My last post for Amnesia Crowd. There will be spoilers for the previous games – in particular Ukyou and Orion. Again, ‘cos the heroine has no name, and I decided to name her “Yuu”. Do read the first Amnesia Crowd post for the basic game flow. /lazy Below you’ll find an introduction to Working mode and Orion’s room, review of the mini-events from Working mode, and the bonus Orion scenario you get for getting all the quiz questions correct.
The official website covers Working mode quite well already, but let’s just go through it again. It’s another world where Yuu has lost her memories and Orion is with her. The Waka in this world seems to have the ability to see spirits and such. He also often does fortune-telling or predictions, and no one questions his decisions ‘cos they’re always almost correct. There 5 turns in all, where you can choose to either play the mini-game or see the mini-event. After playing a mini-game, you can choose a guy to talk to during the Break Time. At the end of 5 turns, you can view another mini scenario and it differs depending on how you did your turns. By the way, you have to unlock the mini-events from Orion’s room with earned Orion points. Where can you earn Orion points? You can earn them by completing the mini-games with a Good/Excellent score, finishing all 5 turns (I think), winning against the guy in the card games, or completing a Suspense/Love route. I’m not going to explain the mini-games ‘cos I think the official website does it clearly already and I can’t supplement further. I found all of them manageable – Shin’s was like reliving mofu mofu system in Moujuutsukai to Oujisama lol.
Let’s move onto Orion’s room. Here, you can talk to him and he’ll give you hints for the quiz questions. As mentioned, you can unlock Working mini-events here for 5 points for 1. You can also take the quiz for 5 points and if you answer all 20 questions (randomised, questions on all 5 worlds) you get Orion’s bonus scenario which takes place after Orion mode in Amnesia Later. You can also give Orion a new name (this has been explained in Orion mode in Amnesia Later) and the new name would appear in parts of the game I think. I didn’t try this ‘cos I can’t think of Orion as anyone other than “Orion”.
Now let me review all the mini-events that can occur in Working mode. There are both normal and chibi CGs.
Shin: From one of his predictions, Waka sees that if they use up all 200kg of flour as soon as possible, there will be good fortune for the store. The staff decides that the best way to do this is to told a sweets buffet contest – Shin and Yuu team vs. Kent and Sawa team. The rest of the staff will wait on the tables. The CG appears when Shin’s team realise that the blender is broken, so Shin has to do the cream manually and he uses all his might – even though it doesn’t need that much force lol. In the end, Shin’s team wins by just a bit.
Ikki: Everyone notices that Ikki appears to be avoiding only Yuu that day at work for some reason. They find out at the end of work that it’s ‘cos he asked Waka for some way to spend some time alone, and Waka told him not to interact with heroine for that day. True enough, for some reason none of his FC is waiting for him outside and they are able to spend time quietly at the park later.
Kent: That day at work, a spirit keeps playing tricks on them according to Waka – shifting utensils, hiding ingredients etc. Waka says that if they make it pass today successfully though, they’ll have good business for rest of the time so everyone works hard to do so as they divide up all the tasks. Kent and Yuu particularly had to work hard in the kitchen, so after work they fall asleep on the sofa and everyone else who sees this later, decides to leave them be for a bit.
Toma: It was Meido no Hitsuji’s best week of business so Waka asks everyone to do a big cleaning up of the store. Due to the large flow of people, he says that other not-so-good things may have been attracted too. Waka leaves Toma in-charge, who apparently turns out to be really naggy and particular and he wears everyone out. Yuu also seems to keep committing petty errors and when Waka returns, he says that it was all a spirit’s doing. Ticked off, Toma gives it a warning and it disappears, according to Waka. As Yuu got hurt, Toma ends up carrying her back home that day.
Ukyou: Yuu has to close the cafe alone on a rainy day, though Waka does tell her that her lucky item for the day is cocoa. This information comes in handy as a worried Ukyou rushes in to check on her – and he soon turns into his other personality. Yuu manages to pacify him with some cocoa, and with each of his request she manages to get lucky such as getting calls from Mine, Shin of how there’s leftovers in the store. At the end, Ukyou has a banana parfait, something he considers a luxury, before returning to the usual Ukyou.
Waka: At the end of the week, Waka gives out individual awards to everyone. Yuu receives the most hard-working worker reward, and he gives her a necklace which he says will protect and hopefully follow-up and aid the spirit with her. It appears as though he knows of Orion’s presence, but not any further details.
Normal End?: At the end of the week, the staff decides to hold a sukiyaki party, inviting Rika and Ukyou too. They ask Ukyou to take a photo for them, and everyone decides to go buy photo frames the next day for it.
