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Review of LIP! Lewd Idol Project Vol. 1

SubjectLIP! Lewd Idol Project Vol. 1
LIP! Lewd Idol Project Vol. 1
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fujoneko on 2023-01-22
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What would you do to achieve your dreams? How far would you go?

Get ready to experience some naughty adventures as our wannabe idol lewds her way to the top!

Characters & Voice Acting

This game has two main characters—Kairi-chan and Ranko. I really enjoyed the teacher/student dynamic between the two of them; it really brings out how innocent Kairi-chan is and how experienced Ranko is in comparison. I will say, however, that at times I thought Ranko was a little too horny on main. (Though if we’re being real here, the demographic this game is made for would probably fit better in Ranko’s shoes than in Kairi’s…)

The voice acting gives the characters a great deal more life as well, though unfortunately the game isn’t entirely voiced. Instead, we get a handful of generic one-liners that pair with the written lines. It’s definitely better than not having any voice-over at all, but I’ve got to admit they get a bit repetitive at times. Kairi’s awawawa! in particular is going to live rent free in my head for days.

Art

The game’s art was definitely a highlight for me! For a low-budget game, it really surpassed my expectations. The only negative I have is that in some of the CGs the character’s eyes are looking in weird directions, which gave me the occasional uncanny-valley feeling.

Atmosphere/Setting & Soundtrack

The soundtrack was decent—it fit its purpose well enough, and it fit the game’s setting pretty well. The music was generic, but I didn’t find it annoying. (And believe me, I’ve played plenty of VNs that tempted me to hit the mute button.)

Writing

The writing wasn’t great, but it wasn’t exactly horrible either. Nothing about the script stood out to me in particular, and sometimes the writing felt rushed, like it hadn’t been fully polished. Granted, this is a nukige after all—those here primarily for the lewd moments won’t be disappointed. LIP! Lewd Idol Project delivers on the spicy and erotic parts, just as the title promises.

Plot

Let’s be honest here—if you’re picking up LIP! Lewd Idol Project, it’s not because you’re looking for a deep, intricate plot. You’re looking to see Kairi-chan in all her glory, both on and off the stage! Personally, I was dying to see more of Kairi-chan and Ranko together. That being said, I found the pacing of the plot to be pretty languid outside of the erotic scenes, which offer a bunch of different option for the player to choose.

Mechanics & Gameplay

There’s no lack of choices in LIP! Lewd Idol Project Vol. 1—to be honest, there are so many it can feel excessive at times. These choices don’t really have much of an effect on the story itself; they just change the dialogue for a few lines before shifting back to the main line of the story.

Where the choices have their true effect is in their influence over a little feature called a “relationship meter.” The relationship meter effects how well Kairi-chan gets along with Ranko, and can be filled by choosing the right dialogue options. Unfortunately this appears to be more of an aesthetic choice, since the relationship meter doesn’t actually have any direct effect on the story, but you can still see how well you did in a playthrough when the credits roll—they include a percentage of how many choices you got right. If you want to max out your score, I went ahead and made a guide, which is available here!

Beyond the choices, the game does have other mechanics—as you explore Akihabara, you’ll be able to play various minigames and collect plushies and figures, as well buy different items. The items you collect during this portion of the game can have an influence on the story farther down the line.

The game also has a wardrobe you can access which allows you to check out Ranko and Kairi-chan in the outfits you’ve unlocked so far, and a photo mode which allows you to have a photoshoot with one or both of the girls. Photo mode also allows the player to choose which outfits the girls wear, their facial expressions, and the positions they take, as well as giving you the ability to change the background of the photoshoot.

Enjoyment

I’ve got to start off by saying that I’m not exactly your typical nukige-enjoyer, so please take that into account when looking at my scores. Despite not being an avid consumer of the genre, I did actually enjoy the overall experience of LIP! Lewd Idol Project Vol. 1. Besides the most obvious draw of the game—our sexy and naive Kairi-chan, of course!—there were a lot of lines that made me laugh, and dialogue was good enough that it kept me reading.

I might not have praised it much in my review, but it’s a good game. It’s short and sweet! If this is what the developers could achieve with a low budget, I can only imagine how much they could improve if they didn’t have to worry as much about their expenses.

I’ll admit it—I’ve become a LIP fan. LIP! Lewd Idol Project Vol. 1 gets a 5/10 from me. If you’re a fan of yuri with hot vanilla scenes and sexy cosplay, this is the game for you!
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