The Nardio Visual Novel Review
IS Catch Canvas WORTH YOUR TIME?
BEFORE WE START.
As per usual, I jumped into this visual novel after ignoring it in my massive backlog for a while. I know game developers and visual novel creators would rather that a reviewer just get to things, but I feel like visual novels are best appreciated as a fresh experience.
WHAT DID WE THINK WITHOUT SPOILING IT?
Catch Canvas isn’t bad, but it’s not quite good enough to recommend.
Check out the Steam Description Below:
ABOUT THIS GAME
In Catch Canvas, you start your adventure as you arrive at your uncle’s cabin. Your uncle, a world-renowned artist, has agreed to take you under his wing and help push your art to the next level. Under his tutelage, your work may even be put on display at a prestigious, upcoming art exhibition, known for the instant fame it brings anyone lucky enough to participate.
After your arrival, however, you discover that it won’t be so straightforward. Your uncle is nowhere to be found, and he has left you with the task of getting three young girls, all aspiring artists, to finish their paintings in a mere two weeks; or no exhibition for you! Worse yet, the girls are highly unmotivated, and have no desire to listen to you, a complete stranger.
- Romance any girl as a male or female
- Interactive choices that change the result of the game
- Choose your gender and name your character!!
- Can you help the girls finish their paintings before the deadline?
The visual novel puts you in the shoes of a talented young painter forced to take three somewhat problematic artists under his wing. Along the way, you will get to know them, see them in various stages of undress through random happenstance and trope-filled writing and finally pick a romantic route with one.
The choices don’t make much of a difference at all except the final choice. Afterwards, what happens next comes totally out of left field. Then the endings.
It’s weird because I think first and foremost Catch Canvas was supposed to be a masturbation fodder sort of visual novel. That’s all well and good, but the amount of art variety and the painful lack of cut screen pictures is disappointing, to say the least. If that were what I bought this for, I’d be sorely disappointed. It wasn’t an arousing experiance at all. For the price, you can get straight up porn VNs on plenty of other websites. Catch Canvas is pretty tame and it doesn’t really try that hard.
If you are in it for the story, then Catch Canvas is an even bigger disappointment. Catch Canvas reads as if the writer wanted to go in too many directions at once and kept getting yanked back to repeating the same titillating art assets over and over and over again. I wonder if there were budget problems when the game was getting made? It seems as if we are stuck in the same places over and over again and oftentimes what we see doesn’t match what is being stated. Not what I expect at this price point. The writing was so uneven that I was never able to get invested in the story or in any of my romantic options. It was chock full of tropes and phoned in scenarios.
This was a disappointing experience. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good enough to recommend. It was just like watching a boring show that never really amounts to much with characters that you can’t really get invested or attached to. Maybe it’s just me taking a pervy visual novel way to seriously, but it wasn’t even fun. I’m ok with pervy and erotic stuff if it’s done right. Catch Canvas is just not that good.
Even if this were free, I wouldn’t recommend Catch Canvas. It’s just not interesting enough to spend your time with.
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