Bad Memories is about returning to a home town that you as the MC (playable as male or female) thought you’d left for good. While the memories of the place have faded somewhat, the emotions haven’t.
While your return was well planned, with an apartment waiting for you and no intention of talking to the people who hurt you, nothing goes to plan. You end up with only one option, to move back to the home that is the source of the titular bad memories, only to find that things are very different from before.
The game is nicely put together in terms of art and user interface; there’s an option to turn the window behind the text off or on, and there’s also an option in certain scenes to switch to third-person view. The character designs aren’t in any special way distinctive from other games, but some of them are cute, while others are somewhat strangely proportioned, and not in an oversized way. There are some odd design decisions, however, in that the game plays like a standard visual novel, but has a few open-world aspects to it that are somewhat jarring. They add extra clicks to the experience but don’t seem to serve any other purpose because there’s no real point in diverging from the game’s story.
The writing is good, with few noticeable errors (mainly in the latest update), and the story has had a promising start. There are some really well told sequences of events, and some interesting characters, but saying too much would lead to spoilers.
This game has a complex tale, and with the added challenge of rendering for both female and male characters, I have a feeling that updates will be short or infrequent. It really has to be played in large doses, otherwise the player risks forgetting small details that may become important later.
The sexual scenes in the game are, at this stage, okay, but not great. There’s some scope for improvement there. That’s not to say that they’re badly done in terms of visuals and writing, however. They are sexy, and in some cases, they actually highlight something about the character involved. The improvement really needs to be in the eroticism and length of the scenes.
There’s a lot of good to be said about Bad Memories, but as to it being memorable? I think it has promise, and after a few more updates it will become so. For now, however, I feel the game hasn’t really gotten started enough to really stick in the memory; it’s like it’s still in the first act and I’m waiting for the finale of that before I can really get into it, but the unanswered questions and the various plot threads are, I feel, worth coming back for.