Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
Think you have what it takes to be the best journalist in town? Well, clasp on that jacket and adjust your hat, because we’re going undercover and through time, that’s right, TIME, to stop those dastardly bad guys from ruffling up our feathers. Oh! And make sure you grab a couple of hotties along the way, because this super sleuthy dating game is going to make you weak in the knees.
In this Otome game you play as our young, sweet-eyed journalist Teuta, who’s thirsty for any good scoop. Her primary interest is the law and order of New Sieg City, USA. Together with her two childhood friends; Adam, the top news anchor, and Luka, a well respected officer of the NSPD, she takes a brave leap forward into the darker underside of the city. There she comes across a crooked lawyer, who ends up dying in his attempt for justice. Unbeknownst to him, our wall-flower protagonist has a gifted secret: she can go back in time.
Desperate to save his life, she jumps back into the past, taking over the body of someone else, and rushes to save his life. Curious by this strange chain of events, Limbo Fitzgerald, New Sieg’s top lawyer, takes Teuta under his surveillance and introduces her to his hidden organization of specialists. Will she crack under the pressure of being in an unknown environment, or will she get more than she bargained for? I think I see romance in your future, little time traveler.
Like most Otome games, Bustafellows is split up into chapters. Each chapter will focus on an individual member of the organization, allowing you to get to know each of their personalities and background stories. Along the way you’ll have to make choices and each choice you make will have an impact on these characters. If you sweet talk them you might end up getting their character ending, which is the lengthy final chapter in the game. So if you’ve been eyeing tall, dark and handsome from the start of the game, make sure to pick subjects that’ll raise their affection level towards you.
Meet the Cast
Let’s take a closer look at our lovely bachelors. Limbo Fitzgerald is a 27 years-old Lawyer, and although people on the streets call him a crooked lawyer, he is extremely skilled and many see him as a hero of justice. He dresses ready for the court room, and he may sway you with his short brown tussle hair and pale blue eyes.
Shu is a 28 years-old hitman who lives his life chasing down other hitmen. He may have a bad habit of smoking heavily, but his top-class martial-arts skills and long range weapon capabilities might catch your interest. He may come off a bit intimidating at first, but you’ll know he’s taking a shine to you once he starts teasing ya. Tall, with wide shoulders and short white hair that’s mostly swept to one side, you might catch a glimpse of those sandy brown eyes.
Helvetica is a 26 years-old plastic surgeon who is popular with the ladies in New Sieg. He loves beautiful things and will people-watch women on the street, judging them on their appearance. A bit narcissistic and arrogant, but if you can overlook those obnoxious points you may just see the tender soul that hides behind the veil of deception. Try not to trip over your own feet when you’re gazing upon this tall, slender built brunette that sports pink tipped fringes, spectacles and honey yellow eyes.
Mozu is a 25 years-old coroner who works with the police force. He is often misunderstood by his emotionless responses and indifference towards others. He likes to examine people by explaining how unique everyone’s bone structures differs from the rest. A bit socially awkward, but if you find you like the quirky nerd who likes cycling, with black shoulder length hair, with electric yellow tips and sparkling blue eyes your heart may skip a beat.
Scarecrow (Crow) is a 22 years-old cyber-geek and professional hacker who is famous on the internet and refers to himself as the Boss of the Underworld. Always been a home body and doesn’t normally appear in public, he’s extremely shy towards girls. He is regularly picked on by the group for his silly behavior, but his heart is as soft as his brain. If you get a drive out of teasing an inexperienced computer genius with no other skills, who has cropped brown hair and magenta colored eyes you’ll get the warm and fuzzies over this adorkable guy.
The Ups and Downs
This game had a lot of positive aspects that stuck out to me: beautiful characters, catchy lounge music, intense story-telling and colorful art backgrounds. I also found that the characters will sometimes have their back to the camera, which is a perspective I’ve never seen before. If I had to say anything bad about the game, it is that some opening or ending scenes will have the characters talking in the background, but there won’t be any text box explaining what they’re chatting about. Most Otome games are voiced in Japanese, which is fine, but for those who don’t understand the language, this might be very irritating.
I JUST WANNA KNOW WHAT THEY’RE SAYING!
Overall, Bustafellows’ story and characters are quite compelling. I found myself falling in love with each and every individual and there are plenty of moments in the game that’ll keep you on your feet. The choices you make will affect the outcome of the ending and which bachelor you may, or may not, romance into your arms. I’d happily give this game a 9.5 out of 10 for being extremely fun and heart pounding.Score: 9.5 / 10