It's surprisingly fun

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#1 by hybtranslation
2018-03-12 at 09:29
< report >I thought I'd write a review since nobody has done so yet. I bought it on a whim when it came out, mostly just cause I wanted to kick back after a rough week. But the game turned out better than I expected.

The story is more intricate than I first thought. There's all sorts of jabs at politics and taking things to the extreme, which is more than I expected from an undressing game. Mind, it's mostly parody, though, so if you want something serious, you have to look somewhere else. Generally, the writing is more focused on the characters than the plot.

The dialogues between the characters are fun, and sometimes rather witty given the ridiculous situation. Well, I guess you need to like the humor. Another plus here is that all characters are voiced. Not just the female cast, but also the protagonist and even his male sidekicks. Which is more than unusual, considering how many games have no male characters beside the protagonist in the first place.

The two sex scenes so far have been relatively tame. It's technically non-consensual, but because the gods of hentai willed it, the girls do not really mind. Also, the protagonist makes sure to get them ready and give them a (relatively) good time. The rest of the time, he is outright gentlemanly for a young demon dreaming of being a dictator, helping the girls out of pitfalls or searching for their magic staff. Kinda makes me think they could have gone fully consensual here without losing anything. But again, it's more parody than serious.

The gameplay is solid but relatively simple. I'm only playing at normal for now, though. There's a part that's a bit like tetris (on the World Map), and then there's the action part with the undressing. Actually, most of the time you're fighting generic enemies, but it doesn't take up too much time, the non-boss fights are pretty short. Still, you can easily lose the fights if you do not watch out.

For some reason, they decided to go with Heisenburg for the main character's name, although in the beginning Heisenberg slipped in once, and it's Heisenberg in the status screen too. Other than that, there's only been one or two typos.

All in all, I'm positively surprised and think it's been worth the money so far. (I'm beginning chapter 3 right now, I would guess that's about 50%) To anyone else who has been scarred by The Spiritmaster of Retania like me, this one has both solid writing and gameplay. Generally, I'd guess you spend at least 60% of the time reading, so the focus is a bit more on the VN than the gameplay.
#2 by surferdude
2018-03-13 at 07:39
< report >I agree, this is surprisingly fun and addictive.
Too bad the H-scenes aren't uncensored.
I wonder if Sekai intends to translate the sequels as well.Last modified on 2018-03-13 at 07:39
#3 by mr1a
2018-03-13 at 18:02
< report >Thank you for your review. I bought it too, and I'm very pleased.
#4 by lordnight
2018-03-13 at 18:44
< report >Hmm, now I'm curious, let's try this~
Yes, the game is fun. I have the steam version so I can't say anything about the h scenes but. Yeah, it is fun.Last modified on 2018-03-14 at 07:38
#5 by anonymous
2018-03-13 at 21:01
< report >nothing is worth the money when the money's going to sekai
#6 by thenewmohawk
2018-03-14 at 17:54
< report >some of the HCG are probably drawn lazily without proper care for the pus7y, since the artist knew it would get censored there anyway.
This is my conjecture anyway
#7 by chadsomenezz
2018-03-19 at 15:07
< report >I know right. At first when I started playing this, I'm not expecting anything, I thought it was just your typical novel where in lot's of H-scene without any reasonable back story. This one though, the plot is actually good, the game play is fun and addicting I hope they continue translating the other two sequel.Last modified on 2018-03-19 at 15:09
#8 by overmage
2018-03-19 at 19:21
< report >semi off-topic but in no universe is Erika E and Fine D. I wonder if Japanese artists have just never actually confirmed the actual size of tits in real life before
#9 by pendelhaven
2018-03-20 at 14:56
< report >despite the VN looking like stupid fun at first chapters, the overarching worldbuilding is much more than that. I can already sense that this won't get a good ending of sorts. it's all dark.

I'm in for a treat right? RIGHT?

also I can't seem to trigger Fine's h-scene early game. or is there really nothing like that?Last modified on 2018-03-20 at 14:57
#10 by lordnight
2018-03-20 at 17:31
< report >From a few tags I peeked from link
And considering this is a linear game.
There might not be any happy ending.
#11 by alexlung
2018-03-20 at 18:35
< report >i am having fun as well. i seriously hope they do a sequel on this for English plz
#12 by hybtranslation
2018-03-20 at 20:39
< report >I've finished the game by now. Yes, it kinda gets relatively serious towards the end... TBH, for me it was a little weird. Not quite sure where they are going with this. Could even be that games 2 and 3 get serious Mahou Shoujo Madoka style, although they could just as well return to slapstick comedy.Last modified on 2018-03-20 at 20:39
#13 by pendelhaven
2018-03-22 at 07:54
< report >finished it. tbh the game could have just end there but the sequel teasers are making it worthwhile. I'm not gonna play hard mode and just end there.
#14 by lidinx
2018-05-12 at 06:06
< report >The game play is fun, and i love the supporting cast, but the MC and the antagonists are lacking in the ACTUAL personality department.
#15 by 10asd
2018-05-22 at 14:14
< report >Did any of your beat the optional boss (mind your spoilers, please!) on Normal? I've tried for like 2 hours, and I gave up.
#16 by lordnight
2018-05-22 at 15:36
< report >Hmm? optional boss? was there an optional boss?
#17 by pendelhaven
2018-05-22 at 16:20
< report >^ you have to get into 8 (not really) secret areas to complete the bridge. surely you've noticed the 50(?) turns given to you at the last chapter.

oh and no, that secret boss is impossible unless you play a second time while retaining your level/itemLast modified on 2018-05-22 at 16:23
#18 by 10asd
2018-05-22 at 17:23
< report >Very hard definitely, but not impossible. I came to close to winning quite a couple times, but even when I block successfully I run out of points to use my abilities. I didn't know about the boss so I was carefree about using them during the late chapter.

@edit Also, I've tried looking for someone on the net beating the optional boss on hard. THAT is truly impossible.Last modified on 2018-05-22 at 17:26
#19 by lordnight
2018-05-22 at 20:01
< report >@17
You mean the bridge thing in chapter 3?
I stopped paying attention to those after I'm unable to beat that red bear in chapter 1 thinking that they are meant for the second playthrough.
#20 by pendelhaven
2018-05-22 at 20:36
< report >^ that same red bear will also appear normally on chapter 3 after getting levels. you should have more than enough turns per chapter to clear all enemies and face the chapter boss.
#21 by sanahtlig
2018-05-23 at 02:18
< report >I've beaten the optional boss on normal difficulty in the first two games of this series on the first playthrough. It's hard but not impossible. Your block timing has to be perfect almost every time, and you have to use every advantage in your arsenal. It's a true test of mastery of the system. If you go in without full friendship points you'll likely lose. If I recall correctly, you can also lose from a timeout if you're too defensive.

I do like this series but the comedic dialogue and lack of seriousness in the setting make the character interactions sort of tedious and uninteresting. The second game is more of the same on all fronts. Haven't played the third yet.Last modified on 2018-05-23 at 02:23
#22 by fakegodz
2018-05-30 at 02:56
< report >Very very surprised with how good the gampelay is...

Honestly, it's simple, but damn it's good.

intermission funny thing happen when i played this game, the first time i fought Fine, i didn't realize her cloth were decaying... when the tutorial told me to repeatedly spam attack on her breast area... i thought it was her weak point, but nope... i am destroying her cloth.... and when all of the cloth removed, you start your "special attack"... this took me by surprise... And so is my sister who were standing behind me...

Imagine being my sister, looking at someone playing a game where he slowly destroy an Anime girl clothing slowly, while muttering "hmm, interesting"... and then scream "Oh, okay!" when the screen changed to the "special attack"...

So yeah, that happened...

Anyway that aside, gampelay is pretty good, especially on hard mode. Easy to learn, hard to master.

Story, at start i thought it was just some goofy story about wanna-be Witch wanting to be a dictator too, but as story progress, it's obviously bigger than that. And it keep me intrigued, but when you reach the ending, you got sequel baited hard. Not that the ending is bad by itself, it doesn't abruptly end out of nowhere, so it have a good closure for that particular "chapter" i guess. "Thing in here settled, but there are more things going to happen later, but that thing will be for the sequel"

Everything on this game is just surprisingly good, maybe because my expectations were super low? but even when my exceptions were like super super low, usually most VN, especially the one with gameplay, always disappoint me.

tl;dr. It's a good VN with good gameplay, worth the money. Totally looking forward to play the sequel... if it'll even got translated...
#23 by Mutsuki
2018-05-30 at 03:09
< report >#22, idk why you were playing a h-game with your siblings around you that's kinda creepy no offense
#24 by lordnight
2018-05-30 at 05:28
< report >@23
Maybe he's using the steam version?

I went back on it and I actually managed to defeat the red bears and the optional boss on my second playthrough on hard. It's indeed quite difficult but not impossible.
The custom stats are also useful for getting those clothes damage.Last modified on 2018-05-30 at 06:59
#25 by fakegodz
2018-05-30 at 11:51
< report >#23, i didn't play h-game with my sibling! that'd be just damn creepy lol.

Like i said, i did not expect the decaying cloth system and the "special attack"... much less for it to happen THAT early.

Trust me, i'm always well prepared to enter panic mode when someone enter my room when stuff i am playing/reading starting to get hot.

Fucking hell that "Special attack' scene came out of nowhere...Last modified on 2018-05-30 at 11:52