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Review of Kimagure Temptation
Vote: 7succhunter on 2023-03-18
|Review||Kimagure Temptation was OK. I didn't really care about the porn; I was only in it for the murder mystery - which I'm glad to say was worth picking this game up for. There were a few flaws, though. For instance, it was a bit predictable to anyone who has read just a single mystery novel before. It also gave off the illusion of being a detective game when in truth, it really wasn't. You don't have to figure anything out by yourself; you just pick the correct dialogue choices (all of them are unrelated to the mystery) and eventually everything will be explained to you. In addition, the whole eroge aspect of this game just felt out of place. It felt like the artist designed all the characters and drew all the artwork for a porn game first, then the writer stepped in and wrote a mystery plot around it. Maybe they wanted the fear and suspense to translate into arousal? Well, it may just be me, but I find it hard to suddenly try to jerk my ding dong when I'm already trying to piece together a murder mystery. These two things simply do not mesh for me, and fortunately, the game didn't try to mix the two either. The porn happens during downtime moments in the story, not during active mystery-solving. |
With the bad out of the way, though, let's talk about the good. The writing, music, and artwork all came together to create a tense and uneasy atmosphere, and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the game, trying to figure out what happened and wanting to see if my deductions are right; and hey, isn't that what reading a mystery is all about? The characters are also quite well-written. They all feel like real people with real life circumstances. They've also got some insane voice acting. Goddamn. It's always the porn games that have the most fucked up shit in them, so they also require some pretty intense voice acting and damn if these voice actresses didn't floor me. The worldbuilding is also not bad either. I didn't expect the writer to go dicko mode with the lore in a 10 hour porn/mystery game, but hey, color me pleasantly surprised.
In the end, I do recommend Kimagure Temptation. If you go into it expecting a mystery game, you'll be satisfied like I was. If you go in expecting a porn game, well, you might get some tonal whiplash from the murders and spooks. Give it a try if you're the market for a fun, bite-size mystery game that you can probably finish in one evening if you skip all the H scenes.