Katahane is an adventure game by Tarte (http://tarte.deal.co.jp/products/katahane/index.html) – though it seems the site is currently down. If anyone knows why it’s been that way for a while, let me know.
It was featured in Yuri-hime Vol 7. – Winter 2007
There is a lot of yurilicious moments between two of the main characters. ^__^
While this is an ero-game, the focus is not on that aspect and scenes I’ve seen so far have been tasteful.
The music is also excellent! I would like the soundtrack, but it’s going for ~250 USD on Yahoo! Auctions Japan… >__<
The story takes place in a world with 3 kingdoms, the Red, White, and Blue Kingdom. In this world, they have highly-advanced dolls with some closely resembling humans. These dolls occasionally need maintainence which done by a “tuner”.
A young playwright named Wakaba writes a controversial play about a traitor named Ein who killed a ruler of the White Kingdom, Christina. In Wakaba’s play, she presumes that Ein did not betray Christina, but was actually her loyal supporter.
When Wakaba’s history major friend needs to make a trip to get Coco, a genki doll that lives with Wakaba, maintainence, Wakaba and her brother Light travel with him. Wakaba travels in the hopes of finding some actors for her play. Along the way, they meet a beautiful doll with one wing named Belle and an aspiring actress named Angelina.
The story takes place in 2 parts:
1) Shirohane – the main story with Wakaba and gang
2) Kurohane – the historical events talking about the end of the reign of Christina
On my first playthrough I didn’t encounter that many places where you need to choose an action. Also, as mentioned in other reviews of the game, the point of view changes from character to character and all of them are fully voiced which is a nice change from games where sometimes the main character is not voiced.
Voice: 10/10 – I love Belle’s voice.
Graphics: 10/10 – They look good even when zoomed in.
Background Music/Effects: 10/10
Yuri factor: 10/10 (There are romantic moments with other characters but most of the romance is yuri-focused)