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Author : HERZOG
-- Playing video games since the 80's ! --
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Also, please excuse any grammar and any other related errors you may find on this blog, as English is not my first language.
KOSODATE QUIZ is the first in a series of unique quiz simulation games where players assume the role of a couple of newly parents who must raise their newborn daughter until the age of 25.
● Title: 子育てクイズ マイエンジェル ● Genre: QUIZ ● Release Date: 1996.07 ● Developer: MOSS ● Publisher: NAMCO ● Media: Arcade System Board ● System Specific: SETA 2nd GEN
The game system in KOSODATE QUIZ is probably more difficult to explain than it is to grasp it. The game is quite simple to understand just by playing it, so the following info is just to let you know how the game rules work.
【 HOW TO PLAY 】
● The gameplay in KOSODATE QUIZ is divided in two stages : 「QUIZ」 and 「EVENT」 which together will comprise a year in your daughter's life.
● To advance in the game you must answer the proper amount of questions set by each QUIZ stage. Moreover, answering the questions correctly will reward you with money that will go towards your「Child Support」fund. And of course the quicker your response is, the more money you will receive.
● All questions in the game are divided in 4 different genres which are linked directly to your daughter's 4 personality paramentes. So with each correct answer your daughter's parameters will also be increasing accordingly.
● By default you will be given 3 chances or 「Hearts」to clear the game. You will lose a Heart each time you fail a question - Lose all Hearts and the game will be over.
● SPECIAL STAGE
Throughout the game you may (randomly) get the chance to play some QUIZ stages under any of the following special conditions :
「制限時間2倍 !」 = Twice the Time Limit
「3択問題 !!」 = Three Choices Only
「ジャンルセレクト」 = Genre Select
Your daughter has a set of 9 parameters that represent her current personality and vocational interests.
All of your daughter's parameters (with the exception of LOVE) will be modified at the end of each year based on your actions in the QUIZ and EVENT stages.
● PERSONALITY :
「まじめ」MAJIME = SERIOUS
「お色気」OIROKE = SEXY
「おたく」OTAKU = GEEK
「わんぱく」WANPAKU = TOMBOY
These are basically your daughter's main parameters. Her personality and appearance will change based on the current highest parameter.
● SPECIALTY :
「社会科学」= SOCIAL SCIENCE
「自然科学」= NATURAL SCIENCE
These parameters will affect your daughter's career and job opportunities.
● UNIQUE :
This is an unique parameter that can only be increased through certain choices in the EVENT stage. Filling the parameter bar completelty will reward you with an extra Heart. ■EVENT STAGE INFORMATION
The EVENT stages are where the most significant events in the life of your daughter will be taking place, and so the choices you will make during in this part will practically decide what type of unique and interesting life your daughter will have.
Basically by listening to the change in the music you will be able to tell if your parenting choices are being considered good or「questionable」.
But the most important thing to remember is that in reality there are no bad choices ! Raising your daughter just the way you want is the whole point of the game. So feel free to experiment and see how your daughter reacts to your decisions!
【 BUT FIRST, A NAME ! 】
I really wish you were able to use your own custom names, but I guess it's easy to see how such a feature could've been abused at the game centers.
Anyway, you can choose option 4 to browse through the list of available pre-set names. Just bare in mind that you won't be able to go back to a previous selection.
As for my daughter, I will be naming her「HITOMI」(ひとみ). A fine Japanese name. (and it was either that or 「M i s s X」...) 【 HITOMI AGE 0 : A LOUD CRY ! 】
HITOMI is hungry and wants to eat! Hmmm... what should we give her?
I took the GEEK test because it's the easiest and most fun one to do if you're a video game and/or anime fan. 【 HITOMI AGE 4 : NEW FRIENDS 】
HITOMI has invited her first friend over... Without telling me! I guess there's no other choice now than to play host. ※Note that while some events will be slightly different depending on your daughter's current personality, the choices will always remain the same.
1. Prepare a Hot Bath 0円 2. Throw Out 0円 3. Share Your Cheap Sweets 200円 4. Have Sushi 12000円
I don't want HITOMI to think I'm THAT cheap, so I bought some sushi. I just hope she knows that I'm NOT made of sushi, so she better not be expecting that every time she invites her friends! 【 HITOMI AGE 5 : PRIMARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE 】
HITOMI is now ready for Primary School, as well as for her next test.
1. STEADY Public Primary School 2. SENSUAL Private Academy 3. OBSESSIVE Private Primary School 4. STURDY Public Primary School
Again I went with the GEEK choice. Science all the way!
【 HITOMI AGE 6 : OUT OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES 】
HITOMI needs a past time. Can't have her goofing around the house all day.
A soroban? Are you kidding me? I wouldn't wish that on an orphan. Ballet classes. Now that's a much better activity for a young girl.
【 HITOMI AGE 7 : KIDNAPPED ! 】
This is just terrible ! HITOMI has been kidnapped ! ! !The criminal is now demanding a ransom...