Alice’s Tea Party: The owner of Meido no Hitsuji is thinking of opening an Alice concept cafe, so the staff of Meido no Hitsuji are asked to help conduct a trial run first.Everyone has to randomly pick their role and Yuu gets to play Alice (the customer), and the rest welcome her to the tea party. Rika and Ukyou happen to drop by and join in too.
Maid Service Day: From the reports, there hasn’t been an increase in female customers so Waka wants everyone to learn more about how to please them, and accepts Mine’s suggestion for the guys to dress up as maids for the day. This was the most hilarious mini-event ever as you get to see the guys cross-dress and having to serve the customers for the day. The reception turns out to be really good and when Waka suggests holding it another time, all the guys immediately disappear after work lol.
Let’s Have Nabe: Ukyou drops by with loads of seafood, which he received as thanks for a photo shoot he did out at sea, while Rika drops by with loads of vegetables she received from her family. So everyone decides to have nabe together after work. When a random comment on how it’s like a family meal, Ikki jokes with Kent and calls him the father – Kent immediately responses and the jokes spreads with Rika being the mother, and Ukyou being the (hopeless) eldest son etc.
There Are No Tricks Or Gimmicks: After work, everyone is showcasing the magic tricks they know – though Sawa’s was pretty much seen through and thoroughly explained by Kent lol. When Waka is asked if he knows any, he says that he doesn’t but he can show something – he asks spirits for the locations of the items they lost and immediately recovers it for them.
Store Manager Wanted For The Day!: Waka is busy for the day so they decide to make Kent take over the role of store manager for the day. He gets too obsessed over the details so that they can profit more though, and so the role switches to Ikki…and to Toma…and to Shin…and finally to Yuu. Shin managed to handle everything pretty well though, so Yuu just took over from his end and the cafe runs smoothly for the day.
Pour Chocolate Over Your Favourite Things: Waka rents a chocolate fountain for the day, and so today the customers can enjoy chocolate fondue. Shin doesn’t get why everyone’s so excited about it, though when Yuu gets some on her finger later he doesn’t hesitate to lick it off her, asking if she wants to be eaten by him.
Megane Butler Waiter: It’s megane day for the cafe tomorrow, so Ikki and Yuu go to pick out suitable glasses for each other after work that day. Naturally, the next day is a huge success and Ikki tells Yuu that he doesn’t mind wearing them for her again when they’re alone.
Look Up At The Orion Sign: Meido no Hitsuji gets turned into a mini-planetarium that day, and the staff has to be extra careful since it’s pretty dark. After work, Yuu sits down with Kent as he points out several star signs to her – including Orion, and tells her the tales behind it. Though Kent was dragged into having to work at the cafe at first, he now enjoys coming here as he gets to see her.
Place Inside A Cage And Bring It Home: A couple of cats are brought over to the cafe for today, to make it a cat cafe today. The staff are asked to wear cat ears too, and Yuu notices that Toma seems to be receiving quite a bit of attention from the customers for that. After work, Yuu gets injured while trying to deal with one of the more temperamental cats and Toma treats her wound.
A Professional’s Work: Ukyou recently released a photo book and Waka asks Ukyou if he doesn’t mind holding an exhibition at the cafe in commemoration of it. Touched, Ukyou agrees and he also asks to take photos of the store now so as to display those too. The next day, everyone notices that Yuu’s photos turned out exceptionally well.
A Gorgeous Tea Party: (This can only be unlocked after Ukyou’s Suspense route.) Luka shows up at the cafe and he first keeps complimenting Yuu and asks her to be his model. Toma soon shows up and rejects on her behalf as her older brother figure, since he doesn’t want to show her to anyone else in a sense. The two of them end up having some bonding time as brothers and even agree to exchange diaries lol. When Luka compliments Ikki later too, and Ikki’s slightly bothered when he’s asked to be his model. Luka is then impressed by his food, and calls for the chef (Kent), even offering him his sign. This continues on till Rika appears as their mother was looking for Luka and asks him to go back to help out with the farming back home. She apologises if he gave anyone trouble though Luka persuades her to sit down and drink tea with him too. Ukyou enters the cafe only to see his usual seat taken by Luka and is kinda ignored.
Orion: It’s their first date alone, and for some reason Yuu feels somewhat conscious of him this time as he takes her hand. When she tells this to Orion later, he’s pretty happy to hear this.
Concluding Thoughts: While I played through this pretty quickly, Crowd felt more fulfilling than Later. All the routes were decent, and the extra scenarios were cute and enjoyable Unfortunately, I don’t think you can skip Later and move onto Crowd – the Love routes like Ukyou’s and Ikki’s (and Orion) kinda continue from there. The rest don’t do so as much. That’s why to be honest, it would’ve been pretty much perfect if Later and Crowd’s content were just released as one package but anyway. If you were a fan of the original game, I think Crowd is certainly a nice play as it follows up and ties everything up nicely.