Whoever the president is, he is (apocryphally) cited as follows: “I have used the same axe for decades, I only had its handle replaced three times and its head twice...” But the main proof that Ariane B, version 8.0 or whatever it will be called, will be different can be found in the underlying script.In all previous Ariane B versions alcohol played an important role. But in those 10 years, several things have changed, and it isn't finished yet.
The first is immediate and obvious: “Compliment her looks” = Nice, “Give her a hug” = Sexy, “Say something smart” = Smart, “Say something funny” = funny. She will react negatively to the kiss, but you can explain/apologize in a smart, nice, sexy, or funny way.The clickable, but invisible, hotspot zones (also called image maps for those who still remember html courses) have been replaced by easy to spot links.The good thing is it has been made possible to play the game on tablets and phones like that, because with a fat finger you can't hover over an invisible link. Well, I would be daft to forbid the Creator to make the game tablet-friendly, but I can't unthink the impression that this is another case where new technology leads to a further nivellement par le bas instead of creating an intellectual boost of the masses.Basically, you have to make decisions, choose what to do in each moment and how you want to respond to Ariane's questions and suggestions.The ending of the game all depends on your behavior.In order to get her in the sack, to use a politically incorrect term, Ariane had to be fuelled with alcohol.The difficulty was to find the right amount of alcohol and if my memory serves me well, the ideal was three glasses, lunch included, see: Steak Dinner.Date Ariane is a really interesting visual novel that offers tons of different situations.Since it's about a blind date, some of the scenes in the game can end up being a little 'racy,' but it's also possible (and probable) that the date with Ariane simply ends up being a nice dinner and nothing more.This will obviously enhance Ariane's corporate image, but it does look like a frankenmix operation to me, a kind of smothering like the KGB used to do on old USSR pictures containing people who fell from grace for one reason or another.I caught the term frankenmix on a music forum where it was used to describe a remastered, updated and modernised release of a sixties music track by using digital technology and effects.