At first Ifm a bit reluctant to write this review,after all Welcome to Pia Carrot3 is a fairly old game,made by F&C at 2001 however I decided to give it a go since Pia Carrot3 is a real masterpiece worthy to be compared to the famous Da Capo and To Heart series.In addition it has graphics and CG quality that wonft lose to newer games.Itfs unfortunate that I didnft get to play the previous Pia Carrot series.Oh,in case you donft know Pia Carrot is the name of the café where the games take place
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Pia Carrot3 takes time at summer,late July until late August,roughly one month.Akihiko is a part-time worker in the original Pia Carrot,suddenly he is called by the owner and told that he must go to the fourth branch of Pia Carrot (yea 4th even tough this is supposed to be Pia Carrot3,I donft know much about the series,so maybe there is one café specific for the anime or something).Apparently the 4th branch is going to be opened soon and each Pia Carrot cafe(1,2,3 ) have to send each of their worker to help for 1 month.Since all the other worker refused he must go and with the café located in another town you must stay in the 4th Pia Carrot dorm.This is when the game begin,a new place,new friends and a lot of new girls to ogle ?
Unlike many ADV games,PC3 has gameplay that reminds me of the famous TokiMemo,the hero has statuses like stamina,etc and during your free time you can choose to study,recreation,jogging,etc. or you can go to places on the map,such as beach,dorm,etc.
Now this is what I want to highlight,PC3 has some interesting gimmicks.
You are allowed to choose the waitress uniform,there are 3 beautiful costumes to choose from.This will affect the girls uniform throughout the game and there are specific CG for each uniform as well.And when you perform activities there is a little screen showing a SD form of characters doing the chores.(this is also like TokiMemo)
Another interesting note is,their eyes and lips will move during talking just like LMM.
The hero,worker of Pia Carrot's main store.He is sent to Pia Carrot 4 to help there for a month.
Your childhood friend and a fellow worker in the main store.Since she stays in the main store you will rarely meet her unless youfre on her scenario.
Worker from the 2nd Pia Carrot,you meet her on the train to Pia Carrot 3.She immediately becomes familiar with you and calls you "onii-san".
The vice manager of Pia Carrot 4,kind and cheerful but also childish and clumsy.She is Natsukifs senior ,yet she is often scolded by her because of her clumsiness.
The current manager and Akemi junior in the university.Despite her beauty,she is very strict and unforgiving when it comes to work,she also rarely smiles which adds to her icy looks.
Apparently another character from a previous Pia Carrot though Ifm not too sure,sorry.She avoids you like the plague but associates well with another worker.Since she really likes sunbathing she has tanned skin.
Manager of the dorm where you stay,she is Noborufs aunt.Lazy and a glutton,she takes care of the dorm alone.Her hobby is eating and relaxing in the kotatsu(Japanese warmer) even in the summer.
A local that works part-time in Pia Carrot 4.She doesnft stay in the dorm so itfs a bit difficult to meet her.Abit air-headed(or I can be blunt and say stupid) .She likes to walk in the park in the morning so you can meet her there most of the time.Has a crush on Noboru.
Another fellow worker,an easy going man.He is Takakofs nephew and often comes late to work.He has a crush on Nana too(So itfs smooth sailing,eh?Not if you interfere).Sometimes he will sell things like a game console or music cd to you.As far as I know this is just an extra and doesnft affect any scenario.
The first time I played PC3,I failed miserably,not until my fourth try I got the gist of how the game works.Obviously the difficulty level is quite high.This kinda put me off at first since I hate spending my time on a game without getting anything.But when I managed to unlock the scenarios I got hooked right away.While the characters are basics choice,the stories are interesting and very nice.
But PC3 also has some weaknesses.The statuses didnft actually affect anything,at least in the 4 scenarios that I have played,in fact you must always spend your time with the girl rather than doing activities or you will fail.The other is there are too many cameo appearances,I have only seen the anime version of Pia Carrot2 so I didnft know anything about the other,itfs kind of disturbing because they mention it here and there.The last one is about the heroine of this game,apparently her scenario has a different mechanism that I have yet to figure out and that is bad since I donft have much time to play this game.If anybody knows please tell me how to get to her story.
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