“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” ~ Joseph Campbell
Nukige, for most VN which are classified so, generally has negative conotation because of its excessive use of sex. The more extreme one even includes things that beyond sane imagination like, for example, human toilet (don’t worry, this post is completely SFW). But if you can stomach that part of a nukige, there are few titles that can really entertain you from its great plot or rich characters. I especially love an excellent portrayal of despair narrated by the protagonist and the satisfaction I get when the protagonist overcomes the odd and saves the day. Though nukige that good are few and few between, I did occassionaly stumble upon some. Euphoria is, without a doubt, one of those few quality titles that has an awesome story, yet overshadowed by the nukige part. I largely blame the marketing strategy that emphasizes the “Game” part which is truly just the first layer of the many layers you’ll uncover in this VN.
Release Date : 2011-06-24
Developer : Clockup
English Availability : Dropped, somewhat
Is this cage hell or paradise?
They wake up in a white room remembering nothing――
The protagonist Takato Keisuke and 6 others are locked up in these hidden white rooms. His childhood friend Hokari Kanae, classmate Andou Miyako, underclassmate Makiba Rika, English teacher Aoi Natsuki, same year Byakuya Rinne, and classmate Manaka Nemu. While still confused about their unusual situation, a “mystery voice” suddenly speaks to them: “A game has now started.”
In order to escape the room, Keisuke is the “unlocker” and one heroine the “keyhole”. With an assigned act, he must “use the key”.
After hearing the unreasonable and immoral requirements to win, Miyako gets pissed and snaps on the “mystery voice”. Suddenly the lights go out. The girls scream. The lights come back on, reilluminating the white room. They can see Miyako bound to a grotesque torture device.
“Anyone who quits the game will die”
Her screaming begins in tandem with the electrical current. With eyes wide open in fear, she pisses and shits herself. Everyone else starts freaking out. However, Keisuke seemed to be getting aroused by Miyako’s appearance. That was his secret, his urge to assault and humiliate girls.
However, Nemu could see right through him and knew. Nemu takes advantage, forcing the protagonist to submit to him as she brings her lips up to his: “This is a contract kiss.”
Keisuke was surprised by Nemu’s behavior but he wants to protect Kanae and decides for the sake of escaping, he will violate the others. Can Keisuke escape the white rooms and return to his normal life? Or will he hold back his own dark urges…? ―――It is you who decides in the end.
Source: VNDB, Necrosis