Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1: Learning to Manage Chaos is a Western-made visual novel from Dischan Media available on Steam it features features two distinct endings, unlock able bonus art, an animated opening video, and a jukebox of in-game music.
I stand on a neutral ground for this visual novel. Meaning yes i do recommend it but to a certain extent.
The Story 6/10
Dysfunctional Systems is a visual novel series featuring Winter Harrison, a student mediator from a utopian world. Learning to Manage Chaos is the first entry in the series.
What is a mediator? A mediator is someone who travels to chaotic worlds, attempting to resolve the issues plaguing them. The first entry in the series follows Winter’s second mediation, where she shadows the experienced and aloof mediator: Cyrus Addington.
Audio and Visual elements 7.5/10
Character sprites are used in the standard visual novel style, but sometimes characters are integrated into the backgrounds which really brought the images to life. I loved the detailed background work. The color palette was extremely “muted” which suited the world they are on, gloomy and dark. I love the way Dischan Media handle fan arts because fan art submissions could be found inside the visual novel itself which is really nice you get to see other people drawings of Dysfunctional System in the game! As you can tell fan arts usually shine a different type of light onto the characters so overall I liked the fact that they included fan arts into the visual novel. [Some images of the fan art could be found below]
The music in Dysfunctional Systems is beautiful, especially ‘Terminus’, the theme track. Sound effects are well used too overall really a good job of fitting into the Visual Novel’s environment. All Steam purchases of Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos include the official soundtrack absolutely free! Enjoy a total of 18 tracks, including a full rendition of the Dysfunctional Systems opening theme, in both MP3 and FLAC.
Why to a certain extent you ask?
Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1: Learning to Manage Chaos is in an episodic format providing episode by episode is satisfying, while still leaving you wanting more. Unfortunately this isn’t the case with Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1: Learning to Manage Chaos, which serves as little more than a teaser for a story that could be potentially interesting. Meaning if you do get this there will be no continuation of Episode 2 because it is confirmed by Dischan Media there will not be Episode 2 at all. [I honestly wish there is Episode 2 because I liked it overall]
To sum up 5.5/10
Yes I do recommend this Visual Novel but be warned there will not be an episode 2 forever[as off now] so take this visual novel as just something to be read when you have nothing to do. But do take note it may leave you hanging for wanting more and there is no way to get more since it is confirmed by Dischan Media there will not be Episode 2 at all.