1. Ignore 0円 2. Call the Police 0円 3. Haggle the ransom sum to 2000円 2000円 4. Pay up 45000円 45000円
This has to be the most disturbing event in all of the KOSODATE QUIZ games. It's just well, disturbing...
In any case, the only good choice here is option 4 since option 2 will have the police killing the criminal in front of HITOMI, and that can't be a good thing.
【 HITOMI AGE 8 : DESTROYER PHASE 】
HITOMI seems to have gotten over last year's traumatic experience rather well. But now she has something to confess. Apparently, she has broken a valuable jar.
1. Forgive 2. Punish 3. Praise 4. Attempt to repair it
It seems HITOMI has misinterpreted my words a bit... AAAH, NOT THE TV ! WAAAAAAAIT ! ! !
【 HITOMI AGE 9 : SCHOOL PLAY 】
Uh-oh, it seems HITOMI has become a tomboy, and I fear I may have had something to do with it...
But anyway, HITOMI's school is doing a Cinderella play and she has to be on it.
1. Cinderella 2. Stepmother 3. Witch Grandmother 4. That One Tree
Well, HITOMI asked me to help her pick up a role and we both agreed the Witch Grandmother would be the most fun.
【 HITOMI AGE 10 : SICKNESS 】
It seems HITOMI has caught a sickness. No doubt the consequence of her tomboyish behavior.
1. Neglect 2. Nurse at Home 3. Hot Spring Treatment 4. Hospitalization
It took all our savings but I'm sure hospitalization was the best choice. I'm also glad to hear HITOMI's classmates are helping her to cheer up. 【 HITOMI AGE 11 : HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE 】
Fortunately HITOMI has gotten back to her sweet old responsible self. And just in time for her high school exam.
1. Public SQUARE High School 2. Private GLAMOUR Academy 3. Private NERD Academy 4. Public VIOLENT High School
I want HITOMI to become a woman of science, so in the future she can make something cool like a giant robot, a portal gun, or a video game console. So naturally I put her on the NERD academy. (^^;
【 HITOMI AGE 12 : EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 】
HITOMI must pick an extracurricular activity. Nothing that interesting really.
1. Basket Ball Team 2. Astronomy Club 3. Broadcast Club 4. Clubbing
Clubbing? Yeah right. Over my dead body! She has a beautiful voice, so I suggested that she joined the broadcast club.
【 HITOMI AGE 13 : REBELLIOUS PHASE 】
All of a sudden HITOMI rushes to you angrily and challenges your authority! ※Note that you will only be able to beat or escape your daughter's weaker personalities (SEXY and GEEK). Otherwise she will be kicking your arse. (^^;
1. Accept Her Challenge 2. Try to comfort/calm her 3. Escape 4. Take a Hot Bath Together
OUCH ! ! ! Isnt she supposed to be in a nerd school...!? How...come...she's this...strong... (T^T) 【 HITOMI AGE 14 : SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE 】
(Sigh) It seems HITOMI has become a fashionista... I hope this phase doesn't last long since she must to study hard for her next admitance test.
This time around the school will raise your daughter's specialty paramenters instead of her personality ones.
You will also need to get at least a 60% answer rating in order to pass the exam.
1. Private HUMANITY Senior High School 20000円 2. Private SOCIAL Senior High School 20000円 3. Public NATURAL Academy 20000円 4. Public Rubbish Senior High School 0円
Your daughter's specialty paramenters will determine which career and job opportunities she will be able to access later on, so choose carefully.
【 HITOMI AGE 15 : MEET THE PARENTS 】
I guess it's that time now... HITOMI has brought some long-haired punk to meet us...
1. Kick Out 0円 2. Stick With Them 5000円 3. Cold Treatment 1000円 4. Welcome Dinner 20000円
Of course I took the only rational choice here and kicked his sorry ass out of my house!
【 HITOMI AGE 16 : MYSTERY DISH 】
Well, I'm certainly glad that HITOMI decided to focus on her studies for now. But dear lord Buddah on a lotus flower -- what is that horrible smell!?
1. Eat With Relish 2. Cheat and Pretend to Eat 3. Eat It 4. Have Her Taste It First HITOMI...!? Are you alright, dearie!? Answer us ! ! !
【 HITOMI AGE 17 : DECIDING A FUTURE 】
This will be a very important moment in the life of your daughter. Think carefully about what you wish her to become.
Note that each of the options here will have various sub-options of their own. So in order to make this entry as complete as possible, I will be listing them all.
Regardless of which option you pick though, there will be an admitance test waiting for you afterwards.
1. Look for Employment
The options here will vary depending on your daughter's specialty paramenters.
Important Note :Getting a job now is the only way for your daughter to gain access to the best high-end professions later on.
● HUMANITIES 1. 保母さん = Day Care Worker 2. 風俗嬢 = Hostess 3. 漫画家 = Manga Artist 4. プロレスラー = Pro-Wrestler