I meant to comment on this earlier on, the advertisement blurb says “male or female”, when this game also has a nonbinary option.
I felt like some of the stat choices in this game were unclear–or, at least one was. During the free trial, while trying to disarm the bomb, I first went slowly and deliberately because I had a high “sure” stat and it was the stat that looked the most relevant. Everything blew up. My next run through, with identical stats, I decided to move quickly and it was successfully disarmed. I’m not sure if I misunderstood the stat check, or if the decision was intended to be made just based on what looked like the best option for the situation as a whole rather than leaning on stats, but either way it sort of made decision-making through the rest of the game feel sort of arbitrary, more like guessing than careful decisions.
I understood the way the mayor, engagement, and wedding tied into the plot, and ended up really enjoying her as a romance option, but I feel very discouraged from trying other routes because they require adultery. The one with the reporter honestly bothered me all the extra since not only are you cheating on your partner, but luring your twin’s partner to cheat on them too. I get that part of the characterization is that you and your twin are essentially one person, but it still rubbed me the wrong way.
Another issue was that I felt that the customization of the twist villain felt kind of … flat. I was getting the impression the fiance was the bad guy right up until the twin said that they were either going to go see the journalist, or the mayor, but couldn’t quite remember which … It became a little too obvious that “hey, this twist could go either way”. I was glad that making your love interest evil was avoidable, but it ended up falling kind of flat.
I also had some issues with the ending. I was having a really hard time not ending up melding with my twin–there’s maybe more ways to do it but I only managed by letting the Matriarch go. The issue following that was that after I told the game I wanted to just go back to civilian life, the Matriarch crashed the next wedding and I ended up being part of a tag-team with my twin anyway. Is the only way to end up as a civilian to end up as one person? It’s kind of a personal issue, since I’m sure there are plenty of people who felt perfectly satisfied with whatever ending they got, but I got a little frustrated with it.
Overall I thought the game was flawed, but good. It definitely has plenty of replayability and a lot of potential for variation in events. And especially given that I know some of the issues I took with it are pretty personal and probably wouldn’t bother somebody else, I feel pretty safe recommending it to most people who enjoy CoGs.