ah, yeah, without that I can see it not coming together for you (though even as I type that I’m thinking of little details I adored like the robot in the first town who’s trying to die), so fair enough. to say they’re too purple really reinforces for me that this game was ambitious with its prose in a way that I really liked, but I’m very willing to accept that its reach wasn’t usefully far in practice compared to other media.
I also don’t normally think of myself as forgiving of purple prose, but I’m a very fast reader ordinarily and those made me happy to slow down.
this is also totally consistent with my initial figuring that this game had no audience, because it’s so close to being a VN except it relies on its audience being interested in a lot of extraneous genre trappings around a VN which already contains a lot of artifice. very few people liked it!