Save the World (and Steal Some Hearts, of Course) in “April Was a Fool”
Five legendary heroes, a looming threat, a senile king…a classic formula. What could go wrong?
Well, there were supposed to be six heroes, but one of them got herself killed before the story even begins. However, May, a simple barmaid in desperate need of a cash infusion, bears a striking resemblance to the departed hero and is persuaded to stand in her place to fool the king long enough to receive the blessing before the actual heroes set off on their heroic quest.
In April Was a Fool, released on–you guessed it–April 1st, May finds herself at the center of an increasingly improbable series of events. Five heroes of vastly different temperaments and appearances have arrived to sweep her off her feet and into the path of danger. But, more importantly, will May find love? (Yes.)
April Was a Fool has five routes total, with a special mention going out to Gabby, the fiery mage and the sole girl route. Gabby does a nice job of stepping outside of standard blushing lesbian relationships in visual novels that read more like friendship than romance. Just as loud and opinionated as the other heroes, she feels every bit as real as her companions. April Was a Fool does a nice job of subverting typical RPG expectations, casting bloodthirsty wannabe villain Gunn as the healer and shy, timid Kent as the berserker.
April Was a Fool succeeds in something very rare among visual novels…namely, making me care about every single character and route. The entire cast has personality coming out of their ears without ever falling into stereotypes or tropes, which more than makes up for a slightly rushed storyline. If you’re looking for a pleasant way to pass an hour or two, April Was a Fool has your back.