge, though the game’s claim is that it’s a daughter raising simulator, being honest it is mostly just a repackaged time management sim at its core. So, you’re in the post-Apocalyptic future and you’re put in charge of raising a somewhat mysterious 10-year-old girl. How precisely does that work? Much like in real life it involves a lot of planning… looking at a list of tasks and assigning them out to her for the week. From there she’ll go through the motions, whether hitting the books, perhaps doing some shopping, or engaging in some vital combat training (this is a very different world). About the only real action in the game comes in the form of a variation on Match-3 play which you’ll use to determine how a variety of scenarios break out. The reward will then be a periodic cut-scene where you’ll get the chance to understand more about this world and get some glimpses concerning the fruits of the decisions you’ve been making to help her grow. Overall, this is a slow burn kind of game that the right crowd may appreciate, running through a playthrough or two to help get on top of how different decision points affect the outcome, and coming to terms with how best to balance the fleeting time, money, and other factors that initially are hard not to struggle with. For anyone not interested in that level of investment, though, it’s probably a pass.
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