NEKOPARA Vol 3 (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Nayu 10.02.2021

Review for NEKOPARA Vol 3 on Nintendo Switch

This third visual novel in the NEKOPARA universe from NEKOWorks and CFK, NEKOPARA Volume 3 assumes the reader knows what a cat companion is and why so many sisters came into the protagonist Kashou's life; he opened a bakery and the cat companions and his sister work there. He takes care of them because as part cat, they need extra care. While the game does have some adult content in terms of innuendo and suggestive language from certain characters, it is predominantly a sweet tale about a family and the friendships they forge. This volume focuses on the catgirls Maple and to a lesser extent her sister Cinnamon.

From the game's title image it is clear just how cute and kawaii-filled this visual novel is. The opening song is beautiful to watch, the anime style graphics have the characters breathing and moving their ears from scene to scene. This style of graphics combined with the cat theme makes it a perfect read for some VN fans. Readers may not be cat-human hybrids, but they have the same dreams and fears that humans do. The spotlight falls on Maple who has personal dreams that she wants to achieve, but she has fears of being bothersome to the others. The way that Kashou and his sister encourage Maple is heart-warming to say the least. There is some teasing involved but it isn't in a nasty way, and the girls do forgive each other of their faults. Kashou's sister Shigure seems to be the one to help keep the peace and identify where the problems are - she does leave Kashou to fix them.

Screenshot for NEKOPARA Vol 3 on Nintendo Switch

Unusually for a graphic novel, the player doesn't have to make a single choice. It is more a graphic novel on the Nintendo Switch than a typical visual novel whose options affect the outcome of the story. This makes it a perfect read before bed, and the absence of options didn't feel weird, it suited the nature of the story. There is one scene which was taken out of at least the Nintendo Switch version of the game; this adult scene removal seems to be because it wasn't in keeping with the overall style of the game which is about family bonds rather than romance. Some of the characters do have a more adult way of thinking, which at times is a bit uncomfortable, but overall makes sense for the characters' natures and is simply a part of the story rather than being put there purely for fanservice reasons.

Screenshot for NEKOPARA Vol 3 on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

NEKOPARA Volume 3 has a way of making the characters feel like they have been known by the player far longer than may be the case, even if the previous volumes haven't been played. It should carry a content disclaimer saying it is not responsible for any food cravings players may have as a result of playing the game; all the food is portrayed in a realistic and delicious looking way. Reading the previous volumes is recommended to understanding the family dynamics, and despite the lack of options in the story, the replay value is high due to how beautiful the overall tale of striving for dreams is. Maple's story arc shows that with encouragement and support a person can reach for their dreams and bring joy to themselves and others. This uplifting game is a must have for any visual novel enthusiast's game shelf.

Developer

NEKO WORKs

Publisher

Sekai Project

Genre

Visual Novel

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

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