Canada , you are insert-name-here. If the thought of dating an entire country intimidates you, just think of him as an extremely polite hockey-fan and you'll be fine. Review The Writing Since I have only a passing familiarity with Hetalia, it's difficult for me to say exactly how much this game succeeds at emulating the source material. Even the English, which I tend to get very fussy about, has the same not-wrong-but-not-quite-natural-in-some-way-I-can't-peg feel of a translated Manga, although I can't say for sure if that's deliberate.
The Art The art is outstanding. Let me repeat that: Something holds me back from giving it a perfect 5, but doing so almost feels like a crime. The game is beautifully animated, with head-tilts and trembles and little gestures that define the character as strongly as his dialog does: Even the background is animated, featuring a lively conversation taking place behind Matthew during your date. It's a stunning reminder of how big a role art can play in telling a story There's probably no need to say that the art is manga-influenced; specifically, it tries to copy the look of Hetalia, and I think it succeeds.
The music is also very nice, and I like the fact that we can tweak what our heroine looks like. Overall, I give the art a standing ovation. The Gameplay Hilariously enough, I think this is the first dating sim I've played that actually simulates being on a date. Here, the entire game is set around going into a restaurant with a man and trying to keep a conversation going without accidentally offending or alienating him, much like an actual date.
The game is very good about giving you feedback on your dialog choices. It not only reflects the game's manga roots, but also lets you see just why one choice might have been better than another.
The date ends rather abruptly, though, with a bit of narration giving a brief run-down of how the rest of the evening went. It's rather jarring, and feels like it's just quitting in the middle. Also, regardless of how well or poorly your date goes, there are only two endings: Well, to be fair, there are technically three or four endings, since if you get success, you can choose how to react to Matthew's request to kiss you.
That's about it, though. The Romance It's hard for me to say how romantic this game is, since while Matthew is an adorable sweetie, you're only playing through a first date with a stranger and half a date, at that. There's no epic, love-at-first-sight soul-mating going on; no dashing heroes saving winsome damsels, no troubled or lost souls redeemed by love.
It's rather low key, and I guess more realistic--considering the fact that you're dating the nation of Canada. TLDR This game is an excellent work of fan-art, with stunning art-work, cute writing, and gameplay that actually simulates dating however briefly. This is one of those games that would-be creators should study, especially since it shows how art and animation can do the same job as writing in some places.
Of course, all of this is only my personal opinion. You might think this game is sweeter than maple syrup, or you might want to Blame Canada. Feel free to speak your mind in the comments.