The Visual Project isn't an officially endorsed work, but it is a direct adaptation of one.
|Pictured: Iwasawa, Hisako, and those two girls whose names you haven't bothered to remember before now|
Storywise, there's not much to say about the visual novel to those who have read Track Zero. To the large majority of people who haven't, the story takes the form of a set of diary entries by Sekine Shiori (The blonde guitarist in GlDeMo,
Artwise, the game is pretty well off. The sprites have a somewhat distinct-looking art style utilizing thicker lines and dulled colours compared to what you find in other Visual Novels, but the style is consistently applied and does well to give this visual novel its own identity. If there could be a complaint about the art, it would be that the "new identity" may be a bad thing if it results in too much of a divorce from the art-style used in the anime. The style also doesn't carry over to the CG images, which generally show up once per chapter (There are 4 chapters). Ignoring the slight clash between the visual styles for the two different types of images, the CGs are also well illustrated (and may be coloured or duplicated versions of illustrations from the Track Zero bonus chapter, although I cannot confirm or refute this at this time).
|Not Pictured: Nobody Important|
The excessive clicking dies down after the first chapter, only to be replaced by another problem: The author of this visual novel has discovered Ren'py's shake effect, and applies it (with a sound effect) whenever anything that could be vaguely said to have emphasis occurs. Exclamation Point? *THUMP*. Character answers with only one word? *THUMP*. Haven't *THUMP'd* in a while? *THUMP*.
The excessive use of the effect eventually began to annoy me enough that I muted the sound on my computer, which is a bit of a shame because the Visual Novel did an otherwise good job of using tracks from the Angel Beats! OST to give the appropriate feeling during each scene. I would have liked to listen to more of that, but not at the cost of having a pounding sound go off in my ear on every other screen of text.
There also seems to be some weird issue where the skip function works on the first time through, but is disabled if you decide to go back and replay one of the diary entries, although this is minor compared to the other things.
|Not pictured: Yuri. Okay, so maybe there's a hint of that...|