Shishimai Rinka was a high schooler who ran a small café named Lion House in place of her grandmother. She lived her life much like any other person her age, but one day, she was caught up in an explosion while returning home on the train alongside her friend, Hitsuji Naomi. In an attempt to save her friend’s life, she shields her on instinct the moment the explosion goes off, losing her life in the process. However, before she knew it, she was back at Lion House, happily chatting with her friends as if nothing had happened in the first place.
“Good evening, my lovely little slaves to fate.”
A few days later, she found herself in a strange world. Here she met Parca, an odd girl claiming to be a goddess. It turns out that she had somehow become a participant in Divine Selection, a ritual carried out over twelve weeks by twelve people, which allowed them to compete in order to undo their deaths. Yet, what shocked Rinka most of all, was the presence of her friend, Mishima Miharu, amongst the twelve.
Ah! It took some time, but I finally got around to check out the demo for Fatal Twelve, and I wasn’t disappointed! First off, the GUI looks awesome and does a great job to showing off the “clock” theme that is related to the game with a very polished look. All the characters have some really nice designs that makes each of the unique and fits their personalities well. The designs also do a good job in separating the regular characters and Parca, who seems to live in another dimension. Yet, it is the story that really catches the player’s attention.
The story starts off with Rinka taking the train with her friend —Hitsuji Naomi–when they notice something strange and the whole ride ends up as a major disaster. However, Rinka ends up waking up within the Lion’s House with her two friends, as she spends time taking care of the cafe while her grandmother is away. Over the next few days, Rinka lives her life normally by keeping up with the Lion’s House and going to the amusement park with her friends, however a strange book seems to have caught her attention as she searches for its meaning. Then, one night, she finds herself in front a pale-haired woman that declares that Rinka has died (along with 11 others), but they have the possibility to keep on living, but at the cost of the other players. Who will win? And, why is Miharu in these dreams as well?
The story has an interesting concept with a lot of mystery that need to be solved and there are a lot of character dynamics that need to be explored to fully understand the story. Everybody seems to hiding something and I hope that Rinka comes to find out why, especially when her continued survival is connected to this strange game. At the same time, there is a lot still hidden within the full game and it is exciting to see what comes with it.
If you like mystery and interesting characters, consider checking out the demo and look forward to its release later this year!