Players are first asked to provide a few details which the game then uses to pick out the narrative most likely to pull at your heartstrings. After 10-15 minutes of that, players fill out a Brain Age-esque questionnaire to establish their profiles. For example, if your answers betray an empathy for animals or pets, expect a tearjerker about a young pig befriending a loquacious spider in the near future.
99 no Namida plays on the principle that people feel better after crying -- according to a study conducted with the game at Waseda University, most people experienced a noticeable "mood increase" after playing 99 no Namida. The remaining testers were likely too insecure to admit their weakness to the game's "crying trigger points."
Because of this title's emphasis on its Japanese text, relying on a simple graphics style reminiscent of Feel the Magic, very few of you will benefit from importing 99 no Namida. Instead, you'll have to settle for listening to The Cure's "Pictures of You" on repeat, sobbing into a pillow as you wonder how you lost it all.
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