Trap Shrine, an ErogeJapan visual novel, was released last week (March 29, 2019). A young shrine chief priest has to work hard to keep festivities and maintenance for the shrine in check, along with a “shrine maiden” and a little god (who is in a cute puppy form). Soon he figures out that he’s soon to be married to the family friend and “shrine maiden” Mishiro; however, Masako ( the chief priest who is also your character) doesn’t want that and ends up accidentally releasing a once-sealed “marriage goddess”- Yui (who also was your lover in your past life). While both characters love you unconditionally and wish to marry you, there’s one thing that Masato (your character) doesn’t really like about them- they’re both traps.
When I first heard about it, I was actually looking up visual novels for Valentine’s month of posts. I was rather disappointed when I saw that it wasn’t released yet since they were supposed to release it in 2018 if I remember correctly. I added it into my wishlist, so I had gotten the notification of the release on the exact day that it did. My first impression was that the art style is absolutely beautiful. It is incredibly pleasing to my eyes. The voice acting is also top notch which makes your immersion into the game a lot easier. The soundtrack really does help you get into the mood- whether it be feeling nervous, falling in love with the characters or getting incredibly flustered (which happened a lot). They also have a good amount of humor which made playing the game even more enjoyable.
The one thing where it sort of fell flat was the fact that you don’t interact at all during the game- so you’re just a spectator while everything is happening. That doesn’t exactly take away from how intriguing the plot is, but I found myself actually waiting for a choice to be made since you are torn between two love interests. That is explained slightly at the end of the visual novel, but it still bothered me a bit.
I give Trap Shrine a good 4.5 out of 5 paws (which rounds up to five!) 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾. I really enjoyed the story along with how much effort was put into it. If they’re actually going to make a sequel of it (or at least a DLC), I am incredibly stoked and am going to wait for when that day comes. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy it, if you’re thinking about playing it, I highly recommend it for its rather interesting story. Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up, everyone! Nya! 🐾