Just what do you get a horrific, demonic spirit for her birthday? Murder, torture and everything in between, of course!
That’s not a joke, rather it’s the premise behind Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko’s Hysteric Birthday Bash, a semi-canonical mid-quel in the Corpse Party visual novel series. Various hapless students, most of whom have died at some point, have to keep the evil Sachiko amused on her birthday, or die again, Groundhog Day style.
Sweet Sachiko’s Hysteric Birthday Bash is more of a visual novel than the previous entry, Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, which might not be to everyone’s taste. Rather than freely exploring the haunted school, where most of the action takes place, you’re mostly listening to extended subtitled Japanese dialogue and making the odd decision.
It’s a semi-comedic game, with characters having to put on plays and other events for Sachiko. The humour veers from being ridiculous through to really, really grim – but the game’s still not as relentlessly bleak as other Corpse Party titles.
I found that the humour made the game more palatable – though I did resent it for not actually letting me get involved of the tasks the students were given. The premise of setting up a ridiculous play in order to appease a spectre sounds intriguing, but it’s largely wasted as you’re merely an observer for the most part.
Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko’s Hysteric Birthday Bash is definitely one for the fans. If you’re new to Corpse Party, this isn’t the game to jump in at. But if you go in knowing what you’re going to get – a pure visual novel – and you have a detailed knowledge of the characters (since the game doesn’t fill you in much) you’ll have fun.