MetaWare High School is a fantastic fourth-wall breaking adventure about five self-aware schoolgirl visual novel characters with no eyes, who know they’re in a game.
When is a demo not a demo? You’ll find out in MetaWare High School, a very inventive Anime-styled fourth wall–breaking visual novel adventure that’s packed full of fun surprises. As it’s a meta-visual novel about a bunch of schoolgirls then it obviously draws comparisons with Doki Doki Literature Club, but MetaWare High School is a much more enjoyable experience, with fourth wall-breaking oddity from the start, charming characters, a lot more humor (though there are a few dark moments).
The five girls who you talk to in MetaWare High School are all aware that they are characters in a visual novel and that you are the player. They’re also aware that the game is currently a demo but they’re very keen to show you as much of the game as they can and to get to know you. There are many branching pathways through the game leading to 10 main endings, a few bonus endings and one true ending – all of which allow you to get to know the girls better and endear them to you (even Nari, who hates your guts).
So when is a demo not a demo? When it’s a meta-aware demo. MetaWare High School is full of great moments that only work because it’s a demo – such as the placeholder art, the fact that none of them have any eyes (which leads to some humorous moments) or the fact that they don’t know what sort of game they’re in and are a little concerned that they might be in a dating game!
It’s a fantastic slice of visual novel meta-oddity that takes you through a gamut of emotions – there’s plenty of laughter, but there also some scary moments (mainly anytime you’re alone with Nari), some touching moments and lots of weird surprises. It’s all wittly written and the overall narrative of the true ending is very poignant. Highly recommended.
Check Out a Gameplay Video Here (All Endings